Man Dies After Bloody, 10-Minute Beating From LAPD Officers: LAist

“They were beating him real bad, and he died of the wounds,” said Yair Abrego, the victim’s brother.

Abrego suffered from a severe concussion and bruises to his face and body. He later died at the hospital. One of the sergeants had a broken hand, and another had a knee injury.

Los Angeles County coroner’s Chief Craig Harvey told the L.A. Times that they are still determining the cause of death and are looking into more tests. However, the initial coroner’s report said that Abrego was “combative and confused with acute cocaine intoxication.”

LAPD’s Force Investigation Division is investigating the incident further. Abrego’s funeral will take place on Saturday.

This incident happened just days before LAPD officers from the same Newton Division fatally shot 24-year-old Ezell Ford, whose family said was “mentally challenged” and complying with officers on Monday night.

via Man Dies After Bloody, 10-Minute Beating From LAPD Officers: LAist.

Where China and Kazakhstan Meet : Image of the Day

While people often say that borders aren’t visible from space, the line between Kazakhstan and China could not be more clear in this satellite image. Acquired by the Landsat 8 satellite on September 9, 2013, the image shows northwestern China around the city of Qoqek and far eastern Kazakhstan near Lake Balqash.

via Where China and Kazakhstan Meet : Image of the Day.

And which area will produce food longer? Maybe Kazakhstan because the Chinese are using up their water. If the Kazaks go for green house production, they may end up feed large parts of China.

LA Sparks Celebrated American Indians Appreciation Night with Shoni Schimmel

AMERICAN INDIANS LOVE SHONI AND SHE MAKES IT APPARENT THAT THE FEELING IS MUTUAL.

Some 300 Indian youth and families were able to attend the game with tickets donated by sponsors. In all, over 1,000 American Indians attended the game. Some of the American Indians traveled to Los Angeles from as far away as Reno, Nevada. Various tribal leaders also attended, as well as former Los Angeles Laker A.C. Green.

via LA Sparks Celebrated American Indians Appreciation Night with Shoni Schimmel.

Dutch man returns Israeli WWII honor after family killed in Gaza | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR

A 91-year-old Dutch man honoured by Israel for shielding a Jew from the Nazis has handed back his medal after six of his relatives were killed in a Gaza air strike.

Henk Zanoli returned his Righteous Among the Nations award to the Israeli ambassador in The Hague this week after an Israeli F-16 destroyed his great niece’s Gaza home, killing all inside.

“It is with great sorrow that I am herewith returning the medal I received as an honor and a token of appreciation from the State of Israel for the efforts and risks taken by my mother and her family in saving the life of a Jewish boy during the German occupation,” Zanoli said in a letter dated Monday.

According to Zanoli’s letter addressed to the Israeli ambassador, the bomb dropped by the Israeli military on July 20 during its massive Gaza offensive, flattened a four-story building at the Bureij Refugee Camp, killing all inside.

“The great-great grandchildren of my mother have lost their grandmother, three uncles, an aunt and a cousin at the hands of the Israeli military,” Zanoli said in the letter, published by liberal Israeli newspaper Haaretz and widely circulated in the Dutch media.

via Dutch man returns Israeli WWII honor after family killed in Gaza | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR.

Never in a Straight Line #poem #dpchallenge #photography

The ocean refuses no river

penned in moon dust

Water flows
circuitous route off mountains
it was a warm winter
the river never runs in a straight line
*
feelings flow
never making any sense
two hearts spring
the river never runs in a straight line
*
passion flows
dawn collides with day
heat beads off summer skin
the river never runs in a straight line
*
life flows
making confusing rules
fall of three streams
the river never runs in a straight line

river

Today’s prompt at DP photography challenge is Zigzag.

What zigzags in your life???

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Silenced #hiroshima #poetry #poem

The White Lotus cannot open again

penned in moon dust

Captive in the frame Captive in the frame

Awakened from deafening noises

pushing away this long night mare

unsuccesful I rub my dark eyes

trying to look through a dusty cloud

I shake cob webs that I wear

Looking in a mirror

I lay back on the floor

 fear grabs me as I  curl up

knowing that this dream must end

or destruction has claimed my world

 Poet’s United Wednesday Motif is reflecting on the 69th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima or A-Bomb Day. We are prompted to write from the point of view of a character then or now.

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Cat Survives 12-Story Fall From Midtown Building: Gothamist

Thank goodness this story has a purrfect ending: A Manhattan cat owner discovered his cat was missing from his 15th floor apartment—and then found him on the third floor overhang… alive!

CBS New York reports:

“I started freaking out,” [Samuel] Jacobs told 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck. “I literally saw him and I was like, ‘Oh no, no no. He’s dead.’”

With help from a building porter, Jacobs climbed out onto the overhang and was happily shocked to find Gizmo purring.

“He looked so relieved to see me,” Jacobs said. “He was scared and just crying and screaming.”

via Cat Survives 12-Story Fall From Midtown Building: Gothamist.

H5N6 bird flu virus found for first time in Vietnam

Veterinary authorities have reported two fresh outbreaks of the highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu in the northern provinces of Lang Son and Ha Tinh for the first time in Vietnam.

>> Vietnam among 6 Asian countries prone to H7N9 bird flu

>> H7N9 virus more virulent than H5N1, ministry says

The outbreaks occurred in a herd of chickens in Lang Son’s Trang Dinh District and in a flock of ducks in Ha Tinh’s Ky Anh District, the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Veterinary Department said.

On Thursday, Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long sent dispatches to the People’s Committees of provinces and cities nationwide, warning about the appearance of the H5N6 bird flu virus strain for the first time in the country.

This extremely toxic virus strain has yet to be proven to transmit from human to human, the ministry said in its notice.

All local authorities should keep a close watch on the fatal strain to detect it soon from poultry, the ministry said.

In a report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on August 12, the department said a total of 1980 birds were found susceptible, out of which 950 birds were found to be infected.

A total of 15 deaths were reported and the remaining 1965 birds were destroyed, the report said.

via H5N6 bird flu virus found for first time in Vietnam.

Ebola Outbreak-related Immigration Relief Measures to Nationals of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone Currently in the United States | USCIS

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is closely monitoring the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. USCIS offers relief measures to nationals of those three countries who are currently in the United States.

Immigration relief measures that may be available if requested include:

Change or extension of nonimmigrant status for an individual currently in the United States, even if the request is filed after the authorized period of admission has expired;

Extension of certain grants of parole made by USCIS;

Expedited adjudication and approval, where possible, of requests for off-campus employment authorization for F-1 students experiencing severe economic hardship;

Expedited processing of immigrant petitions for immediate relatives (currently in the United States) of U.S. citizens;

Expedited adjudication of employment authorization applications, where appropriate; and

Consideration for waiver of fees associated with USCIS benefit applications.

To learn more about how USCIS provides assistance to customers affected by unforeseen circumstances in their home country, visit http://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/special-situations.

via Ebola Outbreak-related Immigration Relief Measures to Nationals of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone Currently in the United States | USCIS.