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Baltimore Confederate statues torn down in the middle of the night after Charlottesville violence
Baltimore Confederate statues torn down in the middle of the night after Charlottesville violenceConfederate-era statues in Baltimore, Maryland have been torn down in the middle of the night after the city council voted unanimously to remove them. Four monuments that paid tribute to leading members of Confederate were toppled, including the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument and the Confederate Women’s Monument, as well as statues commemorating Confederate Army generals Robert E Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and pro-slavery Supreme Court judge Roger B Taney. It follows violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, that centred on the city’s plans to remove a statue of Robert E Lee, who led the Confederate Army during the American Civil War.

Saudi Arabia Shows How it Would Shoot Down Qatari Plane
Saudi Arabia Shows How it Would Shoot Down Qatari PlaneSaudi Arabia and allies Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have accused Qatar of funding terrorist groups abroad.

'It still fits': Engagement ring missing for more than a decade turns up on garden carrot
'It still fits': Engagement ring missing for more than a decade turns up on garden carrotA woman who was resigned to never seeing her beautiful engagement ring ever again - and had bought a smaller one as a replacement - was shocked when her daughter-in-law found it on a carrot. The family had harvested some carrots from their farm in Alberta, Canada, for dinner, and one had grown around the engagement ring, which was then pulled from the ground. Mary Grams, 84, had lost her beloved ring in 2004 while she was in the garden, and thought she would never see it again. "I recognized it right away," she said. Mary Grams, 84, got her missing ring back when her daughter-in-law found it while harvesting carrots on the family farm in Alberta, Canada. Credit:  CBC News She thinks she lost it while pulling a large weed from the garden. "We looked high and low on our hands and knees," she told CBC news.  "We couldn't find it. I thought for sure either they rototilled it or something happened to it." Mrs Grams has had the ring since 1951, a year before she married her husband, Norman.  Mary, 84, says she didn't know if they were kidding or not, but when her granddaughter brought the carrot over - she knew: "It's mine!" #yegpic.twitter.com/Ft7IMUeSMR— Sarah Kraus Global (@SarahNKraus) August 15, 2017 The ring was found by her daughter-in-law, Colleen Daley. "I knew it had to belong to either grandma or my mother-in-law," she said, "because no other women have lived on that farm. "I asked my husband if he recognized the ring. And he said yeah. His mother had lost her engagement ring years ago in the garden and never found it again. And it turned up on this carrot." A few weeks after losing her engagement ring, Mary bought herself this one, much smaller, to replace it. #Camrosepic.twitter.com/sg9WN4y1Pb— Sarah Kraus Global (@SarahNKraus) August 15, 2017  Mrs Grams said she is pleased the ring was found. "I'm going to wear it because it still fits," she said.

Maryland judge denies DC sniper Malvo's bid for new sentence
Maryland judge denies DC sniper Malvo's bid for new sentenceLee Boyd Malvo, who as a teenager participated in the sniper attacks that killed 10 people and terrorized the Washington region, will not get a new sentence in Maryland, a judge said in a ruling released Wednesday.

Trump appears to accidentally share Twitter dis
Trump appears to accidentally share Twitter disThe Twitter user who called President Trump a fascist and frequently shares anti-Trump sentiment, joked Tuesday that the president “agrees with him.”

Dear Ivanka: It's Time To Decide Which Side Of History You're Going To Stand On
Dear Ivanka: It's Time To Decide Which Side Of History You're Going To Stand OnI know you’ve probably got a lot on your plate right now but we really need to talk about your father and what a shit show this week has been.

North Carolina woman confronts man flying Nazi flag at his home
North Carolina woman confronts man flying Nazi flag at his homeA North Carolina woman who confronted a man flying a Nazi flag outside his home says she felt the need to stand up to his show of hate in the wake of violence that erupted during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend.

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Nigeria suicide bombers kill 28, wound 82
Nigeria suicide bombers kill 28, wound 82Three women suicide bombers blew themselves up at the entrance to a camp for displaced people in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, killing 28 people and wounding 82, local sources said. The attack -- the latest in a string of assaults in the troubled region -- took place in the town of Mandarari, 25 kilometres (15 miles) from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, said Baba Kura, a member of a vigilante force set up to fight jihadists. "Three female bombers triggered their explosive outside of the IDP (internally displaced persons) camp... killing 28 people and wounding 82 others," Kura said.

SeaWorld Orca Dies After Long Battle With Lung Infection
SeaWorld Orca Dies After Long Battle With Lung InfectionAn orca at SeaWorld San Diego was euthanized Tuesday evening after a long battle with a bacterial respiratory infection.

Thousands flee as Iraq steps up airstrikes on IS-held town
Thousands flee as Iraq steps up airstrikes on IS-held townBADOUSH, Iraq (AP) — Thousands of Iraqis have fled an Islamic State-held town west of Mosul as Iraqi and coalition warplanes step up strikes ahead of a ground offensive to drive out the militants.

Study Explores How To Talk To Climate Change Deniers
Study Explores How To Talk To Climate Change DeniersA new study shows how climate change advocates should talk to those who don't believe in global warming. Hint: put the data graphs down.

Charlottesville driver previously accused of beating mother
Charlottesville driver previously accused of beating motherCHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The driver charged with killing a woman at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville was previously accused of beating his mother and threatening her with a knife, according to police records released Monday.

How @YesYoureRacist became the internet's fastest tool to identify white supremacists
How @YesYoureRacist became the internet's fastest tool to identify white supremacistsOn Friday, some of America's most racist trolls hatched from their egg avatars to wave Home Depot tiki torches and chant their fave Nazi, KKK, and white supremacist slogans in Charlottesville.   Yet some were nonetheless caught off guard when their very public displays of hate were made, well, public.  Twitter account @YesYoureRacist enjoined users to circulate photos of the Charlottesville marchers in hopes of identifying them over the weekend. It didn't take long for the account's popularity to surge and for the messages to flood in. On Saturday morning, the account had close to 60,000 followers. By Tuesday afternoon, that had soared to 372,000. But this wasn't how the Twitter account began. Smith had a smaller, slightly more satirical vision, one that came to serve a much larger cause. SEE ALSO: 80 totally benign things Trump condemned more harshly than neo-Nazis When Logan Smith first started @YesYoureRacist in October 2012, his mission was less personal than it is now. Smith wanted to spotlight social media users who claimed they weren't racist to justify saying something totally textbook racist. *nods knowingly* pic.twitter.com/3mV8RDxyYO — Yes, You're Racist (@YesYoureRacist) July 3, 2017 "It started as a lighthearted way of poking fun at folks who tweet "I’m not racist" and then post some other ridiculous racist comments," Smith said. The "I'm not a racist, but" racist was a caricature Smith wanted to expose, and a quietly dangerous one at that. Smith's account came out of a specific time and place, when hate crimes were much lower than they are now and conversations about race, gender and sexuality seemed to be moving forward, however lethargically.  With the rise of President Donald Trump, however, all of that changed. Trump was a man who made racists feel comfortable, who encouraged them to come out of their basements and into the public, where they could defend their hate speech on the grounds of "free speech." @YesYoureRacist suddenly had a whole new field of public racists to cull from. If you recognize any of the Nazis marching in #Charlottesville, send me their names/profiles and I'll make them famous #GoodNightAltRight pic.twitter.com/2tA9xliFVU — Yes, You're Racist (@YesYoureRacist) August 12, 2017 "Over the past couple years, the situation in the United States has kind of deteriorated with race, especially with the election of Donald Trump," Smith said. "So the [focus] of the account has taken a more serious tone." The events in Charlottesville over the past weekend sharpened James' resolve. While many people tend to think of trolls as meme-making basement dwellers, these were neo-Nazis and white nationalists walking freely and in the open. The violence they once casually threatened over the internet felt — and ended up being — all too physical and real. A woman counter-protesting against their hate was killed when an Ohio man charged his car into the street, ramming through the demonstration and injuring several others. Heather Heyer's death was lauded by KKK leaders.  Many white nationalists travelled across the country to make their hate known. "Not a single person I heard about was from Charlottesville," Smith said. "They were from outside the area. People who came to the area to start trouble. And that’s what they got." Charlottesville's white supremacists appeared to be a different kind of creature than the "I'm not racist, but" kind of racist Smith was used to dealing with. Their belief system may have been similar, but there was one key difference: They weren't hiding. Lil dude with the pedo 'stache is @millennial_matt, one of @bakedalaska's white supremacist homies pic.twitter.com/GQbWf1QRjA — Yes, You're Racist (@YesYoureRacist) August 12, 2017 "On Saturday morning I woke up and saw photos from Friday night. It's angry white men carrying tiki torches of all things but it's something much more serious," Smith said. "It harkens back to the Nuremberg rallies. There are photos where you can hardly tell the difference between the two. You grow up seeing these things in history books but ... it's right now and here." Here's a photo from my wedding, since the Nazis seem to think it upsets me when they post it. Yup, I'm Jewish as hell! pic.twitter.com/P5tOpzgdEj — Roonil Wazlib (@LoganJames) August 14, 2017 When Smith first made the call for folks to identify the marchers and send him their public profiles, he immediately got "hundreds of names." Identifying the marchers was a relatively easy task. "These people tend to be very vocal about their beliefs," Smith said. "Basically, I just go through their profiles and look at other photos of them and the kind of stuff they're posting." This angry young man is Peter Cvjetanovic, a student at @unevadareno pic.twitter.com/7rLGJkcT3o — Yes, You're Racist (@YesYoureRacist) August 12, 2017 Any Arkansas Engineering folks recognize this guy? Must be awfully proud of his school to represent it at a Klan rally... pic.twitter.com/S9Cr5g0fC3 — Yes, You're Racist (@YesYoureRacist) August 12, 2017 Smith has had multiple successes. He was able to identify Cole White, one of the most visibly angry faces from the march. White was then forced to resign from his job at a libertarian hot dog restaurant (Welcome to Berkeley). He's also been able to locate some of these white supremacists in photos with prominent Republican politicians, some of whom later disavowed these neo-Nazis on Twitter. Annnnd here's a photo of Peter Cvjetanovic (angry torch guy) with U.S. Sen. @DeanHeller (via @BattleBornProg) #GoodNightAltRight pic.twitter.com/fzt7rIOqve — Yes, You're Racist (@YesYoureRacist) August 13, 2017 Critics contend that @YesYoureRacist is a form of doxxing that encourages a mob mentality. The account does make mistakes — and has become tangentially related to doxxing campaigns of the wrong people.  It mistakenly said pro-Trump comedian Joey Salads, who claimed to be denouncing Nazis by wearing a Swastika at another Trump rally awhile ago, was among the torch-wielding crowd when he wasn't. Also, that photo of the man in a red Arkansas Engineering shirt in one of the tweets above turned this weekend into a nightmare for the wrong man. The internet misidentified the white supremacist as an engineering professor, who received a flood of vulgar and frightening messages as a result.  The account also tweeted out, and then deleted, the personal information of a Twitter user known as Millennial Matt who frequently jokes about the Holocaust, violating Twitter's terms of service.   By taking on these people directly, Smith knows he risks making mistakes. Despite this — and the numerous death threats he's received  — this is still a challenge he's willing to tackle. And Smith isn't alone. He's been joined by prominent journalists and activists, including New York Daily News' Shaun King, who often don't trust Attorney General Jeff Sessions to manage the Department of Justice's work justly and expeditiously, and who find real social value in holding these folks up for all of the internet to see.   Friends,ALL HANDS ON DECK.We have not yet identified these two men who brutally assaulted Deandre Harris. Please share them widely. pic.twitter.com/3SZ0H4Axax — Shaun King (@ShaunKing) August 15, 2017 These aren't white supremacists hiding privately in  their own homes, they contend. They've given media interviews. They've shown their face in public. If they want to be public, they risk public shaming.  "Ever since the days of the KKK burning crosses in people's yards, they depend on people remaining silent," Smith told NPR.  "And no matter the risk, I'm not going away." Yes, you're racist, Smith contends, and you're going to be held accountable. WATCH: Neil deGrasse Tyson's nephew drops the mic on cultural appropriation

The Nevada Highway Patrol retires its last Ford Crown Vic
The Nevada Highway Patrol retires its last Ford Crown VicStarting in 1978, Ford began cranking out cars on its full-size rear-wheel-drive platform, and it didn't stop doing so until 2011. Over the course of that run, the most prolifically produced machine was undoubtedly the Ford Crown Victoria. It was the go-to vehicle for taxi fleets and police departments, but it's since been replaced.


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