Buffalo News: 'White supremacy is a poison,' Biden says as he calls for ending hate speech and curbing guns by Robert J. McCarthy
The calls for change rang loudly Tuesday through the Delevan-Grider Community Center on Buffalo's East Side.
Not just from the man behind the lectern bearing the seal of the president of the United States, nor from the Senate majority leader, nor the governor of New York.
For sure, President Biden, Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Gov. Kathy Hochul all called for tighter controls on military-style weapons and hate on the internet as they consoled a city still grieving over the Saturday massacre of 10 people in the Tops Market on Jefferson Avenue.
But the families of those gunned down in a racist rampage by an 18-year-old Broome County resident, affected by Saturday's events more than any living persons, echoed the idea, too. After meeting with the president and first lady Jill Biden, and expressing their appreciation for their empathy, the Buffalonians called for an end to racism, curbing guns and ending hate speech.
Chicago Sun-Times: Lightfoot sets earlier citywide weekend curfew by Fran Spielman
Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday rolled back Chicago’s weekend curfew — from 11 p.m. to 10 p.m. — in a desperate attempt to stop an outbreak of youth violence downtown that culminated in the fatal weekend shooting of a 16-year-old boy in Millennium Park.
Lightfoot said it is with an “incredibly heavy heart” she’s signing an executive order imposing the hour-earlier curfew in conjunction with the weekend ban on “unaccompanied minors” at Millennium Park that will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday and continue “for the foreseeable future.”
But the mayor said she has “no choice” but to impose those drastic measures after a frenetic stretch from Saturday evening into early Sunday.
It started with crowds of young people congregating in the Loop — and ended with the 16-year-old fatally shot near “The Bean,” two men wounded in a separate attack nearby and 26 juveniles and five adults arrested.
CNN: Man arrested in Korean-owned hair salon shooting and charged with felony aggravated assault by Chris Boyette, Jamiel Lynch, and Michelle Krupa
A man has been charged with three counts of felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in a Dallas hair salon shooting last week that wounded three people, according to the probable cause affidavits obtained by CNN.
On May 11, Jeremy Theron Smith, 36, stopped his car in the right lane of the westbound side of 2200 Royal Lane, crossed the street, entered Hair World Salon, a Korean-owned business, with a .22 caliber rifle and began shooting, the affidavit states.
He fired approximately 13 times, hitting three people before running back to his vehicle and fleeing, according to the affidavit.
One person was shot in her right forearm, one was shot in the foot and one was shot in the lower back, the affidavit states.
Authorities have surveillance video of a man who matches the complainants’ description running back to a vehicle, the affidavit says. The affidavit describes the vehicle seen on the surveillance video as a red Honda Odyssey minivan.
Philadelphia Inquirer: John Fetterman won the Democratic Senate primary, with a promise to unite progressives and rural Pa. by Julia Terruso
PITTSBURGH — John Fetterman, the Pennsylvania lieutenant governor whose shorts- and scowl-wearing persona made him something of a political celebrity, has won the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, according to the Associated Press.
Fetterman, who entered the race as the Democratic front-runner early last year and only grew his advantage over time, had about 21.3% of the votes counted as of late Tuesday night. He will face the winner of a Republican primary that was still too early to call, in one of the most critical Senate races in the country.
As returns rolled in, Fetterman was in a Lancaster hospital, where he was recovering from a stroke he suffered just four days before the primary. His campaign said Tuesday that he underwent a procedure to get a pacemaker to regulate his heart rate.
The campaign, which didn’t respond to several requests to interview Fetterman’s doctors, has said doctors reversed the stroke in time to prevent any cognitive damage, and that he’s expected to make a full recovery. Fetterman voted via emergency absentee ballot Tuesday and is expected to remain in the hospital for several days.
WLOS (Asheville, NC): Embattled District 11 Rep. Madison Cawthorn concedes; Chuck Edwards projected nominee
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — It's primary election day in North Carolina, and Rep. Madison Cawthorn faced multiple primary challengers as he vied for reelection to North Carolina's 11th Congressional District.
Cawthorn faced seven Republican primary challengers, including former 11th District GOP Chair Michele Woodhouse and state Sen. Chuck Edwards.
Just before 10:30 p.m., Congressman Cawthorn conceded, leaving Chuck Edwards as the projected Republican nominee for NC-11.
Cawthorn's term will end Jan. 3, 2023.
New York Times: Before Massacre Began, Suspect Invited Others to Review His Plan by Jonah E. Bromwich
About 30 minutes before he launched what investigators said was a long-planned massacre at a Buffalo supermarket, Payton S. Gendron invited a small group of people to join a chat room online.
Until that moment, the posts in the room on the chat application Discord had been visible only to Mr. Gendron, who had for months uploaded numerous pictures of himself, often posing with his gear and the weapon that officials say he used to carry out the shooting, even sharing hand-drawn maps of the Tops grocery store he openly said he planned to attack.
None of the people he invited to review his writings appeared to have alerted law enforcement, and the massacre played out much as Mr. Gendron envisioned.
A compendium of his posts from Discord circulated online over the weekend, and details of those records were publicized on Monday. But it was not previously known that other users had joined the Discord chat room, known as a server, 30 minutes before he carried out the attack.
Washington Post: One month in, New Mexico’s largest-ever fire fuels anger and despair by Karin Brulliard
GUADALUPITA, N.M. — The evergreen slope behind Patrick Griego’s house and sawmill — 400 acres that belonged to his father and grandfather before him — was blackened now, the firewood he harvests and the forest floor where his cattle graze lost to flames two days earlier. The logger’s home was intact but had been without power for more than two weeks.
Yet although his property stood squarely in an evacuation zone, Griego was staying put, as he had since the start. More than 2,000 firefighters were battling the massive Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fire that had raged through northern New Mexico since early April, but Griego trusted only himself to protect his home and animals.
“I don’t have nothing to log no more,” Griego, 62, said, walking Friday through the eerie haze enveloping his land. “I have nothing to sell since this fire.”
Despair and frustration are simmering throughout this rural, low-income area as the megafire, which Monday became New Mexico’s largest ever and is now at more than 299,000 acres, continues to rip through parched forests with no end in sight. The blaze has displaced thousands of people for more than a month, destroyed hundreds of structures, and scorched breathtaking landscapes and properties passed down through generations.
Guardian: Fate of hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers unclear as Azovstal resistance ends by Shaun Walker and Andrew Roth
The fate of hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers who have ended weeks of resistance at the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol remains unclear, after the fighters surrendered and were transferred to Russian-controlled territory.
Ukraine’s deputy defence minister said they would be swapped in a prisoner exchange, but some Russian officials said on Tuesday they could be tried and even executed. MPs in Russia’s State Duma said they would propose new laws that could derail prisoner exchanges of fighters who Moscow claims are “terrorists”.
Russian investigators have said they plan to interrogate the soldiers and could charge them with “crimes committed by the Ukrainian regime against the civilian population in south-east Ukraine”.
On Tuesday evening, seven buses carrying Ukrainian soldiers left the Azovstal plant in the port city and arrived at a former prison colony in the Russian-controlled town of Olenivka in Donetsk, Reuters reported.
DW: Will the 'Islamic State' benefit from the Ukraine war? By Cathrin Schaer
In the middle of last month, the extremist group known as the "Islamic State" issued a threat. The group announced "a blessed campaign to take revenge" after their leader was killed in a US military raid in Syria in February.
At the same time, the extremist group, which controlled around a third of Syria and Iraq at the height of its powers, also called on supporters to take advantage of opportunities presented by the war in Ukraine. While "infidel" Western nations were preoccupied, "Islamic State" supporters could attack, the message suggested.
Meanwhile, a magazine openly supporting al-Qaeda — another similar extremist organization that the IS group distanced itself from in 2013 — proposed that its supporters somehow get hold of weapons being handed out to civilians in Ukraine, then use them against Europeans.
As yet the idea of launching terrorist attacks while the West is distracted by Ukraine does not appear to have caught on in Europe. The IS group has around a dozen affiliate groups in different regions, from Africa to Asia, and most of the violence attributable to it is currently being perpetuated in Africa.
Le Monde in English: Elisabeth Borne, a long-awaited prime minister for the environment by Remi Barroux
Elisabeth Borne spent a year at the head of the Ministry of Energy Transition, from July 2019 to July 2020. This is longer than François de Rugy, whom she replaced, but shorter than Nicolas Hulot, the first environmental minister of the Macron era, or Barbara Pompili, who closed the five-year presidential term in this position. Will this be enough to make the new prime minister of Emmanuel Macron's second term the guarantor of an ambitious environmental and climate policy?
As soon as the handover ceremony took place on Monday, May 16, Elisabeth Borne stated in the few words that it would be necessary "to act faster and stronger, and to do so with even greater involvement with the voter base of our territories, because we will find the right answers if we listen closely to the French people." This is a faithful echo of what President Macron had declared in Marseille on April 16 when he spoke of "the fight of the century" and announced a prime minister "directly in charge of environmental planning." He was supported by two strong ministries, one in charge of energy planning and the other in charge of "environmental and territorial planning." The objective of the two ministries was "massive decentralization."
Nothing is known yet about this ministerial structure. All that is known is the strong probability that a general secretariat for environmental planning will be created, directly under the responsibility of Matignon (the prime minister's residence). Energy will likely become independent of energy transition, which could become "planning" and be implemented more closely to the territories, probably taking over the current ministry of territorial cohesion.
AlJazeera: Lebanon’s pro-Hezbollah bloc loses parliamentary majority by Kareem Chehayeb
Beirut, Lebanon – Iran-backed Hezbollah and its allies have lost their majority in Lebanon’s parliament after the country’s general election results were announced.
The Shia party’s allies suffered losses across the country, according to results released by the Interior Ministry on Tuesday.
The pro-Hezbollah bloc secured 58 seats, fewer than the 65 seats needed to secure a majority, and down from 71 in the previous parliament.
The Free Patriotic Movement, a Hezbollah ally, is no longer the country’s largest Christian parliamentary bloc, winning 18 seats in Sunday’s elections, compared with 20 for its United States and Saudi Arabia-backed rival the Lebanese Forces.
Other key Hezbollah allies, such as Druze leader Talal Arslan in Aley, and Sunni leader Faysal Karame in Tripoli, also lost their seats to anti-establishment candidates.
BBC News: Climate change swells odds of record India, Pakistan heatwaves by Justin Rowlatt
Climate change makes record-breaking heatwaves in northwest India and Pakistan 100 times more likely, a Met Office study finds.
The region should now expect a heatwave that exceeds the record temperatures seen in 2010 once every three years.
Without climate change, such extreme temperatures would occur only once every 312 years, the Met Office says.
The report comes as forecasters say temperatures in north-west India could reach new highs in the coming days.
The extreme pre-monsoon heatwave the region has suffered in recent weeks eased a little after peak temperatures reached 51C [123.8 F ck] in Pakistan on Saturday.
But the heat looks likely to build again towards the end of this week and into the weekend, the Met Office's Global Guidance Unit warns.
It says maximum temperatures are likely to reach 50C in some spots, with continued very high overnight temperatures.
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