An offhand remark by a Greece Odyssey Academy student during lunchtime on Friday sparked a police investigation that led to the arrest of four people in connection with an alleged plot to attack a Muslim community in New York. Greece Police Chief Patrick Phelan said the probe kicked off after a 16-year-old student showed a picture of another person on his phone to friends in the cafeteria and "made a comment to the effect 'he looks like the next school shooter, doesn't he?'" Other students alarmed by that student's remarks reported them to school officials. Through a series of subsequent interviews, police were eventually led to what Phelan said was a "serious plot" to attack the community of Islamberg in Delaware County, near the Catskills. During the investigation, police recovered 23 firearms and three homemade bombs, Phelan said. More: A Texas county GOP's faction seeks to remove 'unsuitable' Muslim vice chair More: Police investigate possible hate crime attack on … [Read more...] about Four arrested in connection with an alleged plot to bomb Muslim community in New York
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With a blue marker, Isabella Williams traces an outline of her mother’s hand onto a sheet of construction paper. Their collaborative piece of art could not have been made as effortlessly just a few weeks earlier. Isabella moved in with her mother, Zalika Williams, at the end of November, as part of a trial discharge from the foster care system. Previously, the pair saw each other twice a week during supervised visits. “It’s been a journey,” said Ms. Williams, 29, of Isabella’s return. “It’s been so exciting.” After her birth in early 2016, Isabella was taken from Ms. Williams’s custody by hospital staff because of her mother’s substance abuse. Ms. Williams said she started drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana at 16. “I used to be happier,” Ms. Williams said of her early high school years. “After a while, I wasn’t doing the things that I really wanted to do, that I dreamed I would be doing.” … [Read more...] about Welcoming Her Daughter Home and Into Her New Life
The growing disparity has become a source of frustration for millions of Americans worried that they — and their children — are losing economic ground. College graduates, on average, earned 56 percent more than high school grads in 2015, according to data compiled by the Economic Policy Institute. That was up from 51 percent in 1999 and is the largest such gap in EPI's figures dating to 1973. Since the Great Recession ended in 2009, college-educated workers have captured most of the new jobs and enjoyed pay gains. Non-college grads, by contrast, have faced dwindling job opportunities and an overall 3 percent decline in income, EPI's data shows. "The post-Great Recession economy has divided the country along a fault line demarcated by college education," Anthony Carnevale, director of Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce, said in a report last year. College grads have long enjoyed economic advantages over Americans with less education. But as the … [Read more...] about Pay gap between college grads and others at record high
London (CNN)An invitation to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has to be one of the most coveted of the year. But so far, little has been revealed about who their 600 guests in Windsor will be. The May 19 wedding is a private, not state occasion, paid for by the royal family. This means political leaders don't have to be invited, so Harry and Meghan can pack St. George's Chapel with close friends and family. Many of the faces will be familiar -- including the UK royals, celebrities and actors. But others will be less well known, including Markle's family and people who've become friends with the couple through their charitable work. Here's CNN's best guess at who might be on the guest list. Prince Harry's likely guests Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip attend the 2017 Braemar Highland Gathering in Braemar, Scotland. Read More The royal family will be among the most closely watched guests on the day. Harry's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, will be … [Read more...] about Who’s on the guest list for Harry and Meghan’s wedding?
BREAUX BRIDGE, La. — Bryson Sassau’s application would inspire any college admissions officer. A founder of T.M. Landry College Preparatory School described him as a “bright, energetic, compassionate and genuinely well-rounded” student whose alcoholic father had beaten him and his mother and had denied them money for food and shelter. His transcript “speaks for itself,” the founder, Tracey Landry, wrote, but Mr. Sassau should also be lauded for founding a community service program, the Dry House, to help the children of abusive and alcoholic parents. He took four years of honors English, the application said, was a baseball M.V.P. and earned high honors in the “Mathematics Olympiad.” The narrative earned Mr. Sassau acceptance to St. John’s University in New York. There was one problem: None of it was true. “I was just a small piece in a whole fathom of lies,” Mr. Sassau said. T.M. Landry has become a viral Cinderella … [Read more...] about Louisiana School Made Headlines for Sending Black Kids to Elite Colleges. Here’s the Reality.