Bail reform sets homeless teen free despite cop assault, car theft charges


A homeless teen who was charged with an attack on a plainclothes NYPD captain in Midtown last October has been released under New York’s controversial new bail reform guidelines after his latest in a long line of arrests — for allegedly joyriding in a stolen car in Brooklyn. Elijah Hodge, 19, a suspected Crips gang…


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Pele dismisses talk of depression, tells fans he is well


(Reuters) – Former Brazil striker Pele dismissed talk he is depressed and reclusive on Thursday and assured fans he is doing well and maintaining a busy schedule.

Pele’s son Edinho told Globo in an interview published on Monday that the three-times World Cup winner was depressed and reluctant to leave his house because he cannot get around properly due to hip problems.

“I am good,” said Pele, who will be 80 in October. “I continue to accept my physical limitations in the best way possible but I intend to keep the ball rolling.
“I have good days and bad days. That is normal for people of my age. I am not afraid, I am determined, confident in what I do.”

“I have good days and bad days. That is normal for people of my age. I am not afraid, I am determined, confident in what I do.”


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Alabama lawmaker fights tough abortion laws with ‘mandatory vasectomy’ bill


Under a wacky new proposed law, all men in Alabama would be forced to have vasectomies once they reach the age of 50. The bill’s sponsor, Democratic state Rep. Rolanda Hollis, claims her mandatory vasectomy law is fair turn-about given a recent law limiting abortion rights in the state. What’s good for women should also…


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Venezuelan Armed Force begins military drills


Caracas, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) The National Bolivarian Armed Force (FANB) began the 2020 Bolivarian Shield military exercises on Saturday, in order to prepare all troops in case of a foreign armed aggression.

President Nicolas Maduro said on Friday that more than two million soldiers will participate in the military drills that will conclude on Sunday, February 16, and will be developed nationwide.

During a press briefing with international media from the Miraflores Palace, the seat of Venezuelan government, the president pointed out that all surface-to-air missile systems, as well as rocket systems, are ready for the exercises.

This excercises are the first ones carried out after the new Constitutional Law on the Armed Forces was recently approved. The inclusion of national militias as an armed wing of the country’s defensive corps is decreed, so they will officially participate in these exercises for the first time with that category.


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Day of deeds and memories at Havana’s International Book Fair


Havana, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) Today will be marked by deeds and memories at Havana’s International Book Fair, Cuba 2020, when books on the Vietname War will be launchedin.

On Saturday, the great literary event will launch ‘Relatos de Guerra de Vietnam Heroico’ (War Stories from Heroic Vietnam) by journalist Marta Rojas and diplomat Raul Valdes Vivo, who lived the intensity of one of the bloodiest conflicts in history after World War II.

‘Relatos …’ will be presented at the Alejo Carpentier Hall in Havana’s Morro-Cabaña Park, the main venue of the fair that will conclude on Sunday.

The books ‘Vietnam y las Fantasias Norteamericanas’ (Vietnam and American Fantasies) and ‘Vietnam, Siglos de Heroismo’ (Vietnam, Centuries of Heroism) by researchers H. Bruce Franklin and Jose Ramon Rodriguez Torres, will be launched in the same hall.


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End of political violence and threats advocated in Colombia


Bogota, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) The Executive Committee of the Colombian Communist Party advocated today the end of political violence, the marking and threats against the popular movement, within a context of ongoing violence in this country.

The dark forces that conspire against peace, promote hatred, plan and finance assassination of popular leaders and activists are emerging again before the national government’s indifference, the party said in a statement posted on its website.

In this regard, it noted that, in a flyer believed to belong to the so-called Aguilas Negras (Black Eagles, a narco-paramilitary organization), they threaten anthropologist Jaime Caycedo, a member of the National Security Guarantees Commission and secretary general of the organization, as well as prominent leaders of the Central Union of Workers (CUT), of its Executive Committee and of the direction of Bolivar Department.


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Americans could be sprung from Diamond Princess coronavirus quarantine on Sunday


Hope is on the way for some 400 Americans trapped in coronavirus quarantine aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship off the coast of Japan — the US government is preparing to evacuate them, according to a report.

The State Department is arranging for two planes to transport some 380 US citizens from the cruise liner back to the US as early as Sunday, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday night, citing an official from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The ship has been stuck off Yokohama since Feb. 5, and since then, the number of confirmed passenger coronavirus cases has risen to 218, according to CDC stats.

A team was in Japan Friday to assess the health of the passengers, the CDC official — Henry Walke, director of the Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infections — told the Journal Friday.

Anyone with a fever, a cough or any other symptoms of the deadly respiratory virus will be barred from traveling on the planes.

Those who make the flight will likely be taken to Travis Air Force Base near Sacramento, Calif., or to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, where they will undergo mandatory testing and further quarantine.

The trapped passengers were treated to Valentine’s Day gifts of roses and chocolates, one American passenger tweeted.


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Hollywood is using victimhood to sell us bad entertainment 


Hollywood has fetishized oppression and victimhood to justify an endless stream of bad content and mediocre talent.

The 24 million people who watched this year’s Academy Awards got to see what Hollywood has become: an industry that cares less about producing quality entertainment, and more about reinforcing a culture that puts a premium on grievance, oppression and victimhood.

No one is more committed to fortifying the standing of victims and their unearned privileges than liberal celebrities. What are each of the nationally televised awards ceremonies if not tributes to social justice, celebrations of “diversity” and recognitions of various forms of hardship that women, ethnic minorities and non-heterosexuals are assumed to endure?

Joaquin Phoenix, Best Actor recipient at last Sunday’s Oscars, made sure to use his acceptance speech as an opportunity to highlight “gender inequality,” acknowledge “queer” and “indigenous” people, and, of course, condemn “racism” — none of which had anything to do with his movie “Joker” or the award he was presented with. But that’s beside the point — he knew he would at least get an affirming round of applause from his peers for signaling that he cared about marginalized people.

It would be a harmless gesture if it weren’t for the fact that Hollywood has fetishized oppression and victimhood to justify an endless stream of bad content and mediocre talent.

Look no further than out-of-work actor Jussie Smollett. According to Chicago police and a special prosecutor assigned to the case, Smollett faked a hate crime in 2019 to boost his middling career as an actor and singer on the Fox drama “Empire.”


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