Senate Republicans revolt against Trump over border 3/14/2019

Rebel members of President Donald Trump’s party have helped pass a vote to reject his declaration of an emergency on the US-Mexico border.

Twelve Republican senators broke party ranks to side with Democrats, approving a proposal to revoke the proclamation by 59-41.

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives last month backed the measure.

Following Thursday’s vote, Mr Trump tweeted: “VETO!”

Congress needs a two-thirds majority of both chambers to override a presidential veto, which is viewed as unlikely in this case.

Nevertheless, the vote will be seen as an embarrassing loss for the president on his signature domestic issue.

On Twitter, Mr Trump slammed the vote, calling it a “Democrat inspired Resolution which would OPEN BORDERS while increasing Crime, Drugs and Trafficking in our Country”.

It comes just a day after the Senate rebuked him on foreign policy by approving a bill to end US support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

The Republican rebels on Thursday were Mitt Romney and Mike Lee of Utah, Marco Rubio of Florida, Roy Blunt of Missouri, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Rob Portman of Ohio, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Roger Wicker of Mississippi.

Thom Tillis of North Carolina changed his mind minutes before the vote and said he would oppose it.

The Republican president declared the emergency on 15 February after Congress refused funding for a wall on the US-Mexico border, a key campaign pledge.

He aims to circumvent Congress and build his long-promised barrier by raiding military budgets.

It could free up almost $8bn (£6bn) for the wall, which is still considerably short of the estimated $23bn cost of a barrier along almost 2,000 miles (3,200km) of border, but far more than the nearly $1.4bn begrudgingly allotted last month by Congress.

Earlier on Thursday Mr Trump called Democrats “border deniers” and said any Republican opposing him would be casting “a vote for Nancy Pelosi”.

He says the barrier is needed to combat illegal immigration on the southern border which he has described as a “crisis”.

Democrats say the declaration is unconstitutional, Mr Trump has manufactured the border emergency and a wall would be a boondoggle.

The resolution to revoke the declaration passed the House by a margin of 245-182 in February. Thirteen Republicans sided with Democrats.

Lawmakers used a provision from the National Emergencies Act to overrule the president.

Most Republicans supported Mr Trump’s decision and accused Democrats of ignoring an emergency at the border.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the declaration is “the predictable and understandable consequences of Democrats’ decision to put partisan obstruction ahead of the national interest”.

What did the rebel Republicans say?

The renegade conservatives largely condemned Mr Trump’s declaration for setting up a dangerous presidential precedent while still agreeing with his border policies.

“This issue is not about strengthening our border security, a goal that I support and have voted to advance,” Mrs Collins said ahead of the vote.

“It is a solemn occasion involving whether or not this body will stand up for its institutional prerogatives and will support the separation of powers enshrined in our constitution.”

Mr Paul agreed Congress must fund border security, “but no president should go around Congress”.

He added that if the declaration stands, it could allow a future “socialist-inclined president” to pass environmental or gun control legislation.

Mr Romney echoed a similar sentiment, calling the use of an emergency an “overreach” that “is an invitation to further expansion and abuse by future presidents”.

Samora Mangesi: South African presenter ‘victim of racist attack’ 3/14/2019

A black South African TV and radio presenter has said he was the victim of a racially motivated attack after stopping to help a group of white people whose car had overturned.

Samora Mangesi tweeted photos of the injuries he sustained in the alleged assault, which he said happened on Friday.

He and his two female friends were called “monkeys”, he said.

When they asked why they were being insulted, he was beaten unconscious.

During the alleged attack in the city of Johannesburg, Mangesi, who is a presenter for SABC, said he received injuries to his face and was bruised along the side of his body after being kicked on the ground.

“Even whilst I was being put in the ambulance, one of these guys tried to run my friend over with his bakkie [pick-up truck] and the paramedics had to intervene.”

In the days following the attack, his memory was “very sporadic”, he said.

“As much as they say I was awake, I don’t remember being in the ambulance, arriving at the hospital nor much of the treatment.”

He thought about “letting it go and just continuing with my life”, but has now reported the incident to police, he added.

A police spokesman told the BBC that a case of alleged assault was being investigated.

News of the alleged assault has sparked anger on local social media, reports the BBC’s Pumza Fihlani in Johannesburg.

Dalia Dippolito’s conviction upheld; She won’t get out until 2032 3/14/2019

since the day of her arrest in 2009 have taken a visible toll. From a girlish suspect, to a groomed defendant, to a mother (still no word on the identity of the father), to a 34-year-old convict in jailhouse scrubs. About the only thing that hasn’t changed for the former Dalia Mohammed is her decision to keep her married name, although she divorced in 2011. Her high-profile courtoom


Dalia Dippolito
‘s prison-release date will remain Aug. 24, 2032.

The Boynton Beach woman’s efforts to win a fourth trial failed Wednesday when a Palm Beach County appellate court upheld her conviction for trying to hire — and thinking she had hired — a hit-man to kill her husband.

Dippolito committed her crime in 2009. She was convicted in 2017.

She was 26 when this saga began. She’s now 36 and a mom. She had a baby along the way — while on house arrest in 2016.

A camera crew from the television show “Cops” was there to record Dippolito’s hysterical reaction in 2009 when police staged a crime scene, and told Dippolito her home had been robbed and Mike, her husband, had been killed — just like the plot Dippolito had hatched with the alleged hit man.

The recording went viral and made the rounds on national news.

After Boynton Beach police arrested Dippolito, told her that her husband of six months was still alive and the alleged hit man was really a cop, Dippolito maintained her innocence.

It was a lover who went to police and revealed her scheme.

The jury at Dippolito’s third trial delivered a guilty verdict. The two previous ones had ended in mistrial.

The former escort is serving a 16-year term at a women’s prison north of Ocala in Marion County. She is one of approximately 3,000 inmates at the Lowell Correctional Institution.

Her lawyers argued entrapment in Dippolito’s latest appeal to the Fourth District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach and balked at the presence of the TV camera crew at her arrest.

The defense lawyers also argued that jurors had improperly learned that their client had previously tried to poison her husband’s iced tea with antifreeze.

In a seven-page ruling, Judge Martha Warner rejected all of it.

The police officer didn’t pose as a hit man until after Dippolito’s lover came forward, the ruling said.

“It was the lover who first approached the police with his concern that [Dippolito] would kill her husband, not the other way around,” Warner wrote.

As for the television cameras, they weren’t involved in the surveillance or investigation, she wrote.

“They did not enter the picture until after [Dippolito] had already taken all the steps to solicit the murder of her husband.”

And although the trial judge had made a pretrial ruling that evidence about the poisoning episode could not be introduced at trial, it was with a caveat, the ruling said.

It wouldn’t be allowed “unless something made him change his mind during trial,” Warner wrote. “Something did occur during trial to cause the judge to rethink the earlier ruling.”

When the defense put Dippolito’s lover on the stand, he testified that he did not believe she “actually wanted to kill her husband.”

That opened the door, the judge ruled, for the jury to hear that the lover had also once said that Dippolito had tried to kill 

her husband by poisoning him.

“It also explains why the lover initially approached police — because he actually did believe [Dippolito] was going to kill her husband,” Warner wrote.

Godfrey man sentenced for multiple bank robberies 3/14/2019

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – A convicted serial bank robber will spend the next 20 years in prison for stealing thousands of dollars from banks across the bi-state region.

According to court documents from the US Attorney of the Southern District of Illinois, Dandre Brown was charged in a six-count federal indictment and pleaded guilty to the charges in November 2018.

Prosecutors said from November 2017 to January 2018, Brown robbed five banks in Alton, Godfrey, East Alton, Wood River, and Edwardsville, and stole approximately $35,000 in cash.

Brown also admitted to stealing $1,625 from a US Bank branch in Florissant, Missouri in December 2017.

Investigators successfully identified Brown after he dropped a robbery note with his fingerprints on it. US Marshals tracked Brown to Atlanta, Georgia and arrested him in January 2018.

His sentence includes paying over $35,000 in restitution and a three-year term of parole.

Brown had a criminal record including a 2006 conviction for armed robbery in St. Louis. He was on parole for that crime when he committed the bank robberies.

Gambino crime family boss Frank Cali shot and killed outside Staten Island home: sources 3/13/2019

Gambino crime family boss Frank (Franky Boy) Cali was gunned down Wednesday night in a gory hit in front of his Staten Island home, police sources said.

Cali, 53, was shot six times in the chest by a gunman in a blue pickup truck on Hilltop Terrace near Four Corners Road in Todt Hill about 9:15 p.m. Medics took him to Staten Island University Hospital, where he died.

A panicked family member called 911, telling a dispatcher Cali was run over before he was shot, though investigators were still looking into whether the gunman mowed the mobster down, sources said.

Police were searching for the pickup truck that raced from the grisly scene, sources said.

“There were like six shots, and then there were three more,” one witness, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told the Daily News. “The man was on the ground face-up. His head was by his SUV, and the truck was open.”

Cali’s distraught family members rushed outside after the shooting.

“Papa! Papa!” one man cried before lying on the grass, sobbing, the witness recounted.

One woman yelled into her phone, “Why doesn’t the ambulance come? He’s not breathing!” the witness told The News. Another woman “was just making loud noises,” the witness said.

“The cops came, and they were pushing on his chest, but he wasn’t responding,” the witness said.

A man answering Cali’s wife’s cell phone hung up on a reporter Wednesday night.

Cali, who served on the Gambino family’s ruling panel for several years, was elevated to acting boss in 2015, replacing then 68-year-old Domenico Cefalu.

A native of Sicily, Cali has deep mob roots, and his wife is the niece of Gambino capo John Gambino. His brother Joseph and brother-in-law Peter Inzerillo are reputed Gambino soldiers.

Cali rose quickly through the ranks of organized crime, becoming a powerful capo before the age of 40, less than a decade after he became an inducted member, according to court papers.

Federal authorities tried to put a stop to Cali’s rise in the late 2000s after he completed a 16-month sentence for an extortion scheme connected to a failed bid to build a Nascar track on Staten Island.

‘She wanted to get out’: Mentors remember 18-year-old recent high school grad fatally shot in West Baltimore 3/13/2019

Mentors remember the day Taylor Davis sat on the steps and cried. A student at Renaissance Academy High School, she was failing one of her classes and feared she wouldn’t be able to graduate.

But once her tears had dried, the mentors said, Davis got to work. She was determined to graduate on time, and, in June of last year, she did. She planned to work in health care.

Davis wasn’t afraid of the violence in her neighborhood, mentor Daijeon Powell said, but she was aware of it. “That’s where her drive came from,” he said. “She wanted to get out.”

The 18-year-old was fatally shot Monday night in Midtown Edmondson in West Baltimore, near her home on Appleton Street. Two other people, men ages 20 and 25, were injured in the same incident, according to police.

Asked whether Davis was the intended target of the shooting, police spokesman Jeremy Silbert said detectives were continuing to investigate the incident and that the motive was not known.

People who answered the door at her home Tuesday declined to comment on her death. Those who knew her at school say she was a bright young woman, driven to succeed.

“This young lady was awesome,” said Corey Witherspoon, who, like Powell, knew Davis through Seeds of Promise, a mentoring program at Renaissance Academy. “Just a ball of joy. If anybody needed help, she would help.”

Witherspoon remembers clearly her work ethic: She worked a side job after school.

“I could see a future for her,” Witherspoon said. “I could see her owning her own home.” Having a career. Her killing, he said, “was senseless. Irresponsible. And unforgivable.”

Powell and Davis were so close that she called him “Dad.” They often talked about life, and Powell would give her fatherly advice.

“I’ve lost a couple students,” Powell said. Renaissance Academy’s Anthony Grant, 17, was fatally shot in Baltimore three months ago. Seventeen-year-old Daniel Jackson, who attended the school before dropping out, was shot and killed in 2017 while standing on a porch. Ananias Jolley, 17, was fatally stabbed during a fight at the school in 2015.

“It hurts. Bad. especially this one,” Powell said. Davis “just wanted to be great. … She just lost her life for nothing. ​​​​​​”

Baltimore state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby said in a statement that Davis had participated in a crime prevention program sponsored by her office called Project17. She condemned Davis’ killing, as well as the death of Therone L. Jones, a 25-year-old Baltimore resident killed Saturday. Jones had been a part of an initiative called “Aim to B’More,” an alternative to incarceration for low-level drug offenders.

“It was apparent from my interactions with both of these young people that their futures were bright and full of promise,” Mosby said. “[W]e must continue to fight for our young people and tackle the senseless violence that claims so many precious lives in Baltimore.”

Nice Young Lady Killed Grandmother Plead With Chicagov To Find The Killer 3/13/2019

Grandmother pleads with Chicago PD to Find Killer

Dareyona Smith played softball at Ralph High School.

She was a sweet lady to everyone and very kind. she would say hello to the lunch lady every chance she could.

“Please, if anyone knows who shot my grand baby, please turn them in,Smith’s grand mother, Georgetta Carter,told reporter while she was crying.”she was a good kid.I loved her.”

The 18 year old softball player was shot about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 7900 block of south Paulina, where the killers fired shots from a passing Nissan, Chicago police said.

Smith later past at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to County medical examiner’s office. A 23b year old man was also injured in the shooting

The school was not the same after Smith was killedsaid Antoinette Johnson, a cafeteria worker at the 18 year old school.

Johnson said : she was a sweet lady every time i would see her she would say hi all the time. Johnson said that there was no one there to be fed because everyone was mourning.

There is reports that Smith killing was over some childish social media beef . one report said!!!!

Smith was about to graduate before she was gun down.This young lady should be picking out her dress for the prom. Not dead over some facebook beef for no reason!!! Ptleger said in a interview.

The St. Sabina pastor said he didn’t want those who loved Smith to retaliate.

Instead, he and community activist Andrew Holmes urged those who know the gunman to come forward.

“We want the perpetrators apprehended,” Holmes said. “This young lady had a life … She had a right to walk. She had a right to come home from school.”

“Grandmama was preparing to go to school to watch her walk across the stage in a cap and gown,” Holmes said. “Now she has to watch her being lowered into the ground.”

NYPD Cop Accidentally Recorded Oral Sex With Her Sergeant on Body Cam 3/13/2019

The New York Police Department is reportedly investigating claims that a Brooklyn officer performed oral sex on her sergeant and captured the whole thing on her body camera. Citing police sources, the New York Post reports that the officer and her sergeant were on a recent “midnight tour in East New York’s 75th Precinct” when they started performing the sex act in the police car. The female officer reportedly tucked her body camera into her vest, assuming that it was turned off—but the audio recording on the camera is said to have caught both the act and the officer “gushing to her lover” about it as it was being performed. In a statement, NYPD said the “claims are under review” and sources told the newspaper internal investigators were still trying to obtain the audio. None of the officers were identified by name, and both cops remain on full duty.

George Dounis (Missing) 3/13/2019

Case Type: Other
DOB: Dec 16, 1995
Missing Date: Feb 25, 2019   
Age Now: 23
Missing City: Las Vegas
Missing State: NV
Case Number:190300031698
Gender: Male
Race: Black
Complexion: Medium
Height: 6-1
Weight: 180
Hair Color: Black
Hair Length: Short
Eye Color: Brown
Wear Glasses or Contacts: Yes
Location Last Seen: Treasure Island Hotel & Casino,3300 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Circumstances of Disappearance: Unknown. George has mental health issues.

Last Seen Wearing: He was wearing a thin, black sporty jacket, red shirt, black pants and black shoes.

Carlos Ramon Wilson (Missing) 3/13/2019

Carlos Ramon Wilson
Case Type: Endangered
DOB: Jan 01, 1987
Missing Date: Mar 03, 2019   
Age Now: 32
Missing City:Gaithersburg
Missing State: MD
Case Number: x
Gender: Male
Race: Black
Complexion: Medium
Height: 5-10
Weight: 170
Hair Color: Black
Hair Length: Short
Eye Color: Brown
Wear Glasses or Contacts: No
Location Last Seen: Unknown.

Circumstances of Disappearance: He has been communicating with his family via texts but will not disclose his whereabouts. Police and family are concerned for Wilson’s emotional welfare.

Last Seen Wearing: Unknown.

A Politician was killed Rio De Janeiro,2 Ex- Cops In Custody 3/13/2019

Politician assassinated in Rio

Maine: things are getting real bad in south America when you have two cops,possibly!!!! Target politicians for assassination.Well, that is what happened in South America in Rio De Janeiro. This woman was an activist for Afro south American’s rights and a fighter for the LGBT community and two cops allegedly killed her,let’s find out why!!!!

The police have arrested two former police officers tuesday in the murder of a Rio de Janeiro councilwoman Marielle Franco and her driver,The murder shock south America and lead to many protest. It also shocked many countrries.Even though many has been questioned about the murder of Franco a prominent activist for Afro-Brazilian and LGBT rights.

“Its was a crime against a lawmaker, a woman, exercising her democratic function who had her life taken away in an unacceptable , criminal way,” Rio de Janeiro state Gov. Wilson Witzel told reporters

Franco protesting giving hope

Maine : Its seems that the more i look at south America and the people down there i never seen so much corruption like what iam seeing since my time covering Africa. Assassinations,starvations, you name it the works!!! I did a story about Venezuela and the people eating out of the trash trying to fine food. How that country turn to socialism and now they got the civilian starving to death.

While Witzel praised police and investigators for the arrest,the case send a massive message that there is deep corruption in Brazil’s police force,including connections to the Military and paramilitary groups that controls a large part of the state

The suspects were id as Ronnie Lessa, 48, a retired military police officer, and Elcio Viera de Queiro,46, who was fired from his job in 2015 . The law reject both parties involvement of the shooting

Lessa was arrested near the same rio condominium complex where president Jairo Bolsonaro has his hom, Police said

Maine:Its seems that Brazil is having problems and south America it self is braking down with corruption i will keep track of this story as it continues but as an African American we should pay more attention to our brothers and sisters in Brazil and south America we hav alot of them down there . i hope the arrest the people that killed this woman because in a civilization we only can be civil

In Addition: The people that murdered this woman and activist stood out side a meeting she attended and waited for two hours and killed her on the spot. it is a sad day in Brazil where you freedom cannot be freely be displayed and fighting for people that don’t have a voice can get you murdered!!!! if stuff like this prossit in countries like Brazil how can you have order?