Ex-lieutenant arrested in library officer's shooting death
A retired police lieutenant has been arrested after police say he fatally shot a fellow law enforcement officer Thursday during a training exercise at a Washington D.C. library. Jesse Porter was at the end of a training exercise at a library in the district’s Anacostia neighborhood Thursday afternoon when he fired a weapon that struck 25-year-old Maurica Manyan, Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee said Friday. The library officer was then rushed to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.news.yahoo.com
This is what abortion protests look like in Washington D.C. right now
The Supreme Court on Friday stripped away the nation’s constitutional protections for abortion that had stood for nearly a half-century. The decision by the court’s conservative majority overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling and is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states.
U.S. Senate votes to advance bipartisan gun control legislation
The Senate advanced a new bipartisan gun safety bill in a 64-34 vote on Tuesday night. If passed, the legislation would call for some of the most significant changes to U.S. gun control laws in three decades. CBS News senior White House and political correspondent Ed O'Keefe discussed the bill's main provisions and how it could fare as it continues to move through Congress on "CBS News Mornings".news.yahoo.com
Dancer testifies she walked in on R. Kelly and an underage Aaliyah in midst of sex act
The woman, who was herself underage at the time, said she was looking to pull a prank on Kelly on his tour bus outside Washington D.C. with another girl, but when she opened the door to a backroom of the vehicle, she was shocked to see the two recording artists engaged in sex.chicagotribune.com
Asian American becomes 4th officer who responded to Capitol riot to die by suicide
A Washington D.C. Metropolitan police officer (MPD) was found dead of an apparent suicide last week inside his home in Virginia. A pattern emerges: Gunther Hashida, one of the officers who responded to the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6, reportedly took his own life last week on Thursday, the Washington Post reported. Kyle DeFreytag, another officer who also responded to the insurrection, died of suicide on July 10, police confirmed Monday.news.yahoo.com
Trump impeachment lawyer defending man in Capitol riot
A lawyer who defended former President Donald Trump during his impeachment trial against a charge of inciting the riot at the U.S. Capitol is now representing a man charged alongside other members and associates of the far-right Oath Keepers extremist group in the Jan. 6 attack.
Maryland Gov. Hogan: Outdoor mask mandate has been lifted
Maryland is lifting its outdoor mask requirement in line with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday, citing improved health metrics while strongly urging reluctant residents to get vaccinated.foxnews.com
Man charged in Capitol riot plot to be released from jail
An illuminated traffic barrier is seen on the Capitol grounds before sunrise in Washington, Monday, March 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)A man charged with conspiring with members of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group in the attack on the U.S. Capitol will be released from jail while he awaits trial, a judge ruled Friday after challenging the strength of the evidence against him. It's the biggest conspiracy case the U.S. has brought so far in the Capitol attack, as investigators narrow in on organized extremist groups like the Oath Keepers and another far-right group, the Proud Boys. Authorities have acknowledged there’s no evidence Caldwell was a dues-paying member of the Oath Keepers but have described him as a supporter who appeared to play a “leadership role” within the group. Caldwell's lawyer, David Fischer, said prosecutors have provided no evidence that the riot was anything but spontaneous.
Capitol Police chief appeals for National Guard to stay
Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON – Worried about continuing threats, the acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police appealed to congressional leaders Thursday to use their influence to keep National Guard troops at the Capitol, two months after the law enforcement breakdowns of the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection. Pittman said she needed the leaders' assistance with the three-member Capitol Police Board, which reports to them. Paul Irving, who served on the Capitol Police Board as House sergeant-at-arms, denied that Sund asked him to call the Guard. He ultimately called the commanding general of the D.C. National Guard just before 2 p.m., who in turn testified that the request for help was delayed by the Defense Department. “We have the razor wire, we have the National Guard.
Police uncover ‘possible plot’ by militia to breach Capitol
The U.S. Capitol Police say they have intelligence showing there is a "possible plot" by a militia group to breach the Capitol on Thursday. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON – Capitol Police say they have uncovered intelligence of a “possible plot” by a militia group to breach the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, nearly two months after a mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the iconic building to try to stop Congress from certifying now-President Joe Biden's victory. Members of the Three Percenters were among the extremists who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6. Police were ill-prepared for the mass of Trump supporters in tactical gear, some armed, and it took hours for National Guard reinforcements to come. “We have obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday, March 4.” Police did not identify the militia group in the statement.
General: Pentagon hesitated on sending Guard to Capitol riot
Guard troops who had been waiting on buses were then rushed to the Capitol, arriving in 18 minutes, Walker said. Much of the focus at Wednesday's hearing was on communications between the National Guard and the Defense Department. Contee said Sund pleaded with Army officials to deploy National Guard troops as the rioting escalated. AdAccording to the Defense Department, Walker was called at 3 p.m. by Army officials, and was told to prepare Guard troops to deploy. Thousands of National Guard troops are still patrolling the fenced-in Capitol, and multiple committees across Congress are investigating Jan. 6.
Fence at Capitol blocks DC government from enacting new laws
In this Jan. 19, 2021 photo, riot fencing and razor wire reinforce the security zone on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Capitol Police say they are stepping up security at Washington-area transportation hubs and taking other steps to bolster travel security for lawmakers. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON – That foreboding black fence erected around the U.S. Capitol building has had an unintentional side effect: walling off the local government’s ability to enact new laws. Last Friday, they did the same with a member of Vice President Kamala Harris' staff; Harris, as vice president, presides over the Senate. Only three D.C. bills have been directly overturned since 1975, but members of Congress do sometimes seek to alter or influence D.C. laws by attaching budget riders to certain bills.
Middleburg couple accused of participating in siege of US Capitol
On Friday, the couple will be back in court, where they will before a District of Columbia judge via Zoom. NO COMMENT: A Middleburg couple accused of rushing the Capitol sprinted out of the federal courthouse, refusing to comment about their arrest. The FBI said Biggs is a Proud Boy organizer who was also seen inside the Capitol and was released Wednesday under home confinement. He said everyone has different restriction conditions based on their alleged actions at the Capitol. Also, charges of sedition and insurrection can bring on higher bond amounts and jail time before going to trial.
8 Florida men accused of participating in siege on Capitol, so far
FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, supporters of President Donald Trump climb the west wall of the the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Not just one Florida Man, but eight and counting were arrested and accused of taking part in the riots at the Capitol earlier this month. The FBI said Biggs is a Proud Boy organizer who was also seen inside the Capitol and was released Wednesday under home confinement. He said everyone has different restriction conditions based on their alleged actions at the Capitol. Also, charges of sedition and insurrection can bring on higher bond amounts and jail time before going to trial.
The only thing ordinary with Biden’s Inauguration is the weather
President Reagan had both the warmest inauguration in 1981 at 55° and coldest in 1985. This Inauguration Day is unlike any other but the weather is simply ordinary. Any given Jan. 20, Washington D.C. typically has a 30% chance for snow on the ground. Weather records dating to 1937 showed it poured when President Roosevelt was sworn in. Four incidents of snow in the past 20 inaugurations occurred with George W. Bush ’01, Kennedy ’61, Eisenhower ’51 and Roosevelt.
Florida police, National Guard prepare for ‘most secure inauguration ever’
Right now, FBI Jacksonville agents are tracking down tips and monitoring threats, just like their counterparts across the country, said spokeswoman Amanda Videll. In D.C., 25,000 Guard members are backing up thousands of police officers; approximately 600 soldiers and airmen are from Florida. Police officers from Florida agencies like the Miami Beach Police Department are also traveling to the capital to provide support. “This will be the most secure election inauguration ever,” said Ambassador Nancy Soderberg, who now teaches at the University of North Florida. Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said he’s not aware of any direct threats to the Northeast Florida area, but his officers are monitoring the situation.
How to talk to your children about the U.S. Capitol riot
It’s been more than a week since the Capitol riot in Washington D.C. and Colleen Rodriguez, CEO of Jewish Family and Community Services, said there are several ways to talk to children and teenagers about the events that unfolded. Before the conversation, Rodriguez told News4Jax that adults should check their own emotions first. What is our perception of that?’ And getting them to open up and talk to you.”Depending on age, Rodriguez said the conversation will vary. For young children, she suggested reassuring them they are safe and can talk to you. But I really do think that with our teens, this is a teachable moment.”For more information, visit https://jfcsjax.org/.
Jacksonville man was working security at pro-Trump Rally before Capitol riot
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Randy McDaniels traveled from Jacksonville to work security at President Donald Trump’s rally in Washington D.C. last week. After the rally, McDaniels learned a mob of people rushed the capitol. Like the gentleman with the horns on that you saw inside, he was out in the street. On Wednesday, one week after the Capitol siege, President Trump was impeached on a charge of incitement of insurrection. A video of President Trump was posted on the White House’s Twitter page.
Journalist who works in Washington D.C. talks about life after attack on Capitol
Supporters of President Donald Trump rally at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. Murphy, a freelance journalist, snapped a photo of a giant fence that now surrounds the Capitol building, a building he normally shots live news reports from. I‘ve never seen them put that fence around the U.S. Capitol,” Murphy said. “They’re only allowing those people with those special passes to come into the Capitol grounds,” Murphy said. On the day of the inauguration, Murphy will be assigned to news coverage inside the White House and he’s already anticipating protestor activity outside.
St. Augustine man among 68 arrested as mob stormed Capitol
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – A St. Augustine man was one of 14 people arrested by Capitol police during a day of chaos and destruction on Capitol Hill as a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol and unleashed unprecedented scenes of mayhem in hopes of halting the peaceful transition of power. According to United States Capitol Police, John Anderson of St. Augustine was one of 10 arrested Wednesday and accused of unlawful entry into the United States Capitol Building. News4Jax Crime and Safety expert Ken Jefferson said unlawful entry is the same as a burglary charge. Mike Curzio of Marion County, who served eight years in prison for attempted first-degree murder, was also arrested and accused of unlawful entry. With pictures and social media posts capturing the mayhem inside the Capitol, Jefferson says the rest of the mob shouldn’t be hard to find.
‘Stay in the fight.’ Kelly Loeffler stalls concession despite Warnock’s projected win
A defiant Sen. Kelly Loeffler has not yet conceded to her opponent Raphael Warnock, who has been declared the projected winner in the Georgia Senate runoff. Of the votes counted so far, the margin separating Warnock and Loeffler is 1.2%. In the other Senate runoff race, Democrat Ossoff was in the lead by more than 17,000 votes. That would also likely widen Warnock’s lead over Sen. Loeffler, keeping him even further out of recount territory. The Secretary of State’s deadline to certify state results is January 22.
Southwest offering nonstop flights from Jacksonville to Washington D.C., St. Louis
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Beginning March 11, Southwest Airlines will begin offering nonstop flights from Jacksonville International Airport to St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Daily flights to St. Louis will depart JAX at 1:35 p.m. EST and arrive at approximately 2:55 p.m. CST. Daily flights to JAX will depart Washington D.C. at 1:55 p.m. EST and arrive at 4:00 p.m. EST. Flights will depart JAX at 3:00 p.m. EST and arrive in Washington D.C. at 4:55 p.m. EST. Starting flight schedules to St. Louis and Washington D.C. will vary on Saturdays and arrival/departure times will change mid-April, according to a news release.
The Latest: McCarrick accuser sees comfort in Vatican report
Scott Applewhite, File)The Latest on the Vatican's investigation of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and allegations of sexual misconduct (all times local). ___2:30 p.m.A Virginia man who accuses former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of sexually abusing him says he finds some comfort in the Vatican’s release of a report about the former prelate but he wants a public apology. “Its greatest failure is that it lets Pope Francis off the hook: nobody gave him the files, he knew only that there had been rumors, etc.,” she says. ___NoonAn advocate in Argentina for survivors of clerical sex abuse says ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick caused tremendous hurt and laments that church officials knew but did not act. It calls the report “one step in the right direction” but says the Vatican must ensure that past mistakes will not be repeated.
Pope names 13 new cardinals, including 1st Black US prelate
Pope Francis on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, named 13 new cardinals, including Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory, who would become the first Black U.S. prelate to earn the coveted red hat. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis on Sunday named 13 new cardinals, including Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory, who would become the first Black U.S. prelate to earn the coveted red hat. The pope, when elected in 2013, chose St. Francis of Assisi as his namesake saint. Gregory said in a statement that becoming a cardinal would allow him to work more closely with the pontiff in caring for the Catholic Church. Some cardinals head powerful Vatican offices, and pontiffs frequently turn to cardinals for advice.
DC Police release body camera footage from fatal shooting
Police in the nations capital released body camera footage from the officer who fatally shot the Black 18-year-old in the chest. Deon Kay, 18, was shot in the chest Wednesday afternoon in the midst of a foot pursuit with police officers. The officer turns around, sees Kay running a few feet behind him and fires a single shot into Kay's chest. Bowser said her administration had rushed to release the video to help the public answer some questions. Emergency legislation passed by the D.C. Council in June requires the police to release any body camera footage from any fatal shootings or use-of-force incidents within five days.
DC mayor to order mandatory masks as infections rise again
WASHINGTON With coronavirus cases rising, Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Wednesday that she will issue an executive order making face masks mandatory outside the home an unprecedented step in the nation's capital. Bowser said the order would include enforcement language detailing possible fines for violations. After saying they had successfully blunted the infection curve earlier this summer, health officials say the infection numbers have slowly crept upward, reaching triple digits on Wednesday for the first time in weeks. Health Department Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt says her office is particularly concerned with data that shows most new infections aren't coming from people already in quarantine or on the contact trace list of an infected person. That, she said, indicates a high level of community spread.
Back-to-back: Erik Williams again crowned champion of First Coast Spelling Bee
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The 14 best spellers from North Florida competed live Thursday night for a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, and for the second year in a row, Erik Williams is moving on to Washington D.C. “I was pretty sure I knew what the word was, but I wanted to ask all of the questions just to make sure,” Erik said. Before his back-to-back wins, Erik was a runner-up during the First Coast Spelling Bee in 2018. The seventh grade St. Johns Country Day student appeared Friday on “The Morning Show.”RELATED | Interactive map of First Coast Spelling Bee contestantsErik defended his title at Jacksonville University’s Terry Concert Hall against some top notch competition from counties around Northeast Florida. Here are the contestants in the order that they competed, which was determined by a random drawing.
The most overworked cities in the US might surprise you
Those three cities, followed by Seattle and Chicago, are the most overworked cities in the United States, according to a study released by the mobile technology company Kisi this past week. For those looking to catch a break at work, consider San Diego, Sacramento and Omaha: the study rated those cities as the least work-intensive. The main factor dragging down the nation's capital seems to be the amount of paid family leave that's mandated by law. Currently, Washington has zero days of legally mandated paid leave, although the city has announced a paid family leave plan beginning in 2020. But under California law, the city fares much better on paid family leave policies.
DC area gets nearly month's worth of rain in an hour
Almost a month's worth of rain fell in just one hour in Washington D.C., Monday, bringing a halt to the morning rush hour. (CNN) - Almost a month's worth of rain fell in just one hour in Washington D.C., Monday, bringing a halt to the morning rush hour. Between 9 and 10 a.m., 3.30 inches of rain fell at Reagan National Airport, just .43 inches shy of the monthly normal. As the rains stopped, amounts totaled higher than 4 inches across the D.C. metro area. The downpour triggered a two-hour flash flood emergency for the metro region, which is more serious than a flash flood warning.
DOJ says new legal team will take over census case
There are fireworks going off in Washington D.C... and not all of them are related to July 4th celebrations. WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Justice Department announced Sunday night a new legal team will take over the Trump administration's fight to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The department's spokesperson said in a statement that the DOJ is "shifting these matters to a new team of Civil Division lawyers" and it will be revealed in filings Monday. The Trump administration has been fighting to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census -- a question that hasn't been asked since 1950. The Supreme Court recently ruled the evidence did not back up the claims of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Justice Department lawyers that the question is needed to better enforce voting rights.