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LAPD Cops Who Killed Black Man Sue Department for Racial Discrimination

Still: KTLA Two years ago, LAPD officers Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas shot and killed Ezell Ford, a 25-year-old who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Now, they are suing, alleging that the department is racially discriminating against them by keeping them on desk duty, because Ford was black and they are not. The suit, reported in the Los ...

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FBI Releases 18 Hours of Spy Plane Video From the Freddie Gray Protests

GIF FBI surveillance video taken during the Freddie Gray protests in 2015 The FBI has just released over 18 hours of surveillance video from the protests in Baltimore that followed the death of Freddie Gray in 2015. The release comes in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by the ACLU and gives a sense of how much visual ...

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The Living Apostle Who Sold The Media On The Myth Of ‘Ghana’s First Car'

Dr. Kwadwo Safo is, according to his own legend, many things. He is a Pentecostal pastor. He is an inventor. Now he claims to be Ghana’s first carmaker as well. Over the past year, his Kantanka Automobile Company has made international news with its vehicles, mature industrial products emerging fully realized from a not-particularly industrial nation. As recently as last ...

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California Mayor Charged With Secretly Recording Underage Strip Poker Game

Anthony Silva, the Republican mayor of Stockton, California, was arrested at a summer camp he hosts for disadvantaged youth on Thursday after authorities say they found evidence the mayor played strip poker with and provided alcohol to minors, The L.A. Times reports. According to prosecutors, investigators found an audio file on Silva’s cellphone that was recorded during an underage strip ...

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Hey Facebook, It’s Spelled G-I-Z-M-O-D-O

GIF Back in May, Gizmodo writer Michael Nunez broke the story of former Facebook workers who said the site regularly suppressed news from conservative websites. And with today’s announcement that Facebook will change its algorithm (yet again) to reduce clickbait links, it looks like the company might be holding a grudge about that story and several others we’ve recently written ...

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Today's Best Deals: Anker Phone Cases, Foam Furniture, Cuisinart Griddler

Foam chairs, inflatable couches, and Anker phone cases lead off Thursday’s best deals from around the web. http://deals.kinja.com/todays-best-li… Today’s Best Lifestyle Deals: H&M, PUMA, Babeland, Nordstrom Rack, and More Today’s Best Lifestyle Deals: H&M, PUMA, Babeland, Nordstrom Rack, and More Today’s Best Lifestyle Deals: H&M, PUMA,… A $ 99 Jimmy Jane bundle, Nordstrom Rack dress sale, reduced accessories at H&M, ...

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Consumers Allege Venmo Swiped $3,000, Even Though They Never Had Accounts

Illustration by Sam Woolley The PayPal-owned app Venmo has grown tremendously in the past couple of years as a way to share money between friends. But as with all financial services, consumers have had a few complaints, according to documents recently obtained by Gizmodo. I received the complaints through a Freedom of Information Act request filed with the Federal Trade ...

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The Ways I Torture Myself To Stay Young In The Face

Illustration by Sam Woolley. This week, we learned that Peter Thiel, the billionaire and proverbial vampire who bankrupted Gawker through a covert legal war, is apparently interested in harvesting the blood of the young to slow down (or even halt) the aging process. While thematically satisfying, this sounds complicated. And messy. And cannibalistic. And needless in a world bursting with ...

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Russian Prime Minister Tells Underpaid Teachers To Get Side Jobs, Figure “Something” Out

At a public forum on Wednesday, a teacher asked Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev why teachers earn so little while cops earn so much, relatively—according to the Moscow Times, the starting monthly salary for educators is 10,000-15,000 rubles ($ 150-$ 225); law enforcement officers earn 50,000 rubles ($ 750) per month. The teacher tactfully inquired if the government was going ...

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