Wounded Veteran to Receive New Custom Home in San Angelo, Texas

Feb 27, 15 Wounded Veteran to Receive New Custom Home in San Angelo, Texas

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On Thursday, Feb. 26, construction crews broke ground on a property in a subdivision of San Angelo, TX. Unlike other building projects in the area, however, two organizations are collaborating to help support an important cause: creating a custom home for a decorated veteran and his family. Staff Seargent Chris Campbell joined the United States Air Force in September 1994, becoming a crew chief on a F-16 Fighting Falcon at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. Eventually, he also cross-trained into security forces to get closer to the action. During the course of his military career, Campbell completed several tours of duty in West Virginia following the September 11 terrorist attacks before being deployed to Balad Air Force Base in Iraq in 2004. While stationed in Iraq, he was injured during a rocket attack on the base on June 11, 2005. The blast left Campbell with a traumatic brain injury, and he now lives with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), frequent migraines, insomnia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, and hearing loss. Because of these medical problems, he retired from the military in 2012 with several awards, including a Purple Heart, USAF Meritorious Unit Award Ribbon, and a National Defense Service Medal. Following his retirement, Campbell, his wife, and their two sons decided to move to San Angelo, where Campbell had previously worked for the federal civil service at Goodfellow Air Force Base. The choice was a natural one: the family reportedly loves the area’s warm climate and friendly community, and the city features several great schools and leading medical facilities that will be able to aid Campbell’s recovery. Now, thanks to the nonprofit organization Operation FINALLY HOME, the family will be able to enjoy these benefits from the comfort of a custom-built home. Operation FINALLY HOME is a national non-profit organization that partners with home builders and corporate sponsors to create custom, mortgage-free homes for wounded, ill, or injured veterans and surviving families of fallen soldiers. While the foundation was established in 2005, the Campbell...

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Video Shows Florida Deputy Dragging Mentally Ill Inmate Through Courthouse by Her Feet

Feb 26, 15 Video Shows Florida Deputy Dragging Mentally Ill Inmate Through Courthouse by Her Feet

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A Florida sheriff’s deputy has been placed on restricted duty after a video emerged showing him dragging a woman through the Broward courthouse hallways by her feet Feb. 23. Christopher Johnson, who has been with the department for 27 years, is seen in the video pulling Dasyl Jeanette Rios, 28, by the shackles binding her feet together as she screams, “Stop! You’re hurting me! You’re f—ing hurting me! I hate my life! I wish they would kill me already! Why do I have to be alive?” The video was recorded by Bill Gelin, an attorney who just happened to be in the hallway. Rios was at the courthouse for a mental competency hearing on a misdemeanor case, though she is also in custody for a felony drug possession charge. Apparently, Rios had been sitting on a bench in the hallway crying before Johnson began to drag her. In the video, Johnson tells Rios that he gave her a chance to stand up and walk on her own. “You didn’t give nobody a chance,” she responds. “All I wanted to do was sob for a few minutes, cry. That’s all I wanted to do was cry for a few minutes.” Sheriff Scott Israel made a statement saying that he is concerned because there were better courses of action available to Johnson. In an incident report, Johnson wrote that Rios was refusing to move and he feared she would cause a scene in a public area. No news sources have reported on any injuries experienced by Rios; the feet contain 25% of the bones in the human body, as well as numerous muscles, ligaments and nerves. Rios remains in custody without bond, and Johnson has been told to separate himself from all inmates until an internal investigation has been completed. “The truly disgusting part is, during that entire breakdown, you can hear her telling them she’s mentally ill,” Gelin told the Sun-Sentinel. “There’s no...

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Kansas Cop Faces Slew of Charges After Drunk Car Crash

Feb 26, 15 Kansas Cop Faces Slew of Charges After Drunk Car Crash

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A Kansas police officer is in hot water this week and faces a slew of charges after crashing his pick up truck into a utility pole while driving drunk. Derek Butters, 23, was allegedly driving drunk when he crashed into a utility pole in the city of Ottawa late Monday night. He was not on duty at the time and was not wearing his uniform. “I was in bed watching TV when my husband and I heard a loud boom that almost sounded like an explosion,” Ottawa resident Jennifer Blanton told FOX 4 News. According to KCTV, Butters crashed his Dodge Ram pick up truck into a telephone pole on the 200 block of East 15th Street around 10:30 pm Monday. Officers were on the scene moments later. The crash caused significant damage to the utility pole, and Butters suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash. Local residents are disappointed that an officer in their police department would be involved in an accident like this. “My wife told me a cop did it and I was like what?! No way,” Tim Blanton said. “I just think it’s sad. They’re supposed to be role models in the community. I think he sure is lucky that he survived,” Jennifer Blanton added. Butters was arrested under suspicion of DUI. Driving drunk refers to a person operating a motor vehicle while being under the influence of alcohol to the point where his or her cognitive or physical abilities are impaired as a result. He also faces a number of other charges, including texting while driving, duty to report, and no proof of insurance. His bond was set at $2,900, which he paid. Officers facing DUI charges are not always convicted, but for the time being, Butters has been placed on administrative...

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Facebook’s Data Policy Illegal Under European Law, Report Asserts

Feb 26, 15 Facebook’s Data Policy Illegal Under European Law, Report Asserts

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A report compiled at the behest of Belgium’s privacy watchdog has concluded that Facebook’s recently updated data policy and terms of service are illegal under European law. “To be clear: the changes introduced in 2015 weren’t all that drastic. Most of Facebook’s ‘new’ policies and terms are simply old practices made more explicit. Our analysis indicates, however, that Facebook is acting in violation of European law,” the report’s authors said in a Feb. 23 news release. Academics at the University of Leuven collaborated on the project. The problematic aspects of the update, implemented Jan. 30, can be summed up as concerns over how data is gathered, what is done with that data, and how users are informed about data collection practices. The first issue the report addresses is that Facebook places too great a burden on site users. “Users are expected to navigate Facebook’s complex web of settings (which include ‘Privacy,’ ‘Apps,’ ‘Adds,’ ‘Followers,’ etc.) in search of possible opt-outs,” the authors explained, saying that settings regarding profiling and “Social Ads” are of particular concern. Users of the site currently have no control over whether their data will be used to endorse “Sponsored Stories” on their friends’ feeds, and their locations are continuously collected by the platform without notification. The authors also say that some terms are inadequately defined, as the company never explains in its service agreement which “third party companies,” “service providers” and “other partners” might gain access to user information. Even if they properly navigate all these settings, users should know that privacy measures won’t prevent social media files from the likes of Facebook and Twitter from becoming fair game as part of litigation, for example. So there’s certainly an incentive to keep any information one truly wants to stay private off social media altogether. The problem for users, of course, is that they have no negotiating power when it comes to terms and conditions. “Facebook announced the changes more than a month in advance,” the authors of the report noted,...

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As Teeth Whitening Becomes More Popular Among Brits, Officials Begin Cracking Down on Illegal Procedures and At-Home Kits

Feb 22, 15 As Teeth Whitening Becomes More Popular Among Brits, Officials Begin Cracking Down on Illegal Procedures and At-Home Kits

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Teeth whitening might be the most popular cosmetic dental procedure for American consumers, but if recent reports from the U.K. are any indication of how well this trend is faring over the pond, it looks like Americans also have the upper hand when it comes to safe cosmetic dental procedures, too. Just a few weeks ago, Janet Johnstone, an employee at the U.K.-based beauty salon Simply Chic, was caught performing teeth whitening procedures on patients without being licensed and certified by the U.K.’s General Dental Council (GDC). According to the Manchester Evening News, Johnstone has been penalized with a stiff £4,500 (approximately $6,950 USD) fine. Johnstone reportedly told the Evening News that she was performing teeth whitening services at a lower cost than traditional dentists charge — because the real issue, she states, is “all about dentists thinking they are God and wanting to make money.” The GDC has a different stance on the issue, and as the principal regulatory board for dental practices across the country, its regulations are aimed to protect patients by limiting who can perform teeth whitening procedures; specifically, only trained professionals in dental clinics (such as dentists, hygienists, and technicians) are legally permitted to provide this popular service. Which is probably the reason why more people are turning to over-the-counter teeth whitening kits. While these kits can be found at any average drugstore or pharmacy and are significantly cheaper than professional whitening treatments, government regulations prevent the kits from containing the same strong ingredients and chemicals used by professionals. But Johnstone isn’t the only person in Britain who has attempted — unsuccessfully– to circumvent U.K. dental regulations. According to the Daily Mail, Trading Standards officers recently seized about 12,000 illegal teeth whitening kits, worth around £500,000 (or $770,000 USD), from a home in West London. The kits were reportedly being sold to unsuspecting customers over the internet, who didn’t realize that the whitening gels included in the kits contained 5.9% hydrogen peroxide — nearly 60 times the legal limit, which prohibits at-home teeth whitening products from containing more than...

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