BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 9 April, 2015


9 April, 2015

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M Is FOR MASHUP - April 9th, 2015

The Hottest New April Mashups

By DJ Useo

So, let's do in this column what I normally do every day; I listen to new mashups. Really excellent tracks that have only been posted a few hours, in most cases. There's an overwhelming flood of wonderful new tracks every hour! That's no surprise when you consider the places I check for mashups have tracks from totally international mixers. Every country has big bootleg talent. Poland, Mexico, Narnia, you name the geographical border, & I can play you the tunes. Let's start with this one from California, & then try a few more -

01 - Voicedude - "Seven Nation Bass" ( White Stripes vs Meghan Trainor vs Nikki Minaj vs Lady Tigra vs UEFA Euro 2012 vs The Living Constitution ) This is what most people would call the perfect mashup. Great production, sources, & appeal. What I call an instant classic.
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02 - Naj0 - "Bumbum Kids" ( Echosmith vs MC Lory ) Enjoy some beautiful non-english vocals! An altogether exquisite creation.
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03 - Roaxx J - "Rude Ayo" ( Chris Brown Ft. Tyga vs Rihanna ) You won't believe how fine this melodic whomper of a mix can be. RJ is so totally on top of his game.
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04 - oneboredjeu Mashup - "Frooty Peacock" ( Katy Perry vs Marina & The Diamonds ) This mixed combo compels motion! Reciprocate!
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05 - Assal - "
Rock It" ( ACDC vs Dennis Coffey )(2015) So funky, you will melt! A completely endearing effect results from this combo.
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06 - FIEESTO - "Somebody Gotta Undone Lollipop" ( The Notorious B.I.G. vs Korn vs Lil Wayne ft Static Major ) Bootleg goodness that sounds like it began as a bootleg! Lol! Dig it here
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07 - Chocomang - "I Follow Prayer In Dragostea Din Tei" ( Lilli Wood vs OZone vs Lykke Li vs K.Minogue ) This particular tune is a remix of the tremendous Club track featured on Audioboots WORLD'S GREATEST CLUB MASHUPS ( ) Single remix here
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08 - DJ Konrad Useo - "Suffragette Radio" ( Elvis Costello vs David Bowie ) New Wave vs Classic Rock!
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I'd stay & review some more great new mashups, but Jane The Virgin is a new episode tonight!

Catch you next week!


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Robert Evans, Dylon Peven: 5 Things I Learned Escaping A 'Troubled Teens' Facility (Cracked)
You can add to the ever-growing list of shit Cracked can't believe is real but apparently is the "troubled teen rehabilitation industry." For a fee, a parent can have their own child kidnapped by strangers in the dead of night, hauled off to a remote location, and subjected to harsh conditions in the wilderness until he's cured of their bad behavior. It's legal, unregulated, and there's no evidence that it actually works at all.

Oregon will be the first state to automatically register voters (Vox)
On Monday, Oregon Governor Kate Brown (D) signed into law a bill that would automatically register people to vote - the nation's first such law. Every adult citizen with a driver's license who is not yet registered to vote now will be. At first, these registrations will be provisional, and people will have a few weeks to opt out if they so choose. New voters will be registered as "unaffiliated," not with a party.

Mark Morford: Amazon unveils fresh signs of imminent apocalypse (SF Gate)
Attention, hackers! Please come work your needful magic. Please hurry, trickster disrupters of the increasingly corporate-owned, brand-controlled, nefariously automated American Dream™, and help us throw into harsh relief The Darkness Into Which We Are About to Be Oh So Thoroughly Subsumed.

Mark Morford: Does California's catastrophic drought have an upside? (SF Gate)
… as pointed out by multiple experts and historians, it's a freak historical anomaly that we've been living in an age when you can merely turn on the tap and boom, there's all the free, clean, drinkable water you could possibly want, enough for a million swimming pools, golf courses, lawns galore, not to mention enough to flood a semi-arid state with a trillion acre-feet of water to grow all sorts of products we have no business growing.

Jonathan Jones: "The scourge of the bronze zombies: how terrible statues are ruining art" (Guardian)
'Scary Lucy', a terrifying bust of Lucille Ball, is the latest in a long line of sculptures to offend good taste. We can only hope a young artist somewhere is vowing quietly to restore the craft to its former glory.

Frankie Boyle: Nicola Sturgeon is right about retirement. You should stop working before you die (Guardian)
Who wants to work past 65 anyway? At that age, every minute spent on pointless cruises counts.

Mark Lawson: "Missing in action: meet the invisible stars of contemporary drama" (Guardian)
From Harvey's six-foot white rabbit to Mike Leigh's hard-partying Abigail, some of the biggest characters around never set foot on stage. Mark Lawson raises a toast to absent friends.

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Trivia Question of the Day

What Star Wars character was introduced in an animated segment of a TV holiday special?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

What performer holds the record for most appearances at on Dick Clark's American Bandstand?

      Freddie "Boom Boom" Cannon                                                      Source

American Bandstand is an American music-performance show that aired in various versions from 1952 to 1989 and was hosted from 1956 until its final season by Dick Clark, who also served as producer. The show featured teenagers dancing to Top 40 music introduced by Clark; at least one popular musical act-over the decades, running the gamut from Jerry Lee Lewis to Run DMC-would usually appear in person to lip-sync one of their latest singles. Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon holds the record for most appearances at 110.        Source

Alan J was first, and correct, with:
   Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon.

Charlie said:
   Freddy Cannon

Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
   Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon holds the record for most appearances at 110.

Adam answered:
   Freddy 'Boom Boom' Cannon

Marian responded:
   Freddie "Boom Boom" Cannon

Lois Of Oregon replied:
   Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon! What an imaginative name! What if his last name had been Crapper? He could have been Freddy "Low Flush" Crapper...or Freddy "Steaming Pile Of Shit" Crapper. Apparently he recorded some kind of swamp music on the Swan Label (not to be confused with the Swan of the "Death" label. Not to mention his "art work". So we won't.
  But he did record Chuck Barris' immortal "Palisades Park".
  Oh Chuckie Baby, how I wanted to curl up and live in one of his dimples!

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali said:
   Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon (alias Frederick Anthony Picariello Jr.) holds the record for most appearances at 110 on American Bandstand. "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans" and "Palisades Park" are songs that I remember well. Throw him in there with all those other honkie white boys of the late 50's & early 60's. Thank you bluesmen for going to England and the rest of Europe, where their Blues music was accepted. Them kids listened and learned.
  Who is she and what band is she associated with?

MAM   , wrote:
   Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon holds the record for most appearances at 110.

Randall took the day off.

mj took the day off.

Deborah took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

Sally is retired, but paying attention.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Does California's catastrophic drought have an upside? - Notes & Errata by Mark Morford

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How Hot Can It Get? Here's How Hot.

Thanks, Michelle!



Dead Link

Robot Wisdom

Hi Marty,

My name is Ogi from FirstSiteGuide and while I was browsing trough your site I found this page where you are linking to Jorn Barger's Robot Wisdom website which is no longer active.

We both know that Jorn Barger was the one who invented blogging through his site. Since my site is all about blogging, I had to write a blog post about the Rise and Death of Robot Wisdom. You can see it here.

I hope you will find it useful enough and offer it to your readers instead of the broken link you currently have there?

First Site Guide

Thanks, Ogi!
The page you reference is 10 years old, and I hate to mess with the archives - rather look at it like a slice of time.
Well, that and I'm kinda lazy.
OTOH, nice tribute to Robot Wisdom!.



From The Creator of 'Avery Ant'

"The Problem With Young People Today"

(Crabby Old Fart)



from Marc Perkel


Hello Bartcop fans,

As you all know the untimely passing of Terry was unexpected, even by him. We all knew he had cancer but we all thought he had some years left. So some of us who have worked closely with him over the years are scrambling around trying to figure out what to do. My job, among other things, is to establish communications with the Bartcop community and provide email lists and groups for those who might put something together. Those who want to play an active roll in something coming from this, or if you are one of Bart's pillars, should send an email to

Bart's final wish was to pay off the house mortgage for Mrs. Bart who is overwhelmed and so very grateful for the support she has received. Anyone wanting to make a donation can click on this the yellow donate button on

But - I need you all to help keep this going. This note isn't going to directly reach all of Bart's fans. So if you can repost it on blogs and discussion boards so people can sign up then when we figure out what's next we can let more people know. This list is just over 600 but like to get it up to at least 10,000 pretty quick. So here's the signup link for this email list.
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Marc Perkel




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Last Night

Sunny and seasonal.

Tonight, Thursday:

CBS opens the night with a FRESH 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a FRESH 'The Truly Awful Odd Couple', then a FRESH 'Mom', followed by a RERUN 'Big Bang Theory', then a FRESH 'Elementary'.
On a RERUN Dave (from 2/10/15) are Courtney Love, Chris Elliott, and Rhiannon Giddens.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE (from 3/31/15) are Matthew Perry, Thomas Lennon, and Aubrey Plaza.

NBC begins the night with a RERUN 'L&O SVU', followed by a RERUN 'The Blacklist', then 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Madonna and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Taraji P. Henson, Carice Van Houten, and Keith Alberstadt.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 2/23/15) are Morgan Spurlock, Above & Beyond, and Jamie Lee.

ABC starts the night with a RERUN 'Grey's Anatomy', followed by a FRESH 'Grey's Anatomy', then a FRESH 'American Crime'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 3/11/15) are Liam Neeson, Octavia Spencer, and AWOLNATION.

The CW offers a RERUN 'The Flash', followed by another RERUN 'The Flash'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Bones', followed by a FRESH 'Backstrom'.

MY recycles an old 'The Mentalist', followed by another old 'The Mentalist'.

A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH 'The First 48', then a FRESH '8 Minutes'.

AMC offers the movie 'Jurassic Park III', followed by the movie 'Jaws'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BBC World News
 [7:00AM]    BBC World News
 [8:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 19 - Genesis
 [9:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 20 - Journey's End
 [10:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 21 - Firstborn
 [11:00AM]    Doctor Who: The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe
 [12:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 1 - Aslyum of the Daleks
 [1:00PM]    Orphan Black - Season 2 - Ep 4 - Governed As It Were By Chance
 [2:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 2 - Ep 5 - Sandgate
 [3:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 4 - Black Pearl
 [4:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 10 - Anna Vincenzo's
 [5:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 1 - Spanish Pavilion
 [6:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 4 - Davide
 [7:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 5 - DownCity
 [8:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 4 - Ms. Jean's Southern Cuisine
 [9:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 5 - Barefoot Bob's
 [10:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 6 - Olde Hitching Post Restaurant & Tavern
 [11:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 4 - Ms. Jean's Southern Cuisine
 [12:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 5 - Barefoot Bob's
 [1:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 6 - Olde Hitching Post Restaurant & Tavern
 [2:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 2 - Ep 5 - Sandgate
 [3:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 4 - Black Pearl
 [4:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 10 - Anna Vincenzo's
 [5:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 1 - Spanish Pavilion    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of BH', another 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of Melbourne', and 'Real Housewives of NYC'.

Comedy Central has 'Big Time In Hollywood, FL', another 'Big Time In Hollywood, FL', still another 'Big Time In Hollywood, FL', 'Tosh.0', another 'Tosh.0', 'South Park', and another 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jon Stewart is Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Pete Holmes, Matt McCarthy, and Jamie Lee.

FX has the movie 'Marvel's The Avengers', followed by the movie 'Ted', then a FRESH 'The Comedians', followed by a FRESH 'Louie'.

History has 2½ hours of old 'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH 'Pawn Stars', then a FRESH 'Vikings'.

IFC  -   
 [9:00AM]    ZODIAC
 [2:15PM]    ZODIAC
 [8:00PM]    THE RUM DIARY
 [1:00AM]    THE RUM DIARY

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Iconoclasts-Paul Simon & Lorne Michaels
 [7:00AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & Breakfast
 [7:15AM]    Shine
 [9:30AM]    The Conversation
 [12:00PM]    Cry-Baby
 [1:45PM]    The Natural
 [4:45PM]    Fearless
 [7:15PM]    The Game
 [10:00PM]    The Red Road-Graves
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Girl Most Likely
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Equal Rights
 [1:00AM]    The Red Road-Graves
 [2:00AM]    The Natural
 [5:00AM]    Iconoclasts-Dave Chappelle & Maya Angelou    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie '1408', followed by a FRESH 'WWE Steroid SmackDown', then a FRESH 'Olympus'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Amy Schumer, Kenny Smith, and Joe Zimmerman.

TCM spends the night with Troy Donahue
 [7:30 AM]      Red River Robin Hood (1943)
 [8:30 AM]      Law of the Badlands (1951)
 [9:45 AM]      Gunplay (1951)
 [11:00 AM]      Fort Vengeance (1953)
 [12:30 PM]      Arrow in the Dust (1954)
 [2:00 PM]      Tall Man Riding (1955)
 [3:30 PM]      The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold (1958)
 [5:00 PM]      I Was an American Spy (1951)
 [6:30 PM]      Return From the Sea (1954)
 [8:00 PM]      My Blood Runs Cold (1965)
 [10:00 PM]      Rome Adventure (1962)
 [12:15 AM]      A Distant Trumpet (1964)
 [2:30 AM]      Susan Slade (1961)
 [4:45 AM]      Palm Springs Weekend (1963)

Friday   -  04/10/15

 [6:30 AM]      Parrish (1961)
 [9:00 AM]      A Summer Place (1959)
 [11:15 AM]      MGM Parade Show #5 (1955)
 [12:00 PM]      Kathleen (1941)
 [1:30 PM]      The Penalty (1941)
 [3:00 PM]      We Who Are Young (1940)
 [4:30 PM]      Calling Dr. Kildare (1939)
 [6:00 PM]      On Borrowed Time (1939)
 [8:00 PM]      Test Pilot (1938)
 [10:15 PM]      Boom Town (1940)
 [12:30 AM]      Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
 [3:00 AM]      The Good Earth (1937)
 [5:30 AM]      MGM Parade Show #5 (1955)     (ALL TIMES EST)

USA has a FRESH 'Dig'.

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Will Forte, left, and Fred Armisen perform at the Celebration Of The 60th Anniversary Of Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" at the Theatre at Ace Hotel on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Rich Fury


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


'Mockingbird' Production At Risk

Harper Lee

Each spring when the azaleas bloom, attorney Atticus Finch, daughter Scout and other characters from "To Kill a Mockingbird" come to life on the courthouse lawn in the Alabama hometown of author Harper Lee, who will release a sequel to her classic novel in July.

Townspeople, all volunteers largely without theater experience, join together annually to perform a stage version of Lee's story of racial injustice in the Deep South. The play opens outside the courthouse and ends in the same courtroom that was a set model for the Hollywood version of the book.

The production is a point of civic pride that draws crowds from across the globe and helps fill motels, restaurants and shops in otherwise sleepy Monroeville, a town of 6,300 in southwest Alabama. This year's shows opened Wednesday with a performance for schoolchildren from as far away as Georgia, Tennessee and Florida. Other shows have been sold out for weeks, partly because of excitement created by word of Lee's unexpected "Mockingbird" follow-up - "Go Set a Watchman."

Yet the play, now in its 26th season, may eventually be coming to an end.

Organizers haven't been able to obtain rights to produce the play beyond 2015, records show, and a person involved in the delay is the same person who came under scrutiny after discovering "Watchman" and alerting a publisher: Lee's attorney Tonja Carter.

Harper Lee


Sigourney Weaver attends the premiere of "Dior and I" at the Paris Theatre on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in New York.
Photo by Andy Kropa


Help Doomed Dogs

Volunteer Pilots

Thousands of pooches facing euthanasia - some just hours from death - get loaded on planes each year and flown to new homes in places with shortages of adoptable pets. Groups such as California-based Wings of Rescue or South Carolina-based Pilots N Paws lead the charge, recruiting pilots to volunteer their planes, fuel and time in a trend that's growing as more dogs end up in shelters and more people seek out canine love.

More than 4 million U.S. pets are euthanized every year. Both pilot groups encourage spaying and neutering as a solution but know that airlifts will increase every year as they become more visible and the number of needy dogs grows.

States such as California, Georgia and South Carolina typically have too many dogs in shelters, while places such as Washington, Oregon, New York, New Jersey and Florida need more pets to satisfy demand. To solve the location conundrum, pilots fire up their engines.

Yehuda Netanel, founder and president of Wings of Rescue, says business has doubled each of the past 4˝ years. He started as the lone pilot who rescued 300 dogs, and now the group expects to fly 7,000 pets in 2015, he said.

Volunteer Pilots


Newhead News


DirecTV Pulls Commercials

Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe will no longer be playing his own inferior alter-egos, as DirecTV is canceling its advertising campaign featuring the actor after being accused of false advertising. The ads feature an eternally youthful and pristinely dressed Lowe, who has DirecTV, and his unappealing counterparts "super creepy" Rob Lowe, "painfully awkward" Rob Lowe, and "peaked in high school" Rob Lowe, who all have cable.

After receiving complaints about the accuracy of claims made in the DirecTV ads from competitor Comcast, the National Advertising Division, which is part of the Council of Better Business Bureaus and fact checks advertisements, decided that the commercials were misleading.

Among the NAD's suggestions was that the company discontinue the catchphrase "Don't be like this me. Get rid of cable and upgrade to DirecTV" because it "conveyed a comparative and unsupported superiority message."

The NAD challenged DirecTV over a litany of other unsubstantiated claims, including "with DirecTV you get 99 percent signal reliability," "DirecTV is No. 1 in customer satisfaction over all cable TV providers," "DirecTV is the undisputed leader in sports which means you can watch all the games you want to," and "up to 1080p picture quality." It did find that a few of the claims, such as 99 percent signal reliability, were solid, but several others had no basis in fact.

Rob Lowe


Iman attends a special screening of "Desert Dancer" hosted by The Cinema Society, at The Museum of Modern Art on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini


Newly Discovered Sketches

Paul Cezanne

A pair of previously unknown sketches by Paul Cezanne will be displayed in Philadelphia following their recent discovery on the backs of two watercolours.

They'll be on view at the Barnes Foundation in double-sided frames, with both sides visible, from Friday through May 18. One sketch is in graphite, the other in watercolour.

The art institution says the images were uncovered during conservation work on two Cezanne paintings depicting the landscape of southern France.

Officials say the sketches haven't been seen since at least the early 20th century.

Paul Cezanne


Wake-up Call


Construction Of Telescope Halted


After more than a week of demonstrations and more than a dozen arrests, Hawaii Gov. David Ige said Tuesday that the company building one of the world's largest telescopes atop Hawaii's Mauna Kea has agreed to his request to halt construction for a week.

Thirty Meter Telescope is constructing the telescope on land that is held sacred to some Native Hawaiians. Scientists say the location is ideal for the telescope, which could allow them to see into the earliest years of the universe.

In a statement release Tuesday, Thirty Meter Telescope Project Manager Gary Sanders said "TMT agrees with Governor Ige's request for a timeout this week and an ongoing dialogue on issues."

He added that the site was "selected with great care and respect. There are no archaeological shrines or burial sites within TMT's project site. Comprehensive research by expert hydrologists confirm there is no threat to the aquifer."



Actor David Schwimmer, right, and wife Zoe Buckman attend a special screening of "Desert Dancer" hosted by The Cinema Society, at The Museum of Modern Art on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini


Crowdfunding Freedom

Ramsey Orta

More than 750 people, most of them strangers, chipped in online to get the man who captured Eric Garner's death on video out of jail-and the money keeps rolling in for his attorneys fees, reaching more than $19,000 by Tuesday evening. The outpouring of support for Ramsey Orta is a testament to the public's appreciation of his role as the camera-wielding whistle-blower who documented the choke hold by a New York City police officer that ended Eric Garner's life last summer, and shed light on the use of excessive force by police nationwide.

Orta's attorneys, who are representing him in four cases involving gun possession and drug sale charges, told TakePart that Orta will likely be released in five to 10 days, after the fund-raising website clears the bail money and it is transferred to his family. When he was arrested the month after he filmed Garner's death for allegedly passing a gun to a 17-year-old girl, Orta told the local news he was "100 percent sure" that he was being framed by the police in retaliation for filing the incident. He denies the charges.

Kenneth Perry and William Aronin, who also represent Orta, allege the district attorney's office has disseminated "demonstrably false" statements made by unnamed police officers that implicate Orta in crimes he didn't commit, including rape. Transferring his case to Manhattan or another borough would give him a better shot at a fair trial, they told TakePart.

High on the attorneys' list of goals in their defense of Orta is having his case transferred out of Staten Island, where Garner was killed. "The [Staten Island] district attorney has been purposefully polluting the well," Perry said. "We cannot get a fair jury there."

Ramsey Orta


Bangladeshi man Muhammad Jalil, 52, plays a music instrument with his right hand, as he uses his left hand to run his handmade picture machine called the bioscope, into which youth peep to look at moving images at a park in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, April 8, 2015. Jalil who hails from Rajshahi district has arrived in the Bangladeshi capital hoping to attract customers ahead of the Bangla New Year that falls on April 15. This yesteryear entertainer takes out this traditional instrument, handed down to him through generations, only during festival seasons owing to the waning interest among the public.
Photo by A.M. Ahad


Tracked For Two Decades

Telephony Metadata

The U.S. government started keeping secret records of international phone calls made by Americans in 1992 in a program intended to combat drug trafficking, USA Today reported on Tuesday, citing current and former intelligence and law enforcement officials.

The program, run by the Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration, was halted by Attorney General Eric Holder in 2013 amid the fallout from revelations by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden about NSA data collection, the paper reported.

The DEA program was the government's first known effort to gather data on Americans in bulk, sweeping up records of telephone calls made by millions of U.S. citizens regardless of whether they were suspected of a crime, USA Today said.

The program amassed logs of virtually all telephone calls made from the United States to as many as 116 countries linked to drug trafficking.

Telephony Metadata


People hold up the Roma flag and take pictures as they listen to a music group during the celebration of International Roma Day in Madrid, April 8, 2015. The day celebrates Roma culture and raises awareness of the issues facing Roma people.
Photo by Andrea Comas


Groups Sue To Halt Killing


Wildlife advocates are suing the Obama administration to prevent the killing of protected grizzly bears that come into conflict with sportsmen over elk they kill or wound during annual hunts in northwest Wyoming.

The Sierra Club and Western Watersheds Project accuses the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of violating the Endangered Species Act with a permit allowing four grizzlies to be killed over seven years during elk hunts in Grand Teton National Park, south of Yellowstone National Park.

The wildlife advocates argue that those anticipated grizzly deaths, combined with federal permits sanctioning the deaths of grizzlies elsewhere in the region, may mean that as many as 65 female bears could be killed annually.

That would amount to three times the mortality limit set by U.S. wildlife managers, the activists say in their lawsuit filed Friday in a U.S. court in Washington, D.C.



An employee of Sotheby's auction house holds up the 'Sunrise Ruby' ring a cushion shaped Myanmar ruby of some 25.59 carats of pigeon blood colour during a photocall in London, Wednesday, April 8, 2015. The ring will be sold at auction on May in Geneva, Switzerland with an estimated price of US$ 12-18 million.
Photo by Alastair Grant


Tombs Discovered


Dozens of tombs filled with up to 40 mummies each have been discovered around a 1,200-year-old ceremonial site in Peru's Cotahuasi Valley.

So far, the archaeologists have excavated seven tombs containing at least 171 mummies from the site, now called Tenahaha.

Before rigor mortis set in, the mummies had their knees put up to the level of their shoulders and their arms folded along their chest, the researchers found. The corpses were then bound with rope and wrapped in layers of textiles. The mummies range in age from neonate fetuses to older adults, with some of the youngest mummies (such as infants) being buried in jars. While alive the people appear to have lived in villages close to Tenahaha.

The mummified remains were in poor shape due to damage from water and rodents. Additionally, the researchers found some of the mummies were intentionally broken apart, their bones scattered and moved between the tombs. In one tomb the scientists found almost 400 isolated human remains, including teeth, hands and feet.




In Memory

Geoffrey Lewis

Geoffrey Lewis, a prolific character actor who appeared opposite frequent collaborator Clint Eastwood as his pal Orville Boggs in Every Which Way But Loose and its sequel, has died. He was 79.

Lewis, the father of Oscar-nominated actress Juliette Lewis, died Tuesday, family friend Michael Henderson said. No other details were immediately available.

Lewis began his long association with Eastwood in High Plains Drifter (1973). He also appeared with the actor in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), Bronco Billy (1980), Pink Cadillac (1989) and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997).

Lewis scored a Golden Globe nomination for playing bartender Earl Tucker on the 1980s CBS sitcom Flo, its spinoff, Alice, that starred Polly Holliday, and he had recurring roles on such series as Falcon Crest and the syndicated Land's End.

Lewis portrayed real-life Prohibition-era gangster Harry Pierpont in Dillinger (1973), and his résumé also includes such notable films as The Great Waldo Pepper (1975), The Wind and the Lion (1975), Lucky Lady (1975), The Return of a Man Called Horse (1976), Heaven's Gate (1980), Catch Me If You Can (1989), The Lawnmower Man (1992), The Man Without a Face (1993), Maverick (1994) and The Devil's Rejects (2005).

The actor also stood out as a gravedigger turned vampire in the 1979 Tobe Hooper CBS miniseries Salem's Lot, an adaptation of the Stephen King novel.

Lewis had appeared on such 1970s TV shows as Then Came Bronson, Bonanza and The Name of the Game before scoring a minor role as a cowhand in The Culpepper Cattle Co. (1972).

Later, he showed up on such series as Mod Squad, The Waltons, Police Woman, Mork & Mindy, Lou Grant, Gun Shy, Magnum, P.I. and The X-Files.

Lewis was a co-founder of the spoken-word performance group Celestial Navigations, working with musician and songwriter Geoff Levin.

Geoffrey Lewis



A replica of pre-historic drawings showing animals is seen on a wall during a press visit at the site of the Cavern of Pont-d'Arc project in Vallon Pont d'Arc April 8, 2015. The Cavern of Pont-d'Arc project is a replica of the pre-historic Decorated Cave of Pont-d'Arc known as Grotte Chauvet, in Vallon Pont-d'Arc in the Ardeche region, containing the world's earliest known art which was recently named a UNESCO World Heritage site. The facsimile cavern, which condenses some 8000m2 of the original site into 3000m2, will display faithful reproductions of paintings and engravings and will be inaugurated on April 10 and will open to the public on April 25.
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