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Keene white supremacist denied change of venue for upcoming trial

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. — Christopher Cantwell, a white supremacist who has lived in Keene and was arrested after the summer violence in Charlottesville, Va., was unsuccessful Wednesday in seeking a change of venue for his upcoming trial.

Judge Cheryl Higgins denied this motion, along with a motion for a new prosecutor, according to CBS 19 News. The judge will revisit the change of venue request, if the court can't form an impartial jury for Cantwell's trial later this month, according to an email message from Jon Zug, a circuit court clerk.

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Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Feb 4, 2018, 12:40 AM (2 replies)

Supreme Court hears challenge of 'no-nipples' law

CONCORD — Arguments before the state Supreme Court typically don’t include discussions of nipples, buttocks and “pasties,” but that was the nature of the case before the high court Thursday morning.

The court heard arguments in an appeal by three women convicted last year of violating a Laconia city ordinance by sunbathing topless at Weirs Beach.

Heidi Lilley of Gilford, Kia Sinclair of Danbury and Ginger Pierro of Canaan are supporters of the “Free the Nipple” movement, contending that laws that only ban exposing female breasts are discriminatory.

Their lawyer, Daniel Hynes, told the court that the city of Laconia “has criminalized being female.”

“I’m not aware of any criminal statute in New Hampshire where an element of the offense that the state must prove is that the defendant is a certain sex,” he said. “I suggest that’s unconstitutional and, really, immoral.”

Read more: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20180202/NEWS21/180209857/0/FRONTPAGE
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Feb 4, 2018, 12:36 AM (0 replies)

Thin Crowd Shows Up for N.H. State House Harassment Training

Rep. Bob Backus of Manchester said he thought Tuesday morning's anti-harassment training for legislators was worthwhile — even if, he conceded, he might not have absorbed the whole thing.

“I wasn’t fully awake and participating very well,” Backus, a Democrat, said in the hallway after the 8:30 a.m. presentation wrapped up.

In any case, Backus was there. And that was more than most of his colleagues could say.

Only about 40 — or 10 percent of New Hampshire’s 424 legislators — showed up for the official training on the State House’s anti-harassment policy Tuesday morning. Some lawmakers said they had scheduling conflicts, but others dismissed it as a poor use of time.

Read more: http://nhpr.org/post/thin-crowd-shows-nh-state-house-harassment-training
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Feb 3, 2018, 11:54 PM (0 replies)

Argument over white supremacist tattoos leads to Rockland stabbing

ROCKLAND — An argument over white supremacist tattoos led to a stabbing that nearly killed a man, according to police.

Mark McCrillis, 35, of Jay was arrested Thursday and charged with elevated aggravated assault.

Rockland police Officer Addison Cox was credited with saving the victim’s life by applying a tourniquet to the man’s arm.

Officers responded at 8 p.m. Wednesday to a report of a fight near the intersection of Pacific and Lawrence streets, according to an affidavit filed in court by Rockland police.

When officers arrived, they found a large amount of blood in the middle of the road and two people saying the victim was in a Pacific Street residence and they were afraid he was going to die.

Read more: https://www.pressherald.com/2018/02/02/argument-over-white-supremacist-tattoos-leads-to-rockland-stabbing/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Feb 3, 2018, 10:39 AM (1 replies)

Faith Leaders arrested at Sen. Collins office say their activism has just begun

The nine faith leaders who were arrested at Senator Susan Collins’ Portland office last December learned Thursday that their charges would be dismissed. But rather than pledging submission, the interfaith clergy members told reporters afterwards that their activism would continue as long as the “legislatively enshrined injustice and oppression” continues.

“We have reached an agreement with the District Attorney’s office and are prepared to resolve this case,” said Rev. Allen Ewing-Merrill of Portland’s HopeGateWay United Methodist church outside the Cumberland County courthouse. “However, our work is far from finished.”

“Under the umbrella of a grassroots interfaith group called Moral Movement Maine, we will continue to shine a light on legislatively enshrined injustice and oppression, to communicate the moral obligation to care for those who are struggling, and to remind our leaders of their responsibility to provide for the common good,” he continued. “We will not be dissuaded or deterred. This is our calling. This is our commitment.”

Ewing-Merrill and the other members of the group were arrested in early December after staging a 9-hour pray-in at Collins’ office, hoping to sway the senator to vote against the “immoral” Republican tax plan, which gave massive tax breaks to the wealthy while forcing cuts to healthcare and other social services.

Read more: http://mainebeacon.com/faith-leaders-arrested-at-sen-collins-office-say-their-activism-has-just-begun/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Feb 3, 2018, 10:29 AM (2 replies)

Liukin steps down as US women's gymnastics team coordinator

The coordinator of the women's national team for USA Gymnastics has stepped down, the latest departure to rock the embattled organization in the wake of a sexual abuse scandal centered on former team doctor Larry Nassar.

Valeri Liukin made the announcement on Friday, less than 18 months after taking over for Martha Karolyi in September 2016.

Liukin said in a statement that while he wanted to help turn the program around, "the present climate causes me, and more importantly my family, far too much stress, difficulty and uncertainty."

USA Gymnastics thanked for "for his dedication and contributions to the sport of gymnastics" and said it will begin the search for his replacement immediately. Liukin's decision came just days after the USA Gymnastics board of directors stepped down under pressure from the United States Olympic committee.

Read more: https://wintergames.ap.org/timesrecord/article/liukin-steps-down-us-womens-gymnastics-team-coordinator
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Feb 3, 2018, 08:55 AM (1 replies)

Newest Bath Iron Works-built stealth destroyer passes sea test

The second Zumwalt-class stealth destroyer built at Bath Iron Works has passed its sea test, a final evaluation before the ship is put into active service.

The future USS Michael Monsoor successfully completed acceptance trials Thursday, according to a statement from Naval Sea Systems Command.

Onboard systems such as navigation, damage control, mechanical, combat, communication and propulsion met or exceeded Navy specifications, the statement said.

The ship “performed exceedingly well during acceptance trials,” Capt. Kevin Smith, program manager for the Zumwalt-class ships, said in a written statement.

Read more: https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/02/02/newest-biw-built-stealth-destroyer-passes-sea-test/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Feb 3, 2018, 08:44 AM (4 replies)

Firewood in short supply across Maine in wake of cold spell

FARMINGDALE — At Andy Allen’s firewood yard, the kiln he uses to dry firewood is laboring to keep up with demand.

“The cold is my enemy,” Allen said. “When it gets colder, it slows everything down.”

Everything, that is, but the orders for firewood to be delivered. A.W. Allen Firewood, on Maple Street between Hall-Dale High School and Interstate 95, has been getting 30 to 40 calls a day from people searching for hardwood firewood to burn.

Normally, Allen said the average wait time for delivery of his kiln-dried wood in the winter is about two weeks. This year, it’s seven weeks.

Read more: https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/02/02/firewood-in-short-supply-across-maine-in-wake-of-cold-spell/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Feb 3, 2018, 08:23 AM (2 replies)

Environmental Group Suing Governor Over Wind Power Moratorium

A regional environmental group is suing Gov. Paul LePage over a moratorium on wind power development he imposed last week.

The Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is asking a Cumberland County superior court to strike down the moratorium on Constitutional grounds.

"He's totally usurped the legislative process here," says Sean Mahoney, CLF's director for the state. Mahoney says that by suspending the state's existing framework for wind development, LePage is violating the principle of separation of powers.

"He's imposing his own anti-renewables philosophy on the rest of the state in total contravention to what the state Legislature has done over the last three administrations," says Mahoney.

Read more: http://mainepublic.org/post/environmental-group-suing-governor-over-wind-power-moratorium
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Feb 3, 2018, 07:12 AM (0 replies)

Maine Primaries Could Use New Ranked Voting System

Advocates of ranked choice voting are celebrating today, as they submitted signatures that restore a law passed two years ago in Maine.

Two years ago, supporters of ranked choice voting were able to pass a citizens’ initiative that changed how elections are decided in Maine, but the initiative ran into some roadblocks. The state Supreme Court issued an advisory opinion concluding that there were constitutional problems with the initiative. The legislature then suspended ranked choice voting in order to consider a constitutional change to clear the way for the initiative. An effort to get a constitutional amendment out to the voters fell short, so ranked choice voting supporters turned to another section of the constitution, the so called “people’s veto,” and collected enough signatures to restore the suspended law.

“The state of Maine belongs to we the people,” Kyle Bailey, campaign manager for the group, told supporters at the State House Friday. “Augusta politicians grabbing power for themselves and their well-connected friends and their big campaign contributors will not stand. We are here today to shift power back to Maine people and away from special interests.”

Several supporters, including Cushing Samp of Saco, told stories of standing out in this winter’s very cold weather to collect signatures, even when the ink in their pens froze.

Read more: http://mainepublic.org/post/maine-primaries-could-use-new-ranked-voting-system
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Feb 3, 2018, 07:00 AM (2 replies)
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