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    Rutgers University faculty groups are showing their support for one of the school’s professors, Brittney Cooper, who called white people “villains,” praised low white birth rates, and said, “We got to take these motherfuckers out” during an online conference on Critical Race Theory in September. “Over the past week our colleague Brittney Cooper has come under a renewed wave of racist attacks for her public scholarship,” said Rutgers’ branch of the American Association of University Professors and American Federation of Teachers (AAUP-AFT) in a statement on Friday. Rutgers prof Brittney Cooper (PublicTheaterNY/YouTube) “We wish to express our unequivocal solidarity with Dr. Cooper,” continued the Rutgers faculty groups, which went on to claim that Cooper has faced “harassment and intimidation,” such as “threats of physical violence fueled by a media smear campaign.” Rutgers campus (Tom Sulcer/Wikimedia Commons) The statement goes on to call Cooper “a renowned and widely acclaimed scholar and public intellectual.” In September, during the online conference, Cooper noted that “white people’s birth rates are going down,” adding, “they kind of deserve it,” with a smile on her face. The AAUP-AFT goes on to characterize criticism against...
    (CNN)A Texas real estate agent who previously claimed she was "definitely not going to jail" for storming the US Capitol on January 6 was sentenced to 60 days behind bars on Thursday -- the harshest punishment so far for a rioter who has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor offense. Jenna Ryan, who took a private jet to Washington, DC, with two friends to attend the January 6 Stop the Steal rally, was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.She pleaded guilty in August to illegally demonstrating inside the Capitol that day. Prosecutors said Ryan pushed a narrative of the day and that she "did nothing wrong" and did not know the protest was violent."Even if your own conduct was peaceful, you still bear at least some degree of responsibility," district Judge Christopher Cooper said, calling Ryan a "cheerleader" and noted that she "celebrated" the riot. Federal judge skeptical of Trumps efforts to block release of presidential documents"I don't think you could have missed the fact that this was no peaceful protest," Cooper added.Read MoreAs more and more rioters face sentencing,...
    Same blond hair! Insurgent Jenna Ryan, a real estate broker from Frisco, Texas, was sentenced today for her part in the Jan. 6 riot and insurrection on and inside of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Ryan made news in part because of her personal, recorded performances on social media that both showed her breaking the law. The fact that she boasted of her wealth and privilege and flew into D.C. on a private jet in order to break the law added fuel to the social media fire. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper told Ryan—who two months after her arrest tweeted out that she was “definitely not going to jail. Sorry I have blonde hair white skin a great job a great future and I’m not going to jail. Sorry to rain on your hater parade. I did nothing wrong”—that she was indeed going to jail. Ryan Reilly, who has been in the courtroom for HuffPost, reports that Ryan received 60 days in prison. Ryan told Cooper that she “just shouldn’t tweet.” She probably shouldn’t. Ryan, like many of the privileged Jan. 6 MAGA insurgents in court on charges of trespassing,...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci has backtracked on his claim the US will 'get control' of the coronavirus pandemic by the fall of 2022, saying he 'misspoke' and the country can actually beat the COVID-19 by spring next year. After apologizing for his latest gaffe, the top infectious disease expert caused further confusion by warning there is 'no guarantee' the spring deadline will be met if not enough people get vaccinated and another variant develops.  The director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases told Anderson Cooper on CNN Monday evening that COVID was a 'a very wily virus' that could 'linger on' if more people did not get vaccinated.  Fauci, who is President Biden's chief medical advisor, had told NPR that coronavirus would still be a problem by next fall. Just hours later, Fauci flip-flopped on the deadline when questioned on 'Anderson Cooper 360,' telling the host the error was 'my bad'.  Dr. Anthony Fauci (right) told Anderson Cooper (left) on CNN Monday evening that COVID was a 'a very wily virus' that could drag on if more people did...
    The woman who called New York City police over a Black birdwatcher in Central Park said that she doesn’t think she had “another option” besides seeking authorities, NBC News reported. In a Tuesday episode of the podcast “Honestly with Bari Weiss,” Amy Cooper told host Kmele Foster that she had “no choice” to call 911 on birdwatcher Christian Cooper, stating he was trying to offer her dog a treat after he told her to put her dog on a leash.  “He’s holding these dog treats in one hand and a bike helmet in his other hand and I’m thinking, ‘Oh my god, is this guy going to lure my dog over and try to hit him with his bike helmet?’” Cooper told Foster.  “And if I end up over there, am I going to get hit by this bike helmet?” Cooper later said that since she was a woman alone in the park, she had no choice but to call authorities on Cooper.  “I don’t know that as a woman alone in a park that I had another option,” she said. ...
    A headshot of Nathan Allen, who police have found to have owned a number of diaries filled with white supremacist writing Suffolk District Attorney's office Massachusetts' state police have found several diaries filled with race hate ideas belonging to Nathan Allen. Allen was shot dead by police after killing two Black bystanders in June. The Suffolk County District Attorney says Allen's actions were 'fulled by hate.' Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The Suffolk County District Attorney's office has revealed the racist ideology held by a man that killed two Black people in Massachusetts, saying he was "fuelled by hate."  The murder of Ramona Cooper, an Air Force veteran, and David L. Green, a retired Black state trooper, occurred last month in Winthrop when Nathan Allen, 28, shot the pair in an unprovoked attack on June 26.  Allen was then shot dead by police.  In a statement made by Rachel Rollins, the Suffolk County District Attorney, she said that as well as his weapons - a .9mm caliber semi-automatic pistol and a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol -...
    A progressive congressional candidate from Tennessee backed by Justice Democrats – the group behind left-wing Democrats such as Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. – has a history of inflammatory social media posts, including calls for violence against Republican lawmakers. Odessa Kelly, who is staging a primary challenge against Blue Dog Democrat Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., went on Facebook the day of President Biden's inauguration and posted a list of suggested agenda items for the new administeration's first 100 days. Those included standard Democratic wishes for stimulus checks, packing the Supreme Court and student loan forgiveness, as well as jokes about attacking GOP leaders. (Odessa Kelly, who is staging a primary challenge against Blue Dog Democrat Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn. (Reuters)) PROGRESSIVE GROUP THAT RECRUITED AOC TO RUN FOR CONGRESS TARGETS FIRST INCUMBENT DEMOCRAT OF 2022 CYCLE "Day 9: Allow Pelosi to hire the best pimp that Memphis or Detroit has to offer to Smack tha [emoji] outta Ted Cruz and the rest uv’em...(y’all know the ones)!" she wrote. Also on the list were suggestions that Kelly specifically said...
    CNN’s Van Jones celebrated the new tenor of the Biden administration’s relationship with the White House press corps, by fawning over the basic back-and-forth between the two. On Wednesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki held the Biden administration’s inaugural briefing and discussed a number of topics, including the “potentially divisive” impeachment trial of the 45th president. Anchor Anderson Cooper asked for Jones to reflect on what he’d seen in the first hours of the Biden White House — and Jones didn’t hold back in praising the very ordinariness of it all. “It’s just mesmerizing to watch a functional government doing functional government type things,” Jones said, before lapsing into a literal description of a normal press briefing. “I mean, just a press conference and a human and the person said words and the words made sense and then somebody asked a question and then the person answered the question and you’re just crying, just ‘Oh my god!'” Jones’ over-the-top response to Psaki’s run-of-the-mill presser evoked the Trump administration’s initial, combative briefing in 2017, where then-White House press secretary Sean Spicer set the tone for the next...
    White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the re-election message on the economy would be “better” for President Donald Trump as a result of the coronavirus, senior adviser Jared Kushner said in an interview. Kushner made the on-the-record comment in a May 18 interview with Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward, who spoke with Kushner several times for his book on the Trump White House, Rage. Woodward released the audio on CNN on Wednesday. In it, Kushner explained that McEnany had theorized a weak economy might help people to better appreciate the strength of the economy prior to the coronavirus pandemic: Look, I really do believe that he’s passed the competency test on the execution. I think that — you know, Kayleigh actually said a great thing to him at the Oval Office. She said, ‘Look, politically, do you think we were better off the other way, where things were humming, or this way?’ And she said, ‘You know, in some ways, it’s better this way, because before, people took for granted how great you were with the economy.’ CNN host Anderson Cooper expressed...
    Actress Jennifer Lawrence last week revealed the time she let CNN's Anderson Cooper have it over his accusation that she faked her fall climbing the stage steps to accept her 2013 Oscar. Lawrence said she was nervous the night she was up for Best Actress for “Silver Linings Playbook” but ready in case she won. “I had everything in my head,” she told Heather McMahan on the “Absolutely Not” podcast that aired Wednesday. “I was very, very nervous but I was ready. All of the adrenaline clears out and they call my name and I’m elated and I’m in shock. And then I fell, and it erased everything from my mind. My full brain went blank. I can look back at it now fondly but for a very long time the fall thing was very sensitive.” Three days later, she said she saw Anderson Cooper on his show saying, “Well, she obviously faked the fall.” JENNIFER LAWRENCE SAYS TRUMP ALTERED HER POLITICAL VIEWS: THERE'S BEEN A LINE DRAWN IN THE SAND'  Jennifer Lawrence said she confronted CNN's Anderson Cooper after he...
              This is Part Three of a three-part series. Part One is available here and Part Two is available here. A Nashville attorney who represents Kid Rock’s Big Honky Tonk owner Steve Smith said Mayor John Cooper misstated facts when he said White House officials influenced him to close bars on lower Broadway to contain COVID-19. That attorney, Kirk Clements, said so to The Tennessee Star and in a document he said he’s already disseminated to the public. “He [Cooper] claims the White House told him to shut down bars, but they [members of the White House] didn’t make that phone call to the cities until July 22. Cooper shut the bars on July 2,” Clements told us. “Some information may have been disseminated between July 14 and July 22, but it was long after July 2 when he shut down bars. Cooper continues to mislead the public by claiming now it was the White House that directed him to close down the bars, and that is simply not true.” Cooper spokesman Chris Song did...
    (CNN)No journalist this side of Sean Hannity has spent more time talking to President Donald Trump over the past year than Bob Woodard.Between early December 2019 and mid-August 2020, the legendary Washington Post reporter did 18 interviews with Trump for his book "Rage," which came out earlier this week. All told, Woodward spent nearly 10 hours interviewing Trump since just last December.What that amount of time means is that when Woodward offers an assessment of Trump, we should listen. Which is what he did Tuesday night in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper. Asked by Cooper about Trump's claim that he had read "Rage" from cover to cover in a single night, Woodward responded this way (bolding is mine):"And he said, it's very boring."And then the anchor on Fox News -- thank you -- asked him: 'Is it accurate?' And you know what the President said? Read More"I mean, I want to be accurate here. He said: 'It's OK. I mean, it's fine.' And he'd been out saying it's a political hit job and all of these things. "The --...
    Two British Police Officers guard the entrance to the arena of a Summer Fair (file photo). RFStock/Getty Images  A 19-year-old was fined £10,000 ($13,000) in the UK after Nottinghamshire Police said he held a 50-person party at his home in Lenton on Friday. COVID-19 cases have been on the rise in the UK, and gatherings of more than 30 people indoors were banned at the time of the party. Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cooper told Sky News that the teen, who has not been publicly named, "deliberately flouted the rules without a care for anyone else". Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A 19-year-old man in the United Kingdom was fined £10,000 ($13,000) after police said he hosted a "reckless" 50-person party at his house. Nottinghamshire Police told Sky News that the teen, who has not been publicly named, held the party at his home in Lenton on Friday. Gatherings of more than 30 people indoors have been banned in the UK as of last week. On Monday, the government lowered that limit to six people to help...
    A white financier who called the police on a black man in Central Park and accused him of threatening her has been charged with filing a false police report.  Amy Cooper was asked in Central Park by birdwatcher Christian Cooper to put her dog on a leash, as park guidelines dictate. In a Facebook post, he claimed the dog was 'tearing through the plantings' in the Ramble area of the park, and told her she should go to another part of the park.  When she refused, he pulled out dog treats, causing her to scream at him to not come near her dog.  Amy then called the police on Christian. Amy Cooper called the police on Memorial Day after Christian Cooper asked her to put her dog on a leash, as per the Central Park rules. Amy accused Christian of threatening her life RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next REVEALED: Birdwatcher Christian Cooper who filmed Central... Amy Cooper who ignited race storm after calling cops on... Share this article Share 'Today our...
    Legal opposition continues to mount against North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's executive orders, which have kept some businesses closed amid the coronavirus outbreak. Cooper's Republican opponent in November's gubernatorial election, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, said this week he plans to sue the governor for issuing public health orders without concurrence from a panel of state leaders. According to Forest, Cooper's actions violate the Emergency Management Act, which he said directs the governor to seek approval from the 10 members of the Council of State. "The governor has repeatedly ignored the law, enacting mandates that selectively target the businesses and citizens of North Carolina without concurrence from a majority of the Council of State," Forest said in a statement. Cooper first ordered a halt on dine-in services March 17 in an attempt to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Forest said Cooper issued the order despite overwhelming opposition from the mostly Republican panel. "But I am sure that you will recall, a majority of the members felt that a further discussion was needed, and therefore they...
    Jamie Grant counts Alice Cooper’s gig at the Ordway in late summer 2018 among his memorable achievements as CEO of the venerable St. Paul performing arts center. When the shock rocker was added to the Ordway concert schedule, Grant got a call from an incredulous board member. Alice Cooper? At the Ordway? Turns out Cooper brought in a three-generation audience, “most of whom had never been in the Ordway doors before,” Grant said. By the numbers, of the 700 tickets sold, 550 attendees had never been there before. And from that audience, the Ordway sold 1,200 tickets to the holiday show that following winter. Grant got notes from Cooper concertgoers who were impressed by the Ordway’s top-hatted formal doorman. They hadn’t seen that at a concert. Bringing new concert acts — from Cooper to Los Lobos to Air Supply, Gladys Knight, Ringo Starr and EmmyLou Harris — to the home of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Schubert Club and Minnesota Opera has been a signature move for Grant, who announced recently that he is leaving the Ordway to run...
    (CNN)Three sheriffs in North Carolina have declared that they will not be enforcing Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's statewide mask mandate despite a growing number of coronavirus cases.Cooper issued an executive order on Wednesday that will require all people in the state to wear a mask in public, where physical distancing of 6 feet from other people isn't possible. But the order, which goes into effect at Friday at 5 p.m., does not say how it will be enforced. Even if it did, sheriffs in Halifax County, Craven County, and Sampson County announced they wouldn't follow it. These are the states requiring people to wear masks when out in public"I certainly encourage people to be careful and take safety precautions, however your Sheriff's Office will not be taking enforcement actions to wit, issuing citations against people or businesses for not wearing masks. With each call, deputies will educate," Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp said in a Facebook post. "The wearing of a mask is a personal decision," Tripp wrote, "not one of a governor in Raleigh."Read MoreCraven County Sheriff Chip Hughes...
    There was swift backlash to North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's decision Wednesday to keep the state in the current phase of COVID-19 restrictions for three more weeks. Citing a rise in cases, Cooper announced he would not be lifting any of the phase two restrictions meant to stop the spread of the coronavirus. "North Carolina is relying on the data and the science to lift restrictions responsibly, and right now, our increasing numbers show we need to hit the pause button while we work to stabilize our trends," Cooper said during a news briefing. "We need to all work together so we can protect our families and neighbors, restore our economy, and get people back to work and our children back to school." The North Carolina House took little time to show opposition to the decision. House members tried to overturn Cooper's veto of House Bill 594, which would have reopened bars and gyms, before the governor had time to clear his news conference Wednesday. Without a three-fifths vote, however, the override failed, 66-53. North...
    Madison Summers June 25, 2020 0 Comments Andrew Yang is suggesting President Donald Trump’s use of the term “Kung flu” is to “distract attention from the fact that the administration is completely botched and mishandled the coronavirus pandemic,” as he says. During an interview Wednesday evening on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” Anderson Cooper noted that White House counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway recently defended the president, despite her previous disapproval of the term. “This is the bind that Trump supporters find themselves in,” Yang said. He added: “They have to defend something that they themselves criticized a number of days or weeks ago and we all can see exactly what is happening, Anderson, where using a term like this is just Trump’s attention to distract attention from the fact that the administration is completely botched and mishandled the coronavirus pandemic.” Trump referred to the coronavirus as the “Kung flu” during his campaign rally last weekend in Tulsa, Oklahoma. “It’s a disease, without question, has more names than any disease in history. I can name, ‘Kung flu.’ I can...
    By GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly failed on Wednesday to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of a measure that would have allowed gyms and bars to open again despite his executive order keeping them closed due to COVID-19. Republicans in charge of the House were unsuccessful persuading enough Democratic colleagues to essentially cancel the governor's veto from last week. The bill would have allowed the fitness centers and bars shuttered since March to reopen at 50% capacity, with social distancing and cleaning mandates. Bars would have been allowed to serve only outdoors. It also would have expanded current outdoor seating for restaurants already partially reopened for sit-down service. The override failure came on the same day Cooper announced that rising virus-related case and hospitalization numbers warranted that the governor extend the bar and gym closures already in place until at least July 17. "These numbers clearly tell us that we should not be moving forward with easing restrictions,” Cooper said at a media briefing before the override vote. His most...
    North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) said Wednesday he is issuing an order requiring residents to wear a mask when in public and keeping current statewide coronavirus restrictions in place for at least another three weeks amid a spike in COVID-19 cases.  “Overwhelming evidence that is growing by the week shows that wearing a face covering can greatly reduce the spread of COVID-19, especially from people who have it and don’t know it yet it,” Cooper said during a press conference. “Face coverings are a simple way to control this virus.” The order will require residents wear a mask at all times in public, both indoors and outdoors, when they cannot keep at least six feet between other people not in their household. People with medical conditions and children under 11 will be exempt from the requirement.  Cooper said the face mask requirement will help North Carolina's economy in the long run. “We don't want to go backward, we want to stabilize our numbers so we could continue to safely ease restrictions, and most importantly get our children back in...
    Despite an upward trend in COVID-19 cases in North Carolina, the General Assembly passed two bills Tuesday that would loosen restrictions meant to keep the coronavirus at bay. The House approved House Bill 258 on Tuesday, which would reopen arcades, amusement parks and reception halls, defying Gov. Roy Cooper's executive order that keeps them closed. Members of the House also passed House Bill 686, which allows Fourth of July parades and firework displays to take place. Dubbed the Freedom to Celebrate the Fourth of July act, HB 686 would block executive orders or other declarations that prohibit parades or approved firework displays on the Independence Day. It also protects North Carolinians from being prosecuted or sued for disobeying an order that bars attending or participating in a parade or firework display on the national holiday. Cooper's current executive order, set to expire Friday, limits gatherings to no more than 25 people. If the bill becomes law, it will apply to parades or firework displays scheduled between 5 p.m. July 1 and 5 p.m. July 10. The...
    By GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly on Tuesday approved yet another Republican attempt to let more businesses reopen despite Gov. Roy Cooper’s COVID-19 restrictions on commerce. Lawmakers also sent the Democratic governor a measure that would prevent his executive order limiting outdoor gatherings from blocking July 4 parades or fireworks. Cooper already has vetoed two bills pushed by the GOP-controlled legislature designed to overturn his executive orders that have kept bars and gyms shuttered since March. Another bill already on Cooper’s desk, which he has yet to act upon, would reopen skating rinks and bowling alleys. There’s little to indicate he’ll act differently with the latest measures. The House scheduled a veto override for Wednesday on the latest vetoed bill that would benefit bar and health club owners, many of whom say they are heading toward permanent closure or financial calamity without it. Cooper has said the vetoed bills would have eroded his authority and that of local governments to manage a public health emergency, making it harder to close businesses...
    PHOTO BY DAVE DECKERAfter four hours of arguments Monday, a Leon County circuit judge will decide whether to move forward with a potential class-action lawsuit stemming from massive problems in Florida’s unemployment-compensation system. Attorneys for the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and Deloitte Consulting, a contractor that helped put the online system in place in 2013, argued that Judge John Cooper should dismiss the lawsuit, which was filed after a crush of coronavirus-caused unemployment claims overwhelmed the system this spring. The lawsuit makes a series of allegations, including negligence and breach of fiduciary duty. Cooper last month rejected a preliminary injunction that plaintiffs sought to force the Department of Economic Opportunity to “fix” the system. Department of Economic Opportunity attorney Daniel Nordby argued Monday, in part, that the lawsuit should be dismissed because of the constitutional separation of powers between judges and the executive branch. He said decisions by the department “involve a great deal of discretion” that cannot be second-guessed by judges under the separation of powers. Butt Marie Mattox, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said the department is...
    RALEIGH, N.C. — Spectators in North Carolina’s capital cheered Sunday morning as work crews finished the job started by protesters Friday night and removed a Confederate statue from the top of a 75-foot (232 meter) monument. Across the country, an initially peaceful protest in Portland, Oregon, against racial injustice turned violent early Sunday: Baton-wielding police used flash-bang grenades to disperse demonstrators throwing bottles, cans and rocks at sheriff’s deputies near downtown’s Justice Center. News outlets reported that work crews acting on the order of Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper removed the statue Sunday morning and began taking down the obelisk on which it stood. Sunday’s work follows the removal of two other Confederate statues on the state Capitol grounds in Raleigh on Saturday. Cooper ordered the statues removed after protesters toppled two other Confederate statues Friday night, stringing one up by the neck and hanging it from a light pole. “Monuments to white supremacy don’t belong in places of allegiance, and it’s past time that these painful memorials be moved in a legal, safe way,” Cooper said in a...
              On Monday Mayor John Cooper announced Nashville entered Phase Three of a four-phased plan to reopen the city after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States. This, despite Nashville officials saying they have tallied higher numbers of the virus. Mayors News Conference Mayor Cooper addresses public regarding public health Posted by Mayor John Cooper on Monday, June 22, 2020 “Our 14-day case average is trending upward, but our testing capacity continues to increase, and more than 81,000 Nashvillians have received a COVID-19 test across Davidson County. We currently have 125 contact tracing investigators, well above our target of 105. Our health care capacity remains in good shape,” Cooper said. “We currently have 27 percent of floor beds and 24 percent of ICU beds available at our local hospitals. And that all exceeds our target for 20 percent for both of these vital resources. Like our neighbors in other states and cities, our public health experts have determined that our COVID-19 public health benchmarks remain within an acceptable range to safely begin...
    SAN ANTONIO – Five employees of the San Antonio Food Bank have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past several weeks, CEO Eric Cooper confirmed Monday. “We’re doing everything we can to take care of people’s safety,” Cooper said via telephone, adding that the non-profit has employees go through temperature checks, wear face masks whenever possible and practice social distancing. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the food bank has been an integral part of the community’s response, currently feeding upwards of 120,000 people a week. Cooper said the agency was notified over the weekend of an employee testing positive and said four other employees contracted the virus within the past few weeks and are at various stages of recovering from it. Community lives up to ‘San Antonio Strong’ with generous response to COVID-19 pandemic, food bank CEO says Cooper said Monday volunteer groups that have been helping with food distributions have been properly notified of positive cases. Officials in Bexar County on Sunday announced 538 new cases of COVID-19, the most ever recorded in a single day in...
          RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) — Spectators in North Carolina’s capital cheered Sunday morning as work crews finished the job started by protesters Friday night and removed a Confederate statue from the top of a 75-foot (232 meter) monument. Across the country, a peaceful protest in Portland, Oregon, against racial injustice turned violent early Sunday after baton-wielding police used flash-bang grenades to disperse demonstrators throwing bottles, cans and rocks at sheriff’s deputies near downtown’s Justice Center. News outlets reported that work crews acting on the order of Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper removed the statue Sunday morning and began taking down the obelisk on which it stood. Sunday’s work follows the removal of two other Confederate statues on the state Capitol grounds in Raleigh on Saturday. Cooper ordered the statues removed after protesters toppled two other Confederate statues Friday night, stringing one up by the neck and hanging it from a light pole. “Monuments to white supremacy don’t belong in places of allegiance, and it’s past time that these painful memorials be moved in a legal, safe way,” Cooper...
    North Carolina has started to remove Confederate statues in the state capital, citing public safety concerns. Gov. Roy Cooper has long advocated for the removal of such statues around Raleigh and has said that now is the time to finally act. “If the legislature had repealed their 2015 law that puts up legal roadblocks to removal we could have avoided the dangerous incidents of last night,” Cooper said Friday. CHARLOTTE FOLLOWS DC'S LEAD WITH 'BLACK LIVES MATTER' STREET MURAL “Monuments to white supremacy don’t belong in places of allegiance, and it’s past time that these painful memorials be moved in a legal, safe way.” Protesters drag a figure pulled from the Confederate monument at the State Capitol down Salisbury Street in Raleigh, N.C., on Juneteenth, Friday, June 19, 2020. (Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP) The 2015 law Cooper referred to bars removal of the memorials without permission of a state historical commission, but Cooper, a Democrat, said the law creates an exception for public safety emergencies. Various other Confederate statues across the South...
    1 of 5One of the Confederate statues that was felled from the Confederate monument on the west side of the North Carolina State Capitol by protesters is hung over a utility pole at the corner of Salisbury Street and Hargett Street, on Friday, June 19, 2020, in Raleigh, N.C. (Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP)1 of 5One of the Confederate statues that was felled from the Confederate monument on the west side of the North Carolina State Capitol by protesters is hung over a utility pole at the corner of Salisbury Street and Hargett Street, on Friday, June 19, 2020, in Raleigh, N.C. (Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP) RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Crews on Saturday removed two Confederate statues outside the North Carolina State Capitol in Raleigh on order of the governor, the morning after protesters toppled two nearby statues. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, who has long advocated removing the statues, said in a news release that removing the statues was a public-safety imperative. “If the legislature had repealed their 2015 law...
    A 19-year-old was arrested for alleged driving with an elevated blood-alcohol level after a red MINI Cooper he was driving was found stuck on top of a stone wall, police said. Jack Brown, of Darien, was arrested by Darien Police on Tuesday, June 9. According to Darien PD Sgt. James Palmieri, a caller told police the red MINI Cooper, with a driver who was attempting to leave, had left Middlesex Road and was stuck on top of a stone wall The caller also said Brown was starting a fight with bystanders as he attempted to leave, Palmieri said. When officers arrived on the scene they found Brown sitting down and reported that he was allegedly unable to stand without assistance and was slurring as he spoke, police said. Officers also noticed Brown smelled like alcohol and his pupils were constricted and he had an extreme dry-mouth condition. Brown was given standardized field sobriety testing, which he failed to perform to standard and was taken into custody. A blood-alcohol test at headquarters showed he allegedly had a level of .234 percent, nearly three...
    Nashville’s police chief is reportedly stepping down amid calls for his resignation in the wake of nationwide protests against police after the death of George Floyd. In a statement Thursday, Mayor John Cooper said Police Chief Steve Anderson will step down after a national search for a new chief is completed. Cooper said Anderson, who took over as chief in 2010, intended to retire after serving 10 years in the role. At least 15 Nashville Metro Council members signed a document last week urging Cooper to call for Anderson's resignation and pursue "meaningful policy and behavioral change" in the agency. Anderson has faced criticism in recent years, particularly after two high-profile deadly shootings by white officers of black men in 2017 and 2018. The city also has run into delays in trying to implement widespread use of body cameras for officers, with the mayor saying last week that the full deployment of the devices was beginning and that other precincts would begin getting them by February 2021 at the latest. Calls for Anderson's resignation have intensified amid the nationwide...
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina General Assembly on Tuesday finalized bipartisan legislation that will allow more people to get their criminal records cleared of lower-level criminal convictions and dismissed charges. The Senate gave unanimous approval to the “Second Chance Act,” which had the backing of groups across the political spectrum. The measure, which cleared the House last week, builds upon recent expunction laws that allow people who committed crimes due to youthful indiscretions to eliminate obstacles in background checks for employment, housing and other needs. “There’s a lot of lives that this bill will change,” Sen. Danny Britt, a Robeson County Republican and bill sponsor, said on the Senate floor. TOP STORIES Zogby Poll: Trumps gonna win in 2020 Forced face masking is a civil rights offense Trump signs executive order on policing, urges nation to find common ground Under the bill now heading to Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk, convictions of nonviolent, low-grade felonies and misdemeanors committed while a person was 16 and 17 years old before last December can now be removed. Such counts...
    Barr echoed Trump's accusation. During an event at the White House, the attorney general said administration officials who have access to sensitive information typically sign nondisclosure agreements that require them to go through a clearance process before they can publish something based on information they accessed in the job. "We don't believe that Bolton went through that process — hasn't completed the process — and, therefore, is in violation of that agreement," Barr said. The Trump administration is "trying to get them to complete the process — go through the process — and make the necessary deletions of classified information," Barr said. Bolton's book, "The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir," was supposed to be released in March. Its release date was twice delayed and it is now set to be released next week by publisher Simon & Schuster. "Bolton covers an array of topics — chaos in the White House, sure, but also assessments of major players, the president's inconsistent, scattershot decision-making process, and his dealings with allies and enemies alike, from China, Russia, Ukraine, North Korea,...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday that his former national security adviser, John Bolton, could face a “criminal problem” if he doesn’t halt plans to publish a new book that describes scattershot, sometimes dangerous, decision-making by a president focused only on getting re-elected. Trump said it would be up to Attorney General William Barr to issue any charges, but hinted that the matter would end up in court. “We’ll see what happens. They’re in court — or they’ll soon be in court,” Trump said about the book, set to be released early next week. The president accused Bolton of not completing a pre-publication review to make sure the book does not contain classified material. That contradicts statements from Bolton’s attorney, Chuck Cooper, who says his client worked painstakingly for months with classification specialists at the White House National Security Council to make changes to avoid releasing classified material. Barr echoed Trump’s accusation. During an event at the White House, the attorney general said administration officials who have access to sensitive information typically sign non-disclosure agreements that...
    GRAHAM, N.C. – A North Carolina judge on Thursday ordered a small stock-car track to halt racing after state health officials declared large weekend crowds at recent races violated an executive order by Gov. Roy Cooper designed to halt the spread of COVID-19. (Google Earth) Superior Court Judge Tom Lambeth said he would issue a temporary restraining order preventing the operators of Ace Speedway in Alamance County from holding further events for now. Earlier this week, state Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen called the speedway an “imminent hazard," ordered it closed and told the operators to announce the closure publicly. But there was no evidence that father-and-son owners Robert and Jason Turner had done so, leading Cohen to seek a court to intervene. The Democratic governor's restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus still limit outdoor mass gatherings to 25 people. (AP) Media outlets had reported crowds at the speedway exceeding 2,000 people, including a gathering last Saturday even after Cooper wrote a letter stating the speedway’s actions were in “open defiance” of the health...
    GRAHAM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge on Thursday ordered a small stock-car track to halt racing after state health officials declared large weekend crowds at recent races violated an executive order by Gov. Roy Cooper designed to halt the spread of COVID-19. Superior Court Judge Tom Lambeth said he would issue a temporary restraining order preventing the operators of Ace Speedway in Alamance County from holding further events for now. Earlier this week, state Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen called the speedway an “imminent hazard,” ordered it closed and told the operators to announce the closure publicly. But there was no evidence that father-and-son owners Robert and Jason Turner had done so, leading Cohen to seek a court to intervene. The Democratic governor’s restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus still limit outdoor mass gatherings to 25 people. Media outlets had reported crowds at the speedway exceeding 2,000 people, including a gathering last Saturday even after Cooper wrote a letter stating the speedway’s actions were in “open defiance” of the health restrictions. Media...
    Jacksonville, Florida, is the frontrunner to host the GOP convention this year after Republican officials scrapped plans to hold the full affair in North Carolina. GOP chairwoman Ronna McDaniel appeared on conservative broadcaster Hugh Hewitt’s radio show on Wednesday and said that Florida’s chances to host the quadrennial event looked promising. She and other officials have stipulated though that no final decision has been made. “There’s a couple more things we need to do before we can announce that, but Jacksonville is absolutely in the front-running position,” McDaniel told Hewitt, according to the Miami Herald. Several other sites are still under consideration, however. Republican National Committee (RNC) spokesman Steve Guest told The Daily Caller that along with Jacksonville, officials have also toured potential sites in Phoenix, Savannah, Georgia, and Dallas. “We have been in conversations with several other potential locations,” Guest said. The RNC has been making last-minute plans to move the bulk of the convention activities to a new location in the United States after North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said that the convention, originally expected to take place...
    Central Park “Karen” “pulled the pin on the race grenade” when she called the cops on black bird-watcher Christian Cooper, he said in a new interview. “She was going to tap into a deep, deep, dark vein of racism — of racial bias — that runs through this country and has done for centuries,” Harvard educated scientist Christian told Gayle King in a “Justice for All” special on CBS News. “She basically pulled the pin on the race grenade and tried to lob it at me,” he added. The white dog walker, whose real name is Amy Cooper, went viral after she was filmed calling the cops, telling the bird watcher she was going to “tell them there’s an African-American man threatening my life.” Their confrontation on May 25 sparked mass outrage over racism — just a day before video emerged of the police-custody death of George Floyd that finally sparked international anti-racism protests around the world. “I don’t know whether she’s a racist or not,” Christian said of Amy, who is no relation. “I don’t know her life. I...
    Writer and legal commentator Horace Cooper told "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Tuesday that the so-called "problem-solving class" has done nothing to help Americans, including black Americans. "There is a class of Americans whose entire livelihood is based on the existence of victims," Cooper, Project 21 co-chair and the author of "How Trump is Making Black America Great Again," told host Tucker Carlson. "If people got a good education, if people had great jobs, if people controlled their own lives, a whole large number of people couldn't get that new auto, they couldn't go off to Aspen for their ski trip," Cooper added. "There is a strong sentiment among the so-called problem-solving class to keep things as they are. CHICAGO PASTOR CONDEMNS LOOTING AND RIOTING: 'WE HAVE TO FIND ANOTHER WAY' "We've spent $22 trillion and all we've done is enriched the problem-solving class and we've not done the basic kinds of things that would be good for Americans black, white or brown." The issue of race has dominated the headlines in the wake of George Floyd's death and subsequent nationwide protests, demonstrations and violence. Cooper accused the...
    Christian Cooper and his sister Melody have been marching against injustice since before they were old enough to walk. But they never imagined how cellphone video of a tense encounter would sweep them up in a national crisis.  Christian, a 57-year-old, Harvard-educated science editor, was bird watching in a wooded area of New York's Central Park called the Ramble, when he encountered a woman whose dog was running loose. "I said, 'Excuse me, ma'am, but dogs in the Ramble have to be on the leash at all times'... And she said, 'Well, the dog runs are closed.'"  Justice for All Mom of man killed by cop in 2010 heartbroken that "nothing has changed" Amadou Diallo's mom: "Every mother heard" George Floyd's last words Christian Cooper on his day in the park Biden speaks on conditions for federal aid to police "Justice for All" explores fury over racism and police brutality More in Justice for All "What made you pull out the phone and start recording it?" asked "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King.  "Well, that's a little bit of the...
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The administration of North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has ordered the closure of a small stock-car track that’s allowed large crowds to gather repeatedly for weekend races, declaring it an “imminent hazard” for the spread of COVID-19. The order signed by Cooper’s health secretary says Ace Speedway in Alamance County, 65 miles (105 kilometers) northwest of Raleigh, is violating the governor’s executive order limiting outside mass assemblies to 25 people. Media outlets have reported crowds at the speedway exceeding 2,000 people, including a gathering last Saturday even after the Democratic governor’s office wrote a letter stating the speedway’s actions were in “open defiance” of the health restrictions. Media reports indicated many attendees at three weekend races since late May sat and stood near each other, and few wore masks. The action came after Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson announced on Monday he wouldn’t issue a misdemeanor citation to the speedway. He questioned the legality of Cooper’s restrictions and said local tracks elsewhere weren’t being punished for opening. Cooper had said he would act if...
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration has ordered the closure of a small stock-car track that’s allowed large crowds to gather repeatedly for weekend races, declaring it an “imminent hazard” for COVID-19’s spread. The order signed by Cooper’s health secretary says Ace Speedway in Alamance County, located 65 miles (105 kilometers) northwest of Raleigh, is violating the governor’s executive order limiting outside mass assemblies to 25 people. Media outlets have reported crowds at the speedway exceeding 2,000, including one last Saturday even after the Democratic governor’s office wrote a letter stating the speedway’s actions were in “open defiance” of the health restrictions. Media reports indicated many attendees at three weekend races since late May sat and stood close to each other, and few wore masks. TOP STORIES Feds file first charges for arson of Minneapolis police precinct Sen. Tim Scott introduces the George Floyd-Walter Scott Notification Act McConnell blasts double standard by pols who encouraged BLM protests, denounced lockdown ones The action came after Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson announced on Monday he...
    (CNN)Amy Cooper got her dog back.The cocker spaniel belonging to the white woman who called police on Christian Cooper, a black man who was bird-watching in Central Park in May, has been returned to her. "Abandoned Angels would like to express its gratitude for the outpouring of support regarding the dog that was recently placed in our custody, following release of a troubling video that was brought to our attention," according to a statement from Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue, the shelter from where Cooper adopted the dog.The dog had been evaluated by its veterinarian, "who found that he was in good health," the statement said. Various New York City law enforcement agencies declined to take the dog into custody, according to the shelter."Accordingly, and consistent with input received from law enforcement, we have now complied with the owner's request for return of the dog," according to the statement.Read MoreThe incident in the parkAmy Cooper called police on Christian Cooper (no relation) on May 25 during an encounter involving her unleashed dog. Amy Cooper was walking her dog while Christian...
    Republican Party officials are in the process of scouting at least nine cities across at least six states as the party scrambles to find a new location to host portions of this summer's Republican National Convention. As Fox News reported earlier this week, the Republican National Committee (RNC) is moving toward holding the official business of its quadrennial presidential nominating convention in the original host city of Charlotte, N.C. – and the main celebrations in another city. TRUMP STRESSES GOP 'FORCED' TO SEE NEW CONVENTION LOCATION An RNC official confirmed to Fox News that visits by scouting teams are underway, saying “if they aren’t already on the ground, they’ll be visiting in the coming days.” And the list of cities in contention has grown in the past couple of days. It now includes Jacksonville, Orlando, and Tampa in Florida; Atlanta and Savannah in Georgia; Nashville, Tenn.; Dallas, Texas; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Las Vegas, Nev. VideoRepublican governors in Georgia, Florida and Tennessee have all said in recent days that they would welcome the convention. An RNC official tells Fox News there’s a possibility that multiple cities could hold the...
    Officials planning the Republican National Convention were left scrambling after President Trump said this week that they’re looking for alternate sites for the massive event amid an escalating spat with North Carolina’s Democratic governor. The Republican National Committee said Wednesday that the celebration surrounding Mr. Trump’s nomination will be held elsewhere even as the party holds out hope that they can still conduct some convention business in Charlotte in August. “It would be light speed to put a convention together this quickly in a city. I think it could still be done, but it’s tough,” said Jason Thompson, a Republican National Committee member from Georgia. “I don’t know why any state wouldn’t want to have a convention with all the revenue that comes in.” TOP STORIES Chattanooga police chief tells officers OK with George Floyd death to turn in badges Richmond police chief says rioters blocked firefighters from burning home with child inside Ralph Northam to announce removal plans for Richmonds iconic Robert E. Lee statue The convention was scheduled to take place Aug. 24-27 in Charlotte, but organizers...
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump said he is seeking a new state to host this summer’s Republican National Convention after North Carolina refused to guarantee the event could be held in Charlotte without restrictions because of ongoing concerns over the coronavirus. Trump announced the news via tweet Tuesday night, complaining the state’s governor, Democrat Roy Cooper, and other officials “refuse to guarantee that we can have use of the Spectrum Arena” and were not “allowing us to occupy the arena as originally anticipated and promised.” “Because of @NC_Governor, we are now forced to seek another State to host the 2020 Republican National Convention,” he wrote. Trump and the Republican National Committee had been demanding that the convention be allowed to move forward with a full crowd and no face coverings — raising alarms in a state that is facing an upward trend in its virus cases, with about 29,900 cumulative cases and 900 deaths as of Tuesday. Around 700 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized. Mecklenburg County, where Charlotte is located, accounted for 4,500 cases — more than double...
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