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Remembering When Charles Manson Terrified America

The '70s were a frightening time in many ways, but Manson's story still stands out from the crowd

There was no shortage of violence in America in the 1970s. But few criminals captivated attention like Charles Manson, as shown in this clip from the upcoming episode of CNN’s The Seventies, which airs on Thursday evening at 9:00 Eastern.

Manson’s hold on the popular imagination has endured long past the end of the 1970s. In 1994, for example, TIME noted that “America’s romance with real-life mass murder was going mainstream.” The proof? “Charles Manson has earned some $600 in royalties from a line of caps, surfer pants and T shirts adorned with his image and such studiously ironic slogans as support family values and charlie don’t surf,” the article continued. “Sales took off after Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose began wearing the T shirts in concert and covered a Manson song on a recent album.” And, just this summer, Lifetime greenlit a movie about Manson followers and NBC launched Aquarius, a Manson-adjacent thriller series.

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Confederate Memorial at UNC Chapel Hill Vandalized

Silent Sam, monument to the 321 alumni of UNC who died in the Civil War, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA
Wendy Connett—Alamy Silent Sam, monument to the 321 alumni of UNC who died in the Civil War, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

But many students are ambivalent about a controversial symbol

The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s memorial to Confederate soldiers was vandalized this weekend with the words “murderer” and “black lives matter.”

The statue of a soldier, which was erected in 1913 and commemorates the more than 300 UNC students who died in the Civil War, is a source of frequent controversy on campus. The soldier’s statue is nicknamed “Silent Sam” because the soldier doesn’t carry a cartridge box and is unable to fire his gun.

The graffiti on the statue elicited an ambivalent reaction among many, the local ABC affiliate reports, in a year marked by police shootings of unarmed black men and a new debate about the South’s Confederate history and the flag’s symbolism.

“As an African-American woman, who is a student here, that statue is the very statue that pretty much says I don’t belong here, that I shouldn’t be here,” said UNC student Kirsten Adams.

“[The statue] represents hate, represents slavery, represents the division between blacks and whites and it’s not UNC, we’ve gone through a lot of stuff, but that’s in the past, leave it in the past, that’s history,” said James Elder, one of many who stopped by to see what happened to the statue overnight.

The University released a statement denouncing the vandalism, but adding: “We understand that the issue of race and place is both emotional and, for many, painful.”

Police are investigating the incident.

[ABC]

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7-Year-Old Chicago Boy Among 7 Killed in Bloody Weekend

"We must stem the flow of guns into the city," the city's police chief said

At least 40 people were wounded and seven were killed in Chicago over the weekend, including a seven-year-old boy, leaving police and residents angry over the ongoing violence in the Windy City.

“We need some help here, folks,” Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Sunday, CNN reports. “We have to fix this broken system.”

Among the seven people slain was Amari Brown, a seven-year-old boy killed by a bullet intended for his father. Police said his father was a ranking gang member who had been arrested 45 times and has a long criminal record.

Chicago police have recovered one illegal gun per hour across the city since Friday morning.

“We must stem the flow of guns into the city,” McCarthy said.

[CNN]

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Prison Escapee David Sweat Is Back in Jail

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AP Police stand over David Sweat after he was shot and captured near the Canadian border June 28, 2015, in Constable, N.Y.

Sweat was shot and captured last week

New York prison escapee David Sweat, who was shot and captured last week after a weeks-long manhunt, has been discharged from the hospital and moved to a new maximum security prison, officials said on Sunday.

Sweat was moved overnight from the Albany Medical Center to the Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus, a town of 4,000-some people in central New York, CNN reports. The Five Points Correctional Facility is about 200 miles southwest of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, where Sweat and his fellow inmate, Richard Matt, escaped on June 6. Matt was shot dead by police on June 26, two days before police shot and captured Sweat.

Sweat is being evaluated in the infirmary, after which he will be transferred to a “single cell” in a 23-hour confinement facility, officials said. He has also been placed on suicide watch in a cell officials said is designed to “limit movement.”

Two prison workers have been arrested in connection with the escape, while a dozen prison officials, including the prison chief, have been placed on administrative leave.

[CNN]

 

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‘Wheelchair Bandit’ Arrested After New York Heist

Wheelchair Bank Robber new york city
NYPD—AP In this June 29, 2015 photo provided by the New York Police Department, a man gets away after he robbed the Santander bank in the Queens borough of New York.

Kelvin Dennison, 23, said he was using the wheelchair after being shot

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man in a wheelchair has been arrested two days after he pocketed $1,212 in a daytime bank robbery, authorities announced Friday.

Kelvin Dennison, 23, was picked up by officers at a hospital two days after he rolled into a Santander Bank branch in Queens Monday afternoon and claimed to be armed, police said.

“Give me all you have,” he told a teller, according to court papers. “I have a gun.”

The teller then passed him the cash before he pushed himself out of the bank and then fled down the street in his wheelchair, police said. Authorities released an image of a man in a wheelchair leaving the bank taken from a store’s surveillance camera.

When Dennison went to a Queens hospital two days later, someone recognized him and called police, prosecutors said. Authorities didn’t say why Dennison went to the hospital.

When he was questioned by investigators, Dennison told them he was in a wheelchair after being injured in a shooting, a spokeswoman for the Queens district attorney’s office told the New York Times (http://nyti.ms/1HD7Hok).

Dennison was charged with robbery and is being held on $15,000 bail. Attempts to reach his attorney for comment on Friday were unsuccessful.

TIME Crime

Trump Says San Francisco Shooting Proves Him Right on Immigration

Killing of Kathryn Steinle at Pier 14 "yet another example of why we must secure our border"

Donald Trump said the fatal shooting of a young woman at a popular San Francisco tourist spot was further proof the U.S. needs to crack down on border control, his latest in a string of controversial comments about immigration policy.

Kathryn Steinle, 32, was gunned down at Pier 14 in San Francisco on Wednesday. San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr told NBC Bay Area that the suspect arrested in the shooting — Francisco Sanchez — had “made an admission” with regards to the seemingly random shooting.

Trump seized on the killing on Friday to tout his immigration views after it emerged that …

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Prison Escapee Sent Letter to Daughter Right Before Breakout, Report Says

Convicted Murderers Escape From New York State Prison
Handout—Getty Images In this handout from New York State Police, convicted murderer Richard Matt (R) is shown.

"I always promised you I would see you on the outside"

The prison escapee who was shot and killed by police reportedly sent his daughter a letter shortly before breaking out of Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York.

The Buffalo News, citing unnamed law enforcement officials, reported that Richard Matt wrote to his daughter, “I always promised you I would see you on the outside. I’m a man of my word.” The letter was postmarked before June 6, the day Matt and fellow prisoner David Sweat were discovered missing, and the letter reached its destination on June 9.

For her protection, Matt’s daughter has not been identified. The prisoners’ alleged conspirator, prison employee Joyce Mitchell, texted the daughter several times before the breakout with updates about how Matt was doing in prison, according to reports. The daughter was unaware of the escape plans.

[Buffalo News]

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Hulk Hogan Sex Tape Trial Delayed After Appeals Court Intervenes

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Kris Connor—WireImage/Getty Images WWE Legend Hulk Hogan attends the 2015 Susan G. Komen D.C. Race for the Cure at The National Mall on May 9, 2015 in Washington DC.

Amid a flurry of motions, a Florida appeals court orders a slowdown on a trial that was previously scheduled to begin on July 6

A Florida appeals court has halted a trial that was scheduled to begin on Monday between Hulk Hogan and Gawker Media over the publishing of the celebrity’s sex tape.

Responding to an emergency motion by Gawker on Thursday, three judges at the Florida Second District Court of Appeal ruled the trial judge had violated a rule of civil procedure by moving ahead with the trial too soon after pleadings in the case.

“Although we easily understand why [Terry] Bollea [Hogan’s real name] and the circuit court went to lengths to preserve the July 6 trial date, their efforts were futile from the outset — by the time the court entered its June 19 order scheduling the trial for July 6, the window for doing so had been closed for weeks,” states a 14-page opinion.

This is the second time that the Florida appeals court has thrown some cold water on the rulings of County Judge Pamela Campbell. Earlier in the case, an injunction order that required Gawker to remove its post was overturned as an unconstitutional prior restraint.

Nevertheless, Hogan has been allowed to move ahead on claims his privacy and publicity rights were violated through the posting of an excerpt of a 30-minute sex tape involving the professional wrestler. The judge has allowed him to amend his claims to add punitive damages. Hogan has demanded as much as $100 million.

Gawker looks to raise a defense that its post was newsworthy given discussion of a possible affair and Hogan’s own comments in the media. It’s not altogether clear how much the First Amendment will factor into the actual trial. The media company’s constitutional arguments that Hogan’s claims are precluded by free speech may have to await appellate review once a jury issues its verdict. The trial would likely examine how Gawker got the tape, what it knew about it, how it used it to its advantage, and Hogan’s injuries. More clarification about what Hogan will have to prove should come once the judge resolves jury instructions.

In the meantime, the trial will be delayed, and once it gets going, the sex tape will be aired in court. But thanks to a decision by Campbell on Wednesday, the sex tape will only be shown to the jury, judge and attorneys in the case. Over the objections of Gawker and intervening media companies, the monitor will be turned away from the public gallery in the courtroom.

No new trial date has been set yet.

This article originally appeared on HollywoodReporter.com

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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Won’t Face Felony Charges Over UCLA Scuffle

Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic/Getty Images Producer Sean Combs attends the premiere of Dope at The Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on June 8, 2015, in Los Angeles, Calif.

Sean “Diddy” Combs won’t face felony assault and battery charges stemming from his dispute with a UCLA football coach last month.

Prosecutors declined to file felony charges related to his June 22 arrest, Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, confirmed to PEOPLE on Thursday. “The case was referred to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office for misdemeanor filing considerations,” he said in an email.

Combs, 45, whose son Justin is a member of the college’s football team, got into a heated altercation with a strength and conditioning coach, allegedly swinging a kettle bell weight during the skirmish.

He was arrested on suspicion of three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats and battery.

A spokesman for the music mogul later released a statement saying that “any actions taken by Mr. Combs were solely defensive in nature to protect himself and his son.”

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Scientist Who Faked HIV Vaccine Research Sentenced to Prison

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Charlie Neibergall—AP In this July 1, 2014 file photo, former Iowa State University researcher Dong-Pyou Han leaves the federal courthouse in Des Moines, Iowa.

He was sentenced to more than 4 ½ years in prison

(DES MOINES, Iowa)—A former Iowa State University scientist who altered blood samples to make it appear he had achieved a breakthrough toward a potential vaccine against HIV was sentenced Wednesday to more than 4 ½ years in prison for making false statements in research reports.

Dong-Pyou Han, 58, also must pay $7.2 million to a federal government agency that funded the research. He entered a plea agreement in February admitting guilt to two counts of making false statements.

Government prosecutors said Han’s misconduct dates to 2008 when he worked at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland under professor Michael Cho, who was leading a team testing an experimental HIV vaccine on rabbits. Cho’s team began receiving NIH funding, and he soon reported the vaccine was causing rabbits to develop antibodies to HIV, which was considered a major breakthrough. Han said he initially accidentally mixed human blood with rabbit blood making the potential vaccine appear to increase an immune defense against HIV, the virus that can cause AIDS. Han continued to spike the results to avoid disappointing Cho, his mentor, after the scientific community became excited that the team could be on the verge of a vaccine.

Iowa State recruited Cho in 2009, and his team — including Han — continue the research with NIH funding. A group of researchers at Harvard University found in January 2013 the promising results had been achieved with rabbit blood spiked with human antibodies.

Han’s attorney Joseph Herrold, a federal public defender, asked for probation instead of prison.

“Here, there is little reason to believe that Dr. Han has not already been deterred from any future criminal conduct. His conduct is aberrational in an otherwise admirable life,” Herrold wrote in a sentencing report filed Monday. “He regrets the hurt he has caused to his friends and colleagues, the damage he has caused to government funded scientific research, and the pain he has caused any members of the public who had high hopes based on his falsehood.”

Herrold said Han has lost the ability to work in his field of choice and is likely to be deported by immigration officials “and possibly never permitted to return,” separating him from his wife and two adult children who are U.S. citizens. Han, who was born in Seoul, South Korea, is a lawful permanent U.S. resident.

Government prosecutors sought prison time to serve as a deterrent to Han and others who might consider research fraud.

“It is important that we stand up not just for punishing the fraud committed against the United States government, but for the research that should be legitimately taking place on this devastating disease,” U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt said in a statement.

Judge James Gritzner sentenced Han to 57 months in prison and three years of supervision upon release. Han must repay the National Institutes of Health $7.2 million.

Cho’s team continues to work on the vaccine at ISU and has subsequently obtained funding.

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