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Figure in Chicago traffic cameras scandal admits ‘immoral’ acts, gets 10 years
CHICAGO — John Bills, the central figure in a massive corruption scheme at Chicago City Hall, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday for taking up to $2 million in bribes and gifts in return for steering tens of millions of dollars in red light camera contracts to an Arizona company.
The sentence came moments after Bills choked up in a packed federal courtroom and apologized for his actions and the shame it brought to his family.
Bills, 55, who rose through City Hall as part of the political patronage army of longtime House Speaker Michael Madigan, faced up to 30 years in prison for personally profiting in exchange for helping grow the city’s $600 million red-light camera program into the largest in the nation. The scheme was first exposed by the Chicago Tribune in 2012.
Suicide Bombing In Yemen Kills At Least 54; Attack Claimed By Islamic State
A suicide bombing in Yemen has killed at least 54 people in the southern city of Aden, The Associated Press reports, citing Yemen's health ministry. Earlier the medical charity Doctors Without Borders, also known as MSF, posted on Twitter that one of their hospitals had received 45 wounded and was treating another 60-some wounded.
The attack has been claimed by the Islamic State, NPR's Alison Meuse reports, and an ISIS-affiliated news outlet says the bombing targeted an army recruitment center. "Aden is the temporary home of Yemen's government, which was ousted from the capital by Shiite Houthi rebels a year and a half ago," Alison notes.
A civil war in Yemen has pitted pro-government forces — with air support from a Saudi-led, U.S.-supported coalition — against the Houthi rebels. The air strikes have been criticized for killing civilians as well as militants.
Brazil's Dilma Rousseff defends record at impeachment trial
Ms Rousseff said her conscience was "absolutely clean" and that she had not committed any crime.
Senators are cross-examining her. They are due to vote later this week on whether to remove her from office for good or whether to reinstate her.
Ms Rousseff is accused of moving funds between government budgets, which is illegal under Brazilian law. Her critics say she was trying to plug deficit holes
in popular social programmes to boost her chances of being re-elected for a second term in October 2014.
Ms Rousseff began her defence by reminding senators that she had been re-elected by more than 54 million voters. She said she had always honoured and upheld the Constitution.
She also reminded senators of her past as a resistance fighter who opposed military rule.
She said that even when she was tortured she continued to fight.
Her fight, she said,
had been for a more equal society and that the achievements of her government in that field were now "at risk".
She added that she was determined to continue her fight against the attacks against her,
which she said amounted to a "coup".
Abedin, Weiner separating after new sexting allegations
Washington (CNN)Longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin announced Monday that she and former US Rep. Anthony Weiner are separating after new reports surfaced that he sent sexually suggestive photos again. "After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband. Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life. During this difficult time, I ask for respect for our privacy," Abedin said in a statement Monday. Abedin was "furious and sickened" by the picture of Weiner and their 4-year-old son, Jordan, according to two people close to the family. The sources said she did not know about it or details of the latest sexting exchange until this weekend.
AP's Kathleen Carroll defends Clinton investigation but admits 'sloppy' tweet
A Community Garden Became an Alternative to Juvenile Detention
“I just had to stick my hand in real quick and get it over with.”
That was around two years ago.
Tatiana, then in 10th grade, had racked up around 200 absences at her nearby high school.
She was failing all of her classes, and a handful of petty crimes had landed her in juvenile court.
Through the Queens Youth Justice Center, an alternative-to-detention program, Tatiana was placed in an all-girls group. Every Thursday, Shernette Pink, who runs the program, led the teenagers in conversations about self-esteem and motivation—discussions they rarely had at home or school. But it wasn’t all talk.
Pink had recently been contacted by Heather Butts, a coordinator with H.E.A.LT.H. For Youths, a leadership and development nonprofit that established a presence in the 50 Cent Garden, one of the few green spaces in a neighborhood where public parks make up only 3 percent of the total acreage.
Dallas police squelch critics, questions about sniper attack
DALLAS — The day after five Dallas officers were killed by a sniper, the city's police chief described the men as "guardians" of democracy, praising them for protecting the freedom to protest at a large demonstration against police brutality. President Barack Obama later eulogized the slain officers, saying they died while defending essential constitutional rights.
But nearly two months after the shootings, Dallas police have moved to silence critics and squelch lingering questions about the attack. Officers in riot gear have been told to ticket protesters who block or disrupt traffic, and Police Chief David Brown has refused to meet with demonstrators unless they agree to end their marches through downtown, which he says pose a threat to officers.
Authorities have also refused to release even the most basic information about the slayings, including any details about the weapons used, the autopsy findings and ballistics tests that could establish whether any officers were hit by friendly fire. Police have indicated that such information could be withheld almost indefinitely.
In addition, the police department's most vocal, visible critic — a 27-year-old self-styled preacher with a criminal history — has been arrested multiple times in the last month on warrants that include unpaid traffic tickets and attempts to revoke his probation from a 2009 felony.
‘I shot dad’: The tragic case of a child who killed his abusive, neo-Nazi father
An unemployed plumber who used to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border looking for illegal immigrants, Hall was a rising star among white supremacists.
He would often speak at rallies, promoting the goals of the National Socialist Movement, the largest neo-Nazi organization in the country, with 46 chapters in 20 states.
In a YouTube video of a 2009 anti-immigration rally in Southern California, Hall, the National Socialist Movement’s regional director there, is seen holding a megaphone with a smiling Hitler emoji sticker on it as he proclaims the need for “white immigration” and a “pro-white” America. But Hall’s rise in the movement ended abruptly.
Trump spreads claim that Clinton's 'mentor' was 'KKK member'
The Republican nominee retweeted a supporter's post that the Democratic nominee "said a KKK member was
And speaking later in Des Moines, Iowa, he dredged up Clinton's use of the term "super predators" in the 1990s to argue that he, not Clinton, offered African-Americans the best choice for president. Presidential candidates often misled by crowds they draw Trump's retweet and his latest appeals to black voters capped off a week of increasingly ugly and racially charged accusations between the two leading presidential candidates, during which Trump called Clinton a "bigot" and the Democratic nominee charged that Trump's campaign was built on "prejudice and paranoia" while also tying him to the KKK. "@DiamondandSilk: Crooked Hillary getting desperate. On TV bashing Trump. @CNN, she forgot how she said a KKK member was her mentor," Trump tweeted Saturday.
Lynette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson -- better known as Diamond and Silk, two African-American sisters supporting Trump who frequently speak at his rallies -- confirmed to CNN that the tweet referred to the late West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd, a former KKK member whom Clinton mourned in 2010 as "a true American original, my friend and mentor."
Kansas City area hit by floods after three days of downpour
The Kansas City area was flooded late Friday after a three-day downpour, forcing emergency services to conduct about 10 water rescues in Missouri's largest city, officials said. News photos showed vehicles stopped or abandoned as flood waters swelled across streets. No injuries nor fatalities were reported. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency notice to the Kansas City area for the first time ever on Friday night that went into Saturday morning. The flooding had receded within the urban center later on Saturday, but rivers in more rural regions north of the city were still overflowing, said Dan Hawblitzel, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Kansas City. Rains and some thunderstorms were forecast in parts of the region on Saturday, but were not expected to cause further flooding, Hawblitzel said.
Pastor Who Bashed Orlando Victims Arrested on Child Molestation Charge
Pastor Ken Adkins, who infamously said the victims of Orlando's Pulse nightclub shooting got "what they deserve," was arrested Friday on a charge of child molestation, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
The Florida Times Union, the arrest stems from allegations made by a young male former member of his congregation.
Special Agent Stacy Carson said the investigation is focused on suspected molestation in several locations in the Brunswick, Georgia area, including at Adkins' church, a vehicle and a victim's home.
Adkins' wife, Charlotte, told the paper, "This young man was part of our teen ministry. Ken and I have treated him like family, as has our church. He is a deeply troubled young man, to be sure, but our thoughts and prayers remain with him even now."
Colin Kaepernick Sits During National Anthem Before Packers vs. 49ers
I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color.
To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way.
There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder. ... This is not something that I am going to run by anybody.
I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed.
... If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.
The NFL also spoke about its policy regarding the National Anthem, saying:
"Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the national anthem," per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Kaepernick has been using social media—notably retweets—to express anger and frustration with racial injustices.
Maine Governor Paul LePage criticised for 'racist' remarks
The governor of Maine has said that people of colour were enemies of his state, and appeared to suggest they should be shot. Speaking about Maine's effort to combat drug crime, Paul LePage said that "the enemy right now... are people of colour or people of Hispanic origin". "When you go to war... and the enemy dresses in red and you dress in blue, then you shoot at red," he said. Leading Democrats have urged him to resign. Mr LePage made the comments while seeking to clarify remarks he made earlier in the week which were criticised as racist. The press conference capped a controversial 72 hours for the Republican governor.
NBA superstar Dwyane Wade's cousin killed in Chicago crossfire
Another struck her in an arm. She died about 45 minutes later at a hospital.
Her aunt, Jolinda Wade, told CNN affiliate WLS that Aldridge was headed to an elementary school when she was shot.
"She wasn't bothering nobody," said Wade, whose son is Dwyane Wade, the 12-time NBA All-Star who recently signed a contract with his hometown Chicago Bulls.
"She was just going to register her kids at school."
Two suspects are in custody, Chicago police spokeswoman Michelle Tannehill said. The woman was not the intended target of the shooting, Tannehill added. The child was not injured.
Italy earthquake: Mass funeral for 35 victims
A mass funeral has taken place in Italy for some of the 290 people killed in Wednesday's powerful earthquake. Thirty-five victims from the town of Arquata were mourned at a sports hall in the regional capital, Ascoli Piceno. The coffins, laid out in rows on the floor, included two painted white for two children killed. The death toll from the quake, which struck a mountainous central region, has again risen as more bodies were found. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was among those attending the funeral along with President Sergio Mattarella, who earlier visited Amatrice, the town with the most casualties. Bishop Giovanni d'Ercole urged those affected not to lose courage. "Together, above all we will restore life to our communities, starting from our traditions and from the rubble of death," he said.
What Happens When An Aid Group Sees Abuse, But Is Sworn To Secrecy?
When Save the Children Australia signed up to help migrants that Australia was detaining on a remote island in the Pacific Ocean, workers for the aid group had to sign confidentiality agreements. Australia's government required the agreements. While unusually strict, they reflect a bargain many aid agencies must make in troubled areas of the world: to gain access to vulnerable people, they must remain diplomatically silent about what they see, avoiding embarrassment to the governments.
The Pentagon’s failure to detect the extramarital affair and “swinger lifestyle” of a top general despite background checks that likely included polygraph tests exposes flaws in vetting those entrusted with the nation’s most sensitive national security secrets, according to experts and a top senator.
8/29Gene Wilder, star of 'Willy Wonka,' dead at 83
dead at 83
Open the files, abused ex-gymnast tells USA Gymnastics
A Chocolate Pill? Scientists To Test Whether Cocoa Extract Boosts Health
Researchers are recruiting volunteers to participate in a four-year study trial of cocoa extract. Half of the participants will take capsules containing about as much cocoa extract as you'd get from eating about 1,000 calories of dark chocolate.
Content of Character
Proof that Position & Wealth
Equal Un-Equal Treatment
Settlement in case of S.C. deputy who roughed up high school girl 8/13/16
A System of Justice that fails because of the
Good Old Boy Poor Behavior Exposed
Standards, Dignity, Respect & Professionalism
Sexual Harassment, Racism, Sexism, Hypocracy
are words that can be assigned to the behavior exposed in written reports, of the actual behavior that take place at the top levels of most large entities.
Bill Cosby has set the standards for "Sexual Predator Behavior",
however, Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros, is only the latest woman to come forward with allegations of sexual harassment imposed on her person by former network chief Roger Ailes.
Yet, Andrea Tantaros includes host Bill O'Reilly, as one of the individuals who is being identified as one of the power participants in her sexual harassment allegations.
It would not be surprising if every large news entity finds themselves with these same types of allegations, going back decades, primarily because,
it was an expected, accepted and condoned
Irony in the White Lives Matter protest
Black Lives Matter, and other pro black organizations, have taken as of late, with regards to police shootings of black boys, and men, that purported "rightful actions", but slowly released video proved otherwise.
Here is what I know about the NAACP...,
they ignore any criticism what so ever, and when you attempt to get a response from the NAACP, well....
suffice it to say...
"Just Wait"... doesn't seem to be the perspective that will ever net any results.
good luck to the White Lives Matter movement, if this is your intent to get a response from the NAACP.
I speak from personal experience of attempting to voice a negative opinion regarding the NAACP...
4 years ago, and I have yet to get any type of response.
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