Editorial: Endorsement: Vote Pete Buttigieg president to make America good again
Among the biggest questions in the 2020 presidential election are these:How will liberals, moderates and independents winnow the Democratic field in the primary election on March 3 when California and 14 other states and territories vote on Super Tuesday?If the economy stays strong through the general election, can any Democrat defeat Donald Trump, who is building that wall, claims to be the most pro-life president in U.S. history and who in three years has already ensured conservative dominance of federal courts for generations?What would the United States even look like in 2024 if Trump is r...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Pop Smoke killing linked to 4 suspects caught on surveillance and might not have been robbery, sources say
Four suspects wearing hoodies to obscure their identities were caught on surveillance video tied to Wednesday’s fatal shooting of rapper Pop Smoke in Los Angeles, law enforcement sources said.And while the Brooklyn rapper, 20, posted recent images on social media revealing the address of his rented home and stacks of cash, investigators have “good reason” to believe the shooting may have been targeted as opposed to a robbery, one source said.“I can confirm there are at least four suspects based on surveillance video. That neighborhood is surrounded by video cameras, so we’re back again today. ...
New York Daily News
No holds Barred: An attorney general humiliated by a president unbound
As Attorney General William Barr is learning to his dismay, in Trump world, there is no bottom.No matter how completely a once-respected professional abases himself, still more will be demanded until the man in charge demands final, total subjugation and humiliation.For a second week, Barr is trying to stop President Trump’s Twitter interference in active criminal cases before the Justice Department. Last week, the AG went on TV to share that Trump’s tweets about Roger Stone’s trial were making it impossible to do his job. The adolescent in the Oval Office promptly popped up to tweet that he h...
New York Daily News
Heidi Stevens: I watched Michael Bloomberg debate with wrongly arrested man in mind
Michael Bloomberg joined his Democratic rivals on the debate stage for the first time Wednesday night, and I watched the discussion with Jaylan Butler on my mind.Butler, 20, is the Eastern Illinois University student athlete who was falsely arrested and detained by police in East Moline, according to a federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. Two officers held Butler on the ground. One officer held a gun to his head and said, “If you move, I’ll blow your (expletive) head off,” according to the suit.Butler was traveling with his swim team back to Charleston, Illi...
Chicago's former police superintendent due nearly $190,000 annual pension despite being fired
CHICAGO — Eddie Johnson was unceremoniously fired in December before his planned retirement from his post as Chicago’s top cop, but he still stands to bring in a hefty pension, records show.Johnson, 59, was fired by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who said her then-police superintendent had lied to her after a late weeknight out last fall when he was found asleep in his city-issued SUV near his South Side home. But even though the dismissal meant he was not allowed to leave on his own schedule, Johnson’s pension will entitle him to a six-figure income each year for the rest of his life, city records sho...
Martin Schram: Bloomberg's debate falls short of his ads' promise
This we know: $300 million worth of TV and digital media ads, gushing into our homes and across our news screens, can rocket even a late-starting presidential candidate into the top tier of the White House wannabes.As New York City’s ex-Mayor Mike Bloomberg has just shown us.But this we also know: Ultimately, even a billion dollar blizzard of TV and digital ads can only work wonders when their creative messages and images of presidential decisiveness and leadership are reinforcing positive presidential messages and images we voters are also viewing each day on our free media TV and digital new...
Tribune News Service
Real estate Q&A: Can condo owners withhold dues to force board to rehire employee?
Q: Our condominium recently let go off a popular employee. Several residents are upset and want him rehired. They are threatening to withhold their monthly dues until the board of directors gives in to their demands. What is the best way to deal with these maverick owners? — JohnA: There is a right and wrong way for unit owners to address their grievances with their condominium association.Reaching out to the management company or attending the next board meeting are both excellent ways to comment or ask questions. Withholding their dues in protest is not an appropriate method of protest and c...
Rainbow snake spotted in Central Florida county for first time in over 50 years
ORLANDO, Fla. — For the first time in over 50 years, a rainbow snake was spotted in Marion County, wildlife experts said Wednesday.A woman was hiking in the Ocala National Forest when she came across a Farancia erytrogramma about 4 feet long recently, according to the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.The nonvenomous, aquatic snake usually hides in watery vegetation. Even herpetologists rarely see this shy species.The Florida Museum of Natural History confirmed it’s the first record of this species in Marion County since 1969.Biologists believe the snake was on the move due to the recen...
State trust lands arrangements under attack from all sides
LOWER CHEHALIS STATE FOREST, Wash. — Just south of Washington’s State Capitol in Olympia, more than 20,000 acres of noble and Douglas fir trees blanket tall hillsides and valleys cut through by meandering streams. The sprawling, unmarked forest is indistinguishable from much of the Evergreen State’s rugged terrain.This natural area, though, serves a very specific purpose. For the state, the land is essentially a bank account collecting interest, hundreds of millions of board-feet of timber, growing until it’s ready for harvest. The money collected when all that timber is sold — on a staggered ...
Television Q&A: Is 'Katy Keene' based on the '60s comic book?
You have questions. I have some answers, many from the pop-culture vault.Q: In the early ’60s there was a comic book called “Katy Keene.” Is that where the TV show got started?A: Yes. The CW series is a spinoff of “Riverdale,” which reimagines Archie Comics characters. And “Katy Keene,” according to the network, “follows the lives and loves of four iconic Archie Comics characters — fashion legend-to-be Katy Keene (Lucy Hale), singer/songwriter Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), performer Jorge Lopez/Ginger (Jonny Beauchamp), and “It Girl” Pepper Smith (Julia Chan) — as they chase their twenty-some...
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