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Chauvin, Will Prosecute Other 3 officers of George Floyd Case Minnesota AG Upgrades Charge

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Chauvin, Will Prosecute Other 3 officers of George Floyd Case Minnesota AG Upgrades Charge

The former Minneapolis police officer who knelt over George Floyd’s neck and added charges against those other officers who were on the scene, was charged by Minnesota Prosecutor General Keith Ellison.

According to the Star Tribune, Ellison raised charges against former officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of second degree. He is still accused of assassination and massacre of the second degree.

“The police have been trained to make this type of contention with a subject who is prone inherently harmful, according to the modified complaint lodged against the former officer.

The complaint read, ‘Officer Chauvin’s long-term withdrawal of Mr. Floyd was an essential factor in the loss of conscience of Mr. Floyd which constituted significant physical harm, but also the death of Mr. Floyd’s.’

The three other officers on stage also were Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane charging them with assisting and encouraging second-grade killings while committed a crime and with guilty fault, both classified as unintentional crimes.

Ellison will discuss the high fees and provide an update on Wednesday afternoon ‘s state investigation into the case.

After 19 years of incident, Chauvin and three other officers were fired immediately following the incident and arrested last Friday.

Kueng was one of the first on stage officers according to the Star Tribune and helped pin Floyd to the ground and Thao watched the events which led to Floyd death.

Separate accusations told Lane that before he was handcuffed, he pointed a gun onto Floyd and asked the officers whether they should roll him on his side.

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Ellison’s family lawyer Benjamin Crump issued a statement praising this decision before he made his announcement.

The Floyd ‘s family, Crump and the legal team said the joint declaration, “This is a bitterweet moment for George Floyd ‘s family.

“We are deeply glad that Attorney General Keith Ellison took decisive action in this case, arresting, indicting and upgrading the charge against Derek Chauvin to the felony of assassination of all those involved in Floyd ‘s death.

“We are glad that this significant step took place before the Body of George Floyd was put to rest,” said the Prime Minister.

“This is a source of peace in this painful time” the statement added.

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar also praised the Twitter decision , saying “It’s a major step forward for the judicial system.”

Minnesota Solicitor General Keith Ellison issues allegations of 2nd degree in the killing of George Floyd against Derek Chauvin and arrests three other officers. This is another important step in the interests of justice.

— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar)

The revised indictment is due to take over by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz days after Ellison was asked on Sunday.

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Parade of planets visible in the night sky this week

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ST. LOUIS – There will be a parade of planets this month. December 6-10 you will be able to see three planets and then on December 12 you will be able to see 5. There will be a crescent moon earlier in the month which will provide less moonlight, making it easier to see the planets.

The Missouri Department of Conservation shared this timeline for planet viewing:

  • On December 6th, the crescent moon will appear near Venus within 3 degrees in the early evening sky. Venus is the brightest planet.
  • On December 7th, the crescent moon and Saturn are about 5 degrees apart. Saturn is a fainter planet with a gold color. If conditions are right, you can see its rings with a telescope during twilight, and may even see its largest moon, Titan,
  • On December 8th, the moon approaches close to Jupiter, our largest planet. With clear conditions and a telescope, you may be able to see its four largest moons.
  • On December 10th, look for the moon, Jupiter, and Saturn forming a nice row in the sky.
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The St. Louis Astronomy Facebook page says the best time to observe 5 planets together will be after sunset on December 12. Venus, Saturn, Jupiter, and the moon will be visible to the naked eye. You will need a pair of binoculars or a small telescope to see Neptune, Uranus, Ceres (a dwarf planet), and Pallas (a large asteroid).

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Miner’s Candle fire burning near Idaho Springs is 100% contained

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Miner’s Candle wildfire forces evacuations near Idaho Springs

The Miner’s Candle fire burning near Idaho Springs is 100% contained, fire officials said Tuesday.

The wildfire started Sunday as a structure fire and it forced residents of about two dozen homes to evacuate. The fire, which destroyed two homes, a cabin and a small number of outbuildings, burned about 15 acres, according to the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office.

Strong winds on Sunday and extremely dry weather fueled the fire. There were no reports of injuries or fatalities.

 

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This “bizarre” creature is a massive sunfish spotted near Laguna Beach

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This “bizarre” creature is a massive sunfish spotted near Laguna Beach

A pair of paddlers encountered a massive sunfish just a few hundred yards off Laguna Beach’s shoreline that could rival in size a Guinness World Record set in 1996.

Rich German and friend Matt Wheaton, both of Laguna Beach, set out on Thursday, Dec. 2, to enjoy the clear waters off the coast. They came across a massive mola mola, also known as sunfish, floating on the ocean’s surface.

“We were just paddling and all of a sudden we were like ‘Oh my god.’ That thing was massive,” said German, author of the book “Blue Laguna” and founder of the ocean conservation nonprofit Project O.  “Most of my encounters are with dolphins and whales, but you never know what you’re going to see.”

German, comparing to Wheaton’s 14-foot stand-up paddleboard, guessed the fish was close to 9 feet in length.

Once home, he found a Guinness World Record set in 1996 when a fisherman caught an 8-foot-11 mola mola that weighed 5,070 pounds off the coast of Japan. While that record was for the heaviest fish, which would be tough to compare with the sunfish the pair encountered off Laguna Beach, German said he thinks theirs could be longer in length and is hoping to consult with marine scientists to see if it could be measured based on the size of the board.

Julianne Steers, founding board member of the Beach Ecology Coalition, said the sunfish was larger than most seen here – she’s seen fish about 6- to 7-feet long. But whether it was a record-holder would be tough to tell.

“The only true way to know is if it was out and weighed and officially measured,” she said, noting that there’s some records up in Northern California of sunfish reaching 13-foot long. “But it does look much larger than what we typically see out here.”

She called the mola mola a “lumbering” fish that likes to lazily float on the ocean’s surface to bask in the sun, hence their nickname, eating jellyfish and salps.

The species looks like a mad scientist put them together with spare parts, Steers said. “It’s such an oddball kind of assembly of parts.”

The mola mola is also the largest fish in the world that has a skeleton structure, she said.

Scientists once thought the mola mola drifted with ocean currents, but they’ve been tracked in Southern California swimming 16 miles a day at a top speed of 2 mph, the Monterey Bay Aquarium says on its website.

“With its tank-like body, the mola was clearly not built for life in the fast lane. But it holds its own against faster and flashier fish and is able to live in almost all of the world’s oceans,” the aquarium says. “It’s known to spend time near the surface, but tagging shows that the mola is also a prolific diver and migrates long distances at depth.”

German said he has seen many mola molas through the years, but typically further offshore and about half the size of the one encountered just south of Main Beach.

“The first time I saw one, I didn’t know what it was. I thought it was a mutilated shark,” he said, noting the fish’s fin often stands up above the surface. “They are so bizarre looking. They just lay there.”

Even if it’s not an official record-setter, German is still soaking in the interesting encounter.

“I just know it was really big,” he said. “It was a unique and very cool thing to experience, and another example of why we need to protect the ocean and the amazing life that calls it home.”

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