Dahleen Glanton: The Senate hearing proves white supremacy played a big role in the Capitol Hill riot
Republicans are determined to blame Black Lives Matter and antifa for the Capitol Hill riot. But after Tuesday’s Senate hearing on the insurrection, there’s no doubt that white supremacy was the real culprit. FBI Director Christopher Wray confirmed what many of us already knew — that white supremacy is thriving in America. The sentiment that has been brewing for several years reached a pinnacle when an angry mob stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6. Though its prominence rises and declines with the political climate, it has always been there waiting for the right moment to explode. And there is one t...
San Diego State captures second straight Mountain West title with win at UNLV
LAS VEGAS — Maybe San Diego State could ask UNLV if it can hang its Mountain West championship banner in Thomas & Mack Center. The custom is to display banners in your home arena, after all, and the Aztecs feel increasingly at home here. Over the last 13 seasons, no program among the 350-plus in Division I has won more games in a building that technically isn’t its own. The Aztecs’ 71-62 victory here Wednesday night against UNLV is their 35th over that span, counting games against the Rebels as well the conference tournament. This one clinched an eighth overall and second straight Mountain Wes...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Man accused of firing at Democratic headquarters in Pennsylvania's Montgomery County is in federal custody
PHILADELPHIA — An Eagleville man who authorities say fired a handgun into the headquarters of the Montgomery County Democratic Party on Jan. 20 out of frustration over COVID-19 restrictions and Donald Trump's loss in the presidential election was taken into federal custody Wednesday. Anthony Nero, 48, faces charges of threatening communications and cyberstalking in connection with the shooting and for sending a threatening email to party leaders weeks before, according to the affidavit of probable cause for his arrest. Previously, county prosecutors had charged him with terrorism, terroristic ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
South Carolina bill reviving electric chair, firing squad clears Senate, heads to House
COLUMBIA, S.C. — A bill that would require South Carolina death row inmates to choose between death by electrocution or firing squad if lethal injection drugs remain unavailable cleared the state Senate on Wednesday and is headed to the state House for consideration. A bipartisan coalition of senators gave the bill its final, largely formal vote of support Wednesday, sending it to the lower chamber. Gov. Henry McMaster has said he will sign the legislation if it reaches his desk. The state has been unable to purchase lethal injection drugs since about 2016, according to Department of Correctio...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Missouri moves closer to allowing guns on public buses and trains
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri House gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a measure that would allow some passengers to carry guns on public buses and trains. The proposal, sponsored by Rep. Adam Schnelting, R-St. Peters, would apply only to people who have a state-issued concealed carry permit for firearms. Schnelting said the legislation, which has been sought for at least a decade, is aimed at giving riders a way to defend themselves. "I believe this legislation will discourage criminal activity on our public transit systems," Schnelting said. Under current law, it is a crime to board...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
In Georgia, Fulton County leaders reject firing of elections director and appoint new elections chair
ATLANTA — The Fulton County Commission has rejected the firing of county elections director Richard Barron — sending him back to answer to a majority of an elections board that does not want him. And now, that elections board will have a new leader: Commissioners voted to appoint former Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan as a replacement for Chairwoman Mary Carole Cooney, who resigned this week due to a prolonged illness. The elections board manages policy, but the director runs day-to-day operations. While Barron's fate appears settled, commissioners continue to disagree on whether they or the ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
House cancels Thursday session after police warn of far-right plot to storm Capitol again
A militia group likely inspired by the QAnon conspiracy theory has been plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, according to a law enforcement intelligence assessment that prompted the House to cancel all legislative business out of safety concerns. The assessment, which was disseminated to all members of Congress on Wednesday by Capitol Police, did not identify the group, but the timing of the alleged plot gives a clue. Thursday is March 4 — the date followers of QAnon falsely believe Donald Trump will reclaim the presidency. QAnon adherents, who ascribe to a baseless theory positing...
New York Daily News
Illinois man gets 12 years in federal prison for conspiring to assist ISIS
CHICAGO — A Zion man was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in federal prison for attempting to aid the Islamic State terrorist group by providing cellphones to an undercover FBI agent to be used as detonators for bombs. Joseph Jones and his friend Edward Schimenti were convicted by a federal jury in 2019 of conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization. In handing down the sentence for Jones, U.S. District Judge Andrea Wood said that while any terrorism case is serious, the scheme that Jones was convicted of “was not of comparable severity” as many others. “This is not a cas...
Former NFL player Kellen Winslow II sentenced to 14 years in rape case
VISTA, Calif. — Calling former NFL player Kellen Winslow II “a sexual predator,” a Vista judge on Wednesday sentenced the namesake son of the Chargers’ legend to 14 years in prison for his 2019 convictions for rape and other crimes involving sexual misconduct. Winslow — once a first-round NFL draft pick and later the highest paid tight-end in the league — must also register as a sex offender for life. Winslow’s sentence was expected. He had been looking at a range between 12 to 18 years after his conviction for raping a homeless woman and other charges, convictions reached at trial and through...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Georgia Senate panel OKs bill limiting sports to gender identified at birth
ATLANTA — A Georgia Senate panel approved legislation that would require students to participate in high school sports according to the gender that appears on their birth certificate. Senate Bill 266 would ban schools from allowing transgender girls from participating in sports that align with their gender identity. The Senate Education and Youth Committee approved the measure on a party-line vote of 5-3, with Republicans voting in favor of the bill. “I believe that God made man, took one look and said that I can do better than that, and made woman,” said state Sen. Marty Harbin, a Tyrone Repu...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution