Another police shooting of an unarmed black man — this time in Minnesota — will result in no criminal charges.
Last November, an altercation between two white police officers and Jamar Clark, a 24-year-old black man, ended up with Clark shot and dead. Although some video footage of the shooting is available, what exactly led up to the shooting — and, importantly, what Clark and the officers did and said — remains unclear.
Nonetheless, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said on Wednesday, March 30, that the two officers involved, Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze, won’t face criminal charges. Freeman released volumes of evidence, including video, to argue that the two officers reasonably believed their lives were in danger when Ringgenberg told Schwarze to open fire.
The shooting — like others before it in Chicago, Cleveland, and Ferguson, Missouri — has drawn nationwide scrutiny and local protests. Elevated by the Black Lives Matter movement, which protests racial disparities in police use of force, critics say this is just the latest example of systemic bias in the criminal justice system — a bias that allows law enforcement officers to disproportionately use deadly force on black people.
GE filed to end its oversight by the Fed on Thursday. Photo: urs flueeler/European Pressphoto Agency
General Electric Co. formally asked to be released from supervision by the Federal Reserve on Thursday, saying it has sufficiently shrunk its once-massive financial-services arm so it would no longer pose a systemic threat to the financial system.
Being categorized as a “systemically important financial institution,” or SIFI, required GE to submit to financial supervision by Fed staff and rein in leverage, two factors in GE’s decision last year to exit most of its lending business, which until recently provided as much as half of the conglomerate’s profits.
In a filing sent Thursday to the Financial Stability Oversight Council, GE said it had cut its total assets in the financing division by more than half, eliminated the majority of its U.S. operations, and cut the company’s ties to the rest of the financial system that had led to its receiving the SIFI designation.
Dash Buttons offer Amazon Prime subscribers a way to easily stock up on often-used items. The Internet-connected buttons are meant to be placed in a customers’ home. Shoppers then tap the button when they’re low on a given good — the button automatically sends an order request to Amazon.
While Dash Buttons were first met with mockery, they’re turning out to be a clever way for Amazon to ensure shoppers stay loyal. Orders submitted via the buttons were up over 75% over the last three months, Amazon said in a statement.
However, according to the Times, the show’s producers said that they will stick to Hamilton‘s commitment to hiring diverse actors, adding that while they “regret the confusion” that has stemmed from the casting call, “it is essential to the storytelling of Hamilton that the principal roles, which were written for nonwhite characters (excepting King George), be performed by nonwhite actors.”
According to the Times, although the post caused controversy, it is not uncommon for Broadway shows to specify the race, gender and age range of desired actors.
Despite being common practice, human rights lawyer Randolph McLaughlin said that the advertisement was unlawful, as the show cannot promote its “preference for one racial group over another,” CNN reports.
We live in a world that worships the early riser. Think of everything we’re told on the virtues of waking up early.
“The early bird catches the worm.”
“Early-to-bed, early to rise, makes a man… ” (Ben Franklin’s most famous saying)
“Nice of you to join us today” (snarky dictum of teachers and bosses everywhere)
The message is clear: Starting early is the way to get ahead; lateness is ugly as sin.
A couple of weeks ago, I reported on the science of chronobiology, which finds we all have an internal clock that keeps us on a consistent sleep and wake cycle. But the key finding is that everyone’s clock is not the same. Most people fall in the middle, preferring to sleep around 11 pm to 7 am. But many — perhaps 40 percent of the population — don’t naturally fit in this schedule.
There are night owls among us — whose whole circadian schedules are shifted later — and morning larks, who are shifted earlier. (If you’re curious, you can assess your chronotype with this quiz here.) These traits are determined by genetics and are extremely hard to change. What’s more, the research is finding that if we fight our chronotypes, our health may suffer.
But most striking to me wasn’t the health implications of messing with your clock. It was the stigma late sleepers feel in a society ruled by early risers. Simply put: These late sleepers are tired of being judged for a behavior they cannot easily control. If they can’t change their sleep patterns, maybe society should become more accepting of them.
I spoke to several people with delayed sleep phase, a condition that puts people on the extreme end of the night-owl chronotype. These people have a hard time falling asleep before 2 or 3 am, and prefer to sleep until around noon. There’s nothing wrong with their sleep other than that their schedules for it are shifted.
Elizabeth Warren talks Bernie, Hillary and her most favorite presidential candidate of all, Donald Trump.
A map by cartographer Andy Woodruff shows the coastlines around the world from which you could “see” Australia and Oceania, if you could follow your gaze around the Earth’s curvature.
Ever stood on the coastline, gazing out over the horizon, and wondered what’s on the other side? Pondered where you’d end up if you could fly straight ahead until you hit land?
Turns out the answer might be surprising. And even if you pulled out an atlas — or, more realistically, your smartphone — you might have trouble figuring it out. Lines of latitude won’t help, and drawing a path on most maps will lead you astray.
Cartographer Andy Woodruff, who recently embarked on a project called Beyond the Sea to illustrate this puzzle, says there are two simple reasons why it’s harder than it seems to figure out what coast lies directly on the other side of the horizon.
First, coastlines are “wacky,” he writes on his blog. And second, well, the Earth is round.
The crookedness of the world’s coastlines means moving a few miles up or down the coast will leave you facing a different direction (assuming your gaze is straight out, perpendicular to the coast around you).
“What’s really across the ocean from you when you look straight out?” writes Woodruff. “It’s not always the place you think.”
And because the Earth is round, a true straight line has nothing to with holding, say, a northwest or southeast bearing — that will actually send you on a “rhumb line,” which traces a spiral around the globe. Traveling along a single line of latitude also will send you out of your way, unless you happen to be exactly on the equator.
Instead, Woodruff explains, you need to find a “great circle” — the shortest path between two points on a globe. It’s the true “straight line” between two points on a sphere, even though it looks like a curve on most maps.
The bright end of each line is the “view origin,” Woodruff explains, showing where a person would stand on the beach in order to face the continent in question — here, Asia.
So he used a two different projections to find the answers: a Mercator projection, which preserves local angles, to find the angles of coastlines around the world, then an azimuthal equidistant projection, which preserves directions from the center point, to find the true straight line from that bearing.
You can view all the resulting maps here.
Woodruff notes his math might might occasionally be imperfect — “even we cartographers sometimes have a shaky grasp of map projections and spherical geometry,” he says.
But his maps show how counterintuitive the answer might be to a seemingly simple question: “What’s over the horizon?”
Trump’s comments have the GOP suggesting he’s been unmasked as a conservative impostor, while Democrats say it’s evidence of his ‘war on women’
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Bernie Sanders won his home state of Vermont with a whopping 86 percent of the vote. Hillary Clinton, it seems, will have no such luck on her home turf.
Sanders is slowly gaining on Clinton in New York ahead of the April 19 primary. Clinton now leads Sanders by 12 points in New York’s Democratic primary, according to a Quinnipiac Poll released Thursday. A poll in February showed Sanders 21 points behind Clinton in New York, and another in March showed him 48 points behind.
Sanders’ growing support in New York is not altogether surprising. Born and raised in Brooklyn, the Vermont senator can also claim ties to the state. More important, the political climate in New York is favorable to Sanders. Areas of western New York resemble demographically the Midwestern states where Sanders has performed relatively well. And there is a blueprint for a progressive challenger in New York. In 2014, a law professor with no name recognition and little money or organization, Zephyr Teachout, won a third of the vote in her primary challenge to the state’s incumbent Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo. Unlike Teachout, Sanders has plenty of money, name recognition, and a growing organization in the state.
Still, with Sanders trailing in the delegate count, he’ll need to start racking up meaningful wins—not just close contests—in delegate-rich states like New York in order to catch up to Clinton.