Milwaukee police chief demoted after multiple incidents of 'failed leadership,' including use of tear gas at BLM protests
- The unanimous vote to demote Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales was made by the city's Fire and Police Commission on Thursday evening.
- Still, on Thursday, one day after the department's statement, the FPC voted to demote Morales to his previous rank of captain.
- After the meeting, Attorney Franklyn Grimbel, who has been representing Morales, told reporters that the former chief "intends to review his options following the FPC decision," according to WDJT.
- Morales' demotion comes amid shifting public views of policing across the country -- as more and more Americans demand accountability and the defunding of police departments.
- In Los Angeles, the city council made cuts to the Los Angeles Police Department budget and has moved forward with a plan to replace police officers with community-based responders for nonviolent calls.
Abolish the Police? Survivors of the Chaos in Seattle Aren’t So Sure
- For 23 days in June, about six blocks in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood were claimed by left-wing demonstrators and declared police-free.
- That has left small-business owners as lonely voices in progressive areas, arguing that police officers are necessary and that cities cannot function without a robust public safety presence.
- In Minneapolis, Seattle and Portland, Ore., many of those business owners consider themselves progressive, and in interviews they express support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
- The Seattle lawsuit — and interviews with shop owners in cities like Portland and Minneapolis — underscores a key question: Can businesses still rely on local governments, which are now rethinking the role of the police, to keep them safe?
- The lawsuit by the small-business owners, filed by the firm Calfo Eakes on June 24, seizes on such language, pointing out that the city knew what was happening and provided material support for the occupation.
Pete Hamill: From high school dropout to legendary journalist
- Editor's Note: Errol Louis is the host of "Inside City Hall," a nightly political show on NY1, a New York all-news channel.
- But for Hamill it was all about newspapers and he worked at many of the major publications in New York City.
- An honest paper is the voice of the city, a place where people learn truths about themselves, their neighborhood and the world.
- Even after he became a boss, rising to become editor of the Post and its crosstown rival, the New York Daily News, Hamill never stopped being a street columnist, with a nose for being in the right place at the right time, snagging some of the biggest stories of our lifetime.
- When John Avlon, Jesse Angelo and I compiled Deadline Artists, a two-volume anthology of America's greatest newspaper columns, we occasionally argued over which pieces should be included.
LeBron James laughs off Trump's criticism of NBA players taking a knee
- Following the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, NBA players have been vocal in their calls for social justice and, as the season resumed last week, every player knelt during the national anthem, wearing "Black Lives Matter" t-shirts.
- However, in an interview with Fox Wednesday, Trump said it was "not acceptable" for athletes to take a knee, adding that he'd been an advocate for the sport to resume amid the pandemic.
- Whilst acknowledging the NBA had been supportive of the BLM movement, James has continued to call for more change.
- On Wednesday, the NBA announced it was donating $300 million to establish the first-ever NBA Foundation to support Black communities.
- James was speaking to reporters after his LA Lakers side lost to Oklahoma City Thunder as the league continues its return following its suspension on March 11 due to the pandemic.
Twists of fate made Nagasaki a target 75 years ago
- Two camphor trees guard the entrance to the Sanno Shinto Shrine roughly a half mile from where the atomic bomb exploded over Nagasaki.
- At two minutes past 11 o’clock in the morning on August 9, 1945, an atomic bomb exploded over the Japanese city of Nagasaki.
- The story of August 9, 1945, in Nagasaki is full of similar moments: near misses and twists of fate that led up to the devastation of the Japanese port, which came close to never becoming the site of the world’s second and last nuclear attack.
- While military targets were damaged and destroyed, the civilian areas close to ground zero were devastated: The bomb consumed people’s homes, local hospitals, colleges and schools, and sacred spaces such as the Sanno Shinto Shrine and the Urakami Cathedral, a Roman Catholic church.
A closer look at Ohio’s self-driving shuttle bus trial that’s now a food delivery service
- For the latest updates follow Cities Today on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, or sign up for Cities Today News.Three smart mobility pilots have been launched in the Linden area of Columbus, Ohio.
- Between now and March 2021, the city will trial smart mobility hubs for first and last-mile transport, and connected vehicle technology to boost road safety.
- The Linden LEAP buses have been out of passenger service since February following an incident where a shuttle stopped suddenly, resulting in a woman falling from her seat.
- For the third pilot, Smart Columbus will trial how connected vehicle technology can improve road safety safety in the Linden area, which is home to seven of the 100 intersections that experience the highest volume of car crashes in central Ohio.
How big was the explosion that devastated Beirut? - Business Insider
- The explosion in Beirut was so powerful that some observers feared the city had experienced a nuclear detonation of some sort, a fear exacerbated by the mushroom cloud towering over the blast site after the explosion.
- With an explosive yield of a few hundred tons, the Beirut blast would have been dozens of times less powerful than the atomic bomb that devastated Hiroshima, which had an estimated yield of about 15 kilotons.
- For example, a massive 2015 explosion in Tianjin, China that killed more than 160 people, including 99 firefighters, and damaged over 300 buildings was partially caused by 800 tons of ammonium nitrate, and the 1947 Texas City explosion that killed over 500 people involved the detonation of 2,300 tons of the substance.
Beirut Explosion Brings Lebanon to the Brink
- BEIRUT—Everyday life in Lebanon was already unraveling.
- The economy was in free fall, a coronavirus outbreak was accelerating and power outages were plunging Beirut into darkness for hours at a time.
- Then came Tuesday’s catastrophic explosion, which in a few terrifying moments killed more than a hundred people, injured thousands and tore the heart out of this tiny nation’s capital city.
Why a giant Hindu deity is appearing on Times Square -- and why it's so controversial
- The billboards, scheduled to go up on Wednesday, will display 3-D images of the yet-to-be built temple in Northern India and the Hindu deity Ram. In a measure of the site's importance to Hindu nationalists, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stones for the temple in Ayodha, a state in Northern India, on Wednesday.
- After India gained independence from Britain, some Hindus placed religious statues in the mosque, claiming that the site was originally the birthplace of Ram, the blue-skinned avatar of Vishnu, one of Hinduism's most powerful deities.
- After years of legal battles, India's Supreme Court in November 2019 granted Hindu groups permission to build the Ram Temple at the holy site in Ayodha.
- Indian-American Muslims, human rights groups and anti-Modi Indian immigrants have asked advertisers in Time Square not to display the images on Wednesday.
Jump bikes are now on the Lime app and heading to more cities
- Three months ago, Jump’s bright red bikes and scooters had disappeared from city streets after Uber unloaded the micromobility company to Lime as part of a complex $170 million fundraising round.
- Lime has started to add those Jump bikes to cities like Denver, London, Paris, Seattle and Washington D.C. But they were only available through the Uber app.
- This is the first time since Lime acquired Jump’s assets that the bikes have been integrated into its app.
- Lime said Wednesday that Jump bikes will now be available exclusively through the Lime app for the next few weeks.
- Once it has integrated Jump’s software, the bikes will be available through both the Uber and Lime apps.
- Numerous former Jump employees who have spoken to TechCrunch said the new tech-forward 5.8 versions were weeks away from heading to cities.