14-Year Old Charged As Adult

A 14-year-old Racine, Wisconsin teen has been charged in the fatal shooting of his teenage girlfriend and now faces further charges after he allegedly became uncooperative and combative with deputies and detention center staff in late October.

The teen is accused in the September 10th shooting death of his girlfriend, writes the Journal Times. He is charged as an adult in the fatal shooting of the Horlick High School student.

Placing a 14-year-old high school student with prisoners who are 20, 25, or 30 might not be the best idea.

The teen is charged with first-degree reckless homicide, possession of a firearm by a felon, and possession of a short-barreled rifle in the shooting.

Racine County prosecutors on Tuesday charged the teen McQuay with disorderly conduct, resisting an officer and throwing bodily fluids at public safety workers. He was charged as an adult for these offenses as well.

The young man was charged after he allegedly acted out because he reportedly didn’t want to leave for court so early in the morning, and then began banging on and kicking the dayroom door in the detention center before throwing a cup of toilet water on two detention center workers and spitting in the one’s face, according to his criminal complaint.

On Oct. 28th, when Racine County sheriff’s deputies arrived to take the teen to court, the young man allegedly tried to turn toward a deputy and push back against him, so the deputy “directed (the boy) towards the wall near door 101 to stabilize (him).  (The young man’s) head (did) strike the door jamb and blood dripped from his forehead,” the complaint states.

Apparently, they slammed his head into a door jamb.

The article states that detention center staff found sterile gauze for his head wound and a doctor there applied surgical glue to the cut, according to the complaint.

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Last Original Voyager Engineer Retiring

NASA’s Voyager spacecraft was made in 1975 and has a computer from the “Atari age” to run it.  The last man who truly understands how to program it is 80-year-old NASA engineer Larry Zottarelli.

And he’s retiring.

WSBT reports that the current IT department at NASA doesn’t understand the computer as well as Zottarelli.

NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft is 20 billion kilometers away from Earth (in 2013, it became the first man-made object to leave the solar system). The primary mission of Voyager was to explore Jupiter and Saturn, but its mission was extended long beyond its intended purpose.

WSBT states it will be difficult to upgrade the on-board computer.

NRA Pushes To Make Gun Silencers Legal

Gun rights groups are getting behind Republican legislation that would ease restrictions for firearm owners looking to buy silencers.

The Hill writes that the “Hearing Protection Act” was introduced this week by Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) to provide hunters with easier access to gun silencers.

“Suppressors significantly reduce the chance of hearing loss for anyone who enjoys the shooting sports,” Chris Cox, executive director of National Rifle Association’s lobbying arm, said in a statement, according to The Hill.

House Select Committee On Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy On Face The Nation

Face The Nation

ThinkProgress reports:

“Of the seven previous investigations, two were bipartisan investigations conducted by the U.S. Senate. But the majority were GOP-led investigations by Gowdy’s fellow Congressional Republicans.

“They included the House Committee on Armed Services, chaired by then-Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA), the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, chaired by Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA); the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, lead by then-Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI); the House Committee on the Judiciary, chaired by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA); and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA).

“When he announced that he was appointed Gowdy’s Benghazi committee, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) praised the five other investigations for their ‘extraordinary work, using their subpoena power, holding dozens of hearings, and conducting hundreds of interviews.'”

Above is an interview on the show Face The Nation with the Chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, Trey Gowdy.

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Biden To Join Presidential Race: Yahoo News

Joe Biden to Enter Presidential RaceVice President Joe Biden will enter the presidential race, according to media reports filed on Monday.

“Three sources close to @VP telling me he’s expected to announce he is running but the sources are all urging caution on 48-hr timeline,” chief White House correspondent Ed Henry tweeted.

Henry added that observers should look to Saturday’s Jefferson Jackson dinner in Iowa as a potential announcement event, according to Yahoo News.

Many pundits thought Hillary Clinton’s strong performance in the first Democratic debate on October 13th would convince Biden not to enter the race, but the vice president reportedly can see a path to succeeding the President.

CNN reporter Dana Bash reportedly stated that “A source familiar with the process tells me Biden associates are setting up interviews for potential campaign staff positions,” writes The Daily Beast.

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Benghazi Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy To Retire?

On September 29th, Representative Trey Gowdy, the Chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, declined his colleagues’ calls for him to run for House majority leader.

The next day, one of them claimed he would retire, according to U.S. News and World Report.

“Trey wants to go back to South Carolina, and God bless him for that,” Rep. John Fleming, R-La., said on C-SPAN Wednesday morning.

Fleming was interpreting something the South Carolina Republican reportedly said during a GOP caucus meeting.  He said Gowdy would leave Congress at the end of his term.

“He plans to go back home, and he wants to finish his work on the Benghazi special committee, but he loves South Carolina and he loves his family, and he wants to go back and spend the rest of his life there,” Fleming explained.

“He’ll be sorely missed,” he added.

Gowdy’s office, however, immediately denied Fleming’s interpretation.

“No, he is not announcing his retirement,” Gowdy’s spokeswoman Amanda Duvall said to the Washington Examiner.” He has not made any announcement on 2016, anything else is incorrect,” Duvall said according to U.S. News.

Gowdy was first elected in the tea party wave of 2010 and represents South Carolina’s conservative 4th District. And while he has indicated in the past his intentions to return to South Carolina at some point, he apparently is not going yet.

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