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U.S. court grants Nigerian asylum-seeker the right to testify about his own torture in immigration court

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided today that a Nigerian man, Olakunle Oshodi, will be allowed to testify fully at his deportation hearing about the torture he suffered as a political dissident at the hands of Nigerian officials before he fled his homeland. The eleven judge panel, sans three dissenters, held that the Immigration Judge (IJ) and Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) violated Oshodi’s due process rights when they refused to allow him to […]

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Document contradicts Ford-Iroquois health officials' earlier statements | News-Gazette.com

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Spike to Buffy. Perfectly sums up true love. ... | Gifts for Boyfrie…

Spike to Buffy. Perfectly sums up true love. ... | Gifts for Boyfrie…

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Bounce Queen Big Freedia Slams Miley Cyrus' Twerking

Miley Cyrus' twerk-filled performance at this year's Video Music Awards has become the most talked-about, polarizing few minutes in a show that saw a 'N Sync reunion and costume-filled Lady Gaga opener. More than one thinkpiece has accused Cyrus of appropriating and exploiting black culture for her own benefit at the detriment of its pioneers.

New Orleans musician and "Queen of Bounce" Big Freedia is equally frustrated by the level of attention given to Cyrus and twerking's "new" phenomenon. (The actual dance is more than 20 years old.) Freedia hopped on the phone from the Big Easy to critique Cyrus' performance, give a few pointers and explain why we're giving credit to the wrong person.

What did you think of Miley's performance?

She was going too far. She's trying to twerk and but don't know how to twerk. It's become offensive to a lot of people who've been twerking and shaking their asses for years, especially in the black culture. But it's also helpful because it's putting twerking on the map around the world. I've been transforming twerking for the last three years around the world and for her to just come out of the blue and just start twerking, a lot of people are very offended by it, especially in New Orleans. When something get hot, everybody want to jump on the bandwagon and act like they created it. That's totally understandable but they have to give credit where credit is due.

Were you personally offended or just found it offensive in general?

In general; not to me. She may be familiar with me, but she don't know I'm the Queen of Twerking. But it's offensive to black culture and black women who've been twerking for years. Every time we do something, people want to snatch it and run with it and put their name on it. And they still don't even have the moves down yet. Just get me and Miley together so I could give her ass some lessons.

You used the phrase "trying to twerk" instead of "twerk."

Yeah. When you have my dancers, they're professionals. They're from New Orleans and know what they're doing . When they started dancing, it was original twerking. Miley's dancers were prop dancers. None of them were professional dancers. So yeah, she was trying to twerk.

What specifically about the dance did she do wrong?

For one thing, we have a dance in bounce music called "exercising" where you just open your legs and shake your butt a little bit from side to side—that part where she did in front of Robin Thicke—she still didn't even get that right because she didn't have any butt control. She needs more practice.

Some critics have pointed to the performance's racial overtones. Vulture called it a "minstrel show." Do you think she should've been more sensitive to that?

Most definitely. It should've been someone else having those dancers up there and not Miley. We want to empower women of all walks of life to express themselves through dance music. I definitely push that at a Big Freedia show and I have a lot of white fans who get up there and really twerk. I have some amazing white dancers who would get up there and shut Miley down. They could've used girls from New Orleans, even if they were not black, who knew what they're doing. They're just using anybody possible just to get that buzz since twerking is hot now. I'm still trying to wrap my head around that…I knew the twerking thing was really taking off but I didn't know it would blow up like this.

What did you think of "Twerk," the Miley Cyrus/Justin Bieber song that just came out?

See what I'm saying? They're still going to take it too far. What the hell's next? It was okay, but it still don't relate to the real side of bounce twerking.

Twerking's been around for more than 20 years. Is it weird to see it blow up in the past few years or did you expect that?

I expected it would happen, but by me working so hard, I didn’t think it would happen that way. That's why I'm working so hard; for it to happen on my end, not on the end of someone who's not even familiar with the culture. That's what so offensive, when you've been doing it for so many years and then someone who just jump off the porch try to do it.

Tell me about your upcoming song "Twerk It."

With all the buzz, I decided last week to go to the studio to record a new song to let people know where it come from and that it's been in the vocabulary of bounce music for a long time. One of the [old-school] lines was "Twerk something/Twerk something/If you're real with it," and I brought that back in a sample for my song. We decided to create a new track to shock the world with. It's definitely going to get everybody moving. Miley did her twerking on the hip hop side of things, but mine is strictly bounce that's gonna get people shaking their asses the way it originally started. It'll be out any day now.

DJ Jubilee is credited as kickstarting the dance with 1993's "Do the Jubilee All." Is that song the dance's pivotal moment?

It was Ground Zero. It was happening way before him, but he took it to a whole 'nother level once he started making the videos. In all of the middle school and high school dances, you could not go anywhere without hearing a Jubilee track or seeing him and his dancers cutting it up at a concert. He was the King of Bounce. All of his songs are New Orleans classics. As a kid, you just wanted to dance to it.

Going back to Miley, let's say you were the choreographer and saw her performance as a dress rehearsal. What specific tips would you have given her?

Don't do it.

source: http://www.fuse.tv/2013/08/big-freedia-miley-cyrus-twerk?campaign=scl|otr|cst

I thought Big Freedia was both defiant and a bit wistful in this interview. As funny as some parts of it were, it's devastating that those who have been twerking for years are being denied the exposure that Miley automatically received. I hope these artists can be incorporated into its mainstream success if they wish to be.

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Sen. Patrick Leahy calls on Eric Holder to testify about federal marijuana policy

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) will hold a hearing on the conflict between state and federal marijuana laws next month, and he hopes Attorney General Eric Holder will be there to testify. “It is important, especially at a time of budget constraints, to determine whether it is the best use of federal resources to prosecute the personal or medicinal use of marijuana in states that have made such consumption legal,” Leahy said in […]

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Comcast Claims Copyright On Publicly Available Letter, Threatens To Sue Site For Publishing It

It’s no secret that Comcast is not the most loved company, but only a few days ago some folks were happy with Comcast after a court document showed it had provided information indicating that lawyers for porn producers had planted material on a file-sharing site. Now Comcast is claiming that its copyright has been violated […]

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Are Food Trucks Siphoning Customers Away From Bricks-And-Mortar Restaurants?

Food trucks have soared in popularity for two very simple reasons: They allow entrepreneurial operators a relatively low-cost, small-staff way of launching a business, and they can instantly transform a food desert into a lunchtime hot spot. But are traditional eateries losing customers to this proliferation of meals-on-wheels?

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Walden sues Urbana over job

Former city accounting supervisor Liz Walden is suing for her job back after she claims she was wrongfully terminated this summer in a controversial move by Mayor Laurel Prussing.

URBANA — Former city accounting supervisor Liz Walden is suing for her job back after she claims she was wrongfully terminated this summer in a controversial move by Mayor Laurel Prussing.

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Juicy J Promises $50,000 Scholarship To Best Student Who Can Twerk

Three 6 Mafia's Juicy J is quite the character. Gearing up for next week's Stay Trippy, his first solo album on a major label, the Memphis, Tennessee emcee/producer made the Taylor Gang/Columbia Records effort available for a free listen, if contestants unlocked songs through his virtual stripper game at TheJuicyJ.com.

Now, the man who is also producing Pimp C's forthcoming posthumous album, says he will pay $50,000 in the form of a scholarship, to "the best chick who can twerk."

At 36 years old, it is presumed that Juice is making the offer to current and would-be students. When he tweeted the offer this morning (August 22), he did provide formal entry rules.

Most notably, earlier this year, Disney star-turned-Pop singer Miley Cyrus appeared onstage twerking, during a Juicy J concert appearance in Los Angeles, California.

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New Ad Re-enacts Trayvon Martin Shooting To Push For Repeal of Stand Your Ground Laws

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has released an ad using the 911 recordings of the Trayvon Martin shooting as the basis for a visual re-enactment. It is visceral and chilling. I physically recoiled at the point where the shot rang out as if I were standing right beside the woman on the phone.

The nonprofit group uses actual audio from the 911 calls that shooter George Zimmerman and a witness made that night in Sanford, Fla. After the sound of a gunshot, people in hoodies are seen lying on the ground, and the names are displayed of the more than 20 states that have Stand Your Ground laws in place.

The group has also launched a website and a petition asking people to urge their state lawmakers to "oppose this immoral legislation.”

"'Stand Your Ground' laws have essentially legalized murder. With this PSA, we hope to add to the nationwide push to repeal these immoral laws," said CSGV Communications Director Ladd Everitt.

The laws allow individuals to use deadly force in cases of self-defense, with no obligation to first attempt to retreat. They gained attention after the fatal shooting of Martin, an unarmed African-American teenager, in Feburary 2012. Zimmerman cited Florida's Stand Your Ground law as justification for killing Martin and authorities initially refused to arrest him. Zimmerman was eventually tried, and last month he was found not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter.

Stand Your Ground laws have been backed by the National Rifle Association and the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council, which lost some of its corporate backers after its role in pushing Stand Your Ground laws came to light.

As much as I wish there was a way to make the point without actually having to shock people into getting it, I have to say this ad is effective and right on par with the kind of Shock Doctrine-level pro-gun ads we see from the NRA. It's about time we started fighting this war on the same battleground instead of pretending the high road will get us there. It won't, and the NRA wouldn't bat an eye at running an ad with the same visceral qualities and an opposite message.

The CSGV has a website and a petition urging state lawmakers to repeal Stand Your Ground laws. It's a start.

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Democracy May Prove the Doom of WBAI - NYTimes.com

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Reluctant Townie: A review of the Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatics Center

Looking back, it seems that a majority of my childhood summers were experienced in two locations: the arcade of Skateland and Crystal Lake Pool.

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This is why the ocean is full of dead zones

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This is why the ocean is full of dead zones

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Google: Gmail Users Have No Reason to Expect Privacy

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Frances Nelson now open to new patients

Frances Nelson Health Center is open to new patients for the first time in years.

CHAMPAIGN — Frances Nelson Health Center is open to new patients for the first time in years.

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YouTube Brings Lollapalooza Live From Chicago to Your Couch


Lollapalooza's sold-out, three-day show in Chicago's Grant Park is currently underway, and if you didn't manage to score tickets or you aren't in Chicagoland, you can still get in on the action, thanks to YouTube.

For its ninth year in Chicago (the festival used to be a traveling roadshow), Lollapalooza is hosting over 130 musical acts from Aug. 2 to 4, and YouTube is live-streaming sets from more than 20 of them, as part of what it's calling #Lazypalooza.

Beginning at 2:15 p.m. CT, the Saturday live stream (embedded above) kicks off with English musician Ben Howard, followed by others acts including indie favorites Local Natives, singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding, as well as The National and Mumford & Sons. Read more...More about Streaming Music, Live Streaming, Chicago, Lollapalooza, and Entertainment

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'Fake' Cops Robbing Detroiters Turn Out To Be Real Cops

Those "fake" uniforms weren't fake.

Fox Detroit News reports:

"A Good Samaritan snapped photos of what appeared to be two men impersonating police officers involved in a pistol-whipping and robbery outside a Citgo gas station on Detroit's east side on July 21.

Once Fox 2 aired those photos, an even more disturbing picture developed.

"Several unidentified police officers were working this particular robbery case, recognized one of the suspects in the photographs as being a member of the Detroit Police Department," Chief James Craig said Monday.

Now under arrest are two police sergeants, a 47-year-old officer and 20-year veteran of the Detroit Police Department and his 42-year-old buddy from the police academy, who is a former DPD cop and 17-year veteran of the St. Clair Shores Police Department. The later recently received a distinguished service award."

Allegedly, the two sergeants pulled up in a black pickup, and got out of the truck with guns drawn and their badges around their necks. They then detained two men in their early twenties, searched them, pistol-whipped one of them and stole his wallet and cell phone. The other alleged victim said they also stole his money.

"At this time, there is no evidence to support that both sergeants were involved in any other police impersonation cases that have been reported in recent weeks," Craig said. "Know that if we have officers engaging in criminal misconduct that we will investigate. We will always be transparent about this business and making sure that our community is aware of how we're conducting our investigations."

The attorney for the St.Clair Shores sergeant has said that "This is a situation where there's more to it than what meets the eye or what's being reported."

"I think there is going to be a totally different story to this case. These are two highly decorated police officers. They're not rogue cops. They're not cops out on the street trying to take down innocent people," said Todd Flood.

Unnamed sources said the teenage daughter of the St. Clair Shores sergeant was recently robbed of her cell phone, and that the pair were tracking down the men responsible. Mr. Flood would not confirm or deny that.

So, they're not "rogue cops," they're just "highly decorated police officers" taking the law into their own hands by assaulting a young man with a pistol? If/when this comes to court, I don't think it's going to matter much whose cell phone was stolen.

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Daniel Pelka's mother and stepfather jailed for life

Magdelena Luczak and Mariusz Krezolek to serve minimum of 30 years for starving, torturing and killing four-year-old son

The mother and stepfather of Daniel Pelka have been jailed for life for starving, torturing and battering the four-year-old boy to death.

Magdelena Luczak, 27, and her partner, Mariusz Krezolek, 34, were told they would serve at least 30 years behind bars before being eligible for parole.

Sentencing the pair at Birmingham crown court, the judge, Mrs Justice Cox, said the pair had subjected Daniel to "unimaginable acts of cruelty".

She said a "particularly grave" feature was that they had systematically starved him. "He was literally wasting away," the judge said, noting that experts had compared his body to that of concentration camp victims.

The judge said that the fatal attack was a "brutal assault" carried out after he had been force-fed salt and subjected to a "cold water punishment" in which he was held under water in the bath.

She said the couple had carefully lied to the authorities before and after Daniel's death, "cynically" deceiving teachers and welfare and medical officers.

The pair had shown no remorse during the trial, she said, and held them jointly culpable: "Yours was a partnership of equals."

In mitigation, Stephen Linehan QC, for Luczak, had asked the judge not to "snuff out" hope for her. "This young woman came to this country hoping for a better life and now she is facing a life in prison. She has lost everything. Her situation is truly desperate."

Nigel Lambert QC, for Krezolek, said his client had no previous convictions for violence. Krezolek was ashamed and shocked at his cruelty to Daniel, but still insisted he had not intended to kill the boy, Lambert said, arguing that this set him apart from offenders who set out to murder a child.

Eleven of the 12 jurors who convicted the pair returned to see them sentenced.

During the nine-week trial, the jurors had heard how Luczak and Krezolek systematically denied Daniel meals and force-fed him salt to make him vomit when he was caught sneaking extra food. He was so hungry that he stole sandwiches from other children at school and dug through bins for discarded apple cores.

One child protection expert who examined the boy's body said she had seen such emaciation only in pictures of concentration camp victims. A radiologist compared Daniel's frame to that of a seriously ill cancer patient, and a police detective said he looked like child from a famine-ridden part of Africa.

The couple kept him locked for long periods in a tiny, unheated box room, which he had to use as a toilet, at the family home in Coventry. They ordered him to adopt stress positions used by torturers and to go on endurance runs around the house.

When the pair believed he had misbehaved they threw him into cold baths and his mother once boasted that she had almost drowned him, while his sibling, who cannot be identified, reported that he had once seen the boy's head being held under water.

Daniel died in March last year after being hit around the head by one or both adults. His body was laid out on a bed next to his terrified sibling and Luczak and Krezolek waited more than 30 hours before calling 999.

During the trial it emerged that professionals – including health workers and police – had had numerous contacts with the family. Teachers at his school, Little Heath primary, had seen him scavenging for food and noticed injuries to his face but no effective action was taken to protect him.

A serious case review is being carried out by the Coventry safeguarding children board. The review has already scrutinised the actions of all the agencies involved with Daniel and the plan is to publish the findings within six weeks once new information that arose during the trial has been taken into account.

On Thursday the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, branded the treatment meted out to the boy as evil and vile. Speaking during his weekly phone-in on the London radio station LBC, Clegg said: "Clearly people must have seen something was wrong with this boy. We all ask the same questions: how did this happen? What happened when teachers saw this boy scavenging in bins, when they saw him lose all that weight? They apparently did pass information on – why did no one act on it?

"So many teachers and people in the NHS and social work that I know have only the best interests of children at heart. It's not a lack of motive. But I think what people worry about is that maybe one bit of the system doesn't talk to another bit of the system."

Jurors, who had sat through a wealth of evidence charting six months of systematic abuse of the defenceless youngster, took less than four hours to unanimously convict Luczak and former soldier Krezolek, both Polish nationals, on Wednesday.

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