Tennessee Police Officer Shoots and Kills Driver During Arrest

Mar 24, 16 Tennessee Police Officer Shoots and Kills Driver During Arrest

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A police officer shot and killed the driver of a pickup truck in East Tennessee early Sunday morning while investigating a drunk driving incident. Officer Tyrel Lorenz was responding to a 911 call reporting a possible DUI. Lorenz made contact with the truck’s three occupants and was in the process of handcuffing one of the passengers when the victim, Joshua Grubb, began to drive away. Lorenz told the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations that he jumped into the bed of the Dodge Dakota to stop Grubb from fleeing. He ordered Grubb to stop, but the driver did not cooperate, prompting the officer to fire shots into the cab, consequently hitting and killing him. The truck drove into oncoming traffic on Highway 321 and crashed into a utility pole around 1 a.m. The police officer did not sustain any injuries from the crash. Questions remain regarding how Officer Lorenz wound up in the truck bed and why he felt the need to shoot inside a moving vehicle. Investigators are trying to determine whether Grubb drove into oncoming traffic as a result of intoxication or after being shot. “Why would you jump into a moving vehicle?” said Geoffrey Alpert, professor of criminology at the University of South Carolina. “That’s what we call officer-created danger.” Many police agencies forbid officers from getting into the back of a fleeing vehicle or firing a gun into moving vehicles because of the danger it poses to the public. Lenoir City Police chief Don White stated that the department does not have a policy regarding these incidents. Officer Lorenz has been placed on paid administrative leave pending further investigation. Prosecutors plan to present the case to the Loudon County grand jury in April. Grubb had been charged with DUI in 2013. Over 1.4 million people are arrested every year for a DUI first offense. Meanwhile, the two passengers, Brandon Lawrence Taylor and Toni Ann Sutton, are now facing charges for evading arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both individuals have criminal histories,...

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National Student Debt Totaling $1.5 Trillion

Mar 17, 16 National Student Debt Totaling $1.5 Trillion

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United States Senator Elizabeth Warren, along with other U.S. lawmakers, is tackling the issue of student debt head-on. The reason: it’s having a negative impact on the economy as a whole. According to the Daily Cardinal, the senator commented that “Student debt is crushing the dreams of young people and it is crushing their ability to build a future that has some real economic security.” Yet the issue has been a very difficult one to solve. Congress proposed new legislation this week that would help students pay for college, which would lower their debt after graduating. Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin proposed the Reducing Educational Debt Act, which will allow student loan borrowers to refinance their debt at lower interest rates. The second component of the “in the Red” act is a way to provide money to low-income students by avoiding inflation and indexing the Pell Grant. Making the first two years of community college free is the third component. It’s estimated that if every state did this, more than nine million students would benefit from this bill. College tuition has escalated and because of this, $1.5 trillion is owned in student loan debt, which is up from $500 billion only a few years ago, according to the Gazette Times. About 20% of all Americans in the 18 to 24 age group have debt hardships, and that doesn’t just go away. The lifetime default rate on student loans is between 25 and 50%. In the past, entering the job force meant having a well-compensating job and job security and being able to almost immediately save up to buy a house. That’s not the case anymore, according to an article from The Guardian. Students aren’t able to look for jobs they would like and are now forced to look only for jobs that will enable them to pay off their student loans. Because of these debt difficulties young people face, it’s nearly impossible to plan for things like buying a house or retirement. So many students...

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Online Luxury Stores Quickly Becoming the Next Big Thing in India

Mar 14, 16 Online Luxury Stores Quickly Becoming the Next Big Thing in India

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Online shopping has never really been synonymous with “luxury,” but new research has found that online luxury stores in India could shape the country’s economy for years to come. According to The Indian Express, a recent ASSOCHAM study suggests that online luxury stores in India will earn approximately $35 billion in revenue in 2016 alone. By 2020, the study anticipates the market to double, accounting for a staggering $70 billion. There are several key growth drivers that have helped to shape the luxury online shopping market in India. Western culture has had a dramatic influence on India, leading to a notable rise of consumerism in the luxury segment. While much of this progress can be attributed to wealthy clientele from overseas, Indians have also embraced this high-end culture. About 140 million Indian people are now using the internet, and 75% of these users are young people who like to experiment with luxury brands. Since using the internet became commonplace in modern culture, luxury brands all over the world have seen a considerable uptick in sales. Now, consumers are aware of more high-end brands and can purchase expensive items right from their own sofa. E-commerce sales will reach nearly $500 billion by 2018, and another factor that contributes to this growing market is the rising middle class, particularly in India. Instead of just advertising to the elite families in India, luxury brands can target teenagers and college students who now have enough disposable income to afford pricier goods. Online shopping in India has completely rejuvenated several Asian businesses, but things are not going as smoothly for some U.S. retailers. According to Business Insider, clothing company Urban Outfitters is actually losing revenue despite a considerable increase in online sales. In a quarterly earnings call, Urban Outfitters CFO John Conforti admitted that online sales “continue to outperform stores,” increasing by double digits. However, the disparity between the two revenue streams has become so great that operating a brick-and-mortar store now results in a deficit for the company....

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Acclaimed Fly Fishing Film Festival Coming to Wisconsin as Unseasonably Warm Winters Come to an End

Mar 14, 16 Acclaimed Fly Fishing Film Festival Coming to Wisconsin as Unseasonably Warm Winters Come to an End

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Most fly fishing fanatics are quite familiar with the long-running Fly Fishing Film Tour, and this weekend, Wisconsinites will get their chance to experience this unique event. According to TwinCities.com, the River Falls Fly Fishing Festival, part of the renowned Fly Fishing Film Tour, will be held at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls University Center from March 11 and 12. The Fly Fishing Film Tour is known for using the outdoor activity as a medium to address some more serious environmental issues. Wisconsin residents generally have a fervent interest in the outdoors, so the films being shown will likely resonate with many attendees. “Using fly fishing as the metaphor, the films address themes such as conservation, culture, family, travel and the joy of nature/fishing in a manner that is entertaining for everyone, not just those who fly fish,” the tour’s website explains. Fly fishing may be seen as a low-budget activity, but it actually accounts for one of the most lucrative markets in outdoor recreation, raking in $750 million each year. Due to how popular fly fishing has become, the Film Tour routinely draws massive attendance numbers everywhere it goes. Tickets for this weekend’s event are just $15, and proceeds benefit the Kinnickinnic River Land Trust. On Saturday, the highly anticipated Fly Fishing Expo will be held. Hosted by Lund’s Fly Shop, the expo will feature a wide array of seminars and demonstrations. There will also be a free beer and wine tasting session from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. According to PennLive.com, the Fly Fishing Film Tour’s next stop will be at the ArtsQuest Center in Bethlehem, PA, on March 30. Local film judges have dubbed this year’s lineup as “a cut above anything we’ve seen before,” with nine films set to be shown. Traditionally, the Fly Fishing Film Tour begins its trek around the country in late winter. When the rivers begin to thaw, anglers start to get the itch for fly fishing again, which makes it an ideal time for a...

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Canadian Plumbers Find $40,000 Gold Brick under Bathtub during Renovation

Mar 14, 16 Canadian Plumbers Find $40,000 Gold Brick under Bathtub during Renovation

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Plumbers never get the respect that they deserve, but the honorable actions of two workers from Canada have garnered praise from people all over the world. According to the New York Daily News, Alif Babul, owner of Perfection Plumbing and Gas in Calgary, was renovating a bathroom last month when his apprentice, Dean Materi, noticed something strange on the floor. “I seen a gold shimmery thing on the ground and I thought it was a copper light fixture,” said Materi, who was working just his second shift with the company. “But when I went to shovel it up, it seemed kind of heavy. I picked it up and it was a gold brick.” As it turns out, the mystery object was not just any old gold brick. It was a cellphone-sized, one-kilogram bar of gold worth over $40,000. Apparently, the home’s owners had hidden the gold under their tub and eventually lost track of its whereabouts. “Who stores gold bars underneath their tub, right? Kinda crazy,” Babul said. There are 104,852 plumbing and sewage companies in the U.S., and it’s safe to say that every one of them would love this type of publicity. While Abdul will certainly get a few more service calls as a result of this story, it’s worth noting that the homeowners didn’t even tip him for returning the gold bar. “At least we did the right thing!” Abdul said. “Hopefully karma comes our way. Good karma.” According to the Daily Mail, this is not the first time that Abdul has stumbled across something valuable on the job. In one instance, the veteran plumber discovered several rare original Daredevil comics during a repair, which he also promptly returned to their rightful owner. The gold bar is inscribed with the letters “JM” and a pair of crossed hammers. It also bears the stamp of Johnson Matthey, a major British chemical company that started out in the precious metals business in the early 19th century. Oddly enough, the home’s owners made a...

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