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Virginia Mayor R. Scott Silverthorne faces drug charges after meth-for-sex sting

R. Scott SilverthorneA three-term northern Virginia mayor was arrested on drug charges after he tried to trade two grams of methamphetamine for sex acts in what turned out to be an undercover sting operation, police said Friday.

City of Fairfax Mayor R. Scott Silverthorne was arrested Thursday night after meeting at a Tysons Corner hotel just outside the Capital Beltway with undercover detectives he approached through a website used to arrange casual sexual encounters between men, Fairfax County police said at a press conference.

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Paul O'Neal Chicago police shooting video released

Paul O'Neal shooting video releasedVideo showing the Chicago police shooting that killed 18-year-old Paul O'Neal was released Friday.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson was scheduled to speak on the release of the video around 1 p.m. A small group of protesters stood in front of the microphones, blocking Johnson, and refused to let him talk. The shouted their displeasure with the department. Eventually, Johnson decided to go back inside police headquarters.

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William Chapman shooting: Virginia officer found guilty of manslaughter

Officer in Chapman shooting guilty of manslaughterA police officer in southern Virginia was convicted of manslaughter and jurors recommended a sentence of two and a half years in prison on Thursday for his fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old during a confrontation over a suspected shoplifting.

Jurors at Portsmouth circuit court found Stephen Rankin guilty of voluntary manslaughter for killing William Chapman in April last year. It was Rankin’s second fatal shooting of an unarmed man in the city.

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How USA Gymnastics failed to report abuse cases by coaches

usa gymnasticsUSA Gymnastics would not disclose the total number of sexual misconduct allegations it receives each year. But records show the organization compiled complaint dossiers on more than 50 coaches and filed them in a drawer in its executive office in Indianapolis. The contents of those files remain secret, hidden under seal in the case filed by Ganser’s daughter. IndyStar, as part of the USA TODAY Network, filed a motion seeking to make the files public. The judge in that case has not yet ruled.

But even without access to those files, IndyStar tracked down four cases in which USA Gymnastics was warned of suspected abuse by coaches but did not initiate a report to authorities.

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Supreme Court temporarily blocks order on transgender bathroom use

SCOTUS blocks bathroom lawA divided Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to temporarily block a lower court order that had cleared the way for a transgender male high school student to use the boys' bathroom in a Virginia public school this fall.
The ruling is a victory for the school board and a loss -- for now -- for Gavin Grimm, the student who won at the lower court level.

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Atlantic City’s Trump Taj Mahal to close down in September

Taj MahalTrump’s name will close after Labor Day, officials announced Wednesday.  The Trump Taj Mahal, now owned by billionaire Carl Icahn, is shutting its doors amid a worker strike that’s dragged on for five weeks.

"Currently the Taj is losing multi-millions a month, and now with this strike, we see no path to profitability," said Tony Rodio, president of Tropicana Entertainment, which runs the Taj Mahal.

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Rhode Island boarding school agrees to settlement in sexual abuse case

St. George's boarding school settles sex caseseAn elite boarding school in Rhode Island announced on Wednesday that it had agreed to a settlement to provide compensation for up to 30 former students over sexual abuse accusations.

St George’s School, in Middletown, had been under fire for months over allegations that boys and girls were molested and raped over the course of decades, from the early 70s into the early 2000s, with leadership accused of covering up the abuse.

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