In 2002, when the petitioner, Lester Gerard Packingham was 21 he was convicted of having sex with a 13-year-old girl. In 2010, Packingham posted a Facebook update: “Man God is Good! How about I got so much favor they dismissed the ticket before court even started? No fine, no court cost, no nothing spent. . . . . .Praise be to GOD, WOW! Thanks JESUS!” … [Read more...] about Supreme Court Rules Sex Offenders Can’t Be Barred from Social Media
Classifying sound cannons as a “use of force” doesn’t mean that the NYPD can’t use them, just that they must document and justify each use. We’ve asked the NYPD if it plans to discontinue the LRAD and will update this post if we hear back. … [Read more...] about NYPD Fails to Convince Court Its Deafening Sound Cannon Is Just a ‘Communication Tool’
There were many reasons for the network’s failure, but one of the biggest was the Rockets’ and Astros’ equity stakes. Together they owned 78% of the network, meaning Comcast only owned 22%. Comcast put up $100 million in startup costs, but when that ran out, they decided not to throw good money after bad. According to David Barron, a Houston Chronicle reporter who has exhaustively written about the CSN Houston debacle, both the Rockets and Astros accepted larger equity stakes in exchange for lower rights fees. With no partner owning a supermajority of the network, and all three having different priorities and visions, the entire thing crumbled. … [Read more...] about The NBA’s Next Labor War Is Here
The Liberty are well aware of Han’s potential to introduce the franchise to millions of new fans (and thus dollars) in China. In early May, the team invited the Chinese National Team to New York for an exhibition game. The event functioned as both a coronation and reunion for Han, who found herself under a spotlight uncommon for 14th overall picks who have yet to play a single WNBA game. She spent the pre-game galloping between warmups and meetings with the press (more than 100 reporters were credentialed). The stands were divided between Liberty and China fans, and Han received the loudest applause of the night when she was introduced in the starting lineup. … [Read more...] about They Want Her To Be The Next Yao Ming, But What Does She Want?
Enter preeminent smackdown artist Steve Albini. Incredibly smart, engagingly articulate, openly judgmental, and intimidating to anyone with even a modicum of self-confidence issues, Albini not only once inspired Chunklet to ask “Is This Guy The Biggest Asshole In Rock?” in 40-plus-point cover type, he seemed to lust mightily for the distinction. Albini was a musician and studio engineer celebrated in underground circles for fronting the seminal indie outfits Big Black and Shellac, and he became a celebrity of sorts after recording classic albums like Superchunk’s No Pocky For Kitty, Pixies’ Surfer Rosa, and, in 1993 alone, PJ Harvey’s Rid Of Me and Nirvana’s In Utero. Albini famously refused producer credit on records he worked on; in fact, he preferred not to be credited at all, particularly for albums he often saw as falling below his high standards. To the contrary, Albini didn’t hesitate to publicly discredit bands after they paid for his … [Read more...] about Part 4: 1993: Smashing Pumpkins, Liz Phair, and Urge Overkill forsake the underground