DeVos Family Money Is All Over The News Right Now : NPR

Family separation, the Supreme Court on public-sector unions, the Kavanaugh nomination: All are linked, through donations, to the billionaire family of the education secretary.

From the policy of separating immigrant families, to limiting the power of labor unions, to naming the next justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, this summer the DeVos family name has been all over the news.

Over the years, the parents, in-laws and husband of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have given hundreds of millions of dollars to conservative causes. And many of those causes are front and center of policy initiatives and goals of the Trump administration right now.

Source: DeVos Family Money Is All Over The News Right Now : NPR

Brookstone files for bankruptcy and will close all of its mall stores

Brookstone is seeking a buyer for its 35 airport stores.

The company will keep its 35 airport stores and website open and running while it attempts to find a buyer.

It has secured a $30 million loan to finance operations during the sale. In a bankruptcy filing, Brookstone said it had liabilities totaling up to $500 million and assets between $50 to $100 million.

Brookstone’s CEO said in a statement that its airport and online businesses were successful, but an “extremely challenging retail environment at malls” forced the company to close its stores there.

Source: Brookstone files for bankruptcy and will close all of its mall stores

Los Angeles council proposes banning fur sales, like West Hollywood and San Francisco | Fox News

The City of Angels may join San Francisco in the policy.

On August 1, over a dozen animal welfare activists met with Councilman Paul Koretz at City Hall to discuss the issue, the L.A. Times reports. If the proposal, written by Koertz and fellow council member Bob Blumenfield, were to pass, L.A. would join West Hollywood, Berkeley and San Francisco in instating such policies.

Source: Los Angeles council proposes banning fur sales, like West Hollywood and San Francisco | Fox News

Trump administration to freeze fuel-efficiency requirements – The Washington Post

California and other states are likely to challenge proposed rules on cars and trucks.

The Trump administration on Thursday announced plans to freeze fuel-efficiency requirements for the nation’s cars and trucks through 2026 — a massive regulatory rollback likely to spur a legal battle with California and other states, as well as create potentialupheaval in the nation’s automotive market.

The proposal represents an abrupt reversal of the findings that the government reached under President Barack Obama, when regulators argued that requiring more-fuel-efficient vehicles would improve public health, combat climate change and save consumers money without compromising safety.z

Source: Trump administration to freeze fuel-efficiency requirements – The Washington Post

Facebook is putting $4.5 million to helping the news industry – CNET

Facebook’s latest quarterly profit was more than $5 billion.

Facebook is putting $4.5 million toward helping the news industry, by donating to a fund for nonprofit newsrooms and kicking off a program to help publishers that need memberships to make money.

Facebook, which earned more than $5 billion in profit in its latest three-month quarter, said earlier this year that would renew its focus on things like local news. But in the last month, Facebook has come under a wave of criticism about how it handles fake news and misinformation on its site. Much of the latest outcry has stemmed from the company’s inconsistent explanations about whether outlets like Infowars and harmful content cross the lineand need to be removed.

Source: Facebook is putting $4.5 million to helping the news industry – CNET

HOT METAL BRIDGE RESCUE: Man, 25, killed after he, 2 others jumped from Pittsburgh bridge | WPXI

PITTSBURGH – A water rescue had a tragic ending Sunday night when one of three people pulled from the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh’s South Side did not survive, officials said.

Family members, friends and coworkers of 25-year-old Austin Bible said he was active and adventurous. They believe he was just trying to have fun when he jumped off the Hot Metal Bridge.

Emergency responders were called shortly after 8:30 p.m. for the report of three men who jumped into the river from the bridge.

Source: HOT METAL BRIDGE RESCUE: Man, 25, killed after he, 2 others jumped from Pittsburgh bridge | WPXI

2 charged with stealing woman’s wallet, using credit cards minutes later | WPXI

MCCANDLESS, Pa. – Two undocumented immigrants from Chile are in the Allegheny County Jail tonight after police say they distracted a woman to grab her wallet when she wasn’t looking and then using her credit cards to cash in.

According to police In McCandless, the theft happened at Trader Joe’s about 4 p.m. Monday.

Police say the two men, who did not speak English, wasted no time. They quickly purchased $1,500 worth of electronics at Target on McKnight Road before they were caught in the parking lot just 21 minutes after police took the victim’s report

Source: 2 charged with stealing woman’s wallet, using credit cards minutes later | WPXI

Catholic diocese names dozens accused of sexual abuse in Pennsylvania | Reuters

 

(Reuters) – A Roman Catholic bishop in Pennsylvania released the names on Wednesday of 71 clergy members and seminarians accused of sexually abusing children since the 1940s, acting in advance of a release of grand jury findings on clergy abuse in the state.

Those on the list would be removed from “any position of honor” throughout the Diocese of Harrisburg in central Pennsylvania, the diocese said in a statement.

The name of every bishop in the diocese in the past seven decades will be removed from buildings in the diocese, in recognition of their failure to properly deal with accusations of abuse, the statement added.

Source: Catholic diocese names dozens accused of sexual abuse in Pennsylvania | Reuters