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Group warns of poop in Missouri State Parks water systems

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If you’re visiting a Missouri State Park soon, don’t drink the water.

That’s the takeaway from a request for enforcement filed with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), which warned of “chronic” violations of clean water standards in several public drinking water systems, according to a Thursday report in The Riverfront Times.

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The group said that testing has revealed the presence of coliform bacteria, along with E. coli. Encyclopedia Britannica says that coliform bacterial levels are typically used as the standard measurement for “evidence of recent human fecal contamination of water supplies.”

PEER’s letter (PDF) says that Missouri officials knew about more than a dozen clean water violations in the parks since 2010, but have failed to act. The most severe violations occurred as recently as 2012 in Camp Derricotte just northwest of St. Louis, they added.

But the problem goes back further than just 2010, PEER added. “A report released by the Missouri State Auditor in 2004 found ‘numerous incidents where the state parks had not complied with federal and state drinking water regulations or division water testing policies, and therefore could not be assured that park visitors were provided water safe for consumption,'” they noted.

“Now is the time to address the safety of park water systems before many of them reopen to the public this spring,” PEER attorney Kathryn Douglass said in an advisory.
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‘Brutal and unacceptable’: Calls for arrest of NYPD cop who put woman in the ER during protests

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The Speaker of the New York City Council is demanding accountability for a NYPD officer caught on tape violently striking a woman during protests of police violence.

Video of the incident appeared on social media on Friday. The video appears to show the cop running up a shoving the woman, launching her off her feet.

She is reportedly now in the ER after suffering a serious seizure.

"This officer needs to be charged with assault," Speaker Cory Johnson posted on Twitter. "Hard to watch. Brutal and unacceptable."

This officer needs to be charged with assault.

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‘I’m getting shot’: Shocking video shows police in Louisville hitting journalists with pepper bullets

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Police fired pepper bullets at a camera crew doing a live broadcast of the police violence protests in Louisville on Friday evening.

"WAVE 3 News reporter Kaitlin Rust appeared to have been hit by rubber bullets reportedly fired by an LMPD officer during a protest in downtown Louisville," the station reported.

Rust was wearing a fluorescent safety vest at the time of the incident.

"I'm getting shot," she shouted.

The news anchor asked, "who are they aiming that at?"

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Chicago Mayor Lightfoot to Trump: ‘What I really want to say … begins with F and it ends with U’

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CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Friday ripped President Donald Trump, saying he’s fomenting violence and playing to racist urges for political gain in response to the killing of a black man by a Minneapolis police officer and subsequent rioting.Lightfoot’s comments were an apparent response to Trump tweeting a message that included “When the looting starts, the shooting starts” in reply to rioting in Minneapolis and elsewhere following the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on Floyd’s neck while he was in custody. Lig... (more…)

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