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  • Homicide rate surging for black Chicagoans, report finds(BREAKING NEWS ALERT!)

    07/27/2016 9:36:12 AM PDT · by rktman · 29 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | 7/26/2016 | Dan Hinkle
    Chicago's per capita homicide rate climbed over the last decade, and the chances of an African-American being killed in the city spiked drastically, according to a new report. From 2005 to 2015, the city went from 17.3 homicides per 100,000 residents to a rate of about 18.8, according to a report from the Injury Prevention and Research Center at the Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. But the report held particularly troubling news for African-Americans. The rate for blacks in Chicago jumped from 36.1 homicides per 100,000 residents in 2005 to 46.5 a decade later. Other studies have shown steep drops...
  • Pittsburgh police chief among primetime speakers on Day 2 of DNC

    07/26/2016 9:41:42 AM PDT · by surroundedbyblue · 17 replies
    WPXI Pittsburgh ^ | 07/26/2016
    Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay will be one of the primetime speakers at Tuesday's Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. He's expected to speak sometime between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., after former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. McLay will be followed by actor Tony Goldwyn, who plays the president on the TV show 'Scandal.' According to a release by Mayor Bill Peduto's office, McLay will speak about Pittsburgh's efforts to adopt the best practices on community policing. Pittsburgh is one of six cities nationwide participating in the U.S. Department of Justice's National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice. Mayor...
  • Drug Raids Down 75 Percent in Detroit as Police Shift Their Focus

    07/25/2016 12:23:05 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/23/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Narcotics raids by Detroit Police have plummeted over the past three years, something the department said is due to an increased focus on major violators. There were 855 police raids in 2015, according to the city’s 2015 audit that was released in June. That is down from a high of 3,462 raids in 2012. Detroit Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Woody said the department has changed its focus over the last few years. He said there has been a restructuring involving the 80 officers who work in drug enforcement; they are now focused on what he called "major violators." Woody said...
  • Fort Myers nightclub shooting: 2 dead, at least 13 injured

    07/25/2016 2:00:37 AM PDT · by Enchante · 82 replies
    CNN ^ | July 25, 2016 | Christine Sever
    Two people are dead and at least 13 others injured during a shooting at a Fort Myers, Florida, nightclub, according to Captain Jim Mulligan with the Fort Myers Police. Developing story - more to come
  • $15 minimum wage shutters old-school Brooklyn diner

    07/23/2016 9:46:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 74 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 22, 2016 | 10:47pm | Jennifer Bain and Natalie O’Neill
    Say goodbye to the late-night fries and gravy. One of the last classic Brooklyn diners is biting the dust — and soon they’ll all die off due to the state’s minimum-wage increase and other factors, restaurateurs and economic experts predicted Friday. The owner of the four-decade-old, 24-hour greasy spoon, Del Rio Diner in Gravesend, said his place is closing down because he can’t afford to pay cooks $15 an hour, along with rising rents and expensive Health Department inspection fees. …
  • Violent crime soars in LA, up 16 percent since January

    07/22/2016 5:23:37 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 10 replies
    //mynewsla.com ^ | 22 July 2016 | Debbie Sklar
    Violent crime in Los Angeles increased by nearly 16 percent during the first half of this year compared with the same period a year ago, authorities said Friday. Statistics released Friday by the Los Angeles Police Department also showed an increase in property crimes by 3.8 percent, and a 6.3 percent hike in overall crime in the past 12 months. The number of homicides rose by 3.1 percent, from 130 to 134; and the number of shooting victims rose by 1.3 percent, from 537 to 544. The “year to date” figures covered the period from Jan. 1 through July 16....
  • DNC to Build a Wall for Security During National Convention in Philadelphia

    07/22/2016 10:39:51 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Jerome Hudson
    The Secret Service special agent in charge of security during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next month said there will be a security perimeter around the Wells Fargo Complex that will extend higher than five feet. The DNC’s annual event will include “no-scale fencing,” Special Agent James Henry told NBC10.com. Henry noted that the specifics about the “perimeter” have not yet been finalized. This year’s Democratic National Convention will take place July 25-28 in Philadelphia, marking the second time in less than a year that the City of Brotherly Love has hosted a high profile event necessitating a National...
  • Man Who Tossed Fake Bomb Into NYPD Car Is Arrested After Standoff

    07/22/2016 7:36:39 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/21/2016 | Pervaiz Shallwani and Kate King
    New York City police arrested a 52-year-old Queens man who allegedly tossed a fake bomb into a police van in Times Square before engaging officers in an hourslong standoff in Columbus Circle Thursday.Hector Meneses was arrested shortly before 8 a.m. after a more than five-hour stalemate that shut down vehicle traffic to the area and forced subways to bypass Columbus Circle during the early morning rush, authorities said. Mr. Meneses had barricaded himself in his car and told police he had an explosive and wanted to die, New York Police Department Chief of Department James O’Neill said. Police determined there...
  • Detroit Soccer Team Turns to Private Investment to Fund New Stadium

    07/19/2016 11:50:38 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/16/2016 | Anne Schieber
    When Detroit's semipro soccer team needed a bigger stadium to accommodate its growing fan base, it did something unusual. Instead of seeking tax breaks or subsidies to support its ambitions, it turned to private supporters, mostly fans. It did so with the help of the Michigan Invests Locally Exemption or MILE Act. Detroit City FC raised $741,250 from 527 investors to refurbish Hamtramck’s Keyworth Stadium. The team’s first game at its new home, on May 13, was a sellout with 7,410 tickets sold. That was more than double the 3,500 tickets it was limited to selling when the team played...
  • 7 Killed, 52 Wounded In Weekend Shootings Across Chicago

    07/18/2016 6:12:24 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies
    CHICAGO (STMW) — Seven people were killed and at least 52 more were wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday evening and Monday morning, according to Chicago Police.
  • Cleveland is so much more than just a "host city" for the GOP convention

    07/16/2016 11:51:23 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 24 replies
    FoxNews ^ | July 13, 2016 | C.J. Jordan
    As the convention’s deputy director of public and community affairs, my job is to make sure we’re not only promoting our host city, but also thoughtfully engaging with and contributing to the Cleveland community.... Through our Host Committee’s vendor guide, we’ve encouraged groups planning convention-related events to “go local” for the goods and services they need.... Many of our volunteer days are spent with community partners improving Clevelanders’ health and well-being. ... All of this important work is tied together by infrastructure improvements. ...
  • 5 shot at The Agora Friday night, 3 others shot nearby(Hello Cleveland)

    07/16/2016 10:54:21 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    cleveland19.com ^ | 7/16/2016 | Team effort
    CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Friday night was busy for Cleveland police, who were called to multiple locations for shootings on the city's east side. Officers report that five people were injured during a shooting at The Agora, a well-known music venue at 5400 Euclid Ave. Not too far from The Agora, at E. 55th and Payne Avenue, three other people were shot, including two men and one woman. Those are two of the six separate shootings that took place Friday night. One of them involved a woman who was fatally shot multiple times on E. 117th and Sellers. Three other...
  • Day 1 in '30 days no killing' decree (Memphis)

    07/15/2016 3:41:46 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 26 replies
    WMC 5 ^ | 7/11/2016
    While speaking with protesters Sunday night, Memphis Police Department Interim Director Mike Rallings called for a 30-day moratorium on killing. "If y'all want to show me something, show me 30 days," Rallings said. "Black Lives Matter" protesters shut down the Interstate 40 bridge for several hours. Nobody was arrested or injured during the protest. Rallings went to the I-40 bridge protest in person where he and other officers joined arm-in-arm with protesters to march off the bridge. "We ain't pepper prayed nobody; we ain't deployed gas. That's the way it should be. I just wanted--come off the bridge, let's come...
  • White Woman Walks In (Chicago) Black Neighborhood: I'm Sorry Black America

    07/13/2016 7:30:21 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 59 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 12, 2016 | Audrina Bigos
    Just four words: Black America, I'm Sorry. Laurella Willis' methods are turning heads on Chicago’s South Side, CBS 2's Audrina Bigos reports. [Snip] [Willis] says she is sorry about "everything that's going on in America." The violence, the anger, the racial tension, all of it. "I don't want to continue to see Black American being oppressed, and held down and killed like animals," Willis said.
  • Top Democrat Official SHOT TO DEATH in Washington, D.C.

    A top staffer at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was fatally shot in Washington, D.C. on Sunday. Seth Conrad Rich was shot several times a block from his home in D.C.’s neighborhood of Bloomingdale. It happened at 4:20 a.m. on a residential street near a convenience store. He died a few hours later at the local hospital. He was 27 years old: “He wanted to make a difference,” said the victim’s father, Joel I. Rich, 68, in a phone interview from his home in Omaha, Neb. “Politics was in his blood.” The younger Rich had worked on computer database to...
  • Berrien County courthouse shooter identified

    07/11/2016 7:13:23 PM PDT · by SSS Two · 39 replies
    WOOD-TV ^ | July 11, 2016 | Leon Hendrix
    OLOMA, Mich. (WOOD) — Larry Darnell Gordon has been identified as the man who took a deputy’s gun inside the Berrien County Courthouse, fatally shooting two bailiffs and injuring two others. The mother of Gordon’s children, his ex-wife Jessica Gordon, said officers came to her home to notify her of what happened. The sheriff confirmed Gordon’s identity publicly in a news conference shortly after 9 p.m. Monday. The sheriff said a deputy was escorting Gordon from a holding cell to the courtroom when Gordon overpowered the deputy and took his gun before firing shots. Bailiffs Joseph Zangaro and Ronald Kienzle...
  • Gunman fires during vigil for slain Baltimore man; 5 shot

    07/11/2016 8:19:58 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 39 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | July 11, 201 | KASEY JONES
    Police say five people attending a candlelight vigil in for a man killed in west Baltimore were shot when a gunman opened fire on the crowd.
  • Large protest shouting "black lives matter" has shut down major intersection in NYC's Times Square.

    07/07/2016 5:44:24 PM PDT · by ifinnegan · 88 replies
    NBC Twitter ^ | 7/7/16 | NA
    WATCH: Large protest shouting "black lives matter" has shut down major intersection in NYC's Times Square.
  • FOX News Showing Officers Down at Dallas Protest. Shots fired [4 confirmed dead]

    07/07/2016 7:03:00 PM PDT · by Godebert · 2,100 replies
    Numerous officers not moving. Looked like pools of blood near the officers bodies.
  • Chicago averages 10 shootings a day, June crime stats show

    07/01/2016 8:31:39 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    WGN ^ | July 1, 2016
    CHICAGO -- New statistics out Friday show there is an average of 10 shootings in Chicago a day. There were 355 shootings and 429 shooting victims in June. There were also 72 murders last month, up from 46 in June of 2015. At the halfway point for the year, homicides citywide have jumped 49 percent, hitting levels unseen since the late 1990s. Through June 19, Chicago had more homicide than New York City or Los Angeles combined. Chicago police are blaming repeat offenders with illegal guns and ties to gangs. The CPD says it has taken more than 4,300 guns...
  • Baltimore rapper Lor Scoota killed

    06/26/2016 10:57:24 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 47 replies
    cnn.com ^ | June 27, 2016 | Vivian Kuo
    A Baltimore rapper named Tyriece Travon Watson, who went by the stage name Lor Scoota, was fatally shot in broad daylight at a busy intersection in Friday, police said. He was 23 years old. Watson had just left a charity basketball in Baltimore game calling for "peace in the streets" when he was killed. He was driving in his car when an unknown black male wearing a white bandana stepped into the street and opened fire, Baltimore police said. Watson was brought to a local hospital but died from his injuries.
  • Baltimore led nation last year in homicide increase

    06/26/2016 1:53:16 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | June 25, 2016 | Jessica Anderson
    Baltimore had the highest increase in homicides in the nation last year, a criminologist commissioned by the U.S. Department of Justice reported, with more than twice as many extra killings as the three cities that tied for second. The city suffered 127 more homicides in 2015 than in the previous year, Richard Rosenfeld wrote in "Documenting and Explaining the 2015 Homicide Rise: Research Directions," released this month by the Justice Department. Chicago, Houston and Milwaukee came in second with 61 more killings. Cleveland and Washington had 57 more.
  • 18 people shot, 6 fatally, in weekend violence (Chicago)

    06/18/2016 8:26:17 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 67 replies
    ABC7chicago.com ^ | 6/18/16 | Sun-Times Media Wire
    At least 18 people have been shot so far this weekend and six of those victims are dead. One of the shootings happened in the University Village neighborhood early Saturday morning. Two security guards were called to a large outdoor party at a housing complex in the 1300 block of West Hastings. Someone started shooting and a 24-year-old man was shot in the back and killed. The two security guards were wounded.
  • 3 killed, at least 26 others wounded in Chicago shootings

    06/14/2016 6:04:53 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 14, 2016 | By Peter Nickeas, Others
    At least 29 people have been wounded, three fatally, in shootings since midmorning Monday in Chicago, authorities said. At 10:45 p.m., a 21-year-old man died after being shot in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side, police said. The man was walking in the 5600 block of South May Street when someone in a passing black sedan fired shots, striking him in the left side, police said. The man was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was initially listed in serious condition. He was later pronounced dead, said Officer Hector Alfaro, a police spokesman.
  • NYPD welcomes largest, most diverse class of cadets ever (Whites at 19%- Hoorrayyy!!)

    06/11/2016 4:34:15 PM PDT · by ghosthost · 68 replies
    NYPost ^ | 6-10-2016 | Tom O'Connor
    Hispanics make up 39 percent of the new cadet class, in a department that is 27 percent Hispanic, while Asian and Pacific Islanders make up 21.9 percent of the new cadets, or triple the percentage of current officers of that ethnicity. The percentage of black cadets is 16.4 percent, slightly above department demographics, despite efforts by Mayor Bill de Blasio to increase the force’s African-American makeup to 23 percent from the current level of 15 percent. The percentage of whites is 19.8 percent, with the force at 50 percent.
  • Trump Challenges Hillary: Stop Your Support for Refugee Program, Give the Money to Inner City Kids

    06/11/2016 4:55:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 10, 2016 | Julia Hahn
    Donald Trump is calling on Hillary Clinton “to replace her support for increased refugee admissions… with a new job program for our inner cities.” Clinton “wants a 500% increase in Syrian refugees to come into our country,” Trump said at Friday’s Faith and Freedom Summit. Clinton’s plan to resettle 65,000 Syrian migrants would cost U.S. taxpayers over $42 billion over the course of the migrants’ lifetimes, based on projections from Heritage Foundation scholar Robert Rector. Trump said that rather than using taxpayer funds to import foreign migrants from terror-prone regions, Clinton should instead use the funds to help struggling Americans...
  • Detroit [newspaper] editor calls for murdering school-choice supporters

    06/07/2016 1:44:04 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 45 replies
    watchdog.org ^ | 6/7/16 | John Bicknell
    The debate over the future of Detroit’s public schools took a nasty turn over the weekend when the editorial page editor of the Detroit Free Press called for Republican state legislators to be murdered for disagreeing with him. “We really ought to round up the lawmakers who took money to protect and perpetuate the failing charter-school experiment in Detroit, sew them into burlap sacks with rabid animals, and toss them into the Straits of Mackinac,” wrote Stephen Henderson. The crime the lawmakers were guilty of? Supporting expanded choice for Detroit’s failing school system. “A sack. An animal. A lake. No...
  • Chaos Outside Webster Hall as Fans Flock to Would-Be Kanye West Concert (New York)

    06/06/2016 3:57:53 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 12 replies
    NBC New York ^ | 6-6-16 | Lori Bordonaro
    Hundreds of people packed the streets outside Webster Hall in Manhattan's East Village after Kanye West teased a surprise concert there early Monday — but the concert was ultimately canceled as the crowd grew and grew, leading to a frenzied scene that left behind smashed cars and piles of trash. Despite high energy at the unplanned event and a heavy police presence, no one was arrested, according to the NYPD. Photos and video posted online show hundreds, possibly thousands, of people gathered outside the concert venue. Some fans climbed on top of cars and others scaled poles and light posts....
  • Girls beat elderly woman on NYC subway after she asked them to move feet - turned in by mother

    06/04/2016 9:03:55 AM PDT · by heartwood · 89 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | June 3, 2016 | Chris Spargo
    The two teenage girls who are being accused of beating an elderly woman so severely that she had to be rushed to a New York City hospital have reportedly been turned in to police. The New York Daily News reports that police are questioning the two suspects, with the first girl being brought in Friday morning by her mother after she recognized her from surveillance photos released by authorities after the attack. The second suspect was brought in shortly after. The young women were traveling together on a subway car Thursday afternoon when 78-year-old Norma Trotman reportedly approached the two...
  • Seattle's homeless crisis episode 8: Aloha and good riddance to Share and Wheel

    05/30/2016 5:58:23 PM PDT · by mainestategop
    Mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball
    On highway 99 north of Seattle past Denny Way and the space needle is what was once an abandoned hotel that was later taken over by homeless people and made into a community living center and halfway home for the homeless. It is run by the homeless and formerly homeless and is a shining beacon of what personal responsibility, initiative and Christian love can accomplish. Aloha was originally started by SHARE with help from Catholic charities and the archdiocese of Seattle in 1990. At the time, SHARE was in its infancy when share was made up of sturdy yet responsible...
  • Chicago’s Invisible Shooters Wreak Havoc

    05/30/2016 4:05:44 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 25 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 29 May 2016 | justin Glawe
    Some police officers who have spoken to The Daily Beast blame arduous paperwork required for street stops—Chicago’s version of stop and frisk—for this year’s uptick in gun violence. Fewer street stops mean fewer guns being taken off the street. One officer who spoke on the condition of anonymity blamed this system for the shooting spike, saying his fellow cops want nothing to do with the spider’s web of legalities involved every time they stop someone they think might be a shooter... ...“Chicago is dead,” Simmons said staring blankly at the street, the lights, the cars, the scene. “I got a...
  • New York City is about to become a lot more disgusting

    05/26/2016 5:48:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 26, 2016 | Michael Grantland
    Scofflaws of New York, rejoice — the City Council has cleared the way for you to litter, loiter and pee in the street to your heart’s content. New legislation dubbed the “Criminal Justice Reform Act” was passed by lawmakers Wednesday, giving miscreants a get-out-of-jail-free card by eliminating the criminal penalties on a raft of quality-of-life crimes.
  • Study Says Millennials Will Soon Flee Big Cities In Droves

    05/18/2016 6:04:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 66 replies
    Gothamist ^ | May 17, 2016 3:07 PM | Rebecca Fishbein
    The world is still paying attention to millennials and their migration habits, despite Generation Z’s incoming threat. And while millennials appear to like cities, thanks to their good public transportation and myriad Apple Stores, a new study says some of the world’s biggest urban areas are in danger of losing their young people in the next 10 years. Global initiative group YouthfulCities interviewed 15,000 millennials in 34 cities all over the world, splitting them up by continent. And of those millennials, 58 percent said they planned to leave their city within the next decade, noting that they’re being driven out...
  • Milwaukee Public Schools Spending $471,073 on 'Black Lives Matter'

    05/16/2016 8:06:12 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 22 replies
    1130 WISN ^ | 5/12/2016
    Milwaukee Public Schools has included nearly a half million dollars for "Black Lives Matter" in its list of expenditures included the 2017 budget proposal it published in Wednesday's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Interestingly enough, the district plans to spend nearly as much on "Black Lives Matter" as it plans to spend on College Access Centers, Universal Driver Education, and Advanced Studies of World Languages. "We’re doing this work because national and local studies tell us young men of color in Wisconsin and Milwaukee are more likely to be represented disproportionally in the justice system and less likely to be represented proportionally...
  • High schoolers, 14 and 15, 'live streamed themselves having a threesome at Barack Obama school

    05/13/2016 11:31:52 AM PDT · by dead · 72 replies
    Two teenage girls from a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, school live streamed sex acts with a teenage boy while their classmates watched through Facebook Live at school, authorities said. Milwaukee Police have asked Facebook to hand over information from the account of a 14-year-old girl after saying two juvenile girls in the video could be charged with 'exposing a child to harmful material'. The 15-year-old boy was not listed as a suspect on the police warrant. An investigation into the incident was prompted in January after staff at Barack Obama School - which houses students in grades kindergarten through 12th - became...
  • 49 shootings, 7 fatal, during violent Mother's Day weekend

    05/09/2016 7:57:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    ABC News Chicago ^ | May 9, 2016 | by Will Jones
    CHICAGO (WLS) - The violence plaguing Chicago did not stop this Mother's Day weekend. At least 49 people were shot and seven died over the last three days in locations all over the city. On Friday, mothers who lost children to violence pleaded for calm over the weekend, but their pleas seemed to fall on deaf ears. Community members spoke out against the violence on a weekend when mothers are supposed to be spending time with their children, not saying goodbye.
  • In Deeply Divided Chicago, Most Agree: City Is Off Course

    05/06/2016 11:58:35 AM PDT · by TroutStalker · 50 replies
    NY Times ^ | MAY 6, 2016 | MONICA DAVEY and GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO
    The people of Chicago are deeply riven by race, class and neighborhood, distrustful of the police, fearful of the growing rate of violent crime and united chiefly in their disapproval of the mayor’s performance and their conviction that the city is headed down the wrong track. These are among findings of a new survey by The New York Times and the Kaiser Family Foundation, which polled residents of a city that has been upended in recent months by revelations of questionable actions by the police, threats of a teachers’ strike, a school funding crisis and an uptick in violence. The...
  • Man Hijacks Metrobus; Pedestrian Fatally Struck: Police (Armed Teens Hijack DC Metro Bus)

    05/03/2016 9:07:00 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 28 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...
  • 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.
  • Student dies after being assaulted inside high school in Wilmington, Del.

    04/21/2016 4:36:30 PM PDT · by Morgana · 96 replies
    6abc.com ^ | April 21, 2016 | abc.com
    WILMINGTON, Del. (WPVI) -- A 16-year-old student has died after she was assaulted by several other students inside a high school bathroom in Wilmington, Delaware. It happened at the Howard High School of Technology in the 400 block of East 12th Street on Thursday morning. At a vigil Thursday night, friends and classmates identified the girl as Amy Joyner, a sophomore. Police are awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine her exact cause of death. No charges have been announced. Two girls and several witnesses are at the Wilmington Police Department being interviewed by detectives. Mayor Dennis Williams had...
  • DOT pushing highway projects to help revitalize urban areas

    04/15/2016 10:54:14 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 31, 2016 | Melanie Zanona
    Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is calling for infrastructure projects he says can help revitalize urban areas and close gaps in economic inequality. The new Department of Transportation (DOT) push will place a greater emphasis on projects that connect people who live in low-income and minority neighborhoods to “areas of opportunity” and prioritize projects that encourage investment in underserved communities. It's part of a fight against the tendency for highway projects to be routed through low-income and minority neighborhoods. Foxx on Wednesday said that, after the interstate highway system began, bulldozing urban areas to build roads that bypassed the communities they...
  • 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.
  • A farm deep inside a Brooklyn warehouse may lead the way to large-scale urban agriculture

    04/10/2016 6:57:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Crain's New York Business ^ | April 10, 2016 | Cara Eisenpress
    Here’s one way to grow food in an urban environment: Raise a school of tilapia in a tank. Filter out the nitrogen-rich waste, and let naturally occurring bacteria transform it from ammonia into nitrate. Run that naturally derived fertilizer beneath the roots of greens, herbs and peppers. Let the veggies flourish beneath LED lights. Harvest the vegetables. Later, harvest the fish. Cook and serve. Known as aquaponics, this complicated but efficient ecosystem is the latest attempt at making agriculture commercially viable in New York City—even though it has a spotty history, a not-quite-proven track record and plenty of skeptics. “We...
  • Winston Moseley, 81, Killer of Kitty Genovese, Dies in Prison

    04/04/2016 3:23:14 PM PDT · by Borges · 38 replies
    NYT ^ | Robert McFadden
    Winston Moseley, who stalked, raped and killed Kitty Genovese in a prolonged knife attack in New York in 1964 while neighbors failed to act on her desperate cries for help — a nightmarish tableau that came to symbolize urban apathy in America — died on March 28, in prison. He was 81.
  • Trooper killer was from a Chicago suburb with a long record and anger at police

    04/01/2016 5:47:24 AM PDT · by IChing · 48 replies
    WTVR.com ^ | 4/1/16 | Mark Holmberg
    (VIDEO) RICHMOND, Va. -- Why? Why did the shooter open fire as soon as state Trooper Chad P. Dermyer approached him at Richmond's Greyhound bus station? Why did he keep shooting and fighting till the end, as state police superintendent Col. Steven Flaherty described Thursday night? Why was he in Richmond? An official source identified the shooter as 34-year-old James Brown III of Aurora, Illinois. CBS 6 found a James Brown III., an African-American with a long criminal history in Aurora, whose date of birth matches up with the information from our source. Brown is well known to police there....
  • Caught on Video: Confrontation Over Man’s Dreadlocks at San Francisco State Prompts Investigation

    03/29/2016 4:02:14 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 37 replies
    ktla ^ | 3-29-16 | ktla
    San Francisco State University said Tuesday it was investigating an incident captured on video in which a black woman confronted a white man on campus for wearing dreadlocks. In a video posted on YouTube on Monday, the man and woman can be heard arguing in a hallway about his hair. “You’re saying that I can’t have a hair style because of your culture? Why?” the man said. “Because it’s my culture,” she said.
  • Watch: Rat Crawls Up Sleeping Subway Rider's Neck

    03/29/2016 1:32:55 PM PDT · by samtheman · 29 replies
    The man who shot the video said the rider shrieked in horror once he woke up
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Navy makes something positive out of Chicago violence

    03/24/2016 5:52:11 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 5 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 03/19/2016 | Mark Brown
    Chicago Brown: Navy makes something positive out of Chicago violence Mark Brown This is a good news story, but underlying it is a bleak reality. The volume of gunshot wounds and other trauma cases treated at Stroger Hospital is so high that the U.S. Navy has teamed up the past two years with the hospital’s prestigious trauma unit to keep its medical personnel better prepared for their next deployment. The Navy guys might see as much action in a typical night at Stroger as they would if they were in a combat setting. Let that sink in for a minute....