Only in America
An Illinois woman was visited by police and investigated by child services for letting her 8-year-old daughter walk the dog around the block. Corey Widen’s ordeal began when a neighbor saw the child walking alone with the dog and called the police. Widen, who was not charged, said she lives on a safe, suburban block. “No one will dictate my parenting choices,” she said.
A Minneapolis company is offering their employees “fur-ternity leave,” to let them work from home while they settle in new pets. “For a lot of people, their pets are their children,” explained Allison McMenimen, vice president at Nina Hale, the marketing company where fur-ternity leave is a formal perk of employment. In New York City, a data company is offering “paw-ternity” leave to employees who adopt a rescue dog.
Boring but important
Trump’s intervention in FBI decision
President Trump participated in two meetings at the White House with government officials planning a new FBI headquarters building, an inspector general’s report revealed. After the meetings, officials decided to keep the FBI in its current location, across the street from the Trump International Hotel. The agency had planned to move from D.C. to the Maryland or Virginia suburbs, a cheaper option than remaining on Pennsylvania Avenue. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), who requested the report, claimed vindication, saying that, when the investigation started, the idea that President Trump was directly involved with the FBI development “in close proximity to the Trump Hotel was dismissed as a conspiracy theory.” Connolly is pushing for congressional hearings.