Sheldon Silver accused of $4 million corruption scheme – NY Daily News

The stunning five-count criminal complaint accused the Manhattan Democrat, an Albany power broker for decades, with pocketing millions in bribes and kickbacks in return for wielding his massive influence.“Speaker Silver lied and misled the public about his outside incomes,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara told a news conference hours after Silver turned himself in.“These charges go to the very core of what ails Albany — a lack of transparency, lack of accountability and a lack of principle joined with an overabundance of greed, cronyism and self-dealing.”

via Sheldon Silver accused of $4 million corruption scheme – NY Daily News.

About 1 Million Kids Are Now Eating Dinner at School

There’s a growing demand for schools to feed students dinner before they come home, according to the Associated Press.

Many low-income students are already provided with breakfast and lunch while they are at school. As part of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act—a law signed by President Obama in 2010—a pilot program was developed to provide free or low-price meals after school as well.

As of last year, about 1 million students across the country received dinner or an after-school snack before going home.

via About 1 Million Kids Are Now Eating Dinner at School.

ISIS execute 13 football fans for watching Iraq play Jordan on TV | Daily Mail Online

ISIS militants have executed 13 teenage boys for watching the Asian Cup football match between Iraq and Jordan last week.

The young football fans had been caught watching the game on television in the Iraqi city of Mosul, which is controlled by the Islamic State.

The teenagers were rounded up and publicly executed by a firing squad using machine guns, anti-ISIS activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently reports.

via ISIS execute 13 football fans for watching Iraq play Jordan on TV | Daily Mail Online.

Senator’s husband stands to profit big from government deal | Page Six

Ever wonder how lowly paid lawmakers leave office filthy rich?

Sen. Dianne Feinstein is showing how it’s done.

The US Postal Service plans to sell 56 buildings — so it can lease space more expensively — and the real estate company of the California senator’s husband, Richard Blum, is set to pocket about $1 billion in commissions.

via Senator’s husband stands to profit big from government deal | Page Six.

Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study Says – NYTimes.com

A team of scientists, in a groundbreaking analysis of data from hundreds of sources, has concluded that humans are on the verge of causing unprecedented damage to the oceans and the animals living in them.

“We may be sitting on a precipice of a major extinction event,” said Douglas J. McCauley, an ecologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an author of the new research, which was published on Thursday in the journal Science.

via Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study Says – NYTimes.com.

Oh No! Ted Cruz Was Once Ticketed for an Unopened Case of Beer | The American Spectator

In a shocking revelation from the documents that surprises absolutely no one who spent any fraction of their late teens in the company of other people in their late teens, it turns out Ted Cruz was once ticketed for possessing alcohol as a minor, after a 1987 police stop that revealed an unopened case of cheap beer in his trunk. The Presidential contender then pled guilty to the misdemeanor. And then, decades later, an Internet news organization is utterly scandalized.

via Oh No! Ted Cruz Was Once Ticketed for an Unopened Case of Beer | The American Spectator.

Everyone is talking about the French massacre, but 2,000 people just died in Nigeria | Your Black World

 

The deadly massacre in France this week has gotten most of the world’s attention.  The tragedy was painful, but some are wondering why everyone is paying so much attention to France, when the greatest bloodshed in the world just occurred in Nigeria.

Over 2,000 people have been killed by the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, which is the deadliest massacre ever in the country, according to Amnesty International.

via Everyone is talking about the French massacre, but 2,000 people just died in Nigeria | Your Black World.

Venezuelans stay the night outside stores for food – Daily News

Last Friday, dozens of people spent the night in the surroundings of the Andrés Bello square (north Caracas) to buy food in an outdoor market organized by the Venezuelan Ministry of Food.

For taking home staples such as rice, pre-cooked corn flour, milk, oil, sugar, beef or chicken, people had to wait in line for at least twelve hours. Buyers had numbers written on their arms. With fear and anger, but with the need to buy food, they were waiting there since the day before. “No matter if I am very fond of this government, this is not fair,” a consumer said waiting in a line, where she spent seventeen hours.

via Venezuelans stay the night outside stores for food – Daily News.

WASHINGTON: Supreme Court lets stand delta smelt protection, dealing blow to farmers | Water and the Valley | FresnoBee.com

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These regulations have harmed farmers and farmworkers in the Central Valley … by diverting vast quantities of water away from human use and out to the Pacific Ocean, all to try to improve the habitat of … a 3-inch fish on the Endangered Species Act list. — James S. Burling, director of litigation for the Pacific Legal Foundation

via WASHINGTON: Supreme Court lets stand delta smelt protection, dealing blow to farmers | Water and the Valley | FresnoBee.com.

U.S. airstrike in Syria may have killed 50 civilians | Syria | McClatchy DC

A U.S.-led coalition airstrike killed at least 50 Syrian civilians late last month when it targeted a headquarters of Islamic State extremists in northern Syria, according to an eyewitness and a Syrian opposition human rights organization.The civilians were being held in a makeshift jail in the town of Al Bab, close to the Turkish border, when the aircraft struck on the evening of Dec. 28, the witnesses said. The building, called the Al Saraya, a government center, was leveled in the airstrike. It was days before civil defense workers could dig out the victims’ bodies.

via GAZIANTEP, Turkey: U.S. airstrike in Syria may have killed 50 civilians | Syria | McClatchy DC.