Tuesday, May 21 2013 5:28 PM EDT2013-05-21 21:28:12 GMT
A Dearborn County jury has recommended life in prison for a man convicted of murdering an Indiana woman. Charles Stephenson was found guilty on Monday in the beating death of Leigh Jennings, 67. On Tuesday,Full Story >
A Dearborn County jury has recommended life in prison for a man convicted of murdering an Indiana woman.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 5:00 PM EDT2013-05-21 21:00:58 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionFull Story >
The tornado, with winds up to 200 mph, cut a 20-mile stretch as wide as two miles through the Oklahoma City metro area. The medical examiner's office reported 24 people died, including nine children. Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 4:57 PM EDT2013-05-21 20:57:26 GMT
EF5 tornadoes are a very rare occurrence in U.S. History. Before Monday's EF5 tornado in Oklahoma, there had only been 58 in the United States since 1950, when reliable records began. That number isFull Story >
EF5 tornadoes are a very rare occurrence in U.S. History.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 4:53 PM EDT2013-05-21 20:53:13 GMT
The Cincinnati Tea Party announced that it will protest the IRS on Tuesday over the targeting of liberty groups regarding their tax status. The protest will begin at Fountain Square at noon on TuesdayFull Story >
The Cincinnati Tea Party protested the IRS on Tuesday over the targeting of liberty groups regarding their tax status. Full Story >
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
They come to Hawai'i for refuge, not recognition-- that's the message from Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler and Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood. Both testified today in support of the "Steven Tyler Act" which is mirrored after a similar celebrity privacy law in California.
"First and foremost I'd like to say that being a personality no matter where we go, we get shots. It's part of the dealio and it's ok, it kinda drives us crazy but as my mom says -- you asked for it Steve," said Tyler, addressing the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Drawing a line between public personas and private lives-- that's the aim of Senate Bill 465, named for the Aerosmith lead singer and Maui resident.
"We know who we are and we love what we do and we're blessed and cursed at some extent but we accept that because that's our life," said Fleetwood Mac drummer and fellow Maui resident, Mick Fleetwood. "But to have it translate across a border to your privacy-- your absolute reasonable privacy -- it is abhorrent and it's not what these islands should stand for."
The bill would allow celebrities to sue people who take their photos or video in "an offensive way" during personal or family time.
"Obviously in public places, it's ok-- public is public. It's America, America's free," said Tyler. "But when I go on my lawn at home or close the door and go in the bathroom and brush my teeth and choose to keep the window open -- and they got a shot of me doing that and then they put some caption under it -- that's not fair."
Fleetwood, who made a point to express how much he and Tyler love living in the islands added: "It's for everyone to get a sense-- it's just not right to be doing that and the community itself of Hawaii should be aware of that and that's what we're really happy to be bringing to people's attention."
The bill is opposed by local chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Society of Professional Journalists, including Hawaii News Now.
"At ACLU we always ask ourselves whether a proposed measure will keep us safe and free," said Laurie Temple, staff attorney for ACLU Hawaii. "Efforts to promote safety and privacy amongst Hawaii's residents and tourists is of utmost importance but it can't be done so at the expense of our First Amendment freedoms."
Stirling Morita, president of the Hawaii Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, raised similar concerns.
"We have problems that it's still a little vague and broad in terms of personal and familial activity," said Morita. "You have to be pretty definite to curtail First Amendment rights. I don't know how you go about defining it. I couldn't define it for you, but it seems vague enough that it would still draw a reaction from us as not being Constitutional."
Senator Kalani English, who authored the bill at Tyler's request, says it only applies to homes and private spaces not public areas like Hawaii's beaches.
"The only thing the Constitution protects is the ability to disseminate the news and to put the news out," said Senator English, who represents the Maui district. "At issue is the gathering part -- and that part needs to have reasonable laws to protect everyone involved."
Senator English says the "reasonable expectation of privacy" provision is not something new he's created, but an existing legal standard he'd simply like to see applied here in Hawai'i.
Fleetwood, who's been visiting the islands since 1973, has been a permanent resident and business owner on Maui for the past 10 years.
"I'm learning about the aloha that exists on these islands and sometimes people think it sounds corny to say that, but it's not-- and this is a typical example of something that's going to perpetuate that and really have this place be a home."
"You buy a house in paradise here -- where it's supposed to be paradise and it needs to be respected," said Tyler, who recently purchased his home in Maui.
The Steven Tyler Act passes through the Senate Judiciary Committee with several revisions, most notably-- one that defines "protected activities as limited to properties owned or leased". For example-- a person's home, but not their stay at a hotel. The bill now heads for a vote on the Senate floor, where Senator English says it is expected to pass and then move to the House.
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Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundFull Story >
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 9:15 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:15:38 GMT
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon. Starting out as a classic funnel it quickly became a giant half-mile wide wedge tornado as it proceeded east north eastFull Story >
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:44 AM EDT2013-05-21 13:44:48 GMT
Eastbound 275 is closed this morning at the Kellogg due to a roll-over accident with an entrapment. The one car accident happened just after 3A-M. The car landed in the median. One person was takenFull Story >
Officers say speed and alcohol are suspected to be factors in the crash. Jones was wearing his seatbelt. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 5:35 PM EDT2013-05-20 21:35:49 GMT
(RNN) - On May 3, 1999, an F5 tornado touched down near Chickasha, OK and cut northeast through the state before dissipating near Midwest City, OK.Monday's tornado that devastated Moore, OK closely followedFull Story >
In 1999, Oklahoma City saw an F5 tornado that caused more than $1 billion in damage. Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:22 AM EDT2013-05-21 10:22:59 GMT
Cincinnati Firefighters are responding to a fire in the 1800 of Jackson Street in Lincoln Heights. Witnesses reported seeing flames on the back side of the building. The location was known as "The SugarFull Story >
Crews from Woodlawn, Evendale and Wyoming are on the scene. The fire is out but the building is still smoking. Full Story >
A 23-year-old father is charged after allowing his 9-year-old daughter to drive. Police were called to the parking lot of Headland's State Park in Painesville Township on Sunday around 10:15 p.m. afterFull Story >
A Lake County, Ohio father is charged after allowing his 9-year-old daughter to drive.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 10:39 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:39:58 GMT
Police are looking for the suspects who robbed the Fresh Market in Oakley. It happened just before 10 p.m. Monday night at the location on Madison Road. Initial reports are that two men with guns enteredFull Story >
Police are looking for the suspects who robbed the Fresh Market in Oakley.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 10:00 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:00:13 GMT
Bonnie Esrig worked for the IRS for 38 years, many of which were spent in the Cincinnati field office. She retired in January 2013 as an Area Manager in Exempt Organizations Determinations. Esrig saysFull Story >
Bonnie Esrig worked for the IRS for 38 years, many of which were spent in the Cincinnati field office.Full Story >
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