web analytics
a

Facebook

Twitter

Copyright 2015 Libero Themes.
All Rights Reserved.

8:30 - 6:00

Our Office Hours Mon. - Fri.

703-406-7616

Call For Free 15/M Consultation

Facebook

Twitter

Search
Menu
Westlake Legal Group > News Media (Page 31)

Barack Obama says any president should avoid TV and social media when making a decision — it ‘clouds your judgment’

Westlake Legal Group hWwfiMlI-E0UQcanVqdYhoQVy7Dy7jxLefAwU1FTWSM Barack Obama says any president should avoid TV and social media when making a decision — it 'clouds your judgment' r/politics

As a reminder, this subreddit is for civil discussion.

In general, be courteous to others. Debate/discuss/argue the merits of ideas, don’t attack people. Personal insults, shill or troll accusations, hate speech, any advocating or wishing death/physical harm, and other rule violations can result in a permanent ban.

If you see comments in violation of our rules, please report them.


I am a bot, and this action was performed automatically. Please contact the moderators of this subreddit if you have any questions or concerns.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Barack Obama says any president should avoid TV and social media when making a decision — it ‘clouds your judgment’

Westlake Legal Group hWwfiMlI-E0UQcanVqdYhoQVy7Dy7jxLefAwU1FTWSM Barack Obama says any president should avoid TV and social media when making a decision — it 'clouds your judgment' r/politics

As a reminder, this subreddit is for civil discussion.

In general, be courteous to others. Debate/discuss/argue the merits of ideas, don’t attack people. Personal insults, shill or troll accusations, hate speech, any advocating or wishing death/physical harm, and other rule violations can result in a permanent ban.

If you see comments in violation of our rules, please report them.


I am a bot, and this action was performed automatically. Please contact the moderators of this subreddit if you have any questions or concerns.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

‘E for Effort’: Can Bernie Sanders Pass the South Carolina Test in 2020?

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Clutching a cup of tea to soothe his hoarsening voice, Senator Bernie Sanders took the stage at the College of Charleston this week with a familiar message for anyone who had been following him since 2015, inveighing against the economic system (“grossly unfair”), political system (“corrupt”) and health care system (“insanity”).

But Mr. Sanders said something needed to be different in 2020 if his promised revolution was going to come to fruition.

“I’m here to ask for your help, to help me win the Democratic primary here in South Carolina,” he said. “With your help, we can do that. We do that, we’re going to win the nomination.”

Many Democrats in the presidential race are banking on strong showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, the first nominating contests, to slingshot them into South Carolina with political momentum and then on to Super Tuesday. But Mr. Sanders knows that will not be enough — or at least it was not enough for him in 2016.

That year, he stunned the political world by almost beating Hillary Clinton in the Iowa caucuses. He trounced her in New Hampshire.

Then, in more diverse South Carolina, where black voters make up an estimated 60 percent of the Democratic primary electorate, he got annihilated anyway. He lost every county in the state, with Mrs. Clinton carrying more than half of them with more than 80 percent of the vote. Only in one did Mr. Sanders even top 40 percent.

South Carolina was the signal defeat in his upstart challenge to Mrs. Clinton, the state where his inability to win support from African-Americans, a crucial Democratic constituency, was laid bare. Mrs. Clinton marched across the South with similarly huge margins, building an unmatchable delegate advantage to clinch the nomination.

ImageWestlake Legal Group merlin_156920661_c11b5833-b883-4fdb-8487-9b91d9fc91ed-articleLarge ‘E for Effort’: Can Bernie Sanders Pass the South Carolina Test in 2020? south carolina Shakir, Faiz (1980- ) Sanders, Bernard Presidential Election of 2020 Democratic Party

Supporters of Mr. Sanders at Clinton College, a historically black college in South Carolina.CreditLogan Cyrus/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

“The reason why he got beat here so badly last time is the African-American community didn’t support him, didn’t know who he was, so they went with who they knew,” said Kwadjo Campbell, Mr. Sanders’s South Carolina state director.

As in his race against Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Sanders faces in former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. a familiar face with a reservoir of good will among many black voters — a man who served two terms as the No. 2 to the first black president, and who begins far ahead in the South Carolina polls. Only now the race also includes two major black candidates, Senators Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey, as well as another senator, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who is peeling off support on the ideological left.

Faiz Shakir, Mr. Sanders’s campaign manager, called the South Carolina challenge “significant but not insurmountable,” especially if Mr. Sanders performs well in the three preceding states, including Nevada.

“There is a really great possibility for South Carolina — I won’t say win — but I do think cutting margins significantly,” Mr. Shakir said, “particularly in the African-American community, which I think he will do much better with. That’s the path.”

After mostly minimizing South Carolina four years ago, if not seeming to downright disregard it at times, Mr. Sanders has returned with a previously unseen vigor. Once he had declared his candidacy in 2015, Mr. Sanders went more than three months before his first visit to South Carolina (one trip was postponed after the Charleston church shooting). This year, he has already visited seven times as a candidate; by this weekend, when Mr. Sanders visits on a college tour, he will have notched as many visits to the state as he made in the 2016 cycle.

“We’re going to give the vice president a run for his money,” said Nina Turner, a national co-chair of the Sanders campaign, who is black and who has been instrumental in the South Carolina strategy, visiting the state herself at least twice a month.

Mr. Sanders has unveiled two of his major policy proposals in South Carolina — his criminal justice plan and his “Thurgood Marshall Plan” for public education — as part of an effort to show his commitment to black voters in the state, advisers said. He has six offices here and 52 paid staff members (nearly three-quarters are people of color, according to the campaign).

A Sanders spokesman in South Carolina, Michael Wukela, said the Vermont senator now counts 24 endorsements in the state — 20 of them from black supporters — compared with a total of only five at the end of the 2016 race. Members of the clergy are being wooed, as well.

“I know he’s been working hard,” the Rev. Joseph Darby, an influential pastor in Charleston who is close to Mr. Biden, said of Mr. Sanders. “I give him an E for effort.”

An early snapshot of the state suggests that Mr. Sanders still faces an uphill climb. In a selfie line after a shrimp-and-grits breakfast event in Georgetown, S.C., last month, nearly all of the people waiting for photographs with the senator were white. And in conversations with black leaders and voters, including some at Mr. Sanders’s own events, there was still uncertainty about Mr. Sanders and his policies. Several people mentioned his “Medicare for All” proposal for a government-run health insurance system.

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. at Edisto Fork United Methodist Church in Orangeburg, S.C.CreditDemetrius Freeman for The New York Times

Mae McKnight, 74, who attended the Georgetown event, said she was still deciding which candidate would win her vote. She was leaning toward Mr. Biden to “get the country back to some kind of calm normalcy,” she said. Though she liked Mr. Sanders, she said, “I would not want him to take my insurance plan.”

“I don’t care who gets it as long as I can keep mine,” Ms. McKnight added, noting she was on her teachers’ union’s health plan.

Pamela Venson, a retiree who lives in Florence, showed up at the recent Galivants Ferry candidate stump, which Mr. Sanders ended up missing to rest his voice. Ms. Venson, a Biden supporter, called the former vice president “seasoned,” but saw Mr. Sanders and Ms. Warren as “too risky” and “too left.”

“You’ve got to have the money first,” Ms. Venson said of their ambitious policy plans.

Marvin R. Pendarvis, a state representative supporting former Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas, said that many black voters viewed Mr. Sanders’s expansive agenda warily.

“They like the idea of all that stuff. And it would be great in a perfect world. But we don’t live in a perfect world,” Mr. Pendarvis said. “Many black Americans are just reluctant to take the kind of risks like that. We want something a little more concrete.”

National polls show that African-American voters remain Mr. Biden’s most reliable voting bloc, and an area of relative weakness for Mr. Sanders. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released this week found Mr. Biden with the support of 49 percent of black Democratic primary voters nationwide, while Mr. Sanders had only 5 percent support. (Among all Democratic primary voters surveyed, Mr. Biden led with 31 percent, Ms. Warren had 25 percent and Mr. Sanders had 14 percent.)

Mr. Sanders and Senator Cory Booker at Zion Baptist Church in Columbia, S.C.CreditTravis Dove for The New York Times

The centerpiece of Mr. Sanders’s campaign pitch remains economic and class matters: Medicare for All, a $15 minimum wage, eliminating student debt. References to racial justice remain the rhetorical flourishes of his stump speech.

Advisers to Mr. Sanders have pressed him to speak more about his own civil rights activism as a student in the 1960s, as he did in an early campaign speech in Chicago. Mr. Sanders has mostly ignored them.

“Can I get him to talk about anything in his life? It’s very hard,” Mr. Shakir said.

Alicia Garza, a founder of Black Lives Matter who was in South Carolina this week on a bus tour promoting a new women’s group, Supermajority, noted that Mr. Sanders had been criticized for not sufficiently connecting racial and economic justice.

“Black women like myself, we’ve never gone for the okey-doke” that fixing economic issues would solve other problems, she said. Of Mr. Sanders, she added, “I’m also willing to give the grace of, ‘You’ve got until February to convince me you finally get it.’”

Mr. Campbell, the Sanders state director, said the senator had “grown in that regard.”

“If you listen to him talk about African-American communities, he doesn’t shy away from the whole idea of racial discrimination,” Mr. Campbell said.

The campaign is certainly trying to organize black voters.

Mariah Moore-McClure, an 18-year-old who moved from Chicago to attend Benedict College, a historically black college in Columbia, was part of a group the Sanders campaign had bused to the Galivants Ferry event about two hours away. “On my campus, he’s doing great,” she said.

Within the Sanders campaign, tensions between the new guard and the originalists have been present throughout this run, including in a recent shake-up of his New Hampshire operation. In an interview, Mr. Campbell took an oblique swipe at those who ran South Carolina for Mr. Sanders four years ago.

“We’ve got a solid state team from the state that knows the state,” he said. “So that’s different from last time.”

Mr. Sanders’s 2016 base — which generally skews younger, whiter and more progressive — remains the core of his 2020 coalition. At Galivants Ferry, the three volunteers at his booth in the early evening were supporters dating to 2016.

“If we have anything to do with it,” said Goffinet McLaren, who is white and a retiree who lives in Pawleys Island, “we would encourage black voters to vote for him this time.”

Shane Goldmacher reported from Charleston, and Sydney Ember from Georgetown, S.C.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

New Jersey referee who ordered wrestler to cut dreadlocks suspended for 2 years

Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_5983942855001_5983941734001-vs New Jersey referee who ordered wrestler to cut dreadlocks suspended for 2 years Vandana Rambaran fox-news/us/us-regions/northeast/new-jersey fox-news/us fox-news/sports fox news fnc/us fnc article 49318df6-e1a4-5ccf-9502-c64321d7af61

A New Jersey high school referee was handed a two-year suspension on Wednesday after he forced a teenaged wrestler to cut off his dreadlocks moments before a match to avoid forfeiting it.

The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) launched an investigation into the incident in conjunction with the state’s Division on Civil Liberties (DCR) after a video of 16-year-old Buena Regional High School wrestler, Andrew Johnson, went viral on social media. Johnson, who is of mixed race, was on the mat and in uniform before a match on Dec. 19, 2018 when he was ordered by a white referee, Alan Maloney, to have his dreadlocks cut off or be barred from competing in the wrestling tournament.

Maloney determined that Johnson could not wrestle without a hair cover, citing a National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) rule that places restrictions on the length of an athlete’s hair and when an athlete must wear a hair cover. The rule had previously been interpreted by various New Jersey wrestling officials to require a hair covering for several traditionally black hairstyles regardless of hair length but the teenager was not able to locate a hair cover that met the rules’ specifications, according to a press release by the state’s attorney general.

NEW JERSEY REFEREE WHO FORCED WRESTLER TO CUT DREADLOCKS BEFORE MATCH IS UNDER INVESTIGATION

Johnson, who appeared visibly upset in the video and received high fives from other teammates and wrestlers present, opted for the impromptu haircut and went on to win the match.

The video sparked outrage from many, with Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs calling the incident “an abuse of power, racism, and just plain negligence.”

“Today’s Joint Agreement brings an end to our investigation of the December 19, 2018 incident at Buena Regional High School. The NJSIAA Task Force, working cooperatively with the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, thoroughly investigated the facts of that day’s incident, as well as the language and interpretation of the wrestling hair-length rules,” NJSIAA executive director Larry White said in a statement Wednesday.

“As a result of the investigation, those rules have changed. We are confident that those changes, together with the training programs NJSIAA will be developing in collaboration with DCR, will ensure that a situation like this does not happen in the future.

“The NJSIAA’s mission includes fostering a safe and healthy playing environment for student-athletes, providing training for school administrators, coaches and officials, and making sure that rules promote fair play. Today’s Joint Agreement helps advance each of those goals.”

In addition to the referee’s suspension, NJSIAA will provide implicit bias training to all high school sports officials in New Jersey.

The DCR also issued new training materials titled “Guidance on Race Discrimination Based on Hairstyle,” which specifically stipulates that any policy that bans, limits or restricts hairstyles “inextricably intertwined with or closely associated with race,” such as twists or locs may violate New Jersey law.

“Discrimination against Black people because of their hair, which is often based on stereotypes that traditionally Black hairstyles are ’unprofessional‘ or ’unkempt,’ is a persistent form of anti-Black racism,” DCR director Rachel Wainer Apter said in a statement. “This guidance makes clear that employers, housing providers and places of public accommodation cannot police Black hair. And the MOA will ensure that high school athletes across the State can focus on being their best, not worrying that their hair will subject them to differential treatment based on race. We are grateful to the NJSIAA for their hard work on this Agreement.”

CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP

Attorney General Gurbir Grewal also condemned racism of any kind saying “Student athletes should be able to compete with each other on a level playing field.”

“Racial discrimination in the enforcement of the rules of any sport is inconsistent with the spirit of fair play. The Division on Civil Rights’ action today makes it less likely that any student athlete will have to endure discrimination that not only undermines fair competition but also violates our state laws.”

Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_5983942855001_5983941734001-vs New Jersey referee who ordered wrestler to cut dreadlocks suspended for 2 years Vandana Rambaran fox-news/us/us-regions/northeast/new-jersey fox-news/us fox-news/sports fox news fnc/us fnc article 49318df6-e1a4-5ccf-9502-c64321d7af61   Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_5983942855001_5983941734001-vs New Jersey referee who ordered wrestler to cut dreadlocks suspended for 2 years Vandana Rambaran fox-news/us/us-regions/northeast/new-jersey fox-news/us fox-news/sports fox news fnc/us fnc article 49318df6-e1a4-5ccf-9502-c64321d7af61

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Pentagon cancels 3 border barrier projects over costs

Westlake Legal Group 698162dc-AP19148680742915 Pentagon cancels 3 border barrier projects over costs Melissa Leon fox-news/us/us-regions/southwest/arizona fox-news/us/immigration/border-security fox-news/topic/border-wall fox-news/politics/defense/secretary-of-defense fox-news/politics/defense/pentagon fox news fnc/us fnc article 427a0a5b-056a-523b-b710-2da07c5f44c2

The Defense Department has nixed three border barrier projects in Arizona over costs, according to a court document filed Monday.

The Pentagon on Aug. 26 authorized the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to undertake the additional projects to build fencing, infrastructure and lighting at the U.S.-Mexico border, the filing said.

Costs for seven other border projects were initially determined to be lower than expected, and USACE said in August that an additional 20 miles of border barrier could be built with the money saved, Politico reported. The three new projects were slated for Yuma and Tucson.

TRUMP TOUTS BORDER WALL PROGRESS, OPTIMISTIC AFTER RECENT COURT VICTORIES

USACE has since “determined that there are insufficient contract savings to undertake the three additional” projects, the filing stated, and the Defense Department will not pursue them.

The U.S. Supreme Court in July ruled that about $2.5 billion could be redirected from the Pentagon’s counterdrug program for border security.

US MILITARY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN 23 STATES, 21 COUNTRIES, 3 TERRITORIES AFFECTED BY FUND DIVERSION TO BORDER WALL

Earlier this month the Pentagon said it was diverting $3.6 billion in military construction funds for projects at the southern border. This included 127 projects across 23 states and 21 countries, as well as in the U.S. territories of Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

President Trump, a fierce advocate of a wall at the southern border, in February declared a national emergency in order to secure $6.5 billion in addition to what Congress had set aside for border security.

Trump continues to battle House Democrats, who have blocked the president’s requests for more border barrier funding, over how much money should be allocated to secure the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Illegal Immigration costs the USA over [$300 billion] a year. There is no reason for this, and things are being set in motion to have this number come way down,” Trump tweeted Friday. “Democrats could end Loopholes and it would be a whole lot easier, and faster. But it will all happen anyway!”

The president has promised to have about 500 miles of wall constructed along the country’s southern border with Mexico.

Last week he posted a video showing progress on the border wall, saying, “The Wall is going up very fast despite total Obstruction by Democrats in Congress, and elsewhere!”

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche, Lucas Tomlinson and Morgan Phillips contributed to this report. 

Westlake Legal Group 698162dc-AP19148680742915 Pentagon cancels 3 border barrier projects over costs Melissa Leon fox-news/us/us-regions/southwest/arizona fox-news/us/immigration/border-security fox-news/topic/border-wall fox-news/politics/defense/secretary-of-defense fox-news/politics/defense/pentagon fox news fnc/us fnc article 427a0a5b-056a-523b-b710-2da07c5f44c2   Westlake Legal Group 698162dc-AP19148680742915 Pentagon cancels 3 border barrier projects over costs Melissa Leon fox-news/us/us-regions/southwest/arizona fox-news/us/immigration/border-security fox-news/topic/border-wall fox-news/politics/defense/secretary-of-defense fox-news/politics/defense/pentagon fox news fnc/us fnc article 427a0a5b-056a-523b-b710-2da07c5f44c2

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

National Rifle Association bashes O’Rourke with petition: ‘Tell Beto NO’ to gun buybacks

CLOSEWestlake Legal Group icon_close National Rifle Association bashes O'Rourke with petition: 'Tell Beto NO' to gun buybacks

A Texas state representative was criticized for tweeting he had an assault weapon ready for Democratic president candidate Beto O’Rourke. (Sept. 13) AP, AP

The National Rifle Association has issued a petition asking its supporters to say “Hell no” to former Texas representative Beto O’Rourke’s gun buyback plan.

O’Rourke, who is running for president, made waves on both sides of the political aisle when he said at the last Democratic primary debate, “Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.”

O’Rourke also released a T-shirt on his campaign site with the slogan. The NRA called the shirt “shameful.”

Part of his gun violence prevention policy proposal outlines a buyback program in which gun owners would be required to sell certain weapons back to the government. The buyback for other types of handguns would be optional.

The NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action released a petition asking its supporters to “Tell Beto NO on Gun Confiscation.” 

More: Beto O’Rourke tells Trump to ‘do the right thing’ as the two feud over guns

“Let’s send a message to Beto and all the other gun-grabbers that they will never, ever take away our firearms,” the petition reads.

In response, O’Rourke tweeted out his own petition in support of the buyback. 

“But the @NRA  doesn’t represent the American people—and today, we can prove it,” O’Rourke tweeted.

“This is not going to be politically easy. But this campaign is focused on doing what is right, not what people tell us is possible,” O’Rourke’s petition reads.

An NRA spokesperson said the “Tell Beto NO” petition received just over 10,000 signatures as of Wednesday afternoon. Representatives from O’Rourke’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for the number of petition respondents.

The petitions are the latest in a series of back-and-forths between O’Rourke and his detractors over gun control. Fellow Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., said that O’Rourke’s plan threatens to stall progress with Republicans on supporting gun control.

Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware, too, said of O’Rourke’s debate remarks, “that clip will be played for years at Second Amendment rallies with organizations that try to scare people by saying Democrats are coming for your guns.”

President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that “Dummy Beto” O’Rourke was making it harder to reach a compromise on gun control.

To that, O’Rourke responded: “The only thing stopping us from ending this epidemic is you & your cowardice. Do the right thing.”

O’Rourke’s hometown is El Paso, Texas, where a mass shooting claimed the lives of 22 people last month in one of two shootings in that state. The other was in Odessa, Texas.

Read or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/09/18/nra-and-beto-orourke-release-competing-petitions-gun-buybacks/2367042001/

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Jeffrey Epstein fallout: Ex-MIT staffers, professors demand to know extent of university’s ties

In a letter obtained by Fox News, faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are demanding to know the full extent of its financial ties to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

The letter, addressed Wednesday to university President L. Rafael Reif and signed by 10 staffers and professors, begins: “We are writing you in regard to the available facts on the public record concerning deceased child rapist Jeffrey Epstein’s professional, financial, and personal connections to various MIT faculty and staff.”

Reif said last month that MIT took about $800,000 from Epstein over 20 years.

JEFFREY EPSTEIN’S ECCENTRIC, EXPLICIT TASTE IN ART SEEN IN PALM BEACH MANSION RAID VIDEO

“As is known, human trafficking is among the largest illegal industries in the world—far eclipsing even the international drug trade. The untold misery this sick and evil institution has inflicted on children and women around the world—and continues to inflict—is incomprehensible,” the letter continues. “We should like to note that unless MIT takes steps to demonstrate that there are consequences for those who chose to associate with (and thereby enable) Jeffrey Epstein by enriching MIT through his donations, there can be no rational hope for thinking that these sorts of sex crimes against women and children will end.”

Joi Ito, director of MIT’s Media Lab, resigned from both the lab and from his position as a professor at the Cambridge school. The resignation was first reported by The New York Times.

Ito’s resignation came after The New Yorker reported that the Media Lab had a more extensive fundraising relationship with Epstein than it previously acknowledged and tried to conceal the extent of the relationship.

Ito said Epstein gave him $525,000 for the Media Lab and another $1.2 million for his own investment funds.

The letter continues: “Indeed, unless MIT and other institutions of higher education take accountability for their actions by punishing those involved for associating with Epstein, the public has no reason to grant institutions as MIT any moral or civic credibility. Failing to do anything of real consequence is an insult to common sense and basic human decency.”

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Westlake Legal Group Epstein-Reif-Ito Jeffrey Epstein fallout: Ex-MIT staffers, professors demand to know extent of university's ties Frank Miles fox-news/person/jeffrey-epstein fox news fnc/us fnc article 167897a6-9e84-5ac0-b1e4-e1013d79ab10

In a letter, addressed to university President L. Rafael Reif, middle, faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are demanding to know the full extent of its financial ties to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, left. Joi Ito, director of MIT’s Media Lab, right resigned over the fallout. (Getty)

Epstein’s July 6 arrest drew national attention, particularly focusing on a deal that allowed him to plead guilty in 2008 to soliciting a minor for prostitution in Florida and avoid more serious federal charges.

Epstein was a wealth manager who hobnobbed with the rich, famous and influential, including presidents and a prince.

He owned a private island in the Caribbean, homes in Paris and New York City, a New Mexico ranch and a fleet of high-price cars.

Epstein, 66, killed himself in jail Aug. 10 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. Federal prosecutors in New York had charged him with sex trafficking and conspiracy, alleging he sexually abused girls over several years in the early 2000s.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6084342099001_6084350341001-vs Jeffrey Epstein fallout: Ex-MIT staffers, professors demand to know extent of university's ties Frank Miles fox-news/person/jeffrey-epstein fox news fnc/us fnc article 167897a6-9e84-5ac0-b1e4-e1013d79ab10   Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6084342099001_6084350341001-vs Jeffrey Epstein fallout: Ex-MIT staffers, professors demand to know extent of university's ties Frank Miles fox-news/person/jeffrey-epstein fox news fnc/us fnc article 167897a6-9e84-5ac0-b1e4-e1013d79ab10

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Jeffrey Epstein fallout: Ex-MIT staffers, professors demand to know extent of university’s ties

In a letter obtained by Fox News, faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are demanding to know the full extent of its financial ties to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

The letter, addressed Wednesday to university President L. Rafael Reif and signed by 10 staffers and professors, begins: “We are writing you in regard to the available facts on the public record concerning deceased child rapist Jeffrey Epstein’s professional, financial, and personal connections to various MIT faculty and staff.”

Reif said last month that MIT took about $800,000 from Epstein over 20 years.

JEFFREY EPSTEIN’S ECCENTRIC, EXPLICIT TASTE IN ART SEEN IN PALM BEACH MANSION RAID VIDEO

“As is known, human trafficking is among the largest illegal industries in the world—far eclipsing even the international drug trade. The untold misery this sick and evil institution has inflicted on children and women around the world—and continues to inflict—is incomprehensible,” the letter continues. “We should like to note that unless MIT takes steps to demonstrate that there are consequences for those who chose to associate with (and thereby enable) Jeffrey Epstein by enriching MIT through his donations, there can be no rational hope for thinking that these sorts of sex crimes against women and children will end.”

Joi Ito, director of MIT’s Media Lab, resigned from both the lab and from his position as a professor at the Cambridge school. The resignation was first reported by The New York Times.

Ito’s resignation came after The New Yorker reported that the Media Lab had a more extensive fundraising relationship with Epstein than it previously acknowledged and tried to conceal the extent of the relationship.

Ito said Epstein gave him $525,000 for the Media Lab and another $1.2 million for his own investment funds.

The letter continues: “Indeed, unless MIT and other institutions of higher education take accountability for their actions by punishing those involved for associating with Epstein, the public has no reason to grant institutions as MIT any moral or civic credibility. Failing to do anything of real consequence is an insult to common sense and basic human decency.”

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Westlake Legal Group Epstein-Reif-Ito Jeffrey Epstein fallout: Ex-MIT staffers, professors demand to know extent of university's ties Frank Miles fox-news/person/jeffrey-epstein fox news fnc/us fnc article 167897a6-9e84-5ac0-b1e4-e1013d79ab10

In a letter, addressed to university President L. Rafael Reif, middle, faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are demanding to know the full extent of its financial ties to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, left. Joi Ito, director of MIT’s Media Lab, right resigned over the fallout. (Getty)

Epstein’s July 6 arrest drew national attention, particularly focusing on a deal that allowed him to plead guilty in 2008 to soliciting a minor for prostitution in Florida and avoid more serious federal charges.

Epstein was a wealth manager who hobnobbed with the rich, famous and influential, including presidents and a prince.

He owned a private island in the Caribbean, homes in Paris and New York City, a New Mexico ranch and a fleet of high-price cars.

Epstein, 66, killed himself in jail Aug. 10 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. Federal prosecutors in New York had charged him with sex trafficking and conspiracy, alleging he sexually abused girls over several years in the early 2000s.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6084342099001_6084350341001-vs Jeffrey Epstein fallout: Ex-MIT staffers, professors demand to know extent of university's ties Frank Miles fox-news/person/jeffrey-epstein fox news fnc/us fnc article 167897a6-9e84-5ac0-b1e4-e1013d79ab10   Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6084342099001_6084350341001-vs Jeffrey Epstein fallout: Ex-MIT staffers, professors demand to know extent of university's ties Frank Miles fox-news/person/jeffrey-epstein fox news fnc/us fnc article 167897a6-9e84-5ac0-b1e4-e1013d79ab10

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

India Announces Widespread Ban Of E-Cigarettes

Westlake Legal Group ap_19261469740622_wide-2bc17d7e06b16a0ba3e5d79cd8c2a2089adf7768-s1100-c15 India Announces Widespread Ban Of E-Cigarettes

A roadside tobacco shop vendor displays an e-cigarette in New Delhi, India, Wednesday. India’s government has decided to ban the products. Manish Swarup/AP hide caption

toggle caption

Manish Swarup/AP

Westlake Legal Group  India Announces Widespread Ban Of E-Cigarettes

A roadside tobacco shop vendor displays an e-cigarette in New Delhi, India, Wednesday. India’s government has decided to ban the products.

Manish Swarup/AP

The Indian government announced Wednesday a sweeping ban on electronic cigarette products. The decision was made with the intention of protecting young people from becoming addicted to nicotine.

The Cabinet approved the ordinance, which prohibits the manufacture, sale, storage and advertisement of all e-cigarette products.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan, the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, called the ban a “quantum jump towards healthy living.”

Penalties include fines and jail terms of up to three years for repeat offenders. The ban takes effect immediately. Those with stocks of e-cigarettes are being told to declare and deposit them with the police.

E-cigarettes were banned in some parts of India before the ordinance was approved, following a government health advisory sent in August 2018.

In May 2019, the Indian Council of Medical Research published a paper recommending a complete ban.

The ordinance paints vaping products as a gateway to further tobacco consumption, something the Indian government has been looking to lower. In 2017, the World Health Organization reported that nearly 30 percent of adults in India use tobacco products.

Milind Deora, a former Minister for Telecom, IT, Posts, Shipping and Ports, called the ban “half-baked” in a tweet. He asked the government to take the next step and ban all tobacco products.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Husband locks chocolate in fridge safe to keep wife from eating it: ‘This is break-up material’

Never steal another man’s chocolate, even if you’re his wife.

A woman from the United Kingdom learned this the hard way when she opened her fridge and found a safe. And protected inside the locked, yet see-through container was the object of her desire: her husband’s precious chocolate.

Westlake Legal Group fridge-safe-Mercury-Press-Caters Husband locks chocolate in fridge safe to keep wife from eating it: 'This is break-up material' Michael Hollan fox-news/world/world-regions/united-kingdom fox-news/food-drink/food/snack-foods fox news fnc/food-drink fnc article 750c3f74-efce-5c69-a8fc-809529c303cd

A wife couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw a safe in her fridge protecting her husband’s chocolate from her. (Mercury Press/Caters)

Stacey Lowe shared the photos to Facebook, where she vented her frustrations.

“So this is what it has come to! You buy a house together, have a child together, get engaged, are planning a wedding and doing your house up and this happens! Dave goes and buys a f—ing fridge safe because he’s an a–h— and doesn’t want to share his chocolate with me anymore! Anyone want him? Surely this is breakup material right?!”

She later updated her post with a link to purchase similar fridge safes, saying, “Think I need to invest in one for myself now, two can play that game!” It’s unclear what food she plans on locking in her safe, however.

LIBRARY BOOK RETURNED  WITH FULL TACO SHOVED BETWEEN ITS PAGES

“I laughed at first, but then told him it’s like torture because I can see what is in there,” Lowe told The Sun. “It’s like showing me what I can’t have. He’s saying he’s going to get another one for the cupboard now for his crisps and sweets.”

“We are both foodies but I can’t resist chocolate,” she continued.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER

She claims that she never expected the post to get as much attention as it did.

“I put it up for family and friends to have a giggle as everyone knows I’m a chocoholic,” she explained, “as soon as I eat mine, I end up eating his in the early hours of the morning when I go and get the baby a bottle.”

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

According to The Sun, Lowe isn’t going to be deterred by the safe and plans to keep guessing the code until she cracks it.

Westlake Legal Group fridge-safe-Mercury-Press-Caters Husband locks chocolate in fridge safe to keep wife from eating it: 'This is break-up material' Michael Hollan fox-news/world/world-regions/united-kingdom fox-news/food-drink/food/snack-foods fox news fnc/food-drink fnc article 750c3f74-efce-5c69-a8fc-809529c303cd   Westlake Legal Group fridge-safe-Mercury-Press-Caters Husband locks chocolate in fridge safe to keep wife from eating it: 'This is break-up material' Michael Hollan fox-news/world/world-regions/united-kingdom fox-news/food-drink/food/snack-foods fox news fnc/food-drink fnc article 750c3f74-efce-5c69-a8fc-809529c303cd

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com