Politicians push for gun control after 6 police officers shot in Philadelphia standoff

first_imgEvgen_Prozhyrko/iStock(PHILADELPHIA) — Angry politicians are pushing for gun control after six Philadelphia police officers were shot and injured in a dramatic, hours-long shootout and standoff.Officers were serving a narcotics warrant on suspected shooter Maurice Hill and had entered a North Philadelphia home when gunfire erupted Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.Hill, armed with multiple guns, allegedly barricaded himself inside and fired from the first floor as he held two officers and three civilians hostage on the second floor, police said.Gunfire rained down on police for hours. Gunshots ricocheted off sidewalks and homes as officers crawled and crouched behind cars to avoid getting hit.Six officers were struck by gunfire. And while they all survived and have been released from hospitals, local and state politicians came together in a desperate plea for gun control.Fired-up state Sen. Sharif Street was among the officials speaking at a Thursday news conference where he called for the Pennsylvania state Legislature to act.“We in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have not done everything we’re supposed to do. We are derelict in our duties and it’s because the majority caucus is afraid of the NRA,” Street said.“We have work to do,” he said. “The next time one of my colleagues offers their thoughts and prayers and pretends somehow that they are people of faith, I say until they show me some works, their faith is dead.”Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kinney said police need help keeping weapons out of criminals’ hands. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) also spoke Thursday and said the U.S Senate must vote for a universal background check bill and a ban on military-style assault weapons.Hill has a lengthy criminal record, which includes a federal conviction, going back to the early 2000s, authorities said. Hill was under federal supervision until 2016, officials said“Whether it was the six officers or some kid on the street of Philadelphia who gets shot with guns that shouldn’t be in people’s hands, it’s aggravating and sad,” Kinney said Wednesday.If the bullet that grazed the head of one officer hit a slightly different spot, his “two boys would’ve grow up without a dad,” the mayor said. “Because this government, both federal and state level, don’t want to do anything about getting guns off the street.”“If the state and federal government don’t want to stand up to the NRA and other folks, let us police ourselves,” Kinney said. “Our officers deserve to be protected and don’t deserve to be shot at by a guy for hours with unlimited amount of weapons and bullets. It’s disgusting.”Kinney said Thursday, “As dozens of officers were responding to the North Philadelphia incident last night, others in South Philadelphia were responding to another shooting — a man, shot in the head and later pronounced dead. That incident didn’t draw national attention. It happens daily in this city and many others across the nation.”“Getting relief in the form of meaningful gun control legislation will save lives — the lives of residents, and the lives of the men and women who have sworn to protect us,” he said. “Incidents like this should not keep happening — not in our city, not in our country. If we fail to act, we will continue to see gun violence ravage our communities and tear families apart. So I say to our state and federal lawmakers: Step up — or step aside.”Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is also looking to combat gun violence. Wolf’s office said Wednesday he will sign an “executive order to make sweeping changes to executive branch agencies and programs to better target the public health crisis of gun violence.”Over 1,600 people died in Pennsylvania from gunshot wounds in 2017, which is above the national average, according to Wolf’s office.The governor said he planned to announce details of the executive order on Thursday but that meeting was postponed due to Wednesday’s standoff.After a tense, seven-hour standoff, tear gas convinced Hill to surrender and he was taken to a hospital. He was later seen leaving the hospital and being placed in a transport van.Ross called the dramatic negotiations with Hill “unorthodox,” adding that this was the first time he as commissioner stepped in during hostage negotiations.“I am surprised that he came out,” Ross said, “because he indicated to some that he was not going to go back. He told me on the phone, he had an extensive criminal history. He knew the system.”Hill called his longtime attorney, Shaka Johnson, around 8:30 p.m., hours into the standoff, to ask for help, Johnson told ABC News.Johnson said he believes the standoff wasn’t planned. He said Hill, who welcomed a baby two days ago, was caught up in the moment and the situation escalated quickly.According to Johnson, Hill wasn’t making demands to police and just wanted to end the situation in a way that ensured him no harm.Johnson connected Hill over the phone to Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, who said he was in an “animated, excited, frankly dangerous state.”Krasner said he ended up on a four-way call with Hill, the police commissioner and Johnson. Eventually, Ross gave Johnson a deadline of 11:45 p.m. to get Hill to surrender, according to Johnson.Charges including attempted murder and aggravated assault are expected, according to Krasner.President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday, “The Philadelphia shooter should never have been allowed to be on the streets. He had a long and very dangerous criminal record. Looked like he was having a good time after his capture, and after wounding so many police. Long sentence – must get much tougher on street crime!”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Attention Walmart customers: Stores no longer open 24 hours a day

first_img Pinterest Facebook Google+ the toilet paper aisle at the Mishawkaa Walmart was nearly wiped out on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Jon Zimney/953MNC) Walmart posted the following notice on its website, regarding the change in its store hours due to their effort to curtail the spread of coronavirus and re-stock shelves for their customers:Starting March 15, Walmart stores and Neighborhood Markets will be open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. until further notice. This will help ensure associates can clean and stock products. Stores operating under more reduced hours will keep current hours of operation. Find more information here.March 10, 2020As the coronavirus situation continues to evolve, we know it is top of mind for our customers. We see it in the items people are buying and hear it in the conversations we’re having in our stores. So we believe it’s important to share the steps we are taking to keep our people safe and our facilities clean.We are monitoring this situation daily, and, as we do with any unusual event, we will watch what’s happening locally and adjust business operations and policies as needed. We are in close communication with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as other health organizations, and are following their guidelines as well as the advice of our own Chief Medical Officer.First and foremost, we are taking preventive measures to keep our stores clean and maintain a healthy environment. Stores are cleaned daily, which includes using sanitizing solutions in high-touch, high-traffic areas. We have increased associate focus on cleaning and have dedicated an associate to maintain key areas throughout the day. We’ve seen increased foot traffic, so we’re sending additional cleaning supplies for use in places like the registers and on shopping carts.Looking forward, we are pursuing easier ways to sanitize shopping carts. We also have plans in place for third-party sanitization should it be needed for a store impacted by the virus. And we are evaluating whether to modify store hours at some 24-hour facilities to allow for additional cleaning.Second, we will work to keep our stores stocked and prices fair. As one would expect, paper products, cleaning supplies and other items are in high demand as customers prepare for the possible impact of COVID-19. We are working to replenish those items quickly, including diverting products to areas of the country where they are needed most and routing deliveries directly to stores. We have also authorized our store managers to manage their inventory, including the discretion to limit sales quantities on items that are in unusually high demand. Online, we are taking a firm stance related to the potential for price gouging by third-party sellers. Violations of our seller pricing policy and seller prohibited items policy will not be tolerated and will be resolved quickly.Third, as the largest employer in the country, we take the health of our associates seriously. As we’ve said before, we want any associate who is not feeling well to stay home. We shared with our associates details of a new policy that gives them additional flexibility to stay home if they are not feeling well, and pay options and support if they are affected by the virus. Out of an abundance of caution, we have also shared additional guidelines pertaining to company travel over the next couple of months.Finally, we want to remind our customers there are many great ways to shop at Walmart, including pickup and Walmart.com. Many of you are already taking advantage of these services. If you’re not, this could be a good time to try online delivery or our store pickup options or to use the Walmart Pay feature of our app when paying at the register.Thanks for the opportunity to serve you. Rest assured, we are doing everything we can to provide a safe shopping experience for our customers and a healthy environment for our associates and communities. By 95.3 MNC – March 15, 2020 0 804 Facebook CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNews Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Attention Walmart customers: Stores no longer open 24 hours a day Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleBeacon opens free hotline for coronavirusNext articleConfirmed coronavirus cases in Indiana up to 19 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan.last_img read more

Asia Center to support summer travel for 75 students

first_imgThe Harvard University Asia Center was established in 1997 to reflect Harvard’s deep commitment to Asia and the growing connections between Asian nations. An important aspect of the center’s mission is the support of undergraduate and graduate summer projects abroad. This summer, the Asia Center will fund 75 students traveling to east, south, and southeast Asia to conduct research, participate in internships, and pursue intensive language study.Harvard’s study of Asia is spread across the University’s departments and Schools, and a wide array of disciplines comes together under the auspices of the Asia Center. Through such a convergence, the center brings a layered, multifaceted approach to probe questions of history and culture, economics, politics, diplomacy, and security, and the relationships among them.View a complete list of grant recipients.last_img read more

Notebook: Nick Mellen, returning seniors and men’s lacrosse transfer news

first_imgNelson, a redshirt senior attack, played in only five games during his Syracuse career. Both he and Strang would be graduate transfers and could go to programs offering more playing time for their final collegiate lacrosse seasons.Both midfielders, Justin and Andrew Kim appeared in 11 combined games from 2019 to 2020, registering two total points. The Orange have an abundance of midfield options with potentially all of SU’s first (Brendan Curry, Tucker Dordevic and Trimboli) and second (Lucas Quinn, Jacob Buttermore, David Lipka) midfield lines set to return next season. Depending on where he plays, they could even be joined by No. 3 recruit Owen Hiltz.Unlike other Orange in the portal, Fernandez has played significant minutes for SU in recent seasons, appearing in 22 games during his career, including all five in 2020. If Fernandez transfers and redshirt senior Andrew Helmer, who split time with Fernandez at long stick, graduates, SU will have a hole at pole. While Kennedy flourished at close defense this season, the redshirt junior could step back into the LSM role he was recruited for.With Ivy League schools announcing they will not grant an extra year of eligibility for spring athletes, the transfer portal will contain more top tier talent than in past years, including Tewaaraton Award favorite Michael Sowers of Princeton. Sowers played under now-SU offensive coordinator Pat March for three seasons, but said he hadn’t given thought to transfer locations as of last week.“I never thought about a plan B because I never thought I would need one,” Sowers told The Daily Orange via text. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Nick Mellen wavered, trying to get up off the Carrier Dome turf while clutching his left knee. He didn’t know he would never play in a Syracuse men’s lacrosse game again. Orange trainer Troy Gerlt gave Mellen his hand, helping him off the turf before the redshirt senior limped to the sideline against Colgate in the season opener — where he would watch the remainder of Syracuse’s five 2020 games before the season was canceled amid the spread of the coronavirus.More than 40 days since the Orange’s final 2020 game, Mellen talked to the media about his decision to move on from Syracuse and the lacrosse program.Here is a roundup of Mellen’s farewell press conference, news on returning seniors and others transferring out.Mellen Moves OnAdvertisementThis is placeholder textMellen announced his decision to forgo a sixth year of eligibility and leave Syracuse in an Instagram post Monday. In a Zoom press conference Thursday, he said the effects of COVID-19 made the already hard choice even more frustrating. Ultimately, future job prospects, the potential to play lacrosse professionally and where Mellen was at “mentally and emotionally” led him to end his SU career.“Five years is a long time doing anything,” Mellen said.The injury that ended Mellen’s 2020 season came after he missed his entire sophomore season due to injuries to both shoulders, but the captain said he was “right there and ready to go.” Assuming professional lacrosse leagues’ 2020 seasons go ahead as scheduled, Mellen “plans to play” and has been touted as a potential top draft pick for the Premier Lacrosse League.Brett Kennedy, Nick DiPietro and Grant Murphy all stepped up on close defense in Mellen’s absence, holding opponents to 8.25 goals-per-game in the next four games. But prior to the season’s cancellation, it appeared the undefeated Orange would get Mellen back for the March 14 Rutgers game.“It seems like we’re doing everything right,” Mellen said. “You know, we were rolling, undefeated, No. 1 in the country …  and just like that, our season ended.”Seniors ReturnWhen asked about the program’s potential in the future, Mellen said he was optimistic for next season because “the roster of guys we have coming back is ridiculous.” The graduating redshirt senior hinted that Drake Porter would, unlike Mellen, take advantage of the NCAA’s granted extra year of eligibility and return to SU. Hours later, Porter officially announced the news.Porter will become the first three-year starter in the net for the Orange since John Galloway (2008-2011), who holds SU records for most minutes played, most wins and best goals-against average in program history — numbers Porter could surpass.The Aurora, Ontario native joins Danny Varello as the only members of the 2020 Syracuse seniors to officially declare their return and use of extra eligibility. Pending graduate Jamie Trimboli said he will return for a fifth season “if aid can be worked out,” according to a Rochester Democrat & Chronicle report2020 starters Peter Dearth and attack Stephen Rehfuss have yet to announce their plans, but Chris Jastrzembski of ESPN reported that he expects more announcements in the coming days.Transfer NewsWhile Porter will stay manning SU’s cage for a third season, redshirt junior goaltender Luke Strang has entered the transfer portal, according to reports. Strang, who backed up Porter for the past two seasons, is joined in the portal by SU’s Jake Nelson, Jared Fernandez, and Andrew and Justin Kim — all of whom may still return to the Orange in 2021.center_img Published on April 16, 2020 at 11:00 pm Contact Mitchell: [email protected]last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

first_imgFacebook5Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of SheltonBrandy is a beautiful Black Lab Mix. She is about 2 years old, has been spayed and is up-to-date on her vaccinations. Brandy is a very shy young girl who is still adjusting to life at the kennel. She is slowly getting comfortable with the volunteers who spend time with her taking her for walks and hanging out with her so she can learn to relax around them. Her perfect home would be with someone who is calm and confident. She will do best in a quiet home without a lot of stress from other animals or young kids. She will make a wonderful companion if you can give her time to get comfortable with you so she can show you what a sweet, loving girl she can be.We have many great dogs and always need volunteers.  To see all our current dogs, visit www.adoptapet-wa.org, our Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington” or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton.  Visit us online at www.adoptapet-wa.org or contact us at [email protected] or (360) 432-3091.last_img read more