Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Arrested After The Seizure of Backpage.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, who are best known for their time at the Phoenix New Times, can’t seem to keep themselves out of trouble.

First they had their first amendment rights violated by Joe Arpaio; now they are having their websites seized by the FBI.

Back in 2007, Michael and Jim were arrested after snooping into the business of Joe Arpaio, the corrupt Sheriff of Maricopa County. This arrest lead to a lawsuit that ended in favor of the Phoenix New Times journalists. They were awarded $3.75 million for the constitutional violation. This event lead to the creation of The Frontera Fund, a charitable organization that operates out of Arizona. With The Frontera Fund, Lacey and Larkin provide assistance to Hispanics in the area. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/

This wasn’t the last of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin’s legal issues. Back in April of 2018, the Federal Government seized the domain Backpage.com. Backpage was a site similar to Craigslist. Backpage had sales pages, personal ads, and much more. Although Craigslist is still operational, Backpage is down. The feds say that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were profiting off of prostitution.

Several individuals were charged with crimes when Backpage.com was seized. One peculiar thing to take note of is the fact that CEO Carl Ferrer was not charged. Despite allegations of profiting off prostitution, no one has been charged with sex trafficking. In addition to Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, John Brunst and Scott Spear were also charged with crimes. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase

Michael Lacey was supposed to be celebrating his marriage when he was arrested. In fact, the party had already been planned to take place the following Saturday at his Paradise Valley residence. Instead, the veteran journalist spent Saturday talking to police officers in a federal detention center.

The FBI swarmed Lacey’s home, as if he was a drug kingpin, and put him in handcuffs. Michael Lacey’s possessions, according to witnesses, were also carried away with the police forces.

FBI agents also raided the home of Jim Larkin, who also lives in Paradise Valley. Both Larkin and Lacey were taken into custody over the domain seizure.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were the previous owners of Village Voice Media, a huge conglomerate of digital assets. In total, seventeen newspapers were ran by Village Voice Media. However, in 2012 the duo sold their stake in Village Voice Media, only retaining Backpage.

They are now back in the journalism business with their new paper Front Page Confidential.

Wisdom And Innovation: Dr. Shafik Sachedina

When it comes to wisdom and innovation in any field of Interest there are a few notable standouts amongst the world today. Allow me to briefly describe such a prominent figure in the world of healthcare and entrepreneurial Pursuits. This man is none other than Mr. Shafik Sachedina.

Many may wonder what is the origins of such a brilliant figure, and some may even wonder what is his educational background. Let’s take a look at the wonderful beginnings off Mr Shafik Sachedina. Being born in 1950 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania he got his qualifications in 1975 from Guys Hospital Medical and Dental School at the University of London. After moving to England he became a British national and hold many positions amongst a myriad of companies. With such aspirations, it should be noted that the coordinates programs for the Ismaili Community institutions. Most of his years practising medicine was spent in England. With an ever-increasing hunger for expansion and innovation, he developed some keen interest in the healthcare sector. Such interest led him to join forces with Sussex Healthcare in which he is the joint chairman.

With a fond interest for the Central Asia Ismaili communities institutions, Mr Shafik Sachedina undertook most of his work in the Jamati institutions in a voluntary capacity. Along with his membership on The Board of Governors, he is also a member of the Aga Khan development Network committee. Within the United Kingdom, he is the president of the Ismaili Council for the UK branch, another position that he serves from a voluntary capacity. So it can be ascertained that this is a man that doesn’t mind sacrificing his time and effort for the goodwill of others. With a deeper understanding for the need of innovation in the healthcare sector, Mr Sachedina has coordinated some of the most technologically advanced states of the art centres that aid and assist those on the path to recovery.

In conclusion, to write about such an illustrious career without exemplifying his work in a voluntary capacity would be an injustice. Mr. Shafik Sachedina has earned many accolades, but his greatest work is in the care and concern that is displayed by all institutions he is involved with. By visiting Sussex Healthcare Center you are sure to witness first-hand just how great Mr Sachedina is when it comes to state-of-the-art advancements for the elderly. A true model of excellence, Mr Shafik Sachedina.

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Dick DeVos’ Success as a Businessman and Philanthropist

Dick Devos is a wealthy individual who is greatly appreciated for his success in business and philanthropy. He has served as an executive of leading corporations such as the NBA’s Orlando Magic and Amway, which is a manufacturer of beauty and health products. Dick was an employee of Amway for about nine years, and his primary role was to manage the operations in more than 50 countries around the world. The company recognized him for being its best performing executive since he enabled it to collect a revenue of more than $4.5 billion during his last year.


Dick’s excellent service as a vice president made Amway to appoint him as its president. The position was powerful but, he over saw the operations of the firm in 18 counties that were outside North America. As the vice president of the company, Mr. DeVos made sure that it made substantial sales both locally and internationally. He enabled the firm to triple its income. In 1991, he was made the CEO and president of the NBA’s Orlando Magic after it was acquired by his family.


According to Forbes Magazine, Dick and his family are among the most generous individuals in the United States. He has been involved in a couple of programs that are dedicated to empowering communities. The businessman is committed to ensuring that all children are given a chance to access quality education. He joined efforts with his wife, Betsy DeVos, to establish the Education Freedom Fund. The organization has currently assisted over 4,000 children in Michigan to access the best education. Dick also offered money to create the West Michigan Aviation Academy. He loves aviation, and this greatly encouraged him to establish the chartered school.


Dick is also a politician but has not run for any position for a while. In 2006, he was nominated by the Republican Party to vie for the Michigan governorship. He wanted to use the position in making the state a business hub by creating an environment that had few regulations and taxes. Mr. DeVos also aimed at ensuring that learning institutions had sufficient funds. He has donated money towards the campaigns of the Republican Party candidates that he supports.


Besides his involvement in business and charity, Dick sets aside some time to be with his wife, Betsy DeVos. The couple currently has seven children. Betsy is also a successful businesswoman and philanthropist. Dick has been working with her on different projects that advocate for schools of choice in the United States. They have been ensuring that the education sector offers equity by enabling children from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend good schools that can unlock their potential. The couple runs the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, which is a charity organization that has been transforming lives since 1989.