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    Florida residents were spotted tempting fate by braving the historic Hurricane Ian Wednesday to wakeboard, wave American flags, and even swim in flooded cities - despite raging swells that reached upwards of 18 feet. As much of the state took measures to ready themselves for the storm, these Floridians characteristically threw caution to the wind despite potentially life-threatening conditions. The offenders came from cities across the southwest coast of the peninsula, where the brunt of the storm, then a category 4, was felt - where others flocked to take shelter or found themselves trapped on rooftops as water levels rapidly rose. The ill-advised antics saw some of the daredevils forced to be saved by rescue officials, after defying warnings from city officials such as Governor Ron DeSantis to stay put and wait out the tempest. Meanwhile, the extremely dangerous conditions the storm is unleashing - which include the aforementioned floods and life-threatening storm surge - are expected to persist Thursday, as it advances inland toward the central part of the state. The increment weather, however, did not stop these citizens from getting their...
    Police in Philadelphia say that children as young as 10 took part in mob that ransacked and looted a Wawa convenience store over the weekend. Philadelphia cops on Tuesday released new footage of the brazen attack, seeking tips from the public to help identify members of the mob, which ran amok in the store on Saturday. The crowd of roughly 100 people, who appear to be mostly juveniles, trashed the store, threw items at clerks, and jumped on top of cars parked outside, cops say. The disturbing scenes of mayhem unfolded shortly after 8pm on Saturday, at the WaWa on Roosevelt Boulevard in Philadelphia's Mayfair neighborhood.  Police say that the flash mob appears to have been orchestrated through a post on social media, and cops are seeking assistance from the public in tracking down the perpetrators.  'The bottom line is: we cannot have this type of behavior happening in this city. The business community doesn't deserve that, the citizens don't deserve it,' said First Deputy Police Commissioner John Stanford at a Monday news conference. 
    School districts are part of our education system made to help support your children and develop a strong community. The best ones have not only awesome academic results but great teachers, staff, facilities, resources and so much more.  These are the top twenty 2023 Best School Districts in Virginia, according to Niche's list that was released Tuesday, Sept. 27(scroll for a link to the complete list): Falls Church City Public Schools Arlington Public Schools York County School Division West Point Public Schools Loudoun County Public Schools Fairfax County Public Schools Virginia Beach City Public Schools Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools Wises County Public Schools Montgomery County Public Schools Albemarle County Public Schools Goochland County Public Schools Charlottesville City Schools Chesapeake Public Schools Roanoke County Public Schools Charlotte County Public Schools Prince William County Public Schools Louisa County Public Schools Highland County Public Schools Stafford County Public Schools Now in its ninth year, the rankings include updated data for 92,743 public schools, 30,112 private schools, and 11,820 school districts nationwide. Niche’s rankings combine user input — ratings from current students, alumni, and parents...
    Philadelphia continues to go through a crime wave with residents reacting to a holdup at a train station in the city over a 'summer of mayhem' during a period where Philadelphia recorded over 750 shootings under 'woke' DA Larry Krasner.  The video, which went viral on Reddit and Twitter, shows a gunman sticking up and pointing his weapon to the head of a man waiting on the subway.  Both Philadelphia police and officials for SEPTA, the area's transit system, told DailyMail.com the incident happened in July.  A SEPTA spokesperson said that no shots were fired during the incident and no one was injured.  Spokespersons for both the police and transit say that no arrests have been made and the event is still under investigation. The man holding the gun appeared to have posted the video on his Instagram account before taking it private.  Philadelphia continues to go through a crime wave with residents reacting to a holdup at a train station in the city over a 'summer of mayhem' during a period where Philadelphia recorded over 750 shootings under 'woke' DA...
    Gigi Hadid walked the runway for Versace's Spring/Summer 2023 show on Friday during Milan Fashion Week before heading to the label's after party. And her rumored new love interest Leonardo DiCaprio was also in the Italian city, with the actor being spotted out with friends on Saturday. Leo, 47, traveled to Italy to spend time with Gig, 27, as the duo are 'fully seeing each other, according to Entertainment Tonight's source. Spotted: Gigi Hadid walked the runway for Versace's Spring/Summer 2023 show on Friday during Milan Fashion Week before heading to the label's after party. And her rumored new love interest Leonardo DiCaprio was also in the Italian city, with the actor being spotted out with friends on Saturday Leo was seen hanging out with his friends on Saturday in Milan, rocking a baseball cap with his casual suit. Gigi hit the runway for Versace rocking a black caped jumpsuit with dramatic makeup. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Lily James puts on a busty display in a striking pink dress... Sombre Camila Morrone, 25, shows...
    Construction workers in the Bronx were beginning on Monday to build the first of two tent cities, designed to host the 13,000 migrants who have been bussed since August into the city from Texas. Eric Adams, the mayor of New York City, last week announced the creation of the tents to house the influx of migrants. One site would be Orchard Beach in the Bronx, he said, and the second had not yet been determined. Yet on Monday, as construction was underway, the Bronx president said she was concerned about the new development - both the impact it would have on her community, and the safety of all those involved. Vanessa Gibson warned that Orchard Beach frequently floods, and pointed out that the location was isolated, without access to public transport. Workers in the Bronx are seen on Monday beginning work on the first of two tent camps to house migrants It is unclear how many migrants the tents, pictured being built on Monday, will house Workers are seen at Orchard Beach readying the site of the migrant camp on...
    Share this: CROWN HEIGHTS – The Brooklyn Children’s Museum revealed this past Monday the completion of a $7.8 million renovation on the institution’s auditorium. The new multipurpose and sleek facility can accommodate 162 seats, with 12 on the mezzanine. The project began in Sept. 2020 and was designed by Studio Joseph under DDC’s Project Excellence Program. The new auditorium features walls with glass fiber-reinforced gypsum panels, which create optimal acoustic conditions and tuck away exposed wiring from automatic control systems in the building.  “Brooklyn Children’s Museum is thrilled to be opening this beautiful new auditorium and move theater to serve children and caregivers. It’s especially wonderful to open this space just as the weather turns colder and Central Brooklyn families seek indoor activities,” said Brooklyn Children’s Museum President and CEO Stephanie Hill Wilchfort. 
    This summer, USA Today’s 10Best team asked readers to weigh in on the best immersive art experiences in the country, places that don’t just hang paintings on a wall but, well, immerse viewers in the art. Take Ohio’s Otherworld, for example, which came in at No. 9 on the top 10. Its 32,000-square-foot expanse of interactive art includes 47 interactive rooms, bioluminescent secret passages and otherworldly playgrounds, created by more than 40 artists. Or New Mexico’s House of Eternal Return (No. 6), where art meets storytelling, courtesy of Meow Wolf, an artists collective-turned-entertainment company. The Santa Fe project invites guests to walk, crawl and climb through 70 rooms of interactive art as they untangle the mysterious disappearance of the Selig family. Some of these immersive, interactive exhibits are on display in multiple cities, too. You’ll find Wonderspaces in San Diego, Austin and Philadelphia, as well as Scottsdale, for example, and the large-scale installations of ARTECHOUSE in New York City and Miami, as well as D.C. This interactive art installation at ARTECHOUSE DC, with visual design by Yuya Takeda, seeks to inspire...
    A prominent San Francisco real estate mogul who was mugged for his watch outside his $15 million Pacific Heights home says that the rampant crime rate has reached a tipping point, saying the city 'may never recover' because its residents have 'no sense of security.' Hamid Moghadam, the CEO of Prologis, which was founded and is based in the Bay City, said that two armed robbers confronted him on June 26, flashed guns at him and took his Patek Philippe watch. Moghadam, who shares the neighborhood with some of the world's most rich and powerful people, like Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, angel investor Peter Thiel and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, according to Bloomberg News, said the experience left him shaken. Billion-dollar real estate CEO, Hamid Moghadam, who heads Prologis, was mugged in June. He says that the city's crime rate threaten to destroy its reputation and drive away businesses Homeless people line the sidewalks in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco where crime has spiked over the last year He decided to speak up, doing interviews for Bloomberg, Fox...
    Brazen thieves swiped a pricey Cartier watch from a man's wrist in Manhattan after they acted like they had a gun and chased him down. Video footage released by the NYPD captured the August 29 incident in which the suspects made off with the $35,000 timepiece in Chelsea. The victim was approached by the two suspects, one of whom lifted his shirt and acted as if he had a weapon in his waistband. 'What's up with the watch?' one of the robbers is said to have asked the victim of his Cartier watch. When the victim attempted to flee, the suspects chased him to West 24th Street and Ninth Avenue where video footage shows them pulling him to the ground and yanking the watch from his wrist.  It is not known if the suspect actually had a gun. No arrests have been made.
    New Orleans Police Department have resorted to hiring civilians to do detective work among other tasks as cops struggle to keep up with crime rates that have marked the city as the murder capital of the US. The city is facing a shortage of officers amid the spike in crime, which has forced authorities to relax hiring requirements and take on civilians to assist with service calls and administrative tasks. Police officials announced that police presence is no longer required for issues such as forgery calls, medical calls, certain theft cases, lost animals and auto accidents on private property, leaving civilians to deal with them. NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson announced the changes on Tuesday, and also indicated the department changed hiring policies around credit score and marijuana use to help beef up the force. 'My message to you - to those of you may have been disqualified in the past, I'm urging you to resubmit your application because some of our hiring criteria has changed,' said Ferguson. New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson, center, spoke about the new plan for...
    A 12-year-old girl from Texas shot her father as part of a murder-pact she made with her friend, officials said. According to the Parker County Sheriff's Office, the girls spent weeks plotting to kill their families - and their pets - then drive off together to Georgia. But the friend didn't come through on her end of the bargain, and the 12-year-old girl ended up turning the gun on herself in the street just outside her home after she fired on her father. 'Sheriff's investigators said the juvenile is believed to have shot her father, fled the scene, and later shot herself. A handgun was located lying underneath the juvenile suspect,' police said in a press release. According to the Parker County Sheriff's Office, the girls spent weeks plotting to kill their families - and their pets - then drive off together to Georgia Cops said they responded to reports of a shooting around 11:30pm last Tuesday in Weatherford, Texas, a small city about 30 miles west of Fort Worth.  When they arrived they found the girl lying in the...
    Jackson, Mississippi (CNN)When her firstborn exhibited extreme sensitivity to smell, sound and touch, along with some obsessive-compulsive tendencies, Sarah Howard wondered if it was her fault, if she'd done something to harm her baby boy during her pregnancy. She just didn't know.She and her husband, Andrew, had only recently moved to Jackson in 2006, and he was their first child, the 40-year-old mother of two told CNN.As he got older, he wouldn't use public restrooms. The noise of the flushing was overbearing, so he'd just hold it until he couldn't. He wanted his bathtub filled to a specific level before he'd get in. He demanded pancakes cut a certain way, and his parents kept extra syrup on hand because he always wanted the bottle full. When Jackson's muggy heat gave way to fleeting winter, the boy struggled wearing pants instead of shorts.For Jackson and Flint, the water may be back but the trust is goneIt didn't compute. Sarah Howard felt she'd done everything right during her pregnancy, she thought, even giving up her beloved coffee."I used to wonder if I...
    Adam Levine is planning to get back on the road with his band Maroon 5 as he tries to put his new sexting scandal behind him, despite a fifth woman coming forward with claims.  The 43-year-old Maroon 5 frontman will be leading the band at an upcoming performance in Las Vegas, sources with direct knowledge told TMZ. Yesterday, DailyMail.com exclusively revealed how Alabama college student Ashley Russell, 21, claimed that she had also received inappropriate messages from Levine - who is married to Victoria's Secret model Behati Prinsloo.  The show, which is set for October 1 and has been dubbed 'The Event,' is a fundraiser put on by The Shaquille O'Neal Foundation. Back on the road: Adam Levine, 43, will try to put his sexting scandal behind him with a performance with his band Maroon 5 in Las Vegas next month, sources told TMZ on Thursday; seen in November 2021 in West Hollywood The organization works with Boys and Girl Clubs and Communities in Schools organizations to help underserved children. Adam and the band's performance will be at the MGM Grand....
    About a fifth of the migrants being bussed from El Paso to New York allegedly want to travel to the Big Apple and are not being transported against their will.  Blake Barrow, CEO of the El Paso Rescue Mission charity, said his organization has been overwhelmed by the influx of migrants crossing the border illegally, but the immigrants have been more than happy to take up Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's offer to bus them to New York City.  'About 20% of them want to go to New York,' Barrow wrote in an open letter on Wednesday. 'The city has been chartering busses to New York to assist those desiring that destination.  'I am not aware of anyone being placed on a bus to New York who did not want to go there.'   A group of Venezuelans, who recently crossed to the U.S. from Mexico, walk together after receiving food and other aid from a good Samaritan on September 20, 2022 in El Paso, Texas
    The Royals have fired longtime president of baseball operations Dayton Moore. What does it mean going forward? The Kansas City Royals have fired president of baseball operations Dayton Moore and named J.J. Piccolo as Executive Vice President and general manager, effective immediately, the team announced. Perhaps the biggest question on the minds of Royals fans — and those around baseball paying attention — is why now? There was doubt among rival executives that the Royals would part ways with Moore after this year, mainly because Moore is among the most respected executives in baseball and has stocked the team’s farm system with young talent. But the Royals’ struggles in recent seasons — they have 89 losses with 14 games to go this season — as well as their inability to consistently develop young pitching forced team chairman John Sherman to act now. Besides, the Royals have groomed Piccolo to eventually be the head of baseball operations. It’s possible that had Moore not been fired, that Piccolo — who has drawn outside interest in the past — could have landed a lead front...
    Directions Bodegraven-Reeuwijk, a small town of 35,000 inhabitants 1 hour from Amsterdam is lined with little red houses on the banks of the river. This seemingly quiet little town has been the victim of conspiracy theories on Twitter for 2 years. It all starts in 2020, when a resident of Podgreven declares that he witnessed the murders of children by a satanic cult in the 80s… abused by the men of the town, especially the mayor. He is joined by two conspirators who say more or less the same thing as him. . Because these fake messages can quickly spread across networks, especially in a Telegram messaging private group that had over 7500 people! All followers of conspiracy theories. As a result, some went straight to Podgrevan Cemetery, where children are said to have been cremated. So they gather there, lay flowers, and pay their respects to victims no one has ever heard of. While filming themselves and posting their videos on the internet to add a part to the machine. Especially since the three people behind this fake news...
    (CNN)The Las Vegas Aces were given a heroine's welcome by thousands of fans in Vegas on Tuesday after winning their first ever WNBA title.The championship parade started at Caesars Palace and ended at a stage in front of the fountain at the Bellagio. The celebrations were led by 2022 WNBA MVP A'ja Wilson who was pictured on the post-parade stage with the trophy in one hand and a bottle of champagne in the other.On Sunday, the Aces beat the Connecticut Sun in Game 4 of the Finals to clinch the first major professional sports championship for the city of Las Vegas."Las Vegas, I can't thank you enough for how much you rallied behind myself and my teammates, we did this one for y'all," Wilson said at the event. "I've got some of the best teammates in the world. I mean that."And the fans truly did up. The rally attracted so much attention that the Strip had to be closed to vehicles after only initially planning to shut down southbound traffic.Read More2022 WNBA MVP A'ja Wilson finished with 11 points and...
    A spate of deadly gun violence in Oakland landed Tuesday afternoon outside the doors of City Hall, where a shooting marked the city’s fourth homicide in less than 24 hours. Shortly after 2 p.m., two men were shot near 14th Street and Broadway, according to the Oakland Police Department. One was pronounced dead on scene, and the other was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. It was the city’s fourth shooting death since Monday night and its 91st killing this year, police said. Oakland recorded 100 homicides by this time last year. The City Council briefly paused its meeting after the shooting, according to KRON-TV. No arrests have been made as Oakland police continue to investigate. Only hours before, police officials had held a news conference addressing a series of shootings that left three people dead in a span of 45 minutes Monday night.
    Observing that 89% of New Yorkers have been vaccinated, including children, the mayor said it was time to give schools, parents, and businesses more flexibility by lifting the vaccine requirements. New York will continue to recommend that residents get booster shots and COVID-19 vaccinations. "The rollout has been important and crucial and because we've been so successful, it's time to move on to the next level of fortifying our city," Adams said as he got the latest COVID booster at city hall. "This puts the choice in the hands of New Yorkers. It's imperative we're asking them to continue to encourage their employees to get their vaccines and booster shots." New York City's vaccine requirements have resulted in more than 1,500 municipal workers getting fired for refusing to comply. There is no telling how many private sector employees lost their jobs after refusing to get vaccinated. NYPD officers blasted the mayor Tuesday for creating a double standard with vaccine rules. "This announcement is more proof that the vaccine mandate for New York...
    A 40-year-old woman plunged to her death from the sixth floor of a swanky Manhattan high-rise apartment building on Tuesday morning.  An NYPD source told DailyMail.com that at 7:14 am, emergency services were called to 157 East 57th street in the Sutton Place neighborhood in New York City.  A woman was found with injuries that were consistent with a fall, she was pronounced dead at the scene.  The source did not identify the woman.  The woman left behind a suicide note, reports the New York Post.  According to Solil, the management company that runs the building, it was constructed in 1960 and consists of 111 apartment units over 19 floors According to Solil, the management company that runs the building, it was constructed in 1960 and consists of 111 apartment units over 19 floors.  There is currently one listed apartment for rent in the building, a two-bedroom that is on the market for $6,150 via StreetEasy.  Sutton Place is one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in New York City, according to Forbes.   In 2021, City Health Commissioner Dr. Dave A....
    Republican lawmakers and officials are accusing Democrats of hypocrisy after the left heaped criticism on the governors of Texas and Florida for sending migrants to liberal strongholds - despite doing the very same thing themselves. Rep. Michael Waltz of Florida compared the outrage at Texas and Florida to the relatively muted response to 'ghost flights' of mostly underage migrants sent by the Biden administration in the middle of the night. 'Those are Biden administration/taxpayer-funded contracts with a number of NGOs that are flying these people in the dead of night to all of these same locations, then it's fine,' Waltz told Fox News late last week. 'But if you have [Florida] Governor DeSantis or [Texas] Governor Abbott or [Arizona] Governor Ducey doing it in the middle of the day when everyone can see it, then suddenly we're up in arms and having a collective political meltdown.' It comes after the Biden administration resumed charter flights in April of underaged migrants from the U.S.-Mexico border to Westchester, New York. While these flights operated during the day as well, the amount that...
    A Portland, Oregon woman found a homeless woman on top of her son's bed lying amongst the laundry, but no sooner had she been arrested, her charges were dropped and she was free to walk the streets of the liberal town once again. Kelsey Smith, from Northeast Portland, heard her dogs barking in an upstairs bedroom as so she went to investigate. Initially, she thought her husband was playing a prank on her but within moments quickly realized someone had broken into her home to hide out.  Police identified the culprit as Lynn Zinser, 54, who was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office jail on charges of burglary and harassment.  A homeless woman wandered in off the street into Kelsey Smith's Portland home  The woman, seen in green, left, made her way onto Kelsey Smith's son's bed  The woman decided to make herself comfortable as she nestled down in a pile of laundry  Lynn Zinser, 54, was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Sheriff's jail on charges of burglary and harassment but released one day later But...
    New Orleans overtook St. Louis as the US murder capital in the first half of this year, as the city struggles with its lowest police staffing level in modern history amid a crisis of officer morale.  In the first six months of 2022, New Orleans recorded 41 murders per 100,000 population, a higher homicide rate than any other US city, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of data from the Major Cities Chiefs Association.  By comparison, the first-half murder rate per 100,000 was 11.5 in Chicago, 4.8 in Los Angeles and 2.4 in New York City. In New Orleans, the homicide rate has soared 141 percent compared with 2019, while shootings are up 100 percent, carjackings up 210 percent and armed robberies up 25 percent, according to the city's Metropolitan Crime Commission. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell arrives by horseback for the Krewe of Zulu roll in March. The city now has the highest murder rate in the US, according to a new analysis In New Orleans, the homicide rate has soared 141 percent compared with 2019, while shootings are up 100 percent,...
    New York City Mayor Eric Adams speaks to attendees while they take part in the New York Democrats for Election Night Watch Party with Governor Kathy Hochul and Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado during New York primary election 2022 in New York, U.S., June 28, 2022.Eduardo Munoz | Reuters At a private dinner Wednesday at New York's swanky Le Pavillon, New York City Mayor Eric Adams called on tech executives to keep their companies in the city, even as industry leaders raise concerns to city officials of soaring rents and violent crimes. Over entrees of steak, halibut or pasta and copious amounts of wine, Adams made an "impassioned plea for tech executives to stay and invest in New York," said one attendee. He told the more than two dozen tech leaders who were there: "New York City needs and wants technology companies," said another attendee, adding that city officials want tech companies to "help grow the economy of this city." Adams' spokesman Fabien Levy confirmed the mayor spoke to the tech executives, but said: "Mayor Adams wasn't there for dinner." "While...
    watch nowVIDEO4:5504:55Nearly half of New York City workers are back in the office: SurveySquawk Box Jamie Dimon may have been off by a year, but New York City's offices are finally starting to fill up. In May 2021, the JPMorgan chief executive predicted that the percentage of workers in offices in the city would be back to normal by the following fall. "Yes, the commute, you know, yes, people don't like commuting, but so what?" Dimon said in his not-so-empathic way at the Wall Street Journal CEO Summit. As a Covid wave prognosticator and expert on worker psychology, the bank CEO failed. But his view of bringing workers back is getting closer to reality. Nearly half of office workers (49%) are back in New York City on an average weekday, up from 38% in April, according to the latest data this week from the Partnership for New York City, which has been tracking office occupancy as a vital sign for New York's economy. Fully remote office worker levels are now down to 16%, from 28% in April.People enter the Goldman...
    BRENTFORD boss Thomas Frank believes Arsenal are the second best team in the Premier League - behind only champions Manchester City. The Bees welcome Mikel Arteta's side to the Gtech Community Stadium on Sunday in what promises to be an exciting London derby. 2Thomas Frank has lauded Arsenal ahead of Brentford's clash against their London rivals on SundayCredit: Reuters 2Mikel Arteta was named as August's Manager of the Month following the Gunners' impressive start to the seasonCredit: Getty Frank will be hoping to rack up consecutive home wins against Arsenal after their 2-0 win in the opening match of the 2021-22 season. But the Danish gaffer knows Arsenal are a team transformed this campaign as they sit top of table having won five out of their six matches. Arsenal head into the weekend sitting a point above champions City and their arch-rivals Tottenham. And Frank paid his compliments to Brentford's upcoming opponents in his pre-match press conference. READ MORE ARSENAL STORIESTAKING THE MIK Arsenal fans all say the same thing after Arteta named Manager of the Month He said: "We...
    New York City officials are going to fly out migrants to Florida after claiming many of them did not want to come to the Big Apple. The Commissioner of Immigration Affairs for the city says that a lot of the migrants being bussed from Texas by Gov Greg Abbott are coming from Venezuela. Manuel Castro claims that the majority of illegal immigrants that have arrived to New York want to go to Florida because of their large community of Venezuelans. His comments come just days after Mayor Eric Adams was seen with celebrities during New York Fashion Week, shortly after telling reporters that the cities shelters were at ‘breaking point’. Adams was snapped partying at the exclusive members-only club Aman New York in the Crown Building last night.  Castro told Fox News: ‘Many want to go to places like Florida where the largest community of Venezuelans live. ‘We're helping them get to their actual final destination. We're doing our best. All states and all cities have a role to play here, not just New York and Chicago and other places.’...
    McDonald's estimates that its economic impact in Chicago is roughly $2 billion annually, according to the Wall Street Journal. That's a big number considering company employees are telling Kempczinski they do not feel safe traveling to McDonald's downtown corporate offices, he said. Crime has been a significant problem for years in Chicago. But the issue is getting even worse this year. From the WSJ:Data from the Chicago Police Department show that from the start of the year through Sept. 11, murders are down 15% when compared with the same period a year earlier, while thefts are up 65%. Crime overall is up 38% from last year’s period, according to the department, and 19% higher compared with the same stretch in 2019, before the pandemic. Which businesses have left?Over the last year, Chicago has lost Boeing (moving to northern Virginia), Caterpillar (moving to Texas), and Citadel (moving to Florida). Ironically, each of those companies are moving to states controlled by Republican governors. For its part, McDonald's will remain in Chicago, Kempczinski said.
    New York (CNN Business)McDonald's CEO Chris Kempczinski has big concerns about surging crime in Chicago, where the fast food giant is based, saying it is impacting the company's restaurants and making it harder to recruit corporate talent. Crime is "seeping into every corner of our city," Kempczinski said during an event at the Economic Club of Chicago Wednesday. "Everywhere I go, I'm confronted by the same question these days — what's going on in Chicago? While it may wound our civic pride to hear it, there is a general sense out there that our city is in crisis." Kempczinski said that McDonald's (MCD) restaurants in the city are suffering, noting that there are about 400 of the chain's locations across Chicago. Chicagos 4th of July weekend death toll surpassed the Highland Park shooting. I thought there would be more outcry, mother says"We have violent crime that's happening in our restaurants ... we're seeing homelessness issues in our restaurants. We're having drug overdoses that are happening in our restaurants," he said. "So we see in our restaurants, every single day,...
    A shocking poll revealed nearly half of San Franciscans have been robbed in the past five years as the city continues to attempt to clean up its act, while the city still debates the 'ethics' of sharing videos of the suffering.  The poll asked 1,653 people in the city by the bay how they felt about crime, policing and violence in San Francisco.  When asked, 'During the last five years, was any item you owned ever stolen from you, or did that not happen during that time?' a shocking 45 percent said yes. Even worse, while just 43 percent of white people reported being victims of theft, 54 percent of black San Franciscans and 55 percent of mixed race San Franciscans surveyed said they'd been robbed in recent years, according to SF Chronicle.  Crime is up 8.5 percent in San Francisco through September 11 compared to 2021, according to the city's data. While that's less than cities like New York (up 35 percent) and Chicago (up 37 percent), homicide is the only crime to see a decrease from last year. ...
    Horrifying tales of mass murder, torture, rape and mutilation at the hands of Russian troops are being uncovered in newly-liberated parts of Ukraine in chilling echoes of their retreat from Kyiv. At least 1,000 civilians died in the city of Izyum alone, according to multiple Ukrainian officials, while others were left to suffer from wounds inflicted by Russian troops who destroyed all the hospitals and looted medical supplies. Those who survived the occupation in places such as Balakliya and Kupyansk tell of torture chambers set up in basements, rapes and mutilations carried out by Putin's men - some indiscriminately, others while trying to root out those loyal to Ukraine. The names of these cities will now live in infamy alongside the likes of Bucha and Irpin - suburbs of Kyiv where some of the first evidence of Russia's bloody campaign of violence against innocent bystanders was first uncovered after the retreat in April. More than 450 people are known to have died near Kyiv, meaning that the scale of atrocities in Izyum and across Kharkiv occurred on a much larger scale. ...
    COPENHAGEN offered travelling Sevilla supporters free beer during Wednesday's Champions League clash. The Danish champions and the LaLiga giants played out a relatively dull goalless draw at the Parken. 2Copenhagen offered travelling Sevilla fans free beer during their Champions League matchCredit: https://twitter.com/brfootball/status/1570171638854869001 2Copenhagen and Sevilla played out a goalless draw but this moment went viralCredit: https://twitter.com/brfootball/status/1570171638854869001 However, the visiting fans received a special treat in the stands as staff brought them free pints to thank them for making the trip to Denmark. That was a marvellous gesture as the journey required quite some effort and it is common knowledge that drinks are pricey in football stadiums. A viral video showed the beautiful moment when stewards offered the Sevilla faithful their beverages and the supporters responded by singing in gratitude. Fans took to social media to praise Copenhagen for this gesture that shows football can still bring people together. Read More on FootballBEER WE GO Fans stunned as Schalke supporter balances 3 pints on HEAD with phone in between One fan - possibly a Manchester City supporter - tweeted: "Can't wait...
    CHELSEA chief Todd Boehly wants a Premier League All-Star game. While commonplace in US sports, the English top flight has never staged such a match. 3Todd Boehly wants a Prem All-Star gameCredit: Getty The occasion would bring stars from different Prem sides together, with Boehly proposing a North vs South format. He reckons that the cash generated could fund the English pyramid and help to "evolve" the game. The plan has already received opposition from Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. But if such a match were to happen, which Prem stars would get the nod? Read More Football StoriesTODD'S GIFT Boehly wants North v South Prem All-Star game in radical format change Players from the ten clubs from Aston Villa and above would be eligible for the northern team, while those from London and the South Coast would provide the opposition. Starting with the southern team, it's hard to look too far beyond players from Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal. Despite his gaffe at Leeds earlier this season, Edouard Mendy just about pips Hugo Lloris to selection in goal. Reece James is...
    Share this: EDITORS’ NOTE:No doubt many residents of New York City, particularly the outer boroughs, must be content to adopt one place in the Big Apple as home. Enhancing their home—the place where they sleep– are countless public amenities to provide an escape from the confines of their inner sanctums, and their workplaces. But for the New Yorker who can afford it, escape comes frequently in the form of an additional home, an escape from the pervasive pavements, the high-rise density and frenetic human interaction. The additional home is a retreat to private sanctums of grass, trees, sand and water, but many of these retreats are only a short ride—by train or car—from the inner city. Whether it is the Hamptons (no longer a short ride) or towns and villages in the counties and states surrounding Greater New York, many stakeholders have a significant connection to the Big Apple.
    Share this: EDITORS’ NOTE: No doubt may residents of New York City, particularly the outer boroughs, must be content to adopt one place in the Big Apple as home. Enhancing their home—the place where they sleep– are countless public amenities to provide an escape from the confines of their inner sanctums, and their workplaces. But for the New Yorker who can afford it, escape comes frequently in the form of an additional home, an escape from the pervasive pavements, the high-rise density and frenetic human interaction. The additional home is a retreat to private sanctums of grass, trees, sand and water, but many of these retreats are only a short ride—by train or car—from the inner city. Whether it is the Hamptons (no longer a short ride) or towns and villages in the counties and states surrounding Greater New York, many stakeholders have a significant connection to the Big Apple. Writer Jamie MacGuire has spent a lifetime experiencing—and even studying—some of the most celebrated communities within the magnetic field around New York City.
    Peloton's founder resigned from the company on Monday - less than three weeks after the exercise business he created, which saw him become a billionaire during the COVID-19 pandemic, reported a $1.2 billion quarterly loss and a nearly 30 percent drop in revenue. John Foley, 51, launched the fitness firm in 2012, with the first studio in Manhattan in which instructors led classes that were also beamed into members' homes. It went public in September 2019, and the pandemic saw demand surge as gyms closed and millions begin to exercise in their homes. But the surge in popularity was swiftly followed by a collapse in demand - not helped by scandals surrounding safety, with the recall of their treadmills after a child died, and bad publicity from a much-mocked Christmas advert, and Sex and the City's male lead Mr. Big dying from a heart attack following a Peloton class. A source told Yahoo Finance that Foley - who along with his wife and other insiders controls close to 60 percent of Peloton's voting shares - may sell his stake in the...
    For example, when she traveled to Washington, D.C., in January on the taxpayer dime for $2,279, her aide's seat in coach cost just $250. Meanwhile, Cantrell spent $9,710 on upgraded seats for a trip to Switzerland earlier this summer. On that trip, her aides were stuck in lousy coach seats priced at roughly $500. Cantrell's lavish spending habits have embroiled her in controversy, especially after she spent more than $40,000 on a trip to France earlier this year that included a side stay in Paris. While in the City of Light, Cantrell stayed in a Paris hotel overlooking the Eiffel Tower that cost more than $700 per night.What happens next?A top aide told the Times-Picayune it's unclear whether the policy for city employees applies to Cantrell. Currently, the New Orleans City Council is seeking counsel from various attorneys to determine whether the policy does in fact apply to the mayor. Cantrell lists the City of New Orleans as her employer on financial disclosure forms, WWL noted. Mayor Cantrell could be on the hook for nearly $30k in...
    by J.D. Davidson   One Ohio city ranks in the top five of best places to retire in the nation, and four others rank among the best of the nation’s largest cities, according to a new report from WalletHub, a personal finance website. Cincinnati ranked third – behind only Charleston, South Carolina and Orlando – in the report that compared the retiree-friendliness of more than 180 cities using 46 metrics, such as cost of living to retired taxpayers to the state’s health infrastructure. Cincinnati ranked 98th in affordability, third in activities, 66th in quality of life and 49th in health care. “Cincinnati is the third-best retirement city. It ranks particularly high in terms of activities, as it has a lot of music venues and bingo halls per capita,” WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez said. “Cincinnati is also a great city for recreation and has a strong age-friendly community. In terms of health care, the city has plenty of home-care facilities for the elderly.” Akron, Columbus, Cleveland and Toledo all made the list of top retirement cities. Akron ranked 44th with its highest numbers for activities and health care, while...
    A woke Los Angeles mayoral candidate who once said she feels safe in her neighborhood despite rising crime returned home on Friday to find that a thief had made off with two of her handguns. Rep. Karen Bass, a Democrat who is leading in the polls to become the next Los Angeles mayor, said she returned to her Baldwin Vista home from the National Hispanic Media Coalition's annual Impact Awards Gala Friday night to find evidence of a break-in. She then found that a thief stole two of her firearms that had been 'safely and securely stored,' but left behind the cash, electronics and other valuables she had out at her home, which is estimated on Zillow to be worth over $2million. Police are now asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect, whom they described on Twitter as 'Hispanic, standing 5-feet-9-inches tall, [and] weighing 200 pounds.' He was last seen wearing dark clothing, a black surgical mask, a blue baseball cap with a white emblem on it and black Asics sneakers. Anyone with information is asked to call...
    Joe Biden and Kamala Harris split up on Sunday to pay tribute to the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The president ended his weekend at his home in Delaware earlier than usual to come back to a rainy Washington, D.C. and lay a wreath at the Pentagon 9/11 memorial and deliver remarks on the 21st anniversary of the attack. Biden arrived to downpour in the nation's capital, holding a large black umbrella as he disembarked Air Force 1 and donning a raincoat before entering the presidential vehicle The Beast and motorcading to the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. Meanwhile, the vice president and second gentleman Doug Emhoff arrived in New York City Sunday morning to participate in a commemoration ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial Museum located at ground zero. Biden lays a wreath at the Pentagon to commemorate 9/11 terrorist attacks The president put his hand over his heart during a moment of silence to remember the victims of the attack. A total of 184 people died at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, including all 64...
    Kamala Harris participated in the commemoration at the National September 11 Memorial Museum located at ground zero on Sunday to mark the 21st anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Her visit to the Big Apple came as a pre-recorded interview with NBC's Meet the Press host Chuck Todd showed the vice president claiming domestic threats to democracy should be treated in the same manner as foreign terrorists. Joining Harris in New York City on Sunday was second gentleman Doug Emhoff. Also spotted at the somber event are Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, among others. Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff participate in a commemoration ceremony marking the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks at ground zero in New York City on Sunday New York Representative Alexandria Ocsio-Cortez also attended the ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in Manhattan on Sunday Spotted at the commemoration was Biden's DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Before the ceremony, Harris and Emhoff were seen...
    The families of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks once again gathered in lower Manhattan on Sunday to remember the lives lost on that fateful day 21 years ago. Mourners were seen Sunday morning placing flags with red and blue stripes in the engraved names of the heroes who died that day 21 years ago at the memorial that now stands at the site of the former World Trade Center. Some also carried pictures of their loved ones, with flowers in hand as they kept their remaining relatives close. The annual ceremony was scheduled to begin at 8.30am on Sunday, with family members and friends reading off the names of the victims of the terrorist attack, which will conclude at around 12.30pm. Six moments of silence will be observed throughout the program, commemorating when each of the World Trade Center towers was struck and collapsed, as well as the times corresponding to the subsequent attack on the Pentagon and the crash of United Airlines Flight 93. Then on Sunday night, the annual Tribute in Light...
    The former Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani has come under fire for saying September 11, 2001, the day terrorists flew planes into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, was 'in some ways … the greatest day of my life.' Giuliani, 78, made the remarks just days before the 21st anniversary of the attacks while speaking on Newsmax on Friday morning.  'The feelings are … complex feelings. I guess the best way to describe it is, it was the worst day of my life and in some ways, you know, the greatest day of my life, in terms of my city, my country, my family. 'It was the worst foreign attack on this country since the war of 1812. It was a complete surprise. It was an attack on completely innocent people and I watched it first hand,' he added.  The former Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani has come under fire for saying September 11, 2001, the day terrorists flew planes into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center was 'in some ways …...
    An infamous green skateboarding bench has gone missing again after Philadelphia skateboarders lifted it from New York City's Tompkins Square Park, and moved it to Philadelphia's Cecil B. Moore Station Plaza under the cover of night. The bench had been placed in the Plaza, a popular skateboarder hangout near Temple University, last week before university police were contacted by the rightful owner of the bench and assisted in returning it.  The bench has had a reputation for moving around since skater Anthony Van Engelen introduced it to the skating world in a 2003 video. Van Engelen says he doesn't know its current whereabouts.  An Instagram post on Thursday seemingly showed that the bench had made its way to Virginia, as it was pictured near the James River in Richmond with the caption 'the saga continues.' View this post on Instagram A post shared by @ave_bench The bench has had a reputation for moving around since skater Anthony Van Engelen introduced it to the skating world in a 2003 video. Van Engelen pictured competing at the Maloof Money Cup on June 5,...
    The San Francisco Bay area is experiencing a record-breaking heatwave that is causing squirrels to stretch out on the ground in order to release their body heat into the environment - and this act of ‘splooting’ is ‘freaking out’ people. Numerous reports of the grounded, motionless squirrels have been reported to wildlife facilities, with WildCare in San Rafeal receiving ‘lots of calls about hot animals, including reports of squirrels 'spread out flat,’ according to SFGate. The splooting is a way for squirrels to beat the heatwave that is gripping the Bay area, and other parts of California, which has brought temperatures soaring above 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Officials are advising people to stay away, as squirrels do bite, but those looking to help can give water in a plate-like dish to help keep them hydrated. Splooting squirrels are being reported all over the San Francisco Bay area- and people are freaking out RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next How a TEXT MESSAGE telling 27 million Californians to lower... Life-threatening temperatures above 100F will be up to...
    A Dutch city just became the first in the world to ban meat advertisements from public spaces to reduce consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The ban will also include holiday flights, fossil fuels, and gasoline-powered cars. Source: WION/YouTube Haarlem, a city just west of Amsterdam with a population of over 160,000, has taken steps to ban advertisements for meat by 2024 after meat products were officially added to a list of products that contribute to climate change. This new ban means that meat ads will not be allowed on public transportation, shelters, screens, or anything in public. The woman who first drafted the motion for banning meat advertisements, Ziggy Klazes, said that she did not know that they would be the first to enforce it when she first proposed the motion. Klazes told Haarlem105, “We are not about what people are baking and roasting in their own kitchen; if people wanted to continue eating meat, fine … We can’t tell people there’s a climate crisis and encourage them to buy products that are part of the cause.” “Of...
    A devastated daughter has blasted the violence on the rise in Memphis after her mother was shot dead in front of her by a grinning gunman who streamed the slayings on Facebook. Ezekiel Kelly, 19, launched his alleged rampage just before 1am on Wednesday and terrorized the city for more than 19 hours, killing four people and injuring three others. Nurse Allison Parker, 38, was shot dead as Kelly carjacked her Toyota SUV in an attempt to flee police, with her daughter Ariana, 20 witnessing her mother’s death. She posted on Instagram saying: ‘Watched my own momma die in front of me. F*** this city.’ A GoFundMe for the mother-of-three’s children has been set up, which states that the trio are now orphans after the shooting Parker and the loss of their father two years ago. Kelly is believed to have started his rampage at around 12:56am, shooting and killing Dewayne Tunstall, 24, who was reportedly a friend of his in his driveway on Glendale Avenue. Tunstall had been visiting friends with Kelly pulled him to the side and drew...
    (CNN)Dewayne Tunstall had aspirations of running a food truck and planned to name it "EBE," inspired by the phrase he lived his life by: "Everybody eats," his friend Marcus Cash told CNN affiliate WMC.But in the early hours of Wednesday, Tunstall was shot and killed while visiting Cash's house -- becoming the first victim in a violent shooting spree that gripped the city of Memphis until the suspect was arrested later that night. The shooting rampage came just days after the body of Eliza Fletcher, a Memphis teacher who was kidnapped last Friday and murdered, was found. The string of deadly attacks across the city over the past week have elicited rage and fear from the city's leaders, who say the violence is unacceptable. A Memphis shooting rampage -- part of which was livestreamed -- leaves 4 people dead and 3 wounded, and a suspect is in custodyThe suspect, 19-year-old Ezekiel Kelly, is set to appear in court Friday to face a first-degree murder charge, though officials say several more felony charges are being considered. Kelly, also known as "Zeek...
    Councillors in Vladimir Putin's home city have called for the Russian president to be charged with treason and forced out of office over the war in Ukraine.  The group of councillors in Smolninskoye, a municipality in St Petersburg where Putin was born, made the extraordinary appeal to the Russian parliament.  They complained that Putin's war in Ukraine has left thousands of Russian soldiers dead and damaged the country's economy. 'Young able-bodied citizens are dying and being maimed,' the councillors warned. The Russian economy is suffering, NATO is expanding, and Ukraine is acquiring new modern equipment due to Putin's foolhardy policies, they said. 'We have listed the reasons why we believe that this is high treason,' said one of the councillors in the municipal authority, Nikita Yuferev, 34. Councillors in Vladimir Putin's home city have called for the Russian president to be charged with treason and forced out of office over the war in Ukraine The group of councillors in Smolninskoye, a municipality in St Petersburg where Putin was born, made the extraordinary appeal to the Russian parliament The councillors said that...