A plastic milk bottle, 2 numbered balls and some luck settled an election tie
- Candidates Steven Walk and Dave Watling each got 78 votes in the November 5 election.
- Washington state law calls for election ties to be settled by drawing lots, which is defined as a game of chance.
- Walk was there to watch, Dalton said, along with members of the media, an observer from the local Republican Party and two curious county employees.
- In 2017, Virginia used a law dating back to 1705 to decide the race between Republican David Yancey and Democrat Shelly Simonds, who both received 11,608 votes.
- Other races have been decided with random games like coin flips, pulling a high card from a deck or drawing straws.
- Dalton said that there were 28 undervotes from people who cast their ballots, but didn't vote in the council race -- any one of them could have decided the election.
A teacher is on leave after asking students to 'set your price for a slave'
- A social studies assignment from Blades Elementary School in Oakville, Missouri, had asked some students, including her biracial son, to imagine that they work in the slave trade.
- Then it prompted them to set a price for a slave.
- Set your price for a slave.
- You may trade for any items you'd like," one of the questions in the exercise read.
- Other questions asked students to set a price for items such as a bushel of grain, a piece of lumber and a jug of milk.
- At the end of the exercise, students were asked to reflect on a free market economy and whether they'd consider themselves wealthy given the money and items they had left over.
- Chris Gaines, Mehlville School District superintendent, apologized for the assignment on Tuesday.
- Bowman told KTVI that he hopes to meet with officials from the school district soon.
Suspect in Boston double murder trial dragged out of court after threatening prosecutor
- Boston (CNN) - The man accused of brutally killing two Boston doctors in their penthouse apartment in 2017 was dragged out of court on Tuesday morning after he threatened the prosecutor.
- Bampumim Teixeira, 33, entered the courtroom and began yelling at Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney John Pappas, who has led the prosecution's double murder case against Teixeira.
- Teixeira also made other derogatory remarks about Pappas and his wife before he was subdued by court officers.
- Teixeira, who had worked as a concierge at the slain anesthesiologists' building, is accused of fatally stabbing 39-year-old Lina Bolanos and her 48-year-old fiancé, Richard Field, and leaving them in pools of blood in their penthouse.
- The jury, which began deliberations on Monday, was not present at the time of the outburst.
- The judge decided that Teixeira has forfeited his right to be present during proceedings due to the outburst.
Bystanders spring into action after a man tried to steal a woman's wheelchair from beneath her
- The Phoenix Police Department shared security footage of the incident on Facebook.
- Shurbutt was still wearing the reindeer slippers at the time of his arrest, police said in a Facebook post.
- He was charged with robbery, kidnapping and assault, records from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office show.
- The suspect is being held at the Towers Jail in Phoenix, Sgt. Bryant Vanegas of the Sheriff's Office confirmed to CNN.
- Video footage shows a man in a red hoodie and reindeer slippers abruptly getting up from his seat as the train pulls into the station and aggressively trying to push a woman out of a wheelchair.
- The woman frantically grasps at nearby handrails but eventually the man throws her onto the ground and runs off the rail car with the wheelchair.
Juice Wrld initial autopsy findings inconclusive
- The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office announced in a statement Monday that additional studies are required to establish the cause and manner of death of the 21-year-old recording artist.
- Juice, whose given name was Jarad Anthony Higgins, suffered a medical emergency on Sunday after he arrived at Chicago's Midway International Airport.
- He was taken to a nearby hospital where he subsequently died.
- Already a star with a promising career, Juice WRLD was the most streamed, liked and reposted artist of 2018, according to SoundCloud.
- He raked up a huge following with hits like "Lucid Dreams" and "All Girls Are the Same," and he was named top new artist at the Billboard Music Awards in May.
12-year-old Florida girl arrested for posting death list on Snapchat, sheriff's office says
- She faces two counts of a written threat to kill and false reporting concerning a firearm, the Broward County Sheriff's Office said.
- The sheriff's office says the girl attends Falcon Cove Middle School in Weston, a community about 20 miles west of Fort Lauderdale.
- Around 7 p.m. on Friday, a Falcon Cove Middle School student and her parent alerted sheriff's office deputies in Weston about a threat posted on Snapchat that included a death list with students' names, authorities said.
- Another threat was posted to Snapchat later on Friday that "indicated the students were not safe and that they would be killed on Monday," the sheriff's office said.
- Falcon Cove Middle School will operate on its normal schedule of classes and activities on Monday, said Nadine Drew, a Broward County Public Schools spokeswoman.
NYT: Pensacola naval base shooter watched mass shooting videos at a dinner party before attack
- Just minutes before authorities were first alerted to the deadly shooting, a Twitter account aligning with Alshamrani's name posted a message that raises the possibility the attack was inspired by al Qaeda and its founder, Osama bin Laden, CNN's Nic Robertson and Paul Cruickshank said.
- Before Friday's attack, Alshamrani watched mass shooting videos at a dinner party, The New York Times reported, citing a source with knowledge of the investigation but not authorized to speak publicly.
- Alshamrani and a small group of Saudi nationals had just traveled to New York City over the Thanksgiving holiday, a law enforcement source told CNN.
- Earlier on Saturday, a US official told CNN that a number of Saudi nationals have been detained for questioning in connection with the shooting.
- Several others were wounded, including two sheriff's deputies and a Navy police officer, Escambia County Chief Deputy Chip Simmons said at a prayer vigil in Pensacola Saturday.
The One-Traffic-Light Town with Some of the Fastest Internet in the U.S.
- Before Shani Hays began providing tech support for Apple from her home, in McKee, Kentucky, she worked at a prison as a corrections officer assigned to male sex offenders, making nine dollars an hour.
- Once Jackson and Owsley Counties were wired, Gabbard was approached by the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP), to see if they could use P.R.T.C.’s broadband to bring Internet-based jobs to the region.
- The big telecom companies also receive U.S.F. money, often taking advantage of a loophole in the law that lets them claim to be operating in an underserved area as long as they are providing service to a single customer in a rural census block.
- “We really need to get carriers to really be honest about what areas they’re serving, what they’re not serving, and what the speeds are.” Better maps will enable U.S.F. money to be distributed more equitably, freeing up funds for coöperatives, municipalities, and smaller, regional companies to build the necessary infrastructure to deliver broadband to otherwise overlooked communities.
Man Loses Home After Failing to Pay $8.41 in Property Taxes
- Under Act 123 of 1999, Michigan allows its county treasurers a great deal of authority to handle unpaid taxes, including rushing the tax foreclosure process.
- Under the Act, the property is considered delinquent if taxes aren’t paid in the previous year.
- If the outstanding taxes, fees and penalties remain unpaid after two years, the County can foreclose on the property; that’s much more quickly than before, when the average timeframe to move a foreclosure was five to seven years.
- The County argued that Rafaeli had no rights to the equity because the General Property Tax Act does not expressly protect it.
- And that’s the reason that Rafaeli keeps losing: The courts have sympathy for his plight but have found that the law does not prevent the County from keeping it.
‘Horrific’ typo valued Wasatch County home at almost $1B
- That error — which the Wasatch County assessor explained possibly occurred when a staff member may have dropped their phone on their keyboard — has resulted in a countywide overvaluation of more than $6 million and revenue shortfalls in five different Wasatch County taxing entities.
- Griffiths estimates the error took place in May as her office was preparing tax rolls for a June deadline, yet it wasn’t caught until months later — after the tax rate was certified by the Utah State Tax Commission and property tax notices were sent out in July.
- Asked how the more than $6 million countywide revenue windfall went unnoticed, the county’s manager and assessor, as well as Utah State Tax Commission officials, told the Deseret News it was chalked up to growth in the booming county — which has been the third-fastest growing county in recent years.