- to move to a higher position; lift up; elevate:
- to set upright:
- to cause to rise or stand up;
- to build; erect:
- to set up the framework of:
- to set in motion; activate:
- to grow or breed, care for, or promote the growth of:
- to serve in the capacity of parent to; rear: to raise children.
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If convicted on all the charges, he faces 20 years in prison and more than $1 million in fines.
Cannon, a longtime radio show host and the founder of E-Z parking, a parking management company, was elected mayor in November, replacing Anthony Foxx. Foxx was named Transportation Secretary by President Barack Obama.
Telephone messages left for Cannon were not immediately returned.
According to the complaint, FBI agents posing as commercial real estate developers paid Cannon on five separate occasions between January 2013 and February 2014. Cannon accepted cash in exchange for access to city officials responsible for planning, zoning and permitting.
On the last occasion, Cannon was accused of accepting $20,000 in cash in the mayor's office, the complaint said.
The investigation began in August 2010, when Cannon still held an at-large seat on the Charlotte City Council. He was first elected to the council in 1993 at age 26, becoming the youngest council member in the city's history.
"I am both saddened and angered because I have known Patrick and his family for over 30 years, but more than anything, my heart is broken for the city of Charlotte," said Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, a former Charlotte mayor. "This is not the city that I know, served and love. This alleged behavior is inexcusable and cannot be tolerated."
This scandal has given Governor McCrory the perfect opportunity to climb atop his high horse to pontificate, and deflect the attention from his own brewing quagmire.
According to the complaint, Cannon was also accused of accepting $12,500 from an undercover agent to help him develop a feminine hygiene product called "Hers" to be marketed and sold in the United States. In exchange, Cannon offered to help the agent posing as a business manager for a venture capital company to get the necessary permits to open a nightclub.
During the meeting, an undercover agent told Cannon: "You know, again whatever you can do to get our application moved up towards the top, uh, business license and things like that, that we need."
According to the complaint, Cannon responded: "Yeah, not a problem."
Cannon later had a discussion with the undercover agent, apparently attempting to clarify that the money was strictly seed money for the "Hers" product and not payment for his help in opening the nightclub.
"OK, so I mean, 'cause I'm not, I'm not one of those Chicago or Detroit type (of) folk," Cannon told the agent, apparently referring to high-profile corruption cases in those cities.
But as it turns out, he actually is, and the sad part is the fact that he referenced the scandal ridded cities of Detroit and Chicago inferring familiarity with those failed
Cannon ended the conversation by saying he looked good "in an orange necktie, but not an orange suit," according to the complaint.
When the agent set up two later meetings to discuss the money and give Cannon an opportunity to return it, Cannon failed to show up, the complaint said.
During his campaign, Cannon promoted plans to create jobs in a city of 760,000 people that has become one of the nation's leading banking and energy centers.
Big banks helped drive Charlotte's explosive growth over the past two decades, but the city's financial institutions were hurt in the nation's banking meltdown. Since 2008, Charlotte has lost thousands of good-paying financial services jobs.
Two days after Cannon announced he was running for mayor in May 2013, the first undercover agent introduced him to a second undercover agent posing as a developer from Las Vegas. The second agent told Cannon he was interested in developments along a streetcar and light rail line being built in Charlotte. Cannon provided the proposed routes and stops, according to the complaint.
Cannon later agreed to fly to Las Vegas to convince a group of potential foreign investors to invest in the company purportedly owned by the second agent. Even though the two had known each other only about a month, Cannon agreed to tell the investors he had known the agent for years. The complaint said Cannon acknowledged the story he would tell investors was false, saying, "Well, if it's made up, it really doesn't matter."
Cannon and the second agent also discussed compensating Cannon for his part in the scheme, and Cannon suggested that he receive a campaign donation before he made the trip to Las Vegas.
Instead, the agent agreed to pay for Cannon's trip to Las Vegas, plus $6,000 cash for spending money for his wife. The Cannons received the first $1,000 when they arrived in Las Vegas; they received the other $5,000 after Cannon gave his presentation to the purported investors.
Late last night Cannon submitted his resignation letter to city manager Ron Carlee and city attorney Bob Hagemann, Charlotte spokesman Keith Richardson said in an email.
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His friends gave him the option of getting a Barbie tattooed on his butt or his fast food purchase on his arm.
"Now I'm a living billboard," he said. "But I think all this is just fun. Maybe it won't be as fun when I'm 50 or 60 years old, but it's my choice."
The tattoo, which takes up most of his arm, shows a recent purchase that included a soda, cheeseburger and "nonstop Flurry."
A spokeswoman from McDonald's Norway has stated that the teen is "obviously" a "loyal customer."
The tattoo parlor also offered to ink the receipt they gave Ytterdahl for the first tattoo on his left arm for free and he's agreed. The tattoo on his other arm will be the receipt he got when he bought the crack that made him high enough to agree to the first tattoo.
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Thursday, March 20, 2014
Thomas Rica pleaded guilty Wednesday to four counts of theft. In return, prosecutors will recommend that he receive five years' probation and pay about $200,000 in restitution to Ridgewood.
The 43-year-old Hawthorne resident lost his job with Ridgewood in January 2013, following his arrest for taking $500 in coins from its parking meter collection room. But investigators later determined that he stole $460,000 overall.
He must have had a ton of laundry.
Authorities said the money was stolen over the course of 25 months. They say Rica was not authorized to be in the room but would enter it and fill his pockets with money.
They say he deposited the money more than 1.8 million quarters, into his bank account.
A woman says she was told her "toned body" was too "intimidating" for other gym members to handle, but the gym in question contends that's not exactly true.
Tiffany Austin says that she was working out at a Planet Fitness Gym in Richmond, Calif. on Monday when an employee approached her.
According to Austin, the staff member told her "excuse me we've had some complaints you're intimidating people with your toned body. So can you put on a shirt?”
Oh, snap! That happens to me each and every time I go to the beach.
Austin agreed, but as the first staff member went to go get her a free shirt, another staff member again told her that her body was too fit to be shown. It was at that point that Austin said she asked for a refund for her gym membership and bolted.
But Planet Fitness says the issue was not with Austin's body, but with her outfit.
In a recent statement made by Planet Fitness a spokesperson is quoted as saying. "In this particular instance, club staff received complaints from several members about Ms. Austin’s attire. As a result, a staff member informed her of the dress code policy and also offered to provide her with a free t-shirt to complete her workout. Planet Fitness’ dress code policy is based solely on attire and not physique, as members of all shapes and sizes are welcome in our clubs.”
The second woman also agreed to take off her shoes, but left when the suspect asked her to remove her socks.
Both confrontations happened Monday. Police are looking for the man.
A video shows inmates in a South Carolina state prison recording a song with a cell phone, something that is considered contraband behind bars.
"I am not happy about it and I've talked to the warden about why this was allowed to happen and we are doing things currently to change how contraband gets in," said Director of the state Department of Corrections, Bryan Stirling.
The video has only been on the web for about two days and already has close to 500,000 views.
Stirling is the Director of the Department of Corrections and he says any contraband is dangerous but cell phones pose a huge threat.
"We have a case that's in federal court with Captain Johnson where there was an alleged use of a cell phone to perform a hit on Johnson and he was shot six times at his home."
Robert Johnson who was shot back in 2010 was a corrections officer overseeing efforts to keep contraband like cell phones out of Lee Correctional Institution.
With this incident Stirling says there were several broken violations.
"The windows should not have been covered and those are going to be questions in our investigation that I want answers to."
Aside from the covered window, about seven inmates were in a cell without supervision and there was writing on some of the inmate's hats, something Stirling says is a violation.
Apparently inmates make the rules in this prison.
He says there are a number of ways that contraband can get in a prison some hide drugs and phones in footballs and other items.
The department has now added officers to patrol more areas and they are using new metal detecting devices.
"We also walk their mattresses by and it can detect if medal is in them."
There is a bill in the state house that would make it a felony to provide contraband. Lawmakers will discuss the bill yesterday.
As for the seven inmates in the video, they have been removed from that prison and an investigation is ongoing.
All of their efforts are too little, too late. These inmates we're able to record audio and video of what is probably going to be a hit single, and someone will probably capitalize on this foolishness by signing them. The sad, frustrating and disturbing part is the fact that these inmates have no idea how much impact this stunt has. They have single handedly given credence to the conservative ascertain that prisons just aren't tough enough. Never mind the African-American incarceration rate, or the lengthy prison sentences. These guys were happy enough to rap behind bars, had enough freedom to obtain a cell phone, and were relaxed enough to utilize their creativity by coming up with a chorus, rhymes and a beat. What hard time? These institutionalized M.C.'s seem right at home with the concrete, cold steel, and broken dreams, and maybe they are. Which is perhaps, the sadest part of all.
Predictably, proponents of lengthy prison sentences for repeat offenders will use this stupid video as a "case in point" reference because of these moron's gone viral.
Indeed the New York City Department of Corrections was derelict in their duties, and violated Mr. Murdough's civil liberties by allowing him to bake in a cell. But the question is. Why is the issue of mental so difficult to deal with? I am of the opinion that it is because mental diseases are not tangible. Physical wounds are easy to see, easier to treat, and visual. It is hard for man to believe, much less treat or diagnos what he cannot see. But it can be and is being done. But for jails and prisons it becomes a symptomatic, problematic, delicate guessing game, and penal institutions are just not equipped enough to handle these cases. However this doesn't not lessen the responsibility they have to those who are in custody.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Students have criticized school disciplinary policies in the past, but, now, they were advocating for a classmate in jail.
Some students showed up wearing prison suits and handcuffs.
"In Wake County, black students make up 25 percent of the student body, and over 60 percent of suspensions," said Cary High School student Qasima Wideman.
About a half dozen student's with the student advocate group NC HEAT used the public comment portion of Tuesday's meeting to blast what they call the system's school-to-prison pipeline.
"You're just constantly, constantly trying to be pushed out of school," said Knightdale High School student Tavon Bridges. "Whether it be in jail, or you just sitting at home not doing any work."
They claim zero-tolerance policies involving minor incidents lead to arrests, juvenile detention referrals and jail. That's the case with their friend Selina Garcia.
Excerpts from a letter the southeast Raleigh senior wrote behind bars read, "I slept in a cage, on a hard metallic bed, with a paper thin mattress."
Garcia remains in jail 12 days after she allegedly got into a fight on a school bus with another student.
"I just want to see change. This is getting ridiculous," said Broughton High School student Markyona Patrick.
NC HEAT said the system should hire more counselors, not more resource officers and put a moratorium on out-of-school suspensions.
"We've been taking many steps to both recognize the data that's in Wake County which is concerning and I think the board also has taken a lot of steps to improve our discipline policies," said Wake School Board Chair Christine Kushner.
Wake County Schools recently adopted a five level infraction system with five being the highest level. Garcia is accused of a level two violation. So with that being said. Does a level 5 violation equal toture, starvation, or worse.
She was set to graduate this spring, but her arrest now puts that in jeopardy.
Although incarcerating children for simply being children is an outrageous, knee jerk reaction deeply rooted in paranoia, the rules still stand. No matter how unjust or unfair they may be. Throughout my time in public school I was allowed to make mistakes, and I was given countless second chances. I was never a juvenile delinquent or menace to society. But like the majority of adults in America I was involved in the occasional school yard shoving match. Back then suspension or a mid day phone call to my parents was the worst that could happen. Today in our regressive society children are no longer given the luxury of failure. Just the disadvantage of swift punishment. They just don't have the option of making a mistake. Because in this encironment the things that seemed trivial thirty years ago are now being used as weapons to destroy them. With that being said, as parents we have to know the laws in our state, and have an in depth knowledge of school policies. We must be ever vigilant in making sure that our children have a clear understanding of these policies and rules so that they can adhere to them no matter how ridiculously unfair they are. Their futures may depend on it.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Davis collapsed suddenly when members of the congregation questioned him about his admitted infidelity.
But according to the local media, churchgoers were actually expressing their forgiveness when Davis unexpectedly passed away.
A church elder was quoted as saying: "We were shouting, 'We forgive you, we love you,' but the stress of all of it, he had a heart attack." Davis' official cause of death, though, has not been determined.
Police have already reviewed a video that a church member recorded while attending service. Police have also interviewed several witnesses.
Davis had been a pastor at the church he and his wife founded since 1967. He leaves behind six children and eight grandchildren.
May he rest in peace.
Monday, March 17, 2014
This story serves as a fatal, cautionary tale. A narrative fraught with deception, youthful indescretion, bad judgement, disobedience, and lies. A tale with plot twist's that continually changed my opinion, and gave me cause for self examination.
A Houston father who fatally shot 17-year-old Johran McCormick, whom he discovered in bed with his 16-year-old daughter will likely not face charges. But he will still have to look in the mirror and face himself each and every day.
“What was going on in the person’s mind at the time of the shooting, not what they found out after the fact” is key, said Houston area prosecutor Warren Diepraam. “They’re looking at what he was thinking when he made the decision to shoot.
McCormick, who was unarmed, was discovered around 2:30 a.m. after the girl’s younger brother noticed two feet sticking from underneath his sister’s bed and went to tell his father.
The father, who has not been identified, grabbed his gun and ran to his daughter’s room where he confronted who he assumed was an intruder.
The girl initially lied and said that she did not know McCormick. The father and the teen argued and when it appeared that the boy was reaching for a gun, the father shot him.
McCormick died at the scene.
His distraught mother, Zakia McCormick, is allegedly hoping that the girl’s father is charged with murder.
“If you take a life, you give your life,” Zakia McCormick “We’re suffering. Why isn’t he suffering too?”
“I wish the father could have asked more questions, he could have picked up the phone,” said Shawn Curley, the teen’s father. “And for her to say she didn’t know who he was, that was most hurtful.”
McCormick was shot in the head.
At the time of his death, his parents both believed that he was in New Orleans for Spring Break and had no idea that he had returned.
“For him to be in someone else’s house at 2:30 in the morning is shocking to us,” Curley said. ”Every day one of us would tell him, ‘Don’t go by no little girl’s house if her parents don’t know you.’ “
The 55-year-old father suffered panic attacks after the shooting and was rushed to the hospital.
Scenario's like this have been a staple in teen comedies and coming of age stories ever since I can remember. A budding teenage girl hides a boy in her bedroom closet or under her bed and prays that he isn't discovered. It usually ends with a teenage boy climbing out of the window, dropping to the ground and running across someone's lawn. Each and every time that I've seen this situation play out I'd declare that if it were my daughter I don't know what I'd do. But it wouldn't be anything nice. Not taking into account the fact that I was once the teenage boy under the bed, or in the closet. I was so enamored at the time that I never considered the fact that this girl was somebody's daughter. At the time it just didn't resonate with me. It meant absolutely nothing.
As the patriarch's of their homes most men have the natural inclination to protect their families. But sometimes it is necessary to stop and consider the circumstances before you do something that cannot be undone. There are no do over's after murder. His daughter lied to him. Had she told the truth, her boyfriend would probably still be alive today.
McCormick disobeyed his parents who said, "Every day one of us would tell him, ‘Don’t go by no little girl’s house if her parents don’t know you.’
In addition he lied about where he would be. Although it seems like a small thing given the fact that just about all teenagers lie and deceive, his decision to do so put him in a perilous situation. So in a way Johran McCormick bares some of the responsibility for his own death.
This girls father let his anger get the best of him and as a result he killed an unarmed child. In the end, bad judgement killed Johran McCormick.
So once again I ask myself what I would do if I was in the same situation. I definitely wouldn't kill the boy. But I would definitely "beat his behind", and leave him alive.