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    Parents at a ritzy Manhattan private school are outraged by its ultra-woke librarian's declaration that gender doesn't exist - as well as a blood-curdling call for violence against her straight white male colleagues.  Ingrid Conley-Abrams, 43 - librarian at the Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School - landed in hot water in August after parents came across a 2015 of hers saying 'Burn White Straight Male Librarianship to the Ground.' The tweet was officially flagged as hate speech by Twitter and left Conley-Abrams' account suspended for a period this month, according to The New York Post, but parents at the $59,000-per-year school said it was only one incident in years of eyebrow-raising behavior from the librarian. 'If a student posted that they want to burn down or shoot up a library they would be expelled,' one mother told The Post, 'In addition she's claiming that gender is fake and she [tweeted] that she wants to keep students from matriculating in the Ivy League. Are parents aware this is what they are paying almost $60,000 a year for?' That mother was referring...
    LANGLEY, British Columbia (AP) — Police: 2 killed in shootings that targeted homeless people near Vancouver, British Columbia. Suspect killed by police. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    A suspect has been charged after a shooting in the region forced several schools into lockouts. The shooting happened in Columbia County on Woods Road on Friday, June 10 in the town of Clermont. One injured victim was rushed to a local hospital for treatment, police said.  The suspect fled the scene and was apprehended in the city of Hudson by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and members of the state police. On Saturday, June 11, state police announced that an investigation determined Columbia County resident Tremaine A. Harris, age 21, of the Town of Ghent, specifically targeted and attempted to murder the owner of a private estate on Woods Road. Harris fired multiple times with a 12-gauge tactical shotgun, striking the victim in a leg, said state police.  Several additional estate employees were in the vicinity of the victim as Tremaine opened fire, said police. The injuries sustained by the victim are believed to be non-life-threatening, police noted. Harris has been charged with: Second-degree attempted murder, a Class B felony,  Second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a Class C...
    MIAMI (CBS) – We know the risk of COVID transmission is much less outside. Now researchers at Columbia University are trying out a new kind of ultraviolet light called far-UVC that could make indoor air as safe as outdoors. As dental students practice on mannequins at the College of Dental Medicine at Columbia University, a lamp is disinfecting the air. Dr. David Brenner, director of the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University, said unlike the UV light currently used to sterilize hospital rooms and equipment when people are not around, the lamp uses a different wavelength that is not known to be harmful to people. READ MORE: Florida Wildlife Officials Already Making Manatee Preparations For Next Winter“This far-UVC light really can’t penetrate into our skin or into eyes,” Dr. Brenner said. Dr. Brenner co-authored new research showing far-UVC light took less than five minutes to kill 98% of indoor airborne microbes, which means it could possibly reduce the transmission of diseases such as flu and COVID. “We know there are going to be new variants...
    (CNN)One person has been arrested in connection with a mass shooting at a South Carolina mall Saturday that left 14 people hurt, police said.The 22-year-old man is charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department. He was one three people detained by police following the shooting, police said, adding the two other men who were detained have been released after it was determined they weren't involved in the shooting.No fatalities were reported following the shooting at Columbiana Centre Mall, just 10 miles from downtown Columbia, police chief William H. "Skip" Holbrook said Saturday.Earlier Saturday, police said 12 people were injured but later updated the number of victims to 14, at least nine of whom were shot. Five others were injured while attempting to flee to safety, police said.Read MoreThe shooting unfolded Saturday afternoon during what police believe was a clash between people who were armed inside the mall.
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — An early Tuesday morning apartment fire in Howard County is being investigated as a possible case of arson, authorities said. Firefighters were called to the apartments in the 10400 block of Hickory Ridge Road in Columbia about 3:30 a.m. in response to the fire, Howard County Police said. READ MORE: University Of Maryland Police Seek Suspect In On-Campus AssaultWhen crews arrived, they found flames coming from the second floor and they immediately began helping residents evacuate the building, police said. It took firefighters about 45 minutes to get the fire under control. READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Rain LaterOne resident was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. A firefighter was also transported for evaluation. Twelve apartments were damaged in the blaze, which caused an estimated $500,000 in damages and displaced 20 residents, according to police. Detectives suspect that someone might have intentionally set the fire, based on remnants of an “incendiary device” recovered from the scene. MORE NEWS: Baltimore Firefighters Battle Industrial Building Fire In CantonAnyone with information about this case is asked to call...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Four men are charged in a February shooting in Columbia that injured three people, including a bystander and her child, police said Thursday. Malachi Smith, 18, and Tony Terrell Blunt, Jr., and Byron Lamar Dickey, Jr., both 19, are charged with multiple firearm offenses in connection with the Feb. 13 shooting, which authorities say happened during an illegal gun sale. READ MORE: Maryland Teacher Who Taught Ukrainian Mom English Raises Funds To Help Her FleeA fourth suspect, who was 17 at the time, is charged with first- and second-degree assault as well as firearm offenses, Howard County Police said in a news release. The shooting occurred about 3 p.m. Feb. 13 near the Wilde Lake Village Center in Columbia, police previously reported. READ MORE: New Maryland Congressional Map Drawn & Approved By State LawmakersBased on their preliminary investigation, detectives believe that Smith and the 17-year-old had arranged to meet with Blunt and Dickey for the gun sale, police said. At some point, things escalated into a dispute and shootout. Blunt was wounded in the shooting, as were...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Howard County police continue to investigate a shooting in Columbia over the weekend that sent three people, including a mother and her 4-year-old son, to the hospital. Shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday, officers were called to the 5300 block of Village Center Drive in the Wilde Lake Village Center in response to a report of shots fired, Howard County Police said Monday. READ MORE: Mask Requirement In State Buildings To End Next Week, Hogan Says; Union Counters The Decision 'Makes No Sense'Upon arrival, officers found a 43-year-old woman who had been shot and her 4-year-old son who was struck in the arm with a bullet fragment, according to police. They were treated at University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center and released. READ MORE: Jonathan Toebbe, Navy Engineer Accused Of Selling Secrets, Pleads Guilty To ConspiracyLater, police said, a 19-year-old Columbia man walked into Howard County General with a gunshot wound. He was transferred to Shock Trauma, where he is listed on fair condition. Based on a preliminary investigation, detectives suspect the shooting escalated from an altercation involving...
    The Italian man wounded in a Manhattan stabbing spree that left a Columbia University student dead is also connected to the school, it has been revealed. Roberto Malaspina, 27, is an Italian PhD candidate who arrived in New York just a day before the attack to undertake a research project, Columbia president Lee Bollinger said on Saturday. Malaspina was wounded in the deranged stabbing spree on Thursday night in Harlem, in which Columbia PhD candidate Davide Giri, 30, was stabbed in the stomach and killed.  Known gang member Vincent Pinkney, 25, was arrested minutes after the two attacks as he wielded a large kitchen knife and menaced a couple walking hand-in-hand in Central Park. Roberto Malaspina, 27, (left) is an Italian PhD candidate who recently arrived on the Columbia campus to undertake a research project. He was wounded in the stabbing spree that killed Davide Giri (right) who is a grad student at Columbia Vincent Pinkney, 25, was escorted into NPYD Central Booking on Friday night after he was arrested and charged with the stabbing murder of Columbia student Davide Giri in...
    “Journalists should have a bias,” said MSNBC’s Medhi Hasan during his show’s MSNBC debut, a fact pointed out by Columbia Journalism Review’s Jon Allsop in an interview and profile on the journo published at CJR last week. It’s a sentiment shared and voiced by a fair amount of journalists these days, usually with a qualifier or twist to make the reader or listener go “ahh, oh I see what you did there.” In Hasan’s case, his addendum was “a bias toward democracy.” Others might claim “a bias toward truth” or similar platitudes. The qualifier isn’t the hook, though, it’s the declaration. The “explicit rebuke to outdated journalistic norms” as Allsop described Hasan’s approach. It’s a fitting thematic element in an article that itself embraces bias, except when opposing it. From the disdain of “both sides” reporting, to the complaints about who gets a voice on air (both common topics in the very- and far-left parts of politics), the profile is from an ally vantage. Then an absurd one. “Genuinely tough interviewers are rare on American TV, as are strong...
    New York State legislation that would give adult survivors of sexual abuse a one-year "lookback" window to file lawsuits – even if statutes of limitations have expired – cleared a hurdle Thursday when the state's Senate voted to approve the measure. For the legislation to become law, it will also have to be passed by the state Assembly before the legislative session ends on June 10, and then be signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Asked if the Assembly would vote on the bill, and if Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie supported it, a spokesperson said, "Our members are being deliberative and thoughtful." The proposed legislation is similar to the Child Victims Act, which was passed in 2019 and led to thousands of lawsuits. Among the bill's supporters are former patients of former Columbia University gynecologist Robert Hadden, a convicted sex offender who is currently facing federal sex abuse charges.  In 1993, nearly two decades before Hadden was charged in state court with sexually abusing patients, Dian Saderup Monson said she wrote an "excruciating" letter to warn the head of Hadden's...
    Columbia University linguist John McWhorter criticized “antiracism” expert Robin DiAngelo’s book “White Fragility” as condescending to black people and as an item that should only “be used to keep tables from wobbling” during a Friday interview with Bill Maher. WATCH: McWhorter, an award-winning author and professor, discussed DiAngelo’s book on “Real Time with Bill Maher.” “White Fragility” became a New York Times best seller and implores white people to reflect on the ways that they perpetuate racism, often without even knowing.  Maher suggested that McWhorter feels condescended to by such messaging on race issues. “I see that all the time and I wonder why that’s not in the dialogue,” Maher said. “You read a book like, and you have to be specific, ‘White Fragility,’ which basically says that black people are these hot house flowers where everyone has to tiptoe around us,” McWhorter responded. “We’re always crying and we’re always angry and we’re just so very, very, very, delicate.” “I don’t feel like that person,” he added. “That book is talking down to me as far as I’m concerned.”...
    Several Asian-owned businesses were vandalized on the same night last week in Howard County, Maryland, leaving locals concerned that they were targeted. Howard County police said six businesses were broken into Thursday night — and four of those were Asian-owned. One is Kung Fu Tea, near The Mall in Columbia. Its front glass door was smashed and shattered, and cash was stolen. “Not only is this an act of violence within our community, but is also an attack against Asian Americans,” said resident Mike Wong, whose wife works at the bubble tea shop. “This attack has really hit close to home.”   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Kung Fu Tea Columbia (@kftcolumbia) Bonchon and Urban Hot Pot in Columbia also had cash stolen. Nearby Corner Bakery was broken into, but nothing was reported stolen. East Moon Asian Bistro in Ellicott City had cash stolen, and nearby Coal Fire Pizza was broken into but nothing was reported stolen. Police are looking into whether the break-ins are all related. “Detectives suspect this is part of a...
    Rep. Katie Porter Back in October, a group of Democratic House members wrote to the Small Business Administration asking for an investigation how an owner of dozens of hotels had spent Paycheck Protection Program funding while laying off many of the workers whose paychecks the program was supposed to protect. Now, the signs are good that President-elect Joe Biden is going to take exactly that kind of oversight seriously.  (Disclosure: Kos Media received a Paycheck Protection Program loan.) A recent report from Bloomberg Law notes that, back in April, as the Trump Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was saying it would do basically nothing to enforce the provisions of the CARES Act, former CFPB head Richard Cordray called for tougher enforcement—and Cordray is reportedly under consideration to lead the CFPB again. Cordray’s former deputy director, who should have succeeded him as acting director, is heading up the Biden transition efforts on the CFPB. That all means that hotel owners—and others—who took money intended to protect jobs only to lay off tons of workers, could face more consequences than they had anticipated. “Congress passed the Paycheck Protection Program to...
    A Columbia University adjunct lecturer insists that the American flag is a hateful symbol of genocide. What are the details? Professor Anthony Zenkus of the university's school of social work, responded to a tweet that said the hammer and sickle "is a symbol of genocide." Zenkus tweeted, "The American Flag is a symbol of genocide. Unless centuries of slavery and the vanquishing of Native American nations doesn't figure into your equation." The original user's tweet said, "[T]he hammer and sickle is a symbol of genocide. What you gonna admire next, the swastika?" The American Flag is a symbol of genocide. Unless centuries of slavery and the vanquishing of Native American natio… https://t.co/eSwpex4dVi — Prof Zenkus (@Prof Zenkus)1602852088.0What else? According to Campus Reform, the Al Gore-trained professor's faculty profile reveals that he is an "activist on issues of racial justice, income equality, and climate justice." Zenkus has also reportedly been an organizer with Occupy Wall Street. Common Dreams reports that Zenkus is also a licensed social worker and social work educator...
    On the day that Colorado banjoist Jayme Stone found out about the death of his 42-year-old brother Michael Stone, he started writing about it, trying to make sense of what was happening. Michael, who lived in British Columbia, was a well-known teacher of yoga and Buddhism, which influenced how Jayme approached the poetry, journal entries and lyrics he began to draft. One of the first things he wrote in his journal was the word "AWake," thinking about "the idea of what someone leaves in their wake and what it means to be awake to your own life," he says. It would eventually become the title of his latest album, AWake, which came out in late August. "I was just really in a grieving process and just trying to make sense of things," Stone recalls. "And it was very clear that I was going to write about this, and I was going to make music out of that experience. It took a few months before the songs started coming — and then they became the focal point of this...
    Robert A. Hadden, 62, faces six counts of inducing others to travel to engage in illegal sex acts. He was arrested on Wednesday A former Columbia University gynecologist accused of sexually abusing more than two dozen patients, including the wife of former presidential candidate Andrew Yang, now faces federal charges. The doctor, Robert A. Hadden, 62, faces six counts of inducing others to travel to engage in illegal sex acts in a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday. The sexual abuse allegations against Hadden date back as early as 1993 and include the alleged abuse of a minor who he understood to be under 18 in part because he had delivered her at birth.  The indictment said Hadden had sexually abused dozens of female patients, including multiple minors, 'under the guise of conducting purported gynecological and obstetric examinations' at his medical offices and Manhattan hospitals.   It notes that Hadden used his role as a doctor in a prominent university to make or attempt to make his victims believe that the sexual abuse he allegedly inflicted on them was appropriate and medically...
    COLUMBIA, Md. (WJZ) — A 21-year-old man will spend two years behind bars for fatally shooting another man during a drug deal in Columbia last year, the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office said Wednesday. Tyquan Carter pleaded guilty to manslaughter Wednesday and was sentenced to ten years in prison with all but two years suspended. He will also spend three years on supervised probation. Officials said Carter fatally shot 19-year-old D’Marni Ware during a drug deal in the 9500 block of Sea Shadow on the night of October 7, 2019. RELATED COVERAGE: Alleged Drug Deal Ends In Double Shooting Of D’Marni Ware, Jaiden Marquise Pender In Columbia 19-Year-Old D’Marni Ware Dies In Columbia Double Shooting Tyquan Leondre Carter Charged In Columbia Double Shooting Howard County Police Make Arrest After Double Shooting In Columbia Carter reportedly met with Ware and 18-year-old Jaiden Marquise Pender for the drug deal, during which Pender pulled a handgun and tried to rob Carter. The two struggled over the gun, and when Carter got the gun he shot Pender and Ware. Ware died after...
    New York — President Donald Trump states that there will be “generous” additional financial support for families to face the crisis due to coronavirus. Although there is no specific date, this is expected to occur between July 20 and August 8, taking into account the times of Congress and the electoral process at hand. There are Republicans who consider that new aid is not necessary amid the reopening of the economy, but a Forbes analysis with different experts and statistics reveals the opposite. It should be remembered that, so far, the only firm plan is that of the Democrats with the Heroes Law, which includes aid of $ 1,200 dollars per person and $ 1,200 dollars for each dependent with a maximum of three, including mixed families with undocumented immigrants. 1. The need for liquidity The report cites a working document from the National Bureau of Economic Research, where professors from the Columbia Business School, the Kellogg School of Management, the Booth School of Business, and the University of Southern Denmark, established that recipients of checks from stimulus were...
    A new Chinese study published in Nature Medicine suggests that people who develop antibodies after becoming infected with the coronavirus may not keep them for more than two months — a growing concern as several states in the U.S. see alarming spikes in COVID-19 cases. Antibodies are the proteins produced by the immune system that can grant protection against reinfection. When the coronavirus hit the United States, Americans went to antibody test sites in droves to find out if they had been infected by COVID-19 and therefore would have some level of protection from the virus, but findings like this calls into question just how safe people who have antibodies to the virus really are from reinfection. “When you get an antibody test, we don't really know enough to be able to assure you that you're safe. And I think the more we're learning about antibodies, the more we're beginning to say we're not so sure that you're safe,” Dr. Daniel Griffin, an infectious disease specialist at Columbia University Medical Center, told Fox News.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) In...
    House Democrats are poised to approve Washington, D.C., becoming the nation's 51st state in a historic vote scheduled for Friday.  Washington the 'District of Columbia' would be no longer, the bill's language says, as the new state would be referred to as 'Washington, Douglass Commonwealth' - swapping out Italian explorer Christopher Columbus for Maryland-born abolitionist  Frederick Douglass.  'And what an appropriate name: George Washington and Frederick Douglass, joined together in support of citizenship, what an appropriate name it seems to me for the capital of America,' remarked Rep. Steny Hoyer, the House's No. 2 Democrat who represents nearby Maryland. 'To honor two of its citizens: one white, one black, both committed to the union and committed to citizenship.'  House Democrats and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (leftt) gathered on Capitol Hill Thursday to preview a historic Friday vote that aims to make Washington, D.C. the nation's 51st state  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (left) of Maryland explained that Washington, District of Columbia would be changed to Washington, Douglass Commonwealth after Maryland-born abolitionist Frederick Douglass (right). Virginia and Maryland...
    BOSTON (AP) — A utility company was ordered Tuesday to pay a $53 million criminal fine for causing a series of natural gas explosions in Massachusetts that killed one person and damaged dozens of homes. Columbia Gas of Massachusetts was sentenced more than three months after the company pleaded guilty in federal court to causing the blasts that rocked three communities north of Boston in September 2018. As part of the plea agreement, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts will pay a $53 million fine for violating the Pipeline Safety Act. It’s the largest criminal fine ever imposed under the pipeline safety law. The judge also sentenced the company to a three-year probation period during which its operations will be monitored to ensure its complying with safety regulations, authorities said. Columbia Gas of Massachusetts has said it takes full responsibility for the disaster. After the plea deal was announced in February, Eversource said it agreed to buy Columbia Gas of Massachusetts’ natural gas assets for $1.1 billion. Federal authorities said the three-year probation period will last until Columbia Gas is sold. Authorities...
    BOSTON (CBS/AP) — A utility company was ordered Tuesday to pay a $53 million criminal fine for causing a series of natural gas explosions in Massachusetts that killed one person and damaged dozens of homes. Columbia Gas of Massachusetts was sentenced more than three months after the company pleaded guilty in federal court to causing the blasts that rocked three communities north of Boston in September 2018. As part of the plea agreement, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts will pay a $53 million fine for violating the Pipeline Safety Act. It’s the largest criminal fine ever imposed under the pipeline safety law. The judge also sentenced the company to a three-year probation period during which its operations will be monitored to ensure its complying with safety regulations, authorities said. Columbia Gas of Massachusetts has said it takes full responsibility for the disaster. Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera released a statement on Tuesday, saying: “While I’m happy that the process worked and the citizens of Lawrence Andover and North Andover got their day in court, I am still dismayed that not one person lost their...
    BOSTON (AP) — A utility company was ordered Tuesday to pay a $53 million criminal fine for causing a series of natural gas explosions in Massachusetts that killed one person and damaged dozens of homes. Columbia Gas of Massachusetts was sentenced more than three months after the company pleaded guilty in federal court to causing the blasts that rocked three communities north of Boston in September 2018. As part of the plea agreement, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts will pay a $53 million fine for violating the Pipeline Safety Act. It’s the largest criminal fine ever imposed under the pipeline safety law. The judge also sentenced the company to a three-year probation period during which its operations will be monitored to ensure its complying with safety regulations, authorities said. Columbia Gas of Massachusetts has said it takes full responsibility for the disaster. After the plea deal was announced in February, Eversource said it agreed to buy Columbia Gas of Massachusetts’ natural gas assets for $1.1 billion. Federal authorities said the three-year probation period will last until Columbia Gas is...
    WASHINGTON -- Democrats controlling the House have slated a vote next week to make the District of Columbia the 51st state, an issue that they say has become far more important in the aftermath of protests for racial justice in both Washington and across the nation.Next Friday's vote, if successful, would pass a D.C. statehood bill for the first time in the House, but the legislation faces insurmountable opposition in the GOP-controlled Senate. It comes even as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced delays in the consideration of most other legislation. More than enough lawmakers are officially backing the bill for it to pass. In 1993, the Democratic-controlled Congress defeated a D.C. statehood bill by an almost 2-1 margin.But the much-criticized administration move to use federal forces to clear Lafayette Square near the White House of peaceful protesters to enable President Donald Trump to trumpet his law and order credentials in a photo op two weeks ago prompted Democratic leaders to schedule the vote. "We both agreed this was an appropriate time to bring a bill forward to show respect for...
    Writing in the Washington Post this Wednesday, columnist Dana Milbank writes that if you feel like law enforcement in this country is being run by a “middle-school bully,” you’d be right. “Back in 1991, during Barr’s confirmation to be George H.W. Bush’s attorney general, lawyer Jimmy Lohman, who overlapped with Barr at New York’s Horace Mann School and later Columbia University, wrote a piece for the little-known Florida Flambeau newspaper about Barr being ‘my very own high-school tormentor’ — a ‘classic bully’ and ‘power abuser’ in the 1960s who ‘put the crunch on me every chance [he] got,’” Milbank writes. According to Milbank, Lohman’s characterization of Barr “sounds eerily like the 2020 Barr,” and goes on to list other op-eds that frame the U.S. Attorney General in the same light, namely Marie Brenner’s writing for Vanity Fair, who said Barr and his siblings were nicknamed the “Bully Barrs,” and historian Paul Cronin, who in POLITICO this week, wrote that Barr was part of the “Majority Coalition” at Columbia that fought antiwar demonstrators. “Now Barr exaggerates violence on a grand scale,” Milbank writes, specifically with his claim that the...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Violent protests broke out Saturday in South Carolina over the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed his knee on his neck. Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said at a news conference that four of his officers were hurt, one seriously, and sent to a hospital for treatment. One required stitches. Further details were not provided. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said deputies fired rubber bullets into a crowd that was attacking officers trying to save people who he said were being attacked by a mob. He called the move “very effective.” TOP STORIES George Soros, 89, is still on a quest to destroy America Trump on violent riots: We wont let it happen Chattanooga police chief tells officers OK with George Floyd death to turn in badges “This group here is not going to be allowed to take over Columbia,” Lott said. “They’re not going to destroy the city. We are not going to let that happen.” Miranda Parnell, a television reporter for...
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