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'You're not welcome here!' DeSantis booed at vigil for Jacksonville shooting victims

You're not worlcome here.  Disantis booed at vigil

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was booed and heckled on Sunday while attending a prayer vigil in Jacksonville for the three victims killed in what authorities say was a racially motivated attack at a local Dollar General.

DeSantis, a Republican presidential candidate, and his wife were among those who gathered in Jacksonville's Grand Park neighborhood to commemorate the victims of the Saturday shooting. But not everyone was pleased that the governor was there.

As DeSantis approached the podium to speak, some people in the crowd began to boo; one person yelled out, "You're not welcome here." Later, someone shouted, "Your policies caused this," according to videos of the event. As governor, DeSantis has loosened the state's guns laws, and curbed efforts to teach Black history in public schools.


UNC faculty member killed in shooting on campus, suspect in custody

U of NC at Chapel HillA faculty member at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill was shot and killed in a campus building, prompting a multi-hour lockdown on campus, officials said Monday.

The suspect was identified and taken into custody shortly after 2:30 p.m., more than an hour after police reported an armed and dangerous person near the campus, UNC Police Chief Brian James said in a press conference Monday.

“This loss is devastating and the shooting damages the trust and safety that we so often take for granted in our campus community,” UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz said in a statement.

No further information on the faculty member was released as authorities notified the victim’s next of kin, Guskiewicz said.

Authorities have not released the suspect’s name and formal charges have not yet been filed, James said. He said a motive is currently unknown and it is unclear if the suspect knew the victim.


Kansas City playwright Nathan Louis Jackson, who got to 'the real stuff,' dies at 44

Nathan Louis Jackson

Nathan Louis Jackson, a Kansas City, Kansas-born playwright and screenwriter of extraordinary talent and national acclaim, has died at age 44.

Jackson's family announced his death in a news release on Saturday, saying he died on Tuesday, Aug. 22.

"Jackson’s work often showcased his love for his hometown. Having lived and worked on both coasts, Nathan’s heart belonged in Kansas City," his family said in the statement. "Nathan was especially passionate about bar-b-que and his Kansas City Chiefs. Jackson was a devoted supporter of the arts community within Kansas City."

Jackson graduated from Washington High School and Kansas City Kansas Community College. He graduated from Kansas State University and earned a Master of Fine Arts in playwriting at the Juilliard School in New York City.


‘Warped history’: how the US supreme court justified gutting gay rights

How SCOTUS turned against gay rightsThe extreme religious right’s mission to roll back civil rights from abortion to public accommodations is being fueled by false facts and false history.

Recent articles in the New Republic have documented the shaky factual foundation behind 303 Creative LLC v Elenis, the case in which the supreme court held that a website design business owned by an evangelical Christian, Lorie Smith, could refuse service to same-sex couples. Even more troubling, the history undergirding the majority’s reasoning is misleading and dangerous to the separation of church and state.

Tragically, the religious right knows it has a friendly audience in the six conservative Catholic justices on the supreme court, who have been partners in shaking the foundations of fundamental rights. The justices’ new standard is whether a constitutional right is grounded in “history and tradition”, the latest byword for the bogus doctrine of “originalism”. So they need some history, and apparently any history will do.


Ex-Alabama deputy sheriff sentenced to prison for sexual assault on woman in his custody

Joshua Davidson

A former Alabama deputy sheriff has been sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman in his custody.

On 30 January 2020, while on duty as a Dallas county deputy sheriff, 33-year-old Joshua Davidson placed a woman in custody following a traffic stop. He drove her down a dark road to a desolate location where he forced her to perform oral sex on him against her will, the justice department said in a statement.

The victim, who reported the assault immediately, was afraid that Davidson would shoot her if she did not cooperate, the statement added.

In May, Davidson pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the woman. WSFA reports that Davidson had only been employed by the sheriff’s office for three months before the assault and that the US Marshals Service arrested him in July 2020 in New Hampshire before extraditing him to Alabama.


Multiple People Killed In Jacksonville Store Shooting: Mayor

Dollar store shooting in JacksonvilleMultiple people were fatally shot Saturday inside a Jacksonville, Florida, Dollar General store, the city’s mayor has told a television station.

Mayor Donna Deegan told WJXT “there are a number of fatalities” inside the store but didn’t give a precise number. Numerous police officers are in the area near Edward Waters University, a small historically Black university.

“This is unacceptable,” Deegan told the station. “One shooting is too much but these mass shootings are really hard to take.”


Early morning shooting wounds 7 ahead of Caribbean festival

7 shot at Caribbean festival in BostonSeven people were shot during an annual Caribbean parade in Boston on Saturday morning.

The Boston Police Department said officers responded to reports of an active shooting in the area of Blue Hill Avenue and Talbot Avenue at 7:44 a.m. This was during the J'ouvert Parade, which kicked off the festivities in Boston at 6:30 a.m. The main parade, Caribbean Carnival, was scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

The victims were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Boston police told Scripps News.

Police said firearms were recovered and arrests were made.


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