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    Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza are facing calls to abdicate control of the nation's largest district after a union representing principals declared a unanimous vote of 'no confidence' in their handling of the coronavirus pandemic.  The stunning vote from the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, which represents more than 6,400 education leaders in the Big Apple, came two days before schools are set to resume in-person learning for students in grades K through 8 on Tuesday. The union ripped into de Blasio and Carranza's 'failure to lead New York City through a safe and successful reopening of schools' and demanded that they hand over control of the district to state officials.  'CSA calls on Mayor de Blasio to cede mayoral control of the Department of Education for the remainder of this health crisis and for Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza to seek the immediate...
    The City of Portland has denied a protest permit requested by the Proud Boys, saying their demonstration slated for Saturday would likely draw a crowd too large to comply with social distancing measures required under coronavirus restrictions. While COVID-19 risk was cited as the reason for rejecting the permit, officials in the Oregon city — which has been plagued by left-wing protests that have often descended into violence for months — say the group isn't welcome regardless of the virus.What are the details?ABC News reported that Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who oversees the city's parks department which issues the permits, said in a statement explaining the Proud Boys' denial, "We must all do our part to fight the spread of COVID-19 in our community and keep ourselves and each other safe. Events like this are not welcome and are not allowed." The Proud Boys state on their website...
    NORTH RIVERSIDE, Ill. (WLS) -- A man was injured in a shooting at North Riverside Park Mall Friday afternoon, village officials said.The mall was placed on lockdown around 3:40 p.m. after shots were fired inside a mall.North Riverside village officials said an argument between two males escalated into a shooting. Officials said one man was shot in his legs and was taken to Loyola University Hospital.Officials described that man as "alert and conscious."The mayor said two men matching descriptions given by witnesses were stopped by police and taken into custody during a "felony traffic stop." No further details about those suspects or the circumstances of the traffic stop were released.The mall was cleared and placed on lockdown as a security precaution. It will be closed for the remainder of the day, the mall spokesperson said.A large police presence was visible outside of the mall Friday afternoon. An investigation by North...
    Authorities arrested 33-year-old activist Adam Hollingsworth — also known as the "Dreadhead Cowboy" or "Census Cowboy" — after a Monday protest in which he rode a horse on a Chicago highway until the bleeding horse collapsed. The horse, which is in critical condition due to its injuries, may now need to be euthanized. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) tapped Hollingsworth to work with her earlier this year to boost census participation in the city. What are the details? According to a report from WTTW-TV, Hollingsworth rode the horse for more than seven miles on the Dan Ryan Expressway during Monday's impromptu protest. The horse, which was reportedly not outfitted with proper shoes for concrete, collapsed after running for about an hour. Cook County prosecutors said the horse's treatment was the "equivalent of forcing an 80-year-old woman run a marathon," WTTW...
    The New York City Health Department has threatened to close non-essential businesses where COVID-19 cases are on the rise.  Officials gave the warning on Wednesday, following an alarming uptick of new cases in six neighborhoods across Brooklyn and Queens.   Brooklyn's Midwood, Borough Park, Bensonhurst and South Williamsburg, as well as Queens' Far Rockaway and Kew Gardens, now account for 20 percent of all new infections across the Big Apple.  The city's Health Department say they could curb activities in those neighborhoods as early as next Tuesday.  The New York City Health Department has threatened to close non-essential businesses  in six neighborhoods where COVID-19 cases are on the rise 'If the indicators continue to rise, there must be additional enforcement actions,' the department said in a statement.  'For the first time in the city's recovery period, there could be the immediate scaling back of activities in these ZIP codes if...
    Forty-five years ago this month, then-Gov. Hugh L. Carey and the state Legislature passed a landmark law, the Financial Emergency Act, designed to rescue Gotham from imminent bankruptcy. The law created the state Financial Control Board as a vehicle for restoring solvency. The board would be chaired by the governor, who in turn would appoint three other members of a seven-member panel. Since the end of the Big Apple’s original control period in 1986, the FCB has remained in “sunset” as an external fiscal monitor, fully staffed and meeting at least once a year to confirm the city isn’t violating basic guidelines of fiscal integrity. Four decades later, with both the city and state now facing a very different kind of crisis, the FCB can again play a critical role in restoring the city government’s stability. Gotham will need years to ­recover economically from the shutdowns imposed to contain COVID-19....
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf says the city is prepared for potential protests following the grand jury decision in the Breonna Taylor case in Kentucky Wednesday."We are prepared to hold and honor people's grief, their cries for change," Mayor Schaaf told ABC7 News in an interview on Midday Live.One Louisville officer was indicted for three counts of wanton endangerment, but there were no charges against any officers for their role in the shooting death of Taylor.RELATED: Social media roars with reaction following indictment in Breonna Taylor caseMany were outraged that the grand jury did not do more, and protesters began marching in Louisville immediately after the charges were announced."I respect the righteous rage and grief that so many people continue to feel tragedy after tragedy," Mayor Schaaf said. "We are always going to support peaceful protests. We do not tolerate vandalism and we are clear about the...
    (CNN)The Seattle City Council voted Tuesday evening to override Mayor Jenny Durkan's veto of a nearly $4 million cut from the police department's budget.The final vote was 7-2 in favor of the cuts. "We need a public safety that invests in harm reduction, and not the ongoing status quo of policing as we know it in America," City Council President Lorena González said as the cuts were approved.The mid-year changes go into effect right away, and will effectively cut $11 million each year. That's far less than the 50% budget cut that had been previously discussed.The City Council rebalanced the budget in light of the economic crisis brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic and calls to redistribute funds from policing to community programs in the wake of protests following the death of George Floyd, González said in a statement when the cuts were initially approved.Read MoreThe new budget was opposed...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Most of New York City public schools children who signed up for in-person learning won’t set foot in a classroom until next week. However, the Department of Education is already reporting COVID-19 in buildings. Last night, it released a report outlining recent cases. The DOE said 21 buildings had at least one case from over the weekend. Close contacts from 14 schools are now in quarantine, since they were reporting to work. Meanwhile, I.S. 219 in the Bronx and P.S. 165 in Manhattan were forced to close for 24 hours after each had two confirmed cases. This as the city prepares for nearly 1 million more children to return back to school next week. Schools: The New Normal Parents Work To Keep Kids Focused While Virtually Learning Cyber Security Concerns Grow As Many Classes Go Online The Rush Is On To Bridge The Digital Divide...
            When Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced at a July 2 press conference that he was shutting down all bars in the city for at least 14 days, temporarily shutting down entertainment and event venues, and reducing restaurant capacities from 75 percent to 50 percent, he made no mention of an internal email sent within the Metro Davidson County Health Department just two days earlier on June 30 that stated there had been only 19 cases of COVID-19 traced to bars in the city, just three cases traced to restaurants, but 1,141 cases traced to long term care facilities and health care facilities, and a whopping 1,251 traced to the construction industry since March. The Tennessee Star has obtained copies of that and several other emails exchanged between the Metro Health Department and Mayor Cooper’s office in June and July. The email dated June 30,...
    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is going after President Donald Trump over his Department of Justice designating the Big Apple an “anarchist” city, and threatening to withhold federal funds as a result. In a Monday press briefing, the mayor said that he’d visited a neighborhood in Queens earlier in the morning, and witnessed a scene that could hardly be described as chaotic. “I saw peace, tranquility,” de Blasio said. “I saw people going about their business. People excited that it’s the first day of school. I saw anything but anarchy.” The mayor went on to dismiss the DOJ’s action as purely partisan, and blasted the president over the move. “This is just another one of President Trump’s games,” de Blasio said. “It’s thoroughly political. It’s part of his campaign strategy. It makes no sense. It’s not based on the facts in the least. It’s insulting to the people...
                Here are Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s exact words, delivered at his July 2, 2020 press conference, beginning at 3:01 mark in the video of that press conference. It’s worth noting the Nashville rate of confirmed cases did decline while bars and restaurants operated at 50 percent capacity in May. The Metro Parks facilities opened in phase three will remain open including dog parks, skate parks, basketball courts, and playgrounds. And recreational leagues and pools will still be permitted as outbreaks have not been traced back to these venues or activities. Now, of course, we urge you to practice safe social distancing around swimming pools this weekend. Additionally, all bars in Davidson County known as limited-service restaurants that derive the majority of their revenue from alcohol sales will close for a minimum of 14 days beginning tomorrow which is equal to one...
    Federal officers block a downtown street on September 19, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Protests against police brutality and racial injustice resumed this weekend after activists called for a pause in response to hazardous air quality from nearby wildfire smoke. Nathan Howard/Getty Images Protesters in Portland, Oregon, reported facing tear gas on protests on Friday and Saturday, just about one week after the city's mayor announced local police were banned from using it.  In a statement to Newsweek, the local police department said it did not use tear gas, and in a tweet, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said local police didn't use the gas, also known as CS gas. Reports by local journalists suggested that tear gas was used against protesters by federal authorities with the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who did not return Insider's request for comment Sunday. Visit Insider's homepage for more...
    Today a deadline was set for the submission of budgets by the mayors, to determine how much and when the county will deliver the federal aid money. The political struggle between Miami Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and some municipal mayors continues to gain ground over the management of federal funds for the coronavirus. Carlos Hernández, mayor of Hialeah, says that “hopefully this is not another game for the mayor and the commissioners because while these games are being played, businesses out there that have been in need for months.” Hernandez questioned this Wednesday the deadline established by Giménez to deliver the budget of each city and determine when it will be assigned to the mayors. “The city of Hialeah, we have sent our list, we are asking for approximately 40 million dollars to be able to serve our citizens until at...
    The electoral campaign for the Mayor of Doral City, rises in tone. It all came about after an email message received by the promoter of the Victor Cámara campaign and ended with a complaint of threats to the Doral police. Vladimir Gómez, head of outreach for Víctor Cámara’s campaign would have said: “I publicly say that those responsible for my death or whatever happens to me physically, the person responsible is Mr. Juan Carlos Bermúdez.” Everything stems from an email that according to Gómez received from a person allegedly linked to the current mayor of Doral. “If you are behind the smear campaign directed at Juan Carlos Bermudez, that changes everything. That guy is a good soul and an honest man who cares about the city. If you want to take money from your competitor and promote a different vision for Doral, it is your...
              Members of the Metro Nashville Election Commission met privately Friday, and at least one of the five commission members refused to say what they discussed, even though it was government business. Nashville attorney Jim Roberts told The Tennessee Star Saturday that he suspects commission members met to discuss ways to undermine the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act. As reported last month, this referendum, if approved, would roll back Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s 34-37 percent tax increase. The referendum would also limit property tax rate increases to 2 percent every year without voters approving it. Voters are scheduled to decide during a December 5 referendum. Cooper, as reported, opposes the referendum and wants voters to reject it. “We don’t know what the meeting was to discuss, but come on. You don’t have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing. They are...
              Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio. (John Rich clip plays) It is a disaster. It is gutted. Mayor John Cooper has betrayed our town. He has betrayed Music City. He is a Judas of this town. He is now the DeBlasio of the South. That is what he is. He has lied to our town for months and months on end. And there are real casualties with this Laura. Forget some of the big companies that have lost a lot of money. Let’s talk about musicians, bartenders, servers, and security guards, and all the people that work downtown in Nashville that were targeted by this Judas of...
              On Friday morning’s Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 am to 8:00 am – host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed the Beacon Center’s Vice President of Communications Mark Cunningham on the newsmakers line. During the second hour, Cunningham weighed in on Mayor John Cooper’s blatant disdain for the people of Nashville and discussed whether he could be potentially personally sued in a class-action lawsuit from business owners that remained shut down because of his orders. Leahy: Crom, you know we have to be careful, because if you got to bed early here in Nashville, my goodness things break. And of course, the big national story, Metro Council Member At-Large Steve Glover was on Tucker Carlson last night to talk about it. The suppression of the COVID-19 data that showed very low rates in bars...
    Sarah Jessica Parker is among the more than 170 New York business leaders who are urging Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo to fix New York City and urgently boost their COVID-19 recovery response.  The Sex in the City star and 176 other NYC business leaders sent a letter on Friday to de Blasio and Cuomo warning that up to a third of the city's small businesses may permanently close if a plan isn't put in place.  Parker runs her SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Collection - a shoe and accessories business - from New York and is known to frequently greet customers in her flagship Manhattan store. The 55-year-old paid a visit to the Midtown store as recently as Thursday.  Scroll down for video  Sarah Jessica Parker and 176 other New York City business leaders sent a letter on Friday to Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo. She is pictured above at...
    Country music star John Rich has blasted Nashville Mayor John Cooper after leaked emails revealed officials chose not to disclose low coronavirus figures in the city, even as lockdown restrictions continued to cripple the economy. The 46-year-old singer appeared on The Ingraham Angle on Thursday night where he accused the mayor of 'betraying' and lying to his constituents about the source of the virus outbreak 'for months.'    Emails published by WZTV on Thursday showed Cooper's senior adviser and Metro Nashville Health Department officials (MNHD) discussing how much information they should release publicly about cases linked to bars and restaurants on lower Broadway - the heart of the city's nightlife scene.  The results showed that more than a thousand COVID-19 cases had been linked to construction and nursing homes - while bars and restaurants had just 22 cases.  During his interview, Rich called for Cooper's resignation, saying his actions brought the city, particularly...
    Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht learned about the president’s historic visit to her city from a report in the Star Tribune. Though Donald Trump announced plans last week to hold an outdoor rally at a Bemidji airport hangar — which Albrecht said will be the first-ever presidential stop in the city —  the mayor said the airport’s manager had to ask the private aircraft company hosting the president to actually confirm the Friday visit. That way Bemidji could plan for an event that may draw thousands of people to the city of 15,000 during a pandemic. “It’s been somewhat of a moving target for the city to get a handle on what’s going to actually happen and what our role is,” Albrecht said. It’s been a complicated week for Albrecht, who currently sits at the heart of Greater Minnesota’s political crossroads.  Article continues after advertisement The mayor is scrambling to facilitate...
    A race row broke out among New York City Hall staffers last month, 11 minutes before mayor Bill de Blasio was set to give his daily coronavirus briefing with a nod to the 100th anniversary of woman's suffrage included. A series of leaked emails obtained by the New York Post show that the row exploded over the wording of talking points prepared for the mayor after they were sent to staffers ahead of the briefing on August 26. The briefing was to include a tribute to the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment to the U.S. constitution, which prohibited states and the federal government from denying citizens the right to vote based on sex. One of the talking points included in the communication was to acknowledge 'not all women could exercise that right' to vote because of segregation and other laws, adding 'Women of color excluded – fought for decades for...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Friday is the final day on the job for New York City’s Sanitation Commissioner and Food Czar Kathryn Garcia. She resigned last week after 14 years with the city, saying she could not stand by while the mayor slashed more money from the sanitation budget, which could lead to 900 layoffs. The department says during her six-year tenure, Garcia oversaw widespread changes to focus on climate change and the city’s zero waste goals. She is said to be considering a run for mayor. You can get the latest news, sports and weather on our brand new CBS New York app. Download here.
    A county order issued Thursday by Mayor Carlos Giménez, authorizing Miami Dade police officers to enforce eviction orders, established before March 12, has been canceled. The news confirmed to Telemundo 51 first by the Miami Police Department spokesman Álvaro Zabaleta, during a live broadcast on our YouTube channel, has restored hope to tenants like this who preferred not to say their name. Álvaro Zabaleta, Miami police department spokesman “our units will wait until we receive a new order, but so far they have confirmed to me that the eviction orders have been put on hold.” Some time later, a statement issued by Giménez’s office clarified the reason for this sudden change of opinion. “To ensure that the limited evictions that I announced today are done correctly, I have temporarily suspended them to review the measure.” In addition, I clarify who would have really...
    Country star John Rich took issue with Nashville, Tenn., Mayor John Cooper, a Democrat, on Thursday, after the local FOX affiliate discovered the politician's office may have kept coronavirus data from the public because the figures were so low. The Fox Nation host went on to call for the mayor to issue an apology and "resign by midnight tonight." According to WZTV, emails between Cooper's senior adviser and the city's health department revealed that there were a low number of cases emerging from bars and restaurants in the popular destination city. VideoThe station reported a health department official asked "this isn't going to be publicly released, right? Just info for Mayor’s Office?" -- while the mayor's adviser, Benjamin Eagles, reportedly replied: "correct, not for public consumption." Rich told "The Ingraham Angle" that the coronavirus-related restrictions on bars and restaurants in the city have been a "disaster" for both the economy and the...
    SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. (CBS) — We have an update to an Eyewitness News exclusive story into questionable behavior inside of a Sea Isle City bar from over the summer. A bar that is owned by the area’s mayor. It felt like we were getting the runaround until late Thursday afternoon. But the Cape May County prosecutor tells CBS3 it reviewed that case and multiple cases of businesses not following COVID-19 restrictions. ‘We All Gotta Play By The Rules’: Gov. Murphy Responds To Video Showing No Social Distancing At Bar Owned By Sea Isle City Mayor Video we obtained from late August shows crowds of people gathering in the patio area of Kix-McNutley’s. Few are wearing masks and physical distancing doesn’t appear to be happening either. “They should be shutdown. They should be cited and he should be fined,” said Dr. Charles Gallagher. That’s how, Dr. Gallagher, the Chair of the...
    Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said on Thursday that a report which claimed Attorney General Bill Barr had suggested charging her with sedition for allowing the 'CHOP' zone to be created in her city is ‘chilling and the latest abuse of power from the Trump administration.’ ‘The Department of Justice cannot become a political weapon operated at the behest of the President to target those who have spoken out against this administration's actions,’ Durkan, a former US attorney, said in a statement. ‘That is an act of tyranny, not of democracy.’ ‘Ultimately, this is not a story about me. It is about how this President and his Attorney General are willing to subvert the law and use the Department of Justice for political purposes. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (left) said on Thursday that a report which claimed Attorney General Bill Barr (right) had suggested charging her with sedition for...
    The Justice Department explored whether it could pursue either criminal or civil rights charges against city officials in Portland, a department spokesperson said Thursday. Clashes erupted there night after night between law enforcement and demonstrators with more than 100 people have been arrested on federal charges related to the unrest in the last few months. The revelation that federal officials researched whether they could levy criminal or civil charges against the officials — exploring whether their rhetoric and actions may have helped spur the violence in Portland — underscores the larger Trump administration's effort to spotlight and crack down on protest-related violence. The majority of the mass police reform demonstrations nationwide have been peaceful. For many nights, federal officials were told that Portland police officers were explicitly told not to respond to the federal courthouse as hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside, some throwing bricks, rocks and other projectiles at officers,...
    New York City public schools will no longer resume in-person classes for all students on Monday, September 21, as previously planned, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday.  Instead, the city will phase students back into the classroom on a rolling basis, beginning with the youngest grades - Pre-K and 3-K - next week.  K-5 and K-8 schools will go back on September 29, followed by middle and high schools on October 1.  The last-minute change in plan has sparked even more confusion among parents already frustrated by flip-flops from de Blasio.  It marked the second time that the mayor has delayed the start of in-person classes, which were originally set to begin on September 10.   This is a developing story.    New York City public schools will no longer resume in-person classes for all students on Monday, September 21, as previously planned, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday
    Leaked emails show Nashville’s Metro Health Department and the mayor’s office attempted to withhold information from the public that strongly suggested COVID-19 wasn’t spreading through the city’s bars and restaurants. “They are fabricating information," said city councilmember Steve Glover. "They’ve blown their entire credibility.” “I don’t trust a thing they say going forward ... nothing," he added. The emails between the mayor’s office and the health department discuss the low number of COVID-19 cases coming out of the city’s bars and restaurants and how to keep that information from going public. “This isn’t going to be publicly released, right? Just info for Mayor’s Office?” asked Leslie Waller, an official from the health department, in one email. “Correct, not for public consumption,” the mayor’s senior adviser, Benjamin Eagles, wrote back. Contract tracing in late June showed that construction sites and nursing homes were seeing the worst virus...
    The attack, which was supposed to take place on September 15, was made known to the authorities through a call that was received on September 13. MEXICO – The Attorney General’s Office of Mexico City (FGJCDMX) investigates an anonymous complaint about a threat against the mayor of the capital, Claudia Sheinbaum. The attack, which was supposed to take place on September 15, was made known to the authorities through a call received on September 13. A woman pointed to a man, identified as “Neri”, as the alleged attacker. “The corresponding investigations are already being carried out to identify, where appropriate, the origin of the message and who may have spread it,” said the Prosecutor’s Office. According to the anonymous complaint, “Neri” would have in his possession different firearms, among which are an AK-47, an R15, a Colt 45, a Pietro Beretta nine millimeters, a .357...
    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday that he is furloughing his own staff, including himself, in a symbolic gesture that will save just $860,000 while the city faces a budget deficit of some $4.2billion. The mayor's plan will affect 495 City Hall staffers who will be asked to take an unpaid, weeklong furlough at some point between October and March 2021. The furloughs will be taken by administrative assistants to both the mayor and his wife, Chirlane McCray, The New York Times is reporting. De Blasio's spokesperson told the Times that the mayor plans to continue working during his own furlough.  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is seen above talking on the phone on the Coney Island Boardwalk in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on Tuesday The spokesperson, Bill Neidhardt, said it was 'a significant gesture that reasserts City Hall recognizes the sacrifices that will have to...
              Candidates for the Richmond mayor’s race took turns establishing their policy priorities and attacking the incumbent in the Southside Mayoral Forum held on Tuesday via Zoom. The candidates answered questions focused on economic and political priorities and better road and parks infrastructure. Incumbent Mayor Levar Stoney touted his record on public education funding. “A public budget is a document of priorities. And over the course of the last 4 years you’ve seen this administration be able to fund its priorities,” he said. “Our number one priority being public education, $30 million in new money to Richmond Public Schools since I became mayor, living up to a promise I made to this community when I ran for mayor four years ago.” Richmond Councilmember Kim Gray replied, “When we talk about the historic investments in our schools, we need to look at the results. And...
    A California activist who slammed the two Compton deputies shot on Saturday as 'two of America’s most notorious gang members' and 'murderers' is a part of a group that met with the Los Angeles Mayor’s office about 'cultural competency'. On Saturday a 31-year-old and 24-year-old deputy were shot while sitting in their patrol car at the Metro Blue Line station around 7pm by an assailant who opened fire through the passenger side window. Both underwent surgery and are in stable condition at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, DailyMail.com has revealed. Kevin Wharton Price of the Africa Town Coalition shared video from outside the hospital with a few protesters on Sunday in which he refers to the injured deputies as 'American’s most notorious gang members'. He's also referred to the shooting as the 'start of retribution', calling it a 'good thing'.   Kevin Wharton Price of the Africa Town Coalition...
    Bradley Cortright September 14, 2020 0 Comments Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren announced that she fired Police Chief La’Ron Singletary and called for a federal investigation into the death of Daniel Prude — a Black man who died after a police encounter in March. Warren’s announcement comes after Singletary and other senior police command officials announced their resignations. Singletary planned on leaving on Sept. 29. Warren also announced she would suspend Corporation Counsel Tim Curtin and Communications Director Justin Roj without pay for 30 days after a review of Prude’s death. “This initial look has shown what so many have suspected, that we have a pervasive problem in the Rochester Police Department,” Warren said during a press conference on Monday. She continued, “One that views everything through the eyes of the badge and not the citizens we serve. It shows that Mr. Prude’s death was not taken as seriously as...
    The mayor of Rochester, New York, has called for a federal investigation into the death of Daniel Prude, a black man who was suffocated by police officers in the street back in March.  Mayor Lovely Warren disclosed her request for a federal probe on Monday and said that she had relieved Rochester Police Chief La'Ron Singletary of his duties effective September 21, according to News8.    Singletary had announced his retirement - along with several other members of the police department - last week. His last day was supposed to be September 29.  Warren also on Monday revealed that the city's communications director, Justin Ros, and its city corporation counsel, Tim Curtin, have been suspended without pay.   The mayor's revelations came after Rochester has endured more than a week of protests since a video of 41-year-old Prude's fatal encounter with police on March 23 was made public on September 2.  Prude's...
    Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson slammed the Dallas City Council for voting to cut $7 million from the city police department’s budget amid spiking crime rates in the city. The Dallas City Council voted on Wednesday to cut the money from the police department’s fund dedicated to overtime pay. The cut comprised 25% of the department’s overtime budget. The decision came after Black Lives Matter protesters called on elected officials to defund the police department. “The city of Dallas is facing a serious uptick in violent crime, and it’s not just a few days or weeks or months in the making. We’re talking about a couple of years now of steadily increasing aggravated assaults, steadily increasing homicide and steadily increasing domestic violence,” Johnson said, according to The Dallas Morning News. “I don’t believe, and neither do the people of Dallas … that now is the right time to be defunding the...
    The son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani could return to Gracie Mansion soon as he revealed he's considering running for office in 2021. Andrew Giuliani made the surprising declaration during an interview with New York Post, where he criticized Mayor Bill de Blasio and recalled his father's first inauguration. 'I am certainly thinking about it. It’s something that a bunch of people that I trust have approached me with,' said Andrew, 34. 'It’s been terrible to see over the last few years how the city has spiraled. I am afraid if the right candidate doesn’t win in 2021, four more years of de Blasio’s policies will remind us of the 80s.'   The Giuliani family may return to Gracie Mansion in 2021 as Andrew Giuliani (right), the son of Rudy Giuliani (left), said he has considered running for mayor RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    A law enforcement officer watches flames launch into the air as fire continues to spread at the Bear fire in Oroville, California on September 9, 2020. Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images California Mayor Eric Garcetti slammed President Donald Trump on Sunday, suggesting his remarks on the wildfires raging across multiple West Coast states are inadequate. Trump has repeatedly said that forest fires can be prevented using "forest management" tactics like raking and cleaning.  "He's going to come out here and probably tell us, 'I'm going to send you rakes instead of more help,'" Garcetti said of Trump. "We need actual help. Material help not based on our party affiliation or how we voted." The president is scheduled to deliver a briefing in California on Monday, which would mark his first official visit since wildfires broke out over a month ago.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. California...
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti called the Trump administration “the last vestiges of the Flat Earth Society of this generation,” while discussing climate changes role in the California wildfires on Sunday’s broadcast of CNN’s “State of the Union.” Anchor Jake Tapper said,  “The Bobcat fire burning fewer than 25 miles outside of Los Angeles. As of yesterday, that fire had destroyed almost 30,000 acres. It’s only 6% contained right now. President Trump is going to travel to your state tomorrow to meet local officials. Are you satisfied with the Trump administration’s response?” Garcetti said, “Well, we always have great cooperation with our federal agencies. And I want to thank them for that because they do step up, whether it’s coronavirus or whether it’s fires. But I think leadership at the very top needs to be earlier, stronger, and from the president. I wish that we would get as much attention...
    David GómezFOLLOWSantiago Updated: 09/11/2020 17: 17h Save Related news The mayor of Orense saw this Friday verified that he is alone with the only councilor who is related to him within his group. Although he also confirmed that he is not going to leave. In a plenary session that at times became something similar to a Telecinco program, with threats of denunciations and disqualificationsGonzalo Pérez Jácome has lost two motions: on the one hand, one in which he was urged to resign (from the Block) and another on the creation of a municipal investigation commission to “clarify the financing of DO” (from Cs). Likewise, this second motion urges Jácome to make public his declaration of assets and to renounce his exclusive dedication, and that all the councilors present have supported except himself and his related, Armando Ojea. That means it has lost by 24 votes...
    When a powerhouse bloc of the city’s biggest business leaders pleaded with the mayor this week to stop dithering and do something to stem the rapidly declining quality of life in New York amid a sharp uptick in violent crimes, he responded with a brief tweeted message that closely echoed the recent responses he’s given to reporters during his daily briefings. “We’re grateful for our business community and are partnering to rebuild a fairer, better city. Let’s be clear: To restore city services and save jobs, we need long term borrowing and a federal stimulus — we need these leaders to join the fight to move the City forward,” the mayor tweeted about 90 minutes after the letter went public. The ‘my hands are tied by other politicians’ brush off did not sit well with the Partnership for New York City, and on Friday the group, which includes the...
    When a powerhouse bloc of town’s greatest enterprise leaders pleaded with the mayor this week to cease dithering and do one thing to stem the quickly declining high quality of life in New York amid a pointy uptick in violent crimes, he responded with a short tweeted message that intently echoed the current responses he’s given to reporters throughout his every day briefings. “We’re grateful for our enterprise group and are partnering to rebuild a fairer, higher metropolis. Let’s be clear: To revive metropolis providers and save jobs, we want long run borrowing and a federal stimulus — we want these leaders to affix the struggle to maneuver the Metropolis ahead,” the mayor tweeted about 90 minutes after the letter went public. The ‘my arms are tied by different politicians’ brush off didn’t sit nicely with the Partnership for New York Metropolis, and on Friday the group, which incorporates...
    CEOs from more than 150 top companies have demanded that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to address public safety and fix 'quality of life issues' that have deteriorated the city.  Chief executives from companies Lyft, Macy's, Goldman Sachs and more signed the letter to de Blasio and asserted that they were sure that the city would 'remain a thriving global center of commerce, innovation and opportunity.'  But despite New York having an infection rate below one per cent for more than 30 days, the CEOs said there was widespread anxiety over public safety, cleanliness and other quality of life issues that are contributing to deteriorating conditions in commercial districts and neighborhoods across the five boroughs.'  Chief executives from companies Lyft, Macy's, Goldman Sachs and more signed the letter to de Blasio, demanding him to fix fix 'quality of life issues' in NYC The CEOs called for...
    A protester carries a sign that reads “Defund The Police” during the Black Women Matter “Say Her Name” march on July 3, 2020 in Richmond, Virginia. Protests continue around the country after the death of African Americans while in police custody. (Photo by Eze Amos/Getty Images) Black people’s justified anger about police brutality forces us to take strong stances against the killings of unarmed Black people by police officers. Ironically, sometimes these stances are in opposition to our goal of achieving change. Do we continue to argue the nuances of #defundthepolice, when we know this hashtag is being used to turn White suburbanites against police reform? Read More: Stacey Abrams says ‘Defund the Police’ campaign is a ‘false choice’ Our rhetoric should not become an obstacle to progress. It is unfair that Black people have to deal with the trauma of U.S. racism and that we must...
    SAN ANTONIO – After a difficult and deadly summer, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said the city is in strong shape right now when it comes to COVID-19. Nirenberg talked about the encouraging metrics during Wednesday’s KSAT Q&A which show a 14-day decline in coronavirus cases. The positivity rate has also been on the decline. It’s currently at 6.7%; the goal is 5%. “We are in the green zone. But I want to emphasize that even when we are in the green zone, it means that we’ve got to stay courses, continue to wear your mask, practice physical distancing. We’ve got to incorporate some of those minor inconveniences all the way until we actually get a vaccine,” he said. While we are in the green zone overall, the risk level for returning to in-person learning is still considered moderate. Are you, at this point, feeling better about in-person learning and...
    Do you want to play a game? It’s politics with a twist. That game of “what if?” you played as a kid: So, what if, rather than liberal Democratic mayors in Democratic towns being overwhelmed by violence, things were reversed? What if these were Republican mayors, in red states, overwhelmed by violent protests from the right wing, confronted by people in MAGA hats or those middle-aged anti-tax tea party activists who always seemed to clean up after themselves when they protested? What if they were the ones rioting, burning and looting during their “mostly peaceful” protests, with bail money for the arrested provided by the staff of a Republican presidential candidate, and media making it clear there was great political value in the violence? And what if those Republican activists confronted fellow citizens in restaurants, shouting at them, demanding they demonstrate fealty to their politics by raising a fist? What...
    In his 2014 inauguration speech, Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged, using a Dickensian theme, to “take dead aim at the tale of two cities.” But he also recognized that “our city government’s first responsibility is to keep our neighborhoods safe.” Nearly seven years later, economic inequality under Hizzoner hasn’t changed. But the unequal distribution of serious violent crimes has worsened. There remain two distinct New Yorks, and as crime ticks up, the difference between them is growing more pronounced. Through Aug. 30, the city’s 290 murders and 1,004 shooting incidents represent year-to-date increases of 33.6 percent and 87 percent, respectively. Manhattan has seen 52 murders and 135 shootings this year. About half of those shootings took place in just three of the borough’s 22 precincts — all in Harlem. In those precincts, killings are up more than 100 percent, year to date. By contrast, precincts covering the West Village, Upper...
    A New York congressman has a very simple message for his constituents as he lobbies for reelection: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is the worst. Rep. Max Rose, a Democrat who represents Staten Island and parts of south Brooklyn, released a campaign ad that makes his feelings towards the mayor crystal clear. “Bill de Blasio is the worst mayor in the history of New York City. That’s the whole ad,” Rose said in the six second long video. DE BLASIO'S DESCENT: HOW NEW YORK CITY'S MAYOR BECAME SO UNPOPULAR ACROSS THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM Rose, whose 11th congressional district is arguably the most conservative in New York City, has been a frequent critic of de Blasio – especially over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the economic woes that have followed. Speaking to Fox News earlier this month, Rose accused de Blasio of “actively trying to kill"...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Hundreds of homeless are being moved from an Upper West Side hotel after neighbors in the posh area complained of an increase in crime and quality-of-life issues. Mayor Bill de Blasio responded to the criticism about the decision on Wednesday, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported. It was less than two months ago that some 300 homeless men, many with drug and mental health issues, were bused to the area to take up residence at the Lucerne Hotel on West 79th Street. Now, they’re about to be moved again, after strident community complaints. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Tri-State Coronavirus Travel Advisory Quarantine List Resources, Hotlines, Unemployment & Covering Bills Remote Learning Tools For Parents Teaching At Home CBS2’s Dr. Max Answers Your Health Questions What To Do If Someone Isn’t Social Distancing Or Wearing A Mask? Expert: Parents Be Mindful Of Children’s Stress After Months Of Isolation Chopper 2 Over...
    New York Rep. Max RoseMax RoseRussia 'amplifying' concerns around mail-in voting to undermine election: report Hillicon Valley: Democrats demand answers over Russian interference bulletin | Google Cloud wins defense contract for cancer research | Cyberattack disrupts virtual classes Democrats demand answers on report DHS withheld Russian election interference intelligence MORE castigated Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioMSNBC's Sharpton: Defunding police 'something a latte liberal may go for' New York infection rate stays below 1 percent for 30 straight days Democratic mayors rip Trump funding threat: We're not 'political pawns' MORE, a fellow Democrat, as the worst mayor in New York City history in a seconds-long ad released Wednesday. “Bill de Blasio is the worst mayor in the history of New York City,” the Staten Island Democrat says in the spot. "That’s the whole ad," he adds after a brief pause. Bill de Blasio is the worst Mayor in the history...
    Democratic New York Rep. Max Rose released a new ad Wednesday attacking New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Bill de Blasio is the worst mayor in the history of New York City,” Rose said, adding as the screen fades, “That’s the whole ad.” (RELATED: Max Rose Accuses Mitch McConnell Of Telling Cops, Firefighters And Teachers To ‘Drop Dead’) WATCH: Bill de Blasio is the worst Mayor in the history of New York City. Just stating the facts in my latest ad #NY11 pic.twitter.com/SHfBEix5l6 — Max Rose (@MaxRose4NY) September 9, 2020 Rose, whose 11th Congressional District includes all of Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn, is not alone in his sentiments. I am offended that @benshapiro thinks that Portland Mayor @tedwheeler is worse than my @NYCMayor Bill de Blasio. I stand firmly behind my mayor as the worse mayor in the country. — Ami Horowitz (@AmiHorowitz) August 31,...
    After Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was seen marching maskless with thousands of protesters in the streets of Los Angeles just a few short weeks ago, the Los Angeles County Health Department has decreed that trick-or-treating is unsafe and will be illegal this Halloween, along with all carnivals, festivals, and parties with "non-household members." In a guidance document published by KABC-TV, the health department declared, "Door to door trick or treating is not allowed because it can be very difficult to maintain proper social distancing on porches and at front doors especially in neighborhoods that are popular with trick or treaters." The health department also went one step further and stated, "Gatherings or Parties with non-household members are not permitted even if they are conducted outdoors." The county has also ordered that "Carnivals, festivals, live entertainment, and haunted house attractions are not allowed." Los Angeles County has continued to...
    The city of Rochester shocked the national news media when seven Rochester Police Department (RPD) leaders, including Chief of Police La’Ron Singletary, resigned on Tuesday. Though some nationally have chalked up the mass resignations as a win for the left-wing activists protesting the Daniel Prude case, local reporting and reactions from officers and residents on the ground indicate a loss in confidence in Democrat Mayor Lovely Warren, who thoroughly blamed the alleged mishandling of the Daniel Prude case on Mr. Singletary. “I have addressed with the police chief how deeply, and personally, and professionally disappointed I am in him for failing to fully and accurately inform me  about what occurred with Mr. Prude,” Warren said during a presser on September 3. “He knows he needs to do better to truly protect and serve our community.” The mayor claimed the chief told her Prude “was experiencing and ultimately died from a drug...
    A man wearing a QAnon vest held a flag during a No Mandatory Flu Shot Massachusetts rally held outside of the State House in Boston on August 30, 2020. Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images The mayor of a small town in Washington state said in a radio broadcast that the unfounded conspiracy theory QAnon was a "truth movement that encourages you to think for yourself." Sequim Mayor William Armacost said in the August 27 radio interview that the conspiracy theory's believers are "fighting for humanity, truth, freedom, and saving children and others from human trafficking." QAnon, the conspiracy theory centered on the notion that President Trump can help save the world from a deep-state cabal of elites, has been linked to several crimes. Armacost is not the first politician to speak out in favor of the unfounded conspiracy theory. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. ...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY WES MOORE New York City’s nonprofits have always played a critical role in supporting vulnerable New Yorkers, but the effects of COVID-19 have significantly exacerbated the demand for human services, wreaking havoc on the frontline organizations that New Yorkers depend upon. Now a decision by the Mayor threatens their viability amidst an ongoing pandemic and unprecedented unemployment rates.  On the city’s chopping block are reimbursements to groups that help feed hungry seniors, provide mental health care, educate our children, and clothe and house the homeless. For years, these organizations have been a lifeline to New Yorkers living in poverty and, throughout the pandemic, they remain on the frontlines providing essential life-saving services. That’s why it is essential that the Mayor immediately reinstate his commitment to fully reimburse the city’s human...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Announcing his bid for mayor in 2021, current city Comptroller Scott Stringer talked ambitious goals that place investment in communities to end gentrification and expressed a sense of “urgency” considering the ongoing hardships facing New Yorkers from COVID-19. Stringer plans to campaign on holding NYPD accountable in cases of abuse of power or excessive use of force, but hopes to strike a balance by still supporting cops where needed. “The virus exposed how we left large swaths of this city on their own. The fact is, we never closed the book on a tale of two cities; if anything, over the last eight years, we’ve written more chapters,” Stringer said. “None of this is at odds with keeping our neighborhoods safe. When I was kid there was something like 2,000 murders...
    President Donald Trump slammed New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for their continued shutdown of NYC amid the coronavirus pandemic. Trump blasted the officials Tuesday morning on Twitter. He accused Cuomo and de Blasio of “destroying” NYC. “New York City must stop the Shutdown now,” Trump wrote. “The Governor & Mayor are destroying the place!” There are still many virus mitigation measures in place in NYC, such as, restrictions on indoor dining.  Trump then tweeted that “shutdowns are ridiculous” and that Democrat leaders are keeping lockdowns in place to “hurt the economy prior to the most important election, perhaps, in our history!” He wrote that “Democrats will open up their states on November 4th, the day after the Election.” He ended his tweet with #MAGA, which was his 2016 campaign motto that stands for Make America Great Again. Related Stories: Survey: More Than...
    Continuing their light-hearted feud, Mark Boughton, the Mayor of Danbury, Connecticut, has accepted John Oliver’s challenge and committed to actually naming a sewage plant after the late-night host on one condition: Oliver has to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The quarrel began when Oliver addressed the racial disparities that occur during the jury selection process in Connecticut, prompting him to inexplicably bash one city in particular: Danbury. “If you’re going to forget a town in Connecticut, why not forget Danbury? Because, and this is true, f*ck Danbury!” Oliver said, without explaining his animosity towards the city. Boughton quickly shot back, vowing to honor “full of crap” Oliver by naming the sewage plant after him. But it turns out Boughton was actually kidding, and he told USA Today that his threat was just a “joke to return volley.” Disappointed that Boughton backed out, Oliver diverged from his segment on the RNC and Kenosha last...
    DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut city won’t waste an opportunity to get a sizeable donation from comedian John Oliver about a weeks-long joke pertaining to the name of a sewage plant in the area. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said on WTNH-TV that he would accept Oliver’s challenge to name the city’s sewage plant after him following Oliver’s offer to donate $55,000 to local charities. But Boughton said there was one stipulation to the facility’s renaming. “We do have one very specific condition. You must come here to Danbury and be physically present when we cut the ribbon,” he said in a Facebook video posted Sunday. The announcement was the latest volley in a war of words between the host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” and Boughton after Oliver first bashed Danbury on an Aug. 16 during a segment on racial disparities in jury selection that was...
    San Francisco's mayor has described as 'absolutely reckless and selfish' a crowd of over 1,000 partygoers who descended on a city beach on Saturday night to unofficially celebrate Burning Man. London Breed, mayor of the city, said on Sunday that she had closed the parking lot at Ocean Beach to prevent a repeat of Saturday's gathering.  'Last night, over 1,000 people crowded on Ocean Beach to celebrate Burning Man,' she tweeted on Sunday.  'This was absolutely reckless & selfish. You are not celebrating. You are putting people's lives at risk. You are putting our progress at risk. No one is immune from spreading the virus.  'We've heard people may return tonight. Don't do it.' Ocean Beach, beneath the Golden Gate Bridge, was awash with lights and partygoers Fliers circulating on Facebook promoted the event, with a series of DJs and bands announced Local television station KPIX5 broadcast...
    Lady Gaga's father has joined more than 450 New York City restaurant owners suing Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio for $2 billion in damages over a continued ban on indoor dining amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  The outdoor dining scheme ends on October 31 and so far, there are no solid plans to allow people back inside restaurants. Indoor dining is allowed in New York state with the exception of New York City, where, as of Thursday, 456 restaurateurs had filed the class-action lawsuit against the state and city, according to reports.  Joe Germanotta, who owns of Joanne Trattoria in Manhattan and is pop superstar Lady Gaga's dad, is one of them, telling Pix11: 'When it rains we gotta close. Once it starts getting cold, the place will be empty.' He later told Fox News: 'Once the weather gets cold we are pretty much out of business.'   New...
    How did New York City, with fewer than 1 percent of positive COVID-19 cases, make such a mess of school opening? Because American cities have largely put schools last. Faced with the possibility of a teachers-union strike, Mayor de Blasio announced on Tuesday that school opening will be delayed until Sept. 21. The announcement came nine days before school was set to begin. Did the September start date for New York City schools catch him and schools Chancellor Richard Carranza by surprise? “We heard real concerns raised by our labor partners, and we needed to work these through collaboration, and it didn’t happen overnight,” the mayor said. OK, so it didn’t happen overnight. Did it happen over six months? Because that’s how long New York City schools have been closed so far. A little more than three months ago, the mayor still wasn’t seeing any rush to make school decisions....
    SAN ANTONIO – Fearing a spike in COVID-19 cases following the last major holiday of the summer, officials in San Antonio are warning people to not let their guard down this Labor Day weekend. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg issued another plea on social media Thursday night after his daily coronavirus briefing, urging people to avoid large crowds and wear a mask when heading out. “We can’t let our Labor Day mirror the Fourth of July,” he said, referring to a time period when Texas was setting new records for virus cases and hospitalizations. “Things are moving in the right direction, but we’ve seen first-hand how quickly they can turn around.” View this post on Instagram Stay safe this weekend, San Antonio. A post shared by Mayor Ron Nirenberg (@ron_nirenberg) on Sep 3, 2020 at 5:09pm PDT On Thursday, the city reported an increase of 157 new COVID-19 cases...
    Rochester, New York, Mayor Lovely Warren said that seven police officers were suspended in the wake of the asphyxiation death of Daniel Prude while in police custody. She also said that she had requested body cam video from the police department of the incident. Prude's death was the latest incident of a black man dying in police custody that sparked outrage and protest. "Mr. Daniel Prude was failed by our police department, our mental health care system, our society, and he was failed by me," said Warren. "I'm filled with grief, and anger at myself for all the failures that lead to his death." Police were called by Prude's brother in March because the man was suffering from a mental episode. They arrived to find the man naked and attempting to break into a vehicle. They apprehended him and placed him in a spit...
    Republicans and Democrats agree that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been a disaster in his response to the coronavirus pandemic and beyond, former New York Gov. George Pataki told “Your World with Neil Cavuto.” “The mayor is a catastrophe,” he said. “And I think you have bipartisan agreement, even in this era where Republicans and Democrats don't agree on anything. I think in New York, they agree de Blasio has been a catastrophe.” Pataki argued that if he were still governor, he wouldn’t be able to sit back and observe de Blasio sending the city “down the tubes” and suggested Gov. Cuomo should interfere. REP. MAX ROSE SAYS DE BLASIO IS 'ACTIVELY TRYING TO KILL' NYC RESTAURANTS Right now, he said, New York’s greatest emergency is managing the mentally ill homeless population that are at fault for provoking violence in the streets. New York City Mayor Bill...
    All of the Rochester police officers involved in the fatal March arrest of Daniel Prude, who died after officers placed a hood over his head and pressed his face onto the pavement until he stopped breathing, have been suspended, the city’s mayor announced Thursday. Their immediate suspension, ordered by Mayor Lovely Warren, comes less than one day after Prude’s family released horrifying police bodycam footage of his final moments, and five months after the 41-year-old’s death. Prude was left brain dead after his March 23 encounter with Rochester PD. He died seven days later when he was taken off life support. The Monroe County medical examiner ruled his death a ‘homicide caused by complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint’. The report also listed excited delirium and acute intoxication by phencyclidine, or PCP, as contributing factors. Prude’s family members have called for the seven officers involved in his...
    1. “It Was A Setup”: Nancy Pelosi’s Secret Blowout House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) sparked outrage when footage emerged Tuesday depicting her getting her hair done at a salon that has been shuttered for six months under San Francisco’s strict coronavirus restrictions. Shortly thereafter, she was on MSNBC claiming President Donald Trump “slapped science right in the face” by holding a convention at the White House without masks and social distancing. The salon owner, Erica Kious, told Fox News, “It was a slap in the face that she went in, you know, that she feels that she can just go and get her stuff done while no one else can go in, and I can’t work.” She added that she “can’t believe” Pelosi was not wearing a mask. In response, Pelosi deflected and blamed the salon owner for the incident, saying, “I take responsibility for trusting the word of a...
    (CNN)Three members of Portland's 11-member voluntary police oversight body resigned this week during escalating tensions in the city, according to a CNN affiliate.At least two cited the increased tensions as their reasons for leaving in resignation letters, CNN affiliate KPTV reported late Wednesday.Protests against racial injustice and police brutality have continued for nearly 100 nights in Portland, with demonstrations often proceeding peacefully during the day before devolving into chaos at night. On Saturday, a man was shot and killed as supporters of President Donald Trump clashed with protesters against police violence and racism. Portland mayor calls for peaceAccording to the city's website, the review committee was created in 2001 to help improve police accountability, promote higher standards of police services and increase public confidence. Its members are volunteers appointed by the city council.Trump threatens funding to Democratic-led cities over unrestOn June 6, the committee issued a statement rejecting "police brutality,...
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has pleaded for the safe return of a veteran firefighter who authorities fear was the victim of a violent kidnapping during a trip to Mexico. Francisco Aguilar, 48, vanished more than two weeks ago after he travelled by himself to his condo - which is rented out on Airbnb - near Rosarito, Mexico.  Police fear the father-of-two - who is assigned to Station 44 in Cypress Park having worked for the LAFD for 20 years  - was kidnapped after his property was found ransacked with tables overturned and his motorcycle and jeep gone. Mayor Garcetti urged 'anybody who would dare kidnap an Angelino' to 'let him go'.  Police fear missing Los Angeles firefighter Francisco Aguilar, 48, (pictured) was the victim of a violent kidnapping during a trip to Mexico Police fear the father-of-two (pictured) - who worked for the LAFD for 20 years - was...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s the great real estate debate right now — are people fleeing the city in big numbers like we thought? CBS2’s Alice Gainer talked with two big moving companies to find out. Workers at the U-Haul on 23rd Street say the weekends have been packed with people moving out of the city. RELATED STORY — New Yorkers Have Message For Those Leaving, Saying City Is Dead: We’ll Fix It And Then We’ll Welcome You Back One couple Wednesday say they however are moving within the city. Right now, it’s hard to get exact numbers in terms of who’s moved permanently and temporarily. “I definitely see a ton of people moving out of the city. It’s just unbelievable,” said Raz Itzhaki, the CEO of Shleppers Moving and Storage. Itzhaki is also seeing people moving within the city and taking advantage of deals. Either way, they can’t keep...
    TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is responding to an Eyewitness News exclusive. On Tuesday, we showed you video of a bar owned by Sea Isle City’s mayor, which was not enforcing social distancing rules. The bar in question is Kix-McNutley’s in Sea Isle City. The governor said Wednesday afternoon there’s a cause of concern for the spread of COVID-19 any time health guidelines are not being followed. “We all gotta play by the rules,” Murphy said. Video obtained by Eyewitness News shows crowds of people gathering in the patio area Saturday night at Kix-McNutley’s — a Sea Isle City bar owned by Mayor Leonard Desiderio. Few people are wearing masks and physical distancing doesn’t appear to be happening either. Credit: CBS3 “If you’re closely congregating without face coverings, you are running a public health risk, period. I think we’ve been unequivocal about that,” Murphy said. It’s...
    Officials in Kenosha, Wisconsin, have lifted a curfew in the city that was roiled by a week of riots and unrest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.    'After consulting with local law enforcement agencies, I have decided the curfew is no longer needed,' Mayor John Antaramian said in a statement Wednesday.  'The last several nights have been relatively peaceful in the community, and in the judgment of law enforcement, it is appropriate to remove the curfew.' But Antaramian warned that he would not hesitate to reinstate the curfew if more violence erupted in its absence, saying: 'Criminal activity will not be tolerated and arrests will be made if needed.  'I am hopeful there will be no need to reinstate the curfew in the near future.' Kenosha emerged as the latest flashpoint in a summer of US demonstrations against police brutality and racism after 29-year-old Blake was shot seven times...
    Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell looks at Mayor Ted Wheeler during a press conference on August 30, 2020. Nathan Howard/Getty Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell released a statement on Tuesday, calling on elected officials to "do their part to draw a line in the sand and hold people accountable."  Lovell's statement came after another night of riots in the city, in which protesters threw burning newspapers at a storefront on the bottom of the mayor's apartment building.  Lovell didn't specify who he meant, but the local district attorney has been criticized for not prosecuting low-level offenders arrested at the protests.  Protests have been held nightly in the city since the police killing of Black man George Floyd in Minnesota at the end of May.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Portland's police chief called out local politicians after another night of riots in the city.  On Tuesday,...
    Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt hasn’t been willing to order masks statewide in his conservative stronghold no matter who’s come calling.  He hasn’t been willing to take further steps requiring face coverings as a public health measure even as local mayors have hoped to see more action from the governor. When the head of a House subcommittee charged with monitoring COVID response scolded him for his approach, he didn’t budge. Even after some Republican governors relented and ordered facial coverings as the coronavirus ravaged their states, Stitt hasn’t moved.   Not even reports from the White House Coronavirus Task Force that have recommended in recent weeks that the state implement a mask requirement has changed his mind.  “I'm not going to mandate something statewide," Stitt said during a press conference Tuesday, saying the decision should be left to the local level. “Every community is different.”  That lack of follow-through from the governor...
            by Robert Romano  “Portland is a mess, and it has been for many years. If this joke of a mayor doesn’t clean it up, we will go in and do it for them!” That was President Donald Trump on Twitter renewing his warning to Oregon Democratic Governor Kate Brown and Portland Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler that if they will not get political violence in Portland, Oreg. under control soon, he will have no other choice but to federalize the National Guard to restore civil order in the city. The siege of the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse by Antifa and other violent rioters has been going on for more than three months now in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. U.S. Marshals and other federal law enforcement have been needed to keep the building from being burnt to the ground. On...
    On Tuesday night, Democratic Portland mayor and ardent leftist Ted Wheeler, culling from a longer post on Facebook, tweeted his outrage at a “violent group of individuals” who destroyed “another minority-owned, local business.” Strangely enough, Wheeler simply would not say which group was responsible. Some in the crowd broke windows and someone appears to have lit off a firework in the building. Some protesters are upset about this, saying it endangers the people in the building and minority-owned businesses in the complex. Police are now coming pic.twitter.com/zU6c8vuGrw — Mike Baker (@ByMikeBaker) September 1, 2020 Portland Police declare a riot after #antifa rioters break into a dentist office near @tedwheeler’s condo & set it on fire. Police finally rush in & make arrests. #PortlandRiots pic.twitter.com/gLdRP47Kuy — Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) September 1, 2020 Wheeler tweeted, “Everyone deserves to feel safe in their community. This is what we’re all supposed to...
    Not all lawmakers have been willing to follow social distancing restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. Democratic Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney was photographed dining indoors Sunday, though Philadelphia still prohibits indoor dining. Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi attended hair appointments despite COVID restrictions. Here’s a list of lawmakers who have tried to dodge coronavirus rules.  Lawmakers have mandated a variety of COVID restrictions to stem the spread of the pandemic, but not all lawmakers have been willing to follow the rules. Governors, mayors and state health departments have required that Americans wear masks, social distance, refrain from spending time in large groups, quarantine after traveling across state lines, stay home from church services and much more. But many political leaders and members of their families have failed to comply with social distancing rules. Here’s a list of lawmakers who appeared to dodge...
    The mayor of Cincinnatti has urged Ohio's governor to keep bars in the city open later, arguing the 10pm alcohol curfew has led to an increase in shootings.  In a letter to Gov. Mike DeWine, Mayor John Cranley wrote: 'We have no doubt that the 10 p.m. closures were imposed to save lives, but as we gather more evidence, we believe we should adjust accordingly. We know that the current shutdown rule is leading to more shootings; therefore, we should try something different.' At least 18 people were shot, including four killed, as gunfire erupted in several places around Cincinnati over the weekend of August 16.  Gov. DeWine said his office are looking into whether Cincinnati may be exempt from the curfew.  Police chief Eliot Isaac also wrote to DeWine, asking that the curfew be lifted. He said: 'Many of these incidents have occurred at 'after-hours' gatherings such as short-term Airbnb rentals or publish areas...
    Itziar ReyeroFOLLOWMadrid Updated: 09/01/2020 02: 07h Save Related news Ciudadanos will not put any anti-corruption “red line” this time to start negotiating Budgets with the Government. Inés Arrimadas confirmed yesterday her willingness to “improve” the economic project with “moderation” and “good sense” but she will not demand preconditions from Pedro Sánchez despite the formal accusation of senior leaders of Podemos for alleged irregular financing. Arrimadas, expressly asked about it in the press conference held yesterday after the meeting of the permanent committee of Citizens, limited himself to demanding that Vice President Pablo Iglesias “show his face in Congress” and clarify the “so serious accusations” that weigh on your party’s accounts. Mariano Rajoy, on the other hand, was forced by pressure from Albert Rivera to remove several accused leaders from the PP, although later their causes would come to nothing: the former mayor of Valencia, Rita...
    (CNN)Monroeville, Alabama, might be best known as the inspiration for resident Harper Lee's novel "To Kill A Mockingbird" -- a launching point for countless classroom discussions on race and justice in America.It also garnered national attention with the release of the film and book "Just Mercy" -- which tells the story of Walter McMillian, a Black man from Monroeville who was sentenced to death after being wrongly convicted.Now, Monroeville is making headlines again: this time because of an historic first.The city of about 5,700 residents last week elected Charles Andrews as its next mayor, making him the first African American there to hold that post.Montgomery, Alabamas first black mayor-elect says he wants his city seen as a part of the New South"Thank you Monroeville," Andrews said in a video posted to his Facebook page on Sunday. "I am honored and humbled by your confidence and trust in me to represent...
    EDGEWATER — Pax the goat is marking his second year as Edgewater’s pet mayor by headlining a virtual fundraising effort for Care for Real’s pet pantry. Pax and the runners-up in last years’ pet mayor campaign/fundraiser will take part in the “whistle stop tour” benefiting the Edgewater charity’s animal pantry. A whistle stop tour is a method of political campaigning where politicians, often by train, make brief appearances in a number of locations. A goal of $5,000 has been set for the virtual fundraiser, which runs through Sept. 28. To make a donation, click here. The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce held its first ever pet mayor campaign last year as a way to raise funds for Care for Real. A winner was crowned at last year’s Edgefest, and the event raised $20,000 for the local charity. This year’s Edgefest has been canceled due to the coronavirus....
    Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has revealed her fear that the US is 'descending into a race war' as violence across the country continues and the FBI probes a potential network of domestic terrorists who may be traveling to protest hotspots.  Bowser, a Democrat, was speaking at a press conference on Monday after a weekend of chaos in the nation's capital which saw demonstrators clash with police outside Black Lives Matter Plaza.  'What I’m worried about is this country descending into a race war,' she said, adding that intensified police forces in some cities - like Portland and Seattle - has created more anger among protesters.  DC Police Chief Peter Newsham also said there was evidence that groups of people are driving to various protest hotspot cities, like tourists, to participate or even provoke the violence.  He said that the same van had been spotted at the riots in Kenosha,...
    Protesters in Portland gathered outside Democrat mayor Ted Wheeler's apartment Monday night to 'celebrate' his birthday by letting off fireworks and singing 'happy tear gas to you'.  A fire was lit in the street outside the 58-year-old's apartment block in an upmarket area in the north of the city, as around 200 people gathered while blasting music, sounding horns, banging pots and pans, and playing drums. Activists - some of whom were carrying balloons and wearing party hats - danced to the Macarena and were heard shouting slogans including 'Black Lives Matter'. Protesters in Portland gathered outside mayor Ted Wheeler's apartment building on Monday night to 'celebrate' his birthday by starting a fire in the street and letting off fireworks Police moved in after looters broke into a business and started a fire in the lobby, which was underneath an occupied apartment building Protesters blared music, let...
    Watching Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s agonizingly painful and humiliating press conference Sunday night, I was reminded that liberals simply have no capacity for dealing with reality when it comes to violence at home or abroad. Here is a mayor who has presided over 90-plus consecutive nights of violence in the city which has the most active Antifa faction in the country. Stores have been invaded, buildings have been burned, police have been injured, while the Portland city government and the Oregon state government have been relentlessly incompetent and ineffective. On Saturday, a supporter of President Donald Trump was killed by the left-wing activists. Apparent Antifa members there practically celebrated his murder. OREGON STATE POLICE RETURNING TO PORTLAND FOLLOWING FATAL SHOOTING; RIOTERS WITH GUNS, KNIVES ARRESTED Faced with this grim reality and the very real threat that the violence could escalate and a lot more people could get hurt or killed, the...
              Live from Music Row Monday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio. During the third hour, Carmichael questioned why people were coming from outside of cities rioting and looting highlighting that these efforts appeared to be coordinated. He later discussed Kanye West’s chances of getting on the 2020 presidential ballot and how it would be a problem for Democrats. (Mark Meadows clip plays) We offered help. Help was denied. Obviously there were multiple gun shots and people lost their life. We made a repeated call then the next day. Sent in National Guard, FBI agents, and the US Marshall’s to restore peace in Kenosha, Wisconsin. And that’s what needs to happen in Portland....
    On Monday’s broadcast of CNN’s “OutFront,” Kenosha, WI Mayor John Antaramian (D) stated that the National Guard “has been extremely helpful” in keeping order in the city. Although, he denied that President Donald Trump’s urging had anything to do with deploying the Guard and that Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) “immediately dealt with” requests to bring the Guard in. Antaramian said that he can’t give any details about what Trump’s visit will entail, but said, “I will tell you, though, that the National Guard has been extremely helpful, and we feel comfortable that we can keep the president safe and keep the public safe. Mostly, we need to try to make sure that there’s calm in the community, and that is what we are hoping to maintain.” He later stated that “the city made the request for the National Guard to come in. The governor immediately dealt with it, and within...
    Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler's attempt to blame President Trump for the violent confrontation that led to the killing of a Patriot Prayer supporter in the Oregon city over the weekend represents "epic levels of gaslighting," Ben Shapiro said Monday. Wheeler, "the worst mayor in America" by Shapiro, blamed Trump in a fiery press conference Sunday for creating "the hate" in his city and again rejected the president's offer to send in federal law enforcement, telling him to "stay the hell out of the way." TRUMP BLASTS PORTLAND LEADERS AS 'TERRIBLE, INCOMPETENT' AFTER LATEST PORTLAND VIOLENCE  "He says Trump has to stay the hell out of the way," the "Ben Shapiro Show" host told listeners. "Weird, because Trump has mainly stayed the hell out of the way and your city's been on fire for the past three months, you stupid jackass." Wheeler's comments come after Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden suggested that rioting and...
    CHICAGO (CBS) —  After a week of protests stemming from the police shooting of Jacob Blake, and the shooting deaths of two people by Antioch, Illinois resident Kyle Rittenhouse, Kenosha officials are preparing for President Donald Trump’s visit, but not everyone is rolling out the welcome mat.  Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian said the timing is wrong. “I think that you have a community that’s in the process of trying to heal,” Antaramian said. “It just seemed to me and I think others that it would be better for us to get them to actually heal up the process of what’s going on and start dealing with the concerns that we have that need to be addressed. So it would have been some waited a while a little longer down the road but it is what it is.” He’s not the only official. Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers on Sunday asked President...
    (CNN)For the last 90 days, the city of Portland, Oregon, has been home to protests -- some peaceful, others violent -- on its streets. The protests began after the death of George Floyd in Minnesota and have continued nightly since then. At the center of it all is Ted Wheeler, the Democratic mayor of Portland. Of late, Wheeler has become a favorite punching bag for President Donald Trump, who blasted him Sunday as a "fool." Wheeler shot back that Trump had "created the hate and the division" in the country.In search of more about Wheeler, his fight with Trump and the Portland protests, I reached out to Jeff Mapes, a longtime political reporter at the Oregonian and now a senior political reporter at Oregon Public Broadcasting.Our conversation, conducted via email and lightly edited for flow, is below.Cillizza: Let's talk about Ted Wheeler *before* these protests began 90 or so days...
    A top Homeland Security Department official accused Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler of letting his opposition to President Trump come before the safety of his city in Oregon. Ken Cuccinelli, the acting DHS deputy secretary, said on Monday he believes that Wheeler is trying to blame Trump for the riots in his city to harm the president's reelection odds rather than taking steps to curb the violent demonstrations. He noted that Oregon Gov. Kate Brown ordered state police to assist local law enforcement in Portland, signaling that they need similar support to what Trump has been trying send. "We’re dealing with a mayor who hates President Trump more than he loves the people in Portland. And he doesn’t care about peace if he thinks he can score cheap political points on the president while he's up for reelection. And the president just wants peace," Cuccinelli told America's Newsroom on Fox...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will delay sending pink slips to 22,000 municipal employees in the hopes of securing a massive loan from the state government. “Unions are working hard to find a creative solution, and asked for more time,” said mayoral spokesman Bill Neidhardt. “If this delay can help us prevent even one layoff, it’s worth it. But this is all just temporary. To stop these layoffs altogether, there is a simple solution: long-term borrowing,” Neidhardt added. City workers were expected to learn if they’d lose their jobs on Oct. 1 by Monday. De Blasio announced the potential cuts in June, saying they were necessary to create $1 billion in savings needed to balance the budget with the Big Apple’s coronavirus-starved coffers. After the federal government failed to provide another stimulus to help cities struggling from the pandemic, de Blasio turned to Albany to pass a...
    Democratic Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler "hates President Trump more than he loves people in Portland," acting DHS Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli said on Monday in the wake of almost 100 days of ongoing protests and violence in that city. “[Wheeler] doesn’t care about peace if he thinks he can score cheap political points on the president while he is up for reelection,” Cuccinelli told “America’s Newsroom.” PORTLAND MAYOR SENDS OPEN LETTER TO TRUMP: 'NO THANKS' Cuccinelli's comments came after Trump blasted Wheeler Sunday morning with a string of tweets and retweets regarding the ongoing protests and violence in the city. In the aftermath of a clash between Black Lives Matter protesters and Trump supporters that left one person dead, Trump railed against Wheeler for openly refusing help from the National Guard. Cuccinelli claimed Trump wants peace, which he says is made evident by the commander in chief’s deployment of federal resources to combat the rioting in Kenosha, Wis....
    At least six Democratic mayors broke with the party and endorsed President Donald Trump over the weekend. All six mayors, from swing state Minnesota, made clear their intentions in an open letter. What are the details? Babbitt Mayor Andrea Zupancich, Chisholm Mayor John Champa, Ely Mayor Chuck Novak, Eveleth Mayor Robert Vlaisavljevich, Two Harbors Mayor Chris Swanson, and Virginia Mayor Larry Cuffe all signed an open letter endorsing the president for four more years. A portion of the joint letter said, "As Greater Minnesota Mayors from Democratic cities on the Iron Range of Minnesota, we write today to formally endorse the re-election of President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Like many in our region, we have voted for Democrats over many decades. We have watched as our constituents' jobs left not only the Iron Range, but our country." "By putting tariffs on our...
    Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) denounced President TrumpDonald John TrumpBirx says she's hopeful about coronavirus vaccine but urges people to 'do the right thing today' McGahn argued Kushner's security clearance should be downgraded: book Wisconsin governor urges Trump not to visit Kenosha: 'I am concerned your presence will only hinder our healing' MORE on Sunday after the president attacked his leadership and claimed it was to blame for the escalating unrest in the city.  "It's you who have created the hate and the division," Wheeler said at a news conference. "It's you who have not found a way to say the names of Black people killed by police officers even as people in law enforcement have. And it's you who claimed that White supremacists are good people." "Your campaign of fear is as anti-democratic as anything you've done to create hate and vitriol in our beautiful country," he added.  Wheeler's...
    Somehow Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler got hold of my bile duct and squeezed out all my personal feelings about Donald Trump like it was a very unfunny whoopee cushion. After last night’s Trump-encouraged unrest in Portland, Mayor Wheeler went on a righteous rant today — and he successfully diagnosed the disease currently afflicting us. Surprise! It’s Donald Trump and his followers! But first, here’s The New York Times’ take on what went down in Portland last night: A man affiliated with a right-wing group was shot and killed on Saturday as a large group of supporters of President Trump traveled in a caravan through downtown Portland, Ore., which has seen nightly protests for three consecutive months.   The pro-Trump rally drew hundreds of trucks full of supporters into the city. At times, Trump supporters and counterprotesters clashed on the streets, with people shooting paintball guns from the beds of pickup trucks and protesters throwing objects...
    Six Democrat mayors in the swing-state of Minnesota formally endorsed President Donald Trump for a second term on Friday while taking shots at Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden. The letter mainly highlighted economic issues as being the primary driver for the Democrat mayors’ endorsement, but it also noted that the party has gone “so far to the left” that they no longer “recognize” it, and that the party “left” them. “Today, we write to formally endorse President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence for four more years,” the letter said. It was signed by Virginia Mayor Larry Cuffe, Chisholm Mayor John Champa, Ely Mayor Chuck Novak, Two Harbors Mayor Chris Swanson, Eveleth Mayor Robert Vlaisavljevich, and Babbitt Mayor Andrea Zupancich. “Like many in our region, we have voted for Democrats over many decades,” the letter said. “We have watched as our constituents’ jobs left not only the Iron...
    Washington (CNN)The Democratic mayor of Portland, Oregon, said Sunday it is President Donald Trump who "created the hate" in an unyielding attack on the White House following a shooting at a protest that left one person dead.Speaking at a news conference, Mayor Ted Wheeler asked, "Do you seriously wonder, Mr. President, why this is the first time in decades that America has seen this level of violence?" "It's you who have created the hate and the division. It's you who have not found a way to say the names of Black people killed by police officers even as people in law enforcement have. And it's you who claimed that White supremacists are good people," he continued. "Your campaign of fear is as anti-democratic as anything you've done to create hate and vitriol in our beautiful country."His forceful comments come one day after a person was shot and killed in downtown...
    PORTLAND Mayor Ted Wheeler issued a scathing verbal attack on Trump during a press conference on Sunday, saying the president was to blame for the violence that led to a man being killed. Wheeler unleashed his contemptuous tirade against Trump after a man wearing a hat with the insignia of Patriot Prayer, a far-right group based in the Portland area, was shot and killed on Saturday night. 1Ted Wheeler issued a scathing attack on Trump "Do you wonder why America, in the first time in decades, has seen this level of violence?," Wheeler said. "It's you who have created this level of hate and division. It is you who have not found a way to say the names of Black people killed by police officers even as people in law enforcement have. "And it's you who claimed white supremacists are good people. Your campaign of fear is as anti-democratic as...