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    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A Pagans Motorcycle Club member was sentenced to prison for trafficking meth throughout western Pennsylvania. Zachary Miller, a member of the Jeannette chapter of the Pagans, was sentenced to 10 years in jail and four years of supervised release on charges of violating federal narcotics trafficking laws, United States Attorney Cindy Chung announced Wednesday. READ MORE: FBI Searching For Fugitive From Westmoreland CountyAn FBI investigation uncovered people who prosecutors said had ties to the Pagans and were trafficking meth in Allegheny, Westmoreland, Erie, Fayette and Washington counties. Millers’ Facebook messages allegedly revealed large-scale transactions, and prosecutors said investigators bought meth from him. MORE NEWS: Westmoreland County Fugitive Surrenders To FBIHe was ultimately busted during a traffic stop when he was pulled over in a vehicle with a suspended registration.
    DELAWARE COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) — A member of the Delaware County Medical Reserve Corps and healthcare staff members at Crozer Hospital in Delaware County will provide an update on the COVID-19 pandemic response. The press conference will be streamed on CBSN Philly and is expected to begin at 2 p.m. What: Delaware County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Assisting Local Hospitals with COVID Response Who: A Delaware County Medical Reserve Corps member Senior Director of Emergency Preparedness for Crozer, Conlen Booth Delaware County Council Chair, Dr. Monica Taylor When: Wednesday, Jan. 19 Time: 2 p.m. Stay with CBSPhilly.com for updates.
    DETROIT (AP) — A former Detroit City Council member who quit after pleading guilty to a bribery scheme was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison. Andre Spivey acknowledged his “very poor choices” in accepting $36,000 but had hoped to get probation. His sentence still was far below the 40 months recommended by federal prosecutors. “This wasn’t a mild case of corruption,” U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts said. “This was not a single lapse in judgment, as many supporters suggest, but a pattern of corruption and flawed character that is antithetical to a public official.” In September, Spivey, 48, pleaded guilty to conspiracy, admitting that he and an aide accepted bribes related to oversight of towing. The money came from an undercover agent or an informant. Defense attorney Elliott Hall emphasized that Spivey’s influence “never ripened” into actual action at the City Council. The judge, however, wasn’t swayed. “The bribery was complete when the defendant agreed to sell his soul, to sell his vote, even though he may not have found an opportune moment to deliver on that promise,”...
    Today’s column, following our recent overview of South African succulent plants, presents South African geophytes, another large category of plants in this botanical hot spot. For review, geophytes are perennial plants with an underground food storage organ, e.g., a bulb, tuber, corm, or rhizome. Succulent plant specialists do not regard geophytes as succulents because succulents store moisture while geophytes store food. An exceptional book, “The Color Encyclopedia of Cape Bulbs” (Timber Press, 2002) lists 83 genera of these plants, which include some 1,200 species, three-quarters of which are endemic to South Africa. This column features a small sample of these plants growing in my garden, as examples of the large and diverse South African geophytes. We include two arbitrary groupings of these plants: my sense of the more and less familiar varieties. You might group them differently. As a heads-up note, several of these plants include “Lily” in their common names but are actually not members of the Lily plant family (Liliaceae). Such misnomers could be based on their resemblance to the familiar form of blossoms of true lilies. Familiar...
    For the first time the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack has issued a subpoena for a Trump family member’s records. CNN reports Tuesday evening the Committee “has subpoenaed and obtained records of phone numbers associated with” Eric Trump and Kimberly Guilfoyle. Guilfoyle has served as the finance chair of a Trump fundraising committee and is engaged to the former president’s eldest son, Donald Trump, Jr. “It appears to be the first time the select committee has issued a subpoena that targeted a member of the Trump family, in what marks a significant escalation of the investigation into Trump’s role in the January 6 insurrection,” CNN reports. “The records may also help the committee flesh out the text messages and phone records it has received from others, like former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, as well as fundraisers and rally organizers.” READ: Former top FBI official: 'Concerning' Ginni Thomas signed letter saying Jan. 6 participants 'have done nothing wrong'From Your Site Articles
    Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D-Fla.) was sworn into the House Tuesday, making her the newest member and boosting the Democrats' slim majority to 222-212.  Cherfilus-McCormick won the special election to succeed the late Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) in Florida's 20th Congressional District — which includes Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach — last week. Hastings represented the district for decades until he died last April from pancreatic cancer and warded off primary challenges from Cherfilus-McCormick in 2018 and 2020.  The newest representative won over voters by promising to push for $1,000 monthly stimulus payments for adults with annual incomes of less than $75,000 a year. Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness, who ran against Cherfilus-McCormick, has sued to overturn the results of the primary, claiming that she failed to turn over financial disclosure documents and bribed voters with her promise of delivering the stimulus payments.  Cherfilus-McCormick told members of the House after she took the oath of office that her parents were Haitian immigrants who made many sacrifices to move to the United States.  "I thank my colleagues who fought for me even before I was born to ensure that immigrants can actually...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A St. Cloud man who authorities say is a self-proclaimed member of the anti-government “boogaloo” movement and had discussed a willingness to kill police was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison. Michael Dahlager, 27, pleaded guilty last summer to illegally possessing a machine gun. He admitted during his plea hearing he possessed two devices that convert a semi-automatic firearm into an unlawful fully automatic firearm. READ MORE: 'Boogaloo Boi' Ivan Hunter Pleads Guilty To Firing Assault Rifle Into Minneapolis Police 3rd PrecinctDahlager was a self-proclaimed follower of the “boogaloo,” a concept embraced by a loose network of gun enthusiasts and militia-style extremists. The FBI began investigating Dahlager in November 2020, after an informant said he had the devices, known as “auto sears.” According to an FBI affidavit, Dahlager told a confidential informant he was preparing to “defend” a rally at the state Capitol on Jan. 17. Dahlager allegedly traveled from St. Cloud to St. Paul in December 2020 to conduct surveillance at the Capitol building during a “Stop the Steal” rally by Donald Trump supporters. He...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick of Florida was sworn in as the newest member of the House on Tuesday, filling the seat last held by Alcee Hastings, who died in April of pancreatic cancer. She’ll boost the Democrats’ slender House majority to 222-212, leaving room for no more than four Democratic defections as Speaker Nancy Pelosi tries moving her party’s bills through the House. For much of 2021, that margin was three. Cherfilus-McCormick will represent a firmly Democratic district. She won office calling for a guaranteed income for most adults of $1,000 a month, an increase in the federal minimum wage to $20 an hour and allowing all Americans to participate in Medicare. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., lauded his new colleague shortly after she took the oath of office, telling lawmakers in the House chamber that she’ll represent an extremely diverse congressional district. He noted that she began working in 1999 at Trinity Healthcare Services, a provider of in-home care, and eventually became its CEO. “This once single mother is an example of the American dream and...
    Kirk Twigg Another day, another chilling turn of events taking place in a school board here in the United States. At this point in the political cycle, if you’re not following your local school board’s decisions, I implore you to take some time and read up on it, whether or not you have loved ones in schools. Local elections aren’t always glamorous and certainly don’t get as much screen time as they deserve, but they’re deeply important. One example comes to us from the Spotsylvania County School Board in Livingston, Virginia, where Kirk Twigg was recently appointed to serve as the board’s new chair. This local appointment is getting national coverage because Twigg, who formerly served as a district member on the board, has infamously called for folks to ban and even burn books found in school libraries. What’s offensive about the books? Frankly, nothing. But Twigg—like a number of other conservatives waging similar battles across the nation—insists they’re “sexually explicit” and inappropriate for students. The reality is, of course, that the books overwhelmingly feature LGBTQ+ characters and characters of color. Sadly,...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man who authorities say is a self-proclaimed member of the anti-government “boogaloo” movement and had discussed a willingness to kill police was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison. Michael Dahlager, 27, of St. Cloud, pleaded guilty last summer to illegally possessing a machine gun. He admitted during his plea hearing he possessed two devices that convert a semi-automatic firearm into an unlawful fully automatic firearm. Dahlager was a self-proclaimed follower of the “boogaloo,” a concept embraced by a loose network of gun enthusiasts and militia-style extremists. The FBI began investigating Dahlager in November 2020, after an informant said he had the devices, known as “auto sears.” According to an FBI affidavit, Dahlager told a confidential informant he was preparing to “defend” a rally at the state Capitol on Jan. 17. Dahlager allegedly traveled from St. Cloud to St. Paul in December 2020 to conduct surveillance at the Capitol building during a “Stop the Steal” rally by Donald Trump supporters. He scouted police numbers and noted which streets would be blocked by law enforcement, among...
    The congressional investigation into the January 6 attack has reportedly obtained records of phone numbers associated with one of former President Trump's sons, Eric Trump, and Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is engaged to Donald Trump Jr.  It represents a fresh escalation into probe as the select committee for the first time targeted a member of Trump's family.   The phone records were subpoenaed from communication companies, multiple sources told CNN.  Earlier the committee issued subpoenas to some of Donald Trump's top lawyers - including Rudy Giuliani - who were central to his unsuccessful attempt to overturn last year's election defeat. The House of Representatives committee demanded that Giuliani, and his assistant Boris Epshteyn, as well as Sidney Powell and Jenna Ellis hand over documents and sit for depositions on Feb. 8. Its chairman Bennie Thompson said: 'The four individuals we've subpoenaed today advanced unsupported theories about election fraud, pushed efforts to overturn the election results, or were in direct contact with the former president about attempts to stop the counting of electoral votes.' The committee said it was seeking records and testimony from...
    Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL). Today, as the Senate debates two of the most important bills in the nation’s history on voting rights, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is planning some kind of militarized police force to monitor voting in his state. This despite the fact that the governor has advertised his state as “the gold standard” after the 2020 presidential elections: “I think that’s how elections should be run,” DeSantis said on Nov. 4, 2020, after Trump won the state by over three percentage points.  Sounding more and more like something out of Orwell’s 1984, the proposed Office of Election Crimes and Security would be part of the Department of State, and report directly to DeSantis. He’s asking his GOP-controlled legislature for $6 million to hire 52 people to “investigate, detect, apprehend, and arrest anyone for an alleged violation” of election laws.  Members of DeSantis’ Gestapo would be stationed at various unnamed “field offices throughout the state” and act on tips from “government officials or any other person.” “To ensure that elections are conducted in accordance with the rule of law, I have proposed an election...
    PORTSMOUTH — The Juvenile Drug Court of the Scioto County Juvenile Court has earned final certification from the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Specialized Dockets. In order to receive the certification, the local court had to submit an application, undergo a site visit, and provide specific program materials in response to certification standards that went in to effect in January 2014. Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor congratulated the Scioto County Common Pleas Juvenile Division and Judge Alan Lemons for receiving final certification. “Specialized dockets divert offenders toward criminal justice initiatives that employ tools and tailored services to treat and rehabilitate the offender so they can become productive members of society,” said Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor. “Studies have shown this approach works by reducing recidivism while saving tax dollars.” Specialized dockets are courts that are dedicated to specific types of offenses or offenders and use a combination of different techniques for holding offenders accountable while also addressing the underlying causes of their behavior. There are more than 210 specialized dockets in Ohio courts that deal with...
    Members of the Powderhorn Food Community rally to defend it.Minnesota Historical Society Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.As a college student in San Francisco tasked with feeding myself full-time for the first time in my life, I wondered, “Where are all the natural food co-ops?” Growing up in Minneapolis, I was under the impression that every big city (much less a countercultural foodie mecca like San Francisco) was teeming with organic food cooperative grocery stores. Little did I know, my hometown was the headquarters of the 1970s movement that popularized such shops. Not everyone has a place like the Wedge Community Co-op, where my mother has been a member-owner since the late 1980s, let alone a robust network of similar stores. Eventually, I moved back to Minneapolis. That’s how, last summer, I ended up talking to an eccentric organic farmer friend who told me about the Co-op Wars. A vicious internecine conflict between Maoist revolutionaries and Hippies, the Co-Op Wars threatened to tear the movement apart just as...
    In Press release issued on January 17th, Council of Europe “removes Argentina, Australia and Canada from the list of countries whose travel restrictions should be lifted. “Non-essential travel to the EU from countries or institutions other than Annex I is subject to temporary travel restrictions,” the report said. It is without prejudice to the possibility of member states lifting temporary restrictions on non-essential travel to the EU for fully vaccinated travelers. ⁇ Due to the Omicron explosion, France has already taken action against Canada. It has changed to the “orange” category At the beginning of the year, the type that imposes specific measures on unvaccinated travelers. According to the RFI report, Argentina has been hit by an explosion of Omicron cases. Argentina and Australia are still classified as green by France., Currently. However, Australia’s borders are largely closed to French travelers. Except for those with certain visa types. Unrestricted suggestions Based on the criteria and conditions set out in the recommendation, from 17 January 2022, member states will gradually lift travel restrictions on the borders of residents of the following...
    Democrats in battleground districts have reportedly been trying to persuade the House leadership to consider breaking up the president’s “marquee legislation,” the Build Back Better (BBB) spending bill, into “a series of politically popular provisions that would appeal to centrist voters and core Democrats alike.” The Washington Post reported that vulnerable House Democrats have asked to do this to show constituents they were able to achieve something since Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said he could not vote for the bill, effectively killing the larger spending measure. The report noted that, while their persuasion has yet to be successful, they hoped to vote on smaller measures such as “curbing prescription drug costs and extending the child tax credit” so they could attempt to “make a case that they can improve voters’ lives economically despite soaring inflation and other issues that have dragged down Biden’s approval ratings.” Member’s reportedly pushed back at the leadership in early January when House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said breaking up the bill would be “abandoning the potentially transformative giant package,” while under the impression that the massive...
    Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-D), 84, appeared to park her vehicle illegally on Capitol Hill Monday, as she is being considered to chair the House Transportation Committee. The video, tweeted by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), showed what appeared to be a parking attendant in a suit attempting to encourage Norton to navigate the diagonal parking spaces. After reversing multiple times and without properly aligning the car in the space, Norton reportedly abandoned her car perpendicular to the curb and walked away, likely blocking the nearby SUV from leaving its space. .@SpeakerPelosi is seriously considering this person to serve as the chairwoman of the Transportation Committee. pic.twitter.com/Gh5698ZeYU — Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) January 17, 2022 Massie revealed in a tweeted thread that Norton, who has represented D.C. residents since 1991, may be appointed to the top spot on the Transportation Committee. Massie’s tweet included a RollCall article detailing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) intention to potentially replace retiring current chair Rep. Peter A. DeFazio with Norton or Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA): Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., and Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., both formally declared their candidacy for the...
    SEASON 6 of Bravo's Summer House is returning to Hamptons.  The housemates are back to their usual schedule of hustling during the week in New York and spending their weekends out East after spending last summer quarantining together. 2The cast of Summer House season 6 is made up of nine members When does Summer House season 6 premiere? Season 6 of Summer House will air on Bravo on Monday, January 17 at 9/8c.  Following its launch, the program will be available to view on select streaming services. The series first premiered on January 9, 2017, as the 10th episode of Vanderpump Rules' fifth season, titled Summer House Rules, serving as a cross-over preview to Summer House.  Vanderpump Rules cast members Katie Maloney, Kristen Doute, Scheana Marie, and Stassi Schroeder traveled to New York to visit the summer residence with the group during the two-hour episode's transition.  Most read in EntertainmentSO FAST Kanye West’s girlfriend Julia Fox sparks concern after relationship confessionKRIS' MISS Kardashian fans call out Kris for posting & deleting 'unfiltered' photo of Kim'LONG LIVE SAD FROSTY' Rapper Sad...
    The United States government has released a new wanted poster for one of Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán's sons who is sought on drug trafficking charges The poster included an updated snapshot of Joaquín 'El Chapito' Guzmán-López, 35, was released by the Department of State on Thursday along with a $5million reward for information leading to his arrest.  According to Borderlandbeat.com, the U.S. government had erroneously used a photograph of El Chapo's other César Guzmán, who reportedly is not involved in the narcotics business. Four of El Chapo's sons are either under indictment or under investigation by federal agents.  They include Joaquín, Ovidio Guzmán-López, Iván Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar and Jesús Alfredo Guzmán Salazar.  Last month, Homeland Security offered three $5 million bounties for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction for Joaquín's three brothers.    The United States on Thursday released an updated photo of Joaquín 'El Chapito' Guzmán-López, the son of Joaquín 'El Chapo, Guzmán. U.S. authorities are offering a $5 million reward to anyone who can provide information for his arrest and/or conviction Left is the new photo released by the U.S....
    Jordan Cashmyer, who appeared on MTV's 16 and Pregnant television series, has died at 26. Cashmyer's family announced her death on social media in a statement saying they heard of her death on Saturday night. The family said their hearts "are truly broken" and that "no parent should ever have to go through losing a child." The cause of her death is currently unknown. "Please keep my family in your thoughts prayers as we navigate through this terrible tragedy," the statement read. "Please understand and respect our privacy at this time. We are surrounded by the love and support of our children, grand daughter Lyla and family members." BOB SAGET DIED IN HIS SLEEP WITH NO SUFFERING: REPORT Cashmyer appeared in season five, episode nine of 16 and Pregnant in 2014 as she struggled with homelessness, employment, and teenage pregnancy. Her boyfriend at the time, Derek Taylor, was also in the show, and she eventually gave birth to a daughter named Evie. Last year, she gave birth to a second child named Lyla, according to...
    Neither of Donald Trump's impeachment trials led to his conviction, which would have prevented him from returning to the White house. Rep. Jamie Raskin has another idea on how to bar the former president. Raskin suggested that the constitutional provision preventing those who have “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” from holding office may prevent Trump from becoming president for a second, nonconsecutive term. Having lost to President Joe Biden in 2020, Trump is eligible for another White House term. Polls show him the clear favorite to win the 2024 Republican nomination if he runs. The Maryland Democrat said the prohibition on holding office again could also apply to some current Republican members of Congress, who, like Trump, are being scrutinized for their actions on Jan. 6. “If they're people who did participate in insurrection, or rebellion, they are constitutionally barred from holding federal or state office again,” Raskin, a member of the House select committee formed to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, told reporters last week. It's hardly a slam dunk legal case, though....
    Rep. Diana DeGetteDiana Louise DeGetteCO lawmakers ask DOJ to investigate police's knowledge about alleged shooter Hillicon Valley — Biden's misinformation warning Lawmakers call on tech firms to take threat of suicide site seriously, limit its visibility MORE (D-Colo.) on Monday announced she had tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19.  “I have tested positive for COVID-19. Thankfully, I am fully vaccinated and boosted and experiencing mild symptoms,” DeGette wrote in a tweet.  “Per CDC guidelines, I will remain self-isolated and working from my home in Denver this week.”  DeGette’s announcement comes as the latest coronavirus surge, driven largely by the omicron variant, sweeps through Congress. At leas 14 members of the House and one senator tested positive for coronavirus this month, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSen. Brian Schatz tests positive for COVID-19 Democrats call on FDA to revisit ban on gay, bisexual men donating blood amid shortage Senate Democrats introduce bill to ban stock trades in Congress MORE (D-N.Y.), Jim CooperJim CooperOcasio-Cortez tests positive for breakthrough COVID-19 case Rep. Jim Cooper becomes latest lawmaker to test COVID-19 positive Each...
    Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz has disbanded an alumni advisory committee that was created after a 2020 investigation found evidence of racial bias against black players in his program and bullying behavior by some of his assistants. The Iowa Gazette reports that Ferentz's decision to end the committee came shortly after its leader, former offensive lineman David Porter, suggested it was time for Iowa to part ways with Ferentz. But Ferentz said he had decided to overhaul the committee last fall before Porter made his comment to other committee members in a text message. 'I have come to a decision that this is an appropriate time to dissolve our committee as it stands currently,' Ferentz wrote in an email to the 10-member committee on Tuesday. 'As we start a new calendar year and prepare to move forward with our preparation for the 2022 season, I am giving thought to how we restructure the committee/board in a way that best serves our program moving forward.' Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz has disbanded an alumni advisory committee that was created after a 2020...
    A Mexican national has been sentenced in Texas to life in prison without the possibility of parole after being found guilty of sexually abusing a 13-year-old family member from the time she was at least 10 years old, and possibly even younger. Lucio Delossantos-Narvaez, 53, was convicted in Lubbock on January 12 of continuous sexual abuse of a child and indecency with a child. On Thursday, Delossantos-Narvaez was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after just 20 minutes of deliberations. Scroll down for video  Lucio Delossantos-Narvaez, 53, has been found guilty of continuous sexual abuse of a child and indecency with a child, and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole  Prosecutors said during closing arguments last week that the victim was perhaps as young as eight years old when Delossantos-Narvaez would enter her room and molest her, reported Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. The case against Delossantos-Narvaez began unfolding in 2019, when the victim's mother caught a glimpse of his reflection on a TV screen groping her daughter. Following his arrest, Delossantos-Narvaez was interviewed by...
    Actress Melanie Lynskey says that her co-stars on the TV series Yellowjackets banded together to complain to producers about an insensitive comment one crew member made about her body. Lynskey (pictured, far right) told Rolling Stone in a recent interview that a crew member of the Yellowjackets production commented critically on her body during filming, telling her, “I’m sure the producers will get you a trainer. They’d love to help you with this.” The actress added that when she complained to her co-stars, Tawny Cypress (pictured, third from left), Christina Ricci (pictured, far left), and Juliette Lewis (pictured, second from left), they banded together to raise the incident with producers; Lewis wrote a letter to them on Lynskey’s behalf. In the Showtime series, Lynskey’s character has an affair with Peter Gadiot’s character — a younger, attractive artist. The actress also told Rolling Stone that she is bothered by people who don’t appear to believe that Gadiot’s character would take interest in her character. “I’m just like, ‘Wow, really? That’s where people’s heads are at, that the most important thing is being thin or young?'” she said. “It...
    (CNN)Jordan Cashmyer, whose struggle as an unhoused, young, expectant mother was documented on MTV's "16 and Pregnant," has died, according to her family.She was 26."My oldest beloved daughter, Jordan has passed away, she was only 26 years old," a posting on her father's Facebook page read. "Our hearts are truly broken. No parent should ever have to go through losing a child, EVER."A spokesperson for Maryland's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confirmed Cashmyer's death to CNN. No cause of death had been made public as of Monday.Cashmyer appeared on the MTV series in 2014 with her then boyfriend Derek Taylor.Read MoreThe couple were shown dealing with unemployment, homelessness and family disapproval as they awaited the birth of their daughter, Genevieve "Evie" Taylor.MTV's verified Twitter account for the show "Teen Mom," which is a spinoff of "16 and Pregnant," offered condolences.We are deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Jordan Cashmyer. Our hearts go out to her family and friends during this difficult time.— Teen Mom (@TeenMom) January 17, 2022 "We are deeply saddened to learn about the passing...
    Charles McGee, a member of the Tuskegee Airmen who flew 409 fighter combat missions in three wars, has died at the age of 102.  In tweets on Sunday, Vice President Harris and Secretary of Defense Lloyd AustinLloyd AustinBiden defense chief voices support for Ukraine in call The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden strategizes with Senate Dems Biden to send additional medical teams to six states to help with COVID-19 surge MORE called McGee an American hero. “Today, we lost an American hero, Brigadier General Charles McGee," Harris wrote in a tweet. "A member of the Tuskegee Airmen, he completed over 400 missions during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. I had the honor of calling him last month on his 102nd birthday to thank him for his service to our nation.”  McGee was among the 900 men that trained in Alabama from 1940 to 1946 after the Army Air Corps was forced to admit Black pilots, the Associated Press reported.  McGee was one of the few American pilots to fly combat missions during World War II and in the Korean and Vietnam wars. ...
    An Iranian Princeton scholar has sparked fury for smirking during an interview where he discussed how a US diplomat's wife was unable to sleep over fears she'd be murdered in revenge for the assassination of an Iranian general.   Hussein Mousavian, 65, gave a smile during a recent interview on Iranian TV while discussing the terror former US special envoy for Iran Brian Hook and his spouse are said to fear in the wake of the January 2020 assassination of Qasem Solemani. Mousavian said: 'I went to America and an American told me that Brian Hook's wife can't sleep, she cries and trembles, she told Brian, 'They'll kill you,' since Hook was a partner in the death of Haj Qassem [Soleimani], that's how much they were trembling,' Mousavian said. He was referring to Iran's vow for revenge after the Trump administration carried out drone strikes that killed Iranian extremist officer Qasem Soleimani two years ago.  Mousavian, the former senior negotiator of Iran's nuclear committee who now works as a Middle East security and nuclear policy specialist at Princeton University. There have...
    EVANSTON, Ill. (WLS) -- Northwestern University's tackle Joe Spivak wore the coveted "1" jersey this season because he embodies the values and character of the wildcat football family, and now as a grad student, he's training to bring 'the juice" to much bigger stages.After five seasons as Northwestern football's hype man, Spivak is training to go pro as a member of WWE's inaugural "Next In Line" class."Me and my friends, and some strength coaches, started joking, 'Oh you'd be great at that Joe, that'd be a great fit,'" Spivak said. "What I'm passionate about in life is competition and training, and pushing yourself and chasing edges. But also, all I want to do is spread the message of positivity that my family gave me and like, where else do those two platforms merge more perfectly and I started realizing - wait, this might be it."RELATED: WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett ranks the top 10 wrestlers who played pro football"The thing that separates Joe is his personality and his charisma," said Spivak's trainer, J.R. Niklos. "A lot of athletes are...
    GARY, Ind. (WLS) -- Gary is mourning the loss of a businessman and community member who was found shot to death early Friday.Norman Bailey was a member of the Gary Community School Corporation Advisory Council and owned the Blue Room Lounge.Gary police say he was found shot and killed early Friday morning inside the bar he owned in the 200 block of E. 16th Avenue.Police are also investigating another person who was apparently wounded in the same shooting.STATEMENT FROM GARY COMMUNITY SCHOOL CORPORATIONWe, at the Gary Community School Corporation, were both shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of advisory board member Norman Bailey. His passion for youth and love for community were signature traits of his character. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all of those whose lives he touched.STATEMENT FROM GARY MAYOR JEROME A. PRINCE On behalf of my family and the City of Gary, I extend our deepest condolences and prayers for peace and comfort to the family and friends of Norman Bailey, who was tragically and senselessly taken from early this morning.Our...
    Getty Heather Dubrow Leaks Texts From Cast Member in Slamming IG Post. Heather Dubrow has receipts! The “Real Housewives of Orange County” star shared screenshots of a text exchange with new housewife Noella Bergener on Instagram. In the text exchange, she is setting up a meeting with Bergener to hash out any hard feelings. However, it seems the 36-year-old had the last word, calling Dubrow, 53, a “really, really good narcissist” with a dedicated “shrine” in her podcast studio. As Dubrow would explain on her podcast, the shrines were three large vision boards. Bergener also criticized Dubrow for scheduling the meeting while filming an “infomercial.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Heather Dubrow (@heatherdubrow) The three messages start innocuous enough, with Dubrow writing, “Hi! So nice seeing you – sorry for all that you’re going through. Thinking about you.” “Thank you so much. That is very kind of you,” replied Bergener. She hearted Dubrow’s final featured text, reading, “I’m glad you’re free tomorrow! Thank you for coming to my place – we have a...
    A bill pre-filed in the Georgia legislature is seeking to give student athletes “due process” rights, which they do not have under the current rules of the Georgia High School Association. The GHSA is a private organization that governs athletics and activities for member high schools in Georgia. GHSA is a member of the National Federation of State High School Associations. The association has 463 public and private high schools as members. “The GHSA has repeatedly failed our schools and student athletes, specifically our smaller schools. My office and the office of other senators have had a tremendous outreach from schools across the State expressing their concern with the GHSA,” Senator Jeff Mullis said.  “The GHSA’s unwillingness to listen to the concerns of the schools in question is extremely troubling and I believe they must be held accountable. This bill explores ways to improve the system for our schools and student athletes.” SB BILL 328: to be entitled an Act to amend Chapter 2 of Title 20 of the Official...
    A bill filed in the Georgia legislature is seeking to give student athletes “due process” rights, which they do not have under the current rules of the Georgia High School Association. The GHSA is a private organization that governs athletics and activities for member high schools in Georgia. GHSA is a member of the National Federation of State High School Associations. The association has 463 public and private high schools as members. “The GHSA has repeatedly failed our schools and student athletes, specifically our smaller schools. My office and the office of other senators have had a tremendous outreach from schools across the State expressing their concern with the GHSA,” Senator Jeff Mullis said.  “The GHSA’s unwillingness to listen to the concerns of the schools in question is extremely troubling and I believe they must be held accountable. This bill explores ways to improve the system for our schools and student athletes.” SB BILL 328: to be entitled an Act to amend Chapter 2 of Title 20 of the Official...
    Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley arrested five criminal migrants in a span of 30 hours Tuesday and Wednesday. Post-arrest investigations revealed two to be convicted murderers. One of the five was a sex offender and two were Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) members. Early Tuesday, Border Patrol agents arrested on migrant crossing the Rio Grande with seven others from El Salvador and Mexico near Mission, Texas. One member of the group was arrested in 2005 for first degree murder. The 35-year-old man was subsequently convicted and sentenced to six years confinement. The man was also identified as an MS-13 member. Within an hour, a Border Patrol agent in Brownsville was processing a Mexican national listed as a sex offender for criminal intent to commit felony rape, aggravated assault, cruelty to children in the first degree, and obstructing persons making an emergency phone call in Dekalb County, Georgia. In that case, the migrant was ultimately convicted of sexual battery and hindering a person making an emergency call. In addition to these charges, agents discovered the migrant had a lengthy criminal...
    A longtime member of the Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department has died after 31 years of service. Gerard M. Dixon Sr. served the community as a firefighter, rescue captain, engine lieutenant and captain, vice president, and member of the board of directors of the department, according to Prince George's County Fire/EMS. A cause of death was not immediately released. During his time as a firefighter, he received a number of letters of commendation and unit citations. Several mourners have posted about his passing on Facebook, Jimmy Fremeau writes:"This guy will be truly missed, I will always remember him as a very true friend , fellow volunteer. “G” as I would often call him was always there when you needed him, a huge smile and he would always listen when needed someone to talk to. A huge heart , and always ready with a good story to put a smile on your face. Riverdale will not be the same but he will always be a part of Company7. Rest easy my friend."And Dave Iannone posted:"Rest in peace Gerard M Dixon Sr., a...
    Rep. Haley Stevens took to social media to ask Capitol Police to investigate Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene after the Georgia Republican did an interview suggesting the use of "Second Amendment rights" against Democrats. “I am concerned about the mental health of my colleague from Georgia,” the Michigan Democrat wrote on Twitter, asking Capitol Police⁩ “to address her dangerous threats in my workplace.” I am concerned about the mental health of my colleague from Georgia and would like ⁦@CapitolPolice⁩ to address her dangerous threats in my workplace.Just as we would in any school or job site, we cannot let calls for gun violence go unchecked. https://t.co/ho11NObjz6— Haley Stevens (@HaleyLive) January 12, 2022 “Just as we would in any school or job site, we cannot let calls for gun violence go unchecked,” Stevens wrote. GALLEGO CALLS OUT FELLOW ARIZONA DEMOCRAT SINEMA FOR HER SUPPORT OF FILIBUSTER Stevens’s tweet linked to an article about a recent interview Greene did, saying Democrats “hate our Second Amendment" and claiming Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams will "grab" guns. "Ultimately,...
    A Virginia Beach school board member called for a boycott of several local restaurants that hosted members of a political action committee collecting signatures for a petition to recall her and five other board members. Dottie Holtz, a member of the Virginia Beach school board, called on local citizens to boycott seven restaurants that were working with the local education political action committee Students First VA in a since-deleted Facebook post, a screenshot of which was reviewed by the Washington Examiner. TEENAGER WHO COMMITTED INFAMOUS LOUDOUN HIGH SCHOOL SEXUAL ASSUALTS SENTENCED Holtz is one of six Virginia Beach school board members Students First VA is seeking to recall using the same process that parent activists in Loudoun County, Virginia, are using: collecting signatures from residents that are then filed to a court, which will then rule on the petition. The political action committee was holding signing events at the restaurants to collect the signatures. Credit: Virginia Beach School Board “Please boycott these restaurants,” Holtz said in her Facebook post, which included a graphic...
    Parents and community members have called for a Houston school board trustee to resign after he savagely critiqued Black teachers during a racist rant at a school board meeting. Scott Henry of the Cypress Independent School District (CFISD) blamed students’ poor grades and low graduation rates on Black teachers and said diversity efforts were frivolous in comments that left lawmakers, activists and parents aghast. In a school board meeting on Jan. 10, Onika Mayers, the director of Millennium Learning Concepts (MLC), went through a presentation about diversity and equitable practices and learning opportunities within the district’s middle and high schools. MLC is an organization that provides equity assessments. In the data provided, Mayers noted academic achievement disparities among different racial and ethnic groups. During the 2019-20 school year, 72 percent of white students reached their academic grade level in English language arts and reading, while less than half of Black, Latino, and economically-disadvantaged students met the mark. Only a quarter of special needs students reached their achievement goals, according to Mayers’ presentation. There were also more Black and Latino...
    Facebook Scott Henry Scott Henry is a Texas school board member who is the focal point of controversy after a video clip emerged of him talking about Black teachers at a Cy-Fair ISD School Board meeting. According to ABC13, there are now calls for Henry to resign. He, in turn, has accused people of twisting his words for political motivation. Cy Fair ISD stands for Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District, located in Houston, Texas. You can watch video of his comments below. Here’s what you need to know:1. Henry Brought Up the ‘Average Percentage of Black Teachers’ & Compared It to the Dropout Rate in Houston Video captures Henry’s comments: “Houston ISD, which I’ll use to shine an example, you know what their average number, percentage of Black teachers is? 36%. I looked that up. You know what their dropout rate is? 4%. I don’t want to be 4%. I don’t want to be HISD. I want to be a shining example. I want to be the district standard. I want to be the place, the premium place...
    Scott Henry, a Houston, Texas-area school board member. A first-year Houston-area school board member is backpedaling bigly after comments he made at a meeting Monday insinuating that the more Black teachers a school district has, the worse student outcomes and dropout rates are. Way to support Black educators—or any teachers for that matter—when retaining them is at an all-time low.  Scott Henry, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD school board member, made his racist comments during a session on equity, of all things. The board was meeting to review a report commissioned by the district to evaluate equity and diversity among teachers and administrators. During the Q&A portion of the meeting, Henry, a sales engineering manager at the data insight company Splunk, called the audit "a pile of rubbish" and challenged the integrity of the report. "I'm a big data guy. I know data," Henry proclaimed. "Data can be skewed any way you want to. It looks like the way [MLC] skewed this data … It makes it look like they cherry-picked this data very poorly." Then Henry questioned the need for increasing the number of Black teachers in the district,...
    The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office has charged an 18-year-old Brentwood man with homicide, as well as a gun enhancement, in a fatal weekend shooting, authorities said. On Sunday afternoon, police responded to an apartment building in the 160 block of Sycamore Avenue for a report of shots fired. When officers arrived at the building, they found a 43-year-old Turlock resident outside suffering from gunshot wounds. Despite paramedics’ and firefighters’ efforts, the man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say family disturbance preceded the shooting, and took a family member into custody on suspicion of being responsible for the shooting. A firearm was also recovered at the scene. Police identified the family member as Israel Resendiz, and said he had been booked into Martinez county jail on suspicion of homicide. In a charging document Wednesday, the district attorney’s office identified Resendiz’s victim as Jose Silvestre Resendiz-Valles, and said Resendiz is charged with homicide and personal and intentional discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury. A district attorney spokeswoman said Resendiz will face arraignment in Contra Costa Superior...
                 Davidson County’s ten state representatives are back at the Capitol this week for the General Assembly session, joining it’s four state senators. As previously reported, redistricting and education are pressing issues. The State House of Representatives has 99 members, a Republican majority of 73-26. Davidson County’s State House delegation is comprised of representatives Bo Mitchell, Bill Beck, Mike Stewart, Jason Powell, Vincent Dixie, John Ray Clemmons, Bob Freeman, Harold M. Love Jr., Jason Potts, and Darren Jernigan. Rep. Bo Mitchell (D-Nashville-HD50), is a member of the Health, Insurance, Naming and Designating committees and has several bills pending that deal with education, public contracts, and other issues. In 2021, Rep. Mitchell sponsored a bill, HB1559, that was designed to eliminate a school voucher program, the Tennessee Education Savings Account Pilot Program. That bill failed in subcommittee in March of 2021. Rep. Bill Beck (D-Nashville-HD51), is a member of the Criminal Justice, Select Ethics, and State Government committees and previously sponsored bills that dealt with sales taxes, motor vehicles, alcoholic beverages, transportation, and healthcare. Rep. Beck also introduced a bill...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The new top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee called Wednesday on President Joe Biden’s administration to ramp up military and intelligence support for Ukraine. “I believe that the administration should be actively arming Ukraine so it can defend itself,” Rep. Mike Turner of Ohio said in an interview. “They want to defend themselves. They should be given every opportunity to do so.” Washington has committed more than $2 billion in military aid to Ukraine since 2014, when Russia seized Crimea and backed an insurgency in the eastern region known as Donbas. In December, Congress increased security assistance to Ukraine to $300 million for 2022, with at least $75 million specifically designated for weapons. Russia now has troops massed near Ukraine, raising fears in the West that it is preparing a new invasion as it pushes its demand that Ukraine never be allowed to join NATO. The Biden administration has rejected Russia’s demand and is expected to provide additional military aid to Ukraine in the coming weeks. Republicans and some Democrats have pushed Biden...
    Two suspects have been arrested for committing a series of thefts at an LA Fitness in Silver Spring and even assaulting a gym member, police say. Misgana Kebde, 18, and Kai Torela, 19 were arrested and charged for committing the series of thefts in June and October 2001 at the gym on Bel Road, according to Montgomery County Police. On June 15, Kebede assaulted a gym member after they accused him of stealing his headphones. Kebede fled the scene before police arrive. Both Kebde and Torela are also accused of stealing debit and credit cards from lockers and vehicles parked at the location. Detectives reviewed surveillance videos of stores in the area and observed Kebede and Torela making fraudulent transactions. During the investigation, Kebede and Torela were identified as the two suspects, according to police. On Dec. 2, Detectives obtained an arrest warrant against Kebede and charged him with 1 count of second degree-assault and 19 counts of theft and fraud-related charges. Detectives also filed a district court summons against Torela, charging him with 19 counts of theft...
    YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — A prominent Cameroon lawyer and opposition member of the senate was shot dead in the city of Bamenda in the country’s restive North West region, a member of his political party said. Henry Kemende was shot by suspected separatist fighters in the English-speaking city on Tuesday, said Jean Michel Nintcheu, from Kemende’s Social Democratic Front political party. “The fighters shot him in the chest at close range,” he said, adding that Kemende was then rushed to a hospital, where he was declared dead. Lawmakers and politicians condemned the killing, also blaming separatists who are fighting to create an independent English-speaking state in the majority French-speaking nation. Violence erupted in 2017 in Cameroon’s English-speaking North West and South West regions when teachers and lawyers protested alleged discrimination at the hands of the French-speaking majority. The military reacted with a crackdown and separatist groups took up weapons, claiming that they were protecting civilians. Kemende, who was elected a senator for the Social Democratic Front in 2018, has always blamed the government for not doing enough to solve...
    (CNN)Members of the House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol Hill insurrection are weighing what options they have to compel their fellow members of Congress to cooperate with their probe. At issue is determining a path that would that would give them the best opportunity to obtain the information and interviews they are looking for by using the powers of the committee at their disposal. The committee is wrestling with whether they have the constitutional right to subpoena their fellow members, and even if they do, if they have an enforcement mechanism in place that will ultimately lead to cooperation. "Well we are exploring it," said Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi who serves as the chair of the committee. "And based off a meeting we will have later this week we will have an answer."Thompson said the committee is waiting for guidance from their counsel to determine their course of action. Read MoreSo far the committee has already attempted to glean that information by sending letters asking for the voluntary cooperation of Reps. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania...
    (CNN)Representatives from Russia and NATO are meeting in Brussels on Wednesday for high-stakes talks aimed at defusing growing tensions over Russia's military buildup near the Ukraine border.The meeting of the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) comes as the two sides are stuck in deadlock, with fears mounting that Russia could launch an invasion into Ukraine.Moscow has dismissed such claims. However, Russia has been amassing as many as 100,000 troops near the Ukrainian frontier, and on the eve of the talks, the military began live-fire drills in regions close to the border.The United States, NATO and their allies are pushing Russia to de-escalate the situation. Moscow has demanded security guarantees from the US and NATO, including a binding pledge that NATO won't expand further east and will not allow Ukraine to join the military alliance -- something NATO is not willing to do."At this point, let me be very, very clear -- no one is suggesting that we alter NATO policy on enlargement," US Ambassador to NATO Julianne Smith told CNN on Tuesday.Read MoreUS ambassador to NATO says NATO and Russia committed to...
    McDERMOTT — After competing as a member of the Northwest High School swim team for three seasons, Mohawks senior Orville Tackett now has a plan for his life after high school. Tackett signed to join the men’s swim team at Shawnee State University under head coach Gerald Cadogan last week and said at his signing ceremony he’s looking forward to the opportunity to compete at the collegiate level. “I’m really excited to join the swim team and be apart of the family there,” Tackett said. “hopefully better the team and myself and enjoy the time we’ll have there.” Swimming at a young age, Tackett said he fell in love with it and when the chance came to swim for Northwest coach Michelle Tackett, his mother, it presented the opportunity to swim competitively. “Swimming is awesome, doing it since I’ve was a kid and was able to be apart of the team here at Northwest,” Tackett said. “It’s something I’ve always done and loved.” The team chemistry and tight-knit family atmosphere of the SSU swim programs were deciding factors in his...
    (CNN)It's been a rough few weeks for Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on the messaging front.On Friday, exclusive reporting from CNN revealed that Walensky has, for months, been consulting with Democratic media consultant Mandy Grunwald to try to improve as a messenger. But on that same day, an edit in a taped ABC News interview set off another round of criticism. As viewers heard it on air, Walensky said it was "really encouraging news in the context of Omicron" that over 75% of people dying from Covid-19 had at least four "comorbidities."CNN's Daniel Dale noted that the ABC News interview left out other comments showing Walensky was talking about a study of vaccinated people -- not overall Covid cases -- in which 36 out of more than a million people had died (i.e. over 75% of the 36 people). The problem for Walensky was the out-of-context comments were already out there.Read More(She later tweeted an explanation that she "went into medicine -- HIV specifically -- and public health to protect our most...