Top Minneapolis police official demoted over 'white boys' comment
MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis police Chief Medaria Arradondo demoted a high-ranking deputy over the weekend after the deputy’s comments in a Star Tribune article prompted an internal backlash.Art Knight, who had served as Arradondo’s chief of staff, was quoted using the term “white boys” in a story that ran in Sunday’s newspaper about law enforcement efforts to attract and retain recruits of color.Knight, who like Arradondo is Black, will return to his civil service rank of lieutenant. The department, through a spokesman, wouldn’t say whether his demotion was directly related to his comments in th...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Chicago mayor exchanged emails with lobbyist as city ethics board declined to enforce lobbying ban
CHICAGO — Months after a new law took effect banning elected public officials from lobbying Chicago City Hall, Mayor Lori Lightfoot exchanged emails with a lobbyist who would have been barred under the new standards had they been enforced, the Chicago Tribune has learned.Flossmoor trustee Gyata Kimmons emailed Lightfoot in August on behalf of Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, a real estate company he lobbies City Hall on behalf of with tenants at O’Hare International Airport, records show.The back-and-forth occurred months after Lightfoot introduced her own plan that would have rolled back part of th...
No one knew Epstein's secrets like Ghislaine Maxwell; how much did her testimony reveal?
WASHINGTON — When a 418-page transcript of a deposition given by Ghislaine Maxwell is made public, perhaps by week’s end, it will mark a major milestone in a legal fight by the Miami Herald to reveal Jeffrey Epstein’s protected world by shining light in uncomfortable places.Maxwell — the alleged madam to the late disgraced financier — sits in a New York jail awaiting a July trial date, denied bail on federal sex trafficking charges and considered a flight risk. She sought to block release of the lengthy April 2016 deposition, arguing it would hurt her defense in separate criminal proceedings.L...
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)
Thinking of stealing money from the feds? First, meet Jeff Grant, an ex-con who committed loan fraud
Thinking about stealing the government loan money you received in pandemic help?Before you do, listen to Jeff Grant’s story.After his opioid addiction, his theft of U.S. loan funds, and a federal prison sentence, Grant’s life as a lawyer and business professional was over.But according to him, his new life was just beginning. And for small business owners feeling desperate — enough to steal — he’s created a safe place to talk anonymously and seek guidance.Now clean and sober, remarried and out of prison, Jeff Grant, 64, co-founded the online organization Progressive Prison Ministries, what cou...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Thailand's democracy protests reflect rising dissatisfaction over the monarchy
A petition calling for Germany to declare Thai King Vajiralongkorn a persona non grata has been blocked from access in Thailand. Image from the Stand News.Despite the announcement of an emergency decree on October 15 and police crackdown on October 16, tens of thousands of Thai protesters continued protesting in the streets over the weekend demanding democratic reform.Today, they defy the Thai government again in peaceful protest. pic.twitter.com/YRpOduDSeZ— Hannah Beech (@hkbeech) October 18, 2020A major grievance was directed at the monarchy as reflected in a global Change.org petition deman...
John M. Crisp: We have a right to know more about Barrett
By all accounts, Amy Coney Barrett is a fine human being, but it’s disconcerting to consider how little we actually know about her after the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings last week on her nomination to the Supreme Court.It’s not unreasonable for Supreme Court nominees to decline to reveal how they would rule if faced with specific cases that could reach the court. Indeed, Barrett declined often, relying on the so-called Ginsburg rule, which Barrett summed up as follows: “No hints, no previews, no forecasts.”But Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was entirely transparent about where she stood on...
Tribune News Service
Myanmar's election commission censors speeches of political parties in run-up to election
Screenshot of YouTube channel of MRTV, a state-run media network in Myanmar. The channel shows the campaign videos approved by the Union Election Commission.Myanmar’s Union Election Commission (UEC) has been censoring the speeches of political parties that want to broadcast campaign materials on state-run TV and radio networks.Around 7,000 candidates from more than 90 parties are competing for 1,171 legislative seats in Myanmar’s general election, scheduled for November 8.In July, UEC released a set of guidelines on how candidates and parties can broadcast campaign speeches on state-run media ...
Washington's mandatory sex-education referendum tests conservative power at the ballot box
SEATTLE — This spring, as the coronavirus spread across Washington, a team of stalwart volunteers set up signature-gathering drive-thrus outside churches and stores. Their aim: to put a referendum on the November ballot overturning a new law that required public schools to teach comprehensive sexual health education.Thousands of voters streamed to these impromptu drive-thrus. By June, more than 264,000 people had signed, more than double the number needed for the referendum to qualify for the ballot.But in the roughly four months since then, the campaign has moved mostly online. Those who favo...
The Seattle Times
Whitmer kidnap evidence shows accused plotters shooting, threatening, Tasing
DETROIT — Photos and videos released by federal prosecutors Friday showed members of an alleged plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer firing weapons, threatening to kill law-enforcement officers and testing an 800,000-volt Taser that was supposed to be used to subdue Michigan’s highest-ranking politician.The videos and photos are evidence that helped convince a federal magistrate judge to order five of the accused plotters to stand trial following an FBI investigation that revealed a broader plot to kidnap the governor and spark a civil war. In all, 14 people have been charged with crimes in st...
The Detroit News