Clergy of different faiths, joined by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, delivered messages of hope and unity Thursday before more than 1,300 people gathered at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park.
“A pall has been cast over our great nation,” Holder said. “We gather today not in joy, but in solemn reflection.”
The overall message, however, was focused on the power of love and unity to combat hatred and evil. The service, at the Lewis and Shirley White Theatre, came only four days after three people were gunned down, allegedly by a man who authorities say is an avowed racist and anti-Semite guided by his hatred of Jews.
Michaels Stores Inc, the biggest U.S. arts and crafts retailer, on Thursday confirmed that there was a security breach at certain systems that process payment cards at its U.S. stores and that of its unit, Aaron Brothers.
The company said in January that it was working with federal law enforcement officials to investigate a possible data breach.
Michaels Stores said the breach, which took place between May 8, 2013 and January 27, 2014, may have affected about 2.6 million cards, or about 7 percent of payment cards used at its stores during the period.
The vice principal of a South Korean high school who accompanied hundreds of his pupils on what turned out to be a disastrous ferry trip has committed suicide, police said on Friday, as hopes faded of finding any of the 268 missing passengers alive.
Kang Min-gyu, 52, had been missing since Thursday. He appeared to have hanged himself with his belt from a tree outside a gym in the port city of Jindo where relatives of the people missing on the ship, mostly children from the school, were gathered.
Police said Kang did not leave a suicide note and that they started looking for him after he was reported missing by a fellow-teacher. He was rescued from the ferry after it capsized on Wednesday
Zebra is best known as a maker of barcode scanning, RFID, and other identification and location-tracking technologies. The deal strengthens Zebra’s position in markets, including retail, transportation, logistics, and manufacturing, and gives it entry into 95% of the Fortune 500, according to Zebra’s statement. It also enhances Zebra’s ability to serve its healthcare customers, said Phil Gerskovich, senior VP of new growth platforms at Zebra, in an interview.
“Healthcare is not as large a segment for Motorola as other segments, but they have some key specialty products like the MC40-HC,” Motorola’s handheld device for medical professionals, he said. “The Internet of Things will have a big impact on healthcare, and Zebra will have the key elements for building IoT applications in healthcare.”
So when Joe Scarborough claims that the census change “is a particularly clumsy effort” by the White House to “cook the books,” feel free to report that he said that. But when you, the political pundit or media reporter, write about Joe Scarborough’s claim, you should probably point out that it is a claim made without any supporting evidence, at all. When writing about the tiff between Scarborough and Times columnist Paul Krugman, who referred to Scarborough as a “truther,” you should also probably point out that the reason that Krugman made the comparison is because Scarborough did actually endorse a conspiracy theory without a shred of evidence behind it.
Similarly, when you print Scarborough’s fiery, taunting response to Krugman, maybe consider pointing out that at no point in his response does Scarborough defend his original claim or, again, offer any proof at all, or offer any indication that he came to his conclusion based on anything other than his gut feeling that the White House can’t be trusted.
The United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union reached an agreement on Thursday evening that called for armed pro-Russian bands in eastern Ukraine to surrender the government buildings they have seized and that outlined other steps to defuse a crisis that has rattled the international community.
The diplomatic accord, while limited in scope, represented the first time Russia and Ukraine had found common ground since protests toppled a pro-Moscow government in Kiev, leading the Kremlin to annex the Crimean Peninsula and threaten other parts of Ukraine with 40,000 troops on its border. The deal came hours after Ukrainian security forces killed three pro-Russian activists in a firefight.
The leaflets are real, what might be in question is their origination. The leader of the pro Russian faction denies the signature on them is his.
Worshipers at the Bet Menakhem-Mendl synagogue in this eastern Ukrainian city confronted a horrifying scene as they left a Passover service this week: masked men on a sidewalk handing out leaflets demanding that Jews register and pay a fine or leave the area, witnesses said.
That the leaflets appeared in a highly uncertain political context did little to calm nerves or to dampen high-level international condemnation, including from Secretary of State John Kerry, who said Thursday in Geneva that “just in the last couple of days, notices were sent to Jews in one city indicating that they had to identify themselves as Jews.”
The leaflets were supposedly signed by Denis Pushilin, the leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic, the newly declared and unrecognized state that claims to represent ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine. But that group and other pro-Russian groups quickly denied they had anything to do with them.
An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving three missing in the deadliest disaster on the world’s highest peak.
The Sherpa guides had gone early in the morning to fix ropes for other climbers when the avalanche hit just below Camp 2 at about 6:30 a.m., Nepal Tourism Ministry official Krishna Lamsal said from the base camp, where he is monitoring rescue efforts.
Rescue workers pulled out 12 bodies from under mounds of snow and ice and were searching for the three missing guides, Lamsal said.
Because in wingnut world, desiring a more diverse university student body = “ethnic cleansing”
Fox News commentator Todd Starnes is outraged by the president of Western Washington University’s deliberately provocative comment, which he has made at each of the school’s past six opening convocations, that “if we are as white in ten years as we are today, Western will have failed as a university.”
The president, Bruce Shepard, was referring to the fact that even though Western is a public university, its student body is disproportionately white compared to Washington state’s racial and ethnic composition and that diversity will improve students’ educational experience.
In his daily radio bulletin yesterday, Starnes said that Shepard’s statement is in fact a sign the university is embarking on an “ethnic cleansing” of white people
W audio at Right Wing Watch
Police have arrested a man linked to a series of apparently random highway shootings that have terrorized drivers in the Kansas City area, officials said Thursday evening.
Officers swarmed a home in Grandview, Mo., a suburb of Kansas City, and towed away a green Dodge Neon with Illinois plates after apprehending the suspect Thursday.
Police Chief Darryl Forte would not confirm the man’s name or whether he was the only one suspected of carrying out a least a dozen shootings near a tangle of freeway interchanges known to local residents as the “Grandview Triangle.”
“We’ve apprehended what we believe to be the suspect,” Forte told reporters outside a home in Grandview, near where the attacks have occurred.