Mon 3.26

New Orleans Saints
wants cheerleaders
to live like uh… saints

SB Nation
— If “Saintsations” (i.e. cheerleaders) follow the rules, they’ll have the opportunity to take the field each home game. Once on the clock, they make $10.25 an hour.
— The basis of Bailey Davis’s complaint is that while employed as NFL personnel, she was forced to follow rules that applied only to women. Saints’ players had no onus to follow strict fraternization rules with the team’s dancers.

Toxic gas from waterheater killed
Iowa family of four on Mexico vacation
Des Moines Register
— A water heater is the source of a gas leak suspected of killing an Iowa family, according to a prosecutor in Mexico.
— An inspection over the weekend revealed the water heater at the rented condominium in the resort town of Tulum was leaking gas, the head prosecutor of the state of Quintana Roo told local media Monday.
— “Unfortunately, they found the area where the water heater was letting gas escape, perhaps because of a lack of maintenance, perhaps because it was in use, perhaps because of the age of the equipment.”
— Kevin Wayne Sharp, 41; Amy Marie Sharp, 38; and their children, Sterling Wayne Sharp, 12; and Adrianna Marie Sharp, 7; were found dead by authorities int the Tulum, Mexico, condominium where they were vacationing.


Whether it validates or violates your political viewpoint, it’s still a dog & pony show.

Trump dudes demand a retraction from Stormy
USA Today
Team Trump demands that Stormy (she’s now famous enough to go by one name) retract the statements she made to 60 Minutes. Trump lawyer Michael Cohen denies he had anything to do with any threat made to Stormy.

First Lady’s spokeswoman says:
“While I know the media is enjoying speculation & salacious gossip, Id like to remind people there’s a minor child who’s name should be kept out of news stories when at all possible.”
(grammatical mistakes are hers)

EU leader: It may be necessary to “break up” Google
The Telegraph (partial paywall)

Football’s brain injury crisis lands in family court
NY Times
— A Pittsburg father, John Orsini, has gone to court to prevent the youngest of his three sons from playing high school football because, he said, scientific studies have revealed the perils of repeated blows to the head — especially for an athlete, like his son, who has a history of concussions. The boy’s mother, Mr. Orsini’s ex-wife, believes he should be allowed to continue playing because he understands the risks.
— “This makes it official: football is over. From this point forward, no parent can risk letting their son play football and facing a possible custody battle over it. This is just the first of what likely will be many more court cases.”
Brian Prioleau
 Austin, TX, commenting in the NYT

Some NYC restaurants selling restroom access via app
NY Post
Luluapp generates a digital “bathroom pass” charging anywhere from 99 cents to duck into a pizza dive to $5 for a swanky bathroom that offers lotions, super-private stalls and high-end hand towels. The restaurants get 65 percent of the fee.

Four arrested for corruption after 64 die in Russia mall fire
Moscow Times
— Anton Gorelkin, a State Duma deputy from Kemerovo, wrote a Facebook post Monday accusing the city’s deputy mayor of accepting a bribe for providing the signature for the mall’s opening in 2013.
— “The only way that he could have overlooked the blatant safety issues, I think, is in one scenario: His eyes were closed by money.”
— The lawmaker claimed that the Winter Cherry mall, along with others in the city, had been built from “shit and sticks: Cheap plastic, a labyrinth of corridors and a hellish mess of ownership documents.”
>>> Security guard turned off fire alarm system

Facebook logs text and calls, users find as they delete accounts
The Guardian
One user, Dylan McKay, reported that for the period October 2016 to July 2017 his logs contained “the metadata of every cellular call I’ve ever made, including time and duration” and “metadata about every text message I’ve ever received or sent”.
>>>Facebook admits collection phone call data, insists that isn’t sneaky
Ars Technica

“Tucked away in the omnibus spending bill is a provision that allows Trump, and any future president, to share Americans’ private emails and other information with countries he personally likes,” “That means he can strike deals with Russia or Turkey with nearly zero congressional involvement and no oversight by U.S. courts.”

— Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore
Story at USA Today

Trump fundraiser may have funneled cash from United Arab Emirates
to US lawmakers with intent of influencing legislation
A top fundraiser for President Donald Trump received millions of dollars from a political adviser to the United Arab Emirates last April, just weeks before he began handing out a series of large political donations to U.S. lawmakers considering legislation targeting Qatar, the UAE’s chief rival in the Persian Gulf, an Associated Press investigation has found.

Trump orders expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats, 
closes Seattle consulate
Fox News
>>>>>>>Russian diplomats expelled: US, Canada, Europe

Says top official
In Pakistan, US losing influence as China, Russia gain
Voice of America
A top Pakistani government official argues that the crisis in relations with the United States stems from Washington’s focus on military partnership rather than engaging Pakistan as a democracy and addressing mutual concerns.
— Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir tells VOA, that as a consequence, Islamabad’s ties, have massively deepened with traditional ally China, and intense re-engagements are also bringing Pakistan closer to Russia.

Gun maker Remington shoots itself in foot, files for bankruptcy
The company’s products include the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used in the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., in 2012. Several families sued, and the closely watched case has reached the state’s Supreme Court.

NRA claim that “violent radicals” are behind gun reform march
is a blatant, pants-on-fire lie
But it’s a claim that certainly appeals to the paranoid.

The fix is in?
Looks like there’s a special favor buried in US opioid strategy

— The White House’s national strategy to combat the opioid crisis, unveiled last week, would expand a particular addiction treatment in federal criminal justice settings: a single drug, manufactured by a single company, with mixed views on the evidence regarding its use.
— Federal prisons should “facilitate naltrexone treatment and access to treatment” to inmates as they transition out of incarceration, according to a fact sheet circulated by the administration. A White House spokesman later confirmed to STAT that the document referred specifically to naltrexone in its injectable form.
— Only one manufacturer makes a drug fitting that description: Alkermes, a Massachusetts pharmaceutical company that makes Vivitrol, a monthly injectable drug that blocks the effects of opioids and reduces cravings. The company has been criticized for aggressive tactics in pitching its product — which can cost over $1,000 per dose — to criminal justice systems. In November, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) opened an investigation into the company’s marketing practices.

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