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    4th of July weekend shootings result in the deaths of at least 6 children

    CHICAGO — A group of American families and communities are in mourning Monday, July 6 following shooting incidents over the Fourth of July weekend that resulted in the deaths of six children — the youngest just 6 years old. The fatal incidents come as shootings are on the rise in places like New York City – and continue to persist in Chicago, where a girl attending a holiday party was among the recent victims. “Tonight, a 7-year-old girl in Austin joined a list of teenagers and children whose hopes and dreams […]

  • Frederick Douglass statue torn down in NY on anniversary of famous 4th of July speech

    Frederick Douglass statue torn down in NY on anniversary of famous 4th of July speech

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass was ripped from its base in Rochester, N.Y., on the anniversary of one of his most famous speeches, which he delivered in that city in 1852. The statue of Douglass was dismantled and taken on Sunday, July 5 from Maplewood Park, a site along the Underground Railroad where Douglass and Harriet Tubman helped shuttle slaves to freedom. The statue was found at the brink of the Genesee River gorge about 50 feet (15 meters) […]

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    Colin Kaepernick mocked for tweet calling 4th of July ‘celebration of white supremacy’

    NEW YORK — Colin Kaepernick was ripped on social media over the weekend over his tweet denouncing the Fourth of July holiday — which comes about nine years after he was celebrating America’s independence. Kaepernick posted a video showing the Ku Klux Klan, police brutality, slavery and lynchings. He denounced the nation’s 244th birthday as a “celebration of white supremacy.” Related: Kaepernick denounces 4th of July as ‘celebration of white supremacy’  “Black ppl have been dehumanized, brutalized, criminalized + terrorized by […]

  • ‘Costco Karen’ throws fit over face mask policy, Twitter video shows

    NEW YORK — One Costco shopper didn’t comply when asked to wear a mask. An unidentified Costco customer has gone viral for refusing to wear a face mask inside the superstore amid the coronavirus health crisis. The shopper argued with an employee over the policy, asked to speak with her manager and plopped down to sit in the middle of warehouse club — all while a face mask dangled from her ear. New ‘Costco Karen’ Sighting —throws 3-yr-old type tantrum— sits on the floor and […]

  • Famed ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ car with Confederate flag to remain displayed in Illinois auto museum

    VOLO, Ill. — A northern Illinois auto museum said it will continue displaying the iconic car from the “Dukes of Hazzard” television show with a Confederate flag painted on top of it, according to multiple reports. The decision to keep the flag comes amid the toppling of Confederate statues following the death of George Floyd in police custody on May 25 in Minneapolis. Many believe that the flag is a symbol of racism and glorification of the Civil War, while others areas argue the […]

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    Police: Reckless ‘celebratory gunfire’ killed 74-year-old in North Carolina

    DURHAM, N.C. — An investigation was underway into the Fourth of July shooting death of a 74-year-old North Carolina woman who police say was the innocent victim of reckless “celebratory gunfire.” Durham police were called around 11 p.m. to a house address for a report of a gunshot wound, according to reports. The victim, Paulette Thorpe, was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead, police said. “Last night as people throughout Durham peacefully celebrated the July Fourth holiday with their […]

  • 4th of July weekend marred by killings in major US cities; at least 14 dead

    4th of July weekend marred by killings in major US cities; at least 14 dead

    CHICAGO — The Fourth of July holiday weekend across the U.S. was marred by violence as more than 14 were killed and dozens were injured in shootings, including at a nightclub in South Carolina. In Chicago, a city known for its bloody gun violence, more than 67 people were shot over the holiday weekend and at least 13 were killed, including a 7-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy. “Tonight, a 7-year-old girl in Austin joined a list of teenagers and children whose hopes and dreams were ended by […]

  • Avoid using hand sanitizer before handling Fourth of July fireworks, officials warn

    It’s hard to imagine celebrating the Fourth of July without fireworks. But if you’ve become a routine hand sanitizer user amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, take heed: do not use it before handling fireworks, as the two pose a dangerous – and very flammable – combination. “Keep in mind, if you are using consumer fireworks this year, DO NOT USE HAND SANITIZER AT THE SAME TIME! Wash your hands only with soap and water. Hand Sanitizer is flammable!” warned the City of Greensboro Fire Department in a […]

  • July 4th heat wave set to hammer US may bring ‘ring of fire’ effect

    NEW YORK — A Fourth of July weekend heat wave will put the ‘fire’ in ‘fireworks’ for much of the U.S., a report said Thursday — with the potential for a “ring of fire” effect to bring storms to parts of the Midwest. “The first half of July looks to have well-above-normal temperatures, at pretty high probabilities, beginning around the Fourth of July or slightly before,” Jon Gottschalck, chief of the Operational Prediction Branch at the National Weather Service’s Climate […]

  • McDonald’s employee assaulted by customer in drive-thru window over mask policy

    OAKLAND — A California McDonald’s employee claims she was grabbed and assaulted by a customer after she told him he would have to wear a mask in the drive-thru. Maria Resendiz, 19, was working at a McDonald’s in Oakland Saturday when she said a man drove up to the window to pick-up his order and was not wearing a mask. Resendiz allegedly told the man masks were required and refused to give him his food – what she claims the restaurant owner Michael Smith […]

  • What will the next coronavirus relief bill look like? Congress mulls stimulus checks and back-to-work bonus

    NEW YORK — As a recent coronavirus resurgence threatens to derail the U.S. economy‘s gradual recovery from the worst downturn since the Great Depression, the spike in cases has put added pressure on Congress to pass another round of fiscal aid. What the next stimulus bill will look like remains unclear, but certain measures that have gained traction over the past month include another stimulus check, additional aid for businesses and the unemployed, a back-to-work bonus and liability protections for employers. Expect economic data — […]

  • 2 Oklahoma officers charged with murder of man allegedly tased more than 50 times in 2019

    OKLAHOMA — Two Oklahoma police officers were arrested on second-degree murder charges Wednesday for the 2019 death of a 28-year-old man who was allegedly tased over 50 times. The officers, from the Wilson Police Department, were responding to a disorderly conduct situation when the incident occurred, The Daily Ardmoreite reported. Carter County Court records show that Jared Lakey died on the morning of July 6, 2019 — two days after he was allegedly tased more than 50 times by officers Joshua Taylor, 25, and Brandon Dingman, 34. […]

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