Monday Dec. 18

Whistleblowers say:
DEA went easy on pharma giant McKesson, helping fuel opiod crisis
60 Minutes

New Orleans running modern-day debtor’s prison, judge rules
Courthouse News Service
Approximately $1 million from various fines and fees goes into the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court budget each year: “This funding structure puts the judges in the difficult position of not having sufficient funds to staff their offices unless they impose and collect sufficient fines and fees from a largely indigent population of criminal defendants.

Some urge Franken to hold off on resignation
> At least four senators are urging Al Franken to reconsider resigning, including two who issued statements calling for the resignation two weeks ago and said they now feel remorse over what they feel was a rush to judgment.
> Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who urged Franken not to step down to begin with — at least not before he went through an Ethics Committee investigation — said the Minnesota senator was railroaded by fellow Democrats.
… People familiar with Franken’s plans said he has not changed his mind and intends to formally resign in early January.

Private company scores $297 million deal to hire 5,000 US Border Agents
LA Times

Gangster connections?
NJ forces “Sopranos” strip club to shut down
The Daily Beast

Blames his “sense of humor”
Federal judge Alex Kozinski retires to sex harassment limbo
Washington Post
> Alex Kozinski, the powerful judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit who was facing a judicial investigation over allegations that he subjected 15 women to inappropriate sexual behavior, announced Monday he would retire effective immediately.
> In a statement provided by his lawyer, Kozinski apologized, saying he “had a broad sense of humor and a candid way of speaking to both male and female law clerks alike,” and “In doing so, I may not have been mindful enough of the special challenges and pressures that women face in the workplace.”
>“It grieves me to learn that I caused any of my clerks to feel uncomfortable; this was never my intent,” he said.
> The announcement comes just days after The Washington Post reported that nine more women had accused Kozinski of subjecting them to sexual comments or other conduct, including four who say he touched them inappropriately. That story followed another report in The Post which detailed the allegations of six women, including former clerks who said Kozinski had them watch porn in his chambers.

Palin son Track arrested after domestic violence
… Track Palin, 28, was arraigned Sunday morning on three counts: felony burglary, misdemeanor reckless assault and misdemeanor criminal mischief.
… Authorities responded to multiple 911 calls at the Palin family home, where the U.S. Army veteran and girlfriend Jordan Loewe told authorities they had fight, according to an affidavit obtained by KTVA Alaska at the time.
> Track was found with a visible injury to his right eye and smelled of alcohol, according to the report. He was allegedly “uncooperative, belligerent, and evasive,” the report said, and his blood alcohol level was 0.189 percent.
> Loewe was later discovered hiding under a bed on the property, and told authorities that Track had punched her in the face and kicked her in the right knee. Loewe had “bruising and swelling around her left eye,” according to the affidavit.

Don’t believe this crappy story first spread by Drudge:

Health Officials Urge People To Sleep At Least Arm’s Length Away From Cellphone…

Never Carry In Pocket…

Increased Risk For Brain Cancer, Low Sperm Count, Headaches, Impaired Memory…

The graphic below contains text that appeared at the bottom of the story. It invalidates all those sensationalist headlines.



Thomas Fire
Downtown Santa Barbara shut down,
some neighborhoods evacuated

As government looks away …
Hundreds of children starving to death in Venezuela
NY Times

Sidney, Neb. Population: 6,000 … for now
Sale of Cabela’s devastates its headquarters town.

“Mixed use” licenses
Just about everybody will be able to sell pot in Massachusetts
Mass Live

Pistol in the lake
Ex-wife indicted in 2010 murder of NBA player
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Puerto Rico about to be hit with hurricane of foreclosures NY Times
One third of homeowners behind on mortgage…

And so it begins …
Wisconsin to divert $134 million from other highway projects
to help improve roads for Foxconn
Wisconsin State Journal

Family discovers hidden spy camera on cruise ship Miami New Times

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