In brief: Nine shot at Detroit barbershop; at least two killed
DETROIT – Nine people were shot – at least two fatally – at a barbershop on Detroit’s east side Wednesday night, a particularly bloody scene at a time when city leaders and others are focusing on how to quell the violence that permeates many neighborhoods.
It happened at Al’s Place barbershop in the 5200 block of East Seven Mile around 6 p.m., officials said.
Detroit police Chief James Craig said all of the victims were male, but no ages or names were released.
Police said the business is known for gambling, but the motive in the shooting is unclear, and it’s not known whether anybody in the barbershop was targeted.
VA criticized by preservation group
WASHINGTON – A group dedicated to preserving historic buildings said the Department of Veterans Affairs is unnecessarily demolishing structures built as early as the Civil War.
In a new report, the National Trust for Historic Preservation said the VA’s process for deciding the future of its historic buildings doesn’t follow proper legal procedure.
Among other things, the VA has failed to adequately consider alternatives to destruction and has significantly diminished the opportunity for public input, the report said.
The VA disposed of 898 of its buildings between 2004 and 2012 and plans to dispose of 535 more by 2017.
The VA, which oversees a massive network of hospitals, clinics and other facilities nationwide, issued a statement saying it would review the National Trust’s recommendations.
Third Navy official arrested in scheme
SAN DIEGO – Federal authorities arrested a third senior U.S. Navy official Wednesday in connection with a massive bribery scheme in Asia involving prostitutes and luxury travel.
U.S. Navy Cmdr. Jose Luis Sanchez was arrested in Tampa, Fla. His lawyer could not be immediately reached for comment.
In a criminal complaint, Sanchez is accused of accepting prostitutes, $100,000 cash and other bribes from Leonard Glenn Francis, the CEO of Singapore-based Glenn Defense Marine Asia Ltd., or GDMA.
Prosecutors say in exchange, Sanchez passed on classified U.S. Navy information to the Malaysian contractor, whose company has serviced Navy ships in the Pacific for 25 years and is accused of overbilling the Pentagon by millions.
Watchdog targets debt collectors
WASHINGTON – The federal government’s consumer financial watchdog plans to crack down on the nation’s 4,500 debt collectors with new regulations to ensure that collectors are going after the right people for the right amounts and aren’t badgering the debtors.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Tuesday that it was seeking public comment on new rules because the 1977 law regulating debt collection practices hasn’t kept up with advances in technology.
As millions of Americans have fallen behind on their bills because of the recession, debt collectors have employed text messages and social media to bombard debtors. Sometimes, people have been harassed for bills they already paid – or never owed in the first place.