Philly Mayor Calls Out Amtrak Engineer
106 m.p.h. Or, roughly, twice as fast as the recommended speed limit for the curve it was on. In light of the information that emerged on Wednesday about how fast the Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 that derailed on Tuesday night was going, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said, "clearly it was reckless in terms of the driving by the engineer." There is an ongoing investigation into the accident that killed at least 7 and injured dozens, but we do know that 32-year-old engineer Brandon Bostain – who suffered a concussion and head wound and said he has no recollection of the crash – fully applied the emergency brakes just moments before the derailment. Less than 24 hours after the accident, House Republicans voted to approve cutting Amtrak’s budget by one-fifth, including brushing off Democrats’ attempts to add money for positive train control, a technology that federal investigators said could have prevented the crash.
Town Where Matthew Shepard Killed Passes Anti-Discrimination Bill
17 years after Matthew Shepard was brutally murdered in an anti-gay hate crime, the town where he was killed, Laramie, Wyoming, passed a bill on Wednesday that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, employment and access to public facilities. Shepard’s 1998 murder helped galvanize a national movement for further protection of LGBTQ rights. "Laramie has a reputation for discriminating against the gay community," City Council member Vicki Henry said. "Whether that is correct or incorrect, it is still a reputation. Let’s right that wrong."
Jeb Bush Is Getting Dragged Into An Iraq Quagmire, Just Like His Bro
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush hasn’t even officially announced if he’s running for the Republican presidential nomination yet and he’s already facing White House-level headaches. On Wednesday, at a town hall meeting in Reno, Nevada, 19-year-old college student Ivy Ziedrich challenged Bush’s suggestion that the Obama administration’s weak foreign policy was responsible for the rise of the terror group ISIS. "Your brother created ISIS," she told Bush of his older sibling, former president George W. The pair then got into a heated exchange, capping a week in which Bush appeared less than presidential when he first said he would have gone to war in Iraq just like his brother did, then said he misheard the question and changed his answer and, on Wednesday, dismissed questions about the Iraq war as "hypotheticals."
Quick Take: Watch your Starbucks card if you suddenly see 100 mini Frappuccinos on your bill. Turns out thieves are hacking into customer reward accounts using the Starbucks app and sucking money out of their bank and PayPal accounts.