TIME Nevada

New Sheriff Overseeing Burning Man to Crack Down on Naked Rule-Breakers

Burning Man
Andy Barron—AP Participants walk through dust at the annual Burning Man event in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev., on Aug. 29, 2014.

The weeklong event in Nevada draws thousands of people — and their drugs

A new Nevada sheriff tasked with overseeing the upcoming Burning Man festival plans to crack down on the annual desert debauchery.

Jerry Allen, 39, who was elected Pershing County Sheriff in January, said he plans to tighten law enforcement for the tens of thousands of festival-goers journeying to the remote Black Rock Desert next week for the annual event, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported on Tuesday.

In recent years, many attendees at the weeklong event — where nudity is the norm, drugs flow as if on tap and orgies litter the desert — have not been charged for crimes like marijuana possession, according to federal reports on the event, but the new sheriff in town said he has a tougher police protocol in mind.

We don’t have the personnel to issue citations to 70,000 naked people on the playa, but we will be upholding the law to the best of our ability,” Allen said. He added that Burning Man “brings nothing … except for heartache” to the conservative, rural county.

Burning Man organizers said they remain optimistic because the low number of arrests in years past suggest more festival-goers are abiding by the law.

“We’ve been working with [Allen] since his election, and he’s been involved with all of the large coordination efforts,” said Burning Man spokesman Jim Graham. “It’s an ongoing process on education, but he hasn’t been out there for a few years, so he hasn’t seen the progress we’ve made in recent years.”

Burning Man will take place from Aug. 30 to Sept. 7.

[Reno Gazette-Journal]

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TIME West Virginia

Armed Teen Holds Classroom Hostage at West Virginia High School

High School Gun Evacuation
Ben Queen—AP Parents of children from Philip Barbour High School in Philippi, W.Va., walk to the school to meet up with their children that were evacuated after a "hostage-like" situation occurred in the school on Aug. 25, 2015.

No injuries were reported, police said

A 14-year-old boy armed with a pistol held a classroom hostage on Tuesday at a West Virginia high school, authorities said, before releasing his captives and surrendering to police without incident.

Police said the boy, who was not named, took 27 students and a teacher hostage around 1:30 p.m. at Philip Barbour High School in the town of Philippi, reports ABC-affiliate WCHS-TV. The school was placed on lockdown while teachers and administrators evacuated, counted and sent home all other students.

The suspect agreed to release all hostages following initial negotiations with police, authorities said. After further negotiations, the suspect surrendered to police at 3:30 p.m. and was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

No one was hurt in the incident, police said. Authorities are continuing to investigate the suspect’s motive.


TIME California

WW2-Era Tank Crushes Man to Death at Jelly Belly Family Reunion

The tank was owned by Jelly Belly's chairman, who collects military vehicles

A guest at a Jelly Belly executive’s family reunion in Faifield, Calif., was accidentally crushed to death by a World War II-era tank on Saturday afternoon, authorities said.

The victim, identified Tuesday by the California Highway Patrol as Kevin Wright, 54, was riding on the front edge of a 1944 M5 tank when the incident occurred, the Los Angeles Times reports. The tank belonged to Jelly Belly chairman and military vehicle collector Herman Rowland Sr., who hosted the family reunion on his private property.

Authorities said Dwayne Brasher, 62, the husband of Jelly Belly CEO Lisa Rowland Brasher, was driving the tank down a dirt hill when Wright lost his balance, fell, and landed directly in the military vehicle’s track. Drugs and alcohol do not appear to have been involved in the incident, a California Highway Patrol official said.

“The gentleman involved in this accident was a passionate person, always ready to lend a hand and we shared the same deep-rooted love of history. To have him die so tragically during our family reunion is impossible to comprehend. We are all still in a state of shock,” Rowland said in a statement. “Our hearts and prayers go out to his family. We will do everything in our power to help them get through this enormous loss.”

[LA Times]

TIME Music

N.W.A Song Makes the Billboard Hot 100 27 Years After Release

The track "Straight Outta Compton" charted after the rap group's biopic of the same name

N.W.A scored its first Billboard Hot 100 single over a quarter-century after its release, Billboard announced Tuesday, owing to the success of the former rap group’s acclaimed yet controversial biopic.

“Straight Outta Compton,” the lead single of N.W.A’s 1988 album of the same name, debuted at No .38 on the Hot 100 singles chart dated Sept. 5, according to Billboard. Although the H0t 100 is usually dominated by newly released songs, older tracks are eligible to chart if they rank in the top 50 and show notable gains in sales, streaming or airplay, Billboard said.

According to Nielsen Music, which tracks data for Billboard charts, “Straight Outta Compton” saw 35,000 downloads and 5.7 million domestic streams during the week ending Aug. 20 — just six days after the N.W.A biopic, also titled Straight Outta Compton, debuted in theaters and topped the box office.

Former N.W.A member Ice Cube also landed his third Hot 100 hit, with his 1987 solo debut “Boyz-N-The-Hood” charting at No. 50.

Read next: Review: Straight Outta Compton Is a Biopic With a Sanitized Attitude


TIME Crime

White House Fence Jumper Killed in Pennsylvania Courthouse Attack

Chester County Justice Center
Chester County Pennsylvania The Chester County Justice Center

"[He] came directly into the justice center and pulled out a knife"

Correction appended, Aug. 25, 2015

A Philadelphia-area man who allegedly scaled the White House fence in March was shot and killed on Tuesday after attacking a sheriff’s deputy in a courthouse, authorities said.

Investigators said Curtis Smith, 34, of Coatesville, Pa., stormed the Chester County Justice Center around 11 a.m., setting off metal detectors and triggering a lockdown, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. “[He] came directly into the justice center and pulled out a knife and attacked a deputy sheriff, slashing him,” District Attorney Tom Hogan said on Tuesday afternoon.

Another deputy responded by opening fire on Smith, striking him, Hogan said. Smith was taken to Paoli Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead. The injured sheriff’s deputy, whose identity was not released, was treated for wounds to his arm and hand and is listed in stable condition. No one else was harmed.

Hogan revealed Smith’s connection to the March 1 White House incident, in which Smith allegedly climbed over a stone wall at the South East vehicle entrance, according to court documents. Although Smith was arrested by the Secret Service and charged with unlawful entry, he had reached a settlement in late April allowing him to defer prosecution until a status hearing scheduled for October.

Smith had been a truck driver for propane company AmeriGas for about two months, according to a company spokesperson.

Correction: The original version of the story misstated the length of time Smith worked as a truck driver at AmeriGas. He worked there for two months.

[Philadelphia Inquirer]

TIME Video Games

Watch Chatroulette Users Play This Real-Life First-Person Shooter Game

Random video chatters were invited to fend off zombies in the homemade set

British independent film company Realm Pictures unveiled on Thursday a short video of its elaborate, unique project: a homemade, real-life first-person shooter game—that operates on Chatroulette.

Using special cameras to live stream the game’s ornately built zombie set, Realm Pictures then invited a handful of users on the webcam-conversation site to play in real-time. “Rather than just prerecording something that looks like a first-person [shooter game], we thought we’d actually include the most important element there—which is the player,” explains creative director David M Reynolds in a behind-the-scenes video. “We thought, maybe we could take that video and stream it live to strangers on the Internet. Whatever we say, we will then do.”

TIME privacy

Ashley Madison Data Leak Exposes Reckless Work Email Use

Ashley Madison Email Data Dump Shows .Gov, .Mil Addresses
Carl Court—Getty Images The Ashley Madison website is displayed on Aug. 19, 2015, in London, England.

Thousands of possibly authentic .gov emails are purportedly linked to the cheating site

A group of “hacktivists” claiming to possess troves of user data stolen from the affair-arrangement site Ashley Madison appeared Tuesday to carry out its threat to leak the private data if the site wasn’t taken down.

The 9.7-gigabyte encrypted file now online purports to reveal the personal data of over 30 million Ashley Madison users, including their login details, payment transactions, names, street addresses and, yes, their self-described sexual fantasies. And one analysis of the massive data dump has left email and IT experts especially intrigued: Some 15,000 Ashley Madison accounts are registered to the .gov and .mil domains that host government and military email accounts.

Not all these government-related email addresses are likely to belong to authentic Ashley Madison users; the site doesn’t require its free users to validate their emails. But there’s a high likelihood a few would-be cheaters felt perfectly ok to use their work emails to sign up to cheat on their partners. What on earth were they thinking?

Will Schwalbe, co-author with David Shipley of SEND: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do It Better, has some answers: Employees who use a single device can easily blur the line between work and personal affairs, he says, and simply forget how exposed they are. Others might deliberately take a risk with their work accounts if they fear their other email accounts might be accessible by their spouses.

But there may be a lesson in these users apparent recklessness even for those who don’t frequent sites intended to set up affairs.

“The danger of using work email for personal business is that, if there’s some kind of legal issue that comes up at your workplace involves having to investigate emails, then every single thing you’ve done with your email work address is fair game,” Schwalbe says.

Lawyers agree the law in this case is on the employers’ side. “Courts have more or less unanimously determined that an employee who uses his or her work email for personal communications extinguishes an expectation of privacy,” says Anthony Oncidi, a Los Angeles-based labor and employment attorney at law firm Proskauer Rose.

And if you’re dallying on adult sites using your work address, that may be grounds for dismissal. While most jurisdictions prevent employers from taking adverse action against employees who, for example, engage in lawful but frowned-upon conduct when outside the office, companies are free to set their own rules when it comes to using work accounts for personal matters.

“[Under these circumstances] it wouldn’t really matter that it’s AshleyMadison.com, it could be a more innocuous website,” Oncidi says. “It’s still evidence that you’re using your work email address for something that clearly has nothing to do with the business.”

As Ashley Madison continues to probe the data theft, experts say there’s one simple lesson that all observers, federal government employees and beyond, should learn — that no one is too important to review some Email 101.

“People sometimes think, ‘What can be more basic than email?'” Schwalbe says. “But actually, it’s the single most dangerous piece of equipment in the office.”

Read next: What to Know About Hillary Clinton’s Email Controversy

TIME Music

Dee Barnes: Women Are ‘Casualties’ of Straight Outta Compton‘s ‘Revisionist History’

Dee Barnes Straight Outta Compton
Paul Archuleta—FilmMagic/Getty Rapper Dee Barnes arrives at the Luxury Book Launch of "Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey" and the exhibit premiere at The GRAMMY Museum on Feb. 8, 2011, in Los Angeles.

The N.W.A. biopic omits Dr. Dre's alleged violence against women

Dee Barnes, the former TV personality who said she was assaulted by N.W.A. rapper Dr. Dre in 1991, addressed on Tuesday the “revisionist history” of the hip hop group’s newly released biopic, Straight Outta Compton.

In an essay for Gawker, Barnes rejects director F. Gary Gray’s argument that the film omitted Dre’s history of violence against women — “f— horrible mistakes,” Dre admitted in an interview with Rolling Stone — in order to avoid clouding the rap group’s narrative with “a lot of side stories.”

Barnes, who agreed to watch the biopic and write a reflection, drew a careful line between sensitivity and responsibility of depicting N.W.A.’s and Dre’s alleged misogyny:

That event isn’t depicted in Straight Outta Compton, but I don’t think it should have been, either. The truth is too ugly for a general audience. I didn’t want to see a depiction of me getting beat up …

But what should have been addressed is that it occurred. When I was sitting there in the theater, and the movie’s timeline skipped by my attack without a glance, I was like, “Uhhh, what happened?” Like many of the women that knew and worked with N.W.A., I found myself a casualty of Straight Outta Compton’s revisionist history.

Barnes also criticizes fellow N.W.A. member Ice Cube for categorizing women as “upstanding ladies” or “despicable females,” and Dre for not “owning up” about two other women whom he allegedly assaulted during the 1990s:

Dre, who executive produced the movie along with his former groupmate Ice Cube, should have owned up to the time he punched his labelmate Tairrie B twice at a Grammys party in 1990. He should have owned up to the black eyes and scars he gave to his collaborator Michel’le. And he should have owned up to what he did to me. That’s reality. That’s reality rap.

Read the full piece at Gawker.

TIME celebrities

Rosie O’Donnell Says Missing Daughter Found Safe

The 17-year-old is in police custody

Chelsea O’Donnell, the 17-year-old daughter of TV personality Rosie O’Donnell, has been found safe and is in police custody, her mother tweeted on Tuesday.

The announcement arrived just hours after O’Donnell had shared online that police since Sunday had been searching for Chelsea, who was last seen on Aug. 16 when she left her South Nyack, N.Y., home with her therapy dog. O’Donnell added that her daughter, whom a representative said suffers from mental illness, had stopped taking her medication and was “in need of medical attention.”

Additional details regarding O’Donnell’s daughter’s disappearance were not immediately available.

TIME Afghanistan

U.S. Soldier Convicted of Afghan Massacre Had History of Violence, Report Reveals

Robert Bales, SSgt. Reobert Bales
U.S. Army/Tacoma, Washington News-Tribune/AP Staff Sergeant Robert Bales in March, 2012.

But the incidents didn't suggest future "extremely violent acts," the report said

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the American soldier serving a life sentence after being convicted of murdering 16 Afghan villagers in 2012, had exhibited violence before the alleged war crime, according to a report released on Tuesday.

The report, led by Maj. Gen. of the U.S. Army Ricky L. Waddell, said Bales had punched an Afghan truck driver and displayed erratic behavior due to steroid use in two separate incidents, roughly one month before Bales shot to death 16 villagers in March 2012. Neither incident was reported to authorities on the remote military base, the report said.

Investigators concluded that the command climate at the base suffered from “low standards of personal conduct and discipline,” but added that Bales’ behavior did not suggest he would “commit the extremely violent acts,” according to the report.

Several media organizations have unsuccessfully attempted to gain access to the report since it was completed in June 2012 through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Authorities had previously rejected the requests due to the case’s ongoing nature.

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