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[VIDEO] Meredith Powell Update: Former Tacoma High School Teacher Pleads Guilty to Child Rape

“She’s the adult. She’s the one is who is responsible on a lot of different levels, including being a teacher.”

– Powell’s attorney, Wayne Fricke

For The News TribuneAdam Lynn reports: A 25-year-old former math teacher at Tacoma’s Lincoln High admitted Wednesday in Pierce County Superior Court that she had sex with two students and communicated with others about sex.meredith-power-perp

“She was going through a difficult time in her personal life and obviously made a lot of bad choices, regrettable choices.”

Meredith Powell pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree child rape and one count of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes, all felonies.

“She’s 11 years older than her victims, at least one of her victims.”

Judge Frank Cuthbertson ordered Powell, who’d been free on her personal recognizance pending trial, be taken to jail to await her Aug. 29 sentencing. She faces a standard-range sentence of three years, 10 months to five years in prison.

“There’s no circumstance in which a teacher should be taking advantage of the trust put in them to harm children.”

[See more from our ongoing coverage of the Meredith Powell arrest]

However, attorneys will recommend she be sentenced to six months in jail and three years of sex-offender treatment under a program available to first-time offenders, said her attorney, Wayne Fricke.

Meredith Powell in Custody of Her Mother: Boy-Crazy High School Teacher Accused of Rape Resigns, Surrenders Teaching Certificate

UPDATE: Tacoma Teacher Meredith Powell Pleads Not Guilty in Latest Sex Charge

Out of the Shadows: Organization of Female Teachers Dedicated to Woman-Boy Love Pledge Legal Support to Meredith Powel (satire)

Libido Update: Boy-Crazy Teacher Meredith Powell Raped Tacoma Teenagers, Police Say

The Meredith Powell Letter: “Obviously nothing physical or emotional ever happened between (the boy) and I, nor would it ever…”

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SMIDGEN REPORT: IRS Head Confirms Investigators Have Found Backup Tapes

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Fox News reports: July 23, 2014: IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testifies before a House oversight subcommittee hearing in Washington.AP

The head of the IRS confirmed Wednesday that investigators looking into missing emails from ex-agency official Lois Lerner have found and are reviewing “backup tapes” — despite earlier IRS claims that the tapes smdg-tv2had been recycled.

“It is unbelievable that we cannot get a simple, straight answer from the IRS about this hard drive.”

–  House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, testifying before a House oversight subcommittee, stressed that he does not know “how they found them” or “whether there’s anything on them or not.” But he said the inspector general’s office advised him the investigators are reviewing tapes to see if they contain any “recoverable” material.

The revelation is significant because the IRS claimed, when the agency first told Congress about the missing emails, that backup tapes “no longer exist because they have been recycled.”

It is unclear whether the tapes in IG custody contain any Lerner emails, but Koskinen said investigators are now checking. Read the rest of this entry »


GLOBAL PANIC OF JULY 2014 Strikes the Deep South: 200 Pairs of Panties Stolen from Georgia Mall, Thief Captured on Video

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Authorities are investigating after a thief at an east Georgia shopping mall made off with a bagful of womens unmentionables.Richmond County sheriffs officials say a thief stole 200 pairs of panties from Victorias Secret in Augusta Mall shortly before noon Saturday.

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The Augusta Chronicle reports that security video shows a male entering the store and stuffing the underwear into a large shopping bag. Authorities say he left without paying for the merchandise, valued at $1,900. ABC News


SMIDGEN REPORT: IRS Reports NEW Round of Computer Crashes

Lerner as she takes her seat before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington

“There is an issue as to whether or not there is a ‑‑ that all of the backup recovery tapes were destroyed on the 6‑month retention schedule.”

– IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane

For The Daily CallerPatrick Howley reports: IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane said in transcribed congressional testimony that more IRS officials experienced computer crashes, bringing the total SMIDG-LRGnumber of crash victims to “less than 20,” and also said that the agency does not know if the lost emails are stillbacked up somewhere.

“So some of those backup tapes may still exist?”

– Investigator

“I don’t know whether they are or they aren’t, but it’s an issue that’s being looked at.”

– Kane

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GLOBAL PANIC of July 2014 STRIKES PARIS: Anti-Israel protesters rally across France

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Thousands march through French cities in protest of Israeli operation in Gaza Strip; French president says will not allow violence to spill over into France

REUTERS – Thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters marched in French cities on Saturday to condemn violence in Gaza, defying a ban imposed after demonstrators marched on two synagogues in Paris last weekend and clashed with riot police.

“The far-left New Anticapitalist Party, an organizer of last Sunday’s rally and the banned one in Paris, urged protesters in Paris to defy the ban, prompting police to issue a warning”

A Reuters photographer said demonstrators in northern Paris launched projectiles at riot police, who responded by firing teargas canisters and stun grenades.

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Demonstrators also climbed on top of a building and burned an Israeli flag. At least one car was set on fire.

A police spokesman said that 38 demonstrators had been arrested by early evening and that the clashes were dying down.

French President Francois Hollande said he understood emotional responses to the killing of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in a flare-up of hostilities with Israel but would not allow violence to spill over into France. Read the rest of this entry »


Boko Haram Extremists Kill More than 100 in Northeast Nigeria

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Boko Haram wants to enforce an Islamic state in Nigeria though half the country’s population of 170 million is Christian.

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Boko Haram extremists have killed more than 100 people and hoisted their black and white flag over a town left undefended by Nigeria’s military, just 85 kilometers (53 miles) from the northeastern state capital of Maiduguri, a civil defense spokesman and a human rights advocate said Saturday.

“Nine major villages are on the run.”

Hundreds of villagers in another northeast area, Askira Uba, are fleeing after receiving letters from the Islamic extremists threatening to attack and take over their areas, spokesman Abbas Gava of the Nigerian Vigilante Group said.

Survivors said Saturday that insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades and lobbed homemade bombs into homes, and then gunned down people as they tried to escape the fires in the attack on Damboa town launched before dawn Friday. Most of the town has burned down, they said. Read the rest of this entry »


Busted for Sex with Student and Sending Nude Pics, Connecticut High School Teacher Danielle Watkins Not Looking Happy in Police Photo

A Connecticut English teacher turned herself in Thursday on allegations that she had sex with and sent naked pictures of herself to one of her students at Stamford High School.

A Connecticut English teacher turned herself in Thursday on allegations that she had sex with and sent naked pictures of herself to one of her students at Stamford High School.

Danielle Watkins, a 32-year-old English teacher at Stamford High School, turned herself in Thursday on charges that she had sex with one of her students numerous times throughout the school year, sent him naked pictures of herself and gave him marijuana. She allegedly threatened to fail the student when he tried to put an end to their sexual encounters. Watkins has an unlisted phone number, attempts to reach her Friday morning were not successful.danielle-watkins-2

Who’s Up for Another Teacher Sex Scandal? For the NY Daily NewsMichael Walsh reports: Danielle Watkins, 32, of Norwalk, allegedly had sex with the 18-year-old male numerous times in her car during school hours, off school property from September 2013 until June 2014, according to the Stamford Police Department.

Police say they recovered 2,000 text messages, including nude photos sent to the teen’s phone.

At one point the victim tried to end the sexual encounters but Watkins attacked him and accused him of being with someone else, he said.

Watkins allegedly threatened to fail the student if they did not continue having sex so he waited until the school year ended in late June before telling a counselor about the predicament. Read the rest of this entry »


DOJ Investigating Missing IRS Emails

SMG-HT-LRGWASHINGTON (AP/ Breitbart) reports: The Justice Department is investigating the circumstances behind the disappearance of emails from a former senior Internal Revenue Service official, part of a broader criminal inquiry into whether the agency had targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, according to congressional testimony released Wednesday.

In a statement to be delivered to a congressional committee on Thursday, Deputy Attorney General James Cole says investigators are looking into emails that went missing from the computer of Lois Lerner.

Cole was to appear before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which has been investigating the matter. He declined to provide additional information about the investigation, according to prepared remarks issued ahead of his appearance.

The IRS has said it lost the emails in 2011 when Lerner’s computer crashed. At the time, Lerner headed the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. Read the rest of this entry »


Man Shot In Face In Front Of Starbucks

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KENT, Wash. (AP) — Police in the south Seattle suburb of Kent say a woman is accused of shooting a man in the face as they were talking into a coffee shop. Read the rest of this entry »


‘Sugar Baby’ Escort Alix Tichelman Pleads Not Guilty in Google Exec’s Heroin Death

Alix Tichelman, left, of Folsom, Calif., confers with public defender Diane August during her arraignment in Santa Cruz Superior Court Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Santa Cruz, Calif. Tichelman, an alleged upscale prostitute, is facing manslaughter charges for the November 2013 death of Forrest Hayes, a Google executive. Tichelman, who is also facing drug and prostitution charges, is being held on $1.5 million bail. Photo: Shmuel Thaler, AP

Alix Tichelman, left, of Folsom, Calif., confers with public defender Diane August during her arraignment in Santa Cruz Superior Court Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Santa Cruz, Calif. Tichelman, an alleged upscale prostitute, is facing manslaughter charges for the November 2013 death of Forrest Hayes, a Google executive. Tichelman, who is also facing drug and prostitution charges, is being held on $1.5 million bail. Photo: Shmuel Thaler, AP

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A high-priced prostitute accused of leaving a Google executive to die on his yacht in California after shooting him up with a fatal hit of heroin has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and heroin charges.

Twenty-six-year-old Alix Tichelman entered the plea on Wednesday in a Santa Cruz County courtroom. Prosecutors, additionally, Jonathan-Copsey-AP-Dean-Riopellecharged her with great bodily injury.

A judge refused to reduce her $1.5 million bail.

[The Black Widow of Silicon Valley: Alix Tichelman's Trail of Dead and Damaged Men]

Police say Tichelman did not help 51-year-old Forrest Hayes or call 911 as he went unconscious after she administered heroin to him.

[Last Taste of Sugar: Escort Charged in Google Executive's Fatal Heroin Overdose]

According to police, surveillance footage from the yacht shows Tichelman gather her belongings, including the heroin and needles, casually step over Hayes’ body to finish a glass of wine, clean up a counter, then lower a blind before leaving the yacht on Nov. 23.

[Hooker Business Booms in Silicon Valley]

Hayes was found the next day. Read the rest of this entry »


The Black Widow of Silicon Valley: Alix Tichelman’s Trail of Dead and Damaged Men

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Police hunted down the prostitute accused of watching a Google exec overdose—and found a trail of dead and damaged men in her past

For The Daily BeastMichael Daly reports: The detectives from the Santa Cruz police department could see an unmistakable injection mark in the arm of the deceased Google executive.Alix-cuffed
But the detectives could see no drugs and no syringe on the yacht where 51-year-old Forrest Timothy Hayes had been found dead from a heroin overdose. What the detectives did see was a pair of wine glasses on a table. They also noted that somebody appeared to have straightened up the cabin.

“We’re like, ‘Holy smoke, this isn’t her first rodeo.'”

The body had been discovered on the floor of the main cabin by the captain, who had been retained by Hayes after he purchased the 50-foot powerboat. Hayes had started out as an automotive executive in his native Michigan, which was in keeping with his decision to eschew eco-friendly sails such as were favored by other Silicon Valley types and buy a craft powered by big fuel guzzlers.

[Also see – Last Taste of Sugar: Escort Charged in Google Executive’s Fatal Heroin Overdose  [Hooker Business Booms in Silicon Valley]

But he had come West to take increasingly senior positions with Sun Microsystems and then Apple and finally with Google X, the research and development division whose projects included the perfect one for a one-time car guy: the self-driving auto. Hayes had become enough of a techie that he had installed a wireless surveillance camera system on his yacht. Read the rest of this entry »


SMIDGEN REPORT: Tweets from FEC Employee who Admitted to Violating Hatch Act Prior to Hard Drive Being Recycled


Cops: Man Arrested After Stabbing Watermelon

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For NBC ConnecticutLeAnne Gendreau reports:

A 49-year-old Connecticut man has been charged with threatening after his wife told police he stabbed and carved a watermelon in a passive-aggressive manner.

Thomaston Police Chief Jim Campbell said Carmine Cervellino’s wife originally went to police on July 4 to report finding marijuana and drugs in a toolbox at the house. The toolbox was not there when police responded and no charges were filed. Read the rest of this entry »


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SMIDGEN UPDATE: Lois Lerner’s Former FEC Colleague Has Emails Go Missing Too

Shulman looks on as Lerner delivers an opening statement to a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in Washington

The Daily Caller‘s Chuck Ross reports that the Federal Election Commission recycled the computer hard drive of April Sands — a former co-worker of Lois Lerner’s — hindering an investigation into Sands’ partisan political activities, FEC-Atty_April-Sandsaccording to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

“Dear every single Republican ever, When will U learn that Barack Hussein Obama is simply smarter than U? Stand down, Signed #Obama2012 #p2”

– April Sands, former co-worker of Lois Lerner

SMG-REPORTSands resigned from the Federal Election Commission in April after she admitted to violating the Hatch Act, which bars executive branch employees from engaging in partisan political activities on federal time and at federal facilities.

The twist is that Sands also worked under Lois Lerner when the ex-IRS agent — who is currently embroiled in a scandal over the targeting of conservative political groups — worked at the FEC’s enforcement division.

In a letter to FEC chairman Lee Goodman, Oversight chairman Darrell Issa and committee member Jim Jordan laid out Sands’ partisan activities and asked for records pertaining to the recycling of her hard drive and of the agency’s records retention policies.

“The bias in these messages is striking, especially for an attorney charged with the responsibility to enforce federal election laws fairly and dispassionately.”

– Oversight letter to Goodman

Sands took part in a heavily partisan online webcam discussion from FEC offices and also operated a Twitter account with the handle @ReignOfApril which were sent during Sands’ normal working hours. Read the rest of this entry »


IRS: ‘There Is No Other Plausible Explanation’

SMG-REPORTFor The Washington Post, mirroring punditfromanotherplanet‘s favorite ongoing themeEd Rogers writes: Anyone paying attention to the Internal Revenue Service scandal has been waiting for the next smidgen to drop. Well, two more hit pretty hard this week. At the president’s next encounter with the media, I will scream collusion if no one asks him for his exact definition of a “smidgen,” and if he thinks he has seen a smidgen of corruption yet. At this point, only the most gullible or culpable can continue to claim there is no compelling evidence in this case. Given the delays,lies and stonewalling, there is no viable argument against a special prosecutor.

“This is a smoking gun e-mail in that it makes plain she had a cover-up in mind. There is no other plausible explanation.”

Who knows how many of her colleagues and allies are breathing a sigh of relief upon learning that their e-mails to Lerner were destroyed and their instant messages not recorded? I think Lerner must have a sizable silent cheering section in Washington; people who are rooting for her to hang tough in pleading the Fifth and hoping that she does not go wobbly on them.

[Also see Jazz Shaw's commentary - The Lerner Files: “smidgens upon smidgens” of corruption]

I’ll bet her government retirement check is one check that never gets lost in the mail or delayed. Read the rest of this entry »


Fund: Judges Ordering IRS Employees to Testify on Lerner E-mail Is ‘a Major Step Forward’

Via NRO staff:

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Hooker Business Booms in Silicon Valley

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“I was within and without. Simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.”

- -F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby.

SAN FRANCISCO —Jessica Guynn reports: For years, sex workers have been the entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley that no one talks about.

But with money flowing from the technology industry, the sex trade is booming.

[Also see: VIDEO - Last Taste of Sugar: Escort Charged in Google Exec...]

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“I continue to see an increase in the amount of technology clients I see here in the Bay Area,” said Siouxsie Q, a 28-year-old sex worker.

April 12, 2013 – From accepting mobile payments to live Tweeting their cam shows, Bay Area sex workers have adopted the technology developed in the area for their own businesses.

Silicon Valley is better known for its search engines and smartphones than it is for sex

But the sex industry has been closely linked to boom times in the Bay Area going back to the Gold Rush, when men Alix-cuffedwith pickaxes ventured here hoping to hit the mother lode.

“Anytime you have a lot of young men coming West to seek their fortunes, the sex worker industry responds.”

– Q,  Activist for sex workers, has a podcast, The Whorecast

The glare of the national spotlight is on Silicon Valley sex workers after news broke this week that a prostitute left a Google executive to die on his yacht in Santa Cruz, Calif., after shooting him up with a deadly dose of heroin.

Forrest Hayes, 51, was found dead last November aboard his 50-foot yacht, Escape. Alix Tichelman, who police say is a high-priced call girl who charged $1,000 to perform sexual acts, is facing manslaughter charges for her role in his death. She is being held on $1.5 million bail.

Police say Tichelman had an “ongoing prostitution relationship” with Hayes that began when she met him on SeekingArrangement.com, a service that says it connects “sugar daddies” with “sugar babies.”

Feds crack down

The Internet is rife with anonymous websites that match sex workers with clients and help them avoid being arrested or assaulted.

The websites have both broadened the sex market and helped customers hire prostitutes more discreetly.

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Many online.

Preferred911.com, which bills itself as a “screen service for those who seek only the most discreet experiences in upscale adult companionship” and charges $129 for an annual membership, offers “escort” services in all 50 states, Guam and Washington, D.C.

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