Emailed threats in Florida dry up as congressional delegation asks for FBI briefing
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Threatening emails claiming to be from a pro-Trump group called the Proud Boys that were sent to voters in Florida and other states earlier this week appeared to have come to a halt after the FBI accused Iran and Russia of being behind attacks to influence the U.S. election.But two Florida members of Congress are now requesting an FBI briefing for the Florida delegation and at least seven local election officials say they have not been given any information from authorities on the scope of the issue other than what has been publicly reported.“This request is in direct respo...
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Trump envoy Grenell tried to secretly negotiate Maduro’s exit in VenezuelaWASHINGTON — An influential Trump administration official secretly met with a representative of Nicolas Maduro’s regime in Mexico City in September to try to negotiate the Venezuelan leader’s peaceful exit from power.Richard Grenell, the former Acting U.S. director of National Intelligence and ambassador to Germany, and Jorge Rodriguez, a Venezuelan politician who is close to Maduro, met in the Mexican capital, according to four people familiar with the matter. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and the rest of the State ...
Tribune News Service
Chicago 7 prosecutor: 'They were going to try to destroy our trial. And they did a damn good job'
CHICAGO — Even five decades later, former federal prosecutor Dick Schultz has a pretty good idea of when the legendary Chicago 7 trial started to go off the rails: during the testimony of the very first witness.That day in September 1969, U.S. District Judge Julius Hoffman halted the trial after he was informed that a juror had received a threatening letter purportedly sent from the Black Panthers. Hoffman, famous for his ironclad control of his courtroom, told attorneys from both sides to keep the information to themselves so he could question the juror in private, Schultz told the Chicago Tr...
In the pandemic, Halloween is the latest culture war
PHILADELPHIA — In September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published guidance for Halloween celebrations: Traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating — or even an outdoor “trunk-or-treat” event — is a high-risk activity, the CDC said.For Ellery Mims, whose Cheltenham Village neighborhood is usually awash with hundreds of costumed candy-seekers on Oct. 31, that guidance was decisive.“Please listen to the CDC!” said Mims, 37. “They’re doctors.”But on neighborhood Facebook groups and the social app Nextdoor, “It’s contentious,” she said. “A lot of people are saying, ‘I’m not doing...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
'Proud Boys' voter intimidation emails to Florida students spur FBI investigation
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A string of voter intimidation emails that were purportedly sent by the Proud Boys, a self-described militia group, were reported to state and federal law enforcement officials on Tuesday morning, according to Alachua Supervisor of Elections Kim Barton.Alachua County officials were made aware of the emails on Tuesday morning. In one of the emails, the sender told a voter to “vote for Trump on Election Day or we will come after you,” according to a copy obtained by the Miami Herald.“Change your party affiliation to Republican to let us know you received our message and will ...
Justice Department offers to assist in training Minneapolis police
MINNEAPOLIS — The U.S. Department of Justice has offered to partner with the Minneapolis Police Department as part of a new nationwide program to provide training to police forces across the country, reduce excessive force and build community safety.Justice officials from Washington, D.C., announced the Law Enforcement Training and Technical Assistance Response Center at a news conference Tuesday morning, responding to months of civil unrest that began with the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody last May.Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, appearing at the news confe...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Movie review: 'Synchronic' a unique, sci-fi-tinged drama rooted in real-world stakes and emotion
Note: We are continuing to review theatrical film releases during the COVID-19 pandemic, though please be aware that indoor moviegoing does carry risk during this time. Please follow every health and safety guideline outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as guidelines provided by local health officials in your area.The skies in “Synchronic” are never quite the right color. Bearing down on New Orleans in shades of sickly gray green and sometimes pinkish, they seem to be in a constant state of twilight transition, portending a certain kind of doom, as if a hurricane ...
Tribune News Service
Susan Tompor: IRS still reaching out to send stimulus checks
Many lower income households who are still wondering why they didn’t get a stimulus check of $1,200 or more are getting another second chance.The Internal Revenue Service is extending what had been an Oct. 15 deadline until Nov. 21 for those who typically don’t file a tax return to get their information to the IRS.The IRS is trying to connect with people who typically don’t file a tax return and have not received a stimulus check or Economic Impact Payment yet. Those stimulus payments began rolling out in April but millions did not get money yet.Who needs to do extra work to get money?The goal...
Detroit Free Press
Eight months in, California is containing COVID-19 as other states spike. Here's why.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Eight months into the coronavirus pandemic, California has become a rare case: a state that has contained the transmission of COVID-19 and isn’t experiencing another surge — yet, at least.Nationwide, daily infections are up one-quarter in the last two weeks, and the country just reported its most in a single day since July. Lightly populated North Dakota is seeing 85 new cases a day per 100,000 residents over the last two weeks. California? Ten new cases per 100,000, up just 2% in two weeks.The reasons why, health experts say, are made clear by a stroll through San Francisco...
The Mercury News
Twitter blocks tweet of Trump coronavirus adviser who undermined importance of mask usage during pandemic
Scott Atlas, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, was flagged by Twitter for a tweet that violated the social media site’s “misleading information” policy, a spokesperson confirmed to the New York Daily News Sunday.“Masks work? NO,” Atlas, one of President Donald Trump’s closest medical advisers, tweeted Saturday with a link to an article in the American Institute for Economic Research that argues that masks are ineffective. “LA, Miami, Hawaii, Alabama, France, Phlippnes (sic), UK, Spain, Israel.”Atlas then followed up the tweet with praise of Trump’s lax guidelines.“Use masks f...
New York Daily News