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    The search is on for the U.S. Capitol Police force’s next leader, and the union is speaking out on who it would prefer to see as chief. Capitol Police Union Chairman Gus Papathanasiou told WTOP that the rank and file are not in favor of an outside candidate for the job. He also said none of the recent hires in the role, like Terry Gainer, Kim Dine and most recently, Steve Sund, have had “great success” and were all brought in from outside the department. Sund resigned after the Capitol riot following criticism of his response to the events on January 6. A few days later, the department designated Yogananda Pittman as the department’s acting chief. Papathanassiou said the union has taken a no-confidence vote against Pittman, adding that the current senior leaders in the department are part of the problems happening in the agency. Instead, the union supports current...
    Virginia’s Department of Transportation wants public feedback on potential improvements to the intersection of Interstate 95 at Virginia Route 123 in Woodbridge. VDOT’s study is looking into modifications and relocation of traffic signals, lane extensions, ramp reconfiguration and managing access, and pedestrian, bicycle and transit enhancements, to improve traffic flow and safety. A presentation is available online at virginiadot.org/WoodbridgeStars. Residents can send their feedback to [email protected] or to Angel Tao, P.E., Virginia Department of Transportation, 4975 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030. According to VDOT, the I-95 intersection handles around 232,000 vehicles a day. Route 123 manages 71,000 vehicles per day. Will Vitka William Vitka is a Digital Editor and reporter for WTOP.com. He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come....
    JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Despite promising economic news, unemployment is still higher than it was a year ago, but help could be on the way for people in New Jersey who have been trying to get assistance and keep hitting a brick wall. “I’ve never been unemployed in my life ever,” Atlantic County resident Tara Cruser said, crying. “It feels bad.” READ MORE: New Jersey Residents Not Counting On Payments From Possible New Unemployment Extension: ‘If I Didn’t Get The First One, How Am I Gonna Get The Second One?’ These are the tears of a mother whose feeling of self-worth is sadly running out. “I just feel hopeless,” she told CBS2’s Jessica Layton. Cruser is one of thousands who lost her job during the pandemic waiting for a check from the New Jersey Department of Labor. She’s still hitting road blocks in the journey to get some answers...
    By Kara Scannell and Katelyn Polantz | CNN Lawyers for the Department of Justice have asked a judge for additional time to decide whether to turn former President Donald Trump’s taxes over to the House Ways and Means Committee. The committed subpoenaed Trump’s taxes while he was president and the Treasury Department, at the time, declined to comply with the subpoena. The House filed a lawsuit against the Treasury Department to enforce the subpoena. Trump’s lawyers intervened in the case. Lawyers for the House and Justice Department, which represents the Treasury Department, said in a joint filing that “they have had communications, and anticipate further communications, that may inform Defendants’ position in this case.” They asked for an additional month, and are set to update the judge again at the end of April. The case is one of the most significant interbranch standoffs the ex-President still faces — especially since...
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Allegations of abuse toward inmates by prison guards, including the use of racial slurs, have been forwarded by Ohio’s top judge to a legislative prison oversight committee, according to a Friday court ruling. At issue were complaints by two inmates at Madison Correctional Institution in central Ohio. In a complaint filed with the court last year, one inmate alleged he’d been assaulted by guards multiple times, and also threatened, harassed and subjected to “racial slurs and derogatory comments.” The court dismissed the complaints Friday over procedural issues, but the dismissal indicated that Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor had forwarded the complaints to the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee, The Columbus Dispatch reported. If the allegations are true, “there is a very serious problem in the Department of Corrections,” O’Connor wrote in a letter to the prisons committee last week, The Columbus Dispatch reported. The fact the court can’t...
    For many with obesity, deciding to get the COVID-19 vaccine is tough Tucker Carlson swats back at woke generals after criticism President Joe Biden’s Labor Department this week proposed overturning two regulations that it says weakens worker protections, including one about independent contractors’ status that was finalized right before the previous administration’s term ended. © don emmert/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images The U.S. Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division wants to rescind the rule that establishes a standard for when a worker should be considered an employee vs. an independent contractor. The rule, which was finalized in early January and supposed to take effect this week, adopts a test for determining independent contractor status under the Federal Labor Standards Act, which is more favorable to gig companies like Uber Technologies Inc. and DoorDash Inc. which want to keep treating their drivers and delivery workers as independent contractors. The rule would minimize...
    Christopher Steele, the former British spy who peddled a dossier about Donald Trump in an effort to influence the result of the 2016 presidential election, wants the British government to beef up regulation of foreigners who try to influence U.K. politics. In an interview with the BBC, Steele said that the U.K. lags behind its allies, including the United States, in requiring foreign agents to disclose their influence and lobbying activities. “The word is out that that we’re a bit of a soft touch — that we don’t have regulators with teeth and we don’t have legislation which is up to date and fit for purpose,” Steele told the BBC. “There’s a lack of transparency in Britain about the way in which foreign actors, and particularly those emanating from authoritarian states, are exerting influence over our policies,” said Steele, who retired from MI6 in 2009 and formed a private intelligence...
    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin state schools superintendent candidate Deborah Kerr is proposing decentralizing the Department of Public Instruction and moving or rehiring its more than 400 employees from Madison into offices across the state. Kerr, a former Brown Deer superintendent who is backed by conservatives, faces Pecatonica Superintendent Jill Underly in the April 6 election. Underly is backed by the state teachers union and Democrats. The race is officially nonpartisan. Kerr detailed her proposal to move the state education department out of Madison on Wednesday. Its current office is a couple blocks away from the state Capitol. “Under DPI’s current model, agency staff are plucked from the Madison area, and that’s not inclusive of any of the diversity and the needs of our Wisconsin children,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Kerr said at a news conference in Milwaukee. Kerr said she would perform an “equity audit” of DPI staff and...
    (CNN)A Black police officer in Florida was fired this week after footage from his body camera showed him using the N-word during a personal phone call and while making an arrest last November.Delvin White, an eight-year veteran of the Tampa Police Department, was a school resource officer at Middleton High School in Tampa. He was fired Tuesday for violating a city policy that prohibits discriminatory conduct, according to a statement from the city. Bodycam footage released by the department shows White driving around a parking lot, chatting with people and saying goodbye after a high school football game on November 13.He first uses the word while talking to himself, according to the footage. A few minutes later, White makes a personal call to a woman, and the two begin discussing dinner plans before talking about the differences in their jobs."Every day that I go to work and not one kid...
    Loading the player... Vanessa Bryant called on the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to publicly name the deputies who shared “unauthorized” photos of the Jan. 26, 2020 helicopter crash site which killed her husband, basketball legend, Kobe Bryant, their 13-year old daughter and seven others. County lawyers, however, want to keep the deputies’ names sealed, arguing that outing them would give hackers access to their addresses and other personal information. Read More: Investigators announce the cause of Kobe Bryant helicopter crash This week Bryant’s lawyers filed an amended complaint in federal court that added the four deputies and the L.A. County Fire Department to her civil rights lawsuit against the county and the Sheriff’s Department. The lawsuit seeks damages for negligence and invasion of privacy, alleging deputies and firefighters took and shared photos of the children, parents and coaches who died in the crash, according to the Los Angeles...
    Kobe Bryant's widow Vanessa Bryant said Saturday that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department wants to redact the names of deputies who allegedly took photos at the helicopter crash site that killed her husband, daughter, and seven others.  "The Sheriff’s Department wants to redact the names of the deputies that took and/or shared photos of my husband, daughter, and other victims," she wrote in an Instagram story Saturday afternoon. Her lawyers filed an amended complaint this week against four L.A. County sheriff's deputies, alleging they took photos of the helicopter crash site and the remains of Kobe Bryant and 13-year-old Gianna Bryant, the Los Angeles Times reports.  VANESSA BRYANT HITS BACK AT LA COUNTY SHERIFF OVER LEBRON JAMES CHALLENGE Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, wife Vanessa and daughter Natalia Diamante Bryant are seen before a Connecticut-UCLA NCAA women's basketball game in Los Angeles,...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia Water Department wants customers to pay more money for the next two years. As part of the rate hike requests, the typical customer would pay almost $8 more per month beginning in September. We’re told the average bill would then cost about $74 a month. RELATED: Bensalem Police Dog Credited With Catching Burglary Suspect In Unusual Spot RELATED: Open For Business: Old Soul Decor Has Everything You Need To Beautify Your Home The monthly increase would be about $4 starting in 2022, bringing the typical bill to $78. MORE: COVID In Delaware: FEMA To Help With Drive-Thru Vaccination Site At Dover International Speedway The Rate Board still has to approve any price hikes.
    New York Assemblyman Mike Lawler has been a persistent critic of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and now he is calling for the legislature to strip Cuomo of powers. After accusing Cuomo's administration of trying to cover up statistics related to nursing home deaths during the pandemic, the Republican Lawler said that the governor should lose emergency powers and face an investigation. CUOMO AIDE TELLS NY DEMOCRATS ADMINISTRATION HID NURSING HOME DATA TO KEEP IT FROM TRUMP DOJ: REPORT "It's very clear, number one, that the legislature needs to return this week and revoke the governor's emergency executive powers that they granted him last March. We need to reign in this governor and return as a coequal branch of government," Lawler told "Fox & Friends First" Monday morning. "Number two, I believe very strongly we need to convene a joint hearing between both houses of the legislature...
    The Justice Department has signaled it wants acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia Michael Sherwin to stay on in some type of special prosecutor capacity to continue overseeing the Capitol breach investigation, sources familiar with the situation told Fox News. The news comes as the Biden administration is expected to ask U.S. attorneys appointed by President Trump to resign from their posts — with the exception of the prosecutor overseeing the tax probe tied to Hunter Biden, David Weiss for Delaware, and John Durham, who will continue in his role as special counsel investigating the origins of the Russia probe. Sherwin was appointed last year to the post during the Trump administration by then-Attorney General William Barr. US ATTORNEY HANDLING HUNTER BIDEN PROBE ASKED TO STAY ON, OFFICIALS SAY But sources told Fox News that while he will be asked to leave his post as acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, leadership...
    THE mom of a "suicidal" girl, 9, who was handcuffed and pepper-sprayed by police wants the officers fired, according to a report. Elba Pope, of Rochester in New York, said that she repeatedly told an officer that her daughter was having a mental health breakdown and pleaded with them to call a specialist instead of trying to detain her. 9Bodycam footage of the incident was released SundayCredit: AP:Associated Press 9A female cop tells the girl to get into the police car to keep warmCredit: Rochester Police Department 9A Rochester Police Department Police officer with pepper spray in his hand attempts to place a 9-year-old girl in the back of a police car.Credit: EPA The officer said “no,” Elba Pope said, according to The Washington Post. Pope, 30, said the incident, which sparked nationwide outrage and prompted fresh scrutiny of how law enforcement agencies deal with people in emotional distress, has...
    Agent provocateur and “Insurgence USA” founder John Sullivan, a self-styled leftist activist disavowed by Black Lives Matter leaders, was indicted in connection to the U.S. Capitol riot last month. The Justice Department is requesting he be jailed pending trial for allegedly violating the terms of his release. The revelation about a federal grand jury handing down a host of criminal charges against 25-year-old Sullivan, including two felonies related to obstruction during Congress’s efforts to count and certify President Biden’s Electoral College victory over former President Donald Trump, was tucked away in the middle of a detention memo federal prosecutors filed in the nation’s capital on Thursday. The Justice Department laid out how Sullivan allegedly violated a Utah judge’s conditions of release, including accessing three of his Twitter accounts in contravention of the court’s instructions, flouting the supervision officer’s instructions by buying a new phone, appearing on the...
    Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda D Pittman (pictured) on Thursday recommended that the fencing erected around the Capitol after the January 6 MAGA riots should be left up permanently The acting Capitol Police Chief has recommended that the fencing erected around the Capitol after the January 6 MAGA riots should be left up permanently.  Acting Chief Yogananda D Pittman made the recommendation in a statement on Thursday regarding her department's efforts to 'harden' security around the Capitol to prevent another insurrection in the future.  Pittman, who was promoted to lead the force after former chief Steven Sund stepped down in the wake of the riots, also voiced support for permanently keeping 'ready, back up forces in close proximity to the Capitol'. Following the insurrection, more than 25,000 National Guard troops were drafted in from all 50 states and a Baghdad-style 'Green Zone' perimeter was set up in the heart of...
    Sen. Chuck Grassley on Friday called on the Justice Department to explain its decision to close an investigation into leaks of information about former national security adviser Michael Flynn with a finding of no wrongdoing on the part of Obama administration officials. The New York Times reported Tuesday that federal prosecutors quietly closed a criminal probe into the leak of information to The Washington Post in 2017 regarding Flynn’s phone calls in December 2016 with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. According to The Times, prosecutors in the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, D.C. who were investigating the leak found “no wrongdoing” on the part of Obama administration officials. The investigation focused on leaks to Post columnist David Ignatius, who reported on Jan. 12, 2017, that Flynn had spoken with Kislyak, possibly about U.S. sanctions against Russia. The newspaper published another article on Feb. 8, 2017 with additional details of Flynn’s conversation with...
    A top Republican senator is calling upon the Justice Department to provide answers about the reported ending of an investigation into the leak of potentially classified information from Michael Flynn’s calls with a Russian ambassador to the media. Sen. Chuck Grassley, the new ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, called for the Justice Department to explain its findings, sending a letter to acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson. “Time and again, we see examples of double standards when it comes to enforcing laws against mishandling classified information. The transcripts of Lt. Gen. Flynn’s call with the Russian ambassador were classified, so how can leaks about them be ok?” Grassley asked Friday. “It’s especially concerning when Congress is left in the dark while the Department continues to leak about its own leak probe to the press. The American people need assurances that the Justice Department will hold its employees...
    More On: department of education Worried sick: Staff concerned after NYC botches teacher COVID testing Why city public schools keep failing the pandemic challenge Brooklyn administrator is top candidate to lead coveted Manhattan school district UFT boss calls for NYC school closure if city hits this infection rate The Department of Education wants teachers who work in classrooms to get vaccinated first. In a tweet, chancellor Richard Carranza advised city educators who received medical accommodations to work from home this year to “wait for further guidance” on getting their shot. “We know that many staff are eager for vaccination and we’ll continue to proactively update you as we receive more information,” he posted. But several teachers who work outside schools said they have already secured appointments to get their vaccine and are not sure how to proceed. Teachers’ union chief Michael Mulgrew announced Sunday that his members have been...
    Muriel Bowser, the Democrat mayor of Washington, DC, wants increased security to lock down the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden. Describing last week’s violent assault on the Capitol as an “unprecedented terrorist attack”, Bowser predicted Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20 will require a “different approach” compared to past endeavours. “While I will be reaching out to a broad range of local, regional and federal partners to enhance cooperation among our bodies, I strongly urge the United States Department of Homeland Security to adjust its approach to the Inauguration in several specific ways”, Bowser wrote in a letter to acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf. The missive was dated Saturday and made available on Sunday, confirming the District of Columbia was submitting a request for a “pre-disaster declaration” to allow for federal assistance. I strongly urge the United States Department of Homeland Security to adjust its approach to the Inauguration in several specific...
    The 2013 police shooting death of Miriam Carey has received new attention after the Capitol riot last week caused many Black activists to draw contrasts between the responses to the predominantly pro-Trump White crowd and to the George Floyd unrest over the summer. Carey, a 34-year-old dental hygienist from Stamford, Conn., was shot and killed by U.S. Capitol Police and Secret Service on Oct. 3, 2013, after leading officers on a high-speed chase from the White House. An investigation conducted by the Justice Department concluded on July 10, 2014, and no local criminal or federal civil rights charges were filed against the officers involved. But her sister, Valerie Carey, spoke to news outlets last week, arguing that rioters on Capitol Hill were handled with care and consideration that was never afforded to her sister. She said her family is petitioning to have the investigation into her sister’s death reopened. SEATTLE POLICE UNION...
    Ku Klux Klan parade, September 13, 1926.Library of Congress Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.During a press conference on Thursday announcing Justice Department nominees, president-elect Joe Biden did not mince words about the grim events that unfolded at the US Capitol the day before: “Don’t you dare call them protesters. They were a riotous mob. Insurrectionists. Domestic terrorists. It’s that basic. It’s that simple.”  While the reality that rabid, violent Trump supporters—fueled by the president’s deranged and unequivocally false insistence that the election was stolen from him—would successfully storm the Capitol building and wreak havoc might seem like a fictional fever dream ripped from the darkest corners of the internet, it happened. While many people wondered aloud how such an event could be possible, the experts who track and research American...
    The City of Vallejo wants to fire Lt. Michael Nichelini, president of the police union, according to a San Francisco television station. According to KTVU, Nichelini was sent a letter informing him that he would be fired. A request for comment from Nichelini’s attorney, Michael Rains, was not returned by press time. At issue may be a recently sent email from Nichelini to a former San Francisco Chronicle columnist that had been critical of the police. Otis R. Taylor, Jr. left the San Francisco paper to work for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He received an email that said the following: “Looks like 2021 will be a little bit better not having your biased and unformed (sic) articles printed  in the newspaper that only inflame the public … You have never looked at the truth in any of your writings. We will warn our Georgia colleagues of your impending arrival.” Nichelini’s lawyer...
    By MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press With the Census Bureau days away from likely missing a year-end deadline for turning in numbers used for divvying up congressional seats, President Donald Trump's administration still hasn't turned over documents showing how it's crunching the data on a shortened schedule, according to a coalition of cities and civil rights groups. Attorneys for cities and civil rights groups that sued the Trump administration over shortening the schedule for the 2020 census said in court papers last week that Department of Justice attorneys have resisted turning over requested documents “at every turn — even when specifically ordered to do so by this Court." The lawsuit in federal court in San Jose, California, was originally brought by the coalition to stop the census from ending early out of concerns that a shortened head count would cause minority communities to be undercounted. The coalition of municipalities and advocacy...
    With the Census Bureau days away from likely missing a year-end deadline for turning in numbers used for divvying up congressional seats, President Donald Trump’s administration still hasn’t turned over documents showing how it’s crunching the data on a shortened schedule, according to a coalition of cities and civil rights groups. Attorneys for cities and civil rights groups that sued the Trump administration over shortening the schedule for the 2020 census said in court papers last week that Department of Justice attorneys have resisted turning over requested documents “at every turn — even when specifically ordered to do so by this Court.” The lawsuit in federal court in San Jose, California, was originally brought by the coalition to stop the census from ending early out of concerns that a shortened head count would cause minority communities to be undercounted. The coalition of municipalities and advocacy groups is seeking the documents...
    The Justice Department 'should schedule execution dates for every single eligible death row inmate,' wrote Cruz on Wednesday. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who touts himself as a champion of the "pro-life" cause, wrote an op-ed for Fox News Wednesday applauding Attorney General William Barr's decision to schedule a record-breaking number of federal executions before Donald Trump leaves office in January. Under Barr, the Justice Department resumed federal executions in July 2019 after a 17-year lapse, a controversial move even among conservative groups. According to CNN, eight federal inmates have already been put to death this year and Barr has added another five to the schedule — squeezing in a few more executions just before President-elect Joe Biden's January inauguration.
    By JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster wants the man he appointed temporarily to take over the state's Department of Public Safety to become its permanent leader. McMaster announced his decision Wednesday to name Robert Woods IV as the director of the law enforcement agency that oversees state troopers and Statehouse safety. The appointment must be approved by the state Senate when lawmakers return for the 2021 session in January. McMaster named Woods interim director in February after his first choice for the job, North Charleston Police Chief Reggie Burgess withdrew. Burgess had blamed the toll on his family after the public learned about his tax debts at a confirmation hearing. Woods has worked for the agency for 29 years, rising to a major overseeing the Highway Patrol's administration before being tapped as interim director. Woods also managed the Highway Patrol's hurricane response...
    Sen. Bernie Sanders distanced himself and his progressive colleagues from the idea of defunding police departments in a wide-ranging interview on Sunday, claiming that "nobody I know who's running for office talks about defunding the police." His comments drew immediate backlash on social media, with many on Twitter resurfacing past comments from "Squad" member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who rejected New York City's proposed $1 billion cut from its police department in June, arguing at the time that "Defunding police means defunding police." “It does not mean budget tricks or funny math. It does not mean moving school police officers from the NYPD budget to the Department of Education’s budget so the exact same police remain in schools," the congresswoman said in a statement.  In the week since the election, moderates have pointed fingers at their colleagues who embraced the "defund the police movement" after Republicans weaponized the mantra to paint Democratic opponents as anti-cop and soft on crime. AOC DEFENDS DEFUND...
    Sky Palma October 15, 2020 12:02AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Raw Story The U.S. Justice Department is accusing the author of a tell-all book about Melania Trump of violating a non-disclosure agreement, Reuters reports. The DOJ also wants Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who is a former aide to the first lady, to set aside profits from the book for a government trust. : "The United States seeks to hold Ms. Wolkoff to her contractual and fiduciary obligations and to ensure that she is not unjustly enriched by her breach of the duties she freely assumed when she served as an adviser to the first lady," a copy of the complaint read. Sky Palma MORE FROM Sky Palma
    Washington (CNN)A federal judge on Friday questioned the Justice Department's decision to release text messages between former FBI employees Lisa Page and Peter Strzok and signaled that she wants to see more evidence about whether political influence played a role.Strzok and Page had been critical of President Donald Trump in their texts while they were FBI employees working on the Russia investigation. They say the Justice Department's December 2017 decision to release their texts to the media and Congress was improper and a privacy violation and Strzok was wrongfully fired.It's the second time this week a judge has allowed an FBI official's lawsuit against the Justice Department to continue unfolding in the courts.On Thursday, a judge ruled former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was fired a day before his scheduled retirement for "lack of candor," could also move toward gathering evidence about his firing, which he too says was...
    Before this summer’s highly criticized clashes between San Jose police and demonstrators during protests over police brutality and racial injustice, citizen complaints against officers had dropped to its lowest point in years, according to new report by the San Jose’s Office of the Independent Police Auditor. The city-appointed civilian watchdog agency tallied 216 complaints against police in 2019 with allegations ranging from excessive uses of force to unwarranted searches and detainment to procedural violations, which accounted for the lion’s share of filed grievances. Complaints last year were at their lowest point in at least six years — down 36% from 2014. Still, Shivaun Nurre, the city’s independent police auditor, sees room for improvement — most notably in the training of officers, the culture within the police department and what the department deems as use of force. While these findings predate the police department’s response to protests earlier this summer sparked by the police...
    Gov. Larry Hogan remains enthusiastic about students across Maryland returning to classrooms, and though plans from school districts have been approved and state health metrics have been trending downward, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties are still aiming for a return sometime next year. “All 24 of our public school jurisdictions have now made the decision and submitted plans, which were approved yesterday by the Maryland State Department of Education, to at least begin bringing some students back safely into schools,” Hogan said at a news conference Thursday. However, the decision still lies with each school district. The state required each district to submit its reopening plan by mid-August and they needed to respond to any clarifications the state needed a month later. But the state’s approval of reopening plans does not affect when schools will reopen, said Gboyinde Onijala, of Montgomery County Public Schools. “We submitted our plan to the...
    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Johnson County health officials are urging more than 100 people who had contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 at at an elementary school in Overland Park to quarantine for 14 days, but some parents are objecting to the recommendation. The county health department said the positive case involved a person at Timber Creek Elementary School in the Blue Valley district, but they did not say if a student or staff member was infected. The department sent a letter Saturday to Blue Valley Superintendent Tonya Merrigan, urging affected individuals to abide by the quarantine. Sanmi Areola, county health director, said on Monday that the 14-day quarantine is the appropriate action to contain the spread, The Kansas City Star reported. Elementary students returned to a mix of remote and in-person schooling in Blue Valley on Sept. 9. The district currently plans to bring elementary...
    NORTH BRADDOCK, Pa. (KDKA) — The North Braddock Council voted to table a resolution Tuesday that, if passed, would have formed a “regionalized police department.” The commission would help the borough during the decision-making process as North Braddock, Braddock, East Pittsburgh and Rankin consider forming one police department. The North Braddock Council tabled the vote in favor of having a public comment period before going any further. (Photo Credit: KDKA) “We’re dealing with the residents’ money and their public health and safety and protecting them,” said North Braddock Mayor Tom Whyel. “I think they need to provide input.” The public comment period is expected before the council’s next meeting in October. North Braddock Councilwoman Lisa Franklin indicated not everyone on the council is in favor of regionalizing the police departments. “I feel like it’s not etched in stone, but I’m not quite sure,” she said. “I’m hopeful.” Like Franklin, those...
    (CNN)The Trump administration is pushing to expand its ban on funding for foreign nonprofits that perform or promote abortions, a move that critics say could further restrict health care access around the world.In a move that will please President Donald Trump's base, the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration published the proposed rule on Monday to extend the "Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance" policy, which already encompasses global health grants and cooperative agreements, to apply to contracts. The rule already applies to the State Department, Health and Human Services, the Department of Defense and the US Agency for International Development.The proposed rule -- which now faces a 60-day comment period that ends after Election Day -- marks another appeal by the administration to abortion rights opponents in the run-up to the presidential election. In recent weeks, Trump has highlighted his anti-abortion...
    By Dan Berman | CNN The US Justice Department, in an extraordinary move on Tuesday, asked to take over the defense of President Donald Trump in a defamation lawsuit filed against him by E. Jean Carroll, a woman who has accused Trump of sexual assault. While the alleged sexual assault occurred long before Trump became President, the Justice Department argued that it must take over because Trump’s comments spurring the defamation lawsuit came while he was in office. Carroll, an advice columnist who for years wrote for Elle Magazine, alleged in a lawsuit filed last fall that Trump sexually assaulted her in a dressing room at luxury Manhattan department store Bergdorf Goodman in the 1990s. Trump has denied the allegation, calling it “totally false” and saying he “never met this person in my life.” The request and possible change of lawyers could further delay the lawsuit, or even kill...
    (CNN)The US Justice Department, in an extraordinary move on Tuesday, asked to take over the defense of President Donald Trump in a defamation lawsuit filed against him by E. Jean Carroll, a woman who has accused Trump of sexual assault.While the alleged sexual assault occurred long before Trump became President, the Justice Department argued that it must take over because Trump's comments spurring the defamation lawsuit came while he was in office. Carroll, an advice columnist who for years wrote for Elle Magazine, alleged in a lawsuit filed last fall that Trump sexually assaulted her in a dressing room at luxury Manhattan department store Bergdorf Goodman in the 1990s. Trump has denied the allegation, calling it "totally false" and saying he "never met this person in my life."The request and possible change of lawyers could further delay the lawsuit, or even kill it entirely. Should the Justice Department be allowed...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City In order to prompt more children to bike to school – and an overall boom in cycling – city Comptroller Scott Stringer is asking the Department of Education to adopt a program with CitiBike as in-person classes are expected to resume on a limited basis Sept. 21. Stringer cited data gathered between 2009 and 2015 that showed the number of kids pedaling to and from home dropped from 23% to 18% and as the DOE considers how to get students to and from safely considering COVID-19 and reduced capacity on buses. The comptroller’s proposal includes the implementation of a half mile of bike lanes around 50 schools in the city within the next year and that the DOE provides free bicycles or Citi Bike memberships to every low-income public high school...
    Colorado’s attorney general asked the U.S. Department of Transportation on Tuesday to investigate complaints that Frontier Airlines failed to refund the cost of flights cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak and made it virtually impossible for people to use vouchers for other flights during the pandemic. In a letter to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Attorney General Phil Weiser said his office had received more than 100 complaints from Colorado and 29 other states about the Denver-based low cost carrier since March, more than any other company. People said that Frontier refused to issue them a refund when flights were canceled because of the pandemic, which Weiser said violated department regulations that refunds are due even when cancellations are due to circumstances beyond airlines’ control. Others who received vouchers for use on future flights after voluntarily canceling their travel plans were unable to redeem them. Some were rejected by the...
    The United States Department of Justice has requested data from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo after he issued an executive order that may have resulted in the deaths of nursing home residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. The DOJ announced this week that it is requesting information from governors of states that issued orders which “may have resulted in the deaths of thousands of elderly nursing home residents.”  Other states being probed are New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. In March, before the outbreak peaked and projections were still daunting, Cuomo issued the order to send recovering COVID-19 patients from hospitals into nursing homes to free up beds for potential new COVID patients. Earlier story - COVID-19: Families Want Independent Investigation Of Cuomo's Handling Of Nursing Homes According to the Department of Justice, its Civil Rights Division is "evaluating whether to initiate investigations under the federal 'Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act'...
    This time next year, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter wants to have a budget plan that includes rapid-response teams of social workers, mental health workers and housing counselors who could lighten the load of police officers and allow them to focus on violent crime. After Carter gave his 2021 budget address on Thursday — which includes cuts to city departments across the board and would mean not filling vacant officer positions — the mayor said he plans to form a task force that will spend about eight months studying what it would take to create such teams. He’s seeking recommendations in time for his budget speech next year. The St. Paul police union president, Paul Kuntz, said he welcomes being part of those discussions, but he’s worried about what happens in the meantime, especially because this year’s homicides are on pace to surpass 2019, which were the highest in more...
    By BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The parents of a man who died after being shot by a Juneau police officer want the state to reopen its review of the case, citing evidence one of their attorneys says indicates the officer was “formulating” a plan to shoot Kelly Stephens. Attorneys for Stephens’ parents, during an online news conference Wednesday, offered video footage they said was released to them through a records request. They contend audio from Officer James Esbenshade's body camera, which they had enhanced and transcribed over the video, indicated the officer was saying such things as, “If you came at me with that, I'd shoot you. Drop you dead. You can't do that." The police report they cited contained similar language. Stephens had been accused of threatening a grocery store patron and swinging a long chain before the fatal shooting. Attorney Ben Crittenden said the...
    Sen. David Perdue of Georgia, a Republican up for re-election this fall, recently introduced a bill called the ”Safely Creating Healthy Opening Options Locally Act” (the SCHOOL Act), which would give Education Secretary Betsy DeVos control over $50 billion in federal relief grants to local school districts. In the past, Perdue has repeatedly called for defunding and abolishing the Department of Education. Perdue, who finds himself in a tight race against Democrat Jon Ossoff, a media executive and former congressional candidate, has pitched the bill as way to incentivize schools to reopen amid the coronavirus outbreak, which he once compared to car crashes. Under the bill — currently in limbo after negotiations over the second round of pandemic relief fell apart — schools could apply for federal grants by submitting reopening plans to the Department of Education. The grants would help fund protective equipment and other hygienic needs for individual schools. The bill would also create a federal database for sharing information and best practices nationwide, an apparent departure from Perdue’s 2014 campaign position that the department should be dissolved because he...
    By: KDKA’s Jennifer Borrasso ALLEGHENY COUNTY, Pa. (KDKA) — The attorney representing the family of a man shot and killed last year by police in Wilkinsburg wants the department disbanded. Romir Talley was shot and killed by Wilkinsburg police on Dec. 22, 2019. Last week, Wilkinsburg Council President Pamela Macklin identified the police officer as Robert Gowans. He was placed on administrative leave following the shooting, but it is not known if that is still the case. Attorney Paul Jubas say it is time to disband the Wilkinsburg Police Department. He, along with activists and Talley’s family members, stood on the steps of the City-County Building on Monday, calling for change. (Photo Credit: Amber Sloan Facebook Page) They say they want several things, including the firing of Gowans, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala to charge Gowans with criminal homicide, a transparent trial and the Wilkinsburg Police Department to be...
    Protesters in Tampa, Florida on May 31, 2020.Kimberly DeFalco After months of calls from Black Lives Matter protestors to defund the Tampa Police Department, Mayor Jane Castor’s mayoral recommendation for the City of Tampa’s 2021 fiscal year budget propose a shocking $13 million increase for TPD, totaling nearly $176 million. The police budget figure was not voiced in Thursday morning’s City Council meeting, during which the mayor shared her presentation for the FY2021 city budget of nearly $1.3 billion. City of Tampa An unignorable detail of the mayor’s presentation was her ardent support for the Tampa Police Department, which she oversaw herself as Tampa’s chief of police from 2009-2015. The mayor’s pro-police spiel started out with her referring to TPD as “the best police department in the United States.” “We are not willing to defund the police,” Castor said, saying that the city will instead focus on “investing, not divesting”...
    The NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau issues “fraudulent,” warrant-less subpoenas to investigate rank-and-file cops and to prevent leaks to the media, a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday claims. The subpoenas violate officers’ constitutional right to privacy and are part of a broad pattern in the department, according to the suit filed in Manhattan federal court by former cop Efrain Santiago. They are issued without a warrant or a signature by a judge, according to the suit. The subpoenas have also been used to target journalists — including Post reporters — when the department has attempted to plug leaks to the press, the suit states. Efrain Santiago Santiago’s lawyer, John Scola, said the subpoenas are designed to look like judge-approved documents, but have no “real teeth.” “On its face, it looks like a subpoena you’d get from a judge,” Scola said. “That’s not a real subpoena, because it has to be signed by...
    By COLLEEN SLEVIN, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — The new leader of the suburban Denver police department whose officers put Elijah McClain in a chokehold before the young Black man died last year and handcuffed Black girls over the weekend said Wednesday that she is committed to rebuilding the public's trust by empowering police to veer away from strict training protocols and think about whether they are acting on their biases. Vanessa Wilson was named the new chief of the Aurora Police Department this week after serving as its interim leader. She took the permanent position while the agency reels from filmed encounters with Black people that have drawn widespread attention on social media and triggered a series of investigations as the nation works to confront racism and police violence. Aurora's first female chief, who is white, said the scene filmed by a bystander of the girls lying face down...
    DENVER (AP) — The new leader of the suburban Denver police department whose officers put Elijah McClain in a chokehold before the young Black man died last year and handcuffed Black girls over the weekend said Wednesday that she is committed to rebuilding the public’s trust by empowering police to veer away from strict training protocols and think about whether they are acting on their biases. Vanessa Wilson was named the new chief of the Aurora Police Department this week after serving as its interim leader. She took the permanent position while the agency reels from filmed encounters with Black people that have drawn widespread attention on social media and triggered a series of investigations as the nation works to confront racism and police violence. Aurora’s first female chief, who is white, said the scene filmed by a bystander of the girls lying face down on the ground Sunday...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a news briefing at the State Department in Washington, November 18, 2019.Yara Nardi | Reuters The Trump administration wants to remove "untrusted" Chinese tech apps like TikTok and WeChat from U.S. app stores, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Wednesday, detailing a new five-pronged "Clean Network" effort aimed at curbing potential national security risks. "With parent companies based in China, apps like TikTok and WeChat and others, are significant threats to personal data of American citizens, not to mention tools for Chinese Communist Party content censorship," Pompeo said during a press briefing. The nation's top diplomat also added that the State Department would work with the Commerce Department as well as the Defense Department to limit the ability of Chinese cloud service providers to collect, store, and process data in the United States. Pompeo's comments come less than a week after President Donald Trump told reporters...
    Experts: Its easy for anyone to spread disinformation How to Thaw Ground Beef So It Defrosts in Time for Dinner Justice Department Wants $11 Billion in Purdue Pharma Bankruptcy (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Department of Justice is demanding Purdue Pharma LP, maker of the infamous OxyContin opioid painkiller, pay more than $11 billion in criminal and civil penalties as part of its bankruptcy reorganization plan, according to people familiar with the claims. © Bloomberg Purdue Pharma LP headquarters stands in Stamford, Connecticut, U.S., on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019. Purdue Pharma filed for bankruptcy with a more than $10 billion plan to settle claims that it fueled the U.S. opioid epidemic by illegally pushing sales of its addictive OxyContin painkiller. Federal prosecutors want Purdue to pay as much as $6.2 billion on the criminal side and about $5 billion in civil compensation for tax dollars spent battling the U.S. opioid...
    Mayor Libby Schaaf (D) told Oakland residents in a statement Sunday to remain vigilant of agitators who seek to use protests as cover for militant activities, a warning she delivered after vandals set multiple fires in the downtown area, including one at the Alameda County Superior Courthouse. She also invoked President Donald Trump.  “Vandalizing our downtown gives Donald Trump the images he wants and the justification he seeks to send federal troops into American cities,” said Schaaf, an apparent reference to the federal agents that have been dispatched to Portland to help quell the ongoing unrest.  “We can’t be fooled and play into his twisted campaign strategy. We celebrate passionate protests but Oaklanders need to know that when they attend protests after dark they may be providing cover for agitators who are more intent on stoking than advancing racial justice,” she said.  According to the Oakland Police Department, the initial...
    Despite being assigned to one of the safest countries in the world, Jeffrey Ross Gunter has been "paranoid" about his security since coming to Reykjavik last year, according to a dozen diplomats, government officials, former officials and individuals familiar with the situation. As a result, Gunter wanted the State Department to obtain special permission from the Icelandic government for him to have a firearm.  He also wanted door-to-door armored car service, and entertained the idea of wearing a "stab-proof vest." The State Department declined to say if there is any credible threat to Gunter's safety, but U.S. government officials told CBS News the ambassador has been informed multiple times that he is at no extraordinary risk. Regardless, the embassy recently placed a jobs listing in Icelandic newspapers looking for local, full-time "bodyguards." Those same officials said they believe security is being augmented to placate Gunter's "irrational" concerns.  "Protection programs for...
    Constitutional law scholar Jonathan Turley criticized comments made by a city councilwoman in Seattle he said was suggesting the firing of white officers as part of an effort to shrink the police department. "The Council is continuing to work through the SPD budget and we are in the very beginning stages of developing proposals. I want to address some misinformation SPD leadership is prognosticating on the content of budget cut proposals that haven’t been developed yet," City Council member Lisa Herbold tweeted on Monday. "In the case layoffs are necessary, one threat is firing BIPOC officers first. Chief can request the Public Safety Civil Service Commission ED for permission to lay off 'out of order' when doing so is in 'the interest of efficient operations of his or her department.'” BIPOC stands for black, indigenous, and people of color. Herbold continued: "This means Chief doesn’t have to...
    Amid calls around the country to reimagine public safety and after some cities have taken steps to divert funding from police departments to other services, Concord officials began a public conversation — one of several, the mayor says — to discuss the role of law enforcement. And as Concord residents before and during the virtual meeting Wednesday evening questioned the police department’s budget — which accounts for almost 60 percent of the city’s general fund budget — and urged officials to explore alternatives for public safety, Police Chief Mark Bustillos said he is in the planning stages of a pilot program to create a mental health response team. Bustillos, who became chief about three months ago, envisions a team of a mental health clinician, a outreach worker in homeless services like that of the county’s CORE team, and a police officer to go to situations that may not require a...
    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana police department would give up its ex-military armored truck if the city council president had his way. West Lafayette City Council President Peter Bunder gave his opinion about the vehicle after the police chief gave council members a presentation about the department’s use-of-force policies this past week, the Journal & Courier reported. Nationwide protests over racial injustice since the May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis had Bunder reconsider the city’s ownership of the vehicle. Bunder said doesn’t support the call from some of his constituents for defunding the police department but suggested giving up what he called a “tank” would demilitarize the department. Mayor John Dennis and Police Chief Troy Harris both oppose returning the armored vehicle the city received as U.S. military surplus in 2014. Harris said the city spent $3,000 to modify and paint the truck black so...
    DAVIS, Calif. (KGO) -- A lawmaker in Davis is calling for the removal of the word "police" from the city's police department.Councilman Will Arnold wants to change the "Davis Police Department" to the "Department of Community Safety." He calls it a "difficult but necessary transition."The proposal is one of the latest efforts, calling for change to law enforcement after the the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.Councilmember Will Arnold emailed his proposal to ABC7 News:"My friends, today I am calling for the reimagining, redesign and repurposing of our public safety system in Davis, including a fundamental transformation of our current structure as we know it, and the beginning of a new, sustainable approach to community safety.I propose we begin this effort by changing the name of our Police Department to the Department of Community Safety, and committing to a mission of justice, equity, dignity, guardianship, community partnership and reduction...
    Washington (CNN)The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Wednesday that it plans to roll back an Obama-era rule that barred federally funded homeless shelters from discriminating against transgender people.The department said in a statement that it will soon publish a modification to the 2016 part of the Equal Access Rule, which was put in place under then-President Barack Obama, that required shelters to provide lodging regardless of gender identity. It's another move from the Trump administration in its ongoing assault on federal protections for transgender Americans. "The new rule allows shelter providers that lawfully operate as single-sex or sex-segregated facilities to voluntarily establish a policy that will govern admissions determinations for situations when an individual's gender identity does not match their biological sex," the statement read. The department, which proposed a similar rule change last year, said in the statement that the new change would "better accommodate religious beliefs...
    William Barr believes certain social media companies are “censoring” conservative voices and in a recent interview, the attorney general said he’s looking at ways to bring antitrust charges against those firms. Harry Litman of the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday that Barr sat down for an interview on Fox News where he talked about a number of goals he has for his Justice Department. Among those goals was to find a way to take down Internet companies that he feels have an anti-Republican bias. Litman said Barr is picking up the “bitter but unsubstantiated” criticism by President Donald Trump of companies like Facebook and Twitter. The reporter said the attorney general is determined to “rattle the saber” of the department’s antitrust division at Silicon Valley in general. In particular, Google is another company that Barr is reportedly taking aim at. Litman reported that various news agencies are hearing the...
    (CNN Business)The Justice Department on Wednesday proposed a sweeping set of policy recommendations seeking to curtail legal protections of Facebook, Google and other major tech platforms, marking the latest move in Washington's escalating attempts to rein in social media companies. The proposals, if adopted by Congress, could ultimately expose Silicon Valley giants to more litigation by removing their ability to invoke a critical 1996 law to shield themselves from lawsuits arising over terrorist content, child abuse material, cyberstalking and other user posts that appear on their platforms and violate federal law. "A reassessment of America's laws governing the internet could not be timelier," read a document released by the Justice Department outlining the proposals. The pandemic, it argues, has forced Americans to rely on internet services "more than ever."The initiative aims to place limits on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which has previously been called the 26 words...
    Whoopi Goldberg insisted that no one actually wanted to “get rid of the police department” despite a direct quote from Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar saying the opposite. Goldberg jumped in, taking control of the conversation on Tuesday’s “The View,” after cohost Meghan McCain argued that a hard push to “defund the police” would make a great campaign slogan for President Donald Trump. (RELATED: Meghan McCain: The Push To Defund Police Is ‘Giving Trump A Great Campaign Slogan’) WATCH: “Listen, you guys can spin and say anything you want,” McCain explained. “Politics at the end of the day, unfortunately, is real simple. It’s about slogans. ‘Defund the Police’ is a great one for the Trump campaign.” Everyone started talking at once, and Goldberg wrested control from the others. “Wait, wait, no, no, no, I’m gonna talk,” Goldberg interrupted. “I got something to say, I got something to say. I...
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