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Leftists suggest criminal prosecution for schoolchildren insulting teachers
Category: WORLD-NEWS
Tags: Children Crime Law Politics Russia

RIA Novosti / Ramil Sitdikov

RIA Novosti / Ramil Sitdikov

A Fair Russia lawmaker is suggesting the introduction of strict norms of behavior for schoolchildren and their parents, with criminal proceedings possible for violators, hoping that such a step will make teaching more attractive.

By amending the law on education and the Criminal Code, MP Viktor Shudegov wants legislation to ban schoolchildren and parents alike from all “insults, mockery, remands over incompetence, lecturing, and negatively portraying teachers and parents.” He also suggests equating physical assault on a teacher at work to violence against a representative of the authorities.

Insulting a representative of the authorities is a criminal offence in Russia, punishable with up to one year of correctional labor. Physical attacks on civil servants and state officials can carry up to five years in prison, or even 10 years behind bars, if the attack is recognized as endangering the life or health of the victim.

Shudegov told the mass circulation daily Izvestia that he and his colleagues were trying to counter the change of priorities among the young and the increasing aggressiveness of teenagers. “I think that the state must protect teachers in the same way it protects law enforcers because teachers’ service to society is equally important and beneficial for all,” the lawmaker said.

The MP also noted that underage children can be punished with remands or expulsion, and adults will bear full responsibility under his bill.

The current laws against insults and attacks on representatives of the authorities can be applied to violators of 16 years or older. Official adulthood in Russia starts from the age of 18.

Conflicts among teachers and pupils are often reported by the Russian press, but they usually only make it to the courts if parents get involved. One of the most resonant cases took place in the Russian Far East in 2010, where a group of boys regularly hazed their 73-year old PT teacher, filmed the attacks and uploaded the videos on the internet.

The hooligans enjoyed impunity for some time as the teacher suffered from dementia and simply forgot what had happened during the lessons. However, the internet boasting helped to find and ultimately punish the culprits.

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US first marijuana-infused meals sold from food truck in Washington Tags: Drugs Law USA

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A food truck is set to sell weed-infused meals openly in Washington for the first time – that’s after a vote in favor of legalization in 2012.

Food company MagicalButter is taking the “Samich” truck across US cities where marijuana is now legal, and its journey began in April in Denver. “Samich”, the company says, stands for "Savory Accessible Marijuana Infused Culinary Happiness."

The process of infusion is achieved using an automatic botanical extractor often used to make cannabutter and canna-oil. The device can take nutrients from plants and produce butters, oils, and tinctures.

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On the menu, are barbecue and pulled pork filled sandwiches, in addition to a turkey and stuffing option served on cornbread. The latter is known as the "Danks-giving."

The truck's signature "Samich" sandwich consists of nut butter, jelly, and banana. The jelly is a“trinity jam” made with blueberries, raspberries, and pomegranates, MagicalButter enthused.

Also on the list is truffle popcorn with ganja – Indian marijuana.

MagicalButter pledges that each product will be packed with between 30 and 100 milligrams of THC, cannabis' main psychoactive element. This constitutes a healthy daily dose, according to the marijuana medical site, Medical Jane.

The “magical truck” is in fact an important step in the legalization of marijuana, as it has become one of the few centralized places to buy recreational pot.

The truck’s first appearance was to have taken place in the city of Everett on June 28.

The state of Washington voted to legalize cannabis back in 2012, but has since put off the process of issuing licenses to growers and processors, The Verge media outlet reported. Licenses for the first 20 RM retail stores in Washington State are to be issued on July 7.

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Reportedly, the truck’s services can now only be used by people who hold medical marijuana use cards, Livetrading News portal stated.

Washington and Colorado states are currently the only 2 states with laws supporting legal recreational marijuana use. Medical marijuana use is much more widespread, with New York set to join 22 states, along with the District of Columbia, to legalize usage of cannabis in some form.

Washington was also planning to start selling pot-infused coffee in July.

Colorado, in its turn, increased control over cannabis-containing munchies, following a few overdose cases that ended dramatically.

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California man uses surveillance drone to keep an eye on cops from above (VIDEO)
Category: WORLD-NEWS
Tags: Drones Law Planes Police Security USA

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The Los Angeles Police Department is waiting for approval before it begins using a pair of recently acquired unmanned aerial vehicles to monitor events in Southern California, but a local man has already beaten them to the punch.

Forty-two-year-old Daniel Saulmon of Torrance, CA has been using a camera-equipped drone of his own during the last month or so to get a bird’s-eye-view of area happenings from high above the ground. Coupled with a passion for photographing police activity, Saulmon’s unusual hobby has made him well known among local law enforcement officials.

“If there’s police activity in my area that’s close by, I generally will go and try to record it and document what I see,” Saulmon recently told local news network KTLA.

“I don’t want to say the police don’t supervise themselves, but in a way there might be a little bit of truth to that,” he added.

Indeed, from the Rodney King beating more than two decades ago to the massive manhunt law last year for suspected cop killer Chris Dorner, the LAPD has not had an easy time avoiding scandal. Despite ongoing issues pertaining to police brutality and abuse, however, amateur photographers who set out to surveill law enforcement officials in the area have undergone heavy duty harassment in recent years and, as RT reported in the past, have even been considered terrorists according to official LAPD policy.

Saulmon has for years been recording police activity with a handheld, run-of-the-mill video recorder, and his footage has routinely found its way to the web and attracted thousands of hits. Now his newest aerial footage is starting to make the splash.

One of Saulmon’s most recent videos uploaded to YouTube is drone-filmed footage of police in Gardena, CA conducting a DUI checkpoint. So far it’s been viewed more than 33,000 times and is included on a playlist of more than 300 videos uploaded by Saulmon to an account administered under the alias “Tom Zebra.” Other clips posted to his page include aerial footage from outside LA’s Staples Center and drone-captured video taken from outside and on top an Air Force base in the city of El Segundo where he also captured an encountered with investigators not too happy with the UAV hobbyist.

In a profile published in the Los Angeles Times this week, journalist Joseph Serna wrote that Saulmon’s “recordings are well known to South Bay officers.”

Nevertheless, Saulmon said that he believes he’s working well within the legal constraints right now. The Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA, has asked hobbyists to keep personal drones within sight if they’re soaring in US airspace, and the agency is still drafting rules for commercial drone use.

"My attorney told me there isn't really much regulation on them," Saulmon told the Times. "I don't think it's a substitute for a hand-held camera, but it’s definitely a complement."

I have to use common sense with it,” he added. “It’s easy to fly. I would have to really go out of my way to be reckless and cause a problem with it.”

On his YouTube page and website, however, Saulmon shows that he has without a doubt landed himself in trouble with the law more than once. His “Mistaken Bacon” site shows countless confrontations with cops stemming from Saulmon’s amateur recordings, and on his Facebook profile he openly discusses numerous run-ins with the LAPD and other officers of the law that have yielded arrests and threats alike. According to a post on the Photography Is Not A Crime website, Saulmon was arrested six times for video recording the police as of last August. During the recently KTLA news report, anchor Kimberly Cheng said the charges have never stuck.

I don’t care how many times they arrest me, I’m not going away,” he told the website at the time. “I’m going to get as close as I can to see what’s going on so they will stop violating people’s rights."

Less than a year later, Saulmon has accomplished as much not be acquiring telephoto lenses, but by taking to the sky. Jennifer Lynch, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told the Times that others may soon follow suit.

"Once drones become widely used in our society, there's going to be a lot of concern," Lynch told the paper this week. "It's because they're so in-your-face. It's easy to see the drone, it's easy to recognize the privacy implications."

Meanwhile, the LAPD is still struggling with adopting their own rules before a pair of drones it plans to deploy during area emergencies. The office acquired the aircraft from the Seattle Police Department recently, but LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said that he “will not sacrifice public support for a piece of police equipment” and plans to “thoroughly vet the public's opinion on the use of the aerial surveillance platforms” before the drones are adopted.

The FAA expects that as many as 7,500 hobbyist drones could be traversing American airspace during the next half-decade.

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