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US Army Reserve Lt. Colonel sentenced to 4 years in prison for supplying Chinese-made gear to Army

U.S. Army Reserves Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Lamar Burnett was sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to forfeit $4.4 million to the government for fraudulently supplying hundreds of thousands of Chinese-produced baseball caps and backpacks to the Army Recruiting Command and passing them off as American-made products, in violation of his contracts and the Buy America Act.

U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town, Defense Criminal Investigative Service Special Agent in Charge John F. Khin, and U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command Special Agent in Charge James T. Wallis announced the sentence.

“Securing the defense procurement base from fraud is important to American taxpayers and our national security posture,” Town said. “Today’s sentence sends a strong message that defrauding the United States carries a stiff penalty. Anyone seeking to lie, cheat, or steal from the government will find bed space reserved for them behind bars.

“Burnett, 50, of Madison, received millions of dollars under contracts with the Army stating he must supply promotional items for the Recruiting Command that were “100 PERCENT U.S. MADE.”

In April a federal jury convicted Burnett on three counts of wire fraud for using his Huntsville-based company, Lamar International Inc., in the scheme to defraud the Defense Department on three contracts, worth $6.2 million, between 2005 and 2009. U.S. District Judge Sharon L. Blackburn sentenced Burnett and ordered him to serve three years of supervised release following his prison term.

Read more: http://www.alreporter.com/2017/11/29/army-reserves-lieutenant-colonel-sentenced-4-years-prison-supplying-chinese-made-gear-army/

Moore has five-to-seven-point lead in three new polls

Two new polls show that Roy Moore still has a sizable lead over Clinton-era U.S. Attorney Doug Jones in the battle for U.S. Senate.

A new Emerson College poll shows that Jones still trails Moore 53 percent to 47 percent despite accusations of sexual impropriety in the national press and the mainstream media. The Emerson poll was conducted between Nov. 25 to Nov. 27 and has a margin of error of 4.3 percentage points.

The Emerson methodology includes who is voting for Moore and Jones as well as who voters would likely vote for if the election were today. The Alabama Emerson College poll was conducted 2017 under the Supervision of Auburn University Montgomery Professor Spencer Kimball. The sample consisted of only likely voters

In more bad news for Jones, Change Research is reporting that Jones lead has evaporated and Moore leads Doug Jones in the race for U.S. Senate. Their last poll had Jones up by three points. Now Moore leads Jones 49 percent to 44 percent. They attribute the 8 point change in favor of Moore to energized Republican voters.

Read more: http://www.alreporter.com/2017/11/29/moore-five-seven-point-leads-three-newest-polls/

Even More People Are Leaving Puerto Rico

Two months after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, most of the Island remains without electricity, safe water is not available everywhere, many businesses are still closed, and many people are still homeless.

Natalie Jaresko, Executive Director of the PROMESA fiscal oversight board, predicts that 170,000 people will have left Puerto Rico between Hurricane Maria and the end of the year. In testimony before the House Committee on Natural Resources, the committee responsible for U.S. territories, Jaresko explained that the hurricanes have changed the situation in Puerto Rico.

“The hard truth is that the island now needs help — emergency and restoration funds and assistance on an unprecedented scale,” Jaresko told the committee. “Before the hurricanes, the board was determined that Puerto Rico and its instrumentalities could achieve balanced budgets, work its way through its debt problems, and develop a sustainable economy without federal aid. That is simply no longer possible.”

The problem of workers leaving Puerto Rico has been an ongoing one, as the Island has lost 10% of its population over the past decade. additional population losses will make it hard to reestablish prosperity in the U.S. territory, which has been under the oversight of a fiscal board since former governor Alejandro Padilla announced that Puerto Rico could not pay its debts.

Read more: https://www.puertoricoreport.com/even-more-people-are-leaving-puerto-rico/#.Wh96o3lrzRY

37 Percent Of St. Croix, 48 Percent Of St. Thomas And 47 Percent Of St. John Now Restored With Power

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority in its latest restoration update said that more than 20,500 customers in the territory have been restored, representing 36 percent of St. Croix; 48 percent of St. Thomas and 47 percent of St. John. Additionally, 37 percent of Water Island has been restored, according to the utility. Above, WAPA employee Michael Ettiene works alongside stateside linemen in a Sion Farm neighborhood to restore power.


On Monday, WAPA published a restoration schedule for the next two weeks detailing areas where crews will be restoring service. WAPA remains committed to its previously stated goal of restoring 90% of all areas in the territory by December 25.

WAPA reminds customers that homes with temporary roofs (blue roofs) will be restored with electrical service once a licensed electrician has certified, in writing, that the structure is safe to energize.

If work needs to be done to repair a damaged meter base and/or weather head, customers must call the Emergency Call Center at 340-774-1424 on St. Thomas-St. John or 340-773-0150 on St. Croix. The call centers operate seven days a week, 9 am – 5 pm.

Read more: http://viconsortium.com/featured/37-percent-of-st-croix-48-percent-of-st-thomas-and-47-percent-of-st-john-now-restored-with-power-wapa-says-heres-the-latest-update/

Virgin Islands Gov. Mapp, Asked On Facebook Where He Resides, Responds 'Wit Ur Mudda'

Governor Kenneth Mapp’s penchant for using social media to respond to Virgin Islands residents critical of him was on display yet again on Facebook today, this time in a post on the popular St. Thomas group, “What’s Going On, St. Thomas”, using lingo known to be an insult and eliciting a torrent of responses, some casual in nature and others expressing shock at his retort.

The latest response follows an incident in October on Facebook, where Mr. Mapp told a St. Croix resident, “Go $&#k yourself.” And in February, Mr. Mapp got roasted on Facebook after he responded to a post in which residents questioned his choice of hotel and vehicles.

The governor’s comment on “What’s Going On, St. Thomas” was made on a post questioning why a generator being used at the Estate Nazareth mansion where the governor once resided, dubbed Villa Fratelli Cresta, was not adhering to the curfew put in place by the Mapp administration, which recommends generator use between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. daily.

“Thought there was a curfew on generator use. Mapp’s former villa in Nazareth running a huge, very loud generator 24/7,” reads the post.

Read more: http://viconsortium.com/politics/mapp-asked-on-facebook-where-he-resides-responds-wit-ur-mudda/

Puerto Rico independence activist wraps up visit to Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — The Puerto Rican independence activist Oscar López Rivera ended his visit to Cuba by reiterating that the reality was much more than he had dreamed of.

“It has been happier, more intense and much more rewarding than I expected,” he said.

This Sunday he was seen off at the José Martí International Airport by Fernando González Llort, president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), who shared four years in a prison cell in the United States with López Rivera.

López Rivera thanked the Cuban people for joining the campaign for his release from US prison — he spent almost 36 years incarcerated — and for the love he had received since his arrival in Cuba on November 12.

Read more: http://wp.caribbeannewsnow.com/2017/11/29/puerto-rico-independence-activist-wraps-visit-cuba/

Fort Worth Is The Latest Texas City To Grapple With Serious Pension Problems

From KERA:

While Dallas and Houston have been wrestling with very public battles over their pensions for city employees, Fort Worth has been nursing a pension crisis of its own for years. Now, city officials are working to find solutions.

Changes needed

The bad news for the more than 10,000 former and current city workers, firefighters and cops covered under Fort Worth’s pension plan came at a joint meeting of the City Council and pension board earlier this month.

The big takeaway: Fort Worth’s pension fund is on the hook for about $1.6 billion more than the fund is expected to be able to pay.

“This plan is not sustainable without changes,” said Paul Schrader, a consultant with the firm PFM Group Consulting, which Fort Worth hired to help sort the pension problems.

Read more: http://www.texasstandard.org/stories/fort-worth-is-the-latest-texas-city-to-grapple-with-serious-pension-problems/

'America's dirty little secret': the Texas town that has been without running water for decades

It’s a sweltering Saturday in October and Pastor Eugene Keahey is becoming agitated. His flock live in a Texas town that hasn’t had running water in 30 years and the donated bottled water they rely upon is in short supply.

“We got six cases of water from a donor but two have already gone in the last hour,” said Keahey, eyeing the line of people waiting for their weekly handout of food and water from the Mount Zion Baptist church in Sandbranch, a largely African American community that lies 20 minutes and a world away from Dallas.

Recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida have diverted the attention of non-profits away from the sisyphean struggle endured in Sandbranch. “I’m going to have to come up with a plan, get on Facebook and beg or borrow water from somewhere,” said Keahey.

“People come for donations from outside the town and it’s difficult to say, ‘No you can’t get water because you’ve got running water at home.’ My test is to say ‘What do you do with the bottled water?’ If they just say they drink it, I have to say no because people here shower, brush their teeth with it, everything.”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/nov/23/texas-town-without-running-water-sandbranch

Despite reports, Dallas County sheriff says she hasn't resigned to run for governor

Democratic Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez says she's still considering a run for governor, but that reports that she has resigned are false.

Multiple local news outlets in North Texas reported the news of her resignation Wednesday evening. At least one cited the local Democratic Party chair for the news. A few hours later, Valdez's spokeswoman denied the reports.

“As she has stated in the past, the Sheriff is considering the next stage in her career," said the spokeswoman Melinda Urbina. "A letter of resignation was not submitted today. The Sheriff will make a formal announcement when her final decision is made.”

Valdez told The Texas Tribune earlier this month that she was exploring a challenge to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. He's seeking a second term in 2018.

Read more: https://www.texastribune.org/2017/11/29/reports-dallas-county-sheriff-resigns-ahead-likely-gubernatorial-run/

Oil tycoon Pickens puts Texas ranch on market for $250M

MIAMI, Texas (AP) — Famed oilfield wildcatter, financier and corporate raider T. Boone Pickens on Wednesday announced he's offering to sell his prized Texas Panhandle ranch for $250 million.

Pickens tweeted "Big news today" in announcing his Mesa Vista Ranch, covering more than 100 square miles (259 sq. kilometers), was for sale. The spread is about 90 miles (144 kilometers) northeast of Amarillo.

"I'm proud of our conservation efforts that have taken place over decades and hope the next owner has the same passion," Pickens tweeted Wednesday. He did not immediately identify any potential buyers.

Pickens, 89, has had health concerns that include a series of strokes.

Pickens on Valentine's Day, 2014, married his fifth wife, Toni Brinker, in a ceremony at the ranch. The couple recently divorced.

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/texas/article/Oil-tycoon-Pickens-puts-Texas-ranch-on-market-for-12392592.php
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