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Woman accused of assaulting man in MAGA hat at restaurant faces deportation

A woman accused of assaulting a man wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat in a Massachusetts restaurant now faces possible deportation after being detained by federal agents.

Rosiane Santos faces charges including assault after the confrontation in the Mexican restaurant. Video from the event was posted to Facebook on Feb. 15 by Bryton Turner, the man who was wearing the red cap.

The video shows the woman grabbing the cap off his head and pulling it down over his eyes while he spoke to the camera. Turner declined to speak about the video, but granted permission for its use.

According a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman, Santos is a citizen of Brazil who is in the country unlawfully. She was arrested by ICE’s Fugitive Operations Team Monday near Falmouth.

Read more: https://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Woman-accused-of-assaulting-man-in-MAGA-hat-at-13648983.php

Minnesota House panel approves gun sale background checks

ST. PAUL, MINN. -- A Minnesota House committee voted Wednesday night to require universal criminal background checks for gun purchasers as the Legislature took up the contentious issue of gun control for the first time this session.

The House public safety committee approved the bill on a 9-7 vote. The bill next goes to the Ways and Means Committee.

The committee then began considering a bill for a "red flag" law to allow families and police to seek court orders to temporarily confiscate guns from people judged to pose an imminent threat to themselves or others, but didn't finish before the midnight deadline and put off a vote until Thursday night.

Leaders of the new Democratic majority in the House predicted floor approval of both bills, and Democratic Gov. Tim Walz reaffirmed his support in his budget proposal last week. But Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka has vowed to block the legislation.

Read more: https://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article226856819.html

Klobuchar established record as reliable ally to med tech

MINNEAPOLIS -- Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a presidential hopeful, has built a reputation as a champion for consumer safety.

The Minnesota Democrat has also advocated for the medical device industry — a big employer in her home state — in ways that complicate her reputation as a consumer defender.

A review of Klobuchar's record by The Associated Press and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists found that Klobuchar has advanced proposals championed by the medical device industry that some consumer advocates claim would put patients' safety at risk. They say she has put the industry's demands above patient safety.

Klobuchar counters that she has pushed to improve safety while cutting red tape that slows the approval of medical devices.

Read more: https://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article226911234.html

Proud Boys lawyer cuts deal to keep license, but says he doesn't trust the system

A Texas lawyer who represented the Proud Boys received probation Tuesday for making a false police report in September. Earlier this month, he had his law license suspended for at least three months.

Jason Lee Van Dyke, 38, of Cross Roads, had faced a charge of making a false report to police in Oak Point on Sept. 13. Van Dyke is a former member of the Proud Boys, a far right organization, and once served as the group’s lawyer.

“Because I have worked within these systems I have enough experience to know not to trust them,” Van Dyke said Wednesday.

Van Dyke entered a no contest plea and reached an agreement with the court as well as the State Bar of Texas that requires him to seek mental health counseling. Van Dyke declined to discuss the requirements.

Read more: https://www.star-telegram.com/news/state/texas/article226590399.html

Judge grants change of venue for Santa Fe shooting trial

GALVESTON — A judge has ordered the forthcoming trial of the teenager charged in the Santa Fe High School shooting moved outside Galveston County, ruling for the defense, which argued that pretrial publicity and inflammatory social media comments precluded a fair trial locally.

State District Judge John Ellisor granted a change of venue motion filed by the defense attorney for Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 18, charged with capital murder in the shooting that killed 10 people and wounded 13 last May. The decision means a jury will be selected from a county of Ellisor's choosing.

Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady, who had argued against a change of venue, said the judge would issue a written ruling later in the week.

"We believe the case could be tried here in Galveston County, but we absolutely respect the judge's ruling and we are ready to try the case wherever it needs to be tried," said Roady, the lead prosecutor.

Read more: https://www.chron.com/local/article/Judge-grants-change-of-venue-for-Santa-Fe-13650064.php

Southwest Airlines wins approval to launch long-awaited Hawaii flights

It was the shot of good vibes that Southwest Airlines needed in what's been an otherwise turbulent February.

The Dallas-based carrier said Wednesday that it won government approval to begin flights from four California cities to Hawaii, capping a long effort to fly to the popular vacation destination.

Southwest's chief operating officer, Mike Van de Ven, told employees the Federal Aviation Administration granted authorization to operate its Boeing 737 planes on long, over-water flights. That approval had been delayed by the government shutdown.

The company will announce when it'll begin flights and ticket sales in the coming days. Southwest describes Hawaii as its No. 1 priority for 2019.

Read more: https://www.dallasnews.com/business/southwest-airlines/2019/02/27/southwest-airlines-wins-approval-start-long-awaited-hawaii-flights

Pastor, friend differ on whether ex-Richardson mayor's rushed marriage with developer was love or

Pastor, friend differ on whether ex-Richardson mayor’s rushed marriage with developer was love or bribery defense

SHERMAN - A federal jury heard more testimony Wednesday suggesting that the marriage between Richardson’s ex-mayor and a developer was a sham intended to cover up bribes he allegedly gave her in exchange for her votes on his controversial project in the city.

The developer, Mark Jordan, married Laura Maczka in June 2017 in a small ceremony with seven others in attendance, according to the pastor who handled it. Lillian Smith testified that she had just four days to prepare. That’s how much advance notice Maczka, her longtime friend, gave her, she told jurors.

Laura, now known as Laura Jordan, and Mark Jordan have argued during their federal bribery trial -- in its third week in Sherman -- that their hidden affair was about true love and that her support for his Palisades mixed-use development as mayor in 2013 and 2014 had nothing to do with bribery.

But another one of Laura Jordan’s close friends and neighbors, Michelle Altom, told jurors on Wednesday that Laura Jordan confided in her about the true nature of her relationship with the developer during a lunch at a Plano restaurant in September 2015.

Read more: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2019/02/27/pastor-friend-differ-whether-ex-richardson-mayors-rushed-marriage-developer-love-bribery-defense

In Iowa, some Democrats eager for Beto O'Rourke to join crowded 2020 field, others say he's too late

AMES, Iowa — If Beto O’Rourke does run for president, he won’t be starting from scratch.

Democratic activists in places like Iowa, whose early contests shape the nomination fight, know his name, even if he hasn’t yet joined the growing list of Democrats stopping into their coffee shops and union halls.

But he’ll face a decidedly mixed reception, ranging from the ecstatic enthusiasm he generated at rallies during his bid to topple Sen. Ted Cruz last fall to outright irritation from the likes of Marsha Readhead, 74, a retired nurse who attended the Story County Democrats’ soup supper in a church basement in Ames on Saturday night.

“We’ve got a lot of candidates in the mill. It’s overwhelming,” she said. “There’s too many people. I’m very worried about it.”

Read more: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2019/02/27/iowa-democrats-eager-beto-orourke-join-crowded-2020-field-others-say-late

Columbia Gas fined $400,000 for Avon gas line, house fire

AVON, Ohio -- Columbia Gas of Ohio has been fined $400,000 for an accidental gas line fire in 2017.

The fire occurred, according to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, when a contractor relied on incomplete records that did not show the existence of an abandoned but still fully pressurized gas line at a home that once included a commercial greenhouse on the land.

Columbia has said it has put new measures into place to identify gas lines, reviewed the procedures its crews use when pulling meters and shutting down service lines no longer used and has accelerated a program using GPS technology to locate gas lines.

The company also noted that since 2008 it has replaced 343,540 gas service lines connecting customers to main lines and replaced 1,500 miles of mainlines.

Read more: https://www.cleveland.com/business/2019/02/columbia-gas-fined-400000-for-avon-gas-line-house-fire.html

Green Party presidential hopeful says he was fired as rabbi because of Israel criticism

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Green Party presidential candidate Dario Hunter of Youngstown stated Wednesday that he has been fired from his job as a rabbi -- either, as he claims, because of comments he made criticizing Israel, or because of fears his presidential campaign would distract from his rabbinical duties, as a temple leader has said.

In a news release, Hunter said that board members of Congregation Ohev Tzedek-Shaarei Torah in Boardman notified him of his job termination in writing on Wednesday morning.

Hunter asserted the reason was because of his statements in a Feb. 19 cleveland.com story that the United States should stop providing any aid to Israel because of that country’s “horribly atrocious” treatment of Palestinians.

“I do not believe the United States should be providing any form of aid to Israel or any human-rights abusers,” Hunter said at the time.

Read more: https://www.cleveland.com/politics/2019/02/green-party-presidential-hopeful-says-he-was-fired-as-rabbi-because-of-israel-criticism.html
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