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A California prosecutor will be placed on administrative leave as his office investigates offensive comments made on his social media accounts, the county district attorney announced on Monday.
Michael Selyem, who leads the Hardcore Gang Unit at the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, is the subject of an internal investigation, according to a statement from District Attorney Mike Ramos, after reportedly targeting Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), former first lady Michelle Obama, immigrants and Mexicans in comments on his social media accounts.
According to images published in the San Bernardino Sun newspaper , Selyem recently attacked Waters after she called for Trump administration members to be harassed in public .
“Being a loudmouthed . . . in the ghetto you would think someone would have shot” her by now, he wrote , in a much more explicit manner, according to the Sun.
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Selyem also posted a fake picture of Michelle Obama holding a sign that said “Trump grabbed my penis,” the Sun wrote. The notion that Michelle Obama is a man is a smear that has grown in some conspiracy-theory-minded circles on the right.
Beneath a Breitbart article, he Quote: : “I am all for white males immigrating here legally and starting a business. It is the terrorist a–holes sneaking in here wanting to kill me an[d] my family that I am opposed to.”
He also posted a picture of a man in a large sombrero with the caption: “Mexican word of the day: Hide.”
The posts came to the attention of Ramos’s office on June 28, the office said. Ramos said the office has received “more than several complaints,” and has been flooded with calls from around the country since the news was publicized. The Sun published its report on Friday. It was not clear exactly when Selyem would be placed on administrative leave. Ramos’s spokesman, Christopher Lee, did not immediately return a request for comment.
© Provided by WP Company LLC d/b/a The Washington Post Ramos told reporters Monday that he was concerned about the effects the comments could have on the integrity of his office, citing a remark Selyem reportedly made online that a civilian who was shot by police “got exactly what he deserved.”
“I was offended by the comments,” Ramos said. “Not just as the district attorney, but as a prosecutor. And I think then further as the district attorney, I was really concerned with comments regarding officer-involved shootings. Because we handle those cases, as you know, on a daily basis.”
Selyem faces possible disciplinary action, including termination, Ramos said — a step for which some activists have already called. His caseload is being reassigned, Ramos said.
© Provided by WP Company LLC d/b/a The Washington Post Ramos said he was bracing for potential motions and challenges to cases on which Selyem had worked.
“That was one of the other concerns we have,” he said. “There could be motions, motions in limine before trial about some of the comments, depending on other issues, racial biases et cetera because of the comments that were made.”
As of January, Selyem was working on a case in which a man was charged with murder after being accused of fatally punching a 70-year-old sheriff’s deputy in the face, according to a report on the case in the Sun.
Ramos said there is no evidence that any bias affected Selyem’s work for the office but said he had assigned an assistant to review the cases and had invited members of the public to come forward if they believed there was impropriety.
“We have had no prior indication Mr. Selyem had any type of bias regarding his cases,” Ramos said.
The San Bernardino County Public Attorneys Association, the union that represents prosecutors, did not answer a request for comment.
Messages left at phone numbers listed for Selyem in public records were not returned.
All 13 rescued from flooded Thai cave: navy SEAL unit
A Arthur Why do reporters across the board keep mentioning “oxygen supplies”? Nobody dives on pure oxygen. Yeah, yeah, pure O2 is used in rebreathers, but I have not seen a single news report photo of video showing divers with rebreathers. There is so very little information given about the maximum depth or bottom time the divers experience. That would help explain why the divers need to take time between rescue operations. They are not just resting, they are decompressing as well. Do these reporters feel that they can’t give a little background on the hazards the divers, and kids, are facing that are unique to diving? S Stephanie More than halfway there! Best of success for the remaining few who haven’t been rescued yet. Fingers crossed everyone gets out safely!! Post your reaction in the app
Body of dead teen honored with ‘extreme embalming’
A deceased teenager who loved basketball and video games was honored at a creative wake. (Photo: WGNO) More A family whose teenage son died honored his memory in an unusual wake: His corpse was positioned in a chair facing a television screen, a video game controller in hand and his favorite snacks next to him.
Renard Matthews, 18, of New Orleans, La., was robbed and shot to death on the evening of June 25 while walking his dog. Matthews, whom a neighbor described as “ a nice young man ,” loved football and basketball; his favorite athlete was Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, his mother, Temeka, told a local news station, WGNO. On Sunday, his wake presented a faithful reflection of his low-key lifestyle. The family had Matthews embalmed and placed in a stance that was typical for him. He was seated in a chair, wearing an Irving jersey and sunglasses, with a PlayStation controller in his hand, facing a television playing the Celtics. He was flanked by Doritos and soda.
The funeral home where the wake was held is accustomed to unique requests. “One time, we stood a deceased drummer from a grassroots band at a drum set,” a representative from the Charbonnet Labat Glapion Funeral Home in Tremé, tells Yahoo Lifestyle, adding that it recruits specialists to prepare bodies at varying costs, which differ depending on the details of the service.
The funeral home also hosted the 2014 wake of Miriam “Mae Mae” Burbank, 53, who was posed with a beer, a menthol cigarette, and an ashtray at a table. Burbank, a fan of the New Orleans Saints football team, had her fingernails painted in the team colors of black and gold.
Miriam Burbank, 53, was honored at her wake. (Photo: WGNO) More Burbank was described by her loved ones as a “ party girl ” who loved beer and scotch. “When I walked in, I feel like I was in her house and I didn’t hurt so much,” her sister Sherline Burbank told WGNO . “Because it’s more of her, and it’s like she’s not dead. It’s not like a funeral home. It’s like she’s just in the room with us.”
Burbank’s daughter Zymora Kimball also told the news station that not everyone approved of the send-off. “A lot of people didn’t accept what I was doing,” she said. “I didn’t let that stop me, and I know she’s happy with how she’s looking. That’s her, that’s Mae.”
The unique custom has been called “extreme embalming,” reports ABC News , and honors the deceased in personalized ways. It’s particularly popular in Puerto Rico, where a handful of creative services have won attention.
The body of Renato Garcia was dressed as the superhero the Green Lantern for his 2015 wake in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Photo: AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo) More In 2015, Green Lantern fan Renato Garcia, 55, died of an asthma attack and was bid goodbye in the costume he often wore around town. “It is what he would have wanted,” said sister Milagros Garcia, per the Daily Mail .
The body of Victor Perez Cardona, 73, was honored inside the taxi cab he used to drive. (Photo: Ricardo Arduengo/AP Photo) More That same year, the body of taxi driver Victor Perez Cardona, a former cancer patient, was positioned in his cab — with his hands on the steering wheel — a request his daughter says was characteristic of her father, who loved jokes. According to the Daily Mail , some mourners even sat beside Perez Cardona for one last ride.
The body of Fernando de Jesús Díaz Beato was prepared in a way that reflected his personal style. (Photo: REUTERS/Alvin Baez) More In 2016, the body of Fernando de Jesús Díaz Beato, 26, was seated in a chair with one leg crossed over the other, wearing a black cap, glasses, khaki pants, and sneakers. “Some people say that it doesn’t look good,” his sister Lhizz Díaz Beato told BuzzFeed . “They prefer something more traditional. But if that’s something that the family wants, why wouldn’t you do it?”
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Expert: Putin can hack our midterms
Yahoo News photo Illustration; photos: AP, Getty More SAN FRANCISCO — Russian President Vladimir Putin is poised once again to meddle in an American election, and there’s little the U.S can do to stop him, an expert says. “The midterm is vulnerable to attack. There’s nothing we can do about it. It’s too late — if Putin wants to attack our midterm, he will.” Barbara Simons, a former IBM researcher and the co-author of “ Broken Ballots: Will Your Vote Count? ” told Grant Burningham, host of the Yahoo News podcast “Bots & Ballots.” Having spent the last decade trying to warn politicians of the vulnerabilities of computerized voting systems, Simons, who received a PhD in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, says that states like Georgia, New Jersey, Delaware, Louisiana and South Carolina that have switched to paperless elections are especially ripe targets. “We know that the Russians probed voter registration databases and related technology in these states and that they actually breached at least two of these databases,” Simons said.While U.S. officials say they have not turned up any evidence that Russia was able to disenfranchise voters in the 2016 presidential election or pad the rolls with fictitious identities that helped sway the vote in any given state to Donald Trump , proof itself may be difficult establish even if it had. “When you say digital only, you are saying there’s no paper ballot, no paper record. That means that there’s no way to recount. You have to basically trust that the information that’s stored in the computer is correct and hasn’t been tampered with,” Simons said. “The fight against paperless voting systems was led by computer scientists in the early 2000s because we understand that you just can’t trust computers for a whole variety of reasons — they could have software bugs, there could be mistaken programming, or they could be attacked or manipulated surreptitiously. If there’s no paper trail, no paper ballot, there’s no way to verify if any of these things have happened.” Download or subscribe on iTunes: “Bots & Ballots” by Yahoo News With the midterm elections just a little more than three months away, Simons is dismayed that many Americans, including those in positions of power, seem to be ignoring the alarm bells. “We are not prepared, it’s very discouraging,” Simons said. “Members of the intelligence community are talking about the fact that we are under cyberattack from Russia. This isn’t me saying this, this is members of the intel community saying this. But the country is not acting as if we are under attack. And in particular we are not defending our elections the way they need to be defended. As I say, the security of your vote will vary from state to state, but as a country we are not taking the necessary steps to protect the results of our elections.” Now a board member of Verified Voting , a nonpartisan advocacy group that promotes accuracy and transparency in U.S. elections, Simons hopes the country will realize just how vulnerable American democracy has become to outside interference. “Anything that uses a computer is insecure. That includes paper-ballot-based systems because almost all of them are tabulated by scanners, and the scanners basically are computers,” Simon said. “That means we can’t trust any of these outcomes. We have to check them. We have to verify them.” Putting those checks and balances in place takes time, however, and that means the upcoming midterms are vulnerable for mischief. “Oh, I’m damn scared,” Simons says about the threat from governments like Putin’s. “I’m not saying everyone else should be, but I am. A little knowledge can be disconcerting.”
All 12 boys, soccer coach rescued from flooded Thai cave
BREAKING NEWS: Entire Thai youth soccer team and coach rescued from cave. Click for more … All 12 boys, soccer coach rescued from flooded Thai cave Reuters 12 mins ago Video by CBS News
Update: A 12th boy and their soccer coach have been rescued out of the cave, the Thai Navy SEALs say.
CHIANG RAI, Thailand, July 10 (Reuters) – An eleventh person was rescued on Tuesday from a flooded Thai cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach were trapped for more than two weeks, raising hopes all 13 would be out by the end of the day.
A Reuters witness saw three people being carried out of the Tham Luang cave on stretchers separately on Tuesday, the third day of the rescue operation.
Eight of the boys were brought out on stretchers over the first two days – four on Sunday and four on Monday.
Officials were not immediately available to comment on who had been brought out, and it was not clear what condition they were in. A person with knowledge of the rescue said just before the eleventh person was spotted, that 10 people had been brought out.
The head of the operation, Narongsak Osottanakorn, said earlier the final operation would be “more challenging” because one more survivor would be brought out, along with three Navy SEALs who have been accompanying them.
The rescuers have been learning from experience and were two hours faster in bringing the second batch of survivors out on Monday.
However, scattered monsoon rains continued to risk percolating through the limestone cave walls to flood the tunnels with fast-flowing water.
Photos: Rescue mission on for trapped Thai soccer team Slideshow by photo services
“I hope today we will be faster or the same speed as yesterday,” Narongsak said.
A crack team of foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALS has been guiding the boys out through nearly 4 km (2.5 miles) of sometimes submerged, pitch-dark channels.
The “Wild Boars” soccer team and their coach got trapped on June 23 when they set out to explore the vast cave complex after soccer practice, when a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels.
British divers found the 13, huddled on a muddy bank in a partly flooded chamber several kilometres inside the complex, on Monday last week.
The eight boys brought out on Sunday and Monday were in good health overall and some asked for chocolate bread for breakfast, officials said.
Two of the boys had suspected lung infections but the four boys from the first group rescued were all walking around their hospital beds.
They are still being quarantined from their parents because of the risk of infection and would likely be kept in hospital for a week to undergo tests, officials said.
Four more of the boys were carried on stretchers out of the labyrinthine Tham Luang cave on the Myanmar border at dusk on Monday, bringing to eight the number brought out after two rescue pushes on successive days.
People across Thailand, and the world, have cheered the rescue operation, including at the Mae Sai Prasitsart school where six of the trapped boys are students.
Technology billionaire Elon Musk went into the cave on Monday and left the rescue team with a “kid-sized” submarine his company SpaceX had built, Thailand’s interior Minister Anupong Paochinda said.
Musk said on Twitter: “Just returned from Cave 3. Mini-sub is ready if needed. It is made of rocket parts & named Wild Boar after kids’ soccer team. Leaving here in case it may be useful in the future.”
(Reporting by Panu Wongcha-um, Juarawee Kittisilpa, Patpicha Tanakasempipat, John Geddie and James Pomfret in CHIANG RAI, and Aukkarapon Niyomyat, Panarat Thepgumpanat, Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Chayut Setboonsarng in BANGKOK Writing by James Pomfret Editing by Paul Tait and Robert Birsel)