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A10 | JOURNAL-NEWS | FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 COMPLETE. IN-DEPTH. DEPENDABLE. NATION& WORLD FLORIDA CHINA Fla. seeks investigat­ion over Bloomberg votingdona­tion Night images revealmany detention sites laws that prohibit giving people incentives to vote. S p o ke s p e o p l e f o r Bloomberg and DeSantis didn’t immediatel­y reply to phone calls seeking comment. A federal appellate court ruled on Sept. 11 that in addition to serving their sentences, Florida felons must pay all fines, restitutio­n and legal fees before they can regain their right to vote. The case could have broad implicatio­ns for the November elections. Florida has 29 electoral college votes that are crucial to President DonaldTrum­p’s hopes of staying in the White House. Moody’s letterwas sent on the same day DeSantis and the independen­tly elected Cabinet, acting as the state clemency board, decided not to act on a pardon petition sought by Florida RightsRest­oration Coalition President Desmond Meade. Moody is a Cabinet member, but declined to vote onMeade’s request for a pardon. DeSantis said hewantedmo­re time to review his case. ByBrendanF­arrington Associated­Press to selected visitors, who are taken on choreograp­hed tours where inmates are shown singing and dancing. The researcher­s for the new report overcame those barriers with long-distance sleuthing. They pored over satellite images of Xinjiang at night to find telltale clusters of new lights, especially in barely habited areas, which often proved to be newdetenti­on sites. Acloser examinatio­n of such images sometimes revealed hulking buildings, surrounded by high walls, watchtower­s and barbed-wire internal fencing — features that distinguis­hed detention facilities from other large public compounds like schools or hospitals. “I don’t believe this timing is merely coincident­al,” TimothyGro­se, an associate professor of China studies at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, who was not involved in the ASPI project, said of the accumulati­ng evidence of expanding incarcerat­ion sites. “In my opinion, we are witnessing a new stage in the crisis,” he said. “Some det ainees have been released, others have been placed in factories, while others still have been sentenced.” China has repeatedly refused to disclose the number of detention sites and detainees in Xinjiang and elsewhere. ASPI researcher­s found and examined some 380 suspected detention sites in Xinjiang. At least 61 of them had expanded in area between July 2019 and July of this year, and of those, 14were still growing, according to the latest available satellite images. Florida’s attorney general asked stateandfe­deral lawenforce­mentonWedn­esday toinvestig­ate possible election law violations after billionair­e and former Democratic presidenti­al candidate Mike Bloombergh­elpedraise­more than $16 million for Florida felons to pay their debts so they can vote in the presidenti­al election. Attorney General Ashley Moody sent letters to the Florida Department of Law Enforcemen­t and the FBI saying that further investigat­ion is warranted. Gov. Ron DeSantis had asked Moody to review allegation­s that Bloomberg and the Florida Rights Restoratio­n Coalition had violated the law by offering incentives for voting. DeSantis andMoody are both Republican­s. “I have instructed the Statewide Prosecutor to work with lawenforce­ment and any Statewide Grand Jury that the Governor may Chris Buckley andAustinR­amzy TALLAHASSE­E, FLA.— ©2020NewYor­kTimes As China faced rising internatio­nal censure last year over its mass internment of Muslim minorities, officials asserted that the indoctrina­tion camps in the western region of Xinjiang had shrunk as former camp inmates rejoined society as reformed citizens. Researcher­s at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute on Thursday challenged those claims with an investigat­ion that found that Xinjiang authoritie­s had been expanding a variety of detention sites since last year. Rat h e r t h a n be i n g released, many detainees were likely being sent to prisons and perhaps other facilities, the investigat­ion found, citing satellite images of newand expanded incarcerat­ion sites. NathanRuse­r, a researcher who led the project at the institute, also called ASPI, said the findings undercut Chinese officials’ claims that inmates from the camps — which the government calls vocational training centers — had “graduated.” “Evidence suggests that many extrajudic­ial detainees in Xinjiang’s vast ‘reeducatio­n’ network are now being formally charged and locked up in higher security facilities, including newly built or expanded prisons,” Ruser wrote in the report. The Chinese government has created formidable barriers to investigat­ing conditions in Xinjiang. Officials tail and harass foreign journalist­s, making it impossible to safely conduct interviews. Access to camps is limited Billionair­e and formerDemo­cratic presidenti­al candidate Mike Bloomberg announced thisweek that he raised more than $16million to help pay offthe financial obligation­s for felons so they can vote. DAVID GOLDMAN/ AP restored until all fines, court fees and restitutio­n were paid. Bloomberga­nnouncedth­is week that he raised more than $ 16 million to help pay off the financial obligation­s for felons so they can vote. While the coalition says it doesn’t target people based on their political affiliatio­n, Moody is questionin­g whether the donation violates call,” Moody said in a written statement. In 2018, voters approved a constituti­onal amendment to restore most felons’ voting rights once they’ve completed their sentences. The exceptionw­as formurdere­rs and sex offenders. Butwhen crafting the lawtoimple­ment the amendment, the Republican-dominated Legislatur­e said that rights wouldn’t be COURTS Suit: Mary Trump cheated out of millions she lives “at a level that is certainly miles away from the luxury her aunts and uncles enjoy.” Since her book’s publicatio­n, Mary Trump has released portions of 15 hours of recordings she made in 2018 and 2019 with Maryanne Trump Barry in which her aunt criticizes Donald Trump, saying “he has no principles” at one point and “Donald is cruel” at another. and required extensivem­edical care including months in aneonatali­ntensiveca­reunit. As they pressured Mary Trumptoacc­eptasettle­ment and relinquish all interests in the Trump businesses, the uncles and aunt provided fraudulent accounting and financial statements­thatmisrep­resented the value of their father’s estate at $30 million or less, the lawsuit said. “In reality, Mary’s Interests were worth tens of millions of dollars more than what Defendants represente­d to her andwhat she received,” the lawsuit said. In keeping with a confidenti­ality clause in a settlement­of the disputeove­rFred Trump Sr.’s will, lawyers for Mary Trump refused to say howmuch she received. But the numbers provided in the lawsuit make it unlikely that shewouldha­vereceived­more than several million dollars. Roberta Kaplan, one of Mary Trump’s lawyers, said Mary Trump and her brother, Fred Trump III, inherited various real estate business interests when her father, Fred Trump Jr., died in 1981 at 42 after a struggle withalcoho­lism. MaryTrump was 16 at the time. According to the lawsuit, DonaldTrum­pandhissib­lings devaluedMa­ryTrump’sinterests, which included a share ofhundreds ofNewYork City apartments, by millions of dollars even before Donald Trump’s father, Fred Trump Sr., died on June 25, 1999. After the family patriarch’s death, Mary Trump and her brother filed objections to the will, and Donald Trump and his siblings “ratchetedu­pthe pressure” to settle by cutting off health insurance to their niece and nephew. The lawsuit said the action amounted to “unfathomab­le cruelty” because Fred TrumpIII’s third child, born hours after Fred Trump Sr.’s funeral, was having seizures ByLarryNeu­meister Associated­Press DonaldTrum­p’s niecefollo­wedupherbe­st-selling, tell-all book with a lawsuitThu­rsdayalleg­ingthatthe president and two of his siblings cheated her out of millions of dollars over several decadeswhi­le squeezing her out of the family business. Mary L. Trump sought unspecifie­d damages in the lawsuit, filed in a state court in New York City. The lawsuit alleged the president, hisbrother­Robert, and a sister, the former federal judgeMarya­nne Trump Barry, portrayed themselves as Mary Trump’s protectors whilesecre­tlytakingh­ershare of minority interests in the family’s extensive real estate holdings. RobertTrum­pdied last month. WhiteHouse­spokespers­on KayleighMc­Enanydenie­dany fraudwas committed against Mary Trump. NEWYORK— WESTCOAST Fires taint vineyards in taste of smoke ByAndrewSe­lsky Associated­Press Smoke from theWest Coast wildfires has tainted grapes in some of the nation’s most celebrated wineregion­swith anashyflav­or that could spell disaster for the 2020 vintage. Wineries in California, Oregon and Washington have survived severe wildfires before, but the smoke from this year’s blazes has been especially­bad— thickenoug­h to obscure vineyards drooping with clusters of grapes almost ready for harvest. Day after day, some West Coast cities endured some of the worst air quality in the world. No one knows the extent of the smoke damage to the crop, and growers are trying to assess the severity. If tainted grapes aremade into wine without steps to minimize the harm or weed out the damaged fruit, the result could be wine so bad that it cannot be marketed. The wildfires are likely to be “without question the single worst disaster the winegrape growing community has ever faced,” said John Aguirre, president of the California Associatio­n ofWinegrap­e Growers. Winemakers around the world are already adapting to climate change, including rising temperatur­es and more frequent, more severe droughts. Those near fireprone forests face the additional risk that smoke could ruin everything. TURNER, ORE.— Land a new career right from your living room! ATTEND OUR VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR Smoke fromtheWes­t Coast wildfires has tainted grapes in some of the nation’smost celebrated wine regions. The resulting ashy flavor could spell disaster for the 2020 vintage. Attend from your own home and quickly scan local hiring employers and positions. No registrati­on required. It’s fast, easy and effective. Some of the companies to look for are: NOAH BERGER / ASSOCIATED PRESS • Path Integrated Healthcare • Echoing Hills • Yamada North America • Spectrum • BMO Harris Bank • Vinylmax Windows • Nelsen Steel Company • Oberer Companies • Annarino Foods • Sinclair Community College • Interim Healthcare Healdsburg, California, told the San Francisco Chronicle, “you could already taste and smell this ashy, barbecued flavor, kind of like a campfire.” Aguirre recalled sampling smoke-damagedwin­eduring a tasting. One descriptio­n on a tasting card compared the flavor to “fecal plastic.” “I tasted it and Iwent, ‘Oh, my God. Bingo,’ “Aguirre said. The issue comes down to compounds called volatile phenols, which are released when wood burns and can be absorbedby grapes, Oberholste­r said. The compounds are naturally present in grapes. But when their levels get too high, they can impart the foul tastes, “and obviously that’s not a character most people want in their wine,” Oberholste­r said. “Unfortunat­ely, climate experts are telling us this is going to be a problem,” said Anita Oberholste­r, a wine expert at the University of California, Davis. “And sowe need to do better. We need to do loads more research.” With this year’s harvest underway, some wineries are not accepting grapes they had agreed to purchase unless they have been tested for smoke taint, Aguirre said. But laboratori­es are too backed up to analyze new orders in time. ETS Laboratori­es, in the Napa Valley town of St. Helena, California, says test results on grape samples received now will not be ready until November. New clients will have towait even longer for results, according to the lab’s website. 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