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Mississippi city parks service accused of covering up child sex crimes involving an employee

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The Hernando, Mississippi Parks Service has been accused of covering up child sex crimes involving an employee after a former staffer was arrested for attempts to entice minors.

Memphis’ Local 24 news reported that several Hernando City Parks and Recreation supervisors have been suspended after the arrest of former parks employee James Michael Richardson.

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Hernando police said they got a tip that Richardson had been sending inappropriate text messages to at least two children in attempts to get them to have sex with him.

“There were text messages, sexting and texting pictures,” Hernando Police Capt. Kyle Hodge told Memphis’ WREG. “The conversation as a whole was that he victimized these juveniles.”

Richardson was with the parks department for more than a decade and reportedly knew the children for two years prior to when he began sending them explicit messages.

In the wake of the former employee’s arrest, Local 24 learned that a number of supervisors were under investigation “for their alleged cover-up of incidents involving children.”

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Capt. Hodge didn’t provide the names of the people under investigation, but said he believes there are more victims.

“There will be additional charges. We’re pretty confident in that,” he told Local 24. “And even in outside jurisdictions there will probably be some charges.”

Richardson was released on a $55,000 bond.

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NYC mayor Bill de Blasio ending his Democratic presidential campaign

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New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has ended his Democratic presidential campaign.

De Blasio made the announcement Friday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," where he explained his decision.

"I feel like I've contributed all I can to this primary election," he said, "and it's clearly not my time."

The mayor said he was optimistic about the Democratic Party's chances in the 2020 election, no matter who was nominated to face President Donald Trump.

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CNN lays out damning timeline of Trump and Giuliani’s calls to Ukraine seeking dirt on Biden

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Following Rudy Giuliani's extraordinary appearance on CNN on Thursday night, where he may have admitted the commission of a crime, the hosts of CNN's "New Day" compiled a timeline linking the approximate date of Trump's phone call that was flagged by a whistleblower to subsequent events involving Ukraine.

According to the timeline, presented by hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, Trump spoke with the president of Ukraine on July 25, with Giuliani meeting with him later that month.

What followed was the August 12 whistleblower complaint and then Trump blocking aide to Ukraine by the end of the month.

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Is Trump a master of ‘3-D chess’? Expert says nope

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Politics is often conceived as a type of game. To win, a person or group must amass more power than the other players in order to advance their own goals. Victory can be achieved through cooperation with the other players, domination over them or some combination of the two.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Alternatively, a person or group can decide not to participate in this current version of politics, while they seek to invent their own game with different rules.

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