DENVER (AP) — A former elections manager who prosecutors say assisted in a security breach of voting equipment in a Colorado county has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors, according to court documents. Sandra Brown, who is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday afternoon for a plea hearing, is one of two employees accused of helping Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters allow a copy of a hard drive to be made during an update of election equipment in search of proof of the conspiracy theories spun by former President Donald Trump. Brown intends to plead guilty to attempting to influence a public servant, a felony, and official misconduct, a misdemeanor, according to description of the agreement filed with the court. The deal, which must still be approved by a judge, also requires Brown to sign a “cooperation agreement” but the details of what she would be required to do were not specified. Her attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In August, a second … [Read more...] about Worker reaches plea deal in election machine tampering case
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This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3 Long before the phrase ignited a global reckoning, Kaia Naadira had already recognized the power of "me, too." As Naadira grew up, those words reverberated through their childhood home in Selma, Ala., where their mother, activist Tarana Burke, founded the movement in 2006 to support Black and Brown women and girls who had survived sexual violence. "Even before this moment, the work was so impactful in our community," said Naadira, now 25. "There were so many girls in our community who didn't have a language for things that they were going through and had no place to talk about what they were going through." This fall marks five years since #MeToo exploded into a worldwide movement of solidarity, revealing the breadth of sexual harassment and assault stories around the world. But while the movement was started largely for them, many Black survivors felt sidelined in the media's … [Read more...] about Five years after #MeToo, Black survivors mobilize for themselves
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge decried New York City’s problems with electric and gas-powered bikes on Wednesday as he sentenced the electric scooter rider who crashed into “Gone Girl” actor Lisa Banes to one to three years in prison for his manslaughter conviction. Brian Boyd, 27, was led away in handcuffs after sentencing in Manhattan state court by Judge Gregory Carro in the death of Banes. She was struck by the scooter Boyd operated as she crossed a midtown Manhattan street in June 2021. She died 10 days later at a hospital. Carro said Boyd sped through a red light, struck Banes and fled to a bike shop, where he drank a beer. The judge said the city “has a problem” with the motorized bikes and he wants drivers of unregistered and unlicensed bikes to know they can go to jail when they do harm. Traffic fatalities have been on the rise in the city. Transportation Alternatives, an advocacy group for safer streets, found that they rose 44 percent in New York City during the first … [Read more...] about Judge bemoans NYC’s bike hazard in ‘Gone Girl’ actor’s death
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 8 OAKLAND, Calif. - If all had gone as planned, thousands of high-schoolers in Oakland would have cast their ballots for the first time on Election Day. Many of them had worked since their freshman year to lower the voting age to 16 for school board races, arguing that no one had a higher stake in who led their district. And they won, convincing a supermajority of the electorate in 2020 to expand voting rights to younger teens. But Alameda County, which runs the city's elections, never implemented the measure. It also failed to deliver on a 2016 ballot initiative from Berkeley that did the same thing. So Tuesday passed like election days past: with 16- and 17-year-olds watching from the sidelines. "It was a step closer to a right to vote," said Rochelle Berdan, 17, who worked on the Oakland campaign. She said it felt like she and her peers were given … [Read more...] about These teens won the right to vote. Their county disenfranchised them.
For its second season under GT3 regulations in 2022, the DTM took a major step forward in competitiveness. Not only were grid sizes bigger, only once dipping below 20 cars as a product of the Hockenheim race one crash-fest, but the pool of quality drivers scrapping for honours was back to a level comparable with the manufacturer-based Class 1 era with a mix of established factory drivers and hotshoes with plenty to prove. No less than 11 different drivers took a pole position, while the same number took victories in a season characterised by unpredictability. That is to be expected in a championship governed by Balance of Performance, which changed regularly throughout race weekends in an effort to keep the different brands in check, but it meant consistency was a precious commodity. Through it all came Sheldon van der Linde, who delivered BMW a first title since 2016 as his Schubert Motorsport team and the BMW M4 GT3 made a memorable introduction to the series. But which of … [Read more...] about Ranking the top 10 drivers of DTM 2022
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 5 WASHINGTON (AP) — The seditious conspiracy convictions of Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and another leader in the far-right extremist group show that jurors are willing to hold accountable not just the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, but those who schemed to subvert the 2020 election. Tuesday's verdict, while not a total win for the Justice Department, gives momentum to investigators just as the newly named special counsel ramps up his probe into key aspects of the insurrection fueled by President Donald Trump’s lies of a stolen election. As Democrats call for charges to be brought against Trump and the House committee investigating the insurrection weighs making a criminal referral to the Justice Department, the Oath Keepers verdict may embolden investigators to build cases against other major players behind the push to keep Trump in power. … [Read more...] about Sedition trial win bolsters Justice Dept. in Jan. 6 probe