Months after their conduct was discovered, two police officers were disciplined for making a game of stealing signs from homeless people in Midland, Texas — and many believe the cops’ punishment was not harsh enough to fit the offense.
In the town with an estimated 300 homeless people, investigators reported 8 signs in Officer Derek Hester’s patrol vehicle, and Officer Daniel Zoelzer was discovered to have trashed an additional 10. Both officers claimed that they took the signs after issuing trespass warnings, but no such warnings were recorded in 2013. Text messages between the two show the officers expressing concerns about being found out, although one of the men’s texts read, “Oh I don’t care lol I’m not worried.” After an internal investigation, which was not originally publicized, Hester and Zoelzer were suspended for three unpaid days.
Why is Congress still measuring poverty based on a 1963 trip to the grocery store?
To determine who is officially poor in America, the federal government compares a family’s annual cash income to a figure produced by an arcane formula that’s based on the price of food in 1963, when a loaf of bread was 22 cents and a burger less than a quarter. Starting under President Lyndon Johnson, the government’s official way of defining who is poor comes from calculating a minimum food budget for a family of four, tripling that figure to cover other living costs, and then indexing it annually for inflation.
With seemingly no explanation, 8 corporate executives have died within weeks of one another. Ruling out homicide in each case, local police believe the deaths were either suicidal or accidental in nature.
On the morning of January 26, 2014, Tata Motors Managing Director Karl Slym jumped out of his window on the 22nd floor of the Shangri-La hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. His wife claims she was asleep in the room with him at the time. Hotel staff awoke her shortly after her husband’s body was discovered on the 4th floor.
Guest Post by: Luke Blackburn
My dream is to create a company that affects positive change in the world.
I want to empower individuals to follow their passions and forge a new life for themselves.
I am still far away from this endgame but I know that getting the proper education on how to do this is paramount to achieve this success.
Ireland’s bankers in the dock: Anglo Irish chiefs charged with illegally bolstering bank’s share price
The three bankers stood in the dock of a packed court in Dublin accused of perhaps the biggest white-collar crime ever committed in Ireland, involving loans worth €625m (£519m). All heads turned to watch the main man in the case, the one-time boss of the now-defunct Anglo Irish Bank, Sean FitzPatrick, whose well-fitting attire and shock of white hair marked him out as he pleaded not guilty.
The Dublin wind and rain kept the numbers of the public down, but hundreds still turned up for the first day of the biggest criminal trial to take place in the city for many years. It was standing room only in Court 19 of the Dublin Central Criminal Court, while other spectators were housed in another courtroom designated to hold the overflow.
Some HSBC customers have been prevented from withdrawing large amounts of cash because they could not provide evidence of why they wanted it, the BBC has learnt. Listeners have told Radio 4′s Money Box they were stopped from withdrawing amounts ranging from £5,000 to £10,000.
HSBC admitted it has not informed customers of the change in policy, which was implemented in November. The bank says it has now changed its guidance to staff.