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March 22, 2023

Audience Member Leaves Stinky Surprise For Hillary Clinton

1965: U.S. confirms its troops used chemical warfare against the Vietcong.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s night out at a Broadway theater turned into a real stinker when a “serial pooper” left a stinky surprise.

The unpleasant surprise was found in the aisle near Hillary and her daughter Chelsea’s seats during a performance of “Some Like It Hot” at the Shubert Theater in New York City.

An unnamed source told Page Six that the incident occurred last week when the Clintons were in the audience. “The lights came up for intermission and there were two human turds in the aisle just near the famous political duo.”

“The house crew dealt with it very appropriately and quickly, and Hillary and Chelsea remained in the theater for the second act,” the inside source added.

An eyewitness “spoke to the house manager, who said that it was actually the fourth time” someone left human feces in the aisle.”

“There is someone who is either s–tting in the aisle, or surreptitiously dumping defecation that they smuggled into the theater,” the source pontificated.

A separate source close to the show also confirmed that the crappy incident took place when Hillary and Chelsea Clinton were in attendance.

However, they denied that there is a “serial pooper” running amok at the theater.

“It was an elderly person and it’s rather sad, but yes, the house staff worked quickly to help resolve the situation and Act II started as scheduled,” the unnamed insider said.

Source: Page Six

March 21, 2023

Man Serving 400 Year Prison Sentence Walks Free

A Florida man who was sentenced to 400 years in prison was able to walk free.

Sidney Holmes, 57, was exonerated last week after serving more than three decades for armed robbery charges stemming from a 1988 incident in which he was accused of being the getaway driver.

“We have one rule here at the Broward State Attorney’s Office – do the right thing, always. As prosecutors, our only agenda is to promote public safety in our community and to ensure that justice is served,” said Broward State Attorney Harold F. Pryor. “I commend the victims, witnesses, and law enforcement officers for their candor and assistance in reinvestigating a crime that occurred more than 34 years ago.”

Holmes shed a few tears in the Broward County courtroom after he was exonerated. He served more than 34 years of his 400-year sentence. He’d maintained his innocence, and contacted the State Attorney’s Conviction Review Unit (CRU) in 2020. The CRU found that Holmes had “a plausible claim of innocence,” CBS News reported.

According to the state attorney’s office, Holmes had been convicted for allegedly serving as the getaway driver for two armed men who robbed two individuals in Fort Lauderdale on June 19, 1988. The armed men are still unidentified.

When the CRU reviewed Holmes’s case, it found that there was no evidence that connected him to the robbery, except for erroneous eyewitness identification.

Five of six independent panelists, based on the CRU’s review, voted that Holmes was innocent and his conviction should be thrown out.

The two victims of the 1988 robbery both said they supported Holmes’s release, per CBS News.

Source: CBS News

March 21, 2023

Biden’s Federal Agents Infiltrate US Colleges

1984: NFL owners pass the infamous anti-celebrating rule.

The Biden administration will soon send undercover agents to U.S. colleges and universities, the Department of Education recently announced.

The Education Department said that the Enforcement Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) “will use secret shoppers as an additional tool to monitor postsecondary institutions’ compliance with the laws and regulations governing their participation in the federal student aid programs.”

Agents will pose as students to identify any “misrepresentations regarding the transferability of credits, job placement rates, completion and withdrawal rates, graduates’ future earning potential, career services, the cost of attendance, the amount of federal student aid, and accreditation status,” the department said.

Additionally, the “secret shoppers” will look for “any other practices that may violate the laws and regulations governing an institution’s participation in the federal student aid programs.”

The FSA agents will share their findings with the Office of Inspector General, as well as other state and federal law enforcement partners.

The announcement is meant to put schools “on notice,” said Kristen Donoghue, FSA’s chief enforcement officer.

“Schools that engage in fraud or misconduct are on notice that we may be listening, and they should clean up accordingly,” Donoghue said. “But schools that treat current and prospective students fairly and act lawfully have nothing to fear from secret shopping.”

FSA Chief Operating Officer Richard Cordray said the agency’s “focus—as always—is to ensure that students, borrowers, families, and taxpayers are not being preyed upon to make a quick buck.”

But some say the Biden administration’s use of “secret shoppers” is too partisan.

“Given the current administration’s animus toward for-profit institutions, we are concerned this self-proclaimed ‘tool’ will be used as a weapon to inflict further damage upon private career schools and limit student choice,” said Nicholas Kent, CECU’s chief policy officer.

Sources: Department of Education | Daily Caller

March 20, 2023

Popular Grocery Store’s Food Contaminated with Hepatitis A

Trader Joe’s is warning customers that one of its fruit products was recalled over hepatitis concerns.

In an email to customers, the company said that Trader Joe’s Organic Tropical Fruit Blend could potentially be contaminated with Hepatitis A.

The company has already removed the product from its shelves and they’ve “destroyed” it and any others that could have potentially been affected. No illnesses had been reported as of Thursday, Trader Joe’s said.

The affected product has a SKU# of 51191 and a “best by” date of 4/25/24, 5/12/24, 5/23/24, 5/30/24, and 6/7/24.

Hepatitis A is a contagious virus that can cause liver disease. It typically occurs within 15 to 50 days after ingesting the contaminated food or beverage. Mild cases of the virus can last a few weeks while severe cases can go on for several months, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Hepatitis A is particularly harmful for those with pre-existing health conditions or weakened immune systems — where it can lead to liver failure and death.

The FDA says most people typically recover within one or two weeks, in most cases.

Source: KRON

March 20, 2023

Reporter Fired For Calling DeSantis Press Release ‘Propaganda’

2016: Barack Obama becomes the first U.S. President to visit Cuba since 1928, arriving for a three-day tour.

An Axios reporter lost his job after he called a press release from Florida’s Department of Education “propaganda.”

Reporter Ben Montgomery made the remark in an email response to a news release from Florida’s Department of Education about a roundtable event with Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).

“This is propaganda, not a press release,” Montgomery wrote, according to a screenshot posted by the department’s communications director.

The governor’s deputy press secretary Jeremy Redfern replied: “Is this a journalism?”

Montgomery said that a few hours after the email, he got a call from the executive editor of Axios Local, who told him that his reputation as a journalist had been tarnished, multiple outlets reported.

Sara Kehaulani Goo, the editor-in-chief of Axios, confirmed that Montgomery is no longer employed by the outlet, but declined to comment on the nature of his departure.

Source: The Hill

March 19, 2023

Popular Eyedrops Cause Multiple People to Lose Eyeballs

Officials are sounding the alarm over an “extensively drug resistant” outbreak that has infected at least 68 people so far, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One person has died, eight people have lost their vision, and four people have had their eyeballs surgically removed.

The CDC is working in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and health department officials across 16 states to investigate the outbreak of “an extensively drug-resistant strain of Pseudomonas aeruginosa.” Patients have been identified in the following states: CA, CO, CT, FL, IL, NC, NJ, NM, NY, NV, PA, SD, TX, UT, WA, and WI.

This particular strain, VIM-GES-CRPA, is rare and had never been reported in the U.S. before. Officials believe it stemmed from contaminated eye drops manufactured by the India-based Global Pharma. The products were available for purchase via retailers including Amazon and Walmart under the brand names EzriCare Artificial Tears and Delsam Pharma’s Artificial Eye Ointment.

The FDA issued recall notices for both EzriCare Artificial Tears and Delsam Pharma’s Artificial Eye Ointment, warning consumers to immediately stop using them.

The agency cited Global Pharma’s manufacturing violations, including “lack of appropriate microbial testing, formulation issues (the company manufactures and distributes ophthalmic drugs in multi-use bottles, without an adequate preservative), and lack of proper controls concerning tamper-evident packaging.”

Consumers who have used the recalled eyedrops and are showing signs or symptoms of an eye infection should seek medical care immediately, officials said.

According to the CDC, symptoms of an eye infection may include: discharge from the eye (yellow, green, or clear), eye pain or discomfort, redness of the eye or eyelid, feeling like you have something in your eye (foreign body sensation), increased sensitivity to light, or blurry vision.

Sources: CDC | FDA | Ars Technica

March 19, 2023

New Bill Would Make 4-Day Workweek the National Standard

1920: The U.S. Senate rejects the Treaty of Versailles for the 2nd time, refusing to ratify the League of Nations’ covenant — and thereby maintaining the isolation policy.

Democrats are pushing to make four-day workweeks the national standard.

Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), the bill’s lead sponsor, argues that the change would give Americans more time “to live, play, and enjoy life more fully outside of work.”

Takano introduced “Thirty-Two Hour Workweek Act” to reduce the standard workweek from 40 hours to 32. The bill would amend the definition of the standard workweek in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 for non-exempt employees — meaning employees who aren’t entitled to overtime when they exceed 40 hours in a week’s time.

If passed, the bill would require overtime pay for any hourly employee working more than 32 hours in one week.

“The 32-hour workweek discussion is already occurring in certain sectors of the economy. … Panasonic went to a 32-hour workweek. Kickstarter is a company that has explored this and one of their executives is a cheerleader for this whole movement,” Takano told The Washington Post. “What we need to examine is how this can become the norm across the various workforces in America.”

Supporters of the four-day workweek point out that the length of a standard workweek hasn’t changed since 1940, despite major changes in technology that allow for increased output.

Could a four-day workweek become law?

First, the legislation needs to successfully pass through the House Education and the Workforce Committee. Takano, the bill’s lead sponsor, is a member of the committee — but the committee’s chair has indicated that she’s not a supporter of “top-down federal mandates.”

“One of my top priorities as the Chairwoman of the Education and the Workforce Committee is the creation of policies that promote flexibility and choices for workers and job creators,” Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) said in a statement. “However, blanket federal regulations often cause more harm than good and do not account for the unique needs of industries, communities, and small businesses. Main Street America is still recovering from pandemic-era shutdowns—it does not need more top-down federal mandates.”

Source: The Hill

March 18, 2023

Walmart Makes Major Change — And People Aren’t Happy About It

Walmart customers will have to make some adjustments to their shopping habits as the retail giant overhauls its bagging policy in multiple states across the country.

More than 100 locations are getting rid of single-use plastic bags this year — meaning that many shoppers will be surprised with an extra charge if they don’t bring their own reusable bags.

So far, 10 states are implementing the plastic bag ban: Vermont, Maine, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, New York, Oregon, and New Jersey.

Walmart stores in Washington and Oregon are doing away with both plastic and paper bags starting April 18.

Jane Ewing, the senior vice president of Walmart Sustainability, said the move is part of Walmart’s “effort to reduce waste at our stores and help keep communities and ecosystems clean.”

In the meantime, the retail giant is making some changes to help customers with the transition. Walmart stores will “continue to offer a wide array of reusable bags and containers throughout stores and at checkout areas for purchase.” Walmart’s reusable bags cost about $0.74.

But some customers aren’t happy with the change.

“It’s a bit crazy. In a month, I can be accumulating anywhere from 40 to 50 [bags],” Walmart shopper Larry Grant said.

Shopper Udi Sela also criticized the new policy.

“It just creates more waste, which is what we’re trying to avoid in the first place. We can’t return them, we can’t do much with them. There are better ways of doing this,” Sela said.

Source: Best Life

March 18, 2023

International Authorities Issue Arrest Warrant for Vladimir Putin

1985: Capital Cities Communications Inc. acquires ABC for $3.5 billion — marking the first transfer of ownership of a TV network.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued a warrant for the arrest of Russian President Vladimir Putin over alleged war crimes.

The ICC’s warrant alleges that Putin and Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova, another Russian official, violated the Geneva Convention by unlawfully deporting children from Ukraine to Russia.

A warrant was also issued for the arrest of Lvova-Belova, the commissioner for children’s rights in the Office of the President of the Russian Federation. The ICC states that the official “bears individual criminal responsibility” for the alleged crimes.

“It is forbidden by international law for occupying powers to transfer civilians from the territory they live in to other territories. Children enjoy special protection under the Geneva Convention,” ICC President Judge Piotr Hofmański said Friday in a statement.

“The ICC is doing its part of work. As a court of law, the judges issued arrest warrants that execution depends on international cooperation,” he said.

Russia rejected both the warrants and the ICC’s authority.

“Russia does not cooperate with this body, and possible ‘recipes’ for arrest coming from the International Court of Justice will be legally null and void for us,” according to a statement made in Russian on the Foreign Ministry’s Telegram channel.

According to the ICC, it has the authority to bring charges against Russian officials because Ukraine accepted its jurisdiction to investigate crimes made by the country on Ukrainian territory.

The ICC said that it publicized the arrest warrants in the hopes that it “may contribute to the prevention of the further commission of crimes,” as the forced deportation of children in Russian-occupied Ukrainian territory is ongoing.

“This is an important moment in the process of justice before the ICC,” Hofmański said. “The judges have reviewed the information and evidence submitted by the prosecutor and determined that there are credible allegations against these persons for the alleged crimes.” 

The warrants come as Putin is set to have a high-profile meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping between March 20 and 22.

“From now on, the Russian president has the official status of a suspect in committing an international crime – illegal deportation and displacement of Ukrainian children,” Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin said in a statement.

“This means that outside Russia, Putin should be arrested and brought to court. And world leaders will think three times before shaking his hand or sitting with him at the negotiating table. The world has received a signal that the Russian regime is criminal and its leadership and allies will be brought to justice.”

Source: The Hill

March 17, 2023

Whoopi Goldberg Apologizes for Using Ethnic Slur on ‘The View’ [Video]

Whoopi Goldberg landed herself in hot water once again, this time for using an ethnic slur on a recent episode of The View.

During the show’s broadcast, the 67-year-old used an offensive term derived from a slur for the Romani people. Goldberg noted that some of former President Donald Trump’s supporters think “he got gy—d somehow in the election.”

The term, derived from “gypsy,” was once commonly used to describe being cheated or swindled. Merriam-Webster classifies it as an offensive term.

After Goldberg used the term on the air, Twitter users were quick to point out that it is deeply offensive to Romani people. Some shared an NPR article from 2013, titled Why Being [slur] Hurts The Roma More Than It Hurts You.

Not long after, Goldberg issued an apology.

“You know, when you’re a certain age you use the words that you know from when you were a kid or you remember saying, and that’s what I did today and I shouldn’t have,” she said in a video posted to Twitter.

“I should have thought about it a little longer before I said it and I didn’t. I should have said ‘cheated’ and I used another word and I’m really, really sorry.”

Source: Deadline

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