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The scrawny homeless man whose face was partially chewed off by a crazed attacker last year has gained 50 pounds and is relearning the guitar, his doctors said Tuesday.
"I think he wants the world to know that he's not traumatized by this, that he's happy and grateful," said Dr. Urmen Desai, Poppo's plastic surgeon at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami.
Poppo became known to the world as a craggy, sunburnt, bearded man in a photo taken before he was attacked on Miami Beach's MacArthur Causeway last May 26. In a short video shown at Jackson Memorial Hospital, he wore a blue polo shirt and held a guitar.
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First responders are in a race against time in the search for any survivors of a devastating tornado that ripped through Moore, Okla., while the medical examiner's office has revised the death toll from 51 to 24, including nine children.
Oklahoma medical examiner spokeswoman Amy Elliot said this morning that she believes some victims were counted twice in the early chaos of the storm. The original death toll included 20 children.
Two elementary schools were in the path of Monday's tornado, which the National Weather Service gave a preliminary rating of at least EF-4, meaning churning wind speeds of up to 200 mph. Oklahoma City police spokesman Sgt. Gary Knight said seven of the young victims were from Plaza Towers Elementary School.
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What should be done to make it right with all of the conservative groups that were targeted?
Former IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman doesn’t think he has to apologize for the wrongdoing that occurred at the IRS on his watch, and he repeatedly refused to do so at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Tuesday.
We’ll see how long that lasts.
Shulman at several points during Tuesday’s hearing expressed “regret” that conservative groups were improperly targeted by the IRS over the last three years, even saying he was “deeply saddened” by it. But when asked whether he would apologize, Shulman balked.
Read more at the Washington Post
Has your opinion of President Obama changed since the IRS, AP, and Benghazi scandals came to light?
Majorities of Americans believe that the Internal Revenue Service deliberately harassed conservative groups by targeting them for special scrutiny and say that the Obama administration is trying to cover up important details about the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans last year.
But a new Washington Post-ABC News poll also finds that allegations of impropriety related to the controversies have yet to affect President Obama’s political standing.
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KC's money trouble led him to kill Maribel Ramos instead of just moving out.
Maribel Manriquez Ramos and Kwang Choi "K.C." Joy argued on May 2 about the man's unpaid rent, which included her demanding he move out, according to the Orange County district attorney's office (OCDA).
Either that day or the next, Joy murdered Ramos, then dumped her body in Modjeska Canyon, reads an OCDA statement on this morning's scheduled arraignment hearing for Joy.
He is charged with felony murder and faces up to 25 years to life in state prison if convicted.
Read more at the OC Weekly
Should this felon have his pension revoked or modified after serving as a city manager of a city with 133 residents?
Before there was Bell and Robert Rizzo, there was Vernon and Bruce Malkenhorst.
The city of Vernon is small. But for a long time, pay there was big. So big, in fact, that Malkenhorst – a Huntington Beach resident – was earning $529,536 as Vernon's city manager, finance director, redevelopment director, city clerk, city treasurer, and head of the municipal light and power operation – all pretty much at the same time.
So when Malkenhorst (pictured at right, in 1977) retired in 2005, he was soon pulling down a pension in excess of $500,000 from the California Public Employees Retirement System. Which made him the top-paid public pensioner in the entire Golden State. And, perhaps, anywhere.
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The Department of Defense confirms to NBC 5 Investigates that accused Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Hasan has now been paid more than $278,000 since the Nov. 5, 2009 shooting that left 13 dead 32 injured. The Army said under the Military Code of Justice, Hasan’s salary cannot be suspended unless he is proven guilty.
If Hasan had been a civilian defense department employee, NBC 5 Investigates has learned, the Army could have suspended his pay after just seven days.
Personnel rules for most civilian government workers allow for "indefinite suspensions" in cases "when the agency has reasonable cause to believe that the employee has committed a crime for which a sentence of imprisonment may be imposed."
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Should the residents be charged with injuring the man since they were wrong about him being a sex offender?
Residents angry that police had not warned them about sex assaults of children took matters into their own hands, chasing down a man they thought was the attacker, pelting him with rocks and leaving him with a bloody face in Colorado, authorities said Monday.
Pueblo police later released the man because of lack of evidence, The Pueblo Chieftain reported.
Neighborhood residents were looking for a man suspected of two separate sexual acts when they got word that a man matching the description had been spotted, said Alex Pacheco, one of the pursuers. The group confronted the man and he ran.
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Record spending in the mayor's race, but with so many special interests funneling money into the race, who can you trust?
Spending in the hotly contested two-year race for Los Angeles mayor exceeded $33 million on Saturday, breaking previous records as unlimited outside money continued to play a dominant role in Tuesday's contest.
Candidate super PACs and so-called "independent expenditure" donors, which do not have to abide by the city's campaign contribution limits, provided 41% of the $25.6-million total raised just for candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti since the contest began in March 2011, according to campaign reports. The remainder of the mayoral campaign money has involved donations collected for candidates who failed to make the runoff.
The biggest single contributor has been Working Californians, the pro-Greuel "super PAC" with major funding from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the union that represents employees at the Department of Water and Power and elsewhere. By early Saturday afternoon, the PAC had raised more than $4.1 million on Greuel's behalf from unions, business interests and others, fundraising reports show.
Read more at the LA Times