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Speculation ranges from the serious to the trivial in anticipation of unprecedented baseball game in empty stadium.
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Today Camden Yards, the ballyhooed baseball stadium in downtown Baltimore, will feature something never before seen in the century-plus history of Major League Baseball: an official game played with not a single paying spectator in sight.

After postponing yesterday's Orioles-White Sox game amid civil unrest, and locking in fans for a half-hour or so after Saturday night's contest with the Red Sox because of the conflict just outside the stadium gates, the team, in conjunction with MLB and state and local government officials, has decided that the best way to ensure fan safety is to not have fans.
Camden Yards, long a symbol of downtown-development delusion, stretches a metaphor to the breaking point
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Some context for the Baltimore protests.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the city's police department has been sued before over "rough rides": when a police van is driven recklessly, injuring detainees in the back who are often wearing handcuffs but not seat belts.

Relatives of Dondi Johnson Sr., who was left a paraplegic after a 2005 police van ride, won a $7.4 million verdict against police officers. A year earlier, Jeffrey Alston was awarded $39 million by a jury after he became paralyzed from the neck down as the result of a van ride. … The most sensational case in Baltimore involved Johnson, a 43-year-old plumber who was arrested for public urination. He was handcuffed and placed in a transport van in good health. He emerged a quadriplegic.
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Don't make eye contact. Keep as far away from Justice as possible.

Of 28 examiners with the FBI Laboratory’s microscopic hair comparison unit, 26 overstated forensic matches in ways that favored prosecutors in more than 95 percent of the 268 trials reviewed so far, according to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the Innocence Project,

The review confirmed that FBI experts systematically testified to the near-certainty of “matches” of crime-scene hairs to defendants, backing their claims by citing incomplete or misleading statistics drawn from their case work.

In reality, there is no accepted research on how often hair from different people may appear the same.
Forensic hair matches were overstated in many cases heard before 2000, including those of 32 defendants sentenced to death, the FBI and the Justice Department acknowledged after a review.
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Heh, Computer glitch. House wins

Grandmother Pauline McKee was playing the Miss Kitty game at a casino when she won 185 credits, or $1.85.

But a message appeared on screen saying she had also won a bonus worth $41,797,550.16.

The casino refused to pay out, saying the award was a computer glitch.

At the time of the dispute, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission (IRGC) secured the machine and carried out an investigation, sending the hardware and software to an independent testing laboratory.

The investigators found that the software was programmed to allow a bonus of up to $10,000, but they couldn't work how the multi-million bonus message had occurred.

The machine's maker, Aristocrat Technologies, said it had been aware of this type of error in the display and suggested "component degradation over time may increase the susceptibility to this rare occurrence".

The doughty Ms McKee saw her case finally rejected by the Iowa Supreme Court on 24 April.
A 90-year-old woman is denied a $41.8m (£27.6m) penny slot machine bonus after the casino blames it on a computer error.
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Sounds less harsh when you get to the part about it being an $8,000 machine.
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Four cops from Uppsala, Sweden, were on a New York City subway headed for a Broadway show when they heard a subway conductor over the intercom ask if there were any police officers aboard. Going over to investigate, the four cops found a homeless man assaulting another homeless man who was offering no resistance. The four broke up the fight, with two holding the attacker until police arrived and the other two tending the victim. The incident was caught on video:
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They forgot to source this claim: "De-escalation is far from a universal tactic taught to American police".
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Even a casual reader of Justice Kennedy’s opinions will know that when he perceives that a law infringes on personal dignity, the jig is up. Kennedy has discovered what’s really going on in a law’s purpose or effect. For him, finding an affront to human dignity in legislation might support a due process claim (Lawrence) or, when directed at a discrete class of people, an equal protection claim (Windsor).
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Between 2000 and 2015, it achieved the highest average annual reduction in both the under-five mortality rate and the maternal mortality ratio in the world. The UN estimates that 590,000 children have been saved.

"We had four top killers - malaria, diarrhoea, pneumonia, and malnutrition - diseases which can be treated by simple intervention. So we selected 45,000 community health workers at each village so when the children are sick, instead of spending one or two hours going to a health facility, the community health workers can give the treatment in less than 10 minutes.

"They are elected by the community. The only criteria we give is they can read and write. We give them basic training like how to screen for malaria, how to take temperatures, how to check respiration. For complicated treatment, they are obliged to transfer patients to the health facility."

The workers are not given a regular salary, but are paid for what they achieve:
 
How did Rwanda save 590,000 children? http://bbc.in/1bBRAsv
How has Rwanda managed to reduce child mortality so successfully, and could other nations follow its example?
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Indonesia prisoners in final goodbye http://bbc.in/1bzLfha
A group of prisoners due to be executed for drugs offences in Indonesia have spent what are believed to be their final moments with their families.
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GiveDirectly is changing the way people think about charity. The non-profit was founded in 2008 and is designed to help people living in extreme poverty through cash transfers via mobile phones. The recipients use their mobile phones to receive the money, which they are allowed to spend as they wish. This philosophy varies greatly from traditional third party charities which largely decide how a recipient should spend the money.

"Something important happened in development around 2000, which is we decided to scientific experimental testing," explains Niehaus. "When you start doing science, when you put two things head-to-head and ask 'what's the impact?' there are surprises. Cash transfer, which is literally just giving money to poor people, has turned out to be one of those really big positive surprises."

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GiveDirectly co-founder on the value of charitable cash transfers.
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Don't make eye contact

The lawyer’s assertion that police simply need a “reasonable suspicion” rather than “probable cause to arrest” someone “in a high-crime area” is a chilling one. That puts an entire community at risk of arrest for just about anything. Remember the reason Gray was pursued in the first place? According to Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez, “A lieutenant begins pursuing Mr. Gray after making eye contact with two individuals, one of which is Mr. Gray.” After making eye contact….
The assertion that police don't need “probable cause to arrest” someone “in a high-crime area” is chilling.
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Bethlehem buffalo buffalo
SELKIRK – A herd of buffalo that escaped from a Schodack farm and crossed the Hudson River bolted across the Thruway shortly after 11 a.m. Friday, forcing tractor trailers and cars to brake to avoid the animals. The bison rushed police lines and broke through, crossing Route 144 with police, media and curious onlookers running after them. The buffalo stopped for a time at the edge of the Thruway and then, to the horror of onlookers, they broke ...
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