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. 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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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