An Alaska watchdog group found that prisoners in one of the state’s correctional facilities were sexually harassed by female staff, according to a new report.
The Hill (@thehill) reports that the investigation was launched after an inmate filed a complaint that claimed female staff members placed him and other inmates on a dog leash and paraded them through part of the jail naked. He also said he was placed in cells that had no running water, blood on the walls, and feces inside. The incident took place in Seward’s Spring Creek Correctional Center. The inmate said the people who were initially assigned to investigate the complaint, were the same officers who had committed the act. One of the accused was a lieutenant, who wrote in her 2013 report that the inmates had misused state clothing on the day in question. She wrote nothing in her report about the dog leash. When asked how the inmates had misused state clothing, by the Ombudsman, who is currently conducting the investigation, the lieutenant was unable to provide specific details.
The ombudsman’s report provided multiple recommendations, including the adoption of a body camera police for the Department Of Corrections to record interactions between inmates and staff. Ombudsman, Kate Burkhart told the New York Times
“The ombudsman doesn’t have enforcement power, but the governor and the legislature certainly do. If there’s evidence that a state agency isn’t following the law, then putting the governor and the legislature on notice that it’s happening, so that they can react and hopefully resolve the problem, is important.”
It’s not clear if the investigation is still open and ongoing. It’s also not clear if anyone has been fired, reprimanded, or will be criminally prosecuted for the dog walking accusations.
Before folks even have a chance to regroup after the last rounds of deadly hurricanes, another one may be on the horizon. The National Hurricane Center has advised that “a newly formed tropical depression now spinning in the Caribbean Sea is forecast to move north into the Gulf Of Mexico and strengthen into a hurricane by the weekend. USA TODAY (@usatoday) reports that as of 11 a.m ET, the center of Tropical Depression 16 was located about 210 miles south-southeast of the Nicaragua/Honduras border. It had winds of 35 mph and was moving to the northwest at 7 mph.
Tropical storm warnings are in effect along the coasts of Nicaragua and Honduras. Over the next couple of days, rainfall amounts of 15 to 20 inches are expected across portions of Nicaragua, with isolated maximum amounts of 30 inches possible. The hurricane Center said, which could lead to life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.
Gulf Coast areas from Florida to Alabama, Mississippi and southern Louisiana could be at risk for damaging winds, coastal flooding, rough surf and beach erosion this weekend and into early next week.
Republican Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana said that the shooing in Las Vegas has only served to fortify his position against gun control. If you remember, Scalise was one of the victims of gun violence over the summer when a lone gunman opened fire on the Louisiana Rep. and his colleagues as they practiced for the annual Democrat/Republican baseball game. Scalise was shot during the summer. After weeks in the hospital, and months of recovery, Scalise was finally able to return to work just this week, where he was welcomed with a standing ovation by colleagues from both sides of the political spectrum.
“Look at some of those bills. Those bills wouldn’t have done anything to help this.” Scalise told Fox News host Martha MacCallum during an interview Tuesday night. “When there’s a tragedy like this, the first thing we should be thinking about is praying for the people who were injured and doing everything to help them. Scalise added “We shouldn’t first be thinking of promoting our political agenda. I think we see too much of that, where people say OK, now you have to have gun control.”
In June, Scalise was hit in the hip with a bullet as 66 year-old James Hodgkinson fired off rounds at Scalise and his Republican colleagues from an SKS semi-automatic rifle, wounding Scalise and four others. Hodgkinson died from his injuries after a brief shoot-out with police. “People use guns way more to defend themselves from criminals, than criminals use guns to hurt people.” Scalise said in the interview Tuesday night. Some Democrats and public figures have accused Scalise and fellow Republicans of being in bed with the NRA, who reportedly gave $30 million to Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. The NRA has been pushing for even less restrictive gun laws. Most notably, a law that would allow for gun ownership without the need of a psychic evaluation of any type. The NRA has also been pushing for the legalization of silencers for weapons. A deadly addition to a rifle that probably would’ve allowed the Vegas shooter to kill many more people before he was discovered to be firing at concertgoers from a 32nd story window, if he’d had one. The NRA has been under heavy scrutiny after the Vegas shooting. So far, they’ve made no statements on the shooting, or any recent posts to their Twitter or Facebook accounts since the Las Vegas shooting, as of yet.
Four years after the fact? Really? Yahoo has finally come up with an estimated number of accounts that were affected by the 2013 hack. That number? All of them. Yup, if you had a Yahoo Email account in 2013, your account was part of the hack. Don’t really know why you had a Yahoo Email account in 2013, but nevertheless, there it is. The company, now a part of Verizon Communications Inc, reported the information this afternoon, following an investigation involving forensic experts.
Not all bad news though. The company did report that the information that was stolen did not include passwords in clear text, payment card data, or bank account information. I don’t know if that information will help Yahoo to get any of the millions of customers it lost after the hack back, but, good for them.