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Filmmaker, audiences outraged after Netflix butchers movies’ aspect ratios

A filmmaker behind several major motion pictures in recent years announced Thursday that he was outraged to discover that online streaming service Netflix had cropped one of his movies’ original aspect ratio, resulting in a film where a significant portion of the picture was missing entirely. The movie in question…

Late-term abortion Dr. George Tiller’s murderer could be released early

The murderer of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller may only be facing half of his original sentence thanks to a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in June, The Kansas City Star reported recently. Scott Roeder, who was sentenced to life in prison under Kansas’s “Hard 50″ mandatory minimum sentencing…

Coalition sues NSA over unconstitutional mass surveillance programs

A coalition of organizations led by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the National Security Agency over allegedly “unconstitutional” mass surveillance programs. “The First Amendment protects the freedom to associate and express political views as a group, but the NSA’s mass, untargeted collection of Americans’ phone…

New York pedophile pleads guilty to raping girl and murdering her mother

New York resident David Renz, 29, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to allegations that he raped a 10-year-old girl and murdered her mother, in a broad-daylight attack that began in a shopping mall parking lot. The attack began after Renz removed an electronic tracking device affixed to his ankle, then reassembled…

Snoop: Zimmerman prosecution was lacking because Trayvon Martin was black

Reggae artist Snoop Lion, formerly known as rap artist Snoop Dogg, said at a press event for his new film “Turbo” on Wednesday that he felt the prosecution in the Zimmerman murder trial was lacking because the victim, Trayvon Martin, was black. “If that had been a black-on-black crime, it…

‘Obamacare’ to slash individual New Yorkers’ health insurance rates by 50 percent

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced Wednesday that prices for individual health insurance policies are on the brink of plunging 50 percent or more thanks to provisions in the Affordable Care Act. A spokesperson for the governor’s office told The New York Times that the new rates mean that…

Poop-based parasite sickens over 100 in three states

A parasite that comes from fecal matter has been spotted in Iowa, Nebraska and Texas since the beginning of July, authorities warned this week. The cyclospora parasite comes from fecal matter and is typically contracted by humans who eat produce tainted by said fecal matter. Over 100 people came down…

Nugent lectures Trayvon’s parents for raising a ‘gangsta wanabe, Skittles hoodie boy’

In a screed published by the right-wing conspiracy website WorldNetDaily on Monday, National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent lectured Trayvon Martin’s parents for raising what he called a “gangster wanabe, Skittles hoodie boy.” The musician and gun enthusiast went on to suggest that the people protesting George Zimmerman’s not…

Texas judge dies in courthouse of suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound

A judge in Corpus Christie was found shot to death in his courthouse chambers on Monday evening, in what some initial reports are speculating was a suicide. The body of State District Judge Tom Greenwell (R) was found in his office by a cleaning crew around 7 p.m., according to…

Crew blows up oil-fired power plant in Florida

This morning in Fort Lauderdale, the theme was goodbye smokestacks and hello cleaner air as crews demolished, in spectacular manner, an oil-fired power plant built in the 1960s. The facility set to replace the massive smokestacks of the Port Everglades power plant will run on natural gas, which burns off…

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