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  • California Has 8 Of 10 Most Polluted U.S. Cities

    04/18/2018 11:09:38 AM PDT · by gubamyster · 45 replies
    Patriot ^ | 04/18/2018 | RJ Johnson
    California is known for many things and sadly, air pollution is one of them. According to the American Lung Association's annual list of smoggiest cities in the U.S., eight of the top ten are in California. Phoenix and New York City round out the top ten. The Los Angeles-Long Beach area takes the top spot for worst air pollution, as it has for the nearly 19 years the report has been issued. Bakersfield is a close second, while Visalia, Fresno, Sacramento, San Diego and Modesto are also on the list. Los Angeles ranked #1 for high ozone days out of...
  • Starbucks CEO Says Coffee Managers Will Have 'Unconscious Bias' Training

    04/16/2018 11:32:21 AM PDT · by ethom · 60 replies
    Newsweek ^ | On 4/16/18 at 10:06 AM | Tracy Lee
    Starbucks coffee shop managers will have trainings for combating "unconscious bias," its CEO said Monday, after police arrested two black men at a Philadelphia branch of the chain. "I'll say the circumstances surrounding the incident and the outcome at our store on Thursday were reprehensible," Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson told ABC News on Monday. Johnson added that the incident called for "more training that we're going to do with our store managers, not only around the guidelines but training around unconscious bias." Witnesses posted a video to Twitter on Thursday of two black men escorted out of a Philadelphia Starbucks...
  • 'Homeless Mansions’ Pop Up Near Seattle's Space Needle

    04/08/2018 5:46:19 PM PDT · by ethom · 59 replies
    Fox 13 ^ | April 7 2018 | staff report
    Want a view of the Space Needle? A group of homeless people built a tent "mansion" in a small patch of grass between Third Avenue and Broad Street. It's a half a block from Seattle's most famous tourist attraction and surrounded by multi-million dollar high-rise condos. "We've got the doors, the couch, the table," said Melissa Burns. She's currently living in the new camp. "We've got the living room here, which is a mess right now because we're still constructing, but we're puttin' up the vinyl to cover it up, make it more attractive." (I mean, you got to keep...
  • NYPD Releases Video of Brooklyn Man Shot By Cops

    04/06/2018 9:15:26 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 16 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 04/06/18 | Dan Zimmerman
    The NYPD received multiple reports Wednesday of a man walking through Crown Heights, Brooklyn pointing what appeared to be a handgun at people. Five officers responded to the 911 calls. As NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan described the situation when they approached Saheed Vassell . . . “The suspect took a two-handed shooting stance and pointed an object at the approaching officers, two of whom were in uniform.”Four of the officers sent a total of ten rounds at Vassell, killing him. The silver thing he’d been holding turned out to be a pipe with a knob on one...
  • Jakarta is sinking by up to 25cm a YEAR as experts warn there is just a decade left to save it

    04/06/2018 4:01:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 54 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 5, 2018 | Chris Pleasance
    he Lost City of Atlantis may be little more than a fable but for the residents of Jakarta, the watery fate of that metropolis is an all-too-real threat. That is because the Indonesian capital is sinking faster than any city on Earth, by up to 25cm per year in some places, with experts warning large parts of it will be underwater within a decade. Ministers are currently building sea walls to shield the residents from disaster, but that does little more than delay the inevitable, since it is not the ocean rising but the ground dropping that is causing the...
  • $39 billion high-tech smart city in South Korea turns into a 'Chernobyl-like ghost town' [tr]

    03/28/2018 6:58:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 28, 2018 | Harry Pettit and Chris White
    A £28 billion ($40 billion) project hailed as the world's first smart city has faded into a 'Chernobyl-like ghost town'. The 'high-tech utopia' of Songdo on South Korea's northeast coast was built from scratch and designed around technology, with computers built into its streets and condos to control traffic and let neighbours hold video chats. Residents were promised a city of the future, with remote-controlled front doors and pneumatic rubbish chutes that 'sucked' garbage from your home to later be recycled to generate electricity. But eerie photos show that, just over 15 years since the Songdo project began, the city...
  • Fort Lauderdale elects first openly gay mayo

    03/14/2018 5:35:15 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    Miami Hurled ^ | 3/13/18 | CARLI TEPROFF
    Fort Lauderdale has elected its first openly gay mayor.... ...Dean Trantalis, 64, a Wilton Manors attorney, defeated Bruce Roberts, 70, the city’s former police chief, to replace longtime mayor Jack Seiler, who could not run because of term limits. Trantalis will be the city’s first openly gay mayor....
  • Gang Shootings At Funerals Are Getting So Bad Chicago Might Launch A Special Task Force

    03/05/2018 9:24:30 AM PST · by rktman · 64 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 3/5/2018 | Amber Randall
    A Illinois county might create a special task force to protect cemeteries as gangs have taken to opening fire on each other during funerals. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart proposed creating a special task force Thursday to combat rival gangs trying to shoot each other during funeral services, reported FOX 32. During a talk with various political leaders, religious members and funeral directors, Dart called for a task force made up of the three groups that would try to fix the problem. “This has been something that has been escalating I’d say over the last ten to 15 years from...
  • Statue of 'Mayor for Life' Marion Barry Unveiled Outside Wilson Building

    03/03/2018 2:23:22 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    NBC Washington ^ | 2/3 | Sophia Barnes and Gina Cook
    Marion Barry served four terms as D.C.'s mayor and 16 years on the D.C. Council before his death in 2014 An 8-foot statue of former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry was unveiled Saturday, giving the "Mayor for Life" a permanent legacy outside the seat of the city government. The statue depicts Barry with is hand held high, waving to anyone passing by. Thousands Mourn Barry, DC's 'Mayor for Life' Marion Barry Jr. served four terms as the District's mayor and also served 16 years on the city council. He was serving on the D.C. council when he died in November 2014....
  • Education D.C. Public Schools graduation rate on track to decline this year

    03/01/2018 3:43:01 PM PST · by bitt · 11 replies
    3/1/2018 ^ | perry stein
    Fewer high school seniors in the District are expected to receive a diploma in June than the year before, a sharp reversal for a school system that had celebrated a 20-point increase in its graduate rate since 2011. Data released Thursday by D.C. Public Schools show that 42 percent of seniors attending traditional public schools are on track to graduate, while 19 percent are considered “moderately off-track,” meaning they could still earn enough credits to earn a diploma. The likely drop in the graduation rate is the latest fallout from an investigation that cast doubt on the validity of diplomas...
  • USA Today names Baltimore 'the nation's most dangerous city' (Liberalism works alert)

    02/20/2018 3:33:46 AM PST · by Zakeet · 56 replies
    Baltimore Sum ^ | February 20, 2018 | Justin Fenton
    Baltimore’s highest-ever per capita homicide rate in 2017 also made it the deadliest big city in the country, USA Today reported Monday. Though official data from the FBI won’t be available until later in the year, USA Today reviewed the homicide rates in the nation’s 50 largest cities and Baltimore came out on top. The 342 homicides the city experienced in 2017 were a 17 percent increase over the prior year, and translated to a rate of 56 killed per 100,000 people. That easily outpaced New Orleans and Detroit, which both had about 40 killings per 100,000 people, according to...
  • 'Declaration of war': liberals divided as California mulls housing push

    02/14/2018 10:14:44 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    The Guardian ^ | February 14, 2018 | by Erin McCormick
    Proposal aimed at keeping up with population growth would limit cities’ power over housing, handing more control to state. The mayor of Berkeley, California, has called it “a declaration of war”. A neighborhood group in Los Angeles said it would be akin to forcing Native Americans from their land. Amid a desperate housing crisis, legislators in the Golden State have prompted an outcry with new proposals that threaten to take the rulebook that governs American city planning and throw it out the window. Their proposition: reducing cities’ power to decide what gets built and putting more control into state hands....
  • Baltimore trial of police officers uncovers stunning levels of corruption

    02/14/2018 9:49:07 AM PST · by rktman · 21 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 2/13/2018 | Jazz Shaw
    As we’ve discussed here previously, a series of trials have been underway in Baltimore, Maryland alleging widespread corruption among members of the city’s Gun Trace Task Force. This week, the trial of two detectives associated with that unit, Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor, ended in convictions on serious charges which could lead to lengthy prison sentences. The details of the robberies they pulled off and the shocking abuse of police authority were stunning even to those who have seen some of the worst incidents of official corruption. (Baltimore Sun)
  • Real racists: Black 'tribal chiefs' keeping inner city down

    01/19/2018 8:46:48 AM PST · by rktman · 37 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 1/18/2018 | Mason Weaver
    Why are we afraid of racists? Racist people have no or little effect on me. My book “Tribalism” points out what will bring us out of misery. In “It’s OK to Leave the Plantation,” I illustrate the only way out for us. The idea that black folks must wait in the bushes until the elite black leaders and their white handlers stop all racism is foolish and unproductive. When will black folks be allowed to come into the light, join America and accept our role as patriots? Now we are to be self-segregating, separating ourselves from white America as if...
  • Man captures video of "patient dumping" outside Baltimore hospital

    01/11/2018 10:54:43 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 84 replies
    wbtv. Com ^ | January 11, 2018
    Overnight, Imamu Baraka was walking past a Baltimore hospital when he noticed something he says he'll never forget. The hospital's security guards had just wheeled a patient to a bus stop, and in the freezing temperatures they left her there. The only thing she had on was a hospital gown. "It's about 30 degrees out here right now," Baraka says in a recording of the encounter. "Are you OK, ma'am? Do you need me to call the police?" he asks.
  • Firefighters Battling Fire on Roof of Trump Tower in NYC

    01/08/2018 4:41:27 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 43 replies
    NBC ^ | 1-8-18
    <p>No link yet. Friend in area has told me. Firemen on roof of Trump Tower. TV should cover soon.</p>
  • Now Baltimore activists want the police back

    01/03/2018 8:53:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/03/2018 | John Washington
    I remember a time in the not so distant past. The year was 2016, and racial tensions were running high. Freddie Gray was a resident of Baltimore, Maryland. He was arrested and notoriously died while in police custody. Soon afterward, Black Lives Matter and other activists became enraged. They began to protest the police department's presence in their neighborhoods over alleged brutality. Let's fast-forward a couple of years later to present day. Now we see over 300 murders in the City of Baltimore this past year. When I saw the number of murders, I was shocked. All of the intellectuals...
  • Baltimore Residents Blame Record-High Murder Rate On Lower Police Presence

    01/01/2018 8:33:24 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 94 replies
    npr.org ^ | December 31, 2017 | Lauren Frayer
    For the third year in a row, Baltimore, Md., has had more than 300 murders, reaching a new record of murders per number of residents in 2017. Some residents attribute the high murder rate to relaxed police patrols in the city following high-profile cases of police brutality. Officers have backed off in neighborhoods, like the one where Freddie Gray was arrested.
  • Coyotes Are Colonizing Cities. Step Forward the Urban Hunter.

    12/27/2017 5:04:54 AM PST · by x1stcav · 67 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/26/17 | Simon Romero
    Dennis Murphy sniffed the bobcat urine he uses to lure his prey. He checked the silencer on his AR-15 assault rifle and loaded a few snares into his Ford pickup. “Let’s go kill some coyotes,” he said. But he wasn’t heading for the wilderness. Mr. Murphy’s stalking ground is on the contentious new frontier where hunters are clashing with conservationists: cities and suburbs. Coyotes are largely associated with their ancestral bastions in the wild lands of the American West, but they are highly adaptable, and in recent years they have been colonizing large population centers throughout North America. The hunters...
  • VIDEO: Detroit Christmas Toy Giveaway Devolves into Massive Brawl

    12/25/2017 11:54:47 AM PST · by bkopto · 81 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/24/2017 | katherine rodriguez
    A Christmas toy giveaway in Detroit, Michigan, devolved into a massive brawl Saturday night, leading to the arrest of one woman, police said. WXYZ reports that the brawl took place at the Tower Center Mall on Detroit’s west side Saturday around 7 p.m. after a crowd gathered to attend a toy giveaway for inner-city children. Several hundred people gathered inside the building before the fights broke out. Police said they deployed strike force units to tame the crowd once it got unruly. The event’s organizer, John Cromer, said he did not intend for his event to become violent. “People are...