‘the Leftovers’: Broken Vows

The sound of rocks hitting the victims skull, and the blood pooling at her feet become the only resonant noises, until Gladys finally has no other choice but to break her vow of silence and plead with her unseen assailants to spare her life. In addition to the visceral unpleasantness, the scene is packed with historical and religious implications, and how the nihilism of the Guilty Remnant is being revisited upon them. The Leftovers could have cut to the discovery of Gladys body (complete with Dean running through the scene) and then filled in the blanks regarding her cause of death. It certainly would have saved everyone the displeasure of watching her die in such a grisly manner. For that matter, Gladys could have been killed in a myriad of ways, if the point of the episode boiled down to one person being killed. But despite being titled after a single character, Gladys is really about the people of Mapleton and, to a certain degree, the world around them. As such, Gladys method of execution becomes significant because the act of stoning itself is often times enacted by members of the same community. Throughout the episode, Leder is particularly interested in the idea of community, and of the individuals who normally go unnoticed in the background.
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Fighter Down | News | The Journal

Things went wrong almost immediately. After the bell, the fighters came together and Watts grabbed Hebenstriet, lifted him high in the air and attempted to slam him into the mat while bringing his weight down on top of his opponent. But Watts’ technique was sloppy, and his head was placed in the wrong position. Watts’ head hit the mat first, with the weight of both fighters falling on top of it. The impact fractured Watts’ V-4 vertebrae, damaging his spinal cord. “In the end, I broke my own neck,” Watts says, adding that he remembers every second of the fight and its immediate aftermath in vivid detail.
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Egypt: Deaths in police custody, once a spark for revolt, now met by shrugs – CSMonitor.com

The man would later die when riot police quashed aprisoners demonstration with high pressure water hoses. All the former prisoners describe a routine lack of medical care. One showed a photo of an old man slumped against a wall, his white robe stained with blood he had vomited, due to a pre-existing health condition.Two others recalled how an imprisoned Syrian doctor removed shrapnel from an inmate’s leg, using plastic spoons and Dettol. ‘Rampant’ torture Torture,a staple of Egyptian detention, continues unabated. Amnesty International has described the practice as “rampant,” and its researchers report an upsurge since April for reasons that remain unclear. Methods include electrocution and hanging. Former detainees from police stations andprisonsacross Egypt say heavy beatings and sexual abuse are commonplace.
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