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Cops who shoot unarmed Black people think everything is a gun. Except their own gun.

Cops who shoot unarmed Black people think everything is a gun. Except their own gun.

So, I’m reading about the cop who shot Daunte Wright in Minnesota on Sunday and the police chief who defended her deadly mistake, and I’m wondering if there has ever been a time in the history of law enforcement when an officer grabbed his Taser by accident when he meant to pull his gun. Kim Potter’s weapon was still warm when stories started appearing online about all the other cops across the country who had apparently made the same mistake as Potter and fired the kill gun instead of the stun gun. Advertisement White transit cop Johannes Mehserle said he pulled out the wrong weapon in...

April 14, 2021
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Construction deaths increased for third year in a row before pandemic: report

Construction deaths increased for third year in a row before pandemic: report

Construction fatalities accounted for more than 25% of all worker deaths in New York City after increasing for the third year in a row, according to a new study. While movers and shakers like to measure the city’s progress in projects and developments, the breakthroughs often come at a deadly cost. And construction workers pay the price at a rate that outpaces the nation, where only 19% of all worker deaths can be attributed to the construction trade. Advertisement Researchers relied on data from 2019, the year statistics on construction deaths was most recently available. They said it...

March 17, 2021
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Brooklyn Shomrim founder arrested by feds, charged with coercing minor for sex

Brooklyn Shomrim founder arrested by feds, charged with coercing minor for sex

A Brooklyn anti-crime patrol founder has been arrested and charged with coercing a 15-year-old girl to engage in illicit sexual conduct, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Jacob Daskal, 62, was arrested Thursday morning on a federal indictment charging him with transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and traveling with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. Advertisement Daskal is the founder of the Hasidic anti-crime patrol Shomrim Society in Borough Park. In 2018, He was arrested then for the alleged abuse that authorities said took place at...

March 4, 2021
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Rush Limbaugh, firebrand right-wing radio host and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, dead at 70

Rush Limbaugh, firebrand right-wing radio host and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, dead at 70

Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh, the flame-throwing talk show host who revolutionized right-wing radio, died Wednesday after a long and public battle with lung cancer. He was 70. Advertisement Limbaugh’s wife, Kathryn, announced his death on his radio show Wednesday. Limbaugh told his listeners in January 2020 that he had advanced lung cancer, days before receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from then-President Donald Trump at the State of the Union address. Advertisement The polarizing pundit, who was revered on the right and lampooned on the left, dominated the airwaves for...

February 17, 2021
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Wearing horns and fur pelts during the Capitol riot, Jacob Chansley now wants to testify against Trump at impeachment trial

Wearing horns and fur pelts during the Capitol riot, Jacob Chansley now wants to testify against Trump at impeachment trial

A Capitol riot leader who said he was “betrayed” by Donald Trump for not pardoning him is willing to testify against the former president at his impeachment trial next month, his lawyer said. Arizona’s Jacob Chansley, who famously took part in the Jan. 6 insurrection while sporting face paint, no shirt and a furry hat with horns, was “horrendously smitten” by Trump, said Chansley’s lawyer, Albert Watkins. Advertisement But that devotion ended along with Trump’s term when the former president left the White House without granting a pardon to Chansley and others who participated in the riot....

January 29, 2021
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George McDonald, who founded NYC homeless advocacy nonprofit The Doe Fund, dead at 76

George McDonald, who founded NYC homeless advocacy nonprofit The Doe Fund, dead at 76

Ready, willing and able. This was the simple credo by which a generous man lived his life, and the philosophy adopted by the nonprofit he started to give homeless men and women a chance. Advertisement Doe Fund founder and president George McDonald died Tuesday after a battle with lung cancer, but not before he made an impact on the city by reaching into its gritty underbelly to put people back on their feet. “No person has done more to improve the lives of homeless adult men in New York City than George,” the company said in a statement announcing McDonald’s death. “His fiery Irish Catholic...

January 27, 2021
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First Black defense secretary, Lloyd Austin, vows to keep country safe from enemies — from within

First Black defense secretary, Lloyd Austin, vows to keep country safe from enemies — from within

New defense chief Lloyd Austin said he was proud and grateful to be the first African American civilian to be in charge of the nation’s military. But more important to him is not being the last. Advertisement Austin was confirmed Friday as the county’s 28th secretary of defense in a near-unanimous Senate confirmation vote, giving the history-making military man what he says is a mandate to make change. Near the top of the list for the retired four-star general is building an armed forces that is much more tolerant. Advertisement “If confirmed, I will fight hard to stamp out sexual assault,...

January 23, 2021
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Cuomo to suspend all in-person press conferences

Cuomo to suspend all in-person press conferences

Gov. Cuomo has pulled the plug on his popular coronavirus press briefings, trading his in-person seat behind a desk for a link on a live-streaming platform. Following spikes in COVID-19 cases across New York and the latest CDC guidelines, the governor is temporarily ending all in-person updates in both Albany and New York City,, senior advisor Rich Azzopardi said Tuesday evening. Advertisement “Since the beginning, we’ve talked about the important role the media has played in educating the public about this pandemic,” Azzopardi said in a statement. “But given the new stricter CDC guidelines...

December 9, 2020
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Biden edges ahead in race for White House as flood of mail-in votes pushes him past Trump in Michigan

Biden edges ahead in race for White House as flood of mail-in votes pushes him past Trump in Michigan

Joe Biden pulled ahead of President Trump in the critical battleground state of Michigan early Wednesday, putting him back on track to potentially narrowly win the presidential election after early setbacks. in Michigan as the Democrat notched huge margins in mail-in votes that were being counted after the president took a strong lead in votes cast on Election Day. Advertisement Michigan awards 16 Electoral College votes. With Biden taking the lead in the count in Michigan, and ahead in neighboring Wisconsin and Arizona, the Democrat was leading in enough states to win 270 Electoral College...

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November 4, 2020
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Bigger fish to fry: The only thing worse than Trump getting 3 Supreme Court picks is if he gets 4 or 5

Bigger fish to fry: The only thing worse than Trump getting 3 Supreme Court picks is if he gets 4 or 5

I sat in the same room with Clarence Thomas once, me, a bunch of photographers taking pictures and senators asking questions, and I remember having the same anxiety then, as I am having now, about defeat and inevitability. And as we await what is being billed as a senate battle royale over the latest Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, I find that I am not so bothered by the hypocrisy of it all as I am by the complacency and political apathy that got us here in the first place. Advertisement The hypocrisy is a surprise to no one. I know the body is still figuratively warm, but did...

September 28, 2020
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