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New Development in 45 Year Search for Jimmy Hoffa’s Body Leads FBI to New Jersey Landfill

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Born in 1913, Jimmy Hoffa was an American labor union activist who was known to be involved in organized crime. He disappeared on July 30, 1975 and was declared dead on July 30, 1982, but officials continued to search for his body. Recent developments have led to a New Jersey landfill beneath an elevated highway. 

According to sources, the FBI obtained a search warrant to conduct a site survey under the Pulaski Skyway, a three-mile bridge that spans over what can be called an industrial wasteland that includes marshes west of Manhattan. 

The area being investigated was a Little League diamond located on the landfill. It was once featured in an ad for the Sopranos TV show. 

Although the search for Hoffa has been dormant for the past few years, it started up again after a tip from landfill worker Frank Cappola. Cappola told a friend that his dying father confessed in 2008 that he had been ordered by an unidentified man to bury Hoffa’s body in a steel drum. He explained that Hoffa’s body was delivered to the landfill in 1975, placed in a steel drum and buried with other barrels, dirt, and bricks. 

Agents from Detroit and Newark’s FBI offices came out to conduct a visit to the site in late October 2021. In addition to being included in The Sopranos’ media, the area has also been featured throughout the show. It was also in Martin Scorsese’s 2019 film The Irishman which depicted a fictionalized account of Hoffa’s disappearance. 

The FBI did not reveal that they were looking for Hoffa, stating only that they were “unable to provide any additional information”. However, sources confirmed to the media that the investigation was linked to Hoffa’s disappearance. 

The search was completed, but representatives did not reveal whether anything was removed. “Because the affidavit in support of the search warrant was sealed by the court, we are unable to provide any additional information,” said Mara Schneider, a spokesperson for the Detroit field office. 

The FBI’s recent efforts were made in an attempt to solve one of America’s longest ongoing criminal mysteries. The search has been a long one. The bureau has interrogated Mob members and received many tips stating that the body was buried in a landfill hundreds of miles from where Hoffa was abducted. So far, they have turned up with nothing. 

Other tips have led them to search various locations in Michigan and other spots in Jersey. Folklore has long maintained the body was buried in Giants Stadium which was under construction at the time of his disappearance. 

Although there are claims that Hoffa’s body has been incinerated, experts say it’s highly unlikely. 

Dan Moldea, author of several books related to Hoffa’s disappearance, believes the New Jersey site is “100% credible”. He published an article in July of 2021, before the search began, which claimed the body may be in a 53-acre landfill in Jersey City. 

He based his conviction on an FBI report filed four months after the disappearance that was based on a tip received from Teamster boss, convicted murderer, and FBI informant Ralph Picardo. Picardo claimed that Steve Andretta, a Hoffa murder co-conspirator, told him that Hoffa’s body was stuffed into a 55-gallon drum, loaded into a truck, and shipped to New Jersey. 

Hoffa started out as a union activist at an early age. He became the vice president of the IBY (International Brotherhood of Teamsters) in 1957, and the general president by 1971. He secured the first national agreement for teamster rates in 1964 and played a key role in the union’s growth and development. 

He became involved in organized crime and was convicted of jury tampering, attempted bribery, conspiracy, and wire and mail fraud. He was imprisoned in 1967 and sentenced to 13 years. 

He resigned as president of the union in 1971 and was released from jail later that year. He tried to return to the IBT, but was unsuccessful in gaining support. 

He disappeared on July 30, 1975, and is believed to have been murdered by the Mafia.

 

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Las Vegas Uber driver viciously attacked by her passengers

Las Vegas Uber driver viciously attacked by her passengers

Victoria Partridge is thankful to be alive after she was viciously attacked by her Uber passengers early Sunday morning in Las Vegas

Partridge went to Fremont St. to make a pickup at around 12:30 AM. When she got there, she saw there were 7 women waiting for her, more than her six-passenger van is permitted to carry due to seatbelt restrictions. 

Victoria told them she couldn’t take them all, but they pleaded with her several times telling her it was the last chance they had to get home. The driver opened the van door multiple times asking them to leave, but when they wouldn’t go, she gave up and took them to their destination, an apartment seven minutes away. 

When they got to the apartment, Victoria turned around to remind them to take their belongings when one passenger threw a drink into her face. 

Then all hell broke loose.

The passenger in the front seat began beating Victoria on the head. The woman in the back seat grabbed her tip jar. Another passenger opened the driver door, so she was being beaten on all sides. 

One woman took her cell phone while another complained she broke her nails during the assault. 

“I was trying to protect my eyes in the beginning, just because I didn’t want to go blind,” Victoria said. “When the attack started getting harder, punching harder, then I started thinking that I’m gonna die. And when they left, I was just praying to God. Thank God I’m alive.” 

In addition to being physically injured, Victoria’s van was also damaged. The side door was kicked in and the windshield wiper lever was torn off. 

Victoria contacted the police and Uber directly after the incident. The police told her an officer would be in touch. Uber asked her to upload any images she had of the incident. Thankfully, it had all been caught on her interior dash cam. 

She had also gotten a tip from the woman who originally booked through the Cash App, so she had her contact info and picture. 

But despite the evidence and criminal nature of the attack, Victoria didn’t hear from Uber or the police for three days. When she contacted Las Vegas police, they confirmed they had started a case for her but recommended she call the Downtown Command Center to jumpstart it.

Victoria was frustrated by the lack of response. “It feels like nobody cares. And it hurts. Hurts a lot,” she said. 

Partridge and her husband are both Uber drivers and count on their van for income. Now that it’s out of commission, they must wait until it’s repaired to get back on the road. 

Victoria is also injured. Her face is still bruised, and she thinks she has a slight concussion. She hasn’t slept much since the incident occurred. 

“I didn’t go to the hospital because I have no insurance. I didn’t know if Uber was going to cover it or not. Because if they’re not gonna cover I don’t know how the bill is going to be. Maybe $5000 for this visit,” Victoria said.  

As an update, Uber eventually offered to reimburse Victoria for her car repairs and will make a $5000 donation to her Uber account. 

Partridge has also started a GoFundMe account to cover medical, repair and attorney fees. Those wishing to donate can do so at this link.  

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The largest ever Python caught in Florida Everglades

The largest ever Python caught in Florida Everglades

Encountering a snake is never pleasant but imagine coming across one that’s 215 lbs. and 18 ft long. That’s the size of the Burmese Python that was captured in Florida on Thursday. 

Apparently, the female snake had been slithering around the Florida Everglades when biologists found her by using a male python named Dionysus who was outfitted with a radio transmitter. 

Researchers from the Conservancy of Southwest Florida wrestled with her for 20 minutes before she was subdued and eventually killed. 

“We knew he (Dionysus) was there for a reason, and the team found him with the largest female we have seen to date,” said state biologist Ian Bartoszek. 

The python, who was about the size of a giraffe when stretched out, was discovered to be pregnant with a whopping 122 eggs. Her last meal was an entire white-tailed deer. 

She was estimated to be about 20 years old. 

She beats the record for largest snake caught in the area topping a 16 ft. 140 lb., male previously captured nearby. 

Pythons have long been seen as pests in the Florida area. With no major predators, they tend to thrive on native species. 

They are often found in the Florida area due to irresponsible pet owners who released them or allowed them to escape. They are well suited to the state’s subtropical climate. 

Researchers have been hunting pythons in Florida for over 10 years to save the eco-system. 

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida was established in 2013 and has since removed over 1000 pythons from a 100 square mile region in southwest Florida. 

Florida also hosts an annual contest known as the “Python Challenge” which calls on the public for help hunting pythons. This year it will run from August 5-14. It’s expected to draw about 600 participants from 25 states. 

Prizes are given out including a $2500 reward for most snakes captured and a $1500 reward for longest snake caught. 

Last year’s winners included one hunter that caught 223 pythons and another that caught a serpent 15 feet long.

The largest ever Python caught in Florida Everglades

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British art teacher fired after allowing high school students to pose nude

British art teacher fired after allowing high school students to pose nude

One of the best things about art is how subjective it is. Even though art is subjective there are still certain lines that should never be crossed. Among them include allowing underage girls to pose topless in the name of art, but that’s exactly what one art teacher in the U.K has been accused of. The teacher, 41-year-old Emma Wright, was working at the Huxlow Science College in Northamptonshire, England at the time the incident occurred. The photoshoot took place back in 2017, but Wright wasn’t fired until the two year investigation surrounding the photoshoot concluded. To say that the photos were inappropriate would be quite an understatement.

Some of the photos included students using bottles of alcohol to cover their breasts, while other images consisted of the girls smoking in their school uniforms and making other offensive gestures. British media outlet, The Sun shared claims that one photo contained an image of a student “posing with their hand inside their underwear or in a pose which simulated masturbation.” While most people can understand the limits of art classes in school, Wright seemingly doesn’t. She criticized her firing as an “injustice”, and told The Sun, “I am a good person. I am not the person they are making me out to be.” Her track record seems to back this claim up, as she had a “good history” teaching at Huxlow Science College dating back to 2004.

Regardless, the Teaching Regulation Agency still deemed the photo shoot as “highly inappropriate.” This led to Wright being removed from the teaching registry for two years, but she now no longer has a desire to teach. “I feel there is a deep injustice about it, but I am not going to appeal because I no longer wish to teach,” she told The Sun. She’s now employed at a nursing home. Here’s hoping she can abide by the rules of her new employer better than she was during her time as a teacher.

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Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade

Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled to overturn the 49-year-old Roe vs. Wade decision to legalize abortion throughout the U.S. It will uphold a Mississippi decision to ban the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy and leave the ultimate decision up to each state’s local government. 

Justice Samuel Alito also overturned a decision made in the 1992 case, Planned Parenthood vs. Casey which ruled not to impose and ‘undue burden’ on women in need of an abortion. 

“Abortion presents a profound moral question. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives,” Alito wrote in a statement. 

“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division,” he continued. 

The decision was finalized more than eight weeks after Alito’s opinion was leaked to press causing outrage and protests across the country. 

Chief Justice John Roberts concurred with Alito’s decision saying, “Ample evidence suggests that a 15-week ban provides sufficient time, absent rare circumstances, for a woman to ‘decide for herself’ whether to terminate her pregnancy”. He also criticized liberal justices who supported Roe vs. Wade for displaying, “a relentless freedom from doubt on the legal issue that I cannot share.”

Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who also joined in Alito’s opinion stated, “Because the Constitution is neutral on the issue of abortion, this Court also must be scrupulously neutral. The nine unelected Members of this court do not possess the constitutional authority to override the democratic process and to decree either a pro-life of pro-choice abortion policy for all 330 million people in the United States. 

“Instead of adhering to the Constitution’s neutrality, the Court in Roe took side on the issue and unilaterally decreed that abortion was legal throughout the United States up to the point of viability (about 24 weeks of pregnancy). The court’s decision today properly returns the Court to a position of neutrality and restores the people’s authority to address the issue of abortion through the processes of democratic self-government established by the Constitution.”

Justice Clarence Thomas disagreed requesting that the court review decisions like Roe and Casey based on substantive due process which states rights not included in the constitution are protected by the 14th Amendment. 

“Because any substantive due process decision is ‘demonstrably erroneous, we have a duty to ‘correct the error’ established in those precedents,” Johnson said. 

Liberals shot back accusing the majority of threatening the balance struck by the Roe v. Wade decision. 

“It says from the very moment of fertilization, a woman has no rights to speak of. A state can force her to bring a pregnancy to term, even at the steepest personal and familial costs. 

“Whatever the exact scope of the coming (state) laws, one result of today’s decision is certain: the curtailment of women’s rights, and their status as free and equal citizens,” the liberal’s response stated. 

Recent polling has revealed that although a majority of Americans wanted Roe v. Wade to be upheld, the decision will allow 22 states to implement total or near total abortion restrictions.

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Couple receive noise warning after neighbors complain their sex “louder than a lawnmower”

Couple receive noise warning after neighbors complain their sex "louder than a lawnmower"

There are a variety of traits that neighbors value. Among them are the ability to be respectful of others when it comes to noise. That’s a memo a couple from the United Kingdom never received as their neighbors have issued complaints that their sex is ‘louder than a lawnmower. Lydia Barker, 31, and Billy Brown, 40, who live in a social housing community named Stonewater will now need to be monitored by the housing provider as a result of the neighbors’ complaints

They received a letter from the housing association saying, “We have been informed that you and your partner can be heard having sexual relations by other neighbors. In turn they have reported this to us, as they find it to be embarrassing and distressing.” Barker responded to the letter by saying, “It’s as if I’m a screamer. I’ve never had any noise issues before.” Providing further detail about her intimacy habits, she also said, “I’d not call my sex sessions extreme… a few moans and groans of course. We’re doing it morning, noon and night, but not anti-social hours.” To call the situation embarrassing would likely be an understatement. 

Taking that into mind, Barker thought the complaint she received from the housing association was “very extreme”, saying that she would have empathized with her neighbors if they would have just knocked on the door and asked them to bring the volume down a bit, or if they ‘stuck a polite note in the door’. Regardless of how Barker believes the situation should have been handled, now the housing association is tasked with ensuring the couple follows through with their promise to be more courteous to their neighbors. In a statement issued by the housing association, they said, “We will continue to work with both Ms Barker and her neighbors to help them live alongside each other amicably while respecting each others’ boundaries.” Only time will tell whether or not they’ll be able to coexist in the long run.

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