Professor pleads guilty to laundering $2 million in proceeds from Venezuelan corruption
MIAMI — University of Miami professor Bruce Bagley pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of money laundering after being charged with using bank accounts in his name and in the name of a company he created in Florida to launder more than $2 million in proceeds from a Venezuelan bribery and corruption scheme.Bagley, recognized as an international scholar on drug cartels and money laundering, pleaded not guilty soon after his arrest in November 2019 in the New York case linked to South Florida, but filed a notice in March indicating that he planned to change his plea.“Bruce Bagley (…) went from wr...
Mayor Lori Lightfoot says looting 'spread like a wildfire' in Chicago and vows to help businesses rebuild
CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot denied that the city prioritized protecting the Loop over neighborhoods on the South and West sides over the weekend and promised to help rebuild.“There is no way, no way we would ever let any neighborhood receive more resources and protection than any others. Ever,” Lightfoot said. “That certainly didn’t happen over the course of the weekend.”Lightfoot said such criticism is offensive to her as a black woman and added: “We did not stand by and let the South and West sides burn as some are propagating.”Lightfoot made her comments after protests over the d...
Are Facebook fights over COVID worth unfriending your family? Survey says … yes
Everyone has one, that family member who posts on social media a little too frequently about the latest multilevel marketing company selling energy drinks or skincare and won’t listen to reason when people tell them it’s a pyramid scheme.Eventually they get put on probation or in Facebook jail, notifications from their page muted for the foreseeable future and forgotten about until the next family get-together at Thanksgiving or Easter.That is, until the coronavirus hit.Family feuds on Facebook aren’t just pushing people to put their relatives on probation anymore — they’re actually unfriendin...
The Charlotte Observer
Will working from home become permanent? Answers from the experts
Mark Zuckerberg is moving Facebook toward a substantially remote workforce over the next decade, making changes permanent that began in the past few months.Within 10 years, Zuckerberg told The Wall Street Journal he expects as much as half of Facebook's employees — who currently number more than 45,000 — to work from home.There are also many other examples of working from home becoming the norm: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey recently told employees they could work from home permanently. Other smaller tech companies have announced similar proposals.Q: Will other major corporate players eventually shi...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Bosses say $600 coronavirus unemployment boost makes reopening harder
CHICAGO — About a month after suit-maker Hart Schaffner & Marx furloughed its nearly 250 factory employees, the Des Plaines-based company called them all back to work, marshaling their talents to cut and sew face masks suddenly in high demand to protect against COVID-19.But there was an unanticipated hurdle: Many employees were making more money on unemployment insurance than they did working. While unemployment benefits usually pay a fraction of a person’s regular wages — 47% in Illinois, up to a cap — people laid off or furloughed amid government-mandated shutdowns are getting an additional ...
Scientists warn of 'superspreaders' as San Diego flocks to restaurants, salons
SAN DIEGO — Churches. Hair salons. Restaurants. Malls. What do they all have in common?They’ve all been cleared to reopen in San Diego County amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic — and by and large, they all require people to congregate inside, potentially with strangers.This comes as an increasingly vocal group of scientists has sounded the alarm about the danger of indoor gatherings due to the potential for airborne transmission of the disease by “superspreaders.”This week Kimberly Prather of UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography penned an urgently worded perspective paper in t...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Bob Brookover: Ruben Amaro Jr. hopes baseball's contentious labor talks lead to some future improvements
PHILADELPHIA — Sometimes you think things cannot get any worse. Killer bees, for example, had to believe they would forever hold the title of being the most menacingly named stingers in the history of the United States.And then along came the murder hornet.It sounds nastier, it looks nastier and it is nastier.For baseball, it is difficult to imagine anything more awful than the labor dispute that led to the cancellation of the 1994 World Series. It was American greed at its worst and it went on for eight months with the owners even staging six weeks of a bogus spring training before the sides ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Bob Raissman: Peyton Manning as an NFL analyst is worth waiting for, so a network needs to sign him up now
With Peyton Manning now saying he has not said “no forever” to an NFL TV analyst gig, it’s time for some network to sign him to a futures contract without a set start date.Manning would be worth the wait.“I said ‘no’ to this year. This doesn’t feel like the right time,” Manning said on “The Rich Eisen Show.” “This just doesn’t feel like the right time. I hate having this sort of ‘check-with-me-next-year-type-deal,’ but that’s really how I have approached this chapter. I believe in taking it a year at a time.”Moving quickly on Manning is not without precedent. NBC already signed quarterback Dre...
New York Daily News
Twin Cities curfews fail to prevent looting, fires, protests
MINNEAPOLIS — Heaping furious, violent contempt on an 8 p.m. curfew, rioters rampaged across much of Minneapolis for a fourth night Friday, setting towering fires, looting businesses and firing shots at police officers, all in response to the death of a black man under a white police officer’s knee on Monday.By all accounts, law enforcement presence was almost undetectable until just before midnight, when hundreds of police officers, state troopers and National Guard troops, accompanied by armored vehicles, fanned out into troubled areas, confronting rioters with tear gas and orders to dispers...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Are Facebook fights over coronavirus worth unfriending your family? Survey says … yes
Everyone has one, that family member who posts on social media a little too frequently about the latest multi-level marketing company selling energy drinks or skincare and won’t listen to reason when people tell them it’s a pyramid scheme.Eventually they get put on probation or in Facebook jail, notifications from their page muted for the foreseeable future and forgotten about until the next family get-together at Thanksgiving or Easter.That is, until the coronavirus hit.Family feuds on Facebook aren’t just pushing people to put their relatives on probation anymore — they’re actually unfriendi...
The Charlotte Observer