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Justice Department begins releasing thousands of federal inmates

Prisoner release begunThe Justice Department began releasing more than 6,000 drug offenders Friday under new sentencing guidelines to reduce the federal prison population.

A third of the 6,112 inmates who served time in the 122 federal prisons nationwide are foreign citizens and will be deported to their home countries. Texas will receive the largest number of inmates, 597, under the policy change. Florida will receive the second largest, 310.


Florida's Dade Medical College closes all six campuses statewide

Dade Medical Colleges closeDade Medical College has closed all six of its campuses statewide.
The closure also affects its affiliate school, the University of Southernmost Florida.

Majority owner Ernesto Perez notified employees and students Friday afternoon about the closure. The for-profit school opened in 1999.

The Miami Herald reports that the school’s graduates had low passage rates for license exams in nursing and physical therapy.

TVNL Comment:  Tax payers finance thousands of similar 'colleges' nationwide.  These are unregulated scams that feed off federal funds and rarely are held accountable until the damage has been done.


Judge orders Louisiana to continue funding Planned Parenthood

Louisiana ordered to fund PPA Louisiana judge issued an order on Thursday blocking attempts to defund Planned Parenthood clinics in the state, finding that more than 5,000 low-income patients would lose access to healthcare including cancer screenings and gynecology exams.

U.S. District Judge John deGravelles issued a preliminary injunction that requires Louisiana to continue providing Medicaid funding to the reproductive health organization's clinics.


Historic election could return sovereignty to Native Hawaiians

Native Hawaiian sovereigntyIn 1893, Queen Liliuokalani, the last monarch of Hawaii, yielded power to a group of businessmen backed by Marines in order to avoid the bloodshed of her people. She did so believing that the U.S. government, when presented with the facts, would eventually restore the Hawaiian kingdom. Instead, the coup led to the dissolution of Hawaiian sovereignty and the tropical archipelago's eventual admission to statehood.

Now, more than a century after the overthrow, a historic election seeks to return sovereignty to Native Hawaiians, a people still stinging from the bitter ruin of colonization, when Hawaiians had their lands stolen, their hula outlawed and their language purged from schools.


Anonymous threatens to reveal identities of 1,000 KKK members, one year after cyber war with hate group

KKK in AmericaIt’s hackers vs. haters — round two.

The amorphous hacker group Anonymous threatened the Ku Klux Klan Tuesday with an upcoming online coup, timed for the one-year anniversary of the last time Anonymous targeted the hate group.

In messages dropped on the incognito message board Pastebin, Anonymous warned of “OPKKK Hoodsoff” — its plan to expose the identities of 1,000 Klan members.

“Ku Klux Klan, We never stopped watching you,” one missive said.


Arizona agrees to identify its execution drugs after order from federal judge

Arizona to identify execution drugsA federal judge on Wednesday said he won’t resume a civil rights lawsuit against the state of Arizona until it reveals which execution drugs it has in its possession.

The order issued on Wednesday requires the state to tell the court which drugs it has and which of the four drug combinations it plans on using when it resumes executions. The lawsuit was put on hold last year, and the state wants the lawsuit to continue. Attorneys have until 18 November to respond.


Plane catches fire at Fort Lauderdale airport in Florida

Plane fire Fort LaudedrdaleA plane caught on fire on the runway of Fort Lauderdale’s Hollywood International airport on Thursday.  A spokesman for the airport identified the plane as a Boeing 767 charter flight operated by Dynamic Airline en route to Caracas, Venezuela.

“The left engine caught fire on departure,” said Alan Siegel in an interview on CBS news.

Passenger Sam Masteller on the phone with CBS reported that “no one was injured, no one was hurt too bad. There were a lot of children on board who had consumed a lot of the smoke.”


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