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Stanford Soccer Star’s Parents Sue University After Her Suicide

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A lawsuit has been filed against Stanford University by the parents of Katie Meyer, the Stanford soccer goalkeeper who captained the university’s 2019 national championship team and later committed suicide at the end of February 2022.

The complaint claims that Meyer was distraught after receiving a letter from the university the night she died that charged her with a “Violation of the Fundamental Standard by spilling coffee on another student,” an incident the complaint states occurred in April 2021. The formal disciplinary charge meant that Meyer’s diploma, which as a senior she would receive in three months, was being placed on hold and her status as a Stanford student was in question.

“Stanford’s after-hours disciplinary charge, and the reckless nature and manner of submission to Katie, caused Katie to suffer an acute stress reaction that impulsively led to her suicide,’’ the complaint declares, according to USA Today. “Katie’s suicide was completed without planning and solely in response to the shocking and deeply distressing information she received from Stanford while alone in her room without any support or resources.”

Meyer’s parents, Steve and Gina, issued a statement saying, “We are deeply troubled and disappointed with what we have learned since her passing and have no choice but to move forward with litigation to achieve justice for Katie and protect future students. In addition, we are working to seek systemic changes to improve the safety and support of the Stanford students currently on campus, and those enrolled in the future through our foundation, Katie’s Save.’’

Dee Mostofi, assistant vice president of external communications for the university, responded to the complaint, informing USA Today Sports, “The Stanford community continues to grieve Katie’s tragic death and we sympathize with her family for the unimaginable pain that Katie’s passing has caused them. However, we strongly disagree with any assertion that the university is responsible for her death.”

Meyer received the notice after 7 p.m.; Stanford’s Counseling and Psychiatric Services was closed by that time, the complaint asserts.

“Katie, sitting alone in her dorm room, when it was dark outside, immediately responded to the email expressing how ‘shocked and distraught’ she was over being charged and threatened with removal from the university,’’ the complaint asserts. “Stanford failed to respond to Katie’s expression of distress, instead ignored it and scheduled a meeting for 3 days later via email. Stanford employees made no effort whatsoever to check on Katie’s well-being, either by a simple phone call or in-person welfare check.’’

The complaint contends that Meyer told Stanford employees in November 2021 she had “been scared for months that my clumsiness will ruin my chances of leaving Stanford on a good note” and felt anxious through the disciplinary process.

But Mostofi claimed the head of the Office of Community Standards (OCS) contacted Meyer “several days” before the February 28 note. “She gave Katie until that date to provide any further information for consideration,’” Mostofi stated. “Katie provided no information and OCS informed her on the evening of February 28 that the matter would move to a hearing.”

Mostofi also said that in the February 28 letter, Meyer was “explicitly told that this was not a determination that she did anything wrong, and OCS offered to meet with her to discuss the matter if she wished.” Mostofi claimed that Meyer received a phone number to call for immediate support and was alerted that the number was open 24/7.

“Shortly after receiving that email, Katie wrote OCS staff and received a reply within the hour,”’ Mostofi added. “Katie asked for a meeting to discuss the matter, was offered several available times, and chose one three days later despite the availability of an earlier appointment.”

In a statement released through their attorney, Meyer’s parents, Steve and Gina, said, “We are deeply troubled and disappointed with what we have learned since her passing and have no choice but to move forward with litigation to achieve justice for Katie and protect future students. In addition, we are working to seek systemic changes to improve the safety and support of the Stanford students currently on campus, and those enrolled in the future through our foundation, Katie’s Save.’’

“I miss her dearly,” Steve Meyers stated. “Every minute of every day. I miss her when I come here; I spent so much time with her here. She’d do this thing with both of us that was so amazing, heartwarming. We’d go up, walk around campus. It’s be just me and her, just Gina and her. She’d encounter people she knew on campus, all walks, like little tiny philosopher majors, giant football players. She’d go, ‘This is my dad! That’s my mom!’ It was almost disarming, she was just so vivacious and full of life with that stuff. ‘Cause a lot of kids that age are like, ‘My parents are here, whatever.’ It was the reverse of that. The reverse.”

“I think we have to think about our young people,” he continued. “If they are highly competitive, highly, achieving, all these things. From their point of view, they don’t necessarily want to reveal a weakness or something going on in their life that isn’t ideal, that is going against the image that they feel that their parents or their friends or everybody has of them. That’s also one of the core tenets of why Katie’s Save the initiative exists, is to protect that type of kid from being left alone and being left unsupported.”

If you or someone you know is struggling or thinking of harming themselves, please call or text the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988.

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Georgia shatters single-day early voting record again

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Georgia topped its record for one-day early voting again on Friday, with more than 350,000 voters casting their vote in the runoff election between Sen. Raphael Warnock (D) and Republican Herschel Walker. 

Gabriel Sterling, one of the state’s top election officials in his capacity as chief operating officer of the Georgia secretary of state’s office, announced on Twitter that 350,574 people had voted Friday as of 8 p.m. 

“That’s just an amazing number. Great job by the counties’ elections officials and voters,” he tweeted. 

The total on Friday broke the previous record for the state that was set on Monday, when more than a quarter of a million early voters cast their ballots. Before that, the record was about 233,000 on the last day of early voting in the 2018 midterm elections. 

Warnock led Walker by about 1 percentage point in the first round of the Senate race last month, but he was unable to win the majority he needed to avoid a runoff. A Libertarian candidate won about 2 percent of the vote. 

Democrats have already won continued control of the Senate but will try to increase their narrow majority to 51 seats. 

Early voting for the runoff started last weekend, and a spokesperson for the Georgia secretary of state’s office told The Hill earlier this week that more people voted on Sunday than on any Sunday in the 2021 Senate runoff and the 2018, 2020 and 2022 general elections. 

Polls conducted since the midterms have shown Warnock with a slight lead over Walker. The incumbent senator led his Republican opponent by 4 points in a CNN poll released Friday.

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Florida Man Stabs His Own Mother To Death ‘Because She Never Pushed Me To Be A Man’

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“On November 29, 2022, at approximately 4:13 PM, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible stabbing at a residence in Kissimmee,” the sheriff’s office wrote in a statement on Facebook. “Upon arrival, it was determined that one female was deceased, and another female had severe lacerations to her hands.”

A motion for pre-trial detention from Florida’s Ninth Judicial Circuit Court, obtained by NBC News, revealed that the suspect’s sister was the one who was injured.

“The victim heard their mother screaming for her life,” the documents stated. “When the victim came out of her room, she observed the defendant stabbing their mother multiple times with a kitchen knife,” the motion said. “The victim attempted to intervene and sustained multiple deep lacerations to her hands from the defendant cutting her.”

Shortly after police arrived on the scene, they located the suspect, identified as Matthew Stewart Sisley, a short distance away from the home. The suspect was taken to the Sheriff’s Office, where he confessed to intentionally stabbing his mother and accidentally stabbing his sister.

The sheriff’s office released a partial transcript of the interview:

Detective: “Do you think your mom deserved to get stabbed?”

Suspect: “Yes.”

Detective: “Why?”

Suspect: “Because she never pushed me to be a man.”

Detective: “Do you regret doing it?”

Suspect: “No. I would do it again.”

Police went on to state that the suspect had been booked into the Osceola County Jail on the charge of domestic aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Additional charges would follow.

NBC News reported that as of Friday, the suspect was still in jail; an additional charge of premeditated murder had been added to his record. The suspect’s bond was set at $0; prosecutors in the motion for pre-trial detention had asked the court to hold the suspect without bail, NBC News added.

Elsewhere in Florida, a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Officer saved the life of an infant drowning in a retention pond in June. Video posted by the JSO on Facebook showed Officer Me’Atia Sanderson rushing to help the child, pulling him out of the water, then performing CPR until paramedics arrived.

“As a patrol officer in Zone 4 (Westside), Ofc. Sanderson was working on June 9th of this year when JSO and the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department were dispatched to an infant drowning in a retention pond,” the office captioned the video. “Sanderson was the first to arrive on scene and was alerted that the infant was still in the water. Ofc. Sanderson, who does not know how to swim herself, without a second’s hesitation, entered the pond to retrieve the child and performed CPR until she was relieved by other responding officers. Her actions, while putting her own life at risk, undoubtedly saved the child’s life.”

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5 Bills Democrats Want to Ram Through Congress in Lame-Duck Session

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Democrats are in a mad scramble to push through unpopular legislation before the clock strikes midnight on the 117th Congress.

The lame-duck session is the period between November’s congressional elections and the convening of the new 118th Congress on Jan. 3.

With some Republican help, Democrats in the Senate passed the so-called Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act and orders the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages. 

But that’s not all.

The legislation has significant implications for religious freedom. It awaits passage in the House, where Democrats still have a slim majority until the new session. Republicans will hold a similarly narrow majority in the House next year.

Jamming through controversial legislation through Congress during a lame-duck session is a troubling practice to begin with. It’s becoming increasingly common to bring up more hotly contested legislation that didn’t have a chance of passing when vulnerable legislators had to face an election—and the voters.

Democrats are so concerned with “democracy” that they are scrambling to head off the results of last month’s elections, it seems. As is often the case, the Left cares little about the proper functioning of government when its priorities are at stake.

The Washington Post editorial board called on Democrats in Congress to make this lame-duck session a “mighty one.” Imagine how The Post would describe the situation if it were Republicans seeking to push a conservative agenda through.

In addition to “the Respect for Marriage Act,” here are four more of the most controversial pieces of legislation being considered by the current lame-duck Congress:

‘Assault Weapons’ Ban

On Thanksgiving, President Joe Biden said that he wanted Congress to pass an “assault weapons” ban during the lame-duck session.

“The idea we still allow semiautomatic weapons to be purchased is sick,” Biden said at a Thanksgiving Day press event in Nantucket, Mass. “Just sick. It has no socially redeeming value. Zero. None. Not a single, solitary rationale for it, except profit for the gun manufacturers.”

He then said that he would try to “get rid of assault weapons.”

What exactly Biden means there is a bit hard to decipher. If the aim is truly to ban “semiautomatic” weapons, that would include many rifles and handguns. As Rep. Mark Alford, R-Mo., noted on Twitter, semiautomatic weapons comprise about half of all gun sales in the U.S.

There are many, many reasons to have semiautomatic weapons. Not that Biden or his fellow Democrats want to acknowledge that.

Despite Biden’s call for an “assault weapons” ban, it seems top Democrats in the Senate aren’t sure they have the votes to pass the legislation. The House of Representatives, controlled for a few more weeks by Democrats, passed gun control legislation in July, but the bill stalled in the Senate.

“I’m glad that President Biden is going to be pushing us to take a vote on an assault weapons ban,” Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said on CNN. “The House has already passed it. It’s sitting in front of the Senate. Does it have 60 votes in the Senate right now? Probably not, but let’s see if we can try to get that number as close to 60 as possible.”

Even if Democrats in the Senate all vote in favor of the legislation, they would still need at least 10 Republican votes to overcome a certain GOP filibuster.

Electoral Count Act

Democrats are looking to change the Electoral Count Act. This 1887 law laid out the procedure for counting Electoral College votes following a presidential election. It became a hotly contested issue following the 2020 presidential vote.

The law was the result of the 1876 presidential election between Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel Tilden, in which four states sent Congress competing sets of Electoral College votes. 

Here’s how my colleague Fred Lucas described the Electoral College Act, which was meant to clarify the process:

To give Congress a means for settling the matter, the 1887 law required a joint session of Congress to count the Electoral College votes from each state and stipulated that the vice president, as presiding officer, would certify the results.

However, if an objection to the count is declared in writing by a House member and signed by at least one senator, the joint session would temporarily adjourn, and both the House and the Senate would be required to debate the objection for two hours. The chambers would vote on the lawmakers’ objection before reconvening in the joint session.

There have been bipartisan talks to remove that power from Congress. Some Democrats, however, want to see more widespread changes to the U.S. voting system to effectively federalize the process.

“The bare minimum, absolutely; but we need to go further than that,” Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., said of reforming the Electoral Count Act. “We need to look at the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act.”

The John R. Lewis Advancement Act would, among other things, increase federal veto power over state election laws through the Justice Department.

Omnibus Spending Bill

The Biden administration is looking to drastically increase federal spending through a massive omnibus bill during the lame-duck period. The administration asked for more than $47 billion to be spent on aid to Ukraine, COVID-19, and other projects.

As Matthew Dickerson, federal budget expert at The Heritage Foundation, explained in The Daily Signal, that level of spending in the lame-duck period is irresponsible at a time when the U.S. economy is experiencing the highest inflation rate in decades. (The Daily Signal is the media outlet of The Heritage Foundation.)

“This supplemental spending request for Ukraine aid and COVID-19 funding is more than an entire year’s worth of regular appropriations for the departments of Agriculture and Interior combined,” he wrote.

Dickerson wrote that the Ukraine spending—which already exceeds the spending on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security this year—deserves a thorough debate and examination by the new Congress.

Passing such a major piece of spending legislation in a lame-duck session preceding a shift in partisan control of the House in January would be an unprecedented move, according to Eric Teetsel, Heritage’s vice president of government relations.

“Since 1994, control of the House has changed hands in four midterm election cycles (1994, 2006, 2010, and 2018). Never before has the outgoing House majority passed an omnibus appropriations bill during the lame-duck session following the election,” he wrote.

Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants

Congressional Democrats are seeking to codify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which would provide amnesty for illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. when they were children.

DACA was originally enacted in 2012 under President Barack Obama by executive fiat—the “pen and phone” presidency at work. It was struck down by a federal judge in 2021 and could be blocked by the Supreme Court, too. Democrats are now back to pursuing a more traditional path of passing a bill through Congress. (You know, that quaint process once described in “Schoolhouse Rock!”)

At a Nov. 16 event on Capitol Hill with a group of Senate Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called for passing an amnesty program for illegal immigrants.

“I call on my Republican colleagues to join Democrats and help us protect our Dreamers,” Schumer said. “It is cruel and inhumane to keep millions in limbo. Senate Republicans need to work with us on this widely supported policy so we can reach an agreement that will protect families and strengthen our economy.”

Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y. and House Judiciary Committee chairman, has also been working on DACA legislation.

Here’s how Dan Stein, the president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, described the Nadler initiative to double down on DACA:

Nadler’s plan is not only to codify DACA, which has about 600,000 enrollees, but also to extend that amnesty to an estimated 4.4 million illegal aliens. In other words, what is being sold as a small fix would actually become the largest amnesty in history—far exceeding the number of people who were legalized as a result of legislation passed in 1986.

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