TIME Crime

Man Who Filmed NYPD ‘Chokehold’ Video Arrested on Gun Charges

Ramsey Orta was allegedly carrying a stolen, unloaded semiautomatic weapon

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The man who filmed a video of a New York City police officer apparently using a fatal chokehold on a suspect was arrested on gun charges Saturday night, an NYPD spokesman announced.

Ramsey Orta, 22, was arrested in Staten Island on a charge of criminal possession of a firearm, an NBC affiliate reports.

In the video that Orta filmed, Eric Garner, who was arrested for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes, can be heard saying, “I can’t breathe,” as officers wrestle him to the ground. A medical examiner ruled Friday that Garner’s death was a homicide and that the officer’s chokehold, a move prohibited by the NYPD, was a significant factor in it.

“I felt like they treated him wrong even after the fact that they had him contained,” Orta told TIME about Garner’s arrest.

Orta was carrying an unloaded semiautomatic weapon that was reported stolen in Michigan in 2007, police said. Orta is also in the hospital undergoing treatment for a medical condition.

[NBC]

TIME animals

Mysterious Cat-Like Creature on the Loose in Southern California

Experts "still cannot definitively identify the type of animal"

A large cat that appears to resemble a lion is roaming the streets of Norwalk, Calif., this weekend.

The city warned Thursday that a resident’s security camera captured what looked like a mountain lion walking around in the early hours of the morning last Tuesday. But on Friday, two experts from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed that the beast was definitely not a mountain lion, though they “still cannot definitively identify the type of animal.”

Craig Packer, a professor at the University of Minnesota Lion Research Center watched the security footage and told the Los Angeles Times that “it certainly does look like an African lion. It’s not a cougar.” The founder and executive director of the Project Survival Cat Haven, Dale Anderson, also told the paper it looked like an African lion, though expert opinions vary: a founder of another wildlife sanctuary thought it could be a leopard, while a Department of Fish and Wildlife expert believed it could have just been a dog.

Anderson said that, if the animal is indeed a lion, it likely had been kept as a rare pet.

“If a lion is out there like that,” he said, “it shouldn’t be happening.”

TIME sustainability

Giant Floating Duck Proposed to Bring Green Energy to Copenhagen

Energy Duck: A submission to the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative Copenhagen design competition by artists Hareth Pochee, Adam Khan, Louis Leger and Patrick Fryer. Courtesy Land Art Generator Initiative

The unique structure could theoretically provide the environmentally conscious city with solar energy and hydropower

Here’s an idea for energy sustainability that’s not mere quackery: A team of British designers and artists have proposed a floating tourist attraction that would gather solar energy in Copenhagen Harbor as the Danish city works to become carbon-neutral by the year 2025.

The 12-story-high structure just happens to also be in the shape of a giant sea duck.

Built from lightweight steel and covered in solar panels, the “energy duck” would by day collect the sun’s rays and by night bask the harbor in LED lights that change color in rhythm with the hydro turbines inside it, according to blog designboom.

Visitors wouldn’t just be able to admire the light show from a distance, they’d be able to board the energy duck and see the inner workings for themselves.

The supersized bird was developed by artists and designers Hareth Pochee, Adam Khan, Louis Leger, and Patrick Fryer as part of a competition run by the Land Art Generator Initiative, a project that aims to integrate art with sustainable design to come up with alternative energy solutions.

It’s just a concept, of course, but let’s hope this plan doesn’t go a-fowl.

 

TIME Middle East

U.S. Condemns Gaza School Attack as Israel Says ‘Battle Is Ongoing’

Palestinian carries a wounded boy following what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike at a United Nations-run school, where displaced Palestinains take refuge, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip
A Palestinian carries a wounded boy following what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike at a United Nations-run school, where displaced Palestinians are taking refuge, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Aug. 3, 2014. Ibraheem Abu Mustafa—Reuters

Israel says it's scaling back but isn't done with fighting Hamas

Update 2:02 p.m. ET

The State Department joined United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in condemning the killing of 10 Palestinians outside of a UN Relief and Works Agency school in Gaza on Sunday, as the Israeli military issued a warning to residents of the Palestinian territory that “the battle is ongoing.”

“The United States is appalled by today’s disgraceful shelling outside an UNRWA school in Rafah sheltering some 3,000 displaced persons,” said State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki, in a statement issued Sunday. “The coordinates of the school, like all UN facilities in Gaza, have been repeatedly communicated to the Israeli Defense Forces. We once again stress that Israel must do more to meet its own standards and avoid civilian casualties.” She called for a “full and prompt” investigation of the incident.

In a statement earlier Sunday, UN chief Ban Ki-moon called the attack “a moral outrage and a criminal act.” Ban also called for an investigation into what he called “yet another gross violation of international humanitarian law,” and for an immediate end to fighting. “This madness must stop,” he said.

The school had been sheltering Gaza residents displaced by the nearly four weeks of fighting that have taken place. Approximately six UN facilities have been hit by Israeli fire since the conflict began, the Associated Press reports. The Israel military had no immediate comment on the most recent attack, but said it would look into the reports.

Israel has previously said that when Hamas deliberately uses civilian centers as weapons depots or places from which to fire rockets, it turns those places into targets. “When a schoolhouse, hospital, mosque is turned into a military command center or a weapons depot, or a place where you fire rockets, it becomes by the rules of war a legitimate target,” said Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, on July 22.

As the UN called for an immediate end to the violence, the IDF began withdrawing some troops from the Gaza strip as it entered a “next stage” of combat. A statement from the IDF says it was “redeploying to enable combat against Hamas & continued defense from tunnels.”

“We have indeed scaled down some of the presence and indeed urged Palestinians in certain neighborhoods to come back to their homes,” military spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner also told the AP, though Israeli air strikes continue in the region.

The IDF shared its plans to scale back troop numbers as it dropped notices all over the Gaza Strip warning that “the battle is ongoing” and that “all the leaders of Hamas and other terrorist groups are unsafe,” NBC News reports.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a Saturday evening press conference that Israeli’s Operation Protective Edge would go on in Gaza “no matter how much time it takes and how much strength it requires,” the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports.

“Every option is on the table to ensure long-term quiet to the residents of Israel,” Netanyahu said. “I won’t say when we’ll finish and where we’ll go. We have no obligation outside of our security concerns.”

Plans for a 72-hour cease-fire brokered by the UN and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry fell apart Friday morning just before the truce was supposed to begin, reportedly after a Palestinian militant made a suicide-bomb attack near the town of Rafah.

More than 1,750 Palestinians, largely civilians, and 70 Israelis, mostly soldiers, have been killed in the conflict so far.

Related: Children Suffer as War Continues in Gaza and Israel

TIME movies

Guardians of the Galaxy Sets August Box-Office Record

The goofy space epic dominated box offices at home and overseas this weekend

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Having a sense of humor pays off for superhero movies too.

The Marvel sci-fi comedy Guardians of the Galaxy had the biggest August opening of all time with a $94 million domestic weekend gross, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The previous August record holder, The Bourne Ultimatum, earned only $69.3 million in 2007.

The widest August release ever with more than 4,000 theaters showing the film, Guardians is also the second biggest blockbuster of the relatively weak 2014 summer season, behind Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Guardians also performed well overseas, pulling in $66.4 million internationally. The film earned more than expected, which bodes well for the previously announced sequel Marvel and Disney already have planned for July 2017.

Lucy, the Luc Besson film starring Scarlett Johansson, fell to the No. 2 spot after winning box offices last weekend, while the James Brown biopic Get On Up came in third with a $14 million domestic gross.

[THR]

TIME movies

Report: Ghostbusters Reboot May Star Female Leads

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Director Paul Feig Michael Loccisano—Getty Images

Bridesmaids director Paul Feig reportedly in talks to direct

Ectoplasm, meet estrogen. Though there have not been any official negotiations, Bridesmaids director Paul Feig is reportedly in talks with Sony about rebooting the Ghostbusters series with female leads.

The movie will not be Ghostbusters 3 or a direct sequel to the 1980s films, Variety reports. The status of Ghostbusters 3 is currently unknown after Ivan Reitman, who directed the original films, dropped out of the project earlier this year. Dan Aykroyd has long wanted to make the third film, though former co-star Bill Murray hasn’t been so keen on participating in the past. A third member of the original Ghostbusters, Harold Ramis, died earlier this year.

It’s unclear when this hypothetical Feig-helmed Ghostbusters reboot would be expected to hit theaters, as the director has a number of upcoming projects, including the Melissa McCarthy comedy Spy in 2015 and various scripts in the works at Fox. Sony would not comment to Variety on the alleged talks.

But if a #GhostbustersReboot meme takes off a la #TrueDetectiveSeason2, there will be enough hypothetical dream casting to keep fans busy until whenever it arrives.

[Variety]

TIME Music

Beyoncé Addresses Elevator Fight on ‘Flawless’ Remix With Nicki Minaj

"On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z" - Houston
Beyonce performs during the "On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z" at Minute Maid Park on July 18, 2014 in Houston. Larry Busacca—WireImage/Getty Images

"Of course sometimes sh-t go down when there's a billion dollars on the elevator"

Beyoncé’s utter disregard for your evening plans continued late Saturday night as the singer teamed up with rap star Nicki Minaj for a remix of “Flawless” that arrived — once again — with little warning.

While Nicki delivers another monster guest verse on this feistier, more aggressive take on the Beyoncé track, Bey takes a moment to get the final word in about the infamous spat between her husband and her sister: “Of course sometimes sh– go down when there’s a billion dollars on the elevator.”

Is that really the net worth of Jay Z, Beyoncé and Solange? Does it even matter? While the original version of the song was a more inclusive anthem about self-acceptance, the two divas list luxuries and flip its “I woke up like this” hook to send an ever bolder message here: talk all you want, you’ll never wake up like them.

TIME celebrities

Watch Stephen Colbert Give Great Life Advice to Young Girls

"I'm honored to be considered a grown man, thank you very much"

Like Rookie magazine itself, Stephen Colbert’s contribution to the site’s Ask a Grown Man series is aimed at teenage girls, but it has value for just about everybody.

Here, the future Late Show host gives advice about how to tell if somebody likes you, deciphering mixed signals, educating people who make misogynistic jokes and talking with your seemingly close-minded dad abut sex.

If you need more sage wisdom from famous adult males of the world, Ira Glass, Seth Rogan and others (including grown women, too!) have your back.

TIME movies

Bill Murray to Voice Baloo in Disney’s The Jungle Book

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Actor Bill Murray poses in the press room at the 86th annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. Jason LaVeris—WireImage

The actor joins Christopher Walken, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson and others for the 2015 film

The Jungle Book has found its Baloo.

Disney announced that Bill Murray will voice the beloved bear in its upcoming adaptation of the classic Rudyard Kipling story, Deadline reports.

The announcement follows last week’s news that Christopher Walken and Breaking Bad‘s Giancarlo Esposito will provide the voices for ape ruler King Louie and wolf leader Akela, respectively.

Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o, Ben Kingsley and Idris Elba are also on board for the film, a mixture of CGI and live-action footage that will hit theaters on Oct. 9, 2015. While those stars will voice some of the story’s beloved characters, 10-year-old Neel Sethi, who plays Mowgli, will be the only actor to appear on screen.

[Deadline]

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