South Dakota Governor Signs Law Allowing Guns In Schools

South Dakota on Friday became what’s “believed to be the first state to pass a law that specifically allows teachers to carry firearms,” as The New York Times writes.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) signed the “school sentinels” bill that gives districts the right to “create, establish, and supervise the arming of school employees, hired security personnel, or volunteers.” In some other states, less specific provisions in current laws could give school employees the right to carry arms. As NBC News has reported, 18 states “allow adults to have a loaded gun on school grounds, usually as long as they have written permission.”

After training, teachers and other staffers in South Dakota could choose to bring guns with them to school if their districts want to set up “sentinel” programs.

South Dakota’s Argus Leader writes the the law signed today was “hotly debated this legislative session … it was pitched as a way for small schools without nearby law enforcement to protect themselves against shooters or other dangers.”

The Rapid City Journal says the law has been enacted “despite opposition from the education community.” Don Kirkegaard, superintendent of the Meade School District, tells the Journal that “I just wish … everybody would have talked a little bit together before we started passing legislation.”

The law’s passage and signing follows, of course, the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 students and six educators dead.

Under the new law, before creating a sentinel program a school district must “obtain the approval of the law enforcement official who has jurisdiction over the school premises.”

The law goes on to state that:

— “Any person who acts as a school sentinel … shall first successfully complete a school sentinel training course as defined by the Law Enforcement Officers Standards Commission.”

— Districts may not require any teacher or school employee to arm themselves, and “no individual teacher or other school employee may be censured, criticized, or discriminated against for unwillingness or refusal to carry firearms pursuant to this Act.”

— “The failure or refusal of any school board to implement a school sentinel program does not constitute a cause of action against the board, the school district, or any of its employees.”

— “A decision by a school board to implement a school sentinel program pursuant to section 1 of this Act may be referred to a vote of the qualified voters of the school district by the filing of a petition signed by five percent of the registered voters in the school district.”

— “Any person, other than a law enforcement officer or school sentinel acting pursuant to section 1 of this Act, who intentionally carries, has in his possession, stores, keeps, leaves, places, or puts into the possession of another person, any firearm, or air gun, whether or not the firearm or air gun is designed, adapted, used, or intended primarily for imitative or noisemaking purposes, or any dangerous weapon, on or in any elementary or secondary school premises, vehicle, or building or any premises, vehicle, or building used or leased for elementary or secondary school functions, whether or not any person is endangered by such actions, is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

“This section does not apply to starting guns while in use at athletic events, firearms, or air guns at firing ranges, gun shows, and supervised schools or sessions for training in the use of firearms. This section does not apply to the ceremonial presence of unloaded weapons at color guard ceremonies.”

We asked in December whether teachers who have “concealed weapons” permits should be allowed to have guns in schools. Nearly 58 percent of those who answered said yes; about 42 percent said no.

Source: npr.org

All she has to do to collect a $560 million lotto jackpot is make her name public. She refuses.

The winning numbers triple-checked and the lottery ticket signed, the New Hampshire woman knew her life was about to change in a positive way — except for one petrifying thing.

As the winner of last month’s $560 million Powerball lottery, she would soon be the world’s newest owner of a nine-digit bank account.

But because of lottery rules, everyone in the world would know about it — neighbors, old high school friends, con artists, criminals.

Now the woman is asking a judge to let her keep the cash — and remain anonymous.

The case will be heard in a New Hampshire court on Tuesday, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader. Every day it remains unresolved, the lottery winner loses about $14,000 in interest. The total amount lost since the winning numbers were picked on Jan. 6 is quickly approaching the half-million-dollar mark.

In court documents obtained by NewHampshire.com, the plaintiff is fittingly identified only as Jane Doe.

“She is a longtime resident of New Hampshire and is an engaged community member,” the woman’s attorney, Steven Gordon, wrote in court documents. “She wishes to continue this work and the freedom to walk into a grocery store or attend public events without being known or targeted as the winner of a half-billion dollars.”

On one side of the case are lottery officials who say the integrity of the games depends on the public identification of winners as a protection against fraud and malfeasance. A local woman holding up a giant check while cameras flash and reporters scrawl also happens to be a powerful marketing tool.

On the other side is a woman suddenly faced with a life-changing stroke of luck who, court documents say, wishes to live “far from the glare and misfortune that has often fallen upon other lottery winners.”

The law doesn’t appear to be on her side.

New Hampshire lottery rules require the winner’s name, town and amount won be available for public information, in accordance with open-records laws.

“Petitioner’s understandable yearning for normalcy after entering a lottery to win hundreds of millions of dollars is not a sufficient basis to shut the public out of the business of government,” Assistant Attorney General John Conforti wrote in court documents.

The state allows people to form an anonymous trust, NewHampshire.com reported, but it’s a moot point for the woman — she signed her name on the back of the ticket shortly after winning, and altering the signature would nullify the ticket.

In a statement, New Hampshire lottery executive director Charlie McIntyre said that the commission consulted with the state’s attorney general’s office and that the Powerball winner must abide by the disclosure laws “like any other.”

“The New Hampshire Lottery understands that winning a $560 million Powerball jackpot is a life-changing occurrence,” the statement said. “Having awarded numerous Powerball jackpots over the years, we also understand that the procedures in place for prize claimants are critically important for the security and integrity of the lottery, our players and our games. While we respect this player’s desire to remain anonymous, state statutes and lottery rules clearly dictate protocols.”

In court documents, the lottery winner asked a judge to allow the lottery winnings to be paid to a designated trust that keeps her anonymous. But lottery officials have argued that even if the cash goes into a trust, the ticket will have to be submitted in its original form — complete with the ticket buyer’s name and home town.

Other lottery winners have realized that every ticket buyer’s fantasy can quickly morph into a nightmare. There are myriad self-inflicted problems that can befall a person who suddenly comes into great wealth. One bought a water park, for example. Several others have gambled their winnings away, including a two-time lottery winner who ended up living in a trailer.

Billie Bob Harrell Jr., who won $31 million in 1997, told his financial adviser shortly before his suicide that “winning the lottery is the worst thing that ever happened to me.”

And there are numerous examples of people who’ve tried to swindle lottery winners out of their newly acquired cash — or take the money by force.

In November 2015, Craigory Burch Jr. matched all five numbers in the Georgia Fantasy 5 drawing and won a $434,272 jackpot, The Washington Post’s Lindsey Bever reported.

Two months later, police said, Burch was killed in his home by seven masked men who kicked in his front door. His family members said the public announcement of the lottery winnings had made him a target.

“When they came in, he said: ‘Don’t do it, bro. Don’t do it in front of my kids. Please don’t do it in front of my kids and old lady,’ ” his girlfriend, Jasmine Hendricks, told WALB-TV at the time. “He said, ‘I’ll give you my bank card.’ ”

Abraham Shakespeare won a $30 million lottery prize in 2006. Two years later, he was approached by Dorice “Dee Dee” Moore, who said she was writing a book about how people were taking advantage of him. She soon became his financial adviser and slowly siphoned away his money, according to Fox News.

“She got every bit of his money,” Assistant State Attorney Jay Pruner said in closing arguments. “He found out about it and threatened to kill her. She killed him first.”

Remaining anonymous can alleviate some of those problems, according to Shaheen & Gordon, the law firm that is representing the New Hampshire Powerball winner. It offered advice in a blog post shortly after the winning ticket was announced — and before the winner was its client.

“Once you are outed, it can be overwhelming,” lawyer William Shaheen said in the post. “If you like your life and you like your friends, choose anonymity. If you don’t, things will change. People will look at you differently and treat you differently.”

The winner’s legal team expounded on that thought — in dire terms — in an analysis from an accountant.

“In my experience, the publication of these individuals’ identities often leads to disastrous outcomes, including theft, ransom and harassment,” wrote David Desmarais, a certified public accountant, in court documents obtained by the Union Leader newspaper.

“Many clients are forced to hire professional security teams to accompany their children on trips out of the country,” he added. “The dangers of having their identities publicized can force these high-wealth individuals to leave their communities permanently, change their identities, go into hiding and maintain around the clock security.”

Trump Wants to Replace Food Stamps for Impoverished Americans With Food Boxes to Save Money

The Trump administration wants to scrap food stamps for low-income Americans and replace them with boxes of non-perishable food items selected by the government.

The proposal was touted by White House budget director Mick Mulvaney and included in the White House fiscal budget, released Monday. According to the administration, it could save the federal government $129 billion over the next decade.

Mulvaney compared the measure to start-up meal delivery company Blue Apron.

Under the plan, the amount of money low income families receive as part of the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, would be slashed, and they would receive a product dubbed “America’s Harvest Box” by the Department of Agriculture.

That box would include staples like shelf-stable milk, peanut butter, canned fruits and meats, and cereal.

Critics likened the plan to wartime rationing, and questioned how the boxes would be delivered to remote rural communities and would accommodate those with special dietary requirements, including allergies.

The Food Research and Action Center, a prominent non-profit group, told Politico the harvest box idea would be “costly, inefficient, stigmatizing, and prone to failure.”

CHIVALRY ISN’T DEAD – MAN PROPOSES WITH RING IN BOX OF CHICKEN NUGGETS

Who said chivalry was dead?

Karsyn Long is such a fan of McDonald’s that her boyfriend, Kristian Helton, decided to propose with a ring in a box of chicken nuggets.

“She has devoted her life to chicken nuggets, so that had to be part of the engagement. I mean, it was just given,” Helton told news station WAND.

For a proposal fitting of his McDonald’s-obsessed sweetheart, Helton stuck the diamond ring in a chicken nugget and wrote “Will you McMarry me??” inside the box.She said yes — even though Helton is the first to admit she probably would choose McDonald’s over him.

McDonald’s has offered to cater the wedding.

h/t NY Post

SAVE $40,000, STRESS, REGRET AND GET MARRIED AT TACO BELL FOR $600 INSTEAD

Weddings. Want to know how the majority go? You spend 10s of thousands of dollars for a big extravagant night you don’t even remember in the whirlwind of fake congratulatory half-family and friends. Meh.I have a better idea for you. Taco Bell. Yes, Taco Bell. They are opening a chapel in its Las Vegas Strip Cantina location and has put together an entire wedding package couples can order right off the menu.

It includes a Taco Bell garter, bow tie, sauce packet wedding bouquet, “Just Married” T-shirts, Taco Bell Champagne flutes and a Cinnabon Delights wedding cake. Your first meal as newlyweds will be a Taco 12-Pack.

The wedding package costs $600 and includes a full ceremony and officiant.

The Taco Bell weddings are through a partnership with pop-up wedding planner Flora Pop.

The fast-food chain is running a contest with one winning couple getting an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas, Nevada and lodging at Planet Hollywood to be the first couple to have a Taco Bell wedding.

The Taco Bell Cantina wedding chapel opens this summer. Live action.

The Generation Of Kids Born In The Late ’70s and Early ’80s Finally Have A Name

If were born during the late 70s or early 80s, you are most likely grouped in with the annoying millennials or pessimistic Gen X’s. Good news, you’re neither!

There is now a micro generation between the years of 1977 and 1983 called Generation Xennial. If you’re born in one of these seven years, you’ve probably found that you don’t fit into either of the existing generations surrounding you, this is because you shouldn’t! Xennial’s are different and therefore they get their own mini generation.

Typically, Xennials don’t have the cynicism associated with the Gen X generation, but they also lack the excessive optimism of millennials, who are said to overestimate their potential. Xennials fall somewhere in between these two extremes.

Because this generation name is fairly new, there is still a lot of talk, and disagreement on the characteristics surrounding the people in this generation.People born during this specific time period did not grow up in world where the internet and cell phones were always there, like the millennials who came after them. Xennials can distinctly remember when these technologies emerged. But unlike Gen X, they were able to adapt to these new technologies very quickly and easily.

When new technology came out, it grew as they did. They were old enough to get used to it and young enough to adapt and understand it. They are now able to use technology just as proficiently as millennials but can still remember a time without it. Xennials take the good from both generations surrounding them, and leave the bad. If you were born around the time of 77 to 83 and feel like you never belonged as a Millennial or Gen Xer, it’s because you’re neither!

Congratulations Xennials, you’ve waited long enough and now you finally have your very own micro-generation, that also has some pretty awesome traits.

Artist Hilariously Illustrates Everyday Life With His Wife In 21 New Comics

Yehuda Adi Devir has already impressed us all with his witty and relatable illustrations about what it means to be in a relationship. Now he’s back with more drawings portraying the funny relationship dynamics between him and his wife Maya.

From complaining about (yet still tolerating) each other’s bad habits, to quiet intimate moments, that belong just for the two of them, the artist doesn’t shy away from portraying it all exactly how it is.

Each of us are sure to find a little bit of ourselves in these everyday situations, so scroll down and check out the pictures below.

#1 Her Hair Is Everywhere#2 After A Fight#3 Anniversary#4 Women Know Best#5 Street Biters#6 Nothing To Wear#7 Birthday Mornings#8 Mrs. Snuggles#9 I Can Stop Whenever I Want!#10 Safety First!#11 Her Magic Touch#12 New Cintiq#13 We Bought An Elliptical#14 Exhaustion#15 Mirror Mirror#16 L’chaim! Salute! Cheers!#17 When She’s Watching Game Of Thrones#18 Same Haircut Same Story#19 Smell Check#20 Happy Rosh Hashanah!#21 Beach Please!