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Today in History

1265 King Henry III puts down a revolt of English barons lead by Simon de Montfort.
1578 A crusade against the Moors of Morocco is routed at the Battle of Alcazar-el-Kebir. King Sebastian of Portugal and 8,000 of his soldiers are killed.
1717 A friendship treaty is signed between France and Russia.
1789 The Constituent Assembly in France abolishes the privileges of nobility.
1790 The Revenue Cutter service, the parent service of the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, is organized.
1864 Federal troops fail to capture Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island, one of the Confederate forts defending Mobile Bay.
1875 The first Convention of Colored Newspapermen is held in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1879 A law is passed in Germany making Alsace Lorraine a territory of the empire.
1914 Germany invades Belgium causing Great Britain to declare war on Germany.
1942 The British government charges that Mohandas Gandhi and his All-Indian Congress Party favor "appeasement" with Japan.
1944 RAF pilot T. D. Dean becomes the first pilot to destroy a V-1 buzz bomb when he tips the pilotless craft’s wing, sending it off course.
1952 Helicopters from the U.S. Air Force Air Rescue Service land in Germany, completing the first transatlantic flight by helicopter in 51 hours and 55 minutes of flight time.
1964 The bodies of civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman & James E Chaney, discovered in an earthen Mississippi dam.
1964 The U.S.S. Maddox and Turner Joy exchange fire with North Vietnamese patrol boats.
1971 US launches first satellite into lunar orbit from a manned spacecraft (Apollo 15).
1972 Arthur Bremer sentenced to 63 years for shooting Alabama governor George Wallace, later reduced to 53 years.
1979 President Jimmy Carter establishes the Department of Energy.
1988 US Senate votes to give each Japanese-American who was interned during WWII $20,000 compensation and an apology.
2007 NASA launches Phoenix spacecraft on a mission to Mars.

Non Sequitur


Petition opposes council's demand for removal of pub landlord's 12ft high wooden Stonehenge

Villagers and tourists have started a petition opposing a council's decision for a wooden version of Stonehenge in Swanage, Dorset, to be taken down. Pub landlord Charlie Newman built "Woodhenge", a sculpture of tree trunks, in a field by the Square and Compass pub at Worth Matravers.
Purbeck District Council said it must be taken down by 4 September as the structure opposes planning rules. An online petition against the decision has attracted hundreds of signatures. Resident Valerie Burden said: "It enhances what is already a unique place to live and visit.
"It is not a blot on the landscape but a beautiful natural attraction which has to be left to be shared with as many as possible." Mr Newman who built the sculpture just before the Summer solstice on 21 June would like to see the creation stay for a couple of years. He said: "It does sit well in the landscape.
"It's not offensive, being timber it's got a limited life, so if it could stay for a little while longer it would be quite nice." Purbeck District Council said it had been in contact with Mr Newman and agreed the structure could stay for a temporary period until 4 September. The local authority said people should get in touch with them if they are planning any sort of building work.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Gets Real About ‘Choice’ And Its Actual Accessibility

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Gets Real About ‘Choice’ And Its Actual Accessibility
Something that’s not talked about often enough…
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Quick Hits

Morrissey claims TSA sexual assault at San Francisco airport
Man sues city of Seattle to release Kurt Cobain's suicide photos
Scientists resurrect millennia-old viruses for use in gene therapy

Drug Addicts: Patients Or Criminals?

Coleen Sheran Singer via Bangor Daily News Coleen Sheran Singer was just 32 years old when she died of a heroin overdose on the morning of December 25, 2014. Her ex-husband Brent Singer wrote..

Man acquitted of speeding offense following banana testimony

A district court in the Västmanland region of Sweden have found a man not guilty of having sped at 68 kilometers per hour on a 60 km/h road in the city of Västerås because the offender was eating a banana.
He had been snapped by a police camera in September last year and was handed a 1,500 kronor ($110, $174) fine at the time. In the picture it is clearly visible that the driver was eating a banana. However, the car owner claimed it couldn't be him because he is on a low-carb diet and doesn't eat bananas.
“I have not eaten bananas for more than two years because I am on the LCHF diet,” the man wrote in his appeal. The driver also told the court that his car was up for sale in September last year and that between six and ten people had been test driving it around the time of the alleged offense.
In the end, mainly because the photograph snapped by the speed camera was found to be of too low quality to prove the identity of the person behind the wheel, the court ruled that the man would not have to pay the fine. Proponents of the LCHF diet (Low Carb and High Fat) eat a lot of protein-rich and fatty foods but avoid high-carbohydrate contents found for example in pasta and certain fruits.



Ladders in the news

The quick thinking actions of a homeowner may have prevented his flat in Manchester's Northern Quarter from being burgled.
The concerned man had called 999 when he saw ladders against his window, thinking it was attempt to break in.
While he was on the phone, he saw two people stop to talk to the potential thieves below and quickly pulled their ladders up in through his apartment window. Police are now investigating the incident which happened at around 11.30pm on Tuesday night.
Meanwhile in Ireland, the Roscommon Herald report about Mr Lukas Selucky, who was shocked to discover that a ladder had an owner.

Lady arrested for downing Jell-O shots while driving bus

A woman accused of taking Jell-O shots of alcohol while transporting passengers at an Illinois River resort was arrested on a complaint of driving while impaired. Tammy Jones, 53, of Wagoner, Oklahoma, was arrested at about noon last Saturday in Cherokee County on a complaint of driving a motor vehicle while impaired.
Jones, who has since been fired by Eagle Bluff Resort in Tahlequah, posted $2,500 bail that day and was released from the Cherokee County Detention Center, authorities said. Jones consumed Jell-O shots supplied by passengers, said Ed Fite, administrator for the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission, which oversees the waterway.
“It’s absurd that someone who is retained to drive a bus that the general public has paid is consuming an alcoholic beverage,” Fite said. “It’s beyond me. I’ve seen a lot in working 32 years on the Illinois River. But I’ve never run up against this particular type of incident where one of the people we rely on to make sure the public is safe failed to keep their responsibility.” Jones’ breath alcohol level was measured at 0.07 percent, said Capt. Bill James of the Rogers Division of the OSRC.
A person can be arrested on a complaint of driving under the influence of alcohol with a reading of at least 0.08 percent. The threshold for a DWI complaint is 0.06-0.07 percent, according to Oklahoma statutes. After disembarking, a passenger told a ranger about Jones’ consumption of alcohol, James said. It is unclear how many passengers were on the bus, but the average number before noon is 15-20, he said. Jones was a temporary employee who had begun driving the bus on July 18, Fite said.

Couple charged with theft of pet hamster from school

Two residents of Skowhegan, Maine, were arrested on Thursday after they admitted to stealing a pet hamster from the Cornville Regional Charter School, as well as other items from the school and area camps, police said.
The hamster, named Link, is a pet of the school’s kindergarten class and was recovered during the execution of a search warrant, according to Sheriff Dale Lancaster, of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office. Gerry Braley, 26, was arrested and charged with four counts of burglary and four counts of theft.
Alexis Lloyd, 19, was summoned on one count each of burglary and theft for her alleged involvement in the break-in at the school. “I believe they felt (the hamster) was alone in the school and they wanted a hamster,” Lancaster said. He said Link was returned to the school’s executive director, Justin Belanger, who was elated at the return of the pet.
“I’m not a veterinarian, but he appeared to be healthy,” Lancaster said. Sheriff’s deputies and Skowhegan police executed the search warrant as the result of an investigation into several burglaries in the area. Stolen items included tools, televisions, electronics and the hamster. Surveillance videos and information from the public helped in the investigation and eventually led police to Braley and Lloyd. The investigation is ongoing.

Blue Wall Crumbles During Trial Of Alabama Cop Who Beat Handcuffed Man

Featured image credit: video screen capture via Photography Is Not A Crime on youtubeTwo Alabama cops admitted to lying to investigators in an effort to cover up for a third officer, who beat a man so badly he had to be taken to a local hospital.

A Staggering Number Of People Were Killed By Police In July

Texas sheriff refuses to turn over jailhouse video after 32-year-old gay man dies of ‘natural causes’

Jesse Jacobs - KTRK screenshot
Texas sheriff refuses to turn over jailhouse video after 32-year-old gay man dies of ‘natural causes’

Cult employee charged with sexual assault on 14-year-old mentally disabled girl in front of his own child

Joseph Averitt - Facebook
Cult employee charged with sexual assault on 14-year-old mentally disabled girl in front of his own child

FBI seeking texts from Subway’s Jared boasting of paying for sex with 16-year-old he found on Craigslist

Subway spokesman Jared Fogle (Screenshot)
“Is this the same website you found that 16 year old you said that you fucked?” the woman said. “I still can’t believe you only paid $100 for her.” Fogle wrote back: “It was amazing!!!!”

Open-carry gun nut arrested after threatening armed attack against Kansas courthouse

Photo identified as 22-year-old Samuel McCrory [KAKE-TV]
This is not normal behavior. This is not peaceful protesting. This is a credible threat, period,” Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter said.

Meet the First New Canine Found in 150 Years

Golden jackals of Africa and Eurasia are actually two distantly related species—and one is a new species of wolf, a new study shows.
Africa's golden jackal (pictured, an animal in Tanzania's Ngorongoro Conservation Area) is actually a type of wolf.
by Carrie Arnold
Jackals, the tricksters of traditional folklore, have fooled us yet again.
The golden jackal, which lives in East Africa and Eurasia, is actually two distantly related species—and one of them is a new species of wolf, a new study says.
Dubbed the African golden wolf, it's the first new species of canid—a group that includes wolves, coyotes, and jackals—discovered in 150 years. Africa is also home to two other wolf species, the gray wolf and Ethiopian wolf.
Though golden jackals look mostly the same—the Eurasian animals are slightly smaller than the African ones, with a narrower skull and slightly weaker teeth—in-depth analysis of their DNA revealed two species that have evolved separately for millennia.
"I was very surprised," said study leader Klaus-Peter Koepfli, a biologist with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia.
Koepfli proposes renaming the African golden jackal the African golden wolf (Canis anthus), while retaining the original species name for the Eurasian golden jackal (C. aureus).
Sniffing Out Species
Scientists have wondered if golden jackals were more than one species for years.
Gaubert used snippets of jackal mitochondrial DNA, which is passed on by mothers, for his analysis.
Koepfli found these results interesting, and wanted to verify them using more samples from a broader geographic area and more data from across both the jackal and gray wolf genomes.
In doing so, he expected to replicate Gaubert's earlier work—but that's not what happened.
By examining 38 different genetic markers of 128 canid specimens—including golden jackals from Kenya, North Africa, and Eurasia; African gray wolves; and domestic dogs—Koepfli confirmed that African and Eurasian golden jackals are two separate species. Yet he also discovered that the African golden jackal is not a gray wolf subspecies.

Instead, he discovered the African golden jackal is a new wolf species of its own, and that this species and the Eurasian golden jackal are distant cousins, having last shared an ancestor about a million years ago. The research appeared July 30 in the journal Current Biology.

"Airtight Case"

Gaubert stands by his original work, saying that although he finds the new study to be high-quality work, he isn't yet convinced that the African golden wolf is a new species. For instance, he says scientists have yet to tease apart some conflicting results in the DNA analyses.

"There's still a lot of work to be done," he said.

Greger Larson, a bioarchaeologist at the University of Oxford in the U.K., is convinced by the new research.

"They have phenomenal data and they do a nice series of analyses. It's a super airtight case," Larson said.

So why do the African golden wolf and the Eurasian jackal look the same if they're distantly related?

Study leader Koepfli says that the same evolutionary pressures likely influenced the animals' evolution. For instance, the canids' harsh desert habitats could have led to their small, lean bodies and light coats, which don't absorb as much sunlight.

"We're finding that the genetic information can tell us a very different story about animals," Koepfli said.

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