Three people were killed, including a 16-year-old boy, and 10 other people were wounded across Chicago on Labor Day through early this morning. The 16-year-old, Maurice Knowles was sitting on the porch of his home in the 10500 block of South LaSalle Street in the Fernwood neighborhood when someone opened fire from a gangway across the street around 5:30 p.m Monday, police said. Knowles was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with a wound to the chest and was pronounced dead at 7:30 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner´s office. A 22-year-old man sitting nearby
President Obama will meet with several LGBT groups during his trip later this week to St. Petersburg, a move likely to ruffle Russian President Vladimir Putin after the recent passage of a series of anti-gay laws. The president will meet with human rights activists Lev Ponomarev and Lyudmila Alexeyeva, legal aid NGO director Pavel Chikov, and Coming Out, a St. Petersburg-based LGBT organization, according to a report in BuzzFeed. The decision to meet with the activists in not unprecedented, Obama also met with human rights leaders in 2009, but comes amid a period of heightened tension with the Kremlin.
U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor said on Tuesday he will support President Barack Obama´s request for military action in Syria. "I intend to vote to provide the president of the United States the option to use military force in Syria," Cantor, a Republican, said in a statement issued shortly after the top Republican in Congress, House Speaker John Boehner, declared his support.
The recent announcement of Jeff Bezos’ plan to buy the Washington Post — and just the Post, along with a few other smaller publications, but not the parts of the Washington Post Company that are actually making money, like Kaplan Inc. — has prompted a lot of speculation. The speculation seems to be based on a simple syllogism: traditional newspapers are no longer capable of making a profit; Bezos bought a traditional newspaper; therefore, Bezos has some other motivation besides making a profit. (Snip) But what if Bezos knows what he’s doing? Let’s see if we can make sense of
The Syrian civil war has now forced 2million refugees to flee the country, it was revealed today - and one person leaves every 15 seconds. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees described the conflict as ´the great tragedy of this century´ as he laid bare the scale of the suffering it has caused, with more than 1million children forced out of their homeland. In addition to those who have left Syria during the two-and-a-half-year war, 4.25million people have been displaced within the country. In total, around a third of the population have been forced to leave their homes, meaning the conflict
A federal jury ruled last week that use of the ´N-word´ is discriminatory workplace behavior, even when used among blacks. A black New York City employment agency worker who was the target a slur-laced rant by her black boss has been awarded $250,000 in compensatory damages by a Manhattan federal jury. The case against Rob Carmona and the employment agency he founded, STRIVE East Harlem, gave legal airing to what some see as a double standard surrounding the word: It´s a degrading slur when uttered by whites but can be used at times with impunity among blacks.But 38-year-old Brandi Johnson
Both House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that they would support President Barack Obama´s plan for limited military action in Syria, with Boehner saying that it´s "something the country needs to do." Both addressed reporters after a meeting Tuesday morning between Obama and Congressional leaders on Syria. "I´m going to support the president´s call for action, and I believe my colleagues should," Boehner said. Boehner´s support is significant for passage in a couple of ways. He rarely gets out publicly ahead of his Republican conference, so it suggests that he feels strongly a
One in five applicants for jobs at the Central Intelligence Agency have ties to Muslim terrorist organizations, according to the latest round of Snowden leaks. And Israel is a major target of American counterintelligence. Washington is insane. Three years ago, the Washington Post sketched the elephantiasis in the U.S. intelligence establishment without, of course, access to the detailed numbers leaked by Edward Snowden last week. It doesn’t matter how much money you spend if you can’t hire people you can trust. If you spend $52 billion in the “black budget,” you create so many conflicting bureaucratic interest groups as to
General Jack Keane, a former vice chief of staff of the US Army, told BBC Radio 4 that he had spoken to senior Republican senators who had been briefed by the US president on Monday, and had been assured that Mr Obama planned to do significant damage to the forces of Bashar al-Assad. The Obama administration has previously said that military strikes would not be aimed at toppling Assad´s government nor altering the balance of the conflict. Instead, the White House has suggested, they would be intended to punish Assad for the alleged gas attack in Damascus on Aug 21 and
A Jesuit college student was beaten to death after he and friend were ´jumped from behind´ by a group of men as they walked back to campus from a bar on Labor Day weekend. Kevin Figaniak, 21, suffered severe head trauma in the attack near Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, west Virginia, at 1.45am on Saturday morning. he died at a Pittsburgh area hospital around 24 hours later. His friend, who suffered only bumps and bruises, told police they had been ´jumped from behind´ by four men about a mile from their campus. The attackers were described by police as males
Kansas City´s honest beggar is moving on up after returning the engagement ring a woman accidentally left in his cup. Billy Ray Harris was able to buy house and car after donors rewarded his act with more than $190,000 in online gifts. "When I think of the past, I think, ´Thank God it´s over,´" he told the "Today" show. "I mean, I feel human now." Harris was living on the streets of Kansas City, Mo., in February when Sarah Darling dropped a few coins and her diamond and platinum ring in his cup. Neither noticed until later. Harris said a
Two years after hitching its fate to Microsoft´s Windows Phone software, a withered Nokia collapsed into the arms of the U.S. software giant, agreeing to sell its main handset business for 5.44 billion euros ($7.2 billion). Nokia, which will continue as a maker of networking equipment and holder of patents, was once the world´s dominant handset manufacturer but was long since overtaken by Apple and Samsung in the highly competitive market for more powerful smartphones. Nokia´s Canadian boss Stephen Elop, who ran Microsoft´s business software division before jumping to Nokia in 2010, will now return to the U.S. firm
Katie Couric marked Labor Day weekend by getting engaged to her financier boyfriend of nearly two years, John Molner. A representative for the TV host confirmed to MailOnline that Mr Molner popped the question on a beach in East Hampton, New York, as the sun went down, with a ´spectacular diamond ring´. A widow since her husband, Jay Monahan died from colon cancer in 1998, mother-of-two Ms Couric, 56, has had several suitors over the years, but never seemed to find the right match.She told People in 2011 that she always imagined herself as a ´modern-day´ version of the twice
As the United States contemplates military action against Syria, it must realize that it can no longer enter into and conduct wars in the way it has done since Korea. Vietnam was not really properly authorized or explained. It was also mismanaged, in that — as General Eisenhower and General MacArthur both warned President Kennedy and President Johnson — it shouldn’t be attempted, but if it were, the supply flow from the North (the Ho Chi Minh Trail) had to be cut. It wasn’t. And MacArthur’s assertion that draftees cannot be asked to risk and give their lives in a
PYONGYANG, North Korea -- Former NBA star Dennis Rodman landed Tuesday in North Korea and said he plans to hang out with authoritarian leader Kim Jong Un, have a good time and maybe bridge some cultural gaps - but not be a diplomat. Rodman was greeted at Pyongyang´s airport by Son Kwang Ho, vice-chairman of North Korea´s Olympic Committee, just days after Pyongyang rejected a visit by a U.S. envoy who had hoped to bring home Kenneth Bae, an American missionary jailed there. The North abruptly called off the official visit because it said the U.S. had ruined the
The city spent tens of thousands of dollars on a fancy newsstand in Brooklyn Criminal Court meant to be manned by blind workers — only to find out the stand was completely unworkable for the blind and must be replaced, sources told The Post. The new newsstand now sits unused in the courthouse lobby and the city plans to correct its shortsighted mistake by spending tens of thousands more on a new stand, the sources said. “It’s a waste of city and taxpayer money,” one court source fumed. “The city drew and designed this without talking to the people who
Since first being elected, President Obama has made much of his determination to "go it alone" when he can´t get his way from Congress. (snip) For a sitting president to telegraph his specific war plans to the enemy, as Obama did, is insane; unless of course, his goal was to hobble our efforts. In that case, he has been wildly successful. His policies have effectively neutered anything we accomplished in Iraq and Afghanistan and have guaranteed our ultimate failure - all the while racking up American war casualties.
US President Obama reflected on the High Holidays and offered New Year’s greetings in a conference call with nearly 1,000 rabbis. Obama in the call on Friday afternoon extended the greetings on behalf of himself and the first lady for a sweet, happy and healthy New Year. (Snip) The president also discussed the upcoming enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act and the renewed Israel-Palestinians peace talks. Four major rabbinical organizations hosted the call: the Central Conference of American Rabbis (Reform); the Rabbinical Assembly (Conservative); the Rabbinical Council of America (Orthodox); and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association.
Having failed to obtain a United Nations resolution on Syria, or assemble a robust coalition of the willing, or provide the American public with any clear strategy surrounding his plans for a limited strike, President Obama is no longer leading from behind. Instead, he’ll soon be leading from Russia– where later this week, following a day in Sweden, he plans to attend an economic summit of the Group of 20, Thursday and Friday in St. Petersburg. It’s hard to figure which aspect of this trip is worse: the timing, or the venue. Obama has just organized quite a cliffhanger back home:
Russia had detected the launch of two ballistic ´objects´ toward the sea, Russian media reported earlier; U.S. Navy earlier denied having any involvement in the launch. and the U.S. carried out a missile test in the Mediterranean sea on Tuesday, Israel´s Defense Ministry said in a statement, amid rising tensions in the region over the crisis in Syria. The confirmation came after morning reports indicated that Russia had detected two ballistic "objects" launched toward the eastern Mediterranean from the central part of the same and a U.S. denial that its navy had been involved. The Arrow III missile defense system
A truck carrying two Palestinians broke through the security barrier at Ben Gurion airport early Tuesday morning and stopped only when security guards fired warning shots in the air, Army Radio reported. The two suspects were arrested and police sappers were checking the vehicle. Flights were temporarily suspended due to the incident.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Monday that it would be “catastrophic” if a use-of-force resolution against Syria fails to pass Congress. “A rejection of this resolution would be catastrophic, not just for him but for the institution of the presidency and the credibility of the United States,” McCain said after meeting with President Barack Obama. Yet McCain said he has not yet been persuaded to support Obama’s Syria proposal because the president has yet to outline his plan of attack against the Assad regime.
Israel and the U.S. today carried out a joint missile test in the Mediterranean, firing two rockets which later fell into the sea. News of the secret test came this morning when the Russian defence ministry reporting that a radar system had detected the launch of two ´ballistic objects´. There were no reports of missiles hitting Syria, prompting confusion over the origins and consequences of the apparent launch. Later today, Israel´s defence ministry revealed that it had conducted a test of missile designed to be used as a target in an anti-missile system funded by the U.S. A Russian official
Three Muslim Brotherhood members were arrested during curfew hours at an army checkpoint on the Fayoum desert road. The suspects were arrested and found to be in possession of large quantities of live ammunition and large sums of money, authorities claimed. A military source told the state-run news agency MENA that the defendants had $90,000, 55,000 Saudi Riyal and 6,600 Qatari Riyal, in addition to other foreign currencies hidden in a compartment inside the vehicle. A joint campaign by army and police forces also resulted in the arrest of 30 other suspects, including leading members of the Muslim Brotherhood in