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Sunday, March 04, 2018

For a brief moment in December 2017, the international spotlight shined on the case of 92 deportees who were on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement-chartered flight to Somalia. Most such flights unload their human cargo once they land, but this flight, for logistical reasons, returned home -- and brought witnesses back with it. The Somalis told of abuse on the flight, saying they were shackled with chains on their wrists, waists, and legs for more than 40 hours; forced to urinate in bottles or on themselves; and that ICE officers beat and threatened some passengers. (ICE has denied that it mistreated detainees on the flight.) But even after the spotlight dimmed, the abuse continued. The Somalis are still being held at the Krome Detention Center and the Glades County Detention Center in Florida, as their lawyers try to fight their deportations.

The internet collectively winced last week when a Prague-based charity announced a campaign to turn homeless people into wireless internet hotspots. WiFi 4 Life wants to equip Prague's homeless population with portable routers, so they can wander the city's center offering free internet to passersby. The paying gig comes with perks, including food, accommodations, clothing, and even a haircut, but many are calling the initiative exploitative of a global crisis. "The worst option would be not to try it," Luboš Boleček, chairman of WiFi 4 Life, tells Tech Insider in an email. "If you can help others, [the] only question you have to ask [is] why am I not already doing it."

A House committee voted Tuesday to pass a resolution that would allow members to pay for bulletproof vests and security personnel using taxpayer funds. The House Administration Committee passed the measure by voice vote, amending the Members' Congressional Handbook to define bulletproof vests for members as a "reimbursable" expense. The amendment allows members to use taxpayer dollars to hire security personnel for events like town halls, to accompany them "during the performance of their official duties" or to be stationed at their district offices. The resolution defines "security enhancements" like bulletproof glass for district offices as not reimbursable, but says that the costs can be incorporated into the monthly rent of the office. The new resolution comes amid a national conversation on safety and security in public spaces, namely schools, after a shooting at a Florida high school earlier this month.

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Billionaire investor and longtime Trump confidant Carl Icahn dumped $31.3 million of stock in a company heavily dependent on steel last week, just days before Trump announced plans to impose steep tariffs on steel imports. In a little-noticed SEC filing submitted on February 22, 2018, Icahn disclosed that he systematically sold off nearly 1 million shares of Manitowoc Company Inc. Manitowoc is a "is a leading global manufacturer of cranes and lifting solutions" and, therefore, heavily dependent on steel to make its products. The filing came just seven days before a White House event where Trump announced his intention of imposing a 25 percent tariff on steel imports. Trump's announcement rattled the markets, with steel-dependent stocks hardest hit. Manitowoc stock plunged, losing about 6 percent of its value. Reuters attributed the drop to the fact that Manitowoc is a "major consumer of steel." As of 10:20 a.m. Friday, the stock had lost an additional 6 percent, trading at $26.21.

The mother of a baby who died in a car crash after an off-duty police officer struck a car they were in has been charged with negligent homicide. According to an arrest report via The Advocate, Brittany Stephens, 20, was arrested Tuesday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, after police found that her child's car seat wasn't secured and the straps were not adjusted correctly for her child's size. The report also stated that the "lack of securing the seat to the vehicle and the loose straps are a contributing factor in the death of the child" and "show gross negligence."


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