Obama issues record-breaking 214 commutations for drug offenders
President Barack Obama granted 214 commutations Wednesday, making it the highest number of commutations granted in a single day in over a century. They mark a continuation in his efforts to reduce sentences for drug offenders who were sometimes punished under harsh sentencing laws that have since been relaxed. The new commutations bring Obama’s total to 562 commutations during his time as president, more than the past nine presidents combined. “This is a country that believes in second chances,” Obama wrote in a Facebook post after the commutations were announced. “So we’ve got to make sure that our criminal justice system works for everyone.”
Will Smith says he could play Barack Obama in a movie
During his Tuesday night appearance on “The Late Show,” “Suicide Squad” star Will Smith told host Stephen Colbert that he’s talked with President Barack Obama “a couple of times” about possibly playing him in a movie. “He said that one thing is for sure: I have the ears to play him,” Smith said. He added that he has considered entering the political arena in his real life, but that he doesn’t think politics is “where my greatest gifts are.” “I definitely have had the itching,” he said. “I have lots of views and ideas and sometimes I hear people say things on television and I just want to run against them.” While on the show, Smith also touched on his views on race relations in the country. “I think racism is not getting worse, it’s getting filmed,” he said. “I do view it as a difficult time, but I think the problem is on the table and I think there’s an opportunity — more than ever — for a level of understanding that we’ve never had before.”
Officer charged with terrorism appears in court
A Washington, D.C.-area transit police officer has been charged in an FBI sting with attempting to support the Islamic State group, authorities say. Thirty-six-year-old Nicholas Young was arrested Wednesday morning after, according to an affidavit, buying almost $250 in gift cards for the Islamic State to purchase mobile apps that would facilitate communication. However, Young ended up giving the gift cards to an undercover FBI source. Young has been under surveillance since 2010, and documents show that he traveled to Libya twice in 2011 to join rebel forces against dictator Moammar Gadhafi. He appeared in U.S. District Court in Alexandria on Wednesday afternoon and prosecutors said he could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted on the terrorism charge.
Supreme Court says school can block transgender teen from boys restroom
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a Virginia school board can block a transgender male from using the boys restroom. Josh Block, an attorney with the American Civil Liberty’s Union who’s representing the boy, Gavin Grimm, said Grimm won’t be able to use the boy’s restroom for at least the first half of his senior year. “The school board welcomes the Supreme Court’s decision as the new school year approaches,” the Gloucester County School Board said in a news release. “The board continues to believe that its resolution of this complex matter fully considered the interests of all students and parents.” Grimm was allowed to use the boys restroom for several weeks in 2014. But after some parents complained, the school board implemented a policy requiring students to use the restroom that corresponds to their biologic gender or a private, single-stall restroom. Grimm argues the policy violates Title IX.
Police treat death of Wheaton woman as homicide
Montgomery County Police say the death of a 72-year-old woman is being treated as a homicide after her body was found at her Wheaton home. Officers were called to the home on Arcola Avenue on Wednesday afternoon, police said in a statement, for a report of a suspicious situation. Police say they found the woman dead with evidence of trauma to her body when first responders entered the home. Police say detectives are treating her death as a homicide and have ruled it as suspicious. The woman’s name will be released once her family has been notified, police say.
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