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Today in History

455 Rome is sacked by the Vandal army.
1815 Napoleon defeats the Prussians at the Battle of Ligny.
1858 Abraham Lincoln, in accepting the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in Illinois, declares that, "A house divided against itself cannot stand."
1864 The siege of Petersburg and Richmond begins after a moonlight skirmish.
1907 The Russian czar dissolves the Duma in St. Petersburg.
1910 The first Father’s Day is celebrated in Spokane Washington.
1925 France accepts a German proposal for a security pact.
1932 The ban on Nazi storm troopers is lifted by the von Papen government in Germany.
1935 President Roosevelt’s New Deal legislation is passed by the House of Representatives.
1940 French Chief of State, Henri Petain asks for an armistice with Germany.
1952 Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl is published in the United States.
1955 The U.S. House of Representatives votes to extend Selective Service until 1959.
1961 Ballet star Rudolf Nureyev defects from the Soviet Union while in Paris.
1971 An El Greco sketch, "The Immaculate Conception," stolen in Spain 35 years earlier, is recovered in New York City by the FBI.
1977 Leonid Brezhnev is named president of the Soviet Union.

Chess and tug of war apply to be included in 2020 Olympic Games

Chess and tug of war are among 26 sports to apply for inclusion in the Tokyo Games. Bridge, air sports, floorball, flying disc, sumo, polo, orienteering, korfball, dance sport, racquetball, roller sports, wakeboard and wushu have also put in a formal request to be part of the program. Floorball is a type of floor hockey featuring six players, while wushu is derived from traditional Chinese martial arts. More mainstream sports to apply include American football, karate, squash, netball and bowls.
Tug of war was part of the Olympic program between 1908 and 1920 with Great Britain winning five medals, including two golds. The combined bid from baseball and softball, dropped after the 2008 Beijing Games, is considered a favorite because of the popularity of those sports in Japan. A shortlist will be announced on 22 June with finalists making a presentation in Tokyo in August, before organizers make recommendations to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) by 30 September.
The IOC will make a final decision in August 2016, when it meets ahead of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Toshiro Muto, chief executive officer of the Tokyo organizing committee, said that sports "must be popular with young people, give momentum to Tokyo 2020 and meet IOC standards" to be considered for inclusion. Under the IOC's 'Olympic Agenda 2020' reforms, host cities can propose the addition of one or more sports for their Games.

The 28-sport cap for future summer Olympics has been dropped but they will be restricted to 10,500 athletes and 310 events. The full list of 26 sports to apply is: Air Sports, American football, baseball-softball, bowls, bowling, bridge, chess, dance sport, floorball, flying disc, karate, korfball, netball, orienteering, polo, racquetball, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, sumo, surfing, tug of war, underwater sports, waterski and wakeboard and wushu.
There's a short clip of tug of war featuring at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics here.

Supreme Court rules that residents have a right to be drunk on their front porch

The Iowa Supreme Court overturned a Waterloo woman’s conviction for public intoxication, ruling on Friday she was intoxicated on the front porch of her home - which isn’t a public place according to law. Waterloo police arrested Patience Paye after she reported a domestic violence incident on June 22, 2013, according to the ruling. Paye stepped outside on the porch when officers arrived because she didn’t want to upset her children inside the home.
Kendrall Murray, who Paye said had abused her, told police he and Paye argued over car keys because he refused to let her drive because she didn’t have a licence and was intoxicated, according to the ruling. Murray told an officer they frequently argued when Paye was drinking. The officers then asked Paye if she had been drinking alcohol that day, which she initially denied, but then admitted having “one shot earlier in the day.” Paye agreed to a breath test, which showed her blood-alcohol level was 0.267 percent.
The officers took another test several minutes later, showing 0.264. Iowa’s legal limit for driving is .08. The officers determined Paye was the aggressor in the argument and arrested her on a public intoxication charge. During a bench trial, Paye argued the front steps of her home were not a public place and she couldn’t be convicted of public intoxication, according to the ruling. She further argued the purpose of the public intoxication statute is to prevent nuisance and annoyance to the public, and on that night there was no evidence the public considered her to be a nuisance.
According to the ruling, the trial judge rejected Paye’s arguments and concluded her porch was public because it was “plainly accessible and visible to any passer-by.” The judge also ruled Paye’s porch was public within the meaning of the law - a place where the public was permitted access. But the justices agreed with Paye. If the front stairs of a family home were always considered a public place, it would create “absurd results” and make it a “crime to sit there calmly on a breezy summer day and sip a mojito” or even grill with “bourbon-infused barbecue sauce,” the court concluded. The case was sent back to District Court for dismissal.

A Band of Brothers

Gerry Suttle, 75, and Reynolds boys (Screenshot/KWTX)
Had it not been for the help of four young brothers, a 75-year-old Texas woman could have ended up in handcuffs already, all because of overgrown grass.

Cops in one US city killed more people in 5 months than Icelandic police have in 71 years

The Guardian's new project, The Counted, is trying to track every police killing in the United States in 2015.  The project is still gathering data, but has already put together preliminary numbers for the first few months of this year. On Tuesday, Guardian reporter Jamiles Larty compared the data to similar numbers about police in other countries — and the results were stunning. Not only has the US already had more police killings in five months than most other countries have had in decades, some individual US cities have too.
The comparisons are shocking — even when you account for population
Here is a sample of some of the most disturbing facts that Larty's analysis revealed:
  • Police in Stockton, California killed three times as many people in 2015 as Icelandic police ever have: Stockton has slightly more people than Iceland does. Stockton police killed three people in the first five months of 2015; Icelandic police have only killed one person in the country's entire 71 year history.
  • Police in Pasco, Washington fired more bullets in one fatal shooting than Finnish police did in all of 2013: There are about 80 times as many people in Finland as there are in Pasco. Finnish police fired 6 bullets in 2013; Pasco officers fired 17 when they shot and killed Antonio Zambrano-Montes in February 2015. According to investigators, Zambrano-Montes was armed only with a rock.
  • More unarmed black men were killed by police in the US in 2015 than people of any race were killed by German cops in two years. Germany's population is about a fourth of US's total population, but there are roughly twice as many Germans as there are African-Americans. According to the Guardian's data, 19 unarmed black men have been killed by US police in 2015 so far. By contrast, German police shot a total of 15 people, both armed and unarmed, between 2010 and 2011.
  • America's guns: the real issue?

Judge Says Cause Exists To Arrest Cop Who Killed Tamir Rice For Murder

A Municipal Court judge in Cleveland, Ohio determined that probable cause exists to bring murder charges against an officer involved in the slaying of 12 year-old Tamir Rice. The judge also determined that probable cause exists to charge a second officer with negligent homicide.Rice was shot by Officer Timothy Loehmann while the young African American boy was holding a toy gun. Officers allegedly did not seek medical help for Rice for several minutes, though they did reportedly handcuff his 14 year-old sister and threaten to detain her further.
Judge Ronald B. Adrine found that sufficient cause exists to charge Loehmann with murder, involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, negligent homicide, and dereliction of duty. Officer Frank Garmback may face charges for negligent homicide and dereliction of duty.
What happens now is less certain. Adrine released his findings after clergy members and activists invoked a provision of Ohio law that allows citizens to bypass prosecutors and seek a judge’s opinion on whether cause exists to bring criminal charges. Though Judge Adrine must now issue an arrest warrant for the two officers, the case ultimately will still be referred to a local prosecutor, and the question of whether to indict the two cops rests with a grand jury.

Man in underpants tasered after threatening police officers with bicycle pump

A man from Farnborough, Hampshire, was tasered by police, while dressed only in boxer shorts, after threatening officers with a bicycle pump. Officers were called to the former home of Jason Kennedy late on April 23, following reports of a domestic dispute. They found the 26-year-old arguing with his partner in the street and warned the pair to stop. The officers were called back to the house in the early hours of the next morning after neighbors reported another argument. When Kennedy refused to co-operate, he was tasered and arrested. Kennedy appeared at Aldershot Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to resisting a police officer in the execution of his duty. Prosecutor Serena Edwards said: “When the officers returned to the property, they found the defendant and his partner arguing. The defendant was holding an item which was later identified as a bicycle pump. He became very aggressive towards the officers, so much so that they pulled out a taser and ordered him to follow their instructions. He refused to calm down and, even after he was tasered, continued to threaten the officers with the item in his hands. He was taken into custody but was not co-operative.”
In a police interview, Kennedy said he felt stressed following a recent family bereavement and was ‘agitated’ by the arrival of police. Kennedy has previous convictions, including one for assaulting a police officer, and was last in court in October last year over a public order offense. Andrew Purkiss, defending, said Kennedy had often been homeless but had enjoyed a period of stability earlier this year while living with a relative. However, the relative died suddenly in February and this had ‘hit him for six’. Mr Purkiss said that, shortly before police returned to the house, Kennedy’s partner had asked him to go to McDonalds for food.
He was pumping the tyres on his bicycle for the trip when the officers arrived. “My client accepts he was upset, because he didn’t know why the officers were there,” Mr Purkiss said. “He accepts that he was rude to the police and his behavior was threatening, although there was no contact with the officers. He said the taser was excruciatingly painful and, as a result of this incident, he lost his accommodation so clearly he has already suffered. He didn’t go looking for trouble. He was at home in his boxer shorts when the police turned up.” Kennedy was fined £75 and ordered to pay a £150 criminal court charge, a £20 victim surcharge and £25 in court costs.

Woman jailed after assaulting police officers at scarecrow festival

A woman has been jailed for assaulting two police officers at a village scarecrow festival.
Tracey Bull, of Ranskill, Nottinghamshire, has been sentenced to 36 weeks in prison after being found guilty at Mansfield Magistrates' Court.
She was charged with assaulting the officers and a PCSO as they arrested her last Saturday afternoon, and was also convicted of using abusive or threatening language or behaviour.
The scarecrow festival took place over the weekend across Ranskill and Torworth.

Police seek help identifying man who held up McDonald's

The Prince William County Police Department is asking for the public’s help in providing information about a June 2 robbery at the McDonald’s in Dale City, Virginia. The suspect in the robbery wore a mask and carried a backpack, according to a police statement.
He’s described as a man of unknown race, between 20 and 30 years of age, 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, brown pants and gloves. At 1:14am, police officers responded to the McDonald’s to investigate a robbery.
An employee told police that he was outside the restaurant when he was approached by an unknown man. The man displayed a handgun and ordered the employee back inside. Once inside, the suspect gathered all of the remaining employees at gunpoint and demanded money.
He took an undisclosed amount of money from the business before fleeing on foot. No injuries were reported. The police brought a specially trained dog to the scene to search for the suspect. Anyone with information relating to this case is asked to call Crime Solvers.

Is this a bomb box found not to contain bomb

South Australia Police cleared two suspicious packages in Adelaide's northern suburbs on Saturday morning.
One of the packages had the words "Is this a bomb?" and 'Teli-ban 4 life (sic)", written on the outside in black marker, together with a roughly drawn exploding bomb.
Emergency services were alerted to the potential bomb threat at about 10.00am following a tip off from the public. The street was locked down and police sent out the Explosive Coordination Section to investigate the packages.

Police later confirmed that neither package contained explosives, however, they are still investigating one package. Both of the boxes were removed and the contents from one, which is believed to be cannabis, was taken for forensic testing.

From the Idiot Files ...

Gun pointed at foot (Shuttershock)
Do you want to know what it feels like to get shot? No? Most people don’t. But Adam Hirtle of Colorado Springs is not “most people.”

Into Uluru's Crack

A man who wandered off a trail and fell into a 65-foot crevice is now recovering in the hospital.

Voodoo Sex Traffic

Human traffickers are using belief in magic to force women into prostitution. 

Space Sex

A group that wants to make the world's first pornographic film in space has launched a crowdfunding campaign to get the project off the ground.

NASA's Early Days

Two new books from the University of New Mexico Press feature photos from the Apollo moon landing and the one- and two-man Mercury and Gemini flights. 

Has Philae Been Found?

Could this bright glinting object on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko's surface be Europe's lost comet lander?

More Than 100 New Marine Species Discovered in the Philippines

During a recent seven-week expedition to the Philippines, researchers from the California Academy of Sciences uncovered more than 100 new species of marine life lurking in the coral reef of the Verde Island Passage."The Philippines is jam-packed with diverse and threatened species--it's one of the most astounding regions of biodiversity on Earth," remarked Terry Gosliner, PhD, who led the expedition. "Despite this richness, the region's biodiversity has been relatively unknown. The species lists and distribution maps that we've created during our years surveying the country's land and sea will help to inform future conservation decisions and ensure that this incredible biodiversity is afforded the best possible chance of survival."
Discovery has photos of more new species.

Canine Snubbery

The study finding show that canines have the capacity to co-operate socially.

Animal Pictures