On the Radar: Meteor shower, flash-mob curfew, custody death
The Perseid meteor shower in 2008.
August 12th, 2011
06:18 AM ET

On the Radar: Meteor shower, flash-mob curfew, custody death

Three things you need to know today.

Meteor shower: The Perseid meteor shower will peak for the year overnight, and NASA wants the viewing to be a shared online experience.

The space agency is hosting a live web chat beginning at 11 p.m. ET and lasting until 5 a.m. ET Saturday. Astronomers Bill Cooke, Danielle Moser and Rhiannon Blaauw from the Marshall Space Flight Center will lead the chat.

While you're chatting, a camera on the Marshall Center in Huntsville, Alabama, will stream pictures of the night sky in search of meteors. NASA says because of a full moon, about 20 to 30 meteors an hour will be visible. Best viewing will be in the northern hemisphere.

The Perseids come from dust and debris left behind the Swift-Tuttle comet. Every August, Earth passes through the comet's debris cloud, and the meteors visible are bits of that debris burning up in the atmosphere.

Flash mobs: Youths in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, face earlier curfews Friday and Saturday nights in response to recent flash-mob violence in the city.

Minors under the age of 18 must not be on streets in Philadelphia's City Center and University City districts after 9 p.m. In other areas of the city, the curfew remains 10 p.m. for those under 13 and midnight for those under 18.

Violators will be taken home or to police stations and face fines of $100 to $300, Philadelphia police say. Parents of violators will receive a warning for a first offense and could be fined up to $500 for a subsequent offense.

A "flash mob"  is a group of people who decide to gather at a given place after organizing via e-mail and social media. The city blames the flash mobs for several assaults by teens on residents in recent weeks. The beatings have left people badly injured.

Police custody death: In a growing controversy over the death of a homeless man during an arrest, a city council in Southern California will meet Friday to decide whether to hire a consultant to review its police department.

Kelly Thomas died last month after what the prosecutor called "a violent and desperate struggle" with police officers in Fullerton.

The Orange County District Attorney and the FBI are investigating the incident, with the latter looking at civil rights violations.

The death of Thomas, a schizophrenic, has led to temporary changes at the local police department.

Police Chief Michael Sellers took a paid medical leave this week amid a call for his resignation from at least one council member.

Six Fullerton police officers allegedly involved in the "in-custody death" of Thomas have been placed on paid administrative leave, city officials said

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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Matt


    August 12, 2011 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. RuffNutt

    Second and...

    August 12, 2011 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. RuffNutt

    Third. I'll have some estonia nuts on a salted shell...

    August 12, 2011 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. michaelfury


    August 12, 2011 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. wm lemo

    what's this crap. i click to read about meteors and i'm reading about flash mobs? who ever wrote this–get a real job

    August 12, 2011 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. Matt

    Josh (C&I DS) it is I. Aye Aye senor dispatcher!!!!!!

    August 12, 2011 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. Brad

    @wm Lemo. Oh yea! Well if you don't like it, go look into a mirror and read that tatoo on your fat butt.

    August 12, 2011 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  8. Daniel Tosh

    Yes...I'm a gay neo nazi

    August 12, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. ghost

    When I drive my car down the streets at night. When I walk down the streets at night. When I decide to take a walk because the night is clear and breezy. It's not muggers Im afraid of anymore, it's the police. Ive had several events happen where I was literally hand cuffed and thrown into a police car for absolutely no reason at all. Ive been stopped while walking and then brought back to my car and searched along with my car. They accused me of being a drug addict out looking for drugs. The bottom line is cops are more dangerous than your average criminal.

    August 12, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Dress respectably and that won't happen.

      August 12, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • ghost

      @ chris...So, having on adidas workout clothes and clearly walking in a place that is made for walking is a reason to randomly harrass someone? You don't know how I was dressed. It had nothing to do with that. People that try to become cops are the exact people that shouldn't be cops. These people were bullied in school and their wives sleep with all their friends. Then, they take it out on the public. They are all corupt. Look at the one that just shot and killed and unarmed man, they let him walk. Cops are extremly dangerous and its about to get a lot worse, so, take your head out of your rectum.

      August 12, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Red

      Hey, the cops is Honolulu harass anyone the think isn't a tourist. The cops are taught to lie to try to get a confession. We are harassed out here all the time for small infractions including jaywalking, drinking in public and illegal camping. Cops suck!

      August 12, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  10. Naomi

    CNN, what about the Iranian Christian pastor who may face death sentence because of his Christian faith?

    August 12, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Hm

      I can't seem to muster up any sympathy for a member of a brutal zealot whose own deity condoned cruel treatment for those of different faiths. Besides, blessed are the martyrs, right?

      August 12, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  11. John

    I'll have the Chilean Sea Bass.

    August 12, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mack

    1. I would not try to spread Christianity in an Islamic theocracy. The world has had lions for thousands of years. His reward will be in Heaven.
    2. The government of Iran under the Shah was more genteel.

    August 12, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  13. I think

    Meteor Showers are cool

    Not all cops are bad

    Mobs are lame

    August 12, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |

    I THINK THE "meteor shower" is really aliens...

    August 12, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  15. raven

    I like to call em shooting stars and Ive been seein at least two every night for about a week now . And I still make wishes on em.

    August 12, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
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