By The Washington Post | PUBLISHED: March 24, 2019 at 6:28 pm | UPDATED: March 25, 2019 at 4:26 am By Aaron Blake| The Washington Post We finally got our first glimpse of special counsel Robert Mueller’s final conclusions from his Russia investigation, with Attorney General William Barr summarizing them on Sunday. Below are the big excerpts, with some analysis. – – – 1. No firm conclusion on obstruction of justiceIt became pretty clear on Friday that Mueller would not be charging anyone on the Trump campaign with conspiring with Russia during the 2016 election, given he opted for no more indictments. But that left completely unanswered the question of whether President Donald Trump had committed obstruction of justice. Perhaps the biggest revelation from the report is that Mueller takes no firm position as to whether Trump committed a crime, instead opting to lay out the evidence and let others make that determination: “After making a ‘thorough … [Read more...] about 4 takeaways from Barr’s letter about Mueller investigation
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Lynn Henning The Detroit News Published 11:28 PM EST Jan 31, 2019 The first day on the job as a full-time journalist and sports writer was Aug. 5, 1974, a hot, bright Monday morning, three days before President Richard Nixon resigned, and with a 7 a.m. start at the Battle Creek Enquirer. A guy two months after grabbing his journalism degree from Michigan State had secured that most aspired of all prizes: a job at a daily newspaper. I walked into the office and joined my two sports-staff partners, Dick Lovell and sports editor Bill Frank. My first task: write a cutline (photo caption) for an Associated Press photo of Jack Nicklaus from the Pleasant Valley Classic's final round. Four decades and many million words later, it ends, formally anyway, today at The Detroit News, a wondrous employer for nearly all of the past 40 years. There have been moments and minutes so magical, and so frequent, as to defy any orderly account. But here goes on … [Read more...] about Henning: 45 years covering sports provide endless memories
Susan Tompor and Janna Herron Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Jan 25, 2019 Sitting down to do your taxes in the next few weeks — or talking with your tax preparer — will involve tackling the most sweeping changes in the federal income tax rules in more than 30 years. Tax filers need to keep in mind that more than 600 changes took place under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was passed by Congress in late 2017. All those changes even drove some industry experts to raise concerns early on about possible delays to the typical late January start of the tax season — and that was long before the federal government shutdown hit on Dec. 22. Even so, the Internal Revenue Service promises to kick off tax season as of Jan. 28, the earliest date you can file your returns. Will things end up being simpler? Maybe, if you’re able to tap into a substantially expanded standard deduction and you no longer must string together all sorts of receipts … [Read more...] about When to file your taxes and what new rules to expect
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Dave Barry December 30, 2018 We can summarize 2018 in two words: It boofed. We’re not 100 percent sure what “boofing” is, despite the fact that this very issue was discussed in a hearing of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee. All we know for certain about boofing is that it is distasteful and stupid. As was 2018. In spades. What made this year so awful? We could list many factors, including natural disasters, man-made atrocities, the utter depravity of our national political discourse, and the loss of Aretha Franklin. Instead, we’ll cite one event that, while minor, epitomizes 2018: the debut of Dr. Pimple Popper. This is a cable-TV reality show featuring high-definition slo-mo close-up videos of a California dermatologist performing seriously disgusting procedures on individuals with zits the size of mature cantaloupes. You might ask, … [Read more...] about Dave Barry’s year in review: Good riddance to 2018!
Elisha Anderson, John Wisely, and Gina Kaufman Detroit Free Press Published 12:11 PM EST Dec 20, 2018 State inspectors had been to the Cantrell Funeral Home several times before, but this time was different. On Aug. 29, they slipped on respirators and carried flashlights as they searched the shuttered business on Detroit’s east side, chasing a phone tip that corpses were hidden throughout the building. The power was off and the building dark as they combed the basement containing knee-deep trash with the smell of embalming chemicals hanging in the air. Upstairs, they found a stillborn body and the cremated remains of another on a desk. But they missed an even more shocking discovery: 11 fetuses stashed above the first-floor ceiling in an infant-sized casket and cardboard box hidden by insulation. Inspectors wouldn't find those for another six weeks, when they returned Oct. 12 with … [Read more...] about Detroit’s Cantrell Funeral Home buried hidden horrors inside