Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, on leave amid book probe, has homes and City Hall office raided by feds | Fox News

Federal agents raided two homes belonging to Baltimore’s embattled mayor as well as City Hall on Thursday amid ongoing investigations into lucrative sales of her “Healthy Holly” books.

The Democratic mayor, who is currently on a leave of absence she’s blamed on pneumonia, has faced mounting calls to resign after it was discovered she reportedly received $500,000 from the University of Maryland Medical System for her self-authored “Healthy Holly” children’s book series.

UMMS reportedly paid Pugh for 100,000 copies of her books between 2011 and 2018, while she was on its board, with the stated intention of distributing the books to schools and day care centers.

But some 50,000 copies remain unaccounted for and officials are probing if they were ever even printed.

Source: Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, on leave amid book probe, has homes and City Hall office raided by feds | Fox News

Americans getting more inactive, computers partly to blame

Americans are becoming increasingly sedentary, spending almost a third of their waking hours sitting down, and computer use is partly to blame, a new study found.

Over almost a decade, average daily sitting time increased by roughly an hour, to about eight hours for U.S. teens and almost 6 1/2 hours for adults, according to the researchers. That includes school and work hours, but leisure-time computer use among all ages increased too.

By 2016, at least half of American kids and adults spent an hour or more of leisure time daily using computers. There are many services like this Managed IT Services Chicago who are bringing in courses which can help people understand and develop on the skill. The biggest increase was among the oldest adults: 15% of retirement-aged adults reported using computers that often in 2003-04, soaring to more than half in 2015-16.

Source: Americans getting more inactive, computers partly to blame

Popular e-cigarette products contaminated with bacterial and fungal toxins, study finds

Human exposure to the toxins has previously been associated with lung diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, and COPD.

“Finding these toxins in e-cigarette products adds to the growing concerns that we have about the safety of e-cigarettes,” said Dr. David Christiani, study author and professor of environmental genetics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public in Boston.

The researchers examined 75 popular e-cigarette products — 37 single-use cartridges and 38 e-liquids from 10 top selling U.S. brands. The products were classified into four different flavor categories: tobacco, menthol, fruit, and other; and screened for the presence of endotoxin and glucan, toxic inflammatory substances that damage the lungs.

They found that 17 of 75 products, 23%, contained traces of endotoxin, a potent inflammatory molecule found in bacteria, and 61 of 75 products, 81%, contained traces of glucan, a toxic substance found in the cell walls of most fungi. Exposure to these microbial toxins has been associated with a myriad of health problems, including asthma, reduced lung function, and inflammation.

Source: Popular e-cigarette products contaminated with bacterial and fungal toxins, study finds

Cher questions Bernie Sanders for saying Boston bomber deserves right to vote | Fox News

Music superstar Cher hit back at 2020 frontrunner Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday after he argued that criminals serving time in prison, including the Boston Marathon bomber, should be able to vote.

Cher took to Twitter Tuesday afternoon to sound off on Sanders’ position in a since-deleted tweet.

“Does Bernie Sanders really believe [people] in prison who are murderers!? Rapists!? Child Molesters!? Boston bombers… still deserve the right to vote!?” Cher asked her 3.65 million followers.

Source: Cher questions Bernie Sanders for saying Boston bomber deserves right to vote | Fox News

JOE BIDEN: Former vice president will reportedly visit Pittsburgh after declaring run for president Wednesday

A visit by Joe Biden to Pittsburgh would be true to past form. He has returned to the city again and again over the years.

Source: JOE BIDEN: Former vice president will reportedly visit Pittsburgh after declaring run for president Wednesday

Trump blasts Twitter as ‘very discriminatory,’ says the social-media company removes his followers

In two tweets on Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump went after Twitter over what he said were discriminatory practices.

Source: Trump blasts Twitter as ‘very discriminatory,’ says the social-media company removes his followers

Parking Enforcers Who Chalk Tires Violate The Constitution, Court Rules : NPR

Physically marking a tire without a warrant is a violation of the Fourth Amendment, a federal appeals court ruled. The amendment protects people from unreasonable searches and seizures.

The next time parking enforcement officers use chalk to mark your tires, they might be acting unconstitutionally.

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that “chalking” is a violation of the Fourth Amen

Source: Parking Enforcers Who Chalk Tires Violate The Constitution, Court Rules : NPR

IRS faces a second deadline to release Trump tax returns to Democrats – CNNPolitics

The Trump administration faces another deadline Tuesday to hand over six years of President Donald Trump’s personal and business tax returns.

(CNN)The Trump administration faces another deadline Tuesday to hand over six years of President Donald Trump’s personal and business tax returns.

House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal gave the IRS until 5 p.m. to respond to the request, appealing directly to the tax agencyafter Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin — who oversees the IRS — stepped in to decline a similar request earlier this month citing ongoing consultation with the Justice Department.

Source: IRS faces a second deadline to release Trump tax returns to Democrats – CNNPolitics

Trump orders crackdown on visa overstays

The Trump administration is considering suspending or limiting entry of nationals from countries with high rates of visa overstays as it seeks to clamp down on illegal immigration.

President Trump signed a memo on Monday giving the State and Homeland Security departments 120 days to come up with measures to tackle the problem.

Source: Trump orders crackdown on visa overstays

Redistricting push in 1 Westmoreland County community aims to cut wait times and raise voter turnout

A petition for new election districts in Westmoreland County’s Murrysville community will be presented May 3.The petition, filed on behalf of 85 registered electors, is looking to create new election districts in the community in an effort to reduce wait times and increase voter turnout.

Source: Redistricting push in 1 Westmoreland County community aims to cut wait times and raise voter turnout

Elizabeth Warren: Use wealth tax to wipe out college debt, pay tuition

Warren says her proposal would benefit 95% of the 45 million Americans carrying student debt and wipe it out for 75% of them. She says those steps would stimulate the economy by improving credit scores, increasing homebuying and easing small-business formation.

Source: Elizabeth Warren: Use wealth tax to wipe out college debt, pay tuition

Oil prices spike more than 3% on reports that US will end waivers for Iran sanctions

Oil prices surged by more than 3 percent on Monday past highs not seen since November 2018, after reports that Washington is set to announce that all buyers of Iranian oil will have to end imports, or be subject to U.S. sanctions.

Source: Oil prices spike more than 3% on reports that US will end waivers for Iran sanctions

Top 10 things the media got wrong about ‘collusion’ and ‘obstruction’

The prestige press has some explaining to do — for subjecting the nation to a long, cruel ordeal named “collusion” and “obstruction.” Almost two years and millions of column inches later,

Here are the 10 worst, drawn from among many more:

10. CNN bungles Comey testimony

It took four bylines — including those of CNN stars Jake Tapper and Gloria Borger — to completely botch the most important aspect of former FBI Director James Comey’s June 2017 congressional testimony.

9. Times columnist shares fervid dreams

New York Times columnist Charles Blow’s column of Dec. 2, 2018, was silly even by his standards.

8. Washington Post ‘fact checker’ needs a fact check

“All the Known Times the Trump Campaign Met With Russians” read the headline on a 2017 Fact Checker feature in The Washington Post. But by fact-checking, the paper really means judging various claims against liberal orthodoxies.

7. The MSNBC spy who should stay in the cold

No senior US official has done more damage to the credibility of the intelligence community than John Brennan.  Last month, Brennan confidently predictedthat “Friday [March 8] is the day the grand-jury indictments come down” against Trump associates and family members over “criminal conspiracy involving the Russians and US persons.” Nope.

6. The Guardian concocts a collusion meeting

Among foreign outlets, none covered itself in as much shame as The Guardian. The British paper in November 2018 published a story — bylined to superstar writer Luke Harding and two others, one of whom later mysteriously disappeared from the paper’s Web site — about secret talks between one Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort and WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange that took place at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. The sourcing was flimsy, to put it generously, and sure enough, as Glenn Greenwald notes at The Intercept, “Nothing in the [Mueller] report even hints, let alone states, that [Manafort] ever visited Julian Assange.”

5. WaPo columnist’s overstated, undying Ukraine narrative

“The Trump campaign worked behind the scenes” ahead of the Republican National Convention “to make sure the new Republican platform won’t call for giving weapons to Ukraine to fight Russian and rebel forces.” So reported The Washington Post’s Josh Rogin.

4. The Atlantic accuses Jeff Sessions!

In June 2017, the combustible young reporter Julia Ioffe wrote an article for The Atlantic, running to several thousand words, that cast doubt on former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ claim that he didn’t meet with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak as a Trump surrogate but rather as a matter of routine in his role at the time as a US senator.

3. David Corn’s dossier debacle

It was the document that set off the whole shebang. In October 2016, days before the election, David Corn of Mother Jones wrote of an unnamed “former senior intelligence officer for a Western country,” Christopher Steele (unnamed at the time), who claimed that the Russians had dirt on Trump they could use to blackmail him.

2. McClatchy catches Michael Cohen in Prague

Speaking of the dossier, remember when McClatchy’s Greg Gordon and Peter Stone reported that Mueller had evidence that Trump consigliere Michael Cohen had “secretly made a late-summer trip to Prague during the 2016 presidential campaign,”

1. Buzzfeed knows who told Cohen to lie

Which brings us to the top foul-up of the whole sordid saga. That would be BuzzFeed’s report, by Jason Lepold and Anthony Cormier, in January claiming that Trump had directed Cohen to lie to Congress about talks to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

Source: Top 10 things the media got wrong about ‘collusion’ and ‘obstruction’

BREAKING: FBI arrests militia member near border, described as “armed vigilante” – KVIA

The FBI arrested a 69-year-old militia member in Sunland Park on Saturday in connection with possessing firearms and ammunition as a felon, according to the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office.

The man, Larry Mitchell Hopkins, is a Flora Vista, N.M., native also known as “Johnny Horton Jr.,” according to an FBI release.

ABC-7’s Mauricio Casillas interviewed the United Constitutional Patriots Commander in a story that aired in March.

Source: BREAKING: FBI arrests militia member near border, described as “armed vigilante” – KVIA

BUTLER COUPLE INDICTED: Former hospital CEO and ex-county detective charged in $1.3 million fraud

The U.S. attorney in Pittsburgh says the indictment includes charges of mail fraud, conspiracy, embezzlement from a healthcare benefit program and money laundering.

A former CEO of Butler Memorial Hospital and her husband, a former longtime Butler County detective whose duties involved fraud investigations, are named in a federal indictment that alleges a $1.3 million fraud, authorities said Friday.

The 37-count indictment against Stephanie Roskovski, 48, and Scott Roskovski, 50, includes charges of mail fraud, conspiracy, embezzlement from a health care benefit program, money laundering and false statement in a loan application, U.S. Attorney Scott Brady’s office said.

Source: BUTLER COUPLE INDICTED: Former hospital CEO and ex-county detective charged in $1.3 million fraud

NASA needs a camera to spot killer asteroids — Quartz

Forget aliens. We’ve got to find the asteroids.

Astronomers tend to be patient people. When it comes to stars, much of what they examine happened millions of years ago, and when it comes to space probes, even pre-launch prep can take a decade or more.

But they are getting impatient about launching an infrared space telescope called NEOCam. It has a very specific mission: Spotting near-Earth objects—astronomical bodies, most commonly asteroids, whose orbits around the sun could pass close to Earth and potentially collide with our planet, some of which could damage or destroy civilization itself.

It’s not speculative; a major meteoric impact is inevitable, and we need to keep a better eye on the solar system.

Source: NASA needs a camera to spot killer asteroids — Quartz

Greensburg re-enactment brings Jesus’ trial to courthouse steps | TribLIVE.com

Dozens of people braved wind and rain on Good Friday to attend the 25th annual “Way of the Cross” drama in downtown Greensburg.

For the 17th time, Rick Zabrosky reprised his role as Jesus in the hours before his crucifixion — driven relentlessly through the streets of Greensburg by eight Roman soldiers.

“It truly brings the Scriptures to life,” Zabrosky, of Greensburg, said. “I have been stopped after the event by several people who joined the procession and told how moving it was and how it brought tears to their eyes.”

The re-enactment started on the steps of the Westmoreland County Courthouse with Jesus’ trial before Pontius Pilate. Following his sentencing, he was led by the guards down a route comprising South Main Street, West Otterman Street, South Pennsylvania Avenue and West Third Street.

Source: Greensburg re-enactment brings Jesus’ trial to courthouse steps | TribLIVE.com

France’s Yellow Vest protesters return to the streets enraged by billions pledged to rebuild Notre Dame | Fox News

Yellow vest protestors in Paris battled police during violent clashes Saturday–newly enraged at the billions of dollars that have been pledged to rebuild fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral, overshadowing their anti-wealth cause.

Source: France’s Yellow Vest protesters return to the streets enraged by billions pledged to rebuild Notre Dame | Fox News

Biden Expected To Launch Presidential Campaign Next Week | Newsradio 1020 KDKA

Former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to join the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential race next week.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to join the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential race next week.

The decision answers one of the most significant outstanding questions of the early presidential primary season, which has already seen announcements from 18 high-profile Democrats. Biden, 76, would be the oldest and most experienced politician in the race.

His plans were confirmed by three people with knowledge, who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. The announcement is expected as early as Wednesday and would cap months of deliberation over his political future.

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