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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Star Nicholas Brendon Arrested

Ada County Sheriff's Office

The actor was charged with two misdemeanors and showed "signs of intoxication"

Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Nicholas Brendon showed signs of intoxication when he was arrested in Boise, Idaho on Friday following a hotel disturbance, police announced.

The actor, best known for his role as Xander Harris on the Joss Whedon TV show that ran from 1997 to 2003, was charged with resisting or obstructing officers and malicious injury to property while in town to attend Tree City Comic Con, CNN reports.

Brendon had damaged a decorative dish, according to the staff at hotel, who said they wanted to press charges.

“When officers arrived, they found the suspect who showed signs of intoxication and repeatedly refused officers commands to stay seated while officers tried to speak with witnesses,” the police statement said about the actor, who has entered rehab before for alcohol dependence. “When the suspect continued to try and walk away, officers took him into custody for resisting and obstructing.”

On Saturday a Twitter account associated with the actor said Brendon was “doing well” and thanked fans for their “love, support and positive vibes.”

TIME Crime

Annual Pumpkin Festival Goes Horribly Wrong

Dozens were injured and arrested

At least 30 people were injured and 20 taken to the hospital as police used riot gear and tear gas to break up an annual pumpkin festival that went awry near Keene State College in New Hampshire early Sunday morning.

“People were just throwing everything they could find — rocks, skateboards, buckets, pumpkins,” student Ellery Murray told the Boston Globe about a party Saturday night that got out of control. “People just got too drunk.”

At the annual Keene Pumpkin Festival, locals usually try and set a world record for the greatest number of jack-o-lanterns in a single spot, USA Today reports. This year, people overturned cars, ripped down street signs and ran from tear gas clouds as riot-gear-clad police tried to halt the disturbances. At least 12 arrests had been made.

“We deplore the actions of those whose only purpose was to cause mayhem,” Anne Huot, the college president, said in a statement. According to the college officials, both out-of-town guests and students were involved in the incident.

[USA Today]

TIME movies

Director Jason Reitman: ‘The Internet Opens Up So Many False Opportunities to Feel Loved’

Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Jason Reitman
Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner and Jason Reitman arrive at the Directors Guild of America on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Los Angeles. Dan Steinberg—Invision/AP

The director of Men, Women & Children talks technology, sex-ed and why the first search for porn is really about understanding where we come from

There’s something a little ironic about Men, Women & Children director Jason Reitman interrupting an interview about how technology is harming kids today to answer a FaceTime call from his young daughter. But as the filmmaker behind Juno and Up in the Air explained last month at the Toronto International Film Festival, parents “got saddled with a very tricky job and no way to do it right” when it comes to raising kids in an era where hardcore pornography is just a click away.

Men, Women & Children, now in theaters, follows an ensemble cast of characters (played by Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler, Ansel Elgort and others) as they develop porn addictions, sign up for cheating websites and generally see their sex lives and relationships suffer from too much Internet and social media. TIME spoke to the director in September about the movie and what it has to say about finding intimacy in 2014.

TIME: This movie deals a lot with what I’m sure keeps many parents up at night — sexting, secret websites, teenagers interacting with strangers online. So what are you most horrified by?

Jason Reitman: There’s general horror, and there’s specific horror. The general horror is that we clearly are in search of intimacy, and the movie explores that. The movie opens with us launching this golden record up into space as this desperate attempt to make a connection with something we don’t even know exists. And then it shows people on their devices trying to make human connections left and right. I strangely think there is connective tissue between us launching Voyager and us using Tinder. We just desperately want to connect. And we’re doing in it perhaps in the wrong ways.

And then there are the specifics. I have a daughter who’s going to turn 8 next month. She is one innocuous search query away from seeing stuff and learning stuff she simply doesn’t need to know yet. I don’t think there’s time to list the amount of fears that come from the Internet and how it affects our intimacy, our sexuality and our communication.

This movie is based on the book of the same name by Chad Kultgen. How do you adapt a story about technology with technology changing so quickly?

All the plot lines originate in the book and focus on how the Internet has changed our sexuality. The only thing that’s changed is that over five years, you go from MySpace to Facebook. Twitter exists, Instagram exists, Snapchat exists. The sites change, but the concept stays the same. Thinspiration and pro-ana, I wasn’t aware of until I read the book, and [it] completely freaked me out. And there was this concept of — and I don’t think there’s a word for it yet — this kind of young pornography addiction that leads to impotence. That’s scary, the idea that teenage boys would not be able to have traditional intercourse because they’ve brainwashed themselves.

There doesn’t seem to be an example in this movie of technology helping anybody have a better relationship with their body or sexuality. Do you think that doesn’t exist?

The shining example in the film is the couple that’s basically not online, and everyone else is struggling. The most positive examples of the Internet helping, for me, are not sexual. I look at the Arab Spring. I look at Ferguson. I look at the ways in which communication and connectivity are broadening our horizons and allowing us to see racism in a new light and police brutality in a new light. That’s a definite positive and something interesting, something you can kind of quantify. Within the realm of sexuality, I think the Internet can be enlightening as far as reducing homophobia hopefully in the future. And certainly you can point to Match.com — I guess it’s going to bring couples together that would otherwise not meet. It certainly raises the possibility of second and third marriages, relationships later in life where it seems harder and harder to meet available people.

I feel like there are a lot of sex-positive communities and resources on YouTube and Tumblr now.

Yesterday Ansel Elgort brought up the concept that there should be classes in school that teach this kind of stuff. That teach the dangers of the Internet, and the positives, and play into human sexuality. There’s a course that they give athletes when you become an NFL player or an NBA player. There’s a three-day weekend where they take you through the dangers of life, and one would say you could apply this course now to all teenagers and say, “This is what’s coming down the road.”

It probably has to start earlier than teen years now?

That’s the question, right? If you can read and write by 7, 8 years old, you can type then, and once you can type something as a search query, then it’s game over. But 8 years old is probably too early to learn. It’s somewhere between 8 and 12, there’s a moment where you have to catch them.

I just read an article the other day about a father who discovered his 9-year-old had already looked at porn. He was willing to talk to his kid about it, but he also thought that conversation was a few years down the road.

It’s funny, if you think about the greatest scientists of our time, what is the study? The study is where we come from. They’re studying the Big Bang, they’re studying, “What is the conception of the universe and of human life?” And as children we are just intrigued. My daughter’s already come to me and asked — and she had a great way of phrasing it — “I know I’m half mommy and I’m half you, but how do you get the half you into mommy?” And there’s something about that first search for pornography that while, yes, is perhaps titillating, perhaps is way more about, “Where do we come from?” You want to see it, and you want to know it, and those questions start earlier than 12 years old. I mean, I’m trying to think when I looked at my first Penthouse. It was before I was 12. Maybe it was closer to 10. The question is, how do you vary the lesson plan?

Is the issue of 10-year-olds looking at porn more about updating sex-ed programs or about teaching kids how to responsibly use the Internet at an early age?

Listen, I’m not a sex researcher or a psychologist, I’m just a guy who makes movies, so I’m not sure really what my answers are worth in this subject, to be perfectly honest. My gut is that it comes down to other stuff at the end of the day. If you can teach your kid the old-fashioned — self-confidence, the ability to be open and honest and ask questions to the people they trust — hopefully that counteracts the more dangerous behavior, which is going online to look for the wrong community to answer your questions. The wrong community could be a thinspo board, the wrong community could be PornHub, the wrong community could be just some forum of adults who down the rabbit hole in the way that a 10-year-old shouldn’t be. So yeah, I think you have to prepare your children logistically for what they’re going up against. You’re not going to give the kids the keys to the car if they don’t know how to drive. And at the same time — I’m sorry, this is my daughter, one second. [Reitman briefly FaceTimes with his daughter.] It’s very fitting of this conversation!

So is the burden entirely on parents at this point?

Everyone has different opinions, but yes, I am a believer that parents should parent their children and give them the key stuff, the key life shit that makes us prepared for the interpersonal stuff as well as the inter-technology stuff.

If you’re raised to love yourself more and communicate with your family more, then you’re going to have a better shot when people you never met online try to infiltrate your brain. You don’t search for the wrong things to feel loved. I’m constantly thinking about the ways I look for love and the ways other people look for love. The Internet opens up so many false opportunities to feel loved, whether you’re paying to iChat with a porn star or whether you’re going on a community and sharing your fears, and people are validating your fears in the wrong way. For me, it gets less about the physicality of sex and more about the deep desire for intimacy. Intimacy is such a potent thing that we will follow the fragrance very fall down the road, the wrong road.

There are no rules [on the Internet]. When we were kids, your parents could say something as simple as “Don’t watch an R-rated film.” There isn’t any “don’t watch an R-rated film, don’t go into an adult shop.” Now it’s, “Don’t go into the grocery store because aisle three may be cereal, but aisle seven is hardcore pornography!” I’m not worried about PornHub, I’m worried about Google, I’m worried about YouTube. That makes me sound like Patricia [Jennifer Garner’s character, an extremely overprotective mom] in the movie, but it’s true. The avenue to fruitful information is at an intersection with the avenue to everything my daughter should not be looking at at 8 or 18. We got saddled with a very tricky job and no way to do it right. We’re making the best effort. People are seemingly resilient. We’re very curious and somehow haven’t blown ourselves up. We seem so capable of annihilating ourselves, and we’re still kind of on the right track. We’re going to figure it out.

TIME celebrities

John Grisham Apologizes for Child-Porn Remarks

John Grisham speaks during a television interview in New York in 2012.
John Grisham speaks during a television interview in New York in 2012. Scott Eells—Bloomberg/Getty Images

"I regret having made these comments, and apologize to all"

Best-selling author John Grisham has apologized for remarks he made criticizing harsh punishments for people convicted of watching child pornography.

“Anyone who harms a child for profit or pleasure, or who in any way participates in child pornography—online or otherwise—should be punished to the fullest extent of the law,” Grisham said in a statement on his website Thursday. “My comments made two days ago during an interview with the British newspaper The Telegraph were in no way intended to show sympathy for those convicted of sex crimes, especially the sexual molestation of children. I can think of nothing more despicable.”

Grisham previously told the paper that there were men in prison who “probably had too much to drink” and “got online one night” and stumbled onto child pornography. He said a similar situation happened to a “good buddy from law school.”

“I have no sympathy for real paedophiles,” he told The Telegraph. “God, please lock those people up. But so many of these guys do not deserve harsh prison sentences, and that’s what they’re getting.”

TIME Crime

Attorney: Boy, 10, Charged With Homicide Was ‘Intimidated’ By Cops

His questioning raised many "red flags" about the death of a 90-year-old woman, attorney says

An attorney for a 10-year-old boy who was charged with murdering an elderly woman this week said his client’s alleged confession may have been subject to “intimidation” by police, raising “red flags” about his homicide rap.

“It seems there was some intimidation,” Bernard Brown said, CitizensVoice.com reports. “You can see through the writing of the affidavit, they seem to be double backing and re-interviewing [the boy] or his family.”

Police say the boy, who was charged as an adult on Monday with aggravated assault and homicide, admitted attacking 90-year-old Helen Novak with a cane and repeatedly punching her, which resulted in her death. The alleged attack occurred at the home of his grandfather, who helped care for Novak. In Pennsylvania, any child charged with murder is charged as an adult, according to the Juvenile Law Center.

His mother then took him to the police four hours later and said the boy admitted to assaulting Novak. When interviewed, the boy’s grandfather also said the boy admitted to attacking her. According to the arrest affidavit, the boy’s mother allowed him to be questioned alone, although one expert said a parent has no right to waive a right to attorney for his or her child.

“The defense can probably raise the argument the statement was not given voluntarily, it was compelled in conjunction with the mother,” said Al Flora, former chief public defender for Luzerne County.

[Citizens Voice]

TIME ebola

Texas Nurse ‘Can No Longer Defend’ Hospital After Ebola Handling

A man walks up the stairway leading to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Sept. 30, 2014.
A man walks up the stairway leading to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Sept. 30, 2014. LM Otero—AP

"I watched them violate basic principles of nursing"

Updated 10:51 a.m. EST

A nurse who worked at the Texas hospital where two nurses caught Ebola says she “can no longer defend [her] hospital at all” following its handling of multiple Ebola patients.

In a Today show interview Briana Aguirre said that while Texas Health Presbyterian in general is “a premier facility,” it was unprepared to handle the Ebola crisis. Aguirre claims that the hospital didn’t provide any mandatory education or information about Ebola outside of an optional seminar before Thomas Eric Duncan, who later died from the disease, arrived at the hospital for care.

Dr. Daniel Varga, chief clinical officer of Texas Health Resources, the medical group that oversees the hospital, apologized Thursday for mistakes made in the handling of Ebola and Duncan.

“Unfortunately, in our initial treatment of Mr. Duncan, despite our best intentions and a highly skilled medical team we made mistakes,” Varga said in prepared remarks for a congressional hearing set for Thursday. “We did not correctly diagnose his symptoms as those of Ebola. We are deeply sorry.”

Aguirre felt the protective gear she was initially instructed to wear was insufficient and put her at risk because of a gap in coverage around her neck. She also alleges that the hospital has for months lacked the necessary personnel to keep with staff education, policies and procedures.

“I watched them violate basic principles of nursing,” Aguirre said.

When NBC asked for a comment, Texas Health provided a statement saying the hospital has always complied with recommendations for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about protective gear. The statement says the hospital also “went above and beyond” in the handling of hazardous waste.

“When the CDC recommended that nurses wear isolation suits, the nurses raised questions and concerns about the fact that the skin on their neck was exposed,” the statement reads. “Because our nurses continued to be concerned, particularly about removing the tape, we ordered hoods.”

Aguirre said during her interview that she is “terrified” about the risk of losing her job for speaking out publicly. “I’m the breadwinner of my family,” she said. “I’m just a couple of paychecks away from not being able to pay my mortgage and I’m terrified about that.”

Nurses Nina Pham and Amber Vinson were diagnosed with Ebola after helping care for Duncan, who died from the virus earlier this month after traveling from Liberia. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention head Tom Frieden says Pham’s infection occurred following a “breach in protocol.”


TIME ebola

Man Caught on Video Assisting Dallas Ebola Patient Without Hazmat Suit

Unidentified man seen with clipboard alongside Amber Vinson as she boarded private jet to Atlanta

A man seen assisting an Ebola patient board a plane in Dallas this week without wearing any kind of protective gear has sparked further concerns about safety protocols in regard to containing the virus.

In news footage above aired by NBC, the unidentified man can be seen helping with the transfer of Ebola patient Amber Vinson at Dallas’ Love Field airfield, who was being taken to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta by private jet following her recent diagnosis.

It is unclear from the footage how much, if any, risk the man was in: Ebola is spread through contact with bodily fluids and is not an airborne disease. The man also does not appear to have been directly touching Vinson, who was herself wearing protective gear to contain the spread of the virus alongside four other people in hazmat suits.

Still, the footage arrives amid great concern over how the virus has spread despite the safety precautions at Dallas’ Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Vinson, 29, is the second Texas health worker to have been diagnosed with the often deadly virus in the U.S. She, like 26-year-old nurse Nina Pham before her, helped care for and had “extensive contact with” Thomas Eric Duncan, who died from Ebola earlier this month. A nurses union has criticized the hospital for failing to put safety protocols in place.

The ambulance service that took Vinson to the airport said the man, who boarded the plane, is likely part of the the flight’s air crew, NBC reports.


TIME Companies

Amazon to Add 80,000 Seasonal Jobs During the Holidays

That's a 14% increase over last year

Amazon has announced plans to add 80,000 seasonal jobs across the U.S. to help meet the growing customer demand for orders during the holidays.

That’s a 14% increase over the 70,000 seasonal jobs the company created last year, CNET reports, which was already a 40% increase over the previous year. The e-commerce giant currently has 50 fulfillment centers and plans to have more than 15 sortation centers by the end of the year.

Mike Roth, vice president of Amazon’s North America operations, said the company expects many of the new hires to transition into full-time regular employees, as has been the case this year with 10,000 seasonal jobs.

TIME Natural Disasters

20 Million Set to Take Part in ‘Great ShakeOut’ Earthquake Drill

Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate speaks during an event on earthquake preparedness Oct. 14, 2014 at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.
Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate speaks during an event on earthquake preparedness Oct. 14, 2014 at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. Alex Wong—Getty Images

At 10:16 a.m on Thursday, millions of people around the world will practice the "drop, cover and hold on" moves

More than 20 million people around the world on Thursday are expected to take part in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills, an annual event that promotes earthquake readiness.

At 10:16 a.m. on Oct. 16, participants will practice the government-recommended “drop, cover and hold on” protocol, which involves getting on the ground, taking cover under a table or desk and holding on until the earthquake is over.

With 10.32 million people registered, California has the highest participation of any U.S. state or nation taking part. ShakeOut events are also happening inNew Zealand, Japan, Southern Italy and parts of Canada as well. More than 25 million people in total are participating in a ShakeOut event of some kind during 2014, according to the Great ShakeOut organization.

ShakeOuts started in California, where earthquakes are common, but soon spread to other states, and the drills are usually coordinated with local emergency services.

TIME Culture

Watch Paula Abdul’s Oddly Catchy Music Video About Breast Cancer

How about some information please

Straight up now tell me when was the last time you checked yourself for breast cancer? Paula Abdul wants the ladies to know that if you’re over 50, you should be getting a mammogram once a year. So she’s reminding the public about this important health message with a medium everyone can understand: a dance song that sounds a bit like her 1988 hit, “Straight Up.”

The “Check Yourself” video, made on behalf of the Avon Foundation for Women in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, features some furious wrist-based choreography, a lot of purposeful (and appropriate!) breast touching and — because it’s 2014 — what appears to be a little cultural appropriation (hasn’t Katy Perry taught musicians to avoid outfits like the one featured a minute and 20 seconds in?). The most noteworthy accomplishment, however — besides providing a Paula Abdul career update and, you know, spreading a positive message — may be the way Abdul makes the words “clinical exam” sound like they’ve always belonged in a big pop song.

America’s currently all about that bass, but will it be all about that breast?

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