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Police chief, officer under fire after bodycam video surfaces with racial slurs, explicit language

Source: ABC News

A police chief and an officer in Hamilton, Georgia, are out from their positions after video surfaced of comments both are seen making at a Black Lives Matter protest, ABC News affiliate WTVM reported.

Hamilton Police Department Chief Gene Allmond is reported to have resigned and Patrolman John Brooks was terminated according to the assistant to the Hamilton mayor, Julie Brown, WTVM reported.

Both officers were wearing bodycams at a BLM protest in Hamilton in June 2020. The video has since been made public.

In the video, a man speaking off-camera and a man on-camera make several comments with racial slurs and explicit language.

…the times they are a changin.

Hey all. I never really got a good response from Celestial Attic locally. I’m switching it up. We’ll be relaunching as a national political website within a few days. I plan to cover positive news, actions you can take, recovery efforts, and left-leaning political action. Reality has a notable liberal bias, 100,000 Americans are dead, and this is no time to be on the sidelines.

To any rightwing listeners, I apologize. The country needs you going forward. When you get over your Trump hangover, we’ll welcome you back. In the meantime, try not to kill yourself while listening to Trump. The virus is real, masks help, staying home helps more, you cannot drink Clorox, and hydroxychloroquine can kill. Please be careful. When you are ready to really make America great again, we’ll be waiting.

Remembering Sheri S. Tepper


I thought I would toss a few things together on Sheri Tepper, an eco-feminist Science Fiction author who passed away two years ago, ending a brilliant but short career in science fiction. We still miss her terribly here at Celestial Attic. For your enjoyment:

Remembering Sheri Tepper
– Genevieve Valentine, NPR

For Sheri S. Tepper, there are too many people. It’s why her books have so many plagues.

I tell my editor about it on the trip home from a World Fantasy Convention in the Midwest. I’d agreed to write a retrospective of Tepper’s work to mark her passing; it was a good place to chat with the industry lifers who had known her. As it turned out, she’s so remarkably out of print that even gathering material had the air of a quest. And few people had met her. No idea, they said. She lived in the desert a while, but that was all they knew. “I’ve read her, though,” said someone, with a look I didn’t understand yet. “I read Grass,” said someone else, shaking their head — about never having met her or about Grass, I couldn’t tell. “Disturbing,” I heard, over and over.

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Sheri S. Tepper: Speaking to the Universe
– Locus Magazine

Sheri S. Tepper was born Shirley Stewart Douglas, July 16, 1929, near Littleton, Colorado. She married for the first time at age 20, but divorced ”when I was 26 or 27, so I became a single mother of two kids, and spent ten years on my own, working all kinds of different jobs.” That included a clerical job with international relief agency CARE, but her major career was with what was then called Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood, where she stayed for 24 years (1962-1986), eventually becoming Executive Director. She married Gene Tepper in the late ’60s. She runs a guest ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Of Preachers and Storytellers: An Interview With Sheri S. Tepper
– Neal Szpatura, Strange Horizons

Sheri S. Tepper is unapologetic about the label “ecofeminist.” Author of nearly forty novels, she creates complex, well-rounded characters in elegant blends of science fiction, fantasy, ecological alarum, and feminist fable. She writes what she cares about deeply, hoping to awaken readers to the hard realities of history and our times. She argues for a truly long view regarding our use of the Earth and its creatures—including each other—if we mean to survive.

On the phone, Tepper is warm, kind, and gracious, and laughs easily, as might be expected of someone who owns a guest ranch near Santa Fe, New Mexico. But she is unflinching as she describes inequities she has seen, stupidities she perceives, and the remedies she recommends.

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Worldcon Party – CLEVELAND!


Sunday, August 19, 2018, the unofficial Cleveland Worldcon 76 Party will be held at the Bottlehouse Brewing Company on Cleveland’s east side from 4pm til midnight.

This is the unofficial Cleveland Worldcon 76 Party in Cleveland, Ohio. If you couldn’t make it to Worldcon 76 in San Jose, but don’t want to miss out on all the great Science Fiction conversation and room parties, then this FREE event is your ticket. We plan to cram a week’s worth of Science Fiction into one evening! We only ask that you indulge in the bar to keep our generous hosts happy!

4pm – 6pm ish – Panel-led discussions of this year’s Hugo nominees followed by a group discussion of science fiction to read and view and science fiction to AVOID.
6pm-ish – onward – PARTY Discuss scifi and fantasy, play games, eat drink and be merry!

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Shimmer Magazine Closing


After 13 years, the November 2018 issue of Shimmer Magazine will be the last. They say:

For thirteen years, we’ve been haunted by stories of longing beyond loss, of love beyond death, of beauty beyond heartbreak. Now we’re writing our own story of exquisite endings and pain and joy. It’s time. We’re gutted and relieved and weepy and laughing and eager to see what comes next.

We are incredibly thankful to all the people who have made Shimmer a success over the years: our hard-working staff of volunteers, the luminous authors and artists who contributed their work, the readers who’ve supported us, and the entire SFF community, who welcomed a team of naive upstarts and helped shape who we became.

Read more at their website. to Accept Novella Submissions

Tor-dot-com-Banner is publishing novellas of between 20,000 to 40,000 words and editors Lee Harris, Carl Engle-Laird, and Ruoxi Chen stand buy to receive your submissions. They are especially interested in work from underrepresented populations. They say:

This includes, but is not limited to, writers of any race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, class and physical or mental ability. We believe that good science fiction and fantasy reflects the incredible diversity and potential of the human species, and hope our catalog will reflect that.

In addition to reviewing the guidelines, we also encourage you to take a look at our existing list to get a sense of the work our current authors are producing and Publishing’s vision and tastes. Good luck—we look forward to reading your work.

Read more here.