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28 Jul
2019

Fearing Election Day Trouble Some US Schools Cancel Classes

first_imgFALMOUTH, Maine—Rigged elections. Vigilante observers. Angry voters. The claims, threats and passions surrounding the presidential race have led communities around the U.S. to move polling places out of schools or cancel classes on Election Day.The fear is that the ugly rhetoric of the campaign could escalate into confrontations and even violence in school hallways, endangering students.“If anybody can sit there and say they don’t think this is a contentious election, then they aren’t paying much attention,” said Ed Tolan, police chief in this seaside community, which decided to call off classes on Election Day and put additional officers on duty Nov. 8.School officials already are on edge because of the shootings and threats that have become all too common. They point to the recent firebombing of a Republican Party office in one North Carolina county and the shooting-up of another with a BB gun as the type of trouble they fear on Election Day.Some of those anxieties have been stoked by Donald Trump’s repeated claims that the election is rigged and his appeal to his supporters to stand guard against fraud at the polls. Some are worried about clashes between the self-appointed observers and voters. Parent Alpay Balkir said he is glad children will be home. His 8-year-old son is a student in Falmouth, where the high school doubles as a polling place.“If it’s going to be as chaotic as they say it’s going to be, it’s a good thing. Kids should stay out of it,” Balkir said. “I don’t know what the environment is going to be like.”Alpay Balkir and his son Ryan speak to a reporter after school in Falmouth, Maine on Oct. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) Alpay Balkir and his son Ryan speak to a reporter after school in Falmouth, Maine on Oct. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)Schools are popular polling places because they have plenty of parking and are usually centrally located. It’s difficult to say how many school-based polling places have been moved this year, given how decentralized the voting process is across the country.But state and local officials say voting has been removed or classes canceled on Election Day at schools in Illinois, Maine, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and elsewhere.“There is a concern, just like at a concert, sporting event or other public gathering that we didn’t have 15 or 20 years ago. What if someone walks in a polling location with a backpack bomb or something?” said Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, co-chairman of the National Association of Secretaries of State election committee. “If that happens at a school, then that’s certainly concerning.”Despite the concerns, the National Association of Secretaries of State does not advocate having armed guards or police stationed at the polls because their presence could intimidate voters.Some of the pressure to close schools on Election Day or move voting is coming from parents. Sara Andriotis, a mother in the Easton, Pennsylvania, area, pushed for voting to be taken out of local schools.“We were mostly concerned because of the risk that it puts our children in,” she said.Easton Superintendent John Reinhart wanted to get voting out of schools altogether but was rebuffed by county election officials. So the school board canceled classes on Election Day.“If you take the personalities away and cast the emotion with the election aside, one has to ask the question: ‘Are our schools the best places for that activity to take place?’” he said. “I just think we’ve reached the point where we need to look at other locations.”That’s happening in Hall County, Nebraska, which is moving six polling places out of schools. Voting will take place in four churches and two community centers.Election officials elsewhere say that schools are vital places for voting and that removing them as polling places creates logistical headaches and voter confusion.“We wouldn’t be able to conduct voting without them,” said Pam Anderson, executive director of the Colorado County Clerks Association. She said voting in schools has not generally been a concern in Colorado but acknowledged there is likely to be more security this year. Show Discussion Fearing Election Day Trouble, Some US Schools Cancel Classes By The Associated Press October 25, 2016 Updated: October 25, 2016 US  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Share this article Students arrive at Falmouth High School in Falmouth, Maine on Oct. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) Sharelast_img read more

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28 Jul
2019

Justice Thomas Criticizes Broken Confirmation Process for High Court

first_img Share US Show Discussion Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img In this Jan. 26, 2012 file photo, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas speaks at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. Thomas says the Supreme Court confirmation process is an example of how the nation’s capital is “broken in some ways.” Thomas reflected Oct. 26, 2016, on his 25 years as a justice, at the Heritage Foundation, the conservative think tank where his wife once worked. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File Justice Clarence Thomas said Wednesday that the Supreme Court confirmation process is an example of how the nation’s capital is “broken in some ways.”Thomas reflected on his 25 years as a justice while speaking at the Heritage Foundation, the conservative think tank where his wife once worked.The 68-year-old Thomas went through a very contentious confirmation in 1991, when he faced allegations that he sexually harassed Anita Hill when they were colleagues in the federal government.At the time, Thomas, who would become the second African-American to serve on the court, called televised Senate hearings about Hill’s claim a “high-tech lynching.”Looking back, he said Wednesday that “I think we have decided that rather than confront disagreements, we’ll just simply annihilate the person who disagrees with me. I don’t think that’s going to work in a republic, in a civil society.”He did not mention the stalled Supreme Court nomination of Judge Merrick Garland. President Barack Obama nominated Garland in March to take the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Thomas defended his willingness to question Supreme Court rulings more often than anyone else on the court. He said justices often are selective about what they want to preserve.“When people get what they want, then they start yelling stare decisis,” he said, using the Latin term for respecting precedents.He delivered one barbed quip about Obama’s health care law, which Thomas voted to strike down in 2012. He said the title of the law, the Affordable Care Act, “seems like kind of a misnomer considering all the things that are going on.” The administration this week announced rate increases for health insurance plans under the law.Thomas fondly recalled Scalia as someone he could trust, even when they disagreed. Their disagreements often could be about cultural issues.Scalia, a hunter from the North, teased the Georgia-born Thomas about his dislike of hunting. “I told him no good comes from being in the woods,” Thomas said.Then there was opera, a passion of Scalia’s. Using Scalia’s nickname, Thomas related that he would tell his friend: “Nino, I like opera. I just don’t want to be around the people who like opera.” Justice Thomas Criticizes Broken Confirmation Process for High Court By The Associated Press October 27, 2016 Updated: October 27, 2016last_img read more

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28 Jul
2019

Massachusetts Mother of 2 Dies from FluRelated Complications

first_img Massachusetts Mother of 2 Dies from Flu-Related Complications By Tom Ozimek January 12, 2018 Updated: January 12, 2018 Share US News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Recommended Video:Toddler With Rare Heart Condition Gets to Go Home After 402 Days in the Hospital A Massachusetts mother of two who thought she had a simple cold is dead after flu-related complications turned fatal last week. Jenny Ching, 51, of Needham, was admitted to a local hospital on Wednesday, Jan. 3, when her cold-like symptoms grew worse, The Needham Times reported.Doctors diagnosed her with influenza.“She had the flu and she also developed a bacterial infection,” her husband Matt Ching said, according to a WCVB5 report. “It was really severe and caused severe pneumonia.”Ching died Friday, Jan. 5, just two days after she was admitted to hospital, the Times said. (GoFundMe)Ching worked at the New Garden restaurant, a popular Chinese spot in Needham.“I can’t believe it because she was so healthy,” said Raymond So, the owner of New Garden, according to WCBV5. “She was so happy and driven.”He expressed his condolences on behalf of restaurant staff in a social media post.“Jenny always had a smile on her face, and was one of the kindest people to touch so many lives,” the post read. “Please keep Jenny and her family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”Her wake on Wednesday reportedly drew hundreds of people.Tom Keating, a veteran, posted, “Such an outpouring of support for the Jenny Ching family tonight. The lines of people at the Eaton Funeral Home was literally around the corner. Our VFW Post members each presented a white rose to Jenny’s casket, saluted and then visited with her husband and Dennis and David, her sons.“She was much loved.” (Facebook)Michael Raymond posted on the Needham, MA page “Amazing outpour from the community in the freezing cold.“Waited out in the cold for 45 mins, been inside for another 45 mins and still only halfway thru the line.“Such a beautiful family.”“The community has been unbelievable,” Ching’s husband told reporters. “The local school, our friends have just been so supportive. Without them, I don’t know how I would be to help keep the boys going.”A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Ching’s children and family.She leaves behind her husband, Matt Ching, and their two young sons. Follow Tom on Twitter: @OZImekTOM Show Discussionlast_img read more

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28 Jul
2019

Baby Born After Mothers Death in Maine Has Died

first_imgA stock photo shows police tape (Scott Olson/Getty Images)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US News Share this article A baby born through an emergency C-section after the mother died on her way to the hospital has also died, police said on Thursday.Desiree Strout, 27, was rushing to the hospital for an induced birth, nine months pregnant, when her car slid on black ice, hurtled into a snowbank, and slid sideways across an icy lake.Strout was killed, but her body was rushed to the hospital in Skowhegan, Maine, after her death so that doctors could try to save her child.Now the infant, named Gage, has died after being in critical condition since his birth, reported WABI on Thursday morning.Strout’s husband, who was also in the vehicle, and her 8-year-old daughter, are expected to survive after sustaining injuries in the crash.Strout’s uncle had told a local media outlet that he felt for her children after the death. “Now the little man’s empty-handed, you can find a dad figure any place, but moms are golden, you ain’t gonna find that every place, you can’t,” he said. “You can’t replace a mom, not in my book.”From NTD.tv Share Baby Born After Mother’s Death in Maine Has Died By Epoch Newsroom January 25, 2018 Updated: January 25, 2018 Recommended Video: Toddler With Rare Heart Condition Gets to Go Home After 402 Days in the Hospital Show Discussionlast_img read more

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28 Jul
2019

Parents of Otto Warmbier Push North Korea to Be Answerable for Actions

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   (UNTV/Reuters)  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video “The only thing we can do is rub their noses in this. It embarrasses them. They don’t like the world to think that they aren’t trying to be a member of the world, and they like to act like a victim, like they’ve been treated poorly,” said Cindy.At the symposium, relatives of several Japanese men and women who were abducted by North Korea also spoke about the difficulties of reuniting with their loved ones.In one instance, Takuya Yokota, who is still trying to rescue his sister who was abducted in 1977, thanked President Donald Trump for mentioning her in his U.N. General Assembly speech back in September 2017. Megumi Yokota was 13 when she was abducted and forced to be a language tutor for North Korea’s spies, reported the Associated Press.“We need to stand up for Otto. We need to stand up for all these families. We have to do it. We owe it to the world. I can’t let Otto die in vain,” Cindy added. Recommended Video:Leaders of Two Koreas Shake Hands Before Historic Summit  Rewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Follow Janita on Twitter: @janitakan Parents of Otto Warmbier Push North Korea to ‘Be Answerable for Actions’ By Janita Kan May 4, 2018 Updated: May 4, 2018 US News The parents of the late Otto Warmbier, a U.S. college student who was imprisoned by the North Korean regime, spoke at the United Nations on Thursday, May 3, calling for Kim and his regime to be “answerable for their actions.”Cindy and Fred Warmbier made emotional comments at a symposium on international cooperation to improve human rights in North Korea.Warmbier’s son Otto Warmbier died at age 22 after being imprisoned in North Korea from January 2016 until he was returned to the United States in June 2017 in a coma. He died a few days later, and an Ohio coroner said the cause was lack of oxygen and blood to the brain.His parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit against North Korea late last month, which says their son was “brutally tortured and murdered.” The lawsuit, which was filed in Washington D.C., is seeking damages for the wrongful death of the 22-year-old.Fred said the lawsuit will look at the events that occurred while Otto was detained in North Korea.“North Korea wants us to lock ourselves in a room and do nothing. And we think that’s a bad idea,” he said. “We are trying to build a pathway that leads directly to Kim and his regime to force them to be answerable for their actions.”According to the lawsuit, Otto’s parents said they were stunned to see their son’s condition when he returned to the United States.“Otto was blind and deaf. He had a shaved head, a feeding tube coming out of his nose, was jerking violently and howling, and was completely unresponsive to any of their efforts to comfort him,” according to the court document.His parents noticed that their son’s once straight teeth were misaligned and had been forced into abnormal positions. The lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages for personal injury. Cindy said they could not keep quiet and do nothing about what had happened to their son.“People say why are you doing this? How can I not? How can I not? How can anybody be quiet when this is going on?” Cindy said, reported the Associated Press. Share Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

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28 Jul
2019

FBI Chief Says Threats From Drones to US Steadily Escalating

first_img Show Discussion WASHINGTON—FBI director Christopher Wray told a U.S. Senate panel on Oct. 10 that the threat from drones “is steadily escalating” even as Congress gives agencies new tools to address threats.Wray told the Senate Homeland Security committee that the FBI assesses that “given their retail availability, lack of verified identification requirement to procure, general ease of use, and prior use overseas, (drones) will be used to facilitate an attack in the United States against a vulnerable target, such as a mass gathering.”Wray made his comments days after President Donald Trump signed into law legislation that gives the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the FBI new powers to disable or destroy drones that pose a threat to government facilities.The new law also requires DHS to conduct several assessments to evaluate emerging threats that drones may pose to state or private critical infrastructure entities and domestic airports. Wray said the risk has “only increased in light of the publicity associated with the apparent attempted assassination of Venezuelan President Maduro using explosives-laden” drones.Wray noted the FBI had disrupted a plan in the United States to use drones to attack the Pentagon and the Capitol building. In 2012, Rezwan Ferdaus was sentenced to 17 years in prison for attempting to conduct a terrorist attack.Ferdaus, who held a degree in physics, obtained multiple jet-powered, remote-controlled model aircraft capable of flying 100 miles per hour and planned to fill the aircraft with explosives and crash them into the Pentagon and the Capitol using a GPS system in each aircraft. Senator Ron Johnson, who chairs the committee, said earlier this year that the number of drone flights over sensitive areas or suspicious activities has jumped from eight incidents in 2013 to an estimated 1,752 incidents in 2016, citing federal statistics.The American Civil Liberties Union criticized the drone provision, saying it “amounts to an enormous unchecked grant of authority to the government to forcefully remove drones from the sky in nebulous security circumstances.”By David Shepardson Share this article US News Sharecenter_img FBI Director Christopher Wray, testifies before a Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee hearing on “Threats to the Homeland” at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington on Oct. 10, 2018. (Reuters/Alex Wroblewski) FBI Chief Says Threats From Drones to US ‘Steadily Escalating’ By Reuters October 10, 2018 Updated: October 11, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

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28 Jul
2019

Dwayne The Rock Johnson Slams CNN Reporter Over Clickbait

first_imgDarcy did not tweet similar thoughts to Morgan Freeman or James Cameron, who were also at the dinner.Darcy refused to apologize for his tweet and didn’t make clear why he’d singled The Rock out.Some others, though, told Johnson not to pay attention to Darcy or CNN, which has become increasingly radical during the Donald Trump presidency.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Slams CNN Reporter Over ‘Clickbait’ By Zachary Stieber October 22, 2018 Updated: October 22, 2018 Share this article  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video “Don’t pay attention to hacks who intentionally try to distort things, Dwayne. Keep doing your thing. Any reasonable person can appreciate and understand what you wrote,” said AG_Conservative, a conservative Twitter commentator.“The Rock is an International treasure, don’t ever come at the DJ,” added another user.The Rock, one of the most popular actors in the world, has openly mused about running for president but said this past summer he wouldn’t run in 2020.“Unfortunately, I don’t see it happening in 2020. It’s a position that requires years of hard work and experience to learn the skills. There’s a lot of ground to cover, and due to my schedule, it’s not possible in 2020,” Johnson said at the New York premiere of his movie, “Skyscraper,” in July, reported Vanity Fair.“I have so much respect for the position. It’s something that I seriously considered. What I need is time to go out and learn.”Johnson said that he’s been registered as a Republican and once appeared at a GOP convention, he told USA Today that he considers himself an independent at the moment.From NTD.tvDid you enjoy this article? Continue to read more stories  here. Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber Dwayne Johnson, popularly known as “The Rock,” took issue with how one of his previous statements was dredged up and characterized by a CNN reporter, slamming him for “clickbait.”Johnson posted a screenshot of an article on Instagram several months ago saying he had dined with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the heir to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.“Historic night it was. A pleasure to have a private dinner with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, his royal family, and distinguished cadre. Fascinating experience to hear his deep-rooted, yet modern views on the world and certainly the positive growth he desires for his country,” Johnson wrote in the caption.“As always, I asked a lot of questions. Listened and learned. Thank you everyone for a great night. Luckily, I brought my own tequila.”Oliver Darcy, a CNN reporter, posted a screenshot of Johnson’s Instagram post out of the blue, and attempted to denigrate the actor.“This Instagram post from @TheRock did not age well. Reached out to his publicist several times today to see if he has any new thoughts on MBS, but no response,” Darcy said. Johnson responded to the tweet, saying: “Such a silly, clickbait post, Oliver. I’m surprised you’d post this. Go back and really read my words. I listened and learned then. As I listen and learn now. C’mon man.” This Instagram post from @TheRock did not age well. Reached out to his publicist several times today to see if he has any new thoughts on MBS, but no response. pic.twitter.com/N538sD52X1— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) October 19, 2018 US News Share Dwayne Johnson at Microsoft Theater on January 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) Show Discussionlast_img read more

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28 Jul
2019

6 Shot Leaving Funeral for Slain Rapper in Chicago

first_img Share this article US News 6 Shot Leaving Funeral for Slain Rapper in Chicago By Simon Veazey October 23, 2018 Updated: October 23, 2018 QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video At least six people were shot as they left the funeral service for a Chicago rapper who had been shot and killed earlier this month.Police said that there were no fatalities.The shooting on Oct. 22 outside a church in Burnside, Chicago, was described by the pastor as “pandemonium.”People were emerging from Bethlehem Star Church at around 12:40 p.m. following the funeral of a local rapper Vantrease Criss, who is also known as “Dooskie The Man,” who was killed on Oct. 9.As they left the church and got into their cars, eyewitnesses reported multiple shots.The Fire Department was called because a bullet had hit a gas line. Pastor Roosevelt Watkins told ABC7 he was at the back of the church when the shooting began.“It was pandemonium. People ducking under cars, running for their lives, for safety, running back inside of the church, trying to get out of harm’s way,” he said.‘Sounded Like Canon Fire’Ruth Rivera, who lives nearby, told ABC7 it sounded like “at least 40-50 gunshots from our backyard. And we came right away, there was gun shellings back here, there was blood on the floor. Right away the ambulance and the police came, immediately.”One man who heard the shooting from inside his home told The Sun Times the shooting was “rapid fire” at first, then “sounded like cannon fire.” The man, who asked to remain anonymous due to safety concerns, has lived within a block of the church for more than 15 years.“Early reports indicate the shooting allegedly occurred outside of a funeral home as the services ended and people were getting in their cars,” said a statement from the Police Department.A Task Force For Funeral Shootings“While victims are still reporting to area hospitals, Chicago Police have not reported any fatalities in connection with the funeral shooting at 92nd and Cottage Grove,” said a police department statement on Twitter at around 3 p.m on Oct 22. “Detectives are on scene, interviewing individuals, canvassing for video and working on victim profiles.”The most seriously wounded victim was shot in the head, but was able to speak to authorities while being treated, according to ABC7. He was also a rapper.Criss, was shot in the head on South Michigan Avenue on Oct. 9, according to the Sun Times. The 25-year-old was pronounced dead at a local hospital half an hour later.A woman who was caught in the foot by a bullet in that shooting said that the bullets may have come from a passing vehicle.A local task force was recently created to tackle the growing problem of shootings at funerals: Cook County Funeral and Cemetery Violence Task Force.It includes members of the Cook County Sheriff’s Department, Chicago Police, the state’s attorney’s office, and various owners of cemeteries and funeral homes. Follow Simon on Twitter: @SPVeazey center_img Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Sharelast_img read more

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28 Jul
2019

Stock photo of police tape Carl BallouShutterst

first_imgStock photo of police tape. (Carl Ballou/Shutterstock)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Former Officer Gets Over 5 Years in Prison for Assaulting Suicidal Patient in Hospital, Dealing Drugs: Reports By Jack Phillips March 31, 2019 Updated: March 31, 2019 In the clip, McAusland is seen slapping the man twice as he tells the former officer, “Do it! Do it!” The other man was identified as Andrew Casciano, who had just attempted suicide in March 2018, before he was taken to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center.U.S’ Attorney Craig Carpenito said McAusland first met the patient, who was in a wheelchair, in the waiting room of the hospital. He pushed him and punched him in the face, NJ.com reported.McAusland then put on a pair of gloves and struck Casciano twice, according to the report. A former New Jersey police officer who admitted to dealing drugs was caught on camera assaulting a man twice.According to NorthJersey.com, the former Paterson officer, Ruben McAusland, was sentenced to five and a half years in prison for both crimes.The New York Post reported that the patient seen in a viral video was suicidal. Another officer in the case is awaiting charges for filming the hospital room assault on his cellphone.Meanwhile, Carpenito said McAusland pleaded guilty to selling heroin, marijuana, and crack cocaine that he stole from a crime scene, NJ.com reported.“Through prosecutions like this one, police officers like McAusland—who dealt drugs, stole from a crime scene, and viciously attacked a person who sought help from the Paterson Police Department—are removed from positions where they can violate the public trust and deprive others of their civil rights under color of law,” Carpenito said in the statement. Share this articlecenter_img US News Share On March 27, U.S. District Judge William H. Walls said McAusland will face three years of supervised release and has to pay $32,982 in restitution, according to NJ.com.NorthJersey.com reported that Casciano has filed a $4 million lawsuit against the city in the hospital assault case.McAusland Speaks OutThe former officer issued a statement about his sentencing last week.“I’m very embarrassed and ashamed,” said McAusland at the Newark Federal Courthouse, reported the Paterson Times.A judge asked him why he did it. McAusland said the person he had sold drugs to was a friend from high school, and his attorney claimed that sometimes officers have a difficult time separating themselves from relationships formed while at school.“I didn’t want to detach myself from my friends,” McAusland said, according to the Times.A prosecutor also said he cooperated with an FBI investigation into his crimes, and “very quickly” admitted what he did when he was approached by agents.But Judge Walls wouldn’t accept the prosecutor’s argument.“I have more sympathy with the common guy on the corner that we pick up than this police officer,” said Walls, adding that McAusland refused to testfiy and didn’t provide more information about allegedly corrupt officers in the Paterson Police Department.According to the Times, McAusland was hired in 2014 and was making about $49,000 per year.Attorney John Whipple said McAusland picked the wrong profession.“I think Ruben was encouraged to become a police officer when in fact that wasn’t his life’s aspiration,” explained Whipple, saying he chose the wrong profession. His brother is a longtime officer.“He must be punished. The punishment must sting,” said Walls. “He has to pay the price that will deter others, hopefully.” Show Discussionlast_img read more

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28 Jul
2019

Emmy AwardWinning Florida News Anchor Todd Tongen

first_img Emmy Award-Winning Florida News Anchor Todd Tongen Found Dead, Reports Say By Jack Phillips June 4, 2019 Updated: June 4, 2019 US News An Emmy Award-winning Florida news anchor, Todd Tongen, was found dead at his home, according to reports on June 3.Tongen, who worked for WPLG, was 56 years old, the station confirmed.WPLG said didn’t know the cause of death for the anchor. A stock photo shows an ambulance with lights flashing (Joshua Lott/Getty Images) The men and women of the Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department extend their deepest condolences to the @WPLGLocal10 family as they try to understand and grieve the sudden loss of their friend. The PIO community is especially struck, as Todd was always a supporter of our mission pic.twitter.com/EuXHJDQLVh— Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department (@CoralSpringsFD) June 3, 2019 Share this article Share “I’ve already skydived, bungee jumped, ridden on the back of a whale, flown with the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds, so there’s not a lot left on my bucket list,” Tongen told the station in 2015. “Maybe, ah, crochet a sweater or, you know, I would love to, you know—travel would be big on my bucket list. I’d like to go to Bora Bora and I’d like to—I’d love to—be in another feature film. I’d like to be in a blockbuster film, even in the smallest role. I’d just like, you know, a big hit, so I could say, you know, take my boys to it, ‘There’s dad.’”Read MoreOscar and Emmy Award-Winning Producer Says Shen Yun Would Resonate With Everyone2018 Emmy Awards Viewers Hit All-Time Low Monday NightBest And Worst Dressed at The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards66th Primetime Emmy Awards Round-Up: Winners, Losers, Shockers, and BlundersWeird Al Video: Lyrics, Video From Emmy Awards Performance From Weird Al YankovichWPLG Executive Sports Producer Dukie Lang wrote on Twitter: “Horrible day. Our Michael Putney said something so profound: ‘The cause of death is not yet known, the cause of grief is.’ Absolutely gutted. Every newsroom needs personalities like Todd Tongen. He was so creative and so funny. I could see a story & know it was a Tongen.”center_img In the more than 30 years I have known this sweet boy, no one has made me laugh more. Now, after hearing of his passing, my tears won’t stop. As you read all the accolades about him today, just know @toddtongen was all that an SO much more. Rest in peace beautiful friend. pic.twitter.com/NiXrAI3HmE— Diane Magnum (@dianemagnum) June 3, 2019 Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Horrible day. Our Michael Putney said something so profound: “The cause of death is not yet known, the cause of grief is.” Absolutely gutted. Every newsroom needs personalities like Todd Tongen. He was so creative and so funny. I could see a story & know it was a Tongen 🙏— Dukie Lang (@Dukielang) June 4, 2019 A number of law enforcement agencies went on Twitter to express their condolences.“The men and women of the Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department extend their deepest condolences to the @WPLGLocal10 family as they try to understand and grieve the sudden loss of their friend. The PIO (Public Information Officer) community is especially struck, as Todd was always a supporter of our mission,” the Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department wrote. Tongen’s wife away and was unable to reach him, and she asked a friend to check on him, the station said.That’s when the police were called, and they found him on the morning of June 4.He started working for WPLG, also known as Local 10, in 1989.Tongen is survived by his wife, Karen, and his two sons.last_img read more

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