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Court upholds teacher's conviction for showing violent movie

Court upholds teacher’s conviction for showing violent movie

An Ohio appeals court has upheld the felony conviction of a former substitute teacher who was sentenced to three months in jail for showing a movie including graphic sex and violence to a high school class. Sheila Kearns previously apologized. She said she didn’t watch “The ABCs of Death” before showing it to her Spanish classes at Columbus’ East High School in April 2013. The movie has 26 chapters depicting grisly death, such as “E is for Exterminate.” Kearns was convicted …
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‘I’m trapped. … Oh my God, they’re coming!’ 911 calls reveal terror in Charlotte

Huddled in gridlocked cars as a roiling street protest bore upon them in the darkness, motorists pleaded with 911 operators for help in the week’s first wave of violence early Wednesday. Scenes of chaos were described in recordings released Monday by the city of Charlotte. Starting around 1:30 a.m., calls poured in to the emergency communications center as demonstrators angered by the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott flooded onto W.T. Harris Boulevard and Interstate 85. One of the first calls came from a woman in a Chrysler 300 stuck in traffic at Harris Boulevard and North Tryon Street when demonstrators began pounding on cars. “I’m trapped,” she said. “They’re all in the street … Oh my God, they’re coming!” She said no one appeared to have any weapons, but demonstrators were climbing on cars. About 50 vehicles were stopped around her, she said, and there was nowhere to go. Someone had placed traffic cones in the travel lanes ahead, she said, and when motorists got out to move them, demonstrators would put them back up to block traffic. “Now they’re trying to run over the cones and get home,” she said, and the call ended. A woman from Georgia traveling with her husband, two sons and their dog reported that a rock had shattered their windshield. “I’m still stuck in this,” she said. “I would like to get out of it before I pull over.” “I don’t want you to stop there, period. Just follow traffic and get out of the area.” He guided her to refuge in the IKEA parking lot near the highway. Next came a call from a trucker on the side of the highway reporting that people were looting trailers. “They are coming this way,” he said. “And I’m scared … Oh my God, there’s hundreds of them.” “I can’t move. There’s a whole mob of people, I’m not kidding. Yep, they’ve taken everything. They’ve got the whole road blocked.” From another trucker whose trailer was being looted: “I’m so scared … They’re just taking stuff and running with it. They’ve got the doors of the trailer open.” “Someone needs to get cops down here before these truckers start shooting some of these SOBs … Now they’ve started a fire … There’s just nowhere to go.” As word of the blockade spread by the news and social media, some northbound drivers on I-85 stopped short of the chaos, turned around and drove against traffic that was oncoming at speeds of up to 70 mph. facebook twitter email Share More Videos 0:35 Curious lemurs investigate camera Pause 0:21 Man caught on video sucker-punching woman 0:33 Video shows Houston transit police officer beating homeless man 0:34 Drone footage of 370-foot-tower imploding 2:22 Charlotte police release footage of Scott shooting 1:29 Video shows rattlesnakes fighting for dominance 2:24 Video shows fatal encounter between police, Keith Lamont Scott 2:31 Charlotte police include photo showing ‘weapon’ in shooting investigation 2:14 Third night of protests in Charlotte 0:36 Video shows woman shooting at home invaders, killing one 1:10 Dramatic video shows deadly shootout between rival gang members 0:15 Students kneel during National Anthem performance Share Video Video link: Select Embed code: Select facebook twitter email Fire on I-85 during Charlotte protests A fire was set on I-85 in the early-morning hours Wednesday during a protest following the officer-involved shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte.   A fire was set on I-85 in the early-morning hours Wednesday during a protest following the officer-involved shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte. According to a timeline from the city of Charlotte, a peaceful protest began in University City about 7 p.m. Tuesday. An hour later, the crowd grew more aggressive. At 8:30 p.m., the Civil Emergency Unit – what Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department calls its riot unit – was sent in “to de-escalate the situation and restore order,” the city said in a statement. But the friction grew – around 9 p.m., people began damaging police cars and throwing things at officers. Around 1:30 a.m., demonstrators began moving toward I-85. Traffic in both directions was shut down at about 1:45 a.m. and looting began. Another round of tear gas cleared the highway at 3 a.m. and it was reopened about 3:30 a.m. as a crowd descended on the Walmart in the 7700 block of North Tryon Street where they broke windows and looted the store. One demonstrator was arrested and 16 officers were hurt, none critically. No citizens were reported injured. facebook twitter email Share More Videos 0:35 Curious lemurs investigate camera Pause 0:21 Man caught on video sucker-punching woman 0:33 Video shows Houston transit police officer beating homeless man 0:34 Drone footage of 370-foot-tower imploding 2:22 Charlotte police release footage of Scott shooting 1:29 Video shows rattlesnakes fighting for dominance 2:24 Video shows fatal encounter between police, Keith Lamont Scott 2:31 Charlotte police include photo showing ‘weapon’ in shooting investigation 2:14 Third night of protests in Charlotte 0:36 Video shows woman shooting at home invaders, killing one 1:10 Dramatic video shows deadly shootout between rival gang members 0:15 Students kneel during National Anthem performance Share Video Video link: Select Embed code: Select facebook twitter email A timeline of the Charlotte police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott Protesters have taken to the streets of Charlotte following the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott on Tuesday. Officials allege a black officer opened fire on Scott after he emerged from his car with a gun in the University City area. Family members say Scott, a disabled black man, was holding a book. Nicole L. Cvetnic McClatchy   Protesters have taken to the streets of Charlotte following the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott on Tuesday. Officials allege a black officer opened fire on Scott after he emerged from his car with a gun in the University City area. Family members say Scott, a disabled black man, was holding a book.
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Study: As a species, humans inherit murderous tendencies

Evolution and genetics seem to have baked a certain amount of murder into humans as a species, but civilization has tamed some of the savage beast in us, according to a new study. Scientists calculated the rate at which more than 1,000 mammal species kill their own kind, and noticed how closely related species have similar rates of lethal violence. They essentially found that where a species is on evolutionary tree of life tells a lot about how violent the species is to its own kind. And we’re …
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