Watering while Black: anatomy of a pastor's Alabama arrest
Michael Jennings wasn't breaking any laws or doing anything that was obviously suspicious; the Black minister was simply watering the flowers of a neighbor who was out of town. Within minutes, Jennings was in handcuffs, Roberson was apologizing for calling 911 and three officers were talking among themselves about how everything might have been different. “Whatcha doing here, man?” Officer Chris Smith asked as he walked up to Jennings, who held a hose with a stream of water falling on plants beside the driveway outside a small, white house.news.yahoo.com
Loss with a silver lining: Jaguars move into No. 1 draft position
After the most chaotic week in franchise history, the Jaguars went out and turned in an effort similar to many others this season. They scored against the Texans, but not nearly enough. They made in mildly entertaining late and had a shot to tie it in the final minutes, but wound up with a 30-16 loss on a rainy afternoon at TIAA Bank Field.
AP: US military explosives vanish, emerge in civilian world
In that other case, explosives ended up in the hands of some high school kids. Hundreds — and possibly thousands — of armor-piercing grenades, hundreds of pounds of plastic explosives, as well as land mines and rockets have been stolen from or lost by the U.S. armed forces over the past decade, according to an ongoing Associated Press investigation into the military’s failure to secure all its weapons of war. Troops falsified records to cover up some thefts, and in other cases didn’t report explosives as missing, investigative files show.news.yahoo.com
'Operation Varsity Blues' reenacts and reorients a scandal
NEW YORK – Chris Smith didn’t initially think the 2019 college bribery scandal made for a good documentary subject. He was editing “Fyre,” the hit Netflix documentary about the music-festival fiasco, when his longtime collaborator, Jon Karmen, suggested another real tale of fraud and spectacle be their next film. By shifting the focus, Smith’s “Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admission Scandal,” which debuts Wednesday on Netflix, attempts to reorient center stage in a headline-grabbing drama that has already spawned one Lifetime movie. The documentary, like the scandal, has a dose of Hollywood. “One of the only people that got back to us was John Vandemoer.”Vandemoer, a Stanford University sailing coach, was the first person sentenced in the scandal.
House approves pro-union bill despite dim Senate odds
But it faces an all-but-certain Republican blockade in a narrowly divided Senate and is unlikely to become law. Ad“I’ve heard Democrats argue that it’s the unions that built the middle class,” said Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., the senior Republican on the House labor panel. And what this bill does is take away their freedom.”Labor unions have long been a bedrock of Democratic support. “This far-reaching legislation is nothing more than an union boss wish list,” said Foxx, who led Republican debate on the bill. Virginia Republican Rep. Bob Good excoriated the bill, saying it would effectively “funnel money to Democrats” by allowing unions to collect additional dues.
Netflix doc to examine man behind college admissions scandal
This image released by Netflix shows key art for Operation Varsity Blues, a documentary about the college admissions scandal, premiering March 17. (Netflix via AP)LOS ANGELES – A Netflix documentary will use actor recreations of FBI wiretaps to tell the story of Rick Singer, the man at the center of the college admissions scandal that sent actors Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin and and several other prominent parents to prison. Netflix announced Monday that “Operation Varsity Blues" will be released on March 17. More than 50 people were charged in the scandal that saw parents pay bribes to have someone cheat on their children’s entrance exams or pretend their kids were star athletes for sports they didn’t play. Singer pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and several other charges, and is expected to testify at defendants' trials.
Trump strikes China over virus, Hong Kong and student visas
President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Washington. He noted that the U.S. contributes about $450 million to the world body while China provides about $40 million. Tensions over Hong Kong have increased over the past year as China has cracked down on protesters a nd sought to exert more control over the former British territory. Trump said the administration would begin eliminating the full range of agreements that had given Hong Kong a relationship with the U.S. that mainland China lacked, including exemptions from controls on certain exports. Still, the country has insisted that its control of Hong Kong is an internal matter, and it has disputed that it mishandled the response to the virus.
Omitted from debate stage, 2020 Democratic hopefuls seek limelight elsewhere
The Democratic Party has struggled with how to handle a historically large field of candidates. For Thursdays debate, candidates must show that they have received donations from at least 200,000 unique donors, as well as meeting polling benchmarks. Castro bemoaned the ability of billionaires who are self-funding their campaign to make the debate stage. Our campaign has been speaking up for people who are often left behind, Castro said after his walk down some of the roughest blocks in Los Angeles. What we are seeing in this election cycle is that, too often in politics, money still talks, that people can basically buy their way on to the debate stage.feeds.reuters.com
Trump signs Autism Cares Act into law, will provide $1.8B in funding for programs
WASHINGTON, DC - The "Autism Cares Act" was signed into law Monday by President Trump. It provides $1.8 billion in funding for autism programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health and Health Resources and Services Administration. The bill was sponsored by Representative Chris Smith and Representative Mike Doyle. The CDC says about 1 in 59 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder and it's about 4-times more common among boys than girls. Today, I was proud to sign the Autism CARES Bill!
Browns' Chris Smith plays week after girlfriend's death
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cleveland Browns defensive end Chris Smith played on Monday Night Football against the New York Jets less than a week after his girlfriend died in a car accident. The Browns blew out the Jets 23-3, and Smith had one pass defended. Smith and Petara Cordero were driving Wednesday on I-90 West in Cleveland when a tire on his Lamborghini blew out. "I am going to play tonight because it is something she would want me to do," Smith said before the game Monday. "When it first happened, I was ready to give up," Smith told a group of reporters after the game.
NFL star pays tribute to his 'best friend'
Jonathan Daniel Getty Images(CNN) - Cleveland Browns defensive end Chris Smith paid tribute to his girlfriend, who died in a car accident Wednesday, on social media, saying, "God has a plan for all of us we can't understand." Petara Cordero was killed after being struck by a car while the two were pulled over with a blown tire. "She is in a better place now and she can rest easy," Brown captioned the post. "My wifey my best friend and the mother of my beautiful daughter. Just last month, Brown posted another picture of Cordero announcing the birth of their daughter Haven Harris Smith.
Does Melania Trump's Coat Show Plane Flying Into Tower? Today on Inside Edition
Melania Trump is no stranger to fashion controversies, but her newest scandal may be the most outrageous of all. For a 9/11 tribute last year, the first lady donned a coat that featured stitching on the back that some say makes it look like a plane flying into a tower. Will Felicity Huffman face time behind bars for her role in the college admissions scandal? And what a former "Survivor" producer is saying after he was released from a Mexican prison after killing his wife. For these stories and more, watch Inside Edition.
Girlfriend of NFL's Chris Smith Killed by Car Just Weeks After Their Baby Was Born
Cleveland Browns star Chris Smith is facing a personal tragedy as his girlfriend was killed after being hit by a car this week. Smith's girlfriend exited the car on the passenger side and moments later was struck and killed by an oncoming car. The 47-year-old woman who struck and killed Smith's girlfriend said she had been drinking before the accident, according to police. The Browns organization has expressed its support for Smith, saying he's excused from team activities should he need it to grieve. RELATED STORIESDwayne Johnson Jokes He Spoke With Kevin Hart's 'Pediatrician' After Car CrashKevin Hart Can Walk, Expected to Make Full Recovery After Car Crash: ReportWoman's Abdomen Is Nearly Cut in Half by Seat Belt That Saved Her Life in Horrific Car Crash
Pentagon to look into past tick research
The most common disease spread by ticks is Lyme disease, which can cause multiple symptoms including fever, muscle aches, joint pain, rash and facial paralysis. Each year, nearly 30,000 cases of Lyme Disease are reported to the CDC, which also says that more than 300,000 people are diagnosed with the disease each year. In 2017, a total of 42,743 confirmed and probable cases of Lyme Disease were reported to the CDC, 17% more than in 2016, according to the agency. During the amendment's debate, Smith said Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases were "exploding" in the US and that "Americans have a right to know whether any of this is true." According to his website, Smith has also authored the TICK Act, which would create a holistic government strategy to fight Lyme disease and authorize $180 million to boost funding for research, prevention and treatment of the disease.