DETROIT (CCN) — Former UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to a felony for violating the federal Taft Act. He admitted to using Fiat Chrysler funds to pay for more than $40,000 in lavish dinners, vacations and other gifts.
Jewell was elected in 2014 as one of three Vice Presidents for the UAW's international office in Detroit after previously serving as Region 1-C Director in Flint. He became the Region 1-C Director in 2010 after working his way up the ranks in UAW politics since 1979 in Flint. He told a federal judge Tuesday that he was "not perfect" and had only a high school education when he hired into a Flint plant in 1976.
Jewell was paid $224,173 in salary, accrued vacation and benefits upon retirement in 2016 after the FBI conducted a raid at his Clayton Township home.
"When you get put into a cesspool, you're destined to fail," defense attorney Mike Manley told reporters outside the court house after the guilty plea was entered by his client. Manley blamed his client's problems on "technical reporting errors" and called it a "sad day" when telling reporters, "The man is a legend and has left a great legacy for the UAW."
Matthew Schneider, U.S. District Attorney for the Eastern District, had a different perspective on the situation, saying, "He knowingly joined the conspiracy. A technical error? This is... lavish transportation, lavish meals and golf?" The government has recommended a prison sentence of between 12 months and 18 months, but Jewell could be sentenced to up to five years when returning to court in early August.
NEW YORK (CCN) — Rookie Dustin Peterson drilled his first hit to break a 1-1 tie and give the Detroit Tigers a 9th inning lead at Yankee Stadium in New York Tuesday night as they went on to win 3-1 over the New York Yankees. The victory evened the series at one game each heading into Wednesday's finale and the Tigers improved to 3-3 on the season.
The RBI double by Peterson followed a one-out walk to Niko Goodrum off flame-throwing Yankees' closer Aroldis Chapman. Peterson's parents were at the game and he told reporters afterward: “That was a pretty good first hit off a guy like (Chapman). Go-ahead double, too. I will never forget it. That’s for sure. I didn’t know what to do. All the emotions just came out. I was just amped, pumped, got my hit, drove in the go-ahead run. That was awesome.””
Peterson came around to score two batters later when Jordy Mercer delivered some insurance with a RBI single. John Hicks had driven in a 6th inning run for the Tigers with a RBI double.
(CCN) — The Washington Post reported Wednesday that three more women have come forward with accusations of "uncomfortable physical encounters" with former Vice President Joe Biden.
Many have expected Biden to join the race for president in 2020 by seeking the nomination from Democrats. He has not yet announced he will run but is the top name in early polls to become the favorite in the race to challenge Republican President Donald Trump. Two others have already made accusations that they were uncomfortable by "touching" of Biden who apologized, saying he must be more aware of respecting the personal space of women. He has said he was only trying to be friendly and that his habit is to often touch people when interacting with them.
BAHAMAS (CCN) — Ellen DeGeneres asked why her former baseball star boyfriend hasn't yet asked Jennifer Lopez to marry her during the superstar entertainer's appeared Friday afternoon on the nationally syndicated Ellen TV show. Alex Rodriguez proposed the next day during a vacation in the Bahamas, according to an Instagram post by Lopez to her audience of more than 88 million followers. She showed off the million dollar engagement ring Rodriguez gave her.
Rodriguez posted a photo on the beach with his new fiance during the luxury vacation getaway to celebrate their second anniversary as a couple.
Rodriguez, nicknamed A-Rod, was one of the greatest players of all-time during a 22-year career in Major League Baseball with the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers and New York Yankees. He retired after the 2016 season with the all-time record with 25 career grand slam home runs. He hit 696 homers with a .295 career batting average and became the only player in big league history to surpass 600 home runs, 2,000 RBI's, 3,000 hits, 2,000 runs scored and 300 stolen bases. He was a 14-time All-Star Game selection and won three American League Most Valuable Player awards.
Rodriguez signed two of the highest-paid contracts in sports history and different sources have placed his net worth at more than $300 million. Lopez is one of the highest-paid celebrities with Forbes putting her 2017 earnings at $38 million and Celebrity Net Worth has placed her net worth in excess of $400 million.
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