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56 minutes ago

Image inside Mar 1 - Blind Alaska dog found after surviving two weeks alone in the wilderness

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| By Steve - 56 minutes ago

A completely blind Labrador Retriever was unable to find her way home in the frigid Alaskan weather, but she survived long enough to be rescued.

Ester resident Ed Davis told the Daily News-Miner his hope of finding his beloved pet had faded heavily when Ester ventured away from her home in below 40 degree weather earlier this month.

"My best hope was to walk those trails and look for a track that might be hers," he said. "My best hope was to find a frozen dog."

But amazingly she was returned home two weeks later and in good health.

Madera, who is fully blind due to her autoimmune disease, usually returns immediately back to the house after relieving herself, but she picked this particular cold snap on Feb. 6 to wander out while being watched by Davis' wife.

Davis was working on the trans-Alaska oil pipeline at the time she disappeared and when he finally returned home on Feb. 19 he thought he would never see his canine again.

But Constantine Khrulev was out with his dog who was ringing a bell that led to the animal's rescue.

When Madera heard the bell ring she started to whine and she was found hiding under a tree about half a mile from the home, the newspaper reported.

"She was not going to be found accidentally," Davis said.

The rescuer brought Madera home and Davis said she was fairly healthy except that she lost about 14 pounds, the newspaper reported.

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59 minutes ago

Video inside Mar 1 - Dakota Johnson Joined ISIS on SNL and People Sure Are Upset About It

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| By Steve - 59 minutes ago

Last night, on Saturday Night Live, Dakota Johnson graduated from high school and joined ISIS. Her proud and teary-eyed dad, played by Taran Killiam, dropped her off. "Death to America," shouted an ISIS fighter played by Kyle Mooney.

The sketch is a parody of this Toyota Camry ad, in which a father drops his daughter off at the airport on her way to join the (presumably American) military.

It also references the teen girls who are leaving home to join ISIS from all around the world.

Unsurprisingly, there was a lot of finger-wagging on social media about the sketch.

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1 hour ago

Mar 1 - Police: Man whose license suspended 41 times nabbed again

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| By phantomnation - 1 hour ago

YAPHANK, N.Y. (AP) -- Police say a New York man whose license has been suspended 41 times has been nabbed again.

Investigators on Long Island say Jason Brown initially gave a fake name after being pulled over Saturday afternoon in Yaphank.

In the car, police say they found marijuana. Police tell Newsday ( ) they later determined the 36-year-old Brown had concealed heroin and cocaine "within his body."

Brown was charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, unlawful possession of marijuana and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. It wasn't immediately known if he had a lawyer.

Source: AP

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1 hour ago

Image inside Mar 1 - Suspect in L.A. street race that kills two turns self in

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| By Steve - 1 hour ago

A suspect in this week's fatal Chatsworth street racing crash surrendered to police on Saturday, authorities said.

Henry Michael Gevorgyan, 21, surrendered at the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Division station, LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said. Gevorgyan had been identified this week as the driver of a Ford Mustang that spun out of control and plowed into a crowd near Canoga Avenue and Plummer Street, killing two people and seriously injuring another.

Police had urged Gevorgyan to surrender, saying they planned to file murder charges against him. Smith said detectives with the LAPD's Valley Traffic Division were headed downtown to interview Gevorgyan.

"HeÂ’s being detained at the station now," Smith said. "I would assume heÂ’ll be booked at Central at some point later tonight."

The street racing crash occurred early Thursday morning. Investigators said the Mustang was speeding west on Plummer when the driver lost control and the car swerved, striking people on the sidewalk. The car hit the curb and spun 180 degrees after hitting a berm and a utility pole before coming to rest on the sidewalk.

The driver of a second racing vehicle also fled. Police did not immediately have information on whether that motorist had been identified or apprehended.

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1 hour ago

Video inside Mar 1 - Cop Found Not Guilty After Beating, Gouging Eyes Of Innocent Man (Video)

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| By Weilli - 1 hour ago

Former Milwaukee police detective Rodolfo Gomez was caught on video punching, kneeing and gouging the eyes of Deron Love during an interrogation in August 2013 in the Milwaukee Police Administration Building.

At the time of the incident (video below), Love was accused of killing his 7-month-old baby, but insisted that he was innocent. Love was found not guilty in 2014.

Gomez was fired from his job because of the incident in December 2013, and was charged with two felonies.

However, Gomez was found not guilty on Feb. 13 after his defense team used a frame-by-frame video presentation to claim that the former police detective was acting in self-defense, noted Fox 6 Now.

Love's left hand was handcuffed to the wall and never struck Gomez, who pounded him (Love) while demanding that he (Love) stop resisting.

"For me [the defense expert's] testimony was crucial to understanding what Gomez did," juror Barry Gardner told the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel. "We scoured individual frames of video over and over and over. We went back into the room to watch the full motion video again during deliberation."

Gardner added that the frame-by-frame presentation convinced the jury that Love was resisting even though Love didn't actually fight back. The jury also believed that since Love suffered no serious injuries, Gomez wasn't guilty.


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1 hour ago

Image inside Mar 1 - Teen's family: Girl is not the 'villain' in friends suicide

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| By Steve - 1 hour ago

The family of a Plainville teen accused of coaxing her friend into committing suicide last summer want people to know she is “not the villain the media is portraying her to be,” though friends interviewed by police after the tragedy described her as someone who “requires a lot of attention” and “has a history of being the ‘girl that cried wolf,’” court documents show.

“Our hearts have and remain broken for the Roy family,” Michelle Carter’s parents said in a statement released by her attorney, Joseph Cataldo. “For everyone that does not know our daughter, she is not the villain the media is portraying her to be. She is a quiet, kind, and sympathetic young girl. She tried immensely to help Mr. Roy in his battle with depression. We know that once all of the facts are released, our daughter will be found innocent.”

Carter, 18, a senior at King Philip Regional High School, faces up to 20 years behind bars on a charge of involuntary manslaughter for her alleged role in the suicide of Conrad Roy III, 18, of Mattapoisett, who was found dead July 13 inside his truck in the parking lot of a Fairhaven Kmart. Carter is accused of telling Roy to “get back in” the pickup truck when he had second thoughts about using carbon monoxide fumes to take his own life.

The picture painted by police is far different than that presented by Cataldo and Carter’s family, court documents show. When Roy’s best friend was interviewed by detectives about the “Homers for Conrad” softball fundraiser he helped organize with Carter in the months after the suicide, police say he told them he thought “she was kind of looking for attention” and at one point accused him of “taking credit for my idea.”

“I asked him if he had a lot to do with the fundraiser, and he said not too much but he did try and get her to move it back to Mattapoisett where all of Conrad’s family and friends were but Michelle wanted to keep it in Plainville,” Fairhaven Detective Scott R. Gordon wrote in a police report. “He further explained that (Carter) was getting so involved in it, and he was just curious about how she knew Conrad, and Michelle said that they had been dating on and off for 2 years and (he) said at that point that he had never heard of her, so he didn’t know exactly if that was true or not.”

Roy’s friend went on to tell investigators he had to add Carter as an organizer on the fundraiser’s Facebook page “because it bothered her” that she wasn’t listed.

Three friends who Carter had contact with at the time of RoyÂ’s suicide and were later interviewed by police also detailed her attention-seeking tendencies, court documents show.

“She was a very nice, outgoing person but she requires a lot of attention and reassurance,” one friend said, according to the police report. Another told police “Carter has a history of being the ‘girl that cried wolf,’ and sometimes (it) was hard to tell if she was being totally truthful.”

Cataldo said accusations that his client was looking for attention in the months after Roy’s suicide are “ridiculous.”

“She did help organize a fundraiser in his honor, in his name, to call attention both to his plight and others in his predicament,” Cataldo said, “but she was not seeking attention for herself or any kind of personal gain.”

Carter was indicted on an involuntary manslaughter charge Feb. 5 and arraigned the next day as a youthful offender at New Bedford Juvenile Court. She was ordered released on $2,500 cash bail and is due back in court next month.


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19 hours ago

Video inside Feb 28 - Giant, cross-border smuggling tunnel found under Arizona house

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| By timdog - 19 hours ago

When a U-Haul truck carrying 4,700 pounds of marijuana rolled into Bisbee, Ariz., this week, the local cops were ready. The local police had been tipped off and, with the help of the Border PatrolÂ’s canine team, managed to intercept the truck and its $3 million-worth of bundled cargo. The operation was a success, but that was just the beginning.

Tracing the U-HaulÂ’s route led the cops and U.S. Border Patrol agents to a house in the border town of Naco, where, inside a small shed on the property, they found the entrance to the longest drug-smuggling tunnel ever discovered in the Tucson sector.

According to a press release from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), both agencies of the Department of Homeland Security, specially trained agents from the Border PatrolÂ’s tunnel team were immediately dispatched to begin investigating the underground passageway. Despite an initial delay, due to concerns over the tunnelÂ’s air quality, the investigators found a hydraulic lift inside a cement shaft, leading down into the wood-bolstered tunnel. At least near the entrance, the tunnel is big enough to allow an adult to stand up straight.

This video offers a glimpse of what the tunnel looks like from the inside.

Tunnels have long served as a popular means of transporting drugs between Mexico and the United States, especially as recent increases in U.S. agents and fencing along the Southwest border have forced cartels to come up with alternative points of entry. The first cross-border smuggling tunnel was discovered by the Border Patrol in 1990. Since then, a total of 168 tunnels have been identified and, since 2006, 80 have been found and dismantled.

CBP Arizona tweet:

Did you know, the tunnel discovered in Naco on Monday is 905 ft. long and the longest ever discovered in the Border PatrolÂ’s Tucson Sector?
— CBPArizona (@CBPArizona) February 26, 2015
At 905 feet, the tunnel discovered in Naco this week is almost twice the length of the previous record holder, a 481-foot underpass discovered last year in Nogales, Ariz., considered the most active border area for underground tunneling. And while officials described the smuggling shaft as “sophisticated,” these Tucson tunnels hardly compare to the wide-ranging underground transportation system authorities have discovered beneath San Diego in recent years.

Abundant warehouses and easy-to-dig soil in both San Diego and Tijuana have made the space between the two cities a cartel favorite for underground smuggling. Ranging in length up to 2,400 feet, some of the state-of-the-art tunnels tapped in this area in recent years include such features as electricity, ventilation, groundwater pumping, pulley systems and even a multitiered electric railway.

A few of these sophisticated tunnels have been traced back to the Sinaloa cartel, one of the world’s largest and most notorious drug-smuggling rings, including one discovered in 2012 and another that was shut down by U.S. authorities in November 2014. In fact, after his arrest in 2014, it was revealed that Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the elusive head of the Sinaloa cartel, and better known as “El Chapo,” had relied on a network of underground tunnels to evade authorities.

In the cat-and-mouse game between Border Patrol agents and drug smugglers, beefed-up security sends smugglers underground, and Border Patrol develops new technology to go in after them. In addition to establishing tunnel task forces of specially trained agents along the Southwest border, the Border Patrol also employs robots with cameras strapped to them to explore some of the narrower, potentially dangerous passageways.

“With this discovery, we’ve dealt another significant blow to the Mexican drug cartels and proven yet again that going underground is not a workaround to evade law enforcement,” Matthew Allen, special agent in charge of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations in Arizona, said in a statement about the Naco tunnel.

So far, two men, the truck driver and another suspect found at the house in Naco, have been arrested. The investigation is ongoing, with Mexican law enforcement now searching for the opening on their side of the border. If previous passageways are any indication, this tunnel could lead investigators to far more people than just those two.

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20 hours ago

Image inside Feb 28 - Two Eerie Lights Are Shining from This Dwarf Planet — And No One Knows Why

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| By RAZAH CUTS - 20 hours ago


Something strange has been detected deep in our solar system's asteroid belt, shining on a tiny piece of rock where no manmade spacecraft has ever been before.

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has photographed two bright, eerily beautiful lights on the dwarf planet Ceres, which orbits the sun between Mars and Jupiter from an average distance of 257 million miles.

Here's an image of the anomaly, courtesy of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory:

The background: Dawn is actually on a mission to Ceres and the asteroid Vesta, and the spacecraft will approach the dwarf planet more closely within the next week. The photos of the mysterious lights were taken from a distance of 29,000 miles, too far to determine their cause.

Just 590 miles across, Ceres is the smallest dwarf planet ever discovered, but more interestingly, scientists suspect that its icy mantle could contain liquid subterranean oceans, according to Science. Since its peak surface temperature only reaches minus 37 degrees Fahrenheit, notes that it could possibly have a thin atmosphere formed from sublimated water. Aside from Earth and Mars, it is the only solar body whose surface has been observed to contain iron-rich clays.

Astronomers have yet to develop a satisfying explanation of why bright lights appear to be coming from its surface, and they may have to wait until Dawn is close enough to snap a clear photo showing the source of the anomaly.

What NASA thinks they might be: "The brightest spot continues to be too small to resolve with our camera, but despite its size it is brighter than anything else on Ceres. This is truly unexpected and still a mystery to us," lead investigator Andreas Nathues, of the Max Planck Institute For Solar System Research, said in a statement posted on NASA's website. In the same post, Dawn mission principal investigator Chris Russell added that "Ceres' bright spot can now be seen to have a companion of lesser brightness, but apparently in the same basin. This may be pointing to a volcano-like origin of the spots, but we will have to wait for better resolution before we can make such geologic interpretations."

Russell could be referring to Ceres' theorized ice volcanoes, which some propose eject pressurized water vapor rather than molten rock. The European Space Agency's Herschel infrared space telescope has previously detected plumes of water vapor coming off of the dwarf planet's surface, but it could also be the result of "cometary-style sublimation," according to NASA reports that some scientists believe "when Ceres swings through the part of its orbit that is closer to the sun, a portion of its icy surface becomes warm enough to cause water vapor to escape in plumes at a rate of about 6 kilograms (13 pounds) per second."

A more mundane explanation, raised by Popular Mechanics, is that it the light could be reflecting off a gigantic patch of plain old salt, which could also be related to Ceres' ice geysers.

Then, of course, there's the more speculative conclusions:

With Dawn scheduled to arrive at Ceres shortly, this mystery is probably going to be solved much more quickly than other open astronomical questions, like whether Europa has underground oceans or if there was once life on Mars. Enjoy it while it lasts, space cadets.

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20 hours ago

Feb 28 - Man gets life in prison for selling $20 worth of weed to undercover cop

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| By ogghosttrain - 20 hours ago

A homeless and hungry man agreed to purchase $20 worth of weed for a stranger in exchange for a $5 finder's fee. After the man received his $5 (marked by the police) he was arrested and jailed.

"Six months later, a jury found him guilty of distribution of a schedule I substance (marijuana). Three months after that, a judge sentenced him to life imprisonment with hard labor, without the benefit of parole."

Fate Vincent Winslow is black. His story takes place in Shreveport, Louisiana.

WinslowÂ’s story, preserved in court documents, transcripts, and witness testimony, never made headlines in Louisiana. If it werenÂ’t for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the story may have all but disappeared. But in 2012, while launching an investigation into life sentences for nonviolent offenders, they selected the then 45-year-old as one of 650 inmates to investigate.

On four 8½ x 11 inch pages lined with questions, Winslow scribbled down his story. “Why did you get involved in this crime?” one survey question reads. “To get $5 dollars to get something to eat,” he writes. Amid an appeal for money to find a new lawyer, mentions of suicidal thoughts, and confessions of alcohol addiction, Winslow flips the script. In bold black letters, written at the law library of the notoriously horrific Angola prison, he poses a question of his own:

“[They] let [Perdue] go and I got life: Please explain.”

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20 hours ago

Feb 28 - Activists Protest Alleged Chicago Police 'Black Sites'

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| By RIP4SBG - 20 hours ago


Activists in Chicago gathered Saturday for a protest and march against alleged "black sites" in the city where police supposedly hold suspects and witnesses for long periods without public records and access to lawyers.

In an investigative report, The Guardian charges the Chicago Police Department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound in Homan Square, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers told the paper is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site. Police deny the claims.

Yet in response to the paper's reporting, a coalition of activists including the hacktivist group Anonymous and organizers associated with the Black Lives Matter movement held a protest Saturday afternoon dubbed "Shut Down Homan Square."

Standing outside Homan Square, a nondescript warehouse located on the city's West side, several people delivered fiery speeches condemning the police. Later, dozens of protesters marched along streets nearby and shouted chants including "shut it down," "freedom first," and "indict, convict, send the torturers to jail."

Demonstrators demanded a public inspection of Homan Square and asked that all people arrested in Chicago be booked immediately and given access to a phone to call an attorney. They also want a meeting within 10 days where the public can ask questions about Homan Square and other facilities. They are also demanding posters that inform people of their rights be placed at all Chicago Police Department facilities.
During Saturday's demonstration, organizers made several pleas for people to come forward if police had violated their rights.

"We need you to come forth and tell us yes you have been a victim of abuse," one organizer said. "Please come forward and let the people know so we can take some action."

The Guardian reported that in Homan Square Chicago police keep arrestees out of official booking databases, beat suspects, shackle people for prolonged periods, and deny lawyers access to the facility.
Several lawyers told The Chicago Tribune that such problems have been a widespread issue with the Chicago Police Department for decades at several locations, not just Homan Square.

"Everything that was described (in the Guardian story) was something that happens every day," Richard Dvorak, a veteran criminal defense attorney,
told The Chicago Tribune. "I think it's pretty systemic throughout CPD."

The Chicago Police Department has denied The Guardian's reporting, saying there is nothing inappropriate happening at Homan Square.

"CPD abides by all laws, rules and guidelines pertaining to any interviews of suspects or witnesses, at Homan Square or any other CPD facility," police said in a statement.

"If lawyers have a client detained at Homan Square, just like any other facility, they are allowed to speak to and visit them...There are always records of anyone who is arrested by CPD, and this is not any different at Homan Square."

Still, protest organizer Travis McDermott told The Guardian that Saturday's demonstration was one of several being planned as far away as Los Angeles.

"Hopefully with the presence we expect to have, that will put a little bit of pressure to say, 'Hey, look – this isn't going to go away,'" he told the paper.

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22 hours ago

Image inside Feb 28 - Scan Reveals Mummy Hidden Inside Buddha Statue

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| By Rebirth46 - 22 hours ago

Researchers examining a nearly 1,000-year-old statue of Buddha on display in Holland discovered something very unusual hidden inside: the mummy of a meditating monk.

Calling the mummy its "oldest patient ever," the Meander Medical Center in the Dutch city of Amersfoort used a CT scanner to take images of the body inside the statue and an endoscope to examine the thoracic and abdominal cavities.

The mummy is believed to be that of Liuquan, a Buddhist monk who died in China around 1,100 A.D. During their examination, the researchers found that the mummy's internal organs had apparently been removed and the space filled with "paper scraps that were printed with ancient Chinese characters," the hospital said in a news release.

The statue was on display as part of the "Mummies: Life Beyond Death" exhibition at the Drents Museum in the Netherlands last year, and this was the first time it had been let out of China.

A brochure from the event says this may be a case of self-mummification.

These monks would typically subsist on water, seeds and nuts for 1,000 days, then roots, pine bark and a toxic tea made from sap of the Chinese lacquer tree for another 1,000 days and thereafter sealed inside a stone tomb, according to CNET.

They would breathe through a small tube and ring a bell to let everyone know they were still alive, Business Insider Australia reported. Once the ringing stopped, they'd be left inside for another 1,000 days.

Those who were mummified are said to have achieved enlightenment, Smithsonian reported.

It's not clear whether Liuquan self-mummified, but the removal of the organs and presence of scraps of paper suggest that may not have been the case.

The statue is now on display in Hungary at the Natural History Museum.

CORRECTION: This post previously suggested that a monk would adhere to a diet of roots and tea while sealed inside his tomb. That regimen preceded his entombment.


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22 hours ago

Feb 28 - Recording in police shooting suddenly found

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| By cm09 - 22 hours ago

Darius Pinex was fatally shot by Chicago police in January 2011.

Chicago police Officer Raoul Mosqueda's story about the night he and his partner fatally shot a man during a South Side traffic stop remained unchanged for four years.

In sworn depositions and again on a federal witness stand earlier this week, Mosqueda repeatedly said he pulled over Darius Pinex's Oldsmobile Aurora in January 2011 because it matched the description he'd heard over his police radio of a car involved in a shooting and pursuit that had occupants who might be armed.

But no recording of the dispatch was ever produced. As the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Pinex's family went to trial this week, attorneys for the city insisted it didn't exist. Even as Mosqueda repeated his claims about the dispatch call to a jury Wednesday, the recording was still missing.

Then suddenly, it wasn't.

The day after Mosqueda's testimony, it was revealed the emergency broadcast had been found after all, and that city attorneys had waited two days before notifying the other side. Mosqueda had claimed the radio dispatch described the car as dark green with rimmed wheels similar to Pinex's vehicle, but the 20-second recording had no such detail. Both cars had a temporary license plate, but the plate on Pinex's Oldsmobile didn't match the number read over the radio.

And the dispatcher made no mention of the car being involved in a shooting or that the occupants could be armed and dangerous, all cited by Mosqueda as reasons he and his partner, Officer Gildardo Sierra, decided to stop Pinex's vehicle. The call relayed only that officers in the South Chicago District had chased an Oldsmobile with temporary plates — 3 1/2 hours before Pinex's shooting and more than 6 miles away — and that a sergeant had called off the pursuit.

On Friday, after jurors heard the recording, Mosqueda was forced to retake the stand and try to explain the discrepancy.

Saying he had testified "to the best of my ability of what I remembered," Mosqueda contended he was justified in his belief that the car was the same one that had been pursued by police earlier that night.

"A vehicle pursuit can be for a shooting and also a high-risk traffic pursuit," Mosqueda testified. "So what I believed was the vehicle was involved in something of that nature."

In a testy exchange, Robert Johnson, an attorney for a passenger who was also shot in the incident, all but accused Mosqueda of lying under oath.

"You needed that car to be involved in a shooting to justify shooting it full of holes, didn't you?" Johnson asked at one point as Mosqueda's attorney shouted an objection.

The sudden appearance of the evidence in the midst of a trial prompted the plaintiff lawyers to ask U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang to issue a rare directed finding in their favor. Chang stopped short of taking that step, but the judge ripped city attorneys, saying there was no explanation for why the recording was not produced earlier.

Pinex was fatally shot in the early morning hours of Jan. 7, 2011, after Mosqueda and Sierra pulled him over at Marquette Road and Racine Avenue. Both officers have testified they opened fire after Pinex refused orders and threw the car into reverse, striking a light pole before shifting the car into drive and gunning the vehicle forward.

The Tribune first disclosed in 2011 that within six months of Pinex's death, Sierra was involved in two other shootings, all after midnight in the crime-plagued Englewood community. In the third incident, Sierra was captured on videotape fatally shooting an unarmed Flint Farmer after he claimed to have mistaken a cellphone Farmer was holding for a gun. The Cook County state's attorney's office declined to file criminal charges against Sierra.


at the bold..hard to believe after dude lied

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22 hours ago

Feb 28 - Mom of murdered Russian opposition leader: Putin will 'kill you for that'

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| By Steve - 22 hours ago

The murder of prominent Putin critic Boris Nemstov in a gangland-style killing steps from the Kremlin came just weeks after the dissident told a magazine his mother worried the Russian leader would have him bumped off for his outspokenness.

"'When will you stop cursing Putin? He'll kill you for that.' She was completely serious," Nemstov told Sobsesdnik earlier this month, according to the Wall Street Journal, adding that the former Deputy Prime Minister under Russian president Boris Yeltsin expressed some worry but not as much as his mother.

The Boston Globe reported that Nemstov also told the magazine in reference to his 86-year-old mom, "She is truly scared that he (Putin) could kill me soon for all of my statements, both in real life and on social networks. This is not a joke; she is a smart person."

During the chat with the magazine, Nemstov said that if he were really very fearful he probably wouldn't have led an opposition party.

Nemtsov, 55, was gunned down in a drive-by shooting Friday near midnight as he walked on a bridge near the Kremlin with a female companion.

RussiaÂ’s top investigative body said it would explore several possible motives for the murder including an attempt to destabilize the state, Islamic extremism, the Ukraine conflict and his personal life.

The statement from Investigative Committee did not address the likeliest possibility, as seen by many of Nemstov’s supporters—that he was executed for being one of President Vladimir Putin's most adamant and visible critics.

The finger-pointing began as investigators converged on the scene where NemstovÂ’s body was lying in the street after he had been shot four times in the back by a gunman in a car.

“Devastated to hear of the brutal murder of my long-time opposition colleague Boris Nemtsov. Shot 4 times, once for each child he leaves,” fellow Putin opposition leader and human rights activist Garry Kasparov tweeted.

Another Kasparov tweet said, “Do not say stupidities about how this is bad for Putin, or that he wouldn't do this. Do not presume to tell a dictator his business.” A third said, “Dictators do not ask why when it comes to taking human life, only why not. Putin has oceans of blood on his hands already and is still there.”

Nemtsov was working on a report presenting evidence that he believed proved Russia's direct involvement in the separatist rebellion that has raged in eastern Ukraine since April. Moscow denies backing the rebels with troops and sophisticated weapons.

Speaking on radio just a few hours before his death, he accused Putin of plunging Russia into crisis by his "mad, aggressive and deadly policy of war against Ukraine."

The killing came the day before he was to help lead a rally protesting Russia's actions in the Ukraine crisis and the economic crisis at home.

After his death, organizers canceled the rally and instead called for a demonstration to mourn him on Sunday in central Moscow. The city gave quick approval for that gathering, in contrast to its usual slow and grudging permission for opposition rallies.

The Investigative Committee said it was looking into whether Nemtsov had been killed as a "sacrificial victim for those who do not shun any method for achieving their political goals," a suggestion echoing the comments by Putin's spokesman and other Russian politicians that the attack was a "provocation" against the state.

It also said it was considering whether there was "personal enmity" toward him in his domestic life. State-controlled TV and Kremlin-friendly media outlets on Saturday gave considerable attention to Nemtsov's companion, identifying her as a Ukrainian model 30 years his junior and showing photos of her in alluring poses. The Investigative Committee said the pair were headed for Nemtsov's apartment.

The statement also said it was investigating whether the killing was connected to the Ukraine conflict, where Russia-backed separatists have been fighting Ukrainian forces since last April, or whether there was a connection to Islamic extremism.

Nemtsov's death hit other members of the anti-Putin opposition hard. The march of mourning on Sunday could serve to galvanize the beleaguered and marginalized opposition, or it could prove to be a brief catharsis after which emotions dissipate.

Through the morning Saturday, hundreds of people came to the site of Nemtsov's death to lay flowers at a make-shift memorial.

Putin ordered Russia's top law enforcement chiefs to personally oversee the investigation of Nemtsov's killing.

"Putin noted that this cruel murder has all the makings of a contract hit and is extremely provocative," presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in remarks carried by Russian news agencies.

President Barack Obama said the Russian people "lost lost one of the most dedicated and eloquent defenders of their rights."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel praised Nemtsov's courage in criticizing Kremlin policies, and urged Putin to insure that the killers are brought to justice, her spokesman Steffen Seibert said.

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev echoed the suggestion that the killing was a provocation. "It's an attempt to push the situation into complications, maybe even to destabilizing the situation in the country," he was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.

Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov agreed. "It's a provocation; for big fires, sacrificial figures are necessary," Interfax quoted him as saying.

Nemtsov frequently assailed the government's inefficiency, rampant corruption and Ukraine policy.

Kasyanov, the former prime minister, said he was shocked.

"In the 21st century, a leader of the opposition is being demonstratively shot just outside the walls of the Kremlin!".

"This is a monstrous tragedy and a loss for us all," Alexei Navalny, Russia's most prominent opposition figure, said on his Facebook page. He is currently serving a 15-day jail sentence for handing out leaflets without authorization.

"The country is rolling into the abyss," Kasyanov, the former prime minister, told reporters as Nemtsov's body, placed in a plastic bag, was removed on a rainy and cold night, as the Kremlin bells chimed nearby.

Nemtsov once was seen as a possible successor to Boris Yeltsin, Russia's first elected president.

Nemtsov was widely liked for his good humor, larger-than-life character and quick wit, but he and other top opposition figures long have been purged from state television and steadily marginalized by the Kremlin.

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22 hours ago

Video inside Feb 28 - Former Governor, Gary Johnson falls over during Marijuana debate at CPAC

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| By Ham Rove - 22 hours ago


Speaking on a panel Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson faked a heart attack on stage to prove a point about marijuana legalization.

Johnson, a former two-term governor, left the Republican Party in 2011 after seeking the partyÂ’s nomination for president in 2012, and ultimately became the Libertarian PartyÂ’s nominee against President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney. He is a staunch proponent of marijuana legalization and has called for ending the War on Drugs.

During the panel discussion, moderated by Hot Air Editor-At-Large Mary Katharine Ham, Johnson very clearly objected to his anti-pot counterpart Anne Marie Buerkle‘s assertion that people have a higher chance of having a heart attack after smoking marijuana.

“You know, I think the governor has had great fun with his humor, but this isn’t funny that we’re putting our kids and the future of this country at risk,” said Buerkle, commissioner of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. “It’s not funny. It is something that we as Americans have to pay attention to.”

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22 hours ago

Feb 28 - Colorado sold 17 tons of retail marijuana in first legal year

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| By Steve - 22 hours ago

(Reuters) - Consumers in Colorado bought more than 17 tons of recreational marijuana buds during the first year of the state's new retail market, but sales of medicinal pot still outstripped that at almost 50 tons, officials said on Friday.

In a national first, voters in Colorado and Washington state opted to legalize recreational marijuana use by adults in landmark twin ballots in 2012. The first retail stores opened in Colorado on Jan 1, 2014.

States such as Oregon and Alaska that have now also voted to legalize recreational pot, and others where lawmakers face proposals to do so, are watching the Colorado results closely.

State tax officials say sales hit nearly $700 million last year, with medical marijuana accounting for $386 million and recreational pot bringing in $313 million.

In its first annual report, the Colorado Department of Revenue's Marijuana Enforcement Division said 109,578 pounds (49.7 tons) of medical marijuana flowers were sold in 2014, while 38,660 pounds (17.5 tons) were sold on the retail market.

But recreational sales of pot-infused edible products, such as candies and cookies, outstripped medical sales by about 2.85 million units to 1.96 million, the report said.

It said 322 retail stores were licensed at the end of last year, up from about 200 six months earlier, while 833 licenses were issued to retail businesses in general, and 1,416 medical marijuana businesses were approved by the state.

It said medical businesses were cultivating around 300,000 marijuana plants on average each month during 2014, while the number of retail plants rose steadily from fewer than 25,000 in January to nearly 217,000 during December.

The report noted that more than twice as many Colorado jurisdictions had "completely opted out" of allowing either retail or medicinal pot businesses to operate than had permitted them.

Sixty-seven jurisdictions allow medical and retail licensees, 21 permit only medical, and five only retail, while 228 jurisdictions prohibit them both.

The state's marijuana laws have been challenged in federal court by neighboring Nebraska and Oklahoma, which argue weed is smuggled across their borders, as well as by some Colorado residents who say the pot industry has hurt their families, businesses or property values.

Supporters say voters have chosen to take the trade out of the hands of criminals, and a Quinnipiac University Poll this week showed that 58 percent of Colorado residents support marijuana legalization, versus 38 percent against it.

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22 hours ago

Image inside Feb 28 - Elon Musk's high-speed Hyperloop to be built in California next year

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| By Steve - 22 hours ago

When Elon Musk, the PayPal billionaire, announced his plans for a near-supersonic transport system of passenger capsules levitating inside tubes it sounded like science fiction.

Now the concept is to get its first working test track.

A full-scale version of the Hyperloop concept is to be built in central California next year, using magnets and fans to push passenger pods through five miles of depressurised tubes at speeds of up to 200 mph.

This model will be slower and shorter than the full-sized system described by Mr Musk but will be used to test the concept and its safety.

Dirk Ahlborn, chief executive of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, said: "This installation will allow us to demonstrate all systems on a full scale and immediately begin generating revenues for our shareholders through actual operations."

His plan is based on a blueprint set out by Mr Musk in what he called a "white paper", describing the idea for a fifth mode of transport - after planes, trains, cars and boats.

"Short of figuring out real teleportation, which would of course be awesome, the only option for super-fast travel is to build a tube over or under the ground," wrote Mr Musk in the 57-page document about 18 months ago.

Think of it as a cross between Concorde, a railgun and an air hockey table, he said.

He imagined a system that could carry people from Los Angeles to San Francisco at speeds almost 800mph, cutting the 400-mile trip to a little over 30 minutes.

The plan requires building a network of steel tubes, elevated above street level and mounted on earthquake-proof pylons.

Today, friction limits the maximum velocity of high-speed trains. Instead the Hyperloop system would use tubes at very low pressure to reduce air resistance and the capsules would run on a "ski" of air - rather than wheels - a bit like a puck on an air hockey table.

In short, it would be the sort of fast, cheap way to travel long imagined by futurologists.

Then, soon after setting out his revolutionary vision, Mr Musk made one small, additional admission: With so many other projects on the go, such as putting men on Mars with SpaceX and producing mass market Tesla electric cars, he simply did not have time to work on the Hyperloop.

Instead he threw the idea open to the public, asking entrepreneurs to take his brainchild and turn it into reality.

The result is Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, a company set up by Mr Ahlborn and his crowd-funded online incubator JumpStartFund.

They have established a network of almost 200 scientists and engineers across the US working to refine and develop the idea.

According to Mr Ahlborn, many have day jobs at Nasa, SpaceX, Airbus, Yahoo! and other cutting edge companies.

In an interview with Wired, he described what passengers might expect at a Hyperloop station. They would hand their luggage to a Kiva robot (of the sort used by Amazon in its warehouses) before being whisked through security on moving walkways and then boarding the passenger capsules.

He believes the team is steadily working through many of the technical challenges. One remaining problem is how to best to build a national network of tubes criss-crossing the US using as many straight lines as possible and reducing the number of potentially nausea-inducing bends.

The risk of earthquakes means Mr Musk's idea of starting with Los Angeles and San Francisco may have to wait.

But there is still the issue of funding. The company plans a public offering towards the end of the year with the goal of raising $100 million (ᆪ65m).

"I have almost no doubt that once we are finished, once we know how we are going to build and it makes economical sense, that we will get the funds," Mr Ahlborn told Wired, adding that Mr Musk's cost estimate of $6-10 billion for a 400-mile stretch of Hyperloop seemed accurate.

This week he announced plans for the test track after striking a deal with the developers of Quay Valley, in California. It is an experimental community being built from scratch and designed to reduce America's dependence on cars and run entirely on solar power.

It 25,000 homes will be a test bed for new technologies.

Quay Hays, its chief executive, said: "For these reasons, the Hyperloop is the ideal clean community transit system for Quay Valley."

The system will be built alongside the Interstate 5 freeway in central California.

Until now, the futuristic plan has frequently been met with scepticism. None of which has not stopped Boris Johnson embracing the idea.

He told an audience of urban planners during a recent trip to the US that he hoped the system could one day be used to link British cities.

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22 hours ago

Feb 28 - Illinois is Home to 6 of the Nation's Most Violent Neighborhoods

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| By Rebirth46 - 22 hours ago

Depending on where you live in Illinois, you’re probably used to seeing horrible stories on nightly newscasts. Whether it’s a gang-related shootout that results in the death of an innocent young child, or a violent assault on a woman walking alone on a street at night, it’s hard to escape these tragedies that play over and over like a broken record.

And it is no surprise Illinois has more violent neighborhoods than any other state in the nation. While Chicago’s South and West Side communities know this all too well, the state’s worst neighborhood is not actually in the Chicagoland area.

Top 25 violent neighborhoods in the country:

25. Baton Rouge, La. (N. Lobdell Avenue/Harry Drive) has a violent crime rate of 68.96 per 1,000; Baton Rouge‘s is 11.02, Louisiana‘s is 4.97

24. Chicago, Ill. (S. Pulaski Road/W. Lexington Street) has a violent crime rate of 71.55 per 1,000; Chicago’s is 10.08, Illinois‘ is 4.15

23. St. Louis, Mo. (Clara Avenue/Saint Louis Avenue) has a violent crime rate of 72.09 per 1,000; St. Louis‘ is 17.78, Missouri’s is 4.51

22. Washington, DC (Atlantic Street SE/4th Street SE) has a violent crime rate of 72.65 per 1,000; the District of Columbia‘s is 12.44

21. Saginaw, Mich. (Lapee Avenue/E. Genesee Avenue) has a violent crime rate of 73.17 per 1,000; Saginaw’s is 23.62, Michigan‘s is 4.55

20. Chicago, Ill. (S. Indiana Avenue/E. 60th Street) has a violent crime rate of 75.18 per 1,000; Chicago’s is 10.08, Illinois‘ is 4.15

19. West Memphis, Ark. (E. Jackson Avenue/Autumn Avenue) has a violent crime rate of 76.03 per 1,000; West Memphis‘ is 24.97, Arkansas‘ i

18. Rockford, Ill. (N. Rockton Avenue/W. State Street) has a violent crime rate of 76.73 per 1,000; Rockford‘s is 14.08, Illinois‘ is 4.15

17. Omaha, Neb. (N. 24 Street/Ames Avenue) has a violent crime rate of 76.95 per 1,000; Omaha‘s is 5.95, Nebraska‘s is 2.59

16. Cincinnati, Ohio (Central Parkway/Central Avenue) has a violent crime rate of 80.21 per 1,000; Cincinnati‘s is 9.79, Ohio‘s is 3

15. Baltimore, Md. (E. Oliver Street/N. Broadway) has a violent crime rate of 80.49 per 1,000; Baltimore‘s is 14.11 and Maryland‘s is 4.77

14. Oklahoma City, Okla. (NE 36th Street/N. Martin Luther King Avenue) has a violent crime rate of 81.31 per 1,000; Oklahoma City‘s is 9.22, Oklahoma‘s is 4.69

13. East St. Louis, Ill. (Caseyville Avenue/N. Park Drive) has a violent crime rate of 82.69 per 1,000; East St. Louis‘ is 49.93, Illinois‘ is 4.15

12. New Orleans, La. (Conti Street/Marais Street) has a violent crime rate of 83.58 per 1,000; New Orleans‘ is 8.16, Louisiana‘s is 4.97

11. Detroit, Mich. (W. Jeffries Freeway/Seebaldt Street) has a violent crime rate of 84.78 per 1,000; Detroit‘s is 21.23, Michigan‘s is 4.55

10. Camden, N.J. (Whitman Park) has a violent crime rate of 84.78 per 1,000; Camden‘s is 25.69, New Jersey‘s is 2.9

9. Detroit, Mich. (Broadstreet Avenue/Cortland Street) has a violent crime rate of 84.94 per 1,000; Detroit‘s is 21.23, Michigan‘s is 4.55

8. Detroit, Mich. (Wyoming Street/Orangelawn Street) has a violent crime rate of 85.91 per 1,000; Detroit‘s is 21.23, Michigan‘s is 4.55

7. Rochester, N.Y. (Orange Street/W. Broad Street) has a violent crime rate of 88.20 per 1,000; Rochester‘s is 9.76, New York‘s is 4.07

6. Memphis, Tenn. (Chelseas Avenue/N. Claybrook Street) has a violent crime rate of 88.77 per 1,000; Memphis‘ is 17.52, Tennessee‘s is 6.44

5. Rockford, Ill. (7th Street and E. Jefferson Street) has a violent crime rate of 89.70 per 1,000; Rockford‘s is 14.08, Illinois‘ is 4.15

4. Saginaw, Mich. (E. Holland Avenue/E. Genesee Avenue) has a violent crime rate of 93.65 per 1,000; Saginaw’s is 23.62, Michigan‘s is 4.55

3. Atlanta, Ga. (Mcdaniel Street W./Mary Street SW) has a violent crime rate of 96.20 per 1,000; Atlanta‘s is 14.23, Georgia‘s is 3.79

2. Jackson, Tenn. (James Buchanan Drive/1st Street) has a violent crime rate of 97.5; Jackson‘s is 14.79, Tennessee‘s is 6.44

1. East St. Louis, Ill. (City Center) has a violent crime rate of 100.97 per 1,000; East St. Louis‘ is 49.93, Illinois‘ is 4.15

East St. Louis, Illinois

Most big cities are too geographically vast and demographically varied to be categorized as altogether dangerous or altogether safe, so a ranking of dangerous neighborhoods may give a more specific look at which areas are really the most dangerous. According to the Neighborhood Scout information, while the country’s most violent neighborhood is East. St. Louis’ City Center, where the violent crime rate is 100.97 per 1,000, the city of East St. Louis’ rate as a whole is more than half of that at 49.93 per 1,000 (though still much higher than the national and Illinois average rates, and higher than “murder capital” Chicago).


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22 hours ago

Video inside Feb 28 - 'Duck Dynasty' star Phil Robertson just gave an epic speech about Jesus and STDs

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| By Steve - 22 hours ago

"Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson gave the most unusual speech at the conservative activist gathering CPAC on Friday.

"You say, 'What do you call the 110 million people who have sexually transmitted illnesses?' It's the revenge of the hippies!" Robertson declared. "Sex, drugs, and rock and roll have come back to haunt us in a bad way. I report you decide."

Robertson, a popular conservative stalwart, devoted much of his speech to discussing sexually transmitted diseases. His message was that Americans should marry their sexual partners and then stay married.

"You want a godly, biblical, medically safe option? One man, one woman — married for life," he said. "I'm trying to help you for crying out loud, America! If I didn't care about you, why would I bring this up? I wouldn't care!"

Robertson's speech was unquestionably one of the more colorful ones at the conservative event, which also featured many of the likely Republican presidential candidates. He deviated to several other topics during the address, including Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and the Islamic State jihadists in the Middle East. All three, Robertson said, wanted territorial conquest, killed people, and didn't believe in Jesus.

"Some people studied the Constitution to uphold it. But there are some who study it so that they can circumvent it, right? Stand on the Bible. Stand on the Constitution. Don't budge. Hold onto your weapons," he said. "We had to have all three to run the Brits back to where they came from. We had to have all three when the Nazis reared their head. You say the Nazis? World domination was what Hitler had on his mind. Territorial conquest. There was no Jesus, none!"

Robertson drew national attention in 2013 when he compared homosexuality with bestiality.

Watch a portion of the speech below, via the liberal group Right Wing Watch:


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24 hours ago

Video inside Feb 28 - See the Home Display That Has Neighbors Riled Up

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| By EKEK - 24 hours ago


Swastikas, a Palestinian flag, and a wooden statue with arms raised adorn a home in a Sacramento, Calif. on Feb. 26, 2015. Note: This photo has been altered to obscure the street address of the home. / Rich Pedroncelli/AP Photo

Is a swastika-laden yard display at a Sacramento, California, house “vulgar” or is it an expression of free speech?

The display, which first started going up months ago, now features an army-green figure raising its arms, a Palestinian flag, and -- in a recent addition -- American and Israeli flags altered by swastikas, according to ABC News station KXTV. At night, it gets illuminated by Christmas lights.

Police received a complaint about the display this week and visited the home, but no illegal activity was found, police said. Neighbors also have expressed disgust about the display to the media.

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The people listed as the owners of the home did not respond to a request for comment from ABC News. It was not clear that the owners also occupied the home. The occupant did not speak to KXTV or other media outlets, and a note on the door asked for privacy, the Associated Press reported.

There has been at least one small demonstration at the site, and now protesters have been joined in their outrage by a state legislator.

“Swastikas displayed on a house in the River Park section of Sacramento tarnish the neighborhood," State Sen. Marty Block, chairman of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus, said in a news conference Thursday, "and disrespect and dishonor the memory of tens of thousands of brave American soldiers ... men and women who died for their country fighting Hitler's henchmen who wore that very same symbol."

PHOTO: Two men demonstrate outside a home to call for the removal of swastikas displayed on the exterior in Sacramento, Calif., Feb. 26, 2015. / Rich Pedroncelli/AP Photo

Block, D-San Diego, said that while he recognizes the "cherished" freedom of speech, “My colleagues and I call on the owner of that house to voluntarily remove his vulgar display."

Robert Roehrs, a neighbor who lives four houses away, said the neighborhood is otherwise a "very, very, quiet" suburb.

"I certainly donÂ’t approve of [the display] and I donÂ’t know who he is," Roehrs told ABC News, adding that he first thought the display was part of Christmas decorations.

Roehrs, who has lived in his home since 1968, said he doesn't know the identity of the resident, who has moved around some of the items over time.

"I think the guy accomplished what he wanted to accomplish, in my opinion," Roehrs said. "He got a lot of publicity and a lot of notoriety. He hasnÂ’t talked to anyone, apparently. We had a lot of traffic around here. Normally, we donÂ’t get more than two or three cars an hour."

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Image inside Feb 28 - $49 Million Penthouse Breaking San Francisco Real Estate Records

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| By messy marv stan - 24 hours ago


A massive penthouse condo atop a luxury high-rise in San Francisco’s South of Market is being offered for a whopping $49 million, shattering local real estate records.

The Lumina high-rise project is a couple of years away from completion, but the 15,000 square foot penthouse that takes up two stories atop one of the towers is already open for bidding.

“It’s truly an iconic view home,” Gregg Lynn of Sotheby’s International Realty told KPIX 5. “Once you can get to the 42nd story of a building downtown, you really have the whole world at your feet.”

The price tag smashes a San Francisco residential real estate record, set recently by a Pacific Heights home that listed for $39 million. While that pad has the comforts of a single-family home, Lynn said the penthouse offers that and an incredible view of the city.

“There’s a family room, a library, a movie studio. All the things you would want to have in a mansion. It’s just that this one is 400 feet in the sky,” Lynn said.

The Lumina SF project will also have more than 650 luxury apartments, each worth about $2 million.

Lynn said they’ve already received several calls from all over the world from interested buyers

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