Mark Hicks The Detroit News Published 11:47 PM EST Feb 4, 2019 More than a decade after the affair that spawned a text messaging scandal, the downfall of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and chief of staff Christine Beatty, and jail stints for both, they are detailing the liaison in a national podcast. The pair was interviewed for "Crimetown," a series produced in partnership with Gimlet Media broadcast on Spotify. Each season focuses on the "culture of crime" in a new city. The current installments have focused on Detroit. Several episodes revolve around Kilpatrick's tenure, and the recently aired 14th installment delves into how the city native and its youngest mayor became involved with Beatty, sparking a scandal that forced him from office in 2008. Kilpatrick notes in the podcast that he and Beatty were close friends as youths and dated briefly as teens but, on the advice of those in his inner circle, split before he … [Read more...] about Kilpatrick, ex-aide speak out on affair, text-message scandal
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Travis Loller, Associated Press Updated 12:16 am CST, Thursday, December 20, 2018 FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2018 file photo, Travis Reinking appears at a hearing in Nashville, Tenn. Reinking, accused of killing four people in a Nashville Waffle House, used to send his father text messages in which he punctuated everyday chitchat with delusional rants. Police say the 29-year-old Reinking was nearly naked, only wearing a green jacket, when he opened fire outside the restaurant on April 22 and then stormed inside. less FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2018 file photo, Travis Reinking appears at a hearing in Nashville, Tenn. Reinking, accused of killing four people in a Nashville Waffle House, used to send his father text messages in ... more Photo: Mark Humphrey, AP Photo: Mark Humphrey, AP Image 1 of / 1 … [Read more...] about Waffle House shooting suspect sent delusional text messages
By John Woolfolk | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: December 11, 2018 at 4:50 pm | UPDATED: December 11, 2018 at 10:07 pm Texting your sweetheart that you’re on your way home? California may soon charge you for that. This is no LOL matter, critics say. State regulators have been ginning up a scheme to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones to help support programs that make phone service accessible to the poor. The wireless industry and business groups have been working to defeat the proposal, now scheduled for a vote next month by the California Public Utilities Commission. “It’s a dumb idea,” said Jim Wunderman, president of the Bay Area Council business-sponsored advocacy group. “This is how conversations take place in this day and age, and it’s almost like saying there should be a tax on the conversations we have.” It’s unclear how much individual consumers would be asked to pay … [Read more...] about OMG! Now California wants to tax text-messaging?
LYON, France -- The wife of Interpol's president made an impassioned plea Sunday for help in bringing her missing husband to safety, saying she thinks he sent an image of a knife before he disappeared in China as a way to warn her he was in danger. Grace Meng detailed the last messages she exchanged with her husband, Interpol President Meng Hongwei, to reporters as part of her unusual appeal. Meng is China's vice minister for public security, and regularly traveled between Beijing and Lyon, France, where Interpol is based. His wife's plea underscored how China's system of shady and often-arbitrary detentions can ensnare even a senior public security official with international standing, leaving loved ones uninformed and in a panic. In news that could confirm her fears: China announced less than an hour after she spoke Sunday that Meng was under investigation on suspicion of unspecified legal violations, making him the latest high-ranking official to fall victim to a sweeping … [Read more...] about Interpol president’s wife says missing husband sent knife image in last text message
A former Philadelphia police officer and ex-convict was sentenced to two years in jail after pleading guilty to sending hundreds of threatening text messages to an ex-girlfriend over a four-year period, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Monday. Bryan McGraw, 49, of Philadelphia, had previously pleaded guilty to a pattern of threatening behavior directed toward another police officer in Texas who had become romantically involved with a former lover of his, according to prosecutors. In 2008, McGraw was a former Philadelphia police officer who had been removed from the force after being charged with a variety of offenses, including filing false reports, gun charges, tampering with evidence and aggravated assault. At the time, he was dating a woman who was still a member of the Philadelphia Police Department. When the woman moved to Texas to join another police department, McGraw remained in Pennsylvania serving a state prison term that ran from 2011 to 2014. In 2011, The woman began … [Read more...] about Former Philly cop gets prison time for hundreds of threatening text messages