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Published: Monday, December 04, 2017 @ 3:18 PM
— President Donald Trump might be Time’s Person of the Year.
Or it might be Kim Jong Un.
Or Colin Kaepernick.
Or the #MeToo Movement.
Despite Trump’s recent tweet suggesting he’d passed on the honor, the magazine hasn’t declared who makes the cut but is releasing its short list.
Trump, who was named POTY in 2016, joins Amazon/Washington Post chief Jeff Bezos, Chinese President Xi Jinping, special counsel Robert Mueller, film director Patty Jenkins, the Dreamer movement and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as finalists this year.
According to Time, here is the list of Person of the Year candidates, and why they made the cut:
They are the thousands of immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children. The Trump administration has said it plans to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.
Jenkins directed the smash hit “Wonder Woman.” She is the first female director to break the $100 mark in an opening weekend. She’s been tapped to direct the film’s sequel.
Kim Jong Un
Un, the leader of North Korea, has been threatening the United States while nuclear war, launching test intercontinental ballistic missiles in recent months, that if successful, could hit the U.S. He has also been trading harsh words and insults with President Trump.
The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback started taking a knee during the national anthem as a protest against racism that has spread, not only througout sports, but to schools and private life. His silent protest has morphed into a commentary by many across the country against President Trump.
The hashtag MeToo trended after allegations against mega-producer Harvey Weinstein came to light. Since then, allegations against other big names in Hollywood and entertainment have cost many high-powered men their jobs, multiple media outlets have reported. MeToo allowed women, and men, to join forces on social media to show that they too were victims of sexual harassment.
Mueller was named special counsel investigating the Trump campaign and its alleged ties to Russia and its quest to influence the 2016 presidential election. So far four people have been charged and the investigation continues.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
Trump was named the magazine’s Person of the Year for 2016. Since taking office,
he “has spent his first year in the Oval Office attempting to dismantle the work of the Obama administration, from health care to immigration policy, environmental regulations to tax reform, all while continuing to spark feuds and controversy with an unfiltered Twitter feed,” Time notes.
President of China, Xi Jinping, is considered one of the country’s most powerful leaders ever. He was granted a second five-year term and has been added to the Communist Party’s constitution, Time reported.
Time will make the announcement Wednesday morning as to who is it’s Person of the Year.
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 12:05 AM
ST. MARYS, Ga. — Police in Georgia have identified the suspect who burglarized a game store using an unusual disguise.
The St. Marys Police Department said they have obtained an arrest warrant for 22-year-old Kerry Dean Hammond, Jr.
According to police, surveillance video shows him running around the store with the plastic wrapper from a package of bottled water over his head.
The break-in happened on April 13 around 1:30 a.m.
The St. Marys Police Department shared the video to its Facebook page and said the “craftily disguised gent decided to burglarize GameStop.”
The video has been viewed more than 17,000 times.
Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 9:58 PM
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The wife of San Antonio Spurs’ head coach Gregg Popovich, Erin Popovich, has died, according to a statement from the Spurs.
She was 67.
She died early Wednesday, news outlets reported, after a long illness.
“We mourn the loss of Erin,” Spurs General Manager RC Buford said.
Spurs announce that Gregg Popovich's wife, Erin, passed away today. pic.twitter.com/vdpgaMfDeO— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 19, 2018
“She was a strong, wonderful, kind, intelligent woman who provided love, support and humor to all of us.”
The Popoviches were married for four decades.
Erin Popovich is survived by her husband, Gregg, two children and two grandchildren.
Spurs announce that head coach Gregg Popovich’s wife Erin passed away earlier today.— Spurs Nation (@Spurs_Nation) April 19, 2018
“We mourn the loss of Erin,” said Spurs General Manager RC Buford. “She was a strong, wonderful, kind, intelligent woman who provided love, support and humor to all of us.”
The Popoviches met at the Air Force Academy in the 1970s when he was an assistant coach for the Falcons. Erin's father, Jim Conboy, was Air Force's head athletic trainer.
Gregg Popovich has coached the Spurs since 1996, leading the Spurs to five NBA titles.
My condolences to San Antonio Spurs coach Greg Popovich and family on his wife Erin’s passing. @Spurs— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) April 19, 2018
San Antonio will face the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.
The Warriors lead the series 2-0.
The Austin American-Statesman contributed to this report.
Erin Popovich, wife of San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich, died today, Spurs said in a release. They were married four decades. She had been ill over an extended period.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 19, 2018
Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 10:41 PM
ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Police in an Atlanta suburb are investigating after a woman discovered a hidden camera in a bathroom stall at a Starbucks in North Fulton County .
Officers with the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety confiscated the camera and detectives are now looking into the case.
According to the police report, the camera had about 25 videos stored on it, and “several” of those videos showed people using the restroom.
A 25-year-old woman discovered the camera around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, police said. The camera was taped under the baby changing station in the women’s bathroom.
“We were quite concerned to learn this and are grateful to our customers and partners who took action to involve local authorities,” a spokesperson for Starbucks wrote in an email. “We will continue to support them in any way we can.”
Police said the woman removed the camera and notified the manager on-duty. According to the police report, the woman gave the camera to the manager who said he would notify Starbucks’ corporate office, but she pushed him to call 911.
Police arrived after the manager filed a report with the corporate office. The manager gave police the camera, its battery pack and a USB cord. Police then reviewed the camera and found the videos.
No suspects have yet been identified, but the person responsible for the camera would at least face the charge of eavesdropping, which is a felony, police said.
This incident comes as the company is facing backlash after two black men were arrested at one of its locations in Philadelphia last week. The company plans to close 8,000 stores for a day next month for company-wide racial bias training.
Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 10:34 PM
The head of the Capitol Hill office which deals with workplace harassment cases said Wednesday that she still does not have the power to reveal the names of lawmakers who used taxpayer dollars to pay legal harassment settlements, drawing sharp rebukes from members of both parties on a House spending panel, as lawmakers in both the House and Senate expressed growing frustration about the matter.
“The transparency issue is revolting,” said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL). “It is absolutely unacceptable that we continue to let members who abuse their employees hide.”
At a hearing of a House Appropriations subcommittee, Susan Grundmann, the head of the Congressional Office of Compliance, said that workplace settlements which involve lawmakers, often include non-disclosure agreements, precluding any publicity.
“Most settlement agreements – in fact all that I have seen – contain non-disclosure clauses in them,” said Grundmann. “Those are not by our doing.”
Pressed sharply by both parties at a hearing where she asked for a nine percent budget increase to help deal with harassment training and case reviews, Grundmann made clear there was no plan to reveal the names of members who had engaged in such settlements in the past.
“No, I think we are prohibited from under the law – in terms of the strict confidentiality that adheres to each one of our processes, and the non-disclosure agreements, we cannot disclose who they are,” Grundmann added.
Grundmann said new reporting standards approved by the House would reveal every six months which offices had some type of legal settlements – and she also said that if a lawmaker agreed to a workplace settlement, taxpayers would pay the bill up front – and then have that member of Congress reimburse Uncle Sam within 90 days.
So far, the House and Senate have not finalized an agreement on legislation to set new standards for transparency on workplace settlements involving lawmaker offices, as one leading Democrat today again demanded action by that chamber.
“The Senate has no more excuses,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
Back in Wednesday’s House hearing, lawmakers did not like to hear that while reforms in the House would publicly name the lawmaker and/or a top staffer if they were involved in harassment of other staffers, a Senate reform plan would not be as sweeping.
“So, if a Chief of Staff engages in that conduct, or anyone else that isn’t the member, then their conduct is not disclosed?” Wasserman Schultz asked.
“That’s correct,” replied Grundmann.
“That’s absolutely unacceptable,” the Florida Democrat said.
The hearing came days after the resignation of Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX), who had taxpayers foot the bill for an $84,000 settlement with a former office employee – Farenthold had promised to pay that money, but now that he is gone, it seems unlikely to happen.
Meanwhile, Grundmann denied press reports in recent weeks that any personal information about sexual harassment or workplace abuses in Congressional offices was left on unsecured computer servers.
“We have not been hacked. We have never stored our data on an unsecured server,” as Grundmann said their computer precautions had been described by officials as “Fort Knox.”