Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs: Vandalized, Repaired Boston Holocaust Memorial Rededicated

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs: Vandalized, Repaired Boston Holocaust Memorial Rededicated

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No new building for the FBI

The nation's top law enforcement agency will continue operating out of its deteriorating Washington headquarters for the foreseeable future after the federal government announced Tuesday it had scrapped a decade-long plan to look for a new building in Maryland or Virginia.

The General Services Administration, which oversees federal offices, said it does not have enough money to move forward on a new location. The agency had sought $1.4 billion for the project, but Congress left it underfunded by about $882 million.

The hulking J. Edgar Hoover building overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue has long been the government building everyone loves to hate. The FBI has complained that the blocky behemoth named for the agency's first and longest-serving director is obsolete, inefficient and no longer meets the needs of an organization that has grown dramatically in the last 40 years.

Repaired Holocaust memorial debuts * A Holocaust memorial in Boston that was vandalized and then repaired has been rededicated.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and Democratic Mayor Martin Walsh joined two Holocaust survivors in pulling down the curtain that covered the new glass panel at the New England Holocaust Memorial on Tuesday.

One of the survivors was Steve Ross, who founded the memorial in 1995.

Authorities say James Isaac threw a rock through a glass panel at the memorial on June 28. They say he smashed the roughly 9-foot-tall panel. He has pleaded not guilty to vandalism charges.

Sessions blames drug crime on lesser sentences * U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the nation's drug epidemic "unprecedented" in a speech Tuesday in Grapevine, Texas.

In a speech at the Drug Abuse Resistance Education, or DARE, training conference, the attorney general blamed the country's drug crisis on bipartisan, Barack Obama-era sentencing reform policies that he said directed prosecutors "not to charge the most serious offenses."

Violent crime in the U.S. has fallen sharply over the past quarter-century, according to a 2017 report by Pew Research Center. However, the FBI reported a 10.8 percent spike in the country's murder rate in 2015, part of a nearly 4 percent increase in violent crime.

In May, Sessions issued a memorandum directing his federal prosecutors to pursue the most severe penalties possible, rolling back a policy under the previous administration that eased sentences for some nonviolent drug offenses.

Deportation of 1,400 Iraqis on hold * A federal judge Tuesday halted the deportation of 1,400 Iraqi nationals, including many Christians fearing persecution, while courts review the orders to remove them from the U.S.

Judge Mark Goldsmith issued a 24-page opinion asserting jurisdiction in the case over the objection of the Justice Department, which argued U. …

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