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Man shot in Panama City amid looting in aftermath of Hurricane Michael: report

A man was shot while trying to steal a police officer’s squad car Thursday night in Panama City, according to a report by ABC 3 WEAR TV, an ABC affiliated news station serving Pensacola.

A witness told WEAR that he saw a man entering the squad car and yelling, “I’m looting.” State fire marshals attempted to get the man out of the vehicle, according to WEAR. The witness told the news outlet that he turned to go back inside his home, which is when he heard shots fired.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting, according to WEAR.

Power lines remain down in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, which is believed to be why looting has become rampant in Panama City, WEAR reported. WEAR reporters said they saw a multiple people robbing a convenience store after the door had been smashed.

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-ne-looting-deadly-shooting-panama-city-hurricane-michael-20181015-story.html

Just seeing this being reported now.

Jim Taylor, hard-running Hall of Fame fullback for Green Bay Packers, dies at 83

Source: Washington Post

Jim Taylor, the ferocious Hall of Fame fullback who embodied the Green Bay Packers’ unstoppable ground game during the Vince Lombardi era and helped the team win four NFL titles and the first Super Bowl, died Oct. 13 at a hospital in his hometown of Baton Rouge. He was 83.

The team confirmed the death. The cause was not immediately known.

Mr. Taylor played during the great Packer dynasty and was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1962. He scored the first rushing touchdown in Super Bowl history.

“He was a gritty, classic player on the Lombardi teams and a key figure of those great championship runs,” Packers President Mark Murphy said.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/jim-taylor-hard-running-hall-of-fame-fullback-for-green-bay-packers-dies-at-83/2018/10/13/5064a40a-cf24-11e8-a360-85875bac0b1f_story.html



He was one tough football player.

Federal election officials question Rep. Duncan Hunter campaign's identification of donors

This past March, James H. Hunter of Eagle, Idaho, made two $2,700 contributions to the campaign to re-elect his nephew, Rep. Duncan D. Hunter, R-Alpine.

Hunter’s campaign reported the contributions on a financial disclosure report to the Federal Election Commission, but claimed it did not know — and was unable to find out — his uncle’s employer or occupation.

The Federal Election Commission sent a letter to Hunter’s campaign treasurer this week informing him that “information requested per best efforts” is not an acceptable answer to the question of a contributor’s occupation or employer — information that was missing not just for Hunter’s uncle on Hunter’s campaign forms.

James H. Hunter and his wife, Jan, are the founders of Boise Hunter Homes, a development company they have headed for more than a decade, according to the company’s website and business filings. James H. Hunter is among more than 90 donors for whom Hunter’s campaign has reported employer and occupation as “information requested per best efforts” since 2007, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune’s review of FEC records. Their contributions totaled more than $67,000.

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/watchdog/sd-me-hunter-fec-20181009-story.html

Congress heads toward postelection fight over border wall

Source: AP News

Congress is heading toward a postelection showdown over President Donald Trump’s wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, as GOP leaders signal they’re willing to engage in hardball tactics that could spark a partial government shutdown and the president revs up midterm crowds for the wall, a centerpiece of his 2016 campaign and a top White House priority.

Trump is promising voters at rallies across the country that Republicans will bring tougher border security in campaign speeches that echo those that propelled him to office two years ago. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., promised a “big fight” over the border wall money and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has not ruled out a mini-shutdown as GOP leaders look to help Trump “get what he’s looking for” on the wall.

“Democrats want to abolish America’s borders and allow drugs and gangs to pour into our country,” Trump said without evidence Wednesday during a swing through Erie, Pa.

“Right after the election we’re doing something very strong on the wall,” Trump added Thursday in an interview on “Fox & Friends.”

Read more: https://apnews.com/8f3393797f4a41dca4c3737bc7cd7e0c



Republican idiocy on parade. Getting pretty tired of watching this shitshow.

Lindsey Buckingham sues Fleetwood Mac after blaming Stevie Nicks for getting him fired

Lindsey Buckingham is suing his former Fleetwood Mac bandmates for breach of contract for going on tour without him. And he’s also blaming Stevie Nicks for getting him booted from the iconic rock group.

Buckingham and Nicks, who joined Fleetwood Mac as a couple in 1975, have a complicated history, on and off stage. Their latest disagreement played out in a new Rolling Stone story published Wednesday. Buckingham claimed Nicks gave the band an ultimatum: Either he goes or she does.

Then, on Thursday, Buckingham sued Fleetwood Mac for breach of contract, according to RadarOnline, after the group “secretly, and unceremoniously, moved on without him” ahead of its North American tour. Buckingham asked to postpone that tour so he could promote his solo projects.

“It’s impossible for the band to offer comment on a legal complaint they have not seen,” a spokesperson for Fleetwood Mac told The Times on Thursday. “It’s fairly standard legal procedure to service the complaint to the parties involved, something that neither Mr. Buckingham nor his legal counsel have done.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-entertainment-news-updates-2018-lindsey-buckingham-blames-stevie-nicks-1539275936-htmlstory.html

Sheesh.

Newsweek's former parent company indicted in fraud and money laundering case

The co-founder of Newsweek's former parent company has been indicted on fraud and money laundering charges in New York Supreme Court.

Etienne Uzac and IBT Media are accused of conspiring with two other companies to defraud lenders out of money that the media organization used to keep itself in business, according to an indictment that was unsealed Wednesday. Uzac denied the allegations and said he intends to defend himself "vigorously" against the charges.

Prosecutors allege that IBT Media worked with Christian Media Corporation and Oikos Networks to pull off the scheme.

The indictment alleges IBT and Christian Media convinced equipment lenders that they needed financing to buy computer equipment. They received the funds — but instead of using the money to buy computer servers, the indictment says the companies funneled it into other parts of their business.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/11/media/newsweek-indictment-ibt-media/index.html

Taylor Swift Inspires 200 Million Fans To Register To Vote In Tennessee

NASHVILLE, TN—Motivating the masses to participate in the democratic process with her popular Instagram post, pop star Taylor Swift reportedly inspired 200 million fans from all over the country this week to register to vote in Tennessee.

“Taylor hasn’t really talked much about politics over the course of her career, but she’s certainly making waves now,” said Tennessee Democratic Party chairperson Mary Mancini, who applauded Swift for “getting her message out there,” as well as helping to register the entire population of the state more than 30 times over.

“We’ve never seen anything like this—definitely not in a 24-hour period at least. Ms. Swift has truly inspired young people from Maine to California to leave everything behind and head for a polling place in Tennessee this November. She’s even galvanized young people living in other countries to vote in these important midterm elections as well.”

At press time, Tennessee officials announced that Election Day voting hours would be extended by one hour to accommodate 60 percent of the world’s population now expected to cast a ballot.

https://www.theonion.com/taylor-swift-inspires-200-million-fans-to-register-to-v-1829634882

In Ramona, she expected supporters of Duncan Hunter and Trump. What she found was more nuanced

How conservative is Ramona, Calif.?

At the Turkey Inn, the town’s oldest watering hole, there’s a portrait of President Trump in a place of honor above the cash register. “We’re just a good, down-home blue-collar bar,” bartender Erin Smidt said. “Lots of vets and military, and lots of people mad at the NFL for not airing the national anthem.”

Across town, at the VFW post, there’s a Jane Fonda target on the men’s urinal.

A couple of years ago, Isis Fuller Figure Fashion, a women’s clothing boutique in downtown Ramona, closed its doors after locals harassed its owners over the name. The shopkeepers, an English mother and daughter, had named the store after the Egyptian goddess.

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/columnists/la-me-abcarian-hunter-ramona-20181009-story.html

Taylor Swift Breaks Political Silence To Throw Support Behind Restoring Shōgun To Throne Of Japan



NEW YORK—In a heartfelt social media statement to her fans, singer–songwriter Taylor Swift broke her long-standing political silence Monday to support restoring an all-powerful shōgun to its rightful place on the throne of Japan.

“Hey guys, Taylor here—I’m writing this post because I’ve been inspired by recent events to speak up about why we need to install an all-powerful military dictatorship in Japan’s imperial palace,” said the famously apolitical pop star, admitting that in the past, she had been “reluctant” to voice her long-held support for Japan’s famously brutal system of medieval clan-based governance, but felt differently after witnessing the country’s decay since the final shōgun, Tokugawa Yoshinobu, fell from power in 1868.

“I believe that a weak-willed democratic Japan is WRONG. I believe the dilution of the proud Tokugawa Clan’s samurai class is WRONG. Please, please educate yourself on the Meiji Restoration’s folly. Only through the blood and steel of a true shōgunate ruler can Japan flourish. Thanks for reading. XOXOXO.”

At press time, bloggers had criticized Swift for going too far after she called on current Emperor Akihito to immediately surrender his throne and commit seppuku for disgracing Japan.

https://entertainment.theonion.com/taylor-swift-breaks-political-silence-to-throw-support-1829602513

Pope Francis Renounces Papacy After Falling In Love With Beautiful American Divorcee



VATICAN CITY—Saying he could no longer fulfill his duties as the leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis officially renounced the papacy Monday after admitting that he had fallen in love with a beautiful American divorcee.

“I cannot effectively complete my obligations as the Supreme Pontiff while also pursuing a relationship with my exquisite, perfect Linda,” said the former Bishop of Rome, detailing his whirlwind romance with the 62-year-old CPA and recently divorced mother of three, whom he met while on a walking tour through the Piazza Navona.

“Linda has given me the most spectacular two weeks I’ve ever experienced; we rode Vespas through the cobbled streets of Rome, shared gelato in the Campo de’ Fiori, and tossed coins into the Trevi Fountain. That’s why tomorrow, I will be moving into Linda’s condo in Des Moines to start a new life with her. I worship the ground she walks on, and I want to devote the rest of my days to loving Linda.”

His ex-Holiness added that he was nervous about telling Linda that he’s still a virgin and hopes she would let him take things slow.

https://www.theonion.com/pope-francis-renounces-papacy-after-falling-in-love-wit-1829595994

He looks happy!
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