The Daily Tar Heel :: Wainstein report reveals extent of academic scandal at UNC

The Daily Tar Heel :: Wainstein report reveals extent of academic scandal at UNC:

A sweeping investigation released today revealed the grim truth of what happened in the former Department of Afro and African-American Studies.

For almost two decades, former administrative assistant Deborah Crowder and former department chairman Julius Nyang’oro created fake classes that allowed student-athletes to receive high marks and maintain eligibility, according to a University-commissioned report released today.

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Jury Issues Guilty Verdicts For Blackwater Guards

A jury has convicted four former Blackwater guards hired to protect diplomats in Iraq in 2007 of dozens of charges related to the killing of 14 Iraqis and the injuring of 17 others. One was found guilty of first-degree murder.

Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horribly wrong.

The men claimed self-defense, but federal prosecutors argued that they had shown “a grave indifference” to the carnage their actions would cause. All four were ordered immediately to jail.

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Official autopsy shows Michael Brown had close-range wound to his hand

According to the leaked official autopsy report, Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri, was shot at close range in the hand. Some experts who looked at the report say it reinforces the possibility that Brown was in a struggle with Officer Darren Wilson inside the police SUV. 

It’s well worth reading the entire report. 

The official autopsy on Michael Brown shows that he was shot in the hand at close range, according to an analysis of the findings by two experts not involved directly in the case.

The accompanying toxicology report shows he had been using marijuana.

Those documents, prepared by the St. Louis County medical examiner and obtained by the Post-Dispatch, provide the most detailed description to date of the wounds Brown sustained in a confrontation Aug. 9 with Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson.

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News and Media – Ottawa Police Service

Details are still vague about deadly shooting incidents in the downtown area of Ottawa. Police say there were two shooting incidents at Parliament Hill and the National War Memorial. A Canadian soldier was killed in one of the shootings, as was a male suspect.

The safety perimeter in Downtown Ottawa has now been lifted.  The ongoing police investigation in the downtown core has determined that there no longer exists a threat to public safety in the area.

However, the police operation continues on Parliament Hill and as such the Hill continues to be off limits to the public.

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Texas Ebola Watch Ends for Dozens of Contacts of Thomas Eric Duncan

Ebola watch is over for the 48 people who had contact with the first Dallas patient.

The first wave of people who had contact with the original Dallas Ebola patient were taken off a watch list early Monday, marking a moment of relief for more than 40 people even as dozens more continue to be monitored by officials.

Midnight (1 a.m. ET) marked the end of 21 days since the diagnosis of Thomas Eric Duncan, who was treated and died at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Ebola has a 21-day incubation period, and when a case is confirmed officials monitor anyone who had contact with that person for three weeks.

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The US is no role model in Hong Kong’s democracy fight – Quartz

Anti-democracy critics in Hong Kong are convinced the U.S. is puppeteering the #OccupyCentral protest movement there. 

There’s an easy explanation for the protests that continue to paralyze parts of Hong Kong, after thwarting a police crackdown over the weekend: they are being supported by “external forces,” according to CY Leung, the city’s top official. His remarks echo a refrain from his bosses in Beijing, who claim that foreign forces, and particularly the US, are not only cheering the pro-democracy “Umbrella Movement,” but directly controlling it.

“The US may enjoy the sweet taste of interfering in other countries’ internal affairs, but on the issue of Hong Kong it stands little chance of overcoming the determination of the Chinese government to maintain stability and prosperity,” the state-run People’s Daily wrote in an editorial.

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Yet another change to the Ebola policies in the USA

Starting Monday, all travelers returning from Africa’s Ebola zone will be monitored for 21 days, CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden announced today. 

Contact information including email, two phone numbers and a physical U.S. address will be gathered from all people coming to the U.S. from Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone, Frieden said.

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Social Security checks will rise by 1.7%

Social Security checks will rise by 1.7% — which translates into $22 more each month for the average retired worker.

In 2015, the average worker will receive $1,328 a month, or $15,936 a year, according to the Social Security Administration. 

Next year’s annual cost of living increase is up from 1.5% this year, but still less than 2012’s increase of 3.6%. Seniors received no increases to their benefits for two years prior as prices fell due to the recession.

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ISIS Video Shows Airdropped U.S. Weapons Falling Into Militant Hands

ISIS terrorists intercepted one of the U.S.’s airdropped weapon pallets. The cache of arms was intended for Syrian rebels.

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters intercepted a cache of weapons dropped by a U.S.-led coalition against the terrorist group, the Associated Press reported.

The roughly two-minute video shows a masked man armed with a rifle going through boxes of hand grenades, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and ammunition, the AP reported.

2. The cache was part of Monday’s air drop that aimed to provide weapons and supplies to Kurdish militia members fighting ISIS in the town of Kobani on the Syrian border, the AP said.

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According to a Pentagon statement, Kurdish fighters are in control of more than half of the territory in the town. “Coalition airstrikes in and around the city on Syria’s border with Turkey have been augmented by an airdrop of arms to Kurdish forces fighting the terror group.”


New Freedoms in Tunisia Drive Support for ISIS –

Why do so many ISIS terrorists come from Tunisia?

Nearly four years after the Arab Spring revolt, Tunisia remains its lone success as chaos engulfs much of the region. But that is not its only distinction: Tunisia has sent more foreign fighters than any other country to Iraq and Syria to join the extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State.

And throughout the working-class suburbs of the capital, young men are eager to talk about why.


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Officials want South Florida to break off into its own state – Orlando Sentinel

Officials in South Miami, Florida voted to break away and form the 51st state. 

Officials in the City of South Miami have passed a resolution in favor of splitting the state in half so South Florida would become the 51st state.

Vice Mayor Walter Harris proposed the resolution and it passed with a 3-2 vote at the city commission meeting on Oct. 7.

Harris told the commission that Tallahassee isn’t providing South Florida with proper representation or addressing its concerns when it comes to sea-level rising.

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UK gun owners now subject to warrantless home searches | Fox News

British gun owners now face unannounced, warrantless visits to their homes by the cops. 

Another reason not to have firearm registration required. 

Registered gun owners in the United Kingdom are now subject to unannounced visits to their homes under new guidance that allows police to inspect firearms storage without a warrant.

The new policy from the British Home Office went into effect Oct. 15, permitting police and constabularies to conduct surprise home visits to legitimate gun owners.

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POLITICO poll: Democrats in danger over Ebola

Fumbling the response to Ebola has Democratic hopefuls worried.

Voters who intend to support Republicans in the most consequential Senate and House elections this November had significantly less confidence in the federal government’s response to the occurrence of Ebola, according to a new POLITICO poll.

The survey underscores the dangers for Democrats in the midterms if the Obama administration is perceived as mishandling the government’s reaction to the virus.


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Turkey: ISIS-Kurdish fight on border stirs trouble –

Turkey’s government is now allowing Kurdish reinforcements through to Kobani to battle ISIS.

This is interesting because Turkey had just proclaimed the Kurdish Peshmerga as “terrorists.”

Turkey made a significant policy shift Monday when it announced it would allow Kurdish Peshmerga fighters from northern Iraq to travel through the Turkish territory to reinforce the besieged Kurdish town of Kobani in northern Syria.

The announcement was all the more striking, because earlier this month Turkey’s President equated the Kurdish militants defending Kobani to the ISIS fighters who were laying siege to the town. Both the Kurdish and ISIS militants are, in the words of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, “terrorists.”

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Few hopes of success in Hong Kong talks – Businessweek

Hong Kong leaders and student protesters will hold talks “though chances of success are slim given vast differences between the two sides.”

Hong Kong officials and student leaders will hold talks to try to end pro-democracy protests gripping the southern Chinese city for more than three weeks, though chances of success are slim given vast differences between the two sides.

The city’s Beijing-backed leader won’t be attending Tuesday evening’s discussions.

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CDC issues new rules for protecting workers from Ebola

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a new set of protocols for doctors, nurses, and other hospital workers dealing with future Ebola patients.

Hospital workers treating Ebola patients should wear double sets of gloves, disposable hoods with full face shields and special masks, according to strengthened guidelines issued Monday night by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The guidelines focus on personal protective equipment, or PPE, giving hospitals and clinics more specific instructions about gloves, gowns and face masks, and how they should be put on and taken off.

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US to reroute air passengers from Ebola-stricken areas | TheHill

The Obama administration announced an Ebola travel restriction policy that takes effect tomorrow. 

I was wondering if they would do it, given the fact that the progressives have been saying to do so would be racist. 

All travelers from countries affected by the Ebola epidemic will now travel through one of five major U.S. airports, officials announced Tuesday.

Under pressure from lawmakers, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is redirecting flights nationwide in an attempt to prevent more people from bringing Ebola across the border. 


Christian right targets Coeur d’Alene law – – Oct. 21, 2014


A fundamentalist Christian organization in Mississippi has spearheaded a protest of Coeur d’Alene’s anti-discrimination ordinance, resulting in thousands of emails and phone calls today to the mayor and to Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s office.

The American Family Association put an “action alert” on its website claiming that the city “is threatening two ordained Christian ministers with arrest if they refuse to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples.”

Mayor Steve Widmyer said he had received more than 2,500 identical emails since early this morning, and that his office has been inundated with phone calls as well. Otter’s office said it had received about 5,000 emails and 300 phone calls opposing the city’s ordinance, which was amended last year to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Christian right targets Coeur d’Alene law – – Oct. 21, 2014.

President Obama Evolves on Marriage. Again.

So, according to the Obama of today, the Obama of early 2012 held an unconstitutional view of marriage. Or, perhaps, it wasn’t unconstitutional back then but it is now.

via President Obama Evolves on Marriage. Again..

Ebola is a political issue, not a medical one

Ebola is a political issue, not a medical one. Know how I know? Because President Obama nominated someone with zero training in infectious diseases to be his Ebola Czar.

President Barack Obama is expected to name Ron Klain, a former chief of staff to two Democratic vice presidents, as the country’s Ebola czar, knowledgeable sources told CNN’s Jake Tapper today.

Klain is a former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden and also to former Vice President Al Gore. Klain is currently president of Case Holdings and General Counsel of Revolution, an investment group. He has clerked for the U.S. Supreme Court and headed up Gore’s effort during the 2000 Florida recount.


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Christian Shirt Comany in Kentucky in Trouble for not Pringing Gay Pride Parade T-shirt

A civil rights commissioner has found that a Kentucky T-shirt company that refused to print shirts for a gay pride parade is guilty of discrimination, calling for its employees to attend diversity training — but the company likely won’t be backing down.

Greg Munson of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission announced last Tuesday that Hands on Originals, a T-shirt company based in Lexington, Kentucky, discriminated against the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization of Lexington when it refused to print the shirts.

via This Guy Cited His Christian Faith in Refusing to Make T-Shirts Advertising a Gay Pride Parade — and Now His Company Is Being Punished | Video |

California School Purging Library of ANY Book with a Christian Author or Theme

Springs Charter Schools in Temecula, Calif., not only had a problem with “The Hiding Place,” they also took issue with any other book that was written by a Christian author or included a Christian message.

“We do not purchase sectarian educational materials and do not allow sectarian materials on our state-authorized lending shelves,” Superintendent Kathleen Hermsmeyer wrote in a letter to attorneys at the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) .

Pacific Justice Institute is representing a parent who discovered what they called a “Christian purging” of the charter school’s library.

“She was told by one of the library attendants that the library has been instructed to remove all books with a Christian message, authored by Christians, or published by a Christian publishing company,” read a letter PJI sent to the public charter school. “The attendant advised that the library would no longer be carrying those books. Indeed, our client was told that the library was giving those books away, and she actually took some.”

Among the books deemed inappropriate, the PJI said, was “The Hiding Place” the biography of Corrie ten Boom, a Dutch Christian who was imprisoned by the Germans for helping Jews escape the Holocaust.

via Unreal: California School Purging Library of ANY Book with a Christian Author or Theme | John Hawkins’ Right Wing News.

Substitute-Teach for One Day, Get $1 Million Pensions

Two teachers-union lobbyists, Stephen Preckwinkle and David Piccioli, managed to get pensions worth more than $1 million after substitute teaching for just one day apiece.

Definitely pays to be in the teacher’s union! 

A couple of weeks ago, we spotted Preckwinkle and Piccioli within a long list of 30 state retirees from the Illinois Federation of Teachers (private sector teachers union).  Sure enough, in 2014, Piccioli is receiving $30,564 and Preckwinkle $37,416 pensions (click here for their life expectancy pension payouts of nearly $1 million each). The experience was a bit overwhelming, even for our seasoned team of forensic investigators….

Sadly, these cases represent a systematic problem. The Washington Times recently ran a story based on data collected at exposing 40 private sector union leaders from the National Education Association, Illinois Education Association and the Illinois Federation of Teachers who cleaned out $5,000,000 a year in Illinois teacher pensions.

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Catalonia calls off independence vote – but doesn’t throw in the towel (+video) –

The Catalan government in Spain has called off plans for a vote on independence, but they may still pursue autonomy through incremental means.

The Catalan government canceled plans Tuesday to hold a referendum on independence from Spain amid growing pressure from Madrid.

Despite the setback, Catalan leader Artur Mas vowed to take a more incremental approach towards independence, one that falls within the boundaries of Spanish law. His commitment reflects a resurgence of secessionist sentiment among Catalans disillusioned by economic stagnation across Spain and Madrid’s refusal to grant them more autonomy.

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Denver jury: Deputies used too much force in death – SFGate

Jurors in Denver determined that five deputies used excessive force against a homeless street preacher who died after an encounter with them in 2010 that involved Tasers and sleeper holds. The family of the victim was awarded $4.6 million in damages.

A federal jury on Tuesday found five Denver sheriff’s deputies used excessive force against a homeless street preacher who died in the city’s downtown jail and awarded his family a record $4.65 million in damages, a verdict an attorney said should send a message to law enforcement everywhere.

Marvin Booker died in 2010 after deputies shocked him with a Taser while he was handcuffed, put him in a sleeper hold and lay on top of him, apparently in an effort to control him. His family’s attorneys said that was a zealous overreaction to the 56-year-old, who was frail and suffered a heart condition. The city had argued the deputies’ actions were in line with the department’s policies for subduing a combative inmate.

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CDC acknowledges it could have done more on Ebola |

The death rate for Ebola infections has risen to 70 percent. The World Health Organization warned there could be up to 10,000 new cases a week over the next two months.

The nation’s top disease-fighting agency acknowledged Tuesday that federal health experts failed to do all they should have done to prevent Ebola from spreading from a Liberian man who died last week in Texas to the nurse who treated him.

The stark admission from the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came as the World Health Organization projected the pace of infections accelerating in West Africa – to as many as 10,000 new cases a week within two months.

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I Can’t Believe It’s Not Peanut Butter

Wowbutter looks like peanut butter. Smells like it. Tastes like it. But it’s made from soybeans. It has no actual peanuts in it. Yet the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District in Canada has warned schools that have peanut- and nut-free policies that those rules also bar peanut butter substitutes such as Wowbutter. Officials say that because these products are so similar to peanut butter in looks and smell allowing them would make it difficult for a school to enforce a peanut butter ban.

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Ebola Test Is Positive in Second Texas Health Worker –

A second Texas health worker has tested positive for Ebola.

Three days after a nurse who treated a Liberian man with Ebola was found to have the virus, a second worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas has tested positive for the virus, state and federal health officials said Wednesday morning.

The hospital worker, who has not been identified, was part of the medical team that cared for the Liberian patient, Thomas Eric Duncan after he was admitted to the hospital on Sept. 28 and put in isolation. The worker reported a fever on Tuesday and was immediately isolated at the hospital.

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Justices stop parts of Texas abortion law

The U.S. Supreme Court stepped in to block several parts of a Texas abortion law, which the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld earlier this month. 

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked key parts of a 2013 law in Texas that had closed all but eight facilities providing abortions in America’s second most-populous state.

In an unsigned order, the justices sided with abortion rights advocates and health care providers in suspending an Oct. 2 ruling by a panel of the New Orleans-based U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that Texas could immediately apply a rule making abortion clinics statewide spend millions of dollars on hospital-level upgrades.

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Hong Kong tycoon calls for protests to end after tension over police beating | Reuters


Footage of Hong Kong police beating a pro-democracy protester has gone viral; officials say the officers involved will be suspended. 

Hong Kong’s most prominent tycoon, Li Ka-shing, on Wednesday urged protesters who have occupied parts of the city since late last month to go home, after police mounted their toughest action against the democracy activists in more than a week.

Police arrested about 45 protesters in the early hours of Wednesday, using pepper spray against those who resisted, as they cleared a main road in the Chinese-controlled city that protesters had blocked with concrete slabs.


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