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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Joins ABC News as Contributor

Rahm Emanuel, a former Chicago mayor and White House chief of staff, is joining ABC News as a contributor, the network announced Sunday.

Previously, Emanuel worked as the 55th mayor of Chicago, serving from 2011 to 2019. He also served as the White House Chief of Staff from 2009 to 2010 under President Obama and as a member of the United States House of Representatives for Chicago prior to his White House position.

Since his mayoral departure, Emanuel has also become a contributing editor for The Atlantic magazine where he penned his first piece “It’s Time to Hold American Elites Accountable for Their Abuses.” In the article, Emanuel calls on Democrats to focus more on the middle class in light of the Varsity Blues investigation.

Jussie Smollett Seeks to Stop Appointment of Special Prosecutor

Jussie Smollett’s lawyers filed a motion on Friday to overturn the appointment of a special prosecutor in his hate crime hoax case, arguing the appointment would expose the “Empire” actor to double jeopardy.

Smollett is seeking to reverse an order issued last month by Judge Michael Toomin, who faulted Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx for failing to recuse her office from the hot-button case.

The motion is the latest turn in a see-saw prosecution that began on Jan. 29, when Smollett claimed he was ambushed by two men who beat him, yelled homophobic and racial slurs, poured bleach on him and put a noose around his neck. The assault generated nationwide attention and sympathy, only for Chicago detectives to conclude that Smollett had, in fact, paid the two men, one of whom was his personal trainer, to stage the attack.

Gerhardi-German Auto Supplier Opens First U.S. Plant in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – German auto supplier Gerhardi Inc. today marked the official opening of its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Montgomery, a $41.6 million plant that will employ up to 235 employees.

Alabama Aging Voting Machines A Concern, Election Security Report Says

A report published Thursday on election security says states need more federal money to safeguard elections from outside threats.

It says Alabama election officials cited a need to replace voting machines used in most counties that are more than a decade old and to establish a “cyber navigator program” to help local officials protect their systems.

“Defending Elections: Federal Funding Needs for State Election Security,” attached at the end of this article, outlines how Alabama and five other states are using their shares of $380 million Congress provided to states for election security last year. Alabama’s allocation was $6.5 million, including the required 5 percent state match.

Alabama Football Selected to Finish First in SEC West, Win SEC Championship

HOOVER, Ala. – The University of Alabama football team was selected as the favorite to win the Southeastern Conference's Western Division and the 2019 SEC Championship, the league office announced on Friday morning. The Crimson Tide also landed a league-high 19 players on the All-SEC Teams, with both the predicted finish and all-league nominees being selected by media members in attendance at SEC Media Days this past week.

The Crimson Tide was picked to win the SEC Western Division with 253 first-place votes and 1,813 points, ranking ahead of LSU, which was predicted to finish second in the division with 1,493 points. Alabama also received the most votes to finish as SEC champions once again, with the Tide finishing at 203 points compared to Georgia's 49.

Vanderbilt Head Coach Derek Mason Takes Center Stage At SEC Media Days

HOOVER, Ala. – Vanderbilt sixth-year head coach Derek Mason and All-America candidates Kalija Lipscomb, Jared Pinkney, and Ke’Shawn Vaughn took center stage at SEC Media Days on Thursday morning from the Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Wynfrey Hotel.

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
Founded in 1962, The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is the nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military children. For 54 years, we’ve been providing access to affordable education for the children of Marine and Navy Corpsman attending post-high school, under-graduate and career technical education programs. In that time, we have provided more than 37,000 scholarships worth nearly $110 million.