The results from a second autopsy ordered by the family of Michael Brown, the unarmed Ferguson, Mo., teen who was shot and killed by a police officer Aug. 9, show that there was no struggle between Brown and the officer before he was shot six times, according to Daryl Parks, one of the family’s lawyers.
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“Darren’s a good person, and people have immediately labeled him as a cold-blooded murderer, and that’s not the type of person he is,” said the friend, who appeared on Good Morning America. “I wasn’t there, I don’t know exactly what happened, but I do know Darren is a good man and he cares about other people a lot.”
The man began yelling, “Shoot me, kill me now,” and at one point pulled out a knife and began walking toward the officers, who, according to witnesses, took out their guns and ordered the man to drop the knife. When the man refused and continued walking toward the officers with the knife held high, they waited until he was within two to three feet before firing shots and killing the man, according to police officials who spoke with the Post-Dispatch.
Staff Writer- Dallas Business Journal
Dallas County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved an overhaul of its purchasing policies — three weeks after the indictment of longtime member John Wiley Price and five years after the slate of purchasing changes was initially suggested.
Price quietly spoke to County Judge Clay Jenkins and Commissioner Elba Garcia during discussion of the purchasing overhaul, but he did not publicly comment on the changes. He did vote for the overhaul, as did the rest of the five-person panel.
The county will implement 25 recommendations developed by governance consultancy The Azimuth Group in 2009. About half already have been implemented, while others have been forgotten or ignored, Jenkins said. The list took priority again after the July 25 indictment of Price on corruption charges, many of which had to do with his alleged involvement in how the county buys goods and services.
It’s important that the overhaul be passed so county vendors know “that they will get a fair shake,” Jenkins said.
“The public is looking at this, and what they want to know is that we are going to clean up our purchasing processes,” Jenkins said. “… If we’re going to move toward best practices, we need to adopt the recommendations of the procurement experts.”
Commissioner Elba Garcia said it’s important to take a comprehensive approach to procurement change, rather than a piecemeal one.
“It cannot be a quick fix,” she said.
Commissioner Mike Cantrell, the board’s only Republican, said after the meeting that the changes won’t prevent commissioners from getting overly involved in the purchasing process, but will discourage them from doing so.
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A Tex(x)as federal judge will allow ExxonMobil’s claim that cable TV’s FXX Network is diluting its trademark by interlocking the X’s in a logo. To hold otherwise, concluded the judge on Monday, might lead to a lot of cross people at the U.S. Trademark Office.
The multinational oil and gas corporation brought the lawsuit last October, alleging that it has a design mark over a stylized Exxon and has continuously used it since 1971. The logo of the FXX Network, it says, “is likely to cause confusion, to cause mistake, or to deceive customers and potential customers of the parties …
The Alabama Supreme Court has upheld its earlier ruling that brand-name drug manufacturers can be held liable for warning labels on generic versions of their drugs.
The ruling allows an Alabama man who claims he was injured by a generic version of the heartburn drug Reglan to bring suit against Pfizer (which bought Wyeth, the company that originally produced Reglan), even though the man never actually took any of the drugs manufactured by the company, The Wall Street Journal reports.
What was the court’s rationale in allowing the man to bring suit?
Filing for government unemployment insurance benefits can be a life saver when you lose your job and need to pay bills while you look for another one. But while collecting unemployment, are you allowed to go on vacation?
In exchange for unemployment benefits, you are bound to follow certain rules regarding what you need to do — which typically includes looking for a new job — as well as rules about what you shouldn’t do, such as failing to report any earned income other than unemployment benefits.
So what about leaving town for a little rest and relaxation? Here are some general considerations:
Sometimes, the only choice a family member or friend of someone suffering a mental health emergency may have is to call 911. Unfortunately, encounters between police and those suffering from mental illness have resulted in the injury or death of the person suffering the crisis.
In a case from earlier this year, a California woman was shot and killed by police after her family called 911 to report she hadn’t taken her medication and was acting out, according to The Daily Journal. The officer was cleared of wrongdoing after an investigation found he was justified in using lethal force.
If you’re dealing with a mental health emergency, what should you know about calling 911? Here are five things to keep in mind: