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After Sturgis superspreader, Missouri hosts thousands at Lake of the Ozarks bike rallyThe rumbling can be heard from miles away. Thousands of motorcycles have converged around the Lake of the Ozarks, where local officials are bracing for more than 100,000 visitors for the 14th annual Bikefest Lake of the Ozarks.The event is one of the last and largest of the season in the lake area. Lake Ozark Mayor Gerry Murawski said in years past they’d see about 100,000 bikers spread over the entire lake area over five days of events, scenic rides and concerts.Hundreds of bikes were parked in the center tu...
Tribune News Service
Minneapolis to name stretch of Chicago Avenue for George Floyd
MINNEAPOLIS — A stretch of Chicago Avenue that includes the place where George Floyd cried out for his life will soon be named in his honor.While the street will still be called Chicago Avenue, the city of Minneapolis will refer to the blocks between 37th and 39th streets as George Perry Floyd Jr. Place.A sign to be installed at the intersection of 38th and Chicago will mark the commemorative designation.The City Council approved the naming Friday morning, and Mayor Jacob Frey’s office said he will likely sign off on it as well.Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins, who represents the area, th...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Editorial: Write a big old check, Mr. Bloomberg and help Florida's ex-felons vote in November
Michael Bloomberg, former New York mayor and former flash in the pan for the Democratic nomination for president, has $100 million burning a hole in his pocket.He says he’s going to spend it all in Florida to help Joe Biden win the state in November.We have an idea. First, a little history.Ex-felons in the state for decades did not have the right to vote, regaining that right when voters approved it in 2018. Already they’ve lost it again — if they have any unpaid fines and fees mandated by the court.This new stumbling block comes courtesy of Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Republican Legislature who...
City says deal for temporary 3rd Precinct site for Minneapolis police is off
MINNEAPOLIS — Amid protests, vandalism and criticism from the City Council, a deal to find a temporary home for the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct fell apart this week.Moments before a City Council committee was set to discuss a $1.2 million annual lease for a temporary base Wednesday, the city announced that negotiations had ended.City staff scouted 26 locations before recommending that City Council approve a deal to lease a warehouse at 2633 Minnehaha Ave. to replace the former 3rd Precinct several blocks away.That building was destroyed by rioters after the death of George Flo...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
In hate-filled speech, Giuliani lashes out at Black Lives Matter, NYC schools chancellor
NEW YORK — Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani painted a grim picture of the city’s future — attacking everyone from his successor Bill de Blasio to participants in the Black Lives Matter movement — in a divisive and racially charged speech in Midtown Manhattan on Wednesday.Harkening back to when he first ran for mayor in the late 1980s, Giuliani said, “Crime was way out of control … You couldn’t walk at night.“We’re going in that direction right now, if we’re not already there,” he added.Cast as a speech on restoring safety to a city reeling from a surge in violent crime, the event was l...
New York Daily News
'It's a lack of respect.' Why some Haitians felt spurned by Kamala Harris' Miami visit
MIAMI — Sen. Kamala Harris courted Venezuelan, Black-American and Jewish voters during her first visit to Miami on behalf of her running mate, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.But other than a “Sak pase “ by Harris — Creole for “what’s happening” — Haitian American representation was mostly absent from Thursday’s campaign stop, reinforcing feelings of neglect by a large contingent of the South Florida Black community that has long felt overlooked by Democratic politicians.“When I turn on my TV, you hear everything in the Hispanic community about (President) Trump or about Biden. Biden...
Chicago announces plan to start replacing lead water pipes after decades of denying the dangers
CHICAGO — Chicago, the last big American city to require water pipes made of brain-damaging lead, is now the last one beginning to rip toxic pipes out of the ground.Under plans shared Wednesday with the Chicago Tribune, the Department of Water Management envisions a long and costly effort to protect Chicagoans from a widespread public health threat that remained largely hidden for decades.Initial work will be modest compared with the scope of the dangers. Next year the city estimates it will replace only 750 of the roughly 400,000 lead service lines connecting homes to street mains, according ...
San Diego County fire chars more than 5,300 acres, destroys 10 structures
SAN DIEGO — Hundreds of firefighters on the ground and in the air on Sunday dug into the second day of battling a fast-moving wildfire in the rugged terrain of the Japatul Valley southeast of Alpine that destroyed at least 10 homes and burned more than 5,350 acres.The blaze, dubbed the Valley fire, was the nightmare scenario many had feared: a roaring wildfire chewing through vast stretches of the back country amid searing record-high temperatures, forcing homeowners to flee — all during a time of coronavirus-induced mask wearing and social distancing.Boiling clouds of smoke pouring from the f...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Minneapolis cop who retired after racist Christmas tree display claims 'false narrative'
MINNEAPOLIS — A former Minneapolis police officer who retired after a controversy over a racist Christmas tree display said that the department botched its handling of the case and that city leaders acted to appease anti-police activists.Brandy Steberg accused the city’s mayor and police chief of creating a “false narrative” that he had been fired for his role in the November 2018 incident, when in fact the 23-year department veteran had retired for medical reasons.“I believe that it also served a purpose for the mayor and the City Council, they were looking for a reason to send a message that...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Seattle landlords sue governor, mayor over eviction moratoriums
A small group of Seattle landlords is suing Mayor Jenny Durkan and Gov. Jay Inslee over the constitutionality of city and state eviction moratoriums, which in Seattle’s case has been extended to December to protect people who can’t pay rent amid the coronavirus pandemic.The suit, filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court in Seattle, comes two days after the federal Centers for Disease Control initiated a nationwide eviction moratorium through the end of 2020.The landlords are represented pro bono by Ethan Blevins, a lawyer for Pacific Law Group who has taken Seattle to court in the past over i...
The Seattle Times