Kosher market shooter has been linked to Black Hebrew Israelites, report says

Written by admin123 on 2019年12月12日 Categories: 太原桑拿网 Tags: 

One of the assailants of the deadly attack at a Jersey City kosher market has been linked to the Black Hebrew Israelites movement, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

The shooter, David N. Anderson, appears to have a connection to the movement but the extent of his involvement in that group is unclear, a law enforcement official told the newspaper.
David N. Anderson
The Black Hebrew Israelite movement is best known for its confrontational brand of street preaching in urban areas but it has a complex history in the United States, with sects and branches splintering over theological and leadership disputes. Scholars say what unites most Black Israelites is the belief that African Americans are the true descendants of biblical Jews.
Some members have expressed anti-Semitic sentiments in the past.
Anderson, 47, and Francine Graham, 50, went on a shooting spree and had an hours-long gunbattle with police Tuesday that left four people dead — three people in the market and a police officer, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said.
Authorities are trying to determine what motivated the shooters, who were also killed, to carry out the attack.
Earlier Wednesday, authorities did not discuss the pair’s background and said only they are the “prime suspects” in the killing of an Uber driver in Bayonne, New Jersey, Grewal said.
Francine Graham
Authorities were checking into a note found in the U-Haul that contained both anti-Semitic and anti-police writing, a law enforcement source told CNN.
Posts with similar sentiments also have been found on social media linked to the shooters, the source said.
Law enforcement officers found a operable pipe bomb in the back of a stolen U-Haul truck the shooters use on Tuesday, Newark FBI Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie said.
“It’s down at the FBI laboratory right now. It was a viable device, meaning it could be a device that would have exploded,” Ehrie told reporters Wednesday.
How the attack unfolded
The Tuesday afternoon store attack led to chaotic scenes over several hours in the city across the Hudson River from Manhattan, with heavily armed officers taking over city streets, pulling up in armored personnel vehicles amid the sounds of sirens and gunshots.
Authorities believe the shooters first killed Jersey City police Det. Joseph Seals at a cemetery, and then drove to the Jersey City Kosher Supermarket, kicking off the gun attack and police shootout, Grewal said.
• Around 12:21 p.m., Anderson parked a U-Haul truck directly across the street from the supermarket, about a mile from the cemetery. He exited with a rifle and began shooting at the market while Graham followed him inside.
• Around 12:38 p.m., a bystander called 911 to report Seals’ body in the cemetery.
• Around 12:43 p.m., police arrived near the supermarket “and engaged with the two suspects inside,” starting a long shootout.
• Around 3:25 p.m., a police armored vehicle broke into the supermarket’s entryway.
• Around 3:47 p.m., law enforcement found Anderson and Graham’s bodies inside the supermarket.
Earlier Wednesday, Jersey City Department of Public Safety Director James Shea told reporters that authorities learned the incident began as an attack on civilians in the store and progressed into a gunbattle with officers after reviewing surveillance video.
Authorities had been unclear in the immediate aftermath of the attack about how the shootings and the gunfire exchange unfolded.
A survivor escaped after being shot
A person who was inside the market was shot when Anderson and Graham opened fire but was able to flee early on.
“The survivor was able to escape the store at the beginning of the incident and we are not providing his name at this time,” Grewal said Wednesday.
The officer killed in Jersey City was in charge of getting guns off the street
The officer killed in Jersey City was in charge of getting guns off the street
Three people who were inside the store were killed in Tuesday’s attack.
The wife of the store owner, Mindy Ferencz, 31, was killed almost immediately after the two suspects entered. A customer — 24-year-old Moshe Deutsch — and a store worker — Douglas Miguel Rodriguez, 49 — were also killed in the shooting, Grewal said.
Deutsch and Ferencz both had ties to the Jewish community in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
Some officials say the attack was a hate crime
While New Jersey investigators say they don’t yet know why the shooters attacked the store, some officials there and in neighboring New York City have said they think the attack was a hate crime.
“My sentiment is that it should be viewed as a hate crime,” Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop told reporters Wednesday afternoon. “There’s no question it was an attack on the Jewish community.”
De Blasio said he agreed with Fulop.
“What we saw yesterday was a premeditated, violent anti-Semitic hate crime,” de Blasio told reporters in his city Wednesday.
“In other words, you can say it was an act of terror because it was premeditated, it was violent, and it was directed at the Jewish community,” the mayor said.
Police responded to reports of shots fired Tuesday in Jersey City.
Police responded to reports of shots fired Tuesday in Jersey City.
Officials in both states say they’re reaching out to the Jewish community. Fulop said officials would be meeting Wednesday with community leaders.
In New York City, hundreds of police officers will monitor dozens of Jewish locations “for a number of days to come,” de Blasio said.
New York state police have increased patrols near synagogues and Jewish establishments, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

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Trump laid down a fresh fog to obscure the evidence that incriminates him

Written by admin123 on 2019年12月11日 Categories: 太原桑拿网 Tags: 

Donald Trump is looking to survive impeachment the same way he built his powerful presidency — by assaulting facts and seeking to expand the limitations of the office he is accused of abusing.

On the day that Democrats proposed two articles of impeachment against him, the President and his courtiers laid down a fresh fog to obscure the evidence that incriminates him.
The President also issued a mocking defense of his conduct at a rally Hershey, Pennsylvania, Tuesday night — arguing that the charges that he abused power and obstructed Congress are “not even a crime.”
“Everyone said this is impeachment-lite. This is the lightest impeachment in the history of our country, by far. It’s not even like an impeachment,” Trump said.
Read: The most important documents related to the Trump impeachment inquiry
Read: The most important documents related to the Trump impeachment inquiry
Attorney General William Barr meanwhile reprised his role spinning his boss out of trouble, dismissing his own department’s watchdog report that debunked Trump’s repeated claim that a “Deep State” coup tried to bring him down. Barr also breathed fresh life into another of Trump’s conspiracy theories — that the FBI’s Russia investigation was unjustified and rooted in political bias by Obama administration officials.
“I think our nation was turned on its head for three years, I think, based on a completely bogus narrative that was largely fanned and hyped by an irresponsible press,” Barr said Tuesday in an interview with NBC News.
The comments reflected the tendency of the Trump administration to deflect damning facts and to create new narratives that the President and his fans find more appealing.
Trump’s never ending stream of misinformation, half-truths and conspiracy theories seems designed to confuse voters, and to create ambiguity and uncertainty about the outcome of investigations in a way that leaves even the closest observer unsure about the facts.
One expert in the work of such propagandists is former World Chess Champion and Russian political dissident Garry Kasparov.
“They know that, you know, they can get people exhausted, they exhaust critical thinking,” Kasparov told CNN’s Anderson Cooper last week.
“I always call Putin (a) merchant of doubt. But now seeing what’s happening in America, it’s when just Republicans managed to turn the whole political process in this alternative reality. “It’s like a post-truth world.”
Torrent of attacks
For Trump it all started in the opening hours of the administration, when Trump sent then-press secretary Sean Spicer out on a mission to mislead reporters about the size of his inaugural crowd.
According to the latest Washington Post count, Trump has made more than 13,400 false or misleading claims in office.
Trump’s incessant torrent of attacks — on Twitter and on camera, amplified by conservative media outlets — has helped to insulate him against the consequences of his actions.
Though former special counsel Robert Mueller did not find a conspiracy between the Trump’s team and Russia, he did find alarming evidence that the President expected to profit from Russian election meddling. But Trump’s verbal barrage politicized the former FBI director’s once unblemished public reputation and helped swamp his findings and draw the sting from their ultimate impact.
Democrats unveil two articles of impeachment against Trump
Democrats unveil two articles of impeachment against Trump
The President is using the same tactic in the impeachment inquiry, and has been partially successful in drowning out the consequences of damning testimony about his pressure on Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden in public witness testimony.
The relentless torrent of disinformation complicates the task of Democrats seeking to build a public case against the President. And it shapes a new narrative into which Trump’s supporters and media cheerleaders can buy into and adorn.
That’s what happening when Republicans like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy spread conspiracy theories about Ukrainian interference in the US election in 2016. They are not only reflecting the strength of Trump’s hold on Republican voters and capacity to get lawmakers to toe the line. They are blurring the public record.
Given such head fakery, the Democrats’ failure to convince seemingly any Republicans of Trump’s wrongdoing hardly seems surprising.
Barr and the all-powerful presidency
Another parallel between the climax of the Mueller report and the report released by Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz into the FBI’s Russia investigation is in the role of Barr.
In both cases, the attorney general downplayed the most damaging aspects of the report for Trump and played up highlights that fit best into the President’s political narrative.
And with the Horowitz report, Barr went a step further, declaring that his own investigation, conducted by US Attorney John Durham, will offer a more definitive version of the decisions taken by the FBI in the Russia investigation.
“(Horowitz) is not definitively ruling that there was no bias. I think that’s why we have Durham,” Barr said Tuesday.
His comments raise doubts about his and Durham’s independence and could open him to claims he is leaning on the investigation to provide a finding more palatable to the President.
Fact-checking Bill Barr’s comments on the Russia investigation IG report
Fact-checking Bill Barr’s comments on the Russia investigation IG report
Barr’s return to the spotlight sheds insight into a more subtle tactic that the President is using to stave of impeachment — his concept that there are few limits to his permissible actions.
The attorney general is an enthusiast of a concept of an all-powerful presidency. He effectively auditioned for the job by in an unsolicited memo to the White House that assailed Mueller’s theory on obstruction of justice.
On Tuesday, Barr dismissed the second article of impeachment drawn up by Democrats, arguing that Trump was within his power to reject multiple witnesses and document requests based on a claim of “absolute immunity.”
“I don’t believe it’s the case where somebody, including a branch of government, is asserting a legal privilege that they have under the law that that constitutes obstruction,” Barr said.
In many cases, Trump and his defenders do not present a detailed counter to the facts of the impeachment case. They simply argue that everything Trump did was within his rights.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, for instance, said Tuesday: “The President will address these false charges in the Senate and expects to be fully exonerated, because he did nothing wrong.”
It should be noted that this version of a hyper-powerful executive smashing Washington’s establishment power structures was what helped win Trump the White House and retains a strong appeal to his supporters.
The call at the center of impeachment
Trump’s dual pronged tactic to fight impeachment with untruths and power grabs is best illustrated by the key piece of evidence in the case — the rough White House transcript of his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
By boasting that the conversation is “perfect” Trump is gaslighting Americans about what is in the transcript.
Democrats in the impeachment investigation point out that Trump asks Zelensky for a “favor” after he brings up future purchases of US arms. Trump also asks the Ukrainian President to talk to Barr and his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani about investigations into conspiracy theories about Ukraine’s involvement in the 2016 election and his potential 2020 rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s business in Kiev.
Several officials testified to the televised Intelligence Committee hearings that they were troubled by the call and its constitutional implications.
But by describing the call as “perfect,” Trump is also implicitly arguing that he is perfectly within his rights as President to pressure a foreign leader for a political favor.
Such an interpretation of the role of the presidency suggests that there are few limits to the authority of the office — and that such behavior is beyond Congress’ power to hold a commander-in-chief to account.
“He has obstructed Congress at every single stage,” said Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington, who sits on the House Judiciary Committee.
“He has said that Article Two (of the Constitution) gives him the power to do anything he wants. We cannot allow that to happen,” Jayapal told Jake Tapper on “The Lead.”

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Man who ate the $120,000 banana art installation says he isn’t sorry and did it to create art

Written by admin123 on 2019年12月10日 Categories: 太原桑拿网 Tags: 

While many in the gallery were angered when he ate the banana, Datuna said he wasn’t afraid of going to jail.

In fact, before his performance, he asked his friends to prepare to call his lawyers in case he was arrested.

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“The gallery took all my information and the police took all my information,” he said. “What’s going to happen in the next few days, I don’t know.”

On Sunday, the gallery behind the sale of “Comedian” said in an Instagram post that the installation had been removed from the exhibit amid public safety concerns.

CNN has reached out to Galerie Perrotin for comment.

Datuna called Cattelan “one of the top artists in the world.” When asked how that was possible if he ate his art, Datuna insisted that he did not consider the performance as defacing another artist’s work and even called the duct taped banana a genius idea.

“In this case, it’s not like I ate art,” Datuna said. “Like the gallery said, it’s not a banana, it’s a concept. And I just ate the concept of the artist. So I think this is cool, this is fun, this is what art is about.”

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The artist, who has lived in New York City for 22 years, is known for dramatic performances, such as an anti-Putin show in the Red Square in Moscow. Two months before President Donald Trump was elected, Datuna installed an SOS American flag in front of the White House.

The artist said he planned to eat the banana early in the morning, even saving his appetite for his potassium filled meal of the day.

“I call the performance, ‘Hungry Artist,’ because I was hungry and I just ate it,” Datuna said.

“This is how artists talk with each other. We talk by art. This was his art and this was my performance.”

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Analysis: Why Americans can’t seem to be honest about Kamala Harris

Written by admin123 on 2019年12月5日 Categories: 厦门桑拿网 Tags: 

Kamala Harris’ campaign wasn’t perfect — but the context of her candidacy shouldn’t be ignored, either.

The California Democrat, who on Tuesday bowed out of the 2020 bid for the White House, struggled to maintain a coherent vision on the campaign trail; internal turmoil also permeated her camp. But scrutiny of just these mistakes glosses over the specific histories that have shaped the woman who was the only black female candidate in the race and the uneven standards that had a hand in knocking her out of it.
While Barack Obama succeeded in getting elected as America’s first black president and Hillary Clinton became the first woman to win a major party’s presidential nomination, it’s obvious that both black Americans and women are underrepresented in US politics (and board rooms and other upper echelons of power). It’s not just a coincidence — there are very real biases that work against minorities and women.
How Kamala Harris’ 2020 campaign plummeted
How Kamala Harris’ 2020 campaign plummeted
These biases and cultural complexities mean that a record of achievement that could lift a white man’s candidacy — a career as a strong law-enforcement officer — could pull down a black woman’s.
Harris’ most obvious demerit was her career as a prosecutor, first as San Francisco’s district attorney and then as the state’s attorney general. The narrative became, simply: Kamala’s a cop.
And yet, black Americans’ relationship with the criminal justice system can’t be captured so easily. As The Atlantic’s Peter Beinart explains: “What (Harris’ critics) didn’t do nearly enough was ask whether Harris, as a black woman, could have adopted non-punitive crime policies 10 or 15 years ago and become a city district attorney and state attorney general in the first place,” given that “perceived softness on crime was particularly perilous for black politicians.”
This bind stretches back even further. In his 2017 book “Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America,” the Yale Law School professor and former public defender James Forman Jr. chronicles not only the fact that black politicians in the 1970s embraced tough-on-crime policies but also why.
“(Black leaders) want more police, more prisons, better jobs, better schools, better parks. They want the whole thing, all of the above. Instead, they get one of the above, which is law enforcement,” Forman told NPR, describing the “pressure-cooker environment” that existed in the years before anyone could fathom the singular damage America’s drug war would inflict on black communities.
This isn’t to excuse the flawed decisions Harris has made in the past, especially those, such as her advocacy for anti-truancy laws (which she has apologized for), that wrought disproportionate harm on marginalized communities. Neither is it to suggest that she shouldn’t have faced hard scrutiny in, of all environments, a presidential contest.
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Rather, it’s to underscore that context is key. A better understanding of the political foundation that’s influenced Harris offers valuable insight into the dueling interests she had to navigate as a top-tier Democratic candidate; and that’s to say nothing of the pernicious alchemy of racism and sexism she contended with compared with some of her rivals. (“Success within the system was still a laudable act of subversiveness — whether as an investment banker, a corporate lawyer or a district attorney,” The Washington Post’s Robin Givhan recently wrote of Harris’ time as an undergraduate at Howard University.)
And: The Democratic pool, once lauded for its unprecedented diversity, is now all the worse with Harris out of the running so early. As my CNN colleague MJ Lee tweeted on Tuesday: “Kamala Harris’ campaign was historic — a black and South Asian female candidate whose potential seemed sky high early on,” she wrote. “Her dropping out means that every candidate that’s qualified so far for the next debate is white: Biden, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Sanders, Steyer and Warren.”
Or as the journalist Mythili Sampathkumar put it: “Personal political disagreements aside: it was/is profound to have seen a Tamil girl be so comfortable in all her cultures and run for president.”
Looking ahead, perhaps the more meaningful thing to do isn’t to enumerate Harris’ missteps; it’s to remember that this country still isn’t prepared to talk honestly about certain black experiences.

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A luxury developer hung a $4.8 million chandelier above a former homeless encampment in Vancouver

Written by admin123 on 2019年12月4日 Categories: 厦门桑拿网 Tags: 

There’s a $4.8-million piece of public art hanging underneath a Vancouver, Canada, bridge, and residents say it’s distastefully positioned in an area formerly frequented by homeless people.

The Spinning Chandelier, designed by artist Rodney Graham, is and does what its title suggests: The 14-by-21-foot faux-crystal chandelier swivels rapidly, rising and falling over the course of 24 hours.
It’s certainly a spectacle, but some passersby weren’t sold on it when asked by CNN news partner CBC.
“The price tag is way too high for what it is,” retired artist Janice Rafael told CBC.
Head of public art for the City of Vancouver, Eric Frederickson, said he is bracing for criticism lobbed at the piece, but it should increase tourism to the “rough and functional space.”
“For the artist, I think he was thinking more abstractly about the sculpture and the light possibilities in the chandelier,” he told CBC. “I’m not sure how much the social implications are in there.”
The city didn’t fund the chandelier; that was up to luxury property developer Westbank. City officials required Westbank to create a public art piece as part of its deal to build Vancouver House, a new 59-story mixed-use building, CBC reported.
The New York Times reported the project cost $575 million, so the chandelier is fittingly luxe.
Homelessness in Vancouver on the rise
Before construction on the project began, the area was industrial, and the Granville bridge was known to shelter homeless people, CBC reported.
Vancouver’s homeless population reached more than 2,220 people this year, the highest it’s been since the city’s homeless count started in 2002.
That amount is only a fraction of the the 60,000-plus people who are homeless in Los Angeles and even the 8,700 homeless people in Toronto, but it’s concerning because the city doesn’t know why these numbers have grown. Experts have pointed to shrinking affordable housing.
Westbank refuted criticism and said arts funding doesn’t need to come at the expense of social causes.
“There is a pervasive attitude in our city that we must choose between contributing to social infrastructure or making other contributions, whether artistic or cultural, that are seen as less functional,” the developer said in a statement to CBC. “Westbank does not view this as an ‘either/or’ situation.”

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A chance meeting with Twitter bosses landed a Nigerian developer his dream job

Written by admin123 on 2019年12月3日 Categories: 厦门桑拿网 Tags: 

A Nigerian software developer has landed a job at Twitter following a chance meeting with the company’s executives during a visit to the country last week.

Dara Oladosu met Jack Dorsey, who was on a “listening and learning tour” in Africa with other Twitter executives and met with members of Nigeria’s tech community and business executives.
So grateful to finally be in Nigeria 🇳🇬

— jack 🌍🌏🌎 (@jack) November 7, 2019
One of their first stops was a meeting with tech publishers where Oladosu’s app, Quoted Replies, a Twitter-based bot that helps users collate quoted replies to tweets was discussed.
Oladosu was not on the initial invite list for the event held at TechpointNG but a last minute invitation ensured he got to meet the Twitter bosses.
“Titi…the person that interviewed me for the Techpoint articles got me a pass to the event Jack was at. She asked if I could make it there and coincidentally I was on leave at work at the time so I made it before the event ended,” Oladosu told CNN.
Impressed by his work, Dorsey and his team including Kayvon Beykpour, Product Lead and co-founder of Periscope, Parag Agrawal, Chief Technology Officer, and Mike Montano, Engineering Team Lead invited him to join them.
“Someone from the audience was talking about the bot when I got to the event. So, when the person finished, Titi introduced me as the developer who built it. I got the microphone and explained what Quoted Replies was about and how I built it,” Oladosu said.
In a video from the event, Kayvon Beykpour, Twitter’s Product Lead said the team is willing to implement Quoted Replies on Twitter as a feature and would like Oladosu to join the team to work on it.
“Thank you for building that bot… We need to do it and I will love for you to maybe consider joining the company and help us,” Beykpour said in the video.
The founder of @QuotedReplies just got a job offer with Twitter. The announcement was made at the meeting with media and tech entrepreneurs in Lagos.
Thanks to @Techpointdotng
Congrats Dara!! pic.twitter.com/9jYhQNXGek

— #NMCLAGOS2019 (@OloriSupergal) November 8, 2019
For Oladosu, the job offer is a dream come true.
“Twitter is one of my dream places to work because I have a lot of ideas that I’d like to implement,” he said.
“I have checked their career page multiple times in the past looking for opportunities. This is like giving me what I want on a platter of gold,” he added.
Now, he says he wants to work with the Twitter team build a native quoted replies feature. “A native feature means that you won’t need to use the bot anymore. You’d just have options on the app or on the website to view quoted replies,” he said.
Twitter declined to comment on the job offer, when contacted by CNN.
In December 2018, Dara Oladosu built the Quoted Replies bot
In December 2018, Dara Oladosu built the Quoted Replies bot
Oladosu, 27, built his now-viral bot in 2018, allowing users to track all the quoted responses to their tweets.
Oladosu who currently works with Facebook-backed tech development company, Andela, says he was inspired to create Quoted Replies when he realized people were interested in a platform to aggregate quoted comments to their tweets.
“I stumbled on the fact that I could use the search bar to locate quoted tweets… I started to research how to create a bot to do this so that I wouldn’t have to show people how to do it all the time. I wanted them to be able to use it without coming to me,” he told CNN.
In 2015, Twitter revealed its “retweet with a comment” feature where users can directly quote tweets with comments.
@QuotedReplies

— TSHIMANGADZO (@Murwanthi2) October 1, 2019
Oladosu says he got the bot running in December 2018 but had to make a lot of modifications to it because Twitter initially marked it as a spam bot.
It eventually became popular in July 2019, and according to him, in October, the bot got 46.2 million impressions. CNN has been unable to independently verify this figure.
Quoted Replies also has an Android and IOS app built by Oladosu’s friends — Hamza Fetuga and Abdulhafeez Sagaya.
Oladosu says he is excited about building on his already existing work with Quoted Replies with the Twitter team. “I feel overwhelmed. I have a lot of ideas they could potentially implement down the road too,” he said.

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Both London Bridge stabbing victims named as University of Cambridge graduates

Written by admin123 on 2019年12月2日 Categories: 厦门桑拿网 Tags: 

厦门夜网 Both the victims killed in a terror attack near London Bridge were University of Cambridge graduates, London’s Metropolitan Police said Sunday.

Saskia Jones, 23, and Jack Merritt, 25, were both involved with Learning Together, a network of academics and criminal justice organizations, which was hosting an event at Fishmonger’s Hall where the attack began on Friday.
Hundreds of former jihadis are set to be freed from jail. London terror attack shows the risks
Hundreds of former jihadis are set to be freed from jail. London terror attack shows the risks
Merritt worked as a course 福州夜网 coordinator for Learning Together and Jones was a volunteer for the group, police said in a statement.
Jones’ parents called her a “funny, kind, positive influence at the center of many people’s lives,” in a statement shared by the police.
“Saskia had a great passion for providing invaluable support to victims of criminal injustice, which led her to the point of recently applying for the police graduate recruitment program, wishing to specialize in victim support,” the family said.
In another statement, Merritt’s family said he was “looking forward to building a future with his girlfriend, Leanne, and making a career helping people in the criminal justice system.”
Police identified Jack Merritt (left) and Saskia Jones as the victims of Friday’s attack.
Police identified Jack Merritt (left) and Saskia Jones as the victims of Friday’s attack.
His family criticized the Conservative government’s plans to review Britain’s judicial sentencing system in the aftermath of the attack.
“We know Jack would not want this terrible, isolated incident to be used as a pretext by the government for introducing even more draconian sentences on prisoners, or for detaining people in prison for longer than necessary,” they wrote.
Merritt and Jones were fatally stabbed by Usman Khan, who was attending the event celebrating the five-year anniversary of Learning Together, police said. Three others, a man and two women, were also injured in the attack.
Police said Sunday that one of the injured has returned home, while the other two remain in stable condition in hospital.
Khan was shot dead by police after he left the building and went onto the north side of London Bridge, where a group of bystanders tackled him to the ground.
Merritt’s father, David Merritt, initially acknowledged his son’s death on a tweet Saturday.
“You were a beautiful spirit who always took the side of the underdog,” David Merritt wrote. He has since then deleted the message.
Friends of Merritt mourned him on social media. They described him as a caring young man, who was committed to social justice and equality, and who worked for a better justice system.
Mayor praised heroes who subdued attacker
The attacker was confronted by several people who sprayed liquid from a fire extinguisher and wielded an apparent narwhal tusk that was taken off the Fishmonger’s Hall.
The British Transport Police confirmed on Saturday that one of the bystanders was a plain clothes officer. They said the officer disarmed Khan of one of two knives he is believed to have had strapped onto his hand.
Acts of heroism emerge after London terror attack
Acts of heroism emerge after London terror attack
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the group used anything they could find to stop the attacker from harming others.
“And I think what we should do is reflect on the fact that these people ignored all the advice they’re given, which is to run away from danger, to look after your own safety. And instead ran towards danger to make sure others were safe. And I’m just so incredibly proud as the mayor, and I think all of us should be proud of our fellow citizens,” the mayor told reporters on Saturday.
They mayor said a Londoner of Polish origin was among the group of people who intervened.
“We saw yesterday one example of the worst of humanity — the actions of this terrorist,” Sadiq Khan said. “But we saw many examples of the best of humanity. And when I say the best of us, I include EU citizens. And what we saw yesterday was ordinary citizens, including Londoners who are of Polish origin — he’s a Londoner — who acted in an extraordinary way. And I’m pretty proud of him.”
Political debate rages
The issue has turned into a political football in the run-up to the December 12 general election. Both the main party leaders accused previous governments for failures in the justice system.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who served as foreign secretary in the last Conservative government, said Sunday that it was “repulsive” that attacker Khan was out on early release after being convicted of terror offenses.
Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, Johnson said: “I deplore the fact that this man was out on the streets.”
When Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was asked Sunday if he thought convicted terrorists should serve their full sentence on broadcaster, he said “not necessarily” and “it depends on the circumstances.”
He told Sky’s political show Sophy Ridge that an examination was needed of “how our prison services work and crucially on what happens when they’re released from prison,” noting that no probation service was involved in monitoring “this sort of person.”
Corbyn added that “prison ought to be a place where people are being put away… but also a place where rehabilitation takes place” saying there was a need to “properly fund the prison service.”
Khan had been released from prison last year with an ankle monitor after serving a less than half of a 16-year sentence.
In 2010, he was among a group arrested in London over an “al Qaeda-inspired plot” and was accused of planning to open a terrorist military training facility under the guise of a madrassa, or educational institution, on land in Kashmir that was owned by his family, court documents said.
This is what we know about London Bridge stabbing suspect Usman Khan
This is what we know about London Bridge stabbing suspect Usman Khan
Khan pleaded guilty in 2012 to the charges. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison for his role but was released in December 2018.
The sentencing judge called Khan and two others “more serious jihadis” than the rest of their group, adding that in his view they would remain a “significant risk” to the public, even after their sentence.
In order to adequately protect “the safety of the public,” the judge said Khan’s release on license could only be “decided upon, at the earliest, at the conclusion of the minimum term” in prison, and imposed an indeterminate sentence on his release.
Britain’s Parole Board said in a statement on Saturday that he appeared “to have been released automatically on license,” without a parole hearing.
A meeting of the government’s COBRA committee — which includes national security officials — took place on Sunday where Johnson was updated on Friday’s attack, PA Media reported, citing a Downing Street spokesman.
Schams Elwazer contributed to this report.

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Celebrities fire back after Gabrielle Union’s controversial exit from ‘America’s Got Talent’

Written by admin123 on 2019年11月29日 Categories: 厦门桑拿网 Tags: 

Celebrities are rallying behind actress Gabrielle Union and slamming NBC after her controversial exit from “America’s Got Talent.”

Union and fellow judge Julianne Hough will not return for the second season of “America’s Got Talent: The Champions,” which premieres January 6.
Variety published a report this week alleging Union had been fired after urging the show’s producers to notify human resources about an incident involving a racist joke. It also said producers told her multiple times that her hairstyles on the show were “too black.”
CNN has not independently confirmed these allegations and has reached out to reps for Union and “America’s Got Talent” for comment.
Here’s what other celebrities are saying about her exit:
Ellen Pompeo
The “Grey’s Anatomy” star blasted the network in a series of tweets.
“Workplace cultures will continue to be toxic until there is unity and solidarity among all women. If you go for self in these moments you undermine the work we are out here trying to do. Obviously this network feels like they can operate like this and it’s okay,” she said. “… I support @itsgabrielleu commitment to speaking up to injustice. It takes courage.”

Debra Messing
The “Will & Grace” star echoed Pompeo’s sentiment.
“Thank you for this @EllenPompeo. This is disgusting behavior from a network that has been my professional home for decades,” Messing tweeted. “Yes, women become ‘difficult,’ when their insistence on a respectful and professional working environment, is ignored. Addressing a hostile work environment is inconvenient when there is a huge money making machine that is involved. It is cowardice, greed, and protection of the status quo revealed. Being ‘hands off,’ is inexcusable and reflects a laissez faire attitude toward systemic racism and sexism.”

Jameela Jamil
The actress, who stars on NBC’s “The Good Place,” said the show should bring Union back with a raise.
“I am lucky to work with really good people at @nbc and am sad and angry to know this has been going on in that same network. I stand with @itsgabrielleu,” she said.

Ariana Grande
The singer’s message was short and ended with a love heart emoji aimed at Union.
“Thank you for this @EllenPompeo. be better @nbc we’re with you @itsgabrielleu,” she said.

Julian Castro
The 2020 presidential hopeful also chimed in.
“Corporate America tells employees and consumers they take racism and sexism seriously. But often the person reporting the problem is hurt by management,” Castro tweeted. “Kudos to @itsgabrielleu for having the courage to speak out. Still waiting for answers from @nbc.”

Dwyane Wade
Union’s husband said he still has questions about her exit from the show.
“… When i got the news that my wife was being fired—my first question was obviously why!? I am still waiting on a good answer to that question. But if anyone knows @itsgabrielleu or have heard of her you know she’s an advocate for our community and culture. As proud as i were of her being selected as a judge on #AGT— I am even more proud of her standing up for what she stands for and that’s US.”

Other celebrities, including actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, also expressed their support.
Union thanked fans on social media — but did not provide any details on her controversial exit from the show.
“So many tears, so much gratitude,” she wrote Thursday. “THANK YOU! Just when you feel lost, adrift, alone … you got me up off the ground. Humbled and thankful, forever.”
In a statement to People, a spokesperson for NBC and Fremantle said the network and the producers take any issues on set seriously.
“America’s Got Talent has a long history of inclusivity and diversity in both our talent and the acts championed by the show. The judging and host line-up has been regularly refreshed over the years and that is one of the reasons for AGT’s enduring popularity,” it said.

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A Baby Shark stuffed toy saved a toddler’s life during a gunfight in Wisconsin, police say

Written by admin123 on 2019年11月28日 Categories: 厦门桑拿网 Tags: 

A Wisconsin toddler is alive after a bullet tore through a wall and hit a Baby Shark stuffed animal during a gunfight near the child’s home, authorities said.

The shots rang out Sunday night in Madison, with bullets hitting parked cars and several homes. One of the bullets pierced the 3-year-old’s bedroom as the child slept, hitting the stuffed animal about 5 inches away, the Madison Police Department said.
The child had been playing with the toy before falling asleep at the foot of the bed, CNN affiliate WMTV reported.
When investigators arrived at the scene, they collected at least 45 shell casings around the block.
“We believe this may very well be a record number of shell casings found after one incident of gun violence,” said spokesman Joel DeSpain of the Madison Police Department.
Police said the bullets came from two rival groups firing at each other at the scene, the affiliate said. No injuries have been reported and no arrests have been made.
“Gun violence is not going to be tolerated in Madison. The people involved in this incident showed reckless disregard to human life, and we are fortunate no one was injured or killed,” Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway said in a statement. “If anyone knows anything about this, it’s time to speak up.”

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Back-to-back storms will unleash more snow, intense rain and strong winds for Thanksgiving travelers

Written by admin123 on 2019年11月27日 Categories: 厦门桑拿网 Tags: 

厦门桑拿论坛 The heavy snowfall that grounded hundreds of flights in Denver could soon do the same at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport in Minnesota and dump several feet of snow on the Midwest.
All while another storm will hit the West Coast with hurricane-force winds and rainfall and the California and Nevada mountains with heavy snow, promising more travel disruptions on the busiest travel days of the year.
About 21 million people from the West Coast to the Great Lakes are under some kind of winter weather advisory. In Southern California and Arizona, 17 million are under flash-flood watches.
Track weather and travel forecasts here
Over the next few days, fierce winds from New Mexico to New York could cause power outages and even ground the famous balloons in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
厦门桑拿论坛 A dangerous storm is heading toward southwest Oregon and northwest California, the National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center said.
“Avoid travel on Tuesday & Wednesday if possible,” forecasters tweeted.
A dangerous storm is heading towards southwest Oregon and northwest California Tuesday and Wednesday, in the run up to Thanksgiving. Prepare now for possible impacts. pic.twitter.com/XtYz36JLql

— NWS WPC (@NWSWPC) November 25, 2019
Southwest Oregon and northern California could face wind gusts up to 70 to 80 mph. To put that in perspective, a storm becomes a hurricane when sustained winds reach 74 mph.
But winds will not be the only concern. Forecasters say a a bomb cyclone, a type of rapidly strengthening storm, will bring snowfall to the Northwest and even to the mountains outside Los Angeles.
READ MORE: What’s a bomb cyclone?
Residents along the coast of California are bracing for more than a soggy 厦门桑拿论坛 Thanksgiving week. Some areas could see high waves, and heavy rainfall could cause flooding from San Diego to Los Angeles.
Rockies and Plains: Watch out for blizzard conditions
A snow storm pounding the Rockies with blizzard conditions was starting to spread into the Plains and Upper Midwest.
More than 200 miles of Interstate 80 have been closed for nearly 24 hours due to the heavy snow, the Wyoming Department of Transportation said.
A major snowstorm hit the Denver metro area this week.
A major snowstorm hit the Denver metro area this week.
Many drivers across the state and in neighboring Nebraska are dealing with black ice, blowing snow and reduced visibility.
“We been advising people to stay off the road,” said Nebraska State Patrol media director Cody Thomas.
Denver International Airport reported more than 480 flights cancellations Tuesday due to the weather.
About 1,100 passengers had to spend Monday night at the airport, spokeswoman Alex Renteria told CNN. Airport staff handed out blankets, baby formula and diapers, and restaurants stayed open longer than usual, she said.
Denver police reported multiple crashes and urged residents to stay inside.
厦门桑拿论坛 “Please don’t drive if you don’t have to,” the police department tweeted.

— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) November 26, 2019
Pre-winter weather has dumped 32 inches of snow on Boulder, Colorado. But it could get another 10 to 12 inches this week, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said.
“We will even have some blizzard conditions across parts of Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado,” Myers said. “It’s going to be a mess.”
Eastern US: Beware rain and strong wind
Winds may ground the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons
Winds may ground the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons
Travel will get off to a slow start early Wednesday through the Deep South and into the Ohio River Valley.
厦门桑拿论坛 Rain and low visibility will be the main hindrance, and both will push east Wednesday afternoon.
From Atlanta to New York, storms could interrupt air travel on Thanksgiving eve.
In the Northeast, travel delays are expected, as rain and strong wind linger from midday through the evening.

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