Wednesday, December 7

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Puppy goes missing after Houston Uber driver claims it bit him and ran off
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Puppy goes missing after Houston Uber driver claims it bit him and ran off

Rebecca Bridges of Houston Dog Mom took to Facebook Friday afternoon expressing frustration over a lost puppy named Lola. In the post she claims that Lola, a black staff/pitty mix that is just four months old, was placed in an Uber on Friday morning around 8 a.m. Lola was supposed to show up at the Pearland Canine Resource Center, a veterinary clinic in Pearland, TX. Lola never made it. Instead, Rebecca claims that the Uber driver panicked after he pulled over at a Travel Center, (TA Express) off 288, and Almeda Genoa to clean the kennel. As he was cleaning it, Lola bit him and ran off, the driver claimed to be Rebecca's friend, the one who requested the ride. He drove around for a couple of hours, and according to Rebecca, the Uber app showed him stopping two blocks away fro...
Federal judge rules against Catholic woman who claims Aspirus fired her because of her religious beliefs
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Federal judge rules against Catholic woman who claims Aspirus fired her because of her religious beliefs

A federal judge in Wisconsin dismissed a woman’s claims that she was discriminated against by her employer after she lost her job for refusal of getting a COVID-19 vaccine. The employer also gave her a chance to get tested bi-weekly in lieu of getting a vaccine in order to come back to work, but she refused, quoting her religion as an exemption to both the vaccine and testing. COVID-19 Testing Center   In court documents filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, the woman, Jo Anne Egelkrout was working at the time for Aspirus, Inc., a non-profit healthcare organization with a network of hospitals and clinics. Egelkrout was an “Insurance Enrollment Coordinator” for the organization.  The court documents further stated that i...
An appeals court ruled in favor of a man with a history of domestic abuse stating he can rightfully own a rifle or shotgun
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An appeals court ruled in favor of a man with a history of domestic abuse stating he can rightfully own a rifle or shotgun

New York City resident, Alex Taveras applied for a gun license and was denied because of a domestic abuse case in 2011. He was asking specifically for a rifle or shotgun license in order to protect himself at his residence in the Bronx in 2018. The officers who were in charge of reviewing his application found the domestic abuse case on his record from 2011 and subsequently denied him a license, citing the domestic abuse case and arrest from seven years prior. The problem though was that the alleged victim of the 2011 domestic abuse case and arrest ultimately dropped the protective order issued against Alex Taveras and the charges were eventually dismissed. Alex Taveras decided to then bring the case to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York stating t...
Bomb Squad called to Hobby Airport after a K-9 alerted TSA to a suspicious piece of luggage
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Bomb Squad called to Hobby Airport after a K-9 alerted TSA to a suspicious piece of luggage

Hobby Airport, in South Houston, was placed on lockdown after a TSA dog that was on a routine patrol alerted authorities to a piece of luggage according to Megan Howard, the Tactical Operations Division Commander for the Houston Police Department in a press statement. The incident occurred at about 9 a.m. on Friday, July 8, 2022. According to Commander Howard, TSA followed protocols and alerted the Houston Police Department which then sent out the bomb squad to investigate. Houston Airport was also notified and worked to block off the area where the piece of luggage was while redirecting passengers to another part of the airport in order to reroute passengers. Some customers did miss their flights after the lobby was closed while bomb techs worked to determine what was inside this piec...
Rocky Mountain Gun Owners sue the town of Superior in Colorado for allegedly infringing on Second Amendment rights
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Rocky Mountain Gun Owners sue the town of Superior in Colorado for allegedly infringing on Second Amendment rights

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners (RMGO), a group of far-right gun owners decided to sue the town of Colorado and filed a complaint to block bans on assault weapons and to protect their right to carry firearms in public in federal court on Thursday, July 7, 2022. Colorado passed a law in 2021 after a deadly shooting at a supermarket in Boulder, CO, to give more power to local governments for gun regulation. The town Superior used this law to hold a vote to ban all assault weapons in June of 2022 through a city ordinance. The ordinance passed and went into effect on July 1, 2022. RMGO claims that it conflicts with their Second Amended rights to bear arms in public. In the complaint, RMGO alleges that "millions of law-abiding citizens own and use" assault weapons that the ordinance specifical...
Former cop who killed George Floyd, Derek Chauvin gets a 21-year sentence for violating Floyd’s civil rights
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Former cop who killed George Floyd, Derek Chauvin gets a 21-year sentence for violating Floyd’s civil rights

The former Minneapolis cop who killed George Floyd has now received an additional 21-year sentence in federal court. This is in addition to charges of manslaughter and murder Chauvin was convicted last June and will be served separately. The plea agreement called for Chauvin to receive a sentence of 20 to 25 years for the killing of Floyd. Chauvin killed Floyd after he used his knee to pin him to the pavement in front of a Minneapolis corner store for at least eight minutes and forty-six seconds as Floyd pleaded that he could not breathe and eventually lost consciousness. Chauvin, continued to pin him down, even as onlookers and paramedics pointed out that he was unconscious. Eric Nelson, Chauvin's attorney argued that Chauvin was remorseful but Chauvin did not offer an apology to F...
Federal Judge rules in favor of African-American State Farm agents who claim they were discriminated against
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Federal Judge rules in favor of African-American State Farm agents who claim they were discriminated against

In a class-action lawsuit filed in Illinois Federal court, African-American State Farm agents claim they are discriminated against because of "firm-wide policies and practices" which subject the agents to lower pay on a systemic basis as well as a high turnover rate. State Farm sought to have this case dismissed, but a federal judge in Illinois ruled in favor of the agents on July 1, 2022. The lawsuit, claims that through the Term Independent Contractor Agents (TICA) program, State Farm requires that agents invest "substantial sums of their own money in rent, offices, marketing, sales leads, and hiring a team.", after taking a 17-week course ran by State Farm. In return, State Farm made promises of "lucrative business opportunities and careers", which the lawsuit argues does not ha...
Jayland Walker: Akron police have released bodycam footage of the shooting of the unarmed 25-year-old in Ohio
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Jayland Walker: Akron police have released bodycam footage of the shooting of the unarmed 25-year-old in Ohio

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zckut1RTtgg&list=PLkWM-tkzjRG8c1W87yBf1LE_rI6tbhwPh&index=1&t=1550s&ab_channel=AkronOhio Akron Police Department and the City of Ohio held a press conference early Sunday to release bodycam footage of the Jayland Walker shooting that happened at about 12:30 a.m. on June 27, 2022. In the bodycam footage, which is a bit grainy because of the quality of bodycams, you can see and hear several dozen gunshots being heard. Authorities confirmed during the press briefing that at least Walker had at least 60 wounds, but would not confirm how many bullets actually hit his body before he crumbled to the ground and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The bodycam footage began with officers in a patrol vehicle chasing Jayaland Walker after h...
Edibles are now legal to consume in Minnesota
Headlines, Houston

Edibles are now legal to consume in Minnesota

It is now legal to buy, sell, and consume low-dose edibles that contain up to 5 milligrams of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) for those over 21 in Minnesota. This is only allowed in food or drink form and can only be purchased by those over the age of 21, similar to the legal drinking age. THC is the main active ingredient in marijuana that allows a user to get "high". The law, which went into effect on July 1, 2022, comes after an effort to regulate delta-8 THC which is a cannabis derivative that is not regulated under federal or state law. The Minnesota law allows delta-9 THC to be regulated, which lowers the barrier of entry since delta-8 requires a lot more chemicals and is a lot harder to extract from marijuana than delta-9. This will allow retailers to save on costs and the time i...
California court rules in favor of Jeff Bezos defamation case by girlfriend’s brother over leaked affair and nude photos
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California court rules in favor of Jeff Bezos defamation case by girlfriend’s brother over leaked affair and nude photos

A panel in the Court of Appeals for Second Appellate District in California has ruled in favor of Jeff Bezos saying that his girlfriend's brother, Michael Sanchez, did not have enough for a defamation suit against the founder of Amazon.com Michael Sanchez, the brother of Lauren Sanchez who is now the girlfriend of Jeff Bezos appealed a decision over a defamation case he brought against the former Amazon CEO on January 31, 2020 and lost. The alleged defamation stemmed from allegations that Bezos made back in 2019 stating that he was the subject of an attempted blackmail attempt. The alleged blackmail attempt was reportedly over his affair with Michael's sister Lauren and came to the surface when a tabloid, National Enquirer attempted to extort Bezos. The tabloid claimed to have e...