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TEXAS: Four U.S. lesbians, wrongly accused of child abuse, have been exonerated

A deplorable scandal in Texas, wronging four women.

Four lesbian women, who were wrongly accused of child abuse, have been exonerated this week after serving nearly two decades in prison.

Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh and Anna Vasquez, later named the ‘San Antonio Four’, who were 19 and 20 at the time of their arrest in 1994, were accused of sexually abusing Elizabeth’s nieces’ and ‘satanic rituals’.

“These four women have unquestionably established that they are innocent of these charges,” Texan judge David Newell wrote. “Those defendants have won the right to proclaim to the citizens of Texas that they did not commit a crime. That they are innocent. That they deserve to be exonerated.”

This outcome will allow the four women, who are now in their 40s, to clear their names and take them off the sex offenders list. It will also allow them to seek up to $80,00 USD in compensation for each year they were imprisoned – 17 years ($1,360,000 USD) for Elizabeth and 13 ($1,040,000 USD) for Cassandra, Kristie and Anna.

Source: Four U.S. lesbians, wrongly accused of child abuse, have been exonerated · PinkNews

Anti-gay pastor arrested on 70 counts of child pornography.

The hypocrisy keeps hitting the fan. From Arkansas:

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Anti-gay pastor arrested on 70 counts of child pornography.

This is Dave Reynolds, the recently fired pastor of the Cornerstone Bible Fellowship in Sherwood, Arkansas. He’s currently facing 70 counts of distributing, possessing, or viewing child pornography.

Oh, and he’s also vehemently antigay.

The 40-year-old pastor regularly preached that marriage is between a man and a woman and that all homosexual activity is a sin.

He was arrested after police received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which claimed that a social media account in Sherwood was storing pages and pages of child pornography.

The account allegedly belonged to Reynolds.

In March, Reynolds informed elders at Cornerstone Bible Fellowship that he was under investigation for child porn possession.

When they asked if he had engaged in viewing the material, Reynolds told them he had “not knowingly done so.”

The elders ultimately…

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360 VIDEO: “Here and Now”

Really impressed. From Mashable:

I’m standing in Grand Central Station just a few feet from the iconic brass clock tower in the terminal’s main concourse. I step aside to let a young girl take a selfie and later watch a couple send their daughter off to college. To my right, I can see the Apple Store in the distance.

There’s no denying the power of people-watching at train stations, especially when hellos and goodbyes offer a genuine window into the lives of those around you.

But in this case, I’m not physically there. Instead, I’m about 30 blocks south at Facebook’s New York office, watching the company’s first original piece of content shot with its new professional-grade Facebook Surround 360 camera.

The short film, a live-action virtual reality experience called Here and Now, transports you to busy Grand Central to watch a series of vignettes play out before your eyes. The fully produced and choreographed video made its debut on Facebook today, just one month after the camera was announced on stage at the F8 developers conference.

The video is now available on Gear VR devices through the Oculus Video app (and via the Gear VR store), but for those who don’t have a headset, you can watch it as a 360 video on Facebook. However, watching it as a 360 video doesn’t compare to the experience of living that moment in VR.

The video is really impressive, but I think the camera can be accented further with a Kinect-like depth sensor adding interactive depth to it.