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Restaurant worker who says she was fired for speaking Spanish fights back
Francisca Pérez said she was going about her job as a line cook at a high-end California restaurant, where she worked for over a decade, when the owner fired her for speaking Spanish to a fellow worker.
“I felt humiliated," Pérez told NBC News. "I felt I was not worth anything in this country."
Pérez said that last May she and a recently hired waitress, Janet Ruelas-Nava, exchanged a few words in Spanish about whether a dish was ready to go out at Osteria Fasulo in Davis, west of Sacramento.
Pérez said the owner, Leonardo Fasulo, heard them and started yelling at Ruelas, saying they shouldn't speak Spanish at work.
When an artist is accused of disrespecting the environment our recourse is to mute their art. We cannot allow disarticulated power to strengthen and cultivate more victims. We abolish art with depictions of slavery, we push confederate statues to the ground and we burn books that don't adhere to someone's idea of morality. If you consider art more important than life, don't live it like an asshole. 19-Jan-2019
Trump signals US won't punish Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi killing
President Donald Trump signaled Tuesday that he will not take strong action against Saudi Arabia or its Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the death and dismemberment of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The White House has been struggling to square a widespread sense that the crown prince directed the killing with its desire for Saudi support for its foreign policy priorities and a need to manage close relationships between bin Salman, the Trump administration and members of Trump's family.
In an exclamation-mark laden statement subtitled "America First!" Trump said that "our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event -- maybe he did and maybe he didn't!"
Speaking to the press later in the day, Trump cited the Kingdom's influence over oil prices and said, "if we abandon Saudi it would be a terrible mistake." He also said he was "not going to destroy the economy of our country" over Khashoggi by giving up arms deals to Saudi Arabia.
NCAA athlete disowned by family able to keep GoFundMe donations
After her parents learned she has a girlfriend, Emily Scheck, 19, a college sophomore and Division I athlete, was disowned by them in August, right before the start of the school year. She said she was left with just $20 to her name.
In an interview published last week, Scheck told LGBTQ sports site OutSports that her mother had given her an ultimatum after finding out that Scheck has a girlfriend: come home and receive therapy or be cut off from the family. Scheck chose the latter.
Shocking video of two churches pushing ex-gay therapy may help end the practice
While more US states prepare to ban so-called ex-gay conversion therapy, the harmful practice of trying to change someone’s sexual orientation remains legal through the UK. And a recent TV report has captured disturbing footage of two UK churches claiming that God can “fix” gay people.
An ITV investigative report revealed that Journey UK and World Mission Agency – Winners Chapel International (WMA-WCI) both advocate the idea that one can pray the gay away.
A man from Journey UK spoke to an undercover ITV reporter about how certain activities can help lessen one’s feelings of same-sex attraction. A pastor from WMA-WCI told the reporter that gay people are under Satan’s control and compared positive media depictions of gay people to Nazi propaganda.
The WMA-WCI pastor also said a 20-minute prayer over the reporter, even speaking in tongues, presumably attempting to “heal” him.
Woman Held Captive for 10 Years in 'Basement of Horrors' Speaks Out: 'I Thought I Was Going to Die There'
A Pennsylvania woman who was held captive for 10 years in what has reportedly been described as a “basement of horrors” is sharing her story seven years after she was rescued.
“I thought I was going to die there,” Tamara Breeden told local TV station WCAU in an interview this week of her time imprisoned in the basement of a Philadelphia home where she and several other developmentally disabled adults were kept.
The group was eventually saved in 2011 and their captor, Linda Weston, along with three co-conspirators were sent to prison.
Breeden, now 36, told WCAU that in addition to being physically abused and kept in torturous conditions — without light, a bed or a bathroom — she and the others were forced to urinate in a bucket, wear clothes pulled from the trash and denied showers.
GoFundMe campaign to help homeless vet was 'predicated on a lie,' prosecutor says
The "heartwarming tale" of a New Jersey couple helping drug-addicted homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitt took a stone-cold twist Thursday when a prosecutor said it was "predicated on a lie" designed to dupe thousands of people into contributing to a GoFundMe campaign.
Bobbitt, and the couple, Kate McClure and Mark D'Amico, allegedly conspired to concoct a story to tug at the hearts and wallets of kind-hearted individuals, Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said at a news conference Thursday. They initially sought to raise $10,000, but the wildly successful GoFundMe campaign brought in over $400,000 and triggered an "international media blitz" that furthered the fraudulent campaign, Coffina said.
Every shred of the trio's story, including the part that Bobbitt used his last $20 to help McClure out of a roadside jam when she ran out of gas, was all bogus, Coffina said.
This pop star has been accused by over 50 men of blackmail after they hooked up
Over 50 men have filed criminal complaints against pop singer Bulut Duman for allegedly using their sexual orientation to blackmail them over the last several years.
The complaints have been filed in several provinces in Turkey by government workers, engineers, doctors, and even the nephew of a former Minister.
Patrons of California shop buy doughnuts by the dozen to give owner time with wife
Ever since patrons and community members found out in mid-October that Stella Chhan was ill, they have been arriving at Donut City in Seal Beach, south of Los Angeles, to buy donuts by the dozen. The intent is to allow John Chhan to close his Southern California shop early each day so he can spend time with Stella, his wife.
TRUMP LAWYER RUDY GIULIANI TAKES MYSTERY TRIPS TO RUSSIA, ARMENIA AND UKRAINE: REPORT
Giuliani had defended his business relationships, claiming that he had "friends all over the world."
"This is not a new thing for me," he told the Times. "When you become the mayor, you become interested in foreign policy. When I left, my major work was legal and security around the world."
During his trip to Armenia, Giuliani tweeted messages of support for Trump, claiming that "people here in Armenia think President Trump has once again restored America's leadership position."
"Many ARMENIANS want me to tell Americans that they love President Trump's dedication to making America Great Again," Giuliani said. "This will lead the world to peace and respect for human achievement and freedom."
Man Says Bar Owner Threw Him Out for Hugging Boyfriend: ‘Said It Was Disgusting and I Embarrassed the Establishment’
WBSM reports: ‘Jacob Froias, 25, says he was preparing to dine with his mother on Sunday at Al’s Cafe on Belleville Avenue when he was approached by the owner and longtime family friend, Alsuino Cordeiro. “He looked at me and said, ‘You guys can’t come here anymore,” recalled Froias. “He was like, ‘Oh, last time you were here, you and your little Filipino boyfriend were outside hugging and it made everyone uncomfortable. You essentially embarrassed the establishment.”‘
Gay Classmate: MN GOP Candidate Doug Wardlow Said I Was a ‘F*gg*t’ Who ‘Should Be Shot’
Suit says New Hampshire lawmaker struck porn film maker
A New Hampshire state lawmaker producing and starring in a porn film assaulted his business partner in California after he felt his scenes didn't go well, according to a civil lawsuit filed by the partner.
Neal Hendrix: 5 Things To Know About Pro Skateboarder Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Teen Girl
Neal Hendrix, 45, is under investigation after he was accused of sexual assault with an underage skateboarder. Julie Lynn Kindstrand Nelson, now 25 — a professional skateboarder who goes by “Julz Lynn” — is the accuser. Kindstrand Nelson gave police in Costa Mesa, CA, a six-page letter that detailed the accusations on October 11, according to ESPN. She also gave the letter to espnW. — As the investigation into the allegations against Hendrix continues, here’s five quick fact about him.
Former suburban teacher arrested on sexual assault, child pornography charges
More charges against U.S. man accused of kidnapping Alberta model
Arlington Martin High School Teacher Accused of 1999 Sexual Assault of a Child
Google says 48 people have been fired for sexual harassment in the last two years
Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds Donates $50,000 at GLAAD Benefit Concert
During a recent interview with The San Diego Tribune, Reynolds spoke about his stance on politics in music. "I think the whole reason for art, for music, for a voice, is to speak to the truth and to fight for what you believe," he declared. "Whether it’s injustices being done or just a simple song about love and what your beliefs on love are, I think every artist, if they’re not speaking their truth and not standing up for what they believe in — not just in (song), but in interviews — they aren’t deserving of that platform and it should be given to someone else who will make use of it."
Terranea Resort Employees Allege Years of Sexual Harassment
After eight women, employed or formerly employed at the elite Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, revealed their own stories of sexual harassment and misconduct from the resort, organizations asked for a boycott doing business with the luxury resort or its ownership group Lowe Enterprises during a candid press conference on Thursday.