Angela Spaccia, the former second in command in scandal-plagued Bell, was found guilty on 11 out of 13 criminal charges in the 2010 municipal corruption case.
After eight days of deliberations, jurors convicted Spaccia of multiple counts of misappropriation of public funds, conflict of interest and secretion of the official record. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on one count of misappropriating public funds and found her not guilty on one charge related to secretion of public records.
Is there something in the (frozen) water in Wisconsin? First came news of the great "cannibal sandwich" crackdown, and now comes "The Snuggle House" hullabaloo.
If you don't know what a cannibal sandwich is (trust me, you aren't alone), you can go to my earlier post and read all about it (warning, you might not want to try it on a full stomach; just sayin').
But if you thought that issuing a warning about that peculiar culinary treat was another sign of encroachment by the nanny state, then you might be equally chagrined at the latest attack on civil liberties by the non-snuggling grinches of Madison.
The Snuggle House had come up with a seemingly ideal business model: For $60, a client could get one hour of snuggling with a professional, well, snuggler. (Probably you can get a degree in this, though I'm not sure at exactly which colleges: USC, maybe? Or Arizona State? Not Stanford or UC Berkeley, though, oh no.)
The Navy has launched a drone from a submerged submarine, a feat that could prove valuable in providing intelligence and reconnaissance capabilities for military special operations for decades to come. The small drone was fired from the Providence submarine's torpedo tube, where it unfolded its wings, took off and flew a "several hour" mission demonstrating live video capabilities streamed back to the sub, the Navy said. The project, which took $15 million and about six years to accomplish, was carried out by the Naval Research Laboratory. It took place at the Navy's Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center in the Bahamas.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the first drug treatment for Peyronie's disease, a condition that results in severe and sometimes painful curvature of the penis, officials said.
The action marks a new use for the drug Xiaflex, which is already used to treat Dupuytren's contracture, a disease of the hand that impairs a person's ability to straighten their fingers.
Xiaflex is a bacterial enzyme -- collagenase clostridium histolyticum -- that is believed to reduce the build-up of collagen, the structural protein that makes up scar tissue.
Treatment with Xiaflex involves two injections of the drug into the penile scar tissue and a penile "modeling" procedure that involves manipulation of the penis by a healthcare provider.
After months of accusations that it had mishandled the sensitive issue, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on Thursday disclosed the names of 34 priests who have been accused of sexually abusing minors, becoming the latest Roman Catholic Church district to release the identities.
The archdiocese, which serves about 825,000 Catholics in the Twin Cities area, was ordered by the courts this week to release a list it had compiled of "credibly accused abusers" by Dec. 17. It joins about two dozens other dioceses or archdioceses that have released such lists under pressure from victims and their families.