Sex, threats and retaliation: Fired California deputy files lawsuit against Yolo County
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A former Yolo County sheriff’s sergeant who claims he was fired for refusing to cover up sexual harassment and discrimination sued in federal court Friday, alleging his supervisor threatened to shoot him and drove a county vehicle while intoxicated, while another deputy allegedly had sex in a patrol car while on duty.The explosive allegations are contained in a federal employment retaliation and discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of Dean Nyland, a 14-year veteran of the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office who says in the lawsuit that he was fired Sept. 3.“He was terminated in...
The Sacramento Bee
Gov. Pete Wilson statue gone from San Diego's downtown after advocates call for removal
SAN DIEGO — The statue of former California Gov. Pete Wilson in downtown San Diego has been removed.The 13-year-old statue, which had been at Broadway Circle near Horton Plaza Park, was removed by Horton Walk, the nonprofit that owns the statue. Steve Williams, its president, wrote in an email Thursday that no decision has been made about if it will be returned.“All property … whether statues or real property … must be protected,” he wrote. “With this in mind, we have decided to secure and protect the statue in a place of safekeeping.”Recently, local racial justice and gay rights groups have c...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Tarana Burke's next move with #MeToo is a digital call to action: 'There is no movement if people are not actively engaged in it'
It’s been three years since #MeToo went viral and those two words changed how we talk about sexual violence.Tarana Burke, the civil rights activist and founder of the global #MeToo movement, is continuing her decadeslong global fight for survivor justice during COVID-19 and amid ongoing social injustices. Her latest project is the digital platform me too. act too., a campaign that gives survivors, advocates and allies tools to work toward a world free of sexual violence. The crowd-sourced entity enables anyone, anywhere to get active in the fight to end sexual violence.The me too. act too. web...
Former Chicago police superintendent sued for alleged sexual misconduct
CHICAGO — Former Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson allegedly committed “shockingly violent” acts of sexual assault against his former driver, an officer who was with him on the controversial night that ultimately led to his firing last year.In a lawsuit filed late Wednesday, Officer Cynthia Donald said Johnson raped and abused her repeatedly for more than three years, and later destroyed evidence of that abuse on his cellphone when the city Inspector General was investigating his conduct.The stunning allegations further complicate a case that has already brought significant embarrass...
Eric Trump roasted on internet after saying he's 'part of' LGBT community
NEW YORK — Eric Trump, the president’s third child, erroneously said he’s part of the LGBT community Tuesday in a Fox News interview and suffered a terrible fate: getting made fun of on the internet.Trump, who has been married to his wife, Lara, since 2014, said later Tuesday that he is not actually a part of the LGBT community and that he misspoke, Out reported.“The LGBT community, they are incredible,” Trump, 36, said. “And you should see how they come out in full force for my father every single day. I’m part of that community, and we love the man.”“We, the gay committee, have had an emerge...
New York Daily News
Schumer seeks to block Supreme Court replacement before Election Day
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer accused the GOP of hypocritically trashing precedent to quickly transform the top court into a right-wing bulwark against the liberal values the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought for.“They are fighting to reverse Justice Ginsburg’s legacy, not honor it,” the New York Democrat said, in a fierce broadside at Republican colleagues.He called the fast-track confirmation plan an effort to win support on the top court to repeal Obamacare and turn back the clock on abortion, voting rights and same-sex marriage.The Supreme Court will hear on Nov. 10 the GOP la...
New York Daily News
Census Bureau releases most detailed data ever on same-sex couples
Five years after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down bans on same-sex marriage, the Census Bureau has released the most detailed data ever on same-sex couples, married and unmarried, in a move welcomed by LGBTQ activists.“Like with so many other marginalized communities, being able to have this data means so much,” said Beatriz Valenzuela, communications manager for Equity California, the state’s largest LGBTQ advocacy organization. Accurate data helps government organizations and nonprofit groups better serve the unique needs of each community, she said.The new data is part of the Census Burea...
The Mercury News
Living with Children: Don't ask them, tell them
A grandmother in Arkansas says her adult children have great difficulty telling their children what to do. They turn instructions – more accurately, what they think are instructions – into questions and then wonder why their kids don’t seem to appreciate their timidity.Grandma’s email made me think of a habit I have noticed among people a generation or more younger than myself. To wit, when they order food in a restaurant, they ask if they are allowed to have whatever they want. For example, when ordering a hamburger, instead of saying, “I’ll have a hamburger” or “I’d like a hamburger, please,...
Tribune News Service
Ask Anna: How do I tell my friend that I am dating her ex?
Dear Anna,How do I tell my best friend that I am dating her ex? They broke up three years ago. She and I kind of drifted apart in the past, and things are rocky now. She thinks that she and her ex are friends, but he doesn’t want anything to do with her. My best friend also cheated on him. He and I met through her, however, and started talking behind her back. Now I want to come clean to her and don’t know what to say. Should I tell her or should I keep it a secret until I know the time is right? Should she be upset if she is the one who ruined the relationship? — Exes and O’sDear EAO,I’m not ...
Tribune News Service
Amid turmoil at Fort Hood, post commander replaced and denied new role at Fort Bliss
AUSTIN, Texas — Amid public outcry over a series of homicides and allegations of sexual misconduct at Fort Hood, the U.S. Army on Tuesday announced the removal of the post’s top commander, Maj. Gen. Scott Efflandt.Army officials said Efflandt was supposed to take command of a division at Fort Bliss near El Paso in the near future, but will no longer move into that role.Efflandt is now instructed to stay at Fort Hood near Killeen to serve as the deputy commanding general for support.The Army said in a written statement that he will “assist with the reintegration of III Corps as they return from...