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Brooklyn family accuses NYPD of causing father’s fatal heart attack

The Brooklyn District Attorney will launch an investigation into a botched raid by New York City police following accusations by the Brooklyn family involved that it led to their father suffered a fatal heart attack. WABC-TV reported that 43-year-old Carlos Alcis died early Thursday morning after police entered his family’s…

Special-needs woman found tied up in Philadelphia basement

Philadelphia police found a woman with special needs tied up in a basement belonging to her designated caretaker, KYW-TV reported on Saturday. The unidentified 36-year-old woman was reportedly found with sores on her body, covered in urine and feces and in apparent malnourishment. Authorities said she has not been diagnosed,…

‘This was a safe haven’: Chicago schoolhouse demolished despite community opposition

Supporters of a Chicago community schoolhouse were arrested Saturday morning while protesting the facility’s demolition, as residents vowed to continue pressuring city leaders to live up to financial commitments. WMAQ-TV reported that 10 people were arrested following the demolition of La Casita, as the informal community center was known. Chicago…

Alabama state Republicans pushing ‘rising star’ out for not opposing marriage equality

Members of the Alabama Republican Party are looking to oust the head of their college community from her position on the state steering committee for refusing to denounce marriage equality on constitutional grounds, Buzzfeed reported on Friday. Stephanie Petelos, who leads the College Republicans Federation of Alabama (CRFA), told Buzzfeed…

Maddow mocks the idea of Limbaugh hosting a GOP debate: ‘Seem like a plan?’

A somewhat amused Rachel Maddow noted on Friday that the GOP’s move to ban CNN and NBC from its future presidential primary debates ran counter to its own advice from earlier this year to be more inclusive and to “stop listening to itself.” “That was the plan for the Republican…

Chris Christie vetoes weapons ban out of concern for ‘law-abiding’ assault rifle owners

In a move swiftly criticized as a concession to gun advocates, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) issued a veto Friday night against two gun safety measures, including a ban on .50-caliber long-range rifles, a measure he initially supported. The Washington Post reported that Christie announced the veto after 6…

‘Tell him to stop lying!’: Watch another GOP lawmaker get called out over Obamacare

A Florida lawmaker became the latest Republican to be loudly questioned by constituents over his opposition to the Affordable Care Act. According to Think Progress, Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) was booed and heckled during a town hall event on Thursday, with one attendee saying, “Tell him to stop lying” at…

Al Sharpton rips O’Reilly’s hypocrisy: ‘This is the worst kind of gutter talk’

MSNBC host Al Sharpton revealed a secret of his own on Friday regarding Bill O’Reilly: that his Fox News counterpart, who has publicly denigrated him, has worked with Sharpton’s activist organization. “This is the worst kind of gutter talk,” Sharpton said after playing clips of O’Reilly calling him a “race-hustler.”…

Texas politician’s homophobic remarks caught on tape: ‘It’s just disgusting to even think about’

San Antonio mayor Julian Castro (D) quickly criticized one of his city council members on Friday after homophobic remarks by her came to light. Council member Elisa Chan’s statements finding homosexuality “disgusting,” Castro told KENS-TV, were “hurtful and misinformed and they don’t reflect the views of the overwhelming majority of…

Protest chic: Designer Vivienne Westwood joins successful anti-fracking demonstration

Famed fashion designer Vivienne Westwood was among hundreds of protestors who have managed to temporarily stop a purported fracking excavation in a British village. “It’s just storing up for the future, near future even, with financial problems and ultimately, you know, we’ll all fry,” Westwood told Sky News on Friday…

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