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GUILTY: Judge rules in former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's criminal contempt case

Source: AZ Family/ CBS

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton on Monday found former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio guilty of criminal contempt of court, the culmination of a federal trial that was years in the making.

The six-term sheriff, who was voted out of office in November 2016, is known for, among other things, cracking down on illegal immigration and using controversial “crime suppression sweeps" to round up those suspected of being in the U.S. illegally. Those operations, which went on for years, are what landed him in court.

Although a judge ordered Arpaio to stop the traffic patrols that targeted immigrants, the self-styled “America’s toughest sheriff” did not. Arpaio continued to run those operations for nearly 18 months after that order.

Last May, Judge Murray Snow found Arpaio, now 85, and three of his top aides in civil contempt.

Read more: http://www.azfamily.com/story/35890030/guilty-judge-rules-in-former-sheriff-joe-arpaios-criminal-contempt-case

South Carolina Abandons Nuclear Power Plant Project


JULY 31, 2017 12:50 PM

After working nine years to expand a nuclear power plant in South Carolina, Santee Cooper and SCE&G said Monday they are pulling out of the $14 billion reactor project in Fairfield County in the wake of rising costs, falling demand for energy, construction delays and the bankruptcy of lead contractor Westinghouse this past spring.

SCE&G said in a news relase that a comprehensive review of the Fairfield County nuclear project — a review that began after Westinghouse filed for bankruptcy — caused the company to conclude that finishing the two nuclear reactors “would be prohibitively expensive.”

“We arrived at this very difficult but necessary decision following months of evaluating the project from all persectives,” SCANA Chairman and CEO Kevin Marsh said in the news release.

He said several factors beyond the company’s control have changed since the construction project was launched, including the Westinghouse bankruptcy. Still,. SCANA had considered building just one of the reactors, but rejected that plan after Santee Cooper withdrew from the project.

Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/news/local/article164544862.html#storylink=cpy

Los Angeles makes deal to host 2028 Summer Olympics

Source: LA Times

Los Angeles has reached an agreement with Olympic leaders on terms that will pave the way for hosting the Summer Games in 2028 instead of 2024, according to a source close to the negotiation.

The deal will bring the Olympics back to Southern California for a third time, after Los Angeles hosted the Games in 1984 and 1932. It also opens the door for Paris to host the Games seven years from now.

An International Olympic Committee announcement is expected later today.

This bid competition began as a simple race for 2024, but all that changed in June when the IOC decided that, with two strong candidates, it would take the unusual step of giving 2024 to one city and 2028 to the other.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-2028-olympics-deal-20170731-story.html

A transgender candidate takes on Virginias Minister of Private Parts

Traffic. Schools. Jobs. Getting to their jobs, so back to traffic.

That’s what Northern Virginia voters want to talk about when a transgender woman with a rainbow headscarf and slashing black eyeliner knocks on their door.

Which is weird. Because given all the legislation proposed in the Virginia General Assembly on these constituents’ behalf, you’d think the conversations would be nothing but bathrooms, abortions and sex when someone such as Danica Roem shows up.

Roem, 32, has made history, becoming the first openly transgender candidate to win a state primary in Virginia. Now the Democratic nominee is trying to unseat her polar opposite in the 13th District: 25-year incumbent Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William).

And she believes she can win exactly because she has little interest in talking about sex, body parts or gender identity — the meat and potatoes of Marshall’s public life.


A million miles away behind her own front door: A Saudi woman's secret apartment

Maha Almutairi has a secret apartment.

At 35, like most unmarried Saudi women, she still officially lives at home. Her father decides what can and can’t happen in his home. Decisions about what she will study, where she will work, all are subject to her father’s permission.

Can she have cats? Not anywhere in the apartment building her father owns, he ruled, even though Almutairi has long loved rescuing strays and hiding them in her room.

Could she travel abroad to study medicine? No, her father said, not without a male relative to accompany her. She gave up on being a doctor and signed up to study interior design at a school in Riyadh.


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