December 31, 2010

This NYPD lieutenant who ID'd wrong man as shooter has cost city $500G in settlements



Shane Rhooms (above), cleared of all charges, is filing suit against Lt. Robert Henderson.
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Shane Rhooms (above), cleared of all charges, is filing suit against Lt. Robert Henderson.
An NYPD lieutenant who identified the wrong person as the gunman who fired at cops has been named in eight federal suits that have cost the city more than $500,000 in settlements.
Lt. Robert Henderson will soon be a defendant in a ninth suit - this one filed by Shane Rhooms, who prosecutors cleared of attempted murder charges this week.
"The number of lawsuits and settlements suggest there's something troubling about this officer's history," Rhooms' lawyer, Brett Klein, said Thursday.
Henderson has been sued in federal court in Brooklyn and Manhattan as far back as 2001, but he isn't the only cop accused in the complaints of false arrest, illegal search and seizure or other constitutional violations.
In two suits, the city declined to cover Henderson's liability, and he was forced to cough up a total of $1,250 to the plaintiffs.
The city forked over settlements ranging from $10,000 to $225,000 in other suits, court records show.
"It seems clear to me he has made multiple false arrests in the hope of finding contraband," said lawyer Leo Glickman, who has sued Henderson on behalf of clients five times.
Sources said Henderson is an active cop who has won commendations for taking illegal guns off the toughest streets in Brooklyn.
"The lieutenant put his life on the line, which is more than a plaintiff's lawyer will do," said Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne.
The 13-year veteran told the Daily News he didn't know how many suits he'd faced, and declined further comment.
Henderson, Lt. Robert Ortlieb and Sgt. Joseph Seminara identified Rhooms as the gunman who started shooting after they spotted him smoking pot on Lenox Road in East Flatbush on Sept. 6.
Seminera later picked Rhooms out of a photo array, and all three identified him in a lineup.
But the 22-year-old had an alibi: surveillance video caught him entering Webster Hall in Manhattan for a reggae concert.
Phone records also confirmed incoming and outgoing calls from Rhooms' phone to a Manhattan transmission tower around the time of the shooting in Brooklyn.
"The fact they could all be so wrong in the identification suggests there was collusion by the three [cops]," Klein said.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said investigators stand by the original identification and think Rhooms was the shooter regardless of what prosecutors say.
If Rhooms had been convicted of the crime, he would have faced 45 years in prison.
Henderson supervises cops in the 75th Precinct in East New York, one of the busiest police stations in the city.
NYPD Deputy Chief Michael Marino testified in a 2006 deposition that Henderson's anti-crime unit in the 77th Precinct was receiving a lot of civilian complaints for "abuse of authority."
Marino attributed the complaints to the officers "being too professional" during car stops.


http://www.nydailynews.com

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To every person that read this blog to get informed.......I and we..but mainly me Adam, truly and honestly wish you a wonderful year and if you are reading these word now: Wish You A wonderful life..because you question..you seek...You want...you deserve..you are the new gay person...you are the family of someone you truly love...you are the friend of one of us...we are not special...we are just human..

December 30, 2010

WIKILEAKS Cables spotlight AIDS health woes in Cuba


 

A U.S. diplomatic cable from Havana in 2008 noted the problems in Cuba's public health system.

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In one Cuban hospital, patients had to bring their own light bulbs. In another, the staff used ``a primitive manual vacuum'' on a woman who had miscarried. In others, Cuban patients pay bribes to obtain better treatment.
Those and other observations by an unidentified nurse assigned to the U.S. diplomatic mission in Havana were included in a dispatch sent by the mission in January 2008 and made public this month by WikiLeaks.
Titled ``Cuban healthcare: Aquí Nada es Facil'' -- Nothing here is easy -- the cable offers a withering assessment by the nurse, officially a Foreign Service Health Practitioner, or FSHP, who already had lived in Cuba for 2 ½ years.
The Cuban government still boasts of its vast public health system, though the system suffered deeply after Soviet subsidies ended in 1991. It also blames most of the system's problems on the U.S. embargo. Though U.S. medical sales to Cuba are legal, the process can be cumbersome and Havana can sometimes find better prices elsewhere.
The U.S. cable is not an in-depth assessment of Cuba's health system. Rather, it's a string of anecdotes gathered by the FSHP from Cubans such as ``manicurists, masseuses, hair stylists, chauffeurs, musicians, artists, yoga teachers, tailors, as well as HIV/AIDS and cancer patients, physicians, and foreign medical students.''
At one OB-Gyn hospital, the dispatch reported, the staff ``used a primitive manual vacuum to aspirate'' the womb of a Cuban woman who had a miscarriage ``without any anesthesia or pain medicine. She was offered no . . . follow up appointments.''
A 6-year old boy with bone cancer could only be visited at a hospital by his parents for ``limited hours,'' the cable added.
Cancer patients receiving chemotherapy or radiation get ``little in the way of symptom or side-effects care . . . that is critically important in being able to continue treatments, let alone provide comfort to an already emotionally distraught victim,'' the dispatch noted.
``Cancer patients are not provided with, nor can they find locally, simple medications such as Aspirin, Tylenol, skin lotions, vitamins, etc.,'' it added.
HIV-positive Cubans have only one facility, the Instituto Pedro Kouri in Havana, that can provide specialty care and medications, the cable noted. Because of transportation problems and costs, some patients from the provinces may be seen only once per year.
Kouri institute patients can wait months for an appointment, ``but can often move ahead in line by offering a gift,'' the dispatch added. ``We are told five Cuban convertible pesos (approximately USD 5.40) can get one an x-ray.''
Although the practice was reportedly discontinued, some HIV-positive patients had the letters ``SIDA'' (AIDS) stamped on their national ID cards, making it hard for them to find good jobs or pursue university studies, according to the cable.
The cable acknowledged that medical institutions reserved for Cuba's ruling elites and foreigners who pay in hard currencies ``are hygienically qualified, and have a wide array of diagnostic equipment with a full complement of laboratories, well-stocked pharmacies, and private patient suites with cable television and bathrooms.''
Hospitals and clinics used by average Cubans don't come close, the dispatch added, providing details on the FSHP's visits to four Havana hospitals:
At the Hermanos Ameijeiras Hospital, part of which is reserved for foreign patients and was featured in the Michael Moore documentary Sicko, a ``gift'' of about $22 to the hospital administrator helps average Cubans obtain better treatment there. The exterior of the Ramon Gonzalez Coro OB-Gyn hospital was ``dilapidated and crumbling'' and its Newborn Intensive Care Unit was ``using a very old infant `Bird' respirator/ventilator -- the model used in the U.S. in the 1970s.''
During a visit to the Calixto Garcia Hospital, which serves only Cubans, the U.S. nurse ``was struck by the shabbiness of the facility . . .and the lack of everything (medical supplies, privacy, professional care staff). To the FSHP it was reminiscent of a scene from some of the poorest countries in the world.''
At the Salvador Allende Hospital, the emergency room appeared ``very orderly, clean and organized.'' But the rest of the facility was ``in shambles'' and guards by the entrance ``smelled of alcohol.''
``Patients had to bring their own light bulbs if they wanted light in their rooms. The switch plates and knobs had been stolen from most of the rooms so one had to connect bare wires to get electricity,'' the dispatch reported.

http://www.miamiherald.com

Social Media Sobriety Test: This Could Help you Keep Your Friends


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If you use Chrome as your main browser, the Social Media Sobriety Test can save you from posting embarrassing messages on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and Tumblr. Choose the social media sites you want to block from intoxicated postings, then choose the potential hours of intoxication.
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During the hours indicated, if you try to access social media Web sites, Social Media Sobriety Test will make you pass one of five tests, such as follow the finger, to determine your level of sobriety. If the service determines you are too drunk to post, it will instead post a message stating you are too intoxicated to post right now.
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The best part of Social Media Sobriety Test is the option to block absolutely any URL. Be sure to block your work’s Webmail address!
Mail Goggles
If you use Gmail, Mail Goggles is a must! In your settings, click the Labs tab. Mail Goggles is located about halfway down the page. Click the enable button, then scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save Changes.
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When the page reloads, go back to your settings. Mail Goggles can be configured under the General tab. Decide what days and times the service should be activated, and how difficult the sobriety tests should be.
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Once configured, Mail Goggles asks you to solve three math problems before allowing you to send email during the times indicated.
With these tools, there is no reason to start a new year on the wrong foot. Enjoy the celebration with the comfort of knowing that no matter how much you imbibe, yourInternet life is well guarded.
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At Age 16, He Donated Sperm To His Aunt’s Partner. 4 Years Later He Died, And His Parents Found Out



December 30, 2010 by Gay Agenda News Team 
Charlie Lowden, a British scaffolder who died at age 20 during "routine surgery" around Christmas last year, donated sperm to his aunt and her partner so they could have children — but never told his parents Charles and Lynn Lowden. But Lynn's sister Sarah and her partner Claire toldCharlie's parents about his gracious act after he died, and the married couple who thought they had a niece and nephew now realize they have grandchildren. Claire gave birth to Carlton, now 5, and Sarah, 2 … which, uh, means Charlie first donated his sperm at age 16.

After Losing Bitter Custody Battle, Lesbian Mother of Dallas Takes Her Own Life.



Debie Hackett with her son, from her Facebook page
Another suicide in the LGBT community this week showed that bullying isn’t the only reason people take their own lives.
Last July, I wrote about Debie Hackett, who was fighting with her former partner for visitation rights with their son. An appeals court gave her the right to assert her parental rights and sue for visitation and the case was remanded to the lower court. When I spoke to her, she was hopeful that she would be able to see her son soon.
This month she lost her case.
Despondent, Hackett took her own life on Christmas Eve.
Could interpretation of laws to discount a same-sex relationship be the underlying cause of this needless death?
A friend of Hackett’s sent me an e-mail to let me know what had happened and asked that as a tribute I post suicide-prevention information.
Local counselor Candy Marcum said that, surprisingly, December is not necessarily the worst month for suicide. In Hackett’s case, the loss in court combined with loneliness on the holiday must have been too much for her.
Grieving friends and family can only wonder if there was something more they could have done. Marcum said the warning signs are not always apparent and counsels those grieving not to blame themselves.
Ann Haas of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention specializes in prevention in the LGBT community. In a November article, she listed a number of warning signs for suicide.
dallasvoice.com

A Gay Sportsman in the Closet



Rourke will learn Welsh for the role portraying Thomas
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Rourke will learn Welsh for the role portraying Thomas


He's not going to make a film about a gay rugby player. He's going to make one about a rugby player who happens to be gay. That's how Mickey Rourke put it this week when he revealed his intention to star in a biopic of the former Welsh captain, Gareth Thomas.
The Hollywood actor has laid months of rumour to rest by confirming that he really does intend to portray Thomas, who became the world's only active male professional sportsman to admit to being homosexual when he "came out" just over a year ago.
Rourke committed to the role after reading a profile of the man known in his native Bridgend as "Alfie" in the American magazine Sports Illustrated. He met Thomas in July, and discussed the 15 years he spent concealing his sexuality while playing. "I read the story," he said. "It's one of the toughest, hardest sports in the world to play. They play with no pads. It's a really brutal sport. To be a man who plays rugby who is gay and to live with that secret for the amount of years that Gareth had, to perform at the high level that he performed at, it takes a lot of courage."
For many of the early years of his career, Thomas was known as a volatile personality who sometimes failed to realise his full potential. After separating from his wife in 2006, he told close team-mates about his sexuality and subsequently became the most capped player in Welsh rugby history.
Thomas emerged from the closet via an interview in the Daily Mail in December 2009 and has since become a prominent gay rights activist. Speaking to the chat-show host Alan Carr this week, Rourke said it would make a perfect follow-up to The Wrestler, for which he garnered an Oscar nomination playing another troubled athlete.
However, he said it would have to be sensitively handled. "When I met Gareth Thomas, this is one thing that he and I talked about," he said. "This is something that's really important."
The film's script is still in development and finance has yet to be secured. That could be a challenge: movies about rugby, which in the US remains a minority sport, have a mixed commercial record. The Matt Damon film Invictus got several Oscar nominations but failed commercially.
And Rourke has to confront achieving a realistic portrayal of the famously-toothless valley boy. Cosmetic dentistry aside, he claims to have agreed to learn Welsh for the role. "I have no choice," he said.
by:Guy Adams
independent.co.uk

Softball player suing coach for outing her


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A lesbian teen softball player is suing her East Texas high school coach for allegedly outing her. From Gawker:
After outing S.W. to her mother, Newell and Fletcher [the softball coaches] kicked her off the softball team. This all happened in March; Wyatt tried repeatedly to file complaints to the school board about Newell and Fletcher’s behavior, but got nowhere.
Kilgore’s superintendent of schools Jody Clements told the Houston Press that outing minor students against there will is the appropriate way to deal with gay kids: “We feel confident we handled it the right way. But that’s why there is a legal system. We’ll proceed and let the courts decide what was right.”
I’m curious what legal standing the plaintiff has in Texas for this. Is telling a mother that her daughter is gay really illegal? I actually hope there isn’t a settlement, because I want to find out.

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