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San Diego Trash Sweep Nearly Tosses a Homeless Person

Reforms instituted after person in tent was almost crushed by garbage truck

(Newser) - San Diego has fired a senior city official and instituted stringent new rules on trash cleanups after a homeless person was thrown into a garbage truck and almost killed. In what the San Diego Union-Tribune calls "a jaw-dropping blunder," city work crews were clearing a homeless encampment with... More »

The Eviction Process in the US: 'Efficient and Surreal'

The middle class is now being affected, thanks to gentrification, among other factors

(Newser) - John Williams once had a white-collar career as a political reporter and a $2,000-a-month apartment in suburban DC. Then he lost his job, fell behind on his rent to the tune of five figures, and was kicked out of his home by housing court. It was a "smooth,... More »

Stranger's Kind Gesture in Chicago Goes Viral

He gives up his boots to a homeless man

(Newser) - A stranger's kind gesture on Chicago's rapid-transit system is making headlines. Maurice Anderson gave his $260 boots, along with a pair of socks, to a homeless man sitting near him on a train, reports ABC 7 . The act might have gone unnoticed had not fellow passenger Jessica Bell... More »

They Were Feeding the Homeless, and the Police Came

El Cajon, California, prohibited that very act in October

(Newser) - Giving life to the phrase "no good deed goes unpunished" is this story out of El Cajon, California: At least nine people were cited with a misdemeanor there Sunday after giving food to homeless people in the city's Wells Park. Municipal code 1.28.010 prohibits "food... More »

Baltimore Hospital Accused of Dumping Woman on Cold Street

She was wearing only a hospital gown and socks

(Newser) - A homeless woman, wearing only a hospital gown and socks, was wheeled out of a Baltimore hospital and left on the sidewalk late Tuesday in an alleged episode of "patient dumping," reports the New York Times . Passerby Imamu Baraka says he was shocked as he watched security guards... More »

Rumor Helped Lock Her Up for Murder. Now, an Exoneration

Judge clears Kirstin Lobato of homeless man's 2001 murder

(Newser) - Kirstin Lobato will be happier than most to leave 2017 behind. Twice convicted of the brutal murder of a homeless man in Las Vegas, the 35-year-old is expected to start a new chapter when she becomes a free woman for the first time since 2001. A judge granted a request... More »

Homeless Man Pulls 2 Kids From Burning Home

Anival Angulo happened by the Las Vegas residence on Friday

(Newser) - Las Vegas firefighters are calling a homeless man a hero for saving two small children from a fire, reports the AP . Fire officials say a 3-year-old girl and a 10-month-old boy were trapped in a burning apartment Friday morning after the children's grandfather was cooking food and the stove... More »

Thousands of Homeless People Given 1-Way Ticket Out of Town

Investigation finally shows where they're going and what happens when they get there

(Newser) - American taxpayers spend millions of dollars a year on bus tickets out of town for homeless people. New York City alone budgets about $500,000 annually for its homeless relocation program, which can also include expensive plane tickets to places like Nigeria, France, and New Zealand. But despite the money... More »

New Report on America's Homeless Is Bleak

Things are getting worse, not better

(Newser) - The nation's homeless population increased this year for the first time since 2010, driven by a surge in the number of people living on the streets in Los Angeles and other West Coast cities. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development released its annual Point-in-Time count Wednesday, a... More »

A Fire, a Deadbolted Door, and an Incredible Rescue

Anival Angulo pulled baby, 3-year-old out of burning Las Vegas apartment

(Newser) - Las Vegas claims one of the nation's highest rates of homelessness —and one of the city's homeless residents is now being called a hero. KSNV and the Washington Post report that Anival Angulo was walking along a quiet Las Vegas street late Friday morning when he saw... More »

Homeless Man With New $375K Windfall: I Want to Help Others

Johnny Bobbitt Jr. hopes to pay it forward after stranded driver he helped raises money for him

(Newser) - Just $20 changed her plight, and his life—and now a homeless man wants to help others with his sudden good fortune. Kate McClure started a GoFundMe for 34-year-old Johnny Bobbitt Jr. after the destitute veteran used his last 20 bucks on her when her car ran out of gas... More »

MYOB on What the Homeless Do With the Money You Give

Be kind, even if you think your financial assistance will be blown on booze, Matt Broomfield writes

(Newser) - Do you hesitate when you come across a homeless person begging in the street? Matt Broomfield says you shouldn't. Instead, he writes in an op-ed for the New Statesman , you should "give your cash directly and unconditionally" to those in need—even if you think they'll blow... More »

Bank Teller Admits Stealing $185K From Homeless Man

Customer came in with trash bag filled with cash

(Newser) - Wells Fargo is in the news again, though this time it's a rogue entity, not upper management, that's catching all the heat. Ex-bank teller Phelon Davis has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $185,000 from a bank customer over a two-year period, starting in October 2014,... More »

San Diego Ramps Up Efforts to Squelch Hepatitis A Outbreak

New bathrooms with security cameras targeting homeless

(Newser) - San Diego is ramping up its battle against a deadly hepatitis A outbreak by opening up new public bathrooms around the clock and adding security cameras, per NBC7 and Newsweek . Officials announced about 20 permanent and portable bathrooms would be open citywide targeting the homeless population, Newsweek reports. They will... More »

Cops: Porsche Driver Shot Homeless Man

Nashville man asked her to move her car

(Newser) - An aspiring country singer from Texas has been charged with the attempted murder of a homeless Tennessee man who asked her to move her Porsche. Police say 26-year-old Katie Quackenbush shot Gerald Melton, 54, after he complained about loud music and exhaust fumes from the Porsche SUV where she was... More »

Lawyers: Elderly Bank Robber Just Wanted to Go to Prison

Tommy Ray McAdoo, 78, didn't want to be homeless, they say

(Newser) - Public defenders are pleading for leniency for a 78-year-old, lifelong criminal who admitted robbing a Reno bank with a steak knife so he could return to prison instead of spending his last years homeless, cold, and sick. Tommy Ray McAdoo faces 25 years in prison or more when he's... More »

It Wasn't Mice Making Noises in Va. Woman's Attic

Va. woman was stunned to learn a homeless man had moved in

(Newser) - A Virginia woman was surprised to learn the nocturnal noises coming from the attic weren't from the expected sources. It wasn't critters creaking the floorboards, or even her landlord, who uses the space. When police investigated, they found a homeless man had set up camp. The drama began... More »

Bride-to-Be Invites Homeless to Her Canceled Wedding

She turned a $30K disappointment into an act of charity

(Newser) - A young bride-to-be in Indiana turned what was supposed to be her fantasy wedding over the weekend into an act of charity. Sarah Cummins, a 25-year-old pharmacy student at Purdue University, was set to marry Logan Araujo at the Ritz Charles event venue in Carmel on Saturday, but after the... More »

Court Rules Against Man Who Brandished Finger Gun

Attempted first-degree robbery conviction stands for Charles Smith

(Newser) - Charles Smith's gun may have been fake, but a New York Court of Appeals ruling against him is very real. Per the Wall Street Journal , the court decided Tuesday to retain Smith's conviction of attempted first-degree robbery instead of reducing the charge, even though it was Smith's... More »

To Catch Killer, Vegas Cops Set Up a Sleeping Mannequin

Following the deaths of 2 homeless men at the same intersection

(Newser) - One Las Vegas intersection has been the site of three violent deaths over the last two months—the first two, of homeless men; the third, of a mannequin. The latter was intentionally placed there as a decoy by police who feared there might be a "thrill" killer afoot, and... More »

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