Thursday, July 29


air assault, Airlines, Assault, Criminal Justice, mask ban, Mask compliance, mask mandate, News-freelancer, Travel, trump

Airlines and regulators turn to eye-poking flight attendants and eye-popping fines amid sharp rise in unruly passenger incidents

Airlines and federal regulators are scrambling to contain a sudden uptick in unruly passengers on planes. The FAA has received 3,420 "unruly passenger" reports in 2021, and 3,000 weapons have been seized at airports. Under zero-tolerance policy, fines are larger than ever, and some are pushing for federal prosecutions for in-flight assaults. See more stories on Insider's business page. In undisclosed locations near airports around the country this month, flight attendants are receiving training in aggressive self defense moves that are specially designed for close-quarters. Flight attendants learn the double-ear slap, the eye-poke,...
Basketball, NBA, News-freelancer, Sports, WNBA

The WNBA is more popular than ever, but watching the games on League Pass is an absolute nightmare.’It sucks being a fan’

The WNBA is more popular than ever. During any game, Twitter is overtaken by complaints about the league's steaming platform. WNBA League Pass has myriad problems that frustrate even the most ardent fans. Highlights reels often favor white players, while the announcer regularly mispronounces players' names. See more stories on Insider's business page. The WNBA is in its 25th season and more people are watching than ever. But fans say that WNBA League Pass – The WNBA's streaming platform and app – is not doing the sport any favors.Local games are blacked out so that, without a cable subscription, such that fans in New England, for ...
Caitlyn Jenner, California, covid, Homeless, Housing, Housing Affordability, Los Angeles, News-freelancer, politcs, Politics

The Tiny Homes going up on oddly-shaped slivers of’virtually unusable’ city land to shelter LA’s unhoused

Tiny Homes Villages are cheap and quick to build, and offer transitional housing for LA's unhoused. Built on small slivers of "virtually unusable" city land, like "oddly shaped junk lots," they are set up with the help of the local community. Around 66,436 people in Los Angeles County experience homelessness, according to the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
Afghanistan, Asylum, Australia, Germamy, Immigration, Military, Military & Defense, News-freelancer, Prince Harry, Prince Harry of Wales, UK, UK Military, US Military and Defense, us soldiers, War

The interpreters who say they have been left for dead in Afghanistan as US and UK troops pull out after 20-year war

Thousands of Afghans signed on to work with US forces during the 20-year war, including many who risked their lives and being branded as traitors. As the US withdraws the last of its troops, thousands of Afghan interpreters say they fear for their lives. Some war-time interpreters say they have been blocked from seeking asylum even though they face reprisals from the Taliban. See more stories on Insider's business page. Aazar had just turned 18 back in 2013, when he signed up to work with Western forces in Afghanistan, perhaps not fully understanding that it would place a clear target on his back. For 11...
Addiction, Boxing, California, Essay, Fighting, Los Angeles, Mental Health, News-freelancer, opiod addiction, Rehabilitation, Sports

Remembering Kid Yamaka, the telegenic star and proudly Jewish boxer

Zachary Wohlman, a boxer known as Kid Yamaka, died in February at 32. Wohlman survived a nightmarish childhood in Los Angeles to become a promising welterweight and telegenic media star. The writer Alex Halperin explores Wohlman's legacy as a celebrated Jewish athlete, and what Wohlman meant to some of those who knew him best. See more stories on Insider's business page. Late in February, mourners gathered at Zuma Beach in Malibu to remember Zachary Wohlman, a boxer who had recently died at 32. In the billion dollar sunshine, they stood around a wreath of white orchids, the flowers Wohlman tended when he wasn't bloodying his oppone...
New York, News-freelancer, Police, Politics

Data suggests there may be thousands of cases of New York police breaking department guidelines, but consequences are rare

New York City police often face few consequences for violating use-of-force guidelines. An analysis of lawsuits and police oversight data shows the requency of these violations, from stop-and-frisk to chokeholds to strip searches. Ahead of New York's June 22 mayoral primary, crime reduction – rather than police reform – has largely taken center stage. See more stories on Insider's business page. In the early evening of January 17, 2014, Najee Garnett was leaving a friend's New York apartment, when a group of officers stopped and searched him, according to a lawsuit Garnett filed in 2015. The lawsuit alleged that, despite failing ...