Billionaire Pays Off Entire Morehouse Class’ Student Loans

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Trump’s $102 Million Golf Tab

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Likely Tornado Kills At Least 2, Demolishes Motel In Oklahoma City Suburb

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Air Force employee facing child porn charges downloaded manual on how to seduce, groom children for sex

ISLE OF WIGHT Co., Va. – Gregory Wacks, the Air Force employee charged with multiple counts of having and distributing child porn, was denied bond Thursday, WTKR reports. 

Prosecutors argued he is a threat to the children in this community.

Investigators who forensically searched Wacks’ phone testified they not only found thousands of images of child porn involving very young children, but they also found a 170+ page PDF filed labeled “How to Practice Child Love.” The Commonwealth’s Attorney described the book to the court as a manual for seducing and grooming children into sexual acts, starting at a very young age.

The document was pulled from a known child porn trade site and had been downloaded to Wacks’ phone, according to investigators.

Wacks, an Air Force veteran currently employed as a civilian by the Air Force, was charged in April with one count of distributing child porn; one count of possession of child porn first offense and 18 counts of possession of child porn, later offenses.

Investigators who forensically searched Wacks’ phone said the investigation is not over and they are still combing through the evidence they had from their initial phone “dump.”

After a search warrant was executed and Wacks’ home was searched, investigators seized the cell phone, computer and tablet, but also mentioned finding a hidden camera in Wacks’ home that he shares with his wife and young daughter. Investigators did not go into whether or not they have searched that device and have not mentioned for what purpose it was used.

Eight people shot at a holiday gathering in Virginia

By Faith Karimi, CNN

(CNN) — Gunfire broke out at a neighborhood gathering in Virginia, leaving at least eight people hospitalized with injuries, authorities said.

The shooting happened in the Holly Cove area of Chesapeake on Saturday night, police spokesman Leo Kosinski said.

All victims have been taken to area hospitals and police are conducting interviews with those who attended the event to get more details.

The shooting started shortly after 9 p.m. ET while police were on the scene investigating a traffic disturbance, Kosinski said.

At least eight gunshot victims are being treated at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, according to hospital spokesman Dale Gauding. Information on the victims’ conditions was not immediately known.

Developing story – more to come

Four bogus police officers arrested in Johannesburg Central

Johannesburg Central police have arrested four suspects – three women and one man – aged between 27 to 45 for allegedly impersonating police officers, Gauteng police said on Sunday.

Two of the female suspects were arrested at the corner of Twist and Plein streets at 11.30am on Saturday morning. Police recovered two fake police appointment certificates, Captain Xoli Mbele said.

The other two suspects were apprehended at the corner Noord and Wanderers streets at 11.45am. They had stopped three foreign nationals and demanded their passports.

“They told one of the victims that his passport has expired and demanded three thousand rand. Police came to their rescue and apprehended the suspects. Police are on the ground to ensure that bogus police that are damaging the image of the police in the Johannesburg CBD are apprehended.”

The investigation was under way and the suspects would appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday, Mbele said.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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Deputies say drugs were factor in fatal crash in Allegan Co.

Allegan Co. Sheriff’s deputies on scene.

ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich. — A man is dead following a police chase in Otsego township.

Allegan County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy tried to stop a vehicle on 102nd Ave near 16th St just before midnight Saturday.

The suspect drove off but crashed into an unoccupied park car east of 12th St some time after.

The 25-year-old driver was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Deputies say rugs are believed to be a factor in the crash though the case remains under investigation.

The identity of the man is being held until his family is notified.

Will Ramaphosa shed 40 cabinet positions?

The most bloated cabinet in South Africa’s history is reportedly set to shed 40 positions when President Cyril Ramaphosa announces his new cabinet of 32 ministers, down from 72 in Jacob Zuma’s.

According to a report by City Press, Ramaphosa will precede the announcement of his new team by outlining the new structure of his cabinet in a press briefing.

This weekend will be spent consulting his fellow ANC top six members as well as the party’s allies before any announcements are made.

The number of ministers shot up significantly under the leadership of Zuma, who had 72 ministers and deputy ministers combined in his cabinet. His predecessor, Thabo Mbeki, had 50.

According to the publication, Ramaphosa will reportedly keep only 25 full ministers and do away with deputy positions, which have never really had much of a purpose aside from giving cadres of the ANC jobs.

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Cope calls on parliament to remove ‘incompetent’ public protector Mkhwebane

The Congress of the People on Sunday called on parliament to remove “this incompetent” Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

Cope was very disturbed at the blatant disrespect shown by Mkhwebane in releasing controversial reports that “are intended to divert the President [Cyril Ramaphosa] in appointing his Cabinet, Cope spokesman Dennis Bloem said.

“We have observed factionalist tendencies in adv Mkhwebane, and [she] is incapable of protecting the public in a honest and sober way. We call upon parliament to remove this incompetent public protector,” Bloem said.

On Saturday, Freedom Under Law (FUL) deplored Mkhwebane’s adverse findings against Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan as a rehash of the discredited charges against him under former president Jacob Zuma’s administration.

“Freedom Under Law is dismayed but not surprised to learn of the public protector’s findings in respect of Mr Ivan Pillay’s early retirement and Minister Pravin Gordhan’s authorisation of the retirement,” said Nicole Fritz, the CEO of the rights group.

“The matters canvassed in the public protector’s report are the exact same matters as those which frame one of the most notorious episodes in the National Prosecuting Authority’s history – the decision to charge and then ultimately ignominiously withdraw charges against Gordhan, Pillay, and former SARS commissioner Oupa Magashula,” she said.

Mkhwebane found that Gordhan’s approval of Pillay’s early retirement and subsequent re-employment on a fixed-term contract amounted to “maladministration” and directed President Cyril Ramaphosa to take disciplinary action against him.

Fritz said Mkwebane’s findings were not only alarming, but confirmed her disregard for fairness and the basic tenets of justice.

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“This attempt to reheat a long cold dish and serve it up to the public as evidence of wrongdoing is on its own alarming. But that the public protector releases her report a mere two days after receiving responses from the implicated parties – failing to meaningfully engage the responses – makes a mockery of the most basic tenets of justice.”

She did so in a week in which a court had found in respect of another of her investigations that: “the Public Protector did nothing to assure the public that she kept an open and enquiring mind and that she discovered, or at least attempted to discover the truth”.

“With this her latest report, the public protector yet again makes no pretence of what she is about,” Fritz said.

On Thursday, the Democratic Alliance wrote to National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise calling for parliament to institute removal proceedings against Mkhwebane.

This request followed the latest indictment on Mkhwebane’s fitness to hold office when, in a damning ruling on Monday, the North Gauteng High Court set aside her report into the Vrede Dairy Project, finding the report was unconstitutional and invalid, DA chief whip John Steenhuisen said.

“This is but one example in a long list of Mkhwebane‘s failures in her role as public protector. She jumped to the defence of former president Jacob Zuma by laying criminal charges against former public protector advocate Thuli Madonsela for releasing the transcript of her interview with him.

Mkhwebane had admitted to stepping outside of her mandate by recommending changing the Constitution regarding the mandate of the South African Reserve Bank, and she had first consulted Zuma’s legal advisors and discussed further recommendations not included in her initial report into the ABSA/Bankorp bailout, Steenhuisen said.

Over the past three years, Mkhwebane compromised the integrity of the office of the public protector by showing “a poor understanding of both the law as well as of her own powers”. In addition to this, she had also brought the independence of her office into question.

“The public protector’s office has not only stumbled form one blunder to the next, but the public has now also lost faith in her ability to competently and fairly represent their best interests and for these reasons she must be removed,” Steenhuisen said.

In terms of section 194(1) of the Constitution, the public protector may be removed from office on a finding of “misconduct, incapacity, or incompetence” by a committee of the National Assembly, followed by the adoption of a resolution on said removal by two thirds of the members of the National Assembly.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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