Ebola Killing More People, Zuckerberg Funds Fight, Corruption Sentencing in Charlotte, Los Angeles: P.M. Links


  • Just … try not to breathe in public. At all.
    Credit: EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection / photo on flickr

    The death rate for Ebola infections has risen to 70 percent. The World Health Organization warned there could be up to 10,000 new cases a week over the next two months (and probably up to 5,000 unfounded scares a week during that time as well).

  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is donating $25 million to fight Ebola, so quit complaining about Facebook ads already.
  • City corruption watch: Former Charlotte, North Carolina, Mayor Patrick Cannon has been sentenced to 44 months in federal prison for corruption and taking bribes. Former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon was sentenced to four months in jail for voting fraud and perjury for living outside the district he represented (and claiming otherwise).
  • Karen Lewis, president of the powerful Chicago Teachers Union, will not be challenging Mayor Rahm Emanuel after all in order to treat her recently discovered brain tumor.
  • Jurors in Denver determined that five deputies used excessive force against a homeless street preacher who died after an encounter with them in 2010 that involved Tasers and sleeper holds. The family of the victim was awarded $4.6 million in damages.
  • The Catalan government in Spain has called off plans for a vote on independence, but they may still pursue autonomy through incremental means.

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