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NYC pays $17M in three Queens wrongful conviction cases amid fears about prosecutor misconduct — ‘Some people get framed’

Source: The ghost of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown has cost city taxpayers $17.25 million in the past five months. The money is being paid to settle three lawsuits alleging prosecutorial misconduct during Brown’s tenure leading the office from 1991 to his death in 2019 — and comes amid growing scrutiny of some New York prosecutors’ pursuit of criminal convictions at all costs. Brown seems to have been aware of his office’s alleged misconduct, which imprisoned people for years for crimes they were later found not to have committed. At one point, Brown wrote to a top aide, Jack Ryan: “Jack, I think we’ve been getting away with this sort of thing for a long time.” That quote comes from a document uncovered by Joel Rudin, a lawyer who represents the three men who won the $17.25 million in legal settlements. [More New York] A 16-year ordeal for man who won $6.25M settlement from city over Queens wrongful conviction » “The issue has been percolating for

Trans woman Nikai David shot dead in California; becomes 50th fatal victim of anti-trans violence in the U.S. in 2021

A transgender woman who was shot to death in Oakland, Calif., late last week has become the 50th known victim of fatal violence against the trans, nonbinary and gender-nonconforming community in the U.S. Nikai David was a 33-year-old model who dreamed of opening her own clothing line. She died in the early hours of Friday, according to the local Fox affiliate KTVU. Police responded to a shooting in West Oakland just after 4 a.m., where they found a woman who had been shot in the head. The woman was later identified as David, who lived in nearby Hayward and who had just celebrated her birthday a week before her death. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Nikai David On Saturday, the Oakland LGBTQ Community Center shared in a Facebook post that David was “a beloved community member” and that “right now everyone at the Center is pretty shaken up.” David was a close friend of one of the Center’s employees, Ashlee Banks, who described her as a “really sweet” and “happy, fun person.” Accord

Father shot 2-year-old in the face with shotgun during fight with boy's mother, police say

by ADAM FORGIE, KUTV Staff Tuesday, April 23rd 2019   Baby shot in the face, allegedly by his father, Michael Glance. (Undated photo: AP) SALT LAKE CITY ( KUTV )- The father of a 2-year-old boy is facing attempted murder charges after police say he shot his son in the face with a shotgun during a fight with the boy's mother, according to the Jackson Citizen Patriot . The boy, who prosecutors say lost half of his face, is in critical condition at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Prosecutors say 32-year-old Michael Christoper Glance got into an argument with the boy's mother at his home and tried to shoot the boy in the face with a pistol on April 16. Glance squeezed the trigger point-blank at the 2-year-old's head, but the gun malfunctioned and did not fire, Jackson County Michigan Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kati Rezmierski said in court. But that didn't stop Glance from grabbing another gun. During an arraignmen

Photos show center of Notre Dame cathedral miraculously intact

Smoke rises around the altar in front of the cross inside the Notre Dame cathedral. Reuters   Photos from inside Notre Dame show the central part of the historic Gothic cathedral still intact. Rows of wooden pews and much of the nave appears to have been saved, according to the images. “Only a small part of the vault collapsed. Interior seems relatively untouched. Hallelujah!” wrote @CathedralNotre . Still, a massive hole can be seen in the 850-year-old cathedral’s roof. The pictures also show smoke emanating from the chancel, the area around the altar. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo told Le Monde there was “a big hole in the roof.” “The altar and its cross are preserved. It’s not as bad as I feared,” she told Le Monde. There is still a fire between the stone vault and the wood frame, Le Monde reported.

3 missing children out of Marion County are safe

Posted  Apr 11 2019 04:21PM EDT Updated  Apr 11 2019 11:23PM EDT OCALA, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - Deputies say three young children who were reported missing out of Marion County are safe. The Marion County Sheriff's Office says that 12-year-old Robert Dean Jr., 7-year-old Zayden Slater, and 5-year-old Lilith Kelley have been brought to authorities and are in good health.  They were last seen on April 4th in custody of their mother, Amanda Manypenny. Manypenn had been failing to bring the children to meetings with investigators from the Florida Department of Children and Families.  The Sheriff's Office said that DCF had obtained a pick-up order signed by a judge.  Continue reading below The Sheriff's Office issued an alert for the missing children early Thursday afternoon, but it was canceled just after 10 p.m. This story was written in Orlando, Florida.

Online Stores Cut Ties With Mom After She Caught Kicking Her 3yo Model Daughter

3-year-old Niu Niu is a popular model among multiple clothing brands on China's commence platform. Her mother has been accused of child abuse after she was spotted kicking Niu Niu in public. In the first clip, she can be heard saying: I'll kick you to death, do you believe it? pick up the flower right now, don't piss me off during shooting. The footage was recorded in Hangzhou, China - allegedly after the girl had been working all day as a model on 6 Apr, 2019. Niu Niu has been working for about six months and it has been reported that her mother has been overworking her recently. All of the online stores associated with Niu Niu pulled the photos and videos from their sites after the video surfaced. 110 online stores signed a petition to advocate for child model welfare. People called it "all show and no substance" because there's no regulations and no law to enforce.

US girl, 19, who pushed her 16-year-old friend off a 60ft bridge breaks down in tears as she is sentenced to two DAYS in prison after her victim was left with a punctured lung and six broken ribs

A woman who pleaded guilty to pushing her 16-year-old friend from a bridge at a popular swimming area near Vancouver broke down in tears after she was sentenced on Wednesday to two days in jail and 38 days on a county work crew. Clark County District Court Judge Darvin Zimmerman sentenced 19-year-old Tay'lor Smith on Wednesday, saying she should do some jail time in light of Jordan Holgerson's serious injuries. Smith pleaded guilty earlier this month to misdemeanor reckless endangerment as part of a plea agreement. Smith pushed Holgerson off the bridge Aug. 7 at Moulton Falls northeast of Vancouver.  Tay'lor Smith, 19, fights back tears as she is escorted out of the courtroom in handcuffs after being sentenced at the Clark County Courthouse in Vancouver, Washington on Wednesday Judge Darvin Zimmerman (left) listens to comments from survivor Jordan Holgerson (center) as Smith (right) looks on during Smith's sentencing Jordan Holg

Islamists Burn Houses, Murder Nine More Christians in Nigeria

STEFAN HEUNIS/AFP/Getty 19 Mar 2019 Muslim Fulani militants killed nine more Christians in Nigeria’s Middle Belt over the weekend, the latest strike in a string of lethal, religiously motivated attacks. The governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai, confirmed that the assault in the Sanga local government area had claimed at least nine lives, adding to the death toll of 120 Christians massacred in central Nigeria since February. “The security agencies have so far recovered nine corpses, including children,” El-Rufai said. “The attackers also burnt several houses in the village. The government condemns this attack on the lives and security of citizens and appeals to our communities to resist those who do not want peace.” A week ago, the Fulani jihadists, who have become a greater  threat  to Nigerian Christians than the Islamist terror group Boko Haram,  raided  the villages of Inkirimi, Dogonnoma, and Ungwan Gora in t

New Bill Would Hit Parents With $1,000 Fine For Smoking With Children In Car

This new bill would punish parents for smoking in the car while their children are inside. In the field of economics, there is a concept referred to as externalities. In a nutshell, externalities refer to any action that has an unintentional impact on others in a way that wasn’t factored into the products initial cost. Sometimes, these unintended consequences can end up positive; When a bee keeper’s bees pollinate a nearby farmer’s crops. Much more commonly though, externalizes end up being negative, such as when a factory rids itself of waste by dumping into a nearby river. Externalities are not limited to economics though, and our day to day lives can lead to these unintended consequences as well. A prime example of one of these externalities is smoking. <span<br<br /> /><br /><br /> data-mce-type=”bookmark”<br /&gt

Momo Challenge isn't real: How parents can deal with internet hoaxes

The Momo Challenge first popped up a few years ago and is now resurfacing. Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 2:59AM NEW YORK -- The latest parental panic on social media - over a purported challenge for kids to complete harmful tasks - elevates the importance of establishing an open dialogue with children and taking advantage of online parental controls. Warnings about the "Momo challenge" swept Facebook and other social media in recent days, as parents worried about purported videos that encourage children to hurt themselves or do other harmful tasks such as turning on stoves without telling their parents. The parental warnings were accompanied by a disturbing image of a grinning creature with matted hair and bulging eyes. But the challenge is believed to be a hoax. It's unclear how many videos exist or to what extent they have circulated, among children or elsewhere. Some videos might have been made in response to media attention surrounding the chal

Disney releases first look of Will Smith as Genie in 'Aladdin', 'Dumbo' sneak peek

Buckle your seatbelts, "Aladdin" fans, because this flying carpet is about to take off. Disney released a new look at its highly anticipated live-action remake of the '90s animated classic during the Grammy Awards on Sunday evening. The minute-long spot showed scenes from around Agrabah, including the first look at Will Smith as Genie, the role originally made famous by Robin Williams. "LEMME OUT! Can't wait for y'all to see Me BLUE," Smith wrote on Facebook when the film's poster was released. "Aladdin" also stars Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar. The film, directed by Guy Ritchie, hits theaters in the United States on May 24, 2019. Earlier in the day, Disney dropped a new look at its live-action remake of "Dumbo," which expands on the beloved classic story. A showstopper you have to see to believe. Watch a brand new sneak peek of #Dumbo , and see the f

Missing 94-year-old Madison County woman found after crash

Police say the woman was found after being involved in a crash. She was not injured. The Silver Alert is no longer active. Previous story: MADISON COUNTY, Ind.– A statewide Silver Alert was declared Monday for a missing Alexandria woman. Maurita Hayden Bowman, 94, is described as 5’4″ tall, 160 pounds with gray hair and brown eyes. She may be wearing glasses and could be driving a blue 2008 Buick Enclave. She was last seen in Alexandria, about 55 miles northeast of Indianapolis, on Monday and is believed to be in extreme danger. Bowman may need medical help. Anyone with information is asked to call the Madison County Sheriff’s Department at 765-642-0221 or call 911.

Two missing Noblesville girls found in Madison County

The girls were found safely in Madison County. We have removed their names from this article since they are juveniles.   NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – The Noblesville Police Department is asking the community for help finding two missing girls. Police say an 11-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl were last seen in the 11000 block of SR 32 East getting into a beige or tan late model SUV or van. The report was filed with police on Monday around 7 p.m. The 11-year-old gir is 5 feet tall and 80 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a grey Victoria’s Secret “Pink” shirt with a peach sweatshirt, jean shorts and white Reebok shoes. The 12-year-old girl is 5 feet 4 inches tall and 80 pounds. She has red hair and hazel eyes. She was last seen wearing a black shirt, grey sweatpants with pink and green flowers. Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts is asked to call the police department at 317-773-1300. Noblesville police say they were

Missing girl helped lead authorities to the man accused of kidnapping her and killing her parents

(CNN) — Jayme Closs escaped from the remote Wisconsin residence of her suspected captor — a man now arrested on suspicion of killing the teen’s parents and abducting her three months ago — and then flagged down a woman who was walking her dog, authorities said. The case spurred numerous searches and thousands of tips from the public, but it was 13-year-old Jayme who helped herself to freedom. “In cases like this we often need a big break, and it was Jayme herself who gave us that break,” FBI Special Agent Justin Tolomeo told reporters Friday during a news conference in the girl’s hometown of Barron, Wisconsin. Jayme, who was reported missing October 15 after her parents were found shot dead in their home near Barron, was discovered walking alone Thursday afternoon two counties to the north, outside the rural community of Gordon , authorities said. The man accused of abducting her — Jake Thomas Patterson, 21 — was arrested shortly afterward when a law enforcement

Investigators ask for public’s help identifying toddler found dead in duffel bag off I-15

Video with images of what the child was wearing can be seen at the bottom of this article.  SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- In 2004, the remains of a toddler were found off of I-15 in San Diego, and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is asking for the public's help with identification. A video posted onto "Help ID Me" on Facebook said that the bag was believed to have been dumped for almost one year before it was discovered. "The child was discovered in a wooded area near a hiking trail southeast of Rancho Bernardo Community Park," the Facebook post said. "The remains were found by two hikers who noticed a green padded winter-type coat lying over a green and white duffle bag. When they removed the coat and looked in the bag, they saw a human skull and bones." The video showed clothing that was in the bag with the remains of the toddler. On Tuesday, forensic artists created images of the toddler, who so far has only been i

Yet Another Teenager Kills Himself To Win Social Media’s Disturbing “Blue Whale Challenge”

The "suicide game" involves completing 49 twisted tasks before taking your own life to "win." By Annie Garau Published August 1, 2017 Facebook A 14-year-old in Mumbai, India flung himself from the roof of a seven-story building on Saturday in order to win a terrifying game that is apparently spreading around the world. According to the Mumbai police, the boy is India’s first reported Blue Whale Challenge casualty. Though rumors of the seemingly oxymoronic “suicide game” were originally thought to be a hoax, this boy’s death — along with numerous other casualties — shows that the hashtag can indeed have real and deadly consequences. Here’s how it works: Social media users find a game “curator” by searching for the term online. That person then sends them daily tasks like carve “F57” into your hand with a razor, go on a roof and sit with your feet dangling off the edge, and visit a railroad. The “players” are supposed to send photos of

"Al-Za'lan is one of us who works Zina" .. Details of the engagement of two students in the preparatory school in Kafr al-Sheikh - (Photos)

 Warning this post is translated by Google and may have mistakes   Kafr al-Sheikh - Islam Ammar: Facebook activists circulated pictures of two children during their engagement, sparking a wave of comments, sarcastic, supportive and negative, while angering the family of the two brides, Masrawy said. "Fares" and "Sawsan", 15 years, the Taliban in the third row preparatory, the ceremony was held in a floating boat in the city ​​of Disuq , Kafr El Sheikh, attended the ceremony a large number of friends of the bride and the family. Masrawy continued with the family of the bridegroom Fares. His father, Ali Ibrahim, 39, a vegetable merchant, said: "By God, whoever makes us work Zina, I have engaged my son in a legitimate way, and before all people, I mean what we need is wrong." The father of the bridegroom said that his son and his bride had a love story, and he considered him his right arm at work: "He sat d

Chris Watts watches CCTV footage of him loading family’s bodies into truck

Patrick Knox | December 13, 2018 Chris Watts confronted with neighbour's CCTV footage This is the moment killer dad Chris Watts is confronted with his neighbour’s security camera footage showing him loading bodies on to his truck. Watts can be seen struggling to keep his composure as he is shown video, part of which shows him backing his pickup truck up to his garage, before he loads up and drives off. The video was to then be used to draw out a confession before he was formally charged with murdering his family. But while he admitted murdering them, he refused to tell police where the bodies were hidden. Chris  tries in vain to talk away the footage. Source: Weld County DA Shanann with her beautiful daughters Bella, four, and Celeste, three. His exact motive remains a mystery An investigation, however, found he had buried Shanann in a shallow grave and dumped his daughters

Mum comes face-to-face with boy charged with murdering her 6-year-old girl

Gordon Tait and Wilma Riley | December 12, 2018 The 23-year-old mum received special permission to be in court. The mum of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail yesterday came face-to-face with the teen accused of killing her daughter. Georgina Lochrane sat in the public gallery at the High Court in Glasgow as the teenager - who can’t be named because he’s under 18 - denied abduction , rape and murder charges. Prosecutors claim the 16-year-old took Alesha from her bed at knife-point , smothered and shook her violently before raping and murdering her. Alesha's mum was given special permission by judge Lady Rae to be present in court. Source: The Sun Georgina wanted to be there to see him He then allegedly dumped his clothes and the blade and showered the blood from his body in an attempt to cover up the crime. Georgina, 23, from Airdrie, Lanarkshire - who is a witness in the case - was given specia