AT least five people have been killed and 22 injured as violence erupted at the start of the July 4 weekend. Nine people, including a teen, were gunned down in a mass shooting in Newark, New Jersey on Thursday. A cop was killed and up to six officers were injured as they responded to an armed-hostage situation in Kentucky, while two people died in a mass shooting in Chicago. NEW JERSEY Cops revealed that four adults and a teen took themselves to the hospital after being shot. Police said that four other victims were taken to hospital by medics. Cops have since identified a white Honda Pilot car as a vehicle of interest as part of their investigation, Fox19 reported. read more on shootings GUNNED DOWN Fox News star's brother dead in Chicago weekend violence that also killed baby GUNNED DOWN At least 2 dead after 10 people gunned down in mass shooting outside McDonald’s Police believe that the car was … [Read more...] about July 4 weekend gets off to violent start with 5 killed and 22 injured including 9 gunned down in one mass shooting
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As investigators dig deeper into the law enforcement response to the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas , a host of disturbing questions remain about what officers on the scene knew as the deadly attack was unfolding. Did they know children were trapped in a classroom with the gunman? Was that potentially critical information relayed to the incident commander on the scene? And did officers challenge the commander's decision not to promptly storm the classroom? Authorities have not released audio of the 911 calls or radio communications but have confirmed dispatchers received panicked 911 calls from students trapped inside the locked classroom with the gunman while officers waited in a hallway outside. In an apparent breakdown in communications, Texas state Sen. Roland Gutierrez said Thursday that the commander overseeing police at the crime scene, school district Police Chief Pete Arredondo, was never informed that children were calling 911 from inside the school. … [Read more...] about What did police know as the Texas school shooting unfolded?
Two police officers in Kentucky were killed and five others wounded in a shootout Thursday evening while serving a domestic violence order. The shooting happened in Floyd County and police have charged 49-year-old Lance Storz with two counts of murder, four counts of attempted murder, and for assault of a service animal, according to the Lexington Herald Leader. “As we learn more about the tragic shooting in Allen last night, we are heartbroken to learn of the deaths of two law enforcement officers and injuries to others,” Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R-KY) tweeted . “Please keep the families of these brave officers in your prayers. Our law enforcement exhibited unimaginable heroism and sacrifice last night in the face of evil.” The shooting, which happened in the eastern Kentucky town of Allen, is still under investigation by Kentucky State Police though the suspect has been detained on a $10 million bond in a Pike County jail. Storz … [Read more...] about Two Police Officers Killed In Shootout In Kentucky | The Daily Wire
Illustration by Pat Oliphant IF there is any issue on which this year's presidential contenders seem stereotyped, it is the environment. George W. Bush is seen as a pro-business oilman who would let polluters run amok, Al Gore as a fanatical tree-hugger who would terrorize industry with onerous ecological restrictions. Political stereotypes usually arise from rhetoric, and in both candidates' speeches can be found comments that support these standard perceptions. But their records are a different matter. What the nominees have actually done demonstrates that Bush is hardly a foe of conservation and Gore is hardly an environmental extremist. Both are more centrist on environmental issues than is commonly assumed. And either, if elected, may have a considerable surprise in store for us—a pleasant, green surprise. Each man's image gives him the chance to play against type with a "Nixon goes to China" initiative in which he would propose as President exactly the sorts of reforms he … [Read more...] about Green Surpise
It’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment, but in episode two of The Terminal List the camera scans across the bookshelf of Navy Seal commander James Reece and reveals that his favoured reading matter includes Sun Tzu’s classic The Art Of War and the 21st century bestseller The Accidental Guerrilla. That tells us all we need to know about the mindset of the hero/anti-hero of the piece, signposting his transition from straight-up military man to rogue vigilante. Based on a book by real-life Seal Jack Carr, The Terminal List stars Chris Pratt as Reece, a soldier whose mind is deeply shaken by the death of a dozen soldiers from his unit on a mission that goes disastrously wrong. Haunted by horrible memories on his return, grilled by suits on his version of events, Reece can’t decide which way is up. But then he starts to suspect he’s been played for a fool. It’s an interesting premise, not least because the first 15 minutes of The Terminal List is devoted to the chaotic … [Read more...] about The Terminal List review: ‘A wasted opportunity in this Chris Pratt series’
MY favorite photograph of Kurt Weill captures the enigmatic quality of his life and music. At a rehearsal for the 1943 show Mary Martin sits atop an upright piano, her shapely legs dangling in front of the composer's face. Weill seems to be somewhere else. Baby-faced and bald, his eyes half closed, he seems to be playing for himself alone. His blank expression could mask humiliation or contempt or delight -- you can't tell. What is this professor doing on Broadway? This year is Kurt Weill's centenary, so the calendar is full of Weill events -- and for once there seems to be a real urgency to the commemorative festivities. Weill remains a cult composer, known mainly for a handful of songs; most of his complete works are rarely performed, and critical opinion is still unsettled. Hearing his works again -- particularly the revelatory early Second Symphony and the overpraised "Broadway opera" -- could restore balance to a reputation long skewed. The standard view of Weill divides … [Read more...] about Threepenny Composer