Nicole McCurdy wants to know why San Joaquin County, California, sheriff’s deputies raided her home, ordering her and her two children out at gunpoint. The sheriff’s office declined a request for an interview from a local media outlet, but said in a statement “The search warrant stemmed from an ongoing investigation of an illegal fireworks operation that was connected to the home. Deputies had to take necessary precautions due to knowledge of criminal history and firearms in the home.” McCurdy said her family has hosted a July Fourth fireworks show for the past three years. But she said they have always bought fireworks that have the State Fire Marshal’s Safe and Sane Seal from what they believed to be approved dealers. Ripon, the town where the family lives, permits such fireworks.
Tragic: 14-Year-Old Boy Collapses and Dies Suddenly in School Classroom – Cause of Death Unknown
A 14-year-old student died suddenly after having a medical episode at Woodham Academy in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, England on Tuesday.
According to multiple reports, Ted Sanderson collapsed while at school. Emergency services responded immediately to help Ted after collapsing in class and rushed him to James Cook University Hospital.
But they could not save the teenager’s life, and he passed away while still at school. The cause of death is not yet known, the Daily Mail reported.
Family and friends have been paying tribute to the aspiring teacher, who was passionate about music and fishing.
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Lynn Wilson, his grandmother, said: ‘He was a gorgeous boy. He knew everything.
‘He was so much fun and he had so much character. He was perfect.
‘He loved everything about life. I can’t think how we are going to live without him. We are going to have to get through this together.’
Describing the last time she saw him on Tuesday, she said: ‘He went down the drive. Before he went out I said “I love you, have a good day” and he said “I love you nan”.
‘He was scrunching up his hair the way he always did to make it as big as he could.
‘Half an hour later we got a call from the school to say he had collapsed. We didn’t know what had happened but then there was no coming back.’
Ted, who lived with his grandparents Lynn and Keith and his dad Eddie, was described as ‘loving life’ and wanted to become a teacher in either history or RE.
Mrs Wilson added: ‘He just loved life. He did so much. He loved his country sports and his airsoft and nerf ward.
‘He was very full of life. He was proud to be a geek.’
A remembrance service was held at Woodham Academy yesterday, with the headmaster describing Ted as a ‘wonderful young man.’
Headteacher Andrew Bell added: ‘He was outgoing, friendly, thought provoking, articulate and to some degree, quirky.
‘Staff have taken great pride in describing their relationship with Ted, highlighting his enthusiasm for life, his willingness to give opinions, but also listen to the opinions of others.
A GoFundMe page was initially set up to pay for a bench to be placed on the grounds of his school, but someone has pledged that they will pay for a bench of the family’s choosing, according to the fundraising page. “So any donations will be sent to James Cook Children’s Unit, who fought so hard to save him.”
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District attorneys could be a last defense against abortion bans
District attorneys in more than 10 states where abortion is now banned or likely will be soon have committed to not prosecute people for obtaining abortions, following the Supreme Court’s Friday decision overturning Roe v. Wade.
In a joint statement Friday, more than 80 elected prosecutors argued that doing so would abuse their offices’ limited criminal justice resources, though many are from states that are supportive of abortion rights.
“Not all of us agree on a personal or moral level on the issue of abortion. But we stand together in our firm belief that prosecutors have a responsibility to refrain from using limited criminal legal system resources to criminalize personal medical decisions,” their statement says. “As such, we decline to use our offices’ resources to criminalize reproductive health decisions and commit to exercise our well settled discretion and refrain from prosecuting those who seek, provide, or support abortions.”
They argue that criminalizing abortion will make the procedure less safe by pushing it underground and isolating those who need it from law enforcement, medical, and social resources, as well as force medical providers to make “impossible decisions.” That’s particularly true in cases of sexual abuse, rape, incest, human trafficking, or domestic violence.
“Prosecutors, police, and our medical partners cannot do our jobs when many victims and witnesses of crime or other emergencies are unwilling to work with us for fear that their private medical decisions will be criminalized,” they said.
District attorneys are becoming a last line of defense for abortion rights as states start to activate preexisting “trigger” laws that were designed to outlaw abortion after the Supreme Court overturned Roe. But there are also limits to how much they can resist bans and shield abortion providers from criminal and financial liability.
District attorneys have more power to shield abortion providers in some states than in others
In some states, those district attorneys will be able to use their extensive legal discretion to decide whether abortion bans will be enforced at the local level. That’s the case in Louisiana, where a trigger ban went into immediate effect Friday that imposes maximum criminal penalties for doctors or others who terminate pregnancies of $200,000 fines and 15 years in jail for late-term abortions.
“District attorneys in Louisiana have unbridled discretion to decide what sorts of cases to prosecute and which sorts of offenses to let go unprosecuted,” Loyola University New Orleans law professor Dane Ciolino told WWL-TV.
Jason Williams, the district attorney for Orleans Parish, Louisiana, has already indicated that he does not intend to enforce the trigger law.
But in other states, including Texas, district attorneys’ refusal to enforce abortion bans may have a limited impact. Under Texas’s trigger law, which will go into effect 30 days after the Supreme Court issues its official judgment in the case overturning Roe, the state’s Republican attorney general, Ken Paxton, could override local district attorneys and go after abortion providers and funds.
The Texas law creates first- and second-degree felony offenses for providing or aiding in any abortion starting at fertilization that carry up to lifetime prison sentences. Paxton can’t prosecute abortion providers under the law on his own. But he can unilaterally seek potentially ruinous civil penalties — up to $100,000 per abortion — against them.
There’s also no guarantee that a district attorney can protect abortion providers from criminal liability forever. Some are elected and others appointed, so they could be replaced by someone who wants to prosecute providers. Though prosecutors can stem the enforcement of trigger laws somewhat, there’s only so much they can do now that Roe has been overturned.
Mississippi gas storage facility sending half a ton of methane into the atmosphere every hour
A small gas storage facility in Petal, Mississippi, is making a big impact when it comes to methane emissions. According to Inside Climate News, the station owned by Gulf South Pipeline and its parent company, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, sends half a ton of methane into the atmosphere every hour. Recent data for the facility marks Petal Gas Storage as the top emitter of its kind, pumping out three-and-a-half times more methane emissions than any other gas storage station in the U.S.—and that’s just self-reported emissions. As with any aspect of the oil and gas industry, there’s little transparency and accountability to be had for companies like Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, which operates across many Gulf states, its more than 13,000 mile-long pipelines extending from Texas to Ohio.
There’s also little enforcement. As Inside Climate News notes, the Environmental Protection Agency tends to take a relatively mild approach to handling emissions issues from facilities like Petal and hasn’t really fought back, despite Boardwalk Pipeline Partners’ utter inability to follow industry recommendations released some 16 years ago. All of the blame truly lies with Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, as 99% of leaks leading to super-emitting events came from operational error, namely issues with reciprocating compressors that use pistons to compress gas. A component in those compressors known as isolation valves were more often than not found to be faulty, allowing for vast tons of methane to leak out.
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