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Mom let her 2-year-old smoke meth and roll joints

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Kaitlyn Ecker was first arrested back in January on drug charges. On Friday she was in the Wakulla County Jail for a much more serious alleged offense.

The 20-year-old Florida woman is accused of giving drugs to her 2-year-old son.

The toddler's hair and blood tested positive for "chronic" use of methamphetamine, according to the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office.

“The toxicology results concluded that the 2-year-old tested positive for both methamphetamine and amphetamines and the findings were ‘chronic’ rather than ‘acute,’” WCSO wrote in a Facebook post.

Various witnesses told investigators that they heard that Ecker let the boy smoke meth with a pipe and the child even knew how to roll joints, according to the post.

A search of the suspect's home in Crawfordville revealed drug paraphernalia. Items included two glass pipes (the type used to smoke methamphetamine), each with residue inside; a plastic pill bottle converted into a handmade smoking device with burned residue; two grinders (the type consistent with marijuana usage), one of which had marijuana inside; a digital scale; and a small plastic bag containing marijuana residue located within a basket containing children's toys.

Ecker was arrested Thursday. She’s also charged with lewd and lascivious battery and transmission of harmful material to a minor.
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Blue Wave Still Rolling Toward Midterm Elections

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Two surveys popped up this week that seem to show improved prospects for Republican House candidates this November. Disregard them!

A Washington Post/ABC News poll released on Monday showed that 47 percent of registered voters prefer the Democratic candidate in their district, as against 43 percent who favor the Republican. The gap was about twice as large at the beginning of the year.

In a Marist Poll that came out Wednesday, voters preferred a Democratic House candidate by a five-percentage-point margin, unchanged from last month.

That kind of mid-sized advantage for Democrats might not be enough to power their quest to regain control of the House of Representatives, for which they will need to pick up two dozen seats now held by Republicans.

But Peter Hart, who conducts the Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, which shows a seven-point Democratic advantage, still thinks the blue wave that Democrats hope for is coming.
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North and South Korea reportedly set to announce official end to war

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Ahead of a summit next week between North Korean premier Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-In, lawmakers from the neighboring states were thought to be negotiating the details of a joint statement that could outline an end to the military conflict between the two countries.

Pyongyang and Seoul have technically been at war since the 1950-1953 Korean conflict ended with a truce — and not a peace treaty.

Kim and Moon could also discuss returning the heavily fortified demilitarized zone separating them to its original state.
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Home with 'unbearable odor' had kids' underwear on the wall

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When police arrived at the Englewood, Colorado, home last weekend, a “nearly unbearable odor” was coming from inside the house, authorities said.

Officers had responded to a report of a woman screaming, authorities said. A woman told them she was assaulted and locked in a shed in two brothers’ backyard, according to FOX 31.

But what police found inside the home Saturday led to charges against Daniel Paul Alberts, 65, and Timothy Alberts, 61, authorities said. A search found the home to be extremely filthy and infested with rats, maggots and other insects, 9News reported.

The brothers’ father, Gerald, was in the home, living in “uninhabitable conditions,” authorities said. The home was immediately condemned by the city, according to the news station.

Police also found boy’s underwear displayed on a wall in a basement bedroom, authorities allege, as well as other children’s undergarments on the floor, the Denver Post reported.

More children’s underwear was discovered in an upstairs bedroom, police said. Officers found sexually explicit photographs on multiple computers, the newspaper said.

The brothers told investigators they were pedophiles and looked at pictures and videos on their computers, arrest warrants said, the Post reported.

They were both were charged with neglect and sexual exploitation of a child, 9News reported.

Timothy Alberts has a record dating back to the 1980s that involves child sexual assault charges in Boulder, according to the news station. He pleaded guilty and got probation in that case.

Police are still investigating, the Post reported.
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Avicii is dead

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Famous producer and DJ known as Avicii was found dead at the age of 28. RIP
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Top trauma surgeon: London faces summer of 'carnage' amid spike in youth violence

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A top trauma surgeon has warned Londoners face a summer of “carnage” as youth violence rises across the capital.
Martin Griffiths, who works at the Royal London Hospital in east London, said the warmer weather would result in more bloodshed among youngsters.

He told The Times that treating children with knife and gunshot wounds had become “the bread and butter” of his job.
With more than 60 fatal stabbings and shootings in the capital this year, London was comparable to South Africa or inner-city United States, he said.
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Where do you get your news?

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Where do you get your news from?

What is your daily news routine?

Besides just checking the Chans and my jewtube subs I use to use a site called newsblok but over the last 5 years there has been issues and recently it has disappeared all together as well as their backup site

Out of desperation after having searched for anything comparable and coming up short I decided to create my own variation

It's nothing fancy but i've put together a simple news aggregator site with a broad range of news outlets so that regardless of your political affiliations you can observe what is being said from various perspectives.

Feedback is appreciated and hopefully one of you bookmark it =)
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Diamond can turn flexible when made into ultrafine needles, researchers find

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Diamond is well-known as the strongest of all natural materials, and with that strength comes another tightly linked property: brittleness. But now, an international team of researchers from MIT, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Korea has found that when grown in extremely tiny, needle-like shapes, diamond can bend and stretch, much like rubber, and snap back to its original shape.

The surprising finding is being reported this week in the journal Science, in a paper by senior author Ming Dao, a principal research scientist in MIT's Department of Materials Science and Engineering; MIT postdoc Daniel Bernoulli; senior author Subra Suresh, former MIT dean of engineering and now president of Singapore's Nanyang Technological University; graduate students Amit Banerjee and Hongti Zhang at City University of Hong Kong; and seven others from CUHK and institutions in Ulsan, South Korea.

The results, the researchers say, could open the door to a variety of diamond-based devices for applications such as sensing, data storage, actuation, biocompatible in vivo imaging, optoelectronics, and drug delivery. For example, diamond has been explored as a possible biocompatible carrier for delivering drugs into cancer cells.

The team showed that the narrow diamond needles, similar in shape to the rubber tips on the end of some toothbrushes but just a few hundred nanometers (billionths of a meter) across, could flex and stretch by as much as 9 percent without breaking, then return to their original configuration, Dao says.

Ordinary diamond in bulk form, Bernoulli says, has a limit of well below 1 percent stretch. "It was very surprising to see the amount of elastic deformation the nanoscale diamond could sustain," he says.
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Trolls spread hateful fake Starbucks coupon for 'people of color only'

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A fake Starbucks coupon offering free coffee to “people of color only” to say “we’re sorry” is the latest salvo in an ongoing meme warfare campaign.

A fake Starbucks coupon offering free coffee to “people of color only” to say “we’re sorry” is the latest salvo in an ongoing meme warfare campaign that exploits trending news topics to spread messages of hate and divisiveness from the fringes into the mainstream consciousness.

Like-minded members replied back with hoots of laughter, racist and homophobic slurs, and offered design tweaks to make the offer look more official, such as applying the Starbucks corporate font or optimizing the coupon for display on mobile. “To be credible, it needs one of those things for mobile phones,” one poster said. Another obliged, posting a QR code that translated to the n-word.

t’s not the first time Starbucks has been the target of meme-makers — after the company denounced President Donald Trump’s plan to end the controversial Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program last year, a 4chan user created fliers for a scam “Dreamer Day” promotion, offering 40 percent off beverages for undocumented immigrants.

Jeff Giesea, an information warfare expert who supported Trump, said the trolls can be thought of as “guerilla soldiers of the information environment” practicing “asymmetric activism” to express their perspective, as well as delight in the “lulz” from provoking predictable outrage from the left and mainstream media — ginning up more amplification and coverage in the process.

Because the memes start on anonymous message boards and then progress to high-traffic link-sharing sites like Reddit and Twitter that allow for anonymous users and are often the breeding ground for trending social media topics, it’s usually impossible to unmask the originators or their motives.
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Father bullies his son's bully

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