Saturday, October 29, 2011

To Hot To Bail

Woman charged with assault with vehicle

Pedicab and passengers hit with ice cream, rammed

Updated: Tuesday, 25 Oct 2011, 6:41 PM CDT
Published : Tuesday, 25 Oct 2011, 3:23 PM CDT
AUSTIN (KXAN) - Austin police have charged a 19-year-old woman with aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, a second-degree felony, after she allegedly rear-ended a pedicab with her SUV. Arrested and charged was Elle Oberling Obrien.
Two passengers were in the pedicab and one of them, a woman, was injured when she tried to get out of the pedicab as it was being rammed. The SUV allegedly hit one of her legs and ran over her foot. She was later treated at University Medical Center Brackenridge.
The incident happened just before 2 a.m. on Sunday in the 300 block of East Fourth Street. The pedicab driver told police he was driving westbound when someone threw what he thought was a bowl of ice cream at him and his occupants. He said a black SUV gave a "love tap" nudge to the rear of his pedicab. He said the SUV struck the pedicab a second time, harder than the first, and that his female passenger tried to get out of his pedicab when the SUV struck a third time and the passenger was hit. The SUV came at the pedicab a fourth time with a revved engine and drove straight at him, he told police, and he jumped out of the way so he wasn't hit.
The pedicab driver noted the license plate number of the SUV and gave it to police.
At about the same time, police were called to P.Terry's restaurant at 404 S. Lamar Blvd. on report of a possible driving-while-intoxicated situation. Employees told them a female had pulled into the drive-up window in an SUV, asked them for help and to call 9-1-1. She had a female passenger with her who was crying and could not breathe, according to the driver, who was later identified as Obrien. She asked the employee for water. The driver parked the SUV and the two women went into the restaurant's bathroom with one of the employees, who helped the passenger wash her face.
When police arrived, Obrien told them that she and her friend had been in an argument with another woman in a bar, and that they thought the friend had been sprayed in the face with Mace, according to the arrest affidavit.
Obrien allegedly gave the officer conflicting information about where her vehicle was parked and attempted to leave before the officer finished his questioning. The officer got a call from police dispatch about the pedicab collision and matched the license plate number from that incident to the SUV that Obrien had parked in the P.Terry's lot.
During the interview of Obrien, the officer said she was screaming and he could smell alcohol on her breath, according to the police report. She told him she had consumed several medications and also drank shots of whiskey. He conducted a field sobriety test, which Obrien allegedly failed.
Bond was set at $20,000 and Obrien was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim who was hurt in the ramming of the pedicab.
There was no information in the police report about the male passenger who was also an occupant of the pedicab.
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Lord of the flies: Fights erupt among Occupy Wall Street protesters

lord of the flies:

Report: Fights erupt among Occupy Wall Street protesters

By Melanie Eversley, USA TODAY
Updated 14h 11m ago
Fights are erupting among Occupy Wall Street protesters, so much so that one corner of Zuccotti Park has emerged where protesters say they won't go for fear of their safety, the New York Daily News is reporting.
Police officers also have been warned of "dangerous instruments" being concealed in cardboard tubing, the News says it has been told by unidentified police sources.
MORE: Full coverage
"There is a lot of infighting in the park," a police source told the news organization. "There is one part of the park where they won't even go at night."
Meantime, Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, is warning protesters at Zuccotti Park in Manhattan that he will pursue civil suits against anyone who assaults a union member.
"New York's police officers are working around the clock as the already overburdened economy in New York is being drained by 'occupiers' who intentionally and maliciously instigate needless and violent confrontations with the police," the News reports Mullins said in a statement.
But protesters tell the News they have been the victims of police brutality, not the other way around.
"We have been brutalized and mass-arrested by the NYPD," said protester Jen Waller, 24, of Brooklyn. "They can threaten us all they want. We've got lawyers, too."

Monday, October 24, 2011

Gadhafi Surrender

Did NATO violate the white flag of surrender?
There may be a lot of questions left unanswered as the global play field changes hands.
With more information the message gets mangled.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Austin Police ID woman found on South Congress

please call if you have any information

Austin Police ID woman found on South Congress

By: YNN Staff
Rosemary Lorraine Borges, 65
Rosemary Lorraine Borges, 65
Austin Police have identified the woman whose body was found on South Congress Sunday morning.Officers say 65-year-old Rosemary Borges was found lying in the grounds of an apartment complex at 2713 South Congress Avenue. She was found in a “partially clothed state,” according to police.
During a press conference Tuesday, a representative with APD said Borges was a “low-risk victim,” meaning she did not engage in any dangerous activity. Borges was legally blind and carried a walking stick.
Borges’ residence is located about one mile away from where she was found, at 1718 Woodward Street, but it is unclear how she ended up on South Congress location. Neighbors in the area say they saw Borges alive Saturday, one day before she was found dead.
Officers say there were obvious signs of trauma to Borges’ body.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Austin Police Department’s Homicide Unit at (512) 477-3588 or Crime Stoppers at (512) 472-TIPS.

teacher stabbed in neck williamson county

student stabs teacher in the neck.  Williamson county is reporting.

Friday, October 7, 2011

air force maneuvers over austin texas

reports of air force maneuvers over austin today,  october 7, 2011.
i will try to get photos.  not much info release on the maneuvers other then it will be around noon.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

occupy austin is on

Austin Police Spotters
Occupy Austin

Americans on Kill List, Secret List

According to Rueters.  Secret Panel Can Put Americans On Kill List.
this is an interesting read.  I am not sure what we have become.  What happen to a fair trail before we pull the trigger.  or push the button.  is it just easier to launch a drone.  probably.

Secret panel can put Americans on "kill list'

WASHINGTON | Wed Oct 5, 2011 7:59pm EDT
(Reuters) - American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the president of its decisions, according to officials.
There is no public record of the operations or decisions of the panel, which is a subset of the White House's National Security Council, several current and former officials said. Neither is there any law establishing its existence or setting out the rules by which it is supposed to operate.
The panel was behind the decision to add Awlaki, a U.S.-born militant preacher with alleged al Qaeda connections, to the target list. He was killed by a CIA drone strike in Yemen late last month.
The role of the president in ordering or ratifying a decision to target a citizen is fuzzy. White House spokesman Tommy Vietor declined to discuss anything about the process.
Current and former officials said that to the best of their knowledge, Awlaki, who the White House said was a key figure in al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, al Qaeda's Yemen-based affiliate, had been the only American put on a government list targeting people for capture or death due to their alleged involvement with militants.
The White House is portraying the killing of Awlaki as a demonstration of President Barack Obama's toughness toward militants who threaten the United States. But the process that led to Awlaki's killing has drawn fierce criticism from both the political left and right.
In an ironic turn, Obama, who ran for president denouncing predecessor George W. Bush's expansive use of executive power in his "war on terrorism," is being attacked in some quarters for using similar tactics. They include secret legal justifications and undisclosed intelligence assessments.
Liberals criticized the drone attack on an American citizen as extra-judicial murder.
Conservatives criticized Obama for refusing to release a Justice Department legal opinion that reportedly justified killing Awlaki. They accuse Obama of hypocrisy, noting his administration insisted on publishing Bush-era administration legal memos justifying the use of interrogation techniques many equate with torture, but refused to make public its rationale for killing a citizen without due process.
Some details about how the administration went about targeting Awlaki emerged on Tuesday when the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Dutch Ruppersberger, was asked by reporters about the killing.
The process involves "going through the National Security Council, then it eventually goes to the president, but the National Security Council does the investigation, they have lawyers, they review, they look at the situation, you have input from the military, and also, we make sure that we follow international law," Ruppersberger said.
Other officials said the role of the president in the process was murkier than what Ruppersberger described.
They said targeting recommendations are drawn up by a committee of mid-level National Security Council and agency officials. Their recommendations are then sent to the panel of NSC "principals," meaning Cabinet secretaries and intelligence unit chiefs, for approval. The panel of principals could have different memberships when considering different operational issues, they said.
The officials insisted on anonymity to discuss sensitive information.
They confirmed that lawyers, including those in the Justice Department, were consulted before Awlaki's name was added to the target list.
Two principal legal theories were advanced, an official said: first, that the actions were permitted by Congress when it authorized the use of military forces against militants in the wake of the attacks of September 11, 2001; and they are permitted under international law if a country is defending itself.
Several officials said that when Awlaki became the first American put on the target list, Obama was not required personally to approve the targeting of a person. But one official said Obama would be notified of the principals' decision. If he objected, the decision would be nullified, the official said.
A former official said one of the reasons for making senior officials principally responsible for nominating Americans for the target list was to "protect" the president.
Officials confirmed that a second American, Samir Khan, was killed in the drone attack that killed Awlaki. Khan had served as editor of Inspire, a glossy English-language magazine used by AQAP as a propaganda and recruitment vehicle.
But rather than being specifically targeted by drone operators, Khan was in the wrong place at the wrong time, officials said. Ruppersberger appeared to confirm that, saying Khan's death was "collateral," meaning he was not an intentional target of the drone strike.
When the name of a foreign, rather than American, militant is added to targeting lists, the decision is made within the intelligence community and normally does not require approval by high-level NSC officials.
Officials said Awlaki, whose fierce sermons were widely circulated on English-language militant websites, was targeted because Washington accumulated information his role in AQAP had gone "from inspirational to operational." That meant that instead of just propagandizing in favor of al Qaeda objectives, Awlaki allegedly began to participate directly in plots against American targets.
"Let me underscore, Awlaki is no mere messenger but someone integrally involved in lethal terrorist activities," Daniel Benjamin, top counterterrorism official at the State Department, warned last spring.
The Obama administration has not made public an accounting of the classified evidence that Awlaki was operationally involved in planning terrorist attacks.
But officials acknowledged that some of the intelligence purporting to show Awlaki's hands-on role in plotting attacks was patchy.
For instance, one plot in which authorities have said Awlaki was involved Nigerian-born Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound U.S. airliner on Christmas Day 2009 with a bomb hidden in his underpants.
There is no doubt Abdulmutallab was an admirer or follower of Awlaki, since he admitted that to U.S. investigators. When he appeared in a Detroit courtroom earlier this week for the start of his trial on bomb-plot charges, he proclaimed, "Anwar is alive."
But at the time the White House was considering putting Awlaki on the U.S. target list, intelligence connecting Awlaki specifically to Abdulmutallab and his alleged bomb plot was partial. Officials said at the time the United States had voice intercepts involving a phone known to have been used by Awlaki and someone who they believed, but were not positive, was Abdulmutallab.
Awlaki was also implicated in a case in which a British Airways employee was imprisoned for plotting to blow up a U.S.-bound plane. E-mails retrieved by authorities from the employee's computer showed what an investigator described as " operational contact" between Britain and Yemen.
Authorities believe the contacts were mainly between the U.K.-based suspect and his brother. But there was a strong suspicion Awlaki was at the brother's side when the messages were dispatched. British media reported that in one message, the person on the Yemeni end supposedly said, "Our highest priority is the US ... With the people you have, is it possible to get a package or a person with a package on board a flight heading to the US?"
U.S. officials contrast intelligence suggesting Awlaki's involvement in specific plots with the activities of Adam Gadahn, an American citizen who became a principal English-language propagandist for the core al Qaeda network formerly led by Osama bin Laden.
While Gadahn appeared in angry videos calling for attacks on the United States, officials said he had not been specifically targeted for capture or killing by U.S. forces because he was regarded as a loudmouth not directly involved in plotting attacks.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

arrested Texas Student asleep in furry bear costme

It wasn't your average bear but it was your average college student.
Police in Austin say they found a drunken University of Texas student asleep in a furry bear costume on campus Saturday night.
He was found in some tall grass besides a building at 2501 San Jacinto Blvd, on the northern part of the campus.
In the officers report on the UT police website Campus Watch, they said they could smell a very strong odor of alcohol on the student's breath and described the student's speech as "more of a slurred incoherent growl."
He was not aware of where he was or how he got there, and didn't realize he was "outside of Jellystone Park," according to the police report.
The student was taken into custody for public intoxication and transported, not to a local zoo, but to central booking.

“A healthy eye with full visual capacities is of no use in a dead body,” he said.

“A healthy eye with full visual capacities is of no use in a dead body,” he said.

i know what he means.

from the The Telegragh:

Regular aspirin users at higher risk of sight problems, research suggests

People who take a daily dose of aspirin are twice as likely to suffer blindness in later life, a study suggests.

The researchers found that those who took aspirin daily had a 47 per cent lower risk of developing pancreatic cancer
Research suggests link between asprin and macular degeneration Photo: ALAMY
Researchers who tested more than 4,000 elderly people across Europe found that those who took the drug every day were twice as likely to be diagnosed with late stage age related macular degeneration as those who did not.
While the study provided no evidence of a causal link between aspirin and the condition, experts are now examining whether a regular dose somehow exacerbates the disease.
Millions of Britons are thought to take a daily dose of aspirin in order to lower the risk of suffering heart disease and strokes.
Studies have also suggested that regular small doses can help cut the risk of suffering from certain types of cancer.
But this latest study will increase concern among those who claim the drug can also have a number of damaging side effects.
AMD affects thousands of people each year causing problems with central vision.
While not painful, the sufferer can find it hard to focus directly on an object, making it hard to read, drive or watch television.
There are two types of the condition – wet and dry – and while the exact cause of the disease are not fully understood, lifestyle including diet and whether the individual smokes, are thought to be a contributing factors.
During a recent major study, researchers based in Holland found that of 839 people who took aspirin each day around 4 per cent had an advanced form of the disease called wet macular degeneration, which leads to the most profound blindess.
In comparison, just two per cent who took aspirin less frequently had the same type of macular degeneration.
The researchers found no link between aspirin use and the dry form of the disease of the early stages of the condition.
One theory that has been put forward is that AMD could be linked to heart disease and so is therefore found in aspirin users who are trying to combat their coronary condition.
But lead researcher, Paulus de Jong from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience and Academic Medical Centre said his team had analysed as “meticulously as possible” whether cardiovascular disease might have influenced the results.
He said the results still suggested aspirin users – regardless of their heart health – are at a greater risk of the of suffering late stage AMD.
However he added that for those who were suffering from heart disease, the benefits of taking aspirin outweighed the risks posed to their vision.
“A healthy eye with full visual capacities is of no use in a dead body,” he said.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

arrest confirmed at Brooklyn bridge

arrest confirmed at Brooklyn bridge

450 people are trapped on bridge, 75 arrested, city sending buses

 from the daiLY NEWS

Dozens arrested at Occupy Wall Street protest; Brooklyn Bridge shut down

Originally Published:Saturday, October 1st 2011, 5:26 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 1st 2011, 6:15 PM
Police arrest demonstrators affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement after they attempted to cross the Brooklyn Bridge.
Mario Tama/Getty
Police arrest demonstrators affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement after they attempted to cross the Brooklyn Bridge.

Occupying Wall Street

Do you agree with the protesters?

Thousands of Occupy Wall Street protesters swarmed the Brooklyn Bridge Saturday, shutting down car lanes and setting up yet another showdown with the NYPD.
Dozens of people were arrested after standing in the roadway, blocking the Brooklyn-bound lanes. Traffic in the opposite direction was slowed -- but still running after the 4 p.m. standoff.
Police called in city buses to haul away some of the handcuffed demonstrators.

"People were trying to climb off [the roadway to the pedestrian] walkway, but they were freaking out," Mariana Flor, 23, said of the police.Flor said cops warned protesters that if they didn't move, they'd be arrested.
Some of the demonstrators estimated more than 100 people were arrested. The NYPD couldn't immediately confirm the number of people in custody.
A sea of cops set up orange nets penning in the protesters, prompting some to chant, "Shame! Shame!"

(Anjali Mullany/News)
Before cops arrived, hundreds of protestors took to the bridge on the pedestrian walkway and the roadway chanting, "Take the bridge!" witnesses said.
By 5 p.m., protesters, who marched to the bridge from Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan, clogged both the walkway and Brooklyn-bound car lanes. Just after 6 p.m., some of the protesters moved to the Manhattan Bridge.
The arrests marked the second Saturday in a row protesters landed in cuffs.

(Police prepare to arrest protesters/Mario Tama/Getty)
Last week, cops arrested more than 80 people near Union Square. During that roundup, Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna doused a handful of women with pepper spray - spawning a video clip that helped embolden the movement.
NYPD Internal Affairs and the Civilian Complaint Review Board are probing the pepper-spray incident, which gave the protests - now more than two weeks old - added verve.

michael jackson the sad good bye

The seven-man, five-woman panel instead heard testimony about efforts to revive Jackson, who the paramedics and emergency room doctor thought was dead at his rented mansion. Still, the singer was transported to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center because Murray wanted life-saving efforts to continue. AP

it is sad.