Once a savior to his Crescent City, Ray Nagin has dug himself a disgraceful hole and exposed himself as a greedy and corrupt failure.
After barely six hours of deliberation on Wednesday, a jury convicted former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin on all but one of the 21-count indictment for bribery, money-laundering and failure to report income to the IRS.A subdued Nagin, who remains free on bond, maintained his innocence in brief comments to reporters, while his attorney Robert Jenkins said that they planned to appeal. He faces a prison term of at least 21 years.In a trial that matched the psychodynamics of one of the strangest politicians this outback of democracy has ever produced, Nagin’s trademark charm has long since dissolved, exposing the shell of a narcissist.
In an era rife with skeevy investigations, he’s the one gent that everyone wanted to be—or wanted to, y’know.
Derek Jeter announced Wednesday that he’s retiring from pro ball—and headed for a first-ballot, no-doubt-about-it, unanimous selection for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019. The selection will make ten million Yankees fans cry in their bourbons. But it’s a bummer for us Mets fans, too.Because Jeter, in an era rife with skeevy investigations featuring a cast of characters that’d make Elmore Leonard blush, and Kabuki theater Congressional inquiries into baseball’s drug problem, is perhaps the one gent that everyone would agree was clean as a whistle.
The Obama administration is looking to exchange Guantanamo Bay detainees for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl as part of a broader effort to reconcile with the Taliban.
Last month, the international press revealed that the Taliban had delivered to U.S. officials a video showing that America’s only prisoner of war, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, was still alive. What has not yet been previously reported was the U.S. government requested this proof of life as a precondition to resuming direct U.S.-Taliban talks over a prisoner swap: Bergdahl in exchange for Taliban commanders currently imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay.White House spokesperson Caitlin Hayden declined to talk about administration contacts with the Taliban.
The U.S. government has issued a new report on intellectual property theft and it outlines where the best markets are, both physically and online, to get your counterfeit shoes, handbags, and illegal copyrighted movies and music.
Are you looking for the best places in China to buy loads of fake Gucci, Louis Vitton, Manolo Blahnik, and other high-end fashion goods to bring back and sell in the United States? If so, the U.S. government has you covered.The United States Trade Representative Office (USTR) released the results of its 2013 “Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets” Wednesday, which is meant to name and shame those websites and physical markets that most egregiously offer goods that are rip-offs of American products.
An adult-entertainment company wants Foxy Knoxy to take a paltry sum of money to extend her 15 minutes of infamy. Has porn hit moral rock bottom?
How much would you pay to see a reasonably attractive, twice-convicted murderer be gang-banged by a bunch of apes in the adult entertainment industry?Days after an Italian appellate court upheld Amanda “Angel Face” Knox’s guilty verdict for murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher in 2007, a porn company in California offered Foxy Knoxy a paltry $20,000 to debase herself on camera. Monarch Distributions CEO Mike Kulich shared his pitch with The Daily Dot: “As you may have read, and were most likely well aware of, the general consensus is you are absolutely smoking hot.
Every time the thermometer drops, another anti-science politician mocks climate change as a fallacy. Here’s why they’re wrong.
So much for “HotLanta.” Georgia is starting to look a lot like the opening scene from The Day After Tomorrow. The governor has declared a state of emergency for 89 counties as a wave of “crippling ice” befalls much of The Peach State in a storm the National Weather Service warns, “may be of historic proportions.” This statewide IcePocalypseMageddon occurs a little more than a week after Georgia’s last devastating ice storm, when the National Guard was called in to aid thousands of people stranded in their homes, vehicles, and schools.
The only detrimental thing this Missouri defenseman could’ve done to his football career was keep his mouth shut. With the truth, brave Michael Sam can now see, run, tackle and win with clear eyes and a full heart. See? Can’t lose.
The NFL was thrust into the 20th century Sunday. Its old guard pushed back Monday, and I felt a powerful jolt of deja vu: Didn't the Pentagon just run this experiment? And abandon it after 17 counter-productive years?Michael Sam, the bravest football player in America, handed the NFL a gift when he came out Sunday night, four months before the draft. Most of America cheered and the NFL outwardly heaped on the praise with a glowing public statement.
A kooky cast of characters from Italian crime ring Ndrangheta, including one “Charlie Pepsi," were arrested for a drug deal Tuesday. FBI intercepted, and now they're cooling on ice behind bars.
To smuggle 500 kilograms of Mexican cocaine in frozen fish from Guyana to Italy would require as many as 5,000 fish.“They put a hundred grams, two hundred grams in each fish,” an alleged conspirator named Franco Lupoi was recorded saying.And then there’s the question of recovering it all.“It takes a day to defrost and then it takes a day to take out,” Lupoi says on the recording.The alleged conspirators were still ready to go ahead and even bought a fish wholesaler in Italy before deciding it might be easier just to hide the stuff in pineapples and charcoal.
With access to Edward Snowden’s treasure-trove and four months to prepare, the new magazine got scooped by the 168-year-old Associated Press on the world’s biggest drone story Monday.
The Intercept has landed—but with a bang or a thud?Given the four-month drumroll preceding Monday’s launch of the first in a series of digital magazines planned by First Look Media—eBay billionaire Pierre Omidyar’s $250 million journalism startup—the attendant fanfare has been predictably noisy, with scores of news outlets in the United States and abroad welcoming the new kid on the block.But the day’s big headline concerning America’s mushrooming espionage and national security apparatus—the new mag’s stated focus—was generated not by The Intercept but by the Associated Press, the 168-year-old news cooperative.
When the Taliban released a video showing a military working dog held hostage the internet paid fast attention. Meanwhile, America’s last POW, Bowe Bergdahl, is still languishing.
Last week, the Taliban went viral. In what is thought by experts to be a unique case, a website affiliated with the Taliban released a video showing a captured military working dog. The dog, a Belgian Malinois named Colonel, is shown wearing a sophisticated flack vest and surrounded by Taliban fighters who display captured rifles of the type commonly used by U.S. and British commandoes.For lack of a better term, it was an animal-hostage video, an unholy new mash-up of internet genres.
Niagara Falls has partially frozen over for the second time this year, giving tourists a one-of-a-kind photo op, and a reason to brave the frozen U.S.-Canada border.
The WikiLeaks founder participated in a glitch-filled—but candid—live video chat from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London as part of the South By Southwest tech fest.