Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: The price list from Biological Resource Center Inc. offered a variety of options for the connoisseur of human body parts. A customer wanted an elbow? That would be $200. A whole arm and shoulder cost just $400 more. For those with more money to spend, a torso with head (referred to as a “cephalus”) went for $3,300. And an entire cadaver was available for the bargain price of $5,000. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: A juror in the Michael Blagg murder trial last spring has filed a lawsuit against his employer, claiming that his supervisors pressured him to find a way to duck jury service — and retaliated against him after he spent six weeks on the panel that found Blagg guilty of killing his wife. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: At last count, there have been nearly fifty officer-involved shootings in one state thus far in 2018, including ten during August alone. But no police department has been impacted more greatly than one metro community, whose officers have taken part in eight shootings, tying the city’s mark for the most incidents of this type in the past half-decade with more than three months left in the year. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: When Raymond Davies was killed by a hit-and-run driver on August 17, no television station shared news of his passing. No newspaper detailed the crime. No radio station shared a description of the vehicle that drove away as he lay dying. Beyond a mention in a blog about rising dangers for pedestrians and cyclists in the city, his death went unreported. But his story is a tragic one — and his killer remains at large. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: In 2016, attorney Mari Newman filed a lawsuit over shocking reports of abuse at a state mental hospital — claims that included strip searches and genital manipulation of mentally disabled residents. Now the state has agreed to settle the case by way of a $1 million payment and significant alterations to policies that may have contributed to the abuse in the first place. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: For most people, a traffic citation is an unfortunate but minor occurrence. But for Alex Lupa, a small infraction led to big problems, including a night spent in jail at the very moment his right to legally stay in this country was hanging in the balance.
Lupa isn’t an American citizen. Rather, he’s a permanent resident who was going through the naturalization process last month when he ran the stop sign. Afterward, he was arrested and placed in a county detention center until the wee hours of the next morning on an improperly filed warrant from nine years earlier. To add insult to injury, he says, an officer on the scene wanted to impound the borrowed vehicle he’d been driving even though the owner was there at the time. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: The #MeToo movement has exposed patterns of sexual harassment and abuse in the entertainment industry, schools and political arenas a cross the nation. Now an effort is underway to determine the severity of the issue in the world of climbing. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: A new lawsuit claims the medical staff at county detention center was so sure inmate Jeremy Laintz was faking an illness, despite plentiful evidence to the contrary, that they nearly let him die. And while he lived through his ordeal after he was placed in a medically induced coma and choppered to a major facility, he lost part of a lung, six toes and suffered other debilitating injuries that could have been prevented if he’d simply been given antibiotics a week or two earlier. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Police have arrested a man suspected of carrying out a triple homicide last month near a major interchange where members of the local homeless community copngregated. Maurice Butler has been named as a suspect in the shooting deaths of Nicole Boston, 28, Jerome Coronado, 39, and Christopher Zamudio, 45. Here are the details. Westword has the story.