ICYMI: House bans sexual relationships between lawmakers and their staffers
Last Tuesday (2/6), the House of Representatives approved H. Res. 724, a measure that prohibits sexual relationships between lawmakers and their staffers. The bill, pushed by Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), is the first significant step toward changing the system that has faced numerous sexual misconduct scandals against lawmakers in recent months amid the nationwide #MeToo movement. The measure is effective immediately. The bill affects the House only and it means:
- Sexual relationships between House members and employee they supervise are prohibited.
- A nonpartisan Office of Employee Advocacy will be established to assist employees with claims of sexual harassment.
- Accusers will no longer be required to undergo counseling and mediation.
- Each member must adopt policies that prohibit harassment and discrimination in the workplace.
- Members must certify they are not using their budgets to settle workplace claims.
Amazon is launching a delivery service
It will be called “Shipping with Amazon” and will pick up packages from businesses and ship them to customers. The service will be tested in Los Angeles with third-party merchants that sell goods on Amazon, then rolled out to cities across the US. The new venture puts Amazon into direct competition for the parcel business with UPS and FedEx, writes The Journal. Amazon is planning to undercut both on pricing, although exact figures are not yet known. (Wall Street Journal)
Naked man forces Alaska Airlines plane back to Anchorage
An Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle was forced to return to Anchorage after a passenger locked himself in the bathroom, took off all his clothes, and refused to follow crew instructions. “Alaska Airlines flight 146 from Anchorage to Seattle returned to Anchorage due to a passenger not following flight attendant’s instructions. While no emergency was declared, the decision was made to return to Anchorage,” an Alaska Airlines spokesman said. “There was a subject on the aircraft that had barricaded or locked himself in the bathroom, the lavatory,” the airport police cheif said. “Flight attendants did find that the subject was naked.” Airport police and FBI met the plane when it landed and took him out the back door. The suspect was transported by the Anchorage airport police to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation. It wasn’t immediately clear if the man was arrested. (KTVA TV)
Kansas Senators pass resolution condemning ‘sexually toxic’ porn citing public health crisis
The Kansas Senate has approved a resolution condemning pornography, saying it causes infidelity and erectile dysfunction. The measure passed last week on a 35-4 vote. The resolution has no legal effect. The House passed a similar measure last year. Republican Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook, of Shawnee, says pornography “exploits and humiliates those being used and it dehumanizes the user at the same time.” The resolution says pornography is potentially biologically addictive and is linked to lessened desire. Republican Sen. Barbara Bollier, of Mission Hills, mocked the resolution. She responded by saying: “Seriously? We’ll see how excited they are about public health when it comes to guns.” (The Wichita Eagle)
Thief had trouble restarting car he had stolen actually called the vehicle’s owner for help
A thief stole the car outside a Minneapolis Walmart on Monday after the owner used an auto-starter from inside the store. When the owner went outside, the car was gone and about an hour away at that time. Later that night, the owner received a call from a woman who said a man was asking about the car. The thief then got on the phone and identified himself as an employee at a glass repair shop. Wilson said he had parked the car, but was unable to restart it and asked the owner to contact someone who could. Police responded to the scene of a suspicious person and found him along with the stolen car. According to the report, he quickly realized he had made a mistake. (WPLG 10 ABC)
Sheriff’s deputy fired after arrest for robbing a North Carolina bank
A Davidson County Sheriff’s Deputy has been fired after allegedly robbing a bank in Rowan County, according to Davidson County Sheriff David Grice. Sheriff Grice fired Deputy Jeff Athey as soon as he learned of his arrest. “They know that they’re not going to be employed with me if they violate the law,” Sheriff Grice said in a phone interview. “They know what the law is. He knew what the law was.” Rockwell Police say the former deputy went into F&M Bank, pulled out a gun and told the clerk he needed money. Investigators say he took off in a silver mustang, but Rowan County deputies caught up with him about 5 minutes later. Sheriff Grice says he’s thankful his former deputy didn’t injure anyone or resist arrest, but he’s stunned by what happened. The Sheriff said the former deputy was with the Sheriff’s Office for several years in the civil division, responsible for prisoner transport. Police say all the money that was taken from the bank was recovered. The bank posted a sign on its door saying it will be closed due to the robbery. (USA Today)
Man arrested for attempting to rob a pizza shop with large metal pole
A man was arrested for attempting to rob a Big Daddy’s Pizza with a large metal pole, police said. Salt Lake City Police said that the 36-year-old suspect entered the store wearing a large white garbage bag and approached the cashier asking for money. He then produced what police called a “large metal pole” and swung it at the cashier, hitting him in the hand. The cashier alerted three other employees who came to the front of the store to confront the man who then ran from the store. Employees left the store and chased the suspect until police were able to take him into custody. The assailant was booked into jail for aggravated robbery, police said. (Fox 13)
This Tuesday Gives Us:
- Desperation Day
- Employee Legal Awareness Day
- Fat Tuesday
- Galentine’s Day
- Get a Different Name Day
- International Condom Day
- International Pancake Day
- Pancake Day Race
- Madly In Love With Me Day
- National Wingman’s Day
- Mardi Gras
- National Tortellini Day
- Paczki Day
- Safer Internet Day U.S. – Second Tuesday in February
- World Radio Day