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25 found in refrigerated container on way to England

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The ferry was not far off the Dutch coast en route to Felixtowe, Suffolk, when the discovery was made at around 5pm on Tuesday.

The Britannia Seaways ship returned to the port of Vlaardingen, near Rotterdam, after the stowaways were discovered.

Gert Jakobsen, vice president of communications with the ship's operator DFDS, said the migrants were found after they made a hole in the trailer.

Mr Jakobsen said police were waiting at the port and the migrants were taken to hospital by ambulance to check for hypothermia.

"We don't know about the checks. Of course, they were not in a very good condition," he said.

"Unfortunately this is not the first time we have had such a situation. Of course, it's rare they hide in a refrigerated trailer.

"But we do find migrants even though we try to prevent it."

It is not known the ages or sex of any of the migrants or where they are from.

Dutch police said 23 people were transferred to a police station after medical check-ups, while two were receiving extra care in hospital.

https://youtu.be/iFJgrbNKT98

Roger Stone found guilty on all counts

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https://www.axios.com/roger-stone-found-guilty-all-counts-9a18bed4-305d-4cc7-a839-61e1567542c9.html

A jury found longtime Trump associate Roger Stone found guilty on seven counts that include obstruction, giving false statements to a House committee and witness tampering on Friday, following the conclusion of a federal trial on charges related to the Mueller investigation.

Context: Stone, 76, was indicted in January. He lied to Congress about his efforts to learn more about when WikiLeaks would publish damaging emails about 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The lies centered on the existence of certain texts and emails, Stone's conversations with Trump campaign officials, and the use of WikiLeaks intermediary that Stone named as comedian Randy Credico.

The big picture: Prosecutors alleged in closing arguments that Stone lied to congressional investigators because he "knew that if this information came out it would look really bad for his longtime associate Donald Trump," the New York Times reports.

CNN notes that the most significant revelation from Stone's trial was "the extent to which Stone was in touch with Trump directly and other campaign officials, and how they eagerly anticipated WikiLeaks' releases of hacked Democratic emails in 2016."
Those communications also allegedly involved a July 2016 phone conversation between Stone and Trump in which the two discussed future WikiLeaks email dumps, former deputy campaign manager Rick gates testified.
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Syracuse University students allegedly Airdropped NZ shooter manifesto

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https://www.foxnews.com/us/syracuse-university-airdrop-racist-manifesto

>A white supremacist manifesto was apparently Airdropped to students at a Syracuse University library on Tuesday — a day after a fraternity was suspended for alleged racism, and multiple instances of racist graffiti have been reported to campus authorities.

>Multiple students who were in the Bird Library allegedly received a copy of a racist manifesto — supposedly the 74-page anti-immigrant document written by the Christchurch, New Zealand shooter — around 1 a.m., and a copy of the document was also posted on an online forum, the school's public safety department said.

>"Airdrop" is a feature available to Apple users who have Wi-Fi or Bluetooth features enabled. It allows users to send photos or documents, among other items, to people around them who also have the feature turned on.

>These reports have yet to be confirmed and there is no specific threat to Syracuse University," safety officials wrote in a news release on Tuesday. "The Department of Public Safety is investigating these reports and has notified the Syracuse Police Department, the New York State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation."

After students received the doc, a public safety officer told them "to not walk home alone," student newspaper The Daily Orange reported. A link to the manifesto was also apparently posted to Greekrank.com, a platform used to rate Greek life at universities, around 10:30 the night before.
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Underage Sex Sting Led by Alabama Teenagers Ensnares a Teacher

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I'm gonna post the entire article, because NYT's subscription rules are too strict.

- https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/18/us/alabama-teens-sexual-predators.html

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>A school music director was lured to a local Walmart by the teenagers, who then confronted him, a video shows.

>Three teenagers posed as boys on a popular dating app and invited overtures from adult men seeking sex.

>That led to an exchange of encrypted messages, some containing lewd photographs of the men. The teenagers, acting as a self-deputized predator patrol, then asked to meet at a Walmart in Alabama.

>When it came time for the face-to-face meeting in the electronics section of the store in Anniston, one man they had arranged to meet turned out to be a school music director.

>The confrontation this month was captured in a YouTube video titled "He Ran From Us!," which showed the teacher trying to cover his face with his jacket as he retreated from the store.

>"He came here to meet an underage kid," one of the teenagers shouts in the video. "He works for Calhoun County Board of Education."

>The teacher, Bradley White, 27, was charged on Thursday with distribution of obscene material to a student and violating a state law that prohibits teachers from having sexual contact with a student under the age of 19, Matthew Wade, the Calhoun County sheriff, said on Sunday. Both charges are misdemeanors.

>Mr. White was not the only person ensnared by the sting led by the teenagers -- Dillon Busby, Jackson Lewullis and Cody Waller -- three friends who gave themselves the nickname Hive.
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Criminal charges expected for Epstein's guards

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https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-11-18/criminal-charges-expected-this-week-against-two-officers-who-guarded-jeffrey-epstein

>Two correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein when he took his own life are expected to face criminal charges this week for falsifying prison records, two people familiar with the matter told the Associated Press.

>The federal charges could come as soon as Tuesday and are the first in connection with Epstein’s death. The wealthy financier died at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York while awaiting trial on charges of sexually abusing teenage girls.

>The officers on Epstein’s unit at the federal jail are suspected of failing to check on him every half-hour, as required, and of fabricating log entries to claim they had. Federal prosecutors offered the guards a plea bargain, but the Associated Press reported Friday that the officers declined the deal.

>The expected charges will be filed by federal prosecutors in Manhattan, who have been investigating Epstein’s Aug. 10 death. The people familiar with the matter insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case publicly.

>Both guards were working overtime because of staffing shortages when Epstein was found. The officers have been placed on administrative leave while the FBI and the Justice Department’s inspector general investigate the circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death.

>The city’s medical examiner ruled Epstein’s death a suicide, but that hasn’t stopped conspiracy theories. A forensic pathologist hired by Epstein’s family to observe the autopsy has said authorities could help clear things up by being more transparent.
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Julian Assange: Sweden drops rape investigation

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>Prosecutors in Sweden have dropped an investigation into a rape allegation made against Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange in 2010.

>Assange, who denies the accusation, has avoided extradition to Sweden for seven years after seeking refuge at the Ecuadorean embassy in London in 2012.

>The 48-year-old Australian was evicted in April and sentenced to 50 weeks in jail for breaching his bail conditions.

>He is currently being held at Belmarsh prison in London.

>The Swedish Prosecution Authority said in a statement: "Deputy Director of Public Prosecution Eva-Marie Persson has today decided to discontinue the investigation regarding Julian Assange.

>"The reason for this decision is that the evidence has weakened considerably due to the long period of time that has elapsed since the events in question."

>The prosecutors said the decision had been taken after seven witnesses in the case had been interviewed.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-50473792
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Impeachment Inquiry Day 3

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https://youtu.be/POBP1uwgYDY
Morning:

Jennifer Williams
Alexander Vindman
Afternoon:

Kurt Volker
Tim Morrison
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American Public Education

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https://graphics.chicagotribune.com/illinois-seclusion/

In Illinois, it’s legal for school employees to seclude students in a separate space — to put them in “isolated timeout” — if the students pose a safety threat to themselves or others. Yet every school day, workers isolate children for reasons that violate the law, an investigation by the Chicago Tribune and ProPublica Illinois has found.

Children were sent to isolation after refusing to do classwork, for swearing, for spilling milk, for throwing Legos. School employees use isolated timeout for convenience, out of frustration or as punishment, sometimes referring to it as “serving time.”
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'Untold human suffering': scientists declare global climate emergency

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>'Despite 40 years of major global negotiations, we conduct business as usual and have failed to address this crisis,' group says

Eleven thousand scientists in 153 countries have declared a climate emergency and warned that "untold human suffering" is unavoidable without huge shifts in the way we live.

The letter is based on climate science that was first established in 1979 at the first World Climate Conference held in Geneva. For decades multiple global bodies have agreed urgent action is needed but greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise.

"Despite 40 years of major global negotiations, we have continued to conduct business as usual and have failed to address this crisis," said William Ripple, professor of ecology at Oregon State University, who spearheaded the letter.

"Climate change has arrived and is accelerating faster than many scientists expected," according to the letter published in BioScience.

Researchers say they have a moral obligation to "clearly warn humanity of any catastrophic threat" and "tell it like it is". "Clearly and unequivocally planet Earth is facing a climate emergency," they state.

Although there are some positive indicators -- such as declining birth rates and a rise in renewable energy use -- most indicators suggest humans are rapidly heading in the wrong direction, they say.

- https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-emergency-scientists-emissions-letter-climate-change-a9185786.html

Personally, I think these scientist fellows are just being pessimistic crybabies.
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'Meth. We're On It.': South Dakota prevention campaign launches

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https://www.ksfy.com/content/news/South-Dakota-meth-prevention--awareness-campaign-launches-today-565097392.html

A statewide methamphetamine prevention campaign, designed to bring awareness to resources available to those seeking help, kicked off Monday.

The South Dakota Department of Social Services announces the launch of a campaign called “Meth. We’re On It." According to a press release, the campaign will focus on creating awareness for available resources to those seeking help, and to connect and empower community members who wantto tackle the South Dakota methamphetamine issuelocally.

A new website, OnMeth.com, features resources for meth users to turn to for help as well as provides information for community members on how to form a coalition, employ prevention strategies in their homes and schools.

“South Dakota’s meth crisis is growing at an alarming rate,” said South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem. “It impacts every community in our state and threatens the success of the next generation. It is filling our jails and prisons, clogging our court systems, and stretching our drug treatment capacity while destroying people and their families. This is our problem, and together, we need to get on it.”
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