Family pens brutally honest obit after daughter’s heroin overdose

Family pens brutally honest obit after daughter’s heroin overdose

Originally posted on Global News:

TORONTO – Hoping to save another addict’s life, a U.S. family penned a brutally honest obituary for their 24-year-old daughter who died of a heroin overdose.

Molly Parks was found dead last week in Manchester, New Hampshire. Coming to terms with her death, Parks’ family wrote the obit hoping to inspire other addicts to seek help.

“Along Molly’s journey through life, she made a lot of bad decisions including experimenting with drugs,” the obituary reads. “She fought her addiction to heroin for at least five years and had experienced a near fatal overdose before.”

Despite the obituary being harsh, the family remembered their loving daughter for her “fearless personality and her trademark red lipstick.”

According to the obit, Parks enrolled in a community college but dropped out after one year when “her addiction took over.”

“Molly’s family truly loved her and tried to be as supportive as possible as she…

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Women held captive for decade in Cleveland house recount heavy chains and manipulation in new memoir

Women held captive for decade in Cleveland house recount heavy chains and manipulation in new memoir

Originally posted on National Post:

NEW YORK — When Amanda Berry’s toddler daughter had night terrors and started screaming and running around the room, Berry couldn’t always get to her — because she was chained and couldn’t move that far.

Big, heavy chains were a regular part of Berry’s life for years as she, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were held captive in a Cleveland home by Ariel Castro before finally escaping in 2013. So were repeated rapes and other abuse.

But the women survived, and now Berry and DeJesus have written a book about their experiences. “We are free, we love life,” the women said in the note to readers at the beginning of Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland, which they wrote with journalists Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan. Hope is scheduled to come out Monday. The Associated Press purchased an early copy in New York.

Berry kept journals and other…

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“Police Imposing Death Sentence Without Trial” TheDailyBell

“Police Imposing Death Sentence Without Trial” TheDailyBell

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Police Imposing Death Sentence Without Trial
By Philippe Gastonne – April 22, 2015

In the last minutes of the video, Harris lies on the pavement with police on top of him. An officer calls for a Taser, but in place of an electric clicking sound, a gunshot rings out.

A voice can be heard saying, “Oh! I shot him! I’m sorry!” Another officer screams out, “He shot him! He shot him!”

Harris, who is bleeding, calls out, too. He’s losing his breath, he says. An officer yells back at him.

“You f**king ran! Shut the f**k up!” he yells. “F**k your breath,” he said.

Clark defended the officer’s language, saying the deputy experienced auditory exclusion, never heard the gunshot and thought the suspect was out of breath from running. The language has no bearing on whether the shooting was justified, Clark said. –, April…

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Victoria police officer charged with forgery and fraud

Victoria police officer charged with forgery and fraud

Originally posted on Global News:

A Victoria police officer has been charged for off-duty conduct.

Crown Counsel approved 13 fraud-related charges against Constable Leroy Anderson on Thursday.

Charges include six counts of forgery, six counts of possession of a forged document and one count of fraud.

Anderson was suspended in September 2014 with pay after information was brought forward about potential fraudulent off-duty activity, eventually launching a criminal investigation.

Anderson’s employment status is currently under review.

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These 5 Facts Explain Europe’s Deadly Migrants Crisis

These 5 Facts Explain Europe’s Deadly Migrants Crisis

Originally posted on TIME:

On April 19, more than 600 refugees drowned in the Mediterranean when their boat capsized on its way from Africa to Italy. On April 12, about 400 people died in a separate shipwreck. So far in 2015, 1,600 migrants have lost their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean, and authorities fear that the number will surge as the weather warms. These five stats explain the rising tide of migration problems for Europe and for the desperate migrants of Africa and the Middle East.

1. Political Refugees Fleeing to Europe

EU member states received 216,300 applications for asylum last year. A large number of these asylum seekers are fleeing from Syria (civil war), Eritrea (dictatorship) and Mali (another civil war). Many of them are officially recognized as “refugees” by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, a status that affords certain legal protections. But navigating the red tape takes time…

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Man dead after police intervention in St-Anicet

Man dead after police intervention in St-Anicet

Originally posted on Montreal Gazette:

A 42-year-old man has died following a police intervention in St-Anicet, in the Montérégie region.

Sûreté du Québec police officers were called to a house in the town around 1:30 a.m. Thursday, where a man was suicidal and armed.

According to the Montreal Police, now in charge of the investigation for transparency reasons, there were “possibly” shots fired between the SQ officers and the man.

The SQ’s tactical squad was called in as reinforcements, and found the man dead after he’d been “hit by at least one gun shot,” said Montreal Police spokesperson Abdullah Emran.

Emran said it’s too early in the investigation to know if the man was shot by police officers or if he shot himself.

SPVM investigators were headed to the town Thursday morning to try to establish what happened.

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