Navajo Nation Leaders to Chief Manuelito Scholars: Education is Key to the Future

Published July 26, 2017 SAN JUAN COLLEGE – Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez attended the 2017 Chief Manuelito Scholarship Award Ceremony, imparting to the scholars that continuing education is the key to the future. “This generation has the great opportunity to conceptualize solutions in ways that have never been thought of […]

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Ex-priest convicted of child rape set to leave prison

A defrocked US Roman Catholic priest is set for release from prison 12 years after his conviction on child rape charges, a Massachusetts prosecutor said Tuesday.

Paul Shanley was among the first clergymen to stand trial after the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team unearthed allegations against priests of serial child sexual abuse and coverups by the Boston Archdiocese.

The scandal reverberated through the church, exposing similar allegations worldwide that compromised its moral authority and led to years of multimillion-dollar settlements.

Shanley was 74 years old when a Middlesex County jury convicted him in 2005 of repeatedly raping a boy from his parish in the 1980s. His victim, who was 27 years old during the trial, testified that Shanley regularly pulled him out of Sunday catechism class for what he called “special duties” and molested him in various rooms of St. John the Evangelist, a defunct parish in the Boston suburb of Newton. After one day of cross-examination from Shanley’s lawyer, who tried to cast doubt on the victim’s recollections and credibility, the victim begged the judge to not make him return to the stand.

Prosecutors asked for a life sentence on two counts each of child rape and indecent assault and battery, but Shanley received 12 to 15 years.

Now 86, Shanley is scheduled to be released from prison and begin 10 years of supervised probation, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said in a statement Tuesday.

His exact release date was not revealed. He will be monitored by the probation department for the next 10 years and has been ordered to have no contact with children under 16, Ryan said.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests condemned his release.

“While we understand and respect the American judicial system, we fear for the safety of children now that Shanley has been released,” Managing Director Barbara Dorris said in a statement.

“Research and experience teach us that age does not cure pedophilia. Often age gives predators an advantage. People may see an old man and assume he is harmless. That is not the case.”

It is not clear where Shanley will end up after his release. The Catholic Church has treatment facilities for clergy and former clergy accused of sexual abuse, Dorris noted.

“We hope that they will insist Shanley live in a facility where he can receive treatment and where he will have no access to children.”

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London police investigate suspected acid attacks

Two young men were taken to an east London hospital Tuesday after a “suspected noxious substance” was thrown at them, Metropolitan Police said.

The two men, believed to be in their teens, flagged officers on the street in Tower Hamlets around 7 p.m., police said.

Police, ambulance and fire services responded to the scene to investigate the suspected acid attack.

“Police in Tower Hamlets are dealing with a suspected noxious substance attack on two males in Roman Road,” the statement said.

Their injuries are not life-threatening and no arrests have been made, the statement added.

The incident comes as London grapples with a spike in acid attacks. In 2014, there were 166 incidents reported, followed by 261 in 2015 and 454 in 2016, according to a Metropolitan Police Service report released in March. Police have told CNN that trend has continued this year.

A recent incident in which five men were attacked over 70 minutes has prompted the British government to consider tougher sentences for perpetrators of acid attacks.

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Trump praises Senate health care vote at Ohio rally

President Donald Trump returned to the campaign stage Tuesday, holding a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, where he praised senators for moving ahead on health care.

“We’re now one step closer to liberating our citizens from this Obamacare nightmare and delivering great health care for the American people,” he said before an enthusiastic crowd.

The rally comes as his administration remains steeped in turmoil over his criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and upheaval in his White House’s communications department.

For Trump, returning to the campaign trail for his sixth campaign rally as president marked a reprieve from the conflict in Washington.

“I’m back in the American heartland far away from the Washington swamp,” he said.

The President publicly fumed on Tuesday morning about a host of topics, sending a dozen tweets before noon about everything from his “very weak” attorney general to an open question about whether Republicans are “willing to step up to the plate” and make good on seven years of health care promises by starting debate on the Republican health care bill in the Senate.

After briefly getting interrupted by a protestor, Trump ran through a list of campaign objectives he said he was making good on, including immigration, building up the military and gun rights.

“Yes, our Second Amendment is very, very sound again. That would’ve been gonzo, it would have been gone, but I never had a doubt,” he said.

The President relishes his time before his crowds of supporters, so the Ohio visit offers him a much-needed reprieve from the stresses of Washington. Tuesday night’s event also brings Trump back to the site of one of his most critical victories of the 2016 election: Ohio.

Trump lost Mahoning County — where Youngstown sits — in the 2016 election to Democrat Hillary Clinton, but only narrowly, 49% to 46%. This a sizable break from past elections, where Democrat Barack Obama beat Republican Mitt Romney by nearly 30% in 2012 and Republican Sen. John McCain by 26% in 2008.

Trump ended up winning the entire Buckeye State by 8% in 2016 — shocking many within Clinton’s campaign. The visit to Youngstown, where the President will speak at the 6,000-person capacity Covelli Centre, will bring the businessman back to the base of white, working-class voters who helped propel him to the White House.

John McNally, the Democratic mayor of Youngstown, said he expects Trump to be well-received when he gets to the city.

“No matter how wild I may think the past six months have been, no matter the tweet storm that went out this morning on a variety of subjects, I think the people in Youngstown and Mahoning County and Trumbull County really appreciate the President’s no holds barred mentality toward those who he thinks oppose him,” he said Tuesday on CNN ahead of the rally.

In Washington, the cloud of an ongoing investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election has cast a pall over the Trump administration, subjecting aides and adviser to questioning by Senate committees and angering Trump. On Monday, Trump’s son-in-law and top aide Jared Kushner appeared before Senate intelligence committee to discuss a meeting with Russians during the 2016 election.

“Jared Kushner did very well yesterday in proving he did not collude with the Russians. Witch Hunt,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning.

McNally said while some voters in Youngstown are aware of the Russia story, many aren’t focused on it.

“Some of that gets up in the stratosphere of political thought of Washington that folks here in Youngstown on a daily basis really aren’t focused in on,” he said, adding that his hope is Trump will “talk about the jobs he said would be created in areas like ours.”

So far, Trump’s 2020 campaign is already up and running, already raising money and hosting events across the country, including campaign events headlined by the president in Tennessee, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Iowa.

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Want to chase Great American Eclipse from 35,000 feet high? Now you can

Many Americans will get the opportunity to see the solar eclipse in its totality on Aug. 21 from prime spots between Oregon and South Carolina. But lucky passengers aboard an Alaska Airlines flight will get to see the eclipse from a unique view as they chase it from 35,000 feet in the air.

The trip will be made via a special charter flight that will chase the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in the U.S. since 1918. It will depart Portland at 7:30 a.m. PDT and head out over the Pacific Ocean to begin an early view of the eclipse.

This isn’t the first time Alaska Airlines has offered a unique view of a total solar eclipse. Some lucky passengers got to take a similar flight last year from Alaska to Hawaii to witness the spectacular view.

According to Space.com, a man who was on that flight said the most memorable part was the elliptical lunar shadow which moved at nearly 8,000 mph and loomed like a “tornado of darkness.”

[Scroll down to watch a firsthand view from the 2016 Alaska Airlines flight]

An Alaska Airlines representative said even though the plane taking flight on Aug. 21 is capable of carrying 181 guests, they are limiting the seats available to fewer than 100 to provide an optimal viewing experience for everyone on board.

Who will those passengers be? According to the airline, all except two seats will be reserved for a select group of invitation-only astronomers and guests. The two extra seats will be given away in a contest the airline is running through Aug. 7.

Those who want to enter in a chance to win the once-in-a-lifetime seats must submit a short video detailing why they should be on the special flight.

The grand prize winner will receive:

  • Airfare for you (and a guest) on the special charter flight on Aug. 21
  • Airfare for you and your guest to Portland, Oregon
  • Two nights of accommodations in Portland
  • A $500 Visa gift card for travel expenses

Click here to enter the contest.

 

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Resident files suit against Miami-Dade after land sale to soccer star David Beckham

A local activist is taking on Miami-Dade County in an attempt to stop a land sale to soccer star David Beckham.

Bruce Matheson said the county should have put the land up for bid. That would have allowed for more profit for the public, which owns the almost 3-acre county truck depot that was sold in a no-bid deal to Beckham for his stadium site.

“That in itself means that the citizens of Dade County are not getting a fair shake on the sale of the land, which actually belongs to them,” Matheson said.

Matheson filed a six-page lawsuit late last week based on a state statute governing sale of public lands. He said it’s his way of stopping the building of the stadium that residents in adjacent Spring Garden — where he owns property — oppose.

“The noise, the congestion, the fact that the Fifth Street bridge, right across the bridge here, is the lowest on the river, constantly going up and down. A couple of times and the traffic will be gridlock,” Matheson said.

Matheson is part of the pioneering Miami-Dade family that deeded land for public parks years ago. He has the pedigree, the will and the means to oppose government in the courts and has done so in the past.

 

Commissioners approved the $9 million no-bid deal in a 9-4 vote last month in return for promises of 50 jobs and public benefits. But Matheson alleges the price was too low, saying that appraisals didn’t take into account the sale of neighboring properties for twice their appraised value and buildings underway in a part of town ripe for development.

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