Wednesday

 

——> Just when you hoped the nation had already bottomed out, this unbelievably sick shit happens…
Gun that killed boy, 17, sells for $250,000 at auction
Reuters
— George Zimmerman said he has sold the gun he used to kill unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida in 2012 for $250,000, television stations in Orlando and Las Vegas reported on Friday.
— 
Zimmerman could not be reached to verify the reports by KTNV in Las Vegas and WOFL in Orlando.
— His offer to sell the Kel-Tec PF9 9mm handgun on UnitedGunGroup.com drew praise from gun rights supporters and scorn from critics who accused him of seeking to profit from the 17-year-old’s death.
— Online bidding for the gun ended on Wednesday.

WHAT’S WITH THIS VIRGINIA BLACKFACE THING?
Virginia crisis deepens as attorney general also admits to wearing blackface
AP
“When we said more black faces in government, we should have been more specific.”
— Shalewa Sharp on Twitter

New Mexico governor’s had enough of clown show
— will pull back her National Guards from border
Newsweek
— “New Mexico will not take part in the president’s charade of border fear-mongering by misusing our diligent National Guard troops.”
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PHARMA PRICE GOUGING

“Your daily reminder that the insulin I’ve used for 23 years, Humalog, has gone from $21 a vial to $278 a vial with no changes to the insulin or even the packaging. That’s a 1200% increase on a hormone every human requires to live, but my body can’t make. I die in 48 hours w/o it”
Laura Marston on Twitter

After losing their homes, Paradise residents are being pushed off their land
The Guardian
— Local officials, at risk of losing Fema funding, decreed that residents may not live on property that hasn’t been cleared of debris.
— “It was a terrible position to be put in,” said Jody Jones, the town’s mayor. “We can’t give up billions of dollars in cleanup money or our town will look like a war zone for 20 years.”

Sheriff’s use of courtroom camera to view juror’s notebook, lawyer’s notes sparks dismissal of criminal case
Seattle Times
— Some defense attorneys in San Juan County worry that Sheriff Ron Krebs has a finger on the scales of justice after learning he used a courtroom security camera to surreptitiously zoom in on defense documents and a juror’s notebook during a criminal trial last week.
— The incident has drawn outrage from criminal and civil-rights attorneys and frustration from the county prosecutor, and prompted a rare weekend hearing during which a judge dismissed misdemeanor assault and trespass charges against a Lopez Island man after finding the incident amounted to government misconduct that had violated his right to a fair trial.

Google now pays more in EU fines than in taxes
Computing.UK

Russia’s well-educated youth are emigrating, but Kremlin shrugs
Moscow Times
2 in 5 young people would leave if they could …

Schultz’s investments revealed: Scam university, and a tax dodge
Politico
— Billions of Starbucks bucks weren’t enough for this dude, no, he had to take a major stake in Capella (ahem) University. 

Immigrants powering Silicon Valley
Voice of America
Silicon Valley, the global center for high-tech innovation, could be renamed “Immigrant Valley.” When it comes to technical talent, the engine of Silicon Valley is fueled by foreign-born workers, many of whom are from humble roots. And having worked hard to get here, many have ambitions beyond their day jobs.

Inside Wisconsin’s disastrous $4.5 billion Foxconn deal
Bloomberg
> A huge tax break was supposed to create a manufacturing paradise, but interviews with 49 people familiar with the project depict a chaotic operation unlikely to ever employ 13,000 workers.
— 
Under the terms former Gov. Walker negotiated, each job at the Mount Pleasant factory is projected to cost the state at least $219,000 in tax breaks and other incentives. The good or extra-bad news, depending on your perspective, is that there probably won’t be 13,000 of them.
…  “There’s no way this will ever pay itself off,” says Tim Bartik, a senior economist at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. He says Foxconn’s incentives are more than 10 times greater than typical government aid packages of its stripe.
…“What was originally proposed and signed into contract is a project that no longer exists by Foxconn’s own admission,” says state representative Gordon Hintz, the Democratic minority leader and a vocal critic of the deal.
… Last fall, the company’s hiring targets began dropping internally, three sources say, and executives could offer little guidance as to their long-term needs in Wisconsin. Even at Foxconn’s downtown Milwaukee office, its U.S. headquarters, recruiters were slow to extend formal offers, rarely offered competitive pay, and requested that some candidates train in Taiwan for as long as a year.
… In late 2018 the Nikkei Asian Review reported the company was considering slashing as many as 100,000 jobs.
… Mount Pleasant and surrounding Racine County have invested at least $130 million in Foxconn-related expenses such as land acquisition, and the state has committed an estimated $120 million to related road improvements.

NJ raises minimum wage gradually to $15/hr.
NJ.com

After decades, DNA, intrepid cops, solve Interstate murder of mom, son
AP
— “I always kept the case file box under my desk, where it was purposefully in my way. Every time I turned, I hit it with my leg. I did this so the little boy couldn’t be forgotten,” said Orange County, North Carolina, Sheriff’s Maj. Tim Horne, who worked the case from the beginning.

Kooky emails revealed in file of wing-nut patriarch who owns Cubs
Splinter
The old dude has a little problem with Muslims…
>>> The Ricketts family goes into damage control
USA Today
“These emails do not reflect the culture we’ve worked so hard to build at the Chicago Cubs since 2009.”

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