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In the News, October 22nd, 2008

AP INVESTIGATION: Alaska funded Palin travel with Kids

According to the AP, Sarah Palin charged the state of Alaska for her children to travel with her which included events where they were not invited. She later amended expense reports to specify that they were on official business.

  • According to the report, the charges included costs for hotel and commercial flights for three daughters to join Palin to watch their father in a snowmobile race,
  • a trip to New York, where the governor attended a five-hour conference and stayed with 17-year-old Bristol for five days and four nights in a luxury hotel.
  • Palin has charged the state $21,012
  • There were 64 one-way and 12 round-trip commercial flights since she took office in December 2006.

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Dr. Phil Sued by OJ Memorabilia Dealer

The memorabilia dealer who led O.J. Simpson to a hotel room where an infamous robbery occurred has filed a lawsuit against the "Dr. Phil" show claiming his remarks in an interview were spliced to change their meaning.

Thomas Riccio, who testified at Simpson's most recent trial, is suing Dr. Phil for unspecified damages. Ricco claims defamation, fraud, emotional distress and being portrayed in a false light.

Riccio said that on the show he was referred to as "the shady deal maker," "a puppet master who would sell his soul for a coin" and "the ring leader of this crime."

Decriminalized Sex in San Francisco

Voters in San Francisco can become the first in a major U.S. city to decriminalize prostitution if they approve Proposition K, a measure that forbids local authorities from investigating, arresting or prosecuting anyone for selling sex.

The ballot question technically would not legalize prostitution, since state law still prohibits it, but the measure would eliminate the power of local law enforcement officials to go after prostitutes. Proponents say the measure will free up $11 million the police spend each year arresting prostitutes and allow them to form collectives.


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