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Detective 101:
‘You want to let
the facts drive
the investigation’
Associated Press
Massive Trump tax cuts face big
hurdles as debt mounts
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is proposing tax
cuts for individuals and businesses even as Washington struggles
with mounting debt and the populist president tries to make good
on promises to bring jobs and prosperity to the middle class.
Trump is scheduled today to unveil the broad outlines of a tax
overhaul that would provide massive tax cuts to businesses big and
small. The top tax rate for individuals would be cut by a few per-
centage points, from 39.6 percent to the “mid-30s,” said an official
with knowledge of the plan.
Small business owners would see their top tax rate go from 39.6
percent to 15 percent, said the official.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, was
not authorized to speak publicly about the plan before Trump’s
White House officials already said the top corporate tax rate would
be reduced from 35 percent to 15 percent. The plan will also include
child-care benefits, a cause promoted by Trump’s daughter Ivanka.
Judge cites Trump’s comment in
‘sanctuary city’ ruling
SAN FRANCISCO — For the third time in two months, a fed-
eral judge has knocked down an immigration order by President
Donald Trump and used Trump’s own language against him.
In a ruling on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge William Orrick
quoted Trump to support his decision to block the president’s order
to withhold funding from “sanctuary cities” that do not cooperate
with U.S. immigration officials.
Trump called the sanctuary cities order a “weapon” against
communities that disagree with his preferred immigration policy,
Orrick said. The judge also cited a February interview in which he
said the president threatened to cut off funding to California, say-
ing the state “in many ways is out of control.”
The first comment was evidence that the administration
intended the executive order to apply broadly to all sorts of fed-
eral funding, and not a relatively small pot of grant money as the
Department of Justice had argued, the judge said.
The second statement showed the two California governments
that sued to block the order — San Francisco and Santa Clara
County — had good reason to believe they would be targeted,
Orrick said.
US sets up missile defense in
S. Korea as North shows power
SEOUL, South Korea — Hours after a display of North Korean
military power, rival South Korea announced today the installation
of key parts of a contentious U.S. missile defense system meant to
counter the North.
South Korea’s trumpeting of progress in setting up the Termi-
nal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, comes as
high-powered U.S. military vessels converge on the Korean Penin-
sula and as a combative North Korea signals possible nuclear and
missile testing.
North Korea conducted live-fire artillery drills on Tuesday, the
85th anniversary of the founding of its million-person Korean Peo-
ple’s Army. On the same day, a U.S. guided-missile submarine
docked in South Korea. And the USS Carl Vinson aircraft super-
carrier is also headed toward the peninsula for a joint exercise with
South Korea.
The moves to set up THAAD within this year have angered
not only North Korea, but also China, the country that the Trump
administration hopes to work with to rid the North of nuclear
weapons. China, which has grown increasingly frustrated with
North Korea, its ally, and Russia see the system’s powerful radars
as a security threat.
South Korea said in a statement today that unspecified parts of
THAAD were installed. It said that Seoul and Washington have
been pushing to get THAAD quickly working to cope with North
Korea’s advancing nuclear and missile threats.
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Two of Saturn’s moons, the small Epimetheus and
smog-enshrouded Titan, with Saturn’s A and F rings
stretching across the frame. Launched in 1997, Cassini
reached Saturn in 2004 and has been exploring it from
orbit ever since. Cassini’s fuel tank is almost empty, so
NASA has opted for a risky, but science-rich grand finale.
Spacecraft flies between Saturn
and rings in historic first
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has
ventured into the never-before-explored region between Saturn
and its rings.
But flight controllers won’t know how everything went until
Thursday when they are back in touch with the craft.
Cassini was out of radio contact with Earth early today as it
became the first spacecraft to enter the gap between Saturn and
its rings. That’s because its big dish antenna was maneuvered face
forward to protect science instruments from potentially damaging
ring particles.
If Cassini survives this first round, it will make 21 more cross-
ings before its demise in September.
Launched in 1997, Cassini has been orbiting Saturn since 2004.
Because the fuel tank is practically empty, NASA decided on one
last dangerous, but science-rich adventure.
Trump tweets don’t help: First
Twitter revenue drop since IPO
NEW YORK — You’d think Twitter would be able to milk
its status as President Donald Trump’s megaphone. But the com-
pany still faces stagnant user growth, has never made a profit and
even reported a quarterly revenue decline today, a first since going
Trump’s frequent tweets ricochet well beyond his 28 million
Twitter followers. Anything he tweets can serve as fodder for
social media, TV news shows and, often, late-night comedy. Ana-
lysts say Twitter’s user engagement — how often people respond,
retweet or “like,” for instance — likely benefited from “political
discourse” in the first quarter.
The problem: The people already on Twitter may well be using
it more, but America’s first true “Twitter President” hasn’t inspired
others to sign up for Twitter en masse.
Twitter said today it had an average of 328 million monthly
users during the first quarter, a 3 percent increase from 319 million
during the previous quarter. By contrast, Facebook has 1.89 billion
and Facebook-owned Instagram has 600 million monthly users
as of December, the latest available. More users, of course, mean
more advertising revenue for the companies, since businesses try
to reach as many eyeballs as possible.
Twitter has never turned a profit, and for the first time since
going public in 2013, it reported a decline in revenue from the pre-
vious year. Its revenue was $548.3 million, down 8 percent.
Wilbur has been a detec-
tive with Cannon Beach
since 2011, and said while
this work isn’t always as
glamorous as it is portrayed
on TV, it’s important to do
these types of workshops to
connect with the community.
“We’re public servants,”
he said. “We want to be a
part of our community and
to make the community a
part of us. Educating people
about what we do upholds
that idea.”
Back at the crime scene,
volunteers started catalog-
ing evidence. Gun? Check. A
Red Bull can full of drugs?
Check. An autopsy that
reveals he was murdered?
But one item stands out as
missing: the victim’s phone.
Using GPS, the partic-
ipants discover the phone
has been used in other parts
of the state. Detective Guy
Knight from the Seaside
Police Department leads
the discussion with the
crew about what this could
mean, introducing Mr. Ghot-
shot’s girlfriend “Polly Sub-
stance” as a character in the
“You want to let the facts
drive the investigation, even
if you are hypothesizing who
did it,” Knight said.
Knight and Wilbur are
members of the Clatsop
County Major Crime Team,
which investigates homi-
cides, kidnappings and other
serious offenses.
The team is deployed
about 12 times a year, Knight
Hot topic
Ashaki Boelter, one of
the participants, served as
the mock crime scene pho-
tographer in the exercise.
He signed up for the class
to learn more about law
enforcement in light of police
officer-involved shootings of
black men that have recently
attracted national media
“This is a hot topic in my
community,” said Boelter,
who is black. “Being fully
educated is important.”
What he found was a pos-
sible new career in criminal
justice down the road.
“In this process, I learned
most of law enforcement, at
least around here, are people
doing the best of their ability
in respectable positions,” he
said. “I’m looking forward to
learning more.”
As the participants interro-
gated Polly Substance about
the murder of her fictional
boyfriend, Knight told partic-
ipants about what he thought
was the heart of police work:
customer service.
“The customer isn’t
always right, and some-
times we have to arrest them.
But you treat everyone with
respect,” he said. “There are
very few truly bad people out
So who killed Mr. Ghot-
shot? It was Polly Substance,
the girlfriend.
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said. The major crime rate in
Clatsop County is relatively
low compared to a metropol-
itan area, but the significance
of the work is not lessened
by that fact, he said.
“These types of crimes
are hard to emotionally pro-
cess,” he said. “You have to
have good stress outlets. But
I love what I do because I
get to give voice to kids or
other victims who otherwise
wouldn’t be heard.”
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