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14-year-old girl charged after punching man dressed as Donald Trump in the face at Florida haunted

14-year-old girl charged after punching man dressed as Donald Trump in the face at Florida haunted house


A 14-year-old girl could be charged with misdemeanor battery after allegedly punching a man dressed as President Trump while he was standing in line at a haunted house in Naples, Fla.

According to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, the girl walked up to the man, punched him in the face, laughed and returned to her place in line with other juveniles, according to a USA Today report.

Both the victim and alleged assailant were waiting in line for the Naples Haunted Gross House.

The man asked her why she hit him and then found sheriff’s deputies to report the incident to.

Read more: https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-teen-girl-charged-punch-donald-trump-costume-face-haunted-house-20191028-pfdedbsh4fdmbmmzrwrn7xbjs4-story.html

With GM workers back on the job, UAW turns to Ford

With the strike at General Motors over, the United Auto Workers union has turned its attention to securing a new contract with Ford Motor Co.

As with GM, the outcome of the UAW's negotiations with Ford will have local impact. Ford's Woodlawn plant has 987 hourly workers represented by UAW Local 897, according to the automaker. Companywide, the UAW represents about 55,000 Ford workers. Negotiators for Ford and the UAW met in Dearborn, Mich., on Monday.

The Route 5 plant opened in 1950 and makes stamped metal parts for a variety of Ford vehicles, including the Edge, Nautilus, Flex, MKT, F-150, Super Duty, Mustang, Econoline, Expedition, Navigator and Continental. Like GM's two area plants, Ford's Woodlawn plant is an important element of the region's auto manufacturing sector.

The UAW has a history of "pattern bargaining" with the Detroit Three automakers. The union chooses one of the automakers to negotiate a deal with first, and then seeks to secure contracts with similar terms at the other two automakers.

Read more: https://buffalonews.com/2019/10/28/with-gm-workers-back-on-the-job-uaw-turns-to-ford/

Cattaraugus County seal: Rated R for some nudity

LITTLE VALLEY – For the better part of two centuries, the Cattaraugus County seal has always shown an eagle, a sword, a scroll and two women.

It's what's been missing from the seal for the past few decades that has suddenly turned a bit of history into a campaign issue just as election season heats up.

What's missing is clothing – specifically, clothing on the upper halves of the aforementioned two women.

The controversy was uncovered Wednesday during a meeting of the Cattaraugus County Legislature, where the aluminum cast seal is prominent. As was first reported by the Olean Times-Herald, two lawmakers said constituents had complained about the images of one woman who appears topless and the other nearly so, and are visible above the chairman's podium in the legislative chambers inside Cattaraugus County Center and on the outside of the County Office Building in Olean.

Read more: https://buffalonews.com/2019/10/28/cattaraugus-county-seal-rated-r-for-some-nudity/

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Some in Cattaraugus County want to change the county seal because of nudity present since the 1970s.

Lawmakers propose 'abortion access fund'

Democratic state lawmakers want New Yorkers to have the option of donating to an “abortion access fund” when they’re filing their taxes.

Legislation introduced this year from Sen. Alessandra Biaggi and Assemblywoman Karines Reyes is designed to make it easier for women to access abortion care in New York, according to the legislative memorandum. Donations would be made possible from state tax forms and the funding would be distributed to “not-for-profit entities that provide support to individuals in need of abortion services,” according to the bill text.

Every year the state comptroller’s office would issue a report on expenditures from the fund, which is jointly controlled with the state Department of Health.

“This bill provides an effective means to improve access to this health care service and affords the majority of New York taxpayers who support the right to abortion care, the ability to personally contribute to entities that help to make that right a reality for those who are financially struggling,” reads the bill memorandum.

Read more: https://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/288367/lawmakers-propose-abortion-access-fund/
(Albany Times Union)

Schenectady lawmakers cut taxes and slash proposed mayor pay raise

SCHENECTADY — City Council members voted 6-1 Monday night to adopt the 2020 budget that features a 1.5 percent property tax decrease for homeowners and gives Mayor Gary McCarthy a 4 percent pay raise for 2020.

The mayor — running unopposed for a third four-year term — fell well short of getting the 16 percent pay raise he wanted that would have boosted boosting his annual salary from $96,700 to $112,483. His 4 percent increase came with the stipulation he would get no raise in the remaining three years of his term.

Still, even those who supported the $112 million spending plan were critical of some parts of it. Chief opposition was voiced about the $2 million the mayor has earmarked for the Smart Cities program and the lack of public discussion on the spending. Others countered that the budget was a successful compromise.

A plan to increase the hourly rate to $13 for seasonal workers received praise for its potential to fill vacancies while sprucing up the city.

Read more: https://www.timesunion.com/7dayarchive/article/Revised-Schenectady-budget-includes-1-5-tax-cut-14563633.php

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah -- Guest: Beto O'Rourke

http://www.cc.com/episodes/vc8g3a/the-daily-show-with-trevor-noah-extended---october-28--2019---beto-o-rourke---michelle-yeoh-season-25-ep-25013
(Comedy Central)

The interview with Beto O'Rourke begins at about 13:20 in the video.

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah -- Guest: Beto O'Rourke

http://www.cc.com/episodes/vc8g3a/the-daily-show-with-trevor-noah-extended---october-28--2019---beto-o-rourke---michelle-yeoh-season-25-ep-25013
(Comedy Central)

The interview with Beto O'Rourke begins at about 13:20 in the video.

Leander settles lawsuit by former city manager for $349,000

The city of Leander has settled a lawsuit for $349,000 filed against it by former City Manager Kent Cagle, who was fired in May.

Cagle alleged in the lawsuit that he was fired after reporting to law enforcement authorities that a city official had violated the law.

The lawsuit, filed in August, did not name the city official that Cagle said had broken the law. The suit also alleged the city breached Cagle’s contract by refusing to pay him the severance required by the contract.

“The city of Leander and Kent Cagle are pleased to report that they have amicably resolved all outstanding claims between them,” said a statement in the settlement agreement.

Read more: https://www.statesman.com/news/20191028/leander-settles-lawsuit-by-former-city-manager-for-349000

Detroit Home Health Owner Sentenced to Prison for Role in $1.5 Million Medicare Kickback Scheme

The owner of a Michigan home health agency was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for his role in a scheme involving approximately $1.5 million in Medicare claims for home health services that were procured through the payment of illegal kickbacks.

Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider of the Eastern District of Michigan, Special Agent in Charge Steven M. D'Antuono of the FBI’s Detroit Division and Special Agent in Charge Lamont Pugh III of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s (HHS-OIG) Chicago Regional Office made the announcement.

Atheir Amarrah, 44, of West Bloomfield, Michigan, the owner of Prompt Care Home Health Services Inc. of West Bloomfield, Michigan, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Judith E. Levy of the Eastern District of Michigan, who also ordered him to pay approximately $1 million in restitution, jointly and severally with his co-conspirators. In May 2018, Amarrah pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and pay and receive health care kickbacks in connection with a federal health care program and to four counts of paying health care kickbacks.

As part of his guilty plea, Amarrah admitted that he paid illegal kickbacks to recruiters in exchange for Medicare beneficiary referrals and billed Medicare for claims procured through these illegal kickbacks. According to court documents, Amarrah caused a loss of over $1 million to the Medicare program by submitting claims to Medicare from 2013 through 2017 related to Medicare beneficiary information that he obtained by paying illegal kickbacks.

Read more: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/detroit-home-health-owner-sentenced-prison-role-15-million-medicare-kickback-scheme

Bookkeeper Pleads Guilty To Embezzling Over $2 Million from Employer

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Jennifer Dwyer, 49, of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, pled guilty today in federal court to one count of wire fraud involving the embezzlement of approximately $2.2 million over a ten-year period from her Lyndonville employer, Northeast Agriculture Sales, Inc. (“NEAG”). U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss accepted Dwyer’s guilty plea and ordered her released pending sentencing. Sentencing is scheduled for February 11, 2020. At sentencing, Dwyer faces a maximum possible penalty of 20 years in prison. However, the sentence will be determined by the court with reference to the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.

According to the Indictment, NEAG is a family business established in 1987 with locations in Lyndonville, Vermont and Maine. Dwyer was NEAG’s bookkeeper from approximately 1998 to 2017. As bookkeeper, her responsibilities included customer billing, handling company accounts, and managing NEAG’s payroll system. By pleading guilty, Dwyer admitted that between 2007 and 2017, she embezzled approximately $2,221,079.47 from NEAG through unauthorized electronic transfers of funds from NEAG’s payroll account to her personal checking account. Dwyer used the misappropriated funds on on-line gambling and to pay personal debts and expenses.

As part of her plea agreement with the government, Dwyer stipulated that she embezzled $2.2 million dollars from NEAG, and that in doing so she abused a position of trust that allowed her to commit and conceal the embezzlement. The plea agreement obligates Dwyer to pay restitution of approximately $2.2 million to NEAG, and to make specified lump-sum restitution payments prior to sentencing. The plea agreement provides that should Dwyer fail to make those payments by the time of sentencing, specified items of personal property will be subject to forfeiture. As part of her agreement with the government, Dwyer has consented to the repossession and sale of a camper that she partially paid for with embezzled funds. She has further agreed to restitution payments equaling the value of her interest in two pick-up trucks and a tractor. Finally, Dwyer has agreed to pay restitution corresponding to the value of her interest in her home and land in St. Johnsbury.

The government previously forfeited Dwyer’s 2015 GMC Sierra 2500 truck as proceeds of the embezzlement. By agreement with the government, Dwyer also sold a 2016 Sea-Doo watercraft and trailer. The proceeds of the sale will be applied to restitution at the time of sentencing.

Read more: https://www.justice.gov/usao-vt/pr/jennifer-dwyer-pleads-guilty-embezzling-over-2-million-employer
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