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American Military Contractor Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Steal Government Equipment from U.S. Military Base in Afghanistan

An American military contractor pleaded guilty on October 13 to her role in a theft ring on a military installation in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Varita V. Quincy, 35, of Snellville, Georgia pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Douglas E. Miller to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and one count of making false official statements. Sentencing is set for February 23, 2021 before Judge Rebecca Beach Smith.

Quincy admitted that, between April 2015 and July 2015, she, Larry J. Green of Chesapeake, Virginia, and others conspired to steal, and did steal, equipment and property of value to the United States while working for a government contractor operating on Kandahar Airfield, in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Kandahar Airfield was used by U.S. military forces to support U.S. military missions throughout Afghanistan. 

Quincy was a supervisor in the office that issued security badges required for the movement of personnel and property on and off Kandahar Airfield. Quincy admitted that as part of the conspiracy, Green identified items of value to steal, such as vehicles, generators, refrigerators, and other equipment. Green negotiated the sale of those items with persons outside of the installation. Quincy then facilitated the thefts by creating false official documents, or instructing those she supervised to prepare such documents, to facilitate the entry of unknown and unvetted Afghan nationals and their vehicles on to the military installation to remove the stolen property.  Quincy shared in the profits from this scheme. The false documents she created, or directed others to create, were used to deceive security officers and gate guards and thereby compromised the security and safety of the military installation.

Quincy’s co-conspirator Green pleaded guilty on July 8, 2020, to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and commit theft of property of value to the United States

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8 Clever Storage Ideas to Steal from the Real Simple Home

Photography by Christopher Testani / Styling by Sara Smart / Flowers by Livia Cetti

If months of stay-at-home orders taught us anything, it’s that we have a lot of stuff to declutter around our houses. But even once we purged the paper pile and curated our closets, many of us found that, despite our best efforts, there simply wasn’t enough space to stash everything. That’s where brilliant storage solutions step in. The 2020 Real Simple Home has no shortage of storage ideas, and the designers have sourced the best organizers from around the web. Here are just a few of our favorites for every room of your house.

A Playful Pegboard

In the tween bedroom, designer Joy Cho made remote learning seem much more fun by decking out the desk with a mustard yellow pegboard and matching arc shelf. The pegboard even has baskets for notebooks and a cup to hold pens. 

Pantry Bins and Baskets

The organizing pros at Horderly created our dream pantry, complete with woven storage bins to corral snacks, a turntable for bars, and clear bins so you can quickly grab what you’re searching for. 

Durable Drawer Dividers

It’s easy for bathroom drawers to devolve into a jumble of products. Horderly’s solution: invest in modular drawer organizers to sort everything. Their pro tip: store products on their sides with the labels showing so you can quickly spot what you’re looking for. 

The Most Stylish Shelves (and Side Table!)

The best way to integrate storage into your home is to work it seamlessly into your design plan. In the home office, Etsy trend expert Dayna Isom Johnson installed stunning custom shelves along one wall for books,

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Five Bathroom Design Ideas to Steal From Luxury Hotels

Modern Showers

The shower is often a highlight in a hotel bathroom and therefore yours should be nothing less. Think massage jets, interior mood lighting and of course a walk in shower enclosure. Many bathrooms are equipped with electric showers and a wall mounted shower head could be the perfect upgrade. Upgrading your shower is one of the easiest ways to update a tired bathroom not to mention an easy way to inject some luxury. Today, thanks to the latest technology, your shower can double up as a steam room and we can’t think of a better way to add a touch of luxury to a relaxing space.

Plush Towels

When it comes to upgrading your bathroom to reflect the luxury found in a hotel suite, accessories are the key. Every bathroom can benefit from some plush towels and bath linens as we all know that cloud-like towels are a must for many fancy hotels. Add a plush stack of towels and add a bathrobe too for maximum luxury and comfort.

Mood Lighting

When it comes to creating a bathroom that is brimming with luxury, lighting plays a crucial role. Harsh lighting can make a bathroom feel clinical and cold so when choosing lighting for your bathroom, try to think outside of the box. Rather than just one light source, mix it up by adding an illuminated mirror and don’t forget to consider shower lighting too. Many of the latest electric showers come with their very own set of mood lighting to create a pleasant ambiance at speed. Add a couple of candles to soften the mood.

Heated Radiators

Another timeless addition to your bathroom that you might find in luxury hotels is a heated towel radiator. The benefit of a product like this is twofold. Not only do they …

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