by Ansel Herz
on Sat, May 17, 2014 at 9:02 AM
Police Chief Potentials: Mayor Ed Murray's been saying he can't go wrong with any of the three police chief finalists he's picking from—he'll announce one on Monday—but for God's sake man, do not pick the guy from Mesa, Arizona:
Seattle Police Union Fights Reform: The Seattle Police Management Association is filing a labor complaint to block the implementation of a council-passed ordinance that allows the new chief to bring in outside command staff.
Whoops! The most powerful man in world soccer, FIFA chief Sepp Blatter, admits locating the 2022 World Cup in Qatar was a "mistake" because of its—no one could have foreseen this!—hot desert climate. The use of "slaves" to build stadiums, however, doesn't merit a mention.
NOOOOOO: Mozilla, the last open-source web browser, is giving in to the forces of buggy, cumbersome, suffocating Digital Rights Management (DRM).
New York Times Editor Killed NSA Story: Dean Bacquet, the guy who replaced Jill Abramson at the NYT this week, declined to publish a rock-solid story from an NSA whistleblower who came to the Los Angeles Times in 2007, when Bacquet was still editor there.
Rhode Islanders are coming around to the fact that high-stakes testing spurs teaching to the test, increases financial stress on schools and districts, creates uncertainty in applying to college, and places inequitable burdens on students of color, English-language learners, and students with IEPs.
Federal Judge Orders Stop to Force-Feeding at American Gulag: Abu Wa’el Dhiab, who was cleared for release in 2009 but has now been held prisoner at Guantanamo Bay for twelve years, has been on hunger strike. The judge also ordered the Obama administration to preserve more than 100 surveillance videos of him being forcefully removed from his cell and fed. "This is a major crack in Guantanamo's years-long effort to oppress prisoners and to exercise total control over information about the prison," said one of his attorneys.
I've been to this garden in Cite Soleil, Haiti. It's awesome: