50 years after RFK’s death, legacy endures

For 12 weeks he traveled the country, up and down the coasts, to Indiana the day Martin Luther King Jr. was killed; to Nebraska, where he won a vital primary in a devoutly conservative state; to Oregon, where he suffered the first political loss by any member of his family; and then to California, where he vowed to go on to the Democratic convention “and let’s win there,” only to walk through a hotel kitchen where it all – the campaign against a long war, the campaign for a new sense of national purpose – tumbled to an end with an outstretched arm and spray of gunfire.

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Transgender women in migrant caravan face new struggles seeking asylum in U.S.

Transgender migrants from Central America who traveled in a caravan through Mexico are now being held in a remote detention center in New Mexico. Transgender women in migrant caravan face new struggles seeking asylum in U.S. Transgender migrants from Central America who traveled in a caravan through Mexico are now being held in a remote detention center in New Mexico.

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We All Screamed When This Bear Came Through The Door, But What Happened Next Had Us All Crying

When an adorable black bear broke into a post office in a small town in Colorado, they were forced to close the office for the day. But the innocent story had a miserable ending. Instead of removing the bear and bringing it back into the wild, the people who responded to the scene at the Pitkin Post Office on Main Street had another agenda.

They wanted to euthanize it. The reason was not that this bear was dangerous, but because it had too many close encounters with people and was getting too friendly.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesperson Joe Lewandowski said killing this adorable black bear was “just a matter of policy.”

Although the bear hurt no one and was just having a fun time, authorities determined that killing it was the best thing to do.

“No one was hurt, but when a bear gets too familiar in a residential area like that, the danger is just too high,” Lewandowski said.

The black bear had previously been tagged twice by wildlife officials. You can see the tags on the bear’s ears in the photos. The tags indicate instances when wildlife control authorities responded to a scene with the bear. Most likely it occurred when it came into proximity with people.

But in the small town in Colorado, no one thought to lock the door to the post office overnight. This black bear just walked right in through the door.

“But the door only opens in, so it wasn’t able to get out,” Lewandowski said.

Postal employees found the bear on Friday morning. They noticed something was amiss when they couldn’t open the door. The reason was that the bear’s mess had covered the ground and blocked the entrance.

When the postal employees realized that a bear was inside their facility, they alerted the appropriate wildlife officials. They arrived at 2 pm Mountain time and tried to shoot the bear with a dart to sedate it. Shortly after that, they euthanized the bear.

The first time this bear was tagged involved a “food-source conflict” in Buena Vista in May 2017. After that, the bear was transferred to Custer County. The bear traveled west to Pitkin, which is near Gunnison National Forest, an excellent place for a bear to roam wild.

Bears can be euthanized during their first incident with humans.

“You will probably be surprised to learn it only takes one strike, and in some cases, none at all before a bear is euthanized,” Lewandowski wrote with a Facebook Live video that he posted on the subject.

Colorado euthanized 168 bears as part of their Parks and Wildlife program in 2017. 107 other bears were relocated in the same year. That year had unusually high numbers of encounters between people and bears in Colorado. Because national parks need more funding, food supplies in the wild have been slim. This deficit has caused bears to search for other sources of food like garbage cans.

Colorado’s official policy is that euthanization is the last resort. And they claim that this needed to happen for this bear.

Do you think it was the right call in this case? Tell us in the comments below!

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MS-13: Children Aren’t Lining Up at the Mexican Border to Join Gangs | Opinion

Thousands of children have traveled north from Central America, with their mothers when they could, and alone when they could not, to flee gang-sponsored violence in their countries. They made their way to the southwest border of the United States …

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Master Criminal Sentenced After Videos Posted Of Him With Gun

The more I go on in this life, the more I become convinced that when you talk about criminals, you probably need to differentiate the type of criminal you’re talking about. The hardened sociopath is truly dangerous but rare.

Then you have people who are probably just too stupid to know how to follow the law…or at least not get caught.

A convicted felon uploaded videos of him shooting a gun at a Maine firing range despite being banned from possessing firearms has been sentenced to over two years in prison.

Twenty-six-year-old Dane Mitchell was sentenced Monday at federal court in Portland to 27 months in prison for being a felon in possession of firearms. The Portland Press Herald reports the Boston man pleaded guilty to the charges last August.

Authorities say Mitchell and another person traveled to Gray in April 2017, where they rented firearms and fired the weapons at a shooting range — uploading videos to Snapchat. Boston police identified Mitchell and the shooting range from the videos.

Yes, take a minute there to process the stupid. It’s OK. Yes, the movie Idiocracy is shifting from fiction to documentary status, so take a moment. It’s even OK if you want to weep for humanity. Believe me, I understand.

That said, I’m sure the police are fine with Mitchell being stupid. It makes their job much easier, to be sure.

Don’t get me wrong, either. I want people like Mitchell to post their criminal misdeeds on the internet for all to see. I like the idea of the police catching them before they can do something to hurt someone.

But I’m also convinced that anyone who does this is probably more of a threat to himself or others more by accident than intention. It’s almost like someone like this lacks the brainpower to discern that things like laws exist and that they should probably not break them.

This isn’t me excusing his actions. I’d argue that locking him up is not only appropriate but beneficial to humanity as a whole. He probably should remain locked up for being a complete and total moron, even.

He’s not alone, either. There have been others who posted evidence of their (alleged) crimes online. None of these master criminals have been accused of moonlighting as members of MENSA, have they.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t negate the problem. Stupid people can still hurt and kill the innocent. Stupid people can still think they’re justified in hurting others for their own gain. Stupid people can still create widows, widowers, and orphans. They can do all of that and more, which is why we shouldn’t count on the police to catch the stupid people before they can do anything to us.

Look, if I’m looking down at the business end of some thug’s weapon, the last thing I care about is whether he’s a sociopath, an idiot, or something in between. All I know is that I’m in a dangerous spot and am probably about to get hurt.

But the upside with the stupid ones is that they tend to get themselves caught pretty easily. Especially by posting pictures proving their criminal acts on social media.

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43 Years After Their Divorce, Her Ex-Husband Shows Up At Her Work Holding This Sign

Renate Stumpf has been working for Walmart for 25 years, but this special Valentine’s Day surprise from an unlikely person has got to be her most memorable moment on the job so far. Her ex-husband, Louis Demetriades, had a plan to surprise Renate Stumpf with a special message and made arrangements with the staff at Walmart to pull it all off.

Louis met Renate in Germany in 1959 on an Army base when they were just 18 years old and Louis was a soldier. He fell in love with Renate, who worked in the kitchen on the base. They eventually were married, moved to the United States, and started a family. The couple had three children and while they struggled financially and Renate had a language barrier because she could barely speak English at the time, they eventually began to fight all the time.

They were married for 12 years when they filed for divorce. They went their separate ways, moved to different states, and both remarried. Both of their spouses passed away and the two reconnected again on Facebook, before they started talking on the phone and rekindling their romance. It had been 43 years since they had last spoken!

Louis came to surprise Renate at her job at Walmart… she turned around to discover her ex-husband standing there, holding a sign, after he traveled 286 miles to say something very important in person. He asked her: “will you marry me?”

Renate was floored by the unexpected surprise, holding her hands to her face, and reacting in utter disbelief that Louis had come all that way to ask her that.

Her response? “Well…,” adding, “I just talked to you this morning.” Maybe it wasn’t quite the immediate reaction Louis was hoping for in response to his question, but she had to wrap her head around what was happening first. Then she gave him a hug and a kiss, while he asked “Well?”

She answered, “no” and they started laughing before she said, “Yes, but not today.” Fair enough.

In an interview with News 5, she said, “43 years is a long time and to say yes right away… I’m going to have to test him a little bit first. I will marry him though because he’s a good man.”

Louis said, “Why did I come to Walmart to propose to my wife again? It’s because she has so many friends here and I knew that she would like to share that with them.”

Renate added, “Best valentine I ever had in my life.” So sweet.

Many people weighed in on the proposal on social media, with some finding it romantic and calling their relationship “true love.” Others, however, weren’t so sure, with one person noting: “I don’t know. I’m kinda thinking differently. If it didn’t work the first time, why will it now. They better check into it also because a lot of elderly lose some medicare and social security benefits when they marry!”

Another thought that perhaps “maturity changes things” and another person added: “It happened to me. Love my husband even more this second time around.”

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Fort Atkinson Rotary, Interact complete Philippines projects

At the end of March, six members of Fort Atkinson High School’s Rotary-sponsored Interact Club and two Fort Atkinson Rotarians traveled to Mararison Island in the Philippines. There, they finalized a solar energy project at a small elementary school on the island, and also delivered a large amount of school supplies and books.

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Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson donates $30 million to help block Democratic takeover of US House

Las Vegas casino mogul and billionaire Sheldon Adelson donated $30 million to the House GOP-aligned Congressional Leadership Fund, Politico reported. The massive donation is intended to help boost the Republican Party’s quest to maintain control of the House during the midterm elections in November.

When did this happen?

According to the report, the donation was secured last week when House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) reportedly flew to Las Vegas to meet with Adelson at his Venetian hotel. Adelson’s wife, Miriam; Norm Coleman, the former Minnesota senator who chairs the Republican Jewish Coalition; Corry Bliss, who oversees the super PAC; and Jake Kastan, one of Ryan’s political aides, attended the meeting.

“They laid out a case to Adelson about how crucial it is to protect the House,” Politico reported.

Coleman reportedly asked and secured the $30 million donation after Ryan left the room. As a federally elected official, Ryan is not allowed to solicit seven-figure political donations, the report stated.

Adelson, the party’s most prominent benefactor, made the large donation earlier than normal, Politico reported. He typically makes his donations in late summer or early fall.

The $30 million contribution is also three times what Adelson gave to the CLF in 2016, Politico reported. The CLF is part of a two-pronged political organization that protects and promotes House Republicans.

In February, a group of House Republicans traveled to Las Vegas for an annual retreat hosted by the Republican Jewish Coalition, an organization that Adelson helps fund.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) addressed the conference, and Ryan spoke via teleconference to a meeting of the group’s board, Politico reported.

Anything else?

Adelson is chairman and CEO of casino operator Las Vegas Sands Corp. In 2015, Adelson bought Nevada’s largest daily newspaper, the Las Vegas Review Journal, for $140 million.

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