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Two NYPD Cops Charged with First-Degree Rape Despite Claiming Handcuffed Teen Consented to Sex

Friday, October 27th, 2017

It took more than a month, but the two New York City police detectives who acknowledged they had sex with a handcuffed teenager inside a police van after detaining her for drugs have been charged with first-degree rape.
A grand jury indicted officers Eddie Martins and Richard Hall on Thursday, despite their claims the sex was consensual, according to the New York Post.
They are expected to turn themselves in next week, which goes to show that Blue Privilege continues to exist even after they have been formally charged.
After all, would your average street rapist be allowed to have a free weekend after being charged with first-degree rape?
The cops, whose photos still have not been released, face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
The victim, who goes by Anna Chambers on social media, was arrested on September 15 for possession of marijuana and prescription pills.
The two cops also found prescription drugs on one of the two male friends she was with, but they had no interest in him, ordering the two friends to leave the area as they took her into custody.
She said she was handcuffed and placed in a van where she was ordered to perform oral sex on both cops. She also said one of the cops raped her.
They then ordered her out of the van and drove off, where one of her male friends found her 45 minutes after they detained her.
He drove her to her mother’s home where they then drove her to the hospital where doctors discovered evidence that she had been sexually assaulted.
The teen, who turned 19 this week, has been very outspoken about the incident on her social media pages. But the cops have been attacking her credibility by saying she has posted provocative photos of herself on her social media pages.
But that is

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NYPD Detective Arrested for Masturbating While Peering into Child’s Window

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Members of the Thin Blue Line were forced to arrest one of their own after he was busted masturbating while peering into a child’s window.
New York City Police Detective Robert Francis, 46, was in Rockville Centre police custody charged with public lewdness and endangering the welfare of a child after he was arrested him at 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, according to Pix11.
He has since been released on a desk appearance ticket, which means he did not have to post a bond and was freed from jail with a mere promise to appear in court at a later date to face the charges against him.
Francis’ arrest comes shortly after a rash of reports from several Rockville Center residents reporting a naked man trolling through back yards, knocking on windows then using a flashlight or forehead light to expose himself to children.
Callers reported the man was naked from the waist down. Police have not said whether he is linked to those previous incidents or specified how they determined the detective was the suspect reported.
According to reports, shortly after highlighting his lewd acts, the man described as being 5-foot-10 and weighing about 220 pounds, took off running.
Three incidents were reported in February between 8 and 9 p.m.
Detective Francis was located shortly after the call and arrested just a few blocks away from the scene.
Earlier this month, Charles Gennario, the Rockville Centre Police Commissioner, stated he believes reports of the man are connected.
“This is raising our level  of concern now,” Genneario said on Sunday.
A call from a Rockville Centre homeowner Sunday prompted Francis’ arrest.
The caller told authorities a he could see a man masturbating in his backyard.
NYPD confirmed Francis, who is employed by the 71st precinct in Brooklyn, has been suspended without pay.
Police are now trying to determine if Francis is the suspect callers described in previous reports and are looking into

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NYPD Cop Slips Finger into Man’s Anus and Wiggles it Around

Monday, February 13th, 2017

An NYPD cop with “an odd fetish” slipped his finger into a man’s anus and wiggled it around after confronting the man inside a bodega for having a bulge underneath his shirt.
The bulge turned out to be a cellphone on a belt holder.
But even after NYPD officer Febres realized it was nothing but a phone, he proceeded to stick his ungloved hands inside John Hidalgo’s pants, penetrating his anus with his finger and fondling his penis and testicles.
He then Hidalgo a summons for disorderly conduct, which was dismissed in court, according to the New York Daily News.
Hidalgo’s lawyer said not only was Febres’ hand dirty and ungloved, but he did not even use lubricant. And the more Hidalgo protested, the deeper he thrusted his finger, which is why he said the cop has an odd fetish.

Hidalgo told the Daily News he was scared at the time of the incident.

“I wasn’t sure what was happening,” he said. “I’m feeling like I’m being violated.”
“I remember feeling his finger on the tip of my phallus,” Hidalgo, 48, recalled. “I said you ‘’What are you doing?’”
“He got more angry. He pushed me more hard to the wall and said ‘Don’t move,’” Hidalgo said. “He started on my back, in my butt, and then he started wiggling his finger.”
“I got mad. I said, ‘Why are you violating me?’ I said, ‘I wish I had the right to shoot you in the head,’” he said.
Hidalgo admits he shouted a pejorative term for homosexuals at some point during the encounter.
His lawyer said Hidalgo is not a homophobe but was simply scared.
“Rather, as a heterosexual with a limited IQ who had never before been anally penetrated, let alone by someone’s bare, dirty hand and without lubricant, this seemed terribly wrong to him and his reaction was perfectly appropriate under

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Station House announces major renovation, rooftop terrace for St. Pete location

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

A popular St. Petersburg restaurant and meeting space is planning ambitious changes to its downtown location in the new year.
Station House announced Tuesday a series of extensive revitalizations to its mixed-use structure for 2017. Among the upgrades include the addition of a rooftop garden terrace, and what is being described as a “multi-experience restaurant concept.”
Station House, a five-story, mixed-use building of nearly 32,000 square feet, is located at 260 1st Ave. S in St. Petersburg,
Although exact details have not yet been made public, the design includes a new garden terrace with a shaded pergola trellis system, incorporating green space, foliage, and vines to invoke a New York City-style rooftop for intimate parties and dining.
Entry to the restaurant will move to the front of the building off 1st Ave. South, which will improve traffic flow and allow a greater street-level presence. Plans also include a mural, as well as other features to the entry, streetscape, and landscaping.
“It’s again time for Station House to recruit talented designers and partners from the best cities all over the world and introduce them to St Pete,” says Station House proprietor Steve Gianfilippo. “That’s my purpose, to continue to raise the bar in the way so many of us are doing in St. Pete at all levels, but as always with a few tricks up our sleeves.”
Gianfilippo promises the redesign will elevate Station House as both an entertainment and culinary venue, and is expected to attract new talent for improved diversity in downtown St. Petersburg.
As a meeting and business place, Station House will also offer mentoring and a series of workshops in 2017, as well as a Virtual Reality Gaming facility in the co-work space — a concept which Gianfilippo says is “much like those of Silicon Valley.”
Also, there will be a new men’s locker room installed with shower,

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Donald Trump’s hands-on management style to be tested by presidency

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump looked at hundreds of marble samples before selecting one for the lobby of Trump Tower. He can recall, in painstaking detail even decades later, how he stood in the cold and oversaw the ice-making process at Central Park’s rink. And, during the campaign, he personally reviewed every single campaign ad, rejecting some over the smallest of perceived flaws.
The hands-on, minutiae-obsessed management style that Trump has relied on for decades in the business world will now be tested by the presidency, an overwhelming job in which his predecessor says only the most challenging decisions even make it to the Oval Office.
“Somebody noted to me that by the time something reaches my desk, that means it’s really hard,” President Barack Obama has said. “Because if it were easy, somebody else would have made the decision and somebody else would have solved it.”
The president-elect, at times, has been reluctant to delegate. But while his multinational business is indeed vast, the scope of the federal government exceeds any of his previous endeavors.
Those close to him are gently suggesting that he will have to do some more delegating given the sheer volume of decisions needed to get his administration up and running, according to a person familiar with private discussions but not authorized to speak about them by name. Trump has chafed at that, but he has signaled willingness to relinquish some personal control.
Over his career, Trump has been highly involved with the decisions he cares deeply about. When building Trump Tower, the Manhattan skyscraper he calls home, he settled upon a rare marble, Breccia Pernice, for the building’s lobby.
But when he inspected the pieces that had been tagged for use, he found some blemishes — prompting a personal trip to Italy.
“So we ended up going to the quarry with black tape

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NYPD Union Boss’ Son Stripped of Badge and Gun for Not Reporting Negligent Discharge

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

The cop son of NYPD’s loudmouth union boss Patrick Lynch was stripped of his badge and gun for fleeing the scene of a shooting Sunday night.
Kevin Lynch, 23, was hanging out with another NYPD cop named Robert Smilove, 22, who is also the son of a cop, when Smilove negligently pulled the trigger of a gun he had purchased, firing a bullet through the window of a pickup truck they were sitting in.
The two cops then panicked and took off running as a neighbor called 911 to make a report about a shot fired at about 11 p.m., according to the New York Daily News.
New York City police arrived and found the abandoned Chevy Silverado, tracing it to Smilove’s mother, who owned the truck.
They showed up to the house where the Smilove family lives and the officer handed over a five-shot, .38 caliber revolver he had purchased.
The gun was loaded with four live rounds and one spent casing.
Smilove apparently told the cops he was with Lynch. Both were disciplined for not reporting the incident.
Smilove was suspended without pay and will likely be fired because he is still on probation and Lynch was placed on desk duty, according to the New York Post.
 
Patrick Lynch, the longtime president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association of the City of New York, a man who is never at a loss of words, offered no comment about the incident.
The New York Post also reports that a third man was in the truck who is not a cop, but that was not mentioned in the Daily News story.
NYPD rules generally require officers to be armed at all times when in New York City, with exceptions including while off duty and engaged in activities that could lead to the weapon being stolen, while working a second job, or

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NYPD Union Boss’ Son Stripped of Badge and Gun for Not Reporting Negligent Discharge

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

The cop son of NYPD’s loudmouth union boss Patrick Lynch was stripped of his badge and gun for fleeing the scene of a shooting Sunday night.
Kevin Lynch, 23, was hanging out with another NYPD cop named Robert Smilove, 22, who is also the son of a cop, when Smilove negligently pulled the trigger of a gun he had purchased, firing a bullet through the window of a pickup truck they were sitting in.
The two cops then panicked and took off running as a neighbor called 911 to make a report about a shot fired at about 11 p.m., according to the New York Daily News.
New York City police arrived and found the abandoned Chevy Silverado, tracing it to Smilove’s mother, who owned the truck.
They showed up to the house where the Smilove family lives and the officer handed over a five-shot, .38 caliber revolver he had purchased.
The gun was loaded with four live rounds and one spent casing.
Smilove apparently told the cops he was with Lynch. Both were disciplined for not reporting the incident.
Smilove was suspended without pay and will likely be fired because he is still on probation and Lynch was placed on desk duty, according to the New York Post.
 
Patrick Lynch, the longtime president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association of the City of New York, a man who is never at a loss of words, offered no comment about the incident.
The New York Post also reports that a third man was in the truck who is not a cop, but that was not mentioned in the Daily News story.
NYPD rules generally require officers to be armed at all times when in New York City, with exceptions including while off duty and engaged in activities that could lead to the weapon being stolen, while working a second job, or

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Donald Trump rides chutzpah to victory in presidential race

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

He felt it in the breeze.
Nearing the end of his long, improbable journey to victory in the presidential race, Donald Trump, the candidate of so much tumult and bluster, waxed nostalgic about how he got there.
“I had great parents, great parents,” Trump told the crowd at a rally in steamy Orlando, Florida. “I just felt that nice breeze, so they’re helping us out.”
The candidate who for more than a year had unapologetically demonstrated he would say anything sensed it was time to rein it in.
“Stay on point, Donald, stay on point,” he publicly admonished himself just days before the election. “No sidetracks, Donald. Nice and easy.”
It was a rare glimpse of internal dialogue in the man whose whole life has been one long battle to prove himself bigger, louder, richer, smarter, brassier than the next guy.
Trump’s unbounded confidence — and obsession with winning — have been a lifelong constant, evident in ways large and small.
Growing up as one of five children in a well-to-do Queens real estate family, Donald was the brash one, a fighter from the start.
“We gotta calm him down,” his father would say, as Trump recalls it. “Son, take the lumps out.”
For good or ill, it’s advice Trump rarely embraced.
Military school helped channel his energy, but Trump’s rebellious streak remained.
Trump followed his father into real estate but chafed within the confines of Fred Trump’s realm in New York’s outer boroughs.
He crossed the East River to Manhattan and never looked back.
“He’s gone way beyond me, absolutely,” an admiring Fred marveled. His son had hit it big well before he hit 40.
So successful at such a young age, Trump never did have to smooth out those lumps his father had warned about.
“He was at the top of his own pyramid,” says Stanley Renshon, a political psychologist at the City

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How to stream the high-stakes presidential debates

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Television viewership for Monday’s presidential debate is expected to be high, but you don’t need a television to watch.
There are plenty of ways to stream the showdown for free and get behind-the-scenes content and commentary, ranging from emoji responses to serious fact checks. A bigger question might be: Who isn’t streaming it?
If you don’t have cable or satellite TV, or even an antenna, you can catch the streams that major news organizations will offer on their websites and apps. But many social networks and online outlets will offer the debate, too.
Here’s your online guide to Monday’s debate, which starts at 9 p.m. EDT. All three presidential debates are expected to have similar streaming opportunities, and many outlets will cover the one for the vice presidential candidates as well.
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TWITTER
The service will stream Bloomberg Television’s live coverage of the presidential and vice presidential debates. To watch, go to http://debates.twitter.com, or visit Bloomberg’s bpolitics Twitter feed. Twitter says the streams will include special political programming and commentary from Bloomberg 30 minutes before and after each debate. You do not need a Twitter account — or be logged in — to watch.
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FACEBOOK
ABC News will show live streams from the debate and offer footage from watch parties, anchors and correspondents. The network says it will “incorporate viewers’ comments, questions and conversations” into its Facebook Live coverage. To find it, go to the ABC News Facebook page.
Other organizations are hopping on the Facebook Live bandwagon as well, including Fox News, C-SPAN, The New York Times, CNBC and Telemundo.
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YOUTUBE
Google’s video streaming site is hosting debate streams from several news outlets, including NBC News, The Washington Post, Telemundo and Fox News. In addition, Google says “your favorite YouTube creators” such as the Young Turks and Complex news will be streaming live reports from the debates, using YouTube Live directly from

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Sarah Maricle Ayers: Best medicine for drug prices is very little

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

The rising expense of pharmaceuticals is expected to put extra pressure on Florida’s budget next year, with the Department of Corrections, worker health insurance plans, and Medicaid shouldering most of the burden. New specialty drugs in particular are fanning the budgetary flames, such as Sovaldi and Harvoni: 1,000 pills that cure Hepatitis C. Many observers see the waves of innovation that U.S. labs are churning out as representing a double-edged sword: New medicines will save lives, but kill budgets.
Cue the populist agitators, because these are the conditions that give rise to price regulation schemes. Lawmakers, however, should steer clear of the market meddling that, historically, solves nothing and complicates everything. Governments, despite any high-minded intentions given, have little power to curtail the costs of bringing medicines to market.
Sure, with regulatory power, bureaucrats can step in and dictate who gets pills, when and how much they receive, and at what price. But this approach destroys the personal decision-making power of consumers and the motivation for companies to produce according to their demands. It also weakens the natural role that prices take in the creation and allocation of goods, such as prescription pills, in society. Bureaucrats have yet to demonstrate that they can manage the quality and quantities of goods distributed to the public more efficiently than the free market. Plus, centralization adds a new layer of administrative costs to the mix, which detracts from the original purpose of increasing affordability.
Then there’s the financial power of governments. Yes, they can buy up pills and resell at lower prices to the masses, or even plunge millions directly into research and development to defray private pharmaceutical budgets. But public entities do not have their own resources, only tax dollars. Both of these schemes not only drive up those same administrative costs, but they cause

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Ed H. Moore: It’s time to recover our promise as a great nation

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

“It is your business to rise up and preserve the Union and liberty for yourselves and not for me. I appeal to you again to constantly bear in mind that not with politicians, not with Presidents, not with office seekers, but with you, is the question: Shall the Union and shall the liberties of this country be preserved to the latest generations?”

In reading some literature on Abraham Lincoln I came across this quote that oddly fit within the parameters of our current national election conversation. The words above moved me to reflect upon what our ancestors must have contemplated as they stood at the precipice of destruction of a union in the War Between the States, with the Union not yet 100 years old.
One cannot help but wonder if today we are not again at a precipice, not one of wholesale destruction, but one of the potential for radical change in the institutions we have been given by birth.
Has our governance become so complex and our problems so vexing that the systems of governance we have in place are helpless to find solutions and create pathways to permanent improvements? Are we lost in a maelstrom of discontent and disillusionment so dark that the lights of American creativity and ingenuity, so long the fuel that drives our progress, can no longer shine bright enough to light the path of a free and prosperous future? American curiosity has always asked whether the glass is half full or empty, yet we fail to realize that we have the capacity to refill the glass.
So now we are enmeshed in the potentially messiest campaign season of my lifetime as the Rs wander about the land seeking approval, while the Ds grow edgy and anxious with new entries poised in the shadows should the would-be head

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