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Orrin Hatch apologizes to Rob Porter’s ex-wives

Orrin Hatch apologizes to Rob Porter's ex-wives

Washington (CNN)The ex-wives of Rob Porter, a White House aide who recently resigned over domestic abuse allegations, say they have received letters of apology from Porter’s old boss, Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, who previously defended his former staffer as a "decent man."

"It was a sincere apology for pain he may have caused us," Jennie Willoughby, Porter’s second ex-wife, told CNN.

The Daily Mail first published allegations of physical and mental abuse from his ex-wives, and included a statement from Hatch vigorously defending Porter, saying "it’s incredibly discouraging to see such a vile attack on such a decent man."

At the same time , Hatch’s office blasted out a different statement that said Hatch was "heartbroken" by the allegations. Hatch still described his interactions with Porter as "professional" and "respectful," but said "domestic violence in any form is abhorrent."

In the letter, Willoughby said Hatch "reiterated his explanation as to why his statement changed between the two Daily Mail articles."

Willoughby declined to share the letter, but said Hatch explained that he "was unaware of the nature of the article and was under the impression political enemies were mounting an attack against Rob, which is why he released the first statement […]

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Supreme court suspends Keyser attorney’s license

Supreme court suspends Keyser attorney's license

A Keyser attorney’s law license will be suspended for three years after he took money from a joint trust with a client and failed to render services to a client after being paid a fee, according to a ruling from the West Virginia Supreme Court.

Saying Timothy Sirk breached “one of the fundamental duties of his profession,” justices ordered his license suspended for three years, even though a subcommittee for the West Virginia Lawyer Disciplinary Board recommended his license be suspended for one year, according to the decision handed down Thursday.

In addition to the suspension, Sirk will have to complete six hours of continuing legal education in addition to what is required of attorneys in the state, and he will be placed on supervised practice for one year after his license is reinstated.

Sirk was admitted to the West Virginia State Bar in 1983, and he had no disciplinary problems prior to this case.

In August 2013, Sirk was representing a man who was a friend of his for more than 50 years.

The man was the executor of his mother’s estate, and when the man sold his mother’s home, he and Sirk opened a trust account and deposited $30,068 in it.There was […]

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House advances bill to change how magistrates set bond for misdemeanors

House advances bill to change how magistrates set bond for misdemeanors

Lawmakers hope a bill addressing how magistrates set bond in misdemeanor criminal cases will lead to fewer people spending time in jail before they’re convicted of those crimes and maybe a decrease in the state’s jail bills.

Members of the House of Delegates Judiciary Committee approved their own version of House Bill 4511, which adds language to state law that would more clearly determine when magistrates should set a bond in misdemeanor crimes or when they should release someone from custody on personal recognizance while their legal proceedings are pending in the court system.

The bill was not reported to the House floor Friday, but it is on pace to be up for a vote by the end of next week.

The Committee Substitute for HB 4511 still allows magistrates throughout the state to use their discretion in setting bond for people charged with misdemeanor crimes.

The bill adds language to state law that lists specific circumstances in which magistrates should set a bond instead of releasing a person from custody on personal recognizance while he or she awaits trial.

House Judiciary Chairman John Shott, R-Mercer, is the lead sponsor of the bill.One of the goals of the bill is to clarify the understanding […]

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Somerset County court for Nov. 27-Dec. 1, 2017

SKOWHEGAN — Closed cases for Nov. 27-Dec. 1, 2017, in Skowhegan District Court and Somerset County Superior Court.

Christopher J. Martin, 42, of Pittsfield, was found not guilty of domestic violence assault and two counts violating condition of release, March 14, 2017, in Pittsfield.

Dennis M. Bare, 55, of Kingfield, driving to endanger June 23, 2016, in Fairfield; $575 fine, 30-day license suspension; operating under the influence, same date and town, dismissed.

Anthony Bevans, 52, of North Anson, operating ATV on public way Oct. 7, 2017, in Pleasant Ridge Plantation; $100 fine.

Kassandra Brown, 23, of Fairfield, violating condition of release Sept. 12, 2017, in Fairfield, dismissed.

Jose M. Burgos, 39, of Skowhegan, unlawful possession of heroin and two counts unlawful possession of scheduled drug May 9, 2017, in Skowhegan, dismissed.James R. Collins, 37, of Moscow, Tennessee, negotiating a worthless instrument June 20, 2017, in Bingham; $150 fine; negotiating a worthless instrument June 20, 2017, in Bingham; $150 fine; negotiating a worthless instrument Aug. 26, 2017, in Bingham; $150 fine; negotiating a worthless instrument Aug. 27, 2017, in Bingham; $150 fine.Kaylee J. Cowan, 24, of Skowhegan, disorderly conduct, loud unreasonable noise Nov. 26, 2017, in Fairfield; 12-hour jail sentence.John Currier, 64, of Embden, attaching […]

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Emma Watson donates £1million to anti-sexual harassment campaign as actresses join forces on BAFTAs red carpet to back ‘Time’s Up’

Emma Watson donates £1million to anti-sexual harassment campaign as actresses join forces on BAFTAs red carpet to back ‘Time’s Up’

ACTRESS Emma Watson donated £1million to victims of sexual harassment.

The sizeable donation coincided with the planned female solidarity against sexism at tonight’s BAFTAs ceremony . Getty Images – Getty Actress Emma Watson has handed £1million to victims of sexual harassment The Harry Potter star’s donation follows the publication of an open letter backed by more than 200 high-profile females in showbusiness published in The Observer .

The open letter read: "More than half of all women, and nearly two-thirds of women aged 18 to 24, say they have experienced sexual harassment at work.

"One in five women in England and wales have experienced some type of sexual assault after the age of 16.

"This should not be tolerated and cannot and should not be our norm. We can do better than this." The actress was one of the first to speak out about sexual harassment in the immediate aftermath of Harvey Weinstein allegations Splash News Emma with the disgraced movie mogul in 2011 leaving Mahiki nightclub in London The sum will be handed to the recently launched Justice and Equality Fund, which aims to provide support and projects across the UK for victims of sexual harassment.

The signatories – who opted to wear […]

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UK-funded charity World Vision admits volunteers sexually exploited survivors of 2010 Haiti earthquake

UK-funded charity World Vision admits volunteers sexually exploited survivors of 2010 Haiti earthquake

Meghan Markle was an ambassador for global charity World Vision A UK-funded charity supported by Meghan Markle has admitted volunteers taking part in one of its relief schemes sexually and financially exploited survivors of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

World Vision came under fire after reports emerged its “workers” had allegedly traded food and cash for sex with survivors.

But the charity has claimed those involved in sexual exploitation were not World Vision staff.

In a statement World Vision said: “They were community volunteers and cash-for-work beneficiaries themselves.”

It added: “We are sorry to anyone who feels let down by World Vision in any failure of ours to protect or report.” A large tent city set up to relocate earthquake survivors in Haiti (Getty Images) The global charity, whose ambassadors have included Prince Harry’s fiancée, delivers “cash-for-work” programmes in disaster zones.

Cash-for-work is a short-term initiative used by humanitarian bodies to provide temporary employment in public projects to vulnerable communities.After the earthquake, this cash-for-work programme took the form of inviting local people to act as community leaders in temporary camps established by Haitian authorities for some 1.2 million people.These community leaders were “registered beneficiaries” of the World Vision programme, and some “received a daily […]

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Baltimore school board adopts policy requiring employees to report misconduct

Baltimore school board adopts policy requiring employees to report misconduct

The Baltimore school board has approved a policy that requires district employees to report any financial wrongdoing or improper conduct they see in the school system, while protecting whistleblowers from retaliation.

The policy, approved by the board this month, clarifies a district employee’s duty to report if they see someone wasting money or participating in bribery or embezzlement or some other financial impropriety. Employees are required to report if they know of someone tampering with or forging documents.

“We want to ensure that if there is anything happening that’s wrong in the district we can rely on whistleblowers to raise it up and make sure others know,” said Jeremy Grant-Skinner, chief human capital officer for the district. Hogan proposes ‘corruption’ investigator for Maryland’s public schools The regulations come weeks after Gov. Larry Hogan slammed the city school system for mismanagement. In January, he proposed appointing a new investigator general to look into what he described as corruption and ineptitude in some Maryland school districts.

Grant-Skinner said discussions about the city’s new policy have been going on for a year, and are based “on our independent belief that we should make explicit our employees’ duties and protections.”

The requirement for a district employee to […]

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West Virginia student contest promote opioid abuse awareness | Charlotte Observer

West Virginia student contest promote opioid abuse awareness | Charlotte Observer

The West Virginia Attorney General’s office is sponsoring a contest among schoolchildren to promote awareness of prescription painkiller abuse.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says in a news release that the "Kids Kick Opioids" contest is open to elementary and middle school students. It can include poems, drawings, letters or anything that promotes awareness of painkiller abuse.

Students can work individually or in groups. The winning entry will be used in Morrisey’s next statewide newspaper public service advertisement. Regional winners will be displayed in the state Capitol.

The deadline for entries is March 29. They can be mailed to the Attorney General’s Office at 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E. State Capitol Building 1, Room 26-E, Charleston, WV 25305, or sent by email to AGPSA.contest@wvago.gov. Never miss a local story.

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NHL condemns fans chanting racial taunt against black player | Charlotte Observer

NHL condemns fans chanting racial taunt against black player | Charlotte Observer

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league condemns the behavior of four male fans chanting a racial taunt against a black player, and backs the Chicago Blackhawks for ejecting the offenders.

Bettman says no one "should ever have to endure such abuse at one of our games."

The NHL released Bettman’s statement Sunday morning, a day after Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly was taunted by fans while he served a major penalty for fighting.

The fans were shouting "basketball, basketball, basketball," during the Blackhawks’ 7-1 win. An off-ice official sitting next to Smith-Pelly notified building security, and the fans were ejected. Never miss a local story.

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SUBSCRIBE NOW Bettman says the NHL plans to remind all stakeholders that "they are entitled to enjoy a positive environment, free from unacceptable, inappropriate, disruptive, inconsiderate or unruly behaviors or actions and may not engage in conduct deemed detrimental to that experience."The Blackhawks issued a statement apologizing to Smith-Pelly and the Capitals following the game, and said they "are committed to providing an inclusive environment."Smith-Pelly was not available for comment following the game.He will have the opportunity to address what happened after […]

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School shooter was volatile, ostracized and ‘bullied a lot,’ classmates and friends say

School shooter was volatile, ostracized and 'bullied a lot,' classmates and friends say

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is the jewel of Parkland, graduating top-notch students and athletes who grow up in a dignified affluence far removed from the gritty urban sprawl of Miami.

Many live in vast gated communities enveloped by horse pastures and pristine nature trails. Rated among the best high schools in Florida, Stoneman Douglas has won five national math championships, has the state’s top marching band and boasts science and engineering programs where students fly weather balloons and drones.

But Nikolas Cruz never felt a part of this warm nest of promise and achievement. The warning signs of a simmering danger brought on by his mental illness were documented by his school, his fellow students, his family, the police, child welfare agencies, the FBI and even by his own hand, on social media.

Cruz’s Valentine’s Day rampage at Stoneman Douglas that ended 17 lives came after months and years of violent, erratic outbursts that often frightened fellow students and others who came in contact with him, records show. Never miss a local story.

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