TIME Syria

Watch What Life Is Like for Ordinary People in an ISIS-Controlled Town

The student hid a camera under her niqab to film what life is like under militant extremism

A Syrian woman has secretly filmed what life is like in the town of Raqqa, in northern Syria, which is under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS).

The woman, a student, walks through the streets recording the daily life of local residents and ISIS militants with a hidden camera under her niqab, reports France 24.

Filmed between February and April this year, the footage was first broadcast on France 2 and translated into English by France 24.

The filmmaker, whose identity has not been revealed, walks past many men with guns but not all are ISIS militants. One woman dressed head to foot in a black niqab can be seen taking her son to a playground, an AK-47 slung over her shoulder.

At one point the filmmaker is stopped by a man in a car and told to cover her face properly. “You have to behave better when you are in public,” he says. “You have to pay attention by covering up. God loves women who are covered.”

Later she walks into an Internet café and overhears a French woman speaking to her relatives back home, reports France 24.

“I don’t want to come back because I feel good here,” says the woman, “I didn’t take the risk of coming here just so I could come back to France.”

She then tells her mother to stop crying and claims that life is not what is portrayed on TV. “There’s no point to you crying or being scared. What you see on TV is wrong, do you understand? They exaggerate everything on TV.”

An estimated 150 French women have left France and are living in Syria; many left to get married or join their militant husbands fighting in the country, reports France 24.

[France 24]

TIME NFL

AP Source: Video Addressed to NFL Security Chief

Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice holds hands with his wife, Janay Palmer, as they arrive at Atlantic County Criminal Courthouse in Mays Landing, N.J., in May 2014.
Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice holds hands with his wife, Janay Palmer, as they arrive at Atlantic County Criminal Courthouse in Mays Landing, N.J., in May 2014. Mel Evans—AP

(ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.) — The video of Ray Rice punching his fiancee inside a casino elevator was sent to NFL headquarters to the attention of league security chief Jeffrey Miller in April, a law enforcement official says.

The NFL has repeatedly said no one with the league saw the violent images until TMZ Sports released the video earlier this month. Miller said Thursday through an NFL spokesman that he never received the video.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to release details of the case, said he doesn’t know if Miller ever saw the DVD or opened the package. His only communication with the NFL was a 12-second voicemail on April 9 from league offices confirming receipt of the package, in which a woman says, “You’re right. It’s terrible.”

The official told the AP two weeks ago that he sent the video to the NFL, but asked the AP not to report that he had addressed the package to Miller. He eliminated that restriction Thursday.

“Since the NFLPA and NFL have launched separate investigations into the league and the Ravens’ handling of Ray Rice’s case, I want to make a few things clear. No one from the NFL ever asked me for the inside-elevator video,” the official said Thursday. “I mailed it anonymously to Jeff Miller because he’s their head of security. I attached a note saying: ‘Ray Rice elevator video. You have to see it. It’s terrible.’ I provided a number for a disposable cellphone and asked for confirmation that it was received. I knew there was a possibility Mr. Miller may not get the video, but I hoped it would land in the right hands.”

Miller, in London preparing for the Raiders-Dolphins game Sunday, issued a statement to the AP Thursday night through an NFL spokesman.

“I unequivocally deny that I received at any time a copy of the video, and I had not watched it until it was made public on September 8,” he said.

Miller joined the league in 2008 as director of strategic security and was promoted to chief security officer in April 2011. Before joining the NFL, Miller spent nearly six years as the commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police. He worked for the state police for 24 years.

At the NFL, Miller’s responsibilities include overseeing investigative programs and services. He is also in charge of event security and game integrity. When players get arrested, the NFL’s corps of investigators rarely get involved, leaving that to local law enforcement. The league’s security operatives gather court documents and police reports available to the public, but don’t ordinarily interview witnesses or gather evidence independently.

It remains unclear what happened to the video once it arrived at league offices. There are two NFL executives named Jeffrey Miller, but the law enforcement official didn’t know that, and intended it to go to the chief of security. The official said he wanted to make sure the NFL had the video before deciding on Rice’s punishment.

“My intention wasn’t to bring down Commissioner Goodell or anyone else at the NFL,” he said.

He said he didn’t know the identity of the woman who left him the voicemail. He said he chose Miller because of his law enforcement background, even though he didn’t know him personally.

Rice, a former Pro Bowl running back for the Baltimore Ravens, was arrested in Atlantic City on an assault charge for hitting Janay Palmer in February. A police summons stated that Rice had struck Palmer with his hand, knocking her unconscious. Rice has been accepted into New Jersey’s pretrial intervention program, which enabled him to avoid jail time and could result in having the charge expunged from his record.

Initially, Goodell suspended Rice — who has since married Palmer — for two games. After criticism, Goodell announced new stiffer penalties for future domestic violence cases. After video of the punch in the casino elevator was released, the Ravens cut Rice and Goodell suspended him indefinitely.

League and Ravens officials said they requested the video from law enforcement but were denied. ESPN and others have reported that the Ravens had a detailed description of the video shortly after Rice was arrested.

After the AP reported that the video was sent to NFL headquarters, Goodell announced that former FBI Director Robert Mueller would lead an internal investigation. That probe is ongoing, and there is no timetable for its completion.

The law enforcement official said he does not want to speak to NFL investigators, and Mueller, who is now in private practice with a Washington law firm with deep ties to the NFL, has no subpoena power. “I know nothing else about this case,” the official said.

Former FBI Chief of Staff Aaron Zebley, who is working with Mueller on the investigation, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

TIME Television

Surprise: This 10-Second Better Call Saul Teaser Barely Teases Anything

C'mon AMC, would a two-minute trailer kill you?

The anticipation for AMC’s Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul is great, which is probably why AMC can get away with drawing out the show’s promo for months using only seconds of footage at a time.

In the latest look at the series, which won’t even air until February 2015, star Bob Odenkirk utters two lines as the shady lawyer who once advised Walter White. Yup. Just two. That’s less than the 30-second preview from August (which featured a brief interview with creator Vince Gilligan about the show’s timeline) and even less than the nine-second clip before that.

Is there such a thing as teaser fatigue?

TIME Sports

This Derek Jeter Commercial Featuring Frank Sinatra Will Give You Goosebumps

Even if you're not a Yankees fan

It’s possible that you may have heard that Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is retiring at the end of the 2014 season. As a result, baseball fans have been treated to a lengthy farewell tour, some questionable decision-making to keep the 40-year-old Yankees captain in the lineup and, most enjoyably, a few video retrospectives, courtesy of his biggest sponsors.

The first one was this offering from Nike, which featured Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Jay Z and countless others tipping their hat for the future Hall of Famer. It was pretty awesome (save for coining the unfortunate word — if it can be called that — RE2PECT).

Now it’s Gatorade’s turn. The sports drink company decided to go the other way with theirs, forgoing star cameos and new-fangled color photography in favor of New Yorkers and good ol’ back-and-white. Oh, and it’s got Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” playing in the background, which never hurts. Whether you’ll miss Jeter likely depends on your level of Yankees fandom, but it is nice to have these commercials around.

TIME viral

This Owl Knows How to Make a Seriously Dramatic Entrance

"When I walk in the spot, this is what I see / Everybody stops and they staring at me"

Some owls like to hang out with their feline best friends, but this owl (whose name is Kuu) is the kind of owl who prefers to show up at the party solo. Watch here as it makes a big, grand, dramatic entrance in a video that’s equal parts mesmerizing and creepy. Pay special attention to its frantic eye movements.

As far as terrifying owl videos go, though, this is nothing compared to the owl who had to be escorted out of a house on a Swiffer:

 

TIME viral

This Owl and Cat Have a Beautiful Friendship

This video is a hoot.

Know that old bedtime story about the owl and the pussycat who sailed away in a beautiful pea green boat? This video is like a prequel to that song.

The camera captures an owl and a cat just chilling with each other like two good friends with nothing to do on a Tuesday night. According to The Telegraph, Cleo the owl and Forbi the cat struck up a friendship when they were young and impressionable and didn’t think it was weird to be friends with an animal that is normally your mortal enemy. They kindled their relationship thanks to sharing a home and an owner, Andre Costa, a Brazilian biologist, and now the two critters have become inseparable inter-species BFF. Since he posted the original video of this moment on Facebook on September 7, it has been shared more than 124,000 times.

It’s a beautiful display of an unlikely friendship that we could watch all day, while waiting for them to sail away under the light of the moon.

TIME NFL

NFL Recruits 4 Women to Advise on Domestic Violence and Sex Assault Policy

The move comes after severe public backlash over the NFL's handling of domestic violence charges against players

In an effort to show the NFL’s commitment to making domestic violence and sexual assault a priority, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced four women who will help shape NFL’s policies and programs relating to domestic violence and sexual assault.

In a letter to NFL staff, Goodell announced that Anna Isaacson, who is currently the NFL’s vice president of community affairs and philanthropy, will undertake a greater role as vice president of social responsibility.

Additionally, three experts in domestic violence will serve as senior advisors on domestic violence and sexual assault: Lisa Friel, the head of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit in the New York County District Attorney’s Office, will focus on the evaluation process of alleged violence and assault incidences and will advise Goodell and the NFL staff on law violations. Jane Randel, the co-founder of NO MORE (a national initiative to raise the profile of violence and assault and Rita Smith), and Rita Smith, the former executive director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, will work on several related initiatives, including: workplace policy, training curricula, education programs, Employee Assistance Programs and distributing information about resources outside of the NFL as related to these issues.

The announcement comes after the NFL and Goodell received significant public backlash over the handling of Ray Rice, who punched his wife in the face, knocking her unconscious. You can read Goodell’s full letter here.

TIME viral

Dad Horrifies Baby Daughter By Shaving Beard During Game of Peekaboo

But not as horrified as some YouTube commenters

Childhood is nothing but one traumatic, disappointing revelation after another: learning that Santa Claus does not exist, finding out that the bus from Spice World is physically impossible and — as this little girl discovers — learning that your dad’s beard is the most magical thing about him.

A man thought it’d be funny to shave in between rounds of peekaboo, but his young daughter is either horrified at the strange man she does not recognize or she’s really, really not impressed with what’s under all that facial hair.

Just as entertaining as the video, however, is the comments section, which features a number of YouTube trolls trying to pick fights with users who don’t quite get the joke — like when “Berta Lovejoy” demands this father “stop being selfish and grow it back, set a good example to this girl [and] put her feelings before your own sexist agenda.”

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