National roundup: Internal affairs chief removed from Border Protection post

June 9
BORDER PROTECTION
Internal-affairs chief
removed from post

U.S. Customs and Border Protection removed its head of internal affairs Monday and called for a review of procedures for the use of force after a wave of shooting deaths of unarmed civilians and hundreds of complaints of abuse by armed agents.

James Tomscheck, who had run the internal-affairs division since 2006, was responsible for background investigations of new agents, reviews of misconduct allegations and the detection of corruption in the nation’s largest federal law enforcement agency. The agency includes Border Patrol agents and the customs officers who staff border crossings.

Mark Morgan, the deputy assistant director of inspections at the FBI, will replace Tomscheck on an interim basis, and the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general will investigate abuse allegations, a Customs and Border Protection spokesman, Chris O’Neil, said in a statement.

— McClatchy Washington Bureau

HEALTH
Cheerleading a sport under AMA’s policy

The American Medical Association says cheerleading should be considered a sport because of its rigors and risks.

The nation’s largest doctors group adopted that as policy Monday at its annual meeting in Chicago. AMA members say cheerleading is as rigorous as many other activities that high schools and the NCAA consider sports. Adding it to the list would mean more safety measures for cheerleaders and proper training for their coaches.

Cheerleading is a leading cause of catastrophic injury in female athletes at the high school and college level, Samantha Rosman, a Boston-area pediatrician, told AMA delegates during floor debate before the vote.

The new policy means the AMA supports having appropriate accrediting bodies declare cheerleading a sport. It supports better safety measures that include avoiding inappropriate surfaces when performing flips and other stunts and following rules for properly performing stunts.

The policy echoes one adopted by the American Academy of Pediatrics two years ago.

— Associated Press

ILLINOIS
Law to reduce city’s pension shortfall

Gov. Pat Quinn (D) signed legislation Monday to help Chicago reduce a multibillion-dollar pension shortfall but urged Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City Council not to raise property taxes for additional revenue.

Early versions of the measure contained a property-tax increase, which Emanuel (D) said was necessary to avoid severe cuts to services. But it was later removed, and several Chicago aldermen have opposed the idea.

The law, which will take effect in January, addresses pensions for Chicago’s municipal employees and laborers, affecting about 57,000 employees and retirees. It would nearly eliminate the $9.4 billion shortfall by cutting benefits and increasing contributions for both the city and employees.

Emanuel said he would work with council members to find alternatives to replace property taxes as a revenue source.

The legislation has been a political problem for Quinn, who faces a tough reelection race against Bruce Rauner (R).

— Associated Press

Florida extends in-state tuition to children of undocumented: Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), who promised a crackdown on illegal immigration four years ago, signed legislation Monday allowing children whose parents came to the United States illegally to pay in-state college tuition.

World’s oldest man dies in N.Y.: The world’s oldest man, a retired chemist and parapsychologist, has died in New York City at the age of 111. Alexander Imich died Sunday at his home in Manhattan, according to his niece, Karen Bogen of Providence, R.I. Imich was born in 1903 in a town in Poland that was then part of Russia. Guinness World Records awarded Imich the title of oldest living man May 8. The world’s oldest person is a woman, 116-year-old Misao Okawa of Japan.

— From news services

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