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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.”

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

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“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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Here are 3 winners and 3 losers from the 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate

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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined the other leading Democratic presidential primary candidates Wednesday night in the fieriest evening of the race so far.

His presence on the stage drew fire from the other candidates, but it also seemed to change the overall tone of the debate, with more attacks, counter-attacks, and passion than was generally seen earlier in the campaign.

Here’s a (necessarily subjective!) list of the winners and losers from the fray:

Winners

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) — Warren hit her stride right as the debate started by attacking Bloomberg for his record on the mistreatment of women, racist policies, and his tax returns. She repeatedly came back to skewer the former mayor, making herself the biggest and most notable presence in the debate. But importantly, she also continuously brought the discussion back to the issues she cares about — like expanding health care, environmental justice,  and consumer protection — while getting in digs at the other candidates on the stage.

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After bombing in #DemDebate internet changes Mike Bloomberg’s ‘death’ date on Wikipedia

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Someone online changed former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's information on Wikipedia during the Wednesday debate to say that he died on Feb. 19.

After being ripped to shreds during the MSNBC Democratic debate, it became clear that Bloomberg wasn't quite as prepared as the other Democratic candidates.

The Wikipedia article was also changed to indicate that his cause of death was Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

https://twitter.com/joshrobin/status/1230333066280886273

Bloomberg had several unfortunate moments, namely his refusal to release female accusers from nondisclosure agreements, he came out in favor of fracking, he blamed India for China's involvement in climate change, and many many more things.

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Internet slams ‘cringe-worthy elitist’ Mike Bloomberg for saying he’s too rich to use TurboTax

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At the Democratic presidential debate in Nevada, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg stumbled after being asked when he will release his tax returns, when he suggested that he "can't go to TurboTax" because he's too wealthy.

Moderator: "You've said you'll release your tax returns, but why do Democrats have to wait?"

Bloomberg: "We do business around the world. The document will be thousands of pages. I can't go to TurboTax."

😂😂😂#DemDebate

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