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News and Headlines. 12/26/2018

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California police officer shot, killed during traffic stop; suspect sought

The suspect sought in the killing of a police officer
The suspect sought in the killing of a police officer in Northern California on Wednesday. (Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department)

“Our Newman Police family is devastated by the loss of Ronil,” Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson said. “If anyone has any information regarding the identity of the suspect, please contact law enforcement immediately so we can get this cop-killer off the streets.”

Singh reported initiating a traffic stop shortly before 1 a.m. in Newman, located about 80 miles east of San Jose, police said.

A few minutes after responding, he called out “shots fired” over the radio.


Georgia dad charged in connection with deaths of his 2 children found buried in backyard worked as Walmart Santa

Georgia dad charged in connection with deaths of his 2 children
From left to right: Kim Wright, Candice Crocker and Roy Prater were charged with child cruelty and concealing a death. (Effingham County Sheriff’s Office)

Officials investigating the disappearance of Mary Crocker, 14, searched the property in Guyton where the girl had lived and discovered two bodies. Autopsies confirmed that one of the bodies was Mary’s while the other body discovered was of her brother Elwyn Crocker Jr., who had not been seen since November 2016.

Stepmother Candice Crocker, 33, Kim Wright, 50, and Wright’s boyfriend, Roy Anthony Prater, 55, were also charged with child cruelty and concealing a death in connection to the children’s killings. They all lived in the same house with Elwyn Crocker.


Former ‘Apprentice’ star Elle Stevenson left ‘almost blind’ in brutal mugging

Former "Apprentice" star Elle Stevenson
Stevenson said she was left almost blind after she was robbed. (INS News Agency)

The 25-year-old lost her cell phone and was left covered in blood after the savage robbery on December 16 at Charing Cross station.

But she claims police will not be following up on the mugging because they don’t have the resources to trawl through CCTV that may have captured the thief on camera.

“They battered me. One man went behind me and pushed me and the next thing I knew my face went forward and was met with two punches. I was smacked squarely in the face.


What were they thinking? Grossest food moments of 2018

Sometimes you happen upon a story that leaves you asking – what were they thinking? And this year saw its fair share.

A Pita Pit employee in Missoula, Mont. was terminated after a Facebook video showed her spitting on a customer’s sandwich.

The video, which went viral shortly after the altercation, which is said to have taken place at 3 a.m. on a Saturday morning back in March.


From Russia probe to sexual-abuse allegations, 9 political scandals that rocked 2018

From politicians losing their positions over sexual-misconduct allegations to concerns of voter fraud in multiple midterm elections, 2018 was not without its share of political controversies.


GoFundMe page for Trump’s border wall soars to $17 million, closing in on Time’s Up’s $22 million

Two liberal causes make GoFundMe’s Top 5 for 2018, but a new page for President Trump’s border wall now makes No. 2

A GoFundMe page to raise money for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall raked in more than $17 million created in just nine days with an ultimate goal of $1 billion, and inspired at least one competing page dedicated to paying for ladders to get people over said wall (that page has so far raised $150,000 with a $100 million goal after being established on Dec. 19).

The dueling pages are the latest example of how crowd-funding sites have become political battlegrounds in an increasingly divided America, with the rapidly-raised money a weapon wielded to support causes at both ends of the political spectrum.


Facebook tops the list of least-trusted tech companies

Last week, the latest in a long string of Facebook privacy scandals came to light: According to a report in The New York Times, the company skirted its own privacy rules to give more than 150 companies, including Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix, and Spotify, special privileges to its users’ data.

According to a December survey of 1,000 people conducted earlier this month by research company Toluna, 40 percent of respondents said they trust Facebook the least with their personal information.

That deep mistrust stems not only from the various data leaks and privacy fiascos but also from revelations of how the company and its top executives, Mark Zuckeberg and Sheryl Sandberg, have handled those crises.


Time is running out for $1.5B Mega Millions jackpot winner to collect money

The winning ticket was sold in the town of Simpsonville, lottery officials said. The numbers were announced on Oct. 23 and as of last week, the winner has not come forward to claim their prize which has left lottery officials baffled, The State reported.

If the prize is not claimed, the jackpot will be returned to the 44 states that participate in the lottery, according to Mega Millions’ website.

Commentary/Opinion:


Farrakhan awash in federal dollars, anti-Semitic hate notwithstanding

Louis Farrakhan, 84,
Louis Farrakhan, 84,

Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan, 84, is America’s highest-profile Jew-hater. Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke might covet that distinction, but he is far less in the spotlight today than yesterday. More importantly,

Farrakhan can boast that his loathing for Jews has not stopped him from raking in federal tax dollars.

That’s right. The Washington Examiner reported last week that Farrakhan has received $364,500 in taxpayer money for preaching to prisoners.


Jordan B. Peterson: Identity Politics & The Marxist Lie of White Privilege

JORDAN B. PETERSON
JORDAN B. PETERSON

A Canadian clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, Dr. Peterson presented the case for taking personal responsibility over blaming others for one’s personal status in life. The accusation of “white privilege” is a fertile fallacy wrapped in the self-righteous robes of “social justice” as it reduces cultural and social issues down to immutable characteristics as opposed to individual decisions and responsibilities.

Dr. Peterson’s thesis centered around that historical revelation that communism was not popularized in the West under the obvious and direct banner of communism. Instead, it came largely under the banner of postmodernism, and aimed to transform the values and beliefs of our societies through its Marxist idea that knowledge and truth are social constructs. Under these false presuppositions, a new wave of skepticism and distrust was applied to philosophy, culture, history, and all beliefs and institutions at the foundations of Western civilization.