Amy Biehl students want more done to fight homelessness

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Students at Amy Biehl High School are proud of their school, but say it does come with its problems. “I see a lot of needles everywhere downtown, you see homeless asking people for money and sometimes you’ll see drug deals going on,” said Santiago Carrillo, a senior at Amy Beihl. “I have seen people like sleeping on the sidewalks or the needles all around or even people coming to talk to me just because they needed someone to talk to,” said Courtney Graber, a senior at Amy Beihl. Carrillo, Graber and Ulises Portillo, another senior KRQE News 13 spoke with, were all inspired to try and help solve the homelessness problem they see around their school every day. “Hopefully, get them a new job opportunity that they can be sustained, have their own housing and be an individual person,” said Portillo, when talking about his volunteer work at Saint Martin’s. Hoping to clean up around their school and solve the problem on a larger scale, Portillo, Carillo, and Amy Beihl Principal Frank McCulloch, had a meeting with Albuquerque City Councilor Isaac Benton. “He would answer our questions but he wouldn’t speak about how we could do it,” said Carillo. Carillo and Portillo say they were disappointed after the meeting and were hoping for a clearer plan on how to fix the issue. “We were looking for more of like, how they can help us and we can help them, but that didn’t really happen,” said Carillo. “The meeting with the students and the principal I thought went really well. We met for a good long meeting. So, I was surprised when they were saying I’m not doing enough but I will just say what I have been doing,” said Isaac Benton. Benton cites his work of coordinating programs that help the homeless, his co-sponsorship of affordable housing in the city, and securing funding to start a pilot program for a shuttle that will take homeless people to services they need. “The overall problem is a large one and a very complicated one,” said Benton. Benton says he understands the students’ desire to solve this problem, but says there is no quick solution for this problem. He also says the problems going on around Amy Beihl are “not okay” and fixing them will take a joint effort between the city, the school and Albuquerque Police. The students say they plan to continue to work to make this problem better, and their principal is proud of that. “Partly, what’s so impressive about my students is that they’re so empathetic. They’re not concerned about just moving vagrants along getting them away from our school but they really are looking at the underlying issues,” said Frank McCulloch, Principal and Executive Director of Amy Biehl High School.
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54 Suspected Voter Fraud Cases Under Investigation In Oregon

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – A study of the November 2016 election in Oregon has revealed 54 cases of suspected voter fraud, representing only .002 percent of votes cast, Oregon’s secretary of state announced Friday. Of the total, 46 people apparently voted in Oregon and in some other state, six ballots were turned in under the names of people listed as dead, and two people appeared to have voted more than once, Dennis Richardson said in a videotaped announcement . Richardson said the evidence has been turned over to the Oregon attorney general’s office for criminal investigation and prosecution. President Donald Trump has claimed that “millions of people” voted illegally in the election that he lost in the popular vote but won in the Electoral College. Presidential adviser Stephen Miller has said an “astonishing” number of non-citizens were registered to vote. But Richardson, the state’s highest-ranking Republican, did not mention any non-citizens voting, and he made a point of saying the number of suspicious cases amounted to only one out of 38,000 ballots. “These are very low numbers compared to the amount of ballots that have been turned in,” he said. He also said in a statement that “there is no evidence that these fraudulent ballots impacted the outcome of any contest.” His office recently handed over a statewide list of voters to Trump’s commission investigating allegations of voter fraud, after it paid the $500 fee required of anyone seeking the information for non-commercial purposes. Made available were names, addresses, registration dates and status, birth year, precinct name and political party affiliation. But information that was not disclosed included Social Security and driver’s license numbers or how a person voted. Kristina Edmunson, spokeswoman for Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum’s office, said in an email to The Associated Press the office is reviewing the new materials provided by Richardson. Oregon’s Elections Division consulted with other states and used Oregon county data; the Electronic Registration Information Center, or ERIC, which is governed by a board of directors made up of member states, including Oregon; U.S. Postal Service change of address information; and Social Security death records, Debra Royal, Richardson’s chief of staff, told AP in an email. “This is the most comprehensive check we have ever done with more data and a better data matching engine,” she quoted Elections Director Steve Trout as saying. Intentionally voting twice is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and up to a $125,000 fine, Richardson said. While there have been isolated cases of voter fraud in the U.S., there is no evidence of it being a widespread problem. Experts also say this would be an inefficient way to rig an election, given the fraud would have to be conducted one voter at a time, and would only be effective in places where the race is close enough that the outcome could be swayed. Studies have shown voter impersonation to be quite rare. In one analysis, a Loyola Law School professor found 31 instances involving allegations of voter impersonation out of 1 billion votes cast in U.S. elections between 2000 and 2014. Another study by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School found that many reports of people voting twice or ballots being cast on behalf of dead people were largely the result of clerical errors that suggested wrongdoing when none had occurred. “In these kinds of circumstances, I suspect the numbers tend to be a bit inflated,” Myrna Perez, deputy director of the Brennan Center’s democracy program, said in a telephone interview. “At the outset, comparing large lists of names produces false positives of matches. The person they think is Myrna Perez in Jersey City is not the same Myrna Perez in Texas voting. That’s one thing that happens when you look at double voting.” “It’ll be very interesting to see how many convictions they actually end up getting,” she said. Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

USF Rolls Over Illinois 47-23

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Quinton Flowers threw for 280 yards and four touchdowns and No. 22 South Florida returned from a Hurricane Irma-imposed layoff to rout Illinois 47-23 on Friday night. Flowers moved ahead of Matt Grothe and B.J. Daniels into second place on USF’s career touchdown pass list with 53. The 2016 American Athletic Conference offensive player of the year also scored his 32nd rushing touchdown, tying Marlon Mack’s school record. The Bulls (3-0) beat a Big Ten opponent for the first time on a night USF honored first responders who worked the past week to help victims of the massive storm that impacted the entire state of Florida. Illinois (2-1) stumbled in what also was a homecoming of sorts for coach Lovie Smith, who returned to the stadium where he led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two seasons before being fired and accepting the challenge of rebuilding the Illini. Illini freshman Mike Epstein scored on a 46-yard run and a 21-yard pass from Jeff George Jr., who replaced starter Chayce Crouch in the second half. Flowers completed 15 of 25 passes, including TD throws of 39 yards to Deangelo Antoine, 17 yards to Marquez Valdes-Scantling, 17 yards to D’Ernest Johnson and 13 yards to Tyre McCants. Flowers also scored on a 6-yard run on the last play of the first half and finished with a team-best 106 of USF’s 376 yards rushing. Johnson and Darius Tice joined Flowers in topping 100 yards rushing, with USF amassing 680 yards total offense to Illinois’ 354.   THE TAKEAWAY Illinois: Played like a young team that will struggle against strong competition. The Illini committed 12 penalties for 110 yards in the first half alone — embarrassing, unless you consider USF was even worse up to that point with 14 penalties for 115 yards. Epstein continues to be a reason to feel good about the program’s future, finishing with 56 yards rushing, 27 receiving and two TDs.   POLL IMPLICATIONS USF began the season ranked 19th and slipped three spots after having to overcome slow starts to beat San Jose State on the road and Stony Brook at home. Illinois might be the best of the teams they’ve faced but a less-than-sharp performance against the Illini likely won’t do much to improve their position.   UP NEXT Illinois: Off next week before the Big Ten opener at home against Nebraska on Sept. 29. South Florida: Remain home for the American Athletic Conference opener against Temple on Thursday night.   (© 2017 by STATS LLC and Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.)

Man Who Yelled Slurs, Shocked Father With Stun Cane Charged With Hate Crime

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A man accused of yelling racial slurs at a black man’s young son and then shocking the father with a stun cane has been charged with a federal hate crime. Federal prosecutors in Utah said Friday that 58-year-old Mark Porter faces up to 10 years in prison on the civil rights charge. Authorities say on Nov. 3 in Draper, Porter yelled a racial slur at the 7-year-old boy and told him to “get out of here.” When the father told Porter not to yell at his son, Porter hit the man in the neck with a stun cane. Porter’s attorney Daniel Garner says his client maintains his innocence and looks forward to being vindicated in case. State assault charges filed against Porter last year were dismissed due to the federal prosecution.   Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

School District Says Teachers Quiz On Sex, Drug Use Wasn’t Malicious

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A Utah high school teacher who was placed on leave for assigning students a questionnaire that officials and parents say inappropriately asked about student sex lives, drug and alcohol use was reinstated Friday. Weber School District spokesman Lane Findlay said that district officials wrapped up a four-day investigation into the teacher’s use of the survey at Roy High School as part of an “Adult Roles” course teaching students about human relationships. Findlay says Candace Thurgood, who has been teaching for 25 years, may face some “corrective action” but he declined to offer details, citing privacy policies. The district says generally, corrective actions could include counseling, a written reprimand, probation or a suspension. The 30-question given to juniors included questions such as “Ever been kissed while in a reclining position?” and “Have you ever slipped Angel Dust (anything) into someone’s drink?” Scores to the answers rated students as “nerd,” ”indecent” or “hopeless and condemned.” The assignment indicates the quiz may have been repurposed from a decades-old Ann Landers advice column but Findlay did not have details about where it originated. The district said in a statement Friday afternoon that it appears Thurgood has been using the questionnaire for several years but officials do not believe she had any malicious intent with the assignment. “The purpose of the survey was to allow students to conduct a self-assessment on potentially risky teen behaviors,” the statement said. Thurgood was put on administrative leave on Monday after parents complained about the questionnaire and said it was inappropriate. District officials investigated her use of the questionnaire and while they felt it was inappropriate, they didn’t feel it was a fireable offense. Thurgood did not respond to an email Friday seeking comment and declined through Findlay to be interviewed. Officials said the survey won’t be used again. The Standard-Examiner reported that five people held a rally in support of Thurgood outside the school Friday morning. Former student Kelby Neilson, who graduated in 2007, said he remembered Thurgood asking his class to take the quiz. “If I remember right she even said it was just kind of a way to look at your social status on a humorous level because all the answers at the bottom to her, and us, were humorous,” he said. Another teacher of “Adult Roles” at a different school in the district was put on leave in 2014 after asking students to list slang terms for genitalia as part of a class exercise. That teacher, Ashley Williams, still works for the district.   Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

Denver’s Mayor In London During Terrorist Attack

By Dominic Garcia LONDON (CBS4)– Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and his Denver delegation are safe following an attack at a train station in London. The group was overseas on building business relationships and enhancing security with London officials. Hancock says they had just arrived at the London stock exchange when they learned of the bomb attack. It happened at the Parsons Green London Underground train station. The blast injured at least 29 people, many suffering from “flash burn” injuries.
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Security in the city has been stepped up.

“We passed the Scotland Yard today where the security briefing was taking place we saw a lot of the media cued up to meet with the officials there,” said Hancock.

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He went on to say while he feels a sense of urgency in London, there’s an even stronger sense of resilience among the people of London. “They’re very concerned but at the same time they recognize they’re not going to be impacted by the unfortunate, thoughtless attacks of those who want to do nothing more than hurt the individuals who are here in this great country,” he told CBS4 News.
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In the coming days the British Army will be deployed on the streets of London to monitor the situation. Hancock says they’re now in London to not only build business relationships, but personal ones.
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“Certainly people are thoughtful and aware of what occurred in their city today. And we are thoughtful and aware of what occurred and we’re just remaining in prayer and thoughtfulness for the people who have been injured today.”
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Dominic Garcia anchors CBS4 News at 5 p.m. and reports for CBS4 News at 10 p.m. Connect with the Denver native on Twitter @cbs4dom & on Facebook.

Table Tennis Tourney Doubles As Mentorship Program

(CBS) – During a ping pong tournament between CPS students and Information Technology professionals, the real lessons on winning had nothing to do with the game. The not-for-profit Lumity served up the meet up to encourage STEM studies and build confidence. For many Lumity students, the road to winning is uphill. “My family is economically challenged,” says Longley Phan, a Von Steuben High School student. “My mom is a single mom, so she is working her hardest.” He says: “It’s always on my mind I might not succeed. That’s why I try harder each and every day.” Mentor Miguel Guerra is a successful wireless architect. You would have never picked him as most likely to succeed. “I got involved in the wrong things early on,” he says. He became a single parent of three children. At his lowest point, others stepped in to point Guerra in the right direction, and he’s dedicated to returning the gesture. “I know I didn’t make it here alone — I was helped along the way,” he says. There were about two dozen students at Friday’s tournament in the Loop. Participants thought the winner would be awarded a computer. But in the end they all got one of their own. Still, that may not be the most important take away of the evening.