Jessica Guynn USA TODAY Published 7:25 PM EDT Oct 16, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO – Two weeks ago, Chinedu Valentine Okobi, who had been darting in and out of traffic on a busy downtown street in Millbrae, California, went into cardiac arrest after being tackled by San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies and repeatedly tased. The drama unfolding over the death in police custody of this 36-year-old father and Morehouse College graduate who may have been suffering a mental break is similar to other high-profile cases of unarmed black men that have gripped the nation in recent years. Ebele Okobi, Chinedu’s sister, is demanding a probe into the police tactics used to subdue her brother in the fatal encounter. Were sheriff’s deputies trained in crisis intervention for people who are mentally ill? Why did the deputies keep zapping Okobi with Tasers rather than summoning medical help? What’s different this time, Okobi is a prominent Facebook … [Read more...] about Police death of black man hits home at Facebook, in Silicon Valley
When Marianne LaPlante walked into the Aldi supermarket on Route 9 in Howell last Friday, she was excited to use her $5 off, grand opening coupon and see what the new grocery store had to offer. The last thing she expected was to be leaving the store in an ambulance after being resuscitated by a complete stranger. "We had just started to shop," LaPlante told NJ Advance Media. "I just knew I didn't feel right and grabbed the cart." LaPlante, who was shopping with her 91-year-old mother, attempted to put her head down but ended up falling to the ground and hitting her head on the grocery store floor. "We heard a loud crash and someone yell 'Oh my God, help me,' and me and my daughter ran down the aisle and saw Marianne convulsing on the floor," said Lisa Manoy, another shopper in the store at the time. Many (right) and her daughter. (Courtesy Lisa Many) Manoy had spent 15 years working as a nurse and when she saw a complete stranger in need of help, she jumped into action. "I was … [Read more...] about Supermarket shopper saved a total stranger’s life. Facebook helped the two women connect.
Two Coloradans are suing the city of Thornton and a councilwoman because they say she banned them from commenting on her official Facebook page after they spoke out against a proposed ballot measure to limit oil-and-gas drilling in Colorado. According to the lawsuit, filed today on behalf of Clifton Willmeng, a nurse who lives in Lafayette, and Edward Asher, a Marine Corps reservist who lives in Thornton, Councilwoman Jan Kulmann silenced them because of their views. “The banning of Mr. Willmeng and Mr. Asher imposes an unconstitutional restriction on their participation in a designated public forum and their right to petition the government for redress of grievances,” the suit states. Kulmann, who is also the city’s mayor pro tem, has worked in the oil-and-gas industry and opposes this year’s Proposition 112 ballot measure that would require drill rigs be 2,500 feet from homes and occupied structures. The current state law is 500 feet. Willmeng, an … [Read more...] about Lawsuit: Can a city councilwoman in Colorado ban constituents from commenting on her Facebook page?
Greene County Sheriff David Carter (left) and Beliew Cemetery groundskeeper Bill Reinhart (right) with the 113-year-old gravestone. - Photo by Greene County sheriff's office The day after an Arkansas sheriff’s office asked for help regarding a gravestone more than a century old, the marker has been returned to the family plot where it belongs. The Greene County agency wrote about the headstone on social media on Monday. Sheriff David Carter said that within an hour of asking for help in returning W. W. Warner’s 113-year-old headstone, authorities were headed to the home of Beliew Cemetery’s groundskeeper. Deputies found the grave marker on a gravel road about a year ago, and the agency held onto it, not sure of where it belonged, Carter said. The sheriff's office posted about it on Facebook and commenters responded with information about the grave and the groundskeeper, Bill Reinhart. On Facebook, authorities said they had gone out to the cemetery in Lafe and … [Read more...] about 113-year-old gravestone returned to Arkansas cemetery after Facebook post, sheriff says
Facebook is currently testing out an "unsend" button feature that lets users take back messages on the company's Messenger app, a spokesperson for the company told CBS News. However, official plans for a rollout date have yet to be detemined. The embattled social network giant has been working on an "unsend" functionality since coming under fire six months ago when CEO Mark Zuckerberg's messages to users suddenly disappeared from their inboxes. The April incident prompted Facebook to then say it would develop the feature for everyone to use. On Friday, Twitter user Jane Manchun Wong took screenshots of an "Unsend Message?" button prototype on her Android phone. According to Wong, users will only be allowed to use the feature "after a certain number of times." Technology industry website TechCrunch vouched for Wong, who they say has previously spotted other prototypes developed by Facebook. A spokesperson with Messenger told CBS News that they still intend to … [Read more...] about Want to “unsend” messages on Facebook Messenger? Button is in the works