Florida candidate apologizes amid fake-diploma controversy, says she will stay in race
Brendan FarringtonAssociated Press
A Republican candidate for the Florida Legislature apologized Monday for saying she had a college degree that she didn’t complete, but said she will stay in the race “and lead by example from now on.”
Melissa Howard last week posted a photo of herself with what looked like a Miami University diploma after being accused of lying about her degree. The Ohio university later sent reporters a statement saying she attended the school, but never graduated and the diploma Howard posted has inaccuracies.
Howard posted an apology on her campaign Facebook page and admitted she didn’t graduate from the school.
“I made a mistake in saying that I completed my degree. What I did was wrong and set a bad example for someone seeking public service. I am staying in the race and intend to win and lead by example from now on,” she said.
Even if she dropped out, it’s too late to get her name off the ballot ahead of the Aug. 28 primary. Vote by mail ballots were sent out a month ago. The seat represents portions of Manatee and Sarasota counties, where about 20,000 Republican votes have already been cast.
While some have taken to social media to say Howard should drop out, local party officials say the matter should be left to voters.
“We should just let nature take its course. Let the voters decided if they want her to win the primary,” said Manatee County Republican committeewoman Peggy Simone.
In her statement, Howard said, “It was not my intent to deceive or mislead anyone.” It didn’t say what her intent was.
Her primary opponent, Tommy Gregory, didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
Community responds after viral video of woman’s racist rant at a Lutz nail salon
The video was taken at Bali Nail Spa in Lutz.”If they don’t understand the language they should go back to their own country period,” said by a woman shown in a video shared on Facebook thousands of times.
“You sound nasty, your language sounds nasty. It actually sounds like you were born out of a f***ing hermit crab,” said the woman to the nail technician while getting a manicure.
The nail shop owner, Karen Vu, is shown in the video being polite and trying to calm the lady down. Vu says the lady in the video is a regular customer and sometimes acts unpredictably.
“If I wanna go to a nail salon, I want them to talk English so they can understand when I want a God d**n top coat,” said the lady.
Vu says she felt sorry for the lady and felt bad that it affected other customers’ experience at the nail salon.
“I don’t mind what she said because she doesn’t have control over her mind,” said Vu.
The nail technicians say they’re not angry or upset, but the customer taking the video had enough.
“You’re being nasty. You asked my opinion a minute ago and I’m f***ing telling it to you, you don’t call them hermit crabs,” said the woman holding the camera before putting her phone down and approaching the lady.
Other customers who have seen the video are also offended.
“I feel so sorry for the people who are trying to make living here. No matter where you come from this is a melting pot country,” said customer Renee Puchalla.
Jennifer Verge is one of the thousands who saw the video on Facebook. She drove 30 minutes to give the nail technician the tip he never received from the lady.
“I just wanted to come over here tell them they don’t deserve to be treated the way that they were from that lady or for anyone else for that matter. God just spoke to me and told me to bring him what he didn’t get from the lady because he got jipped when he’s supposed to be paid for the work that he did and that’s unacceptable,” said Verge.
We tried to reach out to the woman making the comments in the video and the woman who took the video and didn’t hear anything back from either of them.
A naked driver crashed into a daycare center, hit a tree, rolled her car, then had to be subdued by police with a stun gun, authorities said.
The suspect, identified as Malina Churchill, 44, allegedly crashed into the Stay-n-Play Day Care Center in Putnam County, Fla., on Thursday night, Fox 30 reported.
Becky Cox, owner of the business, told the station she received a call from her alarm company, notifying her that a “burglary” was in process. One of her employees who lives near the daycare center went to investigate and told Cox “the wall’s gone.”
Another woman says a former Louisville police officer raped her. She’s the fourth. A fourth woman has filed a lawsuit against a former Louisville police officer, accusing him of raping her in his cop car while in uniform.
On Saturday, Aditya Sastry, Joey Velez and Tom Krajnak were in Seattle, Washington, minding their own business as they lined up to get a pizza when they became the targets of a woman’s racist rant.
According to Sastry, who filmed and later posted video footage of the altercation on Facebook, the unidentified woman was already in the middle of verbally assaulting other locals when she chose to zero in on the group of friends.
An inmate who escaped from a federal prison in southeast Texas was arrested Wednesday while allegedly trying to sneak back in with snacks, alcohol, tobacco and cooked food, the Dallas Morning News reported.
The Daily Mail reports a white woman in London was yelling at a Pakistan postal worker. She claims the postal worker was laughing at her and screamed, “What woman would want to look at that? Make sure you post my card, or else I’ll come back and get a refund, you fat Paki c*nt.” Paki is a term for “Pakistani,” a British slur against people of Pakistani or Indian nationality. The woman continued, “Go back to your own country! You’re not wanted here, you fat motherf**ker P*ki.”
Former JSO officer reaches plea deal in child sex trafficking case
The former officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office accused of paying a woman in Texas for pornography that also involved the woman’s child has pleaded guilty according to documents from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The plea agreement shows Michael Eugene Williams, 60, admitted to one of the eight charges he faces.
Williams pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of a child, which is a mandatory sentence of at least 15 years in prison.
A former NYPD lieutenant accused of raping and sexually assaulting two underage girls he knew is headed for trial in April.
Judge Williams DeProspo set April 4 for the start of jury selection for Nicholas McAteer, 46, of Greenwood Lake, who faces an 82-count indictment in Orange County Court. He was arrested in August and indicted in October 2017.
This Teenager Accused Two On-Duty Cops Of Rape. She Had No Idea The Law Might Protect Them.
When Anna said she was raped by two on-duty cops, she thought it would be a simple case. She had no idea she lived in one of 35 states where officers can claim a detainee consented.
Screaming woman arrested after chasing a man with a hammer, report says
BY EMILY WEAVER
A manager at the Sand Dollar Motel told police that he was awoken early Tuesday morning by the sound of a woman screaming racial obscenities. The screaming woman was chasing a man with a hammer, according to a police report.
Myrtle Beach police were called to the motel at 401 6th Ave. N. for a reported assault shortly after 3 a.m.
When officers arrived, they saw 38-year-old Sara Ann Morey come “into plain view from the rear building of the motel swinging a hammer,” the report stated.
Police reviewed surveillance footage in the area and said they saw Morey, who is listed in the report as white, continuously pursue a 38-year-old black man around the outside of the motel.
Morey threw a plastic ash tray at the man, hit him repeatedly and struck him twice with a plastic chair as the man was calling police, according to the report.
The man was uninjured, police said.
The manager said he heard Morey screaming and then a loud crashing sound.
Officers said they saw Morey turning over a picnic table on surveillance footage.
Morey was charged with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct.
A video catching a scene of raw racism against Koreans in California has catapulted Annie An, a community college student in Walnut Creek, in the East Bay area of California, to immediate online stardom.
The shocking incident took place Sunday at a local Starbucks, where Annie was having a conversation with her friend in Korean. Her Korean-American tutor, Sean Lee, was also at the scene.
Breaking off the two Korean women’s chat, a middle-aged white woman, unprovoked, suddenly told the two, “Don’t you dare say that again,” adding that she does not like to hear that language, which she thinks is “disgusting,” adding that only English should be spoken in America.=
Annie hit the record button on her smartphone.
“Some specific words she mentioned made me so mad. ‘Especially Korean,’ ‘disgusting,’ ‘Be quiet and sit down,’ ‘English only,’ and ‘immigrants,'” Annie told The Korea Herald in an interview.
Starbucks employees and three police officers escorted the woman out of the coffee joint.
“I have experienced racism on multiple counts during my stay in the US,” said Annie. “For instance, the waitress would refuse to serve me at a restaurant in a white neighborhood, or a white man would yell at me from a passing car, calling me ‘Ching Ching.'”
“But this is my first time to encounter someone who exhibited such outright sarcasm in a nonchalant, uncaring manner,” the 21-year-old said.
“We should never brush off racist remarks and actions. The more we stay quiet, the more history will ignore us. I wish more people would realise the power of immigrants, as the nation of US was built by immigrant hands.”
Annie’s video of what had been her “most unexpected and unbelievable day” of 2017 went viral via Facebook.
Annie said she has received much encouragement and support from people following her post, but not all the feedback has been positive.
“Some left aggressive comments on the video thread. Two people sent direct messages. One read, ‘You should have talked quietly. Your language sounds kinda annoying,’ and another read ‘F— off Asian,'” she said.
Annie said she believes there is much burden on immigrants to speak up in times of inequality and racial adversity.