An 82-year-old woman in Alabama was arrested this week after failing to pay her delinquent trash bill, authorities said.
Martha Louis Menefield, of Valley, was arrested Sunday and then released on bond, according to a Tuesday statement from Valley Police Chief Mike Reynolds that was posted on the city’s Facebook page.
Menefield was issued a citation in August by city code enforcement officers in Valley, about 80 miles northeast of Montgomery, for failing to pay for trash services in the months of June, July and August.
Code enforcement officers tried to call Menefield several times and attempted to contact her at her home, the statement said.
“When contact could not be made, a door hanger was left at her residence," the statement said. "The hanger contained information on the reason for the visit and a name and contact phone number for her to call. The citation advised Ms. Menefield that she was to appear in court on September 7, 2022, in reference to this case."
When Menefield failed to appear in court, a warrant for “Failure to Pay-Trash” was issued, the statement said.
Menefield has a history of failing to pay her trash bill, according to Reynolds’ statement.
A former longtime girlfriend of Republican senatorial candidate Herschel Walker has come forward to detail a violent episode with the football star, who she believes is “unstable” and has “little to no control” over his mental state when he is not in treatment.
The woman, Dallas resident Cheryl Parsa, described an intimate and tumultuous five-year relationship with Walker in the 2000s, beginning shortly after his divorce and continuing for a year after the publication of his 2008 memoir about his struggle with dissociative identity disorder (DID), once known as multiple personality disorder.
Parsa, who has composed a book-length manuscript about her relationship with Walker, says she is speaking out because she is disturbed by Walker’s behavior on the campaign trail, which she claims exhibits telltale flare-ups of the disorder she tried to help him manage for half a decade.
“He’s a pathological liar. Absolutely. But it’s more than that,” Parsa, who last had regular contact with Walker in 2019, told The Daily Beast. “He knows how to manipulate his disease, in order to manipulate people, while at times being simultaneously completely out of control.” She said that when she was with Walker, he used his diagnosis as an “alibi” to “justify lying, cheating, and ultimately destroying families.”
Parsa provided a detailed account of a 2005 incident that turned violent after she caught Walker with another woman at his Dallas condo. She said Walker grew enraged, put his hands on her chest and neck, and swung his fist at her. “I thought he was going to beat me,” she recalled, and fled in fear.
How SCOTUS Could Destroy Our Republic in One Ruling
At the center of Moore is a ruling by the North Carolina Supreme Court throwing out an aggressively gerrymandered congressional map put together by the state’s Republican legislature, which the court found violated the state constitution. The GOP lawmakers are now challenging that ruling before the Supreme Court, arguing that, under the independent state legislature theory, the state court lacked the authority to involve itself in the legislature’s work.
The reason has to do with just a handful of words in the U.S. Constitution. State governments administer federal elections as well as state races: During the recent midterm elections, for example, Pennsylvania voters selected their choice for U.S. senator on the same ballot that they used to cast their vote for the state’s governor. That’s because the Constitution gives states the power to decide how they select members of Congress and pick presidential electors.
Proponents of the independent state legislature theory build their argument around the fact that the specific constitutional text in question refers not to states generally, but instead to “the legislatures thereof.” Thus, they argue, when administering federal elections, state legislatures are, to some extent, exempt from normal constraints; under this theory, other state-level entities, such as courts and election officials, would be restricted in their ability to check the legislature or act without its approval. (Importantly, these checks would still apply to the legislature’s administration of state elections.) Moore involves only the constitutional language concerning the selection of members of Congress, but a Supreme Court ruling adopting some iteration of the independent state legislature theory could shape how federal courts understand state administration of presidential elections as well.
35-year-old Daniel Weber, a jailhouse deputy in St Lucie County, Florida, was teaching his minor son how to clean a gun, on the day before Thanksgiving. Weber laid his AR-15 rifle on a “TV tray”. But when the “TV tray” fell forward, the rifle landed on the ground, causing it to fire a shot and hit Weber’s daughter; his daughter began to cry when she was struck on the lower hip/left abdomen. When he applied pressure to his daughter’s gunshot wound, Weber told his son to call for help.
Which is Worse, That This Moron Can Have an AR-15 or That He Can Have Kids?
What Happens in Antarctica Doesn't Stay in Antarctica
Wired Magazine recently reported that an area of Antarctica the size of France and Germany combined is channeling meltwater into a nearly 300-mile-long river at the base of Antarctica that empties into the sea. Scientists have been aware of a vast network of water in the ice of Antarctica for years.
The highly pressurized freshwater systems play a significant role in the fast flow of the ice shelf above — "the water exits the ice sheet at specific locations, appearing to drive ice-shelf melting in these areas critical for the ice-sheet stability."
The study published in Nature GeoScience found that "high-pressure distributed drainage plays a key role in Antarctic fast flow, yet variability in ice-shelf topography at the grounding line, along with our modeling, provides strong evidence of large focused channels exiting many ice streams10,11"
The research turns what science has believed for thirty years to be that the ice is frozen at the bed, adds new complexity to an already complex system of ice and water on its head. London glaciologist Martin Siegert stated, "Now we're in a position that we've just never been in before, to understand the whole of the Antarctic ice sheet."
He's Saving Kids from Pedophilia. Saving Them For Himself.
QAnon leader Phil Godlewski, when he was a 25-year-old high school baseball coach, repeatedly had sex with a 15-year-old high school girl. In 2008, Godlewski had wormed his way into the girl’s (identified as B.D.) affections by consoling her as she grieved for her boyfriend, who had killed himself.
In 2010, the authorities arrested and charged him with various crimes stemming from his predatory behavior. After negotiating a plea bargain, Godlewski pled guilty to the corruption of a minor and the court sentenced him to three months of house arrest. (If that seems light, the reason will become apparent.)
In the years afterward, Godlewski discovered QAnon and its adherents. He soon realized he could roll those gullible rubes for profit. He started promoting the QAnon conspiracy with lengthy, live-stream, rambling videos that were nectar to his deluded fans.
He accumulated more than 600,000 followers on the social media app Telegram and 156,000 subscribers on the alternative video platform Rumble. Then, when he had hooked the gullible, Godlewski convinced them to sign up for financial ‘opportunities’ like a multilevel marketing scheme selling silver. By 2022, Godlewski had finagled enough cash to buy a $1.7 million house.
The Treasury Department has complied with last week’s court order to hand over the documents, a spokesperson from the Treasury Department confirmed to CNN on Wednesday.
The Supreme Court declined last week to intervene after courts said the House had power to request the returns from the IRS.
The committee, led by Democrat Richard Neal, had sought six years of Trump’s tax records, primarily from the time he served as president. That included records about both Trump personally and several of his corporate entities. Neal said his next step would be to meet with Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee to discuss the issue and get legal advice. He wouldn’t say whether he intended to release any of the documents or portions of them publicly; that would require a vote by the full committee.
Under the tax code, the Ways and Means chairman can request any tax return from the IRS, and the law says the administration shall hand those over. But when the Treasury Department was under the control of the Trump administration in 2019, the agency refused to comply with Mr. Neal’s request for the president’s tax returns.
Even after Democrats lose control of the House, they will still control the Senate. The Finance Committee chairman, Sen. Ron Wyden (D., Ore.), has the same authority as Mr. Neal to request returns. He hasn’t said what he plans to do.
“In the course of the past two years, between primaries, general elections and runoffs, this will be the fifth time my name has been on the ballot,” Warnock told a crowd of military retirees and union members outside the headquarters of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 987, which represents non-military workers at the massive Robins Air Force Base. “Each of the first four times, I finished first. And I’m going to finish first again.”