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Catholic group settled sex abuse cases with 2 black men for far less than what other survivors have received
A famed Catholic religious order settled sex abuse cases in recent months by secretly paying two black Mississippi men $15,000 each and requiring them to keep silent about their claims, The Associated Press has found.
The cash payments are far less than what other Catholic sex abuse survivors have typically received since the church's abuse scandal erupted in the United States in 2002. An official with the Franciscan Friars order denies the two men's race or poverty had anything to do with the size of the settlements.
In one case, the Rev. James G. Gannon, leader of a group of Wisconsin-based Franciscan Friars, settled an abuse claim made by La Jarvis D. Love against another friar for $15,000, during a meeting at an IHOP restaurant where Gannon met with La Jarvis, his wife and their three small children.
The Staggering Number of LGBTQ Homeless Youth Demands Action
As people across the Southland celebrated LGBTQ Pride Month, the results of Los Angeles’s most recent Homeless Count came in, showing a 12 percent increase in the county’s homeless population over the past year and a 16 percent spike in the city of Los Angeles. These are numbers that none of us can feel pride in.
Homelessness is the biggest social crisis in Southern California today. The homeless population spans the spectrum of age, gender, ethnicity, race, and sexual orientation and expression. But among nearly 9,000 young people under the age of 24 experiencing homelessness, a staggering 40 percent identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning, according to the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
Goldman Sachs Sued After Firing Gay Executive
An out executive fired by Goldman Sachs has now sued the banking firm, claiming he faced discrimination for being gay.
William Littleton, who led the company’s internal LGBTQ network, said he was fired after filing complaints about a discriminatory atmosphere in the workplace, according to CNBC.
DA: Gay couples shouldn't get domestic violence protection
RuPaul on Trump’s Pride Month tweet: 'Actions speak louder than tweets'
LGBTQ millennials have bigger financial struggles than anyone else
LESBIAN COUPLE SAYS RESTAURANT CANCELED WEDDING REHEARSAL DINNER AFTER LEARNING THEY WERE GAY: 'YOUR SPOUSE IS A WOMAN?'
Homeless veteran will get the $400,000 owed to him from GoFundMe campaign
Johnny Bobbitt Jr., a homeless Philadelphia ex-Marine, will get the money owed to him from a GoFundMe campaign that raised more than $400,000 for him, his attorney Chris Fallon tells CNN.
"We reached an agreement today with GoFundMe and they have agreed to make sure he will be made whole," Fallon says.
In a statement, the company said it would back the money raised:
"...Our platform is backed by the GoFundMe Guarantee, which means that in the rare case that GoFundMe, law enforcement or a user finds campaigns are misused, donors and beneficiaries are protected."
LIVED OUT LAST DAYS ON FAMED ESTATE
... Thanks to Loving Landlord
Burt Reynolds was able to live out his final years at his longtime Florida estate thanks to a loving landlord who helped him out of a financial crisis.
Here's the backstory -- Burt sold his home in 2015 to his friend and neighbor Charles Modica after years of money woes and a decade-long struggle to unload it, but Charles allowed him to stay there for the rest of his life ... similar to Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion.
California’s housing crisis is so bad people are living in cars
There is a shortage of affordable housing in every state in the country, but it's especially bad in California, where more and more people are discovering the only place they can afford to live is inside a car.
There's only one affordable housing unit for every five extremely low-income households in the state, and the gap isn't just pushing more and more people out onto the streets — it's also creating a new, fast-growing, and hidden class of homelessness.
Trump cancels pay raises for federal employees
President Donald Trump told lawmakers on Thursday he wants to scrap a pay raise for civilian federal workers, saying the nation's budget couldn't support it.
In a letter to House and Senate leaders, Trump described the pay increase as "inappropriate."
"We must maintain efforts to put our Nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and Federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases," the President wrote.
An across-the-board 2.1% pay increase for federal workers was slated to take effect in January. In addition, a yearly adjustment of paychecks based on the region of the country where a worker is posted -- the "locality pay increase" -- was due to take effect.
Trump said both increases should no longer happen.
A Man Has Been Charged After Threatening to Kill Journalists Over Trump Editorials
Why Is It Still OK To 'Trash' Poor White People?
You can get away with calling something "white trash" in polite company, on cable television and in the headline of a magazine article. An article in The New Republic once posed the question of whether President Trump might be "a white trash icon." For some reason, the term manages to come across as less offensive than most other racial slurs.
Yet "white trash" could be called the Swiss army knife of insults. It's deft in its ability to demean multiple groups at once: white people and people of color, poor people and people who "act" like poor people, rural folks and religious folks, and anyone without a college degree.
So why does "white trash" still get thrown around without much pushback?
These Cities Are Beginning to Treat Violent Crime as a Public Health Issue
Humans engage in a wide array of risky behaviors that can lead to serious health problems: smoking, overeating, sex without protection. It has long been the accepted wisdom that doctors should encourage patients to change their behavior—give up smoking, go on a diet, use a condom—rather than wait to treat the emphysema, obesity-related heart attacks, or HIV that could be the result. Yet when it comes to violence, the discussion is often underpinned by an assumption that this is an innate and immutable behavior and that people engaging in it are beyond redemption. More often than not, solutions have been sought in the criminal justice system—through tougher sentencing, or increasing stop-and-search (despite substantial evidence that it is ineffective in reducing crime). Is enforcement the wrong tactic altogether?
The first video showed an officer restraining a child. The second one told a more complicated story.
13-Year-Old Boy Charged with Assault for Blowing McDonald's French Fry Out of Straw
NYPD files formal departmental charges against officers in Eric Garner case
Florida Gunman Who Killed Father of Three in Parking Space Dispute Won’t Be Arrested
Donald Trump sent the worst tweet of his presidency this morning
President Donald Trump has sent a lot of bad tweets. He's tweeted things that aren't true. He's tweeted personal attacks about everyone from Hillary Clinton to Mika Brzezinski and back. He's called North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un "Little Rocket Man." But a tweet he sent Monday morning -- just hours before sitting down with Russian President Vladimir Putin -- has to be the worst.
"Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!," tweeted Trump.
Let's be very, very clear about what Trump's tweet suggests: That the reason the US and Russia have an adversarial relationship is because of the special counsel investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election.
Staggering. Stunning. Surreal.
Trump Administration Declares War on Poverty “Largely Over” Because of Huge Success
Cleaning Toilets, Following Rules: A Migrant Child’s Days in Detention
A portrait of life in the shelters for the children detained after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
New York Times
The Trump Administration Is Using HIV Funds to Detain Migrant Children
Father of 11 stabbed to death protecting son from sneaker thieves
A Jersey City, N.J., man was killed while protecting one of his 11 children.
Family members told NJ.com that Jose "Migue" Malave was trying to ward off a teenager trying to rob his 8-year-old son of a pair of sneakers.
According to the publication, Malave's son had encountered a group of teens earlier that day who tried to steal the boy's shoes, but were unsuccessful.
The teens later showed up at the boy's home in the hopes that he had other nice things they could make off with, NJ.com reported.
NY Daily News
Nurses returning from Puerto Rico accuse the federal government of leaving people to die
The nation's largest nurses union condemned the federal government's emergency response in Puerto Rico on Thursday for "delaying necessary humanitarian aide to its own citizens and leaving them to die."
The stinging criticism came from members of the nonprofit National Nurses United, speaking on Capitol Hill with Democratic members of Congress after a two-week humanitarian mission to Puerto Rico. About 50 volunteer nurses visited two dozen towns in urban and rural areas, and described the desperation of Puerto Ricans — even five weeks after Hurricane Maria hit the island — as worse than anything they had witnessed on other humanitarian missions, including the aftermath of Katrina in New Orleans and the earthquake in Haiti.
The official death toll from the storm so far is 51, though Vox's own reporting suggests the actual number of deaths could be in the hundreds.
Stephen King Warns Workers: Donald Trump ‘Couldn’t Give S**t One About You’
The horror master reveals what he thinks Trump’s tax plan is really all about.
Stephen King has a warning about President Donald Trump’s new tax plan, especially for those who work for a living.
The best-selling author and frequent Trump nemesis wrote on Twitter:
Trump's no friend of the working man. If you're working for wages, brothers and sisters, he couldn't give Shit One about you.
Christians are twice as likely to blame a person's poverty on laziness, report claims
Christians are more than twice as likely as atheists or those who are agnostic to believe someone is poor because of their own failings, a new report has revealed.
The group who most strongly believed poor people weren't putting in enough effort were white evangelical protestants - 53 per cent of whom blamed the individual.
Only 41 per cent of this group believed being poor was outside an individual's control, the report found.
Researchers believe this is because the Bible paints poverty as a moral issue, rather than something that is out of an individual's control.
Theologians highlight a verse in Thessalonians in the New Testament that is important in how Christians view poor people: 'The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat'.