UPDATE: Ooops, these photos were released in 2014.
Last year, the Seattle Police Department released several dozen newly-developed photos from the scene of Kurt Cobain's 1994 suicide. The police processed the film as part of a recent reinvestigation into Cobain's death. According to detective Mike Ciesynski, there is still no basis in conspiracy theories that Cobain was murdered.
Ciesynzki says that they will not release any graphic images of Cobain's body.
"What are people going to gain from seeing pictures of Kurt Cobain laying on the ground with his hair blown back, with blood coming out of his nose and trauma to his eyes from a penetrating shotgun wound," he told KIRO-TV. "How's that going to benefit anybody?"
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A federal judge today cancelled the Washington Redskins federal trademark registrations on their name because it's racist. US District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee's decision affirmed a previous ruling that that the name is offensive to Native Americans and as such can't be legally be protected. The cancellation, hailed by Native American activists as a “huge victory,” doesn’t go into effect until the team has exhausted the appeals process in the federal court system. And Redskins President Bruce Allen vowed Wednesday that the team would appeal.
“We are convinced that we will win on appeal as the facts and the law are on the side of our franchise that has proudly used the name Washington Redskins for more than 80 years, said Resdskins president Bruce Allen.
From the Washington Post:
(Lee rejected) the team’s argument that the vast majority of Native Americans had no objection to the name when the trademarks were granted between 1967 and 1990. Instead the judge questioned why the team ever chose the name, pointing out in his ruling that Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defined the word as “often contemptuous” in 1898, “seventy years prior to the registration of the first Redskins Mark.”Read the rest
A CNN reporter filed an "exclusive" story about a person carrying an "ISIS flag" at yesterday's Pride Parade in London. Read the rest
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled 6-3 that the Constitution prohibits police from holding a suspect without probable cause, not even for less than 10 extra minutes--which is about the time it might take to, say, bring in a drug-sniffing dog. Read the rest
It’s easy to assume Instagram is simply a place for food pics and post-workout selfies, but Pete Souza is using the social media platform for a more historic purpose. As the Chief Official White House Photographer, Souza has an enormous amount of access to the inner workings of the White House and he’s got a great eye for catching small details, which he shares on his Instagram feed.
Since Souza travels with the President, his feed offers an inside look at Obama's ever-changing schedule, which includes everything from diplomatic ceremonies in India to trips on Airforce One to town hall meetings. Not only is Souza a great photographer, he’s also a great storyteller, and his feed documents both the pageantry and the minutiae of the presidency.
And for those who've come to rely on Instagram for cute pet photos, Souza provides plenty of shots of the Obama family's adorable dogs too. Read the rest