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Saatchi chairman and his wife defend crowdfunding for Instagram-star dog

Couple who live in £1m London house raised more than £5,000 to pay vet bills for Welsh terrier

Source: The Guardian

The chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi and his fashion designer wife have raised more than £5,000 to get their Instagram-star dog treated by a celebrity vet, after asking followers for donations on a crowdfunding website.

The couple’s Welsh terrier, Edward Lear, has more than 10,000 followers on the social media site, and has been pictured in designer dogwear and at five-star hotels.

Richard Huntington lives with his wife, Annabel Bird, in a house worth more than £1m, and is thought to earn a six-figure salary, but the couple started a crowdfunding page asking for £7,500 for the four-year-old dog after it was diagnosed with elbow dysplasia, torn cruciate ligaments and arthritis.


On the GoFundMe page she wrote: “All I want is for my funny little dog to be able to run around again like the crazy terrier he is and climb mountains in the Lake District and Snowdonia like he used to and enjoy his life to the fullest.

“He hasn’t walked for more than 10 minutes in four months and I feel so bad for him. He’s missed out on so much fun and excitement.”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jan/26/saatchi-chairman-and-his-wife-defend-crowdfunding-for-instagram-star-dog?CMP=twt_gu&__twitter_impression=true

They had bank and let their pupper suffer for months, and then took advantage of crowdfunding. Grrr!

Immigrant who volunteered to rebuild N.J. homes after Superstorm Sandy seeks sanctuary from deportat

Source: USA Today

ASBURY PARK, N.J. — Harry Pangemanan was honored a week ago by the Borough of Highland Park for rebuilding hundreds of homes along the Jersey Shore destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. On Thursday, the Indonesian national and father of two met the governor.

It wasn't to receive more accolades. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy went to the Reformed Church of Highland Park to lend his high-profile support to Pangemanan, an unauthorized immigrant, as he was entering sanctuary to escape deportation.

"Many of the houses that he worked on, in the lawn of the homes he was working on were big Donald Trump signs and yet he was still rebuilding those homes to get Jersey families back inside," the Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale of the Reformed Church of Highland Park, an immigrant rights advocate, told Murphy.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents swooped into Central New Jersey around 8 a.m. Thursday morning and arrested two Indonesians, Gunawan Liem of Piscataway and Roby Sanger of Metuchen, said Kaper-Dale, who also runs the Deportation and Immigration Response Equipo that tries to intervene in ICE raids.

Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/01/25/n-j-gov-backs-immigrant-targeted-deporation/1068063001/

US immigration enforcement may be getting more aggressive near Canada as well as near Mexico.

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US immigration enforcement may be getting more aggressive near Canada as well as near Mexico. The Border Patrol is doing daily citizenship checks on people boarding buses in Maine:

5:34 PM - 26 Jan 2018

U.S. Border Patrol Checks on Buses Increasing Across Maine

The U.S. Border Patrol is running daily citizenship checks on buses traveling from Fort Kent toward the state's interior and making periodic checks on buses originating in Bangor. Civil rights advocates say these checks may be in violation of protections outlined in the U.S. Constitution.

Daniel Heibert, chief patrol agent for the Houlton sector, says the agency has the authority to make such checks anywhere within 100 miles of the border, a standard which encompasses the entire state of Maine.

"Our purpose for boarding any conveyances, a bus specifically in this case, would be to question anybody – anybody – about their right to be or remain in the United States, whether they are an alien or not,” says Heibert. “That's kind of the gist of it. We would have to have a reasonable suspicion to think that somebody isn't a citizen to continue questioning."


Shaman cat performs ritual to grant kittens their nine lives (video tweet)


Opinion: DeVos' new guidelines on handling campus sexual assault raise risk of another MSU

Source: The Detroit Free Press

Michigan State University’s failure to investigate years of sexual abuse allegations against physician Larry Nassar may become even more the norm in light of changes to the process of addressing sexual violence in education announced in September by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

The new guidelines provide schools the option of adopting a higher standard of proof in Title IX cases, allow schools to create appeals processes only for those accused of perpetrating sexual violence and give significant autonomy to educational institutions to create their own response protocols. Given what we have learned about the decades of abuse perpetrated at the hands of an employee at Michigan State, does it really make sense to give schools even more power and discretion to control the internal mechanisms of reporting and investigation of sexual violence?

Several years ago during my time as a faculty member at Michigan State University College of Law, I served as a co-principal investigator on a National Science Foundation grant that investigated the reporting of sexual violence in the context of prisons, using the groundbreaking Michigan class action lawsuit, Neal v. Michigan Department of Corrections, as a case study. My interdisciplinary work on this project inspired subsequent research into how sexual violence is perpetrated (and subsequently minimized and ignored) within other closed and quasi-closed institutional systems like the military, immigration detention facilities and institutions of higher education.

So while Michigan State was benefiting financially and earning positive recognition from this project and other similar grants that address systemic gender inequality, it was likely simultaneously ignoring the abuse of hundreds of its female patients and female student athletes, allowing sexual assault to carry on, unchecked, for decades. It is difficult to comprehend how the university where I researched the complications associated with the reporting and investigation of sexual violence in closed systems was itself illustrating these same complications in its failure to take seriously and fairly investigate and adjudicate the claims of more than 150 women and girls.

Read more: https://www.freep.com/story/opinion/contributors/2018/01/26/msu-title-9/1065913001/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Michigan Law Review names Megan Brown its 1st African-American editor

Source: The Detroit Free Press

Megan Brown claimed both Atlanta and Detroit as places she grew up.

“When I’m in Michigan, I say I’m from Atlanta; when I’m in Atlanta, I say I’m from Michigan,’’ said Brown. “I don’t think I’m a full Michigander and I don’t think I’m a full Georgian."

But now she’s a full-time editor.

Brown, 25, was named editor-in-chief of the University of Michigan Law Review, which is run by students. By all accounts, she is the first African American to run the prestigious review.

Read more: https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2018/01/26/michigan-law-review-editor-chief-african-american/1069210001/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Hillary Clinton Chose to Shield a Top Adviser Accused of Harassment in 2008

Source: The New York Times

WASHINGTON — A senior adviser to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign who was accused of repeatedly sexually harassing a young subordinate was kept on the campaign at Mrs. Clinton’s request, according to four people familiar with what took place.

Mrs. Clinton’s campaign manager at the time recommended that she fire the adviser, Burns Strider. But Mrs. Clinton did not. Instead, Mr. Strider was docked several weeks of pay and ordered to undergo counseling, and the young woman was moved to a new job.

Mr. Strider, who was Mrs. Clinton’s faith adviser, a co-founder of the American Values Network, and sent the candidate scripture readings every morning for months during the campaign, was hired five years later to lead an independent group that supported Mrs. Clinton’s 2016 candidacy, Correct the Record, which was created by a close Clinton ally, David Brock.

He was fired after several months for workplace issues, including allegations that he harassed a young female aide, according to three people close to Correct the Record’s management.


The 2018 Nutella Riots in France (video tweet):

Welcome to America, France (your product riots are more taste-ful than ours, though)!

Sean Hannity, minutes later: Alright, yeah, maybe our sources confirm Trump wanted to fire Mueller.


Poll: Whitmer leads Schuette by 7 points in gov race

Source: The Detroit News

Lansing — Democrat gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer leads Republican Bill Schuette by seven percentage points in a hypothetical general election match-up, according to a poll of 600 likely Michigan voters.

Whitmer’s edge comes from support among women and political independents even though the former Senate minority leader continues to struggle with name identification a year into her statewide campaign. Despite her status as a frontrunner for this fall’s Democratic nomination, fewer than 28 percent of the state’s voters know who she is, according to the Glengariff Group Inc. poll provided to The Detroit News and WDIV-TV.

Yet Whitmer is polling ahead of Schuette, the attorney general and Republican primary favorite who is known by 64 percent of voters. In a potential head-to-head match-up, the former Ingham County prosecutor from East Lansing holds a 40 percent to 33 percent lead over Schuette, according to the Jan. 16-19 survey.

Former Detroit health director Abdul El-Sayed, who is also competing for the Democratic nomination, trailed Schuette 37.5 percent to 33.5 percent in a separate hypothetical head-to-head, a 4-percentage point gap that mirrors the poll’s margin of error.

Read more: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2018/01/24/gretchen-whitmer-bill-schuette-early-poll-michigan-governor-race/109779032/
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