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for the week ending 14 April 2019

 Detroit Couple Creates Netflix-Like Service
With Pro-Socialist Programming


(Detroit Free Press) — A young Detroit couple who helped controversial New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez win election last year as a democratic socialist are now launching a pro-socialism media company from their house on the city's east side.

Their company, Means TV, is an Internet-only web streaming service that, for a monthly $10 subscription, would offer entertainment programming with "pro-worker" and "anti-capitalist" viewpoints, including original TV shows, talk shows, comedy sketches, reality TV and on-the-ground reporting.

The service is the brainchild of filmmakers Naomi Burton, 29, and Nick Hayes, 22, a girlfriend-boyfriend duo who gained national attention last year for producing a campaign video for Ocasio-Cortez that went viral and helped to propel the formerly unknown candidate to an upset Democratic primary victory.
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Chinese Woman Who Allegedly Snuck Into Mar-A-Lago
Had Device To Detect Cameras

(NY Post) — The Chinese national who bluffed her way past two Secret Service details at President Trump's Mar-a-Largo resort was carrying a thumb drive loaded with malware and a trove of other spy gear, authorities said Monday.

Now the FBI is investigating whether Yujing Zhang, 33, is an agent of the Chinese government.

"She lies to everyone she encounters," Assistant US Attorney Rolando Garcia said during Zhang's bond hearing Monday.

"Her ties are all in China.''

Zhang was busted at Mar-a-Largo on March 30, after giving conflicting reasons for being there during one of Trump's routine weekend visits, officials said. The president was off golfing at the time.
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Desperate Venezuelans Looting Cemeteries,
Rotten Corpses For Jewelry

(Breitbart) — Desperate Venezuelans, a BBC report revealed Sunday, have begun targeting cemeteries for potential income, stealing everything from jewelry to bones that they can then sell on for a profit.

The BBC spoke to relatives of those buried in the Cementerio del Sur, the largest burial ground in the capital of Caracas, who now need to stand guard at their loved ones' tombs to protect them from looters.

"I come here every week, or every two weeks. I keep watch. I worry I'll arive one day and she'll be gone," Eladio Bastida, whose wife is buried in the cemetery, told the BBC. "When I buried her, you could just walk in here. but lately you can barely reach her grave, because every tomb has been opened and the remains taken out."

Looters prioritize finding jewelry, gold teeth, and skeleton remains that can be sold for use in various rituals, the report alleged.

The damage is so widespread that cemetery workers often cannot repair the graves. Thieves have broken into not just the graves of common people, but those of historical figures such as novelist and former Venezuelan president Rómulo Gallegos.
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 Wal-Mart Is Rolling Out The Robots After
Raising Minimum Wage

(Zero Hedge) — Offering yet another lesson in how raising the minimum wage can destroy jobs, particularly for the most poorly compensated workers whom activists had intended to help, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that Wal-Mart is deploying robots to carry out mundane tasks like mopping its floors and tracking inventory as it seeks to cut down on labor costs after raising wages last year, while also expanding into new services like grocery delivery.

Wal-Mart, which is the largest employer in the US, said at least 300 stores will introduce machines that scan shelves for out-of-stock products. Meanwhile, so-called "autonomous floor scrubbers" will be deployed in 1,500 stores, and conveyor belts that automatically scan and sort products as they are loaded off of trucks will more than double to 1,200. Another 900 stores will install 16-foot-high towers that will allow customers to pick up their online grocery orders without interacting with humans.

Of course, Wal-Mart tried to portray the robots not as job killing machines, but as tools to help free up employees to do other things like pack groceries for its delivery service. But since grocery delivery is still a business in search of a sustainable business model, as WSJ pointed out last month, these tasks will likely soon be automated, too.
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California Moving Toward Ban On Little Shampoo, Conditioner Bottles From Hotels

SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) — California is moving toward banning those little bottles of shampoo you get in hotel rooms.

"In California alone hotels use hundreds of millions of single use plastic bottles every year," said Assembly Member Ash Kalra of San Jose.

Kalra is co-authoring a bill that would ban the tiny plastic bottles at almost 10,000 hotels state wide.

"We can get those bottles out of the waste stream, but also cut the production of them, which is also harmful to the environment," he said.

Last year Santa Cruz County became the first jurisdiction in California to ban the small bottles.
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80-Year-Old Busted For 1973 Cold-Case Slayings
In Virginia Beach

(NY Post) — Cops in New York City have busted a man wanted for killing two teenage girls in Virginia Beach nearly half a century ago who were believed to be victims of a serial killer, The Post has learned.

Ernest Broadnax, 80, who's been living in Jamaica, Queens, was cuffed on Monday by the NYPD's Cold Case Apprehension Squad based on a warrant from Virginia, according to a criminal complaint.

Broadnax has been charged with two counts of murder in the second degree and one count of rape in the deaths of friends Lynn Seethaler and Janice Pietropola who were both 19 when they were savagely killed, the Virginia Commonwealth Attorney's Office told The Post.
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Ivanka Trump In Ethiopia To 'Promote Women'

(BBC) — President Donald Trump's eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, is in Ethiopia to promote a US government initiative aimed at advancing women's participation in the workplace.

The initiative aims to benefit 50 million women in developing countries by 2025.

Ms Trump toured a female-run textile facility in the capital, Addis Ababa.

The US policy in Africa under President Trump has prioritised the war on terror and checking the influence of China.

When his administration's long-delayed policy on Africa was finally unveiled at the close of 2018, many observers of the continent were quick to point out that it did not include the favoured American staples: promotion of democracy, free and fair elections, political and civil rights.
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 CBS Staffers Worry Network Can’t Afford Gayle King

(Page Six) — Gayle King’s deal negotiations at CBS are taking so long that staff now fear there’s not enough money to keep her.

The star is working on a new deal to stay on “CBS This Morning.” As we revealed, she is in talks to double her current $5.5 million annual salary.

And while the contract was expected to be wrapped up earlier this month, it’s still not done. A high-level source told Page Six: “It’s not like CBS News can all of a sudden find ABC or NBC money – it has to come from somewhere.”

It’s been suggested that Susan Zirinsky, the new CBS News president, has been given an extra pot of cash to spend on talent.

But, our source added: “There’s not that much!”
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Naked Women Lead Cops On WILD High-Speed Chases

(Smoking Gun) — Three naked women fresh from the shower at a Florida rest area told cops they were "air drying" in public when spotted by a witness who called 911, precipitating high-speed chases that resulted in the trio's arrest on multiple felony charges.

The witness, cops say, reported that the women were at an Interstate 75 rest stop Wednesday morning, and that "all three of them" were "standing in the nude putting on suntan lotion."

When a Florida Highway Patrol trooper arrived at the rest stop, the naked women explained that they had simply been "air drying" in the nude after showering. Before the cop could complete her investigation, however, the trio jumped into their Nissan Sentra and drove off on the highway....

Investigators identified the car's driver as Oasis Shakira McLeod, 18, and the passengers as Jeniyah McLeod and Cecilia Eunique Young, both 19. The women were charged with fleeing to elude, resisting arrest, aggravated assault, indecent exposure, and marijuana possession. The younger McLeod was also hit with a DUI count.
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Federal Agents Fatally Shoot Woman, Wound Another While Serving Warrant In Ahwatukee, AZ

(Arizona Central) — Federal agents fatally shot a woman while serving an arrest warrant for human smuggling Thursday near Ahwatukee, according to authorities.

Another person also was shot and wounded, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

Three other people also were in a vehicle with them when the shooting occurred, Phoenix police said. Four agents also were taken to a hospital with injuries, though they were not considered life-threatening.

Phoenix police are investigating the shooting that involved Homeland Security Investigations agents, according to police officials.

HSI agents attempted to stop a vehicle to make an arrest when gunfire was exchanged, said Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department.

There were five people in the suspect vehicle. One, an adult female, was pronounced dead at the scene, Thompson said.
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