Eye-popping photos of Black Lives Matter rally in Seattle


We didn’t want your standard protest photos for the Black Lives Matter march in Seattle on Saturday afternoon.

We wanted images that beautifully showcased the individuals who attended the event. So we asked Daniel Berman, a freelance photographer who took provocative photos of a Trump rally in Lynden last summer, to apply the same ethos to Saturday’s march.

Capture character and spirit, not just people streaming down the block, mouths formed in chant, signs raised. After all, everyone has a different reason for coming to a protest.

Daniel and his assistant West Smith spoke with more than a dozen people at the rally.

A few hours later, Daniel turned around these wonderful images that evoke the British photographer Martin Parr. I encourage you to also look at the people around the edges of the frame, because their expressions and posture tell the story as much as those looking at the camera.

—Isolde Raftery, online editor


Navy investigating California SEAL’s porn-movie moonlighting


The Navy is investigating a decorated SEAL who moonlights as a porn actor.

The Naval Special Warfare Command wants to know whether Chief Special Warfare Officer Joseph Schmidt III properly obtained permission from his commanders for outside work and whether they condoned his acting career, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Friday (http://bit.ly/2ozyWLt).

“There are very clear regulations which govern outside employment … as well as prohibitions on behavior that is discrediting to the service,” said Capt. Jason Salata, a SEALs spokesman.

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13 arrested in California pro and anti-Trump rallies


At least 13 people were arrested after violence broke out Saturday between groups of supporters and detractors of President Donald Trump holding rallies in downtown Berkeley, authorities said.

About 200 people were at Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park when several fights broke out. Dozens of police officers in riot gear standing nearby quickly arrested one man. Others were arrested after several skirmishes.

Trump supporters announced earlier in the week that they were holding a “Patriot Day” at the park at noon that would feature speeches by members of the alt-right, an amorphous fringe movement that uses internet memes, message boards and social media to spread a hodgepodge of racism, anti-Semitism, misogyny and xenophobia. Counter-demonstrators then said they would hold a rally at the same place at 10 a.m.

Police put in a makeshift barrier of plastic orange poles and orange fence mesh to separate both sides, but that quickly came down as demonstrators started punching and kicking each other, while pepper spray and firecrackers were thrown to the crowd.

After the barrier was put back in place, demonstrators shouted at each other from a distance, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

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Family raising funds to find cure for 18-month-old daughter diagnosed w/ childhood Alzheimer’s

Most kids set up a lemonade stand to raise money for a new toy or bike, but 4-year-old Emily McGlocklin is raising money to help her sister who is battling a rare disorder.

Emily’s little sister, 18-month-old Marian, was diagnosed with a fatal genetic disorder called Niemann-Pick disease type C, which is sometimes referred to as childhood Alzheimer’s.

“Eventually the muscles get stiff and the patients are unable to walk. Speech becomes extremely difficult and eventually they do die from their condition,” said Dr. Patricia Dickson, chief of medical genetics at Harbor UCLA Medical Center.

The diagnosis for the incurable disease nearly crippled the McGlocklin family. Father Paul McGlocklin said his daughter is a happy, active and friendly child.

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Boy with brain tumor gets special delivery

A boy battling a rare kind of brain tumor received a special delivery Tuesday from an army of letter carriers.


About 50 postal trucks from the Framingham post office traveled in a convoy to the home of 6-year-old Devin Suau.

“He’s such a young child, a young boy, facing the battle of his life really,” letter carrier Kevn Gavin said.

The trucks were all decorated with green ribbons and homemade bumper stickers with the hashtag “#WhyNotDevin.”

Doctors diagnosed Devin a few months ago with a tumor known as diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma.

His parents launched the “Why Not Devin” campaign to raise money so he might undergo experimental medical treatments.

The carriers brought Devin hats, a delivery bag filled with messages of support and a proclamation.

“On behalf of the United States Postal Service, I’d like to make you the honorary postmaster of Framingham,” postmaster Shawn Pitts told the boy.

They also presented Devin’s family with a check for $2,100.

One letter carrier gave the boy his personal collection of Green Lantern comic books.

“I’m proud of my co-workers. They’re good people,” letter carrier Judy Kobosky said.

James Suau, Devin’s father, said the campaign has raised more than $250,000 so far.

He said his son recently completed a round of chemotherapy and doctors are waiting for him to recover from that.

“Within the next 6-8 weeks, we’ll be exploring some new opportunities for him,” Suau said.

Suau said the family continues to face challenges and keeping up their spirits is not always easy.

He said such shows of community support are very helpful.

Source: wcvb

Judge shot to death in Chicago, manhunt on for suspect

Chicago police are searching for a gunman who they say shot and killed a Cook County, Illinois, criminal court judge this morning outside his home on the city’s South Side.

First Deputy Superintendent of Police Kevin Navarro this morning called Judge Raymond Myles’ death “another senseless act of violence.”

Chief of Detectives Melissa Staples said the shooting happened shortly before 5 a.m. A woman, described by Staples as a “close associate” of Myles’, walked out of his home, exchanged words with the gunman, was shot once and suffered a non-life-threatening injury, Staples said.

Myles, 66, heard the commotion and the gunshot, went outside to investigate, exchanged words with the gunman and was shot multiple times, Staples said.AP-Judge-Slain-01-rc-170410_4x3_992

The suspect then fled on foot, the injured woman told police.

Staples said that police do not know whether Myles was the intended target and that it was a “potential robbery.”

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Man who claimed to have escaped Auschwitz admits he lied for years

Joseph Hirt said he fabricated story of being sent to camp and meeting Nazi doctor Josef Mengele to ‘keep memories alive’ about history of the Holocaust2400

A Pennsylvania man who claimed for years to have escaped from Auschwitz, met track and field star Jesse Owens and Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, confessed on Friday that he had fabricated the entire story.

“I am writing today to apologize publicly for harm caused to anyone because of my inserting myself into the descriptions of life in Auschwitz,” Joseph Hirt, 86, wrote in a letter sent to his local paper, LNP, this week. “I was not a prisoner there. I did not intend to lessen or overshadow the events which truly happened there by falsely claiming to have been personally involved.”

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