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Buffalo Police Officers who pushed protester now suspended *with* pay (originally w/o pay)


by: Kelly Khatib

Posted: Jul 7, 2020 / 08:16 AM EDT / Updated: Jul 7, 2020 / 08:16 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Two Buffalo Police officers who were suspended without pay after a video showed them pushing 75-year-old protester Martin Gugino in June, are now back on the city’s payroll.

Sources tell News 4 that Robert McCabe,32, and Aaron Torgalski,39, are being suspended with pay due to a collective bargaining agreement that has gone into effect after 30 days. This is normal protocol for this type of agreement.

Both officers are charged with assualt in the second degree for the incident involving Gugino and face a maximum sentance of seven years if convicted.


Posted by Dennis Donovan | Tue Jul 7, 2020, 09:18 AM (23 replies)

What happened in Bethel, OH?"I knew they were going to run into trouble. The question was how much?"


Kathy Newman raises a sign she brought to the rally in Bethel, Ohio, June 14. Hundreds of armed counterprotesters confronted peaceful demonstrators at a Black Lives Matter rally in the town.

Anne Helen Petersen
BuzzFeed News Reporter
Posted on July 5, 2020, at 10:01 a.m. ET

Lois Dennis started teaching second grade in the village of Bethel, Ohio — official population just under 2,800 — back in 1976. People in town call her Mrs. Dennis. And that’s the name people used online when they started denouncing what happened that Sunday afternoon in June when Bethel made national news for an explosion of violence on its streets: I can’t believe they did that to Mrs. Dennis.

Lois’s adult daughter, Andrea, was visiting from Chicago. Earlier in the week, they’d heard that local substitute history teacher Alicia Gee was planning a small demonstration in Bethel in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. They made some signs on poster board, and Lois put on a blue T-shirt with “I TEACH” and the Superman logo.


On one side of the street, they saw around 50 Bethel residents — teachers, city council members, hairdressers, retirees — who’d shown up for the BLM demonstration. On the other, there were hundreds of people, including representatives from four different biker gangs, who, at the invitation of a local construction worker, had come to “protect” the town from looters and rioters and rumored antifa. Ultimately, the number of people “uptown,” as Bethel residents refer to the center of the village, swelled to over 800.

Watching footage of the day, you can see the energy grow darker and heavier. You can hear a man yell “you came to the wrong fucking town,” a woman scream “you’re supporting the goddamn niggers,” another man threaten to “break your fucking jaw, bitch.” You can see rifles and handguns and a literal bag full of baseball bats. You can see a woman in a pink sweatshirt repeatedly calling a Black woman the n-word. You can see people grabbing sign after sign from the pro-BLM demonstrators and ripping them to shreds. You can see a biker come up behind Nick Reardon and punch him directly in the skull. And you can see the police officers watching the encounter do nothing.

“People were screaming at us to go back where we came from,” Anwen Darcy, who attended the demonstration with her mom and sister, recalled. “But I was looking around, and I saw Mrs. Dennis, who’d been a teacher for 30 years. I saw my mom, who’d been on the PTA for years and served as the drama director. I saw the woman who ran all the prom fundraisers and a city councilman. The people yelling at us weren’t from here, because if they were, they would’ve known we were home.”



Posted by Dennis Donovan | Tue Jul 7, 2020, 08:12 AM (10 replies)

Happy 80th Birthday, Sir Ringo!

On edit: big bash planned tonight on YouTube:
Posted by Dennis Donovan | Tue Jul 7, 2020, 07:36 AM (10 replies)

155 Years Ago Today; Lincoln Conspirators Hanged in Washington, DC (Graphic images)

Presidential Trivia @triviapotus

#OTD in 1865, Lincoln assassination conspirators Herold, Powell, Atzerodt, and Surratt were executed.


6:19 AM · Jul 7, 2020


Conspirators' trial and execution

Trial of the conspirators, June 5, 1865

Scores of persons were arrested, including many tangential associates of the conspirators and anyone having had even the slightest contact with Booth or Herold during their flight. These included Louis J. Weichmann, a boarder in Mrs. Surratt's house; Booth's brother Junius (in Cincinnati at the time of the assassination); theater owner John T. Ford; James Pumphrey, from whom Booth hired his horse; John M. Lloyd, the innkeeper who rented Mrs. Surratt's Maryland tavern and gave Booth and Herold weapons and supplies the night of April 14; and Samuel Cox and Thomas A. Jones, who helped Booth and Herold cross the Potomac. All were eventually released except:

Samuel Arnold
George Atzerodt
David Herold
Samuel Mudd
Michael O'Laughlen
Lewis Powell
Edmund Spangler (a theater stagehand who had given Booth's horse to Burroughs to hold)
Mary Surratt

The accused were tried by a military tribunal ordered by Johnson, who had succeeded to the presidency on Lincoln's death:

Maj. Gen. David Hunter (presiding)
Maj. Gen. Lew Wallace
Brig. Gen. Robert Sanford Foster
Brev. Maj. Gen. Thomas Maley Harris
Brig. Gen. Albion P. Howe
Brig. Gen. August Kautz
Col. James A. Ekin
Col. Charles H. Tompkins
Lt. Col. David Ramsay Clendenin

The prosecution was led by U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt, assisted by Congressman John A. Bingham and Major Henry Lawrence Burnett.

The use of a military tribunal provoked criticism from Edward Bates and Gideon Welles, who believed that a civil court should have presided, but Attorney General James Speed pointed to the military nature of the conspiracy and the facts that the defendants acted as enemy combatants and that martial law was in force at the time in the District of Columbia. (In 1866, in Ex parte Milligan, the United States Supreme Court banned the use of military tribunals in places where civil courts were operational. ) Only a simple majority of the jury was required for a guilty verdict, and a two-thirds for a death sentence. There was no route for appeal other than to President Johnson.

Execution of Mary Surratt, Lewis Powell, David Herold, and George Atzerodt on July 7, 1865, at Fort McNair in Washington City

The seven-week trial included the testimony of 366 witnesses. All of the defendants were found guilty on June 30. Mary Surratt, Lewis Powell, David Herold, and George Atzerodt were sentenced to death by hanging; Samuel Mudd, Samuel Arnold, and Michael O'Laughlen were sentenced to life in prison. Edmund Spangler was sentenced to six years. After sentencing Mary Surratt to hang, five jurors signed a letter recommending clemency, but Johnson refused to stop the execution; he later claimed he never saw the letter.

Mary Surratt, Powell, Herold, and Atzerodt were hanged in the Old Arsenal Penitentiary on July 7. Mary Surratt was the first woman executed by the United States government.[96] O'Laughlen died in prison in 1867. Mudd, Arnold, and Spangler were pardoned in February 1869 by Johnson. Spangler, who died in 1875, always insisted his sole connection to the plot was that Booth asked him to hold his horse.

John Surratt stood trial in Washington in 1867. Four residents of Elmira, New York, claimed they had seen him there between April 13 and 15; fifteen others said they either saw him, or someone who resembled him, in Washington (or traveling to or from Washington) on the day of the assassination. The jury could not reach a verdict and John Surratt was released.


Mary shouldn't have been hanged, IMO.
Posted by Dennis Donovan | Tue Jul 7, 2020, 07:04 AM (9 replies)

Happy 74th Anniversary to Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter! They were married in Plains, GA, on July 7, 1946

Jimmy Carter Library @CarterLibrary

On his 75th birthday President Carter was asked to name the most important thing he had ever done. Without hesitation, he replied, "Marrying Rosalynn." http://bit.ly/2GMkqrs

Happy 74th Anniversary to Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter! They were married in Plains, GA, on July 7, 1946.

6:05 AM · Jul 7, 2020

Happy Anniversary to one of the kindest and loveliest couples in American History!
Posted by Dennis Donovan | Tue Jul 7, 2020, 06:14 AM (12 replies)

Jonathan Sackler, co-owner of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, dead at 65


Jonathan Sackler, one of the owners of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, has died, the company confirmed.

Sackler died June 30, according to a court filing. He was 65 and the cause of death was cancer.

He was the son of Raymond Sackler, one of the brothers who bought drug company Purdue Frederick in 1952, and served as an executive and board member for the company that was later renamed Purdue Pharma. Like other members of the Sackler family, he has stepped off the board of the company in recent years, though family members retain ownership.

The company is seeking bankruptcy protection as part of an effort to settle nearly 3,000 lawsuits brought against it by state and local governments that blame the company for sparking the opioid crisis that has killed more than 400,000 Americans since 2000. Hundreds of the lawsuits also name family members.



Posted by Dennis Donovan | Mon Jul 6, 2020, 04:49 PM (13 replies)

The Lincoln Project and Abe stand with Bubba Wallace and NASCAR.

The Lincoln Project @ProjectLincoln

The Lincoln Project and Abe stand with @BubbaWallace and @NASCAR.

2:42 PM · Jul 6, 2020

Posted by Dennis Donovan | Mon Jul 6, 2020, 03:03 PM (0 replies)

New Biden Ad - Trump's Economy: North Carolina

Joe Biden @JoeBiden

We can’t afford four more years of Donald Trump.

Embedded video

11:16 AM · Jul 6, 2020

Posted by Dennis Donovan | Mon Jul 6, 2020, 11:19 AM (6 replies)

We don't deserve dogs, yet they accept and adore us. Then they leave, always far too soon.


Tribune columnist Rex Huppke's dog, Zoe. (Rex Huppke / Chicago Tribune)


JUL 06, 2020 AT 9:08 AM

If I had to choose between spending time with one good dog or five good people, I’d pick the dog every day of the week and twice on Sundays.

That may sound anti-social, but it’s a pragmatic choice, driven by data.

People, even the good ones, have more flaws than dogs. People, even the good ones, struggle to love without conditions. And dogs, at least the ones I’ve known, talk less than humans while managing to say more.

We bipedal ape-descendants don’t deserve dogs, yet they accept and adore us. Then they leave, always far too soon. And we are stuck with our dumb human flaws, and a dog-sized hole in our day-to-day.

I had to say farewell to a good dog last week, on a pantingly hot July 3 afternoon. She had cancer and there was nothing we could do these past couple months except love her and spoil her and give her approximately a million behind-the-ear scritches and wait until she let us know it was time to go.


Posted by Dennis Donovan | Mon Jul 6, 2020, 10:57 AM (37 replies)

Federal judge orders Dakota Access Pipeline shut down

Source: Bismarck Tribune

A federal judge has ordered the shutdown of the Dakota Access Pipeline while a lengthy environmental review is conducted of the project opposed by environmentalists and American Indian tribes.

The move was requested earlier by four Sioux tribes in the Dakotas who fear environmental harm from the pipeline and sued over the project four years ago. North Dakota officials have said such a move would have "significant disruptive consequences" for the state, whose oil patch has been hit hard in recent months by falling demand for crude amid the coronavirus pandemic, as well as a price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia.

The $3.8 billion pipeline built by Energy Transfer subsidiary Dakota Access LLC has been moving North Dakota oil to a shipping point in Illinois for three years. But U.S. District Judge James Boasberg, who is overseeing the lawsuit, in March ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete a full Environmental Impact Statement. The question of whether the pipeline would be shut down in the meantime has lingered since.

An EIS is a much more stringent review than the Environmental Assessment the Corps completed earlier. Such a study can take up to two years to complete, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Read more: https://bismarcktribune.com/bakken/federal-judge-orders-dakota-access-pipeline-shut-down/article_2cc387a3-f003-5557-b356-4063123a62ad.html

(on edit: changed source from trade publication to newspaper)

Posted by Dennis Donovan | Mon Jul 6, 2020, 10:00 AM (18 replies)
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