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Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 3:32 PM
— Morgan Stanley executive Harold Ford Jr., who once represented Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives, has been has been fired from the global investment services firm amid allegations of misconduct, the Huffington Post reported Thursday.
“He has been terminated for conduct inconsistent with our values and in violation of our policies,” a spokeswoman for Morgan Stanley told HuffPost in an email. Ford had worked as a managing director for the company since 2011. He was a Democratic member of Congress for a decade prior to that.
The former lawmaker’s firing came after a human resources investigation into allegations.
At least one woman was interviewed by Morgan Stanley as part of the investigation, Huffington Post reported. That woman alleged Ford harassed, intimidated and forcibly grabbed her – and she had to seek help from a security guard.
The woman alleges Ford continued to contact her after the incident, and she eventually requested he cease doing so, according to HuffPost.
Ford responded to the allegations hours after the report.
“In regards to news today, This simply did not happen,” Ford said. “I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life.”
In regards to news today, This simply did not happen. I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life.— Harold Ford, Jr. (@HFord2) December 7, 2017
Ford gave a lengthier statement to HuffPost that can be read in full below.
“This simply did not happen. I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life. Having drinks and dinner for work is part of my job, and all of my outreach to the news reporter making these false allegations was professional and at the direction of my firm for business purposes. I support and have tremendous respect for the brave women now speaking out in this important national dialogue. False claims like this undermine the real silence breakers. I will now be bringing legal action against the reporter who has made these false claims about me as well as Morgan Stanley for improper termination.”
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 10:19 PM
— A 55-year-old Gainesville man was charged with attempted murder after setting his girlfriend on fire Wednesday night, according to authorities.
Roosevelt Kitchen is currently being held at the Alachua County Jail on a $1 million bond, The Gainesville Sun reports.
Police said they found the woman in a neighbor’s bathtub with “melted skin” from the gasoline poured on her, according to The Sun.
At about 11 p.m., Kitchen got into an argument with his girlfriend of four years after they were both drinking and using narcotics, police told The Sun.
The woman then left the apartment, returned and left again to sit on a neighbor’s porch, The Sun reports.
After Kitchen saw her, he approached her on the porch with a red gasoline can and doused her with it. A witness told police he heard Kitchen ask “Anyone got a lighter?” before he pulled one from his pocket and set the victim on fire.
The woman and her neighbor were unable to put out the flames and took off her burning clothes instead, police said.
She was taken to a hospital for her injuries and told authorities that Kitchen had threatened to set her on fire before.
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 9:09 PM
PANMUNJOM, Demilitarized Zone, South Korea — A historic summit between the leaders of North and South Korea got underway Friday in what could lead to an end to the decadeslong rivalry and years of suspicion and antagonism between the two countries.
The two nations seemed on the brink of war just a few short months ago, but now in an extraordinary about face, South Korean President Moon Jae-In and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un are meeting at the Presidential Blue House in the Joint Security Area in the border village of Panmunjom.
It’s the first time since the Korean War ended in 1953 that a leader of North Korea has crossed into the southern section of the Demilitarized Zone, news outlets reported.
Moon, an advocate of peace between the two countries, and Kim, supreme leader of the communist north since 2011, are expected to focus on three main topics --denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, a peace settlement and improved relations, but denuclearization is expected to dominate the discussions, according to The Associated Press.
It’s unclear whether the closed-door meeting between Moon and Kim will lead to any progress in persuading the North Korean dictator to shut down his nuclear weapons program, something that has eluded the South and world leaders for years.
The summit precedes a meeting between United States President Donald Trump and Kim, which is expected in May or June.
At the truce village where North and South Korean leaders will meet for a historic summit, everything from the dessert on the menu to the artwork on the walls is full of symbolism https://t.co/pPLqB67Xjl— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 26, 2018
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 7:49 AM
WASHINGTON — An amazing feat of strength was caught on camera.
Four people were hurt when they were hit by a car that crashed on a sidewalk in Washington, D.C. Tuesday. Police said a pickup hit a sedan when it took a turn too wide, WJLA reported. The sedan jumped the curb and ran into pedestrians.
But it was the actions of bystanders that is what people are focusing on. They rushed to the car to try to pull the pedestrians from under the wreckage. The group of people actually lifted and moved the car off two people and the entire thing was caught on video, WJLA reported.
WATCH: bystanders work together to lift the car off pedestrians pinned beneath the vehicle at 9th & K Street. Their quick actions likely the reason no one was killed in this crash. pic.twitter.com/9SOmlJRQsQ— Heather Graf (@ABC7HeatherGraf) April 24, 2018
WRC reported more than a dozen people rushed to help.
Update crash with pedestrians struck 9th St X NY Ave NW. 2 vehicle collision with 1 that ran into sidewalk. We are transporting 4 pedestrians with serious injuries to area hospitals. No injuries to occupants of vehicles. pic.twitter.com/6yvIwYoWwe— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) April 24, 2018
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 6:40 PM
— Amazon is increasing its membership fee for its Prime subscription service by 20 percent starting next month, according to media reports.
On an earnings conference call Thursday, the tech company’s chief financial officer, Brian Olsavsky, said the increase takes effect May 11, MarketWatch reported.
“We're going to increase the price of our U.S. annual plan from $99 to $119 for new members," Olsavsky said.
Existing Prime members will have until June 16 to renew their membership for the year for $99.
Last week, CEO Jeff Bezos revealed that for the first time, Prime has some 100 million members.
Amazon announced in January that it would increase the $99 cost for monthly Prime subscriptions for the first time in about four years.