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    A transportation worker from New York who called out sick in order to take part in the mob that stormed the Capitol in Washington D.C. on Wednesday has been suspended from his job with MTA Metro-North. Will Pepe who worked at Metro-North's Brewster rail yard in upstate New York is now being investigated by the FBI who are looking into what role he played during the rally.  Pepe, 31, from Beacon, New York, had been with the MTA for seven years earning $74,000-a-year but decided to call out sick to head to the event which in itself is a 'false use of sick leave'. He has now been suspended as the agency looks to fire him in the coming days.  Metro North employee Will Pepe, 31, was recognized by both colleagues and management from a photo distributed by law enforcement. He has since been suspended from the MTA 'Effective...
    DENVER (CBS4) – CBS4 is holding its annual Together 4 Colorado Toy Drive Collection at two King Soopers stores, the one on West Alameda at Belmar in Lakewood, and the other will be at 80th and Sheridan in Arvada. The collection runs from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. All the toys go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver and they need 8,000 to make sure every one of their members gets something this Christmas. “Maybe for some people who don’t have a lot of money for their kids to get toys, I think that the club is very kind to give us stuff,” said Starlynn, a 5th grader from the Bronco’s Boys & Girls Club. (credit CBS) The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver run more than 20 clubs throughout the Metro Area. On a regular day, each of those clubs will see 200 members come...
              The Nashville Metro Council on Tuesday gave Mayor John Cooper the authority to deputize certain city workers to issue citations against bars and restaurants that violate his coronavirus restrictions, The Tennessean reported. Metro Health Department employees are overworked in trying to combat businesses, the newspaper said. Only workers who already have citation powers will be authorized to serve as restaurant police, according to the bill that passed on third reading. The mayor must still given written permission to workers to use this new power. This nearly four-hour-long meeting was Metro Council’s first in-person meeting since April 6. The Metro Council was discussing deputizing city workers back in September, WMOT reported. One official was worried about overworking the Health Department because of businesses reopening. Cooper’s move is the latest in his feud against bars and restaurants, especially on Lower Broadway, as The Tennessee Star...
    Ten homeless individuals and the advocacy organization Denver Homeless Out Loud are suing the City of Denver and more than fifty individuals, agencies and organizations over the sweeps of encampments that have occurred in Denver thus far this year. "The sweeps are inhumane and must end. To take away our homeless neighbors' only possessions, during a global pandemic, is cruel. Today, we say 'enough is enough' and tell Denver to stop stealing its citizens' belongings," says Andy McNulty, the Killmer, Lane and Newman attorney who crafted the complaint. Today, October 5, the eleven plaintiffs, all represented by McNulty, filed a class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Colorado alleging that the sweeps violate provisions of the Fourth and Fourteenth amendments and also aspects of the Colorado Consitution.Related Stories City Sweeps Homeless Camp by Morey Middle School Homelessness Crosses Borders: It's a Challenge for Metro Denver Judge Determines Denver Camping...
    LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4)– West Metro Fire Rescue crews battled a house fire that started outside the home and moved into the attic. The fire started at a home near 3rd and Sheridan in Lakewood. That’s between 6th and Alameda. (credit: West Metro Fire) Residents inside the home were able to escape the flames. What caused the fire is being investigated. (credit: West Metro Fire) (credit: West Metro Fire)
    Coronavirus — A worker from the Metro Collective System distributes mouth covers to users in Mexico City. EFE Photo / File Florencia Serranía, director of the Metro, reported that 18 workers have died from COVID-19, for which there will be a tribute Florence Serranía, director of the Collective Transportation System (STC) Meter, reported that 18 workers have died from the coronavirus COVID-19, for which a tribute will be held. There are 18 workers killed by COVID-19, who once we end this period of pandemic, we will do honors, especially those who fell doing their job. Of the 18, only eight died on the move and the level of contagion in the Metro has been excessively controlled, “he explained. During the daily press conference of the Head of Government, Claudia Sheinbaum, the official added that of the 14 thousand Metro workers, around 400 have been infected, although they are asymptomatic....
    Transportation officials on Thursday pushed Los Angeles County’s transit system to start a reform of policing on buses and trains, including no longer sending armed officers to respond to nonviolent crimes. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s directors voted 9 to 2 to approve a package of reforms, including hiring unarmed ambassadors to work at stations, expanding fare discounts, finding alternatives to armed law enforcement and shifting funds to homeless outreach. Those initiatives could be paid for by cutting some funding to policing, the measure said. “We have a very long history … of passengers complaining about racial profiling and racial bias,” said director and L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin, who introduced the motion. Many riders of color feel threatened by police on the system, he said, “but have no choice but to continue using it.” Directors heard 129 public comments from riders and advocates, 105 of which supported the...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's board of directors on Thursday will consider whether to replace armed officers on public transit amid the growing movement across the nation to overhaul policing procedures.The motion urges Metro to develop policies for different responses to nonviolent crimes and other offenses. A committee would first be appointed to rethink public safety on the agency's transit system.The motion is co-sponsored by City Councilman Mike Bonin and county Supervisors Janice Hahn and Hilda Solis.Bonin, who is a member of the board, said as agencies across the country reassess policing, Metro needs to "make changes that assure that all of its passengers feel safe.""That starts by acknowledging that we cannot rely on an armed police presence for every issue, and we need smarter, more effective solutions," he said in statement.Currently, law enforcement agencies that patrol the transit system include the LAPD and...
    In the decades since “Jaws” ushered in the concept of the summer blockbuster, movie theaters have become a staple of the warmest months, for everyone from bored teens to folks just looking to sit in a cool, dark place for a few hours. The coronavirus pandemic, however, brought the entire industry to a screeching halt in March as theaters across the country went dark. Now that summer is here and restrictions have started to lift, movie theaters in the metro area are starting to reopen. But things will look a whole lot different. The guidelines Each theater and chain has its own specific pandemic policies, but, generally speaking, moviegoers can expect to see: Hand sanitizer at the doors and throughout the building. No-touch ticketing options, including ordering tickets in advance. Theater capacities reduced to 25 percent, with empty seats required between groups. Signage marking clear in and out pathways...
    DENVER (CBS4) – The night skies in the Denver metro area and along Colorado’s Front Range have been illuminated with fireworks well before Independence Day this year. (credit: Colin McInstosh) The question is, why? Could it have something to do with people letting off steam after being stuck at home during the coronavirus lockdown? Could it be as a result of the lack of fire bans? Perhaps people are buying their own fireworks due to the cancellation this year of so many major displays? Some wonder if there is a connection with the Black Lives Matter protests. Showtime is just after dark. One big display took place without a permit or variance this past weekend. The unexpected display Sunday night happened just west of Coors Field in Denver. Colin McIntosh recorded it on his phone. “All of the sudden it sounded like a war zone. Fireworks going off. My dog jumped on me,” he...
    As calls to defund police have grown into a chorus in the wake of the George Floyd protests, some Los Angeles County activists are turning their attention to the sprawling transit system. The cost to police the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s 1,433-mile service area, including 93 rail stations and nearly 14,000 bus stops, is nearly $650 million over five years. Activists and community groups argue that, on a system where violent crime is relatively low, the money could be better spent: on free fares, on better and more frequent service, on homeless outreach workers. “When we ask for these improvements, Metro says money is tight,” said Oscar Zarate, an organizer with the community advocacy group SAJE. “We say, ‘Well, if the budget is tight, we know where you can look.’” Since 2017, Metro has split policing duties between the Los Angeles Police Department, which patrols buses, trains...
    Louisville, Ky., has been upended by daily protests and a crisis of leadership in the mayor’s office and at the top of its police department. Now, with a new budget due in the coming weeks and constant, ongoing cries for justice, lawmakers and leaders in the Derby City are grappling with how to meet reform demands and maintain public safety. Mayor Greg Fischer is facing increasing animosity from nearly every aspect of his constituency, from the Louisville Metro Police Department, Metro Council and city residents after firing Police Chief Steve Conrad following another officer-involved shooting that killed David McAtee, a beloved local restaurant owner. Conrad was not popular in Louisville; his tenure at the top was marked by numerous scandals and controversies that left children sexually abused by cops, overtime funds pilfered by dishonest officers and low morale throughout the department. LOUISVILLE POLICE OFFICER INVOLVED IN BREONNA TAYLOR SHOOTING TO...
    The Louisville Metro Council on Thursday voted unanimously to ban the use of "no-knock" search warrants, CBS affiliate WKLY reported. The bill, "Breonna's Law," was named after Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency technician who was killed by police during a drug raid on her home in March. Mayor Greg Fischer, on Twitter, said he plans to sign the bill as soon it hits his desk: "I suspended use of these warrants indefinitely last month, and wholeheartedly agree with Council that the risk to residents and officers with this kind of search outweigh any benefit." The law would require officers to wear body cameras when executing search warrants, WKLY reports. Trending News Trump rally-goers must agree they won't sue if they contract coronavirus "Bye-bye Tucker Carlson!" major advertiser says Lawmaker under fire for remark about "colored population" and COVID-19 Police release nearly-blank Breonna Taylor incident report Lady Antebellum drops "Antebellum"...
    Metro Transit will resume bus and Northstar services Wednesday and light rail services as early as Thursday. The statement — given by Metro Transit General Manager Wes Kooistra — said that bus and Northstar commuter rail service will return at 4 a.m. on Wednesday. Metro Blue and Green Line light rail service will resume on Thursday at the earliest. Once running again, transportation services will continue to operate at reduced levels because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the statement read. Due to the past week’s unrest and protests over the death of George Floyd while being arrested by Minneapolis police, ongoing and changing detours are to be expected for many bus routes, including routes 5, 7, 11, 18, 21 and 23. Information regarding these bus routes can be found on Metro Transit’s website. The statement emphasized that staff have been working quickly to move to resuming service while also prioritizing safety....
    Grace Garrett says part of her education is missing. Garrett, a 16-year-old junior, studied with distance learning, after coronavirus forced the cancellation of classes at East Ridge High School in Woodbury. Then she was told that her work wouldn’t receive a grade. In fact, school district officials decided that all grades earned through distance learning would not be included in students’ GPAs. Some students were unfairly disadvantaged by the pandemic, officials said, and they wanted to be fair to all students. Grace launched a petition that now has 5,000 signatures, asking that the grades be included. “It feels like a slap in the face,” said Grace. “All our hard work is going to waste.” OTHER DISTRICTS NOT GIVING GRADES Similar moves have been made by school districts scattered across the state, including those in St. Paul and Anoka. Officials say their decisions were supported by the state Department of Education....
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