Dad sells rare Comic to help fund daughter's wedding

Published: Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 9:05 AM
Updated: Tuesday, September 03, 2013 @ 9:05 AM

Comic book collectors will be inspired by this story.

Father Richard Schaen of Cleveland Heights, Ohio was able to make enough money selling his Spider-Man comic book to help pay for his daughter’s wedding! (Via The Plain Dealer)

Schaen was getting a little worried about the cost of his eldest daughter’s upcoming nuptials when he remembered a box he had stored full of his old comic book collection.

When he took a look through it, he saw some real gems. (Via WTVG)

“Among them? The “Amazing Spider-Man” – volume No. 1 – which he bought for – get this  – about 12-cents when it was published back in 1963.” (Via XETV)

Well, the 69-year-old put that 12-cent purchase he made when he was 19, up for auction on the website and got $7,900 for it! (Via WKYC)

Talk about a return on your investment, but KMSP says if it were in perfect condition, he could have made up to 4 times more.

“It was rated 6.5 on a scale of 10. Pretty good rating, but a mint condition comic would have sold for much, much more.” 

Well, nonetheless, the dad made just enough to pay for a big chunk of the catering costs at his daughter’s wedding.

“Now that he paid off the wedding, he says he will auction off other comic books to pay for a new roof on their house.” (Via WTXF
People magazine says, the dad’s next big sell was a copy of “Daredevil” No. 1, which he sold for $1,600, and he’s putting his first issues of “The Hulk” up next.

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Man searches 'teen marriage' days before kidnapping former student

Published: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 @ 5:01 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 @ 5:05 PM

Man searches 'teen marriage' days before kidnapping former student

A Tennessee man who kidnapped his former student searched “teen marriage” on the internet a little more than a week before kidnapping her, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

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Tad Cummins, a former high school teacher in Maury County, Tennessee, allegedly kidnapped his then-student, 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas on March 13. 

In the days before the two disappeared, Cummins also searched to learn what features of his vehicle might allow law enforcement to track him.

According to the TBI, concern about Cummins’ relationship with Thomas has heightened the urgency in the midst of an ongoing AMBER Alert in Tennessee and Alabama.

The agency believes Cummins, 50, may have abused his position as Thomas’ teacher “in an effort to lure and potentially sexually exploit her." 

During one incident about two weeks before Cummins and Thomas disappeared, one of Thomas’ fellow students reported an incident to the school in which the student said Thomas and Cummins appeared to be kissing at school. Both Thomas and Cummins denied the allegation, and school officials allowed Cummins to continue working at the school while school officials investigated the incident, The Tennesseean reported. 

Cummins was fired by the school the day after he and Thomas disappeared.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the TBI had received hundreds leads for the pair’s whereabouts from more than 24 states but no credible sightings of the two.

Neither Cummins nor Thomas has contacted family members since disappearing.

"She may not realize that she's a victim, but she is certainly a victim," TBI spokesman Josh DeVine said Monday. "She needs help, she needs our best efforts and she needs the attention of this country to be on the lookout for her."

According to the TBI, Cummins may be armed with two handguns and driving a silver Nissan Rogue with Tennessee tag 976-ZPT. A warrant has been issued for Cummins for sexual contact with a minor and aggravated kidnapping. There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to his capture.

Who is Adam Schiff? Here are 7 things you may not know about him

Published: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 @ 8:06 PM

Who is Adam Schiff? Here are 7 things you may not know about him

California Rep. Adam Schiff grabbed the national spotlight Monday when he was given 15 minutes to present a case accusing President Donald Trump’s campaign of colluding with Russian officials to meddle with the 2016 presidential election.

Schiff, who was elected to Congress in 2000 and is the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, took the time to lay out a blistering attack against Trump, naming campaign workers and other associates whom he claims have ties that are too close for comfort with various Russian officials and those who support them.

On Wednesday, Schiff was in the spotlight again when he attacked the HPSCI chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, (R-California), for announcing publicly that it is likely that some of Trump’s communications ended up being “captured” during routine surveillance operations. That information, Nunes said, included names of the people involved in those conversations and those names, he claims, were shared among intelligence organizations. 

Schiff responded with his own press conference, claiming that Nunes had “tainted” the investigation into Russian interference in the election and now only a special prosecutor could fairly look into the accusations.

Who is Adam Schiff and how did he get to this position? Here are a few things you may not know about him.
  1. He is an attorney. He graduated from Harvard. 
  2. He wasn’t a shoo-in for Congress. He lost three elections to the California State House before being elected to the state Senate. He was then elected to the U.S. House in 2001.
  3. He may run for Sen. Diane Feinstein’s Senate seat if she retires in 2018.
  4. As the ranking member of the HPSCI, he’s a member of the “Gang of Eight.” In that role, he is privy to high-level intelligence information. By law, he receives information about intelligence from the White House.
  5. He is on leave from the House Appropriations Committee, and served on the House Select Committee on Benghazi.
  6. He voted for the Patriot Act, and also has sponsored animal rights legislation.
  7. He’s married. His wife’s name is Eve. The couple have two children.

Trump’s communications may have been captured by ‘normal’ surveillance

Published: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 @ 2:20 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 @ 2:20 PM

Days after Rep. Mike Turner asked the heads of the FBI and NSA whether it was possible that they inadvertently collected information about President-elect Donald Trump and his team by surveilling foreign governments, the Republican head of the House Intelligence Committee said such surveillance took place.

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes confirmed Wednesday that he had examined “dozens” of intelligence reports that included details about the Trump administration’s conversations with foreign officials in the aftermath of the November elections, and said that the intelligence reports “unmasked” the identity of the transition officials involved.

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Nunes did not say where he got the intelligence reports but characterized them as including “essentially a lot of information on the president-elect and his transition team and what they were doing.”

He said he believed the information had been legally collected but questioned whether the identity of the U.S. citizens involved in the legally-surveilled information was properly “masked.”

The California Republican said none of the surveillance was related to criminal investigations.

Nunes said the information had “little or no apparent foreign intelligence value,” but was nonetheless “widely disseminated” in intelligence community reporting.

His comments appear to give some credence to Trump’s previously debunked Twitter allegations that former President Barack Obama “wiretapped” him.

And Trump himself said Wednesday he was “somewhat vindicated” by the reports.

But House Intelligence Ranking Democrat Adam Schiff said yhe information “certainly does not suggest — in any way — that the President was wiretapped by his predecessor.”

Schiff said he had not heard about the intercepts before Nunes briefed the press and the White House.

“If the information was lawfully gathered intelligence on foreign officials, that would mean that U.S. persons would not have been the subject of surveillance,” he said, adding that Nunes told him most of the names on the intercepts remained masked “but he could still figure out the probable identity of the parties.”

“Again, this does not indicate that there was any flaw in the procedures followed by the intelligence agencies,” he said. “Moreover, the unmasking of a U.S. person’s name is fully appropriate when it is necessary to understand the context of collected foreign intelligence information.”

At a Tuesday hearing of the House Permanent Committee on Intelligence, National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers and FBI Director James Comey both said they hadn’t seen any evidence that Obama had wiretapped Trump, and Comey said Obama would’ve needed a court order to do so.

But Trump’s initial allegations — made in early March — were that Obama himself had “wiretapped” his conversations before the November election.

Nunes said that the information he has involved conversations in November, December and January — all during the transition period to the new presidency. And Nunes said Obama had not directly “wiretapped” Trump, as Trump had alleged, but that the conversations were picked up because of monitoring of the foreign countries involved in the conversations.

Still, he said, the names of U.S. citizens whose conversations were picked up should not have been released.

Nunes’ comments come after Turner, R-Dayton, asked Rogers and Comey Monday whether it was possible that the intelligence community picked up Trump’s conversations because of their surveillance of others during a rare open hearing of the House Intelligence Committee.

“The reason why this is important is because intuitively we would all know the incoming administration would have conversations with those that the intelligence community may be collecting against either by making phone calls to them or receiving phone calls from them,” Turner said.

In an interview Monday, Turner said he had been concerned for some time about whether or not conversations picked up “incidentally” through surveillance of other countries involved the “unmasking” of U.S. citizens involved in those conversations. He said the law allowing surveillance of foreign countries acknowledges that private conversations of private U.S. citizens will “inevitably” be intercepted.

“The question is what happens next,” he said.

Nunes briefed both House Speaker Paul Ryan and Trump about what he’d learned, and said he had requested additional information on the information from the FBI, CIA and NSA. After that meeting, Trump told CNN that he felt “somewhat” vindicated by Nunes’ information.

Nunes said none of the surveillance he’d learned about “was related to Russia or the investigation of Russian activities.”


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Trump’s personal communications captured by intelligence surveillance, House chair says

Published: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 @ 3:10 PM

Trump’s personal communications captured by intelligence surveillance, House chair says

House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes will be briefing President Donald Trump on Wednesday about some of his personal communications that might have been recorded by investigators through “incidental collection” methods, according to The Associated Press.

"This is a normal, incidental collection, based on what I could collect," Nunes, a Republican from California, said. "This appears to be all legally collected foreign intelligence under" the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

According to a story on CNN, Nunes said he was alerted by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, to the fact that communications had been collected.

Nunes said the intelligence surveillance produced "dozens" of reports that eventually unmasked several individuals’ identities and were "widely disseminated.”

While it is not illegal to unmask a person who has been caught in “incidental collection,” it is a crime to leak classified information. If the communications were gathered by authorization of a FISA warrant, the material would have been classified. 

Nunes said that he does not know if the information was collected at Trump Tower.

Nunes said he called a news conference Wednesday to update the public on information from the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Nunes emphasized at the news conference that the surveillance through which the communications were collected had nothing to do with Russia or any investigation into Russia and the 2016 U.S. elections. 

Nunes' committee heard Monday from FBI director James Comey and National Security Agency director Mike Rogers during a more than five-hour hearing. Comey confirmed that there was an investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian meddling in the presidential election.

Nunes said the collection included Trump transition officials. He also said the collection happened after the election. He said he could not say whether it meant that Trump was "spied on."

"I'm not going to get into legal definitions, but clearly I have a concern," he said.