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Washington State Gun Store That ‘Lost’ or had Stolen Nearly 2,500 Guns Stayed Open for 8 Years

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It took eight years for the ATF to shut down a gun store in Washington state that had nearly 2,500 guns stolen or lost, Raw Story reports.To put that into perspective, there were fewer than 200 combined guns missing at the state’s other 1,093 stores.

“Stunning,” James Zammillo, a former ATF deputy assistant director, told The Seattle Times. “That is just an incredible number.”

Among the citations against the Kesselring Gun Shop were the failure to report stolen weapons or to secure explosive material. The store also was cited for selling guns without trying to confirm the identities of buyers.

Still the gun shop continued to operate and even posted a record $14.6 million in sales in 2006, Raw Story reported.

On This Day in 1973: FBI Chief Patrick Gray Quits in Wake of Watergate Scandal

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Patrick Gray was the acting head of the FBI when he was pressured to resign on April 28, 1973, in the wake of the President Nixon Watergate scandal, the Guardian reports.

Gray’s resignation came after news that he had burned incriminating documents tied to convicted Watergate conspirator Howard Hunt.
Gray was in line to succeed J. Edgar Hoover.

Despite the allegations, he claimed he did nothing wrong and was leaving for the sake of “the reputation, the integrity and the effectiveness of the FBI.”

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Obama Task Force to Address Poor Handling of Sexual Assaults on College Campuses

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

What started as a complaint from two students about how the University of North Carolina handled their sexual assaults has spread across the nation’s colleges and attracted the attention of President Obama.

The USA Today reports that Annie E. Clark and Andrea Pino were so outraged that university officials blamed them for the assaults that they wrote a Title IX complaint against the school and filed it with the Department of Education in 2013.

“What Annie and I realized was for this to be effective, not just at Carolina, but historically something that would make other things happen, we had to make this bigger. We had to make it a movement,” Pino says. “And we had to come out. We couldn’t stay in the closet about our experiences.”

Worried about the treatment of other victims at universities across the country, the women shared their stories and encouraged others to file complaints.

“Nobody else was really doing it,” Clark told the USA Today. “We knew the law. We had our personal stories, and we kind of put the two together.”

A task forced created by Obama was expected to make its recommendations this week about addressing the complaints at universities, where one in five women is the victim of an attempted or completed rape.

Federal Crackdown Leads to Arrests of 55 Suspected Members of Violent Crips Gang

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The longtime San Diego gang is known for its ruthless violence, from execution-style murders to the shooting of a pregnant woman.

Now U-T San Diego reports that federal authorities nabbed most of the 55 suspected members of the West Coast Crips in pre-dawn raids Thursday, changing them with crimes spanning from murder and armed robberies to prostitution drug dealing.

The suspected mastermind, Randy Alton Graves, was among those arrested.

The crackdown came on the heels of phone surveillance and undercover drug buys, authorities said.

The startling wiretaps reveal that the gangsters “think nothing about murdering rivals in San Diego and they think nothing of executing their own, when their own are even suspected of being disloyal,” U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy said at a news conference.

Seized in the raids were 16 guns, more than 4 pounds of meth, 4,400 pounds of pot and $300,000 in counterfeit money.

Accused Murderer in Shootings Outside Jewish Centers Was FBI Snitch Given New Name

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Frazier Glenn Cross is not only an accused murderer and racist. He’s also a rat with a lot to hide.

ABC News reports that Cross, who is suspected of murder in the shootings of three people outside of Jewish centers, was given a new name, social security number and place to live after becoming an FBI snitch in the late 1980s. In exchange for leniency for fleeing a conviction for criminal contempt, he outed other white nationalists.

“I joined the family in Sioux City, Iowa,” Miller wrote later in his self-published autobiography. “I enrolled in truck driving school…and I’ve been trucking ever since. And I love it. After prison, the freedom of the open road is gloriously exhilarating.”

He was born Frazier Glenn Miller and later became the founder of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the paramilitary White Patriot Party in North Carolina.

AG Holder to Young Women, People of Color: ‘Consider Careers’ With Justice Department

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

While the Justice Department is more integrated than ever, it still lags behind when it comes to women and people of color, Attorney General Eric Holder said in a speech aimed at young people.

“Consider careers here at at the United States Department of Justice,” Holder said during the speech, speaking to students who were visiting Washington from a Catholic school in San Francisco, according to CNS News.

Holder also urged new immigrants to consider a Justice Department career.

“Now, statistics show that in recent years, women and people of color have made up a greater percentage of both licensed lawyers and law students,” he said. “Progress remains too often slow, and the law continues to lag behind many other fields. So we need to ensure that the coming decades witness an uptick in the numbers of women, people with disabilities, people of color, and new immigrants finding productive avenues into this profession and others across the American workforce.”

Holder said the fact that he and President Obama are black is not an indication that the “long struggle to overcome disparity and discrimination” is over.

“Now, I know it may be tempting — it may be tempting for some, when they look at the accomplished professionals in this room or the lawyer who works in the Oval Office or consider the fact that I have the privilege of serving as the attorney general of the United States, to feel that this country’s long struggle to overcome disparity and discrimination has ended. But as Justice Sonia Sotomayor said just yesterday in her courageous and very personal dissent in the Michigan college admissions case, we ought not, and I quote, ‘wish away rather than confront the racial inequality that exists in our society. The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race,’ end quote.”