Commentary: Crises highlight racial inequity
If there is any blessing in the medical and financial crises brought about by COVID-19, it is the light they’ve shone on our tragic economic inequality. And the United States’ bold reckoning with race has broadened the meaning of that inequality and heightened the urgency to confront it.Low-income and Black, Latinx and Native Americans are more likely than wealthy whites to contract coronavirus, more likely to die from it and more likely to lose a job due to the recession. Meanwhile, U.S. billionaires — overwhelmingly white and male — have seen their fortunes swell by more than $700 billion du...
Tribune News Service
State laws limit Minneapolis' ability to eliminate officers
MINNEAPOLIS — Ahead of a pivotal vote about the Minneapolis City Council’s plan to remake policing, an analysis of the proposal shows the council faces legal barriers to eliminating officers.Even if the proposal makes it onto the November ballot and voters approve it, elected officials will have to wade through a series of “thorny” and “perhaps vexing” issues, including state laws that allow only licensed peace officers to carry out critical tasks, according to an analysis by the city attorney’s office recently released by the city.The Minneapolis Charter Commission could bring the process to ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Rep. Ilhan Omar's challenger hit with campaign finance complaint
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party officials charged Tuesday that Antone Melton-Meaux, the top challenger to incumbent U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, skirted campaign finance laws by hiding some of his top political consultants in next week’s nationally watched Democratic primary.A Federal Election Commission complaint obtained by the Minneapolis Star Tribune alleges that Melton-Meaux’s campaign violated federal election law by “conspiring to intentionally obscure” the identity of political consultants listed as limited liability corporations working on his challenge to Omar in a hot...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Tear gas bans: A policing change not gaining traction
WASHINGTON — As legislators across the United States propose policing changes, one issue has been a sticking point: bans on police using tear gas against protesters.Dozens of law enforcement agencies have used forms of tear gas on protesters marching against police brutality since the killing of George Floyd, a Black man, under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer in May.Over that time, many police chiefs and law enforcement leaders have supported legislation to improve their work. But bans on tear gas to quell crowds of protesters? From a police perspective, that’s not going to fly.While ...
Virtual learning means unequal learning
WASHINGTON — Karen Reyes, who teaches deaf and hard-of-hearing children in Austin, Texas, worries about her first-grade pupils who will be learning online this fall. She’s concerned that virtual learning is harder for younger, special needs children, especially those who may not have as much support at home as students in more affluent communities.“It has brought out a lot of the inequities in our district, especially in special education,” Reyes said of the distance learning program.In her school, 93% of the students are considered economically disadvantaged, according to a city estimate.“Eit...
Dahleen Glanton: Let's give credit where credit is due for the feds' major gang bust in Chicago. But it's not due to Trump
Federal law enforcement officials last week took down a drug and illegal firearms operation run by a Chicago street gang whose history dates back more than a half-century. That’s a big deal to those of us who are tired of the violence in the city.But let’s be clear. Donald Trump had nothing to do with it.As soon as the announcement was made that the feds had arrested the alleged leader of the Black Disciples, Trump supporters were quick to portray the bust as a huge win for the president.In recent weeks, Trump has sent federal officers to several cities run by Democrats as part of his “law and...
Mark Zeigler: It's time for college sports to tell athletes take it or leave it
Eventually, and that moment draws nearer by the day, college athletic administrators need to make a choice:Are they going to continue backpedaling, or are they going to make a tackle?Are they going to stand up and stand by their product?Is enough ever going to be enough?Because apparently college athletes – or at least college football players – aren’t going to stop asking for more even as they receive concession after concession. The latest group with its hand out is Pac-12 football players, who issued a lengthy list of “demands” Sunday with the threat of boycotting the season.Here’s a sugges...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
19-day-old infant missing after teenage father takes his from baby's mother, police say
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. — A 17-year-old father is accused of forcibly abducting his 19-day-old baby boy from the child’s mother and taking off with him in an Uber.Police issued an Amber Alert on Monday for the missing newborn, Joshua Pachon Quinteron. They said the baby stays at a Coconut Creek address with his mother. The father, Jonathan Garcia, was last seen getting out of the Uber in Oakland Park.Coconut Creek Police investigated the domestic dispute on Fisherman’s Drive at 2:30 p.m., according to a news release. Officers determined that Garcia “forcibly removed” his son from the baby’s mother...
Is it time to raise taxes on the rich? California Democrats call for new millionaire's tax
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s wealthiest households pay the highest income tax rate in the country. It could go up a few more percentage points if Democrats follow through next year on a new proposal that would levy on a new millionaire’s tax for seven-figure earners.The concept has support from some of the state’s biggest public employee unions and Democrats in the Legislature. They argue the money is needed to support schools and government agencies that are charged with providing services to unemployed and struggling Californians.“We’re actually talking about folks who are doing extreme...
The Sacramento Bee
14-year-old boy shot off-duty St. Louis police officer downtown, police say
ST. LOUIS — Police arrested a 14-year-old boy who investigators say shot an off-duty St. Louis police officer about midnight Sunday while the officer was working a security detail downtown, authorities said.The officer was the sixth to be shot and wounded since June 1. He was shot in the arm and is expected to make a full recovery.The 14-year-old is the one who pulled the trigger, firing shots into the officer’s unmarked security vehicle, police said. The teen and a 16-year-old boy were arrested in connection to the shooting near Convention Plaza and North 10th Street.The boys were taken into ...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch