Boy Bye … Philadelphia Daily News Mistakes Simone Biles For Gabby Douglas In Photo
File this one under “We all don’t look alike” news.
A Philadelphia Daily News columnist says she was “mortified” after the paper mistakenly printed a photo of Simone Biles next to a story about Gabby Douglas in Wednesday’s edition, NBC 10 News reported.
Ronnie Polaneczky wrote a story about plethora of ill comments Douglas received on social media during the 2016 Rio Games. Only problem was that the art used wasn’t of Douglas, but of Biles instead.
“It makes you want to bash your head against a wall,” Polaneczky told NBC10. “I’m mortified.”
As she should be. But in fairness, Polaneczky doesn’t work with the art folks who choose the images, but she’s trying to figure out how the mixup happened, NBC noted.
Thankfully, the paper quickly changed when the mistake was noticed. But clearly the damage was done.
Yaaaaas … The Justice Department Is Going To Stop Using Private Prisons
On Thursday, the Justice Department announced that they will stop using privately run federal prisons.
According to The Huffington Post, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates said that these prisons are less safe than those that are federally run.
“Private prisons served an important role during a difficult period, but time has shown that they compare poorly to our own Bureau facilities. They simply do not provide the same level of correctional services, programs, and resources; they do not save substantially on costs; and as noted in a recent report by the Department’s Office of Inspector General, they do not maintain the same level of safety and security,” Yates wrote in a memo.
Currently these private prisons house about 22,000 federal prisoners, which is about 2 percent of the total federal inmate population. Hopefully, this is just the beginning of federal prison reform.
Chicago Police Chief Recommends Firing Seven Officer For False Reports In Laquan McDonald Shooting
Seven Chicago police officers accused of filing false reports in the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald in 2014 should be fired, the city’s police superintendent said.
According to the Associated Press, Superintendent Eddie Johnson said that after reviewing documents, video and other evidence, he was accepting other recommendations to serve pink slips to these officers based on their false accounts of the death of the teenager. Johnson says that the officer’s broke Rule 41, which prohibits “making a false report, written or oral.”
However, their terminations won’t be happen anytime soon though–this process can take up to seven months, the AP noted.
Yet, this news pleases some city activists that have been waiting for some type of justice to be handed down.
“I am very happy,” said Jedidiah Brown, a leader of a group called Chicago Life. “I think Eddie Johnson gets it. He gets the crisis that we are in and how to solve it.”
In 2014, over a period of 13 seconds, McDonald was shot 16 times by Officer Jason Van Dyke, with some of those shots being fired when McDonald was on the ground, video showed. Van Dyke, who has plead not guilty, is currently charged with first-degree murder.