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Published: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 @ 9:51 AM
Updated: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 @ 1:14 PM
La Plata, Md. — The father of a boy whose mother was pushing his dead body in a park swing in La Plata is speaking out.
"I'm not saying she is an unfit parent, but at this particular time, she wasn't fit to take care of our son,” James Lee said to MyFoxDC.
Ji'Aire Lee, 3, was found dead in a park swing being pushed by his mother Friday. An autopsy has not revealed the cause of death, according to police.
His mother, 24, was hospitalized Friday for evaluation. Witnesses said she may have been at the park with the boy for hours before someone called authorities to request a wellness check.
Lee went to court for a custody battle for his son about a month ago. That was the last time he saw his son alive.
“That's my little man -- he loved having fun just like me,” he said. “He'll always be -- that's my little man."
Published: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 5:53 AM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte-based Bank of America has eliminated a free checking account popular with lower-income customers.
The bank is now requiring customers to keep more money in their accounts to avoid a $12 monthly fee.
A national petition on change.org has more than 52,000 signatures from people begging the bank not to end its free checking accounts.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the bank switched its e-banking customers into the new accounts this month.
E-checking, which launched in 2010, had a monthly fee of $8.95, but customers could avoid the fee by using online banking and not using a teller.
Now, those customers will have to pay a $12 monthly fee unless they maintain a minimum daily balance of at least $1,500 or make a direct deposit of $250 or more.
Jessica Wassman said her boyfriend just learned about Bank of America’s plan to end its e-checking accounts and transfer those customers to core checking accounts.
"It did seem a little unfair,” Wassman said. “If you don't make a certain amount of money, you get penalized for it. It was a little insulting. The cost of living is going up, but poverty is still big and people can't afford simple things.”
Economist John Connaughton said checking accounts cost banks money and, with the economy improving, said customers can expect higher bank fees.
Published: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 1:24 AM
The chain has announced that it’s rolling out its popular brown bread to grocery stores nationwide. The bread will be available to customers for purchase in three different forms: an eight-pack of heat-and-serve dinner rolls, a two-pack with mini baguettes or pre-sliced sandwich loaves.
The rolls and baguettes have a suggested price of $3.49, while the sandwich loaves are listed for $4.49.
The bread made from whole wheat flour is similar in calorie count to bread from other brands, coming in at just 110 calories per dinner roll and 80 calories per loaf slice.
People who have tried it reportedly have confirmed that it’s just as soft, chewy and slightly sweet as it is when you visit the Cheesecake Factory – just heat up the rolls or baguettes in the oven for five minutes at 350 degrees. Once they’re done, top them with butter or your favorite spread to add flavor.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 11:00 PM
The White House on Tuesday staked out a hard line on immigration negotiations in the Congress, as lawmakers in both parties tried to sort out how best to reach an agreement by February 8 to deal with nearly 700,000 thousand illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, under the Obama Administration’s DACA program.
“I’d like to leave no doubt as to where the President stands on the Flake-Graham-Durbin agreement on immigration reform,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, referring to a bipartisan DACA plan worked out by six Senators last week.
“In short, it is totally unacceptable to the President, and should be declared ‘dead on arrival,” Sanders declared.
Sanders said Mr. Trump is ready to accept a deal on illegal immigrant “Dreamers,” but only if there are real efforts on border security, an end to the diversity visa lottery, and an end to so-called chain migration.
On Capitol Hill, where members were moving on past a three-day government shutdown, which was forced in part by an impasse over DACA, there were no indications that an immigration deal was near.
“We must finally pass a bill to protect the Dreamers,” said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer, who won the assurance of Republicans that if no deal could be struck on immigration by February 8, then the matter would be brought to the Senate floor for a full debate.
“The clock is ticking,” Schumer said Wednesday on the Senate floor. “Sixteen days. We’ve got to get moving.”
But as Schumer was making that statement, news organizations were reporting that he had rescinded an earlier offer to the President, in which Democrats said they would back money for a border wall, in exchange for DACA protections for the Dreamers.
Democrats also acknowledged that to get a bill through the Senate, they will need 60 votes to overcome any filibuster – and that means they will have to compromise with Republicans, and likely give in on some immigration matters.
One uncertainty at this point is how DACA recipients should be dealt with.
Under the bipartisan plan which has already been rejected by the White House, the “Dreamers” would have a path to citizenship – but it would take them 12 years to get to that point.
But for a lot of Republicans – especially in the House – any pathway to possible citizenship is a non-starter, as many GOP lawmakers say will not accept anything that looks like “amnesty.”
“There is a deal to be made,” said House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) of immigration. “But in my mind, that would not include amnesty.”
“I think it would be a serious mistake for us to pass an amnesty bill, providing amnesty and a path to citizenship, for millions of people who are here illegally,” said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
“I think that would be an enormous mistake,” Cruz added.
Under a Republican immigration plan that’s been unveiled in the House, DACA recipients would have no path to citizenship – instead, they would be eligible for a renewable three year legal status to stay in the United States.
To many Democrats, ideas like that are a non-starter as well.
Making negotiations somewhat more difficult is that it’s not clear exactly what the President would accept on illegal immigrant “Dreamers” – it was described Tuesday only as a ‘permanent solution’ to DACA – it’s not clear if that means citizenship, a permanent legal status, or a temporary one.
On the other side, the President has made clear that he wants money – maybe as much as $20 billion in 2018 – just to build a wall along the Mexican border.
Sen. Schumer said he had offered that to the President late last week, but on Tuesday, the Senate Democratic Leader made clear that offer was no longer valid.
While Schumer has a promise for a debate on the Senate floor if no deal is reached, there is no guarantee that the House would even vote for an immigration bill approved by the Senate.
Two weeks ago, the President said he was ready ‘to take the heat’ for lawmakers on immigration and broader immigration reform, and basically said whatever deal they could make in Congress, he would sign that package into law.
But that changed after the intervention of more conservative Republicans in Congress, and some top White House aides.
The deadline for action set by the President on DACA is March 5.
Published: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 3:43 AM
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga.
— The scene was strange from the start.
DeKalb County, Georgia, police got a call Friday about a stolen Honda Fit spotted at Serenade Apartments on Flat Shoals Parkway. While officers looked over it and other suspected stolen cars parked nearby, someone kept pressing the clicker: locked, unlocked, locked, unlocked.
Police say they confirmed two were stolen and they staked out a third to see who would drive it, according to an incident report.
They soon spotted Tristahn Ash, 20, get behind the wheel of the 2015 Infiniti QX80, valued at $42,111, the report said. Police pulled him over on Flat Shoals Parkway near Columbia Drive, but he allegedly ran, only to be caught a few hundred feet away.
That’s when he allegedly tried to bribe an officer to let him go.
“Officer, my money is long. I got 20 bands ($20,000),” the report quotes him saying. “If you help me, I can help you.”
The officer thought he was joking until Ash reportedly asked to speak to a detective on scene. The officer listened as they spoke and then heard the detective exclaim: “You trying to bribe me? Oh, no, buddy, that’s another charge.”
Warrants allege Ash offered the detective $10,000 to $15,000.
Police determined the Infiniti was stolen out of Clayton County and confiscated it, along with a handgun, 39 grams of marijuana and a scale.
Possessing the gun was a violation of Ash’s probation from a Fulton County case in which he received a stolen car, the report said.
In DeKalb, he faces charges of bribery, theft by receiving, possessing a car with an altered VIN and more.