(Queens, NY) – Several people are recovering from injuries they suffered during an attack that saw a teen girl throw bleach. It happened yesterday morning at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Bayside.
Police say the 15-year-old attacker poured bleach on a 14-year-old girl who had just poured pickle juice on her. Four other people were hit by the bleach, one of them a boy who apparently got some of the caustic liquid in his eyes.
The 15-year-old suspect was arrested and charged but later released to her parents.
(SL) – Stephen King is apologizing for a tweet. The famed horror author weighed in on this week’s train crash involving members of the Republican party on their way to a retreat in West Virginia.
He tweeted “A trainload of Republicans on their way to a pricey retreat hit a garbage truck. My friend Russ calls that karma.” After followers noted that one person had actually died in the collision, King backed off. In follow up tweets he said he was sorry and called his initial tweet rather thoughtless
(SL) – Actress Halle Berry says she’s livid after learning the details of sexual harassment allegations against her former manager. The “Washington Post” reported this week on claims made by nine women against Vincent Cirrincione.
She took to social media Friday evening to respond. Berry said she was saddened when she first learned of the accusations, and became sick after reading the detailed accounts.
Most of the women involved say Cirrincione would name-drop clients like Berry and Taraji P. Henson while pressuring the up and coming actresses for sexual favors.
Berry said “I’m livid that he used me, and the role model he helped me become, to lure and manipulate innocent, vulnerable women of color for his predatory actions.”
(Los Angeles, CA) — Los Angeles County prosecutors say the 12-year-old girl charged with bringing a semiautomatic handgun to Sal Castro Middle School and shooting two classmates is due to be arraigned Monday. LAPD Captain Neil Gardner says it’s important for parents to teach their kids about gun safety.
“For our communities that we’re serving and all that we reach out to you, is the importance of parents, gun owners insuring the safe securing of firearms preventing access to youth, 12 year olds, kids and making and ensuring that our schools are safe locations..preventing that at the home.”
The girl’s name is not being revealed because of her age. Los Angeles police believe the shooting was accidental and may have happened when she dropped her backpack with the gun inside. A 15-year-old boy was shot in the head and a 15-year-old girl was hit in the hand with the same bullet.
Students returned to class yesterday. The suspect was placed in juvenile hall where she was booked on a charge of negligent discharge of a firearm. But there’s still the big question about why a 12-year-old had a gun inside a classroom.
(West Palm Beach, FL) –As expected, the release of a controversial GOP memo on the Russia investigation has Washington abuzz. California Republican Devin Nunes, the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, is defending the release saying he had an obligation to reveal what he called surveillance abuses by the FBI and Justice Department.
The formerly classified memo was released by the House intel panel after being cleared by President Trump yesterday. Nunes, in an appearance on Fox, said the intel panel will next start investigating some of the behavior at the State Department during the presidential campaign. Democrats say the memo is a political ploy by Republicans to mislead the American people.
President Trump says the memo from the House Intelligence Committee “totally vindicates” him in the Russian probe. In a Saturday morning tweet, Trump added, “But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on.”
He also called the investigation “an American disgrace!” The President is spending the weekend in South Florida .
(Las Vegas, NV) – An Arizona man who sold ammo to the Las Vegas shooter is facing charges. Federal prosecutors in Nevada are charging Douglas Haig with conspiracy to manufacture and sell armor-piercing ammunition.
A warrant for Haig’s arrest was issued yesterday, according to court records. At a news conference yesterday, he said he doesn’t believe the tracer ammunition he sold to gunman Stephen Paddock was used in the massacre.
Haig also insisted that Paddock didn’t act unusual when he came to his home to purchase about 720 rounds of tracer ammunition.
(SL) — New safety standards are in place for baby sling carriers. The new standards apply to any infant sling carrier manufactured or imported after January 30th of this year. The standards are aimed at preventing deaths and injuries to young children.
The new rules state that all infant slings must have permanently attached warning labels and come with instructions to show proper positioning. Those warning labels must also include statements about suffocation hazards and children falling out of slings.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 159 incidents were reported between January 2003 and September 2016 involving sling carriers, including 17 deaths and 67 injuries.
(Washington, DC) — President Trump is sounding pessimistic on the possibility of an immigration deal while claiming Democrats don’t really want to resolve the status of DACA and young “Dreamers.” Trump made his comments yesterday afternoon while touring the National Targeting Center run by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The facility screens passengers and cargo for potential threats. The President used the visit to blast what he sees as weak immigration laws and uncooperative nations, especially in Latin America. He threatened to slap tariffs and reduce foreign aid on countries that don’t accept back their citizens deported by the U.S. And with Trump ordering an end to the DACA program on March 5th unless Congress passes new legislation, he claims Democrats are holding up a new deal.
The federal government is fast approaching another shutdown deadline, which is set for midnight on Thursday. Many Democrats are pressing for a DACA deal to accompany any funding extension.
(Washington, DC) – The Justice Department is looking to combat human trafficking. Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrapped up a day-long summit yesterday, calling it a high priority for the department.
Sessions says, “The day I was sworn it as Attorney General, President Trump sent me an executive order to dismantle these transnational criminal organizations. It is a high priority of ours. You can be sure that this includes human trafficking groups.”
Sessions says a prime target is use of the internet as a tool for trafficking children. The Center for Missing and Exploited Children reports a nine-fold increase between 2010 and 2015 in suspected child sex trafficking, largely through internet use. The Attorney General says trafficking is another reason to boost security along the southern border. The conference brought together law enforcement officials, medical professionals and representatives from corporations like Facebook, UPS, Delta Airlines and Coca-Cola.
(Eaton County, MI) – The father of three victims of Larry Nassar attempted to attack the disgraced former sports doctor in a Michigan courtroom. After two of his daughters spoke at the third and final sentencing hearing for Nassar, Randall Margraves asked the presiding judge for time in a locked room with the former Michigan State and USA Gymnastics physician.
When the judge denied those requests, Margraves used profanity towards Nassar, then rushed at him though was quickly blocked by an attorney and tackled by sheriff’s deputies. Judge Janice Cunningham said there was “no way” she would punish Margraves, who apologized to the court.