Wednesday April 16, 2014

Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

ICE reveals more than 2,200 detained illegal immigrants released

The Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement told Congress Thursday that his agency released more than 2,200 illegal immigrants from jail last month. Some of them were said to be dangerous criminals. ICE insists the released immigrants will still eventually face deportation, as they are required to appear for upcoming legal hearings.  More…

It is now legal to ‘willfully annoy’ people in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids City Commission is nixing a 38-year-old section of city code that states “no person shall willfully annoy another person.” The city attorney recommended repealing the language, saying it’s “subject to a variety of interpretations” as to what exactly is annoying and what is not.  More…

10-year-old suspended for making fingers into shape of gun

Ten-year-old Nathan Entingh doesn’t understand why he got suspended from school for three days. One moment the boy was "goofing off" with his friends in fifth grade science class, and the next the teacher was taking him out of the classroom invoking Ohio’s zero-tolerance policy. The offense? Nathan was "making his fingers look like a gun.”  More…

Woman faces 60 years in prison for firing harmless warning shot at abusive estranged husband

Marissa Alexander may face 60 years in prison for firing what she says was a “warning shot” at her abusive estranged husband, as the Florida State Attorney’s office prepares to retry her on three counts of aggravated assault.  More…

California governor says stoned population not a good idea

California Gov. Jerry Brown said he is not sure legalizing marijuana is a good idea in his state because the country could lose its competitive edge if too many people are getting stoned. If pot smoking gains more legitimacy in the nation’s most populous state, Brown said he worries it could have negative ripple effects.  More…

It pays to be a Kennedy: Kerry Kennedy acquitted in DWI trial

Kerry Kennedy, daughter of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was acquitted in New York on Friday of charges that she was driving under the influence of a drug after swerving off the road in her Lexus SUV and sideswiped a tractor-trailer on a New York interstate.  More…

Meet the Food Stamp Surfer Dude

In 2013, the U.S. government quadrupled its Federal Food Stamp program, spending a whopping $79.9 billion. Jason Greenslate of San Diego, California is one of the program’s recipients. Greenslate, a self-identified musical artist by trade, has reportedly used the funds he receives to purchase such high-end foods as lobster – and drives to the beach in a Cadillac Escalade.  More…

CNN cancels low-rated ‘Piers Morgan Live’

"Piers Morgan Live" has sunk to some of its lowest-ever ratings, and the 9 p.m. interview show hosted by the British-born Morgan — an outspoken and controversial champion of gun control — will be canceled as soon as next month.  More…

Bay Bridge contractor gets almost $49 million in bonuses

Despite questions about who’s to blame for those broken bolts and corrosive water leaks, the prime contractor on the new Bay Bridge eastern span has been rewarded with nearly $49 million in bonuses – including $20 million for finishing the job on time.  More…

Aspen airport shuts down for Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama apparently halted private-jet traffic at Aspen airport as she landed for a weekend of skiing while President Obama headed to California. “Some of those heading into Aspen were whining that they’re shutting the airport for an hour so nobody can get in on their private jets on a high travel day.”  More…

Joe Biden says to be optimistic on state of the nation ‘in spite of who’s president’

Vice President Joe Biden told fellow Democrats they should be optimistic about the state of the nation, “in spite of who’s president.”  More…

Former mayor of “chocolate’ city found guilty of corruption

A jury found the former mayor of New Orleans Ray Nagin guilty of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes. Nagin was criticized after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city in 2005 for delaying evacuation orders, and blasted for insisting that New Orleans would remain a “chocolate” city.  More…