Chicago Sun-Times: Highland Park death toll rises as 7th victim dies: police by Mitch Dudek
A seventh person has died from injuries sustained during the Highland Park Fourth of July parade mass shooting, officials said Tuesday, as more details of the case emerged.
A total of 45 people were injured or killed in the mass shooting Monday, Lake County Major Crimes Task Force spokesman Chris Covelli said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. Charges against alleged gunman Robert “Bobby” Crimo III are expected to be announced Tuesday evening near the shooting scene.
Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek announced the names of the six victims who died at the scene or at Lake County hospitals: Katherine Goldstein, 64, Irina McCarthy, 35, Kevin McCarthy, 37, Jacqueline Sundheim, 63, Stephen Straus, 88, all of Highland Park, and Nicolas Toledo, 78, of Morelos, Mexico.
Crimo fired more than 70 rounds from a rooftop into the parade before blending into the chaotic crowd and escaping the scene wearing women’s clothing, police said Tuesday. Covelli said investigators were seeking a female witness who may have seen Crimo dropping a red blanket in an alley, and urged the woman to contact authorities. Covelli later said that the blanket held the high-powered rifle used in the shooting.
Crimo, 21, exited the roof of a downtown business by using a fire escape ladder, dropped his AR-15-style rifle and walked to the nearby home of his mother, Covelli said.
New York Times: On Conservative Radio, Misleading Message Is Clear: ‘Democrats Cheat’ by Stuart A. Thompson
November’s midterm elections are still months away, but to many conservative commentators, the fix is already in. Democrats have cheated before, they say, and they will cheat again.
Never mind that the claims are false.
In Lafayette, La., Carol Ross, host of “The Ross Report,” questioned how Democrats could win a presidential election again after a tumultuous few years in power. “They’re going to have to cheat again,” she said. “You know that. There will be rampant cheating.”
In Greenville, S.C., Charlie James, a host on 106.3 WORD, read from a blog post arguing that “the Democrats are going to lose a majority during the midterm elections unless they’re able to cheat in a massive wide-scale way.”
And on WJFN in Virginia, Stephen K. Bannon, the erstwhile adviser to former President Donald J. Trump who was indicted for refusing to comply with subpoenas issued by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, summed it up this way: “If Democrats don’t cheat, they don’t win.”
Washington Post: Georgia grand jury subpoenas Sen. Graham, Giuliani and Trump legal team by Matthew Brown
ATLANTA — The Fulton County grand jury investigating Donald Trump’s potential criminal interference in the 2020 presidential election subpoenaed several close advisers to the former president Tuesday, including Sen. Lindsey O. Graham and Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post.
The subpoenas, which were approved July 5 by the judge presiding over the grand jury, summon senior members of Trump’s legal team, including Giuliani and legal advisers Kenneth Chesebro, John Eastman, Jenna Ellis and Cleta Mitchell, all of whom have knowledge of Trump’s attempts to tamper with the election process in battleground states such as Georgia, according to the documents.
Graham (R-S.C.) and the conservative pundit Jacki Pick Deason were also subpoenaed by the grand jury.
The grand jury’s subpoena of Giuliani cites his December 2020 testimony before the Georgia legislature, during which he claimed to have evidence of widespread voter fraud. Giuliani presented lawmakers with a video claiming election workers had produced “suitcases” full of unlawful ballots during counting at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta. Investigators dismissed the claims shortly thereafter.
CNN: Uvalde mayor says he fears a cover-up of investigation into school massacre and calls on Texas Gov. Abbott to intervene by Simon Prokupecz
— Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin told CNN he’s lost faith in Texas leaders investigating how law enforcement responded to the shooting at his town’s elementary school that killed 19 children and two adults
“I’m not confident, 100%, in DPS because I think it’s a cover-up,” he said of the Texas Department of Public Safety, the lead agency tasked with identifying what led to well-armed officers waiting outside a classroom for more than an hour before engaging the gunman.
“McGraw’s covering up for maybe his agencies,” McLaughlin continued in his sharpest attack yet on Col. Steven McCraw, the DPS director.
McCraw told the Texas Senate that the police response was an “abject failure” and placed sole blame on school police chief Pedro “Pete” Arredondo.
But McLaughlin told CNN on Tuesday he did not feel the full story of the May 24 massacre was coming out, partly because Texas DPS was not being transparent.
Guardian: Boris Johnson limps on for now but for how much longer? By Rowena Mason
It was the blow to Boris Johnson that every one of his backbench critics had been waiting for.
Sajid Javid, the health secretary, followed shortly by Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, posted their letters of resignation on Twitter, criticising the competence of the government.
Neither explicitly mentioned the sexual misconduct and Partygate scandals that have dogged the government for months. Sunak in particular claimed the prompt for his resignation was his differing approach on the economy.
But the backdrop to both resignations was Johnson’s catastrophic handling of the Chris Pincher affair, after he admitted appointing his ally as deputy chief whip despite having been told of misconduct allegations against him.
Just seconds earlier, Johnson had told the cameras that he was sorry for his mistakes in appointing Pincher, and he had toured the House of Commons tearoom saying that “everyone deserves a second chance”.
DW: Sri Lanka's economic crisis is driving people to flee the country in desperation by Krithiga Narayanan
Sri Lanka's economic crisis is worsening, and the daily lives of people living in the small island nation have been severely disrupted. Due to rising prices of essential items, as well as fuel and medicine shortages, many Sri Lankans desperately want to leave the country.
On Tuesday Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that with debts now totalling over $50 billion, Sri Lanka is "a bankrupt country."
With no signs of the crisis letting up, and no bailout from the IMF in sight, many Sri Lankan refugees are traveling illegally by boats to nearby countries like India and Australia in a desperate bid to escape the unfolding disaster.
On June 27, an elderly Sri Lankan refugee couple was found unconscious on an Indian beach suffering from severe dehydration. The couple had tried to cross from Sri Lanka to India by boat. The elderly woman died in hospital on July 2 after efforts to save her life failed.
As of now, more than 90 refugees have landed on India's shores, where they are being kept in a refugee camp.
AlJazeera: Ukraine: Governor urges 350,000 residents flee Russian offensive
The governor of the last remaining eastern province still partly under Ukrainian control has urged the region’s more than 350,000 residents to flee Russia’s escalating bombing offensives.
As Russian forces pounded targets across eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, Donetsk’s governor Pavlo Kyrylenko urged civilians to evacuate the province to save lives and to enable the Ukrainian army to better defend towns from the Russian onslaught.
The governor’s call for people in Donetsk to leave the province appears to represent one of the biggest suggested evacuations of the war, which has already displaced more than 7.1 million Ukrainians within the country and led a further 4.8 million to leave the country, according to the UN.
“The destiny of the whole country will be decided by the Donetsk region,” Kyrylenko said on Tuesday.
Seattle Times: The Pac-12 will never be the same again, and that’s sad by Larry Stone
I have a six-decade relationship with the Pac-12 — old enough that I lived through its incarnations as the Pac-8 and Pac-10. My affiliation spans from John McKay to Lincoln Riley, from Lew Alcindor to Johnny Juzang, from Ann Meyers to Anna Wilson.
That doesn’t make me unique. Every sports fan who grew up on the West Coast has been steeped in the tradition of the “Conference of Champions” (a title Bill Walton — another early idol — won’t let anyone forget). My association is no doubt surpassed in longevity and intensity by many who are reading this.
So I’m wondering how many of you are feeling as … melancholy … wistful … sad as I am. Look, there are lots of more important things going on in the world to lament and fret over than the dissolution of an athletic conference. They used to call the sports section “the toy department” for a reason. Yet in the wake of the defection of USC and UCLA last week, leaving the very survival of the Pac-12 very much in limbo, it’s impossible not to feel like something intimate and personal has been torn apart. And that’s always hits one straight in the heart.
Good night, everyone.