David Byrne nixes TikTok debut, unveils We Are Not Divided website and Spike Lee-directed 'American Utopia'
Winning an Oscar, a Golden Globe and multiple Grammy Awards seemed to come easily for veteran music maverick David Byrne, who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 as the co-founder of the boundary-stretching band Talking Heads.But making his first TikTok dance challenge video? Or, rather, trying to make his first TikTok dance challenge video? Surprisingly difficult.So difficult, in fact, that the Scottish-born, New York-based Byrne recently abandoned what would have been his official TikTok debut. It had been planned to promote the launch last week of his new six-week online ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Federal prosecutors say police officer helped China spy on Tibetans in NYC
NEW YORK — An ethnically Tibetan New York City police officer was arrested for spying on local Tibetan communities for the Chinese government, federal prosecutors announced Monday.Officer Baimadajie Angwang, 33, a community affairs cop with the 111th Precinct in Queens, reported to two Chinese consulate officials in the city since 2014, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday.“Baimadajie Angwang violated every oath he took in this country. One to the United States, another to the U.S. Army, and a third to this Police Department,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a statement.The inv...
New York Daily News
Reporters saw a 'Democrats for Trump' billboard in Philadelphia and asked questions about it. Then it went away
PHILADELPHIA – Inquirer reporters spotted a pair of complications when we spied the brief lifespan of a “Democrats for Trump” billboard on Ridge Avenue, at the southern end of the Roxborough area in Philadelphia last week.First, the disclaimer for who paid for it — required by state and federal law — said it’s the local Republican ward who put up the money, not the Democrats who are purportedly fans of President Donald Trump.Second, Walt Vogler, the Republican leader of the 21st Ward, said he had nothing to do with it. Even though reporters informed him the billboard says, “Paid for by 21st Wa...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
'We're not gonna be manipulated.' Cracks form in Trump's Cuban-American base
MIAMI — From the passenger seat of a Mercedes-Benz idling in the heart of America’s Cuban exile community, George Marrero explained Saturday why he would not vote again for President Donald Trump.“This country has been abused for the last four years,” the retired Coral Gables police officer said while waiting for the start of a Cubanos con Biden caravan in the majority-Cuban city of Hialeah. “(Democratic presidential nominee) Joe Biden is going to bring back — like he’s said — the soul of America. It’s been lost.”Amid evidence that Trump has significantly expanded his support among Miami-Dade’...
Daniel Prude's death prompts NY attorney general to change policy on police bodycam footage
NEW YORK — State Attorney General Letitia James on Sunday visited Rochester — site of the grim death of Daniel Prude while in police custody — to announce a new policy for releasing law enforcement officers’ body camera footage.The AG’s office will “proactively release footage to the public on our own” instead of following the previous status quo, under which local police departments had power over releasing such video, James said.“Up until now, the release of footage has been up to the discretion of local authorities, but this process has caused confusion, delays and has hampered transparency...
New York Daily News
Patriots running back James White's father, a Miami-Dade police captain, killed in Broward crash
Tyrone White, a captain in the Miami-Dade Police Department and the father of New England Patriots’ running back James White, was killed in a car accident Sunday. James White’s mother, Lisa, was also in the car and is in critical condition.James White was scheduled to play with the Patriots Sunday night against the Seattle Seahawks but was inactive. The news was first reported by Fox Sports South Florida radio host Andy Slater.A public information officer for the Miami-Dade Police Department could not be reached for comment, but records indicate White, 59, has been a police officer since 1984....
California may need more fire to fix its wildfire problem
WASHINGTON — California is supposed to burn.Before settlers populated the region in the 1800s, about 5 to 12% of the land that now makes up the Golden State caught fire each year — more than has burned so far in 2020, the most destructive year in modern history. Some of the historic fires were caused by lightning and others were set by Native Americans as a land-management tool, but they mostly burned with low intensity and touched much of the state with great regularity.But after more than a century of aggressive fire suppression, California’s vegetation has grown much denser than the fire-ad...
Fired Parkland cops may be reinstated — because of an omission in paperwork
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The future of the three deputies who were fired for their failures in the Parkland school massacre may come down to a key phrase left off investigative paperwork: “Under penalty of perjury, I declare that I have read the foregoing document and that the facts in it are true.”Under Florida law, internal affairs investigators must swear, among other things, that they’ve read reports about officers in their entirety and that the forms are accurate. But the version of the oath that the Broward Sheriff’s Office used on its forms over the past decade omitted that one line — an...
Ricin poison found in mail package addressed to Trump
A package containing the poison ricin was reportedly sent to President Donald Trump this week but was intercepted by authorities.CNN quoted two law enforcement officials confirming the attempted poison attack, which was discovered at a mail-sorting facility and never came close to Trump.Two tests were done to confirm the presence of ricin. All mail for the White House is sorted and screened at a remote facility, making it a long-shot method for targeting the president or aides.The FBI is investigating the matter, along with postal inspectors.Authorities are taking steps to protect Trump’s rela...
New York Daily News
Fair tax or tax hike? Voters set to decide what could be Illinois' biggest taxation shift in decades
CHICAGO — Before Illinois voters consider any candidate on the Nov. 3 ballot — the presidential contenders, a member of Congress, a state lawmaker or a local judge — they will be asked to cast a simple yes or no vote on what could become the biggest change in state taxation in decades.The question at the top of the ballot is whether the Illinois Constitution should be amended to replace a mandated flat-rate income tax with a graduated-rate tax structure that increases the levy as income rises.More than any candidate being voted on, the proposed graduated-rate tax amendment represents what coul...