‘I never thought my son would be a hashtag’: Mother of culinary student wounded in shooting thanks man who came to his aid
Joy Dobbs, the mother of Dakotah Earley, a 23-year-old culinary student who was shot earlier this month, spoke out about her son's progress and thanked the neighbor who came to his aid,.chicagotribune.com
Justices suggest Boston should have flown 'Christian flag'
Supreme Court justices seemed to have little doubt Tuesday that Boston was wrong to refuse to fly a banner described as a Christian flag outside City Hall. Arguments at the high court appeared to unite justices on the left and right in favor of Harold Shurtleff, a conservative activist. Shurtleff wanted to fly a white banner with a red cross on a blue background in the upper left corner, called the Christian flag.news.yahoo.com
Anjanette Young and her attorney demand public release of inspector general, COPA reports on botched Chicago police raid
Anjanette Young, whose home was mistakenly raided by Chicago police in 2019 while she was forced to stand handcuffed and unclothed in her home, held a protest with her attorney, asking for transparency from Mayor Lori Lightfoot.chicagotribune.com
City’s remaining Confederate monuments take spotlight in public comment during Council meeting
For weeks, the Northside Collation of Jacksonville has been pressing the city follow through with the removal of all remaining Confederate monuments, and on Tuesday, the organization held another rally outside City Hall.
Man stabbed, reporter attacked at protest at LA City Hall
A man was stabbed and a reporter was attacked Saturday at a protest against vaccine mandates on the south lawn of Los Angeles' City Hall after a fight broke out between the protesters and counterprotesters, the Los Angeles Police Department and local media said. About 2 p.m., a group of several hundred people holding American flags, Trump memorabilia and signs calling for “medical freedom” arrived at City Hall around 2 p.m. for the rally, the Los Angeles Times reported.news.yahoo.com
Far From Florida, Mayors Fear Prospect of a Collapse in Their Own Cities
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When it rains outside in Kansas City, Missouri, it also rains inside the rickety underground garage at City Hall, where parking spaces for the mayor and city manager sit below rebar and crumbled concrete that musty stormwater can easily seep through. The garage’s decay had long been obvious to Kansas City leaders. After all, they park there. But fixing it had not been an urgent priority until nearly 100 people died last month in the collapse of a condominium building in Surfsinews.yahoo.com
Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene plan 'peaceful protest' outside Anaheim City Hall after rally canceled three times
Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz will hold a "peaceful protest" outside the city hall of Anaheim, California, after a third venue set to house an "America First" rally hosted by the pair pulled out just hours before they were set to take the stage.news.yahoo.com
Officers sue California city over Black Lives Matter mural
Five officers have sued the Silicon Valley city of Palo Alto, saying it allowed the creation of a Black Lives Matter mural with anti-police images that constituted harassment and discrimination against law enforcement. The mural was painted last June in the street across from City Hall following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin. It was to remain on the street for up to a year but it was gone by November, according to The Daily Post in Palo Alto, which first reported the lawsuit Wednesday.news.yahoo.com
Two artworks chosen for display in London's Trafalgar Square
A sculpture symbolizing Britain’s complex colonial ties and an artwork featuring the faces of 850 transgender people will be going on display in Trafalgar Square, one of London’s highest-profile venues for public art. City officials on Monday announced the next two works to occupy the “fourth plinth,” a large stone pedestal in the central London square. From 2022 to 2024 the plinth will display Malawi-born artist Samson Kambalu’s “Antelope,” a sculpture of Pan-Africanist leader John Chilembwe beside European missionary John Chorley.news.yahoo.com
Ex-San Francisco official's 'robbery' was just bad joke
San Francisco’s former public works director, who resigned after being charged in a City Hall corruption case, won't face criminal charges for an alleged armed robbery that turned out to be a bad joke, the prosecutor's office announced Thursday. Mohammed Nuru, 58, was booked into jail on suspicion of attempted robbery on Wednesday after reportedly trying to steal a bag of potato chips from someone in a break room at the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, where Nuru was volunteering.news.yahoo.com
Coaches call for more funding to better secure Jacksonville parks during football games
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Following gunfire at a youth football game in Mandarin, a Jacksonville City Councilman called for a discussion about park safety Monday night at City Hall. Inside the council chambers, several youth football coaches voiced their concerns. “Nothing is going to be done until a child dies,” said Shawn Fountain, athletic director with Westside Football League. By News4Jax count, there have been two incidents involving shots fired during Jacksonville-area youth football games in the past year. RELATED: Parents react to gunfire at youth football jamboreeDetectives said more than 500 players and spectators were in attendance at the Mandarin Athletic Association football jamboree but no injuries were reported.
Portland mayor seeks $2 million to stem rampant gun violence
(AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer, File)PORTLAND, Ore. – The mayor of Portland, Oregon, announced Thursday he would seek $2 million in one-time funding for police, other agencies and outreach programs to try to stem rampant gun violence in the city. The move by Mayor Ted Wheeler represents an about-face after city leaders in June voted to cut nearly $16 million from the police budget, reductions that included the elimination of a gun violence reduction unit. During an hour-long news conference Thursday, Wheeler, activists, faith leaders and community members reiterated that in order to solve the problem of gun violence, the community must work together. Wheeler said the tactic is not the same as the now-eliminated Gun Violence Reduction Team and would be more transparent. Wheeler said he supports the ideas, beginning with asking City Council to appropriate $2 million in one-time fiuds from the city’s reserve stability contingency account created last fall, to address gun violence.
Food fight: Meat-free school meals spark furor in France
FILE - In this Jan.18, 2019 file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron meets pupils as he visits a school canteen in Saint-Sozy, southwestern France. With a meatless four-course meal that Lyon City Hall says will be quicker and easier to serve to children who must be kept socially distanced while eating lunch to avoid coronavirus infections. With more local elections expected later this year, the arguing over Lyon's school meals offered a foretaste of broader political battles to come. Lyon City Hall said serving the same meal to all children, instead of offering them their usual meat and meat-free options, would shorten the time they take for lunch. City Hall said it also opted for meat-free meals because they suit all children, including those who habitually don't eat meats for religious, dietary or other reasons.
What is the future of development in downtown Jacksonville? This group will help decide
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – There are new questions this week about the future of downtown Jacksonville. Two years ago when the city blew up old City Hall, it was supposed to be a catalyst of major downtown development. “You can’t have a plan just for downtown and not have a plan holistically for the city,” said Timothy Sloan. While these are just some of the ideas, the group plans to meet again in two weeks and begin the process of recommendations. The Downtown Investment Authority will look at the shipyards, the former Jacksonville Landing site and other projects that are set to happen but have been delayed.
Community groups opposed to ‘anti-mob’ bill want to hear from Jacksonville’s mayor
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Community organizations rallied Saturday at Jacksonville’s City Hall, calling on city leaders to speak out against “anti-mob” legislation proposed by Gov. It’s an ongoing fight over House Bill 1, which would increase penalties for violent protests in Florida. Organizations against its passing say they need to hear where city leaders stand on this. RELATED: Jacksonville Mayor: Violent demonstrators ‘do not represent our city’The controversial proposal is pitting those who people believe First Amendment rights are being threatened against others who believe the increased penalties are a way to combat public disorder. And those who organized or funded violent protests would be treated as members of an organized crime group.
Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what happened Feb. 2 with COVID-19 in the Chicago area
“We have reached another important milestone today in our efforts to provide in-person learning for our students in the Chicago Public Schools system,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CPS CEO Janice Jackson said in a joint statement Monday afternoon. “We have secured agreement on one other open issue and made substantial progress on a framework that we hope will address the remaining issues. We are calling for a 48-hour cooling off period that will hopefully lead to a final resolution on all open issues. As a result of the progress we have made, and as a gesture of good faith, for now, teachers will retain access to their Google Suite. Students will remain virtual Tuesday and Wednesday and we will update the CPS school community as there are further developments.”chicagotribune.com
Florida Capitol security remains strong ahead of Inauguration Day
Additional security precautions remain in effect and will continue at least through Wednesday’s Presidential Inauguration. “If you pose a threat to public safety, we will come for you. On Sunday, Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey praised the Governor for sending national guardsmen to protect the Capitol. “I know that he cares for the safety of Tallahassee and the Capitol Complex as much as I do as well,” said Dailey. According to the City of Tallahassee, no one has requested a permit to demonstrate on Inauguration Day.
Flagler Beach City Hall closed after city manger tests positive for COVID-19
After the Flagler Beach City Manager tested positive for coronavirus Thursday, the city made the decision to shut down City Hall and the City’s Building Department. City staff will work remotely until then. “While I am feeling mild effects of the virus, I am resting, upbeat and following the advice of medical professionals. I will remain quarantined at home until I can fully recover and return to work when it is absolutely safe to do so,” Interim City Manager Rick McFadden wrote in a press release. While the facilities are closed, those who need to contact City Hall can call (386) 517-2000 and leave a voicemail.
AP VoteCast: Georgia voters’ view of country’s outlook shifts after November
Trends and opinions among Georgia voters appear to be shifting since the November election, according to AP VoteCast, which surveys thousands of voters in the state before the presidential race and during the Senate runoffs. One question asked voters whether they believed the country was heading in the right direction. Looking at attitudes toward President Trump among voters choosing Republicans: In the November election, 89% of Perdue’s voters said they had a very or somewhat favorable opinion of the president, in the AP VoteCast survey. Compare that to the results of the AP VoteCast survey for the runoff: Among Perdue voters, views of the president remained similar, with 87% favorable to 12% unfavorable. But I would expect there will be a large chunk of voters who will step away after what they witnessed this week.”
Neptune Beach city buildings close due to COVID-19 outbreak
NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. – The city of Neptune Beach has closed City Hall and Public Works Buildings to the general public due to a COVID-19 virus outbreak among employees and altered operations to keep working. Mayor Elaine Brown said the city was forced to take action to protect the public and employees from the virus. According to City Manager Stefen Wynn, nearly every department of the City has been affected by positive cases of the virus, including top city officials. He emphasized that the services provided by the city are essential and although the city has closed its buildings to the public, those services will continue uninterrupted. Nine Neptune Beach officers were quarantined last summer after two tested positive for COVID-19.
General Iron closes North Side facility; shredder awaits final permit to start operations on the Southeast Side
As City Hall considers the final permit needed before the new shredder can begin operating, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is investigating the proposed move. The probe focuses on zoning and planning ordinances that protect industries in certain parts of the city without consideration of the health and well-being of people who live nearby.chicagotribune.com
Council members: Lot J can be a ‘game changer’
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A group of African-American community and faith leaders shared their support for the Lot J development project in a news conference Wednesday morning outside City Hall. “There have been so many negative things said about Lot J, but this is a game-changer for Jacksonville,” City Councilman Reggie Gaffney said. But the group gathered Wednesday pushed back against those claims, saying the Lot J project is an investment in Jacksonville’s Eastside and is in the best interest of the city -- and all of Northeast Florida. “Long term, it’s going to enhance the city of Jacksonville and surrounding areas because as Lot J grows, other opportunities are going to follow,” Gaffney said. “I believe that Lot J can be a game-changer for ALL of Jacksonville,” Newby said.
New Breonna Taylor bust smashed in Oakland
Two-week-old vandalized ceramic bust of Breonna Taylor is seen from behind, in Oakland, on December 27, 2020. CBS SF BayArea"I don't think there's a single person in Oakland who doesn't know who Breonna Taylor is, and I don't think you attack a sculpture like that by accident," he said. Smashed two-week-old vandalized ceramic bust of Breonna Taylor in Oakland, on December 27, 2020. CBS SF BayAreaTaylor, 26, was killed during a nighttime police raid on her Louisvillle, Kentucky apartment in March. "Say her name, Breonna Taylor" has become a civil rights call for justice.cbsnews.com
VIRUS TODAY: Health experts warn against holiday gatherings
With some Americans now paying the price for what they did over Thanksgiving, health officials are warning people begging them, even not to make the same mistake during the Christmas and New Year's season. Andrew Cuomo has ended indoor dining indefinitely in New York City as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations climb. As of Monday, only takeout orders and outdoor dining will be allowed in one of the world’s great cuisine capitals. THE NUMBERS: Deaths in the U.S. have climbed to almost 2,260 per day on average, about equal to the peak seen in mid-April. ___Find AP’s full coverage of the coronavirus pandemic at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic
Mayor Curry backs out of Christmas tree lighting ceremony amid vulgar Lot J protest
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The controversial Lot J project is still taking center stage even though the Jacksonville City Council has decided to not vote on the project until next month. Protesters shouted outside City Hall to City Council members, Curry and others, upset that the city is even considering spending over $233 million on the entertainment complex. Inside, City Council was meeting and it was expected the council would take up the Lot J issue and possibly take a vote on the matter. The lack of action by City Council tonight was seen by many observers as a good step. And while City Council is going on a holiday break, they might hold another special meeting this week to take up questions.
Students return to NYC schools once more after virus closure
Public schools reopened for in-school learning Monday after being closed since mid-November. Public school doors reopened for preschool students and children in kindergarten through fifth grade whose parents chose a mix of in-school and remote learning. Overall, the city counts about 1 million public school students; most have opted to learn from home this fall. Masks and social distancing are required at all city schools. About 190,000 students were eligible to return to school buildings starting Monday.
Crowds gather for local parades as COVID-19 cases climb
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – As Florida reported its third consecutive day of more than 10,000 newly confirmed coronavirus cases, large crowds gathered for events across Jacksonville. Organizers asked parade-goers to socially distance and encouraged them to wear masks. News4Jax saw groups both wearing masks and not wearing masks and most tried to keep their distance from one another, but some spots along the parade route did get more congested. “We are still going to try and have some fun but yes, definitely going to maintain some distance from everyone,” Taylor Self said. The Florida Department of Health reported 10,431 new cases of COVID-19 in the state on Saturday with 494 new cases in Duval County.
Jacksonville police ready to keep fans, peaceful protesters safe this weekend
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It’s going to be a busy weekend in Jacksonville for those hoping to enjoy some fun sporting events downtown and for those with a more serious agenda. A peaceful rally is planned for 3 p.m. Saturday at City Hall -- just 30 minutes before kickoff of the annual Georgia-Florida game at TIAA Bank Field. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is preparing for the events to keep everyone safe, and police are also monitoring any potential unrest surrounding the election results. pic.twitter.com/PN76rsfxRn — NAACP (@NAACP) November 6, 2020Jefferson said people should be hesitant to believe things, especially in a random text message, but they should also be aware. Those coming for any of the sporting events this weekend are encouraged to still come early, despite smaller crowds due to COVID-19 and stadium capacity limits.
Long wait for Hawaii vote spurs call for more voter centers
FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2020, file photo, a long line of people waiting to vote stretches around City Hall on Election Day, in Honolulu. Overall, the state’s vote-by-mail election appears to have been a big success, leading to record numbers of voters participating. The law also gives voters the option to vote in person at voter service centers, where people may also register to vote or get help with casting a ballot. Ma said people waited between two to four hours on Tuesday at the two voter centers on Oahu, an island with about 549,000 registered voters. Another factor was people who view voting in person on Election Day as sacrosanct and something they wanted to do.
New this week: 'This Is Us,' Baby Yoda, 'The Craft' redone
(NBC via AP)Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES— Many things will be different about Halloween this year, but the annual rush of horror films is much the same. It stars Sope Dirisu and Wunmi Mosaku as a Sudanese refugee couple finding new horrors in life in England. But Neon, the “Parasite” distributor, last week put a restored version into theaters and on Tuesday brings it to VOD. One is Natalie Margolin “The Party Hop,” which she wrote during quarantine in one week in early April.
Masked pope, faith leaders pray for peace and pandemic's end
Pope Francis lights a candle for peace during an inter-religious ceremony for peace in the square outside Rome's City Hall, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)ROME – A masked Pope Francis welcomed religious leaders to a socially-distanced interfaith peace prayer Tuesday, appealing for a unified international effort to work for peace and an end to the coronavirus pandemic. “The pandemic is reminding us that we are blood brothers and sisters,” they said in a joint appeal issued at the end of the service. For weeks, Francis has shunned facemasks in his public and private audiences despite a surge in COVID-19 cases across Italy and even inside Vatican City. The service was organized by the Rome-based Sant’Egidio Community, which each year organizes an interfaith peace prayer in the spirit of the first one of its kind, celebrated by St. John Paul II in Assisi in 1986. In the past week 11 Swiss Guards and a resident of the hotel where Francis lives have tested positive.
Appeals court blocks order allowing extra week for counting Wisconsin absentee ballots
A federal appeals court on Thursday blocked a judge's ruling that would have extended the deadline for counting absentee ballots in Wisconsin a week past Election Day. If the appeals panel ruling stands, ballots will have to be received by Election Day. In an unsigned opinion, the appeals court panel cited Supreme Court precedents that argued against judges changing voting rules near an election date. Circuit Judge Frank Easterbrook was appointed by Ronald Reagan and Circuit Judge Amy St. Eve was appointed by Trump. Circuit Judge Ilana Rovner, an appointee of George H.W.cnbc.com
New York Mayor de Blasio says number of kids getting vaccinated is down more than 60%
De Blasio said the number of administered vaccine doses has declined 63% for all children in the city from a year ago. For children over age 2, the number of doses is down a "shocking" 91%, he added. For children under 2 years old, the number of vaccine doses administered across the city declined by 42% from last year, de Blasio said. City doctors have administered fewer than 150,000 vaccine doses over the last six weeks, he said, far fewer than the almost 400,000 doses administered last year. "Now is the time to get your child vaccinated," de Blasio said.cnbc.com
More than 80 kids in New York City have coronavirus inflammatory syndrome, Mayor de Blasio says
New York City health officials have identified 30 additional kids with pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome, a potentially fatal illness doctors suspect is being caused by Covid-19 infections. There are now 82 confirmed cases of PMIS in the city, up from 52 the day before, Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press briefing Wednesday. Of the New York City cases, 53 tested positive for the coronavirus or have the antibodies against the disease, suggesting they previously had the coronavirus and recovered, de Blasio said. City health officials don't know what makes kids more susceptible to the disease, how long it takes to manifest or their likelihood of developing it, de Blasio said Wednesday. New York City officials said the symptoms in children differ from the most common coronavirus symptoms in adults, which include a sore throat, fever, dry cough and trouble breathing.cnbc.com
The Paycheck Protection Program needs better oversight on how the money is granted, critics say
Congress is hashing out the terms for the next package of federal loans for small businesses, even as millions of entrepreneurs still have no idea whether help is on the way. The Paycheck Protection Program, a $349 billion federal forgivable loan measure, ran out of money last Thursday just two weeks after starting. "I've still heard nothing from Chase," said Christina Dorando, founder of Cresthill Academy in Hoboken, New Jersey. She applied for the paycheck loan through JP Morgan Chase when the window opened on April 3 and, more than two weeks later, she still has no idea whether the funding is on its way. Today, it's down to a skeleton crew of 14 employees, whom Dorando is paying from personal savings.cnbc.com
Democratic leader Schumer criticizes Trump's call for $1,000 checks
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday warned of an economic recession as the coronavirus spreads through the country and criticized the Trump administrations latest call for issuing $1,000 checks to Americans in response. The coronavirus is slowing our economy to a near standstill and we are almost certainly anticipating a recession, Schumer said in a speech on the Senate floor. He added that expanded unemployment benefits would be a more effective way of helping workers than a $1,000 check from Washington.feeds.reuters.com