NYCLU Seeks Release Of Grand Jury Evidence In Eric Garner Case

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The New York Civil Liberties Union is expected to be in court this week hoping to get more information on how the Eric Garner grand jury made its decision not to indict anyone in connection with his death.

The NYCLU wants the evidence made public in the grand jury’s decision to not indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo and plans to fight for it in court on Friday.

“The outcome of grand jury proceeding has left many questions as to whether secret grand jury proceedings are instruments of injustice and whether the grand jury system should be abolished,” NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said in a statement last week. “The Garner grand jury is central to that public discussion. And it is important to that conversation for the public to know how and why the grand jury reached the conclusions that it did.”

But the judge weighing whether to make the grand jury proceedings public has pulled himself off the case.

Judge Steven Rooney just recused himself from the case, calling it a conflict of interest. Sources told CBS2 his wife works for the same hospital as the EMTs who responded to the Garner incident on Staten Island back in July.

Garner, a 43-year-old father of six, died after he had been stopped by police for allegedly selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.

Pantaleo and other NYPD officers stopped Garner on the street in Tompkinsville. A video shot by an onlooker and widely watched on the Internet showed Garner telling the officers to leave him alone and refusing to be handcuffed.

Pantaleo responded by wrapping his arm around Garner’s neck in an apparent chokehold, which is banned under NYPD policy. The heavyset Garner, who had asthma, is heard gasping, “I can’t breathe.” He later was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The New York City Medical Examiner’s office ruled Garner’s death a homicide, caused by the officer’s apparent chokehold as well as chest and neck compressions and prone positioning “during physical restraint by police.”

Pataleo’s lawyer and police union officials have argued that the officer used an authorized takedown move, not a chokehold, against a man who was resisting arrest. They also said Garner’s poor health was the main cause of his death.

Earlier this month, a grand jury declined to indict Pantaleo in the incident – prompting protests around the city and the country. But he is still subject to an ongoing probe by NYPD Internal Affairs and a federal investigation.

Meanwhile, there’s growing public backlash against some protesters who demonstrated following the grand jury decision.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday found 57 percent of New York City voters say protesters should not be allowed to block traffic.

However, more than 70 percent of respondents approved of the NYPD’s handling of the demonstrations.

The poll also found that two-thirds of New York City voters disagree with the grand jury’s decision not to indict Pantaleo in connection with Garner’s death.

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TalkShoes Testimonials: Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Nail Colour

TalkShoes Testimonials: Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Nail Colour

Christian Louboutin‘s red sole is iconic. While most luxury shoppers can recognize this distinct shade of red a mile away, the color actually started with nail polish, and now it’s become a polish once again.

In 1993, Christian Louboutin was working on the Pensée shoe, which was inspired by Andy Warhol’s “Flowers.” After its completion, Louboutin felt something was off, and what happened next is what has made him such a legend. Louboutin’s assistant Sarah was painting her nails red in the studio, and the designer borrowed her red polish to paint the new design’s soles. An icon was born.

When the designer decided it was time to take his brand into the beauty market, it’s no surprise that a red nail polish seemed like the only way to start.

I went to down to Saks on the day of the Rouge Louboutin release, and I even toyed with the idea of buying this covetable polish for myself. Finally, I decided to make the purchase and do a little experiment that puts this luxury polish to the test, and here’s how it ranked in our TalkShoes Testimonials:

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Followup: 20 stolen Red Bull Racing trophies recovered from lake

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When is someone happy? When he loses something and finds it again. If that old Yiddish proverb is anything to go by, the guys at Red Bull Racing must be at least a little happy right now, because they’ve recovered some of the trophies that were stolen from the team’s headquarters earlier this month.

For those just joining us, the incident in question involved a band of bandits driving a silver SUV through the front of the Red Bull facility in Milton Keynes, UK, stealing some 60 or so trophies from the display case in the lobby. But now some of those trophies – hard-earned from four Formula 1 World Championships and 50 grand prix victories – have been found.

According to the statement released on the team’s website, about 20 of the stolen trophies have been found discarded in a lake – Horseshoe Lake near Sandhurst, to be specific. Apparently, the thieves got rid of the stolen trophies when they found they had no intrinsic value. The rest may still be discovered, but if they’ve got much silver, gold or other precious metals in them, they could end up melted down for their market value.

The team says it intends to have replicas made of the trophies that aren’t recovered. Here’s hoping that won’t be necessary, though.

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Mixed Reaction From Moviegoers, Hollywood After Sony Cancels ‘The Interview’ Amid Threats

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The decision by Sony Pictures to cancel the Christmas Day release of the comedy movie “The Interview” amid threats of terrorism has drawn mixed reaction from moviegoers, celebrities and others.

Federal investigators have now connected the hacking of Sony to North Korea, a U.S. official said Wednesday, though it remained unclear how the federal government would respond to a break-in that exposed sensitive documents and ultimately led to the threats against moviegoers.

Until Wednesday, the Obama administration had been saying it was not immediately clear who might have been responsible for the computer break-in. North Korea has publicly denied it was involved, though it did issue a statement earlier this month describing the hack as a “righteous deed.”

Earlier in the day, the besieged company cancelled the release of “The Interview,” citing the threats of violence against movie theaters and decisions by the largest multiplex chains in North America to pull the film from its screens.

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Seemingly putting to rest any hope of a delayed theatrical release or a video-on-demand release, Sony Pictures later said it has “no further release plans for the film.”

“We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public,” Sony Pictures said in a statement Wednesday. “We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.”

The cancellation was a startling blow to the Hollywood studio. The hackers, who call themselves Guardians of Peace, on Tuesday had threatened violence reminiscent of September 11th, 2001 against movie theaters showing the film.

Sony cancelled a planned New York premiere and offered theaters the option of bowing out. One after the other, all the top U.S. movie chains announced they would postpone any showings of the comedy, which features a pair of journalists played by James Franco and Seth Rogen that are tasked by the CIA to assassinate North Korea leader Kim Jong Un. Sony said it then had little choice but to cancel the release.

White House spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said the U.S. government had no involvement in Sony’s decision, adding that artists and entertainers have the right to produce and distribute whatever content they want in the U.S.

“We take very seriously any attempt to threaten or limit artists’ freedom of speech or of expression,” Meehan said.

The decision to scrap the film’s release has created mixed reaction.

“With today’s society, you really have to air on the side of caution,” one woman said.

“For us to think that it’s OK to just put out a movie like that, I think it was wrong anyway so I think it was a good decision to pull it,” said Bayshore resident Steven Bryson.

“I think that’s ridiculous,” said Brooklyn resident Robert Hodges. “It’s comedy, freedom of speech.”

“I don’t think they should have pulled it because they give the person that’s doing the threatening, they give them all the power,” another man told 1010 WINS’ John Montone.

Many celebrities and others took to Twitter to express their disappointment in Sony’s decision to pull the film.

Ben Stiller tweeted: “Really hard to believe this is the response to a threat to freedom of expression here in America.”

Newt Gingrich tweeted: “No one should kid themselves. With the Sony collapse America has lost its first cyberwar. This is a very, very dangerous precedent.

Actor Rob Lowe tweeted: “Saw Seth Rogen at JFK. Both of us have never seen or heard of anything like this. Hollywood has done Neville Chamberlain proud today.”

Chamberlain was the prime minister of the United Kingdom known for his policy of appeasement toward the Nazis in the 1930s.

Filmmaker Michael Moore had a message for the hackers, tweeting: “Dear Sony Hackers: now that u run Hollywood, I’d also like less romantic comedies, fewer Michael Bay movies and no more Transformers.”

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WWE NXT: Full Preview, Rumors and More for December 18

Welcome to Bleacher Report’s preview for the Dec. 18 episode of NXT on the WWE Network. Spoilers are already out there, but if you want to know what will happen without having the matches spoiled for you, you’re in the right place.

Last week’s TakeOver: R Evolution special was a huge success for WWE’s developmental brand. If you look at social media, you might even say it was a better show than Sunday’s Tables, Ladders, Chairs…and Stairs pay-per-view.

Kevin Owens made his highly anticipated debut, Charlotte and Sasha Banks showed the entire Divas division how to put a match together, and Sami Zayn finally won the NXT title.

However, Zayn’s celebration was short-lived. He ended up being attacked by Owens, a man who was known as being Zayn’s best friend.

This week will feature all the fallout from the live special, and there will definitely be a lot. Let’s take a look at what’s on tap for Thursday’s episode of NXT.

 

The Women

Charlotte and Banks will get the week off, but Banks’ apprentice/partner, Becky Lynch, will be in action against Bayley.

If any two women in NXT can put on a match that will even come close to what we saw last week, it’s these two women.

Lynch is a battle-tested veteran who spent 11 years honing her craft overseas, training under Finn Balor and working for several different European promotions.

Bayley might not have the same level of experience, but there is no denying this girl’s drive to succeed. These two have very different styles, which usually makes for a fun match.

There isn’t much on the line here, but whoever wins could be the next woman we see challenge Charlotte for the title. Every win actually means something in NXT, which is why this bout should be watched closely.

 

The Tag Teams

Following their loss to Balor and Hideo Itami at TakeOver, The Ascension will be looking to take out their aggression on the first team they see, and the unfortunate souls who have the unenviable task of facing them are Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady.

The Realest Guys in the Room are no slouches, but they don’t have the record of Konnor and Viktor to back them up.

Based on recent video packages, The Ascension should be making their debut on the main roster sometime very soon, and if WWE wants to give them a boost, Konnor and Viktor will probably start racking up wins again.

Were Amore and Cassady to win, they would definitely find themselves in a great position to challenge for the Tag Team Championships.

Konnor and Viktor pretty much owned the tag team division for the last year, so beating them would be a big deal, even for a team as established as Amore and Cassady.

 

The Men

Tensions have been mounting between Bull Dempsey and Baron Corbin over the past several weeks, but we will have to wait a little longer to see them lock horns.

However, both men will be in action this week in separate matches against a couple of local jobbers. There’s no point in beating around the bush on this. Corbin and Dempsey are definitely going to win, but there’s always the chance one of them could cause trouble for the other.

These are two big powerhouses, but they have very different styles. When they eventually get in the ring together, it should be one hell of a fight.

Another man known for his love of fighting will get a shot at the former NXT champion in the main event when Owens collides with Adrian Neville.

Leading up to TakeOver, Neville was showing signs of a possible heel turn, but at the end of the night, he embraced his opponent and raised his hand in show of respect and friendship.

Owens ruined Zayn’s moment of glory when he powerbombed him into the ring apron, so it’s safe to assume that Neville will be looking for some revenge on behalf of his friend.

The great thing about this match is going to be the clash of styles. Neville likes to fly and keep things technical, whereas Owens will just punch you in the face until you stop moving.

Even with his brawling skills, Owens is willing to take the occasional risk, which will make this match even more exciting.

Neville still has a guaranteed rematch for the title, so he doesn’t really need this win. Owens is the new kid in school and needs to build up momentum, which is why he will probably come away with his hand raised.

However, if Neville wins, it might anger Owens enough to take him out after the match, making him look like an even bigger heel in the process.

It won’t match up to last week’s live special, but Thursday’s episode of NXT looks like it could be pretty entertaining.

What are you looking forward to on this week’s episode?

 

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NEIGHBORHOOD 20th Anniversary Collection

Following a collaboration with fellow Japanese imprint fragment design, Harajuku’s NEIGHBORHOOD has unveiled their 20th anniversary collection. Drawing inspiration from motorcycle apparel, the collection offers a modern take on streetwear and is comprised of premium outerwear and denim pieces. The range is composed of bombers, leather jackets and china jackets, as well as patch-adorned distressed jeans. NEIGHBORHOOD’s 20th Anniversary collection will be available at select retailers in the near future.

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NEIGHBORHOOD 20th Anniversary Collection

Following a collaboration with fellow Japanese imprint fragment design, Harajuku’s NEIGHBORHOOD has unveiled their 20th anniversary collection. Drawing inspiration from motorcycle apparel, the collection offers a modern take on streetwear and is comprised of premium outerwear and denim pieces. The range is composed of bombers, leather jackets and china jackets, as well as patch-adorned distressed jeans. NEIGHBORHOOD’s 20th Anniversary collection will be available at select retailers in the near future.

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Kevin Andrews defies report to argue for more control of welfare recipients’ cash

Social services minister says income management would succeed if only it was applied more rigorously

Kevin Andrews says he supports greater levels of income management for welfare recipients, despite a government report released on Thursday showing little evidence of its effectiveness.

The social services minister wrote in an opinion piece for the Australian that the federal government was “committed to using income management to help stabilise the lives of some of the most vulnerable Australians”.

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