April 16, 2016

Egyptians protest handover of islands to Saudi Arabia. “An estimated 2,000 people joined separate demonstrations in Alexandria and downtown Cairo, where security forces fired tear gas to disperse some demonstrators.” http://time.com/4296334/egypt-protests-tiran-sanafir-islands/

Georgia principal allegedly paddles 5 year-old. “It is still legal to strike kids as a form of punishment in public schools in 19 states, primarily in the south and the west, despite research and experts’ views that it amounts to child abuse.” http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/georgia-boy-paddled-viral-vid-legal-experts-article-1.2603158

Tecumseh, Michigan reportedly threatens residents with jail over unreturned library books. “The Durens received a letter about the overdue books in December. They were able to find and return one of the books in January.” http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2016/04/15/michigan-couple-faces-jail-time-over-overdue-library-books/

Clinton and Sanders both allegedly voted for 1994 anti-crime law, tougher sentencing. “…71.2 million people, nearly 30% of all adults, are included in the master criminal file maintained by the FBI. A spokesman said the file grows by an average of 10,000 to 12,000 first-time arrestees each day.” http://www.wsj.com/articles/hillary-clinton-bernie-sanders-both-backed-crime-law-critics-blame-for-unfair-system-1460660257

Boston police sergeant who hit and killed 18 year-old crossing the street will not be charged. “Hoppie, a 20-year veteran with Boston police,  stayed at the scene and cooperated with investigators.” http://boston.cbslocal.com/2016/04/15/boston-police-milton-katelisa-etienne/

Food company to warn consumers that high salt and sugar products should not be eaten regularly. “The Brussels-based unit of Mars Inc. said Friday that some of its products, such as Dolmio pesto, should only be eaten about once a week because they contain high levels of sugar, salt and fat.” http://www.businessinsider.com/ap-mars-to-label-some-pasta-sauces-as-an-occasional-treat-2016-4

German comedian faces charges in Germany for insulting President Erdogan of Turkey. “Chancellor Angela Merkel, in granting Turkey’s request to allow the prosecution of Jan Boehmermann, cast her decision as adherence to the country’s laws against insulting heads of state: “In a state governed by the rule of law, it’s not the domain of the government, but rather the prosecutors and the courts, to weigh individual rights.” https://boingboing.net/2016/04/15/german-chancellor-allows-prose.html

Verizon union claims Porsche-driving corporate lawyer hit strikers with his car. “When reached for comment, the Gaithersburg police, where this incident reportedly occurred, declined to comment.” https://www.salon.com/2016/04/15/striking_verizon_workers_hit_by_company_attorney_driving_a_porsche/

Hillary Clinton defends overlooking coup in Honduras. “…I think, in retrospect, we managed a very difficult situation, without bloodshed, without a civil war, that led to a new election. And I think that was better for the Honduran people.” http://njtoday.net/2016/04/14/clinton-says-2009-coup-honduras-actually-followed-law-removing-president-zelaya/

Green Party presidential hopeful Jill Stein reportedly qualifies for federal funds. “To become eligible, a candidate must raise a threshold amount of $100,000 by collecting at least $5,000 in 20 different states in amounts of no more than $250 per individual.” http://www.greenpartywatch.org/2016/04/14/stein-qualifies-for-matching-funds-fec-authorizes-initial-100000-payment/comment-page-1/

About 40% of Super PAC money allegedly comes from 50 families, and more than 70% goes to Republicans. “In all, donors this cycle have given more than $607 million to 2,300 super PACs, which can accept unlimited contributions from individuals and corporations.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-new-gilded-age-close-to-half-of-all-super-pac-money-comes-from-50-donors/2016/04/15/63dc363c-01b4-11e6-9d36-33d198ea26c5_story.html

Bernie Sanders fly to Rome, addresses Vatican conference on inequality. “”Pope Francis has called on the world to say ‘No’ to a financial system that rules rather than serves,” Sanders said, quoting the pontiff.” https://news.vice.com/article/bernie-sanders-quotes-pope-francis-vatican-conference

Trump’s favorite Bible verse is one from the Old Testament that was criticized by Jesus. “The Bible verse that really resonates with Donald Trump is “an eye for an eye,” from the Old Testament.” http://www.cbsnews.com/news/donald-trump-names-his-favorite-bible-verse/

Ivy League students protest for divestment from fossil fuel industry. “The actions this week come just ahead of a climate mobilization called Break Free, which organizers describe as “A global wave of mass actions [that] will target the world’s most dangerous fossil fuel projects, in order to keep coal, oil and gas in the ground and accelerate the just transition to 100% renewable energy.” http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/04/15/sit-ins-arrests-and-escalation-student-divestment-movement-springs-action

Berkeley student flying home after U.N. dinner is removed from plane after being reported for speaking Arabic on the phone. “At the end of the phone call, conducted in Arabic, Makhzoomi said goodbye to his uncle with the phrase “inshallah,” which translates to “if God is willing…. Minutes later, an airport employee arrived to remove Makhzoomi from the airplane.” http://www.dailycal.org/2016/04/14/uc-berkeley-student-questioned-refused-service-speaking-arabic-flight/

The most evasive answers from the New York Democratic primary debate. “….if something’s important enough for a candidate that they concoct a ludicrous non-response, there’s probably a sore point under there somewhere.” https://theintercept.com/2016/04/15/the-brooklyn-dodgers-non-answers-from-hillary-clinton-bernie-sanders/

Texas elementary school discourages kids from walking or riding bikes to school. “Holly Ray, the principal at Bear Branch Elementary School in Magnolia, insists that children must either take the bus or be picked up by car, unless their parents come on foot after the car line has finished.” http://www.treehugger.com/culture/texas-school-clashes-parents-over-bizarre-anti-pedestrian-pickup-policy.html

Voters said to be reporting voter registration irregularities in numerous states. “Many people across the country, including New York and California, are reporting problems with their voter registrations being changed without their permission.” http://heavy.com/news/2016/04/election-fraud-voter-registration-changed-suppression-party-affiliation-sanders-clinton-ca-ny-az-md-pa-what-to-do/

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April 16, 2016

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