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Florida State Senator Frank Artiles will resign Friday according to a report in the Miami Herald.
Artiles has come under fire over the last three days due to his racist and sexist tirade that made national headlines.
Initially Artiles seemed prepared to fight and stay in office.
“If every time a senator made a mistake or someone made a mistake that they were going to resign, we’d have half the Senate gone for whatever reason,” Artiles said to media on Wednesday.
Apparently that has changed now that supporters of his started to pull away from him.
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Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski released a letter to the parishioners of St. Rose of Lima in Miami Shores today on his investigation of the parish’s former priest Father Pedro Corces.
In it, Wenski claimed that many of the allegations leveled against Corces in a 129 page dossier of information were not true.
However, Wenski’s investigation also found that Corces was not fit for service as a parish priest and he accepted Corces’ resignation.
Wenski’s investigation was prompted after a group of concerned parents at St. Rose accused Corces of putting children at the school in “grave danger” after he allegedly hired a man as a school maintenance worker who was once arrested on prostitution charges.
The parents united under the name of Christifidelis and they paid a private investigator over $3,500 to surveil Father Corces to help them build a case against him. Once they could no longer afford the investigator’s services, parents took to surveilling Father Corces on their own, even digging around the rectory trash to find incriminating documents.
The parent’s report also alleged that Father Corces took frequent expensive vacations, sometimes with a St. Rose maintenance worker and that he often spent the night at the same workers condo where they claimed Corces paid the cable bill.
During the investigation, Wenski said that Corces volunteered to take a polygraph exam and that the priest denied any sexual improprieties with school maintenance staff.
“The investigation of these allegations is now completed,” Wenski said in the letter. “Based on the outcome of extensive interviews of all persons that could have knowledge of the truth of these allegations as well as the results of a voluntary polygraph examination of Fr. Corces, it is concluded that no sexual impropriety had occurred. Nevertheless, Father’s decisions to hire friends to work for the Parish and his continues socializing with them outside the Parish did contribute to the perception among some of inappropriate behavior.”
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Interestingly, while short on specifics, Wenski’s letter did say something damning about Corces:
“The investigation did identify other deficiencies with Fr. Corces’ administration in which we failed to follow clear Archdiocesan policies.”
While trying to put a bow on the story, Wenski may have only opened up more questions as to the full extent of what actually happened.
For example, which specific deficiencies were there with Corces’ administration?
Which clear Archdiocesan policies did he not follow?
Why was Sister Bernadette Keane fired from her role as principal before the end of the school year?
Did the maintenance worker not have a criminal record when he was hired?
This is a developing story. Stay with RISE NEWS for further updates.
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Getting a pet in college sounds good in theory. But it rarely works out in practice.
College students just have too many things going on to fully commit to keeping anything alive.
Alabama students are particularly bad at this with scores of unwanted pets constantly being put up for adoption.
With the rise of social media, the Alabama Student Ticket Exchange on Facebook has become a go to place to try to sell an unwanted pet.
One guy finally had enough of seeing young people making stupid decisions.
So he started preaching:
“Friendly reminder that if you are gonna get a pet make sure you are ready for the long haul,” Alexander Panagopoulos said in a post. “The animal shelter in Tuscaloosa is a kill shelter, so every time someone gets a dog then quits a week later because they can’t party every night, then take it to the pound. You basically just killed that animal. So please make sure you are ready to give up a lot for that animal.”
His post got a huge response and rightfully so.
You shouldn’t get a pet if you can’t take care of it. This is something you should learn as a kid in grad school alongside lessons about brushing your teeth and not talking to strangers.
“Most students do not realize the life commitment of owning a pet,” Alisa Nesmith Cooper said in the comments. “The pet does not understand why you left them, or forgot to feed them, etc. Do yourself and the animal community a favor and don’t get a pet until you can take care of it and yourself!”
Another commenter made an even more poignant point.
“As somebody who actually worked at the Tuscaloosa Animal Shelter, they try to adopt out as many dogs as they can,” Jessica Michelle Boozer said on the Alabama Student Ticket Exchange Facebook page. “A large portion of the reason dogs get put down there is because they can’t pass the tests that they need to (ie food aggression test). The when a dog goes from the stray side to the adoptable side of the shelter, it only has a limited time. If the dog is ugly or older or if it has serious medical problem it will get put down and then out into the freezer until the freezer is full and the dogs and cats get thrown into a truck and dumped off at the dump. That is not fair to any animal, but when they are so overcrowded, what are you going to do?”
So in short UA students: don’t get a dog if you can’t take of it. And many college students can’t take of it. This is just common sense.
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