Supreme Court May Get Involved In Healthcare Debate

In its upcoming term, the Supreme Court may formally address a multi-State challenge to the Democrat-backed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Two Federal courts of appeals have ruled on the Constitutionality of the mandate that requires all individuals to purchase health insurance; one has upheld the mandate, and another has struck it down. Lower courts are also divided on the question of whether the rest of the bill can survive if the mandate is unConstitutional.

The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) headed up an effort to file a petition for a writ of certiorari to the court on Wednesday and issued a statement on its website.

“The 11th Circuit ruling confirmed NFIB’s view that the individual mandate in the health-care law is unconstitutional. It is now imperative that the Supreme Court rule on whether the entire law can stand without the mandate,” said Karen Harned, executive director of NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center in the release. “The sooner the Court takes up this case, the sooner small businesses and individuals will know whether they will have to bear the full weight, financially and economically, of this bad law.”

The court’s consideration of the case will likely take place during the height of the 2012 election season.

Student Threatens Man Passing Out Constitution Copies

The video below was recorded by Phil Cleary, a National Guardsman and field representative for The Leadership Institute. Cleary filmed this at the University of Minnesota Duluth on Constitution Day. The characters in this real-life glimpse into the twisted minds of today’s liberals offer at least as much entertainment as their intellectual equals on reality television, albeit with neither the moral gravitas of an episode of “The Jerry Springer Show” nor the academic loftiness of “The Real Housewives of… Wherever.”

The self-proclaimed defender of the supposedly threatened “multicultural center” and devotee of the late terrorist and convict Huey P. Newton is a UMD student named Blair Jordon Moses. Moses (who I suspect would be ecstatic with the nickname “Baby Huey,” although the real Baby Huey allegedly murdered a woman for calling him “Baby”) takes up most of the screen time. However, his asinine rants are noteworthy only for the overt nature of the threats they contain.

In fact, I’m tempted to forgive Baby Huey, if only because he’s clearly a victim of the teachers’ unions and their apparatchik accomplices in what passes for higher education. Granted, he did threaten Cleary, so he’ll probably be expelled, or not. He is a member of one of America’s protected classes; so for all I know, he may ride this video of what appears to be his mental breakdown to the Presidency of the student senate.

Give Baby Huey credit for some remarkable logical calisthenics. First, he threatened to shoot Cleary: “I just want to let you know, that if you ever threaten the multicultural center, I will exercise it (my 2nd amendment rights).” Then — if you’ll pardon the turn of phrase — he shoots himself in the rhetorical foot by proclaiming that he doesn’t “believe” in the Constitution. Is that how that works? You just refuse to believe in it. He would be better off refusing to believe his idol was gunned down in a crack deal gone awry. Let me check… nope, Newton is still dead.

When I was in school, threatening to shoot another student usually resulted in a one-way ticket home, although I can’t remember any junior-varsity racists actually threatening to kill people back then. But I attended one of the finest colleges in the nation.  Baby Huey attends one of the finest colleges in northeastern Minnesota.

The real treat in this live-action dramedy arrives at 2:19. Witness the sweeping entrance of UMD senior administrator Susana Pelayo-Woodward, the director of the Office of Cultural Diversity. From her role in the incident, I glean that she clearly needs remedial education on not only diversity and tolerance, but basic adult responsibility — not to mention the U.S. Constitution. Although she was undisturbed by Baby Huey threatening another UMD student’s life, she was worried about something: Cleary was handing out copies of the Constitution. Pelayo-Woodward asked: “Is this a white supremacist group? It looks like one.” In yet another remarkable intellectual milestone for the peculiarly circular logic of liberalism, she ignored the death threat from the budding terrorist in order to smear the document which allows her the right to smear the document which allows her the right to smear… forget it.

Call it a sense of patriotic civic duty or perhaps a glimmering ember of hope that our country won’t someday be consigned to the stewardship of a generation which is cerebrally outmatched by currently lower life forms like cockroaches, amoebas and Rosie O’Donnell, but I actually expressed my concerns over the ordeal in an email to members of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, the President of UM and senior personnel at UMD. I pointed out the obvious distress they should experience over one student threatening another, the fact that the aggressor was motivated by the unhinged hate which he appears to have picked up while imprisoned in their institution, and the fact that a member of their senior administration was unruffled by Moses’ verbal assault because she was too busy proving she wears the same idiotic blinders. I also noted that should they eschew disciplinary action against both Moses and Pelayo-Woodward, they would be exposing themselves to a lawsuit which would treat their funding like Godzilla treated downtown Tokyo. In fact, should Baby Huey decide to act out on his threats, not an impossibility if he’s trying to emulate Newton, then they may well be criminally liable as well as civilly so.

Wonder of wonders, someone at UMD is checking the mail. I received the following response:

At UMD, we place a priority on creating a positive and inclusive campus climate. In fact, advancing equity, diversity, and social justice is a core value of our university and is a goal of the UMD Strategic Plan. Freedom of expression, diverse views and opinions, and philosophical debate are part of the treasured tradition of this country’s public universities and the University of Minnesota Duluth. Moreover, UMD takes very seriously its zero tolerance for violence.

Regarding your specific concern, the September 16 incident involved people exercising their constitutional right to express their personal opinions and philosophies. UMD’s Office of Student Life is working to resolve any issues resulting from the encounter.

The representative from Youth for Western Civilization is not a UMD student. Like others who are not students at UMD or groups not registered as student organizations at UMD, he was welcomed to express his views and to distribute information on our campus within the guidelines established for such activities. This welcome continues for all who want to have a public forum to express views.

That qualifies as the most Byzantine babble which has ever appeared in my inbox, and I’m counting that sweet deal the Nigerian barrister clued me into. They are on the case, and they are planning nothing. UMD considers Baby Huey’s threat to Cleary’s life a “constitutional right.” As for Pelayo-Woodward, the email gave nary a hint as to her fate. After I read UMD’s simpering pablum, I called my brother and told him to scratch UMD off the list of possible schools for my nephew, who happens to be an exceptionally gifted hockey player. Actually, the little guy is also a smart cookie, so UMD was unlikely to make the list.

In the past, I and my colleagues at Personal Liberty Digest™ have often reminded you of the essential hypocrisy of liberalism. Although some of the other writers might be more diplomatic about it, I will simply say: Liberal ideology is pure excrement. (Actually, I was going to use more vivid terminology; but each time I do, Mr. Livingston says things like: “How’s your resume looking, Ben?”)

It’s not as if Baby Huey and his hyphenated-American consort are isolated in their appalling hatred. Just last week, a liberal named Stephen Hanks verbally assaulted Bristol Palin in a New York bar. Hanks’s rant was classless and obscene — or, as Bill Maher would call it, “brilliant.” However, it translates from the liberal hate speech as: “I hate your mother so much, I can’t stop myself from attacking her children.” Head union thug Jimmy Hoffa Jr. wants to “take out” the Tea Party. When a Teamsters Union thug talks about taking someone out, he doesn’t mean to dinner and movie. Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said the Tea Party is destined for “hell.” The last time I checked, that decision is above her pay grade. And Mad Maxine should probably focus on her own upcoming judgment; odds are, she is far from guaranteed a ticket upward in eternity. Common Cause members have demanded the enslavement and/or lynching of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Lest we think UMD is alone in its madness, consider pretty much everything that’s ever happened at Berkeley.

Granted, we conservatives have a few rotten eggs floating in the barrel, like the heckler who recently called President Obama “The Antichrist.” Obama wishes he was that big-time. I’m not even convinced Satan would hire him as an intern; although, perhaps George Soros could put in a good word for him with the lord of evil. We conservatives make fun of our loose screws; the Democrats send theirs to Congress, elect them President and watch them on MSNBC. Moreover, the Democrats give them influential positions shepherding young minds. Judging by the incident at UMD and the school’s lack of concern, that’s where they are inflicting the most damage.

–Ben Crystal

Federal Government Spent $10,612 Per Person In 2010

If the District of Columbia were to be counted as a State, this region would have led the list of recipients, with more than $100,000 being spent on each individual.According to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Federal government spent $10,612 per person domestically last year, including more than $5,000 for each individual for safety-net programs such as unemployment benefits, Social Security and housing assistance, The Washington Times reported.

States like Alaska and Virginia fared the best, receiving an average of $18,000 and $17,000 per person, respectively. Nevada was given the smallest allotment; the government spent less than $8,000 for each individual there.

If the District of Columbia were to be counted as a State, this region would have led the list of recipients, with more than $100,000 being spent on each individual, according to the Times.

The Oklahoman reported that the Federal government spent $3.3 trillion domestically in the fiscal year 2010, with $1.6 trillion of the funding going to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Spending in Oklahoma rose by $233 million from 2009, and from 2001 to 2010 it increased by up to 70 percent.

Overseas Military Engagements

During his campaign for President in 2000, George W. Bush said he would be judicious in his use of the military and opposed using it for nation building. Yet by the end of his Presidency, the U.S. had invaded Afghanistan and Iraq and was rebuilding those countries; and the military was being used without a declaration of war in a number of other countries that had not attacked us.

As a candidate for election in 2008, Barack Obama promised to remove troops from Afghanistan and Iraq and to end America’s involvement in foreign wars. Now we are fighting wars in those two countries, plus Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia; and we currently maintain about 900 military bases in more than 100 countries.

The Founders warned us about the dangers of overseas military engagements.

In his farewell address, President George Washington said:

Our detached and distant situation invites and enables us to pursue a different course… Why forego the advantages of so peculiar a situation? Why quit our own to stand upon foreign ground? Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interest, humor or caprice?

Later, in a letter to Patrick Henry, he wrote:

My ardent desire is, and my aim has been … to comply strictly with all our engagements foreign and domestic; but to keep the United States free from political connections with every other country. To see that they may be independent of all, and under the influence of none. In a word, I want an American character, that the powers of Europe may be convinced we act for ourselves and not for others; this, in my judgment, is the only way to be respected abroad and happy at home.

And in a series of tracts called The American Crisis, Thomas Paine wrote:

Not all the treasures of the world, so far as I believe, could have induced me to support an offensive war, for I think it murder; but if a thief breaks into my house, burns and destroys my property, and kills or threatens to kill me, or those that are in it, and to ‘bind me in all cases whatsoever’ to his absolute will, am I to suffer it?

The Founders believed we should stay away from foreign entanglements and involve ourselves only in wars in which there was an expressed vital U.S. interest or in response to an attack.

As you evaluate who you will support in the next Presidential election, ask yourself which of the candidates demonstrates that he or she understands the proper use of the military as envisioned by the Founders. They didn’t believe the U.S. should police the world, and we can certainly no longer afford it.


Campaign Treasurer For Democrats Comes Under Scrutiny

This arrest of Durkee has left California Democrats feeling strapped for cash, as the coming 2012 election may expose the fact that the candidates will have to scramble to find funding.The Associated Press reported that the campaign treasurer for several Democratic lawmakers has been targeted for embezzlement charges by Federal prosecutors.

Accusations arose following the confrontation between authorities and campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee. She was suspected of siphoning up to $700,000 from a California assemblyman.

According to the news outlet, Durkee also noted that she had been appropriating money from her many Democratic clients for years. Her list had several hundred names on it, including the campaigns of Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Representative Susan A. Davis (D-Calif.) and Representative Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.).

“The underlying issue is: Were there systems in place to prevent this from happening or was this essentially an accident waiting to happen?” Kenneth Gross, a Washington-based attorney who advises candidates on campaign law compliance, told the AP. “No one assumes they hire a crook, but it’s a good idea to have procedures in case someone is tempted by having just one person with their hands on the control.”

This arrest of Durkee has left California Democrats feeling strapped for cash, as the coming 2012 election may expose the fact that the candidates will have to scramble to find funding, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Chechen Leader Bans Own Birthday

GROZNY CITY, Russia, Sept. 28 (UPI) — Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said he will not allow any celebrations of his birthday and any officials who give him gifts will be fired.

Kadyrov, who will turn 35 on Oct. 5, said he will not allow any celebrations of his birthday, which coincides with Grozny City Day, RIA Novosti reported Wednesday.

“There will be no festivities devoted to my birthday. I strongly forbid to devote any celebrations to my birthday, regardless of where they are held. I also warn that anyone, who even tries to make me a present on this day, will be sacked immediately,” Kadyrov said.

“We will have a major holiday on Oct. 5, we will celebrate the Day of the City of Grozny and inaugurate the Grozny-City business center,” he said.

Study: Dumped Britons Spend Nearly $800

LONDON, Sept. 28 (UPI) — British retailer Superdrug said its research indicates women spend an average of nearly $800 reinventing themselves after the end of a relationship.

Superdrug said its study of 2,000 newly single women found they spent an average $776 on items and services including hairdressing, tanning, clothing, shoes, gym memberships and manicures.

“Being dumped, whether it was on the cards or not, will make even the toughest woman feel awful,” said Simon Comins, director of toiletries for Superdrug. “This research shows that women start to question what went wrong with the relationship, and feel self-conscious about their looks. So indulging in a new hair-do, a change of hair color, beautiful bronzed skin and a lovely new wardrobe of clothes can be just the tonic for those who have been heartbroken.”

The research indicated the most money went toward new clothes, with the women spending an average $191 on their wardrobes.

City Bans Bra-Hanging Breast Cancer Event

SAVANNAH, Ga., Sept. 28 (UPI) — Officials in a Georgia city have banned the hanging of bras across major intersections to draw attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Savannah city officials said they decided not to allow the “Bras Across Broughton” event, created by Clear Channel Communications, because they believe stringing bras across the four Broughton Street intersections would be in poor taste, the Savannah Morning News reported Tuesday.

“We have always closely scrutinized for appropriateness any private use of our public spaces,” City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney wrote in a memo to City Council members last week. “In this case, we weighed the goal of increased breast cancer awareness with the appropriateness of hanging underwear across one of our main streets.”

The event was to be aimed at raising awareness of breast cancer, with O.C. Welch Ford Lincoln pledging to donate $1 per bra up to $5,000 to breast cancer charities.

Caroline Keller, president of the board of the Coastal Georgia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, has written a letter to the city asking for the decision to be reversed.

“Similar campaigns have been executed successfully and tastefully in other cities in the Southeast such as Columbia and Greenville, S.C., and Richmond, Va., and are repeated each year as annual events,” Keller wrote.

Georgia Tech Seeks To Stop ‘T’ Thefts

ATLANTA, Sept. 28 (UPI) — The Georgia Institute of Technology said it has spent more than $100,000 replacing the letter “T” on various signs after repeated thefts.

Undergraduate President Elle Creel said stealing the “T” from Tech Tower is a tradition stretching back to the 1960s, but it has recently spread to taking the “T” from signs all over campus, including stadium signs and library book return boxes, WAGA-TV, Atlanta, reported Wednesday.

The student government is encouraging thieves to return the pilfered letters with its “Keep the T in Tech” campaign, which is allowing those who take the letters to return them Wednesday with no questions asked.

“They can come by our student government office all day. We are also going to have the Rambling Wreck our mascot. You can come by Skiles Walkway and drop off the T in the wreck. There will be no questions asked. We don’t care why you stole the T or when. We just want to know where you got it so we can restore it to its rightful place,” Creel said.

Woman Finds Profanity On Starbucks Cup

NEW YORK, Sept. 28 (UPI) — A New York woman said she was shocked to find a derogatory name written on the side of the cup she received from her usual Starbucks.

Vicki Reveron said she often visits the Starbucks on 8th Avenue at 35th Street because it is near her workplace and she was shocked when an employee labeled her cup with a “b-word” meaning a female dog, WABC-TV, New York, reported Wednesday.

“I feel degraded actually. It’s a degrading word here,” Reveron said.

Reveron said there had been a mixup with her order of a caramel frappuccino just prior to the incident.

“We made light of the mistake the order taker had made so I mean no harm no foul, but unfortunately he took it another way,” Reveron said.

Reveron said a manager gave her free vouchers in compensation on the condition she not “associate the cup with the location.”

However, Reverson said she has instead decided to switch to a different coffee shop.

A manager at the location described the incident as a “mistake” and a company spokesman said officials “have apologized numerous times for this unfortunate misunderstanding.”

Dangerous Conditions At Hartgrove Psychiatric Hospital

CHICAGO, Sept. 28 (UPI) — A Chicago psychiatric hospital is under fire from child welfare experts who say the understaffed and overcrowded facility is a dangerous place for children.

A report released Tuesday by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services details violence and sexual assaults against young patients at Hartgrove Hospital on the city’s West Side, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s department of psychiatry, who conducted a six-month review of the 150-bed private psychiatric hospital, said children and teens at the hospital expressed fear for their safety, the newspaper said.

About 100 violent incidents were documented between December 2010 and mid-June 2011, including physical attacks, uncontrolled threatening behavior and sexual assaults.

DCFS stopped placing children in the facility in June after seeing a preliminary draft of the report.

“It’s our duty to ensure the safety of children in state care, and we will take whatever action is necessary to keep our kids safe,” DCFS spokesman Kendall Marlowe told the Tribune.

Woman Wants ‘malicious’ Photos Off The Web

LONDONDERY, Northern Ireland, Sept. 28 (UPI) — A woman in Northern Ireland says a former boyfriend posted photos of her on a Web site advertising sexual services.

Her lawyer, Hilary Carmichael, said the woman, who lives in County Antrim, wants the suggestive pictures removed from the Internet site and is seeking money damages, the BBC reported Wednesday.

The site is based in the United States but operated by a company incorporated in the central American nation of Belize, Carmichael said. She said the woman has been given permission to sue.

“In the event that the photographs are not removed, now that the writ has been served, we reserve the right to proceed in the next couple of days to seek an injunction forcing the defendant to make sure the photographs are removed and forcing an obligation on the defendant to start monitoring this type of site,” Carmichael said.

Carmichael said the former boyfriend acted “maliciously” and that the woman had informed the police but was told they had no power to get involved.

Israeli Bunker-busters Cause Mideast Alarm

TEL AVIV, Israel, Sept. 28 (UPI) — The disclosure that U.S. President Barack Obama approved the sale of 5,000-pound bunker-buster bombs to Israel, which wants them for a possible attack on Iran’s nuclear installations, has sent ripples of alarm across the Middle East, including Israel itself.

Fears that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, a right-wing hawk who has vowed to eliminate what hard-liners view as an existential Iranian threat to the Jewish state, could order a pre-emptive strike, have been emblazoned in headlines run by the liberal daily Haaretz in recent days.

“Netanyahu’s messianism could launch attack on Iran,” said one.

“Netanyahu must be stopped from attacking Iran,” declared another.

Fifty-five U.S.-made bunker-busters, designated GBU-28 Hard Target Penetrators, were secretly delivered to Israel in 2009.

But despite his determination to defang Iran, Netanyahu hasn’t launched an attack on Iran, even though he had the weapons needed to blast underground nuclear facilities.

However, concerns he could unleash them remain. For one thing, Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak, himself a former prime minister and chief of staff, have in recent months carried out command changes on an unprecedented scale in Israel’s military and intelligence arms.

Meir Dagan, director of Israel’s foreign intelligence service until he stepped down in January, said commanders who opposed any attack on Iran because of the regional firestorm it would detonate have been dismissed.

Of the 18 living former chiefs of Israel’s security establishment, eight have made known their opposition to Netanyahu’s strategic thinking.

Another four “have made their alarm publicly clear though they aren’t aggressively campaigning right now,” one observer said.

These include Yuval Diskin, until recently director of the General Security Service, and Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, edged out as chief of the general staff earlier this year.

Six of the others retired years ago and are keeping their thoughts to themselves, even though Netanyahu’s reported enthusiasm for hitting Iran is becoming a public issue.

The other two, Barak and another ex-chief of staff, Moshe Yaalon, are serving in Netanyahu’s coalition Cabinet. Yaalon is strategic affairs minister.

Dagan, a hard-charging former army general with a record of ruthlessness against Israel’s enemies, has publicly declared that attacking Iran “is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.”

He said Netanyahu and Barak were intent on plunging Israel into “a dangerous military adventure in Iran” that was certain to trigger a regional war that would ultimately threaten Israel’s existence.

Dagan told one interviewer: “I decided to speak because when I was in office, Diskin, Ashkenazi and I could block any dangerous adventure. Now I’m afraid there’s no one to stop Bibi (Netanyahu) and Barak.”

“Netanyahu is completely serious in his desire. And in his preparations to circumvent the warnings of the entire defense establishment in order to implement this desire, which many of those in his inner circle have defined as messianic: to attack Iran before winter,” one Haaretz commentary observed.

Israel had been pressing Washington for GBU-28s since 2005 but the Americans worried the technology would find its way to China, which Israel was selling military systems.

U.S. President George W. Bush eventually sanctioned the enterprise and Obama gave final approval when he took office. Both presidents opposed any unilateral Israeli strike against Iran.

At a Nov. 18, 2009, meeting between U.S. and Israeli military chiefs, a leaked U.S. diplomatic cable stated, “both sides … discussed the upcoming delivery of GBU-28 bunker-busting bombs to Israel, noting that the transfer should be handled quietly to avoid any allegations the USG (U.S. government) is helping Israel prepare for a strike against Iran.”

It was probably not a coincidence that a week later Netanyahu imposed a 10-month settlements freeze in the West Bank at Obama’s request in bid to galvanize the moribund peace process.

So why secretly transfer GBU-28s to Israel and then give the game away?

Some observers say Washington wanted to “hug Israel close” and make it feel secure. Others suspect leaking the transfer would give the Iranians pause knowing Israel could blast their nuclear sites.

Another explanation is that Obama was simply establishing his pro-Israel credentials in advance of a tough 2012 presidential campaign.

But what doesn’t appear to be in doubt is that while U.S.-Israeli diplomatic relations are distinctly strained right now, military cooperation has been stepped up — possibly to keep an eye on the Israelis.

Amanda Knox’s Sister: She Wants To Show Who She Is

PERUGIA, Italy, Sept. 28 (UPI) — Amanda Knox’s parents and sisters said Wednesday they are optimistic she will soon be cleared of murder and released from an Italian prison.

A hearing before an appeals court in Perugia is scheduled to end this week. Knox could learn her fate as early as Saturday, ABC News reported.

Lawyers for Knox, a former University of Washington student, and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, are asking the court to overturn their convictions for killing Knox’s housemate, saying they were based on faulty evidence. Prosecutors asked that their sentences be increased to life in prison from the 26 years imposed on Knox in 2009 and the 25 given Sollecito.

Knox’s sisters told ABC’s “Good Morning America” she has been working hard on the statement she will be allowed to give the court.

“She really wants to just show the court who she really is,” one sister, Deana, said. “She doesn’t want them to believe the character that all the prosecutors have played out. She wants them to know who she is.”

Curt Knox said on CBS’s “Early Show” that he hopes to be able to give his condolences to the parents of Meredith Kercher. “You know, we have extended our deepest condolences during interviews such as this, but until they know what we believe the truth to be, and that Amanda and Raffaele had nothing to do with it, I’m not certain how they would accept our condolences in person and I’m hopeful we are allowed to do that very, very soon,” he said.

Knox and Kercher, a student at Leeds University in England, were both spending a year in Perugia. Prosecutors say Knox, Sollecito and Rudy Guede, an immigrant from Ivory Coast, killed Kercher during a drug-fueled sex-game, while lawyers for Knox and Sollecito suggest Guede was the sole killer.

Herbal Doctor Convicted Of Fraud

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 28 (UPI) — A California doctor faces up to 150 years in prison for using phony herbal cures to treat diseases ranging from cancer to Alzheimer’s, prosecutors said.

Christine Daniel, who is also an evangelical minister, was convicted Tuesday on four counts of mail and wire fraud, and six counts of tax evasion related to income tax filings as well as one count of witness tampering, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The 57-year-old is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 5 in Los Angeles.

Prosecutors alleged Daniel used her position of trust in the evangelical community and a program on the Trinity Broadcasting Network to sell the treatments, which cost up to $4,270 for a week’s worth of product, the newspaper said.

Daniel and her employees claimed the products had a 60 percent to 100 percent success rate in curing terminal cancer. She also claimed to be able to reverse a number of chronic and debilitating conditions.

Prosecutors said Daniels made millions of dollars from patients at her Sonrise clinic in Granada Hills, Calif.

Ex-chief, Officers Accused Of Taking Money

DETROIT, Sept. 28 (UPI) — A former Michigan police chief and five detectives allegedly spent forfeited drug money on trips, prostitutes, marijuana and alcohol, officials say.

Ex-chief Michael St. Andre and the detectives of the Romulus Police Department in suburban Detroit are accused of spending more than $100,000 from the forfeited drug money, The Detroit News reported Wednesday.

St. Andre, who announced his retirement as chief Sept. 14, is accused of spending $75,000 from the fund for the purchase and operation of a tanning salon run by his wife Sandra Vlaz-St. Andre. The couple, both 50, face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of misusing money.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy alleges the cash skimming began in January 2006 and continued through this month.

Worthy said officers falsified reports and put city funds into personal bank accounts.

St. Andre allegedly paid for airline tickets, rental cars and hotel stays for a female friend and her daughter, Worthy said.

Worthy said the investigation began in January 2009 after a “highly placed” police official asked Michigan State Police to investigate the department’s use of drug-forfeiture funds.

Worthy said the charges grew out of the investigation into a “culture of corruption and greed at its core.”

The five detectives, who worked in the department’s Special Investigation Unit, have been suspended without pay.

Detectives Richard Balzer, 50, Richard Landry, 39, and Donald Hopkins, 38, face up to 20 years in prison if found guilty on charges that include conducting a criminal enterprise and conspiracy to conduct a criminal enterprise. Detectives Jeremy Channells, 35, and Larry Droege, 32, face up to five years if convicted on charges of misconduct in office.

‘Baby Joseph,’ Center Of Right-to-life Debate, Dies

WINDSOR, Ontario, Sept. 28 (UPI) — A 20-month-old Canadian boy who sparked a right-to-life debate in Canada and the United States has died at home, his family said.

Joseph Maraachli was born with a degenerative brain disease in Windsor, Ontario, and died Tuesday afternoon with his parents and other family members at his side, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

The child made international headlines and became known as “Baby Joseph” after doctors at a hospital in London, Ontario, refused to perform a tracheotomy to allow the infant to breathe, saying it was futile. They also recommended removing a breathing tube.

His mother, Sana Nader, and father, Moe Maraachli, launched a legal battle that resulted in a U.S. Catholic group called Priests for Life funding flying the child to a hospital in St. Louis, Mo., where the tracheotomy was performed.

The infant returned home in April and drew international support from right-to-life groups opposed to doctors removing life-support measures.

A private funeral for the boy was scheduled Wednesday before burial beside his sister, who also died at an early age of a neurological disorder, the CBC said.

Toddler Shot In Melee At Philly House

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 28 (UPI) — A 2-year-old girl was shot in Philadelphia when a mob of girls rushed a house and gunfire erupted in a dispute stemming from a high school fight, police said.

The toddler was in critical condition while three other people shot in the Tuesday evening incident were in stable condition, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Wednesday.

A fight among girls at South Philadelphia High School led to the altercation and the shooting, Police spokesman Lt. Raymond Evers said.

Some of the girls from the high school fight showed up at the South Bucknell Street of another girl, he said.

“The girls were pushing into the house.”

Neighbors got involved, and one girl called an unidentified man, Evers said.

A group of men arrived at the house and the fighting escalated when two men pulled out guns and one began firing, he said.

The 2-year-old, shot in the stomach and hip areas and in a hand, was being treated at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the Inquirer reported.

Border Fence Fails To End Drug Smuggling

NOGALES, Ariz., Sept. 28 (UPI) — A new border fence in Nogales, Ariz., is no barrier to drug smugglers who simply make narcotics hand-offs between the fence’s re-enforced bars, officials said.

The Santa Cruz County Metro Task Force says its investigators discovered a number of oddly shaped bundles of marijuana during a recent drug seizure, the Nogales International reported Tuesday.

Forty-eight pounds of marijuana had been wrapped in thin tubular packages investigators say they believe were slipped through the fence, which has interconnected, concrete-filled steel tubes with an approximately 4-inch open space between them.

Task force Lt. Gerry Castillo dubbed the transfers “boom-boom” hand-offs in which someone on the Mexico side quickly pushes a package through to a person on the U.S. side before fleeing.

Passing contraband through the fence is nothing new and smugglers use “any method they can conceive of,” Border Patrol Agent Eric Cantu said.

The $11.6-million, 2.8-mile border fence was completed this summer following a groundbreaking in March.

Federal Agent Charged With Child Porn

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Sept. 28 (UPI) — A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official in Florida pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal child pornography charges, officials said.

The Justice Department said Anthony Mangione, 50, of Parkland, Fla., was arrested Tuesday by FBI agents and detectives from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. He was arraigned Wednesday in U.S. District Court in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Mangione was the regional chief of ICE in South Florida, until his suspension in April after four images of child pornography were allegedly found on his computer, The Miami Herald said.

A Justice Department statement said Mangione pleaded not guilty to child pornography offenses on the Internet, including transporting and receiving “visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.”

Airport Sues Over Damage From Obama Visit

WORCESTER, Mass., Sept. 28 (UPI) — A Massachusetts airport filed a lawsuit seeking a $676,000 from the U.S. Secret Service for damage it says vehicles accompanying President Barack Obama caused.

Marlboro Airport says in the suit vehicles with the president’s entourage rode onto the airfield without permission, damaging the 1,682-foot runway and grass apron during the president’s April 1, 2010, visit, the Boston Herald reported Wednesday.

Marlborough Airport Properties Inc. filed the Unfair and Deceptive Trade lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Worcester.

“As of right now, the commander in chief is not welcome at this airport unless we have a written agreement before the fact,” said airport owner and manager Robert Stetson.

Obama landed in Marlboro in a helicopter for a visit to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency in Framingham after record flooding.

The helicopter did not cause damage, the suit says.

Stetson said the airfield is designed for airplanes, not vehicles, and it’s especially vulnerable to damage in early spring.

“I don’t put ground vehicles out there when the frost is coming out of the ground,” he said. “That runway pavement was floating on a giant mud puddle.”

Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan declined comment, saying the agency won’t talk about pending litigation.

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported Evans J. Carter, the airport’s lawyer, said the suit came after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security denied a claim by the airport.

Judge: Medical Pot Case Charges To Stand

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 28 (UPI) — A Nevada judge has ruled a criminal case against the owners of a Las Vegas medical marijuana dispensary can proceed.

Clark County District Court Judge Doug Smith allowed an indictment to stand against six people arrested in a police raid of a dispensary called Jolly Green Meds, saying the state’s medical marijuana laws aren’t too vague to allow charges to stand, the Las Vegas Sun reported Tuesday.

But the judge also noted Nevada’s laws fail to provide a way for patients with a doctor’s prescription to legally obtain marijuana.

Attorney Michael Cristalli, representing Jolly Green Meds owner Daniel Kinshella, said he would appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court.

“How can someone be placed on notice that they’re committing a crime if the Constitution of the state authorizes what they’re doing?” Cristalli asked.

A state constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2000 allows medical cardholders to grow and possess small amounts of marijuana, but other state and federal laws make it illegal to buy or sell marijuana.

The six defendants arrested at Jolly Green Meds face charges of felony conspiracy, sale of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

Sixteen May Have Died From Tainted Cantaloupe

ATLANTA, Sept. 28 (UPI) — As many as 16 people may died after eating cantaloupes infected with Listeria and U.S. health officials say more deaths may occur.

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta said a total of 72 persons infected with the four outbreak-associated strains of Listeria have been reported to CDC from 18 states.

Collaborative investigations indicate the source of the outbreak is whole cantaloupe grown at Jensen Farms’ production fields in Granada, Colo.

Thirteen deaths have been reported — two in Colorado, one in Kansas, one in Maryland, one in Missouri, one in Nebraska, four in New Mexico, one in Oklahoma and two in Texas — but three additional deaths are believed linked to the cantaloupes as well, CDC officials say.

Jensen Farms issued a voluntary recall of its Rocky Ford brand cantaloupes and consumers who want to reduce their risk of Listeria infection should not eat Rocky Ford cantaloupes from Jensen Farms, CDC officials say.

“Even if some of the cantaloupe has been eaten without becoming ill, dispose of the rest of the cantaloupe immediately. Listeria bacteria can grow in the cantaloupe at room and refrigerator temperatures,” CDC officials say in a statement.

Listeriosis can be fatal, especially in certain high-risk groups including older adults, people with compromised immune systems and certain chronic medical conditions — such as cancer — and unborn babies and newborns. In pregnant women, listeriosis can cause miscarriage, stillbirth and serious illness or death in newborn babies, though the mother herself rarely becomes seriously ill, officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration say.

The cantaloupes are packed in cartons labeled: Frontera Produce,, or with Frontera Produce, Rocky Ford Cantaloupes. However, not all of the recalled cantaloupes are labeled with a sticker and consumers should consult the retailer if they have questions about the origin of a cantaloupe, FDA officials say.

Caroline Smith DeWaal, the food safety director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington, says the contaminated cantaloupe may have left behind the deadly pathogen in consumers’ homes and refrigerators, where it may live on for months.

“Wash and sanitize all surfaces touched by the cantaloupe to eliminate Listeria, such as counters, vegetable bins and shelves, sponges and dishcloths,” DeWaal said. “In addition, all food that might have touched the cantaloupe or a potentially contaminated surface should be discarded.”