Michael Bloomberg apologizes for stop-and-frisk as he mulls presidential run

Prominent activists express skepticism after ex-New York mayor apologizes for program that disproportionately affected minorities Potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg has apologized for his longstanding support of the controversial stop-and-frisk police strategy, a practice that he embraced as New Yorks mayor and continued to defend despite its disproportionate impact on people of color. The apology, however, was received skeptically by many prominent activists who noted that it was made as he is taking steps to enter the presidential race ahead of the 2020 US election. Addressing a black church in Brooklyn on Sunday, Bloomberg said he was sorry and acknowledged it often led to the detention of blacks and Latinos. I cant change history, Bloomberg told the congregation. …

Prince Andrew to step back from public duties ‘for foreseeable future’

Duke of York issues statement amid criticism over relationship with Jeffrey Epstein The Queen has given permission for Prince Andrew to step back from public duties for the foreseeable future after days of mounting pressure following his interview with the BBC about his friendship with the convicted child sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The Duke of York also said he was willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations if required over the US probe into Epstein. The development came on a day when BT said it digital skills scheme that counts the duke as patron, amid to meet the royal and have sex with him. His effective suspension from duties by his mother was announced in a …

Texas appeals court blocks Rodney Reed execution

(CNN)The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals blocked the execution of Rodney Reed Friday, allowing a lower court to consider Reed’s claim that the state presented false testimony and that he is innocent. Reed was sentenced to death more than 20 years ago for the 1996 assault, rape and strangling of 19-year-old Stacey Stites. He was scheduled to be executed November 20. The inmate and attorneys with the Innocence Project say they have evidence that exonerates him and allegedly implicates Stites’ fiancée at the time, Jimmy Fennell, who was a police officer. Reed’s team will be able to present topics to a judge that include evidence of “actual innocence,” according to one of Reed’s lawyers, Andrew MacRae. Innocence Project lawyers say …

You can forget about the predicted political backlash against Democrats for impeachment

(CNN)The first week of impeachment public hearings was devastating for President Donald Trump. The House Intelligence Committee heard testimony from foreign service officials deeply troubled by the administration’s shadow policymaking cabal, headed by Rudy Giuliani, that withheld vital foreign aid in exchange for campaign support. As if that were not bad enough, David Holmes, an aide to the top US diplomat in Ukraine, William Taylor, ended the day behind closed doors explaining, according to his opening statement, how he overheard the President speaking loudly on the phone with Ambassador Gordon Sondland in a restaurant in Kiev about the investigations related to Hunter Biden and conspiracy theories about the origins of the Russia investigation. In other words, everyone has been confirming …

Evan Peters and Halsey aren’t telling us anything

(CNN)Sometimes a touch is just a touch. “Still not pregnant,” she tweeted. “Still just allergic to gluten. Still love pancakes.” She then followed that up with a second tweet. “Is it a boy? Is it a girl? It’s pancakes,” Halsey wrote. Peters 32, and Halsey, 25, had been stirring speculation since October when they were spotted by paparazzi holding hands at Six Flags Magic Mountain. They confirmed their relationship later that month by dressing as Sonny and Cher for the “American Horror Story” Halloween party. Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Brain Waves Show DMT Is Like “Dreaming With Your Eyes Open”

Scientists have looked at the brain waves of people tripping on DMT, the so-called spirit molecule found in the psychedelic stew ayahuasca, and found it looks remarkably similar to “dreaming but with your eyes open.” Reported in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, the researchers say their insights into the brain’s activity under the influence of DMT could help to uncover how ayahuasca induces such profound psychedelic experiences and intense visual imagery. Ayahuasca’s chief psychoactive ingredient is N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a psychoactive chemical that can induce an intense, yet relatively short-lived hallucinogenic trip. The experience has been utilized for centuries by indigenous people in the Amazon for shamanic rituals and spiritual rites. In recent decades, it’s also caught the attention of scientists and psychonauts looking …

Black Friday? Why not ‘Green Friday’ instead?

‘Make Friday Green Again’ The collective, made up of predominantly French brands, was started by Nicolas Rohr, one of the co-founders of eco-friendly, clothing company, Faguo. “When people buy something, we pollute because of the carbon emissions that come from making that product, from using it and then getting rid of that product,” he said. “Today we don’t buy what we need; we buy because we are tempted. “We are not in a good relationship with consumption any more. “We want people to focus on what they already have in their wardrobes then, if you really need something more you can buy it.” Nous avons réuni le collectif #makefridaygreenagain, réunissant plus de 130 marques françaises, avec un point commun : …

Chip shop owner ‘had black eye before her death’

Ms Davies told the court that when she asked Mrs Bran about her eye she told her she had “walked into something”. Image copyright Athena Pictures Image caption The couple ran The Chipoteria in Carmarthenshire, one of a number of businesses they owned “Her and Geoff had had a barney,” she said. “She said Geoff had been very nasty to her since Wednesday.” Ms Davies said her friend had her head in her hands and told her: “Cerys, I am frightened. I think he is going to kill me.” Medical evidence Pathologist Deryk James told the court he did not think it possible oil had been “tipped” over Mrs Bran’s head. He agreed with the conclusion she had died from …

Mississippi couple facing jail time for living in RV after fire partially burned home

Annandale Estates, located in Madison, Mississippi.  (Google Maps) The living arrangement was subsequently found to be in violation of their Madison homeowners association code, WAPT-TV reported. Navari says the city alderman and mayor signed off on the plan and said they could get a permit if the plan was approved by the Annandale Estates association. She says the family soon received a letter from the association saying the RV had broken its code; the letter said association officials “felt sympathy for us and our situation, but we needed to leave.” A copy of the letter, posted on Navari’s Facebook page, urges the family to “remove the temporary housing structure by Sept. 5, 2019, to avoid any penalties.” Trending in US …

Artist Illustrates Her Relationship With IT Guy In 21 Adorable Comics (New Pics)

“I had been creating heartwarming-wholesome style cute drawings on Webtoons called Roar Street Journal for 3 years. I had a great time making [the series], but I wanted to try creating other comics as well,” Bonnie told Bored Panda. Coincidentally, she also got engaged at the time, so it seemed like the perfect moment to start a relationship comic. IT Guy & ART Girl adventures come entirely from Bonnie’s everyday life. However, she sometimes exaggerates things ever so slightly to make the stories funnier. 3 The artist isn’t afraid she’ll hit a creative block anytime soon. “I still have many ideas to turn into comics, and life will keep bringing new surprises. I’m thinking about making a sub-series that focus …

Two jailed for murdering Jodie Chesney in park

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDetective Inspector Perry Benton explains how the Met Police pieced together evidence to catch Jodie’s killers Two teenagers have been jailed for life for murdering a 17-year-old girl in an east London park. Jodie Chesney was stabbed in the back as she sat with friends in Harold Hill on 1 March. Svenson Ong-a-Kwie, 19, and Arron Isaacs, 17, of Barking, were both convicted earlier this month after a trial at the Old Bailey. Ong-a-Kwie, of Romford, will serve a minimum of 26 years while Isaacs was detained for at least 18 years. Life sentence for Jodie’s killers Stabbed in the back and left to die Watch Justice for Jodie documentary Explaining the …

Gauke: Tory majority ‘bad outcome for country’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFormer minister David Gauke: “A Conservative majority… will take us in the direction of a very hard Brexit” Former justice secretary David Gauke says a Conservative majority at the upcoming election would be a “bad outcome for the country”. Mr Gauke – who confirmed he will run as an independent in 12 December poll – was among the MPs expelled from the Tories by Boris Johnson after he voted against a no-deal Brexit. He said a majority led by Mr Johnson would mean a “very hard Brexit”. But Tory Minister Michael Gove said his former colleague was “precisely wrong”. Mr Gove told BBC Breakfast the Conservatives were pursuing “a good Brexit deal …

Meghan accuses Mail newspapers of ‘untrue’ stories

Meghan sues Mail on Sunday over private letter Harry sues Sun and Mirror’s owners in phone-hacking claim Sussexes and Cambridges reunite at Remembrance event In October, law firm Schillings, acting for the duchess, filed a High Court claim against the Mail on Sunday and its parent company over the alleged misuse of private information, infringement of copyright and breach of the Data Protection Act 2018. The claim came after the Mail on Sunday published a handwritten letter from Meghan to her father, Thomas Markle, sent shortly after she and Prince Harry got married in 2018. It is claimed the newspaper did not publish parts of the letter because it would undermine its “negative” portrayal of the duchess. The court papers …