Former Atlanta official gets 14 years in corruption case
A pastor, political operative and former high-ranking Atlanta city official was sentenced Thursday to 14 years in prison after a jury found her guilty of charges stemming from a long-running federal investigation into corruption at City Hall. U.S. District Judge Steve Jones told Mitzi Bickers that the evidence showed that she was involved in “a deliberate, calculated plan to cheat” the taxpayers of Atlanta over a number of years. In addition to the prison time, he ordered Bickers to pay nearly $3 million in restitution and to serve three years of supervised release once she's out.news.yahoo.com
In HBO’s ‘Edge of the Earth,’ the Best Athletes Attempt the Craziest Feats in the Most Remote Places
The four-part Teton Gravity Research series, premiering this week, captures incredible footage of terrifying expeditions, but it succeeds because of the compelling human stories at its heartoutsideonline.com
KZSM — What would you do for free?
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Abrams-backed election lawsuit goes to trial in Georgia
When she ended her first bid to become Georgia governor in 2018, Stacey Abrams announced plans to sue over the way the state's elections were managed. Filed in November 2018 by Abrams' Fair Fight Action organization, the suit alleged that state officials "grossly mismanaged” the election, depriving some citizens, particularly low-income people and people of color, of their right to vote. Jones and other federal judges have been reluctant to order last-minute changes, noting that the Supreme Court has repeatedly said federal judges shouldn’t alter rules “on the eve of an election."news.yahoo.com
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Pearland girls softball coach accused of inappropriately touching 11-year-old player, court records show
HOUSTON – A Pearland softball coach is charged after being accused of inappropriately touching an 11-year-old player, court records show. According to the court documents, Morgan would pick up the girl and take her to batting cages at 5 Tool Sports Hitting & Training in Pearland. The girl’s mother reported to police that Morgan kissed her daughter on the mouth and used his tongue on multiple occasions, per court documents. The mother told police she questioned the girl and that’s when she told her about the kissing. When questioned by the police, Morgan admitted to kissing the chid but said he never used his tongue, per court documents.
Federal judge denies bid to restore 98,000 voters in U.S. state of Georgia
(Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday denied an attempt to restore about 98,000 voters in Georgia to the U.S. states electoral rolls after they were removed earlier this month upon being classified as inactive. Lead plaintiff Fair Fight Action, a voting rights nonprofit, did not establish that the Georgia secretary of states decision to cancel the voter registrations had violated the constitution, U.S. District Judge Steve Jones said in the ruling. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger welcomed the decision, saying the state was ensuring that every eligible voter could vote. Today Judge Jones upheld Georgias decision to maintain clean voter rolls, Raffensperger said after the ruling. These include purges of voter rolls and stringent rules requiring signatures on mail-in ballots.feeds.reuters.com