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1 dead in Coral Ridge shooting; suspect in custody

Source: Iowa City Press-Citizen

One person is dead after a shooting Friday at Coral Ridge Mall, the Iowa Department of Public Safety said.

DPS spokesman Alex Murphy said he couldn't release details about the victim's identity, including age or gender.

One person is in custody in connection with the shooting, authorities said.

Witnesses told the Press-Citizen that several shots rang out in the food court area near the carousel entrance about 7:30 p.m. and that the victim appeared to be a teenage girl.

Read more: http://www.press-citizen.com/story/news/local/2015/06/12/coral-ridge-mall-reported-shooting/71156184/

Detectives say 3-year-old Hamilton boy shot himself with mother's gun

Detectives say 3-year-old Hamilton boy shot himself with mother's gun
Victim identified as Marques Green
By: WCPO Staff, Evan Millward
Posted: 4:20 PM, Jun 11, 2015

HAMILTON, Ohio -- A 3-year-old boy is dead after shooting himself in the chest with his mother's gun at a Hamilton home.

It's the second time this month a child has been killed by a gunshot in the Butler County community.

Thursday's shooting was reported just before 4 p.m. on the 700 block of Gordon Smith Boulevard, according to Hamilton Police Lt. Carl Sigmon.

On Friday, police said they believe the 3-year-old took the gun from his mother’s purse and shot himself while playing with it.



Wild Parsnip ('Poison' Parsnip) is also no joke - that is, phytophotodermatitis is no joke....

Information from Wisconsin:

Information from Minnesota:


Appearance: Monocarpic perennial herbaceous plant (plant spends one or more years in rosette stage, blooms under favorable conditions, and then dies), 6" high in the rosette stage and 4' high on stout, grooved stems in the flowering stage.

Leaves: Alternate, leaf is made up of 5 -15 egg shaped leaflets along both sides of a common stalk; leaflets sharply-toothed or lobed at the margins; upper leaves smaller.

Flowers: Flat-topped broad flower cluster 2 - 6" wide, numerous five-petaled yellow flowers; bloom from June to late summer.

Seeds: Small, flat, round, slightly ribbed, strawcolored, abundant take 3 weeks to ripen before they can reseed; viable in the soil for 4 years.

Roots: Long, thick, edible taproot.

Warning - Avoid skin contact with the toxic sap of the plant tissue by wearing gloves, long sleeves and long pants. The juice of wild parsnip in contact with skin in the presence of sunlight can cause a rash and blistering and discoloration of the skin (phytophotodermatitis).



Information from Vermont/ New York:

So, why did Officer Sylleloglu (who had his gun out first) and was flanking Dillon Taylor not fire??

Was he not '...scared...' as Officer Cruz stated himself to be? Or was it that Officer Sylleloglu chose not to follow Dillon Taylor in a manner that required his line of sight to be facing into the sun? (Thus, Officer Sylleloglu could actually see what was taking place in front of him?)

DA says Dillon Taylor officer-involved killing was justified
By Erin Alberty And Marissa Lang The Salt Lake Tribune
Published October 1, 2014 1:27 pm


Taylor's shooting was justified, Gill said, not because he posed an actual threat, but because Cruz reasonably perceived a threat.

"Officer Cruz's belief that Dillon Taylor was armed with a gun and intended to use it against the officers was reinforced by Dillon's actions and the acts of others," Gill wrote in a letter to Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank. "By the time Dillon drew his hands from his waistband, Officer Cruz's belief that Dillon was presenting a weapon [and ... would use the weapon against officers] was reasonable."


When Taylor withdrew his hands from his waistband, Cruz told investigators: "I was scared to death. The last thought I had go through my mind when I pulled the trigger ... was that 'I was too late. I was too late.' And because of that I was gonna get killed."


No gun • After the shooting, Cruz rolls Taylor's body over and cuffs his hands as a witness can be heard screaming, "They [expletive] shot him!" Officer Andrew Sylleloglu can be heard telling Cruz he couldn't activate his body camera.



Contact Sim Gill: (801) 230-1209 or sgill@slco.org

Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office Finds Officer Involved Shooting
Legally Justified

Salt Lake City, UT -- After conducting a routine Officer Involved Critical Incident (OICI) review, the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office has determined that the August 11th, 2014 Use of Deadly Force by Salt Lake City Police Officer Cruz was legally justified.



Is it smart tactically to put oneself facing into the sun if one needs to approach a 'suspect'? Can one determine that it is safe to fire at a target if one is looking at the target and the sun approximately behind the target? How would a person walking in the direction of the sun behave differently than a person walking away from the sun if addressed from behind? Would there be any disorientation? Beyond this, if one were intoxicated, would this possible disorientation be amplified by the intoxicant?

Can this terrible incident be ascribed to potentially negligently faulty tactics employed by the responding officers? Tactics that gave at least one of the officers no way to accurately perceive the level of threat that was being presented?

This sort of thing has to stop.

CNN Probably Should Avoid The Metric System And Significant Figures In General...

Metric America: Lincoln Chafee's vision in 20 examples
By Eric Weisbrod, Walbert Castillo and Sophie Tatum, CNN
Updated 9:48 PM ET, Thu June 4, 2015

(CNN)Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced Wednesday his bid to become the Democratic nominee for president in 2016, and in his stump speech, his pushed for America to use the metric system.


2. If you were to drive from Des Moines, Iowa to Concord, New Hampshire, that's a distance of 1,238 miles or 2064.79 kilometers. Likewise, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton drove 1,964 miles from Chappaqua, New York to Monticello, Iowa, according to the Washington Post, a distance equivalent to 3131.783 kilometers.


4. The distance between the White House and the U.S. Capitol building, is 2.5 miles or 4.02336 kilometers.


And just for a little more perspective, here are ten things that will change in Chafee's America:


6. The Quarter Pounder: Imagine ordering a 0.45 Kilogrammer with Cheese.



CNN's slightly corrected version:

Some Observations:

That is one large 'Quarter' Pounder.

By some arcane mathematical alchemy (likely known only to CNN), four significant figures can become either six or seven significant figures - and sometimes two significant figures can become six significant figures.

Thank goodness that CNN is merely a news organization and that people do not need to count on the accuracy of what they publish, broadcast or state.

Nobel Prize Sold: It seems like the 'historic' ACA has missed the mark...

May 29 2015, 7:23 pm ET
Physicist Leon Lederman's Nobel Prize Medal Sells for $765,000
by Alan Boyle

The Nobel Prize gold medal that physicist Leon Lederman won in 1988 was auctioned off on Thursday for a winning bid of $633,335, plus a buyer's premium that brought the final price to $765,002.


Lederman used his share of the money from the 1988 Nobel Prize to buy a vacation cabin in Idaho — which he and his wife now use as their principal residence.

Ellen Lederman, who is 67, told AP that she and her husband have been living comfortably in retirement, but that they now face potentially costly medical bills and uncertainty following a diagnosis of dementia for the Nobel-winning physicist.

"It's terrible," she said. "It's really hard. I wish it could be different. But he's happy. He likes where he lives with cats and dogs and horses. He doesn't have any problems with anxiety, and that makes me glad that he's so content."



It is shameful that the US will not provide health care (not merely mandated health insurance) to all of its citizens.

Guantánamo Bay: How many years will be required to close it? 1...5...10...20?

Published on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 by Common Dreams
Rights Groups to Obama: No More Foot Dragging On Closing Guantánamo
'It is time for President Obama, and Defense Secretary Carter, to take action to transfer the 57 men still held who have already been approved to leave Guantánamo, and to release or charge in federal court those who remain'

by Sarah Lazare, staff writer

Omar Khadr—captured by the U.S. as a child, forced to endure torture, and detained 13 years, most of them at Guantánamo Bay—was recently released on bail to widespread media attention.

But on Tuesday, leading human rights groups released an open letter reminding U.S. President Barack Obama—and the world—that 122 men still languish behind bars at the infamous facility, largely without charge or trial, and the slow trickle of releases is not enough.

Addressing Obama and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, groups including Amnesty International USA, Veterans for Peace, Reprieve, and Center for Constitutional Rights declared that the U.S. government "must act to close the prison as quickly as possible."

The missive took direct aim at one of the president's many pledges, this one made nearly two years ago, to revamp his efforts to shutter the facility.



MO Officer Resigns Prior to Shooting: Police shoot and kill unarmed man after foot chase

Springfield, MO | February 2015

Police shoot and kill unarmed man after foot chase
Stephen Herzog, News-Leader 12:20 a.m. CST February 19, 2015

One person was killed Tuesday evening in an officer-involved shooting in northwest Springfield.

Police say Michael Steven Ireland, 31, was shot and killed by police. Police say it appears Ireland was unarmed.

According to Springfield police, officers were called to the 1900 block of West Division Street after 10 p.m. to check on "suspicious activity."

Officers arrived and attempted to contact Ireland, who then ran from the scene, police say.



Police give evidence to prosecutors in Ireland shooting
Harrison Keegan, News-Leader 1:27 p.m. CDT April 22, 2015

Springfield police say they have turned over evidence to prosecutors for them to review in connection with a February shooting in which an unarmed man was shot and killed by a police officer.

Police spokeswoman Lisa Cox said Thursday that police are still waiting on the completed autopsy report and the final testing of physical evidence in the Feb. 17 shooting of Michael Ireland, but she said police presented their investigative reports to the Greene County Prosecutor's Office last week so that prosecutors could begin reviewing the evidence.

Prosecutors will make the determination on whether charges should be filed against the officer who shot Ireland, Andrew Bath.


Bath is no longer with the police department, having already resigned prior to the shooting.



No charges in fatal police shooting in Springfield
Posted: May 16, 2015 1:39 PM by The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD (AP) - Greene County prosecutors say they aren't filing charges against a police officer who killed an unarmed man in February.

The Springfield News-Leader reports Prosecutor Dan Patterson said Friday he won't charge officer Andrew Bath in the Feb. 17 shooting of Michael Ireland because the shooting was legally justified. The officer says he thought the suspect was reaching for a weapon.

Patterson also says Ireland's toxicology report was positive for drugs including morphine and oxymorphone.

Ireland's stepsister Christi Stockwell said she was stunned and disappointed by the decision not to file charges.



Is it odd to allow an officer who has resigned to continue to act as a police officer - i.e., in any capacity other than some variant of desk duty?

So, the TPP is supposedly a good thing? Here is a chance for all the TPP supporters to make

positive, concrete and specific assertions about the TPP - please back them up with a link to the actual text of the TPP so that your laudatory comments may be verified...

MORELL: "Chris, Chris Chris, what's my job, right? My job—"...

George W. Bush's CIA Briefer: Bush and Cheney Falsely Presented WMD Intelligence to Public
On "Hardball," Michael Morell concedes the Bush administration misled the nation into the Iraq War.
By David Corn | Tue May 19, 2015 7:25 PM EDT


MATTHEWS: Well, why'd you let them get away with it?

MORELL: Look, my job Chris—

MATTHEWS: You're the briefer for the president on intelligence, you're the top person to go in and tell him what's going on. You see Cheney make this charge he's got a nuclear bomb and then they make subsequent charges he knew how to deliver it…and nobody raised their hand and said, "No that's not what we told him."

MORELL: Chris, Chris Chris, what's my job, right? My job—

MATTHEWS: To tell the truth.

MORELL: My job—no, as the briefer? As the briefer?



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