COVID-19 contracts, board seats 2 replies
Give to Bill and ye shall receive. A big-bucks donor to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s political campaigns not only scored $120 million in no-bid coronavirus contracts—he also won seats on two influential city boards. Manhattan resident Charles Tebele, who owns the New Jersey-based computer business Digital Gadgets, has showered Hizzoner with at least $22,750 in political contributions since 2016 including $12,800 to de Blasio’s failed 2020 presidential bid, records show.(Snip) The $19.8 million deal for N95 masks and surgical face coverings was made in March—a week before the mayor appointed Tebele to the board of the city Economic
people to get a job, finish
school removed after backlash 26 replies
A series of anti-poverty billboards sponsored by a Black conservative group urges young people to finish school, get a job, get married and save money, but apparently that advice was too inflammatory for Milwaukee. The “Tired of Poverty” billboards, part of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education’s “Success Sequence” campaign, were removed this week by Clear Channel Outdoor after complaints about the message, which one local woman described as an “attack.” The four billboards featured photos of young Black people with the message, “Tired of Poverty? Finish school. Take Any Job. Get Married. Save & Invest. Give Back to Your Neighborhood.”
District beatdown caught on video 14 replies
A retired NYPD sergeant was punched and kicked as he lay helplessly on the ground in a brutal Manhattan beatdown caught on security footage, police sources told The Post. The former cop can be seen speaking with his assailant for at least a minute last Tuesday morning as they stand outside a Garment District deli on West 39th Street, according to disturbing footage obtained by The Post. The suspect, whom police sources have identified as Masterjadin Roman, 20, then allegedly throws a bottle at the retired officer. The man charges at Roman, who manages to wrestle the NYPD veteran to the ground
damage cars on I-5 and I-90 5 replies
A dented hood isn’t that bad when you consider what could have happened to Melinda Fredricks, a West Seattle mom of two. “It happened so fast, but it was also like it was in slow motion,” she said. Fredricks was driving with her 17-year-old son on Interstate 5 through downtown Seattle Tuesday morning when she said she saw a man with a rock take aim at her moving car. “I saw the man standing on the side. I saw the brick coming through the air and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ In that moment, you just can’t react,” Fredricks said.
outside New Jersey apartment complex 6 replies
Asbury Park, New Jersey—A 4-year-old girl is in intensive care after being shot outside an apartment complex in New Jersey Tuesday afternoon. The shooting took place in broad daylight in Asbury Park as the child was sitting outside on the front porch of her home. Now, the family now wants the person responsible arrested and prosecuted. “This is ridiculous,” the victim’s grandmother, Lynn Johnson, said.(Snip) The girl was playing outside around 1:30 p.m. when gunshots rang out, and she was struck in the leg, breaking the femur bone. Police aren’t sure of the intended target, and officers swarmed the area
of dead mother—three times 10 replies
A California man has been charged with voting on behalf of his dead mother three times. Caesar Peter Abutin, 55, faces two felony counts—fraud in connection with votes cast and fraudulent voting—related to each of the three elections, which occurred between October 2012 and November 2014, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced in a news release.
The district-attorney’s office said Mr. Abutin has pleaded not guilty and will have a preliminary hearing Oct. 28. He faces up to three years in prison if convicted. Mr. Abutin’s mother, who was not named in the statement, was 67 when she died in 2006.
Goodyear over ‘MAGA hat ban’ 34 replies
Sounds like President Trump might be the new Michelin tire man—and that’s not a joke about his weight. Trump called for a boycott of Goodyear tires Tuesday after the company’s workplace tolerance policy banned his trademark #MAGA caps as a display of hate speech on the job. “Don’t buy GOODYEAR TIRES – They announced a BAN ON MAGA HATS,” Trump tweeted.(Snip) The ban, which was presented to employees via slides shown by a plant manager, said #MAGA hats are “not acceptable” attire under a “zero-tolerance” policy toward hateful speech. Goodyear also reportedly told workers not to wear anything supporting particular political candidates.
snubs Joe Biden in DNC address 8 replies
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez only got a minute to speak at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night but she made it count as a warning that Joe Biden not ignore the party’s far-left wing, nominating socialist Bernie Sanders and making no mention of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. “I hereby second the nomination for Senator Bernard Sanders of Vermont for President of the United States of America,” the New York Democratic socialist said at the end of her 60-second address. In her socialist rhetoric-heavy address, she spoke about Sanders’ movement to “repair the wounds of racial injustice, colonization, misogyny and homophobia”
out of downtown office spaces because
ongoing BLM protests have made the area
‘unsafe’—with reports of widespread
vandalism and ‘workers being attacked’ 18 replies
A number of companies based in downtown Portland are set to vacate or sell their offices because on-going protests in the city against police brutality have led to ‘unsafe’ conditions in the area, reports suggest. Activists have taken to the city streets for the last 82 consecutive nights to demonstrate under the banner of Black Lives Matter, but some of the rallies have descended into chaos, resulting in violent clashes with police or widespread acts of vandalism. Standard Insurance, whose headquarters at 900 SW 5th Avenue is a key part of downtown Portland’s cityscape, have removed the last of their 2,100 employees
staff of 14 amid NYC budget crisis 5 replies
There’s no money for regular trash pickups or to maintain city parks, but Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife enjoys a 14-member staff—including a $70,000 videographer who captured her baking cookies during the pandemic. Some of the Chirlane McCray staffers, who cost city taxpayers a combined $2 million a year, work for the first lady’s $1.25 billion mental health initiative ThriveNYC, which has come under fire for its lack of metrics.(Snip) “How much taxpayer money will the mayor’s wife pilfer before leaving office? How can she sleep at night hiring these hacks knowing so many other city workers are facing layoffs
selling defense secrets to China 7 replies
A veteran CIA officer and former FBI linguist was charged Monday with selling U.S. defense secrets and the identities of CIA officers to China in exchange for cash and expensive gifts, including a new set of golf clubs.
Federal authorities say Alexander Yuk Ching Ma, 67, of Honolulu, had become a “compromised asset” of the Chinese Ministry of State Security (MSS) as early as 2001. The FBI criminal complaint unsealed Monday indicates the case could potentially be very damaging based on the description of secret documents and other data sent to China.(Snip) Mr. Ma, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Hong Kong,
wanted for questioning in death of
1-year-old boy killed in Brooklyn 5 replies
Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn—The NYPD released surveillance images Monday of three men wanted for questioning in connection with the July shooting death of a 1-year-old boy. Davell Gardner was in his stroller at a family barbecue on July 12 when a bullet struck him in the stomach, police said. Three men were also injured. A 36-year-old man was shot in the right leg, a 35-year-old man was shot in the groin and a 27-year-old man was shot in the ankle. Gardner’s father described the 22-month-old boy as a “loving and caring soul”