that this made it into the Reg purely because it allows you to use the word "cock" as many times as possible?
Texas cops arrested 176 people on Saturday at an illegal cockfight around 50 miles northwest of Fort Worth, the Dallas Morning News reports. Police backed by a helicopter swooped on the property of Roy Dale Saxton, 46, who allegedly charged $20 a head for admission to the event in Poolville. As well as the arrests, around a …
Apart from the gambling angle, the intentional cruelty, the inclusion of weapons and the notion that the birds, unlike foxes, aren't dangerous vermin that need to be controlled? You've made a poor comparison there.
As it happens, I have very little opinion on the rights and wrongs of fox-hunting. My only issue is that the entire NuLabour-lead campaign was based on flawed urbanite ideas (what, exactly, does Ken Livingstone know about the countryside?), mis-information (see above comment) and class warfare ("how dare rich people make vermin control fun?!").
Regrettably, the welfare either of the fox or the wider countryside was rarely the focus of debate.
"Saxton has a long criminal record for "burglary, vehicle theft and forgery" and he's currently on parole until 2015 for previous convictions."
Way i understand it, is when someone is on Parole they are not to have any contact with police or do anything that would involve getting charged because if they do they go back to the slammer. So why the hell was this guy able to pay a fine and get out of jail?
/nice by-line though Lester
...'cus i'm not interested in it. Good old Reg, giving us the cock news though!
Can we have an icon for the comments like the "IT?" one except it's a picture of a willy and a question mark, for use in tech stories that lack a cock angle, please?
Paris ;o) *sniggers* cock
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated the suspension of Texas' social-media law HB 20 while litigation to have the legislation declared unconstitutional continues.
The law, signed in September by Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R), and promptly opposed, forbids large social media companies from moderating lawful content based on a "viewpoint," such as "smoking cures cancer" or "vaccines are poison" or hateful theories of racial superiority. Its ostensible purpose is to prevent internet giants from discriminating against conservative social media posts, something that studies indicate is not happening.
Those fighting the law – industry groups and advocacy organizations – say the rules would require large social media services such as Facebook and Twitter to distribute "lawful but awful" content – hate speech, misinformation, and other dubious material. They argue companies have a First Amendment right to exercise editorial discretion for the content distributed on their platforms.
A Ukrainian national alleged to be a member of the REvil ransomware gang has been extradited to the US and charged with multiple criminal offences.
Yaroslav Vasinskyi, 22, was charged in the US District of Northern Texas with carrying out ransomware attacks against 10 US-based organisations. The indictment [PDF] was unsealed last night.
According to the unsealed complaint, prosecutors say he co-authored the Sodinokibi ransomware variant, as deployed by the infamous REvil crew.
A Tesla driver has seemingly become the first person in the US to be charged with vehicular manslaughter for a deadly crash in which the vehicle's Autopilot mode was engaged.
According to the cops, the driver exited a highway in his Tesla Model S, ran a red light, and smashed into a Honda Civic at an intersection in Gardena, Los Angeles County, in late 2019. A man and woman in the second car were killed. The Tesla driver and a passenger survived and were taken to hospital.
Prosecutors in California charged Kevin George Aziz Riad, 27, in October last year though details of the case are only just emerging, according to AP on Tuesday. Riad, a limousine service driver, is facing two counts of vehicular manslaughter, and is free on bail after pleading not guilty.
A federal judge on Wednesday blocked Texas legislation banning large social media companies from moderating content, one day before the law was due to come into effect.
Under the law, HB20, social media platforms with over 50 million monthly active users in the US are prohibited from removing content posted by users, especially if they’re posting within Texas, unless it's unlawful. The bill was signed into law by the state’s Governor Greg Abbott on 9 September, earlier this year.
The law was challenged, however, when two IT trade groups filed a lawsuit in an attempt to block the law from being enforced. Netchoice and the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) argued HB20 violated First Amendment rights by forcing companies to host content they didn’t agree with.
Samsung has finally announced the location of the US semiconductor manufacturing facility it's building with an eye on addressing global silicon shortages: Taylor, Texas.
Taylor was chosen for its proximity to the Lone Star State's semiconductor scene, infrastructure, local government support and community development opportunities, according to Samsung's canned statement about the new factory.
The Korean giant added that Taylor's proximity to Samsung's current manufacturing site in Austin "allows the two locations to share the necessary infrastructure and resources".
More than a dozen US states have filed yet another amended complaint against Google to include what they say is more evidence of the web giant abusing its dominant position in online advertising.
The legal spat spearheaded by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is an ambitious attempt to crack down on the super-corporation. Together, 16 states plus Puerto Rico have repeatedly amended their lawsuit to include more evidence that support their claims Google has violated the Sherman Antitrust Act to establish and maintain control of the online advertising industry.
"Just because Attorney General Paxton asserts something doesn’t make it true. This lawsuit is riddled with inaccuracies," a spokesperson for Google told The Register.
The city of Taylor, Texas, has offered Samsung property tax breaks over the course of 30 years if the South Korean chip giant agrees to build a $17bn fabrication plant on its land.
Samsung is shopping around for plots to expand its chip manufacturing presence on US soil, and is considering spots in Texas, Arizona, and New York, we’re told. Officials representing Williamson County and its city of Taylor in the US state published an outline of their proposal [PDF] to Samsung ahead of a scheduled meeting with representatives from the chaebol on September 8.
The city offered to pay a series of grants, covering the costs of 92.5 per cent of property taxes for the first ten years, 90 per cent over the following ten years, and 85 per cent over the next ten years after. All in all, Samsung would receive tax subsidies over 30 years if it chooses to build a plant in Taylor. The move is expected to bring in 1,800 jobs within seven years of ground being broken.
Five Texas residents have filed a lawsuit against Tesla and a local restaurant after an alleged drink-driver ploughed a Model X into the back of two parked police cruisers.
The complaint [PDF] accuses the company of "defects in Tesla's safety features," the functionality of which has been "vastly and irresponsibly overstated" to "pump Tesla's share price and sell more cars."
According to the suit, filed by the five police officers involved in the incident, the unnamed driver crashed his Tesla Model X into the back of two parked police cruisers at 70mph (112kph) after they had stopped to investigate a fourth vehicle for suspected narcotics offences in February.
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The village, established in the late 1960s, and formerly known as Kopernik Shores, is the south Texas launch site of Musk's private space exploration company, SpaceX. The firm first announced its plan to start construction there in 2012 [PDF].
Authorities in Cameron County, where the village is located, noted an approach (PDF) by SpaceX regarding the incorporation of Boca Chica into the City of Starbase, Texas, but in a statement Judge Eddie Treviño Jr said: "If SpaceX and Elon Musk would like to pursue down this path, they must abide by all state incorporation statutes."
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