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    A ‘Night’ Next Door Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence, a San Jose-based nonprofit domestic violence service provider, is holding its annual “Light Up the Night” ceremony and gala on Saturday, Oct. 1, 6-10 p.m. at Villa Ragusa, 35 S. Second St. in Campbell. The goal of the event is to raise awareness and generate support for survivors of domestic violence and their children by creating an opportunity for the community to send a message of caring for individuals and families that are in crisis. The event will include a video sneak peek at Next Door’s confidential emergency shelter, a raffle, silent and live auctions, a candle-lighting ceremony and a performance by the Lara Price Band. “Light Up the Night” coincides with National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. Tickets start at $150 at https://nextdoor.ejoinme.org/LUTN2022. Neighborhood Notes WILLOW GLEN>>Hicklebee’s is offering a treat for young readers with Halloween Bundles, packages of books and surprises for four age groups: baby-toddler, preschool-kindergarten, grades 1-3 and grades 4-6. The Lincoln Avenue bookstore will package up a selection of items worth either $35...
    Donald Trump Jr. and other members of the GOP are outraged as the media remains 'totally silent' over the death of a Republican teenager who was ran over by a 'liberal extremist.' Cayler Ellingson, 18, was mowed down by Shannon Brandt, 41, in North Carolina after attending a street dance party on Sunday. Brandt previously told State Radio that he got into an altercation with the teenager about politics and believed Ellingson was part of a 'Republican extremist group.'  'An 18-year-old conservative is murdered by 41-year-old leftest and the media is totally silent,' Trump Jr. wrote on Twitter.  'No connection to Joe Biden and his insane speech of just 2 weeks ago… it’s as though it never happened & doesn’t matter. Of course Trump would not get that benefit b/c our media is broken!'  Don Jr. referenced Biden's 'Soul of the Nation' speech in Philadelphia on September 1, where the president slammed Donald Trump and characterized 'MAGA Republicans' as a threat to democracy. Conservatives have criticized the media's double standards and silence in covering the Republican teenager's death after Biden inflamed...
    Jeff Swensen/Getty Editor’s note: This column by David Corn first appeared in his newsletter, Our Land. But we wanted to make sure as many readers as possible have a chance to see it. Our Land is written by David twice a week (most of the time) and provides behind-the-scenes stories about politics and media; his unvarnished take on the events of the day; film, book, television, podcast, and music recommendations; interactive audience features; and more. Subscribing costs just $5 a month—but you can sign up for a free 30-day trial of Our Land here. Please check it out. And please also check out David’s new New York Times bestseller: American Psychosis: A Historical Investigation of How the Republican Party Went Crazy. Those of us paying attention the past few years know that the answer to the oft-repeated question— have we reached the bottom of Trumpism?—is, there’s no bottom. Donald Trump and the Republican Party proved that once again in recent days, as Trump merged MAGA extremism with the conspiratorial lunacy of QAnon, and nary a Republican batted an eye. In retrospect, the melding of...
    THERE is nothing quite like a leftie MP with their head in the sand. But that is what we have with the great case of Claudia Webbe. Ms Webbe is the MP for Leicester East and, given what is going on in her constituency in recent weeks, it is not surprising that she should try to speak out. 4Groups of Hindu and Muslim youths have been involved in trouble in Leicester over recent weeksCredit: Leicester Media Online 4What does Corbynite MP ­Claudia Webbe say about the unrest? She has said the Government needs to clamp down on 'extremist right-wing ideology' being spread onlineCredit: PA Because since the end of last month there has been serious unrest on the streets of Leicester. It seems to have started during the India-Pakistan cricket match at the end of August, when supporters of India chanted anti-Pakistan slogans. Pakistan’s supporters replied in kind.  Soon groups of Muslims and Hindus were facing off in their hundreds on the city’s streets.  READ MORE FROM DOUGLAS MURRAYDOUGLAS MURRAY We admired Queen for her virtues - the opposite...
    The Taliban have announced that they will ban TikTok because it promotes violence despite their fighters sharing battlefield atrocities to spread fear among their enemies on the platform.  Taliban's ministry of telecommunication said the popular app as well as PUBG, an online game, will be banned in the country within weeks.  'TikTok has been spreading immoral and non Islamic content and videos in an Islamic country among the very vulnerable youths of Afghanistan, and we have to block it for the sake of our youths' future,' a Taliban official told MailOnline. Taliban fighters use social media to share their battlefield atrocities to spread fear among their enemies  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Freed to a hero's welcome: America releases Afghan war lord... Taliban posts ISIS-style execution videos showing prisoners... Share this article Share 'They are just devastating our young people by advertising western life style. We are living in an Islamic country and these platforms have been spreading contents against it,' he said.  'Facebook is also spreading same kind of content. Our...
    There were four more requests for gun violence restraining orders on Jeff Brooker’s desk when he arrived at the San Diego City Attorney’s Office that July morning. Officers had responded to a minor car crash at a mall where the driver, who carried a replica firearm, was rambling delusionally and threatening to kill the “one-percenters” and a public official. Another man, during an argument outside a family member’s home, had pulled a gun out of his waistband and pointed it at someone’s head as several others looked on. It was not an unusual number of new cases for the department’s eight-member gun violence restraining order unit, which Brooker oversees. In an average week, they triage 30 referrals from local police, reviewing scenarios in which officers believe a resident is at risk of committing gun violence. About a third of the time — in those instances when the person clearly poses a danger to themselves or others, and they aren’t already prohibited from possessing weapons for another reason — the office will petition a judge to temporarily seize their firearms, under...
    According to two different experts on the rising tide of domestic terrorists since the election of Donald Trump, things are going to get a lot worse before they get better as long as the former president remains free to incite violence in much the way he did on Jan 6, 2020. Speaking with the New York Times' Blake Hounshell, authors Luke Mogelson and Andy Campbell, both of whom have new books on right-wing extremists, waved the red flag about what they see coming as Trump continues to egg his followers on -- which is setting the stage for more violence. As Hounshell summed up their warning: "The worst is yet to come." Getting right to the point, Campbell, who has a new book out on the Proud Boys, told the Times, "I really do believe that, going forward, it’s not just going to be MAGA rallies. It’s not just going to be political violence at Proud Boys rallies or leftist rallies or B.L.M. events. It’s going to be political violence at any civic event that happens to fall in the...
    President Joe Biden put himself on a collision course with social media giants on Thursday, as he laid out his plans to tackle the 'venom' of white supremacy. He demanded that companies like Twitter and Facebook be held accountable for hatred spread on their platforms, and urged Congress to end legal protections that give them immunity from being prosecuted over users' posts. Biden set out his plans after a one-day summit at the White House that brought together campaigners and survivors of racist violence. He called on Congress to pass his plans for greater spending to protect nonprofits and houses of worship from hate attacks.  'And hold social media platforms accountable for spreading hate and fueling violence,' he said. 'I am calling on Congress to get rid of special immunity for social media companies and impose much stronger transparency requirements on all of them.' President Joe Biden put himself on a collision course with social media giants on Thursday, as he laid out his plans to tackle the 'venom' of white supremacy he again told the story of how it was...
    Owning a firearm makes an abuser five times more likely to kill their partner. Every 16 hours in the United States, someone is shot and killed by their partner or former partner. Luckily, convicted domestic abusers are not allowed to own a gun. However, this only applies if they have been married to the victim, live with the victim, have a child together, or are a victim’s parent or guardian. This, which many call the “boyfriend loophole,” allows all other convicted domestic abusers, including stalkers and current/former dating partners, to own guns. Source: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert/Youtube This loophole allows thousands of abusers to have access to guns. 33 states have taken steps to close the loophole, but this should become a federal law to protect victims across the entire country! Recently Congress updated the Violence Against Women Act, and it’s time that they do it again. The new version includes protections for American, transgender, and immigrant women but is still too narrow and leaves too many people at risk. Sign this petition to urge Congress...
    Listen to this episode of The Times: Apple Podcasts Spotify Stitcher Google Podcasts California voters legalized cannabis in 2016, which was supposed to solve much of the violence and environmental wreckage associated with the drug’s illegal trade. But that hasn’t happened. Instead, the reality of legal weed in California is huge illegal grows, violence, worker exploitation and even deaths. Inside California’s famed “Emerald Triangle,” a region north of San Francisco known for its weed, there are an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 illegal cannabis farms in just one of the three counties that make up the triangle alone. The under-the-radar cultivation is causing big problems for once-peaceful communities. Today, we get into the issues caused by illegal cultivation. Read the full transcript here. Host: Gustavo Arellano Guests: L.A. Times investigative reporter Paige St. John More reading: Legal Weed, Broken Promises: A Times series on the fallout of legal pot in California Nobody knows how widespread illegal cannabis grows are in California. So we mapped them The reality of legal...
    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...
    One Boro will be hosting “Securing Statesboro: Beyone the Numbers” on Saturday, September 10. The forum will be 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Statesboro Family YMCA, located at 409 Clairborne Avenue. The purpose is to have intentional conversations about the state of violence in the community. One Boro is a non-profit organization and is an official commission of the City of Statesboro. One Boro is committed to promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity among the citizens of Statesboro. The ultimate goal of the commission is to foster innovation, community awareness, and ownership of public policy based on strong democratic traditions. Learn more about One Boro HERE.
    Live from Music Row, Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio for another edition of Crom’s Crommentary. CROM CARMICHAEL: Michael, we had a tragedy in Memphis with the terrible kidnapping and murder of Eliza Fletcher. And by all accounts, Eliza Fletcher was an absolutely stupendous, wonderful person. She was 34. She was a mother of two or three children. She was a teacher. Her family is quite wealthy, and so she could do anything she wants to do, but instead, she chose to teach. Apparently, she was a marathon runner, so she trains early in the morning, and that was when she was abducted and killed. It’s a terrible loss and a terrible, terrible thing that happened. But what is interesting is that, when you listen to people opine on it, everyone is justifiably upset with our justice system and the fact that this murderer had gotten out of prison earlier...
    Although the poll found a lot of worry about political division, there seemed to be very little support for the country dividing into red state and blue states. Less than a quarter of respondents, 24%, said they favored or strongly favored dividing the country among partisan lines, while 76% said they either somewhat opposed or strongly opposed dividing the country. The CBS News/YouGov poll had a 2.5% margin of error. Here's more about the findings from the poll: CBS News poll: More than half of Americans believe political violence will increase www.youtube.com
    Kevin “Twin” Orange can still recite the names of the ones he couldn’t save, even if time has blurred his memory of when and where they died. For years, whenever his phone rang with news of a shooting in his corner of South Los Angeles, the veteran gang interventionist would race to the scene to comfort grieving relatives and friends, while doing his best to tamp down any talk of retaliation. But even as he tried to put on a strong face in front of others, the stress and trauma of more than a decade of peacemaking began to catch up to him. He had always kept those feelings bottled up, pride preventing him from asking for help. “In our community that’s taboo, so when you talk about trauma, I think that’s like a soft word to talk about mental health,” said Orange, who runs the street outreach group Advocates for Peace & Urban Unity. “It’s unresolved trauma, and I think it stems back to before we was even born, that our parents passed on to us.” Orange, 59,...
    A substantial majority of Americans fear political violence will increase in the future – and at a greater percentage than last year, according to a new poll. A total of 64 per cent of Americans now say they fear an increase in political violence, an increase of 13 percentage points compared to January 2021, the month of the Capitol riot. It is also up from December 2021, when 57 per cent of Americans feared an increase, according to a new CBS poll. The past several months have featured a series of revelations from the House Select Committee on January 6th, along with sentencing and court procedures for multiple Jan. 6th defendants. Last week, a former New York Police Department officer was sentenced to 10 years for taking part in the riot and assaulting a Capitol Police Officer. A total of 64 per cent of Americans now say they fear an increase in political violence. The number was 51 per cent in January 2021, the month of the Capitol riot 64% of Americans fear political violence will increase according to a...
    AT least 17 people have been killed as a wave of gun violence swept across the nation during the Labor Day weekend. More than 60 people were injured as shootings were reported in cities including Chicago and Philadelphia. 3Chicago was rocked by gun violence across the Labor Day weekendCredit: Fox News 3Two people were shot following a car accident in Philadelphia on MondayCredit: Fox Students in Norfolk, Virginia were caught up in a shooting at an off-campus party while five were injured in Charleston, South Carolina. And, a teen boy was among the fatalities after shots were fired at a 7-Eleven store in Maryland. CHICAGO Chicago was rocked by gun violence this weekend as at least seven people were killed. Jason Mundo, 18, was killed in a quadruple shooting on Sunday night, cops revealed. He and another man, 20, were gunned down while standing on a porch while two others were injured. read more on shootings HOLIDAY TRAGEDY Labor Day weekend gun violence in Chicago leaves 5 dead and 31 woundedGUN HORROR Mass shooting at off-campus party leaves 2 dead...
    (CNN)Wearing the signature black and gold colors of the Latin Kings street gang he once led, Antonio Fernandez recently walked through the Maria Hernandez Park in the majority-Hispanic neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn. It is here that Fernandez, formerly known as King Tone, held gatherings for hundreds of his fellow gang members in the 1990s. On a sweltering July day, Fernandez returned to the park with a new goal: to seek out young men and divert them from the path he once travelled. "This was the place where I practiced how to become a better leader," said the 56-year-old Fernandez, a third generation Puerto Rican, who led the Latin Kings in New York from 1995 to 1998. Fernandez was sentenced in 1999 to 13-and-a-half years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to sell narcotics but served nine-and-a-half years, including three years in solitary confinement. Read More Fernandez approached strangers with ease, part of what he calls "mapping." The goal, he says, is to identify young people in need of direction. He was also looking for natural leaders, adults who...
    President Joe Biden objected when Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy asked him “do you consider all Donald Trump supporters to be a threat to the country?” The president delivered a speech Thursday night entitled “The Continued Battle for the Soul of the Nation” that was largely a rebuke of former President Donald Trump and those who support the insurrection that culminated in the attack on the Capitol on January 6. On Friday, President Biden spoke at an event on the American Rescue Plan, after which reporters began shouting questions from the gallery of the South Court Auditorium. It was Doocy whose question on Thursday’s speech stood out, as Biden objected to the premise that his rebuke was of tens of millions of Trump voters: PETER DOOCY: Mr. President do you consider all Donald Trump supporters to be a threat to the country? STAFF: Time to go, everyone. Come on. PRESIDENT BIDEN: Come on! Look, guys. You keep trying to make that case. I don’t consider ny Trump supporter to be a threat to the country. I do think anyone who calls...
    President Joe Biden walked back his attacks on Donald Trump's MAGA supporters, saying on Friday he doesn't consider 'any Trump supporter a threat to the country.' 'I don't consider any Trump supporter a threat to the country,' the president said at the White House. It was a contrast to his remarks on Thursday night when,  in a primetime address on the threat to democracy, he said Trump and his supporters were a threat to the republic. But Biden toned down his tough talk on Friday, defending supporters of the former president.  He said the 74 million people who voted for Trump 'weren't voting for attacking the capital. They weren't voting for overruling the election. They were going for a philosophy he put forward.'  He did condemn the Trump supporters who attacked the Capitol in the January 6th insurrection and those who attempted to overturn the 2020 election results. 'I do think anyone who calls for the use of violence, fails to condemn violence when it's used, refuses to acknowledge an election has been won, insists upon changing the way in...
    Domestic violence survivors have revealed the dark truths behind the photos they posted to construct an idealized life on their social media while facing traumatic abuse behind the scenes.  Many victims of abuse have taken to social media to dismantle the picture-perfect life they attempted to represent while in abusive relationships, detailing a gruesome play-by-play of what went down before and after each photo was taken.  The victims are using TikTok to share their stories in an attempt to spread their truth and explain that no one truly knows what's going on in someone's life.  Each video has been posted under the hashtag #domesticabuseawareness, which has garnered over 2.3 billion views, filled with women sharing their stories.  Jen Schwartz, a domestic violence survivor revealed the dark truths behind the photo she posted to construct an idealized life on her social media  Another user shared the 'happy' photos she posted followed by photos of her herself extremely bruised and beaten  Many victims of abuse have taken to social media to dismantle the picture-perfect life they represented on their Instagram accounts  User...
    President Joe Biden doubled down on his calls to increase funding for police, combat gun violence, and speak power to "MAGA Republicans" in lengthy remarks on his Safer America Plan in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday. The trip saw Biden returning to his childhood home near Scranton, Pennsylvania, and officially started his cross-country midterm election push. In addition to touting his recent legislative achievements, Biden is expected to spend the next 90 days outlining his and Democrats' proposals to fight rising crime across the country. PENNSYLVANIA TOWN FEATURES BIDEN, TRUMP EVENTS IN SAME WEEK "For too long, too many families haven't had that peace of mind," the president opened. "They see kids being gunned down in schools and on the streets. Almost every single night, you turn on the news ... and they see their neighbors lose their loved ones to drugs like fentanyl." Biden explained how his plan is based on one specific tenet: giving law enforcement the resources and funds necessary to engage safely in public policing. Halfway through his remarks, the president specifically turned his focus toward school...
    By Scottie Andrew | CNN Ozzy Osbourne is a Brit by birth and a Californian by choice, but after spending decades in the Golden State, he’s ready to leave the US. Osbourne and his wife Sharon are returning to their Buckinghamshire residence after spending more than 20 years living in Los Angeles, the Black Sabbath singer told the Observer in a wide-ranging interview. Osbourne’s family life in California was famously documented on the MTV reality series “The Osbournes” in the early 2000s. Gun violence in the US is part of what convinced him to return to the UK full-time, he told the Observer. “I’m fed up with people getting killed every day,” he said of American gun violence. “God knows how many people have been shot in school shootings. And there was that mass shooting in Vegas at that concert … it’s f*****g crazy.” He also noted that he didn’t want to die in the US. “I’m English. I want to be back.” There have been more than 440 mass shootings in the US in 2022, according to the Gun...
    Met Police said that 'serious stabbings' and 'incidents of violence' have broken out in the streets of London following the Notting Hill Carnival last night.  Officers also announced this morning to Sky News that one person had died on the last day of the two-day festival after it ended yesterday evening in West London. Police said last night it also activated special stop and search powers from 9.24pm on Monday until 1am this morning in the areas surrounding the event.  The force has so far not given any indication of the numbers of victims or said whether there have been arrests relating to the incidents.  But social media images appear to show Scotland Yard arresting suspects at the scene of a stabbing last night.  Officers imposed the Section 60 order within the Carnival area and its borders, which allows police to stop and search a person without suspicion for 'dangerous instruments and offensive weapons' under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act.  Yesterday, Scotland Yard revealed that officers had made 76 arrests over separate incidents as of 7am on Monday - including 19 for...
    Ari Melber told viewers that some prominent Republicans are laying the groundwork for political violence among the GOP base. The MSNBC host was reacting to an appearance by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Fox News over the weekend, where he addressed the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago. Agents from the bureau retrieved classified government documents from former President Donald Trump’s estate. “I’ll say this,” Graham said. “If there’s a prosecution of Donald Trump for mishandling classified information, There will be riots in the street.” Trump shared the clip on his Truth Social account on Monday. Melber aired the clip of Graham, as well as a snippet of Trump attorney Alina Habba, who said on Newsmax, “At the end of the day, I think that would cause so much mayhem. That would be a monstrous mistake. “Mayhem,” echoed Melber. “Now, why do Trump’s allies sound like this? It comes all the way from the top.” Melber pointed to a report stating that Trump sent a message to the Department of Justice indicating he wanted to “turn down the heat.” The host stated the...
    Vera House did not require Jackson to disclose any of his criminal convictions to clients. According to a statement from Vera House, executive director Randi Bregman "was aware of Jackson’s 2000 conviction in Florida and issues relating to his failing to update his address with the Sex Offender Registry," but was not aware of "of Jackson’s other convictions," which likely would have dissuaded her from hiring him. The statement likewise says that Vera House implemented "safeguards" to protect clients and prevent Jackson from interacting with minors, as required by state and federal law, but that at some point during his employment, those safeguards may have been breached. The statement says that "Mr. Jackson may have broken the terms of his employment and had in-person contact at a local hospital with a 17-year-old, their mother, and nurse in December of 2021." However, the state of New York alleges that Jackson twice had contact with minors during his employment, and a tip from a whistleblower indicates that Jackson may have routinely been in contact with minors as part of his employment....
    The girlfriend of millennial novelty act Tekashi 6ix9ine was arrested early Monday morning for taking a swing at the 'Snitch' rapper outside a club in Miami. Rachel Wattley, 25, was booked into the Miami-Dade jail at 3:40 a.m. after she socked her recording artist boyfriend several times inside Kiki by the River, a night club and restaurant at 455 NW N River Drive, according to the arrest report and online records. It's unclear what the domestic strife was about, but the two appeared to be having a big night out. Wattley, who goes by Jade, posted numerous Instagram videos on her account @_ohyousoJade from Sunday night of a birthday party that she was attending with her girlfriends. Rachel Wattley, 25, who goes by Jade, was arrested Monday morning for hitting her boyfriend, rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine Wattley, seen here, was attending a birthday party in Miami with her girlfriends when she got into a domestic brawl with her boyfriend Tekashi 6ix9ine Wattley, pictured, has been dating the rapper for three years she has two tattoos of him on her body and...
    (CNN)Ozzy Osbourne is a Brit by birth and a Californian by choice, but after spending decades in the Golden State, he's ready to leave the US. Osbourne and his wife Sharon are returning to their Buckinghamshire residence after spending more than 20 years living in Los Angeles, the Black Sabbath singer told the Observer in a wide-ranging interview. Osbourne's family life in California was famously documented on the MTV reality series "The Osbournes" in the early 2000s.Gun violence in the US is part of what convinced him to return to the UK full-time, he told the Observer. "I'm fed up with people getting killed every day," he said of American gun violence. "God knows how many people have been shot in school shootings. And there was that mass shooting in Vegas at that concert ... it's f*****g crazy."He also noted that he didn't want to die in the US. "I'm English. I want to be back."Read MoreThere have been more than 440 mass shootings in the US in 2022, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which updated its data on...
    MSNBC's Joe Scarborough pummeled Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for threatening "riots in the streets" if Donald Trump is indicted for taking classified documents to Mar-A-Lago and refusing to return them to the National Archives. The FBI executed a lawful search warrant on the twice-impeached former president's private resort and seized boxes full of top-secret materials, and the "Morning Joe" host ripped Graham and other Republican lawmakers who went on TV over the weekend to defend Trump's actions -- and suggest that he be held above the law or else. "These members of Congress that are suggesting that, or newspaper editorialists who are suggesting it is much to do about nothing, they'd all be in jail," Scarborough said. "I know because of the briefings I got when I was in the Armed Services Committee and the warnings we got. Yet here you have Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina saying in an interview yesterday, not that what Donald Trump did was okay, he didn't do something that would have Lindsey thrown in jail in a day." "But now this threat...
    (CNN)Over a decade ago, Ben Roethlisberger was accused of sexually assaulting a college student in Georgia -- a case that sent shudders through the NFL world.Roethlisberger, the starting quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers at the time, was beloved by fans -- having led the Steelers to two Super Bowl championships. Though Roethlisberger was never charged with any crimes, he was given a six-game suspension by the league for violating its personal conduct policy. (Roethlisberger's lawyer denied the sexual assault allegation, and the quarterback apologized in a statement to the team and fans for letting them down). Later, the suspension was reduced to four games for good behavior."You have told me and the Steelers that you are committed to making better decisions," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a letter to Roethlisberger at the time. "Your actions over the past several months have been consistent with that promise and you must continue to honor that commitment." Roethlisberger's was the first case of alleged violence against women that sports reporter Melissa Jacobs, now managing editor of The Football Girl and a contributor...
    Share this: Words matter and have consequences, particularly when spoken by lawyers and public leaders about contentious legal processes. In these circumstances lawyers, in particular, have an important role to play in upholding, not undermining, the rule of law and the independence of the judicial system. And, in a highly charged environment, like the one we find ourselves in today, violence cannot be an unanticipated outcome when the words used are inflammatory, misleading, or reckless. The execution of a search warrant by the FBI on former President Trump’s Mar-A-Lago complex unleashed an uproar with little precedent that quickly escalated to threats and acts of violence against federal law enforcement personnel and a federal judge. During this controversy, lawyers and high public office holders have provided misleading and confusing statements and have expressed contempt for – and leveled thinly-veiled threats against – law enforcement officers, a judge and the entirety of the criminal justice system and those who administer it. Remarks have demonstrated an alarming acceptance of violence as a means of redress of perceived wrongs committed by law enforcement officers...
    Mohamed Abdi, 21, would take his younger siblings to their local community center in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood to play basketball like he used to as a kid. But with more instances of crime in the area, he would worry about their safety. He started attending neighborhood safety meetings, where he learned the city of Minneapolis awarded the neighborhood a grant as part of a pilot program aimed at improving safety in communities. So he signed up, and in his new role he hopes to assist his neighbors while keeping his siblings and other kids safe. “It’ll help me put myself in a better position with the community overall just by walking around and interacting with people who need help,” Abdi said. “People can trust me because I am from this community.” City officials and neighborhoods alike hope the program – another in a variety of public safety alternatives and violence prevention efforts – will help to deter crime in parts of the city. Article continues after advertisement The pilot program The Minneapolis Community Safety Specialist pilot program is an effort...
    By Sara Burnett | Associated Press CHICAGO — Most U.S. adults want to see gun laws made stricter and think gun violence is increasing nationwide, according to a new poll that finds broad public support for a variety of gun restrictions, including many that are supported by majorities of Republicans and gun owners. The poll by the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows 71% of Americans say gun laws should be stricter, including about half of Republicans, the vast majority of Democrats and a majority of those in gun-owning households. The poll was conducted between July 28 and Aug. 1, after a string of deadly mass shootings — from a New York grocery store to a school in Texas and a July 4 parade in Illinois — and a 2020 spike in gun killings that have increased attention on the issue of gun violence. Overall, 8 in 10 Americans perceive that gun violence is increasing around the country, and about two-thirds say it’s increasing in their state, though...
    By the time HBO was airing the second season of Game of Thrones in 2012, it had become enough of a phenomenon to warrant a Saturday Night Live parody. In the sketch, Andy Samberg plays Adam Friedberg, the show's "creative consultant," a 13-year-old boy who tells the producers that there should be more boobs in every scene. The joke? Game of Thrones could have very well been written by tweens for all the random naked ladies it contained. But times changed, and by the time Thrones wrapped up in 2019, sex had taken a backseat to Whitewalkers and dragons and questionable plotting. So it was easy to assume that the prequel series House of the Dragon, which debuts Aug. 21, would maybe forgo the errant nudity and random brothel scenes for something a little more buttoned-up. But when I watched, I found Matt Smith giving a speech while a couple paused their doggy-style coitous to listen to him. Sex—the silly kind—is back in the Thrones universe, and, honestly, I’m grateful. House of the Dragon launches Thrones fans about two centuries...
    Trump supporters rally after the FBI raid on former President Donald Trump's Mar-A-Lago home.Karla Coté/Sipa USA/AP Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.The unprecedented FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago to recover classified documents former President Donald Trump allegedly took from the White House—for which he’s being investigated for potential violation of federal laws that include the Espionage Act—set Republicans and Trump supporters off on a frenzy earlier this month. From Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene calling to defund the law enforcement agency to several GOP lawmakers fear-mongering over the weaponization of IRS agents to come after citizens, the reactions, in the words of my colleague Inae Oh, were “extremely amped up, conspiratorial, and ready for battle.”  In extremist online circles, calls for civil war and violence against law enforcement picked up, with analysts identifying rhetoric such as “lock and load” and “when does the shooting start?” On August 11, that discourse and increased online threats against federal officials and facilities translated into real-world violence when an armed Ohio man was killed after trying...
    It happened in the early days of Los Angeles, when the city was a dusty, violent, frontier town. An eruption of gunfire around 4 p.m. on Oct. 24, 1871, spurred what’s believed to be the most lethal example of racial violence ever recorded in the city — the Los Angeles Chinese massacre. Hundreds made up the largely white mob that descended upon what’s now downtown Los Angeles. They indiscriminately beat, shot or hanged any Chinese person they saw. “Then, every rickety shanty in Chinatown was looted. ‘Boys, help yourselves,’ was the cry,” according to an account of the lynchings published by The Times in 1999. The spasm of violence left at least 18 Chinese people, an estimated 9% of L.A.'s Chinese population, dead at a time when the city barely registered 5,700 people. The victims included the Chinese community’s only physician, Dr. Gene Tong. The news made national headlines, marking the City of Angels as a frontier town rife with violence and lawlessness. Embarrassed city leaders built up the police department and tried to restore the rule...
    Gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson's CEO Mark Smith has sparked a heated back and forth with lawmakers after refusing to testify at a House Oversight committee hearing on assault weapons.  Smith said in a statement Monday that his company would 'never back down in our defense of the Second Amendment' and blamed politicians and the media for a recent spate in mass shootings.  'Some have had the audacity to suggest that after they have vilified, undermined and defunded law enforcement for years, supported prosecutors who refuse to hold criminals accountable for their actions, overseen the decay of our country's mental health infrastructure, and generally promoted a culture of lawlessness,' Smith said in a statement. 'They are the ones to blame for the surge in violence and lawlessness.'  In a statement to DailyMail.com Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney accused Smith of ''doing anything to protect the enormous profits' and pointed to three mass shootings committed with Smith and Wesson guns.  Smith said in a statement Monday that his company would 'never back down in our defense of the Second Amendment' and...
    (CNN)A man accused of killing at least two Muslim men in Albuquerque, New Mexico, will remain in custody as he awaits trial, a judge ruled Wednesday. Muhammad Syed, 51, faces murder charges in the killings of Aftab Hussein, 41, and Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, 27, which police say occurred on July 26 and August 1, respectively. Syed is also the primary suspect in the homicides of Mohammad Zaher Ahmadi, 62, who was killed November 7, and Naeem Hussain, 25, who was killed August 5. Syed has not been charged in those killings. Syed denied involvement in the killings during an interview with police last week, according to an arrest affidavit.Suspect in the killings of Muslim men in Albuquerque makes his first court appearanceThe killings of the four Muslim men who were all of South Asian descent terrorized the Muslim community in Albuquerque, with fear spreading to other parts of the state. Read MoreSecond Judicial District Court Judge Joseph Montano determined Wednesday that Syed's release before trial would pose a risk to the public. "I am finding that the information does indicate...
    Cut the crap. There’s absolutely no question that the former president has been issuing threats since last week when federal agents searched his Florida home for secret government documents. There’s no question that the Republicans have joined the effort with lightning-bolt rhetoric that makes political violence seem like a legitimate option after running out of all other legitimate options. There’s no question that this rhetorical bile and grume is being swallowed whole by subterranean paramilitaries who thanks to Republicans' gun policy are heavily-armed and who have been prepared to accelerate an insurgency that’s been underway for many years. READ MORE: 'The worse it gets': Conservatives lay out the national security implications of Mar-a-Lago search The only question, to my way of thinking anyway, is whether respectable white people understand that the Republicans manufacture violence rather than preserve peace, as the party has claimed for years. Put a bit differently: Who do respectable white people fear more? White seditionaries or nonwhite democrats. "People are so angry at what is taking place," Trump told Fox on Monday, as if he...
    (CNN)In the Supreme Court decision overturning a New York gun law, the three liberal justices opened their dissent by citing data from two of the leading researchers of gun violence in America.The first was the CDC. The second was the Gun Violence Archive."Since the start of this year (2022), there have been 277 reported mass shootings — an average of more than one per day. See Gun Violence Archive," Justice Stephen Breyer wrote in June in the opening paragraph.The dissent was just the latest example of the growing influence of the Gun Violence Archive, a tiny nonprofit that has for less than a decade attempted to log every single incident of gun violence in the US in real time. The organization has been cited by the Supreme Court, policymakers and media outlets like CNN primarily for its ongoing tally of mass shootings, which it defines as any incident in which four people are shot, excluding the shooter.That increasing visibility is a sign of success for Mark Bryant, the executive director of the Gun Violence Archive. He told CNN he started...
    The White House has slammed the attack on author Salman Rushdie, who remains on a ventilator after being stabbed multiple times at a literary event in upstate New York. Rushdie, 75, was attacked by Hadi Matar, 24, as he got onto the stage to give a speech at the Chautauqua Institution. The nerves in his neck were severed in the attack, meaning that he could lose an eye, and his liver was damaged according to his agent. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, on behalf of the White House, said in a statement: ‘Today, the country and the world witnessed a reprehensible attack against the writer Salman Rushdie. ‘This act of violence is appalling. All of us in the Biden-Harris Administration are praying for his speedy recovery. ‘We are thankful to good citizens and first responders for helping Mr. Rushdie so quickly after the attack and to law enforcement for its swift and effective work, which is ongoing.' Rushdie has been the subject of death threats from the Iranian regime since the late 1980s, and his attacker is understood to be...
    Author Salman Rushdie was brutally stabbed on Friday prior to a lecture in New York state in front of a crowd of horrified onlookers. The motive for the attack is, thus far, unclear, but given that Rushdie spent nine years in hiding after Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini issued a 1989 fatwa authorizing his murder over his authorship of the novel, The Satanic Verses—which the Ayatollah considered blasphemous—and that Rushdie was attacked just as he was about to give a speech, an effort to silence Rushdie permanently through violence seems likely. The message sent by a successful attack on Rushdie is loud and unmistakable: your hurtful speech is the equivalent of violence against me and my values, and you deserve violence in return. It’s a message intended not just for Rushdie, but for anyone who might be tempted to follow in his footsteps. When we began our careers in free speech advocacy in the early 2000s, the conflation of the expression of opinion with physical violence was a fringe belief, at least in the United States. Yet over the last 10...
    The link between animal abuse and human violence is very real and must be taken more seriously. The mass shooter who fatally shot 19 children and 2 teachers at a Uvalde, Texas, elementary school had a history of animal abuse, and the Buffalo shooter had committed animal abuse before committing mass murder. Animal abuse is a horrific crime on its own, but can also be an indicator to predict and prevent future violence. Animal abuse is also strongly linked with other forms of abuse, such as domestic violence and child abuse. A study even found that animal abusers are five times more likely to abuse people. As news reports and undercover investigations reveal, animal abuse occurs with troubling regularity in the United States. No species of animal seems to be immune from this cruelty: from companion animals to circus animals to farmed animals, animal abuse is an increasingly concerning issue. Perhaps more concerning is how little protection and justice animals are afforded under the law. Very often, animal abuse is simply ignored by authorities. Source: PBS NewsHour/Youtube Currently,...
    CNN anchor Brianna Keilar asked White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre “what’s the White House’s role in tamping down” violence and fury following the FBI raid on former President Donald Trump‘s Mar-a-lago resort home. On Friday morning’s edition of CNN’s New Day, Keilar began her interview with Jean-Pierre by asking about Attorney General Merrick Garland‘s Thursday press conference, at which he said he would seek to unseal part of the search warrant for the search and release it, as well as the property inventory for the raid. Jean-Pierre demurred, saying that “it would be inappropriate for me to comment on it. And that is something for the Department of Justice to speak to, as they did yesterday, yesterday afternoon. So I will leave it to them.” Keilar then showed a clip of CNN’s Andrew McCabe, a former FBI leader, saying “both sides” have a responsibility to tamp down the sort of fury that may have led to the attack on an FBI office in Cincinnati. Keilar then asked Jean-Pierre to explain what the White House’s role would be in the down-tamping: BRIANNA KEILAR: I...
    The lawyer for an OnlyFans model charged with murdering her boyfriend has condemned prosecutors for releasing footage of her attacking him - and insisted that he was 'the abuser'. Courtney Clenney, 26, was detained on Wednesday at a rehab center in Laupahoehoe, on Hawaii's Big Island, where she was being treated for alcohol issues and PTSD. She has been charged with second-degree murder over the April 3 death of her boyfriend Christian Obumseli, 27, at the home they shared in Miami. Clenney insisted that she stabbed Obumseli in self defense after he grabbed her by the throat. Prosecutors in Florida on Thursday released video of Clenney attacking Obumseli in an elevator on February 21, but Clenney's lawyer Frank Prieto said the video was 'irrelevant and likely inadmissible'.  Model Courtney Clenney was arrested at a rehab clinic - where she was seeking help for substance abuse and PTSD - in Laupahoehoe on Monday morning Obumseli's family do not believe that he was threatening to harm his girlfriend Clenney 'It is a shame that the State Attorney's Office is seeking to win...
    (CNN)A social media account bearing the name of Ricky Shiffer, the suspect in the Ohio standoff with the FBI, made a post on the social media platform founded by Donald Trump, referencing an attempt to storm an FBI office and encouraging others online to prepare for a revolutionary-type war.The post about the FBI office attack was made minutes after the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the incident at the FBI office in Cincinnati began, shortly after 9:15 a.m. "Well, I thought I had a way through bullet proof glass, and I didn't," the user posted at 9:29 a.m. Thursday on Truth Social, Trump's social media site. "If you don't hear from me, it is true I tried attacking the F.B.I., and it'll mean either I was taken off the internet, the F.B.I. got me, or they sent the regular cops while."It's unclear whether the user was attempting to write more, as the post stops after "while." A spokesperson for the Ohio State Highway Patrol said that at 9:37 a.m. authorities located and began pursuing the suspect's vehicle. An armed suspect...
    FBI Director Christopher Wray blasted the threats that have occurred as a result of his agency’s raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. At the FBI’s field office in Omaha, NE, Wray declined to answer questions about the raid. Nonetheless, he denounced the threats against law enforcement. “As to the issue of threats, I will say that I’m always concerned about violence and threats of violence against law enforcement,” he said. “Any threats made against law enforcement, including men and women of the FBI, as with any law enforcement agency, are deplorable and dangerous,” he added. A reporter asked Wray, “How concerned are you that after the raid, that that could embolden maybe incentivize some of the same bad actors from Jan. 6 to doing something similar?” Wray did not answer the question directly. “Again, violence against law enforcement is not the answer, no matter what anybody’s upset about or who they’re upset with,” he said. Little is known about the circumstances of the raid. According to the New York Times, the search concerned classified documents that Trump took...
    Five-time Pro Bowl running back Frank Gore has been charged with simple assault following an alleged domestic violence incident with a 28-year-old woman. The alleged incident took place at the end of last month when officers were called to a dispute in Atlantic City. 'On July 31, 2022, at 8.11am, patrol units were dispatched to Tropicana Atlantic City for a report of a domestic violence dispute,' an Atlantic City police department statement read.  'Officers arrived to find the victim, a 28-year-old woman from Miami, Florida, speaking with hotel security.  'The victim did not exhibit signs of injury and complaints were not filed at the time. Five-time Pro Bowl running back Frank Gore (No. 25) has been charged with simple assault The 39-year-old played in the NFL for 16 seasons, starring for the San Francisco 49ers RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'I don't see any benefit... it's a waste!': Aaron Rodgers... 'We've seen the evidence': NFL commissioner Roger Goodell... Ex-NFL star Marshawn Lynch is arrested and charged with DUI... Aaron Rodgers will AVOID NFL...