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  • Seattle Councilman: Cleaning Poop Off Sidewalks Is Racist

    07/14/2017 8:16:11 AM PDT · by 2banana · 65 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/12/2017 | Amber Randall
    A Seattle, Wash., councilman implied that a new effort to clean excrement off the side walk outside the local courthouse could be racist Tuesday. The crime and smell of urine and excrement have gotten so bad outside a King County courthouse that two judges are scrambling to find ways to fix the situation, reports the Seattle Times. King County councilmember Larry Gossett isn’t a fan of one solution to power wash the feces from the sidewalks to tamp down on the smell. Power washing the sidewalks is too reminiscent of civil rights activists being hosed down, he said. The area...
  • Dallas Co. Commissioner Votes Against Honoring Murdered Officers, Says They Brought It On Themselves

    07/08/2017 8:12:58 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 91 replies
    Commissioner John Wiley Price Votes Against Honoring Assassinated Police Officers Dallas, TX – Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price voted to oppose a resolution to honor murdered police officers, blaming police officers for the assassinations. The Wednesday vote was supposed to be largely ceremonial, but gained unexpected opposition as Commissioner John Wiley Price argued that law enforcement should not be honored, according to Fox4. “I think it’s interesting in this country how you again try to frame the narrative with regards to other people who’ve lost their life at the hands of law enforcement,” Price said. “No life is more...
  • Man who sold gun used to shoot 2 cops released on $4,500 bond: (CHICAGO)

    07/08/2017 7:28:16 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 23 replies
    CHICAGO SUN-TIMES ^ | 7/6/2017 | SAM CHARLES
    Man who sold gun used to shoot 2 cops released on $4,500 bond: sources Chicago 07/06/2017 Sam Charles @samjcharles | email A man who sources say sold an assault rifle to gang members — which was then used to shoot two Chicago Police officers last May — was released from federal custody on a $4,500 bond on Wednesday. Charles Williams was arrested and charged in federal court last week with possession of a firearm by a felon. On Wednesday, Magistrate Judge Young B. Kim ordered him released on $4,500, court records show. A law enforcement source told the Chicago Sun-Times...
  • DC Politicians Ignore Realities of Bad Tenants

    07/06/2017 6:39:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 6, 2017 | Derek Hunter
    As Washington DC’s 2018 mayoral election takes shape, one of the early battleground issues will be housing, particularly low-income housing. It’s a perennial favorite in every major Democratic-controlled city and the District is no exception. To date, the salvos launched by the field of candidates makes it clear the old narrative will still hold – tenants are always victims, and landlords are always guilty. The reality, often times, is very different. When liberals seek to discredit someone they often label them with a derogatory term. In the case of rental property, no label carries more weight than the term “slumlord.”...
  • More Than 100 People Were Shot in Chicago Over the Fourth of July Weekend

    07/06/2017 4:57:43 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 54 replies
    Time ^ | 7/6/2017 | Joseph Hincks
    More than 100 people were shot in Chicago over the course of one of the bloodiest Fourth of July weekends in the city's recent history. Police in Chicago are conducting a "very comprehensive review" after 15 people were killed and 86 others injured in shootings between late Friday afternoon and early Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune reports. "The mood here is frustration," Chicago Police Department chief spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi told the Tribune. "It's perplexing. We deployed some very successful tactics over the Memorial Day weekend," he added. Police said their review would include analysis of whether an audio system that pinpoints...
  • Study Lists Top 50 Worst US Cities

    07/03/2017 4:49:59 PM PDT · by LUV W · 118 replies
    Dennis Michael Lynch dba DML Daily ^ | July 3, 2017 | Ben Brady
    A quality of life study conducted by the website 24/7 Wall Street formulated a list of the 50 worst cities to live in America, and some commonly referenced shanty towns headline it. The 50 worst cities list was not kind to the state of Michigan, which contributed two cities to the top 10, and is home to the number one worst city to live in the US: Detroit.
  • Workers celebrate L.A.'s new $12 minimum wage, businesses brace for impact

    07/01/2017 8:56:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 60 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 1, 2017 7:00 AM | Natalie Kitroeff
    More than half a million Angelenos stand to get a raise this weekend, making the city the latest testing ground in the drive to boost incomes of bottom-rung workers. Some businesses, facing a labor crunch, didn’t even wait for the new, $12 minimum wage to officially kick in. Josh Loeb started doling out pay bumps among the 400 employees of his six mostly upscale restaurants about a month ago. He paid for it by inching up prices at those Santa Monica haunts, adding a dollar to an organic chicken, and 50 cents to a sandwich or salad. “It’s got to...
  • Lessons from Seattle’s courageous minimum-wage experiment

    07/01/2017 10:25:57 AM PDT · by Renkluaf · 66 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 6/28/17 | Mark C. Long and Robert D. Plotnick
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote: “a single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.” Seattle’s Minimum Wage Ordinance, passed in 2014, exemplifies courageous experimentation by a local government. The ordinance aims to increase earnings of low-wage workers as one response to the troubling rise in income inequality and stagnant wages of low-wage workers. There is national and international interest in knowing how it is working. Unfortunately, not all social experiments work entirely as planned. On April 1, 2015, the...
  • Homeless camps becoming entrenched in Oakland

    07/01/2017 9:52:23 AM PDT · by thecodont · 33 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | June 28, 2017 Updated: June 28, 2017 6:00am | By Joe Garofoli and Kimberly Veklerov
    Lee Smith was one of the first homeless people to pitch a tent near 26th and Wood streets in West Oakland. Now, four years later, he has 100 neighbors, including two pregnant women. The place looks like a Third World shantytown, a village for the city’s poorest on the fringes of its bustling center. It’s one of about 100 such sprawling encampments in Oakland, and they’re not going away anytime soon. They’re likely to get even bigger. Just as the Bay Area’s tech boom has reshaped Oakland in different ways than it has San Francisco, so has its homeless crisis....
  • A Town Turned Mean: What happened to downtown Minneapolis?

    07/01/2017 5:14:30 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 77 replies
    CityPages ^ | 6-28-17 | Cory Zurowski
    If downtown is the heartbeat of Minneapolis, then its collective soul resides on Hennepin Avenue, the corridor that’s long served as its cultural, commercial, and entertainment epicenter. But these days, visitors aren’t seeing the intoxicating glimmer Schmidt beheld so long ago. Talk to civic leaders, downtown workers, and couples descending from Burnsville, and they’ll tell you to drive down Hennepin with the windows open once the sun has called it day. If you watch and listen, the feeling isn’t one of good vibrations. It’s energy with a serrated edge, the vibe that comes from a city turning mean. Apocalypse now...
  • Gunman kills at least 1 inside N.Y. hospital, then kills self

    06/30/2017 1:53:17 PM PDT · by sodpoodle · 48 replies
    AP ^ | 6/30/2017
    NEW YORK — A law enforcement official says the gunman who opened fire at a New York City hospital was a doctor who formerly worked there. The official says Dr. Henry Bello walked into Bronx Lebanon Hospital at about 2:50 p.m. Friday with a rifle concealed in his lab coat and opened fire, killing at least one person and injuring six others. He then apparently killed himself.
  • Trump tweets ‘I am sending in Federal help’ for violence in Chicago

    06/30/2017 6:23:23 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 65 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 6/30/2017 | Lynn Sweet
    WASHINGTON – Four days after his inauguration, President Donald Trump threatened to “send in the Feds” if Chicago could not stop its “horrible carnage,” and on Thursday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that’s just what he did. In a Twitter post on Friday morning, Trump said, “Crime and killings in Chicago have reached such epidemic proportions that I am sending in Federal help. 1714 shootings in Chicago this year!” According to the Chicago Sun-Times’ count, 1,737 people have been shot this year, 306 of them fatally. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s City Hall was aware that the Trump administration was mustering some additional...
  • Six Baltimore Schools Can’t Produce a Single Student Proficient in English or Math

    06/22/2017 2:39:08 PM PDT · by detective · 168 replies
    Freedom Project ^ | June 19, 2017 | Alex Newman
    Despite spending more per pupil than all but two large school districts in America, at least half a dozen government schools in Baltimore were unable to produce one single student who was proficient in either English or math last year. The shocking results, uncovered by Project Baltimore, show a monumental tragedy unfolding in the city that represents a microcosm of the damage being inflicted on children across America. The proficiency tests put students in five categories, with four and five considered proficient, and one through three considered not proficient.
  • Pride parade takes over S.F. with celebration, protest

    06/25/2017 2:50:32 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 38 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 25, 2017 | Kevin Fagan, Trisha Thadani, Tony Bravo, and Evan Sernoffsky
    Hundreds of thousands of revelers descended on Market Street on Sunday morning to join the explosion of color and chest-thumping music as the 47th annual Pride Parade took over downtown San Francisco.
  • 6 killed in Baltimore since Monday night; police put on 12-hour shifts effective immediately

    06/13/2017 1:22:56 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | June 13, 2017 | by Kevin Rector
    Six people were killed and at least two others wounded in separate shootings in Baltimore Monday night and early Tuesday morning, prompting Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis to announce a weeklong deployment initiative to put more officers on the street. Effective immediately, all patrol officers and detectives will be required to work 12-hour shifts, rather than their standard 10-hour shifts, and every sworn officer in the department capable of being deployed will be deployed, Davis said. Davis called the latest spate of violence — in a record-setting year for it — "unconscionable," and said he joined community members in being...
  • "Give Cops Back Bullets" and Take Away Body Cams, Says Beach Official Running for Congress

    06/04/2017 9:53:08 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Miami New Times ^ | THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 201 | Jerry Ianelli
    In the past year, Miami Beach Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez positioned herself as a liberal fighting for the rights of disadvantaged black and brown Americans. At a protest against Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez's decision to comply with President Trump's sanctuary-city ban, Rosen Gonzalez swore to protect the city's massive population of people of color, repeatedly telling Gimenez that Miami is a "city of immigrants." She also spoke out against Trump and the current Republican Party at the Miami Women's March and a February 23 protest organized by the anti-Trump group Indivisible. But in an email sent over the weekend,...
  • High-end luxury homes all the rage in Miami

    06/01/2017 8:36:29 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 27 replies
    France 24 ^ | June 1,2017 | by Leila MACOR |
    Property developer Gil Dezer owns 29 cars. And he plans to admire some of them from his couch in a swank Miami high-rise building, with the ocean in the background. Dezer is planning to park the cars IN his apartment. Miami's 60-floor Porsche Design Tower -- the first of its kind in the world -- has glass-enclosed elevators that bring sports cars up to the plush homes of their owners. The residential skyscraper, which has 132 units and opened in March, is the latest of several super-luxury buildings dotting the Miami coastline. But what if you don't own a Porsche?...
  • 6 Killed, 44 Wounded in Memorial Day Weekend Shootings (Chiraq)

    05/31/2017 1:49:23 PM PDT · by PROCON · 6 replies
    Six people have been killed, including a 15-year-old boy, and at least 44 other people have been wounded in Chicago shootings throughout the Memorial Day weekend. The shootings happened between 6 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Tuesday, with a late surge of violence leaving 13 people shot in less than four hours Monday night. The most recent fatal shooting happened around 2:45 a.m. Tuesday. A 21-year-old man was inside a vehicle when someone fire shots at the car, striking the man multiple times, once in the back and through his heart, police said. The man was taken to John H....
  • 6 Baltimore schools, no students proficient in state tests

    05/30/2017 6:56:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 108 replies
    WBFF FOX 45 ^ | May 17, 2017 | Chris Papst
    BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- A Project Baltimore investigation has found five Baltimore City high schools and one middle school do not have a single student proficient in the state tested subjects of math and English.We sat down with a teen who attends one of those schools and has overcome incredible challenges to find success.Navon Warren grew up in West Baltimore. He was three months old when his father was shot to death. Before his 18th birthday, he would lose two uncles and a classmate, all gunned down on the streets of Baltimore.“I’ve lost a lot of people, so I’m used to...
  • Denver Decriminalizes Public Defecation to Protect Illegal Aliens

    05/28/2017 8:40:15 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 80 replies
    Downtrend.com ^ | May 24, 2017 | Brian Anderson
    <p>Denver Colorado is about to smell worse than piss-soaked shit-stained San Francisco. The city voted to essentially decriminalize public urination and defecation and the reason is as liberal as it gets. The city is now becoming a giant toilet to help protect illegal aliens from deportation. Denver is not only a sanctuary city for criminal immigrant scumbags but also now a sanctuary for human waste.</p>