Arson suspected as cause of ship fire at San Diego Navy base

Arson suspected as cause of ship
fire at San Diego Navy base 2 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/27/2020 2:16:55 PM Post Reply

SAN DIEGO — Arson is suspected as the cause of a July 12 fire that left extensive damage to the USS Bonhomme Richard and a U.S. Navy sailor is being questioned as a potential suspect, a senior defense official said Wednesday. The sailor was being questioned but was not detained and defense department leaders were notified of the development, the official said. The official, with knowledge of the investigation, spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to provide details not yet made public. The amphibious assault ship burned for more than four days and was the Navy’s worst

‘What we’re calling for right now is peace’:
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey calls in National
Guard amid downtown violence, looting 14 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/27/2020 12:44:33 PM Post Reply

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minneapolis mayor imposed a curfew Wednesday night and requested National Guard help after unrest that included violence and store looting broke out downtown following what authorities said was misinformation about the suicide death of a Black homicide suspect. Mayor Jacob Frey said details of the curfew which went into effect immediately were still being worked out. Frey said during a news conference Wednesday night that he and Gov. Tim Walz had been in contact to address the situation. Frey said bolstering enforcement was an effort to “stay ahead of the game as much as possible.” “What we’re

‘It’s playing into Trump’s hands’: Dems fear
swing-state damage from Kenosha unrest 31 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/27/2020 8:40:52 AM Post Reply

KENOSHA, Wis. — Downtown buildings set ablaze by arsonists were still smoldering from the night before when Kirk Ingram started to paint an angel on his boarded-up store front. Ingram, a Democrat who runs a massage therapy business, said the war-zone images of his city on TV — armed people running through the streets, burned cars and broken windows — were bolstering President Donald Trump’s get-tough message. Maybe a few uplifting murals could start to tell a different story about Kenosha, Ingram said Wednesday. Trump has attempted to frame the violent unrest in the wake of Jacob Blake’s shooting as

Biden’s lack of a travel plan
worries some Democrats 15 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/26/2020 2:06:16 PM Post Reply

When former President Obama delivered his convention speech from Philadelphia last week, it raised some questions for Democrats about Joe Biden’s lack of a travel schedule. Biden has been effectively sidelined because of the coronavirus pandemic, keeping his public appearances largely confined to his hometown of Wilmington, Del., where he also ended up accepting his party’s nomination last week. “I think a lot of people thought, ‘If Obama can get on a plane and travel, why can’t Biden?’” said one Democratic strategist, who pointed to the former president’s trip from Massachusetts to Philadelphia for his prime-time address. “I know we

Tiffany Trump urges Americans to ‘transcend
political boundaries,’ in RNC address 5 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/26/2020 8:39:56 AM Post Reply

In a speech to the Republican National Convention Tuesday night, President Trump’s youngest daughter, Tiffany Trump, urged Americans to “transcend political boundaries” in November, telling voters the 2020 presidential election is a “fight to keep America true to America.” “Since speaking at the Republican Convention four years ago, so much has changed for the world, for our country, and for my family,” she said, noting that she, “like so many students across the world,” graduated from law school during the coronavirus pandemic. “Our generation is unified in facing the future in uncertain times — and many of us are considering

Two killed, one wounded at protests in
Wisconsin over police shooting of Jacob Blake 19 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/26/2020 8:06:37 AM Post Reply

KENOSHA, Wis. – Two people died and one person was wounded as shots were fired late Tuesday in Kenosha during the third night of unrest in Wisconsin following the shooting of a Black man by police, Kenosha police said. The shooting was reported at about 11:45 p.m. in an area where protests have taken place, Kenosha police Lt. Joseph Nosalik said in a news release. Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said one victim had been shot in the head and another in the chest late Tuesday, just before midnight, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Beth didn’t know where the

At Least 103 New Coronavirus Cases in 8 States
Linked to South Dakota Motorcycle Rally 23 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/25/2020 9:31:52 PM Post Reply

More than 100 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across eight states have been linked to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally held earlier this month in South Dakota. Jeremy Fugleberg, regional health correspondent for Forum News Service, reported Tuesday on Twitter that at least 103 new cases of coronavirus are connected to the annual 10-day event, which was held from Aug. 7 to Aug. 16 in Sturgis. It was attended by hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom did not wear masks and clearly violated social distance orders. (Snip) According to South Dakota Department of Transportation, a total of 460,000 vehicles arrived

Wisconsin Governor Declares State of Emergency,
Kenosha Braces for Third Night of Unrest 11 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/25/2020 8:23:47 PM Post Reply

KENOSHA, Wis. – The family of the Black man shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, made an emotional plea for the value of their son’s life on Tuesday and called for an end to the violent protests that erupted in the city. “They shot my son seven times. Seven times! Like he didn’t matter,” Jacob Blake Sr., his voice crumbling with emotion told a news conference following the Sunday shooting of his 29-year-old son. “My son matters. He’s a human being and he matters.” The news conference was called by the family’s lawyers as state and local officials brace for a

New York City reports
20% jobless rate in July 13 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/25/2020 8:18:26 PM Post Reply

ALBANY — New York City’s unemployment rate remained near 20% in July as the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic continue to ravage the Big Apple’s economy. The city’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 19.8% in July, a decrease of 0.5% from June and a rise of 15.9% from a year earlier, according to state Department of Labor statistics released Tuesday. Statewide the jobless rate was 15.9%. The unemployment rate rose slightly in the Bronx, one of the boroughs worst hit by the coronavirus crisis, from 24.7% in June to 24.9% in July. Businesses have slowly reopened across the city following

Cardinal Dolan is making a
mistake by praying at RNC (opinion) 20 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/24/2020 10:30:18 PM Post Reply

St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church in the Bronx, New York was founded in 1905 as an Irish-Catholic refuge for a largely immigrant population in search of a spiritual home. Today, it remains a haven for immigrants from Central and South America and Southeast Asia. Over 30 years ago, as an Augustinian priest, I served as the pastor of this urban parish and had the chance to experience the daily hospitality and inclusion that had been seamlessly offered to and embraced by the church’s newest arrivals. In many ways, there was nothing so remarkable about this. Then and now, the biblical

Democrats plan to project COVID-19
deaths outside DC hall holding RNC events 14 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/24/2020 1:42:06 PM Post Reply

Democrats plan to counter the messages coming out of the Republican National Convention by putting the COVID-19 pandemic in the spotlight – literally. As Republicans deliver convention speeches at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, Democrats plan to use a projector to cast a slideshow about the ever-rising number of coronavirus cases and deaths outside the historic building. “During his convention, Trump and Republicans will try to mislead the public about their failure to contain the coronavirus or likely ignore this pandemic altogether. That’s why we’re making sure voters know the truth – Trump’s failed leadership has led to

Firefighter’s wallet stolen, bank account drained
while battling CZU Lightning Complex fires 6 replies

Posted by NorthernDog 8/23/2020 6:19:50 PM Post Reply

SAN FRANCISCO — A commander fighting the CZU Lightning Complex Fire had his department vehicle broken into, his wallet stolen and bank account drained, according to CAL FIRE officials. During a press briefing Sunday morning, CAL FIRE operations chief Mark Brunton said the theft happened while the crew member was taking care of business and directing firefighting crews. Brunton said the extent to which people will go is “sickening” and said this is the last thing firefighters should have to deal with as they work to contain the hundreds of thousands of acres burning across the state under limited resources. “It’s

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