On Friday NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly issued a directive to all precincts ordering them to stop arresting New Yorkers for small quantities of marijuana if the marijuana is not in plain view.
This is a major reversal for a department that took great pride in its aggressive policing policy. Conducting 600,000 stop-and-frisks, the NYPD made more than 50,000 marijuana possession arrests in 2010. Although marijuana is decriminalized in New York, making possession only a ticketable offense, police have exploited a loophole in the law, routinely tricking and intimidating citizens into “voluntarily” revealing their contraband. This so-called “brandishing” of marijuana is a misdemeanor crime. (more…)
Gil Noble of "Like It Is"
Two months after he suffered a severe stroke, the family of WABC/Ch. 7 legend says Gil Noble will no longer be able to host the long-running public affairs show “Like It Is.” Noble’s loved ones, along with his attorney, told WABC/Ch. 7 general manager David Davis last week that Noble would not return to the show. “They have made the difficult decision that Gil can no longer continue as host of ‘Like It Is,’” Davis wrote in an e-mail to his staff. “I said I understood, and after so many years of serving the community and hosting such an historic program, Gil deserves the opportunity to completely concentrate on his recovery.”
Davis said Noble, 79, continues to recuperate and “according to his family, is making progress.” (more…)
Net Neutrality Under Attack.... Again!
Corporate hardliners in the Senate are rushing to push through a measure to give phone and cable companies absolute, unrestricted power over the Internet. Called a “resolution of disapproval,” this measure would destroy all existing Net Neutrality protections and strip the FCC of its authority to protect Internet users
– letting companies block our right to speak freely, connect with one another and share information on the Internet.
We need just 51 votes in the Senate to stop this free speech-killing measure in its tracks. Take action now to stand up for online freedom.
Hip-hop artist Petey Pablo has been sentenced in North Carolina to almost three years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possessing a stolen firearm. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the 38-year-old rapper was sentenced Monday to 35 months behind bars in U.S. District Court in New Bern. Pablo’s real name is Moses Barrett, and he’s from Wake Forest, N.C. Petey Pablo was arrested last year while attempting to clear security at Raleigh-Durham International Airport for a flight to Los Angeles. Authorities found a loaded gun in a bag that had passed through an X-ray machine. Authorities say the investigation showed the gun had been stolen during a home burglary in Gardena, Calif., in 2005. The rapper is best known for the songs “Raise Up” and “Freek-a-Leek.”