Gunman kills 18 people in Maine

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He was admitted to a psychiatric hospital, but he still owned a gun A gunman armed with an AK-15 rifle shot 18 people and wounded 13 others in Lewiston, Maine, before killing  himself near a recycling plant where he once worked.4 Robert Card was found dead, the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Friday. The gunman’s body was…

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A speaker with an extreme agenda

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Mike Johnson, a Donald Trump acolyte and backbencher, who was elected the 56th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday, signed a U.S. Supreme Court petition to overturn the 2020 election in which Joe Biden defeated Trump for president. In December 2020, Johnson and 125 of his colleagues signed an amicus brief in support…

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Herbert “Bertie” Bowman dies

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Herbert “Bertie†Bowman, who began working in Congress by sweeping the stairs to the U.S. Senate and eventually found a home on the Senate Committee for Foreign Relations, died Wednesday. He was 92 years old. Bowman was the longest-serving African-American congressional staffer in history. He worked on Capitol Hill for over 60 years, according to…

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Richard Roundtree, the original “Shaft,” has died

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Richard Roundtree, who starred in the groundbreaking film “Shaft,” in which he portrayed John Shaft, a Black private detective, died on October 24 of pancreatic cancer. He was 81. When Gordon Parks dryly informed Rountree he got the role of Shaft, Rountree said his whole world suddenly turned upside down. It has been variously reported that…

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Retired Colombian Army officer sentenced for the murder of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse.

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A federal judge in Miami has sentenced retired Colombian army officer Germán Alejandro Rivera García to life in prison for his involvement in a plot to kill Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse.  Moise, the 43rd president of Haiti, served from 2012 until his assassination on July 7, 2021. Rivera, also known as “Colonel Mike,†pleaded guilty…

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The murder trial of Breonna Taylor opens today in federal court

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A federal trial is scheduled to open today in the murder of Breonna Taylor and Louisville police shooting into the windows of her next-door neighbors, Former Louisville detective Brett Hankison has been charged with violating Taylor’s civil rights and has pleaded not guilty to the charges and was acquitted on separate state charges last year.…

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The United Nations demands a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas

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The United Nations General Assembly on Friday adopted a resolution calling for an“immediate, durable and sustained humanitarian truce†between Israeli forces and Hamas militants in Gaza.  It also demands “continuous, sufficient, and unhindered†provision of lifesaving supplies and services for civilians trapped inside the enclave, as news reports suggest Israel has expanded ground operations and intensified its…

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Dusty Baker announced his retriment from a game he loves

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Dusty Baker announced his retirement after 26 seasons in the Majors in which he led the Houston Astros to last year’s World Series Championship. Baker, 74, first began managing in 1993.  He compiled a record of 2,183-1,862 (with one tie) across 4,046 games on the bench for the Giants (1993-2002), Cubs (2003-06), Reds (2008-13), Nationals (2016-17), and Astros (2020-23). Baker is the only…

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Elder and Pence have dropped their campaigns for president

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Radio talk show host Larry Elder and former Vice President Mike Pence have dropped their campaigns for president.  Elder announced his support of former President Donald Trump. The conservative radio host made a longshot bid in April, citing a “moral, religious, and patriotic duty†to run for the Oval Office.  Pence dropped out because he was…

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Brown University Displays Mumia Abu-Jamal Artwork

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by Linn Washington  Providence, RI – The decades-long efforts to erode U.S. political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal’s public credibility recently sustained a substantial setback at an unlikely location: an Ivy League university. Brown University, the Ivy League institution located in Providence, Rhode Island, opened a unique exhibition on September 28, 2023, at its John Hay Library that…

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