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(Reuters) - A man was in critical condition in the hospital on Monday after being arrested by several Baltimore police officers in an incident that was at least partly captured on video, police officials said.

Local broadcaster WJZ-TV said family members of the man, who the footage it published showed was black, had identified him as 27-year-old Freddie Gray. He was in an induced coma with spinal injuries, it said.

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One of the great masters of American music has passed. From the BBC:

An announcement on his personal website said he had passed away at a hospital in La Jolla, California, on Friday.

Born in Oklahoma, Cale helped create the Tulsa Sound, which combined blues, rockabilly, and country. He became famous in 1970, when Eric Clapton covered his song After Midnight.

In 1977 Clapton also popularised Cale's Cocaine. The two worked together on an album which won a Grammy award in 2008.

Born in 1938, John Weldon Cale adopted the name JJ Cale to avoid being confused with John Cale of the Velvet Underground.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/...

"Travelogue" was a favorite of mine. He had such a smooth, distinctive style.

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This is horrible:

Erie School District officials are allowing students to leave McKinley Elementary School, but only in the company of their parents. Erie police said a teacher's aide was shot this morning around 10:20 near McKinley, 933 E. 22nd St. The woman's condition is unknown. A suspect is in custody. Eastside Erie schools were put in lockdown.
Parents who are now at the school are being allowed into the building to get their children, but school officials are asking parents to avoid coming if they aren't already there.

All students will be released at 1 p.m., an early dismissal. Kristian Muldrew, 8, who left McKinley school with tears streaming down his face, was among those picked up, by his mother, Leetoya Muldrew. He said he was in his classroom this morning when he heard five shots. He said he looked out the window and saw a woman laying on the ground, who then got up and started running. She kept looking back as she ran. He said he knew her because she would come in and help out during lunch. "I was panicking," Leetoya Muldrew said after hearing the news and rushing to the school. She and more than 70 parents arrived at the school this morning to retrieve their children.

The school district at first resisted dismissing students until the suspect had been apprehended. He surrendered to police a short while ago.

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I can't believe we are in the second term of the Obama presidency and this cancer is still festering in the body of the American politic:

MIAMI (AP) — Months of increased tension at the Guantanamo Bay prison boiled over into a clash between guards and detainees Saturday as the military closed a communal section of the facility and moved its inmates into single cells.

The violence erupted during an early morning raid that military officials said was necessary because prisoners had covered up security cameras and windows as part of a weekslong protest and hunger strike over their indefinite confinement and conditions at the U.S. base in Cuba.

Prisoners fought guards with makeshift weapons that included broomsticks and mop handles when troops arrived to move them out of a communal wing of the section of the prison known as Camp 6, said Navy Capt. Robert Durand, a military spokesman. Guards responded by firing four “less-than-lethal rounds,” he said.

There were no serious injuries from the rounds, which included a modified shotgun shell that fires small rubber pellets as well as a type of bean-bag projectile, said Army Col. Greg Julian, a spokesman for Miami-based U.S. Southern Command, which oversees the prison at the U.S. base in Cuba.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/...

Try these men or send them home. And please, SHUT THIS GOD-DAMNED THING DOWN!!!

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I haven't seen this being reported anywhere else. Keep the light of day on this one:

Two members of the Torrington High School football team have been charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl, who has been taunted on social media sites in recent weeks by dozens of classmates upset at the allegations.

The Register Citizen reports ( http://bit.ly/... ) the two 18-year-old football players, Edgar Gonzalez and Joan Toribio, have been charged with felony second-degree sexual assault and other crimes in an investigation that began last month. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Details of the allegations have been sealed from public view.

The newspaper reports social media posts by classmates taunting the accuser have included vulgar language and have blamed her for ruining the players' lives.

http://abcnews.go.com/...
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Having first watched this clip this morning:

Joe Scarborough Destroys Rep. Tim Huelskamp: 'We Can't Even Talk About [Gun Control] Without You ... Insulting Me Personally? (VIDEO)

Joe Scarborough laid into Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp on Friday after the congressman accused the MSNBC host and other gun control advocates of pushing "a political agenda" in wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy.

After clashing with the hosts about fiscal cliff negotiations, co-host Mika Brzezinski asked the congressman if he thought it was time to reconsider his stance on laws pertaining to assault weapons.

Huelskamp said that as a congressman, he was bothered by how individuals politicized the tragedy "so quickly." Huelskamp said that the country has a "cultural program." He added, "It's not a gun problem; it's a people problem."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...
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An alien spaceship lands in the midst of the GOP House caucus. The aliens step out and say to the Republicans gathered there, "Take us to your leader"...

...someone help me finish the joke here.

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David Gregory will be hosting NRA Crime Family Head Wayne La Pierre on "Meet the Press" this Sunday. To this writer, this is equivalent to Iranian President Ahmadinejad addressing the United Nations.

"Meet the Press" is recorded at the WRC-TV (NBC-4) studios in the Tenleytown neighborhood of northwest Washington, D.C.

I would love to see a crowd of 10,000 march on this site on Sunday.

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A moment of sanity from Michigan!

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) vetoed a bill on Tuesday that would have allowed gun owners with extra training to carry concealed weapons in schools and churches, the Detroit Free Press reports:

In his veto letter sent to the legislature shortly before 4 p.m, Snyder said the bill had a fatal loophole that didn’t allow for those institutions to opt out of the new legislation and prohibit weapons from their buildings.

“I believe that it is important that these public institutions have clear legal authority to ban weapons from their premises,” he said in his letter. “Each is entrusted with the care of a vulnerable population and should have the authority to determine whether its mission would be enhanced by the addition of concealed weapons.”

http://www.freep.com/...
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And now this, also from Talking Points Memo:

An Indiana man was arrested Saturday after allegedly threatening to kill people at an elementary school near his home, the AP reports. Police officers later found 47 guns and ammunition hidden in his home. The man had allegedly threatened to"kill as many people as he could" at the school.

Von. I. Meyer, 60, of Cedar Lake, was arrested Saturday after prosecutors filed formal charges of felony intimidation, domestic battery and resisting law enforcement against him. He was being held Sunday without bond at the Lake County Jail, pending an initial hearing on the charges, police said in a statement.

Cedar Lake Police officers were called to Meyer's home early Friday after he allegedly threatened to set his wife on fire once she fell asleep, the statement said.

http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/...
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UPDATE: Police have given the "all clear" sign at the church, according to NBC News.

From Talking Points Memo:

AP: Churchgoers Flee Over Possible Threat In CT

Churchgoers quickly left services Sunday in Newtown, Conn. after reports of a bomb threat, according to the Associated Press. It's unclear if there was an actual threat at the church, which is not far from where Friday's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School took place, or if it was a hoax.

Police in SWAT gear arrived at the St. Rose of Lima Church not far from the elementary school where 20 kids and six adults were killed Friday.

There was no official report from police about the threat or evacuation.

http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/...
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Victoria Soto, a teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary, who lost her life protecting the children.
I saw this in the diary of VetGrl, as posted by Clytemnestra:

http://www.dailykos.com/...

This is what a hero looks like.

This is Victoria Soto. Victoria was only 27. She was killed today after she hid her first graders in closets and cabinets and told the shooter they were in the gym. He killed her and not one of her children were harmed. God bless Victoria, her family and friends and all of those who were involved today in anyway. Victoria is a true hero!!
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