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University Lecturer Loses Free Speech Case

After complaining about preferential grades for student athletes, a lecturer lost an appeal in his free speech case against a university.

Henry Lyons sued the University of Missouri-Kansas City for terminating his contract. He said school officials retaliated against him because he complained after they overruled his grade for a student athlete.

In Lyons v. Vaught, the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that university officials were immune from liability. Basically, the court said there is no free speech for employee grievances.

Identify Theft Caught on Tape

Where to begin the criminal story of Candice A. Davis...

She said it should have begun in 2015, when an investigator first testified about working on her case. The prosecutor, however, said the investigator had evidence against Davis from earlier reports.

In United States of America v. Davis, the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals said the investigator's testimony was enough to start the record in 2013. That's when the video started recording.

The Federal Communications Commission has just filed an amicus brief in a case pending before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals that could change the VoIP game. And who the feds have chosen to support may (or may not) surprise you.

The case involves a rather significant battle over whether VoIP providers, like Vonage, should be regarded as traditional telecom companies, like Verizon, and subject to regulation by state run public utilities commissions. Right now, as the law currently stands, depending on whether a VoIP provider offers other more traditional communication (phone) or data (internet/cable) services, or not, the FCC regulations that apply are different. For standalone VoIP services, it is even less clear, despite the position of the parties.

Fitness Exec Pleads Guilty to Drug Dealing, Kidnapping

One of the problems with being a criminal is you can't call the cops for help.

Maybe that's what led Todd Beckman down the dark road that ends with 20 years in prison. Beckman used to be a successful businessman, but he turned his skills to smuggling marijuana.

Then he made a wrong-way decision with a one-way consequence: he kidnapped and threatened to kill someone who stole his drugs.