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CDC study on COVID-19 in kids bolsters case for elementary school reopening
Mon, 28 Sep 2020 14:26:13 -0400
The study adds nuance to prior findings that the risk of contracting and dying from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, increases with age.
Biden Refuses to Say Whether He Backs Packing Court, Ending Filibuster
Tue, 29 Sep 2020 21:39:14 -0400
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden refused to say during Tuesday night's presidential debate whether he would support adding justices to the Supreme Court or ending the filibuster should he become president."Whatever position I take on that, that'll become the issue," Biden responded when asked by debate moderator Chris Wallace whether he would support adding justices, known as "court packing," or ending the filibuster."The issue is, the American people should speak. You should go out and vote," Biden continued."Are you going to pack the court?" President Trump interjected. "He doesn't want to answer the question.""I'm not going to answer that question," Biden responded.The exchange became more heated as Trump continued to interrupt the former vice president, who at one point addressed his opponent with, "Will you shut up, man?"
Mitch McConnell ‘refusing to debate his election rival if there is a female moderator’
Tue, 29 Sep 2020 14:57:57 -0400
‘He continues to resist allowing women to host debates,’ said McConnell’s opponent in the Kentucky Senate race
Portland protesters clash with police, officers arrest 24
Tue, 29 Sep 2020 08:57:14 -0400
“So much misinformation”: Fauci calls out Fox News and Trump’s new adviser for “outlandish” claims
Tue, 29 Sep 2020 10:55:37 -0400
"Fox News . . . some of the things that they report there are outlandish, to be honest with you"
Texas sheriff indicted and booked in own jail after probe into Black man's death
Mon, 28 Sep 2020 19:52:54 -0400
A Texas sheriff has been indicted on charges of destroying or concealing video in an investigation into the death in custody of a Black man, Javier Ambler, that was filmed by the police reality TV series “Live PD," prosecutors said Monday.
‘Defund the police’ message on Starbucks cups gets barista fired in Texas
Tue, 29 Sep 2020 13:00:56 -0400
Starbucks called the incident “unacceptable.”
'False alarm': Cruise crew who tested positive for COVID-19 in Greece got 3 more tests, all negative
Tue, 29 Sep 2020 13:06:52 -0400
The Mein Schiff 6, operated by TUI Cruises, began its trip in Heraklion on the southern Greek island of Crete on Sunday night.
A hacker published thousands of students' grades and private information after a Nevada school district refused to pay ransom
Mon, 28 Sep 2020 11:09:08 -0400
The school district suffered a ransomware attack during its first week of online classes and said law enforcement was investigating.
No more 'ladies and gentlemen' on Japan Airlines flights
Tue, 29 Sep 2020 18:21:13 -0400
The airline says it has committed to not discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Swaggering Trump goes into first Biden debate eager to fight
Tue, 29 Sep 2020 15:31:27 -0400
Donald Trump always fancied himself streetwise, a real tough guy, and at the first presidential debate with Joe Biden on Tuesday he'll be wearing the verbal brass knuckles.
Man dies after falling 100 feet from Oregon cliff while posing for photo in tree
Tue, 29 Sep 2020 15:07:10 -0400
Branch brake caused 43-year-old to plummet into ocean
North Carolina senate candidate commits grievous sin: confusing grilling for barbecuing
Tue, 29 Sep 2020 16:56:22 -0400
You've got to hand it to North Carolina — they have some truly scrumptious scandals down in the Tar Heel State.Democratic Senate candidate Cal Cunningham found himself in hot water on Monday night after tweeting a photo of himself standing next to a gas grill, spatula in hand as he apparently readied hot dogs and hamburgers. "There's nothing better than BBQ — except for winning this Senate seat, of course," he wrote as a caption.> There's nothing better than BBQ—except for winning this Senate seat, of course. pic.twitter.com/oEsDXIZ5O2> > — Cal Cunningham (@CalforNC) September 28, 2020But North Carolinians quickly took issue with the fact that "the tweet itself appears to suggest, wrongly, that barbecue can be made on a gas grill, or worse, that grilling falls within the realm of barbecue," explains the Raleigh-based News & Observer. Sure enough, Cunningham was soon the target of many angry foodies online:> My dude, folks are not going to think you really have a whole hog on that tiny grill. And I know you are not referring to cooking hotdogs & burgers as "BBQ." > > It may behoove you to issue a statement on NC barbecue forthwith. You can thank me later.> > — Aylett "What's your voting plan?" Colston (@EveryVoiceNC) September 29, 2020> This is Dukakis in a tank bad in North Carolina. Why. https://t.co/POTba6FIot> > — Rory Cooper (@rorycooper) September 29, 2020Sure enough, the North Carolina GOP even issued a statement, slamming Cunningham by writing, "In North Carolina, we have Eastern BBQ and Western BBQ but neither involves a spatula, hot dog buns or gas grills. Cunningham is an elitist trial lawyer, and this BBQ gaffe demonstrates that he is out of touch with North Carolina voters who actually know what North Carolina BBQ is."Cunningham, a native of Lexington, quickly backtracked, telling The News & Observer that he would never mix up grilling with barbecuing. "No self-respecting son of Lexington would ever do that," he emphasized, claiming he'd only used the term because he was showing off his new campaign swag, an apron which reads — perhaps now rather audaciously — "Ambassador for North Carolina BBQ."More stories from theweek.com The worst presidential debate of all time Trump pummels Biden — and America Undecided voters describe Trump as a 'crackhead,' 'arrogant' in post-debate focus group
China's UK envoy warns Britain to avoid lectures over human rights
Mon, 28 Sep 2020 13:56:34 -0400
China's ambassador to London has told Britain that it will suffer "setbacks" in its relationship with Beijing if it continues to raise issues about human rights. The warning came after a junior Foreign Office minister took Beijing to task at a Chinese embassy function on Monday, held to mark the 71st anniversary of the People's Republic. In his remarks, James Duddridge said that while Britain wanted to retain good relations with China, it was also concerned about Beijing's erosion of democracy in Hong Kong and its treatment of the Muslim Uighur minority in Xinjiang. Mr Duddridge’s comments drew a cool response from Liu Xiaoming, the Chinese ambassador, who is understood to have replied pointedly that as Hong Kong was no longer under British rule, Beijing was not obliged to listen to British concerns. Mr Liu added that China's policies in Xinjiang, where the government has been accused of putting up to two million people into "re-education" camps, were designed to combat terrorism. Unless Britain and China observed a policy of "non-interference" in each other's internal politics, he continued, their relationship "would suffer setbacks or even retrogression." Mr Liu, 64, who has been China's envoy to London since 2010, is one of a new generation of Chinese diplomats who have eschewed the low profile traditionally favoured by their predecessors. Earlier this year, he hinted that some Chinese companies might pull out of Britain after the government reversed its decision to allow telecoms giant Huawei a key role in the 5G network. Last year, he also criticised the then Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, over his support for pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong, saying the protests were "a matter about breaking laws". His robust reply to Mr Duddridge's comments, which were made during an online gathering of guests, will be seen as a further indication of how relations between London and Beijing have cooled. Traditionally, routine diplomatic functions are not seen as forums where political differences are aired. Other Chinese ambassadors have already taken up a much more aggressive tack than Mr Liu, developing what become known as "wolf-warrior" diplomacy - a new, assertive dialogue to remind the world that China is now a superpower. Named after a Chinese film in which Beijing's troops defeat US enemies in Africa and Asia, the "wolf warrior" tactic was pioneered by Zhao Lijian, until last year China's envoy to Pakistan. In July last year, he got in a vicious Twitter spat with Susan Rice, a former advisor to Barack Obama, about China's treatment of Uighur Muslims, in which he suggested America improve its own record on race relations. It culminated in Ms Rice urging the Chinese government to recall him to Beijing.
$20M settlement reached in police killing of handcuffed man
Mon, 28 Sep 2020 12:23:48 -0400
A Maryland county has agreed to a $20 million settlement with the family of a man who was handcuffed in a patrol car when a police officer shot and killed him, a county official said Monday. The Prince George's County police officer who killed William Green in January was arrested on charges including second-degree murder and has a trial scheduled for next year. Michael Owen Jr., who was a 10-year veteran of the police department, has been jailed since his arrest.
ICE reverses COVID-19 measure, says it will resume arresting non-criminal migrants
Tue, 29 Sep 2020 15:46:07 -0400
U.S. immigration officials quietly announced they would resume regular apprehension and detention practices, an apparent reversal from an earlier temporary suspension of non-criminal enforcement due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
South Carolina city apologizes to Black residents for racial injustice resulting from its policies
Tue, 29 Sep 2020 14:49:15 -0400
The Spartanburg city council unanimously approved a resolution that acknowledges systematic racism.
Fire on Navy Cruiser Antietam Injures 13 in Philippine Sea
Tue, 29 Sep 2020 20:15:38 -0400
The fire is the fourth to break out on a Navy ship in recent months.
Nigeria's Boko Haram crisis: 'Bomb on donkey' used to ambush Borno governor
Mon, 28 Sep 2020 12:11:28 -0400
Militants from an Islamic State-linked group strapped the animal with explosives in Borno state.
‘Fox & Friends’ Hosts Look On in Horror as Rudy Giuliani Blurts Out Biden Dementia Conspiracy Theory
Tue, 29 Sep 2020 08:50:44 -0400
Everyone knows that live television isn’t easy. Anything can go wrong—from a faulty connection, a verbal slip-up, or, as was the case on Tuesday morning’s Fox & Friends, Rudy Giuliani bellowing insane conspiracy theories at the nation with no obvious way to stop him.It’s always a risk to allow Giuliani to share his wildly unpredictable stream of consciousness live. The man who was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2001 has long since been reduced to sharing the latest Trumpist conspiracy theories on any cable news channel that has the budget to cover any possible subsequent defamation lawsuits.This time, his F&F hosts looked on with visible horror in their eyes as Giuliani shared his completely baseless belief that Joe Biden is suffering from dementia. If you have the time, it’s worth watching the clip at least three times so you can see each of the hosts panicking in their own unique way as the former New York City mayor rambles on and on.> On Fox & Friends, Rudy Giuliani says Joe Biden "has dementia. There's no doubt about it. I've talked to doctors. ... The president's quite right to say maybe he's taken adderall." The hosts get visibly uncomfortable. pic.twitter.com/2Ma7DKNBpS> > — Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) September 29, 2020With a mischievous cackle, Giuliani began: “The man [Biden] has dementia. There’s no doubt about it. I’ve talked to doctors. I’ve had them look at a hundred different tapes of his five years ago and today.” Trying his very best to shut Giuliani down, host Steve Doocy interjected that Biden’s team has said the Democrat has no serious medical problems.Giuliani then made an extraordinary noise at Doocy that can best be typed as “Oowughawughawugh,” before continuing: “He can’t recite the Pledge of Allegiance and he’s fine? He was in the Senate for 160 years? I mean, he can’t do the prologue to the... to the... con... to the... uh... Constitution of the United States or the Declaration of Independence, any of them.”Getting louder and increasingly excited about his armchair diagnosis, Giuliani went on: “He can’t do NUMBERS. Wow, are the numbers screwed up. He actually displays symptoms that two gerontologists told me are classic symptoms of middle level dementia.” Doocy and co-host Ainsley Earhardt both responded to that claim by softly saying, “Right.” The third host, Brian Kilmeade, can just be seen blinking rapidly.Fox News Lobotomizes Its ‘Brain Room,’ Cuts Fact-Based JournalismNevertheless, Giuliani persisted. “That’s when [Biden] does that ‘I pledge allegiance to the United States... uh... uh... um... I think,’ he’s done that twice,” said the ex mayor. “That’s a classic symptom in the DSM-V, it’s the fifth symptom, of dementia, he’s got eight of the 10.”Then, seemingly remembering that he was on the show to talk about tonight’s presidential debate, he went on: “Look, that isn’t the debate. He can get through it. I think the president is quite right to say maybe he’s taken Adderall or some kind of attention deficit disorder thing.”As Giuliani began pulling prescription medicine brands out of the air, Doocy had finally had enough and told him firmly, “None of us are doctors, that is your opinion.” Giuliani fought back, saying it was actually the opinion of some very professional-sounding doctors that he knows.But the game was up. Kilmeade, in his first verbal interjection of the entire exchange, said with exasperation, “We can stay away from that.” Earhardt then moved on to pick Giuliani’s brain on the Supreme Court.This particular line of attack is one that Giuliani—whose work as President Trump’s lawyer and top dirt-digger on Hunter and Joe Biden kicked off a chain of events that got his client impeached last year—has enthusiastically embraced as one of his primary functions now for Team Trump.Shortly before midnight on Monday night, Giuliani started texting The Daily Beast to say that Trump did “great” in recent White House debate prep (for which the president said on Sunday that Giuliani and former New Jersey governor Chris Christie took part), and to rail against Biden as a “senile,” “broken down old crook” who’s supposedly suffering from “dementia” and needs “ADD drugs” to get through the Tuesday debate. The Trump attorney also claimed that someone had told him how stupid Biden was in law school.Giuliani also mentioned late Monday evening that he’d be flying with Trump on Air Force One on Tuesday and would be at the Cleveland debate. Asked about what kinds of questions he peppered the president with during the prep, the former New York City mayor replied, “It really doesn’t work like that with him. It’s much more of a discussion rather than a rehearsal. Plus you are dealing with a very smart, very alert human being, not a senile old man.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Singapore Airlines drops 'flights to nowhere' after outcry
Tue, 29 Sep 2020 05:36:53 -0400
Singapore Airlines said Tuesday it had scrapped plans for "flights to nowhere" aimed at boosting its coronavirus-hit finances after an outcry over the environmental impact.
‘It’s certainly possible’: Trump admits Amy Coney Barrett could help reverse landmark right to choose abortion laws
Mon, 28 Sep 2020 18:16:50 -0400
President claims striking down ACA would be 'big WIN’ for Americans
We want our shark tooth back, Malta tells Prince George
Mon, 28 Sep 2020 09:01:52 -0400
It was the sort of kind, grandfatherly gesture that brings a bit of light and joy to these dark, worrying times. When David Attenborough gave an ancient shark’s tooth to Prince George at the weekend, the little boy’s face lit up with delight. The seven-year-old was thrilled to be told the tooth once belonged to a megalodon, an extinct species of giant shark that could grow to a length of more than 50ft. He was given the tooth when Sir David attended a private viewing of his latest documentary, A Life On Our Planet, with members of the royal family. As any parent knows, tantrums and tears await anyone who has the temerity to try to take back such a precious gift. But that’s exactly what Malta apparently plans to do.
Officer charged in Breonna Taylor case pleads not guilty
Mon, 28 Sep 2020 05:29:57 -0400
The lone Kentucky detective facing charges related to the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor pleaded not guilty Monday. Brett Hankison’s plea comes five days after a grand jury indicted him on three counts of wanton endangerment for firing into the home of Taylor’s neighbors. Hankison’s lawyer asked that his client be allowed to keep firearms for self-defense, saying Hankison, who was fired in June, “has received a number of threats.”
Tow company sold vehicles of Texas military members while they were on duty, feds say
Mon, 28 Sep 2020 19:29:55 -0400
One of the service members was at basic training when his car was towed, officials say.
Brake failure, 'egregious disregard for safety' caused NY limo crash that killed 20 people, NTSB says
Tue, 29 Sep 2020 17:12:25 -0400
Two years after the country's worst road transportation disaster since 2005, the NTSB finalized its report on the cause of the Schoharie, New York, crash.
A 2nd woman has reportedly accused Nikola Motors founder Trevor Milton of sexual assault
Tue, 29 Sep 2020 02:08:35 -0400
Two women have filed police reports against Milton, both accusing him of sexually abusing them when they were 15, CNBC reported.
Amnesty International to halt India operations
Tue, 29 Sep 2020 10:48:22 -0400
The human rights watchdog tells the BBC that the move comes due to reprisal from the government.
Massacre in Mexican bar leaves 11 people dead
Mon, 28 Sep 2020 08:55:44 -0400
A massacre in a Mexican bar left 11 people dead on Sunday (September 27).
The attorney general's office in the central state of Guanajuato said the bodies of seven men and four women were found at the scene in the city of Jaral del Progreso in the early hours.
Authorities added that another woman was also found with gunshot injuries.
It comes as the country grapples with a record homicide rate - despite the government's promises to tackle gang violence.
Guanajuato, a major car-making hub, has become a recurring scene of criminal violence in Mexico, ravaged by a turf war between the local Santa Rosa de Lima gang and the powerful Jalisco New Generation Cartel.
In July, gunmen killed 24 people at a drug rehabilitation center in Guanajuato.
It was one of the worst mass slayings since President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office - pledging to reduce record levels of violence.
Italy set to extend COVID state of emergency as cases tick up: official
Tue, 29 Sep 2020 08:47:53 -0400
Italy is likely to extend a state of emergency to help keep the coronavirus crisis under control, a senior official said on Tuesday as the government looks to avoid the surge in new cases hitting other European countries. The state of emergency, which is due to expire in mid-October, gives greater powers to both regional and central government, making it easier for officials to bypass the bureaucracy that smothers much decision-making in Italy. "I believe the government will need to ask for a further extension," Health Undersecretary Sandra Zampa told state broadcaster RAI.
Let's be real: Biden is cruising to victory
Tue, 29 Sep 2020 05:45:44 -0400
Those of us who would very much like to see President Trump go down to a decisive defeat in November have plenty to worry about. The race could narrow in the coming weeks. A Trump lead based on votes cast in person on Election Day could give way to a Biden surge in mail-in ballots that our embattled president will seek to discredit, sending the whole process of vote-counting spinning into chaos.But as we head into the first of three debates between Trump and Democrat Joe Biden, it's worth pausing to remind ourselves that another scenario is far more likely — which is that the outcome of the election will comport with every reputable poll going back months. Those polls have consistently shown Biden with a large and incredibly stable lead. Yes, we should prepare for the worst. But we also shouldn't lose sight of the fact that Biden supporters seem to be headed toward a much happier outcome.The pervasive anxiety among Democrats is understandable. Many thought Hillary Clinton was on track for easy victory four years ago, and they've never recovered from the shock of what happened instead — or from the horrible realization that it's possible for a Republican to win the presidency while losing the popular vote by three million votes.But Democrats are also responding to the preternatural confidence of their opponents. Whenever I write a column sharply critical of Trump, I receive emails and direct messages through social media platforms from Republicans unwaveringly convinced that Trump will win re-election in a massive landslide that will at long last humiliate me by demonstrating my worthlessness as a pundit and the cluelessness of my likeminded colleagues in the liberal media. That kind of assertion, received often enough, can't help but inspire second thoughts. Could it be true? What am I missing? Might Biden actually be cruising toward a crushing loss I'm just too blind to see coming?Such doubts might be natural for an empirically minded journalist. But the truth is that there is no evidence at all to back up the confidence of the unwavering Trump voter. Sure, it's possible that the president could prevail by once again barely carrying several battleground states while losing the national popular vote by a wide margin. But there is no indication at all that Trump is headed toward a landslide victory. (Even the comically Republican-friendly Rasmussen poll still frequently shows Trump's approval rating underwater.) The far more likely scenario is that dozens of polls are correct in showing that Biden is on track to win and win big.Those dozens of polls show Biden with a large (roughly 7-point) national lead and a smaller but equally solid advantage in the crucial battleground states. These leads have been incredibly stable over time. Something very close to 50 percent of the country wants Trump gone under any imaginable circumstance, while something between 42 and 44 percent will support the president no matter what. These two voting blocs are frozen solid, immobile.How do we know this? Because nothing has changed the overall shape of the race over the madness of the past nine months. Not the deadliest pandemic in a century. Not a massive economic downturn. Not the worst protests and urban unrest in 50 years. Through it all, Biden has maintained his lead. The closest Trump has come to overtaking him since the pandemic lockdowns began last March was a brief period in May when he got within 4.4 points of Biden in RealClearPolitics' polling average. Since then, Biden has led Trump by anywhere from 5.9 to 10.2 points. On the eve of the first debate, Biden leads by 6.9.A race in which one person consistently leads by that wide of a margin is a race that person is overwhelmingly likely to win.But couldn't the race narrow over the next five weeks, placing Trump within reach of the same inside straight he pulled last time? Sure, it could. And it probably will tighten a bit. But tightening beyond a couple of points is pretty unlikely at this point — because Trump has proven himself incapable of appealing to voters outside of the right-wing Republican base that's already maximally committed to him.The past few months is when we would have expected a floundering incumbent president to make a broader pitch for support. Instead, Trump has repeatedly shown that he's only capable of talking and governing like a prime-time Fox News pundit, despite the fact that Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham speak to an audience, at most, of just five million viewers in a country where something on the order of 140 million will vote for president.Denying the pain and alienation and hardship of living through COVID-19 while the death toll rises above 200,000 with no end in sight; stoking racial tensions and violence in the name of "law and order"; trying to jam a right-wing nominee onto the Supreme Court to replace the widely admired liberal jurist Ruth Bader Ginsburg; refusing to commit to a peaceful transfer of power to his successor if he's defeated — each of these Trump moves over the past few months is red-meat thrown at the right, who devour it ravenously. But it turns the stomach of everyone else.Trump's own presidency serves as an endless loop of negative advertising against his own re-election.For all of these reasons, it's exceedingly unlikely that the debates are going to change anything about the dynamic of the race. I suspect Biden will come off fine and certainly exceed the absurdly low expectations the Trump campaign has set for him. But the real insurance policy is Trump himself, who with every word is guaranteed to remind viewers who don't take their cues from Tucker Carlson's incendiary hate-rants that they just want Trump gone, no matter who his opponent is.Whatever the strengths and weaknesses of the man who would replace Trump, at least he isn't Trump. That thought, echoing through the minds of millions of voters throughout this awful year and repeated endlessly over these final five weeks, is and will remain the key to Biden's likely win.Want more essential commentary and analysis like this delivered straight to your inbox? Sign up for The Week's "Today's best articles" newsletter here.More stories from theweek.com Body language expert shares 'stress indicators' to watch for during the debate North Carolina senate candidate commits grievous sin: confusing grilling for barbecuing 'Sully' Sullenberger savages Trump's 'lethal lies and incompetence' in new Lincoln Project ad
Alabama town removes statue of Confederate soldier in the middle of the night
Mon, 28 Sep 2020 18:34:46 -0400
The town will pay a $25,000 fine for removing the 115-year-old monument
Barrett tied to faith group ex-members say subjugates women
Tue, 29 Sep 2020 00:47:08 -0400
President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court has close ties to a charismatic Christian religious group that holds men are divinely ordained as the "head” of the family and faith. Former members of the group, called People of Praise, say it teaches that wives must submit to the will of their husbands. Federal appeals judge Amy Coney Barrett has not commented publicly about her own or her family’s involvement, and a People of Praise spokesman declined to say whether she and her husband are current members.
Texas man had 13-year-old drive him for ice cream because he was too drunk, cops say
Tue, 29 Sep 2020 20:40:06 -0400
The driver told the officer she was “driving her stepfather to get ice cream because he was drunk.”
As American, United, other airlines roll out passenger testing for COVID-19, here's what you need to know
Tue, 29 Sep 2020 19:11:21 -0400
Airlines offer testing for the coronavirus, a move that could boost consumer confidence in safe flying.
Germany walks away from Lockheed, Boeing cargo helicopter offers
Tue, 29 Sep 2020 12:09:52 -0400
The surprise decision halts an acquisition race that was scheduled to a see a contract awarded in 2021.
British Museum 'won't remove controversial objects' from display
Mon, 28 Sep 2020 08:10:02 -0400
Cultural institutions received a letter from the government warning them not to remove artefacts.
They Protested at a Police Station. They’re Charged With Trying to Kidnap Cops.
Tue, 29 Sep 2020 04:36:18 -0400
The July 3 protest in Aurora, Colorado, seemed, at least on the surface, like just another of the hundreds of racial justice protests that have swept the nation this year. Demonstrators sat outside a police station chanting and playing music. Although they said they wouldn’t leave until their demands were met, the protesters were cleared out by police around 4:30 a.m.Colorado Protest Erupts in Panic as Car Drives Into Crowd, Shots Fired But several of the protest leaders are facing felony attempted kidnapping charges for allegedly imprisoning police officers in their own precinct during the protest—charges their fellow activists are calling absurd.Lillian House, Joel Northam, and Whitney “Eliza” Lucero are among a group of Denver-area activists facing a slate of charges related to their protest activities this summer. Local prosecutors say the activists tried to kidnap police by holding a short-lived “occupation”-style protest outside the precinct and blocking its doors. But activists allege a crackdown on the most visible members of their movement, leading to terrifying SWAT arrests and the threat of years in prison.“This characterization that someone quote-unquote kidnapped officers is absolutely ridiculous,” Ryan Hamby, an organizer with the Party for Socialism and Liberation, the Marxist group with which House, Northam, and Lucero are affiliated, told The Daily Beast.“It would be laughable if it wasn’t so serious,” he added.The July 3 protest was one of many that called for the termination of officers involved in the killing of Elijah McClain, a young Black man who died in Aurora Police custody last year. McClain was not accused of any crime but became the subject of police suspicion while walking home from the convenience store when someone called 911 to report him “look[ing] sketchy.” Police placed McClain in a now-banned chokehold, causing him to vomit and lose consciousness. Paramedics later injected him with the sedative ketamine.An autopsy did not conclusively identify a single cause of death, and two of the three arresting officers have not been fired. The third arresting officer was fired for responding “ha ha” to pictures of other officers re-enacting and mocking McClain’s death. (That officer is suing the city over his termination.)The firings of the police who re-enacted McClain’s death were announced July 3, the same day as the protest outside the police precinct where demonstrators believed the remaining officers worked. Media reports—and even police tweets from most of the night—characterize the demonstration as peaceful, with some 600 protesters sitting around. Police ordered protesters to disperse at 2:30 a.m., tweeted a half-hour later that protesters were throwing things, and had cleared out the site by 4:30, the Denver Post reported at the time.But a statement from the Adams County district attorney this month accused protesters of holding cops hostage. Protesters “prevented 18 officers inside from leaving the building by barricading entrances and securing doors with wires, ropes, boards, picnic tables and sandbags,” the statement read. (The district attorney was unavailable for comment. In a call with Denver’s 9News, defendant Lillian House said she was unaware of the alleged barricade.)Those allegations come alongside serious criminal charges for six protest leaders, including three who are accused of attempted kidnapping, inciting a riot, and inciting a riot by giving commands, all of which are felonies.The protesters and prosecutors both point to a mid-protest phone call between activist Lillian House and Aurora’s interim police chief Vanessa Wilson, which House broadcast to protesters over a microphone. House called on Wilson to fire the remaining officers involved in McClain’s death; Wilson said she didn’t have the authority to do that but thanked the protesters for not trying to enter the precinct.“I appreciate that you haven’t breached the building and I hope that you continue to keep that promise,” Wilson said.Activists like Hamby have pointed to the call as evidence that protesters stayed within their rights.“Like, why would you even say that?” Hamby said of Wilson’s call. “She’s basically admitting on the phone that we have not done any of the things that they’re now claiming we did in this affidavit.”On the phone call, House, who is also accused of a felony count of attempting to influence a public servant, affirmed that the protesters wouldn’t enter the building. But they wouldn’t leave, either, until the two remaining officers in McClain’s killing were fired.“I just want to make it perfectly crystal clear that everyone here has agreed that we are going to sit here,” she said. “We’re not going anywhere. We’re not going in, we’re not going out, we’re sure not going out, and neither are these pigs that are inside the building. So we’re not doing anything wrong. We’re standing here.” (The protesters did, in fact, reportedly leave before sunrise, when police advanced on them.)House’s statements appear to be part of the basis for the prosecution’s claims that the protest was actually a kidnapping attempt. What followed, fellow activists allege, was a heavy-handed roundup of the protest’s most visible faces.Hamby, who organizes with House, Northam, and Lucero, claimed the busts were an attempt to “strike fear into organizers, strike fear into the movement.”House and Lucero were arrested by multiple squad cars—House while driving and Lucero while in her apartment—and detained in jail for eight days, Hamby said. Fellow organizers have accused corrections officers of verbally abusing the two women and failing to provide adequate COVID-19 protections. Another protester, John “Russel” Ruch, was followed from his home in unmarked cars and scooped up in a Home Depot parking lot around dawn by officers who gave him “no information” about the cause for his arrest, Hamby claimed.In the most aggressive instance, multiple organizers claimed a SWAT team showed up to arrest protester Joel Northam, allegedly banging on the door and refusing to slide a warrant underneath. Aurora Police did not return a request for comment.“He was on the phone with a lawyer the entire time, and the lawyer ended up telling him, ‘You need to comply with what they’re saying,’” Hamby said. “Because at that point we were worried that they were going to bust down the door and kill him.”If convicted on all counts, the activists accused of attempted kidnapping could face decades in prison. The charges come as other activists associated with Black Lives Matter protests face heavy-handed charges, including a Utah protester who faced life in prison for allegedly purchasing paint that was used in a demonstration (the most aggressive charging enhancements in that case have since been dropped).Hamby said protesters planned on further mobilizing around a call to drop the charges. “If anything, the fight-back will be strengthened and emboldened,” he said.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. 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Police are investigating a shooting at YouTuber Boogie2988's home after he said he was being stalked by a banned YouTube personality
Tue, 29 Sep 2020 18:12:45 -0400
Both Boogie2988 and Frank Hassle made social media posts confirming their involvement in the incident, which per Motherboard is under investigation.
Trump's family is evidently refusing to wear masks at the debate, despite them being required
Tue, 29 Sep 2020 21:27:00 -0400
President Trump's family appeared to flaunt local ordinances while attending the presidential debate on Tuesday, removing their face masks after taking their seats at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Tyler Page, a reporter with Bloomberg News, tweeted that "according to the Cleveland Clinic, it's a requirement that all [debate] guests wear masks" and that "a Cleveland Clinic doctor with masks … walked up to a number of unmasked members of the audience on Trump's side of the room and asked them to put on masks. She told me they refused to take one and wear them.""Everyone" on former Vice President Joe Biden's side of the room was reportedly following with the guidance.> First Lady Melania Trump, Dr. Jill Biden, Eric Jr., Ivanka Trump, Lara Trump, Tiffany Trump, Kimberly Guilfoyle in attendance at Debates2020. pic.twitter.com/IWN3QBsVJG> > -- The Hill (@thehill) September 30, 2020There were tight health requirements for attendees of the debate, including that audience members must have an invitation to the event, wear a face mask, and have a wristband proving they tested negative for COVID-19. Only between 80 and 100 people were in attendance, with seats spaced safe distances apart.Curiously, at the time of writing, one notable member of Trump's entourage did appear to have a mask on: Melania Trump. > First Lady Melania Trump arrives wearing a mask, unlike the rest of the Trump ladies. As @KateBennett_DC always says, nothing is an accident when it comes to the First Lady. pic.twitter.com/o448fGbMEU> > -- Patricia Murphy (@1PatriciaMurphy) September 30, 2020More stories from theweek.com The worst presidential debate of all time Trump pummels Biden — and America Undecided voters describe Trump as a 'crackhead,' 'arrogant' in post-debate focus group
Brad Parscale: Trump’s ex-campaign head talked out of house by friend during police standoff
Tue, 29 Sep 2020 07:22:11 -0400
Police found 10 guns that were removed from 44-year-old’s home
Crown prince becomes oil-rich Kuwait's new ruling emir
Tue, 29 Sep 2020 12:28:20 -0400
Mom’s sudden death left children fending for themselves for five days, Texas cops say
Tue, 29 Sep 2020 08:46:32 -0400
School officials asked for a welfare check at the home when the 5- and 7-year-old brothers didn’t show up all week.
Air Force Completes 8-Year B-1 Bomber Battle Station Upgrade
Mon, 28 Sep 2020 16:11:11 -0400
The service announced that it finished the Integrated Battle Station, or IBS, modification earlier this month.
Priti Patel 'asked Home Office to explore sending asylum seekers to island in the south Atlantic'
Tue, 29 Sep 2020 19:07:45 -0400
Priti Patel ordered officials to explore building an asylum processing centre on a remote volcanic island in the south Atlantic - more than 4,000 miles from the UK, it has been reported. Home Office officials were instructed to look into the feasibility of transferring asylum seekers arriving in the UK to a centre on Ascension Island, a British overseas territory, according to the Financial Times. Another option said to have been considered was to construct an asylum centre on St Helena, another island in the group where Napoleon was exiled after his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo. The Foreign Office was consulted on the proposals, according to the paper, and provided an assessment on the practicalities of shipping migrants to such remote locations. Ascension Island, which is used as a staging post to supply and defend the Falkland Islands, has an RAF base and population of fewer than 1,000.
Firefighters battle flames, homes destroyed in Santa Rosa
Tue, 29 Sep 2020 06:10:48 -0400
Since August 15, fires in the state have killed 26 people and destroyed more than 7,000 structures.
Early on Monday, new evacuation orders were issued in Sonoma and Napa counties, including parts of the cities of Santa Rosa and St. Helena.
Residents of the northern California town of Santa Rosa fled to safety on Monday (September 28), checking in at evacuation assistance centers throughout the region, amid uncertainty as another wildfire burns through the
Breonna Taylor neighbor wants to know why cop wasn't charged for shooting into his unit
Tue, 29 Sep 2020 05:00:17 -0400
"If that bullet went through my bed maybe I would have been dead too," Breonna Taylor's neighbor Stanley David said.
The number of children with COVID-19 has risen 'dramatically' over the past 5 months, report finds
Tue, 29 Sep 2020 00:01:00 -0400
Children make up 10% of COVID-19 cases, a big rise from 2.2% in April, the American Academy of Pediatrics reports. Increased testing isn't to blame.
Opinion: Trump's reality distortion machine is in overdrive for his debate with Biden
Tue, 29 Sep 2020 15:13:58 -0400
The Trump team, like the president himself, is working aggressively to make voters disbelieve what they see and hear from Joe Biden at the first debate.
Police officer who choked black man during stop will never serve again
Mon, 28 Sep 2020 17:46:23 -0400
Officer captured on camera saying he had choked Desmond Marrow