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Chicago woman, 96, found dead in freezer

Chicago woman, 96, found dead in freezer

The body of a 96-year-old woman was discovered Monday in a freezer behind a home in Chicago. The woman, identified as Regina Michalski, was found around 4:35 p.m. near the 5500 block of West Melrose Street, FOX Chicago reported. She was found inside the freezer in a garage behind the property surrounded with trash.Michalski was identified by a relative, the news outlet said. Michalski and her daughter lived on the first floor of the home and the daughter was the building’s landlord.LORI LIGHTFOOT RIPPED FOR DANCING IN STREET AS CRIME SOARS
A 96-year-old woman was found dead inside a freezer behind a Chicago home Monday. 
(Fox Chicago)Neighbors told the news outlet they had not seen Michalski in years. In addition, the daughter reportedly gave conflicting stories in recent months that her mother was in a nursing home in another state or that she was still living at home and had died, according to the local outlet. “She would talk about her like she was still here. I would be very confused because she had told my dad [that her mother] was in a home in Wisconsin,” a neighbor, Brigitte Yanez, said.One of Michalski’s grandchildren, Diane Michalski, told the Chicago Sun-Times that she used to live above her grandmother’s unit. Diane Michalski said her grandmother was a Polish immigrant who spent most of her life working for Motorola.”I remember being a kid and she’d bring some work home and show me the little technology and all the little intricate details that she had to do for her job” she said. “I mean, if you want to talk about women in STEM, she was it.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP She said she had not seen her grandmother in 20 years. “She didn’t deserve to go that way,” she said. Police have not said if any arrests have been made. 

Tyre Nichols death: Memphis police to release more audio and video from traffic stop

Tyre Nichols death: Memphis police to release more audio and video from traffic stop

Memphis police will be releasing more audio and video from the Jan. 7 traffic stop which sent Tyre Nichols to a hospital, where he died days later.City of Memphis Chief Legal Officer Jennifer Sink said in a Tuesday evening statement that the city will be holding all additional video and audio relating to the Jan. 7 traffic stop until it completes an administrative investigation, which should occur in the “coming weeks.””The City has received multiple requests for the release of the entirety of the audio and video footage in the Tyre Nichols’ case. The City is still conducting an administrative investigation of other personnel, and the criminal investigation is ongoing. It is imperative the City conduct a thorough investigation so that all culpable parties can be held accountable. A premature release of the video and audio could compromise our administrative investigation,” Sink said.”The City is preparing to release these recordings publicly upon completion of the administrative investigation, which is expected to occur in the next few weeks. Mr. Nichols’ family and attorneys have been afforded an opportunity to view the entirety of the audio and video footage privately until it can be released publicly. We request the public’s patience while we complete our investigation,” she added.TYRE NICHOLS INVESTIGATION: DISTRICT ATTORNEY SAYS ‘THERE’S ABSOLUTELY NO INTENT TO PROTECT ANYBODY’
This photo provided by the Nichols family shows Tyre Nichols, who had a passion for photography and was described by friends as joyful and lovable. Nichols was just minutes from his home in Memphis, Tenn., on Jan. 7, 2023, when he was pulled over by police and fatally beaten. Five Memphis police officers have since been charged with second-degree murder and other offenses. 
(Courtesy of the Nichols family via AP)Memphis officials released body camera video and other footage on Friday relating to the traffic stop involving Nichols.During the traffic stop, officials say that a “confrontation occurred” which led to Nichols trying to run away from the officers.When officers caught up with Nichols, police say that another confrontation occurred, leaving the man complaining about a shortness of breath.Graphic content warning”While attempting to take the suspect into custody, another confrontation occurred; however, the suspect was ultimately apprehended,” MPD said. “Afterward the suspect complained of having shortness of breath, at which point an ambulance was called to the scene.” TYRE NICHOLS VIDEO: MEMPHIS AUTHORITIES RELEASE FOOTAGE FROM DEADLY TRAFFIC STOP
Memphis Police Department Officers Demetrius Haley, Tadarrius Bean, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills and Justin Smith were terminated on Jan. 18 for their role in the arrest of deceased Tyre Nichols.
(Memphis Police Department)Nichols was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Memphis in critical condition, but died on Jan. 10.As officers yanked Nichols out of the car during the traffic stop, he can be heard saying “I didn’t do anything.””Watch out, I’ma baton the f— out you,” one officer says.Officers are seen punching, kicking, and striking Nichols several times with a baton in the video.Five former Memphis police officers were fired after the incident and are being charged with second-degree murder, aggravated assault as well as other charges.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP
A view from a camera mounted above the intersection where Memphis police caught up with Tyre Nichols, who died three days later. authorities released footage of the deadly encounter between Nichols and police Friday.  
(Memphis Police Department)
A Memphis police officer pulling Tyre Nichols out of his vehicle on Jan. 7, 2023.
(Memphis Police Department)Memphis police also suspended Preston Hemphill, who served as a police officer, one day after the incident. A seventh officer has been relived of duty, but hasn’t been named.Fox News’ Michael Ruiz contributed to this report.

Illinois woman charged with stealing $1.5M in chicken wings from school district

Illinois woman charged with stealing $1.5M in chicken wings from school district

Alex Murdaugh leaves court Alex Murdaugh is transported back into a van after day 5 of his murder trial. (Mark Sims for Fox News Digital)The Illinois woman accused of stealing $1.5 million in food, mostly chicken wings, over nearly two years from a school district was discovered after an audit revealed the district was hundreds of thousands of dollars over budget despite only being halfway through the school year, according to court documents. Vera Liddell, 66, allegedly placed hundreds of unauthorized food orders with Gordon Food Service, the main food supplier to the Harvey School District 152. The scheme ran from July 2020 to February 2022, during the COVID-19 pandemic, prosecutors said. She is charged with felony theft and continuing a financial crimes enterprise, prosecutors said, FOX Chicago reported. Liddell allegedly placed the orders, including 11,000 cases of chicken wings, separately from the district’s legitimate orders. The food service providers then billed the district, which made the payments. 1 DEAD, 6 INJURED IN CHICAGO HIGH-RISE FIRE
Vera Liddell is accused of stealing $1.5 million from an Illinois school district by stealing $1.5 million of food – primarily chicken wings.
(Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office)”The massive fraud began at the height of COVID during a time when students were not allowed to be physically present in school,” court documents said. “Even though the children were learning remotely, the school district continued to provide meals for the students that their families could pick up.”Liddell was hired as a consultant after her time of food services director in 2021 to assist with the transition of a new director, prosecutors said. After placing the fraudulent orders, she allegedly would pick up the food in a school district cargo van. “The food was never brought to the school or provided to the students,” prosecutors said in court documents. The scheme was discovered when a manager conducted a routine mid-year audit and found the district had exceeded its annual budget by over $300,000 despite only being halfway through the school year,Prosecutors said Liddell was the only person responsible for placing food orders on behalf of the district.
The popularity of Buffalo wings has only spread over the decades, with Americans now consuming an estimated 27 billion wings per year, according to the National Chicken Council. 
(Anchor Bar)CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP “Upon closer review, she discovered individual invoices signed by Liddell for massive quantities of chicken wings, an item that was never served to students because they contain bones,” the documents said.Employees at the Gordon Food Service told investigators they were all familiar with Liddell because of the “massive amount of chicken wings she would purchase,” prosecutors said.  

New York university system to require social justice, DEI course for all undergrad students

New York university system to require social justice, DEI course for all undergrad students

The State University of New York (SUNY) system will require all new students to take courses related to social justice and diversity, equity, and inclusion beginning fall 2023.Members of the SUNY Board of Trustees passed a resolution in November 2021 outlining the addition of several required courses, which included a new social justice category.While the resolution was passed in November 2021, the social justice course requirement goes into effect for all new students seeking a bachelor’s degree beginning in the fall of 2023, and will begin in the fall of 2024 for first-time students obtaining an associates degree.When passed in November 2021, a resolution from the SUNY Board of Trustees states that the university system’s general education requirement does not “address Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice.”CALIFORNIA SCHOOL DISTRICT TO RAISE BLACK LIVES MATTER FLAG FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH
The State University of New York at Brockport 
(SUNY Brockport)Campus Reform first reported the course requirement.A memorandum sent to SUNY presidents in December 2021 states that through the diversity course requirement, students will be able to “analyze the role that complex networks of social structures and systems play in the creation and perpetuation of the dynamics of power, privilege, oppression, and opportunity.”TYRE NICHOLS INVESTIGATION: DISTRICT ATTORNEY SAYS ‘THERE’S ABSOLUTELY NO INTENT TO PROTECT ANYBODY’
Binghamton University welcome sign.
(Binghamton University)The memo also states that students should be able to “apply the principles of rights, access, equity, and autonomous participation to past, current, or future social justice action” through the course requirement.In a statement to Fox News Digital, SUNY Chancellor John B. King, Jr. said that the requirement will help prepare students to go into the workforce.”Exposure to and understanding of diversity is essential to success in our modern society and economy. As a leader in preparing the future workforce and citizenry, SUNY is committed to embedding diversity into the foundation of all it does – from academics to campus life and everything in between. By recognizing and celebrating our diversity and fostering respectful dialogue and debate, SUNY provides students with the world-class education they deserve,” King said.Nicholas Giordano, a professor of political science at Suffolk Community College in New York and Campus Reform higher education fellow, told Fox News Digital that the new course requirement appears to be part of a political agenda.”Colleges and universities throughout the country are adding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion/Social Justice (DEISJ) principles as part of their degree requirements. It seems many colleges and universities would prefer to pursue a political agenda rather than produce productive members of society who contribute to a competent workforce and understand their civic obligations. Continuing down this path will render higher education meaningless,” said Giordano.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP
SUNY Oswego campus.
(SUNY Oswego)The SUNY system covers a total of 64 schools throughout the state of New York.

Biden announces $60M grant for I-10 corridor in Mississippi

Biden announces $60M grant for I-10 corridor in Mississippi

Mississippi’s Department of Transportation has received a $60 million grant to make improvements to the Interstate 10 freight corridor in Diamondhead, President Joe Biden’s administration announced Tuesday.The award is part of nearly $1.2 billion in funding made available from the National Infrastructure Project Assistance discretionary grant program, known as the Mega Grant program.The I-10 freight corridor improvements project was one of nine selected for this first year of the Mega Grant program.MISSISSIPPI SENATORS PUSH BILL TO SPECIFY LAWMAKERS MUST MEET IN PUBLIC
Mississippi has received a $60 million grant for improvements of the Interstate 10 corridor. This funding was made available by the National Infrastructure Project Assistance. 

Minnesota health mentor reportedly offers student chest binder for gender transition behind parents’ backs

Minnesota health mentor reportedly offers student chest binder for gender transition behind parents’ backs

A Minnesota health mentor offered an investigator posing as a student a gender-affirming chest binder while stating she will not inform the student’s parents. A parent sent @LibsofTikTok, a picture of a flyer that was hung inside a school in Hopkins Public Schools District introducing Health Mentor Caroline Hickey, who offered a litany of LGBTQ counseling services. @LibsofTikTok reached out to the number provided and posed as a student within the District. Investigators told Hickey that they were “seeking hormones because of struggles with gender identity and that we didn’t want our parents to find out.” TRANSGENDER INSTAGRAM MODEL ALLEGEDLY MURDERED DAD, STABBED SISTER AFTER ‘ARGUMENT OVER A LAPTOP’: PROSECUTORSHickey responded asking the student to come and discuss with her potential alternatives to hormone therapy including, as she offered, “a free binder from myHealth.” Chest binding, the practice of flattening one’s chest with bindings to appear more masculine, is a form of gender expression popular among women looking to change sex. However, it is not without its dangers. In one study of more than 1,200 participants, nearly 89% experienced at least one health problem caused by chest binding. Unsafe binding may lead to permanent deformation of the breasts, scarring, and lung constriction while long-term binding may also adversely affect the outcome of a future mastectomy.VIRGINIA BILL WOULD BAN TRANSGENDER ATHLETES FROM WOMEN’S SPORTSHopkins Public School partnered with myHealth who “provides educational presentations to middle to high-school age youth, young adults, parents, community members and professionals in over 100 separate locations and 20 school districts,” according to myHealth’s website.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPHopkins Public School and myHealth did not reply for immediate comment

Connecticut man gets 120 years for 1987 double homicide of father, son

Connecticut man gets 120 years for 1987 double homicide of father, son

A Connecticut judge sentenced a 55-year-old New Haven man to 120 years in prison for the gruesome slaying of a father and son, part of a murder case that spanned more than three decades and which the judge on Tuesday said included “a demonic level of violence and terror.”A jury found Willie McFarland guilty of murder in November for the deaths of the two men, Fred Harris, 59, and Greg Harris, 23.LONGTIME SUSPECT FINALLY CONVICTED IN CONNECTICUT DOUBLE-HOMICIDE FROM 1987McFarland was sentenced to 60 years for each of the murders, terms that are to be served consecutively, according to a statement by New Haven State Attorney John P. Doyle Jr. The father and son were found bound and with their throats slashed in their Hamden, Connecticut, home in 1987.
Willie McFarland of New Haven, Connecticut, was sentenced to 120 years in prison for the 1987 murders of Fred and Greg Harris
(Hamden Police Department via AP, File)In handing down the sentence, Judge Elpedio N. Vitale called McFarland “an unqualified menace to society.”SUSPECT IN WISCONSIN DOUBLE HOMICIDE ARRESTED IN ARKANSASMcFarland quickly became a suspect and was questioned soon after the killings. But for years, authorities had no physical evidence linking him to the crime. They continued to look, conducting DNA testing around 2006 and again in 2018.McFarland was arrested in 2019.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”After 35 years, the man responsible for the murder of a father and son, in their own home, has been brought to justice,” Doyle said.