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10 things you need to know today: May 15, 2012

Good morning world.  I love this daily column on The Week website…

In this July 2011 file photo, Rebekah Brooks, former chief executive of News International, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., leaves a hotel in central London: Brooks is expected to be charged Tuesday in connection with the company's phone-hacking scandal.

France’s president is sworn in, News Corp’s Rebekah Brooks will be charged, and more in our roundup of the stories that are making news and driving opinion

1. HOLLANDE SWORN IN AS FRENCH PRESIDENT
Francois Hollande was sworn in as France’s new president on Tuesday, amid fresh concerns over European debt. The country’s first Socialist president since 1995, Hollande has criticized the austerity measures built into bailout plans for flailing countries like Greece and Ireland. At his inauguration, he stressed the importance of stimulating economic growth. After his swearing in, Hollande will head to Berlin to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a vocal advocate of fiscal restraint who is also known for having a close partnership with Hollande’s conservative predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy. [CNN]
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2. NEWS CORP’S BROOKS TO FACE CRIMINAL CHARGES
Prosecutors say that Rebekah Brooks, a key aide to Rupert Murdoch and the former head of News International (a subsidiary of Murdoch’s News Corp.), will be charged with three counts of “conspiracy to pervert the course of justice” in relation to the phone-hacking scandal that has rocked Murdoch’s media empire. Brooks’ husband Charlie, as well as her former personal assistant, her chauffeur, and two others will also be charged. [Los Angeles Times]
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3. EX-EMPLOYEES SAY JPMORGAN IGNORED WARNINGS
In the wake of a stunning $2 billion trading loss, former JPMorgan employees say the bank ignored concerns they had expressed about trades being made that were too complex and risky. The former employees spoke to The New York Times on the condition of anonymity because of the nature of the investigations into the trading losses. [New York Times]
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4. POLLS: OBAMA HURT BY SUPPORTING GAY MARRIAGE
According to a new CBS News/New York Times poll, 1 in 4 registered voters are less likely to vote for President Obama because he issued his support for same-sex marriage. Sixteen percent say they are now more likely to support the president, while 58 percent say it won’t affect their vote. [CBS News]
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5. PALESTINIAN PRISONERS END HUNGER STRIKE
Crowds took to the streets in Gaza to celebrate Monday, after Israeli and Palestinian officials reached an agreement to end a 77-day-long hunger strike among Palestinian prisoners. Under the deal, Israel agreed to ease conditions for some Palestinian prisoners. Some prisoners may still continue their protest unless they are released. [CNN]
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6. IRAN EXECUTES CONVICTED SPY
Iran has executed Majid Jamali Fashi, a man convicted of conspiring with Israel to kill one of Iran’s nuclear scientists. Several Iranian nuclear scientists have been mysteriously killed in recent years. Israel has claimed that terrorists are behind the killings, while Iran has blamed Israel and the United States. [CNN]
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7. FACEBOOK RAISES IPO PRICE
In response to demand, the social networking giant has raised the target price of its stock for its upcoming IPO. Earlier this month, Facebook set a range from $28 to $35 a share, but it’s now raising the target range to $34 to $38. That gives Facebook a value as high as $104 billion. Facebook’s IPO roadshow to pitch investors started last week; shares are set to begin trading Friday. [Reuters]
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8. SIX SURVIVE NEPAL PLANE CRASH
Six people survived the plane crash in Nepal on Monday that left 15 dead. The survivors include two Danish trekkers, two Indian children, a Nepali air hostess, and an Indian man who is said to be in critical condition with head injuries. The deadly crash was the second in less than two years for local air carrier Agni Air. [Pakistan Daily Times]
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9. HOWARD STERN MAKES HIS TALENT DEBUT
Howard Stern made his debut as a judge on America’s Got TalentMonday night. Critics are saying that on primetime the notorious shock-jock comes across as a “sweet old man” and “beloved uncle.” [Washington Post]
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10. STUDY FINDS 1 IN 3 ARE SLEEPWALKERS
A new study finds that sleepwalking is more prevalent than previously thought, with 30 percent of participants reporting to have sleepwalked at some point in their lives and 3.6 percent saying they have done so in the last year. Sleeping pills, antidepressants, and certain psychiatric disorders can increase the likelihood of sleepwalking. [Washington Post]

 

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Dekalb County Police: it’s within policy for our officers to kick pregnant women in the stomach

This makes me ill…

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When Dekalb County, Ga., police officer Jerad Wheeler tased her brother, Raven Dozie started crying and demanding to know why.  Wheeler kicked the heavily-pregnant woman in the stomach. While he is now under criminal investigation, his superiors on the force squelched an internal affairs complaint and explicitly approve of his conduct.

“What kind of a human being kicks a pregnant woman? I mean, forget whether or not it is a police officer that is supposedly protecting people,” Dozier’s attorney Mark Bullman said. Dozier filed a complaint with the DeKalb police department’s internal affairs unit, but it was never investigated. Instead, four supervisors and an internal affairs detective signed off that Wheeler’s use of force met policy. … Fleischer filed an open records request and found two more use-of-force complaints against Wheeler within the last nine months. In all three cases, the victims were not the focus of the original police incident.

Wheeler was accused of twisting a 53 year-old woman’s arm in 2011. This January, he shot a family’s chained dog after showing up at the wrong home on a call.

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The Youngest Victim of Police Abuse

Levii Dozier is only four months old, but he’s already been assaulted by the police.

Roughly five months ago, Levii’s mother Raven Dozier was present when her brother got embroiled in a child custody dispute with a girlfriend. After the police arrived, Raven did what she could to calm her brother down. Eventually one of the officers shot the agitated man with a Taser.   A thugscrum quickly coalesced as several officers inflicted gratuitous punishment on the prone and helpless man while his sister – who had been assisting the police – looked on in horror.

“He’s on the ground!” shrieked Dozier, who was in tears. “You don’t need to do that!”

“Shut the f**k up!” replied one of the gallant officers. When Dozier failed to act on that thoughtful suggestion,  Officer Jarad Wheeler strode up to her and kicked her in the stomach with sufficient force to open a door.

At the time, Raven Dozier was nine months pregnant.

For about fifteen minutes, the DeKalb County officers conferred with a supervisor outside the house — within earshot of Raven’s brother, who was sitting, handcuffed, in the back of a police car.

“He kicked a pregnant woman,” one of the officers reported.

“You’ve got to charge her with something,” another replied, pointing out that doing so would magically transmute aggravated assault into a “justified” use of force.

Following the discussion outside, several officers re-entered the home, where Dozier was on a couch trying to regain her composure.

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