This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 8 WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — After watching days of testimony that included the parents of slain children breaking down on the witness stand, a Connecticut jury soon will have the difficult task of coming up with a dollar amount that conspiracy theorist Alex Jones should pay for promoting the idea that the Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax. A judge last year found Jones and his company, Free Speech Systems, liable by default for defaming and inflicting emotional distress on the plaintiffs — eight families who lost loved ones in the 2012 massacre and an FBI agent who was among the first responders. The jury of three men and three women is now charged with determining damages. One by one, family members have taken the stand to talk about the horrors of losing a loved one, and how that has been compounded by a decade of harassment, fear and pain inflicted by … [Read more...] about Jurors must decide how much Newtown families suffering worth
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The man accused of raping a 10-year-old girl who traveled to Indiana for an abortion was indicted by a grand jury in Ohio Thursday, in a case that became a flashpoint in the debate about the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade . Gerson Fuentes, 27, was charged with two felony counts of rape in the indictment filed in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas in Columbus. Court records did not appear to list an attorney for Fuentes after the indictment. His arraignment was scheduled for Monday. The case quickly gained international attention — and scrutiny — after Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an Indianapolis physician who provides abortion services, told The Indianapolis Star that the 10-year-old had to travel to Indiana for an abortion. She said the girl had to travel from Ohio to Indiana after Ohio’s “fetal heartbeat” law was enacted hours after the Supreme Court’s ruling on Roe last month. The law bans abortions at the first detectable “fetal heartbeat.” … [Read more...] about Man indicted in rape of Ohio girl, 10, who traveled to Indiana for abortion
Existing home prices in the United States soared 45 percent from December 2019 to June 2022, when Covid emerged and then gripped the nation. That rate of increase over such a short interval had never happened in the history of the U.S. national home price index , dating back to 1987, which the economist Karl Case and I first developed. Now that growth in the index has started falling on a month-to-month basis, with the annual growth rate down from 18.1 percent in the year ending in June 2022 to 15.8 percent in the year ending July. This may seem a small drop, but it is important to note because it’s the largest deceleration in the history of the index and comes in the face of strong momentum in home prices. It leads one to consider whether the forces behind that 45 percent increase are going to continue. It is not enough to say that the Federal Reserve caused the boom when it lowered interest rates dramatically in 2020 in response to the pandemic.But home prices have … [Read more...] about FOMO Helped Drive Up Housing Prices in the Pandemic. What Can We Expect Next?
A Weld County Statutory Grand Jury has indicted seven suspects in connection to auto theft schemes throughout northern Colorado. The Greeley Police Department, Windsor Police Department and Loveland Police Department investigated from April to June 2021 an auto theft scheme targeting northern Colorado car dealerships, according to a Greeley police news release. The scheme involved an organization of members using stolen identities to test-drive vehicles before stealing them. Along with auto theft, the enterprise operated a large-scale forgery ring where members produced forged checks, temporary license plates, insurance cards and identification documents. Further investigation identified Amanda Johnson and Jose Pizarro as two suspects, credited for stealing eight vehicles from car dealerships in Weld and Larimer counties, the release said. In July, the Greeley Police Department and the Weld County District Attorney’s Office presented the case to the Weld County Statutory … [Read more...] about Greeley police: 2 investigations uncover more than 50 stolen vehicles
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 9 Nobody quite knew what compelled Zachary Didier, a floppy-haired, straight-A high school student from Placer County, to buy what he thought were opioid painkillers from a dealer over Snapchat. But what was likely an impulsive decision, made during a pandemic lockdown, changed everything for the Didier family. Seventeen-year-old Zachary died two days after Christmas in 2020 from intoxication by fentanyl, the cheap and supremely powerful drug often laced into illicit pills that traffickers peddle online. The Rocklin teenager’s father found him sitting at a computer in his bedroom, one arm cradling his head while the other rested on a mouse. Friends Zachary had kept since third grade served as pallbearers at his funeral. An acceptance letter from UCLA arrived three months later. Amid the mourning, Zachary’s death became part of a critical … [Read more...] about A 17-year-old died from a fentanyl-laced pill. Was it an accident or a homicide?
close Video Oath Keepers leader arrested and charged with sedition Fox News correspondent David Spunt has the latest on the ongoing Jan. 6 investigation. NEW You can now listen to Fox News articles! Jury selection began Tuesday in one of the most high-profile Jan. 6 Capitol riot- related cases against accused Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and four associates charged with seditious conspiracy. The trial for Rhodes, of Granbury Texas, and his co-defendants Thomas Caldwell, of Berryville, Virginia; Kenneth Harrelson, of Titusville, Florida; Jessica Watkins of Woodstock, Ohio, and Kelly Meggs of Dunnellon, Florida, will pose the biggest test yet for the Justice Department in its Jan. 6 prosecution. It’s the first-time defendants have been charged under the rare Civil War-era statute in more than a decade. Seditious conspiracy can be difficult to prove, and the last guilty trial verdict was nearly 30 years ago. U.S. District … [Read more...] about High-profile Jan. 6 trial begins for accused Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes on rare Civil War-era charge
Filmmaker Parth Saurabh's debut film "On Either Sides of The Pond" has received a special mention at the 2022 San Sebastian International Film Festival. The movie, titled "Pokhar Ke Dunu Para" in Hindi, earned the special mention for the coveted Kutxabank-New Directors Award during the closing ceremony of the festival on September 24. The film follows Sumit and Priyanka, an eloped couple who return to their hometown due to the financial hardships caused by the coronavirus-induced lockdown. "As Priyanka seeks to leave Sumit and return to her conservative father's home, Sumit, oblivious, wastes his time away," the official description read. Saurabh also wrote and produced the movie in collaboration with Achal Mishra and Sonal Jha. The Kutxabank-New Directors Award, which is presented to new filmmakers, was won by Jeanne Aslan and Paul Saintillan's French movie "Spare Keys". The winner was announced by a jury, headed by Romanian director Alina Grigore and also included Italy's … [Read more...] about Parth Saurabh’s ‘On Either Side of The Pond’ earns special mention at San Sebastian Film Festival
Click here to read the full article. Grasshopper Film has acquired the North American distribution rights to “Rewind & Play,” Alain Gomis’ feature documentary on the late jazz pianist Thelonious Monk . The film is set to screen at the 60th annual New York Film Festival later this month, and will open in theaters early next year. The doc uses an interview with Monk in France from 1969, which many would now consider to be deeply problematic, as its centrepiece. More from Variety 'The Kingdom Exodus' Review: Lars von Trier Is Back to His Old Tricks, Unleashing Hell on a Danish Hospital Weinstein Investigation Movie 'She Said' to World Premiere at New York Film Festival Netflix Sets Sundance Award-Winning Doc 'Descendant' for October Release (EXCLUSIVE) In December 1969, Monk arrived in Paris for a concert at the tail end of a European tour. While there, he was invited to appear on a television interview program, where he was to answer questions … [Read more...] about Thelonious Monk Documentary ‘Rewind and Play’ Sells to Grasshopper Film for North America (EXCLUSIVE)
Mutilated is the word most often used to describe the face of Emmett Till after his body was hauled out of the Tallahatchie River in Mississippi. Inhuman is more like it: melted, bloated, missing an eye, swollen so large that its patch of wiry hair looks like that of a balding old man, not a handsome, brazen 14-year-old boy. But if the lynching of Emmett Till was, as the historian David Halberstam called it, the first great media event of the civil rights movement, it became so largely because of the photographs of that monstrous face. Today is the 50th anniversary of the killing, an occasion for a new documentary film, re-examinations of the story in the news media and updates on the progress of a reopened investigation. The Clarion-Ledger, a newspaper in Jackson, Miss., reported last week, for example, that the body federal agents exhumed from Emmett's grave near Chicago in June had been positively identified through DNA. But little has been said about the photographs of Emmett … [Read more...] about How Photos Became Icon of Civil Rights Movement
HOUSTON (AP) — A Jewish death row inmate who was part of a gang of prisoners who fatally shot a police officer in 2000 after they had escaped is one step closer to getting a new trial after prosecutors agreed with defense claims that the judge who presided over his case held antisemitic views. Lawyers for Randy Halprin have contended that former Judge Vickers Cunningham in Dallas used racial slurs and antisemitic language to refer to the inmate and some of his co-defendants. Halprin, 45, was among the inmates, known as the “Texas 7,” who escaped from a South Texas prison in December 2000 and then committed numerous robberies, including the one in which they shot 29-year-old Irving police officer Aubrey Hawkins 11 times, killing him. During a three-day hearing in August in Dallas, several witnesses, including Cunningham’s brother and two lifelong family friends, testified that the former judge had frequently used antisemitic and racial slurs before and after Halprin’s 2003 trial … [Read more...] about DA: Death row inmate should get new trial over judge’s bias