CHICAGO — The accusations tell a sordid tale that seems straight from a supermarket tabloid: The story of the genius scientist who stabbed his boyfriend to death as part of a violent sex fetish, then led police on a nationwide manhunt, sending his family a chilling video confession along the way. But, prosecutors allege, it was all too real. And over the course of the next two weeks, Cook County jurors will meet the man at the center of it. Five years after the killing, former Northwestern professor Wyndham Lathem is slated to stand trial beginning Monday for first-degree murder. And, his atto...
'I need answers': Black man’s mysterious death prompts calls from his mother for an FBI investigation
The mother of a 25-year-old Illinois State University graduate student whose deceased body was found floating in the Illinois River is calling for a federal investigation of her son's death.
Jelani Day, a Black man, went missing at about the same time as Gabby Petito, but one case garnered far more attention than the other. While the missing blonde woman captured cable news attention, the Day case did garner attention in Illinois.
John Fountain wrote a three column series titled "Justice for Jelani" after the student went missing.
On Thursday, CNN's John Berman interviewed Carman Bolden Day, the mother of the deceased student. Berman asked what it was like for her to bury her son.
"Indescribable what that was like for me. I just had to lower into the ground one of the best things that God has blessed me with," she said. "So I can't tell you what that was like. I can tell you this, if you have children, it is something I wouldn't wish upon anyone."
She spoke about why she is now calling for the FBI to investigate.
"I don't know why I lowered Jelani into that ground or what happened to him to cause him to be -- for me to have to lower him to the ground. Now I need answers. I need answers because the police departments that were involved in searching for my son and looking for my son and finding answers for my son failed me," she said. "They failed my child and so now because of my lack of trust, I can't trust them. I need an agency that can come in and help us, which I was pleading for, before we even got to this point."
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One of former President Donald Trump's golf courses is under investigation for allegedly inflating and deflating the appraisals of the property. Biographer Michael D'Antonio addressed the new lawsuit on CNN Thursday, and explained how drawing attention to himself as a successful businessman has ultimately led Trump into a financial free fall.
"You might remember that Michael Cohen said that Donald Trump originally ran for president as a publicity stunt," recalled D'Antonio. "That he thought that this would benefit his companies, but he never imagined winning. So, he wins, and he finds himself in office, and during that period of time from 2016 to 2020, his fortunes decline precipitously."
He explained that since leaving office, Forbes went from trusting that Trump was worth anywhere from $10 to $12 billion to being worth possibly $2.5 billion. It meant he fell off of the list of the richest Americans.
"So, this is a man who always said that he measured himself in dollars and cents and that his self-worth was really all tied up in how rich he was," said D'Antonio. "He's now facing in Westchester County another assault on his claims to his wealth. In that case, he's -- when he likes having a lot of money, he says the golf course is worth $50 million. When he doesn't want to pay his taxes, he says it is worth $1.4 million. Wouldn't it be nice if we could all inflate our assets when we want to claim to be very rich and deflate them when it comes to paying our taxes?"
But then D'Antonio claimed that Trump will likely have serious problems with banks in the future.
"His properties have actually been on a watch list among lenders who are concerned that the revenues have fallen so fast that he won't be able to make payments on the loans he's taken out," D'Antonio said. "And earlier this year, his partner in the two most effective developments he's ever made are saying they're considering getting out of this partnership. So, that would drain him of the remaining cash flow that is keeping him afloat. So, the presidency has been very bad for Donald Trump's businesses in the same way that it has been pretty bad for the rest of the world."
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On Thursday, Orlando Weekly reported that a man from Ft. Myers applied to 60 entry-level jobs to investigate the claims by employers that they are facing a "labor shortage" and that too many people are being paid not to work.
Joey Holz found that the truth was more complicated.
"Holz saw a discrepancy between the rhetoric of employers and the facts on the ground in Ft. Myers," reported Alex Galbraith. "Many pointed to the expanded unemployment benefits as a reason they weren't seeing applicants, but jobless claims have steadily dropped and Florida ended the enhanced benefits several months before he even began applying."
In all, Holz got only one in-person interview from the 60 businesses claiming on social media they were understaffed — and during that one interview, "the business owner attempted to walk back the pay of $10/hour offered in the listing," he claimed
"Are they desperate for HELP? Yes, according to their loud lamentations on Facebook, but so far 1 interview (where the advertised hours and pay were misrepresented) after 58 applications says y'all aren't desperate for workers, you just miss your slaves," concluded Holz in a viral Facebook post.
Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich has argued that what is happening in the labor market is not so much a "shortage" as a de facto general strike against low pay and poor working conditions. And indeed, data indicate that some sectors of the economy are being forced to raise wages this year.
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