January 24, 2013 |
A petition was presented Thursday to the Ohio attorney general's office, calling for a continuing investigation of the Steubenville rape case that shocked the nation . The online petition, with 70,000 signatures, calls on Atty. Gen. Mike DeWine's office to continue investigating the incident to ensure all of the people who were involved, either directly or as onlookers, are prosecuted, Kate Londen, communications manager for Choice USA, told the Los Angeles Times. Two high school football players, Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond, 16, have been accused of raping an unconscious 16-year-old girl at an alcohol-fueled party Aug. 11. Other partygoers, including athletes, used social media to propagate the alleged attack, especially through Twitter and by posting pictures on Instagram.
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August 20, 2013 |
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is taking his message on Department of Water and Power salary negotiations directly to the public, calling on Angelenos to support him by signing an online petition entitled "Fix DWP!" The new petition drafted by Garcetti asks Angelenos to support him as he attempts to end "secret deals on costly work rules and perks. " Garcetti announced last week that he would not sign a proposed four-year salary agreement with the DWP employee union because it does not go far enough in allowing city officials to change costly or inefficient work rules at the utility.
July 12, 2013 |
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Marianne Vos and several other elite female cyclists have started an online petition to include women in the Tour de France starting in 2014. "For 100 years, the Tour de France has been the pinnacle endurance sports event of the world, watched by and inspiring millions of people. And for 100 years, it has been an exclusively male race," Vos and fellow cyclists Emma Pooley, Kathryn Bertine and Chrissie Wellington said in an online letter to Tour director Christian Prudhomme.
April 11, 2012 |
George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, faces a second-degree murder charge for shooting Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager in Sanford, Fla., the special prosecutor in the case announced Wednesday. In a televised news conference, State Atty. Angela B. Corey outlined the charges in the case that has sparked national demonstrations calling for Zimmerman's arrest. “I can tell you we did not come to this decision lightly,” Corey told reporters. “We do not prosecute by public pressure.” She said her office had filed information with the charge.
December 12, 2013 |
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said a deal has been reached between the agency and mobile carriers that will make smartphone unlocking legal. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the agreement will ensure customers are allowed to unlock their devices as well as receive information from their carriers on how and when they can do so. Smartphone unlocking allows users to switch the carriers that provide service for their devices. Some carriers like to keep the devices they sell locked to prevent customers from taking their smartphones to their rivals.
October 18, 2013 |
While most of us were being squeaky-clean in our online activities, a rather dirty war recently broke out in cyberspace over the selling of dirty e-books on Amazon and elsewhere. The affair raises numerous issues of non-prurient interest. The controversy first erupted in the British press. That's appropriate, since it was the British author Charles Dickens who gave us the term "pecksniff. " (See his " Martin Chuzzlewit . ") There the online publication the Kernel unearthed "hundreds of e-books that celebrate graphic rape, incest and 'forced sex' with young girls available for sale from online retailer Amazon.