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  • The Number of Children in L.A. Is Shrinking — Which Could Be a Disaster

    03/09/2017 4:41:20 AM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    LA Weekly, ^ | MARCH 2, 2017 | HILLEL ARON
    LAUSD .. schools are under-enrolled. "There are places where we have schools that are basically four blocks away from each other — and at a time, that made sense," Rodriguez says. Now, he says, "Buildings built for 1,000 kids may have something like 400. "It's expensive." ... Today, LAUSD's enrollment is around 514,000, a number that the district estimates will fall below half a million by 2018. But L.A. Unified's costs have not gone down. They've gone up. This year's $7.59 billion budget is half a billion dollars more than last year's. The nation's second largest school district is facing...
  • Over A Murder A Day In Baltimore For 2017

    02/27/2017 1:05:11 PM PST · by RC one · 22 replies
    cbs local ^ | 2/10/17
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore is averaging a murder a day in 2017. And there seems to be no end in sight to the bloodshed. While there’s progress between police and the community, the number of killing continues to soar. In some parts of Baltimore, the number of killings is out of control. The city has seen more than one murder every day this year.“Back in the 90s, I could sit in my living room with the door open and wouldn’t have to worry about somebody running through the kill me or nothing,” says Jason Brooks, who’s lived in west Baltimore...
  • Massive chair-hurling brawl breaks out in Bronx Seafood City family eatery

    02/27/2017 5:37:21 AM PST · by kevcol · 52 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | February 25, 2017 | Jordan Gass-Poore
    Multiple people used chairs to viciously beat one another at a Bronx, New York, family restaurant, according to police and video footage of the incident. Video captured the chaos at Seafood City on City Island Avenue. The fight kicked off at 9:45pm on Thursday night, police said. People can be seen tossing and using chairs as shields in the restaurant's large dining room.
  • Orioles exec: Trump apology before first pitch

    02/24/2017 2:30:59 PM PST · by detective · 117 replies
    MSN News ^ | February 24, 2017
    A Baltimore Orioles executive says he'd prefer President Trump not throw out a first pitch at Camden Yards without first apologizing for statements that could be viewed as problematic "from a race, ethnicity, religious, gender, disability" standpoint.   John Angelos, son of owner Peter Angelos and the Orioles' executive vice president and chief operating officer, said on a Baltimore-based podcast that divisive rhetoric and actions during Trump's campaign and since his swearing-in require that the president re-double efforts to embrace all members of the community.
  • Ivanka Trump visits center for minority-owned businesses

    02/22/2017 4:11:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Columbus Republic ^ | February 22, 2017 | Catherine Lucey, The Associated Press
    Ivanka Trump has expanded her research on economic policy with a visit to a Baltimore center for minority-owned small businesses. A White House official confirmed the Wednesday visit to the Raymond V. Haysbert Center for Entrepreneurship at the Greater Baltimore Urban League. The official said Trump participated in a round table discussion with business owners....
  • Boston Is a Shooters’ Paradise [ 96% of Gunmen never arrested]

    02/12/2017 8:18:11 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 20 replies
    More than 96 percent of gunmen involved in non-fatal shootings are never arrested in Boston. The cops know it—but will they do anything about it? In response to such low numbers, officials at the BPD and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office smile and claim they’re doing just fine. Non-fatal shootings are tough cases to solve, they argue, usually occurring outdoors, where it’s difficult to locate physical evidence. The task is made even harder, police say, because witnesses generally refuse to cooperate and help identify shooters. No matter how you parse the numbers, though, one thing has become alarmingly clear:...
  • Principal Says Trump is Worse than 9-11 Terrorist Attacks

    02/11/2017 6:20:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2017 | Todd Starnes
    The principal of a fancy New York City private school says the election of President Trump is worse than the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.Steve Nelson, principal of The Calhoun School, fired off a hate-filled email to parents blasting the president. He also said Trump's election would be more devastating than Vietnam, Watergate and the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Junior.Click here to get your copy of Todd’s new book – “The Deplorables’ Guide to Making America Great Again!” Liberals say it is truly deplorable!“I walked the complex inner-city streets of Cleveland during the racial unrest of the...
  • Museum shuts down Shia LaBeouf’s anti-Trump exhibit

    02/10/2017 6:56:16 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 54 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 10, 2017 | Carl Campanile
    A Queens museum said Friday it is shuttering its controversial anti-President Trump exhibit dreamed up by actor Shia LaBeouf, conceding that the installation has become a “flashpoint for violence,” The Post has learned. A webcam mounted on a wall outside Astoria’s Museum of the Moving Image — titled “HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US” — began filming on Inauguration Day, and was to be in place 24/7, for the duration of Trump’s presidency.
  • It’s Time to Create a Megacities Combat Unit

    01/31/2017 6:43:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 42 replies
    Modern War Institute ^ | January 31, 2017 | John Spencer
    Every year, more and more of the world’s population moves into cities. The number of megacities is growing exponentially. Both of these global patterns and their inevitable consequences for military operations are well documented. Yet we still do not have units that are even remotely prepared to operate in megacities. If we want to find success on the urban battlefields the US Army will inevitably find itself fighting on in the future, that needs to change.
  • Daily Beast editor: Non-Cosmopolitan Rural Voters For Trump are the ‘Real Problem’

    01/29/2017 10:34:31 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 83 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Message from MSNBC to you hicks out in the sticks: the people who gave us Le Pen, Brexit and now, Trump represent the “real problem.” Unlike we city dwellers, you don’t “mix” and “get along together” with people from “cosmopolitan cultures.” . . . Then came the pičce de résistance—Dickey’s swipe at the great rural unwashed: “the voters who cast their ballots for Marine Le Pen, for Brexit, for Donald Trump, they’re not the people who are part of those cities, those cosmopolitan cultures where people mix and get along together. That is the real problem. That’s the divide we...
  • Ikea’s City Bike Hits U.S. Stores Next Month For $399

    01/29/2017 4:13:08 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 91 replies
    geek.com ^ | January 19, 2017 | Lee Mathews
    There’s a big new addition coming to Ikea stores next month. It’s not a piece of furniture, and it’s definitely not edible. It’s a city bike called Sladda.
  • Can Trump really “send the feds in” to Chicago? Isn't this Rahm Emanuel's Problem?

    01/25/2017 12:41:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/25/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    I’ve long since lost track of how many stories we’ve covered here about the skyrocketing murder rate and gang violence problems in the Windy City. (Talk about American carnage.) It seems that the new President hasn’t forgotten about it either and he took to Twitter this week to deliver something of an ultimatum to Mayor Rahm Emanuel… get your crime problem under control or I’m going to fix it for you. This is obviously a move designed to pick a fight with a high profile Democrat while reinforcing his plans to bolster law enforcement, so it’s going to lead...
  • 42-year-old Asim Kieta accused of trying to blow up Boston Police cruiser

    01/22/2017 4:12:51 PM PST · by lescrane · 30 replies
    Masslive ^ | 1/22/2017 | lescrane
    Police have arrested a 42-year-old man on charges he tried to blow up a Boston Police cruiser Friday morning. Boston Police Commissioner William Evans announced Sunday that police arrested Asim Kieta on arson, assault with intent to murder and other charges Saturday night in Charlestown. Police said Kieta is homeless but is from the Dorchester area. Investigators are now working on a possible motive. "We're not clear on the motive," Evans said. "He has a lengthy criminal past. He's been in and out of jail. The commissioner said police are trying to determine "whether there is a hatred for police...
  • $10K bail for man accused of pushing cop off bike during Trump protest (Chicago)

    01/21/2017 11:06:07 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 31 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 21, 2017 | By Rosemary Regina Sobol
    A man accused of shoving a police officer from his bicycle during a demonstration to protest Donald Trump's inauguration as president Friday night was ordered held on $10,000 bail. The incident started a few blocks away from Trump Tower in the first block of West Kinzie Street about 11 p.m. when the officer told Matthew J. Jennings he was not allowed to walk in the street and asked him to move to the sidewalk, according to a police report. Jennings, 22, then pushed the officer off his bicycle, causing the officer to fall and hit the ground and suffer minor...
  • Jesse Jackson: Trump's inauguration speech was 'full of hope and inclusion'

    01/22/2017 2:11:56 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    WPXI-TV ^ | January 21, 2017 | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    Not long after President Donald Trump was sworn in, we happened to run into the Rev. Jesse Jackson on the street. He gave a thumbs-up to Trump’s inauguration speech but said the new commander in chief has much work to do in order to unify a nation riven by a divisive campaign. “The speech was full of hope and inclusion and he reached out to cities in a way they’ve not been reached out to for a long time,” he said. “But with that must come a target, a timetable and a budget.” Trump’s speech hit many of the populist...
  • Groups come together to protest Donald Trump, promote socialism in Boston

    01/19/2017 7:33:57 PM PST · by massmike · 26 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 01/19/2017 | Antonio Planas
    Pushing a socialist agenda and saying they fear a Trump administration, thousands of demonstrators are expected to take to the Common tomorrow night to protest the inauguration. Eight activist groups under the umbrella of “Socialist Alternative” have dubbed the event “Occupy Inauguration.” Their issues include: •  Making Boston a sanctuary city while stopping deportations of illegal immigrants. • Stopping mass incarceration of minorities. • Legislating gay and transgender rights. • Taxing the “super-rich like Trump” to fund universal health care and free college tuition. “I’m personally afraid of his presidency,” said Keely Mullen, 22, of Roxbury, one of the organizers....
  • Santa Ana's status as sanctuary city made official

    01/18/2017 2:21:15 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 23 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | Jan. 17, 2017 | JESSICA KWONG
    Three days before Donald Trump assumes the presidency, Orange County’s second-largest city has enacted a law making it a sanctuary for all residents, regardless of immigration status.
  • 3 shot, 5 others injured at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park on MLK Day (Miami)

    01/16/2017 2:36:11 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 18 replies
    wsvn.com ^ | January 16, 2047 | Nicole Lopez-Alvar | Ann Keil
    NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - Police and fire rescue crews are on the scene after three people were shot and five others were injured at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park. Miami-Dade Police was among the multiple agencies that responded to the scene of the shooting at 6011 N.W. 32nd Avenue, in Northwest Miami-Dade, Monday just before 4 p.m. At around 5:20 p.m., Miami-Dade Police tweeted out that they had detained two people and recovered two weapons from the scene.
  • DL Hughley Blasts Donald Trump for Using Black Celebrtities as 'Photo Ops'

    01/14/2017 7:47:18 PM PST · by drewh · 29 replies
    Hip Hip DX ^ | jan 14 2017 11:12 | Ural Garrett
    Obviously, President-elect Donald Trump isn’t a favorite with African Americans considering he won his impending position with only eight percent of the black vote. Those bottom-tier numbers also reflect the support he’s gotten from melanin-rich celebrities as well (outside of Kanye West). Steve Harvey also caught flak on Friday (January 13) for visiting the president-elect at Trump Towers and announcing his plans to work with Department of Housing and Urban Development lead Ben Carson. One outspoken comedian that’s had enough is D.L. Hughley, who went to social media to speak on his disgust with Donald Trump and his use of...
  • Congressman John Lewis should finally focus on the burning and crime infested inner-cities ...

    01/14/2017 4:32:46 PM PST · by SMGFan · 37 replies
    Congressman John Lewis should finally focus on the burning and crime infested inner-cities of the U.S. I can use all the help I can get! 7:22 PM - 14 Jan 2017
  • Training aims to help police better serve LGBT community [Providence RI]

    01/14/2017 2:12:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 14, 2017 3:09 PM EST
    Providence police are introducing additional training to help officers interact with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Mayor Jorge Elorza and Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements say they’re dedicated to creating LGBT-inclusive policies for members of the department as well as specific training curriculum for the next police academy. Clements says the goal is to help officers become more aware of issues facing the LGBT community in Providence. Elorza, a Democrat, says the training is a way to let the Providence community know the city supports it and is ready to respond to their needs. …
  • Debunking Loretta Lynch's One-Sided 'Chicago Cops Are Racist Villains' Statistics

    01/14/2017 10:31:54 AM PST · by Rockitz · 23 replies
    ZeroHedge.com ^ | 14 January 2017 | Tyler Durden
    Is it fake news when on MLK weekend Loretta Lynch issues a scorching 164 page report blasting Chicago police for using force on Blacks 10 times more often then Whites... but nowhere mentioning that Blacks are murdered 15 times more often than Whites, or that Blacks are the murders 20 times more often than Whites, or that Police are 30 times more often to be killed by a Black than by a White? Seems like a shot in the face at Jeff Sessions and a gift to BLM and civil rights leaders, in the final hour... Statistical Ideas' blog's Salil...
  • President-elect Trump Attacks Civil Rights Icon Who Said His Presidency Not 'Legitimate'

    01/14/2017 1:40:05 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 112 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 14, 2017 | Alexander Mallin
    President-elect Donald Trump unleashed a Twitter attack on Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis, after the lawmaker said he wouldn't attend Trump's inauguration because he doesn't see him as a "legitimate president." Lewis in an interview with NBC on Friday cited Russia's meddling in the election for his view on the legitimacy of the presidential election results, and his comments stoked controversy with Republicans and debate inside the Democratic Party. "I don't see this president-elect as a legitimate president," Lewis said.
  • Trump speaks with entertainer Steve Harvey about helping U.S. cities

    01/13/2017 3:41:04 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 36 replies
    al Rooters via Yahoo ^ | 2017-01-13 | al Rooters
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump and Housing Secretary-designate Ben Carson spoke with entertainer and talk show host Steve Harvey on Friday to discuss an effort by the incoming administration to seek positive changes in U.S. inner cities.
  • Immigrants Are Flocking To Chicago Before Trump’s Inauguration Because It’s A ‘Sanctuary City’

    01/12/2017 9:10:51 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 43 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 01/12/17 | Alex Pfeiffer
    The Mexican consul in Chicago said that immigrants are flocking to the Windy City before Donald Trump becomes president because Chicago is a sanctuary city, according to a report Tuesday in El Financiero. Carlos Martin Jimenez was speaking at a recent gathering of Mexican ambassadors and consuls in Mexico City and said that Mexicans in Indiana and Wisconsin are coming to the Chicago consulate due to it being a sanctuary for illegal immigrants.
  • The Black Community and Crime

    01/11/2017 2:42:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2017 | Walter E. Williams
    The FBI reported that the total number of homicides in 2015 was 15,696. Blacks were about 52 percent of homicide victims. That means about 8,100 black lives were ended violently, and over 90 percent of the time, the perpetrator was another black. Listening to the news media and the Black Lives Matter movement, one would think that black deaths at the hands of police are the major problem. It turns out that in 2015, police across the nation shot and killed 986 people. Of that number, 495 were white (50 percent), 258 were black (26 percent) and 172 Hispanic (17...
  • Why some Philly women are clamoring for contraception before Inauguration Day

    01/11/2017 1:03:46 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 38 replies
    Why some Philly women are clamoring for contraception before Inauguration Day by Sarah Horvath, M.D. Twitter icon @phillyhealthsci “As long as it’s before the inauguration.” “Anytime before the new Congress takes over.” “Before Obama leaves office…” Women are frantically calling our Philadelphia contraceptive clinic to get their IUDs, implants and sterilizations before Jan. 20. It used to be that women scheduled contraception around life events – weddings, desired number of children, education and career goals. Now they are scheduling appointments around the congressional calendar. They fear that a new administration will take away their contraceptive coverage. And for good reason....
  • The Other Tragedy of the Chicago Torture Video

    01/09/2017 6:02:52 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 30 replies
    Time ^ | Jan. 6, 2017 | Tavis Smiley
    All four suspects in the Chicago torture video now face charges of aggravated battery, hate crimes and kidnapping. See Jordon, Tesfaye, Brittany and Tanishia. See the crime they committed. See how swift justice is dispensed when the perpetrators, rather than the victims, are black. I’m having such a hard time trying to compartmentalize my feelings about the videotaped torture of this precious young man. Let me tell you why.
  • FACEBOOK LIVE TORTURE 4 SUSPECTS CHARGED WITH A HATE CRIME

    01/05/2017 11:42:57 AM PST · by RummyChick · 98 replies
    tmz ^ | 1/5/17 | tmz
    Chicago cops just slapped 4 suspects with multiple charges -- including hate crime -- for kidnapping and torturing the 18-year-old man in that horrific Facebook Live video. Jordan Hill, Tesfaye Cooper, Brittany Covington and Tanishia Covington were charged Thursday with aggravated kidnapping, hate crime, aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Jordan was additionally charged with robbery and possession of a stolen vehicle. Three of the 4, including Jordan, were also charged with residential burglary. The victim had been missing since Sunday and was found disoriented Wednesday. Cops later identified him as the man in the social...
  • Chicago Is Breaking: The Celebration of Thugs Creates More Thugs

    01/06/2017 7:10:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/06/2017 | David French
    The video is horrible. A young white man is bound and gagged on the floor, huddled in a corner. A group of black men and women beat him, kick him, and cut his hair until his scalp bleeds. One of the men yells, “F*** white people. F*** Donald Trump.” It happened in Chicago. It was all streamed on Facebook Live. Chicago, of course, is the city that’s become the “nation’s abattoir,” with more murders than Los Angeles and New York City combined. And this is the second Chicago video in two months showing black suspects beating a white victim...
  • 4 in custody after mentally disabled man tied up, tortured on Facebook Live

    01/04/2017 4:04:36 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 28 replies
    Fox 32 ^ | Jan 4 2017 | Lisa Chavarria
    Investigators are looking into a Facebook live video showing a group of people holding a young man hostage VIDEO AT LINK
  • 762 murdered in Chicago in 2016, CPD releases plan to curb violence

    01/02/2017 3:30:03 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 48 replies
    abc7chicago.com ^ | January 01, 2017 | Michelle Gallardo and Laura Podesta
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago police have released crime statistics from 2016, with a police spokesman calling it an "unacceptable rise in violence." In the worst violence in nearly 20 years, Chicago saw 762 murders, 3,550 shooting incidents and 4,331 shooting victims.
  • More than 60 shot, 11 killed over holiday weekend in Chicago

    12/27/2016 6:07:31 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 54 replies
    wgntv.com ^ | December 27, 2016 | Erik Runge
    CHICAGO -- More than 60 people were shot over the holiday weekend, 11 of them fatally. One of the most recent shootings left two teenage girls injured, one critically. It happened just after 11:30 p.m. Monday outside of Leland Giants Park. The 14-year-old was with a 13-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy in a van. The 13-year-old's father had just left the van to speak with someone in a nearby house when two people came up and fired shots into the vehicle, police said. While the 13-year-old sustained a graze wound and is in stable condition, the 14-year-old was shot...
  • 8 malls across America evacuated and closed down right now due to fights.

    12/26/2016 7:21:47 PM PST · by SaxxonWoods · 104 replies
    9News.com ^ | 12/22/2016 | vanity
    Source given is just one example. All reports can be found at BreakingNews.com. Things are getting our out of control. Aurora, Colorado mall closed until Wednesday morning.
  • A Rally In Solidarity With New Yorkers Anxious About Trump Policies

    12/26/2016 7:50:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    News India Times ^ | December 26, 2016 | Staff
    Less than a month before the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, New Yorkers, including elected officials, community organizations and civil rights advocacy groups, marched from Dag Hammarskjold Plaza near the United Nations to Trump Tower on the International Migrants Day Dec. 18, to support New York’s immigrants and to protect them from the anti-immigrant policies repeatedly spoken about by Trump during his campaign. Thousands of New Yorkers came out on the streets on the International Migrants Day to attend the “March for Immigrant New York”, organized by the New York Immigration Coalition and sponsored by 85 organizations, including Chhaya CDC...
  • Unmerry Christmas: Mass Brawls Break Out Across America's Malls

    12/25/2016 9:29:02 PM PST · by blam · 44 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12-25-2016 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler DurdenDecember 25, 2016 During this season of joy and celebration, it appears not everyone is full of Christmas spirit. Last minute holiday shoppers have been filmed brawling with each other in New Jersey, Alabama, and Georgia shopping malls ahead of the holidays. As The Daily Mail captures on video, a fight broke out at Jersey City's Newport Center Mall on Friday night when two people started punching each other in the middle of a huge crowd. As onlookers gathered around while several people hit each other, a separate fight broke out off to the side. Multiple security guards tried...
  • Disgraceful scenes as fight breaks out at shopping centre on Christmas Eve

    12/25/2016 11:35:08 AM PST · by kevcol · 17 replies
    Express-UK ^ | December 25, 2016 | Cyrus Engineer
    Footage from the Newport Centre Mall in New Jersey shows two people attacking each other as security guards frantically try to keep the situation from boiling over. The fight broke out close to a queue of children waiting to meet the shopping centre’s Santa. One shopper, known only as Larissa, told the New Jersey Journal: “I just seen a bunch of flying fists and I seen the securest guards getting punched and anyone that was in the way getting punched.
  • At Least 27 Shot, 7 Fatally, in Chicago Over Christmas Weekend

    12/25/2016 6:26:36 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 25, 2016 | Katie Rogers
    At least 27 people were shot, seven fatally, in a 48-hour period in Chicago over Christmas weekend, according to the Chicago Police Department. It was the latest bloody chapter in a city besieged by gun violence.
  • Say goodbye to toll gates in NYC

    12/21/2016 2:53:18 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 73 replies
    Toll gates at the Big Apple’s bridges and tunnels will disappear next year as a cashless system is rolled out, Gov. Cuomo announced Wednesday. The new system will be set up beginning in January at the Queens-Midtown and Hugh Carey tunnels, and then throughout the year at the Rockaway, RFK, Verrazano-Narrows, Throgs Neck and Bronx-Whitestone bridges. The system will collect money from drivers using E-ZPass. Those without E-ZPass will get their license plates recorded and receive a bill within 30 days. They will have 30 days to pay. All license plates will be scanned and scofflaws will be ticketed immediately....
  • The Tent Cities of San Francisco

    12/18/2016 12:22:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    New York Times ^ | DEC. 17, 2016 | DANIEL DUANE
    California may be the new capital of American liberalism, but everybody who likes the sound of that ought to consider the fate of three recent San Francisco ballot initiatives. The first, Proposition Q, aimed to eliminate homeless people’s unsightly tent camps by banning sidewalk tents and empowering the police to confiscate them with 24 hours notice so long as occupants were offered beds in shelters. San Francisco has only 1,203 emergency adult shelter beds, for a homeless population of 6,700, but a second initiative, Proposition J, promised to ease that shortfall by earmarking $50 million a year from a small...
  • GOP Again Eyes Sanctuary Cities Ban Due to Political Tide

    12/18/2016 1:56:32 PM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 33 replies
    ABC news via AP ^ | December 18, 2016 | Jim Vertuno
    Texas Republicans have spent years trying to crack down on illegal immigration across the southern border with Mexico. Emboldened by the election of Donald Trump, however, the time may finally be right for the GOP to mobilize an assault on loosely defined "sanctuary cities," especially with two large counties eyeing such policies. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has pushed the issue to the front of his unofficial agenda for 2017, pledging in interviews and on social media to sign into law a "ban" on cities and local governments that are seen as protecting people in the U.S. illegally, with sanctions such...
  • 3-year-old fatally shot during road rage incident (Little Rock, Arkansas)

    12/17/2016 10:40:40 PM PST · by seacapn · 16 replies
    KATV-7 (ABC) Little Rock ^ | Saturday, December 17th 2016 | Sarafina Brooks
    LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — The Little Rock Police Department confirms a 3-year-old boy is dead after he was shot during a road rage incident Saturday. According to police, the shooting occurred in southwest Little Rock. The child's grandmother was driving the car and taking her grandson shopping when the incident occurred. Police believe she and the victim were completely innocent and have no relationship with the suspect. The child was discovered to be fatally wounded at the JCPenney store in the Shackleford Crossings shopping center in west Little Rock. Police are now looking for an older black Chevrolet Impala being...
  • Beloved Harlem deer died for the sins of Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio

    12/17/2016 5:21:05 AM PST · by NYer · 34 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | December 17, 2016 | Gersh Kuntzman
    Of all of the players in the zoological drama that led to today’s death of Harlem’s beloved deer — Mayor de Blasio, Gov. Cuomo and the cervine himself — only the deer is completely innocent. Inside the Gov. Cuomo, Mayor De Blasio feud The governor and the mayor? Perhaps someone can arrange for both of them to be transported elsewhere.One-antlered Harlem deer dies immediately after life is spared In happier times: The deer in Jackie Robinson Park earlier this week.(Andrew Savulich/New York Daily News) Let’s remember the facts: Sometime late last month or early this month, a deer showed up in...
  • Why the Ghost Ship 'slipped through the cracks' of Oakland inspectors despite repeated safety...

    12/13/2016 6:45:36 PM PST · by SteveH · 22 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 10, 2016 | Joseph Serna, Richard Winton, Ben Poston and Veronica Rocha
    The fact that the warehouse was not on the fire inspection system is puzzling because the city Fire Prevention Bureau is required to conduct annual inspections of all commercial buildings and multifamily residences, according to city ordinance. Some former residents described the warehouse as a cluttered “death trap” lacking fire sprinklers and filled with debris and exposed wires. Some said they made complaints to the city. People rented space in the building even though it was zoned only for warehouse use. The death toll from the fire was so high because the warehouse was hosting an unpermitted concert that night....
  • Report: Too many votes registered in Detroit precincts

    12/13/2016 10:55:34 AM PST · by Behind the Blue Wall · 78 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 13, 2016 | Rebecca Savransky
    Voting machines in 37 percent of Detroit's precincts registered too many votes in the presidential election last month, the Detroit News reported Tuesday. Records from Wayne County show optical scanners in 248 of the city's 662 precincts registered more ballots than the number of votes tallied in the poll books. The city's voting irregularities prompted a call for an audit by Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson's office, according to the publication.
  • 25 Cities On The Brink Of Disaster: "Don't Be Here When Things Get Violent, Unsafe, & Fragile"

    12/12/2016 9:10:49 PM PST · by Perseverando · 58 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | December 12, 2016 | Submitted by Mac Slavo via SHTFPlan.com,
    The 21st Century is inching ever closer towards chaos… and the time to get out of the big city is upon us. With economic conditions, growing crises, desperate populations looking to scratch by, and more hatred and division than at any previous point in American history, the city has become a dangerous and unruly setting – and finding yourseld in one that is falling apart could be the worst mistake you ever make. People are living in bigger urban zones than ever before… these megacities are the hotspots of global activity. But many are also proving to be the most...
  • Norfolk Treasurer Anthony Burfoot found guilty on 6 counts in federal public corruption trial

    12/09/2016 7:47:04 PM PST · by csvset · 9 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | 9 DEC 2016 | Scott Daugherty and Eric Hartley
    NORFOLK Anthony Burfoot sold his City Council votes to benefit developers for six years and then lied about it when questioned in federal court, a jury found Friday. The city’s treasurer, who previously served as vice mayor, was convicted on six of eight public corruption and perjury charges. He can remain free until he is sentenced April 17 in U.S. District Court, but he must submit to the supervision of a federal probation officer. Burfoot – who plans to appeal and continue working at the treasurer’s office while that’s pending – faces the possibility of 90 years in prison but...
  • Emanuel To Meet Trump In New York

    12/07/2016 6:29:55 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 42 replies
    CBSlocal ^ | December 7, 2016
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A few weeks after speaking to President-elect Donald Trump about the White House transition, Mayor Rahm Emanuel was scheduled to meet with Trump in New York. Earlier this week, the mayor confirmed Trump called him after winning the race for president, because of Emanuel’s experience as a top adviser to two presidents. “The president-elect is aware, obviously, I’ve worked for two presidents in different positions – a senior adviser for President Clinton, chief of staff for President Obama – and I’ve worked on their transitions. I think you also know that we talked about a host of...
  • Veterans’ group Chicago suspects being ‘muscled’ by city out of facility near proposed Obama library

    12/06/2016 1:25:38 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 15, 2016 | Joseph Weber
    Veterans’ group in Chicago suspects being ‘muscled’ by city out of facility near proposed Obama library By Joseph Weber Published May 15, 2016 FoxNews.com A charity group that helps homeless military veterans on Chicago’s South Side says the city is trying to take control of the meager facility to make way for the restaurants, shops and other commercial venues that would complement the proposed Obama presidential library and museum. Group leaders said the RTW Veterans Center is the last privately-owned property on a stretch of S. King Boulevard near the proposed Washington Park site for the Barack Obama Presidential Center...
  • NYC mayor blames Trump, hate speech for rise in hate crimes

    12/06/2016 6:44:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 6, 2016 9:07 AM EST
    Mayor Bill de Blasio says he believes president-elect Donald Trump is to blame for an increase in reported New York City hate crime incidents. The Democratic mayor made the comments at a news conference Monday. The topics included weekend threats made against an off-duty Muslim New York Police Department officer while she was with her teenage son in Brooklyn. …