By Felicia Mello | CALmatters PUBLISHED: February 10, 2019 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: February 11, 2019 at 12:33 am Finding housing was one of the first challenges Alyssa Mathiowetz faced as a new graduate student at UC Berkeley. She landed a room in a shared house near campus, but it came with a steep price tag: $1,500 a month. “It’s definitely on the expensive side,” said the PhD student in metabolic biology. Mathiowetz’s rent could soon decrease, however, thanks to a new homesharing program that matches graduate students looking for housing with retirees who have extra space in their homes. Its organizers hope the program will prove successful enough to export to other UC campuses. College students have been hit hard by California’s housing crisis, struggling to find affordable digs near campuses that in many cases are located in the state’s priciest markets. The median apartment rent in Berkeley tops $3,500 per month, according to real … [Read more...] about A new solution to the student housing crisis: retiree roommates?
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House Judiciary Committee Democrats and acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker faced off Friday during a contentious six-hearing hearing that focused primarily on whether he or President Trump had ever tried to interfere with the special counsel investigation. The showdown began on Thursday, when Democrats on the committee voted to give committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) the authority to subpoena Whitaker to appear on Friday, despite Whitaker having already agreed to do so.The move threw Whitaker’s appearance the next morning into uncertainty. The Justice Department said Whitaker would not testify unless Democrats assured him that they would not issue a subpoena. The issue was worked out by Thursday evening, and Whitaker appeared voluntarily as planned. But the antagonism between House Democrats and Whitaker was on full display throughout the hearing on Friday. Whitaker infuriated Democrats by not giving “yes” or “no” answers, … [Read more...] about Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker Infuriates House Dems at Hearing
A 75-year-old resident of a New Jersey senior citizen housing complex is suspected of running a prostitution ring that employed some elderly residents as sex workers, NBC 4 New York has learned. The suspect, James Parham, 75, was also accused, along with Cheryl Chaney, 66, of allowing residents and visitors to use crack in their apartments, police said. Both are charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a nuisance, and Chaney is also charged with possession of crack cocaine. In Parham's case, the nuisance charge relates to allowing prostitution in his apartment and in Chaney's case, it relates to allowing drug use in hers. Englewood Police Chief Arthur O'Keefe told NBC 4 New York on Tuesday that Parham ran the prostitution ring through his apartments, and employed a mix of young women and older residents. None of the alleged prostitutes were arrested. O'Keefe says there was also sex and drug use going on in common areas of the complex, and that some seniors … [Read more...] about Man, 75, Accused of Running Prostitution Ring in New Jersey Senior Housing Complex
Six White House officials have violated the Hatch Act, according to a letter from the Office of the Special Counsel to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington Executive Director Noah Bookbinder.The six officials are White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah, White House deputy director of communications Jessica Ditto, executive assistant to the President Madeleine Westerhout, former special assistant to the President and director of media affairs Helen Aguirre Ferré, press secretary for the Vice President Alyssa Farah and Office of Management and Budget deputy communications Director Jacob Wood.The Hatch Act limits certain political activities of federal employees in an attempt to prevent the federal government from affecting elections or operating in a partisan manner. This includes sending partisan messages from social media accounts used for official government business.All six violated the Hatch Act by using their Twitter accounts, which they use for … [Read more...] about 6 White House officials found in violation of the Hatch Act
Updated 11:35 am PST, Monday, November 19, 2018 This photo provided by the Detroit Police Department shows James Fleming, a registered sex offender who is on the run after he attempted to rape a friend then fatally shot an unarmed security guard and a female resident, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at the low-income senior housing complex where he lives, Detroit police said Wednesday. (Detroit Police Department via AP) less This photo provided by the Detroit Police Department shows James Fleming, a registered sex offender who is on the run after he attempted to rape a friend then fatally shot an unarmed security guard and a female ... more Photo: AP Photo: AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 This photo provided by the Detroit Police Department shows James Fleming, a … [Read more...] about The Latest: Extradition pending in senior complex slayings