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.
February 14, 2013 |
Just weeks after PepsiCo Inc. announced it would remove a controversial ingredient from its Gatorade sports drinks, an online petition is urging Coca-Cola Co. to remove brominated vegetable oil from its Powerade sports drinks. The petition , started by a Norcross, Ga. woman, has so far garnered more than 49,000 signatures urging Coca-Cola to nix the ingredient from its sports drinks. "BVO is very controversial due to the health effects it can have on people and animals," the Norcross woman, Aveyca Price, wrote.
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.
March 26, 2012 |
Trayvon Martin's slaying has led to the single most popular petition in the history of Change.org: More than 2.2 million people have added their signatures to an online petition demanding an arrest in the case. "It is easily the largest petition Change.org has ever seen," Megan Lubin, a spokeswoman for Change.org, told The Times. At various points, as many as 1,000 signatures were pouring in each minute. "We've never seen that before," Lubin said. "It was pretty unprecedented and a milestone for a campaign on the site.
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.