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Woman sentenced for taking newborn son from Norfolk hospital
MADISON, Neb. (AP) - A woman accused of kidnapping her newborn son from a Norfolk hospital has been imprisoned. Court records say 34-year-old Lacee Tuttle, of Pierce, was given a year for violating a custody order and 90 days for negligent child abuse. Tuttle pleaded guilty last month after prosecutors ...
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Former school leader gets 40-year sentence for sex crimes
SAWYER, N.D. (AP) - Sawyer's former school superintendent and high school principal has been sentenced to serve 40 years in prison for sexually abusing three teenage boys and possessing child pornography. Charles Soper, 52, pleaded guilty in April to several felony and misdemeanor charges, and prosecutors dropped a human trafficking ...
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Comedian Michael Jr. asks Content Marketing World attendees: "What's your punchline?" #CMWorld 2016
"What is your 'set-up'? Your set-up is what you have received. And your punchline is what you're called to do" with those talents, abilities and opportunities, comedian Michael Jr. said. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- When comedian Michael Jr. performed before one of his largest audiences early in his career, he told the Content Marketing World conference in Cleveland on Thursday, he basked in their applause and appreciation for his family-friendly jokes about life and fatherhood. He loved delighting them with stories like the time his four-year-old son told him he wanted to be a doctor when he grew up. Michael Jr. was ecstatic and proud, until his son added: "Or a dinosaur." Michael Jr. enjoyed being asked for hugs and high-fives after his shows, and that fans wanted to take selfies with him. But one time he noticed a homeless man across the street, "and I thought to myself, 'What about him?'" Comedian Michael Jr. urged the Content Marketing World crowd to find the 'why' to which they were called.Courtesy Wetzler Studios  "Me doing comedy, and doing all of these TV shows and making all these people laugh, is really just a set-up," he said. "My punchline is to make laughter commonplace in uncommon places." "Now I'm not looking to take; I'm looking for an opportunity to give. This changed everything." One time he performed at the Dolphin House, a Colorado home for abused and neglected children. A boy in the front row had been so badly tortured by his mother, he wore a Spiderman costume wherever he went. "Twenty-five minutes into [my routine], I hear a voice and the voice says, 'My name is Ronan,' and this little boy pulls off his mask," he said. "It was one of the most powerful moments in my entire comedy career." "If we could just stop asking the question 'What can I get for myself?' and start asking the question 'What can I give from myself?' I think people would learn that don't have to be a comedian to deliver a punchline," Michael Jr. said. "What is your 'set-up'? Your set-up is what you have received. And your punchline is what you're called to do" with those abilities and opportunities. "It's not really about 'what'; it's about 'why,'" he said. As a stand-up comedian, "I have a lot of opportunities for 'what,' but my 'why' doesn't change." Related Plain Dealer stories: #CMWorld 2016: Nine things to know about the Content Marketing World conference in Cleveland this week (photos, video) LEGO's global director of social media shares why kids love those plastic bricks: #CMWorld 2016 (video) He showed a clip from his "Michael Jr.'s Break Time" show, when he pauses in the middle of his stand-up routine to talk to someone from the audience, "and funny just happens." At a show in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, he met E. Daryl Duff, a musical director at Oak Ridge Military Academy, and asked him to sing a few bars of "Amazing Grace." Duff complied, but when Michael Jr. asked him to sing the "'hood version," and pretend that his uncle had just been freed from prison and that he'd been shot as a child, Duff sang a wondrously heartfelt rendition of the hymn that had the audience standing up and cheering. "That bro can sing, you know what I'm sayin'?" "So the first time I asked him to sing, he knew what to do," Michael Jr. told the CMWorld crowd. "But the second time I asked him to sing, he knew why he was singing, and the people around him felt like they needed to move." To have more impact and purpose in what you do, "the key is to understand why," he said. "The work that you're putting out there -- Is it causing people to get up and do something?" he asked. Content Marketing World founder Joe Pulizzi said he saw Michael Jr. performing in a video nine months ago and decided: "I want that message for this audience." "Comedy is like dating somebody you really, really like," Michael Jr. said. He likes to take his time, building his case, and win people over slowly, before delivering the punchline. "Comedy just kind of follows me. It just kind of shows up," he said.  Content Marketing World attendees appreciated Michael Jr.'s gentle brand of humor and storytelling on Thursday morning, Sept. 8.Courtesy Wetzler Studios  "Give a man a fish, and he eats for a day," Michael Jr. said. "If you teach him how to fish, you've got to buy him a fishing pole, bait, tackle, and drive that dude back and forth to the lake. Just give that dude a fish sandwich, and show him a reason for fishing." The father of five said family portraits are so expensive, he just puts everyone in the front seat of his car, looks both ways and runs a red light. "Two weeks later, a picture comes in the mail," he said. "But my son blinked, so we had to do it again." "Recently, some people took me 'ball-hunting.' Some people call it 'golf.' First of all, it took all day. I shot a 121. Then we had lunch," and his friends wanted to go back out and shoot the other nine holes. When they told him the greens would be awesome, he said he showed up with some corn bread. Michael Jr. said just as in comedy, there's a set up and then a punchline. And if delivered well, "there's revelation, fulfillment, and joy, expressed through laughter." Life is like that, too. The challenges you face are practice and preparation for what you're supposed to be doing. "The set-up is your talents, resources, and opportunities that seem to be moving you in one direction, and the punchline is when you change that direction," he said. "What about your story? What is your 'why'?" he asked the audience. "Or are you too busy jumping from 'what' to 'what' to even ask that question?" Some of Michael Jr.'s other observations: -- On going on vacation in Mexico: He thought everyone was calling him the N-word. "The third day, I realized they were saying, 'Amigo,' and it was all cool." -- On major league baseball players being able to summon a pinch runner: He said he would love to be able to call in a sub when his wife asks him something he can't answer, such as: "Does this dress make me look big?" -- On waking up early: Michael Jr. said he is mystified by sayings like: "The early bird catches the worm," because "the worm got up early, too, and look what happened to him." -- On those who are obsessed with social media: "Get off social media for a little while, so you can have regular conversations with people," he said. A fan once came up to him after a show and asked: "Michael Jr., can you 'like' me?" "Does anybody like you?" Michael Jr. asked. "Not as many people as I'd like," the man said. "Hey, it may be your approach," Michael Jr. suggested. "Well, can you 'like' me when you go home tonight?" the man persisted. "If I don't like you now, why would I like you after I go home? Are you going to follow me home or something?" Michael Jr. asked. "I will if you 'like' me," the man chirped back. Follow @janetcho
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Public masturbation is no longer a crime in Italy: Supreme Court
The highest court of the land set the bizarre precedent back in June.
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Prison for woman in death of man at old Tiger Stadium site
DETROIT (AP) - A woman has been sentenced to at least 21 months in prison for a high-speed crash that killed an Upper Peninsula man at old Tiger Stadium in Detroit. Shayla Tucker cried in court Thursday, apologized and said she was taking "full responsibility" for what happened last April. ...
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Detroit principal: ‘I don’t deserve this’
The principal whose Detroit school won $500K on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" is prison bound, and he's crying foul: 'I don't deserve this.'        
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Inmate sentenced in brutal 2014 attack on his cellmate
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) - An inmate who admitted to brutally beating his cellmate in Connecticut says he will try to kill the next person assigned to his cell. Jay Hotchkiss was sentenced Wednesday in New London to four more years in prison for the July 2014 assault. He is ...
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Detroit principal: I buried kids with my cash, ‘I don’t deserve this’
The principal whose Detroit school won $500K on The Ellen DeGeneres Show is prison bound, and he's crying foul: 'I don't deserve this.'        
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DPS principal: I buried kids with my cash, 'I don’t deserve this'
The principal whose Detroit school won $500K on The Ellen DeGeneres Show is prison bound, and he's crying foul: 'I don't deserve this.'        
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DPS principal whose school won $500K gets 1 year
Ronald Alexander had asked for no jail time for his role in DPS kickback scam because his elderly mother needs him.        
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Principal whose school won 'Ellen' prize gets 1 year
Ronald Alexander had asked for no jail time for his role in DPS kickback scam because his elderly mother needs him.        
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Conn. woman who drowned baby gets shorter sentence
Panna Krom, 26, will be released on Sept. 30, the state Board of Pardons and Paroles ruled.
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That’s not Alfredo sauce! Italy decriminalizes public masturbation
Those who like to play with their sausage and meatballs in the company of others have a new Mecca after Italy’s Supreme Court declared public masturbation is not a criminal offense. Read Full Article at RT.com
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DPS principal whose school won 'Ellen' prize gets 1 year in prison
Ronald Alexander had asked for no jail time for his role in DPS kickback scam because his elderly mother needs him.        
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Principal whose school won 'Ellen' prize gets 1 year in prison
Ronald Alexander had asked for no jail time because his elderly mother needs him.        
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Crude comments: 6 wild things Philippines president has said
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is known for his outspoken comments and controversial governing style.         
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Judge blasts DPS scammers, then cuts them break
Norman Shy and school administrator Clara Flowers stole the most and schemed the longest in a broader kickback scheme.        
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4 more principals facing judge today
Today, four more Detroit principals face sentencing for stealing. Will they get breaks, like the others?        
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James Schriver, ex-funeral home operator, gets probation over drugs found inside mortuary
James Schriver, the former operator of a South Dakota funeral home, was sentenced to five years probation on Tuesday for charges handed down after authorities found methamphetamine and nearly 3 pounds of marijuana while executing a search warrant inside Memorial Mortuary & Crematory earlier this year. Schriver, 59, stepped down ...
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Judge blasts Detroit school scammers, then cuts them break on prison time
Norman Shy and Clara Flowers took the most kickbacks, but got less than 5 years in prison.       
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DPS principal gets 1 year for $27K in gift cards
Nina Graves-Hicks admitted she 'knowingly' received $27,385 in gift cards from crooked vendor Norman Shy.        
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Obama meets with Duterte despite Filipino leader's insults
Obama and Duterte met informally on the sidelines of a large regional summit despite the Filipino prez having insulted him.
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Former Tidewater Property Management employee receives no jail time for $55,000-theft scheme
A former Tidewater Property Management employee was given a 10-year, fully-suspended prison sentence Wednesday morning after pleading guilty in April in stealing over $55,000 from individual homeowners and the Wyndham Condominium Association. Donald Eugene Henderson III, of Pasadena, pleaded guilty...
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US judge grants asylum to Singapore teen blogger
Amos Yee, accused of insulting the island's late leader and religious groups, was jailed for weeks in 2015 and 2016.
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Local businessman prepares false tax returns, sentenced to federal prison for the second time
A local tax return preparer was sentenced Friday to federal prison for the second time, after preparing false tax returns, according to U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez and D. Richard Goss, special agent in charge of Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation.
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Retired Catholic priest in Iowa sentenced in privacy case
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A retired Catholic priest in western Iowa has been given a suspended jail sentence and ordered to register as a sex offender for invading the privacy of several students in a high school restroom. The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports (http://bit.ly/2l6aCze ) that the Rev. ...
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Harsher punishments of gun offenders would save lives in Chicago
There were 4,367 people shot in Chicago last year, and 762 homicides, about 90 percent caused by gunfire. The toll of violence is numbing. Do you need to see those figures again? More than 4,000 gunshot victims in our city in 2016, with a body count of 700. Blame gangs and drug-dealing for much...
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Trump’s ‘fake news media’ accountability survey gets trolled & ridiculed
In his quest against ‘fake news’, Donald Trump has launched a Mainstream Media Accountability Survey asking Americans to “fight back against the media’s attacks and deceptions.” The unprecedented poll was met with much trolling online. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Fox host Shepard Smith slams president, Trump supporters call for his head
"It's crazy what we're watching every day," Smith said.       
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Black lawmakers dismayed by Trump's invite to black reporter
WASHINGTON (AP) - Members of the Congressional Black Caucus expressed bafflement and dismay Thursday after President Donald Trump asked a black reporter to set up a meeting with them. Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina said there is "an element of disrespect" in Trump's comment to journalist April Ryan, asking ...
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Donald Trump was asked a question about anti-Semitism. His answer was about the electoral college.
"I think a lot of good things are happening and you're going to see a lot of love. You're going to see a lot of love. Okay?"
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Sandusky's son awaits hearing on child sex abuse allegations
Jerry Sandusky's adult son is in a Pennsylvania jail, awaiting a hearing next week on charges he pressured one teenage girl to send him naked photos and asked her teen sister to give him oral sex.
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Paternal grandmother of Heather Mack's daughter petitions for custody
The toddler lives in a Bali prison, raised by a mother convicted of helping commit murder while on a luxury island vacation, but now the little girl's paternal grandmother is petitioning for guardianship to bring her back to the Chicago area. Stella Schaefer was born in Indonesia on March 17, 2015,...
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Sean Spicer lashes out at 'silly' reporters during press briefing
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer took a page out of the President Trump playbook Thursday.
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Heather Mack retracts claim boyfriend innocent in Bali killing
A Chicago-area woman imprisoned in Indonesia for killing her mother has retracted statements made in YouTube videos that her boyfriend, also convicted in the same case, was innocent. A statement released by Heather Mack and her lawyer Yulius Benyamin Seran on Wednesday said the assertions in the...
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Now Mack says she was pressured to confess to killing mom in Bali
A statement released by Heather Mack and her lawyer Yulius Benyamin Seran on Wednesday said the assertions in the videos were false.
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Here’s what each state has Googled most since the election
“Can Obama run again?” Since the election, that question was Googled more by people living in New York than in any other state in the country, according to search data. Researchers from the real estate company, Estately, have used Google Trends to “measure search traffic for hundreds of terms, names, and questions” from all fifty...
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Former UND police officer sentenced for child pornography
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A former University of North Dakota police officer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on child pornography charges. Forty-three-year-old Paul Bradley Meagher, of Grand Forks, pleaded guilty to three counts of receipt and possession of prohibited materials after police found that an IP address ...
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Ohio prisoner accused of killing an inmate for 2nd time
Casey Pigge, 28, had pleaded guilty just days earlier to killing his cellmate last year with a cinderblock. An Ohio inmate is accused of killing another prisoner on a transport bus.cleveland.com file photo  COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A prisoner who used a cinderblock to kill his cellmate last year is now accused of killing another inmate while riding on a prison bus last week, reports say. Ross County Prosecutor Matthew Schmidt tells the Columbus Dispatch that Casey Pigge, 28, "absolutely" is the suspect in the death of David L. Johnson, 61, who was strangled. Just two days earlier, Pigge had pleaded guilty to killing his cellmate, Luther Wade, 26, in February while serving a 30-years-to-life sentence at Lebanon Correctional Institution. There were other prisoners and guards on the bus when the incident occurred, reports say. The prisoners are kept in a gated section of the bus and guards can't see all of the inmates, the Associated Press reports. Other inmates did not notify guards of what was happening, reports say. Schmidt was critical of state prison officials in how it handled Pigge. Although the prisoners reportedly were handcuffed, they were not prevented from moving around. "The fact that he was left alone with access to other inmates is beyond me. I'm completely amazed this was allowed to happen," Schmidt tells the Dayton Daily News. No charges have been filed against Pigge in the most recent slaying, the Daily News reports. State prison officials have declined to comment on the incident, reports say. If you'd like to comment on this post, please visit the cleveland.com crime and courts comments section. 
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What you don’t know about ‘unlimited’ vacation policies
My company just implemented an “unlimited” vacation policy this year, which sounds great, but I’m not sure how much is too much to take. I don’t want it to appear as if I’m taking advantage, but some of my colleagues are planning to take off more time than they were allotted last year. Any advice?...
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Colorado rancher loses appeal in pesticides case
DENVER (AP) - The state Court of Appeals has ruled that a Colorado rancher who sprayed pesticides that wafted onto his neighbors' farm must serve his two-day jail sentence. The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/2k6ZvW4 ) the Thursday decision comes after James Hopper challenged his conviction and the jail time handed ...
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Chicago-area ISIL sympathizer catches break from Feds
Prosecutors ask for shorter prison term for aspiring ISIL fighter who cooperated with FBI.       
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Few sex offenders released from prison on time, audit finds
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The majority of sexual offenders in New Hampshire's state prison are not released when they've served their minimum sentence because they have not completed a mandatory treatment program. These are the findings of an audit of the Department of Corrections' sexual offender treatment program released Friday. ...
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Governor appoints Yvonne Laird as District Court judge
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Gov. Steve Bullock has appointed Chinook attorney Yvonne Laird as judge for Montana's 17th Judicial District, which covers Blaine, Phillips and Valley counties. Laird replaces retiring Judge John McKeon, who came under fire recently for giving a 60-day jail sentence to an eastern Montana man who ...
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‘Arrival’ highlights how language can divide us
Is a hammer a tool or a weapon? That’s “Arrival’s” most intriguing question (and one of the only intriguing things in the movie).“Arrival” follows Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams), a linguist recruited by the military to figure out how to talk to the aliens who have parked their spaceships at 12 locatio...
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Vermont man sentenced in crash that killed childhood friend
SALEM, Mass. (AP) - A Vermont man has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty in Massachusetts to charges stemming from a crash that killed his best friend. Prosecutors said 20-year-old Joseph Castano of Williston, Vermont, was drunk and speeding when he crashed near Endicott College ...
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Anti-refugee PEGIDA leader flees Germany due to ‘persecution,’ seeks shelter in Tenerife
The leader of the anti-immigrant PEGIDA movement has cast himself as a “refugee,” hiding on the popular Spanish island of Tenerife off the coast of West Africa. He says he’s been forced to flee due to “persecution” his family faced in Germany. Read Full Article at RT.com
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With alleged sext, Anthony Weiner may have crossed the legal line
Prisoner to his sexual demons, Anthony Weiner may follow them behind bars.
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Woman who duped friend into sex by posing as man and using fake penis appeals sentence
A woman who was jailed for conning her female friend into having sex by impersonating a man and instructing the friend to wear a blindfold while using a prosthetic penis during intercourse will appeal her prison sentence. Read Full Article at RT.com
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DA's office releases list of cases affected by Pct. 4 evidence destruction
The Harris County District Attorney's Office released a list of Precinct 4 criminal cases in which evidence had been improperly destroyed.
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