The often caustic proceedings divulged their lavish lifestyle, including a $230,000 monthly spending habit, and their six houses and 11 country club memberships. Other extravagances included Mr. Giuliani spending $7,131 on fountain pens and $12,012 on cigars. There were the occasional courtroom outbursts; at one hearing, Mrs. Giuliani slapped her hand on a table in protest, insisting that she did not strip bare one of their homes after the divorce papers had been served. At another hearing, Mr. Giuliani cursed aloud when Mr. Clair mentioned the name of a woman, Maria Rose Ryan, the chief executive of a small New Hampshire hospital, with whom he has traveled abroad and subsequently took as his date to a dinner at the White House for the Australian prime minister. "Cheap shot," Mr. Giuliani exclaimed. (In court, Mrs. Giuliani had claimed that her husband spent $286,532 since their divorce commenced on Ms. Ryan. Mr. Giuliani denied having an affair.)
The weapons are notorious for their effects on civilians. But five years of reporting and hundreds of interviews have revealed they've also killed and wounded scores of Americans. read more
And here: www.texastribune.org Once again, the Rio Grande Valley is seeing the signs that more border fencing is coming: construction equipment gathering near the Rio Grande, brush being cleared, residents receiving letters from the government asking to survey their property and possibly claim some of it through eminent domain. Before that existing fencing went up, the federal government launched its most aggressive seizure of private land in decades. In less than a year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security filed more than 360 eminent domain lawsuits against property owners, involving thousands of acres of land in the border states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. And in countless cases, the government gave landowners lowball offers based on flawed appraisals. Many of those land seizure cases remained tied up in court more than a decade later.
The co-founder of the luggage startup Away stepped down yesterday evening due, in part, to Twitter backlash that resulted from an article The Verge published criticizing her harsh management style.
Drawings done in captivity by the first prisoner known to undergo "enhanced interrogation" portray his account of what happened to him in vivid and disturbing ways. read more