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    A gay teenager has revealed shocking footage of bullies harassing him at his home and out in public - while detailing his experience with the bullies who have been repeatedly harassing him about his sexuality.  Landon Jones, 18, from California, shared a video revealing he's been looking the other way for years when bullies would hurl homophobic slurs at him, but after a group of boys showed up at Landon's home to harass him, he decided to no longer turn a blind eye to their cruel actions.  The footage shows two separate instances of Landon, who came out as gay in 2020, being bullied. In one instance, caught on a home surveillance camera, a young man approaches Landon's home and screams Landon's a 'f****t' before running off and in the other teens surround Landon's car, refusing to let him leave a parking lot while yelling slurs at him. In a viral video, which has racked up over 1.3 million views, Landon describes the bullying he says he has been subjected to and shows footage of the group of boys who...
    (CBS DETROIT) – The parents of an 8-year-old boy with autism have been charged with murder after he died in St. Joseph on May 2. Brian Morrow, 41, and Mia Morrow, 34, were both charged with first-degree felony murder, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of dimethyltryptamine, according to WNDU. READ MORE: FDA Advisers To Weigh Risks, Benefits Of Novavax's COVID-19 VaccineThe St. Joseph Department of Public Safety began an investigation into the parents after officers were dispatched to their home in the 700 block of Columbia on May 3. The grandmother made the 911 call and when officers arrived at the home they found the 8-year-old boy dead on the couch, weighing 31 pounds, according to UP North Live. Police say that while interviewing Mia, she said she was investigated by CPS for “unfounded reasons.” READ MORE: Former Wisconsin Judge Killed In A 'Targeted Attack' Had Sentenced The Suspect To Prison More Than 15 Years AgoIn addition to this, Mia said they stopped taking their son to LOGAN Autism Learning Center because she was “sick of them calling CPS on...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- A high school student from Mill Valley had the rock-and-roll experience of a lifetime when he sat in and played drums during Pearl Jam's concert Friday at the Oakland Arena."I knew it was a long shot," Kai Neukermans said. "But I knew there could be a small possibility!"For the 18-year-old, a single text was all it took to go from longshot musician to sharing the stage with the legendary band. His opportunity to sit-in started when he learned the band's drummer had COVID-19. Kai decided to text lead singer Eddie Vedder's daughter, Olivia. They had met several years ago at a concert."I went to bed and forgot about it," he said. "And the next day I went to school and in the middle of class Olivia texted me to send her a video of me playing a Pearl Jam song because they were taking submissions."RELATED: Jay-Z hugs fan who beat cancer at Oakland concertAlmost immediately Kai left school and went to record a demo with his music teacher. Just minutes later when he got the good...
    FARRAH Abraham has been slammed for her "monstrous" treatment of her daughter Sophia when she was sick. In a resurfaced Teen Mom OG video, she called the then seven-year-old "stupid" and a "heathen" for not wanting to go to an Easter party because she was feeling too ill. 5Farrah Abraham has been slammed for her 'monstrous' treatment of her daughter Sophia when she was sickCredit: MTV 5She called the then seven-year-old 'stupid' for not wanting to go to an Easter party because she was feeling too illCredit: MTV 5Sophia was too sick to leave her bedCredit: MTV In the clip from season six, episode four, Farrah burst into Sophia's bedroom where the tot was lying in bed in her pajamas. She told Sophia to get dressed for an Easter egg hunt and hauled her out of bed. When her daughter refused to cooperate, Farrah told her she couldn't come - which Sophia reacted to by slamming a stool into a door. Farrah then grabbed her by the wrist and hauled her to the stairs, telling her...
    The aunt of a woman who is about to stand trial for the murder of her mother and sister has opened up about how she is still struggling after the deaths, saying feels 'sick' about what happened.  Tammy North's older sister Pamela Hargan, 63, and her niece Helen Hargan, 23, were found shot to death in their $1.3 million home in McLean, Virginia, on July 14, 2017, in what police initially believed was a murder-suicide. Sixteen months later, North's niece Megan Hargan, then 35, was accused of killing her mother and younger sister and staging it to look like a murder-suicide. She was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder on November 9, 2018.  'I am overwhelmed at how hard this is to deal with,' North told People of her relatives' murders and Megan's trial, which started on Monday. 'This is affecting me horribly. I feel sick every day.'  Megan Hargan (pictured) was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder in 2018, after allegedly killing her mother and sister and staging it to look like a...
    (CBS4) – Thousands of students in Colorado Springs will spend the day at home Friday after too many teachers called out sick. A similar event in Douglas County two weeks ago. On Friday the same thing will happen in D-20 — one of the largest school districts in the Colorado Springs area. It will mainly impact high schoolers. CBS4 television partner KKTV in El Paso County reports teachers are upset about changes to their job requirements. They report 30% of the staff called out. The following email was sent out by the district: “Academy District 20, Nearly 30% of our high school teachers and staff have called off tomorrow, Feb. 18, 2022. With such significant absence rates, we are unable to properly fill enough positions with guest staff to safely operate our high schools. Unfortunately, this leaves us no other option but to cancel school tomorrow, Feb. 18, for our high school students. Please note, tomorrow’s cancellation ONLY impacts our high school students. Middle and elementary students should report to school as normally scheduled. We apologize for this inconvenience and...
    There were 21,000 manufacturing jobs lost, and 10,000 construction jobs are gone. In total, industries that provide services lost 274,000 jobs, while jobs in industries that produce goods fell by 27,000. Small businesses were hit hardest. Firms with fewer than 50 employees were responsible for 144,000 jobs lost, with 106,000 of those jobs coming from businesses with fewer than 20 employees. Medium-sized businesses with between 50 and 499 employees lost 59,000 jobs. Large businesses with more than 500 employees lost 98,000. Later this week, the U.S. Labor Department will release its January jobs report, a more closely watched jobs figure that is expected to show the economy added 150,000 jobs last month. Even if the government reports jobs growth close to that estimate, it's a substantial decrease from the number of jobs gained in December. White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Tuesday to expect a negative number. "Because Omicron was so highly transmissible, nearly 9 million people called out sick in early January when the jobs data was being collected," Psaki said....
    Nearly 9 million people called out sick with COVID-19 in the early part of January, a staggering number and a blow to businesses already grappling with a labor shortage.  The Census Bureau's Household Pulse Survey released Wednesday showed 8.8 million people reported not being at work because of coronavirus-related reasons between December 29 and January 10.  That was well up from the 3 million who called out sick from December 1 to December 13, before the Omicron wave struck. It wasn't clear from the survey how many of the workers were ill with symptoms, or isolating due to close contacts or positive tests. Meanwhile, layoffs increased last week as Omicron battered businesses and delayed economic recovery, with new jobless claims increasing 55,000 to 286,000, the highest level since mid-July.  Layoffs increased last week as Omicron battered businesses and delayed economic recovery, with new jobless claims increasing 55,000 to 286,000 People walk past a closed business shop in Miami, Florida on January 12, 2022 RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Jen Psaki refuses to speculate WHEN the US...
    SCHOOLS are bracing for a QUARTER of their workforce to be isolating or sick within days according to experts. Geoff Barton, head of the Association of School and College Leaders, has warned that the Government are planning for up to 25 per cent of school staff to be out of action in the new term. 1Teachers have been off sick or forced to isolate since the start of the new termCredit: Getty He claimed that pupils would look back on the pandemic “almost like evacuees” because of the amount of disruption it has caused their education. Mr Barton believes that there is a “mixed picture” so far on how Covid is affecting absences this term, but warned that Whitehall is planning for the loss of a quarter of staff. Dozens of schools are already teetering on the brink of closure, with half of the schools in England turning to supply teachers to cover their staff absences. The warnings come after it was revealed that Omicron could be 99 per cent less deadly than other Covid variants as daily cases fall for a...
    Riverside police officials, warning of a scam they are seeing more frequently, are discouraging residents from donating to people who wave handmade signs seeking to collect money for — the fundraisers claim — the families of dead or dying children. That caution came after police on Friday, Dec. 3, cited three transients on suspicion of theft by false pretenses after they had accepted money from motorists at the intersection of Arlington and Victoria avenues. The young adults, described as people who move from place to place in groups, admitted to officers that they didn’t know the real name of the girl shown on their sign, said Officer Ryan Railsback, a Police Department spokesman. The sign said the girl was suffering from “akute leukemy.” Officers cited the suspects and seized the sign as well as the $400 collected. “We have noticed an increase in this type of scam all around our city over the last two or three months,” Railsback said. “Although there may be a small few who actually have a legitimate cause, most do not. In fact, the photos...
    Roughly 2,300 New York City firefighters called in sick Monday as Mayor Bill de Blasio’s (D) administration has placed thousands of workers on unpaid leave for refusing to get the coronavirus vaccine. City workers, including first responders, had until Friday at 5:00 p.m. to provide proof of receiving at least one vaccination. Overall, the city has placed 9,000 workers on unpaid leave, while thousands more, 12,000, await to see if the city will grant their exemption request — something de Blasio warned will likely not happen. On Monday, about 2,300 New York City firefighters called out sick — a significant portion of the 11,000 uniformed workers the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) employs. While claiming to have love and respect for the first responders — the same first responders he has placed an coercive ultimatum on — de Blasio railed against the workers who called out. New York City mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa speaks to the media in front of an FDNY firehouse on November 01, 2021 in New York City. Sliwa, who is the founder of the public protection...
    A BOY died and his grandmother was seriously injured in a fire on Saturday after emergency services received scrutiny over a vaccine mandate protest. Robert Resto, 7, was trapped inside his grandparent's Manhattan apartment when New York City firefighters responded to a 1.30am call. 3Robert Resto, 7, was killed in a New York city fire Saturday after FDNY firefighters called in sick to protest vaccine mandatesCredit: Family Handout 3FDNY firefighters called in sick Friday to protest vaccine mandates that require all FDNY employees to have at least one of the Covid vaccine shots by MondayCredit: CBS 2 The fire had started in his grandfather's home, who was the superintendent of the building. The Department of Buildings later deemed the space an “illegally converted basement apartment.” According to FDNY, first responders quickly contained and extinguished the fire.  Five people were inside the apartment when the fire broke out, including Resto and the superintendent's wife, Fox News reports. Resto was pronounced dead inside the apartment, according to ABC 7, after being found with severe trauma hiding under a bed. The...
    Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Monday night claimed the Southwest Airlines chaos at the weekend was caused by pilots striking in protest against compulsory COVID-19 vaccines. The airline saw almost 2,000 flights cancelled, accounting for 23 per cent of their routes. Southwest blamed the weather, but was the only airline to face problems on such a scale - the second worst airline this weekend, American, saw two per cent of its flights cancelled.  The airline said that they had 'numerous cancellations, primarily created by weather and other external constraints, which left aircraft and Crews out of pre-planned positions to operate our schedule on Saturday.'  They added: 'Unfortunately, the out-of-place aircraft and continued strain on our Crew resources created additional cancelations across our point-to-point network that cascaded throughout the weekend and into Monday.'  And they denied that the problems were created by a strike against the vaccine.  'As a note, the operational challenges were not a result of Southwest Employee demonstrations,' they said.    Carlson on Monday night insisted the airline was lying. Tucker Carlson on Monday night accused Southwest Airlines...
                      by Harry Wilmerding  Authorities in Mississippi said Wednesday they’ve witnessed an increased number of sick or dead deer, and suspect one disease could be the cause, the Associated Press reported. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks believe that the increased number of dead deer is due to Hemorrhagic Disease, also known as blue tongue, the AP reported. The condition is caused by a virus that is transmitted from deer by small bugs like midges and gnats. “The virus causes internal hemorrhaging and sometimes rapid death occurs,” Dr. Bronson Strickland, a wildlife specialist at the Mississippi State University Extension, said according to the AP. “The virus may cause ulcers which can disrupt digestion.” Wildlife Biologists suspect Mississippi may be experiencing an outbreak of Hemorrhagic Disease, commonly called blue-tongue. https://t.co/cZ5LMyfAL3 — wdsu (@wdsu) September 29, 2021 Deer with blue tongue experience fevers and find water to cool, according to Strickland. Deer that die due to the virus are often found near local water supplies. “Far more often, deer become infected but are able to cope with...
    Rikers Island prison staff accidentally released an inmate who was one day into his 20-month sentence just days before nearly 25 per cent of the New York prison's staff called in sick amid dangerous and chaotic working conditions.  Jason Dauble, 35, walked out of Rikers Island on September 11, a day after being sentenced to two consecutive 10-month sentences for burglarizing three different Staten Island eateries, prison documents state.  The error was not reported until September 13, and Dauble was arrested on September 14 just two blocks away from the businesses he victimized, the New York Post reports.   A jailhouse source told the Post that the staffing issue and current chaos at Rikers was what had led to Dauble being released.  'There's a lot of times the intake staff may not be experienced because of the staff shortages and they're sticking someone there,' said a jailhouse source. 'They don't know what to look for, they don't know the paperwork.'  Staffing problems at New York's Rikers Island prison allegedly caused staffers to accidentally release a serial burglar last Friday ...
    A TRAVELLER has hit back at trolls who called her dirty - arguing that non-traveller caravans are by far the filthiest she’s seen. TikTok user Jade shared a video of the caravan she’d purchased off a non-traveller, documenting as she thoroughly scrubbed every inch of it. 5Traveller Jade is sick of being called dirtyCredit: TikTok 5She shared a video of the "filthy" caravan she purchased off a non-travellerCredit: TikTok 5She revealed how she had to clean it from top to bottomCredit: TikTok Captioning the video she wrote: “When you buy from none travellers (sic) but they call us dirty p***ys, oh the irony.” In the clip, which has since received over a million views, Jade can be seen tackling the grimey surfaces, caked-on dirt and grotty window sills. Jade can often be seen sharing videos of her spotlessly clean caravan, posting TikToks of her polishing them from top to bottom. And Jade has got her cleaning regime down to a fine art, revealing to followers that she keeps on top of her home, meaning it takes her just an hour...
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi removed her face mask Thursday for the first time in months to speak at her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill, where she blasted a Republican lawmaker for calling the January 6th riot a 'normal tourist visit.'  The speaker, wearing red and white patterned mask, removed it when she reached the podium and put it back on at the end of her press conference, citing the change in rules regarding the coverings.  Lawmakers now are allowed to remove their face masks when speaking on the House floor but are asked to wear them at all other times. 'When members are on the floor, they must always be wearing a mask, except when they were speaking,' she said, noting the new House rule, adding that when it came to her press conferences, 'we have understood from all of you that as long as I keep my distance from you, which I fully intend to do, I can abide by the House floor rule on this.' Speaker Nancy Pelosi removed her face mask Thursday for the first time in months...
    Nearly 120 teachers at a Michigan public school district called in sick Wednesday to protest the district’s decision to relax COVID-19 guidelines, apparently in accordance with CDC recommendations, ClickOnDetroit reported. A total of 116 teachers working at Grosse Pointe Public Schools called in sick after the district’s board of education voted Monday to change its protocols.  More than 100 teachers called in sick Wednesday to protest the district’s new COVID-19 guidelines. https://t.co/N2nxmicvZV — Local 4 WDIV Detroit (@Local4News) April 28, 2021 The school voted to reduce the distance of “close contact” between students from six feet to three. Policies further mandated a 10-day quarantine period for students who were in contact with a student who tested positive for COVID-19. The previous guidance was 14 days. The CDC announced on March 19 that the “latest science” indicated that the distancing suggestion could be narrowed provided everyone is masked. In December, the CDC announced that the quarantine period can end after 10 days if the individual showed no symptoms. A teacher also resigned following the vote and accused the school board...
    SUSANNA Reid sarcastically responded to a troll who targeted her and her Good Morning Britain co-host Piers Morgan in an expletive rant on Twitter. The TV presenter retweeted the nasty post and jokingly tried to guess what the troll was trying to say after they concealed the apparent swear word with the wrong number of stars. 7Susanna Reid poked fun at a troll on Twitter last nightCredit: Rex Features The tweet in question read: "Two of you at everything that's wrong in the country. Pair of c****s'"(sic). Poking fun at their spelling error, Susanna cheekily responded: "Oooh this is a fun game. Clocks? Chairs?" In light of the post, the broadcaster, 50, was flooded with message of support from many of her 804,400 Twitter followers, who mocked the troll's tweet. One commented: "It’s such a shame when people can’t even conceal spell insults properly...". 7The troll branded her and GMB co-host Piers Morgan the c-wordCredit: Rex Features 7Susanna managed to make light of the nasty tweetCredit: Twitter / susannareid100 "He must mean a pair of chairs Susanna as he says...
    HE built up a controversial Islamic 'sex cult' over several decades, while living a life of luxury surrounded by glamorous women he called his 'kittens'. But Turkish televangelist Adnan Oktar, 64, has now seen his outrageous life swept away from under him after being jailed for 1,075 years for a series of horrific crimes. 15Adnan Oktar would often be surrounded by scantily-clad women he called his 'kittens' Oktar, who has publicly denounced Darwinism for years, was known for preaching about Islamic creationism on his online TV channel - all while surrounded by scantily-clad women with bleached blonde hair and huge pouts. But the dark extent of his cult's inner workings has only been revealed over the last two years, after he was arrested in a series of raids alongside hundreds of his followers. From accusations of 'gang rapes' - with members allegedly even keeping a 'scoreboard' - to horrifying claims of women being forced to take contraceptive pills after being assaulted, former members have painted a grim picture in court. Oktar was eventually found guilty of 10 separate charges including...
    A transportation worker from New York who called out sick in order to take part in the Capitol riots appeared before a judge in White Plains on Wednesday on federal charges.  Will Pepe, 31, has been suspended from his job at Metro-North's Brewster rail yard in upstate New York, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) said they are intending to fire him.  Pepe, 31, from Beacon, New York, was arrested on Tuesday and has been charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building.  He faces a year in jail if convicted of the felony offense.  If it is found that he used or carried a deadly weapon or firearm at the time, he could face 10 years.  Will Pepe, 31, is pictured leaving federal court in White Plains, New York, on Wednesday Pepe, from Beacon, New York, was arrested on Tuesday and faces a year in prison if convicted Metro North employee Will Pepe, 31, was recognized by both colleagues and management from a photo distributed by law enforcement. He has since been suspended from...
    The Metro-North worker who called out sick to attend the pro-Trump riot at the US Capitol last week has been taken into custody by federal law enforcement, officials told The Post. Will Pepe, 31, of Beacon, was cuffed Tuesday afternoon and is set to appear in federal court in White Plains on Wednesday on charges out of Washington, DC, a spokesman for the Southern District of New York said. The specific charges were not immediately clear. The seven-year veteran of the MTA commuter rail was identified by colleagues and supervisors last week after the FBI began circulating his photo along with others accused of attending the riot. Transit officials on Friday suspended Pepe without pay, and will seek to fire him. “Participation in the riot which resulted in deadly violence at the Capitol last week was abhorrent to the values of the MTA and New Yorkers, and those who attacked that symbol of American democracy disqualified themselves from working for the People of New York,” MTA spokesman Tim Minton said Tuesday. “Mr. Pepe is entitled to due process and was suspended...
    More On: capitol riot FBI, US attorney detail massive probe in deadly US Capitol riot Jim Jordan spars with Dems, GOP over 25th Amendment and election results QAnon nut job to be given organic meals in federal lockup National Guardsmen in DC to outnumber troops in Iraq and Afghanistan The Metro-North worker who called out sick to attend the pro-Trump riot at the US Capitol last week has been taken into custody by federal law enforcement, according to a report. Will Pepe, 31, of Beacon, was cuffed Tuesday afternoon and is set to appear in federal court in White Plains, ABC7 reported. The seven-year veteran of the MTA commuter rail was identified by colleagues and supervisors last week after the FBI began circulating his photo along with others accused of attending the riot. Transit officials on Friday suspended Pepe without pay, and will seek to fire him. Pepe earned $73,492 in 2019 as a laborer at the railroad’s Brewster yard, according to the Empire Center’s online database of public employee salaries. A call to his cell phone...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — From piles of trash to an abandoned car and construction debris, neighbors near 115th Street and Wentworth Avenue say they are sick of junk being dumped in their alley – and they blame the city for not doing enough to fix it. CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas has been pressing for answers about the problem. As Derrick White examined the different deposits of trash and debris in the alley, he compared them ruefully to prizes that might be displayed for contestants on a game show like “Let’s Make a Deal” or “The Price Is Right.” And indeed there would be plenty of prizes in that alley, but none that Drew Carey would be proud to announce or that White or anyone else would want. “That’s been here at least a month, month and a half,” pointing at one pile of debris. “I wake up every morning to something new. We have rodent problems here.” The price is wrong – not just for White, but for his daughter and neighbors. “It brings mice and cockroaches and the mice are...
    RYAN SESSEGNON has become the latest high-profile footballer to be targeted by vile, disgusting racist abuse on social media. The Tottenham starlet - who is on a season-long loan at German side Hoffenheim - shared the messages on his Instagram story. 2Ryan Sessegnon has taken to social media to show vile abuse he has received 2Sessegnon - on loan at Hoffenheim - shared these messages aimed at him on Instagram The incident happened on Monday night, where the user called the 20-year-old a 'f***ing n*****' as well as a 'slave'. Commenting on the horrific abuse, the England youth international said: "Honestly unbelievable. The craziest thing is I'm not even surprised anymore. Disgusting." The offending profile has since been removed off Instagram, with both Spurs and Hoffenheim condemning the abhorrent messages. Hoffenheim tweeted yesterday: "Today, our player @RyanSessegnon was the target of horrific online racist abuse. "#TSG stands for tolerance, integration and respect. We reject all forms of racism, discrimination and exclusion and say #NoToRacism!" Meanwhile a statement from Tottenham read: "Everyone at the Club is with you @RyanSessegnon. "We...
    SKY SPORTS presenters have bravely read out some of the horrific abuse they have faced online in a bid to combat trolls. The broadcasting company shared a two-minute video of a host of their top talent recalling some of the worst abuse they've ever faced. 4Anna Woolhouse revealed the heartbreaking abuse she had suffered in a videoCredit: Sky Sports 4Natalie Pinkham also opened up about some abhorrent abuse she has sufferedCredit: Lee Thompson - The Sun In a campaign called "Hate Won't Stop Us", the likes of Anna Woolhouse, Bryan Swanson and Alex Hammond opened up in a video which is truly difficult to watch. Amongst the abuse, Kate Mason revealed she was told: "I hope you get Aids. S**g." Michelle Owen added: "I've been called a 'dumb b***h'. I was told I'd got fat and put weight on while I was pregnant." Sky Sports News presenter Bryan Swanson revealed he was tweeted: "F*** off you chief, pig-faced c**t." NBA host Jaydee Dyer shared the vile racist abuse he faced, revealing he was called: "black c**t". Bela Shah confirmed it...
    A SCHOOLBOY has plunged 100 feet to his death after a chilling final text to his mum about a "man in a black hood", sparking fears of a deadly new Blue Whale-style challenge. Cops in Naples, Italy, have seized the 11-year-old's devices to see whether he was duped in to taking part in a sick suicide game which targets kids. 3The game uses a weird image of a man dressed as Mickey Mouse or a dog using the name Jonathan GalindoCredit: Newsflash Leggo reports that his body was found in a courtyard at the base of a residential apartment block yesterday morning. His final message to his mum and dad - described as "well-known and respected" Neapolitan professionals by the Italian media - referenced "the man in the hood", according to La Repubblica in Naples. Media reports, including in Today, suggested the healthy, sporty youngster may have died after taking part in a deadly game called 'Jonathan Galindo'. Corriere del Mezzogiorno explains that the so-called game is based on a creepy-looking man with a black hood showing "the benevolent appearance of Goofy...
    DENTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – As many schools across Denton County prepare to re-open next week for in person learning, parents, like Kelly Briggs, will be watching closely. “I do think there’s a huge number of parents who are just waiting to see how this all plays out,” she said. Kelly started a Facebook group for Denton ISD parents who are sticking with virtual learning, for now. “Ultimately, we want all the information we can get,” she said. Denton County’s new webpage, which launched Tuesday, will allow the public to see how many COVID-19 cases have been reported among students and staff at specific school campuses. It’ll also show how many students were absent each day. “Parents obviously are wanting to know this information. I’m a father myself and so everyone wants to know what’s happening at the campus where my child attends school,” said Denton County Health Director Matt Richardson. Tuesday, for example, the site showed 21 students, or 2.3% of the student body, absent from Argyle Middle School, with zero reporting a positive test for COVID-19. Argyle ISD is...
    A Sussex County woman involved in an alleged drug operation as the “middleman” will avoid jail time after accepting a plea, reports say. Stacy Sisco, 37, of Franklin, was arrested in February directly after delivering heroin to people she said were “sick.” One of them turned out to be a witness working alongside the Sussex County Narcotics TASK Force, NJHerald reports. “I know what it’s like to be sick; they called me up crying,” Sisco said during a virtual Sussex County court appearance, the report said. “It was my mistake to help them out.” Sisco, along with Tamarri Valentine, 34, and Joseph Bartek, 37, were arrested the same month, the report said. She said Valentine supplied two bundles of heroin when she called him for a meeting between her and the customer on Jan. 30, the report says. Sisco, who pleaded guilty to third-degree possession of CDS, was charged with four initial offenses and could’ve faced up to 15 years in prison if convicted, according to the report. She has been involved with the Morris County Aftercare Center drug treatment...
    The Los Angeles Police Department saw an unusual spike in officers calling in sick over the Fourth of July weekend, and officials are probing whether it was a case of the “blue flu” — an orchestrated protest among fed-up cops, according to a new report. Los Angeles — like some other cities across the nation — has seen unprecedented protests over police killings of black people, and the city council recently agreed to slash the department’s budget by $150 million. Meanwhile, a letter — obtained by the Los Angeles Times — circulated among the rank-and-file last week encouraging cops to protect their own interests. “They succeeded in defunding the police; what do you think is next? Our pay? Our benefits? Our pensions?” said the letter. “You’re God Damn right all those things are in jeopardy now. We have to send the city a clear message that we are not expendable and we are not going to take this crap anymore.” Then, over the holiday weekend, up to 300 officers called in sick in what department insiders suspect was a...
    Stuart Palley/ZUMA For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.From the Los Angeles Times tonight: An unsigned letter circulated among the Los Angeles Police Department rank and file last week, encouraging officers to call in sick to protect their own interests….“They succeeded in defunding the police; what do you think is next? Our pay? Our benefits? Our pensions? You’re God Damn right all those things are in jeopardy now,” read the letter, which was obtained by The Times. “We have to send the city a clear message that we are not expendable and we are not going to take this crap anymore.” Now, LAPD commanders are investigating whether an unusual spike in officers calling in sick over the July 4 weekend was the result of an orchestrated protest or labor action, which would be illegal. Sources in the department told The Times up to 300 officers called in sick in what many in the department suspect was a “blue flu.”…In certain anti-gang units, everyone or nearly everyone called in sick at once, sources said....
    (CNN)About 170 Atlanta police officers called out sick in the days after a pair of city cops were charged in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks, according to police roll call worksheets.Garrett Rolfe, who was fired after he shot Rayshard Brooks twice in the back on June 12, was charged five days later with 11 counts, including felony murder and aggravated assault. Devin Brosnan, the other officer at the shooting, faces an aggravated assault charge for allegedly standing on Brooks after the shooting in a parking lot.The roll call sheets show the 170 officers were out sick from June 17, when Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced the charges, through June 20. The department has about 2,000 officers.The killing of the 27-year-old man came amid nationwide protests calling for an end to racism and police violence against Black people. Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields stepped down from her position in the wake of the death.Read MoreSome Atlanta police stay out of work for a third day after officers charged in fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks"The public should know that's...
    Atlanta police have each been given a $500 bonus just one day after scores of cops walked off the job in protest over murder charges filed against the officer who shot dead Rayshard Brooks.  The Atlanta Police Foundation said it had paid a $500 bonus to every Atlanta police officer on Thursday.  It adds up to about $2 million.  No city funds will be used to pay out the bonuses and it will instead come from money the foundation has raised, the group said.  'We felt like it was important at this time because the morale is at the level, there is the rumors of other officers leaving, and we just do not want to lose good police officers,' Dave Wilkinson, of the Atlanta Police Foundation, told WSBTV.  The foundation said the bonuses were a thank you for the long hours put in by officers over the past three months.  Scroll down for video  Atlanta police have each been given a $500 bonus just one day after scores of cops walked off the job in protest over murder charges filed...
    Rayshard Brooks' widow, Tomika Miller, holds one of her daughters as their family lawyers speak to media on June 15, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Police officers in Atlanta are to receive a $500 bonus Thursday, according to a report by WSB-TV Atlanta. According to the local news outlet, the bonuses come from about $2 million in funds raised by the Atlanta Police Foundation. The foundation plans to not only pay each officer a $500 bonus, but replace 20 police cars that were damaged during city protests. The foundation told WSB-TV that the bonuses serve as a thank you for the hours and the work law enforcement officers have done over the past three months. The announcement of the distribution of these bonuses comes after several news outlets reported that Atlanta officers were walking off shifts and calling out of work following the press conference announcing the charges made against a former Atlanta officer, Garrett Rolfe, for the death of Rayshard Brooks. Rolfe was fired after fatally shooting Brooks, a Black man, twice in the back on Friday. In total, 11 charges were brought...
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