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    American diplomats have expressed fears that any sanctions imposed on Russia over potential conflict in Ukraine would ultimately be ineffective due to the amount of Russian wealth in London. The US, UK and a host of other NATO countries have promised to impose harsh sanctions on Russia should President Vladimir Putin proceed with an invasion of neighbouring Ukraine, and have delivered arms shipments to bolster Ukrainian forces.  But US authorities are now concerned that Britain's threats to levy tough economic penalties against Putin are empty after years of allowing Russian kleptocrats to funnel what sources described as 'a hell of a lot of money' into 'Londongrad'. 'The fear is that Russian money is so entrenched in London now that the opportunity to use it as leverage against Putin could be lost,' a source in Washington told The Times. 'Biden is talking about sanctioning Putin himself but that can only be symbolic', the source asserted, claiming that billions in Russian cash is 'sitting in houses in Knightsbridge and Belgravia right under your government's noses.' It comes after a report by the...
    Charity auditors have expressed alarm at the management of Black Lives Matter's $60 million in donations, after it emerged that people announced as leading the organization never took up the role, and no one seemed able to say who was handling the finances. The most recent tax filing for the charity, from 2019, gives an address in Los Angeles that does not exist, and the two remaining BLM directors identified by The Washington Examiner were not able to assist - with one even scrubbing BLM associations from his social media after he was contacted by the paper.  They are yet to file a 2020 return, a Form 990, as required - which could see BLM fined by the IRS.  Laurie Styron, executive director of CharityWatch, said the findings were deeply troubling, and said they should have filed their 2020 form by now.  'Like a giant ghost ship full of treasure drifting in the night with no captain, no discernible crew, and no clear direction,' she said. Paul Kamenar, counsel for conservative watchdog group the National Legal and Policy Center, told...
    NEW YORK -- Thursday marks the start of voting to select this year's Oscar nominees, and roughly 10,000 industry professionals get to determine those lucky few who will be recognized when this year's list is read on February 8.Among the leading contenders is Denzel Washington, who has been nominated nine times and won twice for "Glory" and "Training Day."He's back in the race thanks to playing the lead role in "The Tragedy of Macbeth," a movie that definitely plays to his strengths.He's an international superstar, of course, but also a classically trained actor who first appeared on stage in a Shakespeare play while in college at Fordham University.ALSO READ | Oscar buzz about Kirsten Dunst in 'The Power of the Dog'EMBED More News Videos Oscar nominations are coming up on Feb. 8, and Kirsten Dunst is looking for her first Academy Award recognition after a career that began as a child. Sandy Kenyon sat down with her His new take on Macbeth is very accessible, and this is not your parents' Shakespeare.Washington stars opposite Frances McDormand as Lady Macbeth in...
    The U.S. Navy is pausing its training of Navy SEALs in Washington state parks while a legal case centering on public complaints about seeing armed men in the park makes its way through the court system. Whidbey Environmental Action Network requested a judicial review last month against the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. The group seeks to block the Navy's use of the parks. The Navy said no SEAL training has occurred while the case is under review. A hearing for the case is scheduled for April 1. "It is difficult to find peace in the woods when armed frogmen might be lurking behind every tree," the filing said, according to Coffee or Die Magazine. NAVY SEALS' RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION CHALLENGE NOW CLASS-ACTION SUIT Hundreds of complaints occurred during a public comment period when state regulators were discussing renewing a contract with the military branch last year. “In these days of great division in our civil society, we don’t need stealthy men in camo uniforms toting toy guns around our State and County Parks,”...
    A Range Rover was stolen and another vehicle burglarized in Morris County overnight Wednesday, police said. The 2021 Range Rover was stolen while left unlocked with the keys inside from outside a home on Jordan Court in Washington, Township Police said. The vehicle was later recovered in Newark, authorities said. Meanwhile, a backpack with a Chromebook and a wallet was stolen from a car left unlocked outside a home on Pickle Road before dawn Wednesday, police said. “The Washington Township Police Department advises residents to lock their vehicles at all times, remove all valuables and key fobs from the interior of all vehicles,” police said. Anyone with information about these incidents or other suspicious activity is asked to contact the Washington Township Police Department.
    ONE woman has died while three have been injured in a shooting at a motel in Washington DC. Cops say there’s no lookout for a suspect following the incident at the Days Inn which happened at 3am local time on Thursday. 1Four women have been shot at a motel in Washington DCCredit: NBC4 Cops found one female with gunshot wounds in the hallway of the hotel and another was discovered dead inside a hotel room, Fox5 reports. The victims were taken to different hospitals but their conditions remain unknown, according to WTOP. Two were taken to hospital while the others were self-transported, reports say. The victims have not been identified. Details about the suspected shooter remain unknown and police K-9 units are at the scene searching for clues. There are several police vehicles outside the hotel and parts of Connecticut Avenue in DC have been closed. It’s not known what led to the shooting and investigations are ongoing. Most read in The US SunLEGEND DEAD Meat Loaf 'dies of covid' age 74 with wife by his side as tributes pour...
    Jesse Watters revealed how House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.'s has amassed millions of dollars while in Congress in Wednesday's opening monologue of "Jesse Watters Primetime," referring to her as the "Wolf of Washington." "Maybe Nancy could invest more in her district instead of her portfolio," Watters said. "If Nancy dumped a few shares, she could help make San Francisco less of a dump. A little goes a long way, just a few crumbs. Instead, she'll continue to be the Warren Buffett of Washington. That is until you, the American people, step up, and you have." "The heat's on the speaker, and suddenly she's flip-flopped," he continued.  'WATTERS' WORLD' INVESTIGATES NANCY PELOSI'S FINANCIAL DEALINGS UP TO $315 MILLION IN ASSETS Pelosi agreed Thursday to what she called "severe penalties for delay in reporting on STOCK Act." "But, to give a blanket attitude of ‘we can't do this, and we can't do that because we can't be trusted’ – I just don't buy into that," she added. "That's right, Nancy. Promise to stop once you get caught," Watters reacted. At 81, Pelosi...
    Washington Examiner editor-in-chief: Democrats crumbling under 'huge crime wave'
    FIVE teens, including a 14-year-old charged with murder, escaped from a juvenile facility in Washington state on Wednesday. The King County Sheriff's Office said the five teenage fugitives attacked multiple staff members at Echo Glen Children's Center before escaping. 1Five teens broke out of a Washington state juvenile facility on WednesdayCredit: DCYF Officials said the teens are all males between the ages of 14 and 17. Two of the fugitives have escaped before, Sergent Tim Meyer said. More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The-sun.com is your go-to destination for the best celebrity news, sport news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheUSSun. We pay for your stories!Do you have a story for The US Sun team? Email us at exclusive@the-sun.com or call 212 416 4552. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheSunUS
    POULSBO, Wash. — A driver charged with striking and killing a cyclist riding on the shoulder of Central Valley Road was smoking heroin in the vehicle when a deputy arrested him shortly after the wreck, the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office said. Geoffrey Grayson Moore, 28, told the deputy he had fallen asleep behind the wheel and knew he had hit something but continued driving, the Kitsap Sun reported. "He was scared and did not stop," the deputy wrote. Moore was charged Monday in Kitsap County Superior Court with vehicular homicide and felony hit and run for the death of John Skubic, 63, of Poulsbo. Skubic was struck from behind while wearing bright neon yellow bicycle clothing, according to charging documents. He was declared dead at the scene. Two witnesses told investigators they saw a Jeep Cherokee drive on to the shoulder and pass another vehicle, striking Skubic, and then continue driving. A deputy found a Jeep Cherokee matching the description parked at an apartment complex with "fresh" damage to the front end. Inside he found Moore and a woman. "They...
    New CDC guidance on the effectiveness of masking just gave schools the green light to go mask optional, a group of infectious disease medical professionals penned in a Washington Post op-ed Tuesday. According to the doctors – Tufts Medical Center epidemiologist Shira Doron, Harvard Medical School professor Westyn Branch-Elliman, and Boston Medical Center infectious disease management director Elissa Perkins -- respirators like N95 masks were found to be more protective than surgical or cloth masks. Since these high-quality masks are highly effective at protecting the wearer, it makes the old COVID-19 mantra "my mask protects you" "obsolete." "As a result, schools can finally safely make masks optional for students and staff," they stated. DAILY BEAST COLUMNIST LIKENS BARI WEISS' COVID FATIGUE TO AMERICAN ‘CRUELTY,' WHITE SUPREMACY The doctors admitted that it’s time for the U.S. to finally advance forward in the pandemic with a mindset of personal protection, while taking advantage of the many tools that have been developed since 2020. FILE PHOTO: A workers inspects an N95 respirator during manufacturing at Protective Health Gear (PHG) in Paterson, New...
    The University of Washington and Seattle University are set to return to in-person learning at the end of this month. University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce said in a letter to students on Monday that the change is a result of declining local cases of COVID-19. “The improving public health situation and the resulting reduction in coronavirus-related disruptions allow us to follow through with our plans to return to largely in-person classes and learning experiences on Monday, Jan. 31,” Cauce wrote in the letter. University of Washington students began the winter semester online in an effort to mitigate cases connected to the omicron variant, The Associated Press reported. Seattle University President Eduardo M. Peñalver sent a similar letter to staff and students on Monday, saying in-person classes will resume on Jan. 31 as well, the news service noted. Earlier in the semester, the university made the decision to conduct classes remotely due to the surge in coronavirus cases. According to Cauce, University of Washington students can expect their courses to remain at the same times and in the same format unless they are instructed...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Luke Kennard scored seven points inside the final 9 seconds, including a go-ahead four-point play with 1.9 seconds remaining, and the Los Angeles Clippers overcame a 35-point first-half deficit to stun the Washington Wizards 116-115 on Tuesday night. Kennard hit a 32-footer out of a timeout and then, after Washington committed a 5-second violation, sank another 3 running to his right while absorbing a foul from Bradley Beal. He finished with 25 points. READ MORE: Pets Can Get Hypothermia And Frostbite Too, Here's How To Protect ThemAmir Coffey scored a career-high 29 points for the depleted Clippers, who evened their record to 2-2 at the midpoint of a season-long eight game trip. Terance Mann and Isaiah Hartenstein each had 16 points for Los Angeles, which scored 80 points after halftime to improve to 7-10 since losing seven-time All-Star guard Paul George to a right elbow injury last month. Kyle Kuzma had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Beal added 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter of Washington’s fourth consecutive defeat. The Wizards opened the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Luke Kennard scored seven points inside the final 9 seconds, including a go-ahead four-point play with 1.9 seconds remaining, and the Los Angeles Clippers overcame a 35-point first-half deficit to stun the Washington Wizards 116-115 on Tuesday night. Kennard hit a 32-footer out of a timeout and then, after Washington committed a 5-second violation, sank another 3 running to his right while absorbing a foul from Bradley Beal. He finished with 25 points. Amir Coffey scored a career-high 29 points for the depleted Clippers, who evened their record to 2-2 at the midpoint of a season-long eight game trip. Terance Mann and Isaiah Hartenstein each had 16 points for Los Angeles, which scored 80 points after halftime to improve to 7-10 since losing seven-time All-Star guard Paul George to a right elbow injury last month. Kyle Kuzma had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Beal added 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter of Washington’s fourth consecutive defeat. The Wizards opened the game on a 15-2 run and led by 35 in the second quarter...
    President Joe Biden left the White House Tuesday to get ice cream, even as tensions with Russia escalate and the border crisis intensifies. The president made a surprise trip outside the White House to visit a small business in Washington, DC, and also stopped for an ice cream cone even though the weather was 34 degrees. The president did not address the border crisis during his trip. President Joe Biden picks up a mug depicting Kamala Harris while visiting Honey Made, a small business in Washington, DC, on January 25, 2022. (SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images) In December, apprehensions along the southwest border with Mexico jumped for the second straight month to 170,186, more than 139 percent over the same month in 2021. The Biden administration continues releasing migrants apprehended at the border into the country, including dozens of single adult men who were transported to Miami, Houston, and Atlanta after they were caught in Texas, according to Fox News. The president did discuss with reporters the escalating tensions with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the possibility of Russia invading...
    AURORA, Ill. (WLS) -- A pair of Republican candidates for Illinois governor launched their first television ads Tuesday, going on the attack against Gov. JB Pritzker.Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin fired his first salvo in the governor's race with a television commercial eight days after joining the race."A riotous mob, the police outnumbered but backed up by their mayor, Richard Irvin called in the guard," the advertisement began."We will not put up with this BS and this foolishness," Irvin said in a news clip from a press conference at the time.Another Republican, venture capitalist Jesse Sullivan, also hammered the law and order theme in his first television ad."Pritzker's leftist agenda is literally killing us, turning parts of Illinois into a war zone," Sullivan said in the ad, while highlighting the more than 800 murders in Chicago in 2021."There's a lot of polling out there that shows crime is the number one issue in the state, both from among republicans and democrats, so they're getting on a bread and butter issue that really matters to voters," said Laura Washington, an ABC7 political...
    A Washington state police officer who fatally shot a 39-year-old mother in 2020 was dismissed from a previous job just over a year before the shooting, according to a report from The Seattle Times. Daniel Mendoza spent seven months as a probationary Whatcom County sheriff’s deputy before he was dismissed for poor performance in 2019. In that role, he reportedly failed to recite statutes, got lost while responding to calls, wrote muddled reports and failed tests that included topics like appropriate use of force, the Times reported.   He was hired as a rookie police officer in Redmond, Wash., in 2019, just under one month after his dismissal. On Sept. 20, 2020, Mendoza allegedly shot Andrea Churna, the divorced mother of a 7-year-old, six times. Churna was having a mental health crisis and had called the police for help under the belief someone was attempting to break into her apartment and kill her, the Times reported.  Prior to officers arriving at her home, Churna had reportedly fired one shot into the door of her apartment. An investigation into the shooting...
    Six men are facing federal drug trafficking charges for allegedly operating a criminal organization that operates in the Capital Region and Montgomery County, according to officials. The men were allegedly distributing cocaine and other drugs in Montgomery County, Prince George's County, and the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area, according to the U.S. States Attorneys Office for the District of Maryland. Police also seized 12 firearms while serving the warrant on Jan. 21 The arrests were a culmination of a joint investigation between Homeland Security Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration – Washington Division, Montgomery County Police Department, and Prince George’s County Police Department.
    A new sub-variant of the dominant COVID-19 Omicron strain could be on the rise, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The new strain, dubbed the “stealth” Omicron variant because it’s difficult to identify due to a lack of certain genetic characteristics, appears to be on the rise, with confirmed cases of the virus in at least 40 countries, including the United States. According to the WHO, Omicron, which is known as B.1.1.529, has three sub-variants: the original BA.1 that remains the dominant strain, the “stealth” BA.2, which is picking up steam, and the more elusive BA.3. Researcher and author Vipin Vashishta said that BA.2 shares 32 mutations with BA.1, but 28 unique mutations as the investigation into the variant continues. 
“The BA. 2 descendant lineage, which differs from BA. 1 in some of the mutations, including in the spike protein, is increasing in many countries,” the WHO wrote on its website. “Investigations into the characteristics of BA. 2, including immune escape properties and virulence, should be prioritized independently (and comparatively) to BA. 1.” The “stealth” variant was first found in...
    A suspect in a fatal drug-related shooting has been arrested in Prince George's county, according to police. Andres Aguilar, 18, of University Park is charged with the murder of Luis Miguel Utrera, 19, of Hyattsville, Prince George's County Police said.  The shooting happened in the town of University Park in November 2001. On Nov. 17, 2021, at approximately 2:35 pm, officers responded to the 4000 block of Underwood Street for the report of a shooting and vehicle crash.  Officers located Utrera in the driver’s seat of a car which had struck a tree. He was suffering from a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead on the scene, officials said. On Jan. 19, 2022, Aguilar was arrested and taken into custody in Washington, DC. A preliminary investigation revealed that he shot Utrera during a drug-related robbery. Aguilar is charged with first and second degree murder and related charges.  He is currently in custody in Washington, DC, pending extradition to Prince George’s County.
    The View mocked the Defeat the Mandates march that took place on the National Mall in Washington on Sunday, saying its speakers and premise were misinformed. People from across the country gathered at the Washington Monument and walked to the Lincoln Memorial to participate in the march, which was part of an international demonstration against COVID-19-related restrictions. Among those who spoke was Children’s Health Defense founder Robert F. Kennedy Jr. The show's co-hosts criticized Kennedy for comparing present-day mandates to the Nazi oppression of Jews and claiming that mandates are stripping people of their rights. “Even in Hitler's Germany, you could cross the Alps into Switzerland,” Kennedy said. “You could hide in an attic like Anne Frank did. I visited in 1962 — East Germany — with my father and met people who had climbed the wall and escaped. So it was possible. Many people died doing it, but it was possible. Today, the mechanisms are being put in place that will make it so none of us can run, none of us...
    Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin continued her cheerleading of President Biden in a new column in which she attacks the media for being too critical of the president.  After one year in office, Biden and his administration are facing fierce blowback for their management of COVID-19, the economy, and foreign policy. Rubin penned a column Monday where she asserted, "Biden may not find it so hard to turn the corner" on the bad press. NBC’S CHUCK TODD: BIDEN ‘NO LONGER SEEN AS COMPETENT AND EFFECTIVE’  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) "But Biden has an opportunity to change the conversation. The voting rights debate in the Senate is over. Build Back Better is kaput as one giant bill. And so, beginning Friday, you could hear the tectonic plates creak. The ground was shifting. Biden was moving on," Rubin wrote. Rather than suggesting Biden was to blame for multiple setbacks in his administration, Rubin instead blamed that the media coverage is too focused on "failure" or things that he could never achieve. "Perhaps, he has absorbed the advice of many Democrats: Don’t talk...
    A Missouri university is hosting an online forum that will explore whether the term 'professionalism' is racist - and according to the event's synopsis, it is. The February 1 presentation at Washington University's St. Louis campus centers around a term defined by Merriam-Webster as 'the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person.' An explainer for the upcoming virtual event reads: 'The term “professionalism” has at times been used to silence and marginalize people of color, when attributes of appearance, language or interactions that have nothing to do with job knowledge or constructive collegial relationships are labeled as “unprofessional”.  'In this context, so-called professionalism is coded language, a construct that upholds institutional racist policies and excluding practices.' As of Monday, 13 people expressed interest in the event, which is being hosted by assistant dean of community partnerships Cynthia Williams and Jewel Stafford, director of the field education office's racial equity fellowship program.  Employees at Washington University's St. Louis campus are posing the question: 'Is professionalism a racist construct?' They'll lead a discussion on the...
    Several D.C. educators rallied outside of the John A. Wilson building Monday morning, seeking higher pay and benefits for the city’s substitute teachers. (WTOP/Scott Gelman) Several D.C. educators rallied outside of the John A. Wilson Building on Monday morning, seeking higher pay and benefits for the city’s substitute teachers. Holding signs that read “teachers stand with substitutes” and “DCPS subs are underpaid,” the group caught the attention of commuters as it walked up and down the corner of 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. More Education News More D.C. News Monday’s demonstration was the latest “day of absence” in a series organized by the group Washington Substitute Teachers United. It featured retired city teachers and members of the D.C. Caucus of Rank & File Educators, a subsection of Washington Teachers’ Union members. The gathering came about a week after D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a bump in pay for substitute teachers. Bowser and DCPS Chancellor Lewis Ferebee said last week that daily substitute teachers who work fewer than 30 days per school year will see daily pay increased from...
    Three people are dead after a head-on crash in Charles County, according to NBC Washington. The accident happened on Jan. 23 just before 8 p.m., the victims were pronounced dead at the scene of the intersection of Hawthorne Roade and Ripley way, according to Charles County Fire officials. The victims have been identified as as Patrick Bowie, Jr., 44, Tineka Palmer, 35, and Tyron Carroll, 33, Maryland State Police said.  For more information on the story go to NBC Washington.
    Reports say that Meat Loaf had fallen sick with COVID-19 before his death last week, but that point may have been lost on anti-vaccine demonstrators who used his song, “I’d Do Anything for Love” to get themselves fired up at a rally in Washington D.C. Sunday to protest COVID mandates. Or, the demonstrators saw the song as an appropriate tribute to a singer who called mandates politically motivated and who expressed skepticism about the use of masks to stop the spread of COVID-19. Whatever the reason for what TMZ called Meat Loaf’s “cameo” at the rally, his death at age 74 and his views on COVID are being politicized in America’s increasingly bitter debate over public health and personal freedom. Meat Loaf’s song was played at a rally that drew several thousands protesters, many of whom didn’t wear masks and who included prominent names in the anti-vaccine movement, according to the Washington Post. Two years into the pandemic, which has killed more than 860,000 Americans, the protesters decried vaccine mandates and carried posters and flags that included false statements such...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff WASHINGTON, Pa. (KDKA) — Starting today, Washington Health System has updated its requirements for mask-wearing in its facilities. All patients, visitors, and staff will be required to wear a surgical, N95, or KN95 mask while inside its facilities. If an individual doesn’t have a mask, they will be able to ask for one at the front desk of the facility.
    (CNN)At a rally against vaccine mandates in Washington, DC, on Sunday, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. likened vaccine policies in the US to the actions of a totalitarian state, even suggesting Anne Frank was in a better situation when she was hiding from the Nazis. "Even in Hitler Germany (sic), you could, you could cross the Alps into Switzerland. You could hide in an attic, like Anne Frank did," said Kennedy, a prominent anti-vaccine advocate, in a speech at the Lincoln Memorial. "I visited, in 1962, East Germany with my father and met people who had climbed the wall and escaped, so it was possible. Many died, true, but it was possible." Kennedy's historically inaccurate anti-Semitic remark ignores the fact that Frank and some 6 million other Jews were murdered by Nazis. Frank, who was a teenager at the time, hid in an attic in the Netherlands, not Germany, before she was caught and was sent to a concentration camp, where she died.The Auschwitz Memorial responded to Kennedy in a statement on Twitter, saying, "Exploiting of the tragedy of people who...
    THOUSANDS of demonstrators marched from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial in a rally opposing Covid-19 vaccine mandates on Sunday. The organizers of the “Defeat the Mandates” campaign said they aren’t against vaccines, however. They are just opposed to people being forced to get them. 5Thousands marched in Washington DC, calling for an end to Covid-19 vaccinesCredit: Alex Kent for The US Sun 5'Defeat the Mandates' organizers claimed they weren't anti-vax but rather they didn't want the vaccine to be forced on peopleCredit: Alex Kent for The US Sun 5Major US cities have implemented citywide rules that require proof of vaccination to enter places such as bars and movie theatersCredit: Alex Kent for The US Sun Protestors and speakers called for an end to mandates worldwide after major US cities such as DC, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis and Boston have implemented citywide rules requiring proof of vaccination. This proof is needed to enter certain establishments such as restaurants, bars and gyms. Around 30,000 to 35,000 people attended the protest, calling for an end to mandates, passports...
    An event at Washington University in St. Louis is asking students one question: "Is Professionalism a Racist Construct?" The event is being held virtually through the university on Feb. 1, but states that the term professionalism, at times, "has at times been used to silence and marginalize people of color." "The term ‘professionalism’ has at times been used to silence and marginalize people of color, when attributes of appearance, language or interactions that have nothing to do with job knowledge or constructive collegial relationships are labeled as 'unprofessional,'" the event description states. MISSOURI CONSERVATIVE GROUP CONFRONTS STUDENT SENATOR AS HE TAKES DOWN AND THROWS AWAY FLAGS FROM 9/11 DISPLAY  Students walk through campus at Washington University in St. Louis, MO on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. (Photo by Nick Schnelle for The Washington Post via Getty Images) In this context, the event description states, professionalism upholds white supremacy. "In this context, so-called professionalism is coded language, a construct that upholds institutional racist policies and excluding practices," the description states. UCLA, ATTENDED BY MURDERED GRAD STUDENT BRIANNA KUPFER, PROMOTED 'DEFUND THE POLICE'...
    “Blame the left” is Washington’s latest craze. It would not be surprising if it were just coming from the GOP. But scapegoating progressives is now an increasingly popular sport among Washington-based pundits—and even some Democratic Party strategists—trying to identify who or what to blame for President Joe Biden’s low poll numbers and the myriad struggles of his first year in office. Unfortunately, these analyses are based on several fallacies. First, Biden’s poll numbers after one year in office, while undoubtedly sagging, are still substantially ahead of Donald Trump’s. Next is the obvious but somehow underrated truism that poll numbers after one year in office are fairly meaningless. Comparisons to prior decades—when partisan politics weren’t nearly as divisive—are also not particularly useful. Biden’s poll numbers cannot be attributed to any specific action he has or has not taken. In fact, it is highly likely that a combination of factors beyond his control—such as the emergence of a highly contagious and vaccine-resistant strain of COVID-19, and the GOP campaign to reject essential public health measures—has had more of an impact on his...
    Tusitala 'Tiny' Toese, center, fires a paintball gun at anti-fascist protesters at the scene of the Proud Boys' 'Summer of Love' protest in Portland, Oregon, August 2021. The mystery surrounding the arrest of Tusitala “Tiny” Toese, the 26-year-old Samoan street brawler who has been a central player in far-right Patriot Prayer and Proud Boys violence in the Pacific Northwest since 2017, has been cleared up. According to the Portland Mercury, Toese is currently being held in Thurston County, Washington, on a secret arrest warrant issued by Multnomah County, Oregon, for his actions at an Aug. 22, 2021 Proud Boys protest in Portland. He was arrested Dec. 29 in his hometown of Vancouver, Washington, located across the Columbia River from Portland, on the secret warrant issued by a judge out of concern that Toese might be a flight risk; he was later transferred to Thurston County for detention there. He’s charged with three counts of second-degree assault, two counts of third-degree assault, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of riot, and two counts of criminal mischief. Toese is...
    The "AF" here stands for Trump's fascist-echoing calls for "America First" Saturday marks the two year anniversary of an interview with Donald Trump at the world economic forum following the announcement of the first case of “novel coronavirus” in the United States. Asked if he was worried about a pandemic, this is how Trump replied. “No. Not it all. We have it totally under control. It’s one person, coming in from China. And We have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.” Trump then goes on to brag about his “great relationship” with Communist Party boss Xi Jinping. That first statement was just one of many that would come over the following months as Trump repeatedly downplayed the threat posed by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. A timeline of Trump statements on COVID-19 starting in Feb. of 2020. This weekend in Washington D.C., there will be a gathering that’s estimated draw over 10,000 people. These people will not be there to mourn the 887,000 known to have died from the virus in the United States. They won’t be there to celebrate the advances...
    Raptors_Wizards_Basketball_57956 Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal reacts after forcing Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) to turn the ball over during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, in Washington. AP Photo/Evan Vucci Raptors_Wizards_Basketball_80573 Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby (3) defends against Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, in Washington. AP Photo/Evan Vucci Raptors_Wizards_Basketball_81635 Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) drives to the basket against Toronto Raptors forwards Precious Achiuwa (5) and Scottie Barnes (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, in Washington. AP Photo/Evan Vucci Raptors_Wizards_Basketball_53908 Toronto Raptors forward Yuta Watanabe, right, defends Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, in Washington. AP Photo/Evan Vucci Raptors_Wizards_Basketball_41208 Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) scores past Toronto Raptors forward Chris Boucher (25) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, in Washington. Raptors guard Fred VanVleet, left, looks on. AP Photo/Evan...
    MARCH for Life tensions erupted on Friday in Washington DC as a woman was seen getting handcuffed in dramatic photographs after trying allegedly to confront the Patriot Front group. Independent journalist Scootercaster took to Twitter to share video footage from FreedomNews.TV of a woman getting handcuffed alongside the march. 10A woman wearing a pink Trump hat was handcuffed on January 21, 2022Credit: Alex Kent for The US Sun 10The Patriot Front group are seen holding signs and chanting at the March for Life rally on FridayCredit: Alex Kent for The US Sun The tweet read: "Woman in Trump hat tried to cross police line and approach Patriot Front. "Police stopped the woman, she ended up on the ground. She was then placed in handcuffs." Just feet away from where police were arresting the unidentified woman, Patriot Front members were seen chanting and holding up a large sign reading: "Strong Families Make Strong Nations." NPR politics correspondent Danielle Kurtzleben was also at the march and witness a clash at the "front March for Life between Patriot Front and counter protesters." Kurtzleben...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — When KDKA’s Kym Gable sets forth on her assignments for our On A Positive Note segment, she knows they will always be uplifting and inspiring stories about local people doing amazing things. This week, though, she may have met her match. Zaida Brooks has her own podcast called Zaida Positive News. The bubbly journalist has interviewed dozens of notable people who share her message of spreading kindness and joy. READ MORE: Tom Hanks Returning To Pittsburgh For 'A Man Called Ove' Film AdaptationThe Washington County social media star, who is only 7 years old, started her broadcasts two years ago at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. “We started because we couldn’t go outside because it wasn’t safe,” Brooks said. “When I was doing the video, I missed my friends. So I did a video about how much I missed my friends,” Brooks added. READ MORE: Families Who Lost Their Homes In Majestic Hills Landslide Could Finally Get A PayoutIt was also a way for her and her little sister, Waverly,...
    PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix man accused of coordinating teams that were on standby to deliver guns to members and associates of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot will remain jailed until his trial on seditious conspiracy and other charges, a judge in Arizona ruled Thursday. U.S. Magistrate Judge John Boyle concluded Edward Vallejo, 63, posed a danger to the community. The judge said Vallejo has made incendiary comments about violence since the riot, rejected his attorney’s claim that Vallejo was a minor player in the alleged plot and noted that there was no evidence showing he was remorseful for his actions. Prosecutors say Vallejo coordinated “quick reaction force” teams that kept guns at a hotel in nearby Arlington, Virginia, and were prepared to bring the weapons into Washington if Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes or associates believed the need arose. They say Vallejo, in the end, wasn’t called to transport the guns into Washington. “If Mr. Rhodes had given that order, you would have complied,” Boyle said during the court hearing. Vallejo is...
    A retired professor is being sued by the sons of his late wealthy socialite girlfriend, who accuse him of selling dozens of her valuables to an antique dealer in Washington DC - just months after being charged with stealing a $32,000 brooch from a friend.   Lawrence 'Larry' Gray, 78, spent a decade attending black-tie dinners, classical concerts and vacations in the Hamptons with his longtime girlfriend Jacqueline Quillen. The two were never married but lived together in the four-bedroom, $1.6 million Georgetown home she owned in Northwest Washington, D.C.  Quillen - the granddaughter of former Wall Street giant, Alfred Lee Loomis, who invented the Long Range Navigation System - was 77 when she died in October 2020 of heart failure.  Gray had tenure at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy as a political science professor and traveled back and forth between Rome and Washington, D.C. to be with Quillen before retiring in 2011. She ended her relationship with Gray months before she died because she suspected he was stealing from her, but allowed him to stay in the home. He remained in...
    SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court has narrowly upheld an $18 million fine levied against an association of large food brands that funneled dark money into a state political campaign. The 5-4 decision Thursday found that the penalty against the Grocery Manufacturers Association — now known as the Consumer Brands Association — did not violate the U.S. Constitution’s ban on excessive fines. The group, which included companies like Coca-Cola and Nestle, in 2013 collected $14 million from its members. It then contributed $11 million of that to help defeat a Washington state ballot initiative that would have required labeling of genetically engineered ingredients on food packaging. The association failed to register as a political committee in the state, did not disclose which companies contributed the campaign money and filed no campaign-finance reports until after Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued. As part of the lawsuit, the state uncovered evidence that one association executive noted during a meeting that having a pooled campaign account would “shield individual companies from public disclosure and possible criticism.” “The GMA’s offense struck...
    A mother of two is dead after being shot in her car while her children were inside in Northwest D.C. on Wednesday night, according to authorities. D.C. police said that Sierra Johnson, 27, of Northeast, was found suffering from gunshot wounds in the car with her children in the 2500 block of Georgia Avenue around 8 p.m. Johnson died from her injuries after being taken to the hospital. More Crime News More D.C. News Johnson’s children were not injured in the shooting, according to WTOP news partner NBC Washington, which also reported that they are being cared for by D.C. child protective services. “It’s very early in the investigation, but information we have, it’s possible that the suspect and the victim knew each other, but we can’t say that for certain right now,” Capt. Kevin Kentish told NBC Washington. D.C. police are offering a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. Anyone with information is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099. Below is the area...
    (CNN)Washington state is taking action to tackle an infestation of European green crabs after an exponential increase in the invasive species.Governor Jay Inslee issued an emergency order on Wednesday that will allow the state's department of fish and wildlife to eradicate the crustacean or prevent it from permanently establishing itself.The increase in the number of European green crabs had been seen within the Lummi Nation's Sea Pond and outer coast areas.The state said in a statement that if the crab becomes permanently established, "it will particularly harm endangered species, impact resources that are part of the cultural identity of the tribes and native peoples, and affect small businesses."Thought it's native to the northeastern Atlantic Ocean, the European green crab is considered a "globally-damaging invasive species" that is able to survive in a wide range of water temperatures and has become established in many temperate coastal zones around the world, according to the emergency proclamation.Read MoreA new species of tarantula discovered by Thai YouTube starIn these places, European green crabs have disturbed habitats, displaced and outcompeted native species, and altered natural...
    Seven weeks and change from Selection Sunday, the Pac-12’s outlook has improved incrementally in recent weeks. Arizona, UCLA and USC remain on track for NCAA Tournament at-large bids, lofty seeds and manageable paths into the Sweet 16. But instead of standing alone, they have company lurking. Oregon and Washington State are solidly on the the bubble, and two more teams, Colorado and Stanford, have entered wing-and-a-prayer territory. As we cast an eye to the Pac-12 tournament, which begins March 9, the picture is clear: In order to collect a respectable number of NCAA bids, the conference will need a surprise winner in Las Vegas — a 2022 version of Oregon State. Anybody but the Wildcats, Bruins or Trojans. Welcome to the Hotline’s updated NCAA projections. — For those unfamiliar with the NET rankings system: The result of each game played falls within one of four quadrants, based on the NET ranking of the opponent and location of the game. (The categorization changes over time as teams move up and down the NET.) Quadrant 1: Home vs. Nos. 1-30, Neutral vs. Nos....
    WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, Manhattan (WABC) -- A local cheerleading team is reaching new heights -- making it all the way to nationals in Florida, but they don't have the money to get there to compete.If you listen closely before and after class, you can hear excellence reverberating down the empty hallways at KIPP Washington Heights Middle School.The sound is the cheerleading team ... one of the best this nation has to offer.Two years ago, pre-pandemic, they competed at the national competition in Orlando against high schoolers!"Sisterhood is a really big part of cheer. We're very close with each other," cheerleading captain Merlina Santana said."It's all really about teamwork and trust. Because for example the flier has to trust the base," cheerleader Kaitoyn Clase said.ALSO READ | Eyewitness News viewers donate money to Uber driver robbed, beaten after seeing his storyEMBED More News Videos A week after an Uber driver was violently robbed and knocked unconscious near an ATM, he and his wife received some great news from a generous viewer. Stacey Sager has the story. This sport is their life. This...
    Bill Murray brought his own cheer to chilly Washington Square Park Wednesday with a surprise recital of songs including “I Feel Pretty.” The 71-year-old comedian teamed up with his often-accompanists — cellist Jan Vogler, violinist Mira Wang, and pianist Vanessa Perez — for the performance. After urging passersby to sing along on “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” Murray recited “Dog” by beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who, he noted, “spent some time in this park,” which features in his poetry. Just another day in NYC…Bill Murray singing “I Feel Pretty” in Washington Square Park with Jan Vogler on the cello Via: bigcmayer(IG) pic.twitter.com/NM5jZU5c4g— Wu-Tang Is For The Children (@WUTangKids) January 19, 2022 The “Lost In Translation” star later added some pleasing pirouettes to “I Feel Pretty,” then channeled Rita Moreno on “America” from “West Side Story.” Among those who caught the “Groundhog Day” star’s performance were former “Real Housewife” Carole Radziwill — sparkling in a sliver ski jacket — and author and former Bronx detective Edward Conlon. Bill Murray belts out “I Feel Pretty” on a cold day in Washington...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 27th goal of the season, Tom Wilson scored in overtime and the Washington Capitals beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 Tuesday night. Wilson’s goal 26 seconds into the 3-on-3 OT gave the Capitals their first victory in that situation this season. They lost their previous seven games decided after regulation but before a shootout. Washington needed overtime after Pierre-Luc Dubois tied it with 1:05 left. Vitek Vanecek stopped 30 of the 33 shots he faced, rebounding from allowing two goals in the opening minutes. Ovechkin sparked the comeback after being visibly angry when the Capitals fell behind 2-0 less than three minutes in. He was livid after no penalty was called on Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey for hooking him and yelled at the officials from the bench after watching a replay. Washington’s longtime captain scored on his next shift, firing a perfect shot past 2020 Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Connor Hellebuyck on a 2-on-1 rush. With the goal, Ovechkin broke a tie atop the NHL with Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl. Ovechkin’s 757th goal was also...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago rapper Vic Mensa was arrested at Dulles Airport outside Washington D.C. for alleged possession of illegal drugs, police said Monday.According to authorities, the 28-year-old landed at Dulles on a flight from Ghana at about 7 a.m. Saturday. During a second baggage examination, Customers and Border Protection officers said they found a cache of drugs in his luggage.Police said CBP agents found 41 grams of liquid LSD, about 124 grams of psilocybin capsules, 178 grams of psilocybin gummies, and six grams of psilocybin mushrooms in the luggage.Mensa, whose real name is Victim Kewsi Mensah, has been charged with felony narcotic possession charges and was taken into custody by the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority. It was not clear if a bond hearing had been held.