Former Israeli leader Ehud Olmert jailed for eight months for corruption

Ex-prime minister guilty of unlawfully accepting money from an American supporter and follows six-year sentence last year on separate bribery charge

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert.
Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert will appeal the ruling. Photograph: David Furst/AFP/Getty Images

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert has been sentenced to eight months in prison for unlawfully accepting money from an American supporter.

Monday’s verdict in Jerusalem district court caps a dramatic downfall of a man who only years earlier led the country and hoped to bring about a historic peace agreement with the Palestinians.

Olmert was convicted in March in a retrial. The sentencing comes in addition to a six-year prison sentence he received last year in a separate bribery conviction, ensuring the end of the former premier’s political career.

Olmert’s lawyers said they would appeal the ruling.

Olmert was forced to resign in early 2009 amid the corruption allegations. His departure cleared the way for hard-liner Benjamin Netanyahu’s election, and subsequent peace efforts have not succeeded.


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Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Uncategorized




Oakland #SayHerName night march to Break Curfew

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Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Uncategorized


Belmont Stakes hopefuls get to working

Elmont, NY ( – Just over two weeks remain until the 147th Belmont Stakes when American Pharoah will attempt to accomplish what has become the rarest of feats in sports, sweeping the Triple Crown.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness champ will not be alone when he reaches the track for the 1 1/2-mile “Test of the Champion” on Saturday, June 6. As many as 10 other 3-year-olds are likely to challenge the colt from Zayat Stables.

Friday morning at Belmont Park workouts were conducted for some of those 3- year-olds be pointed toward the final leg of racing’s Triple Crown.

Materiality, Carpe Diem and Madefromlucky, all from the barn of trainer Todd Pletcher, had five-furlong workouts.

Carpe Diem, winner of the Blue Grass Sakes and 10th in the Kentucky Derby, and Madefromlucky, Peter Pan Stakes winner, were each timed in 59.01 seconds on a fast track. Materiality, 6th in the Run for the Roses and Florida Derby champ, covered the five furlongs in 1:00.04. Louisiana Derby runner-up Stanford, another from the Pletcher barn, was also timed in 1:00.04. Stanford is not currently being considered for the Belmont Stakes.

Frosted, owned by Godolphin Racing and trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, hit the track Friday morning as promised Thursday. Fourth in the Run for the Roses, Frosted covered the five furlongs in 1:01.45. Winner of the Wood Memorial, Frosted came from well off the pace in the Kentucky Derby to finish less than four lengths behind American Pharoah.

“We ran good breaking from a wide post in an 18-horse field and going six wide on the far turn, and we wish there were more pace,” said McLaughlin. “He ran a great race, but we were a little disappointed; we wanted to win.”

Other probables for the Belmont Stakes include: Preakness runner-up Tale of Verve, Illinois Derby runner-up Conquest Curlinate, UAE Derby winner Mubtaahij and Louisiana Derby third-place horse War Story.

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Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Uncategorized


Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton participates in discussion on economy in Hampton, NH


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Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Uncategorized


Gov. Rick Scott signed 44 bills into law Thursday, including a measure that will allow Floridians without concealed-weapons licenses to carry guns during mandatory emergency evacuations.

Scott Signs Bills On Carrying Guns, Bolstering Child Protection

May 22, 2015

.Gov. Rick Scott signed 44 bills into law Thursday, including a measure that will allow Floridians without concealed-weapons licenses to carry guns during mandatory emergency evacuations.

He also signed bills aimed at improving the state’s child-protection and juvenile-justice systems, banning job discrimination based on pregnancy and creating tax-free savings accounts for people with disabilities.

The new gun law (SB 290) went into effect as soon as Scott signed it. Backers say the measure will allow people to bring their weapons when forced to leave home because of hurricanes and other disasters.

“It’s really a no-brainer,” National Rifle Association lobbyist Marion Hammer said. “When people are forced to leave their homes, they have a right to carry their possessions with them — including their firearms to protect their property.”

A similar measure died in the Senate last year amid concerns by the Florida Sheriffs Association and senators on both sides of the aisle. Some were apprehensive about increasing the number of armed people on the streets without concealed-weapons licenses during emergencies.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, addressed those concerns this year by limiting the amount of time people can carry guns without concealed-weapons licenses to 48 hours, which can be extended by the governor.

Meanwhile, the child-protection law (SB 7078) began as what’s known as a glitch bill, expanding aspects of a sweeping reform measure that passed last year. The new law will increase reporting of medical neglect and will expand the role of the state’s Critical Incident Rapid Response Team, which the secretary of the Department of Children and Families can dispatch to investigate child deaths.

It will also require services to be “evidence-based and trauma-informed” — a recommendation of the Florida Institute for Child Welfare, which was created as part of last year’s law. Children’s services must be based on the idea that abused kids can recover from trauma by addressing the painful experiences they’ve endured, such as violent or addicted parents.

Additionally, an amendment to the bill caused battles in the House and Senate. That provision, which passed, will require employees and volunteers of certain membership organizations — such as the Boys and Girls Clubs, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts — to meet background screening requirements through the Department of Children and Families.

“Florida’s children now have greater protection against the evildoers in our society,” said Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Chairwoman Eleanor Sobel, a Hollywood Democrat who sponsored the bill and the controversial amendment.

The governor also signed a bill (SB 378) that will increase the number of times law-enforcement officers may issue civil citations to non-violent juvenile offenders.

Sponsored by Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah, the measure will eliminate part of state law that limits juvenile-diversion programs to first-time misdemeanor offenders. That would allow civil-citation and other diversion programs to be used in second or subsequent offenses.

The bill will allow officers the choice of issuing simple warnings or informing children’s parents or guardians about misdemeanor offenses. Under the measure, juveniles could be assigned up to 50 hours of community service or required to participate in intervention programs, such as family counseling and substance-abuse and mental-health treatment.

Rep. Gwyn Clarke-Reed, a Deerfield Beach Democrat who sponsored the House version of the bill, said she was “delighted” Scott signed the measure into law.

“This new law gives important discretion to officers on the streets, critical opportunity to youthful offenders and more productive use of taxpayers’ money,” Clarke-Reed said in a prepared statement. “We should, when we can, offer kids who find themselves in trouble a path to productivity rather than a pipeline to jail.”

Over the past four years, the use of civil citations in Florida has increased from seven to 59 of the state’s 67 counties.

Both the child-protection and civil-citation laws go into effect on Oct .1.

Among the other bills Scott signed Thursday was a measure (SB 642) that will create the Florida ABLE program so that people with disabilities can save money in tax-free savings accounts for future services without losing their eligibility for state and federal benefits. Also, he signed a bill (SB 982) that bans discrimination based on pregnancy in employment, public lodging and food service establishments.


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Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Daron Wint, Suspect in Woodley Park Quadruple Slaying, in Custody

Wint’s girlfriend, a Brooklyn resident, talked to New York Police Department officers at the 69th Precinct in Brooklyn for hours Thursday after being picked up at her apartment. She told police Wint was going back to D.C., possibly to surrender. She is not under arrest, NBC New York reports.

Daron Dylon Wint, 34, is wanted for first-degree murder while armed

Police believe victims Savvas Savopoulos, 46; his wife, Amy Savopoulos, 47; their son, Philip; and housekeeper Veralicia “Vera” Figueroa, 57, were killed May 14, hours after someone delivered $40,000 in cash to the multimillion-dollar house.

Police publicly identified Wint as their suspect Wednesday night. Sources say DNA on a piece of Domino’s pizza that was delivered the night of May 13 led investigators to Wint. The crust was analyzed at a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives lab.

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Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Uncategorized


Nebraska legislature votes to repeal the death penalty

LINCOLN — In a monumental vote Wednesday, the Nebraska Legislature passed legislation to end the death penalty.

With Gov. Pete Ricketts vowing to veto the repeal bill, attention now turns to an override vote that will likely take place next week.

Lawmakers voted 32-15 Wednesday to give third-round approval to Legislative Bill 268, which replaces lethal injection with a maximum punishment of life in prison. A minimum of 30 votes is needed to override a veto.

As they did during the second round of debate, opponents once again filibustered the bill in an attempt to kill it for the session. But lawmakers voted 34-14 to cut off debate.

While the bill must clear one final and formidable hurdle, supporters of repeal were joyful at the historic step taken Wednesday in the State Capitol.

“I feel very proud to be a member of this Legislature today,” said Sen. Tanya Cook of Omaha.

Meanwhile, Sen. Bill Kintner of Papillion said he and other death penalty supporters will give everything they have to make the expected veto stand.

“There should be no doubt this is a liberal Legislature that could care less about the people of Nebraska,” Kintner said moments after the vote.

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Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Uncategorized


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