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Despite lockdown orders, murder rates are rising in cities across America
The Police Executive Research Forum examined data on crime in 30 US cities for the period from March 16 to April 12. The law enforcement think tank found that murders increased in nine cities over the same four-week period last year.
Nashville reported the biggest bump, a 233% increase, from 4 homicides in 2019 to 14 in 2020.
Often "the victims and suspects knew or likely knew each other, or had been engaged in some type of dispute," Metropolitan Nashville Police Department spokesperson Don Aaron told Insider.
The PERF report also found varying increases in Baltimore; San Diego; Denver; Detroit; New Rochelle, New York; Charleston, South Carolina; Newark, New Jersey; and Prince George's County, Maryland.
Cities not included in the study have also seen spikes.
New York City reported 67% more homicides in April 2020 than April 2019, an "incredibly troubling" number of which resulted from domestic violence, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea told 1010 WINS.
False news swirls around Minneapolis officer in fatal arrest
Religious exemptions are gutting civil rights protections, advocacy groups warn
The Trump administration's expansion of religious exemptions is undermining civil rights protections and codifying discrimination against marginalized groups — particularly LGBTQ people — according to a report released Monday by three research and advocacy groups.
Using a combination of new rules, legal interventions and newly created divisions, the departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, Labor and State have all taken steps to advance "religious liberty," often at the expense of LGBTQ rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Center for American Progress and the Movement Advancement Project argue in their report.
The proposed rules — from the departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, Labor, Housing and Urban Development, Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, Agriculture and Education, along with the U.S. Agency for International Development — would undo several Obama-era regulations, including those that require federally funded religious organizations to inform beneficiaries about certain rights.
For example, if a homeless LGBTQ teen sought help from a faith-based provider and the provider was not accepting of the teen's sexual orientation or gender identity, the provider would no longer have to inform the teen under the new rule about alternative providers that may be more accepting.
"These rules would be harmful to LGBTQ people, women, religious minorities and others during the best of times, but they're particularly unconscionable during a public health crisis when even more people than usual are relying on social services," said Rachel Laser, president of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, which was not involved with Monday's report.
Yale psychiatrist Bandy Lee: Lockdown protesters resemble “child soldiers” and “urban gangs”
A Yale psychiatrist has warned that pro-Trump lockdown protesters, who exhibit similar psychology as "child soldiers," could quickly turn into "armed troops in the streets" if the president loses his re-election bid.
Lee has also served as a project group leader for the World Health Organization Violence Prevention Alliance. She told Salon that Trump's recent call to "liberate" Democratic-led states was a dog whistle to his core supporters.
"Subconsciously, it is a loyalty test for the people," Lee said. "In Africa, where I did some ethnographic work, child soldiers would be recruited and made to kill a family member to demonstrate their allegiance to the government and not to the family. Similarly, in urban gangs in America, one may be challenged to kill a police officer to prove one's willingness to uphold gang rules over societal rules.
"When Donald Trump suggests that the virus be taken as a 'hoax', that people gather in churches or that people protest for their own sacrifice, he is actually testing people's loyalty to the 'laws' of his mind over the laws of nature, or even impulse for survival. The more he abuses them, the greater their devotion grows, since the psychological cost of admitting their mistake is ever higher — and so it becomes easier to dig a well of unreality than to see the obvious truth.
Police searching for Brooklyn man who groped 7 women in 3 hours
BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, Brooklyn (WABC) -- Authorities are searching for a serial groper responsible for several incidents on Friday.
Police say the male suspect approached several women in a three-and-a-half-hour period between 8:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. in Bedford Stuyvesant.
All of the victims were approached while they were walking on the street, authorities say.
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Louisiana police officer faces rape charge after being accused of coercing sex during speeding stop
Woman Robbed at Gunpoint in Naperville Motel Room
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Missouri man poses as teenage girl on social media to solicit sex photos from kids: Police
Younger blacks and Latinos are dying of COVID-19 at higher rates in California
Black and Latino Californians ages 18 to 64 are dying more frequently of COVID-19 than their white and Asian counterparts relative to their share of the population, a Times analysis of state health department data shows.
Newly released figures on the grim toll of the novel coronavirus show once again profound disparities in people’s odds of survival that fall along racial and ethnic lines. In this case, the data also belie the conventional wisdom that old age is the primary risk factor for death.
When accounting for each group’s percentage of the population, blacks and Latinos under the age of 65 had a higher share of fatalities than even older blacks and Latinos. The trend is particularly noticeable among those age 18 to 49, The Times analysis found.
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Dearly Beloved, I Miss His Big Dick Energy (But Not His Big Dick)
I’m 24 and I’m from the suburbs outside of NYC and I’m in love with this guy from some “West Bubble Fuck” area in New Jersey. He’s 29 and has his life somewhat together; however, I can’t trust him. We went out for a few months and I had the best time of my life with him, but my asshole wasn’t happy with his dick size.
Well, his dick is like ten inches long, very thick and I’m just not trying to have a gaping asshole.
The times when I’ve taken enough muscle relaxers, the sex was great, especially the time that we were fucking on the balcony of our hotel suite — that was definitely porn scene material.
Haha. Anyway, after a while having sex with him just became unbearable and I couldn’t manage. He wants to have sex spontaneously and would randomly pull over asking if we could fuck in the car right now. However, having sex with him for me has to be planned so that I won’t feel uncomfortable, but he hated that.
One day I was going through his phone and I saw that he was messaging other guys and meeting up for sex, so I broke up with him.
Time after time, he would hit me up saying he misses me and blah blah, but the truth is that I miss him, too, and not for his dick.
A year later we met up in Manhattan and we hung out, it was clear that he’s been to the gay bars there a lot because a lot of cheap skanks kept coming up to him and left when they saw me with him. The bar scene in NYC was new to me since I never really cared to go before; however, I did learn that I should never wear anything designer to the Ritz again. I even lost my Louis Vuitton bracelet there, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was even stolen.
Anyway, he wants to get back together now, but I think it’s pointless because I can’t handle his dick but I still have feelings for him. What should I do? Please help me…
Oyster Bay Hunty
Italian mob seeks to profit from coronavirus crisis, prosecutors say
Italy’s mafia clans are taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to buy favour with poor families facing financial ruin, prosecutors and officials say, and are offering loans and food in what is seen as an age-old recruitment tactic.
After decades of campaigning to curb the influence of the mafia in its traditional strongholds of southern Italy, officials and charitable groups say the pandemic has created new opportunities for organised crime to regain people’s loyalties.
“We know that ‘families of friends’, all of them loan sharks, are making themselves available to give money to the people in difficulty,” said Amedeo Scaramella, using a euphemism by which clans of the Camorra criminal syndicate are known.
Scaramella, a lawyer by training, heads the San Giuseppe Moscato Foundation, a Catholic group in Naples that fights loan sharking, in part by guaranteeing bank loans to people normally considered credit risks.
He told Reuters the sharks start by offering loans at rates that compete with banks and later entrap borrowers by driving them up to 300%.
Two felons break out of Wisconsin prison, residents told 'lock your doors'
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“Twinks for Trump” founder held a “corona potluck” to spread the virus
“Twink for Trump” Lucian Wintrich talked to the New York Post about a “corona potluck” – a get-together he organized where he discouraged people from washing their hands – that he organized earlier this month.
Wintrich, who parlayed his notoriety from the group Twinks for Trump into a paid gig at the far-right website Gateway Pundit, said that the idea was inspired by “chickenpox parties” – where parents take their kids to deliberately infect them with the disease.
Rodney Howard-Browne, Megachurch Pastor Who Flouted Virus Rules, Arrested
University that punishes students for being gay told kids to go to class during coronavirus. Now they’re really ill
‘Sick experiment’: Arizona not implementing coronavirus lockdown measures
Crowds ignore social distancing rules to watch USNS Comfort
Feds: Price-Gouging Suspect Coughed on FBI Agents, Said He Had Coronavirus
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Be a good Samaritan: N.Y. lawmaker calls out minister for anti-LGBTQ remarks
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Kathy Griffin Was Sent To A Coronavirus Ward With "Unbearably Painful" Symptoms — And Can't Get Tested
Donald J. Trump
Just reported that the United States has done far more “testing” than any other nation, by far! In fact, over an eight day span, the United States now does more testing than what South Korea (which has been a very successful tester) does over an eight week span. Great job!
So Kathy called out that claim and shared a terrifying experience of her own.
"He’s lying," the comedian wrote.
White supremacists encouraging their members to spread coronavirus to cops, Jews, FBI says
Racist extremist groups, including neo-Nazis and other white supremacists, are encouraging members who contract novel coronavirus disease to spread the contagion to cops and Jews, according to intelligence gathered by the FBI.
In an alert obtained by ABC News, the FBI’s New York office reports that "members of extremist groups are encouraging one another to spread the virus, if contracted, through bodily fluids and personal interactions."
Thanks to the ‘Trump Effect,’ white nationalist hate just keeps growing and intensifying
Gays Must Stop Cheek-Kissing During the Coronavirus Outbreak
The French call it "la bise." For many gay men, it is a customary greeting at Sunday brunch or any other communal gathering: cheek-kissing, where one or both sides of the face receive a smooch from a friend.
However, such a gesture could help spread the outbreak of COVID-19 (or coronavirus disease), say world health officials, who are cautioning against cheek-kissing, hand-shaking, and high-fives.
Elbow bumps are the new handshake, here's why
Evangelical Christians are linking LGBTQ people to the coronavirus now
New CDC guidance says older adults should 'stay at home as much as possible' due to coronavirus
Chicago Sees String of Grindr Stun Gun Robberies
Chicago police are investigating a string of robberies in which suspects used Grindr to lure men to hotel rooms, then robbed them using stun guns.
At least five similar robberies involving the gay dating app were reported in the downtown area between Dec. 22 and Jan. 28.
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U.S. Issues Security Alert In Spain Over Sexual Assaults: Is The Criminal Justice System Failing?
The U.S. embassy in Madrid has warned American citizens of the rising number of sex attacks in Spain.
The diplomatic office issued the alert on February 3. According to the embassy, the decision was taken in response to the Spanish Ministry of Interior’s report over a “steady increase in the number of sexual assaults over the past five years.”
The embassy has urged U.S. citizens visiting and living in Spain, including the international students based across the country, to “take precautions against sexual assault” during their stay.
Among the recommendations, the office has suggested drinking responsibly and using “the buddy system,” consisting of traveling with a friend or family member. In case of assault, people are advised to call 112–Spain’s emergency number—immediately.
CVS Is Reportedly a Major Donor to Trump’s 2020 Campaign
If you canceled your Equinox membership over revelations one of its executives hosted a Trump fundraiser, you may want to reconsider your next CVS visit.
The hashtag #BoycottCVS began trending on Thursday following news the company plans to cut reimbursements for women who receive birth control through the mail, which led to swift condemnations from groups like NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Oddly enough, that might not be the only reason for CVS customers to join the campaign. CVS Health Corp. is allegedly one of the largest donors to the president’s reelection campaign. The report was originally published in the Wall Street Journal in February 2018, and the Federal Election Commission website shows they gave $35,000 to the Trump Victory PAC.
8 warning signs that a man is having a midlife crisis
Sports cars and hairpieces. Robbing the cradle and running away. Sure they're cliche, but if these images leap to mind when you hear the words "midlife crisis," you're not alone.
The thing about cliches, though, is most are based on fact. In this case, the facts are staggering. More than half of respondents to a poll on Notmuch.com, a website produced by Wisconsin Public Radio, said that the midlife crisis is a "very real, gut-wrenchingly depressing experience that we all go through at one time or another."
Does this mean that the man in your life is suffering through a crisis of his own? Not necessarily, but here are eight symptoms of the male midlife crisis and what you can do about them:
4. He makes a dramatic change in his personal style or appearance and is suddenly spending lots of time in front of a mirror
If your man has kicked up the vanity a notch (for example, wants hair plugs or starts getting facials even though he used to take pleasure in shower-free weekends), then you may have a problem. If the guy who always prided himself on his Roman nose is now talking about rhinoplasty, then your problem is a little bigger. The first step in boosting your man's bruised (and aging) ego is to compliment him. Sometimes, however, this isn't enough. That's when you just have to be patient.
Unfortunately, an increased sense of vanity is sometimes a sign that a man is having an affair. Obviously this is a bigger problem that usually requires couples counseling to repair the relationship, if it's possible at all.
Midlife Crisis Signs & Guide