CENTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio say a 15-year-old boy wounded by officers after he refused repeated commands to put down his weapon had pointed a real-looking replica handgun at an officer.
Centerville Police Chief Bruce Robertson on Friday displayed a photo, saying “you can’t tell that’s a replica handgun.” Two officers fired Thursday at the teenager, hitting him three times. Police say the wounds aren’t life-threatening.
Robertson said police had earlier contact with the boy, who lives in Centerville some 20 miles south of Dayton.
He said surveillance video shows the boy was inside the police department before the encounter outside when an officer spotted him crouching behind a bush. Police say the youth drew the apparent weapon from his waistband and pointed it at the officer.
No one else was injured.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey appeals court has ruled that law enforcement agencies can view private messages and tweets from private accounts on Twitter if they get a warrant.
The three-judge panel on Thursday ruled in favor of Essex County prosecutors who attempted to access video posts from two Twitter profiles.
The case turned on what type of warrant is needed: a communications data warrant or a wiretapping warrant, which is needed for electronic communications in transit and has tougher legal requirements.
Essex County officials argued they were trying to access audio that had already been transmitted as opposed to live transmissions. The court agreed, ruling that law enforcement could use a data warrant.
According to Assistant Essex County Prosecutor Camila Garces, the court’s ruling “ensures that the state can access electronic footprints when conducting a criminal investigation.”
Defense attorney Lawrence Lustberg said that investigators should only have a right to see private message if they get a wiretap because they happen in real time.
“The court’s holding that seizing a tweet is not akin to a wiretap — with all of the protections that accompany wiretaps — fails to account for the reality of modern communication,” Lustberg said.
A spokesman for Twitter declined to comment on the ruling but pointed to the company’s guidelines for releasing users’ private information.
Twitter says that it requires a court order to disclose private information to authorities, that it alerts users about these disclosures when it is legally allowed to, that it stores some data for a limited period of time, and that it publishes annual transparency reports listing all such requests from law enforcement agencies.
NEW YORK (AP) — A new British stage adaptation of George Orwell’s chilling dystopic novel “1984” is coming to an America where issues of “newspeak” and surveillance are quite relevant.
Producers Sonia Friedman and Scott Rudin said Thursday that the play will open in June at the Hudson Theatre. Nominated for an Olivier Award, it was created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan. No casting was revealed.
First published in 1949, Orwell’s classic tale of a society run by Big Brother in which facts are distorted and suppressed in a cloud of “newspeak” has topped the Amazon.com best-seller lists.
The renewed interest comes on the heels of the Trump administration’s unfounded allegation that millions of illegal votes were cast against him last fall and an adviser coining the phrase “alternative facts.”
The creative team for “1984” includes Chloe Lamford (Scenic & Costume Design), Natasha Chivers (Lighting Design), Tom Gibbons (Sound Design) and Tim Reid (Video Design).
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Fiji outraged rights groups on Friday by forcing an Iranian refugee back to Papua New Guinea where he had spent more than three years under Australia’s tough asylum seeker policies and where he said he feared persecution.
Loghaman Sawai’s plight shines a spotlight on the human suffering behind Australia’s harsh policy of banishing asylum seekers to remote Pacific islands at a time the United States considers giving hundreds of them homes.
Sawari, 21, flew to Fiji last week to apply for a protection visa but was deported before he could lodge that application with Fijian immigration officials at the capital Suva, said lawyer Aman Ravindra-Singh, who was with Sawari when he was arrested outside Suva.
“He’s scared of ending up in Manus in a hell hole,” Ravindra-Singh said, referring to Manus Island where Papua New Guinea’s mosquito-infested immigration camp is located.
The Fijian government said Sawari had been legally obliged to apply for political asylum without delay, but he had failed to do so during his 10 days in Fiji.
Sawari would have become the first asylum seeker to apply for protection from a country where Australia has been banishing refugees for more than more than three years despite United Nations objections.
His plight has prompted rights groups to call on Australia to accept hundreds of refugees who are languishing on Manus Island and on the Pacific atoll of Nauru. Australia refuses to accept asylum seekers who try to reach its shores by boat and pays the two impoverished Pacific islands nations to keep them.
The United States had agreed to resettle an undisclosed number of refugees among more than 1,200 asylum seekers — mostly Muslims from Africa, the Middle East and Asia — on Manus and Nauru.
Another 370 asylum seekers who were brought to Australia for medical treatment then took court action to prevent their return to the remote islands would also be eligible for resettlement to the United States under the deal struck between Australia and the Obama administration.
But the deal has been condemned by President Donald Trump and now appears to be in doubt.
Australia sent Sawari to the men-only camp on Manus as a 17-year-old in August 2013. He was accepted as a refugee and had lived in Papua New Guinea outside the camp. But he complained he had been physically attacked by locals, threatened, harassed and had lived for a period in poverty on the street.
He pleaded for international help and protection for asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus in a video posted on social media from Fiji.
“Australia took me in 2013 to PNG by force and I don’t want to settle in PNG,” he said, referring to Papua New Guinea. “We need just freedom. Please, we are not slaves, we are human beings.”
Sawari had arrived at Port Moresby on an Air Niugini flight on Friday afternoon and was being interviewed by Papua New Guinea immigration officials, a police statement said.
Ravindra-Singh said he had arranged on Tuesday a meeting in Suva on Friday for Sawari to claim asylum. The pair where in their way to that meeting when their car was intercepted by six police and four immigration officers who took Sawari to an airport, the lawyer said.
“The Fijian government shows no respect for human rights or international law or even its own laws,” Ravindra-Singh said.
Fijian Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said Sawari had broken local laws by arriving in Fiji on a Papua New Guinea passport “obtained by fraudulent means.” Sayed-Khaiyum did not elaborate.
Amnesty International said it had grave concerns for Sawari’s welling being and called on Australia to take responsibility for him. Fiji’s Humans Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission director Ashwin Raj said Sawari’s deportation could expose him to “inhuman and degrading treatment.”
A coalition of 69 Australian organizations and community groups on Friday released a statement demanding that Australia evacuate the Pacific camps to end a humanitarian crisis.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — This is where the magic happens, here in the New England Patriots locker room.
John Duke Logan will be walking through as the players are taping up their ankles or putting on pads and one of them — most often backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett — will shout at him, “What do you have for me today?” Logan reaches into his back pocket and pulls out a deck of cards, and soon a crowd is gathered around.
“I saw him in there a couple of weeks ago and he did some amazing things,” quarterback Tom Brady said. “I think everyone is blown away by a little magic.”
As Brady spoke at his weekly news conference, Logan was in the back of the media workroom at Gillette Stadium, shooting video for his actual job as digital content associate for the Patriots website. But it’s as a sort of official team magician that he has attracted a following among the AFC champions, who will be playing the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl on Sunday.
“Anytime you can kind of take your mind off of football when you’re in the locker room, it’s a nice little break from the reality of what we do every day,” fullback James Develin said. “It just keeps things light and it’s fun to come to work every day.”
A 23-year-old native of nearby Hanover, Massachusetts, Logan was 12 when he posted a trick on YouTube and attracted the attention of a talent manager. (When the caller tried pitch some gigs, Logan told him, “I’ll have to ask my mom.”) By the time he graduated with two majors (entrepreneurship, marketing) and a minor (communications) from Bryant College in Rhode Island, where the Patriots used to train, Logan had already written two books about using the principles of magic as a tool to accomplish one’s life goals.
One of his mantras: “Magic isn’t about tricking people, it’s about proving to people that impossible is just a word.”
A longtime Patriots fan, Logan applied for a job in the team’s digital department. During the interview, his future boss proposed the idea that became the “Magic Moments” section on the website .
Each week this season, he produced a video performing a magic trick with a player or group of cheerleaders. Tailoring the routines to the specific player, he used Jamaican songs with Jamaica native Patrick Chung ; with Malcom Butler, whose interception clinched New England’s last Super Bowl win, the trick was called “A Perfect Catch” and was also timed to appear during the NFL’s breast cancer awareness month.
But Logan quickly became a celebrity among celebrities. He has a few rules in the locker room: He won’t approach players in the locker room, but he will perform a trick if requested.
“I realize they have a job to do. The last thing I want is to be a distraction to them,” he said. “Jacoby wanted to see a trick this week and last week, too, and I said, ‘Jacoby, I want you to focus on the game.'”
As a part-time Patriots employee, Logan didn’t travel with the team to Houston; instead, he was planning to head down midweek to perform at Guy Fieri’s tailgate party. In an interview near the stadium during Super Bowl week, Logan reached into the pocket of his Patriots jacket and pulled out a deck of cards. (“I always travel with a deck of cards,” he said. “You never know what’s going to happen.”)
First, he used Siri on his iPhone to correctly guess a reporter’s card (the three of diamonds) — a version of the trick he recorded with Chung for the website. Other tricks made cards move from one end of the deck to another, or seem to change their spots in his hands.
Watching such accomplished athletes dissolve in befuddlement is the real feat, Logan said.
“Magic isn’t the trick. It’s what happens after the trick,” he said. “I thought Devin McCourty was this big, tough guy — which he is. But when you do magic, it brings them back to their childhood.”
As a New England high school football player who has done magic half his life, Logan has apparently apparated into his dream job. There’s only one problem: Being the unofficial magician for an organization that has twice been convicted by the NFL of trickery makes some out-of-towners even more suspicious.
“People don’t like the Patriots. They hate them. It’s kind of New England against the world,” Logan said. “I was afraid people would say, ‘Oh, it’s another way they’re cheating.'”
But, he insists, there’s no hocus-pocus that the rest of the league needs to worry about.
“I’m not sure if Bill Belichick — Coach Belichick — knows that I do magic,” Logan said. “He says: ‘You always focus on football.’ And even if he does know who I am, that’s what I want him to continue doing: I want him to focus on football, and going all the way.”
If they do, don’t expect Logan to take any credit.
“Belichick is the real magician. Belichick and Brady,” he said, breaking into a wry smile like so many of his willing victims. “I don’t even know how they do it every year.”
AP Sports Writers Kyle Hightower and Teresa Walker contributed to this story from Houston.
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WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A local activist has come forward to say he called protesters “freakin’ morons” during a public meeting after the comments were captured on a live microphone and attributed to a Massachusetts mayor who apologized for the remarks.
Worcester (WU’-ster) activist Richard Aucoin and Democratic Mayor Joseph Petty both acknowledged Thursday that Aucoin made the remarks Petty apologized for on Wednesday.
Aucoin says he was frustrated that protesters were chanting at a City Council meeting on Tuesday. The demonstrators had gathered at City Hall earlier in protest of Republican President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.
In a video of the meeting, someone can be heard uttering “freakin’ morons. Morons, morons, morons.”
Petty says he initially denied making the comments. But as more people seemed convinced that he made them, he started to think they were right.