New York State Will be Banning Flavored E-Cigarettes By Emergency Order

A second state is looking to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) told reporters on Sunday that he would be looking into an emergency order to ban the sale of flavored e-cigs this week in his state.

“Vaping is dangerous. Period. No one can say long-term use of vaping — where you’re inhaling steam and chemicals deep into your lungs — is healthy,” Cuomo said at the announcement in Manhattan, according to The New York Times.
Submitted by revdrew at 2019-09-16 13:50pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

Charlottesville Confederate Statue Defender Sues Paper, Prof, for Reporting His Family’s Slaveholding History

Edward Dickinson Tayloe II is is the descendant of a “First Family of Virginia,” a euphemistic way of saying white, rich, socially prominent before the American Revolution and—through the Civil War—slaveholding.

The Tayloes’ legacy as one of the largest slaveowning families in the state is well-documented. Amidst nearly 30,000 historical papers donated to the Virginia Historical Society by the family itself are plantation ledgers detailing the expansion of the Tayloes’ enslaved ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-09-16 6:27am to the Politics forum.

‘People Actively Hate Us’: Inside the Border Patrol’s Morale Crisis

One Border Patrol agent in Tucson said he had been called a “sellout” and a “kid killer.” In El Paso, an agent said he and his colleagues in uniform had avoided eating lunch together except at certain “BP friendly” restaurants because “there’s always the possibility of them spitting in your food.” An agent in Arizona quit last year out of frustration. “Caging people for a nonviolent activity,” he said, “started to eat away at me.”

For decades, the Border Patrol was ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2019-09-15 20:52pm to the Off Topic News forum.

Suspect arrested in Duluth synagogue fire | Duluth News Tribune

A suspect has been arrested in the fire that destroyed the Adas Israel Congregation synagogue in Duluth earlier this week.

The city of Duluth called a Sunday morning press conference "regarding the arrest of Adas Israel Synagogue fire suspect and fire investigation conclusion," a Friday news release said. Originally set for Saturday, the press conference was rescheduled in order to observe the Jewish Sabbath, or Shabbat.

A 36-year-old man was being held in St. Louis County jail as of ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2019-09-15 17:58pm to the Off Topic News forum.

When the Culture War Comes for the Kids

Caught between a brutal meritocracy and a radical new progressivism, a parent tries to do right by his children while navigating New York City’s schools.
Submitted by nocash at 2019-09-15 15:11pm to the Horseshit! forum.

New York Uncovers $1 Billion in Sackler Family Wire Transfers

The New York attorney general’s office said on Friday that it had tracked about $1 billion in wire transfers by the Sackler family, including through Swiss bank accounts, suggesting that the family tried to shield wealth as it faced a raft of litigation over its role in the opioid crisis.

Earlier this week, thousands of municipal governments and nearly two dozen states tentatively reached a settlement with the Sackler family and the company it owns, Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin. It ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2019-09-14 21:04pm to the The Economy forum.

Achieving Extreme Light Intensities using Optically Curved Relativistic Plasma Mirrors

This Letter proposes a realistic implementation of the curved relativistic mirror concept to reach unprecedented light intensities in experiments. The scheme is based on relativistic plasma mirrors that are optically curved by laser radiation pressure. Its validity is supported by cutting-edge three-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations and a theoretical model, which show that intensities above 1025??W?cm?2 could be reached with a 3 PetaWatt (PW) laser. Its very high robustness to laser and ...
Submitted by Lurchi at 2019-09-14 18:10pm to the Science forum.

Three Billboards Outside Her Abuser’s Workplace

Kat Sullivan was 17 when she met Scott Sargent, her soccer coach at Emma Willard School (EWS) in Troy, New York, where she was a boarding student. Sullivan says Sargent raped her at his on-campus apartment—and that when she sought help from school administrators, they instead pressured her to withdraw from the school. Sargent admitted wrongdoing, but was allowed to resign; the school later recommended him for a teaching position at King School in Stamford, Connecticut, where he was terminated ...
Submitted by katheudo at 2019-09-14 17:45pm to the Crime forum.

Cop cleared in controversy over his friendly texts with Patriot Prayer’s Joey Gibson before, during protests

Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw and Mayor Ted Wheeler announced Thursday that the bureau’s former crowd control liaison was doing his job when he exchanged friendly texts with Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson to gather protest information.

Portland’s Independent Police Review, a city auditing division that handles investigations of high-ranking police administrators, didn’t find sufficient evidence to prove allegations against Lt. Jeff Niiya after reviewing 11,647 of Niiya’s ...
Submitted by katheudo at 2019-09-14 17:53pm to the Crime forum.


An opposition politician in Russia evaded a police raid by loading hard drives onto a drone and spiriting them away before officers could enter his apartment.

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Submitted by katheudo at 2019-09-14 17:49pm to the Politics forum.

MIT scientists accidentally create the blackest material ever

MIT engineers have cooked up a material that's 10 times blacker than anything else previously reported. Capturing more than 99.995 percent of any incoming light, the material is made of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (CNTs) grown on chlorine-etched aluminium foil. And it was discovered by accident.

The researchers had actually been experimenting with ways to grow CNTs on electrically conductive materials -- such as aluminium -- to boost their electrical and thermal properties. The color ...
Submitted by katheudo at 2019-09-14 17:47pm to the Arts forum.

Skin-crawling discovery: 'body farm' scientists find corpses move

An Australian scientist has proved that human bodies move around significantly for more than a year after death, in findings that could have implications for detectives and pathologists around the world.

After studying and photographing the movements of a corpse over 17-months, Alyson Wilson told AFP on Friday that she found humans don't exactly rest in peace.

In one case study, arms that began held close to the body ended up flung out to the side.

"We think the movements relate to the ...
Submitted by Lurchi at 2019-09-14 17:07pm to the Science forum.

Florida Man Gets 40 Years for Creating Fake International Court, Intimidating Government Officials

A 45-year-old Florida man has been sentenced to 40 years in state prison for mailing various court officials fraudulent legal documents over several years, claiming they owed him tens of millions of dollars.

Randal Rosado, whose most recent address was listed in Goshen, New York, was convicted in July in the Circuit Court of Lee County, Florida, on six counts of retaliating against a public official and 13 counts of fabricating a legal proceeding, a third degree felony.

In a criminal ...
Submitted by Lurchi at 2019-09-14 17:04pm to the Crime forum.

Saudi Arabia oil production reduced by drone strikes

Saudi Arabia's oil production has been severely disrupted by drone attacks on two major oil facilities run by state-owned company Aramco, reports say.

Sources quoted by Reuters and WSJ said the strikes had reduced production by five million barrels a day - nearly half the kingdom's output.

The fires are now under control at both facilities, Saudi state media say.

A spokesman for the Iran-aligned Houthi group in Yemen said it had deployed 10 drones in the attacks.

The spokesman, ...
Submitted by Lurchi at 2019-09-14 16:36pm to the Politics forum.

Solid gold toilet stolen from Winston Churchill's birthplace Blenheim Palace

A solid gold toilet installed in the former home of Winston Churchill has been stolen.

The 18ct toilet is an art piece called America and is the work of Italian conceptual artist Maurizio Cattelan.

Police have nothing to go on.
Submitted by sacred animal at 2019-09-14 12:02pm to the Crime forum.

How To Make Your Self Defense Head Butt Like Slamming A Cannonball Into His Face

My buddy, John, was a pretty hefty dude, but nothing compared to the stocky grunt who purposefully bumped into him to tell him to “watch where you’re going!” while his friends snickered at what was about to happen.

What the big oaf didn’t know was that my buddy wasn’t your typical barroom brawler.
Submitted by saitcho at 2019-09-14 4:10am to the Sports forum.

Black hole at centre of galaxy is getting hungrier, say scientists

Submitted by sacred animal at 2019-09-13 23:32pm to the Science forum.

Cascadia Weekly Accused of Stealing Film Reviews for Over a Decade

On Wednesday afternoon, IndieWire film critic and deputy editor Kate Erbland was surprised to discover that she's also a writer for the Bellingham-based newspaper Cascadia Weekly.

Erbland, who has been at IndieWire for four years, discovered her other gig through a Google Alert for her name, which informed her that her recent IndieWire review of Hustlers had been posted on Cascadia Weekly's website.

Surprised, Erbland started searching the paper's website and realized that not only had ...
Submitted by Anhedonia at 2019-09-13 23:27pm to the Crime forum.

Newly discovered comet likely from interstellar space

Just passing through? A newly discovered comet, designated C/2019 Q4 (Borisov), likely came into the solar system from interstellar space, researchers say. Its origin is not yet confirmed, but it appears to be moving too fast to be captured by the Sun, indicating the object likely will sail back out of the solar system after reaching perihelion in December, continuing its lonely voyage between the stars.

If confirmed, the comet would be only the second such interstellar visitor discovered to ...
Submitted by thirteen3seven at 2019-09-13 22:33pm to the Science forum.

Debunking the Capitalist Cowboy

Capitalism, like the United States itself, has a mythology, and for five decades one of its central characters has been the nineteenth-century maverick cigarette entrepreneur, James B. Duke. Duke’s risk-taking investment in the newfangled machine-made cigarette, so the story goes, displaced the pricey, hand-rolled variety offered by his stodgy competitors. This, in turn, won Duke control of the national, and soon global, cigarette market. Repeated ad nauseam in business and history journals, ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2019-09-13 22:31pm to the The Economy forum.