Thinking of stealing money from the feds? First, meet Jeff Grant, an ex-con who committed loan fraud
Thinking about stealing the government loan money you received in pandemic help?Before you do, listen to Jeff Grant’s story.After his opioid addiction, his theft of U.S. loan funds, and a federal prison sentence, Grant’s life as a lawyer and business professional was over.But according to him, his new life was just beginning. And for small business owners feeling desperate — enough to steal — he’s created a safe place to talk anonymously and seek guidance.Now clean and sober, remarried and out of prison, Jeff Grant, 64, co-founded the online organization Progressive Prison Ministries, what cou...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Thailand's democracy protests reflect rising dissatisfaction over the monarchy
A petition calling for Germany to declare Thai King Vajiralongkorn a persona non grata has been blocked from access in Thailand. Image from the Stand News.Despite the announcement of an emergency decree on October 15 and police crackdown on October 16, tens of thousands of Thai protesters continued protesting in the streets over the weekend demanding democratic reform.Today, they defy the Thai government again in peaceful protest. pic.twitter.com/YRpOduDSeZ— Hannah Beech (@hkbeech) October 18, 2020A major grievance was directed at the monarchy as reflected in a global Change.org petition deman...
John M. Crisp: We have a right to know more about Barrett
By all accounts, Amy Coney Barrett is a fine human being, but it’s disconcerting to consider how little we actually know about her after the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings last week on her nomination to the Supreme Court.It’s not unreasonable for Supreme Court nominees to decline to reveal how they would rule if faced with specific cases that could reach the court. Indeed, Barrett declined often, relying on the so-called Ginsburg rule, which Barrett summed up as follows: “No hints, no previews, no forecasts.”But Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was entirely transparent about where she stood on...
Tribune News Service
Myanmar's election commission censors speeches of political parties in run-up to election
Screenshot of YouTube channel of MRTV, a state-run media network in Myanmar. The channel shows the campaign videos approved by the Union Election Commission.Myanmar’s Union Election Commission (UEC) has been censoring the speeches of political parties that want to broadcast campaign materials on state-run TV and radio networks.Around 7,000 candidates from more than 90 parties are competing for 1,171 legislative seats in Myanmar’s general election, scheduled for November 8.In July, UEC released a set of guidelines on how candidates and parties can broadcast campaign speeches on state-run media ...
Washington's mandatory sex-education referendum tests conservative power at the ballot box
SEATTLE — This spring, as the coronavirus spread across Washington, a team of stalwart volunteers set up signature-gathering drive-thrus outside churches and stores. Their aim: to put a referendum on the November ballot overturning a new law that required public schools to teach comprehensive sexual health education.Thousands of voters streamed to these impromptu drive-thrus. By June, more than 264,000 people had signed, more than double the number needed for the referendum to qualify for the ballot.But in the roughly four months since then, the campaign has moved mostly online. Those who favo...
The Seattle Times
Whitmer kidnap evidence shows accused plotters shooting, threatening, Tasing
DETROIT — Photos and videos released by federal prosecutors Friday showed members of an alleged plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer firing weapons, threatening to kill law-enforcement officers and testing an 800,000-volt Taser that was supposed to be used to subdue Michigan’s highest-ranking politician.The videos and photos are evidence that helped convince a federal magistrate judge to order five of the accused plotters to stand trial following an FBI investigation that revealed a broader plot to kidnap the governor and spark a civil war. In all, 14 people have been charged with crimes in st...
The Detroit News
Baby to stay on life support after Texas Supreme Court denies Fort Worth hospital's petition
FORT WORTH, Texas — The Texas Supreme Court has denied the petition of a Fort Worth hospital on baby Tinslee Lewis, meaning she will be allowed to stay on life support, according to the state ruling.The case is scheduled to go to trial, according to WFAA-TV, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s media partner.Cook Children’s Medical Center had urged the Texas Supreme Court to make a swift decision in the life of Tinslee, a Fort Worth baby who has been on life support at the hospital.Tinslee’s medical treatment has been a subject of multiple trials. The 1-year-old was born in February 2019 with a rare...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Australian sexual assault victims blast Tinder dating app's safety practices
‘I saw you on Tinder’, Graffiti in Trastevere, Italy 2014 – Image courtesy Flickr user Itmost (CC BY 2.0)An investigation by Australian radio program TripleJ Hack has raised disturbing allegations about the way dating apps handle sexual assault cases.Triple J, a youth-oriented program that is part of the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), aired ‘Tinder: A Predators’ Playground’ on ABC TV’s Four Corners on October 12.More than 400 people responded to a TripleJ callout about safety on dating apps and 175 respondents told the journalists that they had experienced a sex offense by someone ...
Mortgage servicer Ocwen will provide $11 million in relief to settle misconduct claims
Ocwen Financial Corp., based in West Palm Beach, has agreed to provide more than $11 million in cash and services to settle a lawsuit by Florida’s attorney general alleging widespread misconduct by its mortgage servicing business.The settlement was announced in separate statements by the Attorney General’s Office and Ocwen.It follows years of accusations from across the United States that Ocwen routinely abused its mortgage customers with, according to the attorney general’s 2017 civil complaint, illegal foreclosures, misapplied mortgage payments, failure to make insurance payments from borrow...
Florida school board to reconsider rehiring principal who made Holocaust remarks
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — After voting to rehire the Boca Raton principal whose controversial comments about the Holocaust generated national headlines, the Palm Beach County School Board might walk back that decision.Last week, the school board voted 4-3 to rehire former Spanish River Principal William Latson after an administrative law judge ruled in August the school district failed to prove he “engaged in misconduct in office, incompetence, or gross insubordination by a preponderance of the evidence.”But reinstating him may no longer go according to plan. Following local outrage from the dec...