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After Roof trial, SC addressing faith, violence intersection

After Roof trial, SC addressing faith, violence intersection

The federal trial of the South Carolina man who slaughtered nine Bible study participants has come and gone, with Dylann Roof’s death sentence assuring he will spend the rest of his limited days in custody. But the June 2015 shootings at Emanuel AME continue to prompt a conversation about the uneasy intersection of faith and gun violence, as thousands of worshippers around South Carolina gather this weekend to memorialize crime victims and call for reform. It isn’t just the church slaughter tha…
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Young survivors: A WLRN project on the unspoken trauma of gun violence

For Aaron Willis, a Booker T. Washington High student partially paralyzed by an unknown shooter in Wynwood, putting his life back together has proven a grueling emotional challenge — both for him and his family. Willis is one of hundreds of young people in Miami-Dade County who have survived bullet wounds, an experience that leaves psychological scars that have not been well-researched. In a special projected Young Survivors: The Unspoken Trauma of Gun Violence, WLRN-Miami Herald News chronic…
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Israeli police arrest 9 following Palestinian truck attack

Israeli police arrest 9 following Palestinian truck attack

Israeli police stepped up security measures in Arab neighborhoods in east Jerusalem on Monday, searching trucks and arresting relatives of the Palestinian truck driver who rammed his vehicle into a crowd of Israeli soldiers at a Jerusalem tourist spot the previous day, killing four soldiers and injuring 17 others. Nine people were arrested, five of them relatives of 28-year-old Fadi Qunbar, the attacker. All arrested were from the Jabel Mukaber neighborhood of east Jerusalem where Qunbar lived,…
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Enough violence

Fabiola Santiago wrote a touching and insightful article on Jan. 4 regarding the high numbers of victims of gun violence in Miami-Dade’s poorest communities. She made an excellent point mentioning that if this level of violence was occurring in wealthier communities, the National Guard would have been deployed and the violent crimes solved. Right below Santiago’s column, there was a story about the fatal police shooting of an unarmed young black man in West Perrine. Jamar Rollins was only 2…
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West Bank settlements no excuse for violence

The U.N. should spend its time trying to convert the mindset of the Palestinian Authority, Fatah, and Hamas, rather than waste time on Israeli settlements. Were the West Bank settlements the reason the Arabs attacked Israel in 1948, when the U.N. resolution established Arab segments and the Jewish state? Were the West Bank settlements the reason in 1964 when the PLO and its 29-clause charter were created? Clause 24 stated, “This organization does not exercise any sovereignty in the West Bank …
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Pakistani groups note drop in violence, credit the military

Two Pakistani research groups have noted that the country saw a significant drop in militant violence last year, crediting the military for the decrease in attacks. The two Islamabad-based groups say that large-scale military operations in the lawless tribal regions bordering Afghanistan, in the chaotic port city of Karachi and the sparsely populated Baluchistan province are behind the drop. But for the trend to continue, they say, authorities need to disband sectarian and anti-Indian extremist…
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Gun violence

Robert Pickford’s letter of Jan. 5, “Chicago fire,” made my blood boil! This is so typical of gun advocates, saying guns are not the cause but the means of the violence. That’s like saying too many cars are not the cause of traffic jams. It’s not that simple! It’s too many guns and too many gangs and, of course, a lack of leadership on all sides. All of those things must be corrected or the violence will never stop. But then when he said that our first black president did not give t…
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Relatives: Airport shooting suspect had mental health issues

Relatives: Airport shooting suspect had mental health issues

The man police say opened fire with a gun from his checked baggage at a Florida airport had a history of mental health problems — some of which followed his military service in Iraq — and was receiving psychological treatment at his home in Alaska, his relatives said Friday after the deadly shooting. “Only thing I could tell you was when he came out of Iraq, he wasn’t feeling too good,” his uncle, Hernan Rivera, told The Record newspaper. Esteban Santiago, 26, depl…
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Violence spiked in Chicago in 2016

Violence spiked in Chicago in 2016

One of the most violent years in Chicago history ended Sunday with a sobering tally: 762 homicides, the most in two decades in the city and more than New York and Los Angeles combined. The nation’s third-largest city also had 1,100 more shooting incidents than it did in 2015, according to statistics released by the Chicago police. The numbers underline a story of bloodshed that has put Chicago at the center of a national dialogue about gun violence. The data released Sunday are staggering, ev…
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Turkey faces more turmoil as violence continues

The deadly New Year’s attack on a ritzy Istanbul nightclub has brought more turmoil to Turkey and shown how the conflict in neighboring Syria easily can spill over to threaten Europe’s stability. The mass shooting’s bleak coda came into sharp relief Monday: Islamic State militants claimed the “heroic soldier” who gunned down revelers with a high-powered rifle at the jam-packed Reina nightclub as one of their own as police tried to find the fugitive, who is believed to have escaped in …
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Chicago records 762 homicides in 2016, up 57 percent from previous year

The city of Chicago recorded 762 homicides in 2016 — an average of two murders per day, the most killings in the city for two decades and more than New York and Los Angeles combined. The nation’s third largest city also saw 1,100 more shooting incidents than it did in 2015, according to statistics released by the Chicago Police Department that underlined a story of bloodshed that has put Chicago at the center of a national dialogue about gun violence. The numbers released Sunday are stag…
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Hunger is driving up crime in Venezuela as violence hits new highs, report says

Hunger is driving up crime in Venezuela as violence hits new highs, report says

Venezuela’s violence hit new peaks in 2016 amid a breakdown in the law enforcement and judicial systems and a spike in hunger-related crimes, a leading nonprofit reported Wednesday. According to the Observatory of Venezuelan Violence, or OVV, the South American nation saw at least 28,479 violent deaths this year for a total of 91.8 deaths per 100,000 residents. If the number proves accurate, Venezuela would have the second-highest homicide rate in the world after El Salvador and ahead of Hond…
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French woman who killed allegedly violent husband pardoned

A French woman who was convicted of shooting and killing her allegedly violent husband was granted a presidential pardon on Wednesday in a case that drew public attention to the issue of domestic abuse. Two hours after President Francois Hollande pardoned her, 69-year-old Jacqueline Sauvage was seen leaving a prison southeast of Paris in a dark gray sedan after spending more than three years behind bars. Two different juries sentenced Sauvage to 10 years in prison for fatally shooting her husband, Norbert Marot, three times in the back with a hunting rifle in 2012. During the trials in 2014 and 2015, Sauvage said her late husband had beaten her for 47 years. The couple’s adult daughters also claimed Marot had abused them. Neither Sauvage nor the daughters ever filed a complaint against him. The three women said they were too humiliated to seek help and instead suffered violence that included sexual abuse silently behind closed doors. In a statement, the Elysee Palace said Hollande decided that “the place of Ms. Sauvage was no longer in prison, but with her family.” Women’s rights advocates, politicians and sympathizers around France had mobilized to support Sauvage, with a petition calling for her to be pardoned signed by hundreds of thousands. Nathalie Tomasini, one of Sauvage’s lawyers, told RTL radio the pardon was a “very strong message sent by François Hollande to all women victims of domestic violence.” Actress Eva Darlan, who chairs a support committee that advocated for Sauvage, said on BFM television that the presidential pardon is a “strong gesture toward men who hit (women).” In January, Hollande granted a partial pardon to Sauvage, allowing her to seek parole. But two more courts made up of professional magistrates refused to free her. The president of the main union of French magistrates said Hollande made a “deplorable” decision “to please the public and to respond to a media request.” “It is a political decision… that challenges the functioning of our institutions,” Virginie Duval said on BFM. The French Constitution allows a president to pardon convicts and to reduce prison sentences. The Associated Press doesn’t typically name victims of extremely severe abuse, but the victims in this case have told their stories publicly.
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Aborigines outside Australia's Parliament protest violence

Aborigines outside Australia’s Parliament protest violence

Aboriginal traditional dancers carrying clap sticks and spears and with faces painted white with clay traveled from remote northern Australia to Parliament House on Monday to draw attention to rampant domestic violence in Outback indigenous communities. Scores of Rirratjingu people flew 2,900 kilometers (1,800 miles) from Yirrkala in the Northern Territory to dance a ceremony at the front door of Parliament and to urge national action against family violence in communities such as theirs. &quot…
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Collums Column: Thanking Those Who Serve

Collums Column: Thanking Those Who Serve

Zach Collums • zcollums@delcojournal.com For most, thanking a firefighter or a emergency responder is easy. These are the people who serve our communities but never have to harm people intentionally. They are the people who we can thank and never have to question why we thanked them. For most, thanking the people whom, when it comes to it must harm people to keep us safe, is hard. Sure, there are bad examples of those people, law enforcement officers and military service men and women, w…
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Violence by, toward police backdrop for South Carolina trial

Against a backdrop of violence by and toward police across the nation, opening statements will get underway Thursday in the murder trial of a white former police officer charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist. A panel of 11 white jurors and one black juror will decide the case against Michael Slager, who faces 30 years to life if convicted of murder in the April 2015 shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott. Scott fled a traffic stop in North Charleston and his shooting wa…
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Miami passes resolution condemning hate speech, violence against Muslims

Miami passes resolution condemning hate speech, violence against Muslims

Miami passes resolution condemning hate speech, violence against Muslims. 0. Sponsored by Revcontent. You May Also Like. This Meal Kit Service …
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Miami resolution condemns anti-Muslim hate speech, violence

(WPLG) Nezar Hamze stood in front of the Miami Commission last week, holding back tears before thanking officials for placing a resolution condemning hate speech and violence against Muslims on the agenda. Hamze looked down, cleared his voice and began to speak. “Wanted to thank you for your courage commissioner,” Hamze, operations director with the Council of American-Islamic Relations, and Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy. “As a father I appreciate your courage. It&#821…
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Gunman Kills New York Anti-Violence Activist In Miami

Gunman Kills New York Anti-Violence Activist In Miami

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Anti-Violence Activist Shot Dead In Miami

Lavon Walker, 30, an anti-violence activist, died at a hospital after being shot Sunday on a street corner in Miami Beach, CBS News reports. The incident took place near the popular Miami Beach street Ocean Drive right before 7 a.m. Three suspects were seen in a surveillance video speeding away from the scene of the shooting in a white Jeep Cherokee. Police are currently searching for them. According to the Miami Herald, Walker, the father of two, used to work with a Brooklyn, N.Y., advocacy …
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One person detained in railroad line theft

One person detained in railroad line theft

Officer Joe Sheen flies down Keowee Street in his Dayton Police cruiser, makes a hard left turn and then throttles upward of 60 mph on East Third Street. He doesn’t say a word, dodging other drivers, before jamming the vehicle into park sideways in front of a house on Irwin Street. He bounds past the toys in the yard and the Halloween decorations on the front door and races up to a second-floor bedroom where an unconscious man is on the carpet. As heroin and its many substitutes course th…
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UNICEF calls for end to ‘dire’ situation in Aleppo

UNICEF’s representative in Syria called Saturday for an end to the violence that has beset northern Aleppo, causing “dire” humanitarian and psychological impacts on both sides of the divided city. U.N. agencies are on “standby” to deliver needed assistance, Hanaa Singer of the U.N.’s children agency told The Associated Press. The U.N. Security Council is expected to vote later Saturday on rival Syria resolutions sponsored by France and Russia. Both are virtually certain to b…
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