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April 29, 2019 / 7:01 | Story:
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Chicago's chief prosecutor has been summoned to appear in court by a retired appellate judge who is pressing for a special prosecutor to investigate the handling of the case against actor Jussie Smollett.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Sheila O'Brien also summoned Deputy Attorney General Kim Foxx and asked Smollett to appear at a hearing at her request.

Foxx was severely criticized when his office announced he was suspending charges against Smollett, who accused the black and gay actor of staging a racist and anti-gay attack on himself in downtown Chicago.

Foxx has defended the decision to suspend the charges and says it accepts an independent investigation.

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Prior to their much-anticipated and recent collaboration, "The Irishman," Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro met at the Tribeca Film Festival to reminisce about their long-standing partnership.

The lecture, staged Sunday at the Beacon Theater in New York, gave De Niro, co-founder of the festival, one of his most unlikely roles: the interviewer. With the interstitial clips chosen by Scorsese from the director's filmography, the famous actor did not give in or encourage the filmmaker to announce occasionally that it was time to discuss "the next."

But if the conversation relied heavily on Scorsese, it still offered a window to his long-standing collaboration. Started with "Mean Streets", 1973, and with more than nine feature films, it is one of the most famous dual-director-actor of cinema. One of Scorsese's other frequenters, Leonardo DiCaprio, was in the crowd, eager to see the legendary New York duo together.

"The Irishman," which Netflix will release this fall, is their latest gangster movie, following "Mean Streets," "Goodfellas," and "Casino." It is based on the 2003 book "I Heard You Paint Houses" by Charles Brandt. , which chronicles the life of Frank Mafia killer "The Irishman" Sheeran (played by De Niro) .Al Pacino plays Jimmy Hoffa, whose disappearance some date back to Sheeran.

"It's in the middle of the photos we did together and we're known in a way, but I expect from a different point of view," Scorsese said. "The years have passed and we see things in a special way, I hope."

Although its release is months away, "The Irishman" – one of Netflix's biggest movies so far – has already become the new starting point for the battle between Netflix and theaters. Large networks have refused to play releases that do not respect the traditional exclusive 90-day theatrical window. Netflix said it does not serve the interests of its millions of members.

How Scorsese will navigate in these divisions is being watched closely. The 76-year-old filmmaker is among the most respected in films and has been a dedicated advocate of film history and film preservation.

The director did not enter these issues on Sunday, but spoke about how the "Irish" reverberates on themes that have boosted him for a long time. "Casino," he said, refers to what he considers a "cultural explosion" today.

"It's the old story: how much is enough?" said Scorsese. "It has to do with our weaknesses and our pride. It turns out (to be reckoned with) gangsters and murderers and prostitutes and gamblers."

Scorsese said that "The Irishman" will, as "Casino" did with the score of "Contempt" by Jean-Luc Godard, include music from another film. He also said that his latest feature, "Silence," his 2016 religious epic about Jesuit priests in feudal Japan, connects with "The Irishman."

"Terry Malick wrote me a letter when he saw the photo. He said," What does Christ want from us? ", Said Scorsese. "In the old quarter, I saw some people doing terrible things, but they still had something in them, they cared about each other."

"This film comes out of it and our new appeal comes from that," he added. "It's right there."

Scorsese is also preparing the release of his documentary "Rolling Thunder Revolution: A Bob Dylan Story," which will be released by Netflix on June 12. The film will be aired on a well-attended Oscar-winning run in several theaters, as well as "road show" exhibits the night before launch in about 20 cities.

The song was a constant theme for Scorsese on Sunday – he said he often tells him how to move the camera – as it was his enduring interest in gangster movies. Referring to "The Irishman" while discussing "Goodfellas," Scorsese said the genre could contain everything.

"We found that we kept coming back to this world because I think we're trying to get to the point," Scorsese said. "The microcosm is a macrocosm."


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In picking Pennsylvania for his first presidential race campaign speech, Joe Biden is signaling he hopes to have what may be the toughest battleground of the 2020 election.

Planting a flag in Pennsylvania makes sense to the longtime former senator from Delaware: He was born in Pennsylvania, has several ties to it and is using his deep incursions with influential state party figures to his advantage in the primary.

For the Democrats, it is a late primary state that may have little value in nomination. But Donald Trump's campaign is already mapping out a strategy to conquer Pennsylvania for the second time, and the Republican will not easily yield a state that forms the core of his most likely path to 270 electoral votes.

"It's early in the game, but I think this imperative in 2020 is such that we need to start early," said Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey, who is endorsing the former vice president. Pennsylvania is "so big and so consequent that it will take time to present the case here."

Biden's planned speech to an organized labor crowd Monday in Pittsburgh comes days after he announced his candidacy and promptly went to a fund-raising event in Philadelphia hosted by prominent Democrats in the region.

In Pittsburgh, he will talk about the rebuilding of the middle class after receiving the endorsement of the International Firefighters Association.

"He's one of the firmer advocates of working families," Harold Schaitberger, union president-general, said in a video approved Monday. "He knows that a strong middle class means a strong America."

No other primary candidate is from Pennsylvania, and will be the last of the richest states to vote, except perhaps for New Jersey. He received limited attention from Biden's rivals.

Among those attending, former Texas deputy Beto O & # 39; Rourke and Vermont senator Bernie Sanders have held a rally in recent weeks, and Sanders argued that he could beat Trump in Pennsylvania.

Several other people have nibbled the edges, participating in private fundraising in Philadelphia or making a low-key meet-and-greet. Sen. Kamala Harris of California and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, like Biden, campaigned last year for Casey.

But in the general election, Pennsylvania is tied with Illinois for the country's fifth-largest Electoral College Award. And the "blue wall" states of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan that unexpectedly pointed to Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election may have supplanted Florida and Ohio as the country's top presidential battlegrounds.

While Biden was preparing to announce his campaign last week, top Trump campaign officials were meeting with leaders of the Pennsylvania Republican Party, two blocks from the state capital.

Undoubtedly, in their minds there has been an avalanche of losses both across the state and in the suburbs of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia since 2016. Their meeting on Wednesday emphasized unity, and national authorities encouraged the Republican Party to accelerate its operation. field and fundraising. person familiar with the meeting who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe it. Republicans have said that the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee will soon have similar meetings with other target states.

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Floods and mudslides caused by torrential rains in Indonesia have killed at least 31 people and displaced thousands of people in recent days, the country's disaster agency said on Monday.

He said 29 people were killed in the province of Bengkulu, on the island of Sumatra, over the weekend. Two people were killed in floods in parts of the capital, Jakarta, last week, and more than 2,000 were left homeless.

In Bengkulu, 13 people are missing and more than 12,000 have fled their flooded homes, according to the agency.

Thousands of people are involved in the search and rescue effort, but the distribution of aid has been hampered by power cuts, inaccessible roads and large distances between various areas hit by disasters.

The highest number of deaths occurred in the center of Bengkulu, where a landslide killed almost two dozen people.

Deforestation, reduced water catchment areas and inadequate land use in high-risk areas have increased vulnerability to flooding, according to the disaster agency.


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A college freshman was among four people killed when a crane fell from a building and hit one of Seattle's busiest streets, the university said Sunday.

Sarah Wong, who was planning to graduate in nursing, was in a car when the crane fell from a building under construction on Google's new Seattle campus to Mercer Street on Saturday afternoon, according to a statement released by Seattle Pacific University.

All four died when firefighters arrived Saturday afternoon, said fire chief Harold Scoggins. Two were blacksmiths who were inside the crane while the other two were inside a car, said Lance Garland, a spokesman for the Fire Department.

It is hoped that the names of those who died will be released today.

"While we mourn the sudden and tragic loss of our precious student, we comfort ourselves with each other," said the SPU statement. "We ask the community to join us in praying for Sarah's family and friends during this difficult time."

The crane struck six cars and also injured four people.

Frank Kuin, a Montreal journalist, was in a hotel lobby in Seattle when he heard a "big bang" and felt the ground tremble. He said he initially thought there had been an earthquake. Then he saw the drivers leaving their cars on a nearby road and running toward something.

Kuin followed them around a corner and saw a piece of the crane lying on top of cars, including three that were crushed.

"Imagine what happened to those people who happened to drive by was rather shocking," said Kuin, who later took pictures of the scene from his fifth-floor hotel room.

Authorities still do not know the cause of the collapse.

Washington State investigators were at the scene of Sunday's collapse, trying to gather what happened, according to Tim Church, a spokesman for the Washington Department of Labor and Industries.

"It's a very detailed process," he said. "In fact, it will be months before we have anything to do with the cause."

Church said the agency formally opened an investigation into four companies – General GLY, Northwest Tower Crane Service Inc., Omega Rigging and Machinery Moving Inc. and Morrow Equipment Co. LLC. Church said he did not know where the companies are based.

The tower crane was being dismantled when it fell from the building, Church said.

A section of Mercer Street remained closed on Sunday.

Of the injured, a 28-year-old man was hospitalized under satisfactory conditions at Harborview Medical Center. A mother and her baby were released from the hospital on Saturday. The fourth person was treated on the spot and released.

The deadly collapse will surely bring scrutiny on the safety of the dozens of cranes punctuating the city's landscape. With Amazon, Google and other technology companies boosting their hiring in Seattle, the city has more cranes building office towers and apartment buildings than any other in the United States. In January, there were about 60 construction cranes in Seattle.

On Saturday, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said the city had a good safety record on cranes, but that the authorities would conduct a review.

A line of showers moved over Seattle at the same time the crane crashed, the National Weather Service said. An observation station near Lake Union showed winds with gusts of up to 23 mph at 3:28 p.m., almost as long as the crane fell.


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Noya Dahan, eight, had finished praying and gone to play with other children in his synagogue in Southern California, when shots rang out. Her uncle grabbed her and the other children, leading them out safely, while her leg bled from a wreck of shrapnel.

"I was scared, very, very scared," Noya said, recalling how the group of children wept in fear after a gunman entered Poway Chabad on Saturday morning and began firing. "I did not see my father, I thought he was dead."

The onslaught on the last day of Passover, a Jewish holiday celebrating freedom, hurt Dahan, his uncle Almog Peretz, and the rabbi of the congregation. The attack killed the beloved congregation Lori Kaye, 60.

Authorities said the 19-year-old gunman opened fire when about 100 people were worshiping exactly six months after a mass gunfire in a Pittsburgh synagogue.

Rabbi Yishoel Goldstein said he was preparing for a service and heard a loud sound, turned around and saw a young man wearing sunglasses standing in front of him with a rifle.

"I could not see your eyes. I could not see your soul," Goldstein said. He raised his hands and lost one of his fingers in the shooting.

And then, Goldstein said, "miraculously the gun jammed."

In the moments that followed, Goldstein said he wrapped his bloody hand in a prayer shawl and addressed worshipers gathered outside the building, vowing to remain strong in the face of the deadly assault on his community.

"We are a Jewish nation that will stand tall, we will not let anyone overthrow us, terrorism like this will not bring us down," Goldstein recalled telling the community.

Officials said suspect John T. Earnest, who had no previous contact with the police, could be charged with a hate crime, along with homicide charges, when he is indicted later this week. He was being held without bail, and it was unclear if he had a lawyer.

Police searched Earnest's home and said he was also being investigated in connection with a felony fire at a mosque near Escondido, Calif., On March 24.

There were indications that an AR-type assault weapon could have broken down after the gunman fired numerous rounds inside, said San Diego County Sheriff William Gore. A Border Patrol officer off duty shot the sniper while he ran away, missing him, but hitting the escape vehicle, said the sheriff.

Shortly after running away, Earnest called 911 to report the shooting, said San Diego police chief David Nisleit. When a police officer caught him on a road, "the suspect stopped, jumped out of the car with his hands up and was immediately taken into custody," he said.

Goldstein described Kaye as a pioneer founding member of the congregation and said he was heartbroken by his death. He said the attack could have harmed many more people if the sniper had turned to the sanctuary where so many were praying.

"Lori took the bullet for us all," the rabbi said, his hands wrapped in bandages. "She did not deserve to die."

He said Kaye's husband's husband was called to care for a wounded worshiper and passed out when he realized he was his wife.

The friends described Kaye as a giver, warm and attentive to community members on their birthdays and when they were sick. A wife and mother, she loved gardening and made a delicious challah for her family and friends, said Roneet Lev, 55.

When the shooting erupted, another worshiper, Shimon Abitbul, said he immediately put his 2-year-old grandson on the ground and waited for a break in the shooting to catch the boy and run away.


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A gunman shot indiscriminately at a crowd that gathered for Sunday afternoon barbecues on a street in western Baltimore, killing one man and wounding seven others, officials and news reports said.

Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said the shooting began after 5pm. on a block in the city's western district of row houses of bricks. Harrison said a man approached a crowd on foot and began firing at what he called "a very tragic and very cowardly shooting." Speaking of the scene later, Harrison said the shooting appeared to be "extremely targeted" but did not provide a possible reason.

The shooting occurred about six weeks after Harrison's oath last month as a Baltimore police commissioner when he vowed to make the city safer and lead the department through reforms mandated by a federal consent decree. It is a daunting task in one of the country's poorest cities, where more than 300 homicides have occurred in the last two years. Harrison is the city's 14th city police leader since the mid-1990s.

The commissioner said there were two barbeques taking place on opposite sides of the street on Sunday, and that the cartridges were found at two different locations, indicating that there may have been a second sniper, or someone shooting the first sniper, who ran away. It was unclear whether barbecues were related, Harrison said.

A man who was shot fell behind a nearby Baptist church and was pronounced dead on the spot. Harrison initially said that six others had been injured and taken to hospitals, but he did not disclose their names or conditions. A police statement later said a man was killed, but he was not his age. He said five of the survivors were men aged between 27 and 58, plus a 30-year-old woman.

A police spokeswoman on Sunday night was quoted by the Baltimore Sun as saying that an eighth victim, a man shot in the leg, went to a hospital. The report did not elaborate.

"It was nothing to deal with the church. I want to make that very clear," said acting Mayor Jack Young.

Harrison and Young, in appearance with reporters, asked members of the public to help the investigators with any information about who participated or a motive.

"Someone knows something," Young said. "These things … they do not happen by chance. People know who's doing these shootings."

The Baltimore Sun reported that the bullet cartridges were found scattered on the floor near bars, and a table still had items that looked like they had come out of a barbecue. Policemen could be seen after the shooting by placing small orange markers on the ground, a few meters from a barbershop.

Meanwhile, Harrison said authorities are seeking witnesses among the many on Sunday as they try to gather details about what happened.


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A construction crane fell from a building on Google's new campus in Seattle during a blizzard that triggered gusts of wind, crashing into one of the city's busiest streets and killing four people.

One woman and three men died when firefighters arrived on Saturday afternoon, said fire chief Harold Scoggins. Two of the dead were blacksmiths who were inside the crane, while the other two were inside cars, said Lance Garland, a spokesman for the Fire Department.

A 25-year-old mother and her 4-month-old daughter were in a car that was crushed by the passenger-side crane, and both managed to escape with minor injuries, said Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan calling it a miracle. . They and a 28-year-old man were taken to Harborview Medical Center. A fourth person was also injured and treated on the spot.

The crane collapsed near the often congested intersection of Mercer and Fairview Avenue, north of downtown in the South Lake Union neighborhood, shortly before 3:30 pm, Scoggins said.

The deadly collapse will surely bring scrutiny on the safety of the dozens of cranes punctuating the city's landscape. With Amazon, Google and other technology companies boosting their hiring in Seattle, the city has more cranes building office towers and apartment buildings than any other in the United States. In January, there were about 60 construction cranes in Seattle.

Durkan said the city has a good safety record on cranes but that the authorities would conduct a review. "It's a horrible day in Seattle when something like that happens, but it's a time when we meet because Seattle is a city that gathers," she said.

Authorities still do not know the cause of the collapse. Police and the State Department of Labor and Industries were investigating, which Durkan said could take months.

Daren Konopaski, the business manager of the International Union of Local Operations Engineers 302, who represents heavy equipment operators, told The Seattle Times he understood that the crane was being dismantled when strong winds moved through the area.

"We do not know, but it seems to have happened here," he said. "We are in the process of trying to get information."

Durkan confirmed that people were actively working on the top of the building on Saturday, but she did not say whether the crane was being dismantled.

A line of showers moved over Seattle at the same time the crane crashed, the National Weather Service said. An observation station near Lake Union showed winds with gusts of up to 23 mph at 3:28 p.m., almost as long as the crane fell.

"It was terrifying," said Esther Nelson, a biotechnology researcher working in a nearby building at the Times.

"The wind was blowing very hard," she said, adding that the crane seemed to break in half. "Half of it was flying sideways in the building," she said. "The other half fell in the street, crossing the two lanes of traffic."

The office building from which the crane fell was severely damaged, with several of its windows broken.

A Google spokesman said in a statement that the company was saddened to learn of the accident and was in communication with Vulcan, the real estate company that manages the site and works with authorities.

Harbourview spokeswoman Susan Gregg said Saturday night that her mother and baby were discharged while the injured man was in satisfactory condition.

The King County Medical Examiner's Office said it would not release names of people who died by Monday.

A crane collapsed in Seattle's Bellevue suburb in 2006, damaging three neighboring buildings and killing a Microsoft lawyer sitting in his living room. The State Department of Labor and Industries cited two companies for safety violations in the workplace after an investigation that found a defective design for the crane base.

"Trudi and I have joined all Washington residents to convey our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the four people who died in the tragic accident this afternoon," said Jay Inslee of Washington State in a statement. Inslee also said it expected a speedy recovery for the injured, thanked the rescuers and asked people to avoid the scene of the accident.


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Swiss police said four German skiers were killed by an avalanche in southern Switzerland.

Police in the canton of Valais said Sunday that the group was buried by the avalanche on Friday near the village of Fieschertal.

Aircraft and rescue crews began searching for the group after they were found missing, but because of severe weather conditions, the bodies were only found and recovered on Saturday afternoon.

Police said the victims had not yet been formally identified.


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Oliver North announced on Saturday that he would not serve a second term as president of the National Rifle Association, making it clear he had been forced by the leadership of the lobby after his failed attempt to remove the former CEO of the NRA in a growing division over the group's finances . and media operations.

"Please know that I look forward to being with you today as the NRA president endorses re-election. I am now informed that this will not happen," North said in a statement read by Richard Childress, NRA's first vice president. the group's annual convention.

North, whose one-year term ends on Monday, did not show up for the meeting, and his spot on the stage was empty, with the nameplate still in place. His statement was widely received with silence. Wayne LaPierre, whom North had attempted to expel, later received two standing ovations.

It was a stunning conclusion of a battle between two Conservatives and the titans of the Second Amendment – North, the retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel, a manly demeanor who was at the center of the Iran-Contra scandal of the 1980s, and LaPierre, who has combat state. tested in the decades since he took over the mantle of gun rights. It has struggled with challenges that have emerged over the decades, seemingly emerging unharmed every time. In that last effort, he backed North, telling NRA board members that the North threatened to disclose "damaging" information about them and saying it was tantamount to an "extortion" attempt.

Hundreds of about 5 million NRA members packed the convention center in Indianapolis, where the group's annual meetings were being held. Near the end of the two-hour meeting, some members challenged efforts to delay and pushed the board to question the controversies surrounding its financial management, the relationship with its long-standing public relations firm, and details of what North sought to raise about assumptions incorrect spending. harassment and other mismanagement.

But those screams were muted when some members of the board urged that such talks not be held in such a large public forum, even if the media were eventually dismissed from the room.

"We do not want to give the other side more information than they already have," said New York board member Tom King more than a decade ago.

Offered Marion Hammer, former NRA chairman and long-time Florida lobbyist: "The blood of this organization's life is at stake, we're under fire from the outside, we do not have to be under attack from within."

The domestic dispute first appeared in public after the NRA in recent weeks filed a lawsuit against Ackerman McQueen, the Oklahoma-based public relations firm that has made tens of millions of dollars in the decades since it began to shape the dots of fierce discussion in the lobby. The NRA lawsuit accuses Ackerman McQueen of refusing to provide financial records to account for his billings.

North has a $ 1 million contract with Ackerman McQueen, raising the alarm among some in the NRA about conflicts of interest. He has a program called "American Heroes" on NRATV, the online TV station created and operated by Ackerman McQueen. NRATV and Ackerman McQueen's turnover is at the center of the turmoil, with some members and board members questioning whether they were getting any value for the money spent on that part of the operation. In 2017 alone, the NRA paid the company $ 40 million.

NRATV's programming is provocative, often addressing topics far removed from gun rights, prompting some members to wonder if this was undermining their efforts to increase gun rights and bring in new members.

The NRA has also faced some financial and regulatory difficulties in recent years, and there are still concerns that New York authorities in particular – the state where the NRA created its charter – are seeking to derive their nonprofit status.

A lawyer outside the NRA, William A. Brewer, said on Saturday that New York's attorney general opened an investigation into the organization.

In his statement, North said a committee should be created to review the NRA's finances and operations.

"There is a clear crisis and needs to be resolved" if the NRA wants to survive, he said.


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A model participant of the Fashion Week of São Paulo died after becoming ill and falling on the catwalk.

A statement from the organizers said Tales Soares fell ill on Saturday while parading the Ocksa fashion brand. A medical team took care of him on the catwalk and Soares was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The statement did not provide further details.

The newspaper Folha de S. Paulo reported that Soares stumbled on the shoelace and fell. According to the newspaper, the people in the crowd initially thought their downfall was part of a performance.

A photo in the paper showed the model lying face down on the catwalk while the paramedics answered. The newspaper reported that Soares was 26 years old.


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A polícia de Michigan está apelando às pessoas para que entreguem suas riquezas instantâneas depois que uma caixa com US $ 30 mil caiu na traseira de um caminhão.

Autoridades em Grand Haven dizem que os motoristas pararam na quinta-feira para pegar dinheiro para si mesmos.

Apenas US $ 2.500 foram imediatamente recuperados e devolvidos ao proprietário, que havia esquecido que havia uma caixa de dinheiro no pára-choque do caminhão. O tráfego foi apoiado em 31 de janeiro, depois que o dinheiro caiu no chão.

Mas no sábado, mais dinheiro estava chegando. O Departamento de Segurança Pública diz que dois adolescentes pagaram US $ 630, e uma mulher desistiu de quase US $ 3.900.

O departamento diz no Facebook: "Nós elogiamos a sua honestidade!"

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