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In their resignation letter board members Esther Schneider, Sean Maloney and Timothy Knight said that they were leaving after NRA management refused to take steps against chief executive Wayne LaPierre. The trio delineated a list of behaviors they said proved LaPierre’s financial mismanagement of the group, including his six figure clothing bills he billed to the organization and the forced departure of former president Oliver North. “We had expected – or at least hoped – that the executive leadership team would recognize the seriousness of these allegations and work with us in a constructive and transparent manner to address our concerns and minimize any further harm to the Association,” read the missive.  “Instead, we have been stonewalled, accused of disloyalty, stripped of committee assignments and denied effective counsel necessary to properly discharge our responsibilities as Board members.” The three now-former board members went on to warn that a failure to clean house of what they called corrupt officials in senior management roles would bring on the end of the powerful gun lobby. “While our belief in the NRA’s mission remains as strong today as ever, our confidence in the NRA’s leadership has been shattered” wrote the trio. The resigning board members make up only a small fraction of the 76-member Board but have been at the forefront to remove LaPierre and his minions from power. Forming the group Save the Second, the three sought to lower the size of the NRA’s Board of Directors in order to purge LaPierre loyalists.  The resignations are the latest hit the NRA has taken as it remains buffeted by the worst turmoil it has ever known.  The organization’s civil war began in May a month after North was fired for attempting to push out LaPierre. North accused LaPierre of using the group to enrich himself, pointing to his inflated salary and the massive legal bills the NRA is paying to its legal counsel that is bankrupting the organization.  Ever since, other senior NRA officials have been pushed out by LaPierre for being insufficient loyal to him, including former chief lobbyist Chris Cox. Once seen as the second most powerful person in the group after LaPierre and his likely successor, Cox’s departure is the latest sign that the NRA is undergoing an existential crisis. 

Smell-Free Subways

The commuters have spoken. Over the summer, the subway system in Vienna released four scents in the subway cars as a way to test if passengers would appreciate a train ride filled with green tea, grapefruit, melon, and sandalwood. But it seems that commuters have turned their noses up at the fragrances. According to an online survey released on Monday, 21,000 out of the 37,000 people who put in their own two cents nixed the scents idea. “I want to make sure that passengers feel comfortable in public transport,” Ulli Sima, Executive City Councillor for the Environment and Vienna Public Utilities, said, referring to the idea for the fragrances. In January, Wiener Linien enforced a food ban on all subway lines, aimed to improve the air quality and eliminate the scent of smelly foods on train. 2.6 million passengers use Vienna’s public transport network every day. Perhaps a spray or two of deodorant would help with the smelly subway problem.

Ice Cream for Bernie

Bernie Sanders is the coolest candidate yet. This week, Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s, unveiled

a new Bernie Sanders-inspired flavor of ice cream. Although you can’t buy the presidential-hopeful flavor in stores, the confection was developed in Ben’s kitchen with the help of Jerry Greenfield (aka Jerry from Ben & Jerry’s). “This is just the first in a full line of Bernie flavors,” Ben tweeted. “We’re going all the way this time. And when Bernie’s in the White House and I become the Minister of Ice Cream— a pint in every freezer, a sundae in every bowl. #BerniesBack #Bernie2020 #FeelTheBern.” Want to know what a Bernie ice cream tastes like? Bernie’s Back is a hot cinnamon ice cream with a large chocolate disc on the top and a stiff butter toffee “backbone” running down the middle. Sounds delicious but only a few fans will be able to taste the frozen dessert. Only 40 pints are being made and fans will have to sign up on Sanders’ website for a chance to win one of the limited items. Each pint will be signed by Ben Cohen. According to the ice cream’s website, each aspect of the dish represents part of Sanders’ message. The chocolate disc is a reference to the “wealth that has risen to the top 1%,” while the toffee “backbone” is meant to show Sanders’ “steadfast determination to unrig” the economy. Lastly, the hot cinnamon flavor represents “holding politician’s feet to the fire.” This isn’t the first time Sanders has been turned into an ice cream flavor. In 2016, Ben’s Best released “Bernie’s Yearnings,” which similarly featured a solid chocolate disc at the top. That time, however, the ice cream was mint-flavored instead. Bernie, with ice cream, anything is popsicle.

$23K Lost and Found

Truthfully, this title is not so truthful. The $25,000 in this story was not lost – it was thrown out – and then it was found. A man from Ashland, Oregon, had inadvertently thrown out a shoebox, tossing it into the recycling bin out-

side his home. He had forgotten that he had placed his life savings (note to self: always open shoeboxes before tossing) into the box, which had already been picked up by the recycling company once he realized his error. In a panic, the man contacted the recycling facility, and workers were asked to look out for the box. By that time, most of the garbage that had been picked up had already been sorted. There was little hope that the money would be found. “We take quite a bit of material every day so the odds of finding that are not much better than a needle in a haystack,” said Linda Wise, general manager of the Samoa Resource Recovery Center operated by Recology. Recology provides recycling service to more than 1 million homes and businesses in the area. In a miraculous turn of events, all the money in the box was recovered, except for $320 that had emptied out of the box at one point. “Everyone who was on the sorting line was beaming this morning,” Wise said. “And now this gentleman will get to have a great weekend.” The man was “ecstatic” when he heard that his money was found. We hope that someone gently tells him about a newfangled idea called a bank.

Dressed up Daughter

In an effort to escape from prison, a Brazilian gang leader dressed up as his daughter. Authorities, though, managed to uncover the ruse before leading Clauvino da Silva back to his cell. Known as “Shorty,” da Silva tried to leave the prison after his daughter visited him and hid inside the jail. The 42-year-old donned a face mask, a long black wig, glasses, a t-shirt and jeans to look like his 19-year-old daughter. Da Silva had been serving a sentence of 73 years and 10 months for drug trafficking and had been placed in solitary confinement. Authorities made da Silva take

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