EXCEPTIONALISM! L.A. Controller Ron Galperin Says New Audit Reveals ‘Exceptionally High Overtime Use’ in Department of Transportation


Homecoming Queen Swept Away In Floodwaters Coming Home From Prom

“She did the right things. She called 911. She called her father, but it was just too much and too quick.”

— Roberta Ramirez, Alyssa’s aunt

This picture taken on November 14, 2010

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TIME Cover: USA ‘Lost in the World’

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Rhode Island: Social Media, Hookup Apps Blamed For Spikes In Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Other STDs

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 reports: New cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and HIV are on the rise in Rhode Island, a trend that the state health department attributed in part to social media as people increasingly turn to their phones to arrange “casual and often anonymous sexual encounters.” Better testing has also contributed to the rising number of infections, the department said.

“This trend reminds us that we cannot become complacent.”

— Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, director designee at the Rhode Island Department of Health

“Despite the progress we have made in reducing STDs [sexually transmitted diseases] and HIV over the years, there is more work to do,” Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, director designee at the Rhode Island Department of Health, said in a release. “This trend reminds us that we cannot become complacent.”

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“The ease of seeking sex partners through classified ad sites may promote risky behaviors that increase transmission of STDs.”

From 2013 to 2014, syphilis cases rose by 79 percent, gonorrhea by 30 percent and HIV cases by nearly 33 percent, the department said. New cases of these increased faster among men who have sex with men and had a greater impact on African-Americans and Hispanics as well as on youth.

[Read the full text here, at International Business Times]

Although the health department stated that the rising rates followed national trends, the most recent data from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that from 2012 to 2013, rates of gonorrhea remained stable and rates of syphilis increased only among men. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Bounce House Uprooted After Waterspout Makes Landfall, 3 Children Injured at Florida Beach

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) — Three children have been transported to the hospital, one with serious injuries, after a waterspout made landfall, tossing a bounce house 15 feet in the air.

 


[VIDEO] Memorial Day #RollingThunder Honors Vets, MIAs in Washington D.C.

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BREAKING: Senate Blocks House Bill on NSA Surveillance, 2-Month Extension

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BREAKING NEWS –  The Republican-led Senate blocked a House bill early Saturday that would have ended the National Security Agency’s bulk of collection on domestic phone records.

The vote was 57-42, short of the 60-vote threshold to move ahead. It leaves the fate of the key provisions in the Patriot Act in doubt with a June 1 deadline less than two weeks away.

Francisco Seco/AP - In this October 2013 file photo, a man looks at his cellphone as he walks on the street in downtown Madrid. The NSA’s ability to crack cellphone encryption used by the majority of cellphones in the world offers it wide-ranging powers to listen in on private conversations.

The Senate also failed to advance a two-month extension of NSA programs as well. The vote also needed 60 votes to get to the Senate floor. The vote was defeated 54-45…(read more)

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[BOOKS] ‘Losing the Signal': The Inside Story of How the iPhone Crippled BlackBerry

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‘Losing the Signal’ examines Research In Motion’s efforts to take on Apple’s game-changing smartphone

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[Read an excerpt here, at WSJ.com]

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[Order the book Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and
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[VIDEO] Memorial Day Weekend DIY Guide: How to Make an American Flag with Bacon


BREAKING: Court Affidavit Reveals Suspect in DC Quadruple Murder ‘Did Not Act Alone’

Four people died in a house fire near Vice President Joe Biden's home in Washington, D.C. on Thursday afternoon, and the police are still searching for the reason why.

An court affidavit released Friday says the suspect in the slayings of a northwest D.C. family and their housekeeper was not alone in carrying out the murders

The document says Daron Dylon Wint and “others” were involved in the murders of the Savopoulos family and their housekeeper, according to MyFoxDC.

The news comes as Wint awaits a court arraignment on Friday afternoon after leading cops on a massive manhunt.

“Wint is accused of storming a Washington mansion…he allegedly held the family while ordering them to summon a courier with $40,000, then killed all four, dousing them with gasoline before setting the home on fire.”

The multi-state search for the suspect in the horrific murders of a Washington businessman’s family and their housekeeper ended late Thursday when police grabbed suspect Daron Dylon Wint and four associates in the nation’s capital.

“Just got him,” D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said shortly before 11:30 p.m.

The arrest capped a day that began with the revelation Wint had been identified in last week’s murders of Savvas Savopoulos, 46; his wife Amy, 47; the couple’s 10-year-old son Philip, and housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa, 57, by DNA left on pizza crust during what may have been an extended home invasion. Police traced Wint, a 34-year-old ex-con from Maryland, to Brooklyn, N.Y., and then back to Washington in the afternoon.

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“Sources told WTTG that Savvos and Amy Savopoulos, as well as Veralicia Figueroa, were found in chairs and doused with gasoline. Philip Savopoulos was found in his bed, covered in lacerations and burned beyond recognition.”

Federal marshals had been tracking Wint Thursday night from College Park as he traveled in a white Chevrolet Cruze occupied by two unidentified women, police said. The car was following a white box truck, reportedly driven by Wint’s brother and with another man inside. Both vehicles were stopped by marshals near 10th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NE, the official said. Police found at least $10,000 in cash in the box truck, and all of the occupants were taken into custody, according to police.

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“The arrest capped a day that began with the revelation Wint had been identified in last week’s murders of Savvas Savopoulos, 46; his wife Amy, 47; the couple’s 10-year-old son Philip, and housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa, 57, by DNA left on pizza crust during what may have been an extended home invasion.”

Wint is accused of storming a Washington mansion near Vice President Biden’s residence and owned by Savopoulos, the CEO of an iron works company. There, he allegedly held the family while ordering them to summon a courier with $40,000, then killed all four, dousing them with gasoline before setting the home on fire.

The four were found dead in the Savolpoulos family’s burning home in a wealthy Northwest Washington neighborhood on the afternoon of May 14.

No other suspects have been identified, but police have not ruled out the possibility that other people were involved in the murders.

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“While it does not abate our pain, we hope that it begins to restore a sense of calm and security to our neighborhood and to our city. We are blessed to live in a community comprised of close circles of friends who have supported us and grieve with us.”

— Savopoulos family statement

Wint is expected to make his initial appearance in D.C. Superior Court Friday afternoon, according to the Washington Post.

Following Wint’s capture, the Savopoulos family released a statement, saying, “We are thankful to law enforcement who have worked so diligently to bring about an arrest in this case.”

“During the family’s final hours, someone called Domino’s from their house and ordered pizza. The Washington Post reported that the DNA was found on a pizza crust. At a Domino’s about 2 miles away, a worker told the AP that a pizza was delivered from there to the mansion that day.”

“While it does not abate our pain, we hope that it begins to restore a sense of calm and security to our neighborhood and to our city. We are blessed to live in a community comprised of close circles of friends who have supported us and grieve with us,” the statement said. “Our family, and Vera’s family, have suffered unimaginable loss, and we ask for the time and space to grieve privately.”

Authorities said Thursday that Wint, a certified welder, worked for Savopoulos’ company American Iron Works in the past. Savopoulos was the CEO of American Iron Works, a construction-materials supplier based in Hyattsville, Maryland, that has been involved in major projects in downtown Washington. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Rock & Roll: Memorial Day Tribute to the U.S. Navy

Tribute to the United States Navy in honor for all that have served, and as a tribute to all those currently serving, and those who will soon serve duty in the United States Navy..

via US Navy Tribute – Hell Yeah (Music Video) – YouTube


[VIDEO] Senator Rand Paul Begins His Remarks on Patriot Act and NSA Surveillance

 


[PHOTOS] The Siren of Silicon Valley: Prostitute Pin-Up Perp Alix Tichelman Gallery

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The family of the prostitute sentenced to six years in prison for her role in the death of a Google executive have continued to show their support both in person and on social media during her trial.54_Alex_Tichelman

“Alix Tichelman, 27, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter and administering drugs to married father-of-five Forrest Timothy Hayes who died of a heroin overdose aboard his yacht in November 2013.”

Tichelman’s parents Bart and Leslieann were present in a Santa Cruz County Superior Court offering support for their daughter’s Tuesday sentencing.

“Since leaving her parents’ home, her life appears to have been a complete rejection of her privileged upbringing.”

The couple – and their other daughter Monica who is three years Alix’s junior – haven’t spoken publicly since their daughter’s arrest. But, as well as supporting her in court, they’ve also used Facebook to show that in spite of her crimes and troubled, past they still stand by her.

“Alix has been a heroin addict and turned to high-class prostitution to support herself.”

Sister Monica, 24, posted a photo on Facebook on May 10 of the family to which her mom wrote, ‘missing my girls today’ and ‘love you more’.

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[Read more here: How Alix Tichelman injected Google’s Forrest Timothy Hayes with heroin – Daily Mail]

Alix Tichelman grew up in a wealthy, upper-class family, first in Atlanta, Georgia, and then California.

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Since leaving her parents’ home, her life appears to have been a complete rejection of her privileged upbringing. Alix has been a heroin addict and turned to high-class prostitution to support herself.

Yet despite her failings, the family has maintained a united front.

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In court on Tuesday, Jerry Christensen, one of Tichelman’s public defenders, said that Alix didn’t want to stand trial because she did not want to put her family through it…(read more)

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OH YES THEY DID: Washington Driver Gets Six Months for ‘Marijuana-Related’ Crash That May Have Had Nothing to Do With Marijuana

 writes: Today a Vancouver, Washington, pot smoker received a six-month jail sentence, followed by five years of probation, in a case that seems to illustrate the vancover-accident-kptvinjustice caused by his state’s new definition of stoned driving. Scotty Rowles was driving his 1995 Ford pickup truck on East Mill Plain Boulevard around 6 p.m. on December 17, 2012, when Donald Collins stepped from the median into the street in front of him. According to KPTV, the Fox station in Portland, Oregon, “Investigators said Collins was close to two different lit and controlled intersections, but stepped out in the middle of traffic to try and cross the road.” On the face of it, Collins’ death was not Rowles’ fault. But a police officer smelled marijuana on Rowles, who admitted that he had smoked “a little bowl” one or two hours earlier. He was charged with vehicular homicide.

[Read the full text here, at Reason.com]

Prosecutors dropped that charge after concluding that there was insufficient evidence to support it. But they changed their minds after a blood test put Rowles’ THC level at 7.2 nanograms per milliliter, 2.2 nanograms above Washington’s new cutoff for driving under the influence of marijuana. Because of that rule, which was included in the marijuana legalization intitiative that voters approved a month before the accident, Rowles was guilty of DUI even if he was not actually impaired. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Peter Schweitzer: NBC in ‘Cover-Up’ Mode After ‘Mind-Boggling’ Stephanopoulous-Clinton Connection


THE PANTSUIT REPORT: Hillary Clinton Nods, Stares, Breaks Vow of Silence


[VIDEO] Stephanopoulos in 2014: Ted Koppel Asked Me, ‘Are You Sure You Can Be Fair?’

 “He pulled me into his office, and he said, ‘Are you sure you can do this?'”

At The Corner, Ian Tuttle has this:

Each year the National Press Foundation awards the Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. The 2014 recipient? None other than embattled ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos, whose acceptance speech includes the following interesting tidbit (starts at 1:54).

“And I have to say, it rocked me back on my heels.”

“I remember Ted Koppel coming to me when I first started,” Stephanopoulos recounted, “he pulled me into his office, and he said, ‘Are you sure you can do this? Are you sure you can be fair?’ And I have to say, it rocked me back on my heels.” He says he also met with “pointed questions” from ABC anchor Charlie Gibson(read more)

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‘How George Pays the Bill: The $105M Secret’ New York Post Front Page for May 19, 2015

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Scientist Missing For Over 20 years Found Living Inside Secret LSD Drug Lab Hidden in Basement

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A Couple from Cottage Grove, Minnesota discovers a man living inside a secret laboratory inside their basement.  On Tuesday, officers with the Warrington County Sheriffs Office went to the
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“He had clearly been living down there for a long time and had suffered severe psychological trauma probably from not socializing with anyone for a while. I don’t know if he had been living down there since the 80’s but I wouldn’t doubt it.”

“They ran up to use and said they heard a man shouting inside their basement and that’s when they called it in to 911.” Said Captain Bruce Normans with the Warrington County Sheriff’’s Office.

Officers say they could hear the man yelling in the basement the moment they entered the Morgan’s home.  But when they moved cautiously into the basement they saw nothing but could hear banging sounds coming from behind the northern wall of the Morgan family’s basement, specifically echoing from behind a large storage cabinet.

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“It was a very odd situation. We assumed the possibility that a vagrant may have been trapped behind the cabinet and needed help.” Officer Jim Catelli told Channel 6 news.STAMP-panic-red

[Read the full text here, at Paranormal]

When the Officers moved the large metal cabinet they uncovered an entry way to a large basement room that was full of various science equipment along with a terrified, elderly man.  The 83 year old man was identified as Dr. Winston Corrigan, a chemistry professor from the University of Minnesota who went missing in the fall of 1984 and was a previous resident of the home. Read the rest of this entry »


OH YES SHE DID: Al Sharpton’s Daughter Sues City for $5M After Spraining Ankle

NEW YORK - JUNE 14:  Dominique Sharpton and Reverend Al Sharpton pose for a photo on the red carpet at the 2010 Apollo Theater Spring Benefit Concert & Awards Ceremony at The Apollo Theater on June 14, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Al Sharpton;Dominique Sharpton

The legal shakedown is right out of her dad’s pay-to-playbook

Kathianne Boniello She learned at the feet of a master.

Shakedown artist Al Sharpton’s eldest child wants $5 million from city taxpayers after she fell in the street and sprained her ankle, court rec­ords show.

“I sprained my ankle real bad lol.”

— Dominique Sharpton, on Instagram

Dominique Sharpton, 28, says she was “severely injured, bruised and wounded” when she stumbled over uneven pavement at the corner of Broome Street and Broadway downtown last year, according to a lawsuit.

Currently on vacation in Bali, the membership director for her gadfly dad’s National Action Network claims she “still suffers and will continue to suffer for some time physical pain and bodily injuries,” according to the suit filed against the city departments of Transportation and Environmental Protection.

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Daily Caller‘s brilliant headline – article by Derek Hunter

“I sprained my ankle real bad lol,” she wrote in a post to Instagram after the Oct. 2 fall.

She was pictured in a walking boot in the weeks following the tumble, but by December, Dominique was good to go for NAN’s Justice for All march in Washington, DC, and for a New Year’s Eve jaunt to Miami Beach.

And despite claiming “permanent physical pain” in a breathless notice of claim, there are social-media shots of her in high heels, and another of her climbing a ladder to decorate a Christmas tree.

The legal shakedown is right out of her dad’s pay-to-playbook.

For Sunday News: 05/14/15:Potholes: New York - Easterly crosswalk at Broome St. and Broadway where street is full of cracks and holes.  Dominique Sharpton filed a lawsuit against the city for injuries related to falling there and city's failure to fix the street.   Photo by Helayne Seidman

The corner of Broome Street and Broadway where Dominique Sharpton fell and sprained her ankle. Photo: Helayne Seidman

Al Sharpton has used threats of protests and boycotts against large companies as a way to generate huge corporate donations, his critics charge.

[Read the full text here, at New York Post]

Everyone from McDonald’s, Verizon, Macy’s, General Motors, Chrysler and Pfizer have forked over cash to the elder Sharpton.

The Rev on Saturday said he didn’t know the status of his daughter’s legal claim. “She’s 29 years old. Why would she have to talk to me about that?” he said of Dominique, whose mother is Sharpton’s ex-wife, Kathy. “I just know that she was hurt and that she got a lawyer and she’s a grown woman. [Where] she goes from there, I have no idea.” Read the rest of this entry »


That Half-Hearted Apology Isn’t Going to Suffice If He Wants to Keep His Anchor Chair

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Cloaked in Charity, George Gives His Critics The Finger

Lloyd Grove writes: You see, Good Morning America host George Stephanopoulos was just too darned generous to poor kids and AIDS victims.

In a non-apology apology that is unlikely to appease the referees of press ethics, let alone his Republican detractors—and may just baffle morning television viewers who haven’t paid attention to the blossoming scandal within the media-political complex—the former top aide to Bill and Hillary Clinton put the very best face possible on his lapse in judgment in not disclosing $75,000 in donations to the Clinton Foundation when he conducted a contentious April 26 interview with foundation critic Peter Schweizer on This Week With George Stephanopoulos, ABC News’s Sunday show.

[Also see – Stephanopoulos Enters into Modified Limited Hangout Phase of Scandal]

Although Stephanopoulos’s case is very different from—and nowhere near as serious as—the embellishments of suspended NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, his explanation of his mistake on Friday morning was much in the same vein as Williams’s claim last February that he made up a story about a helicopter ride in Iraq simply in an innocent, good-hearted attempt to honor America’s fighting men and women. Read the rest of this entry »


New York Post May 16, 2015: ‘DEATH! Marathon Bomber Will Pay The Ultimate Price’

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Teacher Accused of Freaking Out 3rd Graders by Showing ‘Devil Doll’ Video Resigns

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 23:  Antique porcelain doll heads are seen in the New York Doll Hospital Hospital October 23, 2003 in New York City. The hospital opened in 1900 and repairs thousands of dolls and teddy bears each year. "Nobody dies in this hospital" says third-generation owner Irving Chaise.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

(CBS Houston) – A New Home teacher who showed her third gradpanic-bettye class a video about a “devil doll” has resigned, according to KCBD.

Heather Anderson gave her resignation after a series of parental complaints and school board meetings about her showing of the six-minute video “Annabelle the Devil Doll” to her third grade students in March.

The video portrayed a murderous doll possessed by a demon.

Parents argued that students were having trouble sleeping and one parent even said their child had to see a counselor following the viewing.

Those in support of Anderson believe that the video was shown on accident as it played automatically after the first video ended; however, Superintendent of New Home ISD Leland Zant said in a statement that the video was shown to two different classes taught by Anderson. Read the rest of this entry »


Oh Hell, Everybody in Media Donated to the Clinton Foundation: Here’s a List

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Clinton Foundation donors include dozens of media organizations, individuals

Josh GersteinTarini PartiHadas Gold and Dylan Byers report:

…The following list includes news media organizations that have donated to the foundation, as well as other media networks, companies, foundations or individuals that have donated. It is organized by the size of the contribution:

$1,000,000-$5,000,000

Carlos Slim
Chairman & CEO of Telmex, largest New York Times shareholder

James Murdoch
Chief Operating Officer of 21st Century Fox

Newsmax Media
Florida-based conservative media network

Thomson Reuters
Owner of the Reuters news service

$500,00-$1,000,000

Google

News Corporation Foundation
Philanthropic arm of former Fox News parent company

$250,000-$500,000

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publisher

Richard Mellon Scaife
Owner of Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

$100,000-$250,000

Abigail Disney
Documentary filmmaker

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Howard Stringer
Former CBS, CBS News and Sony executive

Intermountain West Communications Company
Local television affiliate owner (formerly Sunbelt Communications)

$50,000-$100,000

Bloomberg L.P.

Discovery Communications Inc.

George Stephanopoulos
ABC News chief anchor and chief political correspondent

Mort Zuckerman
Owner of New York Daily News and U.S. News & World Report

Time Warner Inc.
Owner of CNN parent company Turner Broadcasting

$25,000-$50,000

AOL

HBO

Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Presenters of the Golden Globe Awards

Viacom

$10,000-$25,000

Knight Foundation
Non-profit foundation dedicated to supporting journalism

Public Radio International

Turner Broadcasting
Parent company of CNN

Twitter

$5,000-$10,000

Comcast
Parent copmany of NBCUniversal

NBC Universal
Parent company of NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC

Public Broadcasting Service

$1,000-$5,000

Robert Allbritton
Owner of POLITICO parent company Capitol News Group

$250-$1,000

AOL Huffington Post Media Group

Hearst Corporation

Judy Woodruff
PBS Newshour co-anchor and managing editor

The Washington Post Company

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IT’S ON: Media Calls on ABC’s Stephanopoulos to Recuse Self from 2016 Coverage


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