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'Window into history': Tapes detail LBJ's stolen election

DALLAS (AP) — The story was a blockbuster: A former Texas voting official was on the record detailing how nearly three decades earlier, votes were falsified to give then-congressman Lyndon B. Johnson a win that propelled the future president into the U.S. Senate.

Luis Salas, the former South Texas election judge, told Mangan for the story: “Johnson did not win that election; It was stolen for him. And I know exactly how it was done.”

The story, which made front pages across the country, pulled back the curtain on the razor-thin victory that had drawn suspicions ever since election officials in rural Jim Wells County announced the discovery of uncounted votes in a ballot box known as Box 13 in the days after the 1948 Democratic primary Senate runoff. And now, at a time when election fraud is rare but former President Donald Trump and his allies amplify baseless allegations blaming it for his 2020 loss, the tapes and story show what compelling evidence of actual fraud looks like.

Salas told Mangan that the powerful South Texas political boss George B. Parr — who wielded control with favors and coercion — ordered that some 200 votes be added to Box 13. Salas said he then watched as the fraudulent votes were added in alphabetical order, with the names coming from people who hadn’t voted in the election.


Nissan tool and die workers vote against union at Tennessee plant

Tool and die workers at a Nissan plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, voted on Thursday against joining a union.

The vote wasn't close, providing the latest example of the challenges union organizers face at Southern auto plants.

Nissan spokeswoman Lloryn Love-Carter provided a company statement cheering the outcome, with workers opting not to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

"By a vote of 62 to 9 with 97% participation, workers at a Nissan manufacturing facility have again voted overwhelmingly against union representation and elected to maintain their direct relationship with the company. Nissan respects this decision, and we remain focused on working with employees to drive our future forward together," she said.

MSU shooter Anthony McRae had weapons history

State officials Tuesday identified 43-year-old convicted felon Anthony McRae as the attacker who shot and killed three people and wounded five others at Michigan State University. But police had been called to the residence before because of the sound of gunshots, Megan Bender said. Megan Bender said Anthony McRae would fire out of the back door of the home, she believed for target practice.


Edit: His original felony charges were plead down to a misdemeanor. Why have strict gun laws if they are plead down and/or ignored ?

Arrests made in Louisiana mass shooting that wounded 12

"Baton Rouge, La. – Police in Louisiana's capital city have charged two people in a mass shooting that left 12 others wounded at a nightclub in January.

Two 19-year-olds, Nikeal Franklin and Jy’Shaun Jackson, were arrested Friday, the Baton Rouge Police Department said. Franklin was charged with 12 counts of attempted first-degree murder while Jackson was charged with 12 counts of principal to attempted first-degree murder.

On Jan. 22, shots rang out around 1:30 a.m. in the Dior Bar & Lounge in Baton Rouge. A dozen people were injured, and most sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Three victims were initially listed in critical condition, but their conditions later improved.


Clerk pleads no contest in 2020 Flint-area ballot sabotage

A woman who was a public official in a Michigan community admitted Wednesday that she broke a seal on a ballot box to ensure that votes could not be recounted in her 2020 race, prosecutors said.

Kathy Funk, 59, pleaded no contest to misconduct in office, a felony, under an agreement that includes no time in jail. Funk had won the race by just 79 votes out of about 5,300. A recount was not conducted. After the August 2020 election, Funk contacted state police to report a break-in at Flint Township Hall and that a seal on a ballot cannister had been damaged.

Funk quit her township post in 2021 for a bigger job as elections supervisor for Genesee County. She was dismissed last year.


'One More Year' fund started to try and retain Corum, other key players at Michigan

A crowdfunding effort is underway to try and keep a handful of Michigan Wolverines with NFL aspirations in college for another season.

Created by Valiant Management Group, the “One More Year” fund is live now on their website. This NIL fund is designed to retain players like Blake Corum, Zak Zinter, Trevor Keegan, Cornelius Johnson and others who have not yet declared for the NFL Draft. All proceeds will go straight to the players who return for the 2023 season.

Any amount of money can be donated, but if you donate $5,000 or more, you will receive exclusive donor benefits. Those benefits include Zoom calls with the players, signed memorabilia and more. If you wish to donate more than $5,000, you are encouraged to email Valiant at fundraising@valiantuofm.com to receive those benefits.


Title IX was intended to close the gender gap in college athletics But schools are rigging the no's.

Fifty years after the passage of Title IX, the landmark law banning sex discrimination in education, colleges and universities are circumventing its intent by manipulating athletic rosters to appear more balanced than they are. By packing their women’s teams with extra players who never compete, double- and triple-counting women while undercounting men and even classifying male practice players as women, schools across the nation collectively conjured the illusion of thousands more female athletic opportunities, a USA TODAY investigation found.

At Florida State University, for example, more than half of the 66 women on its indoor track and field team never competed indoors. The school simply counted all its outdoor track athletes twice. The University of Wisconsin claimed to have 165 athletes on its women’s rowing roster even though more than a third of them never raced for the school. Some of the women quit before the regular season even started. In addition to Wisconsin, the University of Alabama, the University of Tennessee and Michigan each reported triple-digit women’s rowing teams. Alabama reported 122 rowers despite its conference championships allowing for 28.

At the University of Michigan, 29 athletes on the 43-player women’s basketball roster were actually men who signed up to practice with the team. Michigan had the highest count of any school in the analysis, reporting 36 practice players across three women's sports. The 29 on its women's basketball team was more than double its number of actual female basketball players.

In an interview with USA TODAY, Michigan women's basketball coach Kim Barnes Arico said the high number ensured her team would never be short practice players because of scheduling conflicts. When Barnes Arico was asked if she knew the athletic department counted the men toward its women’s teams, a school spokesperson, Sarah VanMetre, interrupted and ended the interview.


Wishing On A Star - Rose Royce

While everyone associates Rose Royce with Car Wash, this one has been a big favorite of mine since it was recorded in 1977. Originally offered to Barbra Streisand who turned it down, it appeared for the first time on Rose Royce's second album named In Full Bloom. Has since been covered by a multitude of artists, but IMO nothing matches the original sung by Rose Royce lead singer Gwen Dickey.

Biden Predicts Student Loan Relief Checks Within Two Weeks

This is hopefully a big boost for the midterms, but I'm a little confused by his statement regarding checks.

All this time I thought the loan forgiveness would just be applied to the outstanding balance on the loans held by the Federal government and no money would actually be changing hands. This statement today seems to indicate that $10k checks are going to be sent out soon to everyone who is eligible.

Who are the checks the president referenced going to be sent to? The students who took out the loans?

How do they ensure that the money is actually applied against the loan balance and just not spent on something else? Also, don't understand how they could verify eligibility so quickly for millions of applicants.

I assumed up to now that fraud was going to be negligible because the money could simply be added back into people's outstanding loan balances if it was found they weren't eligible. If they are actually sending out $10k-$20k checks like he said, how would you ever get that money back ?


WNBA Players' $1 Million Paydays Vanish as Off-Season Opportunities Dry Up

The lucrative off-season for women’s professional basketball players, when they make the bulk of their income, has dried up this year due to a mix of geopolitical tensions, currency fluctuation and Covid lockdowns.

The median NBA player salary is a little more than $4.3 million for a season spanning eight months, according to ESPN. The WNBA season lasts around four months, and the average base salary is about $130,000 with a max salary of about $228,000. The best players can make up to $700,000 a year through bonuses and sponsorships, according to the WNBA.TV viewership for the WNBA is growing, but it still pales in comparison to the men’s league. The WNBA averaged 379,000 viewers last season, compared with 1.6 million for NBA games.

Cound said a women’s salary in Turkey a few years ago could top out at around $800,000. Now, that number is closer to $350,000 or $400,000. Boris Lelchitski, chief executive officer of Sports International Group, another talent agency, has seen a 30% to 40% reduction in overseas salaries from previous years. Now that many teams with the deepest pockets -- Russia’s Ekaterinburg and the Chinese teams -- are off the table, the next best teams don’t have to haggle as hard for premier players.

“This is driving the market down because the top teams outside of Russia don’t have to pay as much to get the best player or a good player,” Lelchitski said. “They don’t want to negotiate against themselves.” Second-tier teams are struggling to even fill their bench as the war in Ukraine raises food and energy prices across Europe.

The WNBA didn’t discourage players from going overseas this year, not even to Russia, WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in an interview. Cound said he knows a couple players who are still going to Russia.

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