Doubt about police in Chicago manifests itself on racial lines in monitor's survey, legal challenges over traffic stops
CHICAGO — Many Black Americans’ distrust for police, both in Chicago and around the country, has been highlighted repeatedly in 2020, most recently this week with outrage over the controversial result of an investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor in Louisville.Chicago had its own watershed moment on policing and racism with the 2014 shooting of Black teenager Laquan McDonald by a white officer later convicted of second-degree murder, touching off efforts for sweeping reform. But a recent community survey on policing that is part of that effort points to a continuing, wide racial divide ...
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Ron Paul hospitalized after medical incidentAUSTIN, Texas — Ron Paul, the former Republican congressman from southeast Texas and presidential candidate, was hospitalized Friday after suffering an apparent medical incident while speaking during a video livestream.Following reports that the 85-year-old was admitted to a Texas hospital for “precautionary reasons,” Paul tweeted a photo from his hospital bed.“Message from Ron Paul: ‘I am doing fine. Thank you for your concern,’” the tweet read.Video posted on Twitter showed Paul interviewing a guest on video when his speech began to slur and his wo...
Tribune News Service
COVID-19 surveys halted in Minnesota amid racism, intimidation
MINNEAPOLIS — A door-to-door COVID-19 testing survey has been halted due to multiple incidents in greater Minnesota of residents intimidating and shouting racial and ethnic slurs at state and federal public health survey teams.The CDC pulled its federal surveyors out of Minnesota this week following reports of verbal abuse and intimidation, including an incident in the Iowa border town of Eitzen, Minn., in which a survey team walking to a house was blocked by two cars and threatened by three men, including one who had a gun.Frustration with the state’s pandemic response “is totally understanda...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Cynthia M. Allen: Attacks on possible Trump court pick Barrett's Catholicism smack of bigotry, ignorance
In this era of heightened sensitivity to most forms of bigotry, it should be extraordinary, if not unthinkable, that a person’s faith be cause for their pillory.But it appears that some of the loudest voices in woke America will make exceptions, for Christians specifically and Catholics in particular.Nowhere is this more obvious than the anachronistic and vicious attacks on probable Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.Since 2017, when she was nominated and confirmed to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Barrett’s Catholic beliefs have been the source of ridicule by lawmakers and politi...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The Week Ahead: Caught between Congress and the Court
The monthly jobs report usually is a prism for investors to play a guessing game over the Federal Reserve. But the Fed has taken itself out of play with its pledge to keep its target interest rate at zero for a good long time.There’s still plenty of opportunity for the September job numbers to move markets in the week ahead.The unemployment rate has fallen sharply from its April pandemic high. Yet less than half the number of jobs cut by U.S. companies in March and April have been brought back. Millions of people remain unemployed, and millions more still are underemployed. More than 800,000 p...
Auto review: Toyota Tacoma Double Cab stingy on space, spendy at the pump
2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD 4x4 Double Cab: Good things in small packages?Price: $45,288 as tested. $1,670 for Advanced Technology Package; $485 for LED headlights; more below.Conventional wisdom: Car and Driver likes that it is “great for off-roading, rugged and reliable, packed with driver-assistance tech,” but not the “crew cab’s tiny back seat, automatic gearbox is uncoordinated, interior quality is disappointing.”Marketer’s pitch: “Play harder.”Reality: Still Tacoma-y after all these years.What’s new: The Tacoma gets some infotainment and safety upgrades but remains pretty much the same since ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Auto review: 2021 Acura TLX rides new platform to become brand's best sedan in decades
Building a world-class sport sedan is tougher than it looks. Of course, that’s true of everything from making an omelet to setting a broken bone, but a smart, focused student can generally master either of those in less than a decade.The learning curve is a bit — shall we say “extended”? — for automakers who want to challenge cars like the Audi A4, BMW 3-series and Mercedes C-class.Twenty years after Cadillac joined the fray with the CTS, GM’s luxury brand is back where it started, trying to establish the CT4 and CT5 as contenders. Ditto Lexus, whose next truly successful small sport sedan wil...
Detroit Free Press
Auto review: Outstanding design and green credibility make Sonata Limited Hybrid a sedan to covet
Like any car buyer, I can be shallow, drawn to a car as much for its unique design as its utility. So I admit to loving the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Limited Hybrid’s roof. It looks unlike that of any other car, due to its integrated solar panels that directly charge the batteries with 205 watts of electricity, enough to increase mileage two miles per day while also preventing battery discharge when the car is parked.Arguably, it’s not the most financially efficient way to eke out a couple of extra miles, but its visual extravagance and mere presence is as much marketing message as anything else.Hyu...
Tribune News Service
How Manuel Ellis slipped through the cracks of the mental health system
TACOMA, Wash. — On the night Manuel Ellis died, he and Tacoma police were left alone on the pavement without the calming presence of mental health professionals, even though Pierce County and Tacoma tout their crisis intervention resources.It was a situation officers had seen before — with Ellis, who struggled with addiction and mental illness, and with many others. And as they often do with people in crisis, officers responded with force.Tacoma, adjacent to Western State Hospital and military bases, has a higher prevalence of mental illness than the state and national averages.But Pierce Coun...
The Seattle Times
Commentary: My brother Austin asked me to go to Syria with him. Four months later, he was taken
I was at the beach with my family when my brother Austin called. His schedule at Georgetown Law School had prevented him from joining us. I slipped into an empty room at the little house we were renting and listened, astonished, as he told me he was planning a trip to Syria that summer of 2012, and he was asking me to come with him.To this day I’m not sure why he asked me. We had been on some adventures together, to Glacier National Park, and in the beautiful Pacific Northwest where I have made my home, but nothing approaching these stakes. Maybe he believed I was up for it, that I had the sam...