The AP is reporting that former Florida Sen. Bob Graham says that he has been notified by the Obama administration that they may declassify at least a portion of the missing 28 pages from the 9-11 report within the next couple of months. read more
A Virginia high school discriminated against a transgender teen by forbidding him from using the boys' restroom, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in a case that could have implications for a North Carolina law that critics say discriminates against LGBT people. The case of Gavin Grimm has been especially closely watched since North Carolina enacted a law last month that bans transgender people from using public restrooms that correspond to their gender identity. That law also bans cities from passing anti-discrimination ordinances, a response to an ordinance recently passed in Charlotte. read more
"A federal appeals court in Richmond sided with a Virginia transgender student and overturned a ruling barring him from using the boys' restroom because he was born as a female."
The rule in question is a school district rule, not law. The district provides both male and female restrooms as well as unisex but the student argued that he was not welcome in the girls bathroom and that using the unisex bathroom was stigmatizing.
South Carolina Police Officer, Justin Craven, who was under felony indictment for discharging his weapon into an occupied vehicle which resulted in his killing of 68 year old Ernest Satterwhite in February 2014. Craven walked out of Court this week being sentenced to 3 years probation and 80 hours community service after accepting a plea deal that resulted in a misdemeanor conviction for misconduct in office.
Dashcam video of the event shows that after Satterwhite stops his car outside of his home after about a 13 minute pursuit, Craven rushed the vehicle and stuck his gun into the passenger compartment. He then briefly backed off and repeatedly shot the unarmed Satterwhite. Craven claims that Satterwhite grabbed his gun.
Satterwhite had a long history of arrests for traffic violations and had previously been previously charged three times for failing to pull over. He had no history of fighting. read more
"In a surprising press release this morning, Trader Joe's announced they will be closing all 457 locations by January 2017. The company has been having financial problems for a while, and with online sales and so many new organic food stores opening competition has been incredibly stiff. " read more