TEXAS: City Council of Denton repeal #fracking ban voted for by City Residents’

#AceNewsReport – Post Update: TEXAS:June.17: The City Council of the North Texas city of Denton on Wednesday repealed a ban on #fracking, voted for by city residents in November 2014.

 Water quality and quantity has not been affected by hundreds of fracking wells in and around Ponder, Texas, but residents complain of air quality from fracking operations, the town’s Director of Public Works Gary Morris told Sputnik

In November 2014, 59 percent of voters in Denton backed the bill prohibiting fracking within city limits amid rising concerns that the oil-and-gas-extraction technique would cause serious harm to the environment. The Texas Oil & Gas Association and the Texas General Land Office sued the city in response.

 On May 18, Texas governor Greg Abbott signed the House Bill 40 into law, making it the state’s prerogative to decide whether to allow #fracking in cities.

“The Denton City Council voted 6-1 to amend to repeal Initiative Ordinance No. 2014-01, known as the hydraulic fracturing ban. As this ban has been rendered unenforceable by the State of Texas in HB 40, it is in the overall interest of the Denton taxpayers to strategically repeal the ordinance,” a statement, published on the official website of the city of Denton, reads.

The City Council stressed that the decision was arrived at after taking into account all the residents’ concerns and the long-term interests of the city.

#Fracking is the practice of using high-pressure injections of water, sand and toxic chemicals into underground shale formations to extract natural resources. A number of researchers believe that #fracking can cause serious damage to the environment, and even trigger minor earthquakes.

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TEXAS: ‘ Lawyer: Officer didn’t target black teens at Texas pool ‘

#AceNewsReport#Breaking Update:June.11: Texas officer was not targeting minorities:

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DALLAS (AP) – A white Texas police officer was not targeting minorities when he wrestled a black teenage girl to the ground and brandished his gun outside a pool party, his lawyer said, but rather was fraught with emotion after responding earlier to two suicide calls.

As activists demanded Wednesday that prosecutors charge former officer David Eric Casebolt, his attorney Jane Bishkin said…

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USA: ‘ TEXAS COURT MAKES EXAMPLE OF JOURNALIST SENTENCING HIM TO PRISON OVER LINKS TO ANONYMOUS ‘

#AceNewsServices – USA:Jan.24: A  Texas court in Dallas sentenced journalist Barrett Brown to 63 months behind bars for links to the hacktivist collective Anonymous.

Barrett Brown (Photo from Wikipedia.org)

Barrett Brown (Photo from Wikipedia.org)

In April the independent journalist entered a plea deal agreeing to charges of transmitting threats, acting as an accessory to hacking, and obstructing with the execution of a search warrant. In addition to the prison term, the 33-year-old has been ordered to pay nearly $900,000.

Brown had been facing a possible sentence of 8.5 years. His legal team and online supporters, however, argued that the more than two years the hacktivist had already spent in prison were enough.

The controversial case drew attention as a possible crackdown on free press when federal prosecutors charged Brown with fraud for merely sharing a link to a compilation of stolen credit card information from intelligence contractor Stratfor.

The charge was later dropped as part of plea deal he made in April.

The trove of data contained within the link related to subscriber data pilfered from Strategic Forecasting, or Stratfor, a private intelligence company, when it was hacked by Anonymous in December 2011. Thousands of emails obtained in that compromise were later given to the whistleblower website WikIleaks and were subsequently published online.

However, in his sentencing statement Thursday morning Brown alleged that the Statfor hack served as the primary motivation in the government’s case against him.

“The fact that the government has still asked you to punish me for that link is proof, if any more were needed, that those of us who advocate against secrecy are to be pursued without regard for the rule of law, or even common decency,” Brown told the judge.

#BarrettBrown imprisoned for 28 months – his “crime”? – exposing the truth.#FreeBB#FreePress#FreeAnonspic.twitter.com/rdkunnwLoo

“You cannot traffic something that is already in the public domain,” Brown’s attorneys argued regarding the stolen data. But the court disagreed.

According to federal sentencing guidelines, Brown should have expected 51 to 63 months in prison. US District Judge Sam Lindsay gave him the maximum term advised.

The $890,000 restitution money will go to Stratfor, Combined Systems and the Law Firm of Puckett and Faraj. All three companies were targeted by Anonymous.

Hacker and activist Jeremy Hammond pleaded guilty in May 2013 to violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act as a member of the Internet collective known as Anonymous for his role in the Stratfor breach. Brown’s mother, Karen Lancaster McCutchin, was sentenced in November 2013 to six months’ probation and a $1,000 fine after she pleaded guilty to helping her son keep laptops from federal agents.

Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, condemned the prosecution of Brown.

“The Barrett Brown case is such an obvious injustice that a public campaign by his lawyers to place the Beckel statement back into its proper context would be an obvious step for his defence team,” Assange wrote on his site after the December sentencing hearing, noting that the situation personally involves him and WikiLeaks.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ Ramps Up Response on Ebola After Second Nurse Was Cleared to Fly a Day before Diagnosis ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – October 16 – The federal government is ramping up its response to the Ebola crisis after a second Dallas nurse became ill and it was disclosed that she had been cleared to fly a day before her diagnosis.

While Ebola patients are not considered contagious until they have symptoms and only two persons have been known to contract the disease in the U.S., the revelations Wednesday raised new alarms about whether hospitals and the public health system are equipped to handle the deadly disease.

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DALLAS: ‘ Second Ebola Patient Identified ‘

#AceBreakingNews – DALLAS – October 13  – A Dallas health care worker diagnosed with the Ebola virus over the weekend was identified Monday as nurse Nina Pham, her family confirmed.

Pham, 26, became infected while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient to die in the United States. Pham, who graduated from Texas Christian University’s nursing program in 2010, is the first person known to contract the disease while in the United States.

Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Monday Pham was “clinically stable.”

Frieden also apologized to officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. He said his comments Sunday that Pham’s infection was the result of a “breach of protocol” did not reflect on Pham or the hospital’s efforts.

“I apologize if people thought I was criticizing the hospital,” Frieden said at a press conference Monday. “And I feel awful that a health care worker became infected while helping an Ebola patient.”

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UNITED STATES: ‘ Public Support for Obama-Care Languishes at Lowest Level of Support for Four Years Since Inception ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – Public support for President Barack Obama’s health care law is languishing at its lowest level since passage of the landmark legislation four years ago, according to a new poll.

' Obama’s health care fails to gain support; Americans expect fixes, not repeal '

‘ Obama’s health care fails to gain support; Americans expect fixes, not repeal ‘

The Associated Press-GfK survey finds that 26 percent of Americans support the Affordable Care Act. Yet even fewer — 13 percent — think it will be completely repealed. A narrow majority expects the law to be further implemented with minor changes, or as passed.

“To get something repealed that has been passed is pretty impossible,” said Gwen Sliger of Dallas. “At this point, I don’t see that happening.”

Sliger illustrates the prevailing national mood. Although a Democrat, she’s strongly opposed to Obama’s signature legislation. But she thinks “Obamacare” is here to stay.

“I like the idea that if you have a pre-existing condition you can’t be turned down, but I don’t like the idea that if you don’t have health insurance you’ll be fined,” said Sliger.

The poll was taken before Thursday’s announcement by the White House that new health insurance markets have surpassed the goal of 6 million sign-ups, so it did not register any of the potential impact of that news on public opinion. Open enrollment season began with a dysfunctional HealthCare.gov website last Oct. 1 but will end Monday on what looks to be a more positive note.

Impressions of the health care roll-out while low, have improved slightly.

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‘ Liberia Plans to Prosecute Airline Passenger Who Brought Ebola into US as he Answered NO to Health Questions’

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Dallas) – October 02 – Liberia plans to prosecute the airline passenger who brought Ebola into the U.S., alleging that he lied on an airport questionnaire about not having any contact with an infected person, authorities said Thursday.

' Thomas Eric Duncan '

‘ Thomas Eric Duncan ‘

Thomas Eric Duncan filled out a series of questions about his health and activities before leaving on his journey to Dallas.

On a Sept. 19 form obtained by The Associated Press, he answered NO to all of them.

Among other questions, the form asked whether Duncan had cared for an Ebola patient or touched the body of anyone who had died in an area affected by Ebola.

“We expect people to do the honourable thing,” said Binyah Kesselly, chairman of the board of directors of the Liberia Airport Authority in Monrovia. The agency obtained permission from the Ministry of Justice to pursue the matter.

Neighbours in the Liberian capital believe Duncan become infected when he helped bundle a sick pregnant neighbour into a taxi a few weeks ago and set off with her to find treatment.

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