Jerry Ursin, the former Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office chief deputy who resigned in April amid an off-duty detail scandal, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, federal authorities said Tuesday (June 21).
Authorities accuse Ursin of taking part in a "scheme" to create "ghost employees" who, in a five-year period from 2009 to January 2014, were paid by Mardi Gras Krewes and festival organizers for security services they never performed.
Ursin received more than $2,300 in checks from former OPSO Colonel Roy Austin, whose private security company, Austin Sales and Services, overbilled event organizers for security services never performed, the four-page bill of information states.
Tens of thousands of people gathered in sweltering heat on Japan's Okinawa island on Sunday in one of the biggest demonstrations in two decades against U.S. military bases, following the arrest of an American suspected of murdering a local woman.
"It will take a long time to be absolutely certain of the results, but a little bit to our surprise, strong results began to emerge earlier," said Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute, acknowledging that more data and analysis is required.
In Tokyo, commutes are so long, and apartments so small, that some people sleep in internet cafes such as i Cafe Akibaplace – which provides showers, meals, clothes and everything else you might need for a substitute home. We kick off our series on the revolution in urban living by spending a night inside Japan’s ‘homes by the hour’
Omar Mateen called the cops to pledge his fealty to ISIS as he was carrying out his mass murderer in Orlando early Sunday morning. Twelve hours later, the president of the United States declared that “we have no definitive assessment on the motivation” of Omar Mateen but that “we know he was a person filled with hate.”
So I guess the president thinks Mateen didn’t mean it?
Here again, and horribly, we have an unmistakable indication that Obama finds it astonishingly easy to divorce himself from a reality he doesn’t like — the reality of the Islamist terror war against the United States and how it is moving to our shores in the form of lone-wolf attacks.
He called it “terror,” which it is. But using the word “terror” without a limiting and defining adjective is like a doctor calling a disease “cancer” without making note of the affected area of the body — because if he doesn’t know where the cancer is and what form it takes, he cannot attack it effectively and seek to extirpate it.
So determined is the president to avoid the subject of Islamist, ISIS-inspired or ISIS-directed terrorism that he concluded his remarks with an astonishing insistence that “we need the strength and courage to change” our attitudes toward the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.
That’s just disgusting. There’s no other word for it.
America’s national attitude toward LGBT people didn’t shoot up the Pulse nightclub. This country’s national attitude has undergone a sea-change in the past 20 years, by the way, in case the president hasn’t noticed.
An Islamist terrorist waging war against the United States killed and injured 103 people on our soil. We Americans do not bear collective responsibility for this attack. Quite the opposite.
The attack on the Pulse nightclub was an attack on us all, no less than the World Trade Center attack.
To suggest we must look inward to explain this is not only unseemly but practically an act of conscious misdirection on the president’ s part to direct out attention away from Omar Mateen’s phone call.
True to form, the president spoke more words about the scourge of guns than about the threat of terror. In doing so, he actually retards rather than advances the cause of gun control he so passionately advocates.
A president totally and credibly committed to the destruction of ISIS and other terror groups seeking to bring the war to us might earn the political and moral capital to seek more extensive limits on gun ownership.
A president who cannot name the enemy even as he anthropomorphizes the weapon the enemy is a president unable to bring anyone to his side who’s not already there.
To fight back against the evils of San Bernardino and Orlando, we do need change — and fortunately for us, it’s constitutionally mandated change. It’s the change required by the 22nd Amendment — the change that will compel Barack Obama to leave the White House on January 20, 2017 after completing his second term with America less safe than it was when he took office.
Davontae Sanford was released Wednesday from prison after serving nine years for a murder to which he confessed, but the state now doubts he committed.
Sanford is 23, but was 14 when he said he’d killed four people inside a Detroit home. He is blind in one eye because someone had thrown an egg at him when he was nine. As a teenager, he was enrolled in special-education classes. He lived in a rough part of Detroit and tried to fit in by claiming to be part of a gang, or bragging about fights he’d never had. Sanford was an unlikely suspect. So it made more sense when another man, a Detroit contract killer named Vincent Smothers, confessed to the crime in 2008.
After state police reinvestigated his case, a county judge on Tuesday vacated Sanford’s conviction and ordered him released. It took almost nine years.
Danny Murillo will work to empower formerly incarcerated students by creating a network of people throughout California who have successfully made the transition from incarceration to higher education.
Foreigners, who are about a third of the country’s population of 30m, must find ways to cope in the 40°C heat. Many aren’t Muslim. Unlike Saudi citizens, many work on sweaty building sites, so going without water is a bit of a problem. They eat at home or sneak water and food during trips to the bathroom. Some hotels discreetly put on room service for “non-Muslim guests”.
Lam Wing Kee, 61, was the manager of a well-known bookstore that sold titles critical of the Chinese leadership. Mr Lam was one of five booksellers who were imprisoned for months in cases that made international headlines. He believes they were taken by an elite Chinese law enforcement group which targeted authors and booksellers. One of the men, Gui Minhai, is still in custody.
Rob Duke's insight:
So much for One Country--Two Systems. The Chinese Regime balks at freedom for Hong Kong....
For all the crimes you investigate, you won’t find many victims more vulnerable or in need of protection than the elderly. Let’s discuss how to spot signs of elder exploitation and techniques you can use to investigate it. For this article we’re going to focus on schemes where a person gains control over an elder’s …
It’s a transformation that’s happened in a blink of an eye, turning a neighborhood that in 2009 topped Compton in Los Angeles for the “most dangerous” title into something that looks and feels like Greenwich Village. And it didn’t happen by accident. Virtually everything that’s occurred in Over-the-Rhine—from the placement of the trees in the park to the curation of ground floor businesses—has been meticulously planned and engineered by a single, corporate-funded and decidedly non-governmental entity.
Rob Duke's insight:
Do you buy it? Can simple redesign "save" a crime-ridden neighborhood?
My wife and I recently packed our 2-year-old twins into their car seats and moved them halfway across the country to a new home in Minnesota. During the five or so days we spent on the road with them, we had ample opportunity to reflect on what sorts of terrible harms we were inflicting on their fragile little toddler brains.
Did they understand what was going on? Would they like the new place when they got there? Were we destroying their chances of ever getting into Harvard by letting them watch eight hours of garbage cartoons in the back seat of a Honda CR-V, day in, day out?
As it turns out, a study recently published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine has some answers to those questions. British researcher Roger Webb and his colleagues took advantage of an amazingly complete data set — containing records on literally every single person born in Denmark between 1971 and 1997 — to investigate how moving in childhood affected outcomes later in life.
The focused on a number of negative outcomes including suicide attempts, criminality, psychiatric disorders, drug abuse, and unnatural mortality. Moving during childhood was linked to increased incidence of all these negative outcomes later in life. Moving multiple times in a single year made long-term harms even more likely.
And the group of youngsters most likely to feel the ill effects of moving are kids in early adolescence, between 12 and 14. A child who goes through a residential move at age 14 has double the risk of suicide by middle age. Her risks of engaging in violent crime of abusing drugs more than double. And these risk ratios hold true even after controlling for parents' income and psychiatric history.
Fifty people were killed at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, in what marks the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Rob Duke's insight:
When we look at victimology, to what extent did the victims' lifestyle contribute to their being targeted? FYI, I'm not talking about their sexual preference, but about being in a nightclub on a Saturday night. On the one hand, who cares--we should be able to party or go score some dope in a bad neighborhood, but criminologists make a good point when they point out that there are the places and activities that are most correlated with being a victim....
“I walked into court and I saw the biggest human rights violation that I’ve witnessed in the apathy and the waste of our criminal justice system,” Foss said. He saw people casually talking and texting as defendants were shuffled through every 20 minutes and handed life-changing sentences. What struck him most was how much discretion prosecutors wield. They’re the biggest decision-makers in the court system, according to Foss, despite hardly being equipped to make such huge choices about which offenders should be charged and how severely. And yet their role has been the least scrutinized.
“We’ve been prosecuting people the same way since the Magna Carta,” Foss said. “It has not been touched by reform.”
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