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  • Man Hijacks Metrobus; Pedestrian Fatally Struck: Police (Armed Teens Hijack DC Metro Bus)

    05/03/2016 9:07:00 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 24 replies
    NBC Washington DC ^ | 03 MAY 16 | News staff
    A man attacked a Metrobus driver with a weapon and hijacked his bus Tuesday morning, D.C. police said. The bus then struck a pedestrian, who later died. It's not clear where the bus was taken from, but police say the bus in now stopped at a gas station in the 4300 block of Minnesota Avenue in Northeast Washington. Police say the suspect got on the bus and attacked the bus driver with a weapon. The driver managed to get off the bus, but suffered a back injury in the process. He is expected to be OK. The suspect then drove...
  • Transgender pride flag raised at Boston City Hall

    05/02/2016 3:55:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 60 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 2, 2016 5:50 PM EDT | Steve LeBlanc
    Mayor Marty Walsh says a transgender pride flag raised Monday over Boston City Hall plaza will continue to fly until everyone is equal under the law in Massachusetts. The Democratic mayor and other elected officials joined activists in raising the flag of blue, pink, and white horizontal stripes as state lawmakers continue to weigh a bill that would extend protections to transgender individuals in public places. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker hasnt said whether he would sign the measure, which would expand a 2011 state law banning discrimination against transgender people in the workplace and housing by also prohibiting discrimination in...
  • 3 Killed, 25 Wounded In Weekend Shootings Across Chicago

    05/02/2016 6:49:34 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    CBS ^ | May 2, 2016
    CHICAGO (CBS) Three people were killed and at least 25 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday afternoon and Monday morning.
  • Picture: Hardees Restaurant Installs Self Order Stations

    04/21/2016 6:16:47 AM PDT · by xzins · 159 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | 20 Apr 16 | Andrew Mark Miller
    A little while back we told you about how the CEO of Hardees/Carl’s Jr. was thinking about replacing employees with machines thanks to the ridiculous minimum wage hike to $15.Well, it appears he has done it.It was only a matter of time before this started to happen and you can expect to see more of this in the future.
  • We did the math. Cruz was smart to campaign in a Bronx district with almost no Republican voters.

    04/19/2016 6:07:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    The Washington Post's Monkey Cage ^ | April 19, 2016 | Tobias Konitzer and David Rothschild
    When Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz came to the Bronx to campaign in the run-up to the New York primary, ridicule was not far away. After all, what is a Republican candidate doing in the staunchly Democratic, minority-majority northern part of New York City? What is he doing in New York State at all, when Donald Trump is nearly certain to carry the most votes and, according to market-based forecasts, has an 85 percent chance to win more than 50 percent of the vote? Why would Ted Cruz campaign in the Bronx? For someone like Cruz to campaign exactly...
  • Diagnosing Bill de Blasios disease: How can we explain the trouble he's in?

    04/18/2016 6:25:16 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 7 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 17 Apr, 2016 | HARRY SIEGEL
    The bad news has been snowballing for Bill de Blasio, what with the emergence of a federal probe involving, among other things, top cops in Brooklyn accepting diamonds, trips and more from two big donors to various appendages of his political operation and whats now four separate investigations into a city-aided flip, again involving a wired backer of the mayor, of a Lower East Side nursing home for AIDS patients into luxury condos. I wrote last Sunday that after this week, Im losing faith that de Blasios horse trading is paying off for the city. And it appears Im not...
  • New York is likely dropping its tampon tax

    04/12/2016 4:18:11 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 24 replies
    MSN ^ | Hanna Kowlowska
    The New York state senate is poised to eliminate New Yorkers so-called tampon tax. Feminine hygiene products are currently taxed as luxury items in New York, but a new bill could result in their reclassification as tax-exempt necessities, instead. The Republican-run senate passed the bill unanimously on Monday (April 11) after it had passed the state assembly in March, also with full support from lawmakers. The bill now goes to the states governor Andrew Cuomo, a father of three daughters, who has said in the past that the tax should be repealed. It is a way of providing some tax...
  • Sketches released of pair wanted in British tourist slaying in SF

    04/11/2016 7:32:30 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 30 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 11, 2016 | Kimberly Veklerov
    San Francisco police investigators Monday released sketches of a man and woman wanted in the brutal murder of a 48-year-old British tourist, who was stabbed in the head during a street mugging and died after a weeks-long battle for his life.
  • Watch: Hillary & de Blasio make a cringeworthy colored people time joke at NYC charity event

    04/11/2016 3:41:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Salon ^ | April 11, 2016 | Sophia Tesfaye
    At the same annual event where former mayor Rudy Giuliani famously dressed in drag, things got awkwardly racial For the uninitiated CPT is an acronym for colored people time, an old stereotype African-Americans have employed in jest amongst each other to excuse tardiness. Unfortunately, I found out on Monday that the shorthand CPT is no longer just an inside joke, but such a commonplace referral that even Hillary Clinton and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are publicly joking about the term. At a charity event Sunday night, the Democratic presidential candidate apparently decided her campaign had successfully brushed...
  • How White Castle Will Adjust to a $15 Minimum Wage in New York

    04/11/2016 8:07:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 161 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/11/2016 | by MARK ANTONIO WRIGHT
    This is something thats become a bumper sticker, Jamie Richardson tells me. But it hasnt really been thought through. There is a better way to get people out of poverty than hiking the minimum wage. Richardson is a vice president at White Castle, the chain of famously white-painted and turreted burger joints specializing in slider-style hamburgers in the Midwest and Mid Atlantic. (Let me pause for a moment: If youve somehow made it through life without visiting this family-owned American treasure, stop reading this article, make like Harold and Kumar, and get yourself to the Castle . . . Ill...
  • Philadelphia officially apologizes to Jackie Robinson

    03/31/2016 12:38:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 31, 2016 3:24 PM EDT
    Philadelphia is officially apologizing to Jackie Robinson for the shameful way he was treated in the City of Brotherly Love. The City Council passed a resolution Thursday naming April 15 as a day to honor Robinsons achievements and to apologize for the racism he faced while visiting Philadelphia in 1947.
  • America Hits Rock Bottom: Cities Are Paying Criminals $1000 Per Month "Not To Kill"

    03/28/2016 11:19:58 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | March 28, 2016
    It is widely known that in the past 6 months there has been a loud debate about helicopter money, i.e., giving out ordinary people (bypassing the banks) money directly printed by the Fed. What is less known is that when it comes to the most despicable underbelly of American society, cash to the tune of $1000 per month is already being "helicoptered" to some of the most brazen criminals living in the US today with one simple condition: "don't kill people." * * * Take the case of Lonnie Holmes, 21, who lives in Richmond, a working-class suburb north of...
  • New York college moves to strip gender markings from all bathrooms

    03/29/2016 6:18:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 03/28/2016 | Molly Redden
    In a pioneering move, the Cooper Union administration is taking steps to remove the designations across campus, following student action last year. Last fall, the oldest building here on the Cooper Union campus underwent a sudden renovation. A group of students, agitating for their transgender classmates, stripped the words men and women off the doors of the Foundation Buildings restrooms. The act expressed years of pent-up frustration that here in lower Manhattan, at one of the most liberal colleges in the country, students who failed to conform to gender norms nevertheless risked harassment whenever they went to the bathroom. But...
  • 1 dead, 37 wounded in Easter weekend shootings

    03/29/2016 6:41:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 28, 2016 | By Alexandra Chachkevitch and Megan Crepeau
    A man was killed and 37 other people were wounded, several critically, in weekend shootings. No homicides were reported Easter Sunday, which was the outcome desired by South Side religious leaders who advocated an "Easter without murder." In all, nine people were shot from 3 p.m. Friday to early Saturday; 18 people were shot - one fatally - from Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning; and 11 people were wounded in shootings from Sunday afternoon through Monday morning.
  • BELGIAN SOLDIERS DEPLOYED TO FIGHT TERRORISTS HAD NO BULLETS IN RIFLES

    03/27/2016 6:39:17 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 88 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 27 March 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Much of counterterrorism is really security theater. TSA searches that have yet to stop a terrorist. Bombing raids that don't drop bombs. Soldiers standing with rifles that have no bullets in them. It looks impressive. But there's no substance behind it. Rabbi Menachem Hadad of Brussels Shomre Hadas haredi Orthodox community said that soldiers who were posted outside a synagogue and the citys Chabad House following the slaying of four Jews in Brussels Jewish Museum of Belgium in 2014 told him that for months, they used to guard the area with no bullets in their rifles. It was just a...
  • It's snow wonder why people are leaving Chicago faster than any U.S. city

    03/25/2016 12:38:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 48 replies
    Redeye Chicago ^ | March 24, 2016 | Rianne Coale
    When "polar vortex," "below zero" and "rapid weather change" have become integrated into the vocabulary of every Chicagoan, it's snow wonder why: In 2015, the Chicago region saw its first population decline in more than two decades, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released Thursday. The Windy City's drop-off also was higher than any metropolitan area in the U.S. People are giving Chicago and Illinois the cold shoulder and migrating to states such as Florida, Arizona and Nevada, where they can enjoy warmer and much less moody climates. Can you blame them? Imagine lying poolside in the sunshine and not...
  • A Black Exodus from Chicago

    03/24/2016 3:45:27 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 50 replies
    Planetizen ^ | 19 March 2016 | James Brasuell
    Black residents of Chicago are leaving for cities like Atlanta in massive numbersaway from the waves of crime tearing apart their hometown. ___ William Lee describes the crime and poverty driving black residents away from Chicago, where he lives in the South Side neighborhood of South Shore. According to Lee, "a multitude of black residents have called it quits with their hometown, searching for safety and prosperity beyond the city limits my own friends and family among them." Lee adds: "It's been a humbling experience watching as those worlds, those communities filled with stable families and businesses, crumble into...
  • Detroit Makes Community College Free (Paid for by Property Taxes)

    03/23/2016 6:20:27 PM PDT · by ghosthost · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | 3-22-2016 | Katie Labosco
    Under state rules, the first two years of promise zones must be funded through philanthropy. Beginning in 2018, the Detroit Promise will be funded by increases in property tax revenue based on the 6 mills of the State Education Tax; the program will capture half of any increase in property tax revenue from the SET, officials said. Detroit Public Schools interim superintendent Alycia Meriweather told students gathered at a news conference that its now up to them to be prepared for college, by getting good grades. You have an opportunity today that all the rest of us who grew up...
  • New York City Bill to Call for Free Tampons in Public School Restrooms, Shelters and Jails

    03/23/2016 11:30:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 47 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 21, 2016 | Roni Caryn Rabin
    New York City Council members are joining a growing national movement to improve access to feminine hygiene products, and on Tuesday will introduce proposals for free tampons and pads in city public school restrooms and homeless shelters, and easier access at correctional facilities.
  • Four boys in Chicago wounded as they walked down street as 17 people are shot in the city in one day

    03/22/2016 12:43:04 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 30 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | March 22, 2016 | David Boroff
    Four boys in Chicago were wounded as they walked down the street, and a total of 17 people were shot in the city on Monday. The shootings of the youngsters happened at approximately 9 p.m. when an unknown male approached and opened fire on the city's West Side. The boys aged 12, 14, 15 and 16 were all in stable condition at local hospitals on Monday night. No arrests have been made, but an investigation is ongoing, an official with the Chicago Police Department told the Daily News on Tuesday.
  • Fight for 15 update: Seattle employment craters after minimum wage hike to $15/hour

    03/13/2016 4:09:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/13/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    Science! (Is economics really a science? I’ve long felt it should be taught alongside astrology or some related field.) In any event, the continent sized Petri dish which is the American jobs market has been the subject of much speculation since the Fight for Fifteen muscled its way into the presidential campaign debate. It’s a very populist position which the Democrats have been riding like rocket. At the same time, people who actually study such matters have been warning that it would backfire spectacularly, particularly if it was implemented in a rush. Job availability is subject to the same...
  • BROTHER OF NBA PLAYER AMONG DEAD IN 6 PHILADELPHIA INCIDENTS

    03/09/2016 11:50:08 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    ABC Philadelphia ^ | March 9, 2016
    PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Philadelphia police are investigating six deaths in six separate incidents, with crime scenes in Southwest Philadelphia, North Philadelphia, West Philadelphia, Strawberry Mansion, Grays Ferry and East Falls. So far, police have identified four of the six victims and, Action News has learned, one of those who died was the younger brother of an NBA player.
  • CHICAGO TOPS 100 HOMICIDES IN FIRST 2 MONTHS OF 2016

    02/28/2016 10:02:12 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies
    WLS (ABC-Channel 7) ^ | Sunday, February 28, 2016 | Diane Pathieu
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- There have already been more than 100 homicides in Chicago this year - and it's only February. There were over 50 homicides in January alone, a 75 percent increase over January of last year. According to the Chicago Tribune, this month there have been more than 40 homicides, bringing the total for just this year to 102. Since late Friday afternoon, two people were killed and at least 17 others have been wounded in shootings across Chicago.
  • Hey, Seattle! How's that $15 minimum wage working out for ya?

    02/20/2016 12:48:48 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 20, 2016 | Rick Moran
    The American Enterprise Institute blog reveals the not very surprising news that 10 months into Seattle's radical experiment of boosting the minimum wage to $15 an hour over a period of years, the city has suffered the worst job losses since the Great Recession.
  • Police: 4 killed, 9 wounded in Presidents Day weekend shootings

    02/14/2016 6:18:18 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 13, 2016
    Presidents Day weekend shootings have left four people dead and at least nine others wounded across the city, according to Chicago Police.
  • Virginia lawmakers push to hold sanctuary cities liable for illegals’ crimes

    02/08/2016 7:30:44 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 8, 2016 | Stephen Dinan & Anjali Shastry
    It's unclear whether any Virginia jurisdictions qualify as sanctuary cities, but the state legislature is determined to make sure none of them stray across the line, with Republican senators and delegates pushing to withhold money from those that refuse to cooperate -- and even considering making them have to pay restitution to those harmed by illegal immigrants within their borders. The House cleared a bill Monday that would require prisons and jails to honor all requests to transfer illegal immigrants to federal custody, as long as they aren't asked to hold the aliens beyond the time they'd normally be released....
  • Why Trump Endorsed Bill de Blasio

    01/19/2016 9:39:57 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 111 replies
    Red State ^ | January 19, 2016 | Dan Spencer
    Courageous Conservatives is a political action committee that supports Ted Cruz and other conservative candidates who support Conservative principles and defend the Constitution of the United States. It has just released a new video weighing in on Donald Trump's New York values, which Sen. Ted Cruz has made a major issue by turning the Donald's words against him. As Cruz has been doing the Courageous Conservatives PAC uses Trump's own words against him. Watch the video: "... Fred Dicker: What is it going to mean for Donald Trump to have Bill de Blasio as Mayor?" Donald Trump: "He's a smart...
  • Walmart Closes LA Store Over $15 Minimum Wage

    01/18/2016 5:41:11 AM PST · by Rockitz · 96 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 17 Jan 2016 | Chriss W. Street
    Los Angeles residents of impoverished Chinatown were shocked to learn on January 17 that the Walmart they pleaded for years to get would be shut down at 7 p.m. Sunday evening due to the city’s new $15 minimum wage ordinance, and union harassment. (Update: The closure was described by the company as one of 154 closures “that took into account a number of factors, including financial performance as well as strategic alignment with long-term plans.”) Immigrant Hispanic and Asian residents of central Los Angeles campaigned for years for a “big box” retailer to locate in their economically depressed neighborhood to...
  • More than 100 people shot in Chicago in first 10 days of 2016

    01/12/2016 9:44:26 AM PST · by PROCON · 40 replies
    nydailynews ^ | Jan. 12, 2016 | Meg Wagner
    More than 100 Chicagoans have been shot in the first 10 days of 2016 — a jarring figure three times more than last year. At least 19 people were shot and killed between New Year’s Day and Monday morning, including someone gunned down just blocks away from the mayor’s home, the Chicago Tribune reported. Another 101 were injured by firearms.
  • 6 Big Cities See Hiring Fade After Minimum Wage Hikes

    01/09/2016 10:23:38 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 39 replies
    IBD ^ | January 6, 2016 | Jed Graham
    U.S. cities that implemented big minimum-wage hikes to $10 an hour or more in 2015 have seen a strikingly similar aftermath: Job gains have fallen to multiyear lows at restaurants, hotels and other leisure and hospitality venues. The data aren't, for the most part, stark and reliable enough to amount to smoking-gun proof. But Chicago, Oakland, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. — all on the leading edge of the push for big minimum wage hikes — all show worrisome job trends.
  • Seattle gun store owner moving because of new tax

    01/06/2016 9:34:01 AM PST · by PROCON · 12 replies
    AP ^ | Jan. 6, 2015
    SEATTLE (AP) - The owner of one of Seattle's few gun stores says he's moving his business to avoid paying a new tax. The Seattle Times reports (http://bit.ly/1TEelfU ) that the city tax on firearm and ammunition sales took effect January 1. Precise Shooter owner Sergey Solyanik says he stopped selling guns and ammo in Seattle and is already close to signing a lease in Lynnwood.
  • Teachers in Nation's 'Worst Urban District' Twice as Likely to be Rated 'Highly Effective'

    12/30/2015 7:27:11 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/27/2015 | Tom Gantert
    According to the 2015 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) report released in October, the Detroit Public Schools system was rated the worst-performing urban district in the country for the fourth time since 2009. In contrast, the district’s own evaluations of its teachers for the 2014-15 school year indicate that 81 percent were given the top rating possible, or “highly effective.” This is nearly double the statewide average. The Detroit district had 2,388 teachers rated in the highest category. Another 467 teachers were rated “effective” (16 percent). Just 45 teachers were given the second-lowest rating of “minimally effective” and 43...
  • School principal bans Santa, Thanksgiving and Pledge of Allegiance

    12/13/2015 9:44:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 96 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 13, 2015 | Susan Edelman
    Santa Claus is banned. The Pledge of Allegiance is no longer recited. "Harvest festival" has replaced Thanksgiving, and "winter celebrations" substitute for Christmas parties. New principal Eujin Jaela Kim has given PS 169 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, a politically correct scrub-down, to the dismay of teachers and parents. "We definitely can't say Christmas, nothing with Christmas on it, nothing with Santa,"PTA president Mimi Ferrer said administrators told her. "No angels. We can't even have a star because it can represent a religious system, like the Star of David." Kim, 33, did not return a call or e-mail seeking comment.
  • 4 Killed, 22 Wounded In Weekend Shootings (Chicago)

    12/07/2015 5:46:02 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | December 7, 2015
    About 10:05 p.m., a 30-year-old man was wielding a brick during a fight with a female in the 2300 block of West Jackson, police said. The security guard attempted to intervene, and the man then attempted to strike the guard with the brick. The guard opened fire and shot the man in the chest.
  • Dayton mayor signs letter welcoming refugees

    11/17/2015 11:00:44 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 27 replies
    Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley joined mayors from Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and 14 other U.S. cities who said they were willing to take in even more refugees than proposed by the Obama Administration. The letter was written Thursday. “We will welcome the Syrian families to make homes and new lives in our cities,” wrote the mayors, all of whom are part of the Cities United for Immigration Action coalition. “Indeed, we are writing to say that we stand ready to work with your Administration to do much more and to urge you to increase still further the number of...
  • Renaming Washington D.C. - Name of U.S. Capital is 'Racist' & 'offensive' - Not a Safe Space

    11/16/2015 5:54:38 AM PST · by markomalley · 14 replies
    YouTube ^ | 11-16-15 | Mark Dice
    In an experiment, social critic Mark Dice asks beachgoers in San Diego to sign a petition he said would rename the Capital of the United States to something else because Washington D.C. is named after George Washington, a slave owner. (c) 2015 by Mark Dice.
  • 300 killings hark back to the bad old '90s [Baltimore]

    11/15/2015 6:30:25 AM PST · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 11/15/15 | Dan Rodricks
    It has been 20 years since Baltimore was a city of 700,000 people. It has been shrinking ever since. We've lost about 80,000 residents since 1995. For that reason — the trend toward a smaller city — I started to believe that we'd never again see 300 homicides in a single year. There just can't be that much anger, stupidity and hatred in this city.And certainly fewer people could only mean fewer chances for the conflicts that lead to the senseless shootings and the premature deaths.In fact, until Saturday, we had not experienced 300 homicides since 1999, the last year...
  • Houston Redux? Salt Lake City's Gay Mayor-Elect Wants Sit-Down with Mormons Over Church's 'Policy'

    11/12/2015 5:13:52 PM PST · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 11/12/15 | Mark A. Kellner
    Jackie Biskupski, the openly gay mayor-elect of Salt Lake City, isn't happy that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a group better known as the Mormons, clarified its stance on its membership requirements. Under policies disclosed last week, the LDS Church won't accept as members or missionaries children of same-sex couples. She now wants a meeting with church leaders to discuss "policies." The move evoked echoes of Houston's Mayor Annise Parker who, in a two-year battle over a human rights bill, at one point subpoenaed sermons from local pastors opposed to the measure and sought a public vote....
  • These Are The 20 Worst Cities In The US - Spot The Common Theme

    11/07/2015 12:10:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/07/2015 | Tyler Durden
    A new analysis by WalletHub has compared and classified 1,268 of America's small cities in the U.S. to find the ones where residents don’t have to give up much by avoiding the "bright lights" and the soaring rent. Its data set include a total of 22 metrics, ranging from housing costs to school-system quality to the number of restaurants per capita. Why live in a small city? Inevitably, life in a small city demands some tradeoffs such as shorter business hours, a heavier reliance on cars and fewer dating opportunities. It does bring benefits - tighter communities, less competition,...
  • Cruz Co-Sponsors Bill to Defund Sanctuary Cities

    10/08/2015 1:53:42 PM PDT · by conservativejoy · 6 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 10/8/2015 | Cortney O'Brien
     Presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-TX), along with several other senators, helped introduce the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act this week as a means to crack down on illegal immigration. “In light of the threat criminal aliens pose to the safety and security of our communities, we can no longer allow states and municipalities to take federal taxpayer money while turning a blind eye to the illegal aliens in their midst,” Cruz said in a statement. Earlier this year, Cruz introduced Kate’s Law to bring attention to the tragic case of Kate Steinle. Steinle was shot and killed...
  • Former Chicago School Chief Goes Down In MASSIVE Corruption Bust

    10/08/2015 1:38:41 PM PDT · by TexasCajun · 13 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Blake Neff
    The former head of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) was indicted Thursday for allegedly participating in a bribery scheme that illegally influenced more than $20 million in city spending. According to the charges against her, ex-CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett steered a no-bid $20.5 million contract to the consulting company SUPES Academy in return for bribes and the promise of a job after she left her post. Prosecutors claim that Byrd-Bennetts corrupt dealings began in April 2012, when she first arrived in Chicago to work as chief education adviser, and continued for the next three years. U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon said Byrd-Bennett...
  • Ex-Chicago Public Schools leader charged with corruption

    10/08/2015 11:29:48 AM PDT · by detective · 19 replies
    yahoo News ^ | Oct 08, 2015 | MICHAEL TARM
    The former CEO of Chicago Public Schools was indicted on corruption charges Thursday in an alleged bribery and kickback scheme to steer $20 million worth of no-bid contracts to education companies. Barbara Byrd-Bennett was indicted about four months after she resigned amid the investigation into the contract was between the district and SUPES Academy, a training academy where she once worked as a consultant. She was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to lead the nation' third-largest school district in 2012
  • For 1st time, New York City schools close for Muslim holiday

    09/24/2015 1:14:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 24, 2015 2:39 PM EDT
    New York City public schools are closed to observe the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. Thursday was the first time the schools serving 1.1 million pupils closed for a Muslim holiday. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this year that the citys public schools would observe the two Muslim holy days of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.
  • Urban Areas Seeing Spikes In Homicides

    09/01/2015 5:44:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 1, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    Things are getting bloody in Americas cities. Homicide rates are spiking in many U.S. cities. There are different factors that are contributing to the violence, one of them being stringent anti-gun laws, which keep law-abiding citizens disarmed and vulnerable while the criminal elements access remains unmolested. Yet, The New York Times reported that one of the demographics driving the spike in murder rates isnt out of the ordinary. Its young men relying on violence to settle disputes: Cities across the nation are seeing a startling rise in murders after years of declines, and few places have witnessed a shift...
  • Black Lives Matter Boos D.C. Mayor for Saying She'll Put More Police on Street

    08/30/2015 7:54:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 8/30/2015 | BEN NUCKOLS
    The boos began as soon as Washington's mayor said she was putting more police officers on the streets in neighborhoods affected by violent crime. They didn't let up for the next 18 minutes as Democrat Muriel Bowser laid out her plans to address an increase in homicides in the nation's capital. Bowser was repeatedly heckled and interrupted by a few dozen protesters affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement during her address Thursday inside the sweltering gymnasium of a long-shuttered school in southeast Washington. Shouting "Jobs, not jails!" and "More police is not the answer!," the protesters accused the mayor...
  • New York Attorney General orders immediate halt to realistic toy gun sales

    08/04/2015 10:04:28 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 23 replies
    LidTime.com ^ | 08/04/2015 | LidTime.com
    The attorney general is slated to announce today settlements with five retailers, including some industry giants, for selling toy guns that dont fit state appearance requirements. Walmart, which sold 149 illegal toy guns throughout the state, including 20 in New York City, also agreed to pay a $225,000 penalty. Eric Schneiderman says Walmart, Amazon, Kmart, Sears, and online retailer ACTA agreed to the settlement. Rice was shot and killed by patrol officers who said they thought the boys toy gun, which did not have the brightly colored markings indicating it was a toy, was real. All told, the attorney general...
  • As many as 9 people shot during Brooklyn house party

    08/02/2015 3:53:34 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 42 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 2, 2015
    A house party in Brooklyn was cut short Sunday morning when as many as nine people were shot and four others were injured, police officials said. At least one victim was in critical condition and clinging to life early Sunday, law enforcement sources told The Post. The gunfire erupted at a building at the intersection of Stanley Avenue and Crescent Street around 2:30 a.m. The carnage spilled out into the streets; one of the victims was found a block away at Loring Avenue and Crescent. At least four of the victims were at Brookdale Hospital, two of them with injuries...
  • 6 dead, 26 wounded in weekend shootings in Chicago

    07/13/2015 3:09:11 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 13, 2015 | By Peter Nickeas
    An older couple walking on Sawyer Avenue in the Little Village neighborhood slowed as they approached the red police tape, and their eyes met those of two young officers standing inside the crime scene. "Pasale, pasale," the officers said to the couple. "Pass." They ducked under the tape and stayed on the sidewalk, away from a cluster of shell casings and shattered glass. A 21-year-old man had been gunned down there. He was the 32nd person shot -- and the sixth killed -- over the weekend. In all, 10 were shot between Sunday afternoon and early Monday morning, nine more...
  • Mayor Ed Lee Chimes in on Pier 14 Murder, Backs San Francisco's Sanctuary Policy

    07/06/2015 10:17:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    KNTV-TV / The Associated Press ^ | July 6, 2015 | Rhea Mahbubani
    San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is the latest to weigh in on the immigration debate centered around Kathryn Steinles fatal shooting at Pier 14. In a statement released Monday, Lee described feeling "deeply saddened" by the "tragic and senseless death," adding that his "thoughts and prayers" are with the 32-year-old Pleasanton woman's family. "I have spoken with Kathryns family, and they would like everyone to remember their daughter for the wonderful person that she was," he said....
  • Eight Dead, 41 Wounded in Fourth of July Weekend Violence in Chicago

    07/05/2015 3:37:50 PM PDT · by rktman · 52 replies
    nbcchicago.com ^ | 7/5/2015 | unknown
    At least eight people have died and 41 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago this Fourth of July weekend.