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.
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.
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.
August 7, 2013 |
Relatives of one of the 19 Arizona hotshots killed by a wildfire have launched an online petition to force the city of Prescott, Ariz., to provide his widow and young children with the same survivor benefits as other firefighters' families. Andrew Ashcraft, 29, was a three-year city employee and one of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew members who were overrun by flames June 30 while battling a fast-moving blaze in the small town of Yarnell, about 35 miles south of Prescott.
March 6, 2013 |
On Tuesday, we offered you our thoughts on "Welcome Oblivion," the sensual new electro-rock album by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor's latest band, How to Destroy Angels. And Wednesday we alerted you to the fact that Carly Rae Jepsen had canceled her appearance at this summer's National Scout Jamboree in response to an online petition asking the "Call Me Maybe" singer to "denounce the Boy Scouts' policy banning gay youth and parents. " What we neglected to mention until now, though, is that these two great North American artists have joined forces for an Internet mash-up that might be the best we've heard since the Freelance Hellraiser's 2001 classic " A Stroke of Genie-us . " First posted Monday on Reddit by a user calling himself pomDeter , "Call Me a Hole" pairs "Call Me Maybe" with "Head Like a Hole," from Nine Inch Nails' 1989 debut, "Pretty Hate Machine.