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Orange County. The title of the article doesn't even begin to describe.
Between San Diego and Los Angeles is Orange County, California. With over 3 million residents, it's larger than 21 states. If Orange County was a separate country, its economy would be the 45th ...
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The journey for justice and accountability in the Freddie Gray case has begun.
Maryland State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced criminal charges against policemen involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray, which she declared "a homicide." She also said the knife Gray was carrying…
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Worth going through, and keeping as reference. I suspect this page will have to be updated daily.
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I just dropped a twitter-bomb; here's the statement and text collected.

Ok, time to speak.
 
I’ve been RT’ing all morning along a specific narrative, to bring to light info MSM have been neglecting, concerning the events in Baltimore. On 4/19, 25y/o Freddie Gray was arrested by police, but never saw a second of due process. He was severely injured while in police custody – the van he was being transported in took 30 min to travel 3 blocks during which time he “experienced a medical emergency”; his spine was crushed at the neck nearly to the point of severance, and his larynx was also crushed – and died from his wounds.
 
4/27 was his funeral, during which time PEACEFUL protest groups took to the streets for the morning into the afternoon. Despite the nature of the protests, B-more area malls closed. Then the public transit system was closed just prior to schools letting out.
 
At a major pub-trans hub where STUDENTS TAKE THEIR BUSSES HOME, police rolled in already in riot gear. The police antagonized these teenagers who were already upset for the following reasons: 1) Someone in their city died in police custody, with no questions answered and no one held accountable 2) malls closing created an atmosphere of tension, heightened by police presence, 3) A released statement claimed the biggest gangs known to the general public had united and promised to bring violence to the police; this announcement was for mainstream media and its consumers,  & gave police carte blanche to do whatever to any POC that they saw, 4) STUDENT’S ONLY MEANS OF GETTING HOME HAD BEEN CUT OFF.
 
When I say antagonized, there is VIDEO OF POLICE THROWING ROCKS @ STUDENTS (see RT’s), inciting them to return fire.

I don’t know if this was all orchestrated to incite violence which is now being used as “evidence” against protestors, or if this was just a perfect storm of municipal incompetence and continued racism on the part of the BPD, what I do know is that the story told on ABC/NBC/FOX/CBS is NOT the truth, via lies of omission.

Before you cast judgment on protests and protestors, consider this: Are you as upset over the destruction of property as you are over the loss of life? And how much of the full story are you aware of? Foreign news sources are far more impartial & thus tell the whole truth. Try reading The Guardian or Al Jezeera America, or any other legitimate foreign new source. You might be surprised. Try following folk live-tweeting from the action.@deray&@Nettaaaaaaaa are solid sources of info and links. For honest local reporting, follow @mattdpearce for news and solid links. I do not know any of those people, none of them interact with me. This is not a coerced endorsement of any sort.
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Oh man. :(
More than 120,000 saiga antelope have been confirmed dead in central Kazakhstan, representing more than a third of the global population. This is a major blow for conservation efforts given that saigas have in the past ten years only just started to recover from a global population size of less than 50,000 animals following a 95% crash in numbers.
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Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Maryland State Attourney, Marilyn J. Mosby, Esq.
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This article articulates some of what I was talking about yesterday.
Baltimore teachers and parents tell a different story from the one you've been reading in the media.
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Holy crap. Bumble Bee Tuna and a few specific employees face criminal charges after accidental death.
Los Angeles DA charges Bumble Bee and two employees willfully neglected safety rules, leading to 2012 death of employee in local plant.
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One of the links I retweeted (as mentioned in my previous post) was this:
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This place is amazing. In our search for a funeral home in the area, they were in our top 3 choices. They were not the least expensive of the options, but they were head and shoulders better than all of the others we checked out. The services they offer were above and beyond, giving a plethora of choices and options, including some off-the-cuff customization. The staff there is also impeccable. They all know they are dealing with grieving, emotional folk, and the manner in which the staff conduct themselves was astoundingly humane and sympathetic. Even when the inevitable snags came up, the staff, and in particular our funeral home representative, were understanding, empathetic, and most of all flexible, allowing us to come to solutions quickly and with little stress or frustration. Should you ever have to handle the inevitable passing of a loved one, I highly recommend this place. In a time of darkness and turmoil in our lives, Thomas M. Quinn & Sons provided goodness and light - I know it sounds cheesy as hell, but it's absolutely true; everything dealing with the process of putting our beloved to rest was stressful, frustrating process EXCEPT when we had to deal with this funeral home.
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