Report: FSU QB rape investigation flawed

Florida State garnet quarterback Jameis Winston looks for a receiver as he scrambles in the second half of an NCAA college spring football game on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston looks for a receiver as he scrambles in the second half of an NCAA college spring football game on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

Lady Justice may wear a blindfold, but criminal investigators are supposed to keep their eyes wide open.

That’s not always the case when the suspect is rich, powerful, famous or playing for the hometown football team.

The New York Times unleashed Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Walt Bogdanich on the Tallahassee police department’s investigation of a rape allegation against star Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston and the results are what you might expect.

The NYT “found that there was virtually no investigation at all, either by the police or the university.”

Winston, who will be a sophomore this upcoming season, is one of college football’s most famous and talented players. As a freshman he became the youngest Heisman Trophy ever and led the Seminoles to a …

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Convicted felon skips prison due to clerical error

“If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime,” said actor Robert Blake in his popular “Beretta” TV series.

Blake was later charged with murdering his wife, but was acquitted and avoided doing any time.

A Missouri man convicted in the armed robbery a Burger King and sentenced to 13 years didn’t go to prison either, thanks to a clerical error, reports Today.com.

The prison system realized its mistake only as they prepared to release the prisoner they never had.

Cornealious “Mike” Anderson was convicted in 1999 but was released and told Missouri’s Department of Corrections would tell him when to voluntarily report to prison.

Corrections never got around to doing that.

Anderson said he waited a long time and never left the St. Louis area, but eventually just started living his life like many other people.

NBC said Anderson “got married, had children, opened a successful business, coached youth football and joined a church group.”

That life came to a crashing halt last summer when …

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Software maker fights simplified tax filing

If you congressman really wanted your vote he'd find a way to make tax filing easier. (AP Photo)

If you congressman really wanted your vote he'd find a way to make tax filing easier. (AP Photo)

No one likes doing their income taxes. Slackers who wait until today, the final day to file without risk of financial penalty, seem to hate it even more.

The problem with taxes is that the laws are needlessly complex.

Some complications are probably necessary to promote fairness. Poor Americans, Thomas Jefferson wrote to James Madison, should be “exempt all from taxation below a certain point” and the wealthy should be taxed at “higher portions” as their wealth increases.

Jefferson, no fan of big government or big business, also warned future generations of “the selfish spirit of commerce that knows no country, and feels no passion or principle but that of gain.”

That warning hits home when reading a ProPublica article that says at least one manufacturer of tax prep software is lobbying against simpler tax returns.

The article points out that Intuit, the company that makes …

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Dutch company to hire only white workers

In the Netherlands, Santa gets plenty of help from "Black Pete." (Koen van Weel/AFP/Getty Images)

In the Netherlands, Santa has plenty of workers known as "Black Pete." (Koen van Weel/AFP/Getty Images)

UPDATE: My Dutch is weak, but it appears the business owner that created a week-long stir by advertising for “white-only” workers did it as a stunt to draw attention to discrimination in the Netherlands. Here is a story, in Dutch, that says that … I think. I would like to thank our many Dutch readers for pointing this out to me.

ORIGINAL COLUMN …

As any European will happily tell you, the U.S. is culturally backwards and wrong about most everything, including healthcare, military spending, global politics and, most especially, race relations.

I was once asked “Why is everyone here so racist?” by a young Russian woman who had emigrated to America to marry a retired Georgian with a riding lawn mower.

My answer then: Racism occurs everywhere, unfortunately, but Americans talk about discrimination more openly.

People in the Netherlands seem to be headed in the opposite direction …

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Bible losing influence in America

A worker destroys a church in Atlanta to make way for a new football stadium. (JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM)

A worker destroys a church in Atlanta to make way for a new football stadium. (JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM)

Easter is just a few bunny hops away, but the percentage of Americans who will search for eggs or otherwise mark the occasion is in decline, according to a new study on Bible readership.

A Washington Times article bearing the unbiased headline “Going to hell in a handbasket” says, for the first time, the number of Americans skeptical of the Bible is equal to the number who believe the words are inspired directly by God and contain no errors except for maybe a few of the tricky passages.

Overall, the number of Americans skeptical of the Bible has increased 10 percent since 2011, according to the 2014 “State of the Bible” report by The American Bible Society.

Who do we have to blame for this portent of doom?

Young people, the so-called “Millennial Generation” (who range in age from 18-29) must be too busy taking “selfies” or copying-and-pasting links on Reddit to heed the …

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U.S. spent billions spent on ineffective flu drug, study says

Tamiflu is shown in Kiel, Germany, in this Oct. 24, 2005, file photo The Tamiflu antiviral drug is seen as the most effective medical defense against the human form of bird flu. Iowa health officials have asked for more than $4.8 million to buy hundreds of thousands of courses of antiviral drugs to be used in the event of an influenza pandemic, Gov. Tom Vilsack said Monday, July 31, 2006. (AP Photo/Heribert Proepper)

Tamiflu is shown in Kiel, Germany, in this Oct. 24, 2005, file photo The Tamiflu antiviral drug is seen as the most effective medical defense against the human form of bird flu. Iowa health officials have asked for more than $4.8 million to buy hundreds of thousands of courses of antiviral drugs to be used in the event of an influenza pandemic, Gov. Tom Vilsack said Monday, July 31, 2006. (AP Photo/Heribert Proepper)

The flu kills people.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates 3,000 to 49,000 people die annually from some form of the influenza virus.

In 1918, the Spanish Flu killed 50 million people, more than three times as many as died during the five years of World War I. Most of the deaths occurred in Europe, but more than 600,000 died in the U.S.

The Spanish Flu virus was global. Only one place, a small island in the Amazon River, was untouched by it.

When 3 to 5 percent of humanity dies, people get scared. And, governments start spending money to try and prevent such …

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Topless woman’s McDonald’s rampage caught on tape

Sandra Suarez was jailed for 5 days before being released on a $7,000 bond. (Image from WFLA.com)

Sandra Suarez was jailed for 5 days before being released on a $7,000 bond. (Image from WFLA.com)

The manager of a McDonald’s who let security video of a topless woman’s restaurant “rampage” leak onto the Internet has been fired.

There’s something about Florida that brings out the crazy. Doing a Google search for “Florida Man” will show you what I mean, but it won’t reveal the video that got Eric Stevens fired.

NBC News in Tampa provides work-safe visuals. Breitbart provides coverage with less coverage.

Police say Sandra Suarez, 41, was wearing only a thong as she destroyed a Pinellas Park McDonald’s at about 11 p.m. on March 24.

The security camera video shows Suarez angrily damaging restaurant equipment while Golden Arches employees laugh and critique her nudity. Police say Suarez was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, which seems impossible once you’ve seen her stick her head under the ice cream machine and fill her face with semi-frozen deliciousness.

Stevens …

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Report: Rev. Al Sharpton was FBI informant

Rev. Al Sharpton with the National Action Network gives the keynote speech at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington in front of the Lincoln Memorial, Saturday August 24, 2013. (KENT D. JOHNSON / KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM)

Rev. Al Sharpton with the National Action Network gives the keynote speech at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington in front of the Lincoln Memorial, Saturday August 24, 2013. (KENT D. JOHNSON / KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM)

Rev. Al Sharpton, who has made a career out of criticizing authority, was once a paid informant for the FBI, according to a report by The Smoking Gun.

The website says it looked at unsealed FBI affidavits and interviewed law enforcement officials who allegedly “worked” with Sharpton to secretly tape conversations of the powerful Gambino mob family in the 1980s.

Sharpton said Tuesday he cooperated with the FBI, but does not consider himself an informant.

On Twitter, Sharpton unleashed a rhyme. “I am not a rat. I am a cat, I chase rats thugs, gangsters, bigots, drug dealers. Bad cops whoever out of our community. That is right,” he tweeted from his verified social media account.

Even critics admit the activist has had a colorful life.

He got off to a rough …

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Study: Georgia drivers 14th worst, 2nd most ticketed

Atlantans love iced tea, not iced roads. (AJC file photo)

Atlantans love iced tea, not iced roads. (AJC file photo)

After January’s Snowjam and the follow-up February smash hit, Snowjam II “Electric Boogaloo,” it would be easy to think Georgia drivers are the worst in the nation.

You’d be wrong.

Compared to our Southern peers — who, like us, hate ice as much as the depressed Zamboni driver at Philips Arena loves it — we are pretty good.

Nationally, however, Georgians rank as the 14th worst drivers, according to stats compiled by CarInsuranceComparison.com. To compile the list, the website looked at fatalities per mile driven and the number of traffic tickets handed out for drunk driving, careless driving and other offenses.

Our immediate Southern neighbors are all much better at bad driving than us. The worst-driving states are all from the South — Louisiana, South Carolina, Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina and Missouri round out the top 8.

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Police: Identical twins dead in recliners since 2011

Smartphones make it possible to contact friends and family at any time from almost anywhere.

Despite the social media magic of Facebook and Twitter, there seems to be a trend of people dying in their homes and being forgotten — sometimes for years.

Just up I-75 in Chattanooga, the badly decomposed bodies of 63-year-old identical twins Anthony and Andrew Johnson were found sitting in recliners in their home, reports the local NBC News station.

Investigators said the men likely died three years ago. The most recent receipt found in the home was for Coca-Cola purchased in early 2011.

An autopsy revealed no signs of foul play. Toxicology reports are pending.

Neighbors believed the home was vacant and helped maintain the yard, says the Chattanooga Times Fress Press. The postal service quit delivering mail because they thought the home was empty.

A family member tried to visit the home in 2011, but the door was locked and police would not help her enter without a key without seeing …

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