Uber will start doing annual criminal background checks on U.S. drivers and hire a company that constantly monitors criminal arrests as it tries to do a better job of keeping riders safe. The move announced Thursday is one of several actions taken by the ride-hailing company under new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, who said that the changes aren't just being done to polish the company's image, which has been tarnished by driver misbehavior and a long string of other embarrassing failings. "The first thing that we want to do is really change Uber's substance, and the image may follow," he said in an interview with The Associated Press. "The announcements that we're making are just a step along the way of making Uber fundamentally safer for drivers and riders." Other safety features include buttons in the Uber app that allow riders to call 911 in an emergency, as well as app refinements that make it easier for riders to share their whereabouts with friends or loved ones. Top News Photos: … [Read more...] about Uber to Up Its Background Checks for Drivers, Add 911 Button in App
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Following the arrest of a Northampton High School janitor on charges of taking photos of people in a girl’s bathroom, Principal Bryan Lombardi is defending the school’s hiring practices. Lombardi said there had been no way to screen out Michael J. Kremensky, 22, of Florence, since he had never been caught doing anything like this previously. “Any person hired the district goes through fingerprinting and a criminal background check,” said Lombardi. Kremensky was arrested on Friday at 10:27 p.m. on four counts of photographing an unsuspecting nude person and was arraigned this morning. Kremensky was hired in August 2017 and had been working as a janitor at the high school since mid-fall, said Lombardi. Parents and students at Northampton High School received alarming news late last week when it was revealed that a janitor at the school had “made structural modifications” to a girl’s bathroom. It was later revealed that the “structural … [Read more...] about Northampton principal says accused peeping janitor passed background check
By Zeke MacCormack Updated 2:24 pm, Friday, March 30, 2018 SUTHERLAND SPRINGS — Nearly five months after a gunman killed 26 and wounded 20 others at First Baptist Church Sutherland Springs, congregants on Friday applauded passage of a law that could prevent similar tragedies going forward by bolstering the federal background check system used in gun purchases. “It’s something that’s going to make us all feel a little bit safer,” said Pastor Frank Pomeroy, a handgun holstered on his hip, referring to U.S. Sen. John Cornyn’s “Fix NICS Act” that was signed into law last week. The law’s aim is to close holes in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) administered by the FBI. Cornyn met with Pomeroy and about 20 congregants at the church grounds Friday before presenting them with a U.S. flag that had flown over the nation’s Capitol on March 23 when President Donald Trump signed the bill into law. … [Read more...] about Sutherland Springs welcomes gun law aimed at fixing problems with background check system.
Milt Warrell is a fast-talking former cop who thought common sense and decisive action would serve him well when he became Bucks County sheriff in January. Little did he realize how little good intentions matter when you’re talking about keeping guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them. His mind-numbing ordeal over just the last few weeks has given even me a dizzying headache. And all he set out to do is to better enforce a law already on the books in Pennsylvania. “Common sense,” Warrell told me in an unvarnished interview Tuesday night, “is not so common.” His odyssey began earlier this year. The sheriff decided to more aggressively identify people who lie on their county gun permit applications and then to prosecute them. People do it frequently when applying for a permit to carry a concealed firearm, sometimes accidentally, other times not. They’re asked if they’ve committed any disqualifying crimes. … [Read more...] about This Pa. sheriff is trying to boost background checks for concealed carry gun permits. He’s getting blowback
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., said on Monday she is introducing legislation that would require background checks for ammunition buyers. It’s already illegal for convicted felons, domestic abusers and dangerously mentally ill people to buy firearms and ammunition. Background checks are already required for some firearms purchasers, but nothing prevents anyone from buying ammunition, without having to provide as much as a first name to the seller. The current system allows someone to “buy as much ammunition as they want, without so much as being asked their first name, and walk out,” Wasserman Schultz said, a situation she described as “such a gaping and grave and dangerous loophole that I could not wrap my head around it.” The legislation is sure to provoke opposition from many gun owners. Wasserman Schultz dismissed the argument that what she called “common sense gun safety laws” would infringe upon Second … [Read more...] about Wasserman Schultz wants background checks for ammunition buyers