Discrimination Trial Begins for Gay Ex-Tennessee Magistrate

U.S. News

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported Monday that was the first day of trial for 38-year-old Elizabeth Gentzler, who filed the lawsuit against Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw and his administrator, Sam Mairs, seeking $500,000 in damages.


Jim Vance, longtime Washington, D.C., news anchor, dies at 75

Los Angeles Times

Jim Vance, a longtime television news anchor in the nation's capital, has died. WRC-TV President and General Manager Jackie Bradford said in a statement that Vance died Saturday morning. Vance told viewers earlier this year that he was undergoing treatment for cancer. Vance joined the NBC station in 1969 and moved to the anchor chair in 1972. According to the Washington Post, Vance's 11 p.m. news shows with longtime broadcast partner Doreen Gentzler regularly attracted more viewers than the prime-time programs on the three major cable networks combined.


Oklahoma lawmakers, voters disagree on punishments for drug crimes

PBS NewsHour

Despite decades of leading the country in female incarceration rates and evidence that long sentences do not deter drug users, Oklahoma lawmakers are rushing to undermine recent voter initiatives that weakened punishments for drug offenses and invested in rehabilitation services. Oklahoma voters in November turned drug possession charges, which had been felonies with the exception of a first-time marijuana offense, into misdemeanors, capping the maximum punishment at one year in jail and a $1,000 fine, effective July 1. They also reallocated money saved toward mental health and rehabilitation services. In a swift response, the House passed House Bill 1482 this month with the minimum votes required, ensuring the change would not apply to people within 1,000 feet of all schools. People caught in that radius would still be charged with a felony and a first-time offense would still carry a sentence of up to five years in prison.


What Automotive Companies Are Showing At CES Asia: Electric, Hydrogen, And Autonomy, Of Course

Forbes Technology

Wandering the halls of CES Asia it's easy to spot the automotive companies, but sometimes you have to look at the logos instead of looking for actual vehicles on display. The booths here at the show in Shanghai, China are full of global and domestic brands showing off everything from self-driving vehicles to futuristic concepts to useful doo-dads for today's cars. The focus of the automakers here at @CESAsia is obviously not on the cars themselves, but on mobility. You hear this a lot, but to see the @Honda booth with no actual cars in it really drives that home. Just because Honda didn't have any actual vehicles on display is not to say that every company wanted to promote mobility ideas over cars.


Cocaine godmother's son claims 'Cartel Crew' doesn't glorify criminal lifestyle: 'We're trying to move on with our lives'

FOX News

Michael Corleone Blanco, the only living son of Colombia's "cocaine godmother" Griselda Blanco, insists that the new VH1 reality TV series titled "Cartel Crew" doesn't glorify the violent narco lifestyle. Blanco, 40, who claims he turned his life around after his mother was shot to death by a motorcycle-riding assassin in 2012, is the most notorious of the eight cartel descendants portrayed in the upcoming series. According to VH1, the series aims to look at their lives "as they navigate adulthood and the effects the legacy has had on their upbringing" -- the subjects allege to have disconnected themselves from their past, the network says, and hope to make a name for themselves beyond the drug world. Blanco said he chose to come forward in "Cartel Crew" because he wanted the opportunity to share his story. "I guess it was bound to happen," Blanco told Fox News.