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Hand dyer mainly to the quilters market, doll maker, oil painter and teacher, anti-fas, cat owner, anti nuke, ex navy, reasonably good cook, father of three happy successful kids and three happy grand kids. Life is good.

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A Girl, 15, Reported a Sexual Assault, Then the Detective Abused Her, Too

A Girl, 15, Reported a Sexual Assault, Then the Detective Abused Her, Too

The investigator, Neil David Kimball, pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful sexual intercourse with a teenager he met when she reported a sexual assault to the authorities.
Karen Zraick

By Karen Zraick

July 16, 2019



It was at least the third time the detective, Neil David Kimball of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, had been accused of misconduct while on duty, though he was not charged as a result of the first two allegations.

District Attorney Gregory D. Totten of Ventura County, whose office prosecuted the case, said in a statement that Detective Kimball, 46, met the then-15-year-old victim in 2017 when she reported a sexual assault. He befriended her and then sexually assaulted her, according to the statement.


Detective Kimball was originally charged with raping the victim while she was tied or bound. Detective Kimball was also accused of “witness intimidation by threat of force.”


Detective Kimball pleaded guilty last week to a lewd act with a child and unlawful sexual intercourse, and is expected to be sentenced to three years in prison at his next appearance, on Aug. 8. He must also register as a sex offender.


Detective Kimball’s plea comes just over a month after Sara Abusheikh, a Los Angeles fashion designer, wrote in a post on Medium about her experience with the detective after she was sexually assaulted by an acquaintance in 2014, and reported it to the authorities. Detective Kimball was assigned to her case, but she wrote that he never investigated, and instead said wildly inappropriate things to her.

Ms. Abusheikh wrote that Detective Kimball teased her about going back to her assailant and suggested she “let him make love to you gently.”


In 2009, Detective Kimball was investigated for sexual battery but not charged after an episode at a hotel the previous year, The Los Angeles Times reported. According to the report, which was based on a prosecutor’s memo, the detective had questioned a group of friends in a parking lot. Afterward, women in the group and Detective Kimball went to a hotel room, where some of the women stripped down to their underwear and got into a hot tub as he encouraged them, the memo stated. It also said that one woman accused the detective of grabbing her hand and trying to place it on his genitals.


Notre-Dame came far closer to collapsing than people knew. This is how it was saved.

Notre-Dame came far closer to collapsing than people knew. This is how it was saved.
Thomas Goisque
By Elian Peltier, James Glanz, Mika Gröndahl, Weiyi Cai, Adam Nossiter and Liz Alderman


A baffling alert. A race to the wrong building. Notre-Dame still stands only because firefighters decided to risk everything, a New York Times reconstruction has found.
July 17, 2019

PARIS — The employee monitoring the smoke alarm panel at Notre-Dame cathedral was just three days on the job when the red warning light flashed on the evening of April 15: “Feu.” Fire.

It was 6:18 on a Monday, the week before Easter. The Rev. Jean-Pierre Caveau was celebrating Mass before hundreds of worshipers and visitors, and the employee radioed a church guard who was standing just a few feet from the altar.

Go check for fire, the guard was told. He did and found nothing.

It took nearly 30 minutes before they realized their mistake: The guard had gone to the wrong building. The fire was in the attic of the cathedral, the famed latticework of ancient timbers known as “the forest.”

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10 minutes after alarm

The guard went to the attic of a small adjacent building, the sacristy.

Instead of calling the fire department, the security employee called his boss but didn’t reach him.

The manager called back and eventually deciphered the mistake. He called the guard: Leave the sacristy and run to the main attic.

But by the time the guard climbed 300 narrow steps to the attic, the fire was burning out of control,


This is an interesting, longish read!

Former ASU Professor Defended Jeffrey Epstein Before His Own Sex Scandal Arose

Former ASU Professor Defended Jeffrey Epstein Before His Own Sex Scandal Arose
Hannah Critchfield | July 12, 2019 | 2:36pm



Many of Epstein's friends and acquaintances are being outed in the fallout. One of those is Lawrence Krauss, the former Arizona State University professor and world-renowned physicist who himself faced allegations of sexual misconduct spanning a decade’s time. Krauss reportedly received $250,000 from one of Epstein’s foundations for his Origins Project.


Krauss publicly defended Epstein’s character during this time period. Epstein was previously convicted in 2008 for soliciting prostitution from underage girls. He served just 13 months in a controversial plea deal — the very deal for which Acosta has now resigned.

"Jeffrey has surrounded himself with beautiful women and young women but they're not as young as the ones that were claimed,” said Krauss in a 2011 interview with the Daily Beast. “As a scientist I always judge things on empirical evidence and he always has women ages 19 to 23 around him, but I've never seen anything else, so as a scientist, my presumption is that whatever the problems were I would believe him over other people."

Krauss insisted that despite receiving criticism from colleagues about his alignment with the sex offender, "I don't feel tarnished in any way by my relationship with Jeffrey; I feel raised by it."

A cosmologist and celebrity physicist, Krauss agreed to retire from Arizona State University last year after Buzzfeed News reported a string of sexual harassment claims against the tenured professor. Accusations detailed a spectrum of inappropriate and discriminatory behavior over the last decade: Krauss reportedly made sexist jokes to undergraduate students, groped women, and told another ASU employee that he was going to buy her birth control so she didn’t inconvenience him by taking maternity leave.


Hannah Critchfield is an editorial fellow for Phoenix New Times.

Contact: Hannah Critchfield

Follow: Twitter: @hannacritch

Florida Man Released From Jail Arrested Again For Attempting to Steal Car From Jail Parking Lot 26 T

Florida Man Released From Jail Arrested Again For Attempting to Steal Car From Jail Parking Lot 26 Times

By Christina Zhao On 7/4/19 at 12:39 AM EDT



Dennis Libonati, 68, of Homosassa, was released from the Land O' Lakes Detention Center in Pasco County, Florida on Monday after he was sentenced on a misdemeanor battery charge to 265 days of probation and anger management classes earlier that day, according to The Smoking Gun. Libonati had reportedly been held in jail since his arrest in mid-March.

At around 10:30 p.m. that evening, authorities responded to a "complaint of a suspicious person in the parking lot of the LOL [Land O' Lakes] Detention facility," according to a criminal complaint. Upon their arrival, police found Libonati located in an area of jail property restricted to officials use only.

Video surveillance of the parking lot showed the defendant "attempting to enter 26 vehicles in the common parking area by pulling on door handles," but "all vehicles were locked so entry was not made," the complaint said, adding that two sheriff's office vehicles — a Dodge Ram pickup truck and a Kawasaki Mule ATV — were among those he attempted to break into and steal.


Libonati was arrested without incident and booked on 28 charges, including 26 counts of attempted auto burglary for each car he tried to get into, one count of grand theft and one count of auto burglary. He also faces a probation violation count over the sentence he received earlier that day after being found guilty of battery.


If at first you don't succeed, try 25 times - if you fail once more: go directly to jail.

What another Republican President did ...

Thankyou, DU!

To everyone who supported me in this last round with my cancer fight -

All those prayers, thoughts, vibes, kind words, advice ....

They worked. Its a hard work coming back that could have been SOOOO much worse.

Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou!

Rip Torn, 'Men in Black,' 'Larry Sanders Show' Star, Dead At 88

Rip Torn, ‘Men in Black,’ ‘Larry Sanders Show’ Star, Dead At 88
The actor earned Oscar and Tony nominations as well as an Emmy Award.
Carmel Dagan Variety


Actor Rip Torn, who earned Oscar and Tony nominations as well as an Emmy Award and two Obies, has died Tuesday in Lakeville, Conn., his representative confirmed. He was 88.

Torn was equally at home in the comedy of the “Men in Black” film series or TV’s “The Larry Sanders Show” (for which he won his Emmy) and in the drama of “Sweet Bird of Youth” or “Anna Christie,” to name two of the numerous classic works of theater in which he appeared.

The actor was nominated for a supporting-actor Oscar in 1984 for his work as a father who confronts tragedy in Martin Ritt’s “Cross Creek,” one of many rural dramas in which he appeared during his career.

Rip Torn’s film career began to gain steam with a supporting role as Gregory Peck’s brother-in-law in the 1959 Korean War pic “Pork Chop Hill” and the part of Judas in Nicholas Ray’s 1961 epic “King of Kings.”

He drew a Tony nomination in 1960 for his first performance on Broadway, as the sadistic son of the town boss in Elia Kazan’s original production of Tennessee Williams’ “Sweet Bird of Youth.” Torn later replaced Paul Newman in the starring role of Chance Wayne. He, Newman and Broadway co-star Geraldine Page, whom Torn married in 1963, re-created their roles in the 1962 film adaptation. (Torn also starred as Boss Finley in a 1989 NBC adaptation of the play directed by Nicolas Roeg.)

Unlike many actors, who take on the New York stage before making their way to film work, Torn headed for Hollywood after college, making his bigscreen debut in an uncredited role in Kazan’s 1956 “Baby Doll” and then appearing in the director’s “A Face in the Crowd.” But Torn soon decided that he had put the cart before the horse and headed East. In New York he studied performance with modern-dance doyenne Martha Graham and at the Actors Studio with Lee Strasberg. (Torn brought his aspiring cousin, Sissy Spacek, into the Actors Studio.)


The actor’s film career began to gain steam with a supporting role as Gregory Peck’s brother-in-law in the 1959 Korean War pic “Pork Chop Hill” and the part of Judas in Nicholas Ray’s 1961 epic “King of Kings.”

Meanwhile, on Broadway, he followed “Sweet Bird of Youth” with roles in the plays “Daughter of Silence,” Eugene O’Neill’s “Strange Interlude” and “Blues for Mister Charlie” in the early 1960s.

He made his Off Broadway debut in O’Neill’s “Desire Under the Elms,” and in 1967 he won an Obie for his role in Norman Mailer’s “Deer Park.”

But Torn was developing a reputation for erratic behavior. He worked for racial integration in theater but ended up alienating “Blues for Mister Charlie” author James Baldwin even after defending his then-shocking play about racism in America. In 1968, after Torn became frustrated over the creative direction of the project and as the cameras were rolling, he attacked Mailer with a hammer on the set of the film “Maidstone,” which Mailer was directing and in which the pair were starring.


On the bigscreen in the 1970s, he had roles in “Tropic of Cancer” (in which he starred), “Crazy Joe,” “The Man Who Fell to Earth,” “Coma,” “The Seduction of Joe Tynan” (he memorably played a womanizing Southern senator) and “Heartland” (a powerful Western drama in which he played a simple man of subtle wit).

While he picked up his Oscar nom for “Cross Creek” in 1984, Torn was often in a silly mood in his films of the 1980s, including “The Beastmaster,” “Jinxed,” “Airplane II: The Sequel” and “Cash.”

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A very enjoyable actor and a colorful personality.

No. I'm telling you there isn't a shop in this country that doesn't ...

have a sign that says "we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone" and as long as it is a refusal that can be demonstrated not to be enforced in a discriminatory manner there's nothing wrong with it.

The police have no history as a discriminated class in this nation, if anything absolutely the opposite as most establishments offer free coffee and donuts or the equal and discounts to police in uniform.

Don't you feel discriminated over that free coffe and sinkers you'll never get?

The refusal of service was about police violence that even the mayor of Phoenix has condemned as non professional and dangerous to those the police are here ostensibly protect. And this is why the owner of that shop used his right of refusal to eliminate the stress to his clientele caused by jump booted, armed, paramilitary uniformed police from his shop after the recent incidents in metro area.

I'm an old white straight male vet and even I get it.

Other than that ONE incident describe the discrimination you see towards cops.

Let me show show you the real discrimination shown to the undocumented, the LTGB, women, Poc, the homeless every single day. I don't feel for those cops, their lives are good and in twenty years they get to pension out and live a wonderful life. The young and mostly black males shot down in the streets unarmed and unresisting will not.

Until tensions ease there will be no service of police in my shop gratis or cash.

Now be honest: what is your real concern?

Added: Don't you have any sense at all that you are trivializing what discrimination really is?????

Posted by marble falls | Sun Jul 7, 2019, 10:51 PM (1 replies)

She thought it was Christmas in July sale ...

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JUST IN: This is the woman police say is responsible for shooting another woman inside a local @Walmart last night. https://on.wpxi.com/2NBQrcz
8:18 AM - Jul 6, 2019

Posted by marble falls | Sat Jul 6, 2019, 01:05 PM (9 replies)

For my Russian bothers and sisters, I am in tears ...

Posted by marble falls | Wed Jul 3, 2019, 08:54 AM (2 replies)
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