Category Archives: PND News

VA: McDonald's employee refuses to serve uniformed police officer

Source: Fox News

"A uniformed police officer in Virginia said he was refused service at a local McDonald’s because he was wearing a uniform, reported. Scott Naff, an officer for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, reportedly paid for his food in the drive-thru line, but was allegedly refused the food when he got to the window. Naff’s wife, Cathy, told the newspaper that the employee saw the uniform and told her husband: 'I ain’t serving no police.' She posted the story on her Facebook page to inform her close friends about the incident, and the story went viral, the report said. 'He was in uniform and [in] his police vehicle. He paid for his food and drove forward to the next window," she wrote, according to Fox 8. 'The young man who was working that window looked at him and backed away from the window mouthing something to my husband.'" (07/20/17)

2017 back-to-college spending projected to hit an all-time high

Source: USA Today

"College students preparing to stock up on clothes, gadgets and dorm decor before heading back to campus may have to sock away a little more of their summer earnings. The average collegian is expected to spend nearly a thousand dollars ($969.88) this year, mostly on clothes, food and tech gear, the National Retail Federation says. That’s up 9.1% from last year’s $888.71. Overall, this year’s back-to-college spending will reach an all-time high of $54.1 billion, up 11.5% from $48.5 billion from last year, the NRF forecasts. 'There’s more students actually enrolling in college this year than in the past, which is why there’s an increase in sales,' said Ana Serafin Smith, spokesperson for the NRF, which has tracked college expenses since 2003. And many of these purchases aren’t taking place at the mall. Some 44% of back-to-college shopping occurs online. There are also hybrid options." (07/20/17)

NM: 10-year-old boy trips over 1.2 million-year-old fossil in desert

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

"A boy's misstep on a family hike in New Mexico has given the world a prehistoric wonder. Ten-year-old Jude Sparks was on a desert hike in Las Cruces in November when he tripped over what turned out to be the fossilized tusk of a 1.2 million-year-old elephant-like creature, called a stegomastodon. The family contacted New Mexico State University professor Peter Houde, and he and a team from the university spent a week digging up the skull in May after getting permission from the landowner. Houde estimates the entire skull weighs about a ton." (07/20/17)

Damond lawyer: Minneapolis police ambush claim "ludicrous"

Source: BBC [UK state media]

"A lawyer for the family of an Australian woman shot dead by police in Minneapolis says suggestions officers feared an ambush were ludicrous.' Robert Bennett said Justine Damond was in her pyjamas when she approached them and 'was not a threat to anyone.' Ms Damond was shot after approaching two officers in their car on Saturday after reporting a suspected rape. Mr Bennett has acted in similar cases, including the high-profile police shooting of Philando Castile in 2016. Fred Bruno, the lawyer for Matthew Harrity, whose partner killed Ms Damond, 40, had said: 'It is reasonable to assume an officer in that situation would be concerned about a possible ambush.' But Mr Bennett told CBS News: 'I think that's ludicrous. It's disinformation. It doesn't have any basis in fact.'" [editor's note: So let's see, was she supposed to come out in the nude, with her hands locked together on her head? – SAT] (07/20/17)

NM: Albuquerque Tea Party granted tax-exempt status after 8 years

Source: Fox News

"It’s taken nearly eight years, but the Internal Revenue Service finally granted tax-exempt status to a Tea Party group in what lawyers representing the group on Wednesday called a 'major victory for free speech.' Graham Bartlett, president of the local Tea Party, said he was informed about a month ago that the group's request was going through, The Albuquerque Journal reported. The group filed its request in December 2009. Several months later, the IRS demanded more documentation concerning the organization's activities. The group complied, but then the IRS requested even more documentation. The Tea Party provided more than 1,000 pages of documentation about the group's activities. Eventually, it filed a lawsuit against the IRS." (07/20/17)

Poll: One in eight Trump voters having second thoughts

Source: Reuters

"About one in eight people who voted for President Donald Trump said they are not sure they would do so again after witnessing Trump's tumultuous first six months in office, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll of 2016 voters. While most of the people who voted for Trump on Nov. 8 said they would back him again, the erosion of support within his winning coalition of older, disaffected, mostly white voters poses a potential challenge for the president. Trump, who won the White House with the slimmest of margins, needs every last supporter behind him to push his agenda through a divided Congress and potentially win a second term in 2020. The poll surveyed voters who had told Reuters/Ipsos on Election Day how they had cast their ballots. While other surveys have measured varying levels of disillusionment among Trump supporters, the Reuters/Ipsos poll shows how many would go as far as changing the way they voted." (07/20/17)

Jay Leno drives a sports car made out of cannabis

Source: Smell the Truth

"Jay Leno has found a high-performance sports car that smokes the competition with the help of cannabis. The comedian and automobile enthusiast invited retired Dell executive Bruce Dietzen on the latest episode of 'Jay Leno’s Garage' to show off the 2017 Renew, an environmentally sustainable car that’s carbon-neutral to produce. The Renew’s body is constructed from woven cannabis hemp, a non-psychoactive crop related to pot. 'It’s not made out of marijuana,' Dietzen explains in the video below. 'It’s made out of cannabis hemp. You could smoke all the cannabis hemp you could possibly want and you won’t get high.'" (07/20/17)

NJ: "Tan mom" says she’ll sue school district because daughter got a sunburn

Source: Aol News

"Five years ago, so-called 'Tan mom' was in the hot seat both literally and figuratively after she allegedly took her then-5-year-old daughter into a tanning bed with her. The tables have turned. Now, New Jersey mom Patricia Krentcil is back in the news because she's red hot that her daughter, now 11, came home from school with a sunburn, the NY Post reported. She was totally burned,' Krentcil told the NY Post. 'I packed her [sunscreen] and she came home like a french fry.' Krentcil faced child endangerment charges in 2013 for allegedly allowing her daughter to use a tanning bed, resulting in leg burns. With the new burn, which her daughter apparently received during recess at Lincoln Elementary School in Nutley, Krentcil is having her lawyer draw up a potential case against the the school district for neglect." (07/20/17)

Treasury Department fines Exxon Mobil for violating Russia sanctions under Tillerson

Source: Raw Story

"The U.S. Treasury Department has fined Exxon Mobil Corporation $2 million for violating Russia sanctions related to Ukraine, while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was CEO of the global oil and gas conglomerate. The department's Office of Foreign Assets Control imposed the civil penalty after concluding Exxon Mobil did not voluntarily disclose the violations, which 'constitute an egregious case,' it said in a statement. Treasury said executives of Exxon Mobil's U.S. subsidiaries signed legal documents with Igor Sechin, President of Rosneft, a Russia state-owned oil giant that describes itself as 'the world's largest publicly traded petroleum company.' Sechin is on Treasury's list of 'Blocked Persons.' The documents, which Treasury said Exxon Mobil failed to "voluntarily self-disclose," were related to oil and gas projects in Russia." (07/20/17)

FBI turns over 7,000 documents from Weiner laptop in Clinton-tied case

Source: Fox News

"The FBI has turned over 7,000 new documents from Anthony Weiner’s private laptop to the State Department as part of a watchdog group's lawsuit related to last year's Hillary Clinton email case. Judicial Watch and State Department representatives appeared in federal court in Washington, D.C., on Thursday over the group's Freedom of Information Act suit seeking Clinton emails from her tenure at the State Department. It emerged during the hearing that the 7,000 new documents were turned over. The trove is expected to contain some emails sent by Weiner’s estranged wife, Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told Fox News after the hearing that they expect to begin receiving those documents in three months, once the State Department determines whether the Weiner documents are government or personal records." (07/20/17)