A young congressional staffer for Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL) was quietly fired last year after he faked being an FBI agent and led cops on a chase through the capital, resulting in a weeks-long nationwide manhunt.
It took four different law enforcement agencies three months to eventually catch up with the staffer 500 miles away. And it was only after a Secret Service agent managed to track down the online shops that sold the staffer mock “federal agent” gear and a bogus license plate for his fake police car—decked out with a siren and flashing lights—that authorities were able to arrest him.
The congressional staffer in question, Sterling Devion Carter, admitted in court to openly carrying a firearm illegally. Federal prosecutors dropped the law enforcement impersonation charge, and he narrowly avoided prison time. (When Carter pleaded guilty at 24, he barely made the age cutoff to take part in a local District of Columbia prison diversion program for young first-time offenders, according to his lawyer.)
That defense lawyer, Robert Lee Jenkins Jr., acknowledged to The Daily Beast that Carter lost his job because he impersonated an officer and openly carried a weapon in the District of Columbia. Jenkins said his client would not speak about the matter.
Carter’s misadventure, which has never been reported until now, started on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020.
Two plainclothes officers with the Secret Service were busy dealing with angry, post-election MAGA protests in Washington when they spotted what looked like a police car with an odd license plate; the font seemed taller and bolder than it should be. But the rest of it looked authentic. To the untrained eye, the blue Ford Taurus would easily pass as an unmarked police cruiser. According to D.C. court documents, Carter had tricked out the otherwise boring sedan with blue emergency lights, a laptop computer mount on the front dashboard, a spotlight near the driver’s side view mirror, and even a barrier separating the front half from the back half—ready to transport detainees.
Carter, who was standing near his parked car, was wearing a black T-shirt that read “federal agent,” a police duty belt, a Glock pistol, extra ammunition, handcuffs, a radio, and an earpiece. That was enough to convince passersby, who kept thanking him for his service, according to court records.
But something also seemed off about Carter. For one, he put his pistol magazines in pouches clipped behind his gun, making it practically impossible to reload the pistol in a firefight with his free hand. It was a rookie mistake and someone actually trained to shoot with a handgun would notice it, according to a person familiar with the investigation.
The closer real federal agents got to him, the more Carter moved away toward city police already on scene, this person recalled. When the agents ran the suspicious car’s plates, the results came back empty.
Shortly after noon, the agents contacted the Secret Service Joint Operations Center and asked for uniformed officers to confront this mystery man. When five bicycle cops with the Secret Service approached him, Carter simply said he was “FBI,” according to a police report. His baseball cap and facemask made it difficult to identify his face, the police report said. When they asked him for credentials, he said he didn’t have them on him, then flipped on his emergency lights and sped away. One agent pedaled as hard as he could on an electric bike through several D.C. streets, but gave up after a few blocks for “officer safety reasons,” the report says.
The subsequent investigation became a joint effort by the Capitol Police, FBI, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, and the Secret Service. But it was a long shot by one investigator, Secret Service Special Agent A. Pascual, that actually tracked Carter down.
According to an affidavit by a fellow Secret Service agent, Pascual deduced that the unidentified suspect might have been wearing a T-shirt made by a small business in Florida, 13 Fifty Apparel.
Working off a surveillance photo of the yet-unidentified fake cop, Pascual and the business owner, a Coconut Creek police officer named Christopher Lewis, together figured out that it was probably a small or medium shirt. And they knew the shirt was relatively new, because it bore a 13FA logo on the sleeve—something the company just started doing little more than a year earlier.
According to that affidavit, Lewis gave the Secret Service agent the list of everyone who’d bought that shirt in the previous three-plus years, and Pascual narrowed down the 399 customers to the 21 people living near the nation’s capital. Pascual and an unnamed investigative analyst at the Secret Service then ran all 21 people through law enforcement databases and narrowed it down “based on photos, race, and other demographic information.” Only one, a man by the name of Sterling Carter, seemed to match the description from officers who had encountered him that day: Black, roughly 150 pounds, and 25-30 years old.
The law enforcement affidavit filed in local D.C. court claims that Pascual also arrived at Carter’s identity a second way: by reaching out to a website that makes custom license plates.
According to the affidavit, Pascual somehow figured out that the mystery fake cop bought his counterfeit plate at SignsAndTagsOnline.com. When Pascual gave them the replica D.C. tag number, a customer service representative turned over an invoice. Once again, it was Sterling Carter.
But it wasn’t until three weeks after the police chase that the Secret Service discovered that Carter was an actively credentialed congressional staffer with security access across the Capitol building—while simultaneously being a wanted fugitive.
His neighbors told federal agents they’d seen Carter dress up like law enforcement before, openly carrying his firearm—which is illegal in the District of Columbia for anyone other than police—and they remembered Carter referring to his fake police car as his “work vehicle.”
Secret Service agents with a search warrant broke into Carter’s home on New Year’s Day 2021, where an affidavit says they found his Glock 19 pistol, the extra magazines, ammunition, and even the receipt for the police car siren.
He was arrested weeks later in Georgia, his parents’ home state. He then spent 81 days in jails across Georgia, Oklahoma and the District of Columbia.
Faced with The Daily Beast’s questions this week, Rep. Schneider’s office did not explain why it made no public mention of the incident at the time.
When the congressman’s office was made aware about Carter’s impersonation of an officer, it gave Carter the option to resign or be fired, according to an officer’s sworn statement. Carter, who was still on the run in Georgia, called Schneider’s office from his personal cellphone and chose to resign—but still kept his government-issued phone, according to those police records.
However, that initial investigation opened a can of worms that did eventually go public. Schneider’s office discovered that Carter, who as operations manager oversaw congressional staff pay, had given himself an $80,000 raise.
Starting in November 2019, just three months into his new job on the hill, Carter had been routinely filling out payroll authorization forms and faking the signature of Schneider’s chief of staff to bump up his monthly salary, according to an FBI affidavit.
When Carter was criminally charged in February 2022, Schneider’s office said the staffer had been fired and that “the office is determined to pursue justice for American taxpayers, repayment for the loss to the US Treasury, and to make right by the US Congress.” He pleaded guilty to that crime too.
Last week, U.S. District Judge Carl J. Nichols sentenced Carter to nine months in federal prison for the theft of public funds. As of this week, Carter is still out and will soon turn himself in to start his sentence, according to his defense lawyer.
In a court memo, federal prosecutors criticized Carter for betraying the public’s trust.
“Instead of taking this responsibility seriously, the defendant decided to selfishly use that responsibility to illegally enrich himself, including using his ill-gotten gains to further his other crimes including through the purchase of a vehicle and a federal firearms license,” assistant U.S. attorneys Molly Gaston and Nicole Lockhart wrote.
Carter, who could not be reached for comment on this story, appears to have gone dark online. He made his last public Facebook post during the violent attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Friends who knew he worked in Congress wished him well and asked him to stay safe. Carter, who was still on the run at the time, thanked the same law enforcement agencies that were at that very moment trying to hunt him down.
“I want to thank Capitol Police, Secret Service, MPD, and all the other law enforcement agencies for keeping my colleagues safe!” he wrote. “WE ARE BETTER THAN THIS!”
WASHINGTON (AP) — As the sun was rising in Kabul on Sunday, two Hellfire missiles fired by a U.S. drone ended Ayman al-Zawahri's decade-long reign as the leader of al-Qaida. The seeds of the audacious counterterrorism operation had been planted over many months.
U.S. officials had built a scale model of the safe house where al-Zawahri had been located, and brought it into the White House Situation Room to show President Joe Biden. They knew al-Zawahri was partial to sitting on the home's balcony.
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Delhi Nursery Admission 2021 Postponement: As per the latest update, the Delhi High Court has directed the Arvind Kejriwal led AAP Govt to consider the appeal for postponement of Delhi Nursery Admission 2021 in the light of the prevailing situation with regards to the pandemic. Get Complete Details Here.
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MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will pull out of the International Space Station after 2024 and focus on building its own orbiting outpost, the country's new space chief said Tuesday amid high tensions between Moscow and the West over the fighting in Ukraine.
The announcement, while not unexpected, throws into question the future of the 24-year-old space station, with experts saying it would be extremely difficult — perhaps a “nightmare," by one reckoning — to keep it running without the Russians. NASA and its partners had hoped to continue operating it until 2030.
Well, it’s done. After weeks of trawling Craigslist, an hour-long phone call with an intelligent stranger about a different machine that wasn’t going suit my needs, and a two-week delay while the seller and I waited out their unintentional COVID exposure, I am the proud new owner of a vintage Consew 206RB-3 industrial sewing machine.
So far, it is exactly what I wanted — at least a few decades old, in decent shape, built by a reputable maker, and it has a clutch motor that I can upgrade to a servo motor if I wish. I even like the color of the head, the table, and the little drawer hiding on the left side. Connie Consew is perfect!
The internet was right — these things are heavy. According to the manual, the machine head alone weighs 25.5 kg (56 lbs). The motor probably weighs another 50-60 lbs. There’s a small wooden peg sticking up from the table that has the job of holding the head whenever it is tilted back for maintenance or bobbin changes. I’ll admit I didn’t trust the little peg at first, but it does a fine job of supporting all that weight on a single point of contact about an inch in diameter.
Even so, the nice lady I bought the machine from offered to deliver it to my house like it was nothing. One of the first things my husband and I did when we went to look at it was try to lift the table. It wasn’t happening for us. But through the magic of a shoulder dolly and the physics of gravity, the seller and her husband floated this thing out to their trailer and drove it across town back to my house.
So let’s take a tour, shall we? You’ve probably seen a sewing machine before, but there are a few obvious differences with an industrial machine. The biggest one is lubrication. Whereas the instruction manual of the average domestic will tell you to put a single drop of lily white sewing machine oil in the bobbin area once every couple of months, even with heavy use, an industrial machine needs to be oiled frequently and in dozens of places. On top of that, there’s a little tank in the underside that holds about an ounce of oil. This machine has an oil pan, but it isn’t meant to be filled up with oil — it’s just where oil collects and drips through from the oiling points. However, some machines have a pump and a fill line in their oil pans.
Anecdotally, this machine did not go at first when I went to check it out. The motor came on just fine, but the hand wheel wouldn’t budge at all, and the pedal did nothing. I suggested adding oil. After putting oil in all the ports, she started moving again. Apparently it had sat for a while. That’s okay, because that means I get to become intimately familiar with it as I clean and re-oil it.
This is a compound walking foot machine. Let’s break that down. ‘Walking foot’ means that that the foot — the many-varied and interchangeable part that holds the fabric down to the bed — has a set of feed dogs that help push the fabric along the from top side at the same time that the regular feed dogs feed the fabric from underneath. The ‘compound’ part refers to the little middle bit, which moves up and down at the same time as the needle and also walks the fabric along.
Here’s a great visual explanation of the differences between drop-feed, walking foot, and compound walking foot machines. Compound walking foot machines are great for my needs in that they provide an even stitch through multiple thick layers of fabric, which is what I need to sew vinyl, canvas, and leather. Like I said in the first post, industrial machines are purpose-built. This one is for heavy duty use, and it spent many years doing upholstery work. It even made a motorcycle seat!
The motor in a standard sewing machine for home use is pretty small — about the size of a fist. Even the motor in my “heavy duty” Singer 4452, which is supposed to have 50% more power than a regular domestic’s motor, is pretty darn small compared to Connie Consew’s motor. This is a 1/2 horsepower clutch motor. The operating instructions I have are for a 206RB-4, and I’m really not sure what the differences are between the 206RB-3 and the -4, though I suspect they are slight. According to the manual, it will do 3300 stitches per minute! Look how fast it goes:
Because it’s a clutch motor, it runs continuously when powered, even when not sewing. It’s rather loud, too, although not as loud as I was expecting. Still, I will have fun replacing it with a servo motor that be much quieter and easier to dial in the speed. Gonna miss those cool controller buttons, though. Maybe I can re-use the motor for something else, like a go-kart. Just need an inverter.
Even though I really like this machine as-is, there are a few upgrades I’d like to do. Many of them are along the lines of what [Eric Strebel] did to his industrial Pfaff — move the pedal more toward the right, swap out the clutch motor for a servo motor, and augment the built-in light with something containing many small LEDs.
I’m going to try to replace the pad on the knee lifter, which lifts the presser foot from its normally-down position. While there’s nothing wrong with it, the outside is all crackled and flaky. I’ve already looked into it, and it seems that I’ll have to buy the entire knee lifter assembly. Maybe I’ll just make a little shower cap-style slipcover for it instead. I also think I’d like to get a link belt because they’re cool looking, though that might not be a good idea. I’ll have to check with my local sewing machine shop and see what they think.
Now that I have this baby, I can make better bags and backpacks with less hassle and at higher speeds. I could even start making stuff out of leather. I plan to start my sewing adventure with Connie Consew by working on a half-finished bag made from upholstery fabric that the Singer 4452 couldn’t handle. But first, I’m going to go through and provide her a tune-up, making sure she’s got plenty of oil.
These specialized seminars are introductory courses in the Honors Program curriculum. Most incoming Honors Program students will participate in one of these highly recommended seminars during their first semester at Baylor. These small classes enroll a maximum of 19 students, ensuring close student-faculty interaction and a chance for lively discussion. Honors seminars often satisfy degree requirements for a variety of majors.
Below are some Honors seminar subjects that have been offered in the past; selections will differ from year-to-year. The seminars offered for the upcoming year will differ from what is listed below.Crossroads in Medicine
What does it mean to have the power to heal another individual? What ethical lines should not be crossed to save another human life? What would happen if humans could live forever? Medicine is a complicated profession in which science, philosophy, business, sociology, psychology and religion all intersect. Everyday, the modern day physician sits at a crossroads of possibilities trying to determine the best outcome for their patients and their practice. This course will use several literary texts as a context for discussion of the many issues and concerns that physicians must encounter as an aspect of their everyday responsibilities in research and patient care.Environmental Ethics and Human Health:
This seminar examines the range of subjects associated with environmental health, including population growth, food security, environmental diseases (e.g., cancer), emerging diseases (e.g., Ebola, West Nile), food-borne illness, water usage, hazardous wastes, and human health risk assessment. After exploring causative linkages to increased human health risk, the class will examine approaches to define and understand local and global environmental health issues.From Memex to YouTube: Media Studies
All cultures are mediated through language, images, music, and all the other ways we represent our existence to ourselves and each other. this class will explore the intersections of computing and information science, education, Internet studies, the humanities, and the visual and performing arts, as well as the crucial and long-contested relationships among making, doing, and knowing. Course readings will range from Plato to Jorge Luis Borges to Sherry Turkel to Scott McCloud and beyond. These readings will be supplemented by various other texts and artifacts, from podcasts to MMORPGs to machinima.Getting Away with Murder in Classical Athens
Which is most likely to persuade a jury: what is true, or what seems to be true? What, if anything, distinguishes argumentation from the mere manipulation of an audience? Through a study of the history and technique of persuasive rhetoric as practiced in Athens during the 5th and 4th centuries BC, using speeches written for genuine trials involving homicide, assault, adultery and other criminal activity in the Greek city-state, this class will consider the use of, and the reaction against, persuasive rhetoric. For their final projects, students will compose and deliver their own speeches in mock trials based on course readings.Language, Thought, Identity, Action
What is language, and how does language work? This course examines both the mechanical and social aspects of language. We will ask questions about the relationship between thought and language, and move far beyond a study of verb conjugations, dangling participles, and punctuation rules. Language is a miraculous gift of creation and connection.Literary Bible
The Bible is the most important foundational document for the history and canon of English literature. This course especially aims to assist students who are interested in historical anthropology, classics, English, history, and philosophy. The approach will be primarily literary--a consideration of structure and imagery.Philosophy of C.S. Lewis
C. S. Lewis was first trained as a philosopher, but after the war there were no positions, so he gained qualifications to teach English and the rest is history. However, Lewis continued to write philosophical works and to write literature philosophically on such a variety of issues that his work can serve as a fitting introduction to philosophy. In this course we will examine issues in ethics, epistemology, and metaphysics through Lewis’s works of both fiction and non-fiction. We will also get to know C.S. Lewis the man, the soul at the center of the work.Priests, Pastors and Power: Church Leaders in Literature
Reading a variety of literary texts featuring Christian clerical leaders, students will explore questions about spiritual, ecclesial, and temporal power. The class's concerns will be both literacy and theological, including the nature of pastoral vocation, the nature of martyrdom, and church governance. Readings will include T. S. Eliot, Anton Chekhov, Graham Greene, G. K. Chesteron, and George Eliot.
BEIJING (Reuters) - Robot fish that "eat" microplastics may one day help to clean up the world's polluted oceans, says a team of Chinese scientists from Sichuan University in southwest China.
Soft to touch and just 1.3 centimetres (0.5 inch) in size, these robots already suck up microplastics in shallow water.
The team aims to enable them to collect microplastics in deeper water and provide information to analyse marine pollution in real time, said Wang Yuyan, one of the researchers who developed the robot.
"We developed such a lightweight miniaturised robot. It can be used in many ways, for example in biomedical or hazardous operations, such a small robot that can be localised to a part of your body to help you eliminate some disease."
The black robot fish is irradiated by a light, helping it to flap its fins and wiggle its body. Scientists can control the fish using the light to avoid it crashing into other fish or ships.
If it is accidentally eaten by other fish, it can be digested without harm as it is made from polyurethane, which is also biocompatible, Wang said.
The fish is able to absorb pollutants and recover itself even when it is damaged. It can swim up to 2.76 body lengths per second, faster than most artificial soft robots.
"We are mostly working on collection (of microplastics). It is like a sampling robot and it can be used repeatedly," she said.
(Reporting by Xiaoyu Yin and Mark Chisholm, writing by Farah Master; Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise)
The Mega Millions jackpot now sits at an estimated $1.02 billion, or $602.5 million cash, after no grand prize tickets were sold for the Tuesday night drawing.
No one has won the Mega Millions since April 15, when a ticket in Tennessee won $20 million. Players' next chance to win $1 billion is the drawing at 11 p.m. Friday, July 29.
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But what happens after you win big? One of life's few certainties: paying taxes.
The IRS automatically takes 25% of any lottery winnings as tax money, so you can already drop that cash lump sum to $451,875,000.
There are benefits and downsides to both methods. The lump sum affords more control over winnings and investments, but higher taxes overall. The annuity payment option means less initial control but lower taxes because it allows people to take advantage of yearly tax deductions. This decision is why some winners seek out a financial advisor after hitting the jackpot.
The math doesn't end there. Lottery winnings are taxed the same as wages or salary on both federal and state levels, so you'll pay more taxes come spring 2023.
Federal tax brackets still apply, so portions of the winnings will be taxed at different rates and could be as high as 37%. State and local tax rates vary by location, but Ohio's highest tax rate is about 4%.
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After all taxes have been taken out, you're left with about $427,775,000, according to TaxAct's lottery tax calculator.
That leaves the next important question: What would you buy with that money? The Beacon Journal wants to know, email reporter Tawney Beans at firstname.lastname@example.org with your million-dollar wish list.
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The Land Rover Defender is an undisputed design classic, synonymous with agriculture and country living.
But as production has ceased in the UK, and no electric Land Rover Defender models are on the market, scientists at the University of Cardiff and electric-refit specialist firm Electrogenic have released a “drop-in” kit which converts old Defenders into fully electric vehicles.
According to the team, the kit includes an electric motor bolted onto the vehicle’s existing clutch bell housing which allows it to keep all of its gears, and includes a number of 52kWh batteries mounted under the bonnet.
The result is an electric engine with “comparable” power to the original combustion engines, meaning the vehicles retain their versatility for off-road terrain and heavy towing capability.
The kit can provide over 100 miles of range on-road, and “considerably more” when driving off-road or around a farm.
The team said it can extend the life of these agricultural workhorses by 200,000 miles or more.
The vehicles were launched at the Glastonbury Festival over the weekend.
Cardiff University’s principal investigator on the project, Professor Carol Featherston, said: “Off-road vehicles are a notable source of hidden carbon emissions that have long been overlooked in our pursuit of net zero. However, they are also a vital part of farming operations all over the country.
“Between 2014 and 2021, just under 30,000 Land Rovers were declared Sorn [given a statutory off-road notification].
“Through this collaboration with Electrogenic, we’ve used our expertise to come up with a sustainable solution to this problem and ensure that Land Rovers can continue to play a key role in supporting the farming economy while at the same time significantly reducing carbon emissions.”
The team said that up until now, there has been no electric-powered version of the Land Rover that is close to being available to the market, while the off-road energy usage of four-wheel-drive vehicles is poorly understood.
Steve Drummond, Electrogenic co-founder, said: “This new electric conversion kit is a really exciting development for us. We do high-specification conversions for road warriors, but this kit is all about giving landowners an economic, sustainable option.
“It gives Land Rover Defenders – long a trusty workhorse for farms up and down the country – an affordable new lease of life, reducing running costs while enhancing performance and driveability around the estate.”
He added that the kit “future-proofs the traditional Defender, readying it for decades of reliable, sustainable service as we enter the age of low-carbon agriculture”.