Anthony Weiner Begs Judge For Mercy So He Can Make Good with Huma, Son

Anthony WeinerSpare Me Judge!I’m Getting Better for Huma and Our Son

9/13/2017 9:23 PM PDT

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Anthony Weiner says he’s turned a corner in his recovery, and he’s asking a judge to show leniency when he’s sentenced for sending obscene material to a minor.

Weiner fired off the letter to the judge in his case, saying, “I am 345 days off my destructive behaviors and have a daily practice to help me never return to them.” Those behaviors include his multiple sexting scandals … the last of which involved his lewd online communication with a 15-year-old. Weiner pleaded guilty, and will be sentenced Sept. 25.

The letter, obtained by TMZ, contains repeated references to his treatment and deep regret for continually humiliating his wife, Huma Abedin, and crushing her aspirations — a clear reference to her role as Hillary Clinton‘s trusted longtime aide.

Weiner also describes how he plans to explain his actions to their toddler son when he gets older. He writes, “I’ll tell him I was a guy who did a very bad thing to a young person I never met. I’ll tell him I put his amazing mother through years of trauma and broke her heart.”

Huma filed for divorce the day Weiner entered his guilty plea.

The judge could give Weiner a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison, although sentencing guidelines recommend 21 to 27 months.

He closed the letter with … “Every day I quietly do what I can to keep getting better, and to fix the damage I’ve done. I have much more work to do. Please show me grace so that I may continue.”


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Student killed trying to stop Washington high school shooter

A gunman opened fire in the hallway of a Washington State high school, killing one student and sending classmates fleeing before being tackled by a staff member.

Three more children were taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center where they were in stable condition, Spokane Fire Department Chief Brian Schaeffer said.

Hospital staff said the victims were all in their mid-teens.

The suspect, identified by KREM as student Caleb Sharpe, was taken into custody by police and is being held in juvenile jail.

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Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich told reporters that the shooter came to school armed with two guns, unloading bullets into a second-floor hallway before switching to his second weapon when the first one jammed. 

Knezovich said that the student who died had attempted to dissuade the suspect from opening fire on his classmates.

“A student walked up to him, engaged him, and that student was shot. That student did not survive,” he said, adding that he believed the incident stemmed from “a bullying type situation.”

Trauma surgeon Mike Moore said that three victims were stable, but that one patient was scheduled to undergo surgery Wednesday evening.

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A faculty member reportedly took down the suspect before police arrived on the scene.

“It sounds like some very courageous action by a member of the Freeman school staff,” Knezovich said.

“We still need to verify exactly what his role is but this is another example of someone who had a lot of courage and stepped up and stopped this before it got worse.”

A shooting was reported at Freeman High School, south of Spokane Valley, in Washington State Wednesday.

A shooting was reported at Freeman High School, south of Spokane Valley, in Washington State Wednesday.

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A school resource officer reportedly handcuffed the suspect after another employee had brought him to the ground. People were sitting on him when police arrived, Knezovich said.

A high school freshman who witnessed the shooting said she recognized the gunman. She recalled acting in an elementary school play with him.

“He was rather outgoing, he did not seem like the kind of kid to do it,” she told KREM2.

Seventeen-year-old Cory Therman told the station that she passed by the gunman before hearing shots ring out.

“I was in the hallway. I had just walked out of the classroom I was in and he was standing in the middle of the hallway and I walked right past him,” she said. 

Teresa Fuller, a spokesperson for the Spokane Police Department, confirmed that all students, including those who were in hiding places, had been located and cleared out of the building after the active shooter alert.

Freeman High School, located outside central Spokane in Rockford, has 327 enrolled students. 

A friend of the shooter’s said he saw the suspect show up to school with a duffle bag Wednesday morning. 

“But he came to school to sell games and stuff, so I just thought it was that.”

The friend said he didn’t know what drove the suspect to commit the act of violence. 

“My friend that did this was trying to make friends with everybody. He didn’t seem like the person to do this,” he told KREM2.

He described his friend as a “weird” kid who was understood by a tight-knit group of friends. 

“He fit in with our group. He could just be himself and none of us would judge him,” he said. “He wanted to be friends with kind of everyone.”

The same friend said the suspect had handed out notes to his friends in the beginning the school year, saying he planned to do something “stupid where he gets killed or put in jail.”

At least one of the notes had been handed over to a school counselor, the friend said.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee tweeted about an hour and a half after the shooting occurred.

“This morning’s shooting at Freeman High School is heartbreaking. All Washingtonians are thinking of the victims and their families,” he said. “The @wastatepatrol and all state agencies will do whatever we can to help provide support and comfort in the days and weeks to come,” he said. 

Spokane Mayor David Condon also issued a statement Wednesday. 

“Our hearts are broken by the events at Freeman High School this morning. This is a terrible day for the students, parents, teachers, administrators and the rest of that close-knit community. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this horrendous tragedy. First responders in our region are one team. Spokane City employees were part of that team in the first moments and will be there for the Freeman community as it begins a long road to recovery.”

Classes were cancelled for the remainder of the week. Counselors would be on hand to speak to students and their families. 

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Weiner's lawyers argue client is ill in bid for probation

Disgraced ex-pol Anthony Weiner should get probation for sexting a 15-year-old because he’s sick but not a sexual predator, his lawyers argued late Wednesday.

Weiner, who on May 19 pleaded guilty to transmitting obscene material to a minor, is set to be sentenced on Sept. 25. Weiner’s wife, Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, filed for divorce the day of his guilty plea.

Under Weiner’s plea deal, prosecutors said a sentence from 21 to 27 months in federal lockup is appropriate. Federal judges don’t have to follow plea deals, however, and the maximum sentence for him could be up to 10 years behind bars.

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Lawyers said that while Weiner was in the throes of his illness, the teen contacted him to gather material for a book.

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In his bid for probation, Weiner’s lawyers said his behavior came from an untreated addiction that caused him to compulsively respond to internet messages.

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Weiner did not sext the teen because he is sexually interested in teenagers, they contend, pointing out his previous sexting partners were all adults. They also argue Weiner didn’t seek out his victim, let alone other teenagers.

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They said that while Weiner was in the throes of his illness, the teen contacted him to gather material for a book — which, according to the feds, she is now pitching to publishers.

The teen tracked their exchanges from the get-go, “selectively” deciding which exchanges to record and which to delete, they maintain.

Front page of the New York Daily News for Sept. 9, 2017.

Front page of the New York Daily News for Sept. 9, 2017.

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The teen — who allegedly sold her story to a tabloid for $ 30,000 in September 2016 — later told federal investigators she had wanted to affect the election, court papers contend.

Weiner’s lawyers emphasized that this isn’t an excuse, but claim it shows his case is unique in comparison to other sexting cases — where an adult, possibly in a position of authority, acted in a predatory fashion.

Weiner copped to sending explicit sexual pics to the North Carolina high school student — and encouraging her to participate in sexual conduct even though she is a minor.

Weiner, who texted the teen under the alias “T-Dog,” is touching his genitals in one photo he sent to the girl.

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Hurricane Irma devastation: Animals left homeless after owners forced to flee killer storm

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Hurricane Irma: have been left starving and homeless after their owners were forced to flee

Hundreds of thousand of people were evacuated from the regions hit by the then-category 5 hurricane – including Anguilla, Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, St Barts, St Martin, Cuba and the US.

Among the rubble, animals left behind in the aftermath have been pictured taking shelter as they wait for their owners to return.

Aid and animal rescue volunteers have been desperately trying to provide food, shelter and medical care to dogs, cats, horses and goats left behind when winds of up to 185mph decimated the region.

In Florida, animals had to be rescued from rising floods, where tragically they had been tied up or fenced in.

Animal control officers said they found at least 49 abandoned dogs and two cats in storm-ravaged Palm County despite an earlier warning to owners not to leave their pets behind when evacuating.

Dianne Sauve, director of Palm County Animal Care and Control said: “There is absolutely no excuse for doing that.”

She added there were two pet-friendly shelters in the county that owners could have gone to with their animals.

Ms Sauve also warned that she along with state prosecutor Dave Aronberg will be pursuing animal felony charges against the owners of the abandoned pets.

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Mr Aronberg said: “This is a prime example of animal cruelty. We will find you, and we will prosecute you.”

Taylor Trogdon, a senior scientist with the NOAA National Hurricane Center’s Storm Surge Unit, has shared several images and video of kittens he is caring for after Hurricane Irma on social media.

Sharing a picture of the kittens Mr Trogdon tweeted: “So this happened – Irma rescue kittens. Six in total. Fostering [them] for a few weeks then probably keeping two. Felt it in my heart, so here we are.”

Meanwhile, Mark Raab, a digital marketing consultant, is one of a handful of volunteers helping feed island on the stricken island of Barbuda.

Mr Raab, 38, told MailOnline he had taken his boat over, loaded with pet supplies donated by animal lovers in Antigua.

The news comes as the Royal Navy’s flagship HMS Ocean was deployed to the region loaded with long term-emergency supplies to help British territories ravage by the hurricane. 

The ship left Gibraltar stacked with more than “200 pallets of aid” including items like timber, buckets, bottled water, food, baby milk, bedding and clothing.

Among the cargo were 10 pickup trucks, £6,500 worth of building materials and £20,000 worth of hardware donated by the Gibraltar government and businesses in the territory.

Yesterday, Theresa May pledged an extra £25million in relief funding to the affected territories in addition to the £32million she committed earlier.

Boris Johnson arrived in the Caribbean on Tuesday as nearly 1,000 British marines and 47 police officers were sent to restore “law and order” after around 100 prisoners broke out of a storm-damaged jail on the British Virgin Islands.

Hurricane Irma battered the British Virgin Islands, which suffered the full brunt of the storm as its eye passed through the Caribbean.

The islands’ Governor Gus Jaspert was forced to declare a state of emergency after the storm decimated buildings and reports of fatalities emerged.

In a radio message to the locals, Mr Jaspert said: “I come to you with a heavy heart after experiencing and observing the extent of devastation caused by Hurricane Irma.

“I have declared a state of emergency for the territory. All of us have been affected by Irma and some more than others. Apart from the structural damage. There have sadly been reports of casualties and fatalities.”

At least 80 people were killed by Hurricane Irma after it ravaged through the Caribbean and the southern states of Florida and Georgia in the US.

Among the dead five people on the Virgin Islands and four more on neighbouring British territory Anguilla.

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Jay Bruce: Trade to Indians saved me from ‘least fun’ Mets

Jay Bruce is much happier now that he’s not on the Mets.

On Aug. 1, Bruce seemed resigned to making the best of a bad situation. The outfielder who the Mets had shopped around for basically nine months watched the non-waiver trade deadline go by and no teams had made a deal for him. He’d thought he’d be on a team fighting its way to a World Series, but the Mets injuries and bad play now had him facing two months of playing out the stretch.

Just a week later, Bruce is back fighting for a pennant and making some history.

The outfielder hit a three-run home run on Wednesday as the Indians beat the Tigers for their historic 21st win in a row, tying the Cubs for the second longest winning streak in baseball history.

“I pretty much went from the least fun situation in baseball to the most fun,” Bruce told reporters after the Indians surpassed the 2002 Oakland A’s record of 20 consecutive wins in a 5-3 win over Detroit.

“That’s no slight to the Mets at all. … I just wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself.”

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The Mets had shopped Jay Bruce around for basically nine months.

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Bruce is part of something special in Cleveland, something that hasn’t happened in 116 years.

“You can’t ask for anything more,” Bruce said. “This team was awesome before I got here. I’m happy if I can help out where I can.”

The three-run shot was his 34th of the season and his fifth with the Indians.

He was the heart of the Mets lineup this season after struggling to finish the year before The Mets traded for Bruce in a deal that sent infield prospect Wilson Herrera to the Reds at the trade deadline in 2016. He hit .219 with eight homers and 19 RBI in 50 games. The Mets had traded for him in part as insurance against having Yoenis Cespedes opt out of his contract, which he did. When the Mets re-signed Cespedes last winter, however, the Mets tried to trade him. They found no takers.

Bruce has told people in the Mets organization he would consider re-signing with the team this winter, but there are at least three other teams ahead of them on his “wish,” list. The 30-year old reaches free agency for the first time in his career.

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Craig Carton Resigns, Focusing on 'Clearing My Name'

Craig CartonOfficially ResignsFocusing on ‘Clearing My Name’

9/13/2017 5:25 PM PDT

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Sports radio host Craig Carton — one half of the famous “Boomer & Carton” show — officially quit his job … amid a federal investigation into an alleged multi-million dollar concert ticket scheme.

As we previously reported … Carton was arrested by FBI agents last week after officials say an investigation revealed he bilked investors out of millions of dollars in an effort to pay off a massive casino debt.

Now with charges looming, Carton has tendered his resignation at WFAN — which is owned by CBS radio.

Carton says … “For 10 years I’ve had the great privilege of showing up to work every day at my dream job. I have nothing but love and respect for my co-host, the show and the entire CBS Radio family and I’ve always tried to represent them in the best possible light.”

He continues … “Unfortunately, the unfounded legal issues currently plaguing me will only be a distraction to everyone at WFAN and the show I helped build. With that in mind, I have submitted my resignation to the station and they accepted.”

“I am sad to see this chapter of my life close but know that it will allow me to focus on my family, my well-being and clearing my name, while giving the show the best opportunity to succeed without further disruption.”

Carton says he badly wants to tell his side of the story to his listeners, but “can’t at this time.”

No word on who Craig’s permanent replacement on the show will be.


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Craig Carton resigns from WFAN show amid Ponzi scheme charges

Now it’s just the Boomer show.

Acerbic radio sports host Craig Carton resigned Wednesday from WFAN’s “Boomer and Carton” morning show days after he was arrested and charged with running a ticket-sale Ponzi scheme.

“For 10 years I’ve had the great privilege of showing up to work every day at my dream job,” Carton said in a statement. “I have nothing but love and respect for my co-host, the show and the entire CBS Radio family and I’ve always tried to represent them in the best possible light.

“Unfortunately, the unfounded legal issues currently plaguing me will only be a distraction to everyone at WFAN and the show I helped build. With that in mind, I have submitted my resignation to the station and they accepted. I am sad to see this chapter of my life close but know that it will allow me to focus on my family, my well-being and clearing my name, while giving the show the best opportunity to succeed without further disruption.”

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Carton had already been suspended from the station.

“WFAN has accepted Craig Carton’s resignation,” CBS Radio said in a statement. “We appreciate all of his contributions over the last decade and wish him and his family well during this next phase.”

The statement said the station will begin a search for Carton’s replacement immediately.

Federal authorities arrested Carton last week, saying in papers filed in Manhattan Federal Court that he tried to raise millions of dollars in 2016 to pay gambling debts to casinos and others.

Authorities said Carton falsely told investors that he and others could score big profits by selling large blocks of tickets to acts including Katy Perry, Adele, Justin Bieber and Barbra Streisand.

Carton, 48, of Manhattan, remains free on $ 500,000 bail.

Carton hosted the morning show for a decade with former Jets quarterback Boomer Esiason.

Esiason awkwardly announced his partner’s arrest on air last Wednesday after initially telling listeners that Carton had called in sick.

Carton and an associate, Michael Wright, 41, of Upper Saddle River, N.J., were charged with securities fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy in the $ 5.6 million scheme.

Carton earned $ 250,000 at WFAN. 

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Ethics office allows anonymous donations to staffers' legal funds

The U.S. Office of Government Ethics has reverted to an internal policy allowing lobbyists to make anonymous donations to White House staffers’ legal defense funds.

The move could potentially help members of the Trump administration pay for attorneys as the Russia investigations continue.

During the Clinton presidency, a 1993 OGE document authorized the anonymous donations before the ethics office advised against it, Politico reported.

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump make their way across the South Lawn after a weekend at Camp David

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump make their way across the South Lawn after a weekend at Camp David

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Marilyn Glynn, the agency’s acting director under George W. Bush who spent 17 years in the office, told Politico, “It wasn’t in the interest of the public to have people guessing who really is donating here. We preferred more sunshine in the process.”

But the document was never officially revised to reflect the practices within the office until the OGE director Walter Schaub initiated a review before the 2016 election, saying he was worried the new administration would abide by the 1993 guidance.

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As the OGE juggled more pressing matters during the transition, Schaub said he ordered a note be added to the document to reflect the disparity.

It read, “NOTE: SOME STATEMENTS IN THIS OPINION ARE NOT CONSISTENT WITH CURRENT OGE INTERPRETATION AND PRACTICE.”

After Shaub stepped down in July, his addendum was removed and replaced with a new note emphasizing that the written statement on legal expenses from 1993 “HAS NOT CHANGED”.

The new note also states “HOWEVER, BECAUSE EACH ANALYSIS IS VERY FACT-SPECIFIC, AGENCY ETHICS OFFICIALS SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR OGE DESK OFFICER BEFORE ADVISING EMPLOYEES ON THIS TOPIC.”

Schaub told Politico, “It’s very depressing. It’s unseemly for the ethics office to be doing something sneaky like that.”

The White House later issued a statement saying it was not soliciting legal defense funds or pushing to allow anonymous donations.

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Donald Trump 'willing to cut off trade' with China to reign in despotic North Korea

Treasury Secretary Steve Munchin suggested on Wednesday that the is willing to cut off trade “with anyone who trades with ”.

He said in an interview on Fox News: “I’ve worked on an executive order that’s ready if the president wants to use it.

“We can stop trade with any country that does business with North Korea.

“We are going to be careful in using these tools, but the president is committed. We will use economic sanctions to bring North Korea to the table.”

When asked whether he included , Mnuchin replied: “Stopping trade with anybody. Nobody would be off the table.”

President Trump took to Twitter in the wake of North Korea’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test to make the same threat.

He said: “I will be meeting General Kelly, General Mattis and other military leaders at the White House to discuss North Korea. Thank you.

“The United States is considering, in addition to other options, stopping all trade with any country doing business with North Korea.”

China replied that the President’s comments are “unacceptable”.

He also Tweeted today: “China has a business tax rate of 15%. We should do everything possible to match them in order to win with our economy. Jobs and wages!”

The heated words come as North Korea has been hit with tough sanctions.

The UN passed new sanctions on the East Asian dictatorship unanimously.

Former North Korea’s allies Russia and China also voted in favour of new oil imports limits.

A statement from the North Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee responded by saying: “The army and people of the DPRK are unanimously demanding that the Yankees, chief culprit in cooking up the ‘sanctions resolution’, be beaten to death as a stick is fit for a rabid dog.

“The Yankees are the sworn enemy and group of wolves which can never be allowed to go as they have massacred and persecuted the Korean people century after century.

“The group of gangsters should never be pardoned for having ruthlessly trampled down our sovereignty and right to existence.

“There’s a limit to patience.”

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Craig Carton resigns from WFAN show amid Ponzi scheme charges

Now it’s just the Boomer show.

Acerbic radio sports host Craig Carton resigned Wednesday from WFAN’s “Boomer and Carton” morning show days after he was arrested and charged with running a ticket-sale Ponzi scheme.

“For 10 years I’ve had the great privilege of showing up to work every day at my dream job,” Carton said in a statement. “I have nothing but love and respect for my co-host, the show and the entire CBS Radio family and I’ve always tried to represent them in the best possible light.

“Unfortunately, the unfounded legal issues currently plaguing me will only be a distraction to everyone at WFAN and the show I helped build. With that in mind, I have submitted my resignation to the station and they accepted. I am sad to see this chapter of my life close but know that it will allow me to focus on my family, my well-being and clearing my name, while giving the show the best opportunity to succeed without further disruption.”

Giants QB Geno Smith rips WFAN’s Craig Carton for arrest

Carton had already been suspended from the station.

“WFAN has accepted Craig Carton’s resignation,” CBS Radio said in a statement. “We appreciate all of his contributions over the last decade and wish him and his family well during this next phase.”

The statement said the station will begin a search for Carton’s replacement immediately.

Federal authorities arrested Carton last week, saying in papers filed in Manhattan Federal Court that he tried to raise millions of dollars in 2016 to pay gambling debts to casinos and others.

Authorities said Carton falsely told investors that he and others could score big profits by selling large blocks of tickets to acts including Katy Perry, Adele, Justin Bieber and Barbra Streisand.

Carton, 48, of Manhattan, remains free on $ 500,000 bail.

Carton hosted the morning show for a decade with former Jets quarterback Boomer Esiason.

Esiason awkwardly announced his partner’s arrest on air last Wednesday after initially telling listeners that Carton had called in sick.

Carton and an associate, Michael Wright, 41, of Upper Saddle River, N.J., were charged with securities fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy in the $ 5.6 million scheme.

Carton earned $ 250,000 at WFAN. 

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