Theodore Roosevelt once said, “The first requisite of a good citizen in this Republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his weight.” A common thread among 2018’s Outstanding Citizens is their ability to pull far more than their share. Some made news headlines during the year, while others toiled in anonymity, their good works visible only to those standing near. All have made a difference. Three were central figures in unraveling the childhood sex scandal that enveloped the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo: Michael F. Whalen Jr., whose public allegations of abuse by the Rev. Norbert F. Orsolits helped other survivors to come forward; Siobhan M. O’Connor, a whistleblower who is former executive assistant to Buffalo Bishop Richard J. Malone; and Paul L. Snyder III, a prominent local businessman and longtime deacon who was the first clergyman to call for Malone’s resignation. During a year of anguish for the church, Sister Mary McCarrick, … [Read more...] about Outstanding Citizens: 8 who have done more than their fair share
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ACCRA, Ghana — It had been 12 years since Rita Sarpong went home to Ghana. She’d missed siblings’ weddings, the births of nieces and nephews, even the death of her father, sacrificing time with her own family so that she could help frail, aging Americans stay at home with theirs.Almost up to the moment she boarded the plane, Sarpong was working nearly around the clock. A home health aide, she cared for a 90-year-old retired insurance agent with severe arthritis by day. Then at night, she drove from Newton to Wrentham to look after a woman in her 80s who was prone to falling. Related Links Stranger in the house That made for 104 hours a week of work that was equal parts tedious, stressful, exhausting, and essential. After she reached Logan Airport, dragging three suitcases loaded with gifts for her family — mainly used clothes from her closet — Sarpong collapsed in her seat. For the next nine hours, as food carts rolled by carrying lunch, dinner, … [Read more...] about PIPELINE FROM AFRICA: Recent immigrants do much of the low-paying, back-breaking work of caring for frail Americans at home. Back home, they’re seen as success stories.
Spencer S. Hsu, The Washington Post Published 11:09 am PDT, Tuesday, August 21, 2018 Photo: Washington Post Photo By Bonnie Jo Mount Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Imran Awan Imran Awan Photo: Washington Post Photo By Bonnie Jo Mount Ex-congressional IT staffer given time served in loan case after prosecutors debunk conspiracy theories 1 / 1 Back to Gallery WASHINGTON - A former congressional technology staffer who became the target of a litany of political conspiracy theories was sentenced to time served Tuesday for lying on a loan application as a U.S. judge in Washington condemned his ongoing harassment by the "highest" levels of government over unfounded conspiracies. In releasing Imran Awan, 38, U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan read aloud passages of court filings in which federal prosecutors … [Read more...] about Ex-congressional IT staffer given time served in loan case after prosecutors debunk conspiracy theories
Kevin Johnson USA TODAY Published 10:22 p.m. UTC Aug 7, 2018 ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Paul Manafort’s attorneys took direct aim at the credibility of the government’s star witness in the fraud trial of the former Trump campaign chairman Tuesday, confronting Rick Gates with millions of dollars in questionable expenses that in part financed a secret relationship with a mistress in London. Gates, who provided about five hours of testimony against Manafort, acknowledged that he might have submitted personal expenses for payment by Donald Trump's inaugural committee, where he worked after leaving Manafort’s firm in March 2016. “It’s possible,” Gates said, responding to his billings for work during inauguration preparations. Gates admitted siphoning hundreds of thousands of dollars from Manafort’s firm, including padding expenses. During that time, Gates said Tuesday, he was involved in a relationship in London and used firm … [Read more...] about Paul Manafort trial: Rick Gates admits padding expenses to pay for mistress, may have bilked inaugural committee
Michael McNamara, 27, is about to pay off his five-figure college loans — and he graduated in 2016. How did he do it? A combination of in-state tuition, living off campus, help from grandma, and keeping expenses down to a minimum. Millennials such as McNamara face a financial burden unlike any other demographic in the modern American era. There are 44.2 million Americans with student debt and the average student loan debt for the Class of 2017 was $39,400, according to College Scorecard data compiled by Zippia.com. Pennsylvania had the second-highest median student loan debt, meaning that half owe more and half owe less, with a debt of $26,084. New Jersey ranked 31st with $22,697. Many struggle to cover their monthly student loans while finding full-time work and moving out of their parents’ homes. Some refinance, and others work two, three, or more jobs. Here are some of their stories. Kasey Schram, 22, is paying off roughly $48,000 in student loans, split … [Read more...] about How Philly millennials are dealing with their college student loans