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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Ex-boyfriend’s letter prompts Grassley to question Ford’s truthfulness

October 03, 2018 0

An ex-boyfriend of Christine Blasey Ford reportedly wrote a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee contradicting her testimony last Thursday on polygraphs — prompting Sen. Chuck Grassley to raise doubts about her truthfulness.
The man, who says he dated Ford from 1992 to 1998, wrote in the letter — obtained by Fox News — that he once saw Ford help ease the nerves of a friend preparing to take a polygraph by ­“explaining in detail what to ­expect” and how they work.
During last Thursday’s hearing, Arizona sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell asked Ford if she had ever talked with anyone other than her lawyers about “how to take a polygraph.” Ford said, “Never.”
The man, whose name was not released, also said that during his relationship with Ford, she never mentioned Brett Kavanaugh or her experience as a victim of sexual assault.
In a letter late Tuesday, Grassley (R-Iowa) asked Ford’s lawyers for the polygraph results, saying the ex’s claim “raises specific concerns about the reliability of [Ford’s] polygraph-examination results.”

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Michael Cohen reportedly under investigation by the FBI for $20M in bank fraud

August 19, 2018 0

President Trump’s former personal lawyer is being investigated over more than $20 million in loans to taxi companies owned by him and his family — and could face charges within the next two weeks, according to a new report Sunday.
Michael Cohen is also being probed over deals to buy the silence of women who claimed they had affairs with Trump, The New York Times reported.
Federal authorities are in the final stage of their investigation and are weighing charges including bank and tax fraud and violations of campaign finance law, people familiar with the matter told the paper.
Prosecutors are considering filing charges against Cohen by the end of the month, two of the sources reportedly said.
The FBI raided Cohen’s office, home and hotel room in April, sparking criticism from President Trump, who called the searches a “disgraceful situation” and an “attack on our country in a true sense.”
The investigation of Cohen, which is being handled by the Manhattan US Attorney’s Office, grew out of evidence uncovered by Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is examining Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race and suspected collusion with Trump’s campaign.
Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey Berman, a Trump appointee, was reportedly recused from the case by Justice Department officials under Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the Mueller probe.
Cohen and his lawyers declined repeated requests for comment since last week, the Times said.
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Argento accused of paying hush money to silence sexual assault allegations

August 19, 2018 0

Actress and director Asia Argento, a leading voice in the #MeToo movement, quietly paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to her own sex assault accuser — a former child actor who once played Argento’s son, a report said Sunday.
Argento — among the first women to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault — recently agreed to pay $380,000 to actor and musician Jimmy Bennett, who claimed that she sexually assaulted him in a California hotel room in 2013, when he was 17, according to The New York Times.
The Times said their report was based on correspondences between lawyers for Argento and Bennett that was sent anonymously to them and verified by people familiar with the case.
Included with the documents was a selfie showing the partially-nude couple in bed dated May 2013, when Bennett was 17 and Argento was 37, the report said.
Bennett’s lawyer filed a notice of intent demanding $3.5 million in damages in November — one month after Argento, the longtime girlfriend of the late Anthony Bourdain, and 12 other women publicly accused Weinstein of rape, according to The Times.
The notice claimed that Argento’s “sexual battery” of Bennett left him with lasting emotional trauma that rendered him unable to make a living, the report said.
The pair met in 2004 when Argento cast Bennett, then just 7, to play her son in “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things.”
It was an early highlight in a prolific childhood acting career for Bennett, who also appeared in “Daddy Day Care” and “The Amityville Horror.”
In 2013, Bennett was visiting Argento’s California hotel room when she convinced a relative to leave them alone, The Times reported, citing the documents.
She then plied him with alcohol and sexually assaulted him, it’s alleged in the filing.
Lawyers for Argento and Bennett agreed to a deal in which Argento would pay him $380,000 over a year-and-a-half, beginning last April, according to report.
Neither Argento, who lives in Rome, nor Bennett commented for The Times report.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Robert Mueller is investigating Alex Jones a Russian agent

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Alex Jones is on the verge of being arrested in the Trump-Russia investigation, it’s noteworthy that another close producer of infowars is insisting he’s also a target of the investigation. For weeks, infowars and far-right pundits have been working overtime to discredit the FBI and special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference in the U.S. 2016 presidential election. CIA sources have suggested that they have evidence Alex Jones is a Russian Agent.

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New Jersey superintendent accused of defecating on track to receive $100,000

August 14, 2018 0

A New Jersey school superintendent who resigned after he was accused of repeatedly defecating on another high school's track will receive more than $100,000 from his school district.

Kenilworth Public Schools will pay Thomas Tramaglini's full salary until he officially resigns at the end of September, according to a separation agreement signed in July.

He'll also get two months severance pay and more than $20,000 for unused vacation days.

The district also won't contest Tramaglini's unemployment application.

Police said staff members who had been monitoring surveillance video to see who was leaving human feces at Holmdel High School spotted Tramaglini in April.

He was charged with public defecation, lewdness and littering. No motive has been disclosed.

Tramaglini's attorney Matthew Adams said his client plans to fight the allegations, and his resignation should not "be construed as an acknowledgment of guilt."

Adams also said Tramaglini plans to sue Holmdel police over the mug shot taken after his arrest.

He argues Tramaglini should not have been photographed at police headquarters because his charges are low-level offenses.

A janitor has since taped over the original footage that allegedly captured Tramaglini, according to Adams.

He said during a court hearing Monday that was akin to police using a hose to wash down "a bloody murder scene" before it is processed.

Prosecutors said police saved the pertinent video footage.

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Long Island woman killed visitor from England, claimed she needed to 'rid house of evil'

August 14, 2018 0

A 66-year-old woman is accused of stabbing a woman from England to death in a Long Island home.

Officers responded to the house on North Road near Spring Lane just before 4 p.m. Monday.

Police say 66-year-old Faye Doomchin was arrested Tuesday morning in connection to the stabbing. She has been charged with 2nd degree murder.

Police say the 60-year-old victim -- who has not yet been identified -- was visiting Doomchin's home when the stabbing occurred.

"Sometime while sitting in the living room, they were talking and the woman made statements that she did not like the woman from England and she claimed she needed to rid the house of evil and she appeared from the kitchen with a kitchen knife, walked right over to her and stabbed her in the chest," Det. Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick said.

Police said Doomchin and the victim had never met before, but they have a male friend in common and that is who the victim was visiting when they met at lunch.

After lunch, the victim came to Doomchin's home to socialize, play the piano and have cake and coffee when the incident occurred, police said.

Doomchin is being held without bail and her attorney has requested a medical examination.

"There are no words to describe how tragic this case is. We are now investigating the facts to determine what actually happened and, just as important, why this tragedy occurred," her attorney said.

Neighbors who have been friends with Doomchin for years said this behavior is out of character.

"She's such a loving mother. So kind," said Negar Paknoush.

Doomchin has one prior arrest from 1999 for assault where a weapon was also used.
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Poll shows whopping number of US voters don’t like Trump as a person

August 14, 2018 0

Fewer than one in three American voters like President Trump as a person — while 59 percent dislike him, a new Quinnipiac University poll said Tuesday.
Overall, just 31 percent of voters said they liked the commander-in-chief, who has been on a summer-long Twitter rant attacking Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the FBI, special counsel Robert Mueller, Hillary Clinton and the “fake news” media, among others.
Most Republicans remained loyal, with 66 percent saying they like him and 24 percent saying no thanks — the only listed party, gender, education, age or racial group that still liked him 19 months into his first term.
“Not the kind of numbers that gets you a date to the prom — or helps your party as the midterm elections approach,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac poll.
Voters by 54 percent to 41 percent also disapproved of the job Trump is doing as president, including 48 percent who disapproved strongly. Another 30 percent approved strongly.
“For President Trump, another Groundhog Day. His job approval gets another cool reception in midst of the sweltering summer. What does it mean? Simple: The base is hanging in and the rest aren’t buying in,” Malloy said.
Trump — who called Omarosa Manigault Newman, his former top African-American staffer in the West Wing, a “dog” Tuesday on Twitter — does not treat people of color with the same respect he gives white people, voters said by a margin of 54 to 39 percent.
Voters also said by 54 percent to 37 percent that “President Trump has emboldened people who hold racist beliefs to express those beliefs publicly.”
And despite the president’s continued bashing of media he doesn’t like as “fake news,” 65 percent of American voters said the media was an important part of US democracy compared to 26 percent who agreed with Trump’s assessment that the media is the enemy of the people.
A majority of Republicans — 51 percent — agreed with the president’s statement while 36 percent did not.
A majority of Americans, including a plurality of Republicans, also said the president should knock off his near-daily Twitter tirades.
Overall, 66 percent said he should zip it while 26 percent wanted him to keep tweeting. Forty-seven percent of GOPers agreed that he should stop while 44 percent said he should keep tweeting away.
“The media, so frequently excoriated by the White House, is not considered an enemy of the people. Far from it,” Malloy said.
Trump is also not tough enough on Russia, according to 55 percent of American voters, with 1 percent saying he is too tough and 36 percent saying his attitude toward Russia is about right.
It is never acceptable for a presidential campaign to obtain information on a political opponent from a hostile foreign power, voters said by 79 percent to 12 percent who said it was OK. Among
Republicans, 69 percent said nyet while 19 percent had no problem with foreign collusion.
Mueller is conducting a fair investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, voters said by 51 percent to 33 percent.
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21-year-old woman becomes youngest in US to receive face transplant

August 14, 2018 0

A 21-year-old woman who shot herself in the face in a failed suicide bid has become the youngest person in the US to receive a face transplant.
Katie Stubblefield says she doesn’t remember much about the day in March 2014 when she shot herself with a .308-caliber hunting rifle in a bathroom of her Mississippi home.
The then-18-year-old had just found out her boyfriend had been texting another girl, and also recently undergone surgery for gastrointestinal problems, according to the National Geographic, which chronicles Stubblefield’s story in its latest edition.
Stubblefield’s older brother, Robert, was the one who found her — covered in blood.
“Her face is gone,” he recalled thinking at the time.
The young woman survived but was critically injured, having lost her forehead, nose and sinuses, mouth except for the corners of her lips and much of the bones that make up the jaws and front of her face. Her eyes remained, but they were askew and badly damaged.
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Blount County Humane Society animal cruelty investigator Steven Phipps is need it in Blount County

August 14, 2018 0

Several recent incidents in Tennessee a show the clear link between animal cruelty and escalating acts of violence against other members of a family or community.
The small sampling of cases in Tennessee  illustrates what research has shown for years - acts of cruelty against animals are an indicator and predictor of violence toward other vulnerable members of a family, which often spills into the larger community.
As this connection becomes harder to dismiss, communities around the country, including in Blount County, are taking animal cruelty more seriously. Several animal cruelty investigations in the last year in Blount County and Tennessee have resulted in harsher convictions and sentencing.These acts were in conjunction with other offenses, which is consistent with the proven link between animal abuse and other crimes. Addressing these acts of maltreatment toward animals leads to more protected families, safer communities, and less violence in our state.

Other communities are joining the movement to recognize that animal abuse isn’t just about an animal victim. The Central Tennessee SPCA recently started a Humane Law Enforcement unit specifically to address animal abuse statewide, citing “the Lack of response in some counties” as a significant reason.
In Blount County ,animal cruelty investigator Steven Phipps,  has been the lead investigator for years and is seen as a heroe, in the fight against animal cruelty, a email we received call for more action.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Baltimore Police Officer challenge man to a fight

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Trump's ex-lawyer Cohen secretly recorded conversation with CNN anchor Chris Cuomo

July 26, 2018 0

Donald Trump's ex-lawyer Michael Cohen secretly recorded his conversation with CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, where he admitted arranging the Stormy Daniels hush money pay off 'on my own'.
Cohen discussed the $130,000 payment to porn star Daniels in 2016, who claims she had sex with Trump in 2006 shortly after his wife Melania had given birth to son Barron. 
'I did it on my own,' Cohen said of the payment in the two-hour discussion, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The conversation took place after Cohen told Cuomo he wasn't running a tape, before proceeding to record the entire conversation.
'It was Michael Cohen's habit for many years to record conversations in lieu of taking notes,' said Lanny Davis, a lawyer for Cohen told the Journal. 'He had no intention of ever publicizing such tapes nor any intention to ever deceive anyone.
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Trump's new communications boss Bill Shine BANS female CNN reporter.

July 26, 2018 0

Kaitlan Collins, a CNN reporter, was told by Trump's new communications director Bill Shine that she had 'shouted' at the president and asked 'inappropriate' questions. Shine, 55, summoned Collins, 26, to his West Wing office and told her she could not attend an event open to all reporters - Trump's statement with European Commission president jean-Claude Juncker. The White House Correspondents Association called it 'retaliation'. Shine was one of Fox News's most senior executives during the reign of Roger Ailes, which ended in disgrace over allegations of sexual harassment and corporate cover-up.
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Raccoons raise fear and concern in Queens neighborhood

July 26, 2018 0

Raccoon concerns in Queens have people in one neighborhood afraid to spend much time outside.

They say the raccoons are living around one woman's home, and have been living there for weeks.

Neighbors want something done about the problem quickly.

A whole colony of raccoons have made themselves at home steps from Mark Carty's house.

"Me and my wife, we just feel like we're prisoners in our own home," he said.

The dilapidated eyesore of an abandoned garage sits right next to Carty's, where over the past few days he's snapped pictures as the scavengers have taken over.

"When I come out and yell and scream they do not move," said Carty. "They just stand there and hold their guard."

The garage belongs to his neighbor with whom he shares a driveway.

"This is not the jungle, we live in Queens," said Vicky Demetiou, who lives down the block and, like many here, have put up with the neighbor's messy conditions and haven't complained. Until the fuzzy new neighbors arrived.

The property owner wasn't home Wednesday night, but Mark Carty says he doesn't even have ill will towards her.

He just wants someone to take care of the raccoons, and says the health department, the police and animal control all have told him the city will get involved only if the animals are sick.

"The agency asked me that. Are they rabies? I don't know. I'm an elevator mechanic," he said. "I'm not a veterinarian. I didn't ask them do you have a disease?"

On his own dime he hired a private trapper. That took care of two raccoons, but Carty says he's counted at least nine others coming and going.

He's lived there for 15 years and now he's afraid they're multiplying.

"When I go to my garage I'm petrified. I'm scared," he said. "We're just hoping someone can help us with this. It's just gonna get worse."
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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Comey’s memos on Trump meetings leaked online (FULL TEXT)

April 19, 2018 0

The redacted copies of notes that former FBI Director James Comey made following his meetings with President Trump, have been leaked online, after the Justice Department released them to Congress.
The documents, obtained by Associated Press, appeared online on Thursday evening, shortly after they were sent to the chairs of the House Judiciary, Oversight and Intelligence committees by the DOJ.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Fox News says it will NOT suspend Sean Hannity

April 17, 2018 0

Fox News is to defy calls for Sean Hannity to in the wake of the bombshell revelations he was secretly a client of Donald Trump's attorney Michael Cohen, the network said Tuesday. The network issued a statement saying its biggest star had its 'full support' - even though he had never told them about the relationship while repeatedly attacking the FBI raid on Cohen on his show. 'While FOX News was unaware of Sean Hannity's informal relationship with Michael Cohen and was surprised by the announcement in court yesterday, we have reviewed the matter and spoken to Sean and he continues to have our full support,' the statement said. Meet the Press anchor Chuck Todd became the highest-profile journalist to question Hannity's integrity and that of the network  as he tweeted: 'No serious news org would allow someone this conflicted to cover this story.' Pictured left: Hannity on air and right when Cohen appeared on his show to discuss Trump in 2015. 
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One of the innocent black men wrongly arrested for 'loitering' in Philadelphia Starbucks is identified as college finance grad

April 17, 2018 0

Rashon Nelson is a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity's Alpha Eta (right) chapter and graduated from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania in 2017.The finance major and a business partner had been waiting on their colleague in the Center City Philadelphia location when manager Holly Hylton called police (left). Following the initial national coverage on the arrest, members of Omega Psi Phi  took to social media to support Nelson and want the Crooked Philadelphia cops to be suspended.
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Callous woman is confronted as she abandons her four dogs at a vacant lot in Texas and speeds away

April 17, 2018 0

Video shows the moment a woman (left) abandoned four dogs (three of the dogs pictured on the right after they were caught) at a vacant lot in San Antonio, Texas on April 13. A resident in the neighborhood took video of the woman in the act. The resident tries to convince the woman to take her dogs to Animal Care Services, but she gets in her car and speeds away. ACS says the woman later turned herself in.

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Mother-of-two Wells Fargo executive, 43, from Albuquerque is named as woman who was killed when Southwest jet exploded midair

April 17, 2018 0

Jennifer Riordan (pictured with her husband Michael) a mother-of-two from Albuquerque, was on a business trip when the plane's left engine exploded sending shrapnel flying into a window next to her seat. She was rushed to hospital immediately after the flight from New York to Dallas made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport at 11.27am, but authorities confirmed she later died. Annunciation Catholic School, where her two children attend school, identified Riordan as the victim on Tuesday afternoon. 'She was in route from New York when her plane experience (sic) trouble,' assistant principal Amy McCarty wrote in an email to parents. 'At this point, the family needs all the prayers we can offer.' Riordan, the wife of former City of Albuquerque Chief Operations Officer Michael, was the vice president of community relations for Wells Fargo bank, New Mexico, and had been on a business trip for the bank at the time of the explosion. It is not yet clear if Riordan was the woman nearly sucked out of the plane when the window was smashed.Seven other people were injured in the incident.
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018


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Claiming that some Americans are preparing for a coming war with Moscow, Russian state-owned television explained to the country’s residents how to stock their bunkers with water and basic foodstuffs in case a war breaks out. 

Warning that the potential conflict between the two superpowers would be “catastrophic,” an anchor for Russia’s Vesti 24 showed off shelves of food, recommending that people buy salt, oatmeal and other products that can last a long time on the shelves if they plan to hide in a bunker. Powdered milk lasts five years, while sugar and rice can last up to eight years, the newscaster explained before showing videos of pasta cooking in a bomb shelter.

The beginning of the program had a mocking tone about war fears, as pictures of nuclear explosions played in the background. A newscaster said the "real panic isn’t here but across the ocean,” suggesting that Americans are terrified of a war with Russia.

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Agents seize Stormy Daniels hush-money records in raid on office of Trump's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen

April 09, 2018 0

FBI agents swooped in on the offices of longtime Donald Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen Monday - seizing a trove of documents related to the porn star Stormy Daniels case. According to Cohen's lawyer, the U.S. Attorney's office for the Southern District of New York executed a search warrant. Agents got a warrant based on a referral from special council Robert Mueller, Cohen's lawyer claimed. New York Times reported the development. 'Today the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York executed a series of search warrants and seized the privileged communications between my client, Michael Cohen, and his clients," said Cohen attorney Stephen Ryan.'
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