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“Don’t kill anybody”: Murder-free weekend urged in Baltimore

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh

It’s come to this: Wearing t-shirts begging folks not to kill. Mayor Catherine Pugh and former mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake must be so proud.

From MSN: A 44-year-old mother might seem an unusual visitor on the drug corners of Baltimore, but Erricka Bridgeford has stopped by them for weeks to make her pitch for peace.

Forget your grudges for one weekend, she urges the young men she finds. Help bring a 72-hour truce to a city besieged by gun violence. “It’s a city-wide call,” she tells them, “but I’m talking to you.”

Bridgeford and other neighborhood leaders are drumming up support for the three-day ceasefire to quell Baltimore’s violence on the first weekend of August. She admits, however, that such peace is a tall order for a city that’s seen 188 killings this year.

Organizers aim to stop the shooting from Friday, Aug. 4 through Sunday, Aug. 6 with a unified and blunt message: “Nobody kill anybody.”

Their message has been printed on T-shirts and fliers. They designed a website and held community meetings. More than 1,600 people visited their Facebook page. The grassroots campaign has swelled since it began in May.

“I’ve seen the momentum build over the past several weeks,” said T.J. Smith, spokesman for Baltimore police. “We are all in this together and we’re 1,000 percent supportive of the efforts.”

The campaign urges people to put aside their guns and join weekend events for healing, from a peace rally Friday evening to a vigil Sunday where participants will read the names of every person killed in 2017.

“The Baltimore Ceasefire was not declared by any one organization,” organizers wrote on their website. “This ceasefire is the product of Baltimore residents not only being exhausted by homicides, but believing that Baltimore can have a murder-free weekend if everyone takes responsibility.”

More than 600 people have pledged to keep the peace, they wrote. Among them are some of the young men Bridgeford has met on the corners. “You just talk to them like they’re your little brother,” she said.

A professional mediator, neighborhood volunteer and part-time Uber driver — “Everyone who gets in my car leaves with a flyer and a speech” — Bridgeford’s own younger brother was gunned down a decade ago in Southwest Baltimore. His killer was never caught.

Next month’s ceasefire would prove successful if it deters a single shooting, she said. And she figured the movement has already saved a life somewhere. “Somebody was plotting on this weekend,” she said. “Now they’re not going to do it because of a rumbling in their soul.”

The organizers are raising money through their website for more fliers. Some of the money will be donated to the families of anyone killed over the ceasefire weekend. Bridgeford is urging everyone she meets to echo the call for peace. “Jumping out in open-air drug markets might not be for everyone,” she said. “But we’re asking everyone to do their part.”

Community ceasefires, however, have failed to stem the violence in the past. The group Mothers of Murdered Sons called for a ceasefire over Mother’s Day weekend, but at least four people were shot, including a 59-year-old man and 17-year-old woman; both were killed.

Other communities have called for ceasefires after spates of violence in Birmingham, Ala. and Berkeley, Calif., and such efforts are as much about empowering residents as reducing homicide statistics, said Cassandra Crifasi, deputy director of the Johns Hopkins-Baltimore Collaborative for Violence Reduction.

Persistent violence often leaves neighbors feeling powerless, she said. “Communities feel like they can’t do things for themselves. They don’t have a voice. They don’t feel heard,” she said. “This effort seems to me like the people most affected by violence are standing up and saying, ‘We’re not going to take this anymore.'”

A similar awareness campaign began in Chicago in 2013 and has spread across the country with people wearing orange in June to draw attention to the scourge of gun violence. Across the country more than 90 people are shot and killed every day, according to the Wear Orange campaign.

Baltimore, meanwhile, remains gripped by its own violent spike, with 2017 on pace to be the city’s deadliest year ever. The number of homicides shot up to 344 in 2015; another 318 people were killed last year. Baltimore had not exceeded 300 annual homicides for decades before 2015.

“I’m cautiously optimistic,” Crifasi said of the ceasefire. “It indicates to me there are lots of people in Baltimore still invested in the safety and security of their communities.”

People like Bridgeford who has carried the message to Baltimore’s drug corners. She found an unexpected audience, even encouragement in the streets. “I’ve absolutely heard skepticism,” she said. “But even the skeptics are like, ‘Stay out here.'”

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Teen who blasted “f*ck tha police” at NYPD funeral booted from apartment

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Julien Rodriguez

Na na na na na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye.

From NY Post: A cop-hating Bronx teen has been kicked out of his apartment for repeatedly blasting the rap song “F–k Tha Police” from the window as thousands of NYPD cops gathered to mourn a slain colleague, the building’s superintendent said Friday.

Super Danny Morales said he ordered a tenant to get rid of Julien Rodriguez, 16, and his older sister, who had been staying in the tenant’s third-floor pad. “I called him and told him he needs to take care of this right away,” Morales said.

“I told him it’s disrespectful and they can’t be doing this. The police lost a family member. We all need to come together and respect that.”

Morales said he was especially offended because his nephew, Saul Quiles-Morales, is a cop assigned to the nearby 40th Precinct. “I wouldn’t want to see him lying in a box also. We need to respect the police,” he added.

The tenant, who identified himself only as “Jesus,” insisted the incident wasn’t his fault and called Rodriguez and his sister “lowlifes.”

They’re gone. The case is closed. They’re no longer in my house. I don’t know where they went,” he added.

On Tuesday morning, Rodriguez started cranking gangster rap songs from his bedroom when cops began arriving for the funeral of Officer Miosotis Familia at the World Changers Church around the corner.

Familia was shot in the back of the head early July 5 by a gunman who fired without warning through the window of an NYPD truck in which she was filling out her official memo book.

Rodriguez switched to NWA’s infamous anti-police anthem — which includes a line about “taking out a cop or two” — moments before her memorial service was set to start, and only turned it off after 20 cops paid a visit to his apartment.

Rodriguez tried to justify his insolence by claiming that his brother and a friend had been killed by the NYPD, but The Post couldn’t verify that claim based on the names he provided.

The teen’s sister, Suleika Rodriguez, complained Friday that her brother has been threatened over his anti-cop antics, adding: “I got people on Facebook telling him, ‘You’re wrong.’”

“I don’t give a f–k. I already have an apartment,” she said, but refused to elaborate.

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British “man” makes history by giving birth to girl

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Call it “history” and be “proud” if you want, Hayden.  That doesn’t mean you can change the scientific reality of biology.

From The Sun: Proud Hayden Cross has made history by becoming the first British man to give birth. The 21-year-old, said of daughter Trinity-Leigh: “She’s my angel.”

Hayden, born Paige, gave birth by caesarean. He put his transition on hold to fall pregnant by a sperm donor.

Cradling his daughter the beaming parent said: “She’s perfect in every way.”

And he told The Sun: “She is so good. I’m so lucky.”

Following the birth Hayden now plans to return to complete his gender realignment as soon as possible.

The proud father was born a girl, Paige, 21 years ago. He has been living legally as a man for more than three years and taking male ­hormones, giving him facial hair and a deep voice. The cost of gender reassignment is £29,000 per patient, including support and surgery.

But Hayden was also desperate to have a baby. Before completing his transition he asked the NHS to freeze his eggs in a £4,000 process in the hope he might have children years later. But health chiefs refused.

When The Sun on Sunday exclusively revealed his pregnancy in January, Hayden, from Gloucester, said: “I faced the prospect of not becoming the man I’m supposed to be, physically, or a dad. So I didn’t feel like I had any choice but to have a baby now then get back to transitioning.

“In September I got pregnant by a sperm donation. I found the donor on the internet. I looked on Facebook for a group and found one — it’s been shut down now. I didn’t have to pay. The man came to my house, he passed me the sperm in a pot and I did it via a syringe.”

Hayden Cross has no contact with the child’s biological dad and does not know his name.

He said at the time: “I found I was pregnant two weeks after the sperm was inserted. It was mixed emotions. I was happy but I also knew it would be backtracking on my transition. It’s like I have given myself one thing, but taken away something else.

It’s a very female thing to carry a baby and it goes against everything I feel in my body. I was finally starting to become myself and become a man physically — but now my body is going in the opposite direction.”

Hayden’s mum also gave birth to a boy last month.

Hayden, who used to work for Asda and in a clothes shop, aims to find a job once the baby is aged one. The Man United fan told us in January: “I want the baby to have the best of everything. I will be the greatest dad.”

He insisted: “I will go back to Asda or something. I will work anywhere. I’ll put the baby in childcare so I can provide for it. I want to save lots of money so I can send the baby to private school.”

“I don’t mind what the kid does when older. As long as they are happy and respectful, I don’t care. I just want to make sure that they have the best opportunities in life. I will be proud no matter what.”

But he ruled out breastfeeding, saying: “I hate my boobs. I want to have the child and get back to full transitioning.”

Hayden later told Lorraine Kelly on her ITV show: “I’ve had some good reactions and bad ones. I’ve had death threats, people threatening to beat me up. But a lot of ­people don’t really understand the situation. I want them to be more aware.”

Read the rest of the story here.

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Maine demorat representative calls Trump supporters racist and dumbasses and bonus – he threatened Trump

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This rant comes from Scott Hamann, a Democratic member of the Maine House of Representatives, representing District 31. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

On Facebook he went off on Trump and his supporters. Of course, he’s apologized so his party will forgive him. I doubt the Secret Service will be so quick to forgive his “sarcasm.”

From WMTW: Rep. Scott Hamann, (D) South Portland, is apologizing for an obscene Facebook post criticizing President Trump and his supporters.

“I regret my impulsive decision to post something aggressively sarcastic and inappropriate in a Facebook exchange with a childhood friend. While the tone of the post was born out of frustration with the vile language currently surrounding politics, I should not have responded with the same language,” Hamann wrote in a statement.

Hamann wrote, “Trump is a half-term President, at most, especially if I ever get within 10 feet of that p**sy.” The post also criticized the president for his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G 20 Summit and the Access Hollywood tape where President Trump made the comment about grabbing women by their genitalia.

Maine GOP Chair Demi Kouzounas was quick to respond to the post.

“Words cannot even begin to describe the level of revulsion I feel after reading Representative Scott Hamann’s recent tirade that has come to light. Perhaps the most alarming aspect of this tirade is an implied death threat against our President,” Kouzounas wrote. He went on to call the comments, “unhinged and dangerous.” He’s calling on Maine Speaker of the House Sarah Gideon (D-Freeport) to take action.

Hamann’s apology made no reference to the comment about President Trump being a half-term president.

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Canadian landlord fined $12G for not taking shoes off in Muslim tenant’s home

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Landlord John Alabi/Toronto Sun photo

From Fox News: A Canadian landlord who was fined $12,000 for wearing shoes in a Muslim tenant’s home said he felt “humiliated” by the harsh penalty levied by a national human rights tribunal.

In an interview with the Toronto Sun, John Alabi, 52, of Brampton, recounted how he went above and beyond trying to accommodate the Egyptian-born couple who lived in the apartment for two months – just to be slapped with a steep fine for the shoe incident.

“I go beyond all that. I just see everybody as human beings like me. That’s why I took them in,” Alabi told the Toronto Sun in May. “We got along. And then all of a sudden I’m a racist?”

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario ordered Alabi in April to pay the tenants $6,000 each after he failed to take his shoes off in the bedroom where the couple prayed while he was showing the home to potential renters. The couple, who moved into first floor of the home in December 2014, terminated their lease on Feb. 28, 2015.

The tribunal also said Alabi “harassed” the couple and “created a poisoned housing environment.” Though he would give them 24-hour notice of the showing, he would often fail to provide a 5-minute warning, according to the Toronto Sun.

“I was humiliated, I was made to feel I have no rights, I was made to feel that I’m not wanted in society,” Alabi said. “I feel powerless. They rented my place for only two months. Two months! It’s just not fair.”

Alabi told the news site the couple never had an issue when he wore his shoes in the home to do repairs. Then they filed a grievance eight months after the last incident, the Toronto Sun reported.

“I have been victimized,” Alabi said. “They are using their religion to victimize me.”

The couple even found a Facebook post on Alabi’s page to help their case. (According to The Sun: “They even searched his Facebook page and found a joke they considered offensive to bolster their case.)

The landlord claimed he doesn’t have the money to pay the fine on top of legal fees.

“I don’t have the money. I work very hard. If they go into my bank account right now, I don’t have $12,000 there,” Alabi said, adding that he has rented the space for 15 years to help pay his mortgage.

Last week (this was originally published in May) news site Rebel News Service launched a crowdfunding page to help Alabi pay for the fine.

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How original: Joe Scarborough releases anti-Trump music video

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Scarborough: A rock star in his own mind

And I’m sure MSNBC is quite proud of Joe, his Trump Derangement Syndrome, and his crappy song.

From Daily Mail: Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski take aim at President Trump daily on the set of ‘Morning Joe,’ but Friday they found a new way to voice their disdain for the current commander-in-chief.

In a music video for the title song off his newly released EP ‘Mystified,’ Scarborough shows images of a world in decline from war, drug use, guns and racism, with video clips of President Trump scattered throughout.

The video stars Scarborough and Brzezinski, who stare desensitized at the images in front of them, including one of a mushroom cloud after the detonation of a nuclear bomb.

‘TrumpWorld Culture on the Skids in the music video to the title track of our new EP ‘Mystified,” wrote Scarborough, 54, after posting the video on Facebook.

Brzezinski, 50, and Scarborough were out living the rock star life on Thursday, with the early-morning show hosts heading out to The Cutting Room in New York City for a concert. It was not just any concert either, as it was Scarborough himself on stage, performing with his band of the same name one day before the release of their EP.

And like any good co-host or fiancee, Brzezinski was front and center throughout the evening, while also serving as a moderator of sorts who took the stage multiple times during the show to announce the members of the media in attendance, thank those who came out to the event, and playfully bicker with her groom-to-be.

Read the rest of the story and see the “music” video here.

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Rhode Island lawmaker who shared a screen shot with porn open in his web browser apologizes: Says it was a friend who sent him the image

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Ramon Perez: “Too trusting” of people…

Yeah, my friends do that to me all the time too.

From Daily Mail: A state lawmaker who accidentally shared a screen shot with pornographic websites open in the web browser insisted: ‘I am not a pervert’.

Democratic Rep. Ramon Perez, of Providence, Rhode Island, called it an ‘innocent mistake’ on Tuesday after he distributed a screen grab to the House Finance Committee last Wednesday that included pornographic web titles in other tabs.

Perez, who then shared the offending screen shot on his own Facebook page before deleting his account, claimed someone else shared the image with him.

Perez brought printouts of a Wikipedia article to give to House Finance Committee members as part of his testimony in favor of a car accident insurance bill. But the screen shot, time stamped at 2:07am, showed multiple browser tabs with ‘teen’ ‘young,’ and ‘MILF’ in the titles. No pornographic images could be seen.

A House spokesman confirmed Perez gave the document to the clerk, who distributed them before the unsavory tabs were discovered.

Perez, who submitted a new handout the next day, said the screen shot was provided to him by a friend whom he’d asked to research the information.

He told ABC: ‘I was asking a friend if they know something about it. So a friend sent me that picture with the information I was looking for. I used that picture to make copies. I didn’t see the stuff at the top.’

When asked who that person might be, Perez said: ‘I won’t mention anything, because it’s my fault.’

Perez also shared the screen grab on Facebook in a now-deleted post, writing: ‘Tell me people what you see wrong in this picture? I was send this picture with information I need it for one of my bill, I didn’t notice what was wrong with it, until I got a few calls about it.’

‘My fault for no noticing the picture I had receive, had something bad on it, and use it by mistake.’

Rep. Teresa Tanzi, a member of the committee, called the incident ‘deeply disturbing.’

On Tuesday, the first-term representative apologized directly to Tanzi, and asked his colleagues for forgiveness.  ‘I am not a pervert. I made a big mistake of trusting too much in people,’ he told them as he denied looking at pornography online.

‘I know that people don’t believe me here. They say that’s the excuse everybody makes, oh, it was somebody else.’

Perez, who is married, got emotional as he called what happened ‘a nightmare’ and said he has lost sleep over it. ‘Just give me a chance and don’t judge me so quick,’ he said. ‘It was an innocent mistake.’

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