TIME Crime

911 Dispatcher Tells Friend of Dying Teen: ‘Deal With It Yourself’

He resigned Tuesday

A 911 dispatcher has resigned after telling a teenage caller aiding a dying friend to “deal with it yourself.”

Esperanza Quintero called the emergency number after her friend Jaydon Chavez-Silver, 17, was shot a party in Albuquerque, N.M., the Washington Post reports. But after she swore at dispatcher Matthew Sanchez in a moment of frustration, Sanchez hung up on her and told her she was on her own, though an emergency team had already been dispatched to Quintero’s location by then.

That handsome face was a hard working and loving guy , who loved to live every moment to the fullest with family and friends ♥️

A photo posted by Remember Jaydon Chavez-Silver (@remember.jaydon) on

Sanchez was a 10-year veteran of the fire department and had worked as a dispatcher for over three years at the time of the June 26 incident. He was on administrative leave before resigning Tuesday. Albuquerque Fire Chief David Downey says an investigation into the phone call, part of which can be heard below, is underway.

Chavez-Silver, whose killer is still unknown, died at a hospital later. Quintero, who isn’t sure if her friend would have survived had Sanchez stayed on the line, has since apologized to Sanchez for getting upset but wishes he had done more to assist her.

[Washington Post]

TIME Music

Drake Talks About Nicki Minaj In Another Meek Mill Diss Track

"Is that a world tour or your girl’s tour? … This ain’t what she meant when she told you to open up more"

When it comes to Drake’s feelings about Meek Mill, one diss track is not enough.

The Toronto rapper responded to Meek Mill’s recent ghostwriting allegations this weekend with a diss track called “Charged Up,” which he debuted during his Beats 1 radio show on Apple Music. As far as diss tracks go, it was pretty tame—Drake alluded to Mill’s accusations but mostly stuck to boasting about his own accomplishments.

Perhaps he was saving the rest of his feelings for part two. In another diss track posted to SoundCloud on Wednesday, Drake escalates the beef by—uh oh!—dragging Meek Mill’s girlfriend and Mill’s current touring partner Nicki Minaj into the drama: “You love her then you gotta give the world to her/ Is that a world tour or your girl’s tour?/ I know that you gotta be a thug for her/ This ain’t what she meant when she told you to open up more.” If her apparent jabs at Drake during Sunday’s Barclays Center show are indication, Minaj likely won’t be pleased.

Hear the track below:

TIME astronomy

A Blue Moon Is Coming This Friday

They happen about…once in a blue moon

Blue moons aren’t actually blue, but they are as rare as the saying goes.

The second full moon in a month is commonly referred to as a blue moon—we had a full moon on July 2, and we’ll have another this Friday on July 31—but there’s a more complicated definition according to the U.S. Naval Observatory:

“The traditional definition is that of the third Full Moon to occur in an astronomical season in which four Full Moons fall. While somewhat more cryptic than the ‘second-of-the-month’ variety, this scheme helped farmers and other people who used traditional Full Moon names to keep the proper names in synch with the occasional “extra” Full Moon that occurs about every 2.6 years. The “controversy” over the proper definition of the “Blue Moon” dates back to an erroneous discussion of the phenomenon that was originally published in 1946 and subsequently re-discovered in 1999.”

TIME Television

Jon Stewart Reveals What He Scribbles on Those Blue Papers on The Daily Show

"I draw a round-headed drunk guy, or I draw me when I was in a college"

With just a few more days before Jon Stewart says goodbye to The Daily Show, he’s letting fans in on some secrets—like what’s up with those blue papers he’s always scribbling on during the show? The papers themselves are scripts for the show, but his drawings are just some rudimentary cartoons to keep his brain busy. “I get bored, I can’t smoke anymore, so I scribble, or I doodle the same cartoons over and over again,” he explains in the above video. “What I normally do is I draw a round-headed drunk guy, or I draw me when I was in a college.”

No word on what happens to the scripts after he’s done sketching—Comedy Central could probably make a lot of money auctioning off Stewart’s discarded doodles.


Tom Brady ‘Very Disappointed’ by NFL Suspension: ‘I Did Nothing Wrong’

"To suggest that I destroyed a phone to avoid giving the NFL information it requested is completely wrong"

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says he is “very disappointed” by the NFL’s decision to uphold his four-game suspension for his alleged involvement in his team’s use of underinflated footballs during January’s AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.

“Despite submitting to hours of testimony over the past 6 months, it is disappointing that the Commissioner [Roger Goodell] upheld my suspension based upon a standard that it was ‘probable’ that I was ‘generally aware’ of misconduct,” Brady wrote in a lengthy Facebook post on Wednesday. “The fact is that neither I, nor any equipment person, did anything of which we have been accused. He dismissed my hours of testimony and it is disappointing that he found it unreliable.”

Brady also tried to set the record straight about why he had his assistant destroy his cellphone around the time investigators contacted him about the football tampering commonly referred to as “Deflategate”:

I also disagree with yesterdays narrative surrounding my cellphone. I replaced my broken Samsung phone with a new iPhone 6 AFTER my attorneys made it clear to the NFL that my actual phone device would not be subjected to investigation under ANY circumstances. As a member of a union, I was under no obligation to set a new precedent going forward, nor was I made aware at any time during Mr. Wells investigation, that failing to subject my cell phone to investigation would result in ANY discipline.

Most importantly, I have never written, texted, emailed to anybody at anytime, anything related to football air pressure before this issue was raised at the AFC Championship game in January. To suggest that I destroyed a phone to avoid giving the NFL information it requested is completely wrong.

… We even contacted the phone company to see if there was any possible way we could retrieve any/all of the actual text messages from my old phone. In short, we exhausted every possibility to give the NFL everything we could and offered to go thru the identity for every text and phone call during the relevant time.

You can read the full post here.

TIME justice

Bill Cosby To Be Deposed By End of September, Says Attorney

He'll have to testify under oath about a molestation allegation

Bill Cosby will have to testify under oath about an old sexual assault allegation by Sept. 30, according to attorney Gloria Allred, who represents 17 of Cosby’s more than 40 accusers.

Allred said Tuesday that by the end of the week a judge will set an exact date for the comedian to be deposed in the case of Judy Huth, who claims Cosby molested her when she was 15. The statute of limitations has expired for a criminal case in the matter, but a 1990 California law allows allegations of sexual assault on minors to become civil suits years later, USA Today reports.

Now 55, Huth alleges that Cosby “took her hand in his and performed a sex act on himself without her consent” after taking her to the Playboy Mansion. A December 2014 court filing says Huth and a 16-year-old friend she was with told Cosby how old they were.

“We are very pleased that the case is now moving forward whether Mr. Cosby likes it or not,” Allred said in a statement. “Mr. Cosby may be praying for divine intervention to halt his deposition, but he will soon have to give his testimony in Ms. Huth’s case, and we are looking forward to that day.”

Read next: Why the New Case Against Bill Cosby Is Different


TIME food and drink

World Faces Olive Oil Shortage

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Getty Images Olive groves seen in Andalusia, Spain.

The price of Spanish olive oil reached its highest point since 2006

Prices for Spanish olive oil are approaching an all-time high as hot weather and disease harm the country’s harvest.

Last week the cost of Spanish extra-virgin olive oil rose 5 percent to $4,272 per metric ton—the highest since April 2006 and “critically low levels,” according to industry analysts Oil World. A bacterial disease xylella fastidiosa and fruit-fly infestations have also contributed to a 50 percent decline in Spanish and Italian olive oil output for the 2014-2015 season, Bloomberg reports. Spain and Italy account for 70% of the world’s olive oil.

“It’s quite a concerning acceleration in the price of olive oil,” Lamine Lahouasnia, the head of packaged-food research at market intelligence firm Euromonitor International, told Bloomberg. “The supply shortages as a result of the drought, and particularly under-production in Spain, have filtered through to the marketplace.”

Olive oil prices around the world have risen an average of around 10 percent in the past year, outpacing the global inflation rate for packaged foods according to Euromonitor.




TIME Crime

Los Angeles to Ban High-Capacity Gun Magazines

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Nick Ut—AP Parents of victims of gun violence, pastor Ruett Foster, from left, his wife Rhonda and Anna Del Rio hold pictures of their late children, during a rally supporting a city ordinance to ban the possession of high-capacity gun magazines outside Los Angeles City Hall, on July 28, 2015.

Possessing magazines with more than 10 rounds of ammunition would be illegal

The city council of Los Angeles unanimously voted to prohibit possession of gun magazines that can contain more than 10 rounds of ammunition on Tuesday.

Gun groups such as the National Rife Association have already threatened to sue the city over the ban, claiming it is preempted by California law and violates 2nd Amendment rights, the Los Angeles Times reports. “If the NRA wants to sue us over this, bring it on,” Councilman Paul Krekorian, one of the twelve council members who voted (three were absent), said at a City Hall rally. “People who want to defend their families don’t need a 100-round drum magazine and an automatic weapon to do it.”

California mostly prohibits the manufacturing and sale of such high-capacity magazines, but the state doesn’t outlaw possession of them. Juliet Leftwich, the legal director for the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, told the Times that the high-capacity magazines targeted by the law are “the common thread” between the country’s mass shootings, including Columbine, Newtown and Virginia Tech.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he plans to sign the measure, which would give residents 60 days to turn in or legally sell the magazines before the law goes into effect. Breaking the law, which is modeled after similar ordinances in California cities San Francisco and Sunnyvale, would be a misdemeanor.

[LA Times]

TIME Music

The Weeknd Is Ready For His Close-Up in ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ Video


Watch his performance go up in flames—literally

Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, used to eschew media attention, keeping his identity anonymous and refusing to do interviews as he peddled his brand of dark, scandalous R&B. But between last fall’s Ariana Grande collaboration “Love Me Harder,” his Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack contribution “Earned It” and his upcoming album Beauty Behind the Madness, he’s on his way to becoming one of the biggest male pop stars in an era dominated by divas.

That’s especially clear in the video for his new Max Martin-produced single “Can’t Feel My Face,” which shines the spotlight on Tesfaye as he delivers a (literally) explosive performance of the second-hottest song in the country right now. Watch the full clip over at Apple Music.


Truck Accidentally Leaks 75 Gallons of Maple Syrup Onto Highway

It's a sticky situation in New Hampshire

Sad news for waffle lovers and New Hampshire commuters: traffic was backed up near Keene, N.H., after a truck carrying maple syrup started leaking onto the highway.

Thankfully, only 75 of the 220 gallons of syrup the truck was carrying leaked, the Keene Sentinal reports. The driver, who says he doesn’t know what caused the leak, was driving through New Hampshire when officials from the state’s transportation department alerted him to the sticky situation.

Whose job is it to clean up maple syrup anyway? That responsibility has fallen to the fire department, which is using tarps and sand to clean up the syrup, CBS reports.

[Sentinel Source]

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