- U.S. Associated Press
A Massachusetts woman who lived in a squalid, vermin-infested home where authorities found the remains of three babies was cleared Thursday of second-degree murder, but was convicted of lesser charges. Judge Janet Kenton-Walker said prosecutors did not prove that 35-year-old Erika Murray caused the death of one of the babies whom she had been charged with killing and hiding in her home filled with rodents, dead animals, dirty diapers and trash. Kenton-Walker called the case "senseless" and "tragic," but said she had to be guided by the evidence rather than her emotions.
- U.S. Yahoo Lifestyle
“I think it's easier for people to believe that I left teaching because of the lousy pay,” wrote Jessica Gentry. “Some would allow them to assume that. That ain't me. The filter comes off now.”
- Politics Refinery29
White House advisor Ivanka Trump violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits government employees from engaging in political activity, when she tweeted about her dad’s campaign in a Father’s Day post, a watchdog group says.Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a nonpartisan government watchdog organization, filed a complaint with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) against the first daughter on Thursday - just days after the federal agency recommended the removal of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway for her own Hatch Act violations. Ivanka's alleged violations stem from a tweet she posted on June 16, which includes an image of her father’s "Make America Great Again" campaign poster and the caption "the best is yet to come." Four years ago today, I introduced my father @realDonaldTrump when he launched a Campaign that would forever change America. Because of his courage, Americans are safer and more prosperous...and the best is yet to come! Happy Father’s Day! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/ygcbg3URQx - Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 16, 2019In a letter, CREW recommended that the OSC, part of the Department of Justice, conduct an immediate investigation or take disciplinary action. It cited a new OSC guideline written following President Donald Trump’s announcement he’d be running for reelection in 2018: “While on duty or in the workplace, employees may not: wear, display, or distribute items with the slogan ‘Make America Great Again’ or any other materials from President Trump’s 2016 or 2020 campaigns; use hashtags such as MAGA or ResistTrump in social media posts or other forums; or display non-official pictures of President Trump.” (Ivanka’s tweet clearly displayed the “Make America Great Again” slogan on her father’s campaign poster.)The watchdog group argued that Ivanka’s Twitter account, which has over 6.5 million followers, has been used continuously for official government purposes, despite saying it is a “Personal Pg.” and that “views are [her] own” in the bio, which also includes her “Advisor to POTUS” job title. Thus, Ivanka's partisan Twitter activity can easily be read as that of a government employee, albeit an unpaid one, using her official position to promote political campaign issues.“It has become clear that this rampant abuse of public office is not a problem of ‘one bad apple’ but rather a key feature of the Trump White House,” CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said in a statement provided to Refinery29. “By blatantly using her office for politics right after the Office of Special Counsel recommended her colleague be fired for repeatedly acting similarly, Ivanka Trump has basically thumbed her nose at the OSC and the rule of law. Never before have we witnessed this level of illegal politicized behavior, and it must not be allowed to continue.”By "her colleague," Bookbinder is presumably referring to Conway, who has been reprimanded for several ethics violations during her time as counselor to the president. The OSC sent President Trump a report detailing numerous occasions in which Conway violated the Hatch Act, recommending her removal from federal office. The White House counsel responded with a letter asking that the agency withdraw the recommendation, and the OSC declined the request.Special Counsel Henry Kerner, a Trump appointee, called Conway’s behavior “unprecedented.” Last week, the White House defended Conway’s actions as “her constitutional rights to free speech and due process.”Refinery29 has reached out to the White House, and we'll update this story when we hear back.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?What The 2020 Candidates Need To Know About Sex Work DecriminalizationJoe Biden & Cory Booker Clash Over Segregationist Senators Comment, AOC Weighs InEverything You Need To Know About The First Presidential Primary Debate
- Sports AFP
Veteran trainer Freddie Roach says Manny Pacquiao has rediscovered his aggressive streak as the one-month countdown to his battle with welterweight champion Keith Thurman got under way on Thursday. Pacquiao has entered the final phase of training for the July 20 showdown with Thurman, arriving in Los Angeles last weekend to work under long-time trainer Roach at his famed Wild Card gym. The 40-year-old eight-division world champion has been riled by trash-talking from WBA champion Thurman ahead of the bout, with the undefeated American vowing to send Pacquiao into retirement at Las Vegas's MGM Grand next month.
- Entertainment MarketWatch
Crilly, a veteran shark hunter, was with friends off Manasquan Inlet in New Jersey when he had a “once in a lifetime” experience - he came face to face with a great white shark estimated to be about 16 feet long and 2,000 pounds. Never seen anything like this before,” Crilly told NBC after the clip went viral overnight. Experts told NBC that Crilly's brush with the great white, which has seen its population rise in the area, may have been a hungry mother about to give birth.