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The House of Representatives passed a resolution to overturn President Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan this week. Two Democrats joined the Republicans in voting to cancel the $400 billion plan. The bill now goes to the Senate — where even if it passes, it will likely be vetoed by the president. Biden’s proposal to pay off up to $20,000 in debt for college borrowers is currently being debated by the Supreme Court.
A Michigan State University (MSU) professor is being sued by students after she allegedly compelled hundreds of her students to donate to her Left-wing political group as a course requirement. Amy Wisner, a former marketing professor at MSU, allegedly required 600 students to pay $99 each to join a Left-wing group known as The Rebellion Community, an outside group run by Wisner. Students Nolan Radomski and Nathan Barbieri are suing Wisner, claiming she used the money from students to donate to Planned Parenthood, as well as buy an RV for a trip around the U.S. By doing so, the pair of students claimed in the suit that Wisner “forced them to materially support the homicide of innocent children.” MSU has fired Wisner after complaints, and the school offered students a refund for the roughly $60,000 they paid to the leftist group.
A Burger King franchise in Hollywood, Florida, has been ordered to pay a whopping sum to a 48-year-old man over a slip and fall that occurred more than two years ago.
A Burger King franchise must pay $8 million to Richard Tulecki, who claimed that he slipped on a “foreign substance” in the restaurant’s bathroom and “suffered lower back injuries resulting in surgery.” Tulecki’s attorneys said the fall caused “serious injuries,” which required surgery that then turned into a postoperative perforated colon. The lawsuit was filed in 2021. The sum — totaling $7.68 million, including earnings lost and medical expenses — is one of Florida’s largest slip and fall verdicts on record.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department in West Virginia arrested and placed a 7-year-old in custody Wednesday after authorities say the young boy intentionally set his house ablaze while his parents were inside. Two people suffered minor burns. A photo posted online showed the house completely engulfed in flames. In West Virginia, minors can be arrested and charged for most crimes.
American cities are still struggling to find commercial real estate tenants in the wake of a surge in remote work after COVID. The latest data show that in the first quarter of 2023, the vacancy rate for office properties across the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas was about 19%. Moody’s analytics reports that is the highest rate in 33 years.
An American tourist was seriously injured in a shark attack in the Turks and Caicos islands on Wednesday. Police say the 22-year-old Connecticut woman was snorkeling.
And Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of the summer travel season — and this weekend will be busy. AAA predicts that 37 million people will hit the road this weekend, driving an average of 50 miles. The TSA expects to screen 10 million travelers between Friday and Monday. And the price tag is also getting higher. The average cost of a hotel room is up $7 a night week-over-week to $157, while short-term rentals like Airbnb and VRBO are also up, but just slightly.
Have a safe and fun holiday weekend, everyone.
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