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41 shot Saturday night in NYC with at least 4 dead in citywide explosion of gun violence
New York City turned into the Wild West as a series of shootings claiming four lives and injuring 37 others erupted amid Fourth of July celebrations.
The shocking wave of violence came as the city was reeling from ongoing anti-police brutality protests, weeks of lockdown orders prompted by the coronavirus outbreak and soaring summer temperatures. Adding to the chaotic atmosphere, illegal fireworks exploded in all five boroughs throughout the night.
In the first fatal shooting of the night, Jose Cepeda, a young father, was blasted in the chest a little after midnight Sunday in East New York, Brooklyn.
Cepeda, 20, and a friend had a “little disagreement” in front of the victim’s home on Atkins Ave. near Pitkin Ave. that turned deadly, neighbor Natasha Ramsay told the Daily News.
“The first one shot got him dead,” Ramsay, 42, said. “It’s so sad.”
Medics rushed Cepeda to Brookdale University Hospital but he couldn’t be saved.
That was just the first in a series of horrifying incidents that cop unions blamed on Mayor de Blasio and Council Speaker Corey Johnson, who last week passed an annual budget that shifted about $1 billion away from the NYPD, a move aimed at meeting activists’ demands for police reform.
Two Dead and 8 Injured After Early Morning Shooting at South Carolina Club
Chicago sees an uptick in gun violence during pandemic
Grandfather: Stray bullet killed boy grabbing phone charger
Texas Man Charged In Shooting Death Of Girlfriend, Who Was Pregnant With Twins, Body Found Next To Sonogram
7-year-old girl shot dead in Chicago identified as Natalia Wallace
Armed Black Militia Challenges White Nationalists at Georgia's Stone Mountain Park
EXCLUSIVE: Australian surfer kidnapped and raped every night for two months on a squalid houseboat in India reveals how she escaped when her captor made one simple mistake - and why she fears there are other victims out there
A young pro surfer was held captive on a squalid houseboat and raped every night for two months after she was kidnapped in India.
Carmen Greentree was just 22 when she took time out from surfing to study under the Dalai Lama in the Himalayas in May 2004.
After saying goodbye to her parents in Sydney, she touched down in New Delhi and fell victim to scammers posing as government tourism operators.
Ms Greentree was picked up from Srinagar airport on May 27 by Rafiq Ahmad Dundoo, who told her it was too dangerous to be outside alone as a woman and she needed to stay with him.
Staying on boats on the picturesque lake surrounded by mountains is a tourist attraction in the area, so this plan wasn't out of the ordinary.
But very quickly after she arrived, Ms Greentree realised Dundoo had no intention of letting her leave and by the first night was already trying to force himself on her.
'It was constant pressure from the moment I got there. He was never going to let me go,' she said.
Dundoo hit her whenever she tried to stand up for herself or 'if he had enough of me [talking] he would whack me across the face'.
On the boat were Dundoo's elderly mother and father, two brothers, and his wife, and their baby. None of them would help her escape.
'I attempted to tell Rafiq's father in the hope he would help me but he was very dismissive straight away,' she said.
'I think his brothers and father knew [he was abusing me] but they thought it was normal, they just considered women to be property.'
Dundoo's mother didn't speak any English, but she talked to his wife who told her how she gave up a promising medical career to marry him.
'She said it was her honour… that she gave up everything to serve her husband and that's how she serves Allah,' she said.
Ryan Adams Has Apologized For His
Florida State University tells staff they can’t care for kids while working remotely
Florida State University has informed its employees that as of Aug. 7 they will no longer be allowed to care for their children while working from home during the coronavirus pandemic, according to reports.
77% of White Voters Approve of Police, Just 26% of Black Americans Agree
While approximately 68 percent of American voters approve of the job the police are doing, according to a new Hill-HarrisX poll, that percentage drops down to 26 when only Black voters are counted. Comparatively, 77 percent of white voters approve of how police are doing their jobs, revealing a racial divide when it comes to how police are perceived.
An online poll of 951 registered voters conducted between June 22 and 23 asked respondents whether they approved or disapproved of the jobs of different workers. These groups included the police, healthcare workers, local politicians, journalists and national politicians.
Overall, healthcare workers had a 94 percent approval rating amongst all voters, local politicians received 62 percent, journalists got 59 percent and national politicians got 56 percent.
There is no epidemic of fatal police shootings against unarmed Black Americans
Controversy over keeping police in Chicago schools rages on, moves to City Council
Wealthy Hamptons Residents Are Hiring Security Guards After Protests
Portland police declare riot as protests turn violent again
Fact check: 1994 crime bill did not bring mass incarceration of Black Americans
Twitter engineers replacing racially loaded tech terms like 'master,' 'slave'
For Regynald Augustin, a Black programmer at Twitter, the impetus for change arrived in an email last year with the phrase "automatic slave rekick."
The words were just part of an engineering discussion about restarting a secondary process, but they prompted Augustin to start trying to change Twitter's use of words with racist connections. Augustin was used to seeing the term "slave" in technical contexts. "But with 'rekick' -- I was madder than I ever thought I'd be in the workplace," he said.
First on his own and then joining forces with another engineer, Kevin Oliver, he helped spearhead an effort to replace terms like "master," "slave," "whitelist" and "blacklist" with words that didn't hearken back to oppressive parts of United States history and culture. He recounted his thoughts at the time: "This has to stop. This isn't cool. We have to change this now."
Delaware city removes whipping post once used to punish Black people from public plaza
Dr. Benjamin S. Carson Sr. Statues of George Washington and other heroes are being razed. We should be celebrating them.
‘Mad Men’ Adding Disclaimer to Episode Containing Depiction of Blackface
How can we have a conversation about race when we don't talk about it?
Silencing 'Song of the South': Why Disney's most racist film remains a cultural flash point
Young Americans Are Partying Hard and Spreading Covid-19 Quickly
Covid-19 is increasingly a disease of the young, with the message to stay home for the sake of older loved ones wearing off as the pandemic wears on.
The dropping age of the infected is becoming one of the most pressing problems for local officials, who continued Wednesday to set curfews and close places where the young gather. U.S. health experts say that they are more likely to be active and asymptomatic, providing a vast redoubt for the coronavirus that has killed almost 130,000 Americans.
In Arizona, half of all positive cases are people from the ages of 20 to 44, according to state data. The median age in Florida is 37, down from 65 in March. In Texas’s Hays County, people in their 20s make up 50% of the victims.
Some Restaurants Are Closing Again After Customers Throw Fits Over Wearing Masks
PSA uses mask-wearing 'Friday the 13th' slasher villain to get New Yorkers to ... wear masks
He posted his regrets over attending a party in California. The next day, he died of coronavirus
Some States To Out-Of-Towners: If You Come Visit, Plan To Quarantine For 2 Weeks
Family of Man Who Died of Coronavirus Hit With $1 Million Hospital Bill
They were arrested for breaking lockdown rules. Then they died in police custody
Black Exotic Dancers Demand Better Treatment With ‘Stripper Strike’
At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, when strip clubs across the country were shuttering and dancers found themselves abruptly out of work, the Portland, Oregon strip club the Lucky Devil Lounge started a food-delivery service called Boober Eats in order to provide some of its employees work. The concept went viral (and was, in fact, covered by this publication), but local black dancers noticed something odd: its Instagram featured relatively few black dancers.
This wasn’t surprising to some black dancers in Portland, like Cat Hollis and Brianna Cistrunk, who say the club has a reputation for almost exclusively hiring white dancers. “They say they’re a ‘rock ‘n roll club’ [which means] they only hire a certain aesthetic,” Cistrunk says. “It’s an unspoken thing but it’s very well-known among most girls.” This perception was magnified a few weeks later, following the death of George Floyd, when the club posted a (now-deleted) photo on Instagram of #BlackLivesMatter flags festooning the stage. “There was a huge argument that happened in the comments,” says Hollis. She commented: “There are more #BlackLivesMatter signs than there have ever been black butts on that stage.” (Shon Boulden, owner of the Lucky Devil Lounge, tells Rolling Stone the controversy stemmed from “a lot of misconceptions of how our club operates,” though he acknowledged that only two or three of the club’s 30 dancers are black.”If there ever was the idea that we weren’t open to hiring all ethnicities, I guess I’d just want say, yes of course we do,” he says. “In our hiring, maybe it didn’t look like we were.”)
Restaurant Dress Codes Have Long Been a Tool for Racist Discrimination
Black Survivor Contestants Say They Were Edited Into Stereotypes on the Show
A white man was arrested after pulling a gun on a Black homeowner in Miami-Dade County
Black Family Claims White Neighbor Falsely Accused Them of Assault After Patio Dispute
Woman Evicted After Hurling Racist Abuse at Black Soldier
Worker 'No Longer Employed' at Hotel After Calling Police on Black Family
31% of Asian Americans say they've been subject to racist slurs or jokes since the coronavirus pandemic began
Utah reinstates defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley after investigation into racist language
It's 'Our Fault': Nextdoor CEO Takes Blame For Deleting Of Black Lives Matter Posts
Black Trans Woman Merci Mack Shot to Death in Dallas
Merci Mack, a 22-year-old Black transgender woman, was found shot to death Tuesday in Dallas.
A passerby called police and emergency personnel after noticing Mack lying unresponsive in the parking lot of an apartment complex about 6:15 a.m., TV station KXAS reports. Dallas Fire-Rescue workers pronounced her dead at the scene. Neighbors had heard gunshots in the area about 5 a.m.
Dozens of Mack’s friends posted messages of sorrow and remembrance on her Facebook page. “My heart is very heavy, Merci you will be truly missed, I am going miss arguing with you, laughing, singing dancing and mostly watching them fine Men!” one wrote.
Over the last five years, more trans people have died by violence in Texas than in any other state, according to The Dallas Morning News, and almost half of those homicides have been in Dallas. Nationwide, Mack’s death is at least the 19th homicide of a trans person this year, with most of the victims being Black or Latinx.
Black American Airlines passenger says she was called racial slur before being kicked off flight
An American Airlines’ customer tells WBTV she was kicked off a flight from Charlotte without warning. The Black woman says another customer called her a racial slur but that the company decided to remove her from the flight and not him.
Tarajiah Reed was returning from a vacation with her fiancé when she says a connecting flight in Charlotte escalated into a nightmare.
She says before boarding the flight she had her mask around her chin and was waiting for a new one when another passenger confronted her.
'I don't feel safe with you driving around my neighborhood': White man 'follows black woman, 21, for TWO MILES' demanding to know what she was doing there
Hampton Inn employee is fired after calling cops on a black guest and her two children, telling the mother that 'it's always people like you using the pool unauthorized'
MythBusters' Adam Savage Accused of Sexually Assaulting Sister as a Child in Lawsuit
Former MythBusters co-host Adam Savage's sister filed a lawsuit against him on Tuesday, alleging he sexually abused her numerous times when they were children.
In the complaint obtained by the New York Post, Miranda Pacchiana, 51, claims the abuse happened when she was between 7-10 years old and Savage was between 9-12 years old, when their family was living in Sleepy Hollow, New York.
Colombian soldiers accused of raping indigenous teen in second case to emerge in a week
Former NYPD commissioner: Mayor de Blasio is 'surrendering' to violent crime
Former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told “Your World” on Monday that he attributes the recent violence in the city and the increase in officers retiring from the police department to Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“I put this all out at the feet of Mayor de Blasio,” Kelly told host Neil Cavuto on Monday.
“He sapped the strength of the NYPD since he took office in 2014,” he added.
Kelly made the comments the day after NYPD officers, responding to a report of shots fired in Manhattan, were met with a large crowd throwing bottles and debris at them.
The New York City Police Benevolent Association shared a video that showed the crowd shouting and throwing multiple glass bottles at a police cruiser. The incident occurred when officers attempted to disperse the group of nearly 500 people in the neighborhood of Harlem.
N.Y.C. Basketball Star, 17, Is Fatally Shot Days After Graduating from High School
A 17-year-old high school basketball star was fatally shot in the neck Saturday night— just days after graduating.
Shortly before midnight, New York City police responded to a shooting in the Bronx where they discovered 17-year-old Brandon Hendricks suffering from a gunshot wound to the neck, the NYPD confirms.
Hendricks was transported to Saint Barnabas Hospital, where he was pronounced dead from his injuries, according to the NYPD's statement.
Hendricks graduated from James Monroe High School last week and was a star on the school's basketball team.
How Dollar Stores Became Magnets for Crime and Killing
These Photos Of Pandemic Plastic Fitness Pods Are As Post-Apocalyptic As You'd Imagine
On June 12, California schools, bars, gyms, and a handful of other facilities in the state could reopen after an order from Governor Gavin Newsom. Of course, reopening comes with more than a few caveats. Per rules from the California Department of Health, in order to reopen, gyms have to abide by a number of stricter health and safety guidelines. This includes things like requiring guests to wear masks while entering and exiting the gym, encouraging the use of masks while working out, more stringent sanitation processes, and consistently enforcing social distancing guidelines. The guidelines also recommend fitness centers like yoga studios require guests to bring their own mats and towels. While “plastic pods” is not listed in the guidelines, Inspire South Bay Fitness in Redondo Beach, California saw an opportunity and just went for it.
Police announce charges against suspect who viciously beat Macy's employee in 'unprovoked attack'
Michigan police have finally announced criminal charges against the suspect who brutally attacked a Macy's store manager.
On Friday afternoon, Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton announced he has charged 18-year-old Damire Palmer with "assault to do great bodily harm less than murder," WJRT-TV reported.
The crime is a felony and carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years.
2 teenage boys shot to death after asking man how tall he was while buying candy
Police nab teen gunman who opened fire in East Harlem street, hitting 7-year-old girl with stray bullet
VIDEO: Black Lives Matter mob storms Target, threatens to 'shut down' business if they cooperate with police
What we know about a shooting at a protest in Louisville
A Starbucks barista received nearly $80,000 in tips after being singled out for refusing to serve a customer not wearing a mask
A Starbucks barista who was publicly shamed by a customer after asking her to wear a face mask has received nearly $80,000 in virtual tips after a Facebook post that criticized him went viral.
Lenin Gutierrez, 24, was working his usual shift at a San Diego Starbucks on a Monday morning when a woman -- who was not wearing a mask -- walked in and attempted to place an order, he told CNN.
Gutierrez asked her if she had a face mask -- but before he was even able to show her company guidelines requiring customers to wear one, the woman flipped him off and "started cursing up a storm," he said.