Protesters returned to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri following a Wednesday night thunderstorm but things were largely peaceful.
Attorney General Eric Holder sought to calm tensions with a visit there yesterday. The visit came more than a week after the fatal shooting of black 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Protesters marched around a single block in Ferguson overnight pressing for violence, like the kind that claimed the life of Michael Brown, to end.
Some police officers wore regular uniforms -but not riot gear- as they controlled the smaller crowds…but they made 6 arrests compared to the 47 the night before.
Israeli airstrikes killed three senior commanders of the armed wing of Hamas early Thursday in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah, Israeli and Palestinian officials said, the most significant blow to the group’s leadership since Israel’s operation in Gaza began more than six weeks ago.
The attack, which also killed the father of a leading Gaza human-rights advocate, followed Israel’s assassination attempt Tuesday night on Mohammed Deif, the shadowy chief of Hamas’s military operations who has topped Israel’s most-wanted list for years. Mr. Deif’s fate remains unknown, but his wife and baby son were among those killed in the strike on a Gaza City home.
A historic swell and epic conditions were on tap for the Top 34 on the first day of competition at the 2014 ASP Billabong Pro Tahiti. Catch highlights from the mind-blowing action, featuring “WYK” from rockers Restavrant.
Round 2 resumes in sporadic conditions as the field fights to stay in the contest during the 2014 Billabong Pro Tahiti. Catch up on all the action with Day 2 highlights, featuring Walking, from Ash Grunwald.
Shabazz is a known agitator who inserts himself into any racially charged situation that’s in the news, see Southern Poverty Law Center’s write up on him here:
The news report from KMOV, video at link.
Many African American church leaders told News 4 a man pretending to spread messages of peace is actually escalating violence in Ferguson.
Pastors are pointing the finger at Malik Shabazz, the former leader of the New Black Panther Party, and many church leaders want him to leave Ferguson.
“I am upset with a certain group of them that are rebel rousers. We know them by name. Last night was the scariest night of my life,” said Pastor Mike Robinson.
Robinson said there is growing concern over Shabazz and what he is doing in Ferguson.
SeaWorld Entertainment will end the practice of having trainers in the water during killer whale shows, reported WTVJ-TV in Miami.
After a trainer died in 2010 during a show with a killer whale, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the marine animal theme park and recommended trainers stop going into the water with killer whales.
SeaWorld challenged the citations. In April, a federal appeals court upheld the citations against SeaWorld. Last week, the marine animal theme park said it would not try to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.
SUCCESS! In response to our letter, officer who threatened to kill #Ferguson protesters has been removed from duty https://t.co/53WP8Ht0Mu
Video taken Tuesday night during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, show an officer pointing his weapon at civilians, shouting: “I will fucking kill you.”
Two separate videos uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday show the officer pointing a rifle at protestors.
“Gun raised, gun raised and pointed,” a protestor shouts out, alerting others as the officer approaches closer.
“My hands are up,” another protestor says.
“I will fucking kill you, get back!” the officer shouts.
Another protestor asks for the officer to identify himself.
“What’s your name, sir?” he asks.
“Go fuck yourself,” the officer replies.
A ban on soliciting donations at Los Angeles International Airport does not tread on Hare Krishna members’ free speech rights, the 9th Circuit ruled Wednesday.
A city ordinance forbids the immediate solicitation of money at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), including the terminals, the parking lots, and adjacent sidewalks.
The law bans “the sale or offering for sale of any property upon the representation, express or implied, that the proceeds of such sale will be used for a charitable or religious purpose.”
More: Courthouse News Service
Two more lawsuits have been filed against Ferguson, Mo., one seeking the police report of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, which set off the riots, and one from a widow who claims that the city Tasered to death her naked, mentally disturbed husband two years ago.
The ACLU and two people sued Ferguson and its Police Department under the state’s Sunshine Law, demanding “a copy of the incident report for the shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9, 2014.”
According to the Aug. 15 complaint in St. Louis County Court, the ACLU requested the police report on Aug. 12, but the city refused to deliver it.
The document sought is “Ferguson Police Report 2014-12391.”
Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Brown, is reported to be in California.
A St. Louis County grand jury was to meet Wednesday to consider evidence in the shooting.
More: Courthouse News Service
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to a stay Wednesday on a federal appeals court’s ruling against Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage, blocking same-sex marriages from taking place this week in the Old Dominion.
Without explanation, the court announced in a single-page order it has stayed the ruling by the U.S. Fourth Circuit of Appeals in Schaefer v. Bostic, which affirmed Virginia’s prohibition on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
Although Chief Justice John Roberts is responsible for stay requests in the Fourth Circuit, the order indicates he referred the matter to the entire court. The vote by the Supreme Court on the decision isn’t included in the order.
Chaos and unrest overnight have kept the National Guard in the suburban town of Ferguson, Mo., for a second day, and the local school district has canceled classes for the week. After two nights of violent clashes this week, neighboring Jennings School District is out of class, too.
So this morning, instead of being in the classroom, 150 area teachers took part in some unusual professional development: picking up broken glass, water bottles and tear gas canisters from the street.
“It says ‘Defense Technology’ on it,” says social studies teacher Arthur Vambaketes, showing off a busted canister from his trash bag.
The unrest in this St. Louis-area town straddles two school districts — Ferguson and Jennings. Jennings had already started school last week, but since some of the district’s schools border parts of a hub for nightly street clashes, officials called off classes early Tuesday morning and notified parents with phone calls and text messages.