What the legal process looks like for an immigrant child taken away from his parents

There’s been an avalanche of grim news centered on young immigrants apprehended at the border with Mexico. On Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union published a report documenting abusive encounters between young people and border agents during …

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People who sleep in on weekends avoid dying young, study suggests

Sleeping in on a day off feels marvelous, especially for those of us who don’t get nearly enough rest during the workweek. But are the extra weekend winks worth it? It’s a question that psychologist Torbjorn Akerstedt, director of the Stress Research Institute at Stockholm University, and his colleagues tried to answer in a study published Wednesday in the Journal of Sleep Research.

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Whitewater High seniors net more than $1 million in scholarships

Members of the Whitewater High School Class of 2018 received more than $1 million toward their post-secondary education during the annual Scholarship Night ceremony on Wednesday. More than 200 awards were given out, the majority of which were from local sources but also included funds from national, state and regional sources, and direct funding from universities and colleges.

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N Korea suspends talks with South over their joint drills with US

North Korea announced on Wednesday that it would be suspending May 16 talks with South Korea over ongoing joint military drills conducted by Seoul and Washington DC, Sputnik reported. According to Yonhap News reports, the Max Thunder drills being carried out by South Korea and the US were a rehearsal for an invasion of North Korea, which the North deemed a “provocation.”

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2018 Whatcom Memorial Day Parade marches in Bellingham

A belligerent traveler on a flight from St. Croix to Miami started a massive commotion on a Wednesday, May 23 flight after he asked for more beer, but the flight attendant refused to continue serving him. Robert Washburn, 60, enters Pierce County Superior Court Thursday to be arraigned on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of 13-year-old Jennifer Bastian.

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Ex-aides allege they were required to become ‘personal servants’ for Republican congressman

Rep. Tom Garret (R-Va.) allegedly turned the congressman’s staffers into personal servants and gofers, according to statements from multiple former employees, Politico reported.

What were they asked to do?

Four former staffers claim they were assigned to do grocery shopping, pick up clothing the congressman forgot at his Washington apartment, care for the family dog, and chauffeur his daughters, according to the report.

The former employees — not named in the story — said they performed the tasks out of fear that their careers would not advance if they refused. The former aides said “inappropriate” requests were also made of interns.

Politico stated that it agreed to not name the former employees because they fear retribution. Some of the demands were made by Garrett’s wife, Flanna, who frequently came to his House office with him, according to the report.

“I didn’t know who I was working for: Was I working for him? Was I working for her?” said one of those staffers. “We became their gofers.”

Several aides said the couple brought their dog to the office and occasionally would forget about the pet. If that happened, the aides were responsible for transporting the dog back to Garrett’s Washington apartment.

How did Garrett respond?

Matt Missen, a spokesman for Garrett, declined to respond to a list of allegations.

“We see no reason to respond to anonymous, unfounded allegations primarily targeting Congressman Garrett’s wife, made by Politico’s ‘unnamed’ sources,” he said. “It is easy to spread untruths and even easier to exaggerate and imply wrongdoing when none exists.”

Garrett’s chief of staff, Jimmy Keady, abruptly quit Tuesday over the couple’s alleged misuse of “official resources.”

“Multiple sources raised the issue with the congressman, and senior staffers tried to rectify the situation repeatedly,” the report stated.

Garrett, 46, an Army veteran and former state senator, told associates on Wednesday that he may not run for re-election, an announcement that stunned Republicans in Virginia and Washington. But the next day he held a 30-minute news conference announcing that he is seeking another term.

“There is no way in heck that I’m not going to be back here in 2019 as a member of the Congress representing the 5th District of Virginia. Too darn much is at stake,” Garrett reportedly said.

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Knicks Morning News

New York City native Royal Ivey, an assistant coach on the Thunder, interviewed with the Knicks recently. The Knicks also are speaking with New Jersey native and former Nets assistant Pat [NYPost] David Fizdale’s playoff trip telling sign for one young Knick Road trip! Knicks coach David Fizdale is taking Frank Ntilikina and some of his young charges to Boston for Wednesday’s Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals at TD Garden, according to an NBA source.

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Bench warrant issued for former county EMA director

A bench warrant was issued for Joshua Quigley, 39, of Woodland after he failed to show up for court Wednesday. Quigley failed to show up for his preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Michael Morris Wednesday at Centralized Court; therefore Morris held the hearing in absentia and issued a bench warrant for his arrest.

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