Georgia school district reverses transgender-friendly bathroom policy after death threats
- Pickens County School Board changed its policy this week, citing "death threats, student harassment and vandalism of school property" in the news release.
- The policy had allowed transgender students to use restrooms that aligned with their gender identity instead of a single-stall, gender-neutral bathroom, according to CNN affiliate WSB.
- Multiple parents at the local high school expressed concerns over the administration's decision to permit the student to access the restroom and believed that it would jeopardize the "safety of the high school students," the news release said.
- Wilson said that part of the decision to adopt a policy that allowed transgender students to use the restrooms of their identity came from a federal court ruling in Florida, Adams vs.
- A Florida student sued for the right to use the bathroom that matched their gender identity instead of a gender-neutral bathroom, the AJC said.
Sandy Hook father awarded $450,000 from defamation suit
- New York (CNN) - Leonard Pozner, whose son 6-year-old Noah was killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, was awarded $450,000 in damages by a Wisconsin jury from a defamation lawsuit filed in response to conspiracy theorists claiming the Newtown tragedy never occurred.
- James Fetzer and Mike Palacek, co-authors of the 2016 book titled, "Nobody Died at Sandy Hook" claimed that the shooting -- where 26 people died, among them 20 children -- was a staged political scheme, rather than a tragic massacre that took many lives on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut.
- Remington of Wisconsin's Dane County Circuit Court ruled in June that the statements by Fetzer were defamatory, and the case went to trial to determine damages.
- The jury's decision was made Tuesday, officials at Dane County Court told CNN.
Supreme Court wrestles with immigration-related case as Sotomayor breaks the new 2-minute rule
- Washington (CNN) - Justice Sonia Sotomayor was so eager to jump into a case Wednesday concerning the tension between the federal government and states when it comes to immigration enforcement that she broke the Supreme Court's new rule that allows a lawyer to begin arguments for two minutes without interruption.
- Wednesday's case concerns whether immigrants who stole Social Security numbers in an attempt to gain employment could be prosecuted under state identity theft law.
- At oral arguments, some of the justices questioned whether Kansas, in prosecuting immigrants under state fraud law, encroached on an area reserved for the federal government.
- But lawyers for Garcia told the justices that he could not be convicted under state law because it is preempted by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 that establishes a framework for the regulation of unauthorized employment.
Here's everyone who has been sentenced in the college admissions scandal so far
- Devin Sloane, the founder and chief executive of a drinking water and wastewater systems business in Los Angeles, California, was sentenced to four months in prison, 500 hours of community service, 2 years of supervised release, and has to pay a fine of $95,000.
- Prosecutors alleged in court documents that Sloane paid Singer $250,000 to have his son admitted to the University of Southern California as a water polo recruit.
- In September, Stephen Semprevivo, a Los Angeles-based executive at a privately held provider of outsourced sales teams, was sentenced to four months in prison, two years of supervised release, 500 hours of community service, and a fine of $100,000.
- In October, Gordon Caplan, a Connecticut-based lawyer, was sentenced to one month in prison, a year of supervised release, 250 hours of community service, and a fine of $50,000.
The Panama Papers lawyers want to stop Netflix’s ‘The Laundromat’
- Just days before The Laundromat is scheduled to arrive on Netflix, the lawyers portrayed in the movie have filed a defamation action against Netflix and are trying to prevent the film's release.
- The Steven Soderbergh movie stars Meryl Streep as a widow investigating an insurance fraud and chasing leads to the Panama City law firm Mossack Fonseca.
- That was one of the largest data leaks in history, and it exposed a web of offshore tax evasion by the super-rich and global leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin.
- The firm's partners Jurgen Mossack and Ramon Fonseca, played by Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas, say The Laundromat portrays them as "ruthless uncaring lawyers who are involved in money laundering, tax evasion, bribery and/or other criminal conduct," The Guardian reports.
- Despite being implicated in the shady offshore tax evasion, this isn't the first time Mossack and Fonseca have said they're victims.
Zimbabwe activists bid to stop alleged plan to export 35 baby elephants
- Harare (CNN) - Wildlife activists in Zimbabwe are pushing to halt an alleged plan to sell 35 baby elephants to China and Pakistan as part of an ongoing row over wildlife exports.
- Advocates4Earth, previously known as the "People and Earth Solidarity Law Network," is trying to prevent further sales, but director Lenin Chisaira told CNN he has reliable information that the animals could be shipped Wednesday and Thursday.
- Tinashe Farawo, a spokesman for the Zimbabwe Parks and Wild Life Management Authority, told CNN that no sale is planned.
- The activists said that if the government goes ahead with the sale, it will not only be in contempt of court but also in violation of the country's and international animal welfare regulations.
- Farawo, of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wild Life Management Authority, said people should be more concerned by the conflict between humans and wildlife.
Apple CEO Tim Cook asks the Supreme Court to save DACA
- Apple CEO Tim Cook, along with the company’s Senior Vice President Deirdre O’Brien, filed a Supreme Court brief on Wednesday to personally voice support for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an immigration program that President Trump tried to terminate in 2017 but that has been kept alive through a series of court appeals.
- While this is the first time Cook has put his own name on a brief, he and Apple have long supported Dreamers (as DACA recipients are called), 443 of which work at Apple, according to the brief.
- Although there is substantial bipartisan support for protecting DACA recipients, further debate in Congress is likely a dead end for now, and there’s no guarantee that Congress will take the issue up if the Court decides Trump’s decision to end the program was legal.
These are the 11 classic food-court chains with the most locations
- Whether it's saucy orange chicken or salted soft pretzels and mustard, food courts offer hungry shoppers and travelers myriad ways to nip their gnawing hunger in the bud.
- We scoured the latest Top 200 report from Nation's Restaurant News to find America's biggest food court chains.
- Sarku Japan was founded in 1987 and has since become a staple of mall food courts with its iconic sample trays of teriyaki chicken.
- With 335 US locations, Wetzel's Pretzels now also serves soft pretzels with a twist, with flavors like pizza, cinnamon sugar, and sour cream and onion.
- The smoothie chain formerly known as "Jamba Juice" has 781 locations across the country.
- Baskin-Robbins is arguably the most recognizable ice cream shop chain in the US, and that's probably due to the fact that it's everywhere.
Net neutrality is still the law—in Washington State
- Broadband users in Washington State can file net neutrality complaints against ISPs using this general consumer complaint form, a spokesperson for Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson told Ars. The AG's office said it wouldn't comment on whether there are any pending net neutrality investigations.
- Instead of regulating ISPs directly, Oregon forbids state agencies from purchasing broadband service from ISPs that violate net neutrality principles.
- (Vermont's suspended law is similar.) The governors of several other states issued executive orders that also handle net neutrality by imposing requirements on state agencies instead of directly on ISPs. For whatever reason, the broadband industry hasn't sued Washington over its net neutrality law.
- The FCC can still try to preempt state laws on a case-by-case basis, but may have trouble doing so because the agency eliminated its own Title II authority to regulate net neutrality.
A 14-year-old boy shot his way in to a school before turning the gun on himself. Now his mother is facing 6 felony charges.
- An Indiana mother who warned authorities that her 14-year-old son was about to shoot up a middle school is now facing six felony charges in connection with the incident.
- Mary York, 43, called police on December 13, 2018, telling them her son had taken her boyfriend hostage at gunpoint and was about to head for his former middle school, where he had been bullied in the past.
- But authorities, having already been warned by the child's mother, got to the school before the boy and locked it down.
- David Bursten credited the tipster, York, who warned police of the threat.
- Court records viewed by Insider show that York has been charged with five counts of neglect of a dependent, one count of dangerous control of a child, and one misdemeanor count of criminal recklessness.