Mason Taser case to proceed in federal court

Published: Friday, March 22, 2013 @ 2:02 PM
Updated: Friday, March 22, 2013 @ 2:02 PM

A federal judge has refused to throw out a civil rights lawsuit in the case of an unarmed mentally ill man who died during a confrontation with Mason police..

In a ruling Friday, federal Judge S. Arthur Spiegel turned down the city of Mason’s request to dismiss the case and set the trial for June 18. The lawsuit claims two police officers used excessive force on Douglas Boucher. Boucher’s family is seeking compensatory and punitive damages from the city of Mason and officers Daniel Fry and Sean McCormick.

Spiegel said a reasonable juror could conclude that the officers used “gratuitous violence.”

Boucher, 39, was allegedly harassing a female clerk at the Speedway gas station on Reading Road in December 2009 when Fry and McCormick happened to stop by the store. The two officers approached Boucher and asked him to go outside. The officers were attempting to handcuff Boucher when he wrestled away and hit Fry in the head with his one handcuffed hand, according to records.

When Boucher approached the clerk again — she had come outside — McCormick attempted to use a Taser on him. The first shot failed, but the second one employed the shock, according to reports at the time of the incident.

Boucher fell to the ground, knocking his head on the concrete. The autopsy revealed a skull fracture as the cause of death. However, court records include an opinion by Dr. Cyril Wecht that indicate the Taser shocks caused a fatal cardiac arrhythmia. The City of Mason’s attorney, Gary Becker, had also filed a motion to exclude the doctor’s testimony, but Spiegel denied the motion.

The lawsuit claims the officers tased Boucher a total of six times in less than a minute and hit him and kicked him after he was on the ground. Becker said in his motion that Boucher was acting aggressively prior to his falling face first on the pavement. When he refused to show the officers his hands, they suspected he might try to ambush them as he had previously when he allegedly struck Fry.

Actor Bill Paxton of 'Aliens,' 'Titanic' fame dead at 61

Published: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 10:41 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 10:41 AM


            Actor Bill Paxton of 'Aliens,' 'Titanic' fame dead at 61

Award-winning actor Bill Paxton of "Aliens" and "Titanic" movie fame, has died from complications from surgery, according to TMZ.

The 61 year old acting veteran has starred in a string of movie hits over his four-decade career, including "Twister," "Hatfield and McCoys," and "Apollo 13."

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He was working on the new CBS series "Training Day," when he died.

"It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery," the family said in a statement reported by TMZ.

"Bill's passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable."

He leaves behind two children and his wife of 30 years Louise Newbury.

The actor was born in Fort Worth, Texas in May of 1955. He made his film debut in Roger Corman’s 1975 film “Crazy Mama,” according to IMDb. He had a small role in the 1981 cult classic “Stripes” and went on over the next three decades to act in such movies as “The Terminator,” “Near Dark,” “Weird Science,” “Tombstone,” and True Lies.”

#RIP Bill Paxton.

Posted by TMZ on Sunday, February 26, 2017

Bill Paxton, the veteran actor who starred in Big Love and appeared in films like Aliens, Twister, Titanic and Apollo 13, died Saturday following complications from surgery. He was 61.

Posted by Rolling Stone on Sunday, February 26, 2017

Zach Braff, 'SNL' fans say Alec Baldwin should play Trump at White House Correspondents' Dinner

Published: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 7:10 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 7:10 AM

If you can't get the real president to attend your event, why not get the fake one?

>> Trump tweets he won't attend White House correspondents' dinner

That's what actor Zach Braff and "Saturday Night Live" fans are saying on Twitter after President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he won't be going to the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 29.

"I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year," Trump tweeted Saturday afternoon. "Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!"

>> See the tweet here


Minutes later, Braff called for actor Alec Baldwin, who plays Trump on "SNL," to stand in for the president.

".@AlecBaldwin time to suit up," he tweeted.

>> See the tweet here


Braff was not alone.






No word yet on whether Baldwin is interested in attending the event, which raises money for college scholarships and usually involves roasts of both the current president and the media.

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According to Poynter, the last time a president missed the dinner was 1981, when then-President Ronald Reagan was recovering from a gunshot wound. But Reagan still called in to the event, addressing guests by phone.

7 things to know now: Gov. collapses during speech; SNL writer suspended; Oscar nominations

Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 @ 5:50 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 @ 6:27 AM


            7 things to know now: Gov. collapses during speech; SNL writer suspended; Oscar nominations

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Out of TPP: On his first full day in office, President Donald Trump signed three presidential memoranda, one of which takes the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. "Great thing for the American worker, what we just did," Trump said after signing the document in the Oval Office. Trump also ok’d a hiring freeze on all federal workers with the exception of the military, and reaffirmed an existing law that bans federal funding for foreign nongovernmental organizations that pay for or promote abortions.

2. Cabinet nominees: More hearings on Trump’s cabinet nominees are set for Tuesday in Washington. Rep. Tom Price, Trump’s pick for health secretary, will be testifying Tuesday as will Ben Carson (Housing and Urban Development) and Mike Mulvaney (Office of Management and Budget). Sen. Diane Feinstein, (D-Calif.), says she will request a delay in the confirmation vote for Sen. Jeff Sessions, (R-Ala.), as attorney general. A vote on Betsy DeVos for secretary of Education was delayed until next week to give her time to answer questions in writing from senators.

3. Collapses during speech: Gov. Mark Dayton collapsed Monday while delivering the State of the State speech to the Minnesota legislature. Dayton, 69, was on the floor for several minutes before being helped to a room in the capitol. According to his son, who was in the audience when Dayton collapsed, he walked out of the Capitol under his own power, and was resting after being checked out by emergency medical technicians at his home. Dayton appeared to hit his head on the lectern when he fainted.

4. Aid to Palestine: Former President Barack Obama released $221 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority before leaving office on Friday, a State Department official told The Associated Press. Former Secretary of State John Kerry informed some legislators on Thursday that the money was being sent to the Palestinians. Written notification dated Jan. 20 was sent to Congress hours before Trump was sworn in as president.

5. Nominations for Oscar: It’s Oscar nomination day and the announcements of who is up for Academy Awards this year will be made around 8:18 a.m. ET. Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Emmanuel Lubezki, Jason Reitman, Ken Watanabe and Academy officials will announce contenders in several categories including Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Actor. The Academy Awards ceremony is set for Feb. 26.

And one more

A writer for “Saturday Night Live” has been suspended indefinitely for a remark she tweeted about Barron Trump. Katie Rich tweeted during Friday’s inauguration that Barron, 10, would be the “country’s first homeschool shooter.” Rich apologized and deleted the tweet from her account saying, "I sincerely apologize for the insensitive tweet. I deeply regret my actions & offensive words. It was inexcusable & I'm so sorry.”

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The Oscars 2017: What time; what channel; live-streamed; who is the host?

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 10:40 AM


            The Oscars 2017: What time; what channel; live-streamed; who is the host?

The 2017 Academy Awards – the crowning jewel in Hollywood’s annual self-congratulatory tour of award shows – is set for Sunday.

With nine films up for the Oscar for Best Picture, the favorite seems to be “La La Land,” the homage to Hollywood’s era of love story musicals. The movie is up for 14 Oscars, Best Picture and lead actor and actress nominations included.  

However, the night may likely be remembered more for its political slant then for the awards handed out, if other award shows this year are any indication.

Here are the specifics on the show – the time, channel and where it is being live-streamed.

What time: The show begins at 8:30 p.m. (ET) The red carpet coverage begins at 7 p.m.

Where is it being held: The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

What channel: ABC will broadcast the show live.

Live-stream: You can watch the awards ceremony on your phone or on other devices by going to abc.com or by using the ABC app.

The host: Jimmy Kimmmel is hosting the ceremony. It’s his first time. “Yes, I am hosting the Oscars. This is not a prank,” the Jimmy Kimmel Live! host tweeted shortly after the news was announced in December. “And if it is, my revenge on @TheAcademy will be terrible& sweet. Thx to @alsformalwear.”

Handing out the awards: Samuel L. Jackson, Kate McKinnon, Amy Adams, Halle Berry, Scarlett Johansson and Charlize Theron are among the presenters at Sunday’s ceremony.

Performances: Among the performers set for the show are Sting, John Legend, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Justin Timberlake.

Oscar nominations: Below is a list of Oscar nominations.

BEST PICTURE

Arrival

Fences

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land

Lion

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington, Fences

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Ruth Negga, Loving

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Emma Stone, La La Land

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Dev Patel, Lion

Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Viola Davis, Fences

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Kubo and the Two Strings

Moana

My Life as a Zucchini

The Red Turtle

Zootopia

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Arrival

La La Land

Lion

Moonlight

Silence

COSTUME DESIGN

Allied

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Florence Foster Jenkins

Jackie

La La Land

DIRECTING

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

Fire at Sea

I Am Not Your Negro

Life, Animated

O.J.: Made in America

13th

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

Extremis

4.1 Miles

Joe’s Violin

Watani: My Homeland

The White Helmets

FILM EDITING

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

La La Land

Moonlight

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Land of Mine

A Man Called Ove

The Salesman

Tanna

Toni Erdmann

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

A Man Called Ove

Star Trek Beyond

Suicide Squad

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

Jackie

La La Land

Lion

Moonlight

Passengers

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

"Audition (The Fools Who Dream)" from La La Land

Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

"Can’t Stop The Feeling" from Trolls

Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster

"City Of Stars" from La La Land

Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

"The Empty Chair" from Jim: The James Foley Story

Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting

"How Far I’ll Go" from Moana

Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

PRODUCTION DESIGN

Arrival

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hail, Caesar!

La La Land

Passengers

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

Blind Vaysha

Borrowed Time

Pear Cider and Cigarettes

Pearl

Piper

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

Ennemis Intérieurs

La Femme et le TGV

Silent Nights

Sing

Timecode

SOUND EDITING

Arrival

Deepwater Horizon

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Sully

SOUND MIXING

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

VISUAL EFFECTS

Deepwater Horizon

Doctor Strange

The Jungle Book

Kubo and the Two Strings

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

Arrival

Fences

Hidden Figures

Lion

Moonlight

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

Hell or High Water

La La Land

The Lobster

Manchester by the Sea

20th Century Women