The crime is being investigated as an armed robbery according to the police and not a race-related crime. The guy had a small caliber handgun that failed after the third shot. The first two shots went into the ceiling and the third was shot into a parishioner near the front of the church. One report said the lighting was too dim to see the identity of assailant. However, the church FB site shows a small congregation church with good lighting. Maybe the parishioners know the assailant--might be someone's relative. Probably nothing to see here.
From The State : After running from the church with an undisclosed amount of stolen money, the suspect got into an empty dark-colored Toyota Prius, possibly dark blue, according to the release. He drove south on Decker Boulevard toward Percival Road and the intersection with Interstate 77, police said.
Police described the suspect as tall, slim black man, who was last seen wearing a black striped shirt and had a bandanna covering part of his face and a beanie No kidding, it was there on the top of his head.
The suspect was armed with a small silver semi-automatic pistol, according to the release. The victim seems critical.
Cool (literally and figuratively) video of the operation. The sleighs (bobsleds) you saw in the CAT trains were Michler Sleighs, which saw service in construction in Alaska and Canada on the DEW line. A discussion of the construction of these sleighs can be seen HERE.
The Peter Snow Miller was a typical piece of precision Swiss equipment. The Clear-View rotary windshield wipers were originally for marine use, but were adapted with heaters for snow plows both highway and railroad.
Camp Century was a cover story for an possible nuclear missile installation under the icecap. What caused abandonment of the installation was the visco-elastic movement of the ice, that moved faster than predicted, so the installation was abandoned. Information HERE.
Lots of raw sewage and hazardous waste to clean up.
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Learned quite a bit here. Thanks 3DC and Alaska Paul!
[AAWSAT] Days after a devastating flood swallowed up his village, Alsediq Abdelqader bulled his truck through the waters in a desperate attempt to locate his small house north of the Sudanese capital.
Flash floods from the Nile inundated his home last week in Wad Ramli village on the eastern river bank, expelling him and his family who managed to clamber aboard a ferry to the nearest dry land.
His drive through the flash floods was not easy as he had to avoid floating mattresses, house appliances and broken tree branches.
"My entire home is destroyed," said the 57-year-old. "I have lived all my life in this village and I have never seen a flood like this before."
"I'm struggling to recognize my house and trying to identify it, as some others have done, by the trees around it," he added, according to AFP.
His home is among thousands destroyed or damaged by the floods that struck at least 15 states, affecting nearly 200,000 people across Sudan.
The worst hit area was White Nile state in the south.
About 62 people were killed and nearly 100 injured overall, said the official SUNA news agency quoting a health ministry official as saying the crisis "did not reach the level of being declared a disaster."
Volunteers and aid workers immediately rushed to Wad Ramli when the savage floods hit.
Authorities dispatched lorries and boats to wade through the thick water to rescue families and salvage their furniture and valuables.
A special prosecutor will take a new look at the Jussie Smollett case, CBS Chicago reports. Former U.S. Attorney and Iran-Contra affair special counsel Dan Webb was tapped for the role, marking the sixth time he's been appointed special prosecutor in a case.
Webb said he plans on using a special grand jury to assist in the investigation and that grand jury could decide if new charges are warranted. "I'm starting this thing fresh today," Webb said.
Isn't there some law that deals with 'incitement to racial/communal violence by disseminating false information' or 'spreading inflammatory disinformation so as to incite riots between communities' ?
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - U.S. disappointment with Zimbabwe's government keeps growing amid the heavy-handed response of authorities to any form of opposition, a senior State Department official said on Monday following a crackdown last week against protesters.
"The disappointment just keeps getting worse and worse, unfortunately," said the official, speaking on background to reporters. "The government seems to be getting even more violent in their response to any form of opposition."
The official said Washington had made clear to the government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa what it would take to improve relations between Zimbabwe and the United States. U.S. officials have previously called on Mnangagwa to change Zimbabwe's laws restricting media freedom and allowing protests.
Mnangagwa's government last week banned anti-government protests by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, which accuses the authorities of political repression and mismanaging the economy. Police fired tear gas to disperse crowds and barred access to the MDC's Harare offices.
Anger among the population has mounted over triple-digit inflation, rolling power cuts and shortages of U.S. dollars, fuel and bread.
In March, President Donald Trump extended by one year U.S. sanctions against 100 entities and individuals in Zimbabwe, including Mnangagwa, saying his government had failed to bring about political and economic changes.
Make no mistake, UK Prime Minister Harold Wilson and our very own Henry Kissinger were the architects of Rhodesia's doom. Robert Mugabe showed such unlimited potential. The late Ian Smith predicted the outcome many decades ago.
[DAWN] Hong Kong police said on Monday they arrested 36 people, the youngest aged 12, after violence during anti-government demonstrations escalated as protesters hurled Molotov cocktails at security forces who responded with water cannon and tear gas.
Sunday's protests saw some of the fiercest festivities yet between police and demonstrators since protests escalated in mid-June over a now-suspended extradition bill that would have allowed Hong Kong people to be sent to mainland China for trial.
Police fired water cannon and volleys of tear gas in running battles with brick-throwing protesters on Sunday, the second day of violent festivities in the Chinese-ruled city.
Six officers drew their pistols and one officer fired a warning shot into the air, police said in a statement. "The escalating illegal and violent acts of radical protesters are not only outrageous, they also push Hong Kong to the verge of a very dangerous situation," the government said in a statement. Setting the stage for PLA intervention. Tienanmen II
More demonstrations are planned in the days and weeks ahead, including a rally at Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways headquarters on Wednesday to protest against perceived "white terror", a common expression to describe anonymous acts that create a climate of fear.
[DAWN] China allowed its yuan to sink on Monday while US President Donald Trump ...Perhaps no man has ever had as much fun being president of the US... said the two sides will talk "very seriously" about their war over trade and technology following tit-for-tat tariff hikes and Trump’s threat to order American companies to stop doing business with China.
The escalations prompted warnings that the chances of a settlement of the fight that threatens to tip the global economy into recession were disappearing. But Trump, speaking at the Group of Seven (G7) meeting of major economies in La Belle France, said serious negotiations would begin.
"We are going to start talking very seriously," Trump said. He said the Chinese "mean business".
Trump gave no details. Negotiators already were scheduled to meet next month in Washington following talks in Shanghai in July that ended with no signs of progress.
The Chinese central bank allowed the yuan to decline to 7.1468 to the dollar in tightly controlled trading. It was a relatively modest change from Friday’s low point of 7.0927 but its weakest rate since January 2008. The yuan has lost 6.5% from this year’s high on Feb 28.
Chinese leaders have promised to avoid "competitive devaluation" to help exporters in the face of Trump’s tariff hikes. But regulators are trying to make the state-set exchange rate more market oriented. That allows investor jitters about the tariff war and its impact on Chinese economic growth to push the yuan lower.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) ‐ An Oklahoma judge on Monday found Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries helped fuel the state’s opioid crisis and ordered the consumer products giant to pay $572 million, more than twice the amount another drug manufacturer agreed to pay in a settlement.
Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman’s ruling followed the first state opioid case to make it to trial and could help shape negotiations over roughly 1,500 similar lawsuits filed by state, local and tribal governments consolidated before a federal judge in Ohio.
"The opioid crisis has ravaged the state of Oklahoma," Balkman said before announcing the judgment. "It must be abated immediately."
An attorney for the companies said they plan to appeal the ruling to the Oklahoma Supreme Court.
Before Oklahoma’s trial began May 28, the state reached settlements with two other defendant groups ‐ a $270 million deal with OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma and an $85 million settlement with Israeli-owned Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.
Oklahoma argued the companies and their subsidiaries created a public nuisance by launching an aggressive and misleading marketing campaign that overstated how effective the drugs were for treating chronic pain and understated the risk of addiction. Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter says opioid overdoses killed 4,653 people in the state from 2007 to 2017.
Hunter called Johnson & Johnson a "kingpin" company that was motivated by greed. He specifically pointed to two former Johnson & Johnson subsidiaries, Noramco and Tasmanian Alkaloids, which produced much of the raw opium used by other manufacturers to produce the drugs.
[NPR] The College Board is dropping its plan to give SAT-takers a single score that captured a student's economic hardship. The change comes after blowback from university officials and parents of those taking the college admissions exam.
Announced in May, the "adversity score" was intended to assess the kind of neighborhood the applicant comes from, including factors such as the rate of teens who receive free or reduced lunch, the level of crime and the average educational attainment.
In an interview with NPR, College Board CEO David Coleman said boiling all of that complex information down to one number was problematic, and the company is now reversing that decision.
Some people worried that the adversity score would affect SAT scores, when that was never the case, Coleman said.
"The idea of a single score was confusing because it seemed that all of a sudden the College Board was trying to score adversity. That's not the College Board's mission," Coleman said. "The College Board scores achievement, not adversity."
And so, the College Board is launching a tool called Landscape, which will provide admissions counselors with information about a student's background, like average neighborhood income and crime rates, but Coleman said the data points will not be given a score.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.