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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.
Why racist politics appeals to white women, explained by American history
“What is wrong with white women?” Moira Donegan asked at the Guardian after last week’s midterm elections.
“Why do half of them so consistently vote for Republicans, even as the Republican party morphs into a monstrously ugly organization that is increasingly indistinguishable from a hate group?”
Questions about white women’s allegiances came to the fore again this week, when news broke that a white woman senator facing a runoff in Mississippi had made a joke on the campaign trail about attending a “public hanging.”
Progressives sometimes expect white women, as a group, to support the interests of people of color of all genders — after all, women know what discrimination feels like.
“Most of us continue to see white women through the lens of gender,” explained Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers, a history professor at UC Berkeley and the author of the forthcoming book They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South. “This allows for us to be optimistic about the possibility that their gendered oppression will allow for them to find common cause with other dispossessed groups.”
But that common cause has been elusive.
Wisconsin high school students appear to make Nazi salute in prom photo
A Wisconsin school district is investigating a photo showing a group of high school boys apparently making the Nazi salute. A school official denounced the image on Twitter — and said it would pursue legal actions if necessary.
Baraboo Superintendent Dr. Lori Mueller said she became aware of the photo, which shows over 60 male students dressed in suits with their right arms extended upward, on Monday after it was posted on social media and received immediate backlash.
CNN’s Don Lemon challenges his own network: Show faces of high school students giving Nazi salute
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’
‘THIS IS A WHITE NEIGHBORHOOD’: Woman greets family by calling their child the n-word, police say
An Indiana woman is accused of writing a racist note targeting a black child who was moving into a new neighborhood with his family, using a racial slur and telling them, “THIS IS A WHITE NEIGHBORHOOD.”
Land O'Lakes boycott threat has company cutting ties to Iowa Congressman Steve King
KHABIB BREAKS BREAD WITH CHECHEN DICTATOR... At Russian Fight Club
Khabib Nurmagomedov rubbed elbows with another powerful political figure Thursday night -- Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov ... a man who's been accused of some pretty horrible stuff.
The two hung out at a Russian MMA gym -- described as a fight club -- where they posed for pics, ate some food and celebrated Khabib's victory over Conor McGregor at UFC 229
The memes from Kanye West’s visit with Donald Trump are in
ARIZONA REPUBLICANS POSE AS COMMUNISTS TO MAKE ILLEGAL DONATION TO DEMOCRAT CONGRESSMAN TOM O’HALLERAN’S CAMPAIGN
No one will go to jail in vicious gang-beating of a gay man even though his attackers were arrested
An appeals court just overturned the conviction of a man who was accused of taking part in the gang-beating of a gay, black man.
In 2013, Taj Patterson was walking in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, when he was attacked by a dozen men who were part of an Orthodox neighborhood watch group.
The men accused Patterson of vandalizing cars, even though they had not filed a police report and police found the claim of vandalism to be unfounded.
The men beat Patterson while saying, “Stay down, faggot, stay the fuck down.” He was left blind in one eye after the brutal attack.
High school football team rocked with gay(?) rape scandal involving over a dozen victims
Prosecutors have just filed charges against two teenage boys who allegedly helped their 16-year-old friend rape multiple students at their school, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Misty Cox says her 15-year-old son was held down and sexually assaulted after football practice.
“Two boys held him down, a third boy pulled his own pants down and rubbed his backside and genitalia all over my son’s face,” she tells FOX13.
3rd person alleges molestation by former Conroe priest at Houston church
A Houston man has identified himself as the third victim of a former Conroe priest accused of molesting two teens.
A lawyer for the victim alleged Thursday that Manuel La Rosa-Lopez inappropriately touched his client, then a 13-year-old boy, at least four to five times while he served as an altar boy at a Houston church in the mid-1990s.
Victim of Alleged Priest Sex Abuse Takes On the Vatican
Boss of police child abuse squad DEFENDS decision not to oppose bail for IT expert accused of raping boy, 13, in the front yard of his home
Brazilian man jailed for sexually abusing his wife's mentally-ill sister is released from prison but then murders his 13-year-old daughter
Surge in sexual and violent offences sees 17% hike in crime on UK railways
High School Volleyball Coach Arrested For Molesting Teen Boys In California
Tatum O'Neal shares emotional post about being sexually abused multiple times: 'I remember everything'
Teri Hatcher Writes Open Letter to Donald Trump Detailing Childhood Sexual Assault / THR News
A nun's rape allegations create a #MeToo moment in India's Catholic Church
Beyond ‘no means no’: What most parents aren’t teaching their sons about sexual consent
Parents keep daughter captive for a year after finding out she's a lesbian
An Italian couple has kept their teenage daughter captive for a year after discovering she was in a same-sex relationship.
The 17-year-old, who lived with her parents in a town near Rome, was subjected to psychological violence and forced to stay home.
Her family even locked her in while they were away and allegedly prevented her from going to school.
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He killed his daughter because her mom started a relationship with a woman
Dad faces child abuse charges after video shows him spanking, kicking 6-year-old
'RAY DONOVAN' ACTOR POOCH HALL ARRESTED FOR DUI ... And Letting His 2-Year-Old Drive
Largest Ohio Catholic diocese to expand abusive priests list
Ohio's largest Roman Catholic diocese will join three other dioceses in the state and release a list of priests who have been removed from their posts because of sexual abuse and misconduct allegations.
The Diocese of Cleveland's list will include the names of abusive priests, even if they are now dead, church officials said Tuesday.
The diocese since 2002 has been announcing the names of clerics removed from ministry because of sex abuse allegations, said diocesan spokesman Jim Armstrong. Its website includes 29 names, with some of the allegations going back decades.
"It would be wrong to suggest that the Diocese of Cleveland has not committed to release the names of clerics accused of sexually abusing a minor or that it desires to keep secret the names of such clerics," Armstrong said.
California's Catholic bishops targeted in sex abuse lawsuit
Paedophile teacher who attacked girls in his classroom was hired despite being a convicted arsonist and burglar
Polish court orders Catholic order to pay sex abuse victim
$35 million sex-abuse verdict puts spotlight on insular Jehovah's Witness community
A jury ruling this week that the Jehovah's Witnesses must pay $35 million to a woman who says the church covered up her childhood sexual abuse puts a rare public spotlight on the normally insular religious organization, experts say.
The penalty, handed down by a Montana jury on Wednesday, will go to a 21-year-old woman who accused the Jehovah's Witnesses' national organization of telling local clergy members not to report her abuser, a relative who she and another woman say molested them and a third family member. The church plans to appeal.
Professor calls for Christian university president to resign for allowing LGBT relationships
Azusa Pacific University, a Christian institution, has lifted its ban on LGBT relationships in its code of conduct. But the decision comes after years of previous resistance, and the school is now facing pushback over the change — particularly from one professor who says it’s now time for APU’s president to go.
There’s an outbreak of LGBTQ Republicans running for office in Connecticut
This year’s elections have seen a record number of LGBTQ candidates running for office. Not surprisingly, the vast majority of them are running as Democrats.
In a surprising twist, Connecticut is setting a different kind of record: six openly gay or lesbian candidates are running as Republicans for seats in the state Assembly.