WA makes progress on gun control

In light of the recent tragedy at Santa Fe High School in Texas, bi-partisan support has grown for new gun-control measures pertaining to at-risk persons and the irresponsible handling of firearms. The change comes after a conflicting report was published by Everytown for Gun Safety claimed that at the time of the study there had been 16 school shootings in the U.S this year with critics of the study claiming that the numbers were misleading and failed to differentiate school shooter situations from accidental discharges of weapons and gun related suicides in order to perpetuate a narrative.

Senator John Braun, R-Centralia gave a statement regarding the state of school safety in Washington State and called for more Bi-Partisan support in Olympia for school security and measures to decrease the likelihood for school shootings: “Violence in American schools frequently results in Republicans and Democrats arguing instead of working to solve the problem. Fortunately, in Washington State, there are areas where we can find agreement and make meaningful improvements to better protect our students and educators. Earlier this year I proposed and advocated for putting $500 million in state bonding authority before voters to expand mental health services and treatment in communities statewide. Others have proposed limiting access to certain types of guns by individuals under age 21, or creating anonymous tip lines where safety concerns could be reported to the proper officials.”

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has proposed a new gun control measure to the Seattle City Council which would penalize gun owners between $500 and $10,000 who allow their firearms to be used by children or at-risk people by not having their guns being secured in a locked container and rendered inaccessible or unusable for any person other than the authorized user. The new legislation would only cover weapons which were being stored somewhere as opposed to those carried by owners or authorized users. The new legislation would make it a civil infraction when an owner of a gun knows or should know that a minor or at-risk person is likely to access the weapon but then fails to prevent that from happening or fails to report it to authorities.

On the national level, no real solution has been agreed upon by interest groups, with proposals including the arming of teachers in schools, more gun control measures on a variety of weapon types, mental health services for at risk youth, and in some cases the call for an outright ban on guns.

Skeptics to the proposed measures include conservative columnist for Daily Wire Ben Shapiro who in the wake of the “March for our lives” protest commented on the proposed plans for gun control. “We know the FBI was warned specifically about the Parkland shooter not once, but twice — and did nothing… We know that the Broward County Sheriff’s Office was warned multiple times about the Parkland shooter. And yet we are told that the solution to mass shootings is for law-abiding citizens to give more authority to the authorities that failed, and to turn over our only way of protecting ourselves?”

Shapiro continued, “Why in the world would a single law-abiding gun owner hand over his or her weapon to the same authorities that did nothing to protect the children of Parkland? Why would a single law-abiding gun owner turn over his or her capacity for self-defense to people who were incapable of defending children at every step of the way?”

Source: Bellevue College: The Watchdog Newspaper

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King County considering land purchase for conservation

Washington State is known around the country for two things: the Space Needle and the environment.

According to Forbes, Washington is one of the most environmentally friendly states in the United States with lots of nature around every corner for everything from camping to afternoon picnics. And King County is considering lengthening the range of nature that the state has to offer.

King County Executive Dow Constantine recently made a press conference announcing that the county was considering buying 65,000 acres of land.

According to the Bellevue Reporter, the land that would be bought would be 13,500 acres for farmland, 125 miles for trails, 20,600 acres for wildlife and recreation, 2,400 acres for green spaces in urban areas, and 26,500 acres for forests. Also, according to the Bellevue Reporter, “Purposed property purchases include land near the Tolt River for salmon habitat restoration, dairy farmland near Enumclaw, and the lakeshore trails on the Weyerhaeuser campus in Federal Way.”

In order to pay for the land, the county plans to sell various bonds that should greatly increase the revenue that would come in through the different activities and places that would be built around the new land.

In a press conference, Constantine said, “This is an exciting moment to save the last best places in King County and make sure that every community has access to green space […] Saving these places and creating green space for all is important to our future, and it’s as important as investments in affordable housing or in transportation or in any other aspect of infrastructure.”

Source: Bellevue College: The Watchdog Newspaper

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Starbucks employees undergo racial bias training

Due to the racial bias incident that happened last month where two African American men were arrested for sitting in a Starbucks store without placing an order in Philadelphia, the company recently announced a new store policy allowing anyone to occupy the coffee shop or use the store’s facilities even if they do not buy anything.

Starbucks later after the incident apologized to the men and said the company will close 8,000 U.S. stores on May 29 for racial bias training. The CEO, Kevin Johnson, promises he would try the best to ensure this kind of incident will never happen again, and he will fix it. Starbucks recently informed US employees that people can gather in the cafes, patios and use the store restroom even if they buy nothing. According to CNN Money, “any person who enters our spaces, including patios, cafes, and restrooms is considered a customer,” said Starbucks in an email to its employees.
“Any customer is welcome to use Starbucks spaces, including our restrooms, cafes and patios, regardless of whether they make a purchase. When using a Starbucks space, we respectfully request that customers behave in a manner that maintains a warm and welcoming environment,” the policy reads.

The revised Starbucks policy, however, says that customers using the space must follow a set of general rules, which requires visitors to use the space as intended, be considerate of others and act responsibly; otherwise, people who do not follow the rules would be asked to leave. The revised policy also directs employees to procedure for dealing with customers that behave in a “disruptive manner,” including guidance on how to approach disruptive customers. Employees who witness immediate danger or threat to partners and customers’ safety are still instructed to call 911.

Earlier this month, Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz, speaking at the Atlantic Council in Washington, teased the policy change. Howard Schultz of CNN explained the company used to have a “loose” policy of only allowing paying customers to use the bathroom, with the decision ultimately left to the store manager, but that stores would change that rule. “We don’t want to become a public bathroom, but we are going to make the right decision 100 percent of the time and give people the key because we do not want anyone at Starbucks to feel as if we are not giving access to people to the bathroom because they are less than. We want them to be more than,” said Schultz, but the old policy, and the decision made by the Philadelphia store manager last month, were “absolutely wrong in every way,” Schultz added.

On May 29, many Starbucks store teams are reconnecting with their mission and with each other. “We’ll see you tomorrow,” many stores have the sign posted for the closure of the racial bias training to make a third place between home and work where everyone is welcome. A place where everyone feels that they belong.

Customers who are interested in providing any suggestions or concerns to make Starbucks a more welcoming place are able to do a customer service survey on https://customerservice.starbucks.com/app/contact/ask_company_info/session/.

Source: Bellevue College: The Watchdog Newspaper

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YouTuber Gigguk releases “Sora Yori”

A few weeks ago, I watched a video by YouTuber “Gigguk,” who releases pretty regular videos that touch on anything and everything anime. While his more popular videos are generally about rundowns of the current season of anime, he released another video entitled “The Anime that Inspired Me.” He went on and on about this new anime from the spring season called “A Place Further than the Universe.” He spoke endless praises about it and while I wanted to sit down and watch it I was worried these expectations would ruin the show for me. However, on May 26 when I sat down and ran through all 13 episodes of the show, all the feelings Gigguk spoke about became my reality.

“A Place Further than the Universe,” hereby referred to as “Sora Yori,” is about an outstanding trip made by Mari Tamaki, Shirase Kobuchizawa, Hinata Miyake and Yuzuki Shiraishi to the vast continent of Antarctica for reasons all their own.

While the thought of such an interesting plot might sound weird at first, “Sora Yori” plays it out perfectly. It’s a plot that is close enough to fantasy to take me to another world while grounded enough to seem real, and the realism is the strongest point of the show. Calling characters “real” is a super generic way of praising a show, but it’s portrayed in such a way here that has me rooting for them the entire way. Yuzuki is scared of heights, Shirase is ridiculously camera-shy, Kimari tends to be reliant on other people to know what to do and Hinata had to learn how to be independent the hard way. And they all got seasick on the boat. They all abolish this need to be picture-perfect anime characters and instead have perfectly normal strengths and weaknesses that set them apart from the usual fantasies I look to indulge in in anime.

One of the big strengths of “Sora Yori” is the way the music works. There are only a few insert songs but they’re composed beautifully and used at all the right moments to really drive home the emotions. The songs on their own retain emotion purely based off of the pictures I now associate them with. The opening for the show, “The Girls Are Alright!” has an adorable animation that pulled me right out of whatever mood I was in and put me right in the feelings of the show. At one point that day I was angry at my internet for failing me but I could turn on this show and the opening would pull me back in. Combined with the ending song that carried the emotions through the end, the music itself was a gorgeous experience. The ending song, “Koko kara, Koko kara,” was even sung by the four girls themselves which definitely added to how real the characters seemed.

The true benefit to watching this show, though, has to be the story it tells. It tells a story of adventure and a girl conquering her dream of making the most of her youth, another girl finding out about her mom through people she knew, a third making her first real friends, and a fourth finally understanding what it meant to belong. No matter where anybody is in life, they can pull something out of this. For me personally, I felt like I wasn’t doing anything with my youth either. I’m planning a trip to Los Angeles this summer and it’s the closest thing I’ve done to an adventure, and that’s what I’ll make it. It’s going to be full of experiences and what this show taught me is that I’ll need to treasure each and every experience I make. This is quite easily the single best show I can recall watching and I’m sure I will spend the remainder of my days looking for something to make me feel as good as this did.

Source: Bellevue College: The Watchdog Newspaper

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VyprVPN Service in China Restored After Latest Round of Blocking

The Chinese government began blocking VyprVPN connections at 7am CST on June 1st. This blocking attempt was likely due to the impending anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 on June 4th. As with previous blocking attempts, our engineers rapidly implemented procedures which have resolved these blocks and fully restored VPN service to our users in mainland China by 8:30am CST.

Because we own and operate our network, we are able to make swift adjustments to our servers and IPs when blocks like this occur. The connection activity chart below illustrates the impact of China’s latest attempts to block VyprVPN and our success in working around these efforts in an efficient manner.

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Source: https://www.goldenfrog.com/blog/china-blocking-restore-june

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Open Thread 6/1

I’m looking forward to the employment numbers this morning. I may have been briefed on them yesterday, but today I’ll really delve deeper. I’ll be sure to keep Tweeting if I find something interesting.

Prime rate held steady at 79.2%. That’s a number.

They slightly revised the April numbers too. Did you know they could do that?

Source: http://horsesass.org/open-thread-6-1/

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Pit Bull Mauled 8-Month-Old Girl To Death As She Sat In Bouncy Chair

MIRAMAR, FL – An 8-month-old girl was mauled to death by her grandmother’s pit bull as she sat in a bouncy chair.

Miramar Fire officials responded to a home on Wednesday after receiving a call regarding a child that had been attacked by a dog.

When fire officials arrived they found 8-month-old Liana Villasin had been mauled by her grandmother’s pit bull.

There was nothing the emergency workers could do for the girl and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The dog responsible for the attack was taken away by animal control, along with two other dogs that were in the home.

According to the girl’s grandmother, the girl was in a bedroom sitting in a bouncy chair when the male pit bull attacked. The dog was 3 to 4-years-old and had been owned by the family since it was a puppy.

The girl’s mother, Brenda Villasin, said she had dropped off her daughter at her mother’s house before she went to work.

“Nobody wakes up in the morning and says ‘you’re going to lose somebody you love,’” she said. “It just happens so when I heard about it. I’m numb right now. I don’t feel. I can’t express myself correctly. My emotions are all over the place.”

She went on to say that despite losing her daughter to a pit bull that she didn’t blame the breed of the dog.

This article was written by Morbid for The Dreamin Demon – the Internet’s self-appointed buzzkill.

Source: https://www.dreamindemon.com/2018/06/01/pit-mauls-8monthold-girl-death-sat-bouncy-chair/

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Mother Arrested After Her One Month Old Baby Found Inside Dryer

POINSETT COUNTY, AR – Police have arrested a woman in connection to the death of her one-month-old daughter who was found inside a clothes dryer.

Police were called to a mobile home Tuesday afternoon after the baby’s father found his daughter, Caseleigh, dead inside the dryer.

Both he and the baby’s mother, 25-year-old Tyra Neal, were arrested but charges against the baby’s father were later dropped.

Second-degree murder and abuse of a corpse charges were not dropped against Neal, however, and she is sitting in jail on a $1 million cash-only bond.

Family members say Neal has four remaining children.

No word on how the baby died, but the sheriff’s office said her body has been sent to the State Crime Lab for an autopsy.

No word on a motive, either. But I’m guessing a 25-year-old living in a trailer in the middle of nowhere five kids may have a little something to do with it.

Sheriff Kevin Molder said the immediate response of Arkansas State Police was the reason why they have been able to progress this case so quickly.

“They have been instrumental in moving us forward,” Molder said. “Our investigators have been working closely with them and that’s the reason we moved so quickly with it.”

He also added that the scene at the mobile home will be one that will stay with the responding officers.

“Any time an infant child is involved it’s very hard for law enforcement officers,” Molder said. “They go home at night and it’s not something they forget.”

This article was written by Morbid for The Dreamin Demon – the Internet’s self-appointed buzzkill.

Source: https://www.dreamindemon.com/2018/05/31/mother-arrested-dead-baby-dryer/

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Man Gets Life In Prison For Molesting Special Needs Children On School Bus

LAS VEGAS, NV – A judge has sentenced a former school bus driver to life behind bars after he was convicted of molesting special needs children on his school bus.

Michael Banco, 58, was a Clark County School District special education bus driver who was responsible for 20 students on his route throughout the Las Vegas Valley.

In 2015 he was arrested after a 3-year-old girl told her family that Banco had been sexually molesting her on the bus.

Surveillance footage from inside the bus was reviewed and revealed Banco molesting and assaulting children in the back of a bus before dropping them off at school. The victims were only 3- and 4-years-old.

Prosecutors called it the most horrific case they’ve ever seen. And they work in Vegas, so you know it must have been bad.

Initially facing 41 counts, Banco pleaded guilty last month to one count each of sexual assault with a minor under 16 and lewdness with a child under 14.

On Wednesday, Judge Elisa Cadish called Banco’s crimes “incomprehensible” while sentencing him to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 35 years.

According to the grandmother of one of the victims, Banco isn’t the only one punished for life.

“This man has destroyed my granddaughter,” she said. “How do we get past that? I don’t know what else to do but hug her. That’s all I have.”

This article was written by Morbid for The Dreamin Demon – the Internet’s self-appointed buzzkill.

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Body Of Missing Woman Found In Stairwell At San Francisco Hospital. Again.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The body of a woman missing from a mental health facility was found in a stairwell at the same San Francisco hospital where another missing woman’s body was found five years ago.

On May 20th, 75-year-old Ruby Andersen went missing from a mental health facility. According to her daughter, Anderson suffered from dementia.

On Wednesday, a Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital staff member found the woman’s dead body in one of the hospital’s stairwells. An autopsy is pending.

The stairwell Anderson was found in is usually is locked, according to hospital spokeswoman Rachael Kagan, and only accessible to maintenance workers.

“We are very concerned how this could have happened,” Kagan said.

I bet she is concerned, along with the Sheriff’s Department. See, this is the second time this has happened at the hospital in the last five years.

Back in 2013, we reported on 57-year-old Lynne Spaulding, a patient at the hospital who went missing from her room. She was found dead in one of the hospital’s stairwells two weeks later.

An autopsy would later reveal Spaulding had been dead for several days before her body was found. Meaning the poor woman was alive for almost two weeks in a stairwell that was supposed to be routinely checked by security.

Spalding’s family filed a lawsuit and the Sheriff’s Department, which is responsible for the hospital’s security, ended up paying Spaulding’s family $3 million.

“That was a terrible tragedy. We’ve made many, many changes since that time and we have no reason to believe that this case and that case are connected, but we don’t know very much about this situation yet,” Kagan said.

This article was written by Morbid for The Dreamin Demon – the Internet’s self-appointed buzzkill.

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