Suit claims cops stood by and laughed as officer shocked mentally ill suspect with stun gun

Police and paramedics are accused in a federal lawsuit of laughing as they repeatedly shocked a mentally ill man with a stun gun while he was handcuffed. Thomas Jason James Smith filed the suit against Millvale, Pennsylvania, police officer Nichole Murphy and Chief Derek Miller, in addition to the borough, which is just northeast of Pittsburgh. The FBI launched a civil rights investigation earlier this year into the Sept. 21, 2012, incident, when Smith was […]

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The Beauty Brains Show Episode 02 – Toxic mayhem in makeup

A recent article published on the Huffington Post by Amy Ziff claimed that makeup contaminated with lead is one of the “scariest things kids may encounter this Halloween” and could lead to “toxic mayhem.” In this week’s show we discuss the inaccuracies presented in this article along with documented references where the correct information can […]

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Waitress Says She Was Fired For Not Covering Customers’ $96 Bill After Dine-And-Dash

As we’ve looked into in the past, while there are many employers who might hold servers accountable for an unpaid bill (this side-eye glance is for you, dine-and-dashers) those that do are are often in violation of the Department of Labor’s rules regarding wage deductions. But that didn’t stop one Brooklyn waitress from getting the […]

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VIDEO: Ukraine protesters clash with police

Protesters demonstrating against the Ukrainian government have clashes with riot police for the second day.

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Winamp Shutting Down Forever After 15 Years — Wait, Winamp Was Still Around?

There are many readers who will no doubt read the above headline and, after wiping a tear or two from his eye, will surely rage, “Uh, I STILL USE WINAMP.” Rest assured, the astonishment that Winamp is still around comes from a purely nostalgic place. Winamp occupies that spot in my memory where I’ve just […]

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Twin Peaks Inspired Fashion Has Arrived, Everyone

You guise. This may be the most important day in the history of all time and space and fashion-related news.

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Taylor Armstrong Slams Brandi for Joanna Krupa Diss: "She Can't Keep Her Trashy Mouth Shut!"

Ladies, to your corners! Brandi's feud with Joanna is having a ripple effect among the other women on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and The Real Housewives of Miami.

After the 40-year-old Drinking and Tweeting: And Other Brandi Blunders author told Andy that Krupa's "pussy smelled," her former costar Taylor decided to give Glanville a taste of her own bitter medicine.

Asked by TMZ about the war of words between the Real Housewives, Armstrong didn't hold back. She told the site that Glanville's trash-talking was "gross" -- but not out of character.

"It never surprises me because Brandi can't keep her fucking trashy mouth shut," Armstrong, who departed RHOBH after season three, dished.

"Who talks about another woman's vagina? It's so gross and so classless and it's pretty consistent with how she is.

You don't talk about another woman like that, and what business of it is hers who Yolanda's husband was sleeping with? That is so gross to me."

(During her appearance on Monday's episode of Watch What Happens Live, Glanville also accused Krupa of having an affair with Yolanda Foster's ex-husband Mohamed Hadid while the two were still married. Hadid later tweeted that the RHOBH star was lying.)

"You want to know why Real Housewives of Beverly Hills will never be the same?" Armstrong asked TMZ.

"Brandi Glanville...I think if Brandi was nonexistent, all together it would be a better show."

Lea Black denies RHOM has been canceled!

Rumors have been circulating online that Thursday’s episode of The Real Housewives of Miami was the series finale and that the reality show has been canceled.

But, Miami housewife Lea Black spoke exclusively to RumorFix to say that this is not the case.

Lea told our Mr. Real Housewife, “In previous years they never made the decision until mid January or later. I am not speaking on behalf of anyone but my personal understanding is that they evaluate iTunes sales, on demand, Direct TV, reruns, Tivo, and all the data. To my knowledge no decisions have been made.”

There you have it! RUMOR FIXED.

Dimitri Charalambopoulos Speaks Out!

Camille Grammer claims former boyfriend Dimitri Charalambopoulos inflicted physical abuse on her. Now, in an exclusive interview, Dimitri tells his side of the story of what happened on the evening of October 15 and the morning of October 16 inside a houston hotel room.

Speaking out to Access Hollywood, Dimitri denies Camille's claims although he does not offer any reason for why she would accuse him of domestic violence. Admitting, "There was a verbal altercation. And it was heated." Dimitri maintains he did not physically assault Camille.

Camille alleges Dimitri held her down, slammed her face into the bed, restrained her wrists, pulled out clumps of her hair, and also broke her iPhone to prevent her from calling for help. Camille also sustained a black eye according to photos she submitted into evidence. Dimitri says all of her accusations are quite simply "not true."

Lauren Manzo Gushes About Her Engagement!

Give Vito Scalia an A+ for his proposal to Lauren Manzo, from the planning down to the bling!

Manzo, the daughter of Real Housewives of New Jersey star Caroline Manzo, tells PEOPLE that her beau did everything right on the big day.

"Vito went and got a shave, his eyebrows waxed and a haircut. Then he showed up at 5:30 wearing a sportscoat even though I normally have to force him to dress up," she said.

"He had a big bouquet of red roses and got down on one knee. When I looked up, both of our families were in the window and he was crying and shaking and I'm hysterically crying. It was amazing – the moment that every girl waits for."

So, the families were in on it? "My mom was on cloud nine all day," Lauren says. "I was wondering why she was so happy."

Scalia also put plenty of thought into the ring, getting designer Yanina – Lauren's jeweler since she was 17 – to create the diamond sparkler with white and rose gold accents.

"I remember seeing the ring, and I couldn't believe he pulled off what I always wanted," Lauren says. "I am obsessed with it. I don't know how many carats it is because he won't tell me, but when I go out to eat with my friends I make them wear it, so I can see what it looks like."

And now, of course, the planning begins for a wedding that will probably happen next summer – perhaps at the church at Fordham University, where Scalia went to school. "It's gorgeous," says Lauren of the chapel.

"[My mom] saw a dress already and she was like, 'You have to try this on,'" Lauren adds. "I want the bridesmaids to wear wedding dresses, too. Mine will be snow white, and they will be in ivory or cream," she said.

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Restaurant inspection placards rejected outside C-U | News-Gazette.com

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Amy’s Baking Company Owner Calls For End To Reddit

It’s been several months since we wrote about the zany owners of Scottsdale, Arizona’s Amy’s Baking Company, the little restaurant that became world-famous after a now-infamous episode of Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. Nearly six months after claiming that Yelpers were threatening her life, Amy is now calling for an end to Reddit. Speaking to FOX […]

via Consumerist http://consumerist.com/2013/11/08/amys-baking-company-owner-calls-for-end-to-reddit/

Pilot fined $750 after teens hit with fungicide

PESOTUM — A pilot who inadvertently sprayed fungicide on almost 80 teens as they were detasseling corn in southern Champaign County has been fined $750 for violating the Illinois Pesticide Act. That comes to about $9.50 per victim.

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Hundreds of unexplained sea turtle deaths in Central America alarm scientists

Hundreds of sea turtles are washing up dead on the beaches of Central America and scientists don’t know why. One hypothesis is that the killer is a potent neurotoxin that can be produced by algae during red tides, which are large accumulations of algae that turn sea water red or brown. The puzzling thing, though, is that red tides have come and gone before without taking such a deadly toll on turtles. Making things worse, […]

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Just 16% of U.S. adults use Twitter and only 8% get their news from Twitter


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16 People On Things They Couldn’t Believe About America Until They Moved Here


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Prison Reform Only Matters When a Conservative Says It

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Example #9,294,263 why the "liberal media" meme is complete b.s.

Bernie Kerik was a notorious hardass as NYC Police Commissioner. Rules were for the little guy, as he went patrolling NYC streets with a posse of cops known for their brutality. When caught not disclosing gifts and subsequently indicted for tax fraud, conspiracy and making false statements, Kerik tried to influence the trial by disclosing information to taint the jury pool.

In a rare incident of the elite being held accountable for their transgressions, Kerik was found guilty and sentenced to three years of prison.

And in prison, Bernard Kerik found his empathy.

Just like Rob Portman discovering tolerance when his gay son came out to him, or Chris Christie's personal friendships with Muslims having him decry anti-Muslim hatred from the right, conservative empathy occurs only when forced upon them by their own circumstances. The notion of empathy on its own is antithetical to conservative thought.

Conservatives see the world as a more threatening place because their brains predispose them to being fearful (2). They are also predisposed by brain biology to hating complexity and compromise. That would help to explain why politics can be so polarized.

Now make no mistake, I'm very happy for Kerik that he's seen the light. I'm grateful that something has pierced through the hardened shell of his heart and made him realize that not everyone who sits in a jail is a loser moocher on society with no redeemable qualities. It's a good thing that he realizes that the prison system is bloated, inefficient and harming society.

But guess what, David Gregory? There's been a segment of activists saying this for years, railing against the conflict of interests that prison privatization poses, asking for the end of "mandatory minimums", calling for not imprisoning for minor drug offenses, focusing on drug rehabilitation, job training and even more importantly, focus on issues of poverty before prison becomes the only option. You know who those people are, Dancin' Dave?


And yet you have NEVER had one on to discuss prison reforms. It only becomes a legitimate discussion when a reformed conservative finds empathy on the issue.

Telling, that.

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Downtown apartment building proposed

A five-story apartment building has been proposed for downtown Champaign, with the intent of serving people who want to walk to their downtown jobs.

CHAMPAIGN — A five-story apartment building has been proposed for downtown Champaign, with the intent of serving people who want to walk to their downtown jobs.

Michael Markstahler and Janice Juraska plan to build The Quarters on the parking lot across the street from Escobar Restaurant, 6 E. Columbia Ave., C, provided the city council grants waivers for the project.

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Common Ground raises base pay for employees | News-Gazette.com

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Common Ground raises base pay for employees | News-Gazette.com

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Food pantries to see increased demand with SNAP cuts

Local food pantries will soon begin seeing increased demand from families struggling with cuts in food stamp benefits, Eastern Illinois Foodbank Executive Director Jim Hires says.

CHAMPAIGN — Local food pantries will soon begin seeing increased demand from families struggling with cuts in food stamp benefits, Eastern Illinois Foodbank Executive Director Jim Hires says.

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