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Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

via UVa: Finds of outside review of sex assaults will be public when the investigation ends – The Washington Post.

A statement issued Wednesday by board of visitors rector Keith Martin said that the Washington law firm of O’Melveny & Myers will serve as an independent counsel to review the university’s sexual assault policies and procedures. Martin said that when the investigation is completed, the findings of the independent counsel will be publicly available.

University president Teresa A. Sullivan asked the Charlottesville police department and Virginia attorney general Mark Herring (D) to separately investigate allegations of a brutal sexual assault on campus detailed in a Rolling Stone magazine account.

 


Fraternity members were accused of being among a group of hecklers who threw eggs and waved sex toys at about 35 students taking part in an anti-rape “Take Back the Night” march through the campus in November.

more via California University Bans Frat Whose Members Allegedly Harassed Anti-Rape Marchers – Business Insider.


Ferguson related: The 20-odd group of students, aged 7 and 8 years old, protested on the sidewalk beside Alma Del Mar Charter School in Massachusetts on Friday

Yes, who … via Who put SECOND GRADERS up to staging Ferguson protest? Cop accuses the school of being ‘anti-police’


McDonald’s (MCD) shares are rallying on a rumor via Rumor sends traders barreling into McDonald’s – Yahoo Finance.


What could go wrong? Well, at least maybe Brits will start having better teeth.

New rules proposed in Britain would make it the first country to allow embryos to be made from the DNA of three people in order to prevent mothers from passing on potentially fatal genetic diseases to their babies.


I submitted “Chuckie’s poop bucket” in honor of a friend … The outreach team for NASA’s MESSENGER probe is seeking potential names for craters on Mercury to be submitted for consideration by the International Astronomical Union.


Thank God, I’m so incredibly immature: Go ahead lie about your age. It may be the very thing that helps you live a longer life. More via People who feel younger at heart live longer – CNN.com.


A bed, a hallway, as Hillary might say, what difference does it make? I wonder if Sage and Chuckie are related? Allegedly coke-addled, wife-swapping, bed-pooping banker Sage Kelly resigns


Confessing to People? How about the police? via Stephen Collins Confesses Sexual Abuse of Underage Girls to PEOPLE : People.com.

Embattled actor Stephen Collins has released a lengthy statement to PEOPLE in which he admits to inappropriate sexual contact with three female minors.

 


He’s been elected to the highest office in the land, yet still feels compelled to fuel the flames of racial divide. This guy is moving from annoying to full scale ass, and a dangerous one, at that. This explains the closeness to the likes of Sharpton. More via Obamas Reflect on Personal Incidents of Racial Discrimination – ABC News. And  “We’ve Been Treated Like the Help” is their headline, not mine.


So tragic. It closed down the torture discussion here at home but I fear we still lack the resolve to combat this horror in a meaningful way long term. The issue also makes Rand Paul a non-starter nationally  – via Images Show Horror, Devastation Inside Pakistan School Taliban Attacked – ABC News.

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We don’t need no stinkin’ Congress. But then, when Cruz, Lee and a few others want to stand up to Obama, Boehner and McConnell buckle anyway, so maybe we don’t need THIS Republican Congress: via Obama issues ‘executive orders by another name’.

President Obama has issued a form of executive action known as the presidential memorandum more often than any other president in history — using it to take unilateral action even as he has signed fewer executive orders.

 


Good thing this wasn’t the Bush State Department, that would have been irresponsible, if not outrageous in the eyes of the media: Exclusive: Sony Emails Say State Department Blessed Kim Jong-Un Assassination in ‘The Interview’ – The Daily Beast.


Aaron Hodges, 37, of Portland, suggested killing a white officer for every black man killed by police. His comment quickly circulated online, prompting complaints both online and directly to his employer.


Hmm – Hillary denounces torture and backs anti-police protesters


“Rolling Stone is conducting a thorough internal review of the reporting, editing, and fact-checking of Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s ‘A Rape on Campus,” the magazine said in a statement Tuesday via Friends’ accounts differ significantly from victim in UVa. rape story | WTVR.com.

Also:

CNN has obtained text messages and an email from the man who Jackie said lured her to the frat house, including one sent to Duffin days after the alleged assault.

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But he’s not saying much … via Cville Police Chief Speaks out on UVA Rape Investigation – NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather.

Monday, December 15th, 2014

What did they know and when did they know it? UVa officials were aware of sexual assault allegations two months before Rolling Stone controversy – The Daily Progress: Uva.

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Hmm

Alex, a third year student at UVA who asked we only use his first name, said he first read the piece not realizing he’d be a central figure in the Rolling Stone article.

“I, you know, slowly dawned on me that this was, you know, in fact, the story Jackie, you know, similar to the story Jackie had told me in some ways,” Alex said.

Alex realized he was the “Andy” in the article identified as a friend of Jackie’s who saw her after the incident in 2012.


The obvious discrepancies between different versions of the now infamous UVA rape story will be much discussed. I’m not going through all of them, just a few I found particularly interesting for my own processing  of the different reports.

To kick that off, lest we forget, for whatever reason, Buzzfeed dropped this into the middle of the UVA story on the 5th and we haven’t heard more on it. It at least appears to be a significant thread left hanging.

Christopher Pivik, a former member of Phi Kappa Psi at the University of Virginia, has retained attorney Andrew Miltenberg, a lawyer who has represented at least two dozen men found responsible for sexual misconduct at their colleges, BuzzFeed News has learned.

 

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