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Los Angeles-area priest stole from elderly widow, lawsuit alleges (CA)

An elderly widow has filed suit in Los Angeles against a Catholic priest she said befriended her after her husband’s death and used his influence to steal $284,000 from her. Michalena Jones, 79, said in the lawsuit that she met Father Peter Valdez at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Palmdale after her husband died in Keep Reading…

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Philip K. Howard: 4 changes to overthrow ‘The rule of Nobody’

NEW YORK – To cure the deviant subculture of government, abandon bureaucracy and put humans on the spot. How government became a deviant subculture is a story of good intentions gone awry. We tried to avoid government abuse by replacing individual responsibility with detailed rules and objective legal proceedings. Never again would officials play favorites Keep Reading…

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Houston lawyer pleads guilty to scamming veterans (TX)

Attorney Joe B. Phillips pleaded guilty in Houston federal district court Tuesday to charges that he and his wife jointly conspired to steal $2.3 million from 49 disabled veterans mostly from Southeast Texas and then deliberately hid their thefts by filing fake reports and a bogus income tax return in a scheme described as the Keep Reading…

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‘Heir raid’ hosp big: Wasn’t my job to care (NY)

He seemed more concerned about her financial health than about her mental health. The chief of Beth Israel Medical Center, where reclusive copper heiress Huguette Clark spent her last 20 years living in near-isolation, claims it wasn’t his place to inquire what she was doing there for nearly two decades as he sought more and Keep Reading…

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State-sponsored looting appears to continue in James Brown estate case (SC)

The “Godfather of Soul” James Brown’s estate continues in a series of troubling actions that only further solidify the scenario in which the state of South Carolina’s involvement appears as a hijacking.  The situation has reached a new level as Sue Summer, a freelance reporter for The Newberry Observer, has now been served with a Keep Reading…

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