"The Whites Have Become Black," British Historian Says About Riots

Oh dear. David Starkey, a British historian, was on BBC2's Newsnight and gave an assessment of The U.K. riots that has sparked controversy and contempt. Starkey, an expert on the Tudor dynasty who is responsible for a series of successful documentaries on the subject, said, "the problem is that the whites have become black." Was this narrow-minded, vague and offensive quote taken out of context? Full video after the jump, you be the judge.

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Fourth Night of Violence in the U.K.; Sex Ed Now Required in NYC Schools; Get Your Bernie Madoff iPad Case

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Mark Duggan
• Last night marked a fourth night of violence in the U.K., particularly in the northern part of the country, including Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Woverhampton, West Bromwich, and Nottingham. Nearly 700 people have been arrested in London in the past four days, and at least 111 police officers have been injured. Ballistic tests have found that Mark Duggan, suspected gang member, who was shot by police -- sparking, initially, the protests that became riots -- didn't fire at the police before he was killed. He was found to have been carrying a weapon. In the midst of all that, there are some uplifting cleanup stories. [The Daily]

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London Looters Brag About It on Twitter; the Twitterverse Fights Back

Via Reddit, here's an example of What Not to Do times two: Don't loot. And don't take to social media afterward to brag or make jokes about it. The woman (or person pretending to be this woman, because it's so grotesque it may well be a hoax or troll account) who tweeted the following has since cancelled her account. The Twitterverse has tracked down her former alias, @itsBARBZbabes.


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London Riots; 4 NATO Soldiers Killed; S&P Warns of Another U.S. Credit Downgrade

Riots raged overnight in the Tottenham area of London as protesters stormed the streets and burned buses, police cars and buildings. A crowd of 120 marched on the Tottenham police station in response to the shooting of Mark Duggan, a man who died in an alleged gunfight with officers. As of this morning, "26 police officers were injured in the unrest and 42 people were arrested for offences including violent disorder, burglary and theft following overnight clashes." [Telegraph]

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Jake Davis, Alleged LulzSec Leader, Released on Bail

Jake Davis, an 18 year-old believed by Scotland Yard to be the leader of the hacker group LulzSec, was released on bail this morning. He appeared at a City of Westminster Magistrates' Court wearing "jeans, a black T-shirt, denim shirt and sunglasses," the Telegraph reports. Prosecutors say that Davis had a collection of 750,000 personal passwords on his home network of 16 computers.

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Phone Hacking: A Guide to Journalistic Jackassery

Each week, Death by Science sends out an all-points bulletin for the latest science and technology news, tracks it down and beats a confession out of it. This week, we dive into the seedy world of phone hacking. Beware, it is a process so treacherous, so disgusting and so complex that you may never recover. Wait a second -- what is phone hacking?

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Novak Djokovic Wins Wimbledon Men's Title

Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal to win his first Wimbledon title today. The world number one beat Nadal in four sets; 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3. Djokovic's record in 2011 is 48-1, which would be pretty good even if he wasn't playing against professional tennis players the entire time. Yesterday, Petra Kvitova took the women's title. Tune into NBC right now to catch the sexual tension of the mixed doubles final. [ESPN]

Petra Kvitova Beats Maria Sharapova in Wimbledon Final

Sharapova lost, disappointing her Pomeranian.
Petra Kvitova, a 21-year-old left-hander from the Czech Republic, beat Maria Sharapova today to claim the women's singles title at Wimbledon. Kvitova took care of Sharapova 6-3, 6-2 to win her first ever Grand Slam. Novak Djokavic will take on Rafael Nadal for the men's title tomorrow, which can be seen at 9:00 a.m. on NBC. [ESPN]

BBC to Air Footage of Man Dying For Science Program

Next month, the BBC series Inside the Human Body will feature footage from the death of an 84-year-old man. Preempting the inevitable controversy, host Michael Mosley said during a radio interview that it's key not to "shy away from talking about death and, when it's warranted, showing it." The man, identified as "Gerald," agreed to participate "because he hoped it would help others."

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Royal Wedding Betting Odds, Because Degenerate Gamblers Need Romance Too

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British bookmakers William Hill have released odds for a series of events on and around the royal wedding. They are also changing their name for the day to "William & Kate" because what are gambling addicts going to do, not gamble due to a stupid name? The list of odds includes standard offerings like "what time will Kate enter Westminster Abbey" and wacky prop bets like whether or not Prince Harry forgets the ring. More odds after the jump!

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