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West Virginia Lawmakers Kill Education Bill Hours After Teacher Strike

Newsy - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:37

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West Virginia's House of Delegates effectively killed a controversial education bill just hours after teachers went on strike against it.

The House voted 53-45 to postpone the bill indefinitely, much to the satisfaction of the hundreds of teachers in attendance. 

Teachers statewide began protesting Tuesday over a funding bill the Senate passed Monday night. The bill would have dedicated some state funds for private school vouchers and create charter schools, instead of investing that money into public schools. School voucher programs put state funds into a special account to help people who are eligible pay for private school.

The West Virginia branch of the American Federation of Teachers argued the bill "defunds public education [and] retaliates against teachers who stood up for their students last year." 

Almost exactly a year ago, West Virginia teachers staged a walkout to protest rising health care costs that were lowering their wages and forcing them to get multiple jobs. That walkout was followed by a number of teacher strikes across the country. 

Man, 27, 'struck his wife, 55, after she caught him sexually abusing their Maltipoo in the bathroom'

Daily Mail - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:34
Ex-convict Wayne Langsdale, 27, of South Euclid, Ohio, is wanted on counts of domestic violence and sexual conduct with an animal after police say his wife caught him in the act.

Five-year-old fashionista Tayle Biggs launches beauty collection and digital platform

Daily Mail - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:34
She's only five-years-old but Taylen Biggs is already making a name for herself. The pint-size stylista, known for her signature double buns, launched her own beauty collection and digital platform this week.

Is this Apple's folding phone? Patent reveals concept iPhone that bends down the middle

Daily Mail - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:33
The tech giant has filed a new patent showing off what appears to be a folding iPhone. In the patent, a device can be seen folding closed, similar to a flip phone, via a hinge in the middle.

Pope’s Biographer Questions If Jesus Had Homosexual Tendencies

Daily Wire - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:30
Writer Austen Ivereigh, founder of the Catholic media organization "Catholic Voices" and biographer of Pope Francis, has openly questioned if Jesus Christ had "homosexual tendencies."

Trump Has Publicly Attacked the Russia Investigation More Than 1,100 Times (New York Times)

Memeorandum - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:30

New York Times:
Trump Has Publicly Attacked the Russia Investigation More Than 1,100 Times  —  President Trump has publicly criticized federal investigations, opening him up to possible obstruction of justice charges.

Beto O'Rourke weighing presidential and Senate runs, plans to decide by end of February (Eric Bradner/CNN)

Memeorandum - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:30

Eric Bradner / CNN:
Beto O'Rourke weighing presidential and Senate runs, plans to decide by end of February  —  Beto O'Rourke: Walls don't save lives, they end lives  —  El Paso, Texas (CNN)Beto O'Rourke acknowledged Tuesday he is considering runs for president and the Senate in 2020 and said he plans to decide on …

Minnesota dentist, 55, 'set fire to neighbor's dilapidated boathouse after complaining about it'

Daily Mail - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:28
John Michael Haag, 55, allegedly confessed to torching the run-down boathouse on Bass Lake in New Richmond, Wisconsin, on February 2, after police traced footprints to his home.

Smollett Reportedly Spotted In Elevator With Two Brothers Night Of 'Attack'

Daily Wire - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:28
On Tuesday, the Associated Press confirmed that the Chicago Police Department is investigating a credible tip from a witness who claims they saw "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett in an elevator together on January 29 with the two Nigerian brothers he allegedly paid to help him stage a hate crime attack.

BREAKING: Police Investigating Tip That Smollett and Nigerian Bros Were SEEN TOGETHER IN AN ELEVATOR the Night of Hate Hoax

GatewayPundit - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:25

Chicago police told reporters on Saturday that the they were no longer looking at ‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett as a “victim” in his alleged assault. Police now view Smollett as an “active participant.”

Smollett retained two criminal defense attorneys as his claims about being attacked by “Trump supporters” continues to crumble.

One of Smollett’s high-powered criminal defense lawyers, Michael Monico, also represents Michael Cohen.

Fox reported Saturday afternoon that the Nigerian brothers who were “persons of interest” and questioned by police, bought the rope found around Jussie Smollett’s neck at a local hardware store.

Jussie Smollett paid for the rope — The Nigerian brothers were paid $3,500 before leaving for Nigeria and were promised another $500 as soon as they returned back to the US.

Smollett also had the Nigerian brothers purchase two red ball caps from Uptown Beauty Supply to wear during the attack so they would appear to be Trump supporters!

What a sick, conniving fraud!

NEW: Sources say at least one of the brothers purchased the rope used in Jussie Smollett incident at Crafty Beaver hardware store the weekend of Jan 25th.

Plain red hats worn by brothers were purchased from an Uptown beauty supply store. @cbschicago https://t.co/22zRPCcYTe pic.twitter.com/69e47cCuxO

— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) February 17, 2019

Now this…

Police are investigating a report that Smollett was seen with the brothers in an elevator the night of the attack!

The AP reported:

Chicago police are investigating a tip that on the night “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett reported being attacked by two masked men he was in an elevator of his apartment building with two brothers later arrested and released from custody in the probe, a department spokesman told The Associated Press Tuesday.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the person who lives in the building or was visiting someone there reported seeing the three together the night in question last month. Smollett said two masked men hurled racial and homophobic slurs at him, beat him and looped a rope around his neck.

Guglielmi says police haven’t confirmed the person’s account. Detectives plan to interview the person on Tuesday.

Last week, police announced that the “investigation had shifted” following interviews with the brothers and their release from custody without charges. Police have requested another interview with Smollett. They have declined to comment on reports that the attack was a hoax.

Smollett’s lawyers have said the actor was angered and “victimized” by reports he may have played a role in staging the attack.

This was a well planned out hoax attack.
And Smollett kept the lies going all month.
He should do serious time.

The post BREAKING: Police Investigating Tip That Smollett and Nigerian Bros Were SEEN TOGETHER IN AN ELEVATOR the Night of Hate Hoax appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

CNN hires GOP operative with no journalism experience to run its 2020 coverage (Aaron Rupar/Vox)

Memeorandum - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:25

Aaron Rupar / Vox:
CNN hires GOP operative with no journalism experience to run its 2020 coverage  —  Sarah Isgur once referred to her new employer as the “Clinton News Network.”  —  CNN announced on Tuesday it has hired longtime Republican operative Sarah Isgur as political editor, charged with shaping its 2020 campaign coverage.

Al Sharpton Demands Smollett 'Face Accountability' ... (Ashe Schow/Daily Wire)

Memeorandum - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:25

Ashe Schow / Daily Wire:
Al Sharpton Demands Smollett ‘Face Accountability’ For Hoax.  Here's How Sharpton Faced Accountability For His Tawana Brawley Hoax.  —  Spoiler Alert: He Didn't  —  MSNBC host Al Sharpton has never met a claim of racism he didn't believe.  When Jussie Smollett first claimed to have been attacked …

American Airlines will let super-rich passengers take private helicopters to avoid long lines 

Daily Mail - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:21
American Airlines on Tuesday announced a new service that allows passengers to bypass checking in with the masses and head straight to the tarmac without the usual hassle.

Privacy fears as bosses deploy high-tech fitness trackers to spy on employees

Daily Mail - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:18
A growing number of employers are urging their staff to wear company-provided fitness trackers with the incentive that they'll receive quarterly payouts for reaching step goals.

Heartbroken Charo reveals her film producer husband killed himself after battling rare SKIN disease

Daily Mail - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:18
In an Instagram post on Tuesday, Charo wrote: 'In recent years, his health began to decline and developed a rare and horrible skin disease called Bullius Pemphigoid.

FDA warns Americans against ‘Dracula’ transfusions of young blood

Daily Mail - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:17
A number of clinics are already offering transfusions of young blood plasma with the promise it stops aging, but the procedure is unproven and done by 'bad actors, the FDA warned Tuesday.

Lacrosse player's head is too big for Massachusetts college team, hopes to have one made for him

Daily Mail - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:16
Alex Chu, a 19-year-old freshman at Wheaton College, has been on the sidelines of his lacrosse team because his head is too big for the helmets. He learned on Monday that there may be one that fits.

Arizona hiker, 34, recalls his horror after he was trapped in quicksand for 12 HOURS

Daily Mail - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 22:14
Ryan Osmun, 34, and his girlfriend Jessika McNeill got stuck in quicksand as they went hiking along The Subway trail at Utah's Zion National Park on Saturday. Osmun was trapped for 12 hours until he was freed.

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