October 27, 2013 |
As one of the surviving members of the staff of the Warren Commission, which investigated and issued a report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, I am not looking forward to the coming weeks: Nov. 22 will mark the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death, and that means a new round of demonizing the Warren Commission and celebrating fallacious conspiracy theories. After Chief Justice Earl Warren hired me to work for the commission, he told me that "truth was our only client.
October 19, 2013 |
Two convicted murderers who were released from a Florida prison using forged documents were captured Saturday night at a Panama City motel, authorities said. Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker, both 34, were taken into custody without incident about 6:40 p.m. at the Coconut Grove Motor Inn, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said. They were arrested a few hours after family members held a news conference to urge the men to turn themselves in. A woman who answered the phone at the motel told the Associated Press she saw police go into room 227. The woman, who didn't want to give her name, said authorities didn't stop by the office before moving in. Jenkins and Walker were serving life sentences at the Franklin Correctional Facility in Florida's Panhandle region, about 300 miles from Orange County, where they were convicted.
October 18, 2013 |
If one ever needed proof that we live in a warrior culture, look no further than those who have falsely claimed military experience, from two-bit conmen to politicians and corporate leaders adding undeserved gravitas to their resumes. It is an attempt to steal glory, a recognition that much of the American public holds a special regard for those who have served. As Richard A. Serrano explores in his short, entertaining "Last of the Blue and Gray: Old Men, Stolen Glory, and the Mystery that Outlived the Civil War," this kind of military fraud is nothing new. In the economic dark days of the Great Depression, "veterans" discovered that a few well-placed lies about serving in the Civil War, backed by a supporting letter from a bamboozled politician, could land a veteran's pension from the government.
October 15, 2013 |
It didn't take long for legal proceedings between Albert Pujols and Jack Clark to get ugly, as an attorney representing Clark accused Pujols of using a false name and challenged the Angels slugger to tale a polygraph test to determine if Pujols is telling the truth when he claims he never used performance-enhancing drugs. Pujols' attorney deemed the request for a polygraph “ridiculous” and, in an email, said it was “an absurd publicity ploy by a lawyer known for his hyperbole.” Pujols filed a defamation suit in Missouri on Oct. 4 over Clark's early August accusation on a radio show that Pujols used PEDs.
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October 15, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who left office in a scandal over allegations of sexual harassment, has been charged with one felony count of false imprisonment and two misdemeanor counts of battery, San Diego Superior Court officials said Tuesday. The charges, filed by the state attorney general's office, relate to three alleged victims, identified as Jane Doe 1, 2 and 3. A hearing is set for 10 a.m. in Superior Court. Filner, 71, the city's first Democratic mayor in 20 years, resigned Aug. 30 after cutting a deal with the City Council for the city to defend him against a sexual-harassment lawsuit filed by an ex-staffer.
October 7, 2013 |
Fox News host Anna Kooiman has apologized for falsely reporting that President Obama would personally pay to keep the International Museum of Muslim Cultures open during the government shutdown . The "oops" moment occurred Saturday on "Fox and Friends Weekend" during a conversation among Kooiman, Tucker Carlson and Clayton Morris about the controversial decision to temporarily close the World War II Memorial -- along with many other...