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This is why you should never linger at the finish line during a track meet - http://mashable.com/2015...
This is why you should never linger at the finish line during a track meet
Here's a new term to add to your vocabulary: "wham sauced." During the New Balance Nationals indoor championships over the weekend, an announcer shouted this glorious new phrase during an collision at the finish line. See also: 25 of YouTube's Funniest Sports Fails An official was on the track during the race, setting up the finish line tape, as four racers barreled toward her. She was sent flying and runners crashed like dominos, prompting a reaction from the announcer: "Oh my god! He just wham sauced the meet crew!" (Watch at the 1:15 mark in the video above.) No runners or crew members were seriously injured, though the person who crossed the finish line first, Taylor McLaughlin, was disqualified due to a lane infraction. Everyone walked away a little stunned. Read more... More about Viral Videos, Watercooler, Videos, and Sports Fail
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Ron Hunter trash talks Obama after Georgia State's epic upset - http://mashable.com/2015...
Ron Hunter trash talks Obama after Georgia State's epic upset
President Barack Obama understandably didn't pick 14-seed Georgia State to upset three-seed Baylor in the first round of March Madness on Thursday. But that they did, in truly epic fashion, to become instant tourney darlings In the locker room after the game, Georgia State coach Ron Hunter couldn't resist taking a dig at POTUS's bracket-picking skills: That was just the cherry on top of an utterly amazing day for Georgia State, one that will go down in NCAA lore. If you aren't caught up, we've got the full rundown here. Read more... BONUS: 25 of YouTube's Funniest Sports Fails More about March Madness, Entertainment, and Sports
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No one's getting anything done during March Madness, so don't even try - http://mashable.com/2015...
No one's getting anything done during March Madness, so don't even try
Why have good grades when you could have a great bracket? These basketball fans have fallen victim to the productivity black hole that is March Madness and it's only going to get worse. With 32 games being played in a 48-hour period, midterms and Excel spreadsheets are quickly taking a backseat See also: 12 March Madness facts to make your bracket suck less Banning cellphones won't stop these people from missing upsets, they've already found creative ways to get their basketball fix in the classroom and cubicle Read more... More about Lists, Humor, Ncaa, Basketball, and March Madness
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Ryanair reverses course on cheap transatlantic flights - http://mashable.com/2015...
Ryanair reverses course on cheap transatlantic flights
On Monday, a Ryanair spokesperson said 14 routes between Europe and the U.S. were in its future. On Thursday, the budget airline's board quashed the idea of ultra-cheap transatlantic flights, dashing the hopes of frugal travelers everywhere "In the light of recent press coverage, the Board of Ryanair Holdings Plc wishes to clarify that it has not considered or approved any transatlantic project, and does not intend to do so," Ryanair Holdings said Thursday in a statement. See also: Chinese budget airline mulls flights that are standing room only Ryanair currently operates only Boeing 737-800s, which means the company would have to acquire additional aircraft designed for long-haul flights before offering transatlantic routes. Read more... More about Us, Lifestyle, Travel Leisure, Ryanair, and Budget Airlines
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Want to watch 20,000 pounds of fireworks explode? Duh. - http://mashable.com/2015...
Want to watch 20,000 pounds of fireworks explode? Duh.
The Midland Police Department in Texas was court ordered to detonate around 20,000 pounds of fireworks over a three-day period Luckily for us, one of these fiery yet dazzling events was caught on video. According to the department, the fireworks were seized by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Local bomb squads were also in attendance to assist. Additional reporting by The Associated Press 12 inspirational videos to activate your tear ducts Super chill bro cats won't leave you hanging Will Ferrell dresses as Little Debbie on 'The Tonight Show,' things get weird Birthday boy learns the hard way that candles and balloons don't mix well Read more... More about Viral Videos, Texas, Fireworks, Us, and Watercooler
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The Arctic was missing an ice patch the size of Texas and California this winter - http://mashable.com/2015...
The Arctic was missing an ice patch the size of Texas and California this winter
The Arctic climate sent yet another in a long series of alarm bells on Thursday as scientists announced that the sea ice cover in the region hit a record low maximum for the year. The winter maximum typically occurs in March, but this year it took place about two weeks earlier than average, with sea ice most likely maxing out on Feb. 25 The official call was made Thursday by the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado, which tracks ice conditions at the poles. The record low maximum marks another step in the transformation of the Arctic from an inaccessible area for shipping and oil and gas drilling into what may become a seasonally ice-free region Read more... More about Climate Change, Global Warming, Us World, Politics, and Us
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12 inspirational videos to activate your tear ducts - http://mashable.com/2015...
12 inspirational videos to activate your tear ducts
Every minute, 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube. Of these, only a few manage to strike your heart, and make you weep like a retiring athlete winning a championship for the first time Remember the deaf woman who was able to hear for the first time? Or the time San Francisco came out to watch Batkid save the day? Sit back, relax and feel good about the world again with a supercut of some of the Internet's most inspiring moments. Want to watch 20,000 pounds of fireworks explode? Duh. Super chill bro cats won't leave you hanging Will Ferrell dresses as Little Debbie on 'The Tonight Show,' things get weird Birthday boy learns the hard way that candles and balloons don't mix well Read more... More about Youtube, Viral Video, Watercooler, Videos, and Batkid
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Apple's first day on the Dow demonstrates power of tech industry - http://mashable.com/2015...
Apple's first day on the Dow demonstrates power of tech industry
When Apple, the largest technology company in the United States, said it would be joining the Dow Jones Industrial Average, market observers asked themselves a single question: What took so long? Techies can now rejoice. Apple's first day on the Dow is Thursday. The company joined after a torrid run, with its shares up 38% since its stock split last June. Before the 7-for-1 split, Apple was trading at almost $650 per share. It is now trading around $128 a share See also: The most expensive Apple Watch is diamond-studded and costs $115,000 The Dow index is a closely watched group of 30 stocks widely seen as an indicator for the health of U.S. markets. The most influential company on the Dow is Goldman Sachs, which accounts for more than 7% of the index's value. Despite its massive overall size, Apple's lower stock price due to the split means the company is only the fifth-most influential stock of the Dow's 30 companies. Read more... More about Business
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Shoot the scene outside your window for our photo challenge - http://mashable.com/2015...
Shoot the scene outside your window for our photo challenge
For this week's photo mission, shoot through glass to capture what you see outside your windowMashable is partnering with Windex to bring you this challenge. The scenery can be just about anything — the beautiful suburbs seen from your living room window, the hustle and bustle outside your office building, or a breathtaking cityscape from a high-up observation deck. See also: Use hands to tell a story for our photo challenge It's always interesting to see another person's point of view. While we in Manhattan are looking out our windows at busy city streets and end-of-winter gray skies, others around the world may see something entirely different. For that reason, we want you to show us a glimpse from your looking glass. Read more... More about Photography, Instagram, Social Media, Mashable Photo Challenge, and Mashable Photo Challenge Guest Series
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9 great places to watch the solar eclipse in the UK and Ireland - http://mashable.com/2015...
9 great places to watch the solar eclipse in the UK and Ireland
LONDON — Despite the threat of toxic smog and heavy cloud cover, the UK and Ireland are nations of optimists when it comes to big events like Friday's solar eclipse The almost total solar eclipse, which occurs when the sun, moon and Earth are aligned so that the moon's shadow reaches the surface of the Earth, will be visible from 9:23 a.m. GMT onward See also: The adventurers who travel thousands of miles to catch a total solar eclipse Now that you know how to watch it and what you should listen to while doing so, here's a list of the best locations to catch it. (You can also watch it online.) Read more... More about Uk, Ireland, Solar Eclipse, and Us World
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Bluetooth umbrella makes sure you never leave it behind - http://mashable.com/2015...
Bluetooth umbrella makes sure you never leave it behind
Losing an umbrella is a part of life — one that often leaves you drenched in the rain and out at least $15 But New York-based startup Davek, known for selling high-end umbrellas that don't crap out on you after just two uses, has developed a concept to ensure that you never leave an umbrella behind again See also: The Internet of Things: Everything You Need to Know In 2 Minutes The company recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funding for its Davek Alert Umbrella, a $125 product that features a built-in Bluetooth proximity chip (hidden into the base) that alerts you if you've accidentally left without it. The product, which is available in black and blue, is currently selling at a discounted rate of $99 for early Kickstarter backers who place an order by April 12. Read more... More about Mobile, Apps, Gadgets, Internet Of Things, and Kickstarter
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Cookie Monster tries to break the Internet - http://mashable.com/2015...
Cookie Monster tries to break the Internet
AUSTIN, Texas — Cookie Monster just wants to break the Internet. But how? The blue, furry monster traveled to SXSW with Internet-crashing dreams and a suitcase full of cookies in a quest to #BreaktheInternet. A grouchy feline gives some input, but Cookie might not exactly understand what breaking the Internet means See also: A delicious day at NYC museums with Cookie Monster Does he succeed? You won't believe what happens next. *wink* (Although, you're probably watching this on the Internet.) BONUS: Simply Delicious Shower Thoughts with Cookie Monster Read more... More about Viral Videos, Sxsw, Sesame Street, Cookie Monster, and Tv
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How to watch the total solar eclipse online - http://mashable.com/2015...
How to watch the total solar eclipse online
FAROE ISLANDS — Clouds, schmouds. There's no need to let the weather affect your view of Friday's total solar eclipse. In fact, there's no reason to let your current location on the planet affect it, either. The total eclipse will only be visible on land from the Faroe Islands and Svalbard, Norway, and the partial eclipse will only be visible from Europe and northern Africa and Asia. Live streams, however, will be visible from any device with an Internet connection. See also: The adventurers who travel thousands of miles to catch a total solar eclipse Follow Mashable on Twitter, Vine and Snapchat (username: mashable) for live updates from our editors in the Faroe Islands and UK. Read more... More about Solar Eclipse, Eclipse, Lifestyle, Travel Leisure, and Total Solar Eclipse
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Judge refuses to release grand jury testimony in Eric Garner chokehold case - http://mashable.com/2015...
Judge refuses to release grand jury testimony in Eric Garner chokehold case
A judge on Thursday refused to release testimony heard by a grand jury that declined to indict a police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, arguing there wasn't a good enough reason to release the secret information. The New York Civil Liberties and others had asked the court to order Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan to release the grand jury transcript, including the testimony of the officer involved, Daniel Pantaleo, and dozens of witnesses, detailed descriptions of evidence and other documentation. A similar step was voluntarily taken by the prosecutor in Ferguson, Missouri, when a grand jury there refused to indict a white officer in the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old. Read more... More about New York City, Nypd, Us World, Us, and Police Brutality
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Monica Lewinsky: "Shame is an industry and the currency is clicks" - http://mashable.com/2015...
Monica Lewinsky: "Shame is an industry and the currency is clicks"
VANCOUVER, Canada — If anyone knows what it means to be publicly humiliated, it's Monica Lewinsky In one of very few major media appearances in more than a decade, Monica Lewinsky took the TED stage on Thursday to champion online compassion. In the years since arguably the biggest political scandal of our time, Lewinsky has turned her attention to activism, namely the fight against cyberbullying and public shame See also: 21 Inspirational Yearbook Quotes That Prove the Children Are Our Future “At the age of 22, I fell in love with my boss. At the age of 24, I learned the devastating consequences," she said Read more... More about Media, Cyberbullying, Social Media, Crime, and Social Good
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Bayside meets Westeros in oddly perfect 'Saved by the Thrones' mashup - http://mashable.com/2015...
Bayside meets Westeros in oddly perfect 'Saved by the Thrones' mashup
Brace yourselves — '90s nostalgia is coming. Mandatory.com found the perfect way to refresh your Game of Thrones knowledge before season 5 hits the airwaves on April 12: a catchy mashup with the Saved by the Bell theme song. See also: 21 one-star reviews for 'Game of Thrones' With all the doom and death that happened in season 4, we all probably could have used a signature Zack Morris timeout (or two, or five, or 100). Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more... More about Viral Videos, Saved By The Bell, Nostalgia, Tv, and Game Of Thrones
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Georgia State coach overcomes injury, scoots to arena because March Madness - http://mashable.com/2015...
Georgia State coach overcomes injury, scoots to arena because March Madness
When Georgia State won the Sun Belt Conference tournament last Sunday to earn a March Madness berth, coach Ron Hunter was understandably pumped up. He ran onto the court to celebrate with his players — but that's when things took a turn for the worse Hunter, it seems, got a little too excited, suffering a torn achilles tendon in the post-game celebratory scrum. But Ron Hunter will not be denied because, dadgummit, this is March Madness See also: March Madness: The touching story behind UAB's mismatched sneakers Here's how he entered the arena for 14-seed Georgia State's opening game against three-seed Baylor on Thursday: Read more... More about Georgia, Basketball, March Madness, Entertainment, and Videos
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Adorable elderly lady is all of us during March Madness - http://mashable.com/2015...
Adorable elderly lady is all of us during March Madness
Third-seeded Notre Dame narrowly escaped 14-seed Northeastern's upset bid to put March Madness 2015's first game in the books on Thursday, winning 69-65. The game's pivotal moment came with 1.9 seconds left, when Notre Dame's Zach Auguste stepped to the free-throw line, and the Fighting Irish were up 67-65. His first shot was good, putting the Irish up three. Make the second, and he'd ice the game. Miss it, and Northeastern's upset bid would stay alive See also: March Madness: The touching story behind UAB's mismatched sneakers Before Auguste's second shot, TV cameras caught this elderly lady feeling all of the things in the stands: Read more... More about March Madness, Entertainment, and Sports
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Solar eclipse: A rare opportunity to bask in the moon's shadow - http://mashable.com/2015...
Solar eclipse: A rare opportunity to bask in the moon's shadow
A total solar eclipse is an extraordinary visual and emotional experience, from the moon's first bite out of the sun's unblemished disc, to the moment that the daylight sky becomes dark and the sun's blazing light is muted. The temperature drops, the moon's shadow can be seen speeding across the Earth's surface, and there is a sudden silence as animals settle down to sleep under the impression that night has fallen. Yet the fact that we see a solar eclipse at all is something of a miracle. Ours is the only planet in the solar system whose moon appears from the surface to have the same angular size in the sky as that of the sun: it is 400 times smaller, but also 400 times closer. This cosmological coincidence allows the moon to completely block out the sun to reveal the ethereal beauty of its tenuous outer atmosphere, the corona, to those fortunate enough to be standing in the shadow of the moon. Read more... More about Sun, Earth, Moon, Solar Eclipse, and Total Eclipse
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Zayn Malik left the One Direction tour and the world is basically ending - http://mashable.com/2015...
Zayn Malik left the One Direction tour and the world is basically ending
It seems that things have gotten much darker for One Direction fans. First, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson were forced to pay a "weed bond" to tour in the Philippines in response to a video of the pair getting high Now, Zayn is leaving the band's international tour See also: Top 20 music fan armies: Beliebers, Swifties, Directioners and more It's unclear how long Zayn will be taking a leave of absence. The band's publicist tweeted a statement confirming the newsMashable has reached out for further comment. 1D statement: Zayn has been signed off with stress and is flying back to the UK to recuperate. The band wish (cont) http://t.co/sqvOnQodYy — Simon Jones (@simonjonespr) March 19, 2015 Read more... More about Music, Watercooler, Conversations, One Direction, and Boy Band
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London landmarks disappear as unhealthy air pollution spikes in UK - http://mashable.com/2015...
London landmarks disappear as unhealthy air pollution spikes in UK
LONDON — London landmarks seemed to vanish Thursday as a noxious and hazy mix of air pollutants that's been making its way across Western Europe arrived in the UK. Vertiginous structures like the Gherkin, the Walkie Talkie and even the EU's tallest building, known as the Shard, disappeared as the air quality deteriorated. A similar effect hit Paris on Wednesday, partially obscuring the Eiffel Tower. See also: Eiffel Tower nearly disappears within thick haze of smog Image: Rex Features via AP Images The British government issued a series of health warnings and raised smog alerts, blaming the situation on pollution from the continent. Read more... More about Uk, Weather, Us World, Smog, and Climate
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California governor proposes $1 billion in drought-relief spending - http://mashable.com/2015...
California governor proposes $1 billion in drought-relief spending
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders on Thursday proposed legislation to accelerate more than $1 billion in drought-relief bond spending for California as it copes with a fourth dry year. "We need to get the money out the door now for shovel-ready projects and existing water programs that only need funding to get started," Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon said. "No delay. No red tape." See also: California Drought Is Worst Since at Least 1895, Data Shows Brown said the proposal accelerates spending that voters have already approved for water and flood projects, including last year's $7.5 billion bond measure. Read more... More about California, Jerry Brown, Us World, Us, and California Drought
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Tunisia terror attack threatens country's tourism industry - http://mashable.com/2015...
Tunisia terror attack threatens country's tourism industry
A shocking terror attack at a popular museum in the Tunisian capital rattled the country on Wednesday and left many questioning the safety of the north African nation. Tourism plays a major role in the Tunisian economy and the large scale attack could have a lasting impact on the industry See also: Tunisia rallies for peace after terror attack in capital leaves 22 dead “Tourism is a lifeline for the economy of Tunisia and we will continue our support to ensure that tourism continues to provide development opportunities to its people," said Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization UNWTO in a statement. Read more... More about Tourism, Tunisia, North Africa, Us World, and Terror Attack
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Islamic State-linked group takes credit for Tunisia terror attack - http://mashable.com/2015...
Islamic State-linked group takes credit for Tunisia terror attack
Militants linked to the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for Wednesday's terror attack in the Tunisian capital of Tunis that left 21 people dead, including 18 foreign tourists In an audio clip posted to a jihadi forum regularly used by the group, one that bore some of the hallmarks of previous messages, the message called the attack on the Bardo Museum in Tunis "the first drop of rain" and promised further strikes. See also: The ISIS campaign to erase history It has yet to be determined whether the attackers had any direct connection to the militants in Syria and Iraq, or whether they are simply supporters of the jihadi group's ideology. Read more... More about Us World
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Think twice before you take that eclipse selfie - http://mashable.com/2015...
Think twice before you take that eclipse selfie
Optometrists are warning about the risks of selfies ahead of Friday morning's solar eclipse, which will be viewable in much of the northern hemisphere. The UK-based College of Optometrists issued a warning about the event, saying that the act of taking an eclipse selfie (or "eclipsie") could put people's eyes in harm's way. Eye damage can occur from staring at the sun on non-eclipse days, but the risks rise during eclipses because they make it more comfortable for people to stare at the sun for longer periods of time; this means damage to the retina is more likely to occur See also: When and how to watch Friday's total solar eclipse Read more... More about Eclipse, Lifestyle, Travel Leisure, Selfie, and Total Solar Eclipse
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March Madness: The touching reason UAB wears mismatched sneakers - http://mashable.com/2015...
March Madness: The touching reason UAB wears mismatched sneakers
If you tuned in for part of the opening-day March Madness game between Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) and Iowa State, you probably had the same question as so many others: Why do UAB's players have mismatched sneakers on? It's not just a fashion statement. And it's not a mistake. In fact, the reason has a bittersweet backstory and is a touching little March Madness subplot for college hoops fans just now seeing the Blazers play for the first time See also: March Madness adopt-a-team: 5 squads that deserve your support UAB coach Jerod Haase took over the Blazers program in 2012. During his first season, according to the school's official athletic site, the team became close with a young cancer survivor named Elijah Seritt. He and his family remain friends of the program Read more... More about March Madness, Entertainment, and Sports
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Concept design plans skyscrapers that don't cast a shadow - http://mashable.com/2015...
Concept design plans skyscrapers that don't cast a shadow
The taller the skyscraper, the longer the shadow it casts — which doesn't always bode well for the people and businesses below. Design firm NBBJ is hoping to change that by constructing an entirely shadowless skyscraper for London, which is gearing up for the addition of more than 250 tall buildings to the city's skyline in the near future. SEE ALSO: Why our brains love curved buildings The firm used computer modeling and algorithms to create a pair of buildings that doesn't block out the sun at ground level. One building looks like a gigantic, curved mirror. The glass surface of the northernmost building reflects sunlight down into the shadow cast by the southern building, and the curve of that glass allows the reflected light to follow the shadow throughout the day. The tower redirects and diffuses the sunlight, providing more daylight below. Read more... More about London, Construction, Architecture, and Us World
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If Ship Your Enemies Glitter wasn't enough, there is now a NSFW option - http://mashable.com/2015...
If Ship Your Enemies Glitter wasn't enough, there is now a NSFW option
Every morning, you wake up to a brand new day full of fresh opportunities to change people's lives for the better and pursue your own health and happiness. Life is an endless stream of possibilities, and now, anonymously shipping shipping edible penises to whoever your choose is one of them Preying on the warm and fuzzy feeling of getting an unexpected package in the mail just like Ship Your Enemies Glitter, Poopsenders and Ship Your Friends Nothing before them, Dicks by Mail is the latest (and crudest) way to have strangers on the Internet do your dirty work. See also: Everywhere you look, penises are hiding in plain sight Read more... More about Website, Pranks, Viral Websites, Watercooler, and Conversations
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All is not lost in ISIS’s attempt to smash the past - http://mashable.com/2015...
All is not lost in ISIS’s attempt to smash the past
The archaeological and historical communities are deeply dismayed about ISIS destroying archaeological sites and materials in the last few weeks. We have seen pictures of ISIS smashing statues and artifacts in the Mosul museum. ISIS soldiers have reportedly destroyed buildings at the ancient Assyrian cities Ninevah and Nimrud in Iraq. ISIS is also believed to be selling Assyrian and other antiquities on the illegal international antiquities market. As an archaeologist, I find all of these actions reprehensible and sad. They damage the historical heritage of all of us, and of people in Syria and Iraq in particular. That is no small thing. Read more... More about Iraq, Isis, Us World, Archaelogy, and History
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Agency involved in UVA student's injury had already been sued for wrongful arrest - http://mashable.com/2015...
Agency involved in UVA student's injury had already been sued for wrongful arrest
Editor's note: This post contains graphic imagery. Please view with caution. The same Virginia agency whose officials allegedly brutalized a black University of Virginia student on Wednesday was recently sued after the wrongful arrest of another UVA student Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has asked for an investigation into the arrest of Martese Johnson by Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control agents after a video and photo of Johnson's bloodied face emerged when he was handcuffed early on Wednesday. He was reportedly arrested after his ID was rejected at a pub See also: Martese Johnson weeps during a protest prompted by his bloody arrest Read more... More about Abc, Us World, Us, University Of Virginia, and Uva
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