as handful of GOP candidates back group 3 replies
Columbia, S.C.—U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, who is running for reelection in November, characterized the conspiracy theory group QAnon as “batshit crazy,” as some Republican congressional candidates support the group. Graham made the comments in an interview with Vanity Fair contributor Peter Hamby for his Snapchat show Good Luck America. The interview touched upon how to stop groups from spreading unfounded conspiracy theories online. “Well, QAnon is batshit crazy. Crazy stuff. Inspiring people to violence,“ Graham said. “I think it is a platform that plays off people’s fears, that compels them to do things they normally wouldn’t do. And it’s very much a threat.
Manhattan’s troubled Upper West Side 19 replies
Moving trucks were out in force on Manhattan’s Upper West Side on Saturday—leaving Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa practically tripping over them.
“The mass evacuation of Upper West Siders from NYC is in full effect,” Sliwa, who lives on W. 87th Street, lamented, blaming the city’s decision this summer to house hundreds of emotionally disturbed homeless and recovering addicts in neighborhood hotels. A mayoral candidate, Sliwa has been organizing and often leading Guardian Angels patrols of the area.(Snip)
Stopping at each truck, he was told each was heading out of state. No sooner had Sliwa stepped out of his apartment building
classic ‘Anthony!’ spaghetti
commercial, dies at 63 5 replies
Boston—The Massachusetts man who as a 12-year-old boy appeared in an iconic television commercial for Prince spaghetti running through the streets of Boston’s Italian North End has died. The death of Anthony Martignetti was announced on Facebook by his brother Andy. He was 63.(Snip) The 1969 commercial featured a woman—not Martignetti’s real mother—leaning out a tenement window and shouting “Anthony! Anthony!” The commercial that ran nationally for 13 years cut to the young boy, who had moved to the US from Italy just three years prior, sprinting through the city streets, until he burst panting through the front door.
James to resume NBA playoffs and advised
players to use the games to advocate
for changes they want’ 36 replies
Former President Barack Obama has reportedly played a role in convincing LeBron James and other NBA players to resume the postseason after they boycotted it in protest of racial injustice. Obama spoke with James, National Basketball Players Association president Chris Paul, and other players in a conference call late on Wednesday night, after all NBA games were cancelled due to the boycott, the Athletic reported, citing sources. James had advocated for ending the NBA season entirely, and Obama reportedly told him and the other players that they could use the remaining games to advocate for the changes they want to see if they resumed playing.
Rally Supporting Black Lives
Matter and Affordable Housing
Billed for Police Overtime 19 replies
Englewood Cliffs, N.J.–A New Jersey teen thought she was only exercising her First Amendment right when she organized a protest in support of Black Lives Matter. Not long after, she received a bill for thousands of dollars in the mail from the mayor, CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon reported. After watching thousands of Americans show support for the Black Lives Matter movement, Emily Gil, 18, was inspired to hold her own rally at home in Englewood Cliffs.(Snip) A few days later, Gil said she received a letter from Mayor Mario Kranjac, billing her for about $2,500 worth of police overtime used during the protest.
in-chief after race controversy 14 replies
Condé Nast tapped Dawn Davis as the new editor in chief for Bon Appetit after race controversies ousted the food magazine’s top editor earlier this summer. An award-winning book editor known for promoting marginalized voices, Davis was most recently vice president and publisher of 37 Ink, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. She replaced longtime editor in chief Adam Rapoport, who stepped down in June amid outcry over a 2013 Instagram post of him wearing “brown face” in a Puerto Rican costume for a Halloween party.(Snip) “A proven trailblazer in publishing and known for her innovative approach, Dawn’s ability to find emerging voices
Seattle Police East Precinct
after arson, vandalism 12 replies
Seattle—People going by the Seattle Police Department East Precinct on Capitol Hill will notice some big changes to the building, including the installation of concrete barriers. Over the next several days, the precinct will be undergoing structural upgrades in an effort to “protect the facility from arson and other damages” as well as protect officers inside and residents who live nearby, according to a statement from city of Seattle officials on Friday.(Snip) The changes come following a busy week of protests in Seattle. On Monday, a fire was set outside the East Precinct and a group of people allegedly used quick-drying cement
‘Black lives matter’ before
stabbing charged with hate crime 15 replies
A Black man is charged with a hate crime after allegedly yelling “Black lives matter” before stabbing a White victim in Colorado Tuesday night, police said. Steve Anthony Sinclair, 30, is charged with attempted first-degree murder and bias-motivated crime after allegedly stabbing a 29-year-old White man during an apparent dispute at an apartment complex in Aurora.
An officer with the Aurora Police Department arrived on scene about 6 p.m. Tuesday when Mr. Sinclair, who is Black, approached the officer while repeatedly stating, “Black lives matter,” according to police documents reviewed by KDVR. The responding officer said Mr. Sinclair admitted
increase in black employees 32 replies
Boeing is seeking to increase black US employees throughout the company by 20 percent and mandate benchmarks for hiring people of color, Chief Executive Dave Calhoun told employees in a memo on Friday reviewed by Reuters. US corporations have become more responsive to complaints related to racial equality following a summer of sweeping anti-racism protests over the slaying of black people by police.(Snip) “We understand we have work to do,” Calhoun said in the memo, which was released on the 57th anniversary of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech and included references to the police shooting of Jacob Blake
teaching her three ‘white children of
privilege’ to ‘erode that privilege
throughout their lives’ to ensure
that ‘equality isn’t just an ideal’ 36 replies
Chelsea Clinton says she wants her three kids to understand that they are ‘white children of privilege’—and to ‘erode that privilege throughout their lives’ in an effort to make sure that all Americans have the right to vote.
The 40-year-old former First Daughter spoke with Massachusetts Democratic Representative Ayanna Pressley on a ‘Women for Biden’ video call today, and the two discussed the US’ history of voter suppression, and the ways some people still face challenges in voting today. Chelsea said that while she taught them about the importance of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, she also explained how that victory
recently purchased Apple
products across NYC: police 8 replies
New York—Police are searching for a group of people accused of snatching Apple products from people across New York City. The incidents were reported to police between June 30 and July 22. People who recently shopped and made purchases in an Apple store were targeted, according to police. The suspects followed victims along the street, and sometimes into stores, and pushed them to the ground before taking their Apple products and fleeing, authorities said. No injuries were reported in regard to the incidents. Police released surveillance footage of the suspects sought.
leaks to Washington Post columnist 18 replies
The associate of John McCain who spread anti-Trump dossier claims around Washington post-election planned to leak a story to Washington Post columnist David Ignatius about Paul Manafort, according to court testimony.
Mr. Ignatius wrote the Jan. 12, 2017 column that eventually doomed retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Mr. Trump’s first and brief national security adviser. The source was an Obama administration official, Mr. Ignatius wrote.(Snip) After Donald Trump won the presidency Mr. Steele provided memo copies to the Republican McCain and his associate David J. Kramer. Trial evidence showed that Mr. Kramer not only took the dossier to the Obama White