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County Commissioner, Two Others Indicted For Alleged Torture

By Phil Williams
Chief Investigative Reporter

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Three men -- including a Rutherford County commissioner -- were arrested Thursday morning after being indicted for the alleged torture of a business associate.

Commissioner Matthew Young, Murfreesboro businessman Bubba Hutson and Mississippi resident Harvey Felsher are charged in indictments returned by the Rutherford County Grand Jury with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and extortion. Young and Hutson are also charged with simple domestic assault.

All three men turned themselves into the Rutherford County Jail at about 10:45 a.m. for booking. They were released on a $100,000 bond.

The indictments stem from an alleged incident, first reported by NewsChannel 5 Investigates, where the men are accused of assaulting ticket scalper Kenneth Cooper of Nashville in July 2012 after he sold them some counterfeit tickets to a Justin Bieber concert at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

Cooper has claimed that the men had invested tens of thousands of dollars in his ticket-scalping venture.

"They confronted me and put a dog collar behind my neck and repeatedly burned me with cigarettes," Cooper told NewsChannel 5 in an exclusive interview.



Police arrest 54 people in protest at Los Angeles Walmart

by Philip J. Victor

Police in Los Angeles have arrested 54 people among more than 200 who were protesting outside Walmart's newly opened Chinatown store against the company’s treatment of employees.

Authorities said the demonstration Thursday evening was peaceful, but they declared it an unlawful assembly when many of the protesters sat in a circle that blocked the street and then refused to disperse.

The store, which opened in September, has spurred protests since its planning stages. Most have been carried out by labor groups criticizing the company's employment practices, with accusations of low pay, arbitrary cuts in hours and alleged retaliation for speaking out against the company.

"Walmart impacts us all — if the workers don't speak up, then who will?" Walmart worker Anthony Goytia asked on Thursday ahead of the demonstration in Los Angeles County, where Walmart says it has more than 13,000 employees.


Surprising Variation Among Genomes of Individual Neurons from Same Brain

It was once thought that each cell in a person's body possesses the same DNA code and that the particular way the genome is read imparts cell function and defines the individual. For many cell types in our bodies, however, that is an oversimplification. Studies of neuronal genomes published in the past decade have turned up extra or missing chromosomes, or pieces of DNA that can copy and paste themselves throughout the genomes.

The only way to know for sure that neurons from the same person harbor unique DNA is by profiling the genomes of single cells instead of bulk cell populations, the latter of which produce an average. Now, using single-cell sequencing, Salk Institute researchers and their collaborators have shown that the genomic structures of individual neurons differ from each other even more than expected. The findings were published November 1 in Science.

"Contrary to what we once thought, the genetic makeup of neurons in the brain aren't identical, but are made up of a patchwork of DNA," says corresponding author Fred Gage, Salk's Vi and John Adler Chair for Research on Age-Related Neurodegenerative Disease.

In the study, led by Mike McConnell, a former junior fellow in the Crick-Jacobs Center for Theoretical and Computational Biology at the Salk, researchers isolated about 100 neurons from three people posthumously. The scientists took a high-level view of the entire genome -- -- looking for large deletions and duplications of DNA called copy number variations or CNVs -- -- and found that as many as 41 percent of neurons had at least one unique, massive CNV that arose spontaneously, meaning it wasn't passed down from a parent. The CNVs are spread throughout the genome, the team found.

The miniscule amount of DNA in a single cell has to be chemically amplified many times before it can be sequenced. This process is technically challenging, so the team spent a year ruling out potential sources of error in the process.



Physicists Smash Record For Wave-Particle Duality

Researchers have observed quantum superposition in molecules containing around 5000 protons, 5000 neutrons and 5000 electrons

One of the central concepts of quantum mechanics is wave-particle duality—that all objects can be thought of as either a wave or as a particle. That’s hard, if not impossible, to imagine. But it’s trivial to demonstrate in a school laboratory.

In the famous double slit experiment, a beam of particles such as electrons, travels through a double slit and then hits a screen behind where the arrival of each electron is recorded at a specific point on the screen.

But while each electron arrives like a particle, many electrons together create an interference pattern that can only be explained if the electrons also behave like waves. These waves become superposed and so interfere.

Stranger still is the prediction that the same effect ought to be measurable for much larger objects too. According to quantum mechanics, wave-particle duality and quantum superpositions must also occur for macroscopic objects such as viruses, cells and even baseballs.



Future Superdelegates Are Already Kissing Up to Hillary 2016

By Patrick Caldwell

In the spring of 2008, when Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were nearly tied in the Democratic presidential delegate count after the first slew of primaries and caucuses, an obscure provision of the nomination process suddenly became fodder for pundits to predict the outcome. "Forget hanging chads or swift boating; the buzzword this election cycle is 'superdelegates,'" US News and World Report wrote during the height of the campaign.

Those superdelegates—796 current and former Democratic politicians who could have brokered a deadlocked convention—were an afterthought in the end, as Obama secured a clear majority of delegates from the primaries and caucuses. But this time around, perhaps to preserve their relevance, some of those superdelegates are jumping in early to sway the race in Clinton's favor before it even starts—and before HRC even declares an intention to run.

The Iowa caucuses are still more than two years away, but nearly every prominent Democratic politician has already endorsed Clinton, rushing over each other to effusively praise the would-be president and offer their full-throttled support. Seemingly every recognizable figure—save Vice President Joe Biden, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, all toying with their own 2016 campaigns—has attached him or herself to Clinton.

Here's a brief rundown of political heavy-hitters who have offered their unconditional support to Clinton long before she's made a commitment to run.



Philadelphia voters elect a Whig to public office


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Voters in Philadelphia have elected a Whig to public office for what the victor believes may be the first time in nearly 160 years.

Robert "Heshy" Bucholz, a member of the Modern Whig party, campaigned door-to-door and won 36 votes to his Democratic opponent's 24 on Tuesday to become an election judge in the city's Rhawnhurst section.

Election judges, who serve four-year terms, receive about $100 annually and are responsible for overseeing equipment and procedures at the polls.

Now a heavily Democratic city, Philadelphia's last Whig mayor was elected in 1854. It's hard to verify whether Whigs won any lower offices after that, said Stephanie Singer, one of three commissioners overseeing local elections.

Previously an independent, Bucholz said he joined the Whigs three years ago because of their fiscally conservative but socially liberal views. They represent a sensible "middle path" between Democrats and Republicans, especially in light of the recent government shutdown, he said.

Read more: http://www.myfoxny.com/Story/23914654/philadelphia-voters-elect-a-whig-to-public-office

“We Are Living in the World Occupy Made”

New York City Voters Elect Mayor Who Vows to Tax the Rich

Tuesday’s election signaled a political sea change in New York City as voters chose a candidate who repeatedly emphasized his progressive vision. The city’s public advocate, Bill de Blasio, crushed Republican Joe Lhota in the mayoral race to replace billionaire mayor Mike Bloomberg. De Blasio is set to become the first Democrat to lead the city in two decades. During his campaign, de Blasio’s signature message focused on what he called a "tale of two cities" and challenge the police department’s controversial “stop-and-frisk” program. Mayor-elect de Blasio rose to power with the help of the Working Families Party, an independent political coalition sponsored by labor unions and focused on reducing social and political inequality. The party’s grassroots organizing efforts are not limited to New York. It recently won landmark legislation to tackle the student debt crisis in Oregon, fought the corporate education reform agenda in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and won paid sick days in Jersey City, New Jersey. Voters in New Jersey also approved a constitutional amendment to raise the minimum wage by a dollar to $8.25 an hour and add automatic cost-of-living increases each year. “We are living in the world Occupy made,” says Dan Cantor, executive director of the Working Families Party. “We are the beneficiaries of what they did in terms of making this inequality, which is from my point of view the core issue of our time.”


Embattled Louisiana senator says she'll skip Obama speech

President Obama is heading to the Port of New Orleans on Friday to tout the need to boost exports and inject more money into U.S. infrastructure projects.

But one Democratic lawmaker — Sen. Mary Landrieu — will be skipping the speech.

Landrieu, who is expected to face a tough re-election battle next year because of her support of Obama's health care law, told The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune that she will fly from Washington to New Orleans with Obama on Air Force One but has a long-standing commitment that will force her to miss the speech.

But some political analysts suggest that the decision to skip the speech might be motivated in part by a desire to avoid images of her standing side-by-side with Obama, which Republicans could use in advertising later on. Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness, an Air Force veteran, have announced they will run for the GOP nomination against Landrieu.



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