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Brutal series of assaults and robberies in Minneapolis highlights a critical police shortage

(CNN) - A series of brutal assaults in downtown Minneapolis is highlighting the city's skyrocketing robbery rate amid a critical shortage of police officers.

More than 6,000 "priority one" 911 calls, which include sexual assault, shootings and robberies, were made in the period of a year for which police didn't have an officer immediately able to respond, Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder said in an email to CNN.

Police have several videos of the recent rash of vicious attacks.

In one obtained by CNN, a group of suspects is seen on surveillance videos repeatedly punching and kicking a man in a daytime attack outside Target Field. At various points in the video, they run and jump on him, ride over him with a bicycle, take off his shoes and pants, beat him with a belt and throw what appears to be potted plants at him

In another surveillance video, the suspects start grabbing a man and repeatedly punch and kick him as he tries to fight back. The group leaves him, apparently unconscious, on the ground.

The suspects arrested are between the ages of 13 and 25, and mainly male, though "sometimes a female is in the group," according to charging documents.


Classy kids! Bet their parents are even classier!

Anybody seen this video of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick flashing the white power symbol last year?

This was probably seen by 10x the number of people as the guy at Wrigley. How does he still have an NFL job??


When the timing light goes fully dark, turn off the mic. Simple. nt

Feds find potential fraud in student loan repayment plans

Source: ABC News

Tens of thousands of federal student loan borrowers may be getting their monthly payments lowered by lying about their income and family size, yet the U.S. Education Department is doing little to catch them, according to a report released Thursday by a federal watchdog agency.

Among the most extreme cases reported by the Government Accountability Office are two separate borrowers who claimed to have 93 relatives in their households, along with 3,300 cases in which borrowers said they had no income even though federal data suggest they made $100,000 a year or more. All were approved for lower loan payments.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said her agency will conduct comprehensive review of the repayment plans and will refer cases of fraud to the Justice Department for prosecution. She placed blame on previous administrations, saying the problems are proof that "many of the policy ideas previously pursued were poorly implemented." "Misrepresenting income or family size is wrong, and we must have a system in place to ensure that dishonest people do not get away with it," DeVos said. "We didn't create that problem, but rest assured we will fix it."

The federal watchdog agency says it identified 95,100 cases in which borrowers were approved as having no income even though it appears they were earning money. Using wage data from the Department of Health and Human Services, investigators found that borrowers in a third of those cases may actually have been making $45,000 a year or more, including some who topped $100,000. They concluded that the department "does not have procedures to verify borrower reports of zero income, nor, for the most part, procedures to verify borrower reports of family size." Borrowers applying for the repayment plans can check a box indicating they have no income, and the department generally takes them at their word with no further documentation needed, the investigation found.

Read more: ABC News: Feds find potential fraud in student loan repayment plans. https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/feds-find-potential-fraud-student-loan-repayment-plans-64575667

Our tax dollars at work. The federal student loan and the devastation it's caused will go down as one of the biggest political boondoggles ever.

Ralph Northam is a genius. The Trump way apparently works: deny, deny, deny and refuse to back down.

In 2019 it pretty much doesn't matter what you've done; if you have the spine, ego, or frankly gall to hold out for just a few days, the news cycle (and the people with it) always moves on.

Even Kavanugh went from America's most wanted serial gang-rapist to pretty much off the radar in a month or two.

When I think back to Weiner, Franken, etc. I wonder if they regret not giving it just a few more days. Something new ALWAYS comes along to distract the sheeple.

I'm sick of Democrats calling other Democrats racist for a 1% poll bump.

It doesn't get any more selfish than that.

Ethics aside, is there any real reason to be truthful with Congress, or even talk to them...

for that matter?

I'm almost 40, and I'm having trouble coming up with very many names of people in my lifetime who have faced real, substantial consequences for lying to Congress, ignoring subpoenas and other failures to cooperate with investigations, etc.

Combine the lack of real consequences with the perception that most Congressional inquiries are merely televised political grandstanding for future Presidential campaigns, and is it any wonder that even the guiltiest treat it more like a reality TV show than a constitutionally-mandated process that can have lifelong negative consequences for them?

This shit goes back to at least Iran-Contra, and I'm sure before that. Take some real freaking action on these criminals and maybe it would change things.

Frankly, based on the odds, anyone who's guilty would be stupid if they DIDN'T lie.

'Not a statistic': Students walk out of Colorado shooting vigil to condemn politics and press

Source: Washington Post

A vigil commemorating the victims of the STEM School shooting in Colorado ended in protest Wednesday evening after students said they refused to be used as pawns to promote gun control.

Hundreds attended the vigil — students, teachers, activists and elected officials — to honor Kendrick Castillo, the 18-year-old who was fatally shot on Tuesday. But Castillo’s classmates were moved to protest after invitees Sen. Michael F. Bennet (D-Colo.) and Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.) spoke. Many of the teenagers perceived the speeches as politicians politicizing their trauma when they wanted their own voices heard.

Students stood and stormed out. Some clapped and united in chants, deriding what they saw as a “political stunt.” The school parking lot quickly filled with teenagers, cursing at the press and holding backlit cellphones in the air. "What happened at STEM is awful, but it’s not a statistic. We can’t be used for a reason for gun control. We are people, not a statement,” said one student wearing a yellow Spartans shirt. Another teenager voiced similar frustrations, saying: “I thought this was about us, not about politics.”

The gathering at Denver’s Highlands Ranch High School, one of several held Wednesday, was organized by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

Read more: https://beta.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/05/09/not-statistic-students-walk-out-colorado-shooting-vigil-condemn-politics-press/?outputType=amp

Why do we allow the alt-right to co-opt words, hand gestures, etc.?

This Cubs story is ridiculous. The "well these people are using this hand sign for something racist now so let's just let them have it" is the most spineless reaction we can possibly have. I'm black as was nearly every classmate I had and this was absolutely used for the circle game. The very fact that the Cubs banned this guy is legitimizing their stealing this from us and willingly handing power to the white supremacists.

If white supremacists start considering the average handshake a symbol of white power, are we going to let them have that too and ban everyone else from using it?



Medicaid Could Save $2.6 Billion Within a Year if Just 1 Percent of Recipients Quit Smoking

Source: University of California San Francisco

Reducing smoking, and its associated health effects, among Medicaid recipients in each state by just 1 percent would result in $2.6 billion in total Medicaid savings the following year, according to new research by UC San Francisco.

The median state would save $25 million, ranging from $630.2 million in California (if the smoking rate dropped from 15.5 percent to 14.5 percent) to $2.5 million in South Dakota (if the rate dropped from 41.3 to 40.3 percent), the research found.

The study, by Stanton A. Glantz, PhD, director of the UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, is published April 12, 2019 in JAMA Network Open.

“While 14 percent of all adults in the U.S. smoke cigarettes, 24.5 percent of adult Medicaid recipients smoke,” said Glantz. “This suggests that an investment in reducing smoking in this population could be associated with a reduction in Medicaid costs in the short run.”

Read more: https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2019/04/413921/medicaid-could-save-26-billion-within-year-if-just-1-percent-recipients-quit
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