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cut hair but Virginia school principal confirms allegations were false A 12-year-old girl from northern Virginia has withdrawn her reported on Monday that the girls family issued an apology to the boys, the school and the community.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 …

A$AP Rocky assault trial: prosecutor calls for six-month sentence

US rapper has been in detention since 3 July over incident in Swedish capital A Swedish prosecutor has demanded that A$AP Rocky serve six months in prison for assault causing actual bodily harm in a case that that has outraged the US rappers fans and inflamed transatlantic relations. The prosecutor, Daniel Suneson, told the court in Stockholm the musician, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, should serve a longer sentence than two members of his crew who are also accused of attacking the alleged victim, Mustafa Jafari, in a street brawl in the centre of the Swedish capital publicly demand Mayers release. The prosecution alleges that after a violent altercation over a pair of headphones, Mayers, 30, threw Jafari, 19, …

US says video shows Iranian military removing mine from tanker

US secretary of state accuses Tehran of lashing out but Iran denies responsibility for early morning attack The US military has released video footage it says shows an Iranian military patrol boat approach one of two tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman, to support the Trump administrations claims that Iran was responsible. The blurry black and white footage, taken from the air, shows a small military boat alongside the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous, and someone standing up on the prow of the boat to remove an object from the tankers hull. The small boat then pulls away from the tanker. US officials were quoted as saying the boat was an Iranian Revolutionary Guard patrol boat approaching the tanker after it …

US and Russia blame each other after warships nearly collide

American guided-missile cruiser and Russian destroyer came within 165ft of each other in the East China Sea The US and Russia have accused each other of unsafe actions after an American guided-missile cruiser and a Russian destroyer came within 165ft (50 meters) of each other in the East China Sea. The US Seventh Fleet said the Russian destroyer put the safety of the USS Chancellorsville and its crew at risk, forcing it to reverse all engines at full throttle to avoid a collision. It said a helicopter that was operating at sea was preparing to land on the Chancellorsville, which was traveling on a steady course, when the Russian destroyer, traveling behind the US ship, sped up and approached as …

Sir Philip Green charged in US over claims he touched pilates instructor

Arizona authorities accuse Arcadia mogul of repeatedly touching instructor inappropriately claims Green denies Sir Philip Green has been charged with four counts of misdemeanour assault in the US after a pilates instructor alleged he repeatedly touched her inappropriately, Arizona authorities have said. Lauren Deakin, a deputy county attorney in Pima county, said Green had been formally charged with four counts of knowingly touching another person with the intent to injure, insult or provoke. Greens alleged victim told police the Arcadia boss had spanked and grabbed her backside in 2016 and 2018 at a luxury resort in Tucson. In a copy of the police interview, obtained by the Press Association, Katie Surridge said that the creepy old man had vigorously slapped …

Ex-Oregon football star credited with foiling shooter at Portland high school

A former college football star from the University of Oregon was credited with tackling an armed student at a Portland high school before anyone was injured A former college football standout at the University of Oregon was credited Friday with tackling an armed student at a Portland, Oregon, high school before anyone was injured. Keanon Lowe, a football and track coach and a security guard at Parkrose High School, told reporters as he was leaving a police interview late Friday that he was tired but relieved at the outcome, the Oregonian/OregonLive reported. There are no other suspects. Police declined to release the students name and said they were still trying to determine if he fired any shots. Police spokesman Sgt. …

Trump Jr, Bolsonaro Jr beware the Adult Idiot Sons of unhinged presidents | Arwa Madhawi

The worlds worst leaders have a dangerous heir who will risk peace to get Dads attention, says Guardian columnist Arwa Madhawi There is an emerging political phenomenon that poses a unique threat to international stability and our collective sanity. It is the growing influence of what is sometimes known, in political jargon, as the Idiot Adult Son. From Donald Trump to Benjamin Netanyahu, Jair Bolsonaro to Rodrigo Duterte, the worlds most awful leaders all seem to have knuckleheaded offspring who are doing their best to be just like Dad, and doing a lot of damage in the process. The Idiot Adult Son, by the way, should not confused with the awkward Russian meetings, is an Idiot Adult Son. (Ivanka is …