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  • NYC home inventory is piling up "Even the cheapest homes are waiting for buyers"

    07/21/2018 11:24:28 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 78 replies
    It’s not just luxury-home listings that are piling up in New York City. Even units for less than $1 million — within reach of far more people than a Billionaires’ Row penthouse — are hurting for buyers. In Manhattan, the inventory of sub-$1 million apartments surged 27 percent in June from a year earlier to 3,087, the most for the month since 2013, according to StreetEasy. Such listings jumped 17 percent to 2,738 in Brooklyn, and climbed 6 percent to 2,314 in Queens, a borough usually sought out for its relative affordability. Buyers at all price points are taking their...
  • SF Mayor: 'There's More Feces ... Than I've Ever Seen'

    07/16/2018 6:09:11 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 117 replies
    San Francisco Mayor London Breed, in her first one-on-one interview since taking office, said homeless advocacy groups that receive funding from the city need to better educate the homeless to "clean up after themselves." "I work hard to make sure your programs are funded for the purposes of trying to get these individuals help, and what I am asking you to do is work with your clients and ask them to at least have respect for the community — at least, clean up after themselves and show respect to one another and people in the neighborhood," Breed told the Investigative...
  • Two-thirds of people banned from BART are black — and agency isn’t asking why

    07/06/2018 5:51:42 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 62 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 6, 2018 | Ted Andersen
    Two-thirds of the people BART banished from its property last year were black, and a committee the agency set up to monitor potential civil rights violations in the unique exclusion program isn’t scrutinizing the racial disparity.
  • Students in Detroit Are Suing the State Because They Weren’t Taught to Read

    07/06/2018 12:03:22 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 147 replies
    www.theatlantic.com ^ | 07/06/2018 | Alia Wong
    A federal judge has concluded that the Constitution doesn't require schools to promote students’ literacy. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ What to do when a school is infested with vermin, when textbooks are outdated, when students can’t even read? Perhaps the answer is sue the government. That’s what seven students in Detroit have done. Their class-action suit filed against the state of Michigan asserts that education is a basic right, and that they have been denied it. Usually, such education-equity cases wend their way through state courts, as all 50 state constitutions mandate public-education systems, while the country’s guiding document doesn’t even include the...
  • San Francisco Logs Over 16,000 Feces Complaints in One Week

    07/05/2018 8:27:42 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 58 replies
    Newswars.com ^ | 7/4/2018 | Dan Lyman
    A website and related app that allows local residents to request maintenance or non-emergency services from the city has received 16,015 complaints with the keyword ‘feces’ in the last week at the time of this writing, and many pertain to human waste in public places. Additionally, words and phrases synonymous with ‘feces’ are found in thousands more grievances. Many of the complaints also connect the fecal matter to vagrants and homeless encampments - a sight all too common now across California. Users can geotag the location in question, and also provide photos to support their claim. “Homeless encampment is blocking...
  • SF’s appalling street life repels residents — now it’s driven away a convention

    07/02/2018 3:02:19 PM PDT · by qwerty1234 · 53 replies
    In a move that is alarming San Francisco’s biggest industry, a major medical association is pulling its annual convention out of the city — saying its members no longer feel safe. “It’s the first time that we have had an out-and-out cancellation over the issue, and this is a group that has been coming here every three or four years since the 1980s,” said Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of S.F. Travel, the city’s convention bureau.
  • Seattle cops flee the force in 'mass exodus' due to frustrations with city's politics

    06/29/2018 10:43:26 AM PDT · by wmileo · 85 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | June 29, 2018 | Kathleen Joyce
    At least 41 cops have left the Seattle Police Department this year, many of them reportedly citing frustration with the city's politics and a perceived lack of support from local officials. Though documents showed some officers left the force due to retirement, a source in the department told Q13 FOX some 20 officers left and sought employment at other law enforcement agencies. The source also said younger officers "don’t feel appreciated" and the number of those leaving who felt “frustrated over city politics is higher than usual.” “Worker bees on the street, they don't feel appreciated. I’ve never seen anything...
  • 'Occupy ICE' protests emerge across the country

    06/23/2018 11:38:13 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/23/18 | Emily Birnbaum
    Protestors are occupying Immigrations and Custom Enforcement (ICE) facilities across the country, inspired by a Portland protest that resulted in the indefinite shutdown of an ICE detention center on Wednesday. "Occupy ICE" protestors are blocking the loading deck of ICE headquarters in New York, have set up tents in front of an ICE facility in Los Angeles, and are gathered outside of a detention center in Washington state. Though the protests are not led by any one group, the Democratic Socialists of America are involved in most states, alongside groups associated with prison abolition, immigration rights and anarchist collectives. The...
  • Park ravaged by drugs, hookers and muggings after infamous police killing (New York City)

    06/21/2018 2:47:50 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 29 replies
    NY Post ^ | 6/20/2018 | Reuven Fenton, Tina Moore and Aaron Feis
    Gangbangers peddle drugs in plain sight, hustlers resell cheap booze on the street corner — 50 cents will get you a capful — and prostitutes lead johns to the boarded-up husk of what used to be a Taco Bell. This is Tompkinsville Park on Staten Island’s North Shore in 2018 and, to area residents and merchants caught in its heroin- and K2-infested vortex, this is a battlefield. “Every day you see muggings, prostitutes, people smoking crack and shooting up heroin,” said Xhafer Gjeshbitraj, 52, who owns a building across the street from the tiny, triangular park bounded by Bay Street...
  • Richmond school drops Confederate name in favor of Barack Obama

    06/19/2018 6:09:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 70 replies
    CNN ^ | June 19, 2018 | By Madison Park
    A Richmond, Virginia, elementary school will switch its name from that of a Confederate general to that of the nation's first black President. On Monday, the Richmond school board voted to rename J.E.B. Stuart Elementary as Barack Obama Elementary School. Members of the school's community submitted ideas for a new name and students at the Richmond school, which is 95% African-American, voted among seven choices. The top three finalists were: Barack Obama, Northside and Wishtree. Last year, a school board in Mississippi dropped the name Jefferson Davis, for the president of the Confederacy, in favor of naming an elementary school...
  • Pittsburgh rapper Jimmy Wopo dies after double shooting

    06/19/2018 4:28:12 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 22 replies
    WPXI ^ | June 19, 2018
    PITTSBURGH - Local rapper Jimmy Wopo has died following a double shooting in Pittsburgh's Hill District neighborhood Monday. The drive-by shooting was reported around 4:20 p.m. near the intersection of Wylie Avenue and Duff Street. Wopo, whose birth name is Travon Smart, died at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital about two hours after he was shot, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office. Channel 11 talked to Wopo's grandfather outside of the hospital. "He has everything going for him. Everything. But the streets will kill you," James White said. XXL Magazine recently called him one of the best and brightest new...
  • Tourists attempting to visit Space Needle attacked by homeless man (Seattle)

    06/18/2018 7:27:35 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 22 replies
    KOMO News ^ | June 14, 2018 | Matt Markovich & Tammy Mutasa
    SEATTLE - A family from Arizona was attacked by a man from a homeless camp just as they parked to visit the Space Needle earlier this month. Details are just now being made public of the June 2 attack. Officers responded to a reports of a fight in progress in the parking lot next to the Wells Fargo Bank at 3rd Avenue and Denny Way, one block away from the Space Needle. There is an unsanctioned encampment with about a dozen tents along one-block stretch of 3rd Avenue, that has been growing over the last three months. Tourists often walk...
  • City orders American Legion to remove bench with flag painted on it

    06/17/2018 9:40:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    NY Post ^ | 6-12-18 | Natalie Musumeci and Shari Logan
    An American Legion post in Park Slope has been ordered to remove a bench — with the US flag painted on it — from outside its veterans club. The city’s Department of Transportation issued a “notice of encroachment/order” last week to the American Legion Sixth Memorial Post No. 1833 on 5th Avenue near 6th Street regarding the patriotic bench built around the base of a tree outside of the establishment. The notice, obtained by The Post, says that the “unauthorized bench” is “encroaching on city sidewalk” and orders the legion to remove within 30 days or face a possible fine....
  • Almost nothing is known about dozens of concealed carry shootings in Illinois. Why (barf alert)

    06/15/2018 5:28:38 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 15 june 2018
    (snip)The Tribune combed through police files, court records and news reports to compile its own list. The analysis shows that: Most of those shot by CCL holders have been armed robbers. Others include carjackers, a burglar with a crowbar, a robber with a gun to a clerk’s head, neighbors, an ex-girlfriend, a father-in-law, an unarmed teen stealing a Jeep, a passenger in a car during a road rage attack and a naked man acting “aggressively.” They were shot by homeowners, customers, security guards, store clerks, a Chicago police dispatcher, a Chicago fire lieutenant, a Chicago Park District worker, a tow-truck...
  • 'When has it ever become legal to shoot someone because they’re pulling off in your car?'

    06/15/2018 6:01:58 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 183 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 06/15/18 | Katherine Rosenberg-Douglas
    Janique Walker knows the cost of a split second. Her younger brother, 17-year-old Charles Macklin, was killed while trying to steal a Jeep from a Chicago fire lieutenant on the West Side last August. The lieutenant had left the Jeep running, and Macklin jumped behind the wheel. The lieutenant ran in front of the Jeep and shouted, “Get out,” according to a police report. When Macklin began pulling away, the lieutenant drew his gun and fired through the open driver’s side window, hitting the teen in the chest. Macklin’s last words were, “Sorry, bro,” according to the police report....
  • Diamond & Silk go to Harlem with a question ("Do you feel like you are winning?")

    06/09/2018 5:44:14 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | 6/3/2018 | Viewer's View
    Diamond and Silk take it to the streets on Watters' World. First stop Harlem New York. "Do you feel like you are winning?"
  • San Francisco Is Such A Dirty Dump The Tourism Industry Is Begging The City To Do Something

    05/29/2018 9:34:54 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 95 replies
    Natural News ^ | May 28, 2018 | Jayson Veley
    If what radical leftists and environmentalists say about conservatives is true - that they don’t care about the environment and that they are polluting the entire world - then it would seem that more conservative areas of the country like Texas and the Midwest would essentially be gigantic trash heaps. On the contrary, following that same logic, areas of the country that are controlled by leftists should be clean as a whistle. Why, then, are tourists currently begging the liberal city of San Francisco to clean up their streets? It's true - San Francisco is quickly turning into a dump,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Urban, Pope and Martyr (Gueranger)

    05/24/2018 9:05:50 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Red Commemoration THIS DAY IS BEAUTIFIED by the triumph of two sainted Popes; and the Seventh Gregory, when he quitted this earth, was introduced into the court of Heaven by one of the predecessors. Urban was a Martyr by the shedding of his blood; Gregory was a Martyr by the sufferings he had to endure during his whole pontificate. Both fought for the same glorious cause. Urban laid down his life, rather than obey an earthly potentate, who bade him degrade himself by adoring an idol; Gregory preferred to endure every temporal suffering, rather than allow the Church to...
  • Dawnta Harris, teen suspect, said he ‘drove at’ Maryland officer, records show

    05/22/2018 10:01:44 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Mat 22, 2018 | David McFadden, Sarah Rankin/AP
    PERRY HALL, Md. (AP) — A 16-year-old boy has been charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of a Baltimore County, Maryland, police officer, and three other suspects were taken into custody, authorities said Tuesday. A statement of probable cause dated Tuesday identified the suspect as Dawnta Anthony Harris of Baltimore and the officer as Amy Caprio. Police have not confirmed how Caprio was fatally injured in a suburban neighborhood Monday, but witnesses reported hearing a pop before seeing a Jeep run her over. Meanwhile, officials said Tuesday that three additional teenagers had been taken into custody. Baltimore County’s public...
  • Female Officer Fatally Shot In Baltimore County; Manhunt Underway

    05/21/2018 3:22:13 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 55 replies
    CBS Baltimore ^ | May 21, 2018
    A Baltimore County police officer was fatally shot in Perry Hall Monday afternoon during a traffic stop. Police said the shooting happened in a residential neighborhood near Belair and Klausmier roads, after the officer responded about a suspicious vehicles in the unit-block of Linwen Way. The officer, who would have been a 4-year veteran in July, was shot in the head just after 2 p.m. and was taken to Medstar Franklin Square hospital nearby where she was pronounced dead at 2:50 p.m.