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Sole Witness Who Heard Cops Announce Themselves in Breonna Taylor Raid Changed His Story

This week, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron made the bombshell announcement that the cops who fatally shot Breonna Taylor would not be charged with killing her, calling their use of force in the March raid “justified to protect themselves.”In that justification, he said that one witness corroborated the three officers’ insistence that they knocked and identified themselves at Taylor’s Louisville home while executing a search warrant in connection with a narcotics investigation. It contradicted claims from Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenny Walker, and 11 other residents, who said they didn’t hear the cops announce themselves. Instead, Walker thought he was being burglarized and fired a warning shot that triggered a tragic chain of events.But, according to documents and audio obtained by VICE News on Saturday, that sole witness initially told investigators days after the March 13 raid that he didn’t actually hear officers Brett Hankison, Jonathan Mattingly, and Myles Cosgrove announce themselves.The witness—identified by VICE as Aarin Sarpee but by other outlets and public records as Aaron Julue Sarpee—was picking up his daughter from a unit above Taylor’s when the raid took place.It wasn’t until he was interviewed a second time, about two months after the raid by a sergeant in LMPD’s Public Integrity Unit, that Sarpee said he heard police say, “This is the cops.”Sarpee’s flip-flop, the latest twist in a case that has made Taylor an icon in the Black Lives Matter movement, calls into question the strength of Cameron’s case and the grand jury report, which state officials are demanding be made public.“I never had faith in Daniel Cameron to begin with, I knew he was too inexperienced with a job of this caliber. I knew he chose to be at the wrong side of the law,” Tamika Palmer, Taylor’s mother, said in a Friday statement. “My hope was that he knew he had the power to do the right thing, that he had the power to start the healing of this city, that he had the power to help mend over 400 years of oppression. What he helped me realize is that it will always be us against them. That we are never safe.”On Wednesday, a grand jury indicted only Hankison, though only for recklessly firing shots that endangered people in other units. Mattingly and Cosgrove—the cop who fired the shot that killed Taylor—weren’t charged.Cameron’s charging recommendations were at least partly based on Sarpee’s testimony, since the attorney general said Wednesday that investigators had “an independent witness” corroborate the officer’s account.No Cops Charged With Killing Breonna Taylor“My office was not tasked with determining if this was a tragedy, as it was,” Cameron said Wednesday, admitting that it was unlikely more charges would be laid. “My job was to put emotions aside and investigate facts to see if state law was violated.”Wednesday’s charges came more than six months after a “no-knock” warrant was issued for Taylor’s apartment as part of a controversial

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Selfies Saving The Reefs: Underwater Sculpture Garden in Palm Beach County

Divers and snorkelers will be able to take selfies around an underwater sculpture garden — 55 artificial reef modules attached to the seafloor. It’s all in the name of saving the environment in Palm Beach County.

The artificial garden features more than 50 tons worth of sculptures by noted marine artist and sculptor Chris O’Hare, owner of Reef Cells, who sculpted a 3D modeled mermaid reef and a memorial dedicated to veterans and first responders.

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The 1000 Mermaids Artificial Reef Project partnered with Palm Beach County’s Department of Environmental Resource Management for its second-annual public art installation.

Evan Snow is the executive director and project manager. Snow says the artificial reef deployment is an eco-tourism destination that helps coral restoration and fish biodiversity.

“This is the highest level of the intersection of art, science, technology, and coral restoration,” Snow said. “This is the peak of the moment of a very important fight to save the reefs.”

Snow says the attraction is one of the few ways to “raise awareness” about the dying coral reefs. Since the problem is underwater, he says it’s difficult to spread the message to the public.

“The coral reefs are out of sight, out of mind, for so many people and we know that,” Snow said. “It’s not a front-of-mind priority as is saving the Florida panthers or the manatees as we were growing up because you can see them.”

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1000 Mermaids Artificial Reef Project

Underwater sculpture garden

The Florida Reef Tract is suffering from an active coral disease outbreak, tissue loss and other symptoms which started off the coast of Miami-Dade County in 2014.

It affects “nearly half of Florida’s 45 reef-building coral species,” according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Snow says everything is connected, from the coral reefs to the Everglades. And there are ecological and economic benefits to saving the coral ecosystem—any regular person can be part of the restoration process through “art, citizen science, and education.”

“Even if you don’t live on the water, the coral reefs are our first line of protection against storm surge. Against flooding. They break down the wave energy that literally allows the wave to currently reach our coastline at the rate they are now,” Snow said. “If the reefs die … and there is no first line of defense to break down the wave energy, it is literally accelerating the rate that we’re going to be underwater in Florida.”

Divers can start Monday, off of Peanut Island near the Blue Heron Bridge.

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Couple give ‘scabby’ bathroom a DIY makeover ‘saving thousands’

A couple have given their ‘scabby’ bathroom a modern makeover – and saved themselves ‘thousands of pounds’ in the process.

It’s their third transformation project during lockdown, having created a cosy garden hangout for £200, a country-style kitchen, and now a bathroom fit for a stylish hotel – which they say was their ‘toughest project yet’.

Ben Wright, 36, and his wife, 37, spent just £600 on completely overhauling their old and tired bathroom using bargain finds from Amazon, The Range, and B&M.

The multimedia designer, who taught himself how to tile on YouTube, said: “Bathrooms are no mean feat. I have a newfound respect for plumbers and tilers after doing the whole thing myself.

“It was arguably the toughest project yet.”

Ben installed a brand new waterfall shower, toilet, and vanity unit, completing the ambitious renovation in less than four weeks.

Posting the impressive results in the DIYOnABudget Facebook group, he added: “Turned my dingy, scabby, little bathroom into a hotel inspired bathroom. I reckon we’ve still saved thousands by shopping around and doing it ourselves!”



a sink and a bath tub: The Wright's family bathroom before the renovation


© Ben Wright
The Wright’s family bathroom before the renovation



a close up of a sink: The process during - which Ben describes as 'no mean feat'


© Ben Wright
The process during – which Ben describes as ‘no mean feat’

“At times, we doubted the decision to do it ourselves. There were hurdles, many of them along the way! Leak after leak!

“The plumbing work hadn’t been touched in over 40 years which meant every time I so much as breathed in the direction of some of the old joins, they’d happily just start leaking! At one point the ceiling collapsed in the room below!

“I’ve picked up many skills in the last six months so it wasn’t a huge deal and wasn’t long before it was patched up. Hugely stressful though!”



a glass shower door: The project took less than four weeks


© Ben Wright
The project took less than four weeks

Ben, who shares his renovations on his dedicated DIY Instagram page, managed to build the vanity unit by sourcing old scrap wood from Facebook Marketplace for free.

The DIY-lover told the M.E.N.: “It feels beyond amazing to have a bathroom we can be proud of and somewhere we can enjoy and relax in.”

He’s written a rough cost breakdown of everything that was bought, as well as where it was purchased from.

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Tiles, adhesive, grout, backing boards, edging = £310. Tiles are from Wickes: City Stone, Grey.

Bath taps = £45 – Amazon

Rainfall shower = £26 – Amazon

Bath screen = £10 – Facebook Marketplace

Vanity unit = Free. Built from scrap wood – Facebook Marketplace

Vanity unit handle = £2 – Toolstation

Vanity basin and tap = £15 – Facebook Marketplace



a sink and a white tub sitting next to a window: Ben built the vanity unit with old scraps of wood for free from Marketplace


© Ben Wright
Ben built the vanity unit with old scraps of wood for free from Marketplace

Toilet = £50 – Screwfix

Radiator paint = £8 – Screwfix

Kitchen ceiling = Free. Left over from a previous job

Caddy and hook = £13 – The Range

Toilet roll holder + towel ring = £15 – The Range

Mirror = £20 – Dunelm

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