Cardinals' Flaherty reflects on his social-justice outspokenness
Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty is a deep thinker who is not afraid to make his beliefs known about social and racial issues, whether through his actions or words. His support of the Black Lives Matter movement last year, after the police murder of George Floyd and other racially charged incidents nationwide involving law enforcement, rankled some fans but drew applause from others. He reflects on the background that spurred his openness, as well as other issues, with some interesting comments this week on the debut episode of "The Bigs' — a podcast hosted by former Cardinal Xavier Scruggs and...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
San Diego indictments pin wave of Tijuana murders on cartel enforcers
SAN DIEGO — Four men alleged to be leaders in a Mexican cartel enforcement cell have been indicted in San Diego on drug-trafficking charges and are accused of orchestrating a wave of violence in Tijuana, including the murders of two San Diego teenagers in 2018, according to federal prosecutors. Edgar Herrera Pardo oversaw a group of enforcers called Los Cabos who worked to secure the Baja California corridor for the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, according to prosecutors. The drug-trafficking organization, known by its Spanish initials CJNG, has risen in influence in recent years and has been ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Don’t blame police reform for Philly’s skyrocketing murder rate, mayor says
PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney on Tuesday promised his administration will continue modernizing and reforming the Police Department, saying that even while the city faces its highest murder rate in generations, “I pledge to hold our government accountable to this work.” As his administration detailed police policy changes over the last year, Kenney said improving accountability and changing the department’s culture shouldn’t be conflated with — and won’t be hindered by — the unrelenting gun violence that has the city preparing for what could be its deadliest summer ever. “It’s a ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Robert Durst, draped in blanket after hospital stay, hears witness describe alleged 'accident on the stairs' phone call
Multimillionaire murder suspect Robert Durst listened to startling new testimony Monday while draped in a huge blanket covering his jail uniform and exposed catheter bag at his California murder trial. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark Windham refused Durst’s request to delay the day’s proceeding, saying he trusted the jail doctors who determined Durst was good to go following his emergency hospitalization last week for a urinary tract infection and sepsis. As his blanket slowly slipped off his shoulders, Durst heard Susan Harmon describe for jurors how she allegedly received a distressing...
New York Daily News
Chicago domestic violence killings, state helpline calls spike in pandemic, even as 911 calls drop. Black, Latino victims most at risk, new report shows
CHICAGO – Three weeks after Esmeralda De Luna got an order of protection against the father of her four children, he returned to their apartment in Villa Park, Illinois, and stabbed her to death while their children were in the home in May, according to records and her family. “We tried to help her but we couldn’t save her,” said Leobardo Loza, De Luna’s brother. De Luna was 24, and though she tried to leave her abusive partner several times, she returned to him time and again believing he would change, Loza said. The two had been together since she was 13. The young mother’s death was part of...
After historically deadly 2020, Atlanta homicides are up nearly 60% in 2021
ATLANTA — Not a day goes by that Glenda Mack doesn't think of her grandson. She wears a heart-shaped necklace with his pictures on it and talks to him each night when she prays. She'd raised David since he was 5 days old and had high hopes for his future. He loved his family, enjoyed computers and liked playing outside. He'd been cooped up inside during the pandemic, but assured his grandmother that he and his friends would keep their masks on if she let him go out to play football. She reluctantly agreed. "It's right up the street from us," Mack said. "He told me 'I love you' and I said, 'Lov...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Gov. Greg Abbott: Texas will build border wall amid 'unprecedented crisis'AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday that Texas will build a border wall, although he did not provide details on the cost or location — or how Texas would pay for it. "I will announce next week the plan for the state of Texas to begin building the border wall in the state of Texas," said Abbott, who spoke after meeting with local and state officials in Del Rio about border security. Abbott held the meeting amid his ongoing dispute with the Biden administration over a recent surge in border crossings. Administra...
Tribune News Service
'It's a shame what's happened': Tom Izzo saddened as Keith Appling faces murder charge
Tom Izzo knew Keith Appling was struggling. However, the Hall of Fame coach would have been hard-pressed to ever believe his former captain was capable of committing murder. “I didn’t see him ever (being able to) do something like that,” Izzo said on Wednesday. On Monday, Appling was charged with first-degree murder in connection with a May 22 shooting in Detroit, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced. The 29-year-old Appling is charged in the fatal shooting of Clyde Edmonds, 66, on the front lawn of Edwards' home. His wife is the first cousin of Appling’s mother, according to the Prose...
The Detroit News
Chad Daybell pleads not guilty to murder of his wife, Lori Vallow’s children
Just hours after Lori Vallow was committed to a mental health facility Wednesday, her husband, Chad Daybell, pleaded not guilty to the murder of her children, 17-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old JJ Vallow, and his previous wife. Daybell was charged in May with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, grand theft by deception and insurance fraud for the deaths of Tylee and JJ, who were found dead on his property in June 2020, and his wife, Tammy Daybell, who died in October 2019. Her death was initially ruled natural. He pleaded not guilty to all seven counts in the indi...
New York Daily News
Driver targeted 4 killed in Ontario collision for being Muslim, police say
Police in London, Ontario, believe the four family members who were killed in a car collision Sunday night were targeted for being Muslim. “We believe this was an intentional act and that the victims of this horrific incident were targeted,” Chief Steve Williams said during a news conference Monday afternoon, according to Global News. “We believe the victims were targeted because of their Islamic faith.” Williams decried the purported hate crime. “There is no tolerance in this community for individuals who, motivated by hate, target others with violence,” Williams said. According to incident r...
New York Daily News