A reported drop in low-level policing by the NYPD has led to a 66 percent decline in arrests, according to the New York Post.
Police officers concerned about their safety following the double murder of two police officers in Brooklyn on Dec. 20, 2014, have allegedly stopped writing citations and making arrests for misdemeanor crimes.
Since the double homicide, a number of officers have reportedly abandoned enforcement of low-level offenses, which according to the New York Post, has led to a 66 percent drop in arrests for the week starting Dec. 22, 2014, compared to that of 2013. more >>
Actor Michael Keaton has said in an interview that his upcoming movie "Spotlight," about the Catholic sex abuse scandal in Massachusetts, threatened to make him "angry and depressed" due to the dark subject matter. Keaton also revealed that he grew up going to Roman Catholic school, and said that it had a positive impact on his life and helped shape him as a person.
"I liked going to Catholic school. Not as [expletive] as some people think. My experience was fine. It was classic knuckle-rapping and stand in the corner and corporal punishment. But it was just sort of what it was. I didn't come away scarred for life," Keaton told Prestige Hong Kong magazine in an interview on Thursday.
"It kind of builds who you are. I was an altar boy. I liked being an altar boy. Me and my buddies got to go and serve mass and go to school. I didn't go to church all the time just 'cause I was an antsy kid. It was a good experience for me. It probably does shape who you are and what you believe in." more >>
Outgoing Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley commuted the death sentences of four prisoners, stating that the deaths would not serve the "good of the people."
O'Malley decided to commute the sentences of the final four prisoners on death row: Heath William Burch, Vernon Lee Evans Jr., Anthony Grandison Sr., and Jody Lee Miles. They'll remain at the North Branch Correctional Institution for the rest of their lives, as O'Malley repealed the death penalty throughout the state.
"The question at hand is whether any public good is served by allowing these essentially un-executable sentences to stand," O'Malley said in a statement. "In my judgment, leaving these death sentences in place does not serve the public good of the people of Maryland — present or future." more >>
A Florida pastor resorted to shooting an employee from his church after the worker first opened fire on him.
The gunfight ensued around 8 a.m. Tuesday at Living Water Fellowship Church in Osceola County and included an exchange of gunfire between maintenance worker Benjamin Parangan Jr., 47, and pastor Terry Howell.
Parangan reportedly pulled out a gun and fired several shots at the pastor who returned fire with his own gun. Howell wasn't injured during the melee, but Parangan was hit and taken to Osceola Regional Medical Center where he's in stable condition. more >>
An Oklahoma abortionist who was recently arrested for scamming women who were not pregnant into purchasing and taking abortion-inducing drugs has lost his state medical license.
Naresh G. Patel, the 62-year-old head of the Outpatient Services for Women of Warr Acres who was arrested earlier this month, had his license revoked on Monday.
Patel met with Oklahoma's Medical Licensure Board and agreed to stop working pending an investigation into his practices, according to Graham Lee Brewer of newsok.com. more >>
Muslim attempts at "reformation" continue to be limited to words not actions. A few days ago, efforts to set a minimum age for marriage in Saudi Arabia "received a blow after the Grand Mufti said there was nothing wrong with girls below 15 getting married."
Two years earlier, the justice ministry began pushing for setting a minimum age in the Arabian kingdom. According to Gulf News, "It submitted an integrated study on the negative psychological and social effects of underage marriages to religious scholars and requested a fatwa that sets a minimum age."
However, the ulema—the "religious scholar," the learned ones of Islamic law—responded by totally ignoring the request. Saudi Arabia's highest religious authority, its Grand Mufti, Sheikh Abdul Aziz, shrugged the whole matter off by saying "There is currently no intention to discuss the issue." In other words, case closed. more >>