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Trayvon Christian just wanted to buy a $350 belt. He reportedly had to show identification just to buy the damn thing. But after he did, the clerk apparently called the police. Undercover officers questioned how he could afford to make such a purchase, and then dragged him to the police station.
We’ve all been there. Because obviously our people couldn’t possibly have enough money to buy something like this. Because we must have stolen the credit card or something. I once asked why I had to show ID when using my credit card. The cashier said, “It’s our policy. We ask everybody.” So I stood and watched as she rang up all the people in line after me. None of them were asked for ID.
Christian decided he didn’t want the belt anymore. And he filed suit. Hope he wins.
Brothers Joel (left) and Andrew Leach went running when they heard a woman screaming for help in the south loop. She had been bitten by a man who stole her cellphone. The Leach brothers chased him. Here’s the Tribune’s account:
But the man turned on them and said, “Do you guys want to get cut?” according to the police report.
“I pulled my own knife and said, ‘Mine’s bigger than yours,’” Leach said. “He saw my knife and started running again.”
Apparently Leach must be a Crocodile Dundee fan. Kudos to the brothers for getting involved. (But am I the only person who thinks they did so at great personal risk, not just from the robber, but from law enforcement? Guess that’s just one of the costs of racism.)
He led Stanford’s effort in the Solar Decathlon to design and build an accessible, technologically alert house that puts the power to save power in the hands of the people who live in it.
Read the question and answer here. (NB: Don’t watch the video as it first plays an ad, then briefly shows two photographs of Ouyang, and then cuts to the reporter talking about how you should read the Q&A.)
Subtitled: I initially laughed, but did stop when I got to the part about the guy being severely burned.
Ron Nielson, a 50-year-old Palm Bay (FL) resident, set himself on fire while reportedly attempting to light a wooden cross that he had soaked with gasoline. His wife heard him screaming and came out and doused the flames with the garden hose. He was airlifted to an Orlando hospital and reportedly has second-degree burns over 40-50 percent of his body.
Many of the news reports refer to Nielson’s actions as being Halloween-related. Continue reading →