By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare

Research from a University of of Texas Institute in Austin, Texas discovered that nearly 7,000 people died while in law enforcement custody. The research showed an average of 623 deaths a year over a ten year period, with an increase in deaths in 2015 with 683 deaths of people while in custody. Over 90% of the people who died had not been charged with a crime. Reportedly 70℅ of the deaths were determined to be caused by natural causes, 11℅ were determined to be by suicide and 8% in what law enforcement call justifiable homicides.

The research project director Amanda Woog, a postdoctoral fellow at the institute, told The Texas Tribune researchers hope to find more information on each specific death.

“We can’t have an informed conversation about who’s dying at the hands of police or who’s dying in jails if we don’t literally know who’s dying and…

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This Date In New York Central Railroad History


Below is a feature we have done in the past. We take « This Date In NY Central History » which is published by Mark Tomlonson ; then add links and pictures that we find. Yes, you can add comments to our blog !

July 22, 1920 William K. Vanderbilt dies. His son, Harold S. Vanderbilt inherits half of his father’s fortune and takes the family seat on the New York Central Board. He was Chairman of the Board until he was ousted by Robert Young in a stock proxy battle.

July 22, 1942 The United States begins compulsory civilian gasoline rationing due to World War II. The rationing will cause rail ridership, which has been in a steady decline since 1916, to markedly increase. This increase will cause many railroads to invest heavily in new passenger equipment after the war.

July 23, 1966 In a combination publicity stunt and test of how track…

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Jane Sanders: Why Bernie Voters Shouldn’t Get Over It


n Tuesday, Bernie Sanders formally nominated Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic nominee for president, officially drawing to a close a hard-fought, 14-month campaign that brought him within spitting distance of the White House. It was a bittersweet moment — not just because he came so close and fell short, and not just because his brother, Larry, was there to say publicly how proud their parents would be, but because it came just a few days after evidence surfaced that the Democratic National Committee had, as Sanders claimed months earlier, favored the Clinton campaign while claiming to remain neutral during the primary.

Inside the DNC convention hall Tuesday, many of Sanders’ delegates walked out in protest. Outside, supporters from all over the country marched and chanted. But sitting in his box inside the Wells Fargo Arena, Sanders never betrayed his frustration.

Neither did his fiercest defender, staunchest ally and closest…

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Towards the sky

The Journey of My Left Foot (whilst remembering my son)

Friday 29th July

Looking up towards the sky

Seeing the clouds trailing by

Blinking tears from my eye

And forever asking why.

It’s so hard, but I will try

To smile more, not to cry

Are you up there flying by?

Our Angel Starman up on high.


Wispy clouds

Our Starman Angel

Holding hands

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