A weather-beaten brick warehouse across Dixie Highway from the Harvey Police Department is all that’s left of the specialty manufacturing and packaging company that once operated there.The worn-out building, which sits recessed from the street on a desolate 14-acre lot of cracked concrete and gravel, is central to a lawsuit recently brought against the city by a frozen foods manufacturer.But even before American Kitchen Delights, Inc. sued the city for its alleged illegal seizure of the property in January, the parcel and its redevelopment were of vital interest to Donald Luster, a self-described administrative consultant to Harvey Mayor Eric Kellogg, recently unsealed court documents reveal.Luster, a twice-convicted felon who resigned as mayor of Dixmoor in 2004 after being found guilty of fraud, was secretly recorded in 2016 discussing a plan to transfer ownership of the unkept lot to a developer in exchange for a $100,000 bribe, an FBI agent’s affidavit for a search … [Read more...] about After years trying to develop blighted property, Harvey has nothing to show — except an FBI probe and a lawsuit
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THE LIGHTBULB In this August 2016 photo, then presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a coal mining roundtable at Fitzgerald Peterbilt in Glade Spring, Va. The company is affiliated with Fitzgerald Glider Kits, which has pushed the Trump administration to repeal tighter emission standards for some freight trucks. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Publicly, most congressional Republicans have nothing but praise for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt — at least when it comes to unraveling President Barack Obama's environmental policies. But privately, more than a dozen GOP members of Congress have urged Pruitt not to undo at least one Obama administration regulation. In separate letters sent in March, four senators and 10 representatives quietly called on Pruitt to reconsider repealing tighter restrictions on emissions from a certain type of freight truck. Republicans believe most of Obama's … [Read more...] about The Energy 202: Republicans are united behind Trump’s EPA rule changes. Except this one.
Get the Think newsletter. SUBSCRIBE The Supreme Court on Wednesday will — finally — consider the legality of President Donald Trump’s controversial "Muslim ban" executive order from his first week in office. Needless to say, pundits from across the political spectrum are portraying the case, Trump v. Hawaii, as a referendum on all-things Trump: from the legal significance of his tweets and campaign statements to the debate over whether his executive orders should be treated as seriously as those issued by his predecessors. Some have even suggested that the case is an opportunity for the Supreme Court to atone for some of its prior mistakes, most notably its blessing of the Japanese-American internment camps during World War II. But whether the justices ultimately side with the president or the challengers in Trump v. Hawaii, the true winners in this litigation are the federal courts — which have been instrumental in pushing the executive branch to more … [Read more...] about Muslim travel ban Supreme Court case proves the power of the judiciary branch in the age of Trump
Bexar commissioners OK guardianship funding with plans to include program in 2019 budget By Jasper Scherer April 11, 2018 Updated: April 11, 2018 3:17pm Photo: San Antonio Express News File Photo Image 1of/3 CaptionClose Image 1 of 3 Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff says the county is “very much involved” in helping people with mental and physical issues. Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff says the county is “very much involved” in helping people with mental and physical issues. Photo: San Antonio Express News File Photo Image 2 of 3 Probate Court 1 Judge Kelly Cross said she was pleased that the county approved $116,000 to fund five months of the probate courts’ guardianship program for people with incapacitating mental or physical conditions. less Probate Court 1 Judge Kelly Cross said she was pleased that … [Read more...] about Bexar commissioners OK guardianship funding with plans to include program in 2019 budget
A former major Labour donor has revealed he could now bankroll the Conservatives after he launched a fresh attack on Jeremy Corbyn. Millionaire property developer Sir David Garrard, who gave just under £2m to Labour in the 18 months before the 2015 general election, was revealed at the weekend to have now left the party.Speaking to Sky News, Sir David has raised the prospect of supporting the Tories as he voiced fierce criticism of Mr Corbyn amid a continuing anti-Semitism row.He said: "I do not regret my decision to leave the Labour Party, not for a moment."I take the strongest exception to Jeremy Corbyn's philosophy, his conduct as leader of Her Majesty's Opposition and, from what I have witnessed, both his direct and indirect anti-Semitic behaviour."Sir David claimed he now regrets giving Labour such large sums in the past after "having witnessed the manner in which Labour has… been 'hijacked'."He added: "Would I switch to the Conservatives? If I felt it would help them … [Read more...] about Ex-Labour donor Sir David Garrard could now fund Tories over anti-Semitism row