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MeFi: The Shield

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In January, the Asbury Park Press (APP) published "The Shield" -- a 19-part investigation of police corruption and lack of accountability in New Jersey. The exposé took two years to complete and revealed that municipalities across the state had collectively spent about $43 million in taxpayer money to cover up the brutal actions of rogue cops who had killed, beaten and stalked more than 200 citizens. In many cases, the cops were not only protected from punishment, but even kept their jobs and received promotions.

The Investigation
Overview: What you need to know about APP's investigation. Protecting The Shield.

Part 1: Secret settlements cost millions, keep bad cops on street. Warning signs ignored.

Part 2: Killer cop Philip Seidle talks about day he killed his wife

Part 3: 'Pile on the rabbit.' Inside death by cop

Part 4: Sex with teens and stalking. The hidden cop problem

Part 5: The high cost of pushing out honest officers. Whistleblower lawsuits drain taxpayers.

Part 6: Money and silence push along bad cops. Officer discipline hidden.

Part 7: No NJ standard for drug testing officers. Residents at risk.

Part 8: Bad cops are built. Here's how.

Part 9: 3 arrests and still on the force. NJ doesn't license officers.

Part 10: What killed man during police restraint? Two different causes of death.

Part 11: How police brutality in NJ can be stopped. Five fixes needed.

Part 12: Seaside Park accused of trying to shut bar over image. Town denies it.

Part 13: Anatomy of a police investigation. A look at one Lavallette pedestrian accident

Part 14: New Jersey's PBA president responds to the paper's 'Shield' investigation.

Part 15: What happens when the chief is accused of being a bad cop? Text message unravels department.

Part 16: Police opposed law aimed to fix Edison department. Department had arsonist and bank robber in its ranks.

Part 17: Officer's fight to clear name took a decade, ruined career. Officer a target over chief's vendetta

Part 18: What would you do if you were a cop? We try a police shooting simulator.

Part 19: Berkeley cop, sued 3 times, demands return to duty.

* CJR: 'We found this and you gotta fix it': Asbury Park's mighty watchdog. How did the Asbury Park Press break the story? "Reporters, who combed through 30,000 pages of documents obtained via public records requests, were pulled from their daily beats for months at a time in order to focus exclusively on the investigation." This despite the fact that the paper has lost nearly half its staff in the last 21 years.

* Protecting the Shield reporters talk police brutality, solutions on NJTV News

* Videos:
- Police Misconduct: reporters discuss their findings: Part 1
- Police Misconduct: reporters discuss their findings: Part 2
- Police Misconduct: reporters discuss their findings: Part 3
- Police Misconduct: reporters discuss their findings: Part 4

* In part 14 of the series, New Jersey PBA President Patrick Colligan was interviewed twice for his response to the investigation. The paper released a transcript.

* "Lawmakers promise changes to dump bad cops after APP investigation"

* Asbury Park Press editors and reporters along with several state and community leaders led a forum in mid-February at the newspaper's offices to respond to concerns raised by the series.
- Two legislators said they would push for police oversight reform in the wake of the investigation.
- State Senator Declan O'Scanlon, Jr. and Deputy Assembly Speaker Gordon Johnson of Bergen County called for reform and cultural changes within police departments to empower officers to speak up without fear of retaliation.
- It was noted that the police department had cost the state millions of dollars in settlements related to "abuse allegations involving 19 deaths, 131 bodily injuries, seven cases of sexual misconduct and dozens of other abuse issues."

* The Press also published a selection of reader responses from Facebook.
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SEC Charges Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes With 'Elaborate, Years-Long Fraud'

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Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of Theranos, speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative

Holmes and Theranos promised to revolutionize blood testing. The SEC says they raised $700 million by making "false statements about the company's technology, business, and financial performance."

(Image credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

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19 hours ago
I'd love to know the exact percentage of her fine vs the money she made (and/or spent) during this "years-long fraud", especially compared to the percentage paid in fines and fees vs the cost of a candy bar someone was caught stealing.
9 hours ago
I don't have the full figures but she took a modest-for-ceo salary, "billions" in stock and apparently never sold any of it. Very strange.

Everything You Wanted to Know About the Nazi Side Piece Trailer Park Brawl That Broke Up a Hate Group


One of America’s most powerful and prominent white supremacist organizations appears to have disbanded after an incident that included a Walmart police surrender, a Nazi being choked to sleep in a trailer park and a white supremacist love triangle reminiscent of a special two-part episode of Cheaters.


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I assume Pence rushed home to try and get all of this smoothed out.
1 day ago
It all began Monday in an Indiana trailer park. (Of course, I’ll give you a minute to find a chair, because any story that starts with “It all began in an Indiana trailer park” is going to be good.)
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iPhone Wireless Phone Charging Comes at a Cost: Your Battery

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Sasha Lekach:

Kingsley-Hughes determined — based on Apple’s claim that an iPhone battery is “designed to retain up to 80 percent of its original capacity at 500 complete charge cycles” — that his phone would hit 500 charges in about a year and a half. Most phones are expected to keep a charge at 80 percent for two or three years of use.

In about six months, he’s already hit 135 charging cycles. He looked at his charging behavior and realized that since switching over to a wireless charging plate about six months ago, he was eating up his charges at an alarming rate. Now instead of the cord bearing the brunt of power duties, his battery is constantly working to charge. It’s a losing battle.

Other phone users on Android devices have their suspicions about heavy battery wear on the devices with inductive charging.

Dan Masters:

Fantastic. Basically, if you don’t want your phone throttled in less than a year, don’t use wireless charging.

iPhone wireless phone charging comes at a cost: battery health

My iPhone SE does not have wireless charging, but according to coconutBattery it has already dropped to less than 80% capacity after less than a year.

Previously: iPhone Charging Speeds Compared, iPhone 8, Qi Wireless Charging, and the Challenge of Open, Apple’s Message to Customers About iPhone Batteries and Performance.

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20 hours ago
ugh. That's some clickbaity BS.
Charging constantly via inductive charging is not the same as "complete charge cycles."
Charging via cable does not "take the brunt" of the work vs making the battery do all of the work when charging inductively (wtf!?).
Number of charges (and/or number of complete charge cycles) is not what causes your phone to be throttled, it is percent of battery health. The number of complete charge cycles is an estimate of how long it will take to get to 80% battery health.
I've almost exclusively charged my phone via inductive Qi charger for 6 months. I'm sure the number of charges (not to be confused with "complete charge cycles" like the 3[!!!] authors quoted above) but that's irrelevant even if it was complete charge cycles. The number that matters is Battery Health and mine is 99%. None of the authors mentioned theirs so I assume it is too high and would throttle their clickbait.

Toys R Us to Close All 800 of Its U.S. Stores

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Abha Bhattarai, reporting for The Washington Post:

Toy store chain Toys R Us is planning to sell or close all 800 of its U.S. stores, affecting as many as 33,000 jobs as the company winds down its operations after six decades, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Matt Haughey, on Twitter:

I distinctly remember the day when I was about 7 years old and I decided what I most looked forward to upon becoming an adult was being able to drive to Toys R Us anytime I wanted to so I could play with toys on the shelves.

Same feeling here.

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1 day ago
I miss TRU already. Worked there for a couple years. It was my 11th job.

kdbleu: rosefinnrey: Star Wars: The Last Jedi Commentary. this...

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Commentary.

this is my everything.

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