Ukraine defies Russian demand to lay down arms in Mariupol

‘Lay down your arms’ before dawn, Russian general said Ukraine replies: ‘No question of surrender’ in Mariupol Hundreds of thousands of civilian trapped under siege Shelling wrecks Kyiv shopping centre, at least eight dead EU begins talks on possible energy embargo against Russia Ukraine defied a Russian demand that its forces lay down arms beforeContinue reading “Ukraine defies Russian demand to lay down arms in Mariupol”

Canada pushes back against Republican-fueled support for COVID-19 protests

Canada’s public safety minister said Monday that U.S. officials should stay out of his country’s domestic affairs, joining other Canadian leaders in pushing back against prominent Republicans who offered support for the protests of COVID-19 mandates that have besieged downtown Ottawa for more than a week. A day after the city declared a state of emergency,Continue reading “Canada pushes back against Republican-fueled support for COVID-19 protests”

Ottawa mayor declares state of emergency to deal with trucking blockade

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson on Sunday declared a state of emergency to help deal with an unprecedented 10-day occupation by protesting truckers that has shut down much of the core of the Canadian capital. “(This) reflects the serious danger and threat to the safety and security of residents posed by the ongoing demonstrations and highlightsContinue reading “Ottawa mayor declares state of emergency to deal with trucking blockade”

Let’s talk about Fred Gray, Alabama, and a new south – Beau of the Fifth Column

Alabama city told to keep Confederate street name or face $25,000 fine

The Republican attorney general is threatening Montgomery after the city renamed Jeff Davis Avenue Alabama’s capital city of Montgomery is facing legal action or a $25,000 fine for changing the name of a street bearing the name of a Confederate president for a prominent civil rights lawyer. The state’s Republican attorney general acted after MontgomeryContinue reading “Alabama city told to keep Confederate street name or face $25,000 fine”

Christian group fights Idaho Covid mandates despite pocketing bailouts

Christ Church leaders and aligned companies received millions of dollars in coronavirus bailouts amid campaign against mandates The controversial rightwing Christ Church – and its pastor, Douglas Wilson – have led an uncompromising campaign of opposition to coronavirus public health measures in Idaho, revealing the church’s powerful influence in its home city of Moscow and beyond.Continue reading “Christian group fights Idaho Covid mandates despite pocketing bailouts”

Michelle Wu Makes History As First Woman And Person Of Color Elected Boston Mayor

Wu is the first person who is not a white man to be elected mayor of Boston. City Councilor Michelle Wu easily won the Boston mayor’s race on Tuesday night, making her the first woman and person of color to win a mayoral election in the city and putting a progressive voice in charge ofContinue reading “Michelle Wu Makes History As First Woman And Person Of Color Elected Boston Mayor”

State Rep. Michael DiMassa arrested by FBI in probe of misuse of COVID relief funds, accused of stealing more than $600,000

State Rep. Michael DiMassa was accused Wednesday of stealing more than $600,000 in federal COVID relief money by billing the city of West Haven, where he also worked as an aide to the City Council, for pandemic related consulting services that federal officials said he never performed. Federal prosecutors and FBI agents said Wednesday thatContinue reading “State Rep. Michael DiMassa arrested by FBI in probe of misuse of COVID relief funds, accused of stealing more than $600,000”

Georgia Election Workers Fired After Being Caught Putting Hundreds of Voter Forms Through Shredder

Two election workers in Georgia have lost their jobs after colleagues are said to have caught them destroying hundreds of voter registration forms. The Fulton County elections director, Richard Barron, said Monday that the pair destroyed around 300 forms that were supposed to be processed before local elections next month. Georgia Secretary of State BradContinue reading “Georgia Election Workers Fired After Being Caught Putting Hundreds of Voter Forms Through Shredder”

FBI Raids NYPD Union Office And Home Of Its Right-Wing Leader

The agency said the raids were part of “an ongoing investigation.” Federal agents raided the offices Tuesday of a New York City police union, the Sergeants Benevolent Association, and the Long Island home of its bombastic leader, who has clashed with city officials over his incendiary tweets and hard-line tactics. FBI spokesperson Martin Feely saidContinue reading “FBI Raids NYPD Union Office And Home Of Its Right-Wing Leader”

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