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Michigan-raised pro wrestler George (The Animal) Steele dies

Longtime pro wrestler George (The Animal) Steele, who was born in Detroit, grew up in Madison Heights and attended Michigan State, has died, according to World Wrestling Entertainment. He was 79.

Steele, whose real name was Jim Myers, also spent time coaching football, wrestling and track in Madison Heights. He was inducted into the Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1996.


RIP. He was very entertaining.

Friday TOON Roundup 3 - The Rest



White House





N. Korea


Friday TOON Roundup 2 - Orange is the new Red

Friday TOON Roundup 1 - Flaming Hot Cheeto

Florida Man Charged With Trying to Blow Up Target Stores to Tank Companys Stock

A Florida man's alleged plot to set off homemade explosives in several East Coast Target stores ó part of what investigators said was a bizarre attempt to tank the company's stock ó was foiled after someone he asked for help turned him in, prosecutors said Thursday.

Mark Charles Barnett, 48, of Ocala, was charged with "possession of a firearm (destructive device) affecting commerce by a previously convicted felon" after he offered an unidentified person $10,000 to put at least 10 explosives ó disguised as food items ó on the shelves of Target stores in New York, Florida and Virginia, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Ocala.

"Barnett theorized that the company's stock value would plunge after the explosions, allowing him to cheaply acquire shares of Target stock before an eventual rebound in prices," the complaint said.

Barnett ó a registered sex offender on probation for multiple felony kidnapping, sexual battery and grand theft counts ó made the bombs at home and gave them to the individual, along with a bag of gloves, a mask and a license-plate cover, to complete the job, authorities alleged.


New policy to decriminalize marijuana in Harris County will save time, money, DAs office says

By Brian Rogers, Houston Chronicle

Houston and Harris County are poised to decriminalize low-level possession of marijuana in a sweeping move that puts the area at the forefront of efforts in Texas to halt minor drug arrests that clog jails and courts.

District Attorney Kim Ogg announced the new policy Thursday with Mayor Sylvester Turner, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

The policy, set to begin March 1, means that misdemeanor offenders with less than four ounces of marijuana will not be arrested, ticketed or required to appear in court if they agree to take a four-hour drug education class, officials said.


Baby Steps. This is Texas we are talking about

Kellyanne's next job?

Senate advances Trumps EPA pick

Source: The Hill

The Senate is moving forward with Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's nomination to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The chamber voted 54-46 to advance Pruittís nomination, clearing the simple majority needed. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) were the only Democrats to vote in favor of cloture on Pruitt's nomination, joining all 52 Republicans.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Wednesday became the only Republican senator to announce that she would oppose Pruitt, though she voted in favor of cloture for his nomination on Thursday.

Collins ó who has voted against other Trump Cabinet nominees ó told a local Maine radio station that she had concerns about how Pruitt would be able to run an agency he had spent much of his time as Oklahoma's top lawyer opposing and suing.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/319852-senate-advances-trumps-epa-pick

Yes, There Is a Trump Infrastructure Project Already Under Way: For-Profit Prisons for Immigrants

One of the regular complaints lodged against the new Trump administration is that the presidentís long-discussed plans for job-boosting infrastructure investments are still largely a matter of vague promises that his allies in Congress donít seem to take very seriously.

But hey, that may be unfair. There is one area where thereís a lot of excitement in the air about new construction and new jobs: in the private prison industry! And thatís not just because the president appears generally to enjoy incarcerating people, or because he strongly rejected the plans of both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to end the practice of warehousing criminals in for-profit facilities. No, thereís a real-live boom under way for private prison companies thanks to Trumpís early executive order calling for an expansion of detention centers for undocumented immigrants near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Overshadowed by the chaotically implemented and soon-stalled travel ban, Trumpís border-enforcement order is being implemented. And among other things, thatís meant happy days are here again for private prisons, as explained by Jenny Jarvie of the Los Angeles Times, who went to South Texas and felt the excitement:

When John Chavez peers through chain link and razor wire into the vast tent city that once housed one of the nationís most notorious prisons for immigrants, he does not see a failed experiment.

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