Mark Cuban say’s he’s a little bit racist, and says we all are, too. The Dallas Maverick’s owner said in an interview this week, quote, “I’m bigoted in a lot of different ways” and admitted he’d cross the street if he saw a black kid in a hoodie or a white guy with a shaved head and tattoos. Cuban later apologized to Trayvon Martin’s family for the hoodie comparison.
The House has approved a bill that would end the National Security Agency’s mass collection of Americans’ phone call records. The revised version of the USA Freedom Act would end the government’s ability to collect billions of call detail records of Americans with a single court order. But, privacy advocates say, it could still enable the collection of large amounts of data that, for instance, originate from a single Zip code. Advocates for reform are now turning their focus to the Senate, where the Judiciary Committee will take up the legislation in June.
2 million pounds of food is being recalled. E coli infections from clover sprouts have been reported in Idaho and Washington. Other foods being recalled include hummus, walnuts, and ground beef.
Michael Jace has been formally charged for killing his wife. The actor best known for working on “The Shield” was charged with one count of murder with a gun in the shooting death of April Jace. Jace was in court yesterday for the first time. Bail was set at $2 million dollars.
The electric chair is in the news. Tennessee’s governor has signed a law that will let prison officials use the electric chair when lethal injection drugs aren’t available. You’ve heard already about the botched execution in Oklahoma last month. The problem is that drug companies don’t love the idea of their drugs being associated with lethal injections, so it’s harder to get them. Tennessee is the first state to bring the electric chair back as a viable execution option without giving prisoners a choice.
And a New York based salon is offering butt facials to make your butt selfies look better. Skin By Molly has the “Shiney Hiney” for only $65. It’ll get rid of blemishes and skin tags. You get exfoliation, then a peel, and then a butt steam.
And Toronto’s crack-smokin’ mayor Rob Ford can’t catch a break. He’s in rehab, but he loaned his car to a rehab friend and she crashed it in a DUI. She also claimed she left her watch in Mayor Ford’s rehab bedroom. She refused to explain why she was driving his car.
The Internal Revenue Service says that nearly 320,000 federal government employees and retirees owe more than $3.3-billion in back taxes. Almost 4.1-percent of civilian government workers owe back taxes. Among Cabinet-level departments, the highest rate of delinquency is at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, where 5.3-percent are overdue. 714 House and Senate employees also owe taxes. The IRS says that 1.7 percent of active duty military personnel are also overdue.