Clear backpacks, monitored emails: life for US students under constant surveillance

School shootings have driven a booming school security industry. Parents and students are still grappling with this new surveillance and its impact on a generation of kids For Ingrid, a 15-year-old in La Crosse, Wisconsin, going to high school means being monitored on surveillance cameras in her hallways and classrooms. Students are required to carry their school supplies in clear backpacks, as ordinary backpacks might be used to conceal a weapon, she said. Water bottles must also be clear, so school officials can see the color of the liquid inside. The monitoring continues on the laptops students use in school. Teenagers are warned that the school is tracking what they do, and that they can get in trouble for visiting …

‘This is where my everything is’: US citizen suddenly faces deportation

Apparent targeting of family whose relative was convicted of terror attack prompts accusations of collective punishment A New Yorker who gained US citizenship as a child is suddenly facing deportation, along with several green card-holding members of his family, after apparent targeting by the immigration status after another relative was arrested following a terrorist incident in the city. The governments actions have alarmed advocates and led to them accusing officials of meting out unfair collective punishment. Ahsan Ullah, 32, an electrician from Brooklyn, was placed in immigration detention in Kearny, New Jersey, on 22 October. He spent about four weeks separated from his American wife and three children before being released on bond last Tuesday pending the outcome of his …

‘A bullet lodged in the door’: shots fired at Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy’s home

The son of the Chicago-based Grammy-winning musician says he does not believe the family were deliberately targeted Numerous gunshots have been fired at the Chicago home of Jeff Tweedy, frontman of the Grammy-winning indie rock band to say: As a city, we have to stand up and do a hell of a lot more than weve done in a very long time. A month later, seven people were killed and 34 wounded over the Labor Day weekend; in October, three were killed and 21 wounded in another single weekend. Earlier this month, Chicago police reported that murders were down 11% and shootings 10% during the first 10 months of 2019, compared with the same period in 2018.

Crossroads of the West: inside the last gun show in San Francisco

The Cow Palace arena has announced it would discontinue the event on the property beginning 1 January 2020 Paul Stamp has been selling country foods beef jerky, dried fruit, roasted nuts alongside gun holsters and firearm ammunition for about 30 years. As a longtime vendor at the San Francisco Bay Areas Crossroads of the West gun show hes come to see similar faces, and even considers some of his customers to be family. However, last weeks gun show will likely be the last time Stamp sees this particular clientele. In April of this year, the board of directors for the Cow Palace arena, the longtime venue of the gun show in Daly City, announced it would linker box Inside the …

Arrests made after more than a thousand protest Ann Coulter speech

Six to seven were arrested during the far-right pundits event at University of California, Berkeley campus on Wednesday night More than a thousand young protesters linked arms and tried to physically block people from entering a speech by the far-right pundit Ann Coulter at the University of California, Berkeley campus on Wednesday night. Rows of students chanted Go home Nazis!, Shame! and Youre not getting in, while behind them, hundreds of law enforcement officers, many in riot gear, guarded the building where Coulter was slated to speak. Despite the massive protest, the events organizers said hundreds of people made it inside to hear Coulter talk about her anti-immigrant views. Some of the attendees had to push and climb over student …

Tom Cruise almost had arm broken over Diet Coke confusion in pub in 1991, Irish MP claims

Actor attacked with stick by local drinker while filming Far and Away in Co Kerry, politician tells TV show The actor Tom Cruise almost had his arm broken by an irate drinker in an Irish pub who accused him of trying to steal the barmans cigarettes, a Kerry politician has revealed. Michael Healy-Rae, an Irish independent politician who has been a Dil member for the Kerry constituency since 2016, spoke about the incident on The Pat Kenny Show on Tuesday. Healy-Raes family have Ron Howard drama Far and Away with his wife, Nicole Kidman. The pair entered the pub one afternoon, Healy-Rae reported, wearing jeans and sunglasses and going unrecognised. There was a man sitting down the end of the …

How an isolated group of Mormons got caught up in Mexico’s cartel wars

The deaths of nine women and children has thrust into focus a small religious community and their long history in a remote corner of northern Mexico Amid the scrubby foothills of Sonoras Sierra Madre mountains, they farmed pomegranates and pistachios, raised large families and preached a fundamentalist Mormon faith. For years, the small community of La Mora also maintained an uneasy peace with the mafia gangs who dominate this part of northern Mexico: identifying themselves at cartel checkpoints and avoiding the regions lonely dirt roads after dark. Map Weve all been stopped on the road cartel groups just wanting to know who we are, said Kenneth Miller Jr, a resident of the little town. Weve never had to worry about …

Donald Trump booed and greeted with ‘lock him up’ chants at World Series

The President was greeted with boos by the crowd at Nationals Park when he attended Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night Game 5 of the World Series between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros at Nationals Park, a short journey from the White House. When Trump was shown on the video screens in the stadium he was loudly booed by fans. That, perhaps, was predictable: Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon and both Bushes were all booed while attending baseball games as President. What came shortly afterwards was a little more personal in a city that is heavily Democratic as cries of Lock him up! rang out, a reference to the chants about Hillary Clinton used at …

‘You can’t fight this’: California wildfires force evacuation in Sonoma county

185,000 evacuated as firefighters battle el diablo winds and governor calls state emergency as 2 million left without power Thousands of firefighters in northern California battled to control wildfires fueled by howling el diablo winds, the largest of which forced at least 185,000 people to evacuate their homes. Meanwhile, more than 2 million people were left without power as the states largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), shut off power in an attempt to keep wind-toppled electrical wires from sparking additional fires. The California governor Gavin Newsom on Sunday declared a statewide emergency, as fire crews worked to control the Kincade fire in Californias wine country, and smaller blazes across the north of the state. In the city of …

The jailed LA rapper whose songs were used to prosecute him

Drakeo the Ruler speaks to the Guardian about twice facing charges for a murder he didnt commit: Its not about justice The Los Angeles district attorney is prosecuting the rapper Drakeo the Ruler for a murder he didnt commit, arguing in court that his rap lyrics, videos and collaborations are evidence of a conspiracy. The case moving forward this week marks the third time Drakeo, whose legal name is Darrell Caldwell, is facing charges stemming from the 2016 murder of 24-year-old Davion Gregory. After Drakeo Drakeos case, saying its a critical free speech test and an egregious example of racist and aggressive policing of black men and their creative expression. Experts estimate there have been hundreds, if not thousands, of …

Family of girl who said classmates cut her dreadlocks apologizes for false claim

12-year-old said white boys grabbed her and cut hair but Virginia school principal confirms allegations were false A 12-year-old girl from northern Virginia has withdrawn her reported on Monday that the girls family issued an apology to the boys, the school and the community. Last week, the girl told multiple media outlets three of her sixth-grade classmates at Immanuel Christian school in Springfield called her hair ugly while they assaulted her at recess. The girl is African American and said her attackers were white. The story received national attention. They said my hair was nappy and I was ugly, the girl told local news teams, using a term which is typically taken as a racial insult by African Americans, directed …

Trump and Democrats dig in as historic political battle begins

The effort to impeach Trump is poised to move quickly, with a conviction not out of the question: No one likes him It will be the political fight of the century. Donald Trump is the first president since the 1990s to face impeachment by Congress. At best for him, it will be the dirtiest, most humiliating battle yet of a tumultuous political career. At worst, it will be the death blow to his presidency. In a week for the history books, Trump was revealed to have used the powers of the Oval Office to solicit foreign interference in the 2020 election for his personal political interests an abuse that the reportedly instructed congressional committees to keep a narrow focus on …

Umbrella jammed in door locks workers out of office for days

A tweet bearing photo evidence of the predicament quickly went viral, inspiring many to suggest solutions How many co-workers does it take to open a door? More than a handful, members of the shared office space WeWork found out this week. Employees of an unnamed company renting space in a Washington DC WeWork building returned to work after the weekend to find they were unable to enter the office an umbrella had fallen sideways, jamming the door. Neeraj Agrawal, a spokesman for cryptocurrency non-profit Coin Center, tweeted photo evidence of the predicament, which quickly went viral. Neeraj K. Agrawal (@NeerajKA) My friends entire company is locked out of their WeWork office because an umbrella fell, jamming the door. No one …

We need to cancel the next G7. Let’s resume them when Trump is gone | Michael H Fuchs

Right now, the G7 is not equipped to work towards its goals, and the biggest obstacle is US President Donald Trump The takeaway from the 2019 Group of 7 (G7) Summit? We need to cancel the 2020 G7. The goal of the G7 is to bring together some of the worlds most prosperous democracies to coordinate on the most important issues of the day. Whether on climate change or responding to Russias invasion of Crimea or making gender equality a reality, the G7 countries are supposed to lead, crafting policies that can foster global peace and prosperity in ways that uphold democratic values. Right now, the G7 is not equipped to work towards these goals. The biggest obstacle is the …

‘Tip of the iceberg’: what a Nazi salute video says about Orange county

In the past year, several high schools in the California county have been engulfed in scandal over racist behavior by some of their white students Students have arranged red plastic cups in the shape of a swastika. Theyve held up We love White signs. Theyve chanted a Nazi marching song. Several high schools in Orange county, California, have been racist behavior by some of their white students. This week, videos surfaced showing a group of boys from marching with German and Confederate flags. The latest controversy has reignited anger and anxiety among Jewish communities and students of color, with many questioning why this keeps happening. To some, the answer is obvious: White supremacy has a long history in Orange county, …

Deadly cliffside collapse underscores California’s climate-fueled crisis

Tragedy in Encinitas comes as nearly 75% of states coastlines erode, endangering lives, homes, and infrastructure Three women were killed last week while sunning on a beach in Encinitas, California, when the bluff above them gave way. The sudden tragedy that befell Anne Clave; her mother, Julie Davis; and her aunt Elizabeth Cox, who had gathered at the resplendent coastline in the seaside community north of San Diego to celebrate Cox surviving cancer, made landslide on a San Francisco beach killed another beachgoer in 2019. Nearly three-quarters of Californias coastlines are actively eroding, putting lives, homes, roadways, railways, utilities and other infrastructure in danger. The cliffs have been crumbling since before the Arctic began melting, but natural geological collapse stands …