Jon Stewart lashes out against Congress for lack of funds for 9/11 responders who worked the fire pits
WASHINGTON — Known for his passionate defense for 9/11 first responders, Jon Stewart, U.S. Sen. Kristin Gillibrand and other 9/11 advocates criticized Congress and the federal government again, this time on behalf of veterans and service members sickened by exposure to burning pits of toxic trash.“Welcome to another exciting episode of, ‘When is America going to start acting like the great country we keep telling ourselves we are?’” the former “Daily Show” host told reporters Tuesday on Capitol Hill.Dozens of veterans and family members stood side by side with Stewart and Gillibrand, D-N.Y., i...
New York Daily News
Group pitches big changes to Stone Mountain Park's Confederate imagery
ATLANTA — A local activist group made its pitch Monday for a reimagined Stone Mountain Park, asking officials to work with them on a wide-ranging plan to remove, relocate and contextualize the Confederate imagery that defines one of Georgia’s most popular and divisive attractions.Some of those officials — board members of the Stone Mountain Memorial Association — have recently expressed a willingness to address the area’s history more completely. The association is purportedly already discussing additions to the park.But board Chairman Ray Stallings Smith III said sweeping changes like those b...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Deadly deer disease expected to worsen under Michigan's controversial hunting limits
A controversial restriction on hunting in the Michigan county hardest hit by a deadly deer disease is expected to make the problem worse, a study commissioned by the state shows.The state’s Natural Resources Commission got its first glimpse of data this summer from Montcalm County under the plan it approved last year to impose antler point restrictions on hunting in Montcalm, Ionia and Mecosta counties for the first time.The commission did so in part to fight chronic wasting disease, a contagious, incurable disease that threatens to decimate the state’s white-tail deer population and hunting i...
The Detroit News
Black activist shot in rural Pennsylvania while marching to DC
At least one person was wounded in rural Pennsylvania when a group of civil-rights activists were shot at while marching from Wisconsin to Washington, D.C. — a terrifying scene that was partially caught on a Facebook Live video late Monday night.The footage shows two men coming out of a house in Bedford County, with one of them holding what appeared to be a rifle before several shots could be heard. At least one of the shots struck a Black man who then rushed to a car with blood all over his head.“I got shot in the face,” he was heard telling his friends from the backseat of the vehicle, accor...
New York Daily News
Oakland ready for Trump attacks if 'proud daughter' Kamala Harris joins Democratic ticket
OAKLAND, Calif. — When Joe Biden’s vice presidential search committee met with a who’s who of California Democrats on a Zoom call late last month, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf used up every second of her turn to make an urgent pitch for Kamala Harris, a self-described proud “daughter of Oakland, California.”Schaaf has known the U.S. senator since they were both barely 30 years old and extolled her virtues as a fierce advocate for Oakland’s progressive values.But Oaklanders know that Harris won’t be the only one in the spotlight if she’s who Biden chooses to join the Democratic ticket for the Whi...
The Mercury News
Interior minister promoted to Venezuela's top military rank despite drug charges
The Nicolás Maduro regime promoted Interior Minister Néstor Reverol to general in chief, the highest military rank in Venezuela — even though the officer is charged by federal prosecutors in New York with accepting large bribes in exchange for protecting drug shipments to the United States.The promotion marks the first time that a national guard officer receives the rank, in a move that observers say alters the balance of forces inside the Venezuelan military.The U.S. Department of Justice accuses Reverol of being part of the Venezuelan drug trafficking organization known as the Cartel of the ...
After protests near her home, Seattle police chief asks city leaders for intervention
SEATTLE — A debate unfolded online Sunday night over whether protests against police brutality should include visits to public officials’ homes — and whether such a discussion distracts from the fight for Black lives — after Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best implored the City Council to “forcefully call for the end of these tactics.”Best wrote a letter to the council Sunday after protesters showed up outside her Snohomish County home Saturday night, the latest in a series of visits the demonstrations have paid to those who hold public power in Seattle, including City Council members and Mayor J...
The Seattle Times