Monday

Dude tossed a napkin at a hockey game–
— cops ran DNA test, arrested him for 1993 murder
CBS News
— A businessman has been charged with fatally stabbing a Minneapolis woman in 1993 after investigators ran DNA evidence from the murder scene through a genealogy website and obtained his DNA from a discarded napkin. Jerry Westrom, 52, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of 35-year-old Jeanne Ann “Jeanie” Childs.

Gene therapy scores first win in halting blindness
BBC
amd— A woman from Oxford has become the first person in the world to have gene therapy to try to halt the most common form of blindness in the Western world.
— Surgeons injected a synthetic gene into the back of Janet Osborne’s eye in a bid to prevent more cells from dying.
–It is the first treatment to target the underlying genetic cause of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Inmates break into a car — to save a baby
HuffPo
— According to the girl’s mother, it was her husband who absent-mindedly left the keys inside their Chevy Tahoe as their 1-year-old daughter, Dallas, quietly sat buckled in the backseat.

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The town where retirees can’t retire
City Lab
— Like so many older Americans who find themselves still clocking into jobs past traditional retirement ages, some among Alcona County’s graying workforce are working because of economic necessity. But they’re also working because the town needs them to stay on the job.

Momentum for hyperloop is building
NYT
— “The more we see, the more we find the technology to be compelling,” said William Murdock, executive director of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, a nonprofit governmental transportation agency. Virgin Hyperloop One is working on a proposed system to connect Chicago, Columbus and Pittsburgh.

Market hustlers undermining N. Korea’s “socialist utopia”
Reuters
… as private markets boom and more people cherish financial stability above political standing, the regime has been struggling to recruit young laborers.

Syrian gov’t launched 300 chemical attacks, study finds
NPR
— A study released on Sunday tallies the chemical weapons attacks over the course of the Syrian civil war, which has left hundreds of thousands dead. At least 336 have occurred, according to authors Tobias Schneider and Theresa Lütkefend of the Berlin-based Global Public Policy Institute.
— That’s a number higher than previously known — and “we suspect that the real number may still be significantly higher,” they write.

W. Virginia woman who called Michelle Obama an ‘ape in heels’ stole $18,000 from FEMA
NY Daily News
— A former non-profit director who lost her job in 2016 after she called Michelle Obama an “ape in heels” pleaded guilty to embezzling thousands of dollars from the Federal Emergency Management Agency — all of which was meant for flood victims.
— Pamela Taylor, 57, admitted last week to falsely registering for benefits after the deadly June 2016 flooding hit West Virginia, where she resides, the U.S. Attorney’s office said. The Clay County woman claimed her home was damaged and she was forced to stay in a rental unit. However, those claims were not true, the office said.

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8 years ago, Supremes did WalMart a favor, blocking sex bias lawsuits, but now…
Another group of female workers suing WalMart
The Guardian
… Jenny Hicks worked at a Walmart in the same county from 1997 to 2000. “I trained a lot of managers, and I missed out on a lot of raises,” said Hicks. “I trained men who made more than me, told I couldn’t get a raise and told I couldn’t get promoted yet I was training them for the job I wanted to do.”

Whack-job Maine governor spent $20,000 tax dollars at Trump hotel
Portland Press Herald
— Former Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) and his staff racked up more than $20,000 in costs in 2017 and 2018 staying at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.
— Receipts that showed taxpayers covered roughly $170,000 in out-of-state travel for the governor and his staff during those two years. Of those costs, $22,000 went toward stays at the Trump family’s hotel in Washington, D.C.
— The state was reimbursed for $124 of that amount.

Suspect killed, 5 bystanders shot in downtown New Orelans
NOLA.com
…. Ferguson said uniformed NOPD officers “attempted to engage for questioning” a person of interest in an armed robbery that happened in the 6th District last week. Officers approached the person at an RTA bus stop at Canal Street and Elk Place around 6:45 p.m.
— The person pulled a weapon and began firing at two officers, Ferguson said. NOPD officers returned fire, he said.
— Five innocent bystanders at the bus stop were struck, Ferguson said. One of them is in critical condition and is in surgery, he said, and the others are in stable condition.
— Ferguson said it was too early in the investigation to determine whether the bystanders were struck by bullets from the officers’ guns or from the gunman’s weapon.
… “It was a pretty tumultuous weekend,” Mayor Latoya Cantrell said, referencing the multiple shootings reported throughout the city over the last few days.

NY cops: Let us shoot down drones
Wall Street Journal

UK lawmakers fuming, threaten to regulate Facebook
The Guardian
“Digital gangsters.”

Pro weightlifter moves SUV after crash, saves victim
M-Live
— “He was talking about his legs, how he couldn’t feel his legs,” Belcher said.
— The man was lying halfway out of the smashed driver’s side window. He couldn’t move and was blocked in by a sign pole.
— “From there, I just kind of got tunnel vision,” Belcher said. “And then I grabbed the back, where the window was smashed out and lifted up and started pushing.”

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