Artist hopes mural of 23-year-old killed in June shooting makes others pause before causing harm
CHICAGO — A golden frame filled with the cosmos went up on a brick building near the Western Blue Line. Its creator, speckled in paint, finished off glints of light on the stars. In a few clean lines, he wrote, “memorial mural in progress.”For longtime Chicago artist Tyrue “Slang” Jones, the project was personal.Brandon McGhee, 23, was walking near that wall in June, after a hot summer day spent visiting his mom, when he was shot and killed in one of the most violent weekends Chicago has seen in recent years. McGhee went to the same grammar school as Jones’ kids. McGhee’s mother, LaDonna Lane,...
Timberwolves and Malik Beasley agree on four-year, $60 million deal
MINNEAPOLIS — From the time the Timberwolves acquired guard Malik Beasley in early February, President Gersson Rosas said Beasley, due to become a restricted free agent this offseason, was going to be in the team’s long-term plans.Rosas stood by that notion even as Beasley encountered a legal battle involving charges of drug possession and threats of violence for an incident at his home in September.On Friday, when Rosas had the chance to prove that with the start of free agency, he backed up those words. The Wolves and Beasley agreed to a four-year deal worth $60 million, a source confirmed F...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Bending the hate curve: What Biden must do as president and president-elect
Confirming with statistics what too many Americans have seen with their own eyes, the FBI Monday reported that in 2019, hate-motivated crimes rose to their highest level in more than a decade, and hate-motivated homicides hit an all-time high.That rising tide should trigger a series of swift steps by Joe Biden when he assumes the presidency.Step one: Reverse the disastrous early Donald Trump decision to reorient the federal government’s Countering Violent Extremism program, designed to combat all lethally hateful ideologies, to focus solely on radical Islamist extremism.Step two: Release all t...
New York Daily News
Dozens file federal suit alleging Chicago police abuse at this year's protests over the death of George Floyd
CHICAGO — Chicago was still struggling with looting and violence in the wake of police protests late this spring when Amika Tendaji and Jasson Perez heard about a mellow, anti-police demonstration taking place on a Sunday in Hyde Park.“People began saying hello to their neighbors, presumably not seeing them in a while, and just chatting,” recalled Tendaji, who brought her daughter and nephew to the protest.But things took a turn as the demonstration wound down, she said, when police forced the crowd to leave the neighborhood in one direction when some of their cars were parked elsewhere. Soon ...
Stronger firepower a factor in deadlier St. Louis street violence, experts say
ST. LOUIS — Although handguns are still most commonly used in violent crimes, police officials in the St. Louis area say they’re seeing an alarming rise in shootings involving firearms with large-capacity magazines capable of firing more rounds and thereby causing more injury and death.“In the ’80s, guys had Saturday night specials,” said St. Louis Officer Jay Schroeder, president of the St. Louis Police Officers Association. “Now guys have firearms with 30-round magazines. They’re spraying bullets all over the place.”St. Louis-area police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explo...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Violence as yellow shirts overreact
Last week, a rally by a group of ultra-royalists in Nakhon Si Thammarat turned ugly after some elements from the crowd attacked a car, which they falsely believed to be carrying the co-founder of the Progressive Movement, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, out of a hotel. This is a sign that violent confrontations will be inevitable.Earlier in the day, the angry, yellow-clad mob — some holding photos of the monarch — gathered at the hotel’s gate, surrounding its premises and demanding all leaving cars to lower their windows, so they could see if Mr Thanathorn was inside.When one driver refused to ...
The Bangkok Post
Violence Erupts As ‘Radical Left Garbage’ Attack Trump Supporters, 20 Arrested
Seven guns have reportedly been confiscated by Washington DC police following violent protests in the City between President Donald Trump supporters and counter-protesters.Reports say some 20 persons have been arrested in connection with the violence.Pro-Trump supporters had been embarking on a peaceful protest on Saturday, November 14, 2020 before persons believed to be linked to Antifa and Black Lives Matter (BLM) allegedly waged attacks against them.Hundreds of thousands of pro-Trump supporters were said to have attended the initially peaceful protests, demanding an end to electoral theft.R...
Daily Guide Network
Insurable Violence: What Is And What It Is Not
VIOLENCE is an act nobody ever wants. This we see play out in our everyday life. Except in the instance, where a similar force is needed for the preservation of the status quo; peace and tranquillity. In the recent wake of civil agitation and uprising, in certain parts of the world. We have come to discover that, there are more question in our hearts than solutions in our hands. Questions like: how certain is our future? How intentional can a government be? How can I protect the lives and properties connected to me? To mention Insurance now! Is to provoke a slap from your neighbour. Whose reas...
'A dark chapter of hate closes': Notorious racist leader Tom Metzger dead at 82
SAN DIEGO — Tom Metzger, a racist ideologue who became one of the most influential figures in the nation’s white supremacist movement and mentored a violent generation of neo-Nazis from his Fallbrook home, has died.Metzger, 82, died Nov. 4 in Hemet, according to a notice posted to his website and a paid obituary in The San Diego Union-Tribune. A cause of death was not given.Even though Metzger had largely faded from the spotlight in recent years, he continued until a few months ago to spread his messaging online, through social media and radio shows on his website.“A dark chapter of hate close...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Philadelphia was told to brace for mass unrest. Instead, the city danced. That was no accident
PHILADELPHIA — For months there were warnings that if the presidential election dragged on past Election Day, Philadelphia could be the site of mass civil unrest or political violence.But something very different happened, instead. The city danced.As the world’s eyes were on the largest city in the most critical swing state, Philadelphians sang and protested and marched and pasted printouts of Gritty in weird places. Videos of people grooving while in line to cast their mail ballot went viral before Election Day, then again when hundreds took part in a dance party for two days outside the Conv...
The Philadelphia Inquirer