Latin fever sweeps CPH Open

In what should be the template for future city-based skate events, last weekend’s CPH Open contest took place over a series of locations dotted around the municipality.

Vying with Malmö for the title of most skateboarding-progressive city in the world, Copenhagen opened its arms to skateboarding this year to an extent never seen before. From downtown qualifiers to skatepark deathmatches, to best-trick contests in theme parks and finals on an island DIY spot, we think that this has to rate as among best weekend events of the modern skateboarding era.

That fact is reflected in the turnout of pro skaters that you wouldn’t normally expect to see at a straight ‘contest’ event. That is worthy of note.

Large knucks to Simon Weyhe, Ryan Clements and all involved in the background as ever.

Final Results:
1. Carlos Ribeiro
2. Louie Lopez
3. Luan Oliveira
4. Felipe Gustavo
5. Tommy Fynn

6. Matt Berger

Article source: http://www.redbull.com/en/skateboarding/stories/1331736172694/copenhagen-stages-best-ever-event

Stary electric skateboard promises over 18 miles per charge …

We have seen electric skateboards in the past that have battery packs and motors to get the rider around town for work or fun. A new electric skateboard has turned up that is very different called Stary. What makes Stary so different is that it has no motor or battery inside. That makes it the lightest electric skateboard in the world.

Stary weighs in at 8.6 pounds and can cruise along at up to 18.6mph. Stary claims to be able to go ten miles on a single charge. The motor that powers the skateboard is inside the wheels. Those motors use planetary gearing with a high reduction ratio giving the skateboard enough power to go up inclines.

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Stary claims to be easier to learn to ride than a normal skateboard. It is controlled with a wireless device you hold in your hand; you tilt the controller forward or backwards to move in either direction. The Stary also uses regenerative braking to charge batteries.

Stary is on Kickstarter now seeking $100,000 and has raised over $149,000 so far with 23 days to go. A Stary skateboard will set you back $499, which is $400 less than the retail price. Shipping is expected in November.

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Article source: http://www.slashgear.com/stary-electric-skateboard-promises-over-18-miles-per-charge-21393756/

Many Upset With Road Sign Graffiti – KKTV




Graffiti on a local road sign is getting a lot of reaction on social media. Someone wrote the word ISIS on a road sign near I25 and Fillmore.

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Graffiti on a local road sign is getting a lot of reaction on social media. Someone wrote the word “ISIS” on a road sign near I25 and Fillmore.

The graffiti has since been removed, but that doesn’t mean the message stopped bothering people.

Melissa and Michael Babcock can’t believe the text they got from their daughter.

“I think she was shocked,” said Melissa. “She said it was stupid how someone could do that, you know and I agreed.”

Her daughter took a picture of a road sign Sunday night that reads, ‘Clean Colorado Spronsored by “ISIS.”‘

“That’s terrible,” said Melissa.

“It’s a poor sense of humor,” said Michael. “Somebody’s just not thinking things through. I think that someone was messing around and did it with a poor sense of humor.”

As the ISIS terror threat looms, people here in a military city didn’t find the graffiti funny.

“We have a lot of soldiers that we care about and love,” said Michael. “They’re fighting for a reason and to bring this home is just disrespectful.”

“It’s just irresponsible and rude,” Melissa added. “Immature. There’s just no need for that; find something else to do.”

Colorado Springs Police tell 11 News they track graffiti and try to make arrests whenever possible. It’s considered criminal mischief and the penalty is based on how much damage is done. No arrests have been made at this point.

We also reached out to the Colorado Department of Transportation. They don’t own the sign, but they tell us they haven’t seen any other graffiti in the area with the word “ISIS.”

Article source: http://www.kktv.com/home/headlines/Many-Upset-with-Road-Sign-Graffiti-that-Said-ISIS-317679681.html

Man to be sentenced for Republican plot graffiti | Irish Examiner

The legal challenge in the Cork District Court case against a man accused of painting graffiti on headstones at a Republican plot in Cork’s St Finbarr’s cemetery was resolved by the High Court and the accused faced sentencing yesterday.

David Cooper, aged 52, who lives at an apartment at 7 Southern Rd, Cork, was back before Cork District Court to be sentenced on a charge of causing criminal damage by writing graffiti on headstones at the cemetery on March 28/29, 2014.

Evidence was given previously that the graffiti was daubed onto the headstones shortly before the Easter commemorations.

Full evidence was heard in the case. However, at the end of the trial, defence solicitor, Frank Buttimer, challenged the prosecution on the basis that no evidence had been given of a written statement of complaint by the owner of the property.

Judge Olann Kelleher agreed to have a question put to the High Court by way of what is called ‘case stated’ addressing the issue of whether the case should fall in the absence of proof of ownership, where the relevant legislation seemed to suggest that the prosecution did not have to prove it. Judge Kelleher noted yesterday that the issue had been resolved by the High Court last week in favour of the prosecution.

Judge Kelleher said now that Cooper was convicted of the offence he would adjourn sentencing until September 14 to allow time for the preparation of a psychiatric report on the accused.

An aggravating factor in the case was that the name of a HSE official with whom Cooper had previously worked was daubed on the headstones and his phone number was also painted on.

Insp John Deasy yesterday said the man whose name was graffitied on the headstones had absolutely nothing to do with the matter.

This man, who was not named in Cork District Court yesterday, has since moved out of his house in fear as a result of the matter.

The HSE official received a phone call from Sinn Féin members who saw the graffiti, asking him if he had some problem with the Republican plot.

This unnamed HSE official went to the cemetery where he met with members of Sinn Féin and assisted in removing the graffiti.

Previously Cooper stated he had spent two days drinking vodka and cider and not taking his prescribed medication and that this created problems. He said drinking like that was totally out of character for him.

Mr Buttimer said it was accepted that painting the other man’s name with the graffiti was a serious matter but that fortunately, “No other damage was caused to the person whose name was put on the headstones”.

“There had been animus between himself [Cooper] and the HSE person. Mr Cooper harboured some resentment and no doubt he did what he did against that background. He has had psychiatric difficulties but he has improved considerably as a result of medication.

Judge Kelleher said: “I am concerned this was a very serious matter putting a person’s name on the headstones and putting him and his family in fear.” Cooper was remanded on continuing bail for sentencing at Cork District Court in September.

Article source: http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/man-to-be-sentenced-for-republican-plot-graffiti-343586.html

Family finds racists graffiti on shed of new home | WGN-TV – WGN

HAMMOND, Ind. – Police in Hammond, Ind. are investigating reports of racist graffiti painted on a shed of a home belonging to an African-American family.

The family noticed the graffiti late last night.  They had moved in just a few days earlier and had only spent one night n their new home .

The graffiti involved offensive language and a swastika.

The landlord has since pained over the graffiti.

Police are investigating.

 

Article source: http://wgntv.com/2015/07/20/family-finds-racists-graffiti-on-shed-of-new-home/

Crude graffiti earns man jail time | The Kingston Whig-Standard – The Kingston Whig

A 22-year-old man who hit the downtown strip last month with a black marker pen and a bad attitude was sentenced Thursday to 12 days in jail.

Matthew D. Schneider pleaded guilty in Kingston’s Ontario Court of Justice to vandalizing multiple downtown parking meters and bus shelters with crude graffiti targeting what Kingston Police at the time of his arrest termed “women of certain ethnicities,” plus a concomitant violation of probation he received in Napanee in mid-January, which requires him to keep the peace.

The question that Justice Allan Letourneau was unable to get answered, however — and he did try with Schneider — was why.

Assistant Crown attorney Gerard Laarhuis told the judge that Schneider initially came to the attention of Kingston Police when a citizen approached a cruiser on patrol in the area of Princess and Montreal streets, shortly before noon on June 25.

The tipster reported seeing a young man wearing a purple Baltimore Ravens jersey with the name “Flacco” on it, defacing a nearby parking meter with what he considered a disturbing message.

The officers checked out Schneider’s handiwork and, according to Laarhuis, were still parked nearby about 10 minutes later when Schneider walked past their cruiser.

Laarhuis told the judge police confronted him, and he told the officers graffiti was a bylaw offence, not a criminal matter.

He was wrong. They arrested him and, upon searching him, Laarhuis said, they found a black marker pen.

The message he had been at such pains to disseminate, the judge was told, was his view that “K-town Black, Asian girls” are lesbians with unnaturally active libidos. His wording was more vulgar, however.

And, Laarhuis said, he’s believed to have written it on “upwards of 20 meters” and a number of bus shelters.

The Crown prosecutor found it disturbing that he’d singled out visible minorities and called his behaviour “disconcerting” and “an expression of hatred,” which is why, he told the judge, Schneider “has to go to jail.”

Laarhuis also observed, “no doubt it’s expensive to remove this graffiti.”

Defence lawyer Paul Blais suggested to the judge “this is a situation of, uh, idle hands,” and noted that his client will turn 23 later this year.

Letourneau asked: “Has he ever worked? Are there mental health issues?”

Schneider answered only the first question, telling the judge, “back in high school.”

Letourneau then asked him if he was high at the time, and Schneider responded that there were no substances involved. “It was just dumb.”

“So, it’s dumb times 20?” Letourneau prodded.

He asked Schneider if he thought what he was writing was funny, and Schneider answered: “No, I never thought it was funny,” then added, “I guess I was pissed off.”

It’s not his first antisocial display. Laarhuis disclosed that, most recently, the probation imposed on him in Napanee followed convictions for criminal harassment and performing an indecent act.

But the judge’s questioning failed to make him rise to the occasion and reveal the motive behind his message.

All he would say was: “I don’t have a hatred toward women or Asians or Blacks.”

Justice Letourneau agreed with the Crown that the behaviour and unanswered questions about what lies beneath was unsettling and warranted jail.

To impress on Schneider that what he did is serious in “K-Town,” the judge gave him what will show up on his criminal record as a 21-day sentence, composed of enhanced credit on six days spent in custody before he was granted bail — which counts as the equivalent of nine days — plus the 12 days of jail imposed on him in court.

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Article source: http://www.thewhig.com/2015/07/20/crude-graffiti-earns-man-jail-time

Texas Confederate monument vandalized overnight with ‘This is racist’ graffiti …

  • Confederate Soldiers Monument in Denton Square was discovered vandalized on Monday morning
  • The words ‘Our Confederate Soldiers’, carved on the top of the monument, were covered in red spray paint with ‘This is racist’
  • Statue is located outside the Denton County Courthouse and was erected in 1918
  • Denton residents recently called for the removal of the monument

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A Confederate monument in Texas was vandalized with spray paint over night.

The Confederate Soldiers Monument in Denton Square was discovered with the graffiti on Monday morning.

The words ‘Our Confederate Soldiers’, carved on the top of the monument, were covered in red spray paint with the words ‘This is racist’.

The statue, located outside the Denton County Courthouse, has been at the center of a debate with many pushing to have it removed, NBCDFW reported.

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The Confederate Soldiers Monument in Denton Square was discovered with the graffiti on Monday morning (the vandalized monument pictured above)

The Confederate Soldiers Monument in Denton Square was discovered with the graffiti on Monday morning (the vandalized monument pictured above)

The words 'Our Confederate Soldiers', carved on the top of the monument, were covered in red spray paint with the words 'This is racist'

The words ‘Our Confederate Soldiers’, carved on the top of the monument, were covered in red spray paint with the words ‘This is racist’

The vandalism was reported at 8.50am by a Denton County Judge’s office employee, Denton County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sandi Brackeen said.

Those responsible for defacing the federally-protected monument with the graffiti could face serious consequences.

Officials said they are going to review footage taken from the cameras on site to find out who did the act as the investigation continues.

County Commissioner Hugh Coleman said there has been increased security placed on the statue and Denton Square in recent weeks, according to the Denton Record-Chronicle.

‘If you go over there you will see that there is a camera in the window. (Officials) anticipated it might be vandalized so they took precautions to get media of someone who might deface it,’ Coleman said. 

‘It looks like they used stencils and it was high enough they had to use a ladder.’

The vandalism was reported at 8.50am by a Denton County Judge's office employee, Denton County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Sandi Brackeen said (the monument was placed on the Square in 1918 by the Daughters of the Confederacy)

The vandalism was reported at 8.50am by a Denton County Judge’s office employee, Denton County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sandi Brackeen said (the monument was placed on the Square in 1918 by the Daughters of the Confederacy)

The statue, located outside the Denton County Courthouse, has been at the center of a debate with many pushing to have it removed and replaced with something else on the Square

The statue, located outside the Denton County Courthouse, has been at the center of a debate with many pushing to have it removed and replaced with something else on the Square

The monument erected in 1918 by the Daughters of the Confederacy and depicts a Confederate solider standing at the top of the arch as he stands with a firearm in his hands.

A plaque on the site notes that the monument is ‘intended as a memorial to Denton County citizens who sacrificed themselves for the community’, according to NBCDFW.

The statue, in the wake of the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina state capitol, has been at the center of a debate to have it taken down.

Groups such as Dentonites Against Racist Traditions is working to have it removed and replaced with something else on the Square, according to the Dallas Morning News.

‘We don’t want people to come here visiting and then see this monument to a time when hatred and slavery were king,’ Jonathon Vann, one of the groups creators said.

However, others in favor of the statue said it is a monument to soldiers of Denton County who died in the line of duty in the Civil War.

Officials said they are going to review footage of the cameras on the site to find those responsible Those responsible for defacing the federally-protected monument with the graffiti could face serious consequences

Officials said they are going to review footage of the cameras on the site to find those responsible

‘I think the statue commemorates our ancestors,’ said Gary Claytor, who has been active in the online debate over the monument. 

‘Most probably didn’t have slaves, they were family people, and I think a number of them were forced into fighting a war that came to them.’

Last week, a similar incident occurred in North Carolina as two Confederate monuments in Charlotte were vandalized.

One monument unveiled in 1929 had smeared liquid cement across both sides of it while another monument, which had been put up on the grounds of the Old City Hall in 1977, was spray painted with the word ‘racist’.

The crimes come as the nation debates the appropriateness of the Confederate battle flag and Confederate monuments after the shooting of nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina.


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Dan Edmondson, man run over by train, reclaims skateboarding [VIDEO] | City …

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When Dan Edmondson saw the freight train pull slowly down the tracks on Nicollet Island, he ran for it. Grabbing a ladder, he hopped up on the coupler between two railcars.

All of a sudden the train jolted. He lost his footing and fell, but the train continued to drag him along. At first, Edmondson thought it had snagged his jacket. In reality, the train was grinding down on his legs until they finally gave out and he fell back into the snow.

That was in February 2014. Edmondson spent 10 days in the hospital and three months after that healing in a wheelchair. He’d been an athlete his entire life before the accident, making his living as a lifeguard at the YWCA. But even after he was fitted with prosthetic legs, getting used to them proved to be a slow, painful process.

In order to pay the bills, he returned to work at the YWCA, this time with a desk job. Gradually, he started practicing swimming again. When it came time to recertify as a life guard, he passed.

“At first, one of the things I really wanted to do was stand up,” Edmondson says. “For me, the earliest part of recovery was out of necessity. I had to do something.”

Returning to the land of the living forced Edmondson to look his situation head on. He needed to thank someone for the blood transfusions he received in the hospital, and spoke at Memorial Blood Centers. He told his story at the Twin Cities and Western Railroad’s annual safety meeting in 2014.

This summer, Edmondson’s regaining another part of his life he thought he’d never have again – skateboarding. Under the tutelage of Joel Goltry, amputee skateboarder and snowboarder, Edmondson’s been testing the ramps at Third Lair indoor park and learning what it’s like to “have a board underneath your feet without having any feet.”

“Through a local group of amputees, we planned a weekend of events. Rock climbing, snowboarding, skateboarding,” Goltry says. “Dan signed up, came to everything and just smashed down barriers and had a whole bunch of firsts. There is life after amputation.”

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Copenhagen stages best ever skateboarding event – Red Bull

In what should be the template for future city-based skate events, last weekend’s CPH Open contest took place over a series of locations dotted around the municipality.

Vying with Malmö for the title of most skateboarding-progressive city in the world, Copenhagen opened its arms to skateboarding this year to an extent never seen before. From downtown qualifiers to skatepark deathmatches, to best-trick contests in theme parks and finals on an island DIY spot, we think that this has to rate as among best weekend events of the modern skateboarding era.

That fact is reflected in the turnout of pro skaters that you wouldn’t normally expect to see at a straight ‘contest’ event. That is worthy of note.

Large knucks to Simon Weyhe, Ryan Clements and all involved in the background as ever.

Final Results:
1. Carlos Ribeiro
2. Louie Lopez
3. Luan Oliveira
4. Felipe Gustavo
5. Tommy Fynn

6. Matt Berger

Article source: http://www.redbull.com/en/skateboarding/stories/1331736172694/copenhagen-stages-best-ever-event

Jaden Smith displays skateboarding skills as he enjoys a sporty day out …




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He spent Saturday night mingling with the likes of Cara Delevingne at a star-studded Hollywood party.

But Jaden Smith enjoyed a sporty day out as he showed off his skateboarding skills on the streets of Calabasas, California, on Sunday.

Showcasing his hidden talents, the 17-year-old actor and singer – the son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith – went shirtless as he whizzed around in the sunshine. 

Talented teen: Jaden Smith enjoyed a sporty day out as he showed off his skateboarding skills on the streets of Calabasas, California, on Sunday 

Talented teen: Jaden Smith enjoyed a sporty day out as he showed off his skateboarding skills on the streets of Calabasas, California, on Sunday 

The talented teen whipped off his plain black T-shirt as he attempted some tricky moves on his board.

Jaden opted to wear a pair of black jogging bottoms and matching skating trainers as he enjoyed an active day out in the sunshine. 

The Pursuit of Happyness star was unaccompanied on his afternoon outing but he seemed happy enough to entertain himself with his board.

Up, up, up and away! Showcasing his hidden talents, the 17-year-old actor and singer - the son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith - went shirtless as he whizzed around in the sunshine

Up, up, up and away! Showcasing his hidden talents, the 17-year-old actor and singer – the son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith – went shirtless as he whizzed around in the sunshine

All-black everything: Jaden didn't make the wisest decision to dress in a black T-shirt and matching jogging bottoms for his outing in the blazing hot LA sun

All-black everything: Jaden didn’t make the wisest decision to dress in a black T-shirt and matching jogging bottoms for his outing in the blazing hot LA sun

Jaden’s skateboarding session comes hours after his appearance at the star-studded Paper Towns screening in LA on Saturday night.

Stepping out to show his support to leading lady and Cara Delevingne, he rubbed shoulders with celebrity royalty – including close pals Kylie and Kendall Jenner – and the movie’s cast.

The well-connected teen broke the red-carpet dress code and opted instead to wear a super-casual ensemble which comprised black skinny jeans, a landscape-emblazoned hooded jumper, a black T-shirt and polka dot trainers. 

Rule-breaker: The Men in Black actor chose to ignore all red-carpet-wardrobe rules by stepping out in a super-casual look as he attended the Paper Towns screening at The London West Hollywood on Saturday

Rule-breaker: The Men in Black actor chose to ignore all red-carpet-wardrobe rules by stepping out in a super-casual look as he attended the Paper Towns screening at The London West Hollywood on Saturday

Ever the trendsetter, Jaden made a bizarre statement by tucking his trousers into a pair of mismatched socks and adding a strip of neon green tape across one shoe.

He wore his dreadlocks coiffed to one side with a baseball cap topping off the quirky look.

Proving his A-lister status, the youngster’s arrival didn’t go unnoticed with Cara and her co-star Justice Smith who made sure to sneak a photo with him.

Friends in high places: The actor and rapper posed alongside Paper Towns star Justice Smith, who plays Radar in the film adaptation of John Green's best-selling novel of the same name

Friends in high places: The actor and rapper posed alongside Paper Towns star Justice Smith, who plays Radar in the film adaptation of John Green’s best-selling novel of the same name

Leading lady: Jaden attended the star-studded screening of Cara Delevingne's new film on Saturday night

Leading lady: Jaden attended the star-studded screening of Cara Delevingne’s new film on Saturday night

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Looks like Cara Delevingne is taking over the red carpet as well as the runway.

Proving she’s every bit of a Hollywood glamazon as her Tinseltown counterparts, Cara Delevingne dropped jaws yet again in another fashion-forward ensemble at the latest Paper Towns premiere.

The flaxen-haired model and actress looked sensational in a full look from Alexandre Vauthier’s Fall 2015 Couture collection which happened to be right on-point as far as trends go.

Kimono dresses have been all the rage this spring/summer and by the looks of things, they’re not going anywhere once autumn comes knocking.

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