Prince William Visits New Zealand

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By LELIA MENDEZ

Staff Writer

Prince William has visited a mosque in New Zealand where 42 people were killed in March, saying “the forces of love will always prevail over the forces of hate.”

In a speech at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch Friday, the second day of his tour of the country, he said the attacks in which 50 people died were intended “to sow division and hatred in a place that stands for togetherness and selflessness.”

“An act of violence was designed to change New Zealand, but instead the grief of a nation revealed just how deep your wells of empathy, compassion, warmth and love truly run,” William said.

The Duke of Cambridge was accompanied by New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern.

Standing in the mosque in the room where the attack took place, he called it “an act of unspeakable hate.”

Devin Nunes Sues Twitter

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by BETH CONTRERAS
Staff Writer

Devin Nunes (R-Calif) of District 22 filed a suit in Virginia on Saturday against Twitter and several of its users for over 250 million dollars. Two defendants included in this lawsuit consist of a parody account named “Devin Nunes’ Mom” and another called “Devin Nunes’ Cow”. The ‘cow’ account, which had only about 1000 followers when Nunes announced the lawsuit, has skyrocketed to over 200k followers, and the two anonymous parody accounts have been gaining attention since his statement release. Nunes accuses Twitter of “knowingly hosting and monetizing content that is clearly abusive, hateful and defamatory” despite the issue that there has been no released or leaked proof of Twitter monetizing abusive content considering their strict safety rules of the platform. Recently, many conservatives have been blaming social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook for censoring views that pertain towards the right wing, leading Trump to go onto Twitter to make the following statement: “Facebook, Google, and Twitter, not to mention the Corrupt Media, are so on the side of the Radical Left Democrats”. While opinion plays a large factor in this lawsuit and in the eyes of the public, Twitter makes sure to remove or suspend accounts that “target individuals or an entire protected category with hateful conduct”, which is described above under Twitter’s Rules and Policies. Even so, Section 230 of the Communication Decency Act allows internet services, such as Twitter, with immunity from liability of posts by their users. Nunes has also accused the app of “shadowbanning” conservatives, which is defined in modern technology terms as the act of partially blocking a user so that other users may not see their posts, despite them still posted, and the user is unaware that they have been removed from insights and views of other users.

https://www.apnews.com/57db44f1ca4f45868d93c477b04baf7a

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/starr-nunes-lawsuit-means-accountability-for-twitter

 

Cop Shoots Unarmed Man

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By JEHNA RAMISCAL

Staff writer

A witness in the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer said Wednesday he saw the officer standing on the sidewalk, panicking, saying, “I don’t know why I shot him. I don’t know why I fired.” Former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld shot and killed 17-year old Antwon Rose in June 2018 as the teen ran from a car that the officer had pulled over. The teen was unarmed and just last week, another passenger in the car pleaded guilty to firing in the drive-by. “You do not shoot somebody in the back if they are not a threat to you,” Zappala said. The district attorney added that the officer gave conflicting accounts of whether he thought Rose was armed. Rose’s death sparked weeks of protests that shut down local roadways. Demonstrators felt that Rose’s death fit a national pattern of police brutality against black residents. “This car was involved in an attempted murder, that’s why it was stopped. It’s being stopped for going through a stop sign,” the lawyer said after a hearing in September. The shooting generated so much publicity that a judge worried that a local jury would deny Rosfeld a fair hearing. Jurors will come from Harrisburg instead. Since they must travel 200 miles to Pittsburgh, the trial will run through the week and into the weekend if necessary.

East Libyan Troops

Libya

 

By: LELIA MENDEZ

Staff Writer

Eastern Libyan troops commanded by Khalifa Haftar said on Friday they had advanced into the southern outskirts of the capital Tripoli in a dangerous thrust against the internationally-recognized government.

The move by the LNA, which is allied to a parallel administration based in the east, escalated a power struggle that has splintered the nation since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

It came as U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres departed after meeting Haftar to try and avert civil war.

Haftar, 75, who casts himself as an opponent of Islamist extremism but is viewed by opponents as a new Gaddafi, was quoted by Al-Arabiya TV as telling Guterres the operation would continue until terrorism was defeated.

As well as visiting Haftar in Benghazi, Guterres had been in Tripoli this week to help organize a national reconciliation conference planned for later this month.

But that plan looked in jeopardy on Thursday as LNA forces took Gharyan, about 80 km (50 miles) south of the capital after skirmishes with forces allied to Tripoli-based, U.N.-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj.

Cardi B Drugging Men

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By JEHNA RAMISCAL

Staff Writer

 

A three-year-old Instagram live video resurfaced this week in which the rapper discussed drugging and robbing men to “survive” during her days as a stripper.

Cardi B has recently admitted she did do it, she would take them into the back and then they would be drugged. Her response to the video was, “I never glorified the things I brought up in that live I never even put those things in my music because I’m not proud of it and feel a responsibility not to glorify it”. Her statement flirted with a quasi-defense of the behavior, claiming the men were people she had been dating and were “conscious, willing, and aware,” which is obviously not true if they were drugged.

College Scam

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By JEHNA RAMISCAL

Staff writer

The college admissions scheme revealed Tuesday is the largest of its kind ever prosecuted, federal prosecutors said and features 50 defendants across six states, millions of dollars in illegally funneled funds and a handful of the country’s most selective universities. Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin among dozens charged in alleged college cheating scam, which were cheating on ACT’s and SAT’s. Igory Dvorkiy, who administered SAT and ACT tests in LA, were both accused of accepting bribes to allow Riddell to take the test. Parents hired the singers to cheat and paid them $15,000 and $75,000 per test.

Huffman, who was an academy award nominee, has been charged with felony conspiracy to commit mail fraud. She is accused of paying $15,000 to Singer’s fake charity to facilitate cheating for her daughter on the SAT’s. People also bribing coaches for sports was a problem. A second part of the Singer’s scheme was to bribe college coaches and athletics officials. They paid the coaches to let their daughter attend the school even though they were not even an athlete.

Loughlin and Huffman and 48 others were charged in a $25 million college admissions scam.

Brazil School Shooting

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Noel Brito

Staff writer

 

Eight people were killed in Sao Paulo, Brazil. A school named Raul Brasil in the town of Suzano, was targeted this Wednesday early morning. Two men were wearing hoods and carrying rifles and began to shoot at staff and students. More than 10 people were injured, and 6 students and 2 school officials had died. The 6th had died on the scene and 2 died at the hospital. Sources had confirmed that the two shooters had committed suicide right after.  

Homeless veteran behind GoFundMe scandal pleads guilty

 

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JEHNA RAMISCAL

Staff writer

 

A homeless veteran pleaded guilty Wednesday in New Jersey federal court to conspiring with a woman and her then-boyfriend to concoct a feel-good a feel-good story that helped raise hundreds of thousands of thousands of dollars from a GoFundMe campaign. The veteran, Johnny Bobbitt, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering. The woman, Kate McClure, also pleaded guilty today. Bobbitt, McClure, and her boyfriend Mark D’Amico, who still face state charges in Burlington County, New Jersey, were accused of fabricating a feel-good story about Bobbitt coming to McClure’s aid when she ran out of gas along the highway and gave her his last $20.

Their tale inspired thousands to donate on GoFundMe, but things unraveled when Bobbitt accused McClure and D’Amico of stiffing him out of the money. Prosecutors have said that the couple spent lavishly on themselves. The authorities searched the home of the couple accused of squandering $400,000 raised for good Samaritan homeless vet.  

PG&E Fire

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By LELIA MENDEZ

Staff Writer
PG&E isn’t able to always be in compliance with state rules designed to reduce wildfire risks and neither can any utility the embattled power behemoth stated in court papers on Friday.

These unsettling disclosures were among the numerous responses from PG&E filed with a federal court that is supervising the disgraced utility’s probation in the wake of its criminal conviction for felonies it committed before and after a fatal explosion in San Bruno.

U.S District Court Judge William Alsup had previously asked PG&E to respond to an array of questions, including whether PG&E is in compliance with state rules regarding clearing trees and other vegetation from near the company’s electricity lines. Officially, those rules are part of the Public Resources Code 4293.
That resources code requires a 4-foot minimum clearance be maintained for power lines between 2,400 and 72,000 volts, and a 10-foot clearance for conductors 115,000 volts and above, according to a post on the PG&E web site.
“Neither PG&E nor any other utility that operates tens of thousands of line miles in such environments can verify on any one day that no tree in its service territory encroaches within the minimum clearance distances established by Public Resources Code 4293,” PG&E said in the filing.



Momo Challenge

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By Noel Brito

Staff writer

Pictures of what appears to be a scary looking woman appear on Youtube kids, an app for children that is motorized. “Momo”, is what this is referred to, is telling children to commit suicide and hurt themselves and “kill” their families. News has spread all over social media telling people to stay away from the Youtube Kids app. Children are being traumatized from this picture and having nightmares. When will this end?