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All five officers on trial for the deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina were convicted of charges stemming from the cover-up of the shootings. The four men charged with civil rights violations in the shootings were convicted on all counts, but the jury didn’t find the officers guilty of murder. Former officer Robert Faulcon was the only defendant to testify and said that he was “paralyzed with fear” as he shot and killed a 40-year-old mentally disabled man, Ronald Madison, as he chased him and his brother, Lance Madison. "None of these people intentionally decided to go out there and cause people harm," said Timothy Meche, officer Anthony Villavaso’s lawyer. He said they did their best, operating under "terrible, horrible circumstances" after Katrina.—-

Gun store owners in states along the U.S.-Mexico border are suing the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives over the new requirement that owners alert federal authorities if someonestarts preparations for an unholy war with Mexican terrorists buys multiple high-powered rifles over five days. The new requirement is only for gun stores in the four states that border Mexico (Calif., Ariz., NM., Texas) and goes into effect Aug. 14. Gun store owners argue that the requirement is unlawful, would hurt them economically and would invade the privacy of their summers.

Jimmy McMillan — the guy who was running for New York governor because “the rent is too damn high” — is being evicted from his rent-controlled East Village Apartment. McMillan, who now plans on running for president, says he’s facing eviction because his landlord says, “my rent is too damn low” and will file a counter claim against his landlord worth $70,000 in housing court.

I am too damn high!

The first still of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in Christopher Nolan’s epic installment in the Batman series, Rise of the Dark Night, has been released, and boy does she look silly on that mobile de Bat. Seriously, who is doing the casting for this movie? At least Tom Hardy as Bane looks sweet.

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