Driver kills teen cyclist, sues his parents

Share the road?

It’s more like “share the money” in Canada, where a motorist who struck and killed a 17-year-old cyclist is suing the boy’s parents, saying her life has been ruined by the experience.

Sharlene Simon, 42, wants the parents of Brandon Majewski to pay her more than $1 million for the emotional trauma she has endured after the Oct. 28, 2012, crash that killed the teen and injured two of his friends, one of them seriously.

Simon, who hit the bike riders from behind with her SUV, is also suing the other two boys she hit early that morning, and their parents, saying the accident victims should have been wearing reflective vests while riding in the dark.

The attorney for the victims said the lawsuit is a shocking turn of events, according to The Toronto Sun.

“In all of my years as a lawyer, I have never seen anyone ever sue a child that they killed,” lawyer Brian Cameron said.

The mother of the dead boy, a dental assistant, said, “She killed my child and now she wants …

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Racist killer was FBI informant, report says

In this Feb. 24, 1985 file photo, Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan leader Glenn Miller addresses members in front of the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh.  Miller also known as Frazier Glenn Cross is suspected of fatally shooting two people Sunday afternoon in the parking lot behind the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, then driving to a retirement community where he shot a third person. He was arrested in an elementary school parking lot.(AP Photo/The News & Observer, Robert Willett)

In this Feb. 24, 1985 file photo, Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan leader Glenn Miller addresses members in front of the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh. Miller also known as Frazier Glenn Cross is suspected of fatally shooting two people Sunday afternoon in the parking lot behind the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, then driving to a retirement community where he shot a third person. He was arrested in an elementary school parking lot.(AP Photo/The News & Observer, Robert Willett)

When dealing with prosecutors it’s not who you know, but what you allege to know.

A former Ku Klux Klan leader charged with killing three people is a former FBI informant given a new identity by the federal government, reports ABC News.

Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, is charged with murder in shootings outside a Jewish center near Kansas City.

Cross was born Frazier Glenn Miller, a trucker who became a well-known white supremacist, Ku Klux Klan leader and the subject of a …

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Soldier’s home taken over by convicted drug dealers

Returning home after war is supposed to be a joyous experience.

Not so for U.S. soldier Michael Sharkey, who, after returning in one piece from Afghanistan, found his home has been taken over by squatters with multiple felony drug convictions.

Sharkey tells WFLA-TV in Tampa that he left his home in New Port Richey when he was deployed to Afghanistan about two years ago. The Army specialist asked a friend, Lisa Pettus, to fix up the home and try to rent it in his absence.

Pettus said she asked the squatter, Julio Ortiz, to renovate the home with supplies she provided, but weeks after the work was complete he broke in, changed the locks and moved in.

Ortiz and his girlfriend, Fatima Cardoso, refuse to leave.

Sharkey asked the Pasco County sheriff for help but was told the couple had “established residence” and Starkey must spend hundreds of dollars to legally evict the unwanted tenants.

Since Ortiz does not have a lease, he cannot apply for utilities, including water.

Ortiz was …

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Mom bites dog’s ear off to save child

Mackenzi Plass, 2, was defended by her mother, Chelsi Camp. (Image from KHOU.com)

Mackenzi Plass, 2, was defended by her mother, Chelsi Camp. (Image from KHOU.com)

A mother’s protective instincts are a force of nature to be reckoned with.

A Texas mom fending off a dog mauling her 2-year-old daughter bit off the animal’s ear in a life-or-death scrap, reports KHOU in Houston, Texas.

Chelsi Camp told the TV station she was dogsitting a friend’s pit bull in late March when the animal sniffed her daughter and suddenly attacked, biting the child’s face.

Camp said she didn’t know what else to do but fight.

“How else do you get somebody to stop?” she said. “I mean I would do the same thing with a human being.”

Camp “shoved her fist into the dog’s mouth and even bit its ear off all while telling her daughter to turn over so she didn’t choke on blood,” writes KHOU.

The young mother managed to call police, who shot the dog which was eventually euthanized.

The little girl, Mackenzi Plass, survived, but has scars on her face from the dog bites. She has to stay out of …

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Ku Klux Klan chapter leads Neighborhood Watch effort

Don't worry, the KKK is here to protect you, says a flyer distributed in Fairview Township, Penn. (Image from photo submitted to PennLive.com)

Don't worry, the KKK is here to protect you, says a flyer distributed in Fairview Township, Penn. (Image from photo submitted to PennLive.com)

Homeowners in part of Pennsylvania can sleep peacefully at night knowing the local Ku Klux Klan is awake and keeping an eye on things.

Or, at least that’s what a flyer distributed in Fairview Township suggests.

PennLive.com reports a chapter of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan decided to start patrolling the streets because they believe local police are not doing enough to combat break-ins in the area.

Local police say they are aware of the flyers, which feature the comforting sight of a hooded figure pointing an accusatory finger of justice, but won’t be investigating who dispersed them.

Local media, and the police, don’t seem to know who will actually be doing the patrolling, since no member of the Klan in the central Pennsylvania town has been identified. Those purchasing sheets during the most recent “White …

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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

UPDATE: A judge ruled May 5 that Anderson be freed from jail and not serve a prison sentence.

Original column:

“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 …

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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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