The Daily Populous

Tuesday January 1st, 2019 morning edition

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Sheriff Todd Entrekin of Etowah County, Alabama, lost his re-election bid this year after he was found to have personally pocketed $750,000 allotted for feeding inmates in county lockup and using it to buy himself a beach house.

Ethical questions aside, Entrekin's taking was legal under Alabama law — but a further $1.5 million he took home from funds for feeding federal immigration detainees may not be.

The Etowah County Detention Center has a contract with the federal government to house several hundred undocumented immigrants awaiting adjudication.

With that contract comes federal funding from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to feed the detainees, money reports Entrekin has treated exactly like state and municipal funds: Any surplus is split 50/50 between the county's general fund and the sheriff himself, so a $3 million surplus gave Entrekin a $1.5 million bonus.

As Entrekin protested when the beach house story broke, that accounting is legal in Alabama.'s report notes "multiple Alabama state attorneys general over the past decade [have agreed] sheriffs can in fact pocket funds allocated by the state to feed inmates that are not used for that purpose."

Etowah County detainees have reported chronic poor treatment including service of inadequate and even rotten food. »

Duterte: Outrage as Philippines leader describes sexually abusing maid

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There has been a wave of criticism after Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said he sexually assaulted a maid when he was a teenager.

In a speech, he recalled confessing to a priest how he reached into the maid's underwear as she slept.

Women's rights group Gabriela said Mr Duterte was "unworthy of his position and should resign". »

Finally declassified: Swedish pilots awarded US Air Medals for saving SR-71 spy plane

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The crew descended to roughly 25,000 feet over Swedish airspace where they were intercepted by two pairs of Swedish air force Saab 37 Viggen fighter jets.

"We were performing an ordinary peace time operation exercise,” recalled retired Maj. Roger Moller, one of the Swedish air force pilots.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. John Williams salutes the Swedish pilots who were awarded the U.S. Air Medal in Stockholm, Sweden, Nov. 28, 2018. »

New Year’s Eve in Times Square sounds like a urine-soaked hell

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So it goes in Times Square in the hours before the ball drops at midnight on Dec. 31.

He says it’s all worth it to catch the likes of Maroon 5 and Mariah Carey gratis.

She and Jimmy Tomczak, an author, spent more than 13 hours in Times Square “getting to know each other,” she said. »

Pokemon CEO: Developing For Nintendo Switch Was Tougher Than We Thought

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One of the things discussed was Pokemon Let’s GO Pikachu/Eevee, the first mainline Pokemon game to ever appear on a Nintendo home console.

Ishihara said making a mainline game on Nintendo Switch was “more difficult than what we expected”.

Ishihara joked some on the team could have believed it was “5 times harder” to make a Pokemon game on Switch, as compared to making a Pokemon game on a handheld such as Nintendo 3DS. »