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Bernie Sanders Raise $1.5 Million In First Day


Bernie Sanders Has a Better Fund-Raising Start Than Republican Counterparts

3:36 PM ET 3:36 PM ET Alan Rappeport

The three Republican senators who are running for president — Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio — all boasted about raising $1 million in their first 24 hours as candidates. But they have nothing on Bernie Sanders.

The independent senator from Vermont, who announced Thursday that he is running as a Democrat, said Friday that he had raised $1.5 million online in less than a full day as a candidate. The support came from 35,000 donors who contributed an average of $43.

Mr. Sanders has said that small donations will be his only chance of defeating Hillary Rodham Clinton for the nomination, because he has no “billionaire and millionaire” friends and does not intend to depend on the backing of a “Super PAC.”

“A successful national campaign will require the active participation of millions of Americans in every community in our country,” Mr. Sanders said in a Facebook post. “With your help, we are off to a great start.”


Luckovich TOON: Baltimore's Moms

Breaking: Baltimore Police Finish Inquiry Into Freddie Gray Death

Source: New York Times

APRIL 30, 2015
The Baltimore police have finished their investigation into how a young man suffered a fatal spinal injury while in police custody, and have handed their findings off to prosecutors, officials said Thursday.

The announcement opens a new phase in a case that has riveted the city, sparking demonstrations and unrest, as the focus shifts to the new, relatively untested state’s attorney for Baltimore, Marilyn J. Mosby. Her office will fold the police findings into its own investigation.

But officials continued to warn that completion of the police inquiry would not translate into new revelations for the public about what happened on April 12 to Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old man who died. The Police Department has stated that it will not disclose what it has found, and Ms. Mosby’s office has said that it does not expect to make any significant release of information until it has assembled a more complete picture of the incident.

If the state’s attorney decides it wants to prosecute any of the officers involved, it will take its case to a grand jury to seek an indictment. In all, criminal charges could still be months away, if they come at all.

Read more: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/05/01/us/baltimore-protests-freddie-gray.html

Friend of Joni Mitchell Says in Court Filing She is Unconscious; Unable to Make Decisions

Source: Associated Press

@AP: Friend of singer Joni Mitchell says in court filing that she is unconscious and unable to make decisions: http://t.co/cSCdkNqGDg/s/KTGl

Friend: Joni Mitchell unconscious, unable to care for self
APR. 28, 2015 7:04 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joni Mitchell is unconscious and the singer-songwriter is unable to make medical decisions for herself, a longtime friend stated Tuesday in a court filing.

Leslie Morris, who is identified as a friend of Mitchell's for more than 44 years, filed a petition Tuesday to be named conservator for the Grammy-winning singer.

Morris is not seeking control of Mitchell's estate. She is seeking the appointment because Mitchell does not have any family who can serve as her conservator.

Mitchell was hospitalized March 31 after being found unconscious in her Los Angeles home. No updates about her health have been posted to her website or Twitter account since early April, when a message stated she was resting comfortably and improving.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/4a5b1afa2e814ae0a33beadf48b1defb/friend-joni-mitchell-unconscious-unable-care-self


Apr 28: Update on Joni's health
Sources with Joni in the hospital have approved the following statement to be made through JoniMitchell.com: "Contrary to rumors circulating on the Internet today, Joni is not in a coma. Joni is still in the hospital - but she comprehends, she’s alert, and she has her full senses. A full recovery is expected. The document obtained by a certain media outlet simply gives her longtime friend Leslie Morris the authority - in the absence of 24-hour doctor care - to make care decisions for Joni once she leaves the hospital. As we all know, Joni is a strong-willed woman and is nowhere near giving up the fight. Please continue to keep Joni in your thoughts." You may add your well wishes for her at the website WeLoveYouJoni.com

Bob Cesca: The Profound Unfairness of the Baltimore Riots


The Profound Unfairness of the Baltimore Riots

Bob Cesca on April 27, 2015

There’s something grossly, profoundly unfair happening in Baltimore and across the country tonight.

It’s unfair that so much of the media coverage tends to come from white anchors, reporters and commentators (like me), who’ve never experienced what it’s like to be a person of color who’s confronted by police brutality — on camera or off. This isn’t to suggest that only African-Americans are allowed to comment on issues within African-American communities, but one thing was clear from Monday’s coverage: Wolf Blitzer might not be the most insightful moderator for such a discussion.

It’s unfair that the memory of Freddie Gray, the latest victim of unfair police profiling and excessive force, is besmirched by looters and rioters who are effectively spitting on his grave by turning what ought to be peaceful protests into self-serving violence and theft — where personal outrage and greed supersede a far more noble cause. The fact is, the looters probably don’t care too much who was killed or by whom. They’re merely piggy-backing their personal greed and lack of morality onto an entirely unrelated event.

It’s unfair that more commentators don’t make a clear distinction between the original tragedy and the violent unrest.

It’s unfair that the news media focuses so much time and coverage on the darker aspects of what’s happening, rather than balancing the coverage by showing neighbors helping neighbors and ministers preaching nonviolence and peaceful demonstrations. Sure, if it bleeds it leads, but as we’ve seen on countless occasions, viewers also love heroes, and throughout the day Monday, the heroes were marginalized in lieu of showing burned out cars and drugstores on fire.

It’s unfair to the broader African-American community, which still struggles with racism and racial discrimination, that a relative few looters reinforce the ugly stereotypes marketed by those who seek to separate rather than unite. The looters and assailants are no more representative of the African-American community than secessionist Bundy ranch hooligans are representative of whites.

It’s unfair that poverty, one of the root causes of racial animosity, isn’t viewed by more Americans as a national problem demanding national solutions, rather than a wedge to be marginalized, ridiculed and demagogued with racial scare-words and Southern Strategy dog-whistles.

It’s unfair that shop owners and franchises have been robbed and burned through no fault of their own.
It’s unfair that nearsighted haters and bigots view rioting and looting as an exclusively African-American problem when it’s absolutely not.

Huntington Beach, 2013, following a surfing competition:


The Brutality of Police Culture in Baltimore


The Brutality of Police Culture in Baltimore

Years of abuses are every bit as egregious as what the Department of Justice documented in Ferguson, Missouri, and as deserving of a national response.

APR 22, 2015

In Baltimore, where 25-year-old Freddie Gray died shortly after being taken into police custody, an investigation may uncover homicidal misconduct by law enforcement, as happened in the North Charleston, South Carolina, killing of Walter Scott. Or the facts may confound the darkest suspicions of protestors, as when the Department of Justice released its report on the killing of Michael Brown.

What's crucial to understand, as Baltimore residents take to the streets in long-simmering frustration, is that their general grievances are valid regardless of how this case plays out. For as in Ferguson, where residents suffered through years of misconduct so egregious that most Americans could scarcely conceive of what was going on, the people of Baltimore are policed by an entity that perpetrates stunning abuses. The difference is that this time we needn't wait for a DOJ report to tell us so. Harrowing evidence has been presented. Yet America hasn't looked.

I include myself.

Despite actively reading and commenting on police misconduct for many years, I was unaware until yesterday that the Baltimore Sun published a searing 2014 article documenting recent abuses that are national scandals in their own rights.

A grandmother's bones were broken. A pregnant woman was violently thrown to the ground. Millions of dollars were paid out to numerous victims of police brutality.


Police: Death Toll From Nepal's Earthquake Jumps to 3,218; More Than 6,000 Injured

Source: Reuters

Police: Death toll from Nepal's earthquake jumps to 3,218; more than 6,000 injured

Read more: http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/earthquake-in-south-asia-april-25-2015/

School Offers Readmission to Girl Battling Leukemia

Source: CBS News

School offers readmission to girl battling leukemia

Apr 26, 2015 8:23 PM EDT

DETROIT -- The mother of a Michigan girl dismissed from a Catholic school for not meeting academic and attendance standards during leukemia treatments said Sunday that her daughter has been invited back but will attend a public school for now.

Barbara McGrath told The Associated Press St. Joseph Middle School officials informed her that Rose McGrath could return to the Battle Creek school but postponed a meeting to discuss concerns until later this week to allow for "a cooling off period." Barbara McGrath said that her daughter is attending Lakeview Middle School and that she can't say whether Rose will return to St. Joseph until she determines if issues can be resolved.

"It sounds like they're not going to pass her anyway, even if she goes back," Barbara McGrath said of her 7th-grade daughter, who is in remission but still recovering from treatments for acute lymphoblastic leukemia diagnosed in 2012. "I don't see her being able to go back there and being successful."

The school wrote in a letter addressed to Rose's father and provided to the AP by the family that officials worked with her but absences "hampered her academic performance." It adds that the 12-year-old had attended 32 full days this academic year out of 134 days as of April 13, but Barbara McGrath says that doesn't include "numerous" partial days.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/school-offers-readmission-to-girl-battling-leukemia/

BREAKING: Magnitude 7.9 Quake Hits Nepal; 1,910 Confirmed Dead

Source: USGS / Associated Press / NPR

More Than 1,000 Confirmed Dead In Nepal After Powerful Earthquake

APRIL 25, 2015 7:54 AM ET

Authorities in Nepal say at least 1,130 people are dead following a powerful earthquake not far from the capital Kathmandu, where homes and ancient temples collapsed amid the intense temblor and strong aftershocks.

Dozens of people in three neighboring countries were also killed and at least eight were reported dead on Mount Everest and perhaps dozens more trapped by a quake-triggered avalanche that hit the world's tallest peak at the height of the climbing season.

The death toll was likely to continue to rise — perhaps dramatically — as more information comes in from remote and isolated region affected by the magnitude 7.8 quake. The Associated Press says that the earthquake "shook several cities across northern India, and was felt as far away as Lahore in Pakistan, Lhasa in Tibet, and in Dhaka, Bangladesh." Kathmandu's international airport was shut down following the temblor, the news agency says.

"We need support from the various international agencies which are more knowledgeable and equipped to handle the kind of emergency we face now," Nepal's Information Minister Minendra Rijal was quoted by the BBC as saying.



Nepal quake death toll reaches 1,805

APR. 25, 2015 9:36 PM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's Home Ministry says the death toll from Saturday's devastating earthquake has reached 1,805.

The latest toll puts the overall regional fatalities at 1,865.

Home Ministry official Laxmi Dhakal said Sunday that at least 4,700 people have been injured in the magnitude 7.8 earthquake.


@AP: BREAKING: Nepal police official says at least 1,910 have died, including 721 in Kathmandu, in the quake


Read more: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/04/25/402160910/7-8-quake-hits-nepal-toppling-buildings-killing-at-least-138

@BreakingNews: 7.5 magnitude earthquake hits Nepal - USGS


@BreakingNews: Buildings down, roads out after major earthquake hits Nepal earthquake, CNN-IBN reports - @cnnbrk http://t.co/IJ29j3NWto/s/Vqwl

Al Arabiya English – Verified account ‏@AlArabiya_Eng

#BreakingNews Tremors felt in New Delhi and other cities in North India: witnesses
11:53 PM - 24 Apr 2015

@BreakingNews: Earthquake in Nepal upgraded by USGS to 7.9 magnitude, 2km deep, casualties taken to hospital - USGS, @AP http://t.co/IPArewzUkc/s/53M4


Magnitude-7.9 quake hits Nepal; heavy damage

APR. 25, 2015 3:14 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A strong magnitude-7.9 earthquake hit near Nepal's capital of Kathmandu before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said.

Nepal's Information Minister Minendra Rijal told India's NDTV station that there are reports of damage in and around Kathmandu but no immediate word on casualties.

He said rescue teams were on the scene.

The epicenter was 80 kilometers (49 mile) northwest of Kathmandu, he said. The Kathmandu Valley is densely populated with nearly 2.5 million, with the quality of buildings often poor.

An Associated Press reporter in Kathmandu said a wall in his compound collapsed and there was damage to nearby buildings.

The U.S. Geological Survey revised the magnitude from 7.5 to 7.9 and said the quake hit at 11:56 a.m. local time (0611 GMT) at Lamjung a shallow depth of 11 kilometers (7 miles).

Preliminary magnitude 5.5 earthquake reported 157 miles west of Ferndale, CA

Source: USGS

@BreakingNews: Preliminary magnitude 5.5 earthquake reported 157 miles west of Ferndale, Calif. - @USGS http://t.co/DDLc1dAJSz/s/LH-z

Read more: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us200028pe#general_summary
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