Front page – Las Vegas Newspaper | Las Vegas News | Vegas Newspaper http://www.vegasnewspaper.com Breaking news, Las Vegas news, Celebrity & Sport news. Mon, 08 Jun 2020 01:00:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.19 Smoky fire prompts evacuations in rural Northern California http://www.vegasnewspaper.com/smoky-fire-prompts-evacuations-in-rural-northern-california/ http://www.vegasnewspaper.com/smoky-fire-prompts-evacuations-in-rural-northern-california/#respond Sun, 07 Jun 2020 06:32:21 +0000 http://www.vegasnewspaper.com/smoky-fire-prompts-evacuations-in-rural-northern-california/ Strong winds fed a smoky fire that threatened about 100 rural homes and prompted evacuations in Northern California

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WINTERS, Calif. — Strong winds on Sunday fed a smoky fire that threatened about 100 rural homes and prompted evacuations in Northern California, authorities said.

The fast-growing blaze burned more than 2 square miles (5 square kilometers) of dry brush and timber near the town of Winters, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Gusts sent smoke about 30 miles (48 kilometers) east into downtown Sacramento.

The fire that began around 4:30 p.m. Saturday was 10% contained by Sunday morning.

Evacuations were ordered for about 100 threatened homes just southwest of Winters, a rural town in Yolo County with about 6,600 residents.

Three structures were destroyed, but officials didn’t say whether they were houses.

The cause was under investigation.

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George Floyd protest updates: Minneapolis city council wants to replace police dept. http://www.vegasnewspaper.com/george-floyd-protest-updates-minneapolis-city-council-wants-to-replace-police-dept/ http://www.vegasnewspaper.com/george-floyd-protest-updates-minneapolis-city-council-wants-to-replace-police-dept/#respond Sun, 07 Jun 2020 06:13:54 +0000 http://www.vegasnewspaper.com/george-floyd-protest-updates-minneapolis-city-council-wants-to-replace-police-dept/ The death of George Floyd, a black man who died on Memorial Day after he was pinned down by a white Minnesota police officer, has sparked outrage and protests.

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The death of George Floyd, a black man who died on Memorial Day after he was pinned down by a white Minnesota police officer, has sparked outrage and protests in Minneapolis, across the United States and around the world.Second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter charges have been filed against Derek Chauvin, the ex-officer who prosecutors say held his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. The three other officers have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting manslaughter. All four officers have been fired.

Governors in 32 states have activated more than 32,400 members of the National Guard.

Today’s biggest developments:

  • Minneapolis mayor booed after saying he does not support abolishing police
  • Virginia officer charged with 3 counts of misdemeanor assault and battery involving man in crisis
  • St. Louis-area officer suspended after video shows him hitting man with unmarked patrol car
  • Several officers injured due to improvised explosives in Seattle

This story is being updated throughout the day. Please check back for updates. All times Eastern.

3:55 p.m.: Mural of former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo painted over

Another memorial to former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo has been removed.

A mural depicting the former police commissioner in the city’s Italian Market was painted over on Sunday morning.

The mural, who many saw as a symbol of police brutality, had been defaced several times in recent years. Mural Arts Philadelphia said it painted over the mural with the consent of the wall owner.

“We know that the removal of this mural does not erase painful memories and are deeply apologetic for the amount of grief it has caused,” the organization said in a statement on Sunday. “We believe this is a step in the right direction and hope to aid in healing our city through the power of thoughtful and inclusive public art.”

The organization said it plans to create a new mural with input from the community.

Last week, a statue of Rizzo near City Hall was removed following vandalism amid the city’s protests.

1:33 p.m.: National Guard prepares to leave Los Angeles

The National Guard is leaving Los Angeles after their presence was requested to handle protests.

The National Guard was activated in Los Angeles and neighboring communities on May 30 after a request from Gov. Gavin Newsom. He had proclaimed a statement of emergency in Los Angeles County amid the protests.

12:48 p.m.: NYC mayor says NYPD funds will be shifted to youth, social services

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a wave of police reforms, including shifting funds from the police department to youth and social services.

The other measures include reforming 50-A, the state law that keeps police behavior from public scrutiny; move vendor enforcement out of the police; and bring community voices into the senior level of the police.

“The details will be worked out in the budget process in the weeks ahead. But I want people to understand that we are committed to shifting resources to ensure that the focus is on our young people,” de Blasio said.

A summary of the New York City budget plan showed that for the 2021 fiscal year, the police department had a budget of $5.6 billion, while the Dept. of Youth and Community Development had a budget of $598 million. The summary showed that the Dept. of Social Services budget for the 2021 fiscal year was $9.6 billion.

The mayor also highlighted Saturday’s tens of thousands of peaceful protesters who took to the streets across the city.

12:18 p.m.: Protesters in UK tear down statue of 17th century slave trader

Protesters against systemic racism in Bristol, United Kingdom, tore down a statue of 17th century slave trader Edward Colston. The protests in the United Kingdom are in response to protests that have erupted in the United States.

Demonstrators were seen pulling down the statue with a rope before jumping on it.

The statue was then dragged through the streets of Bristol, according to local media reports, and eventually tossed in the river.

Historian David Olusoga said that the problem with the statue has long been “that it has not been seen as a problem.” It was erected in 1895, nearly two centuries after he died in 1721.

“What it shows is that 17th century London and Bristol were involved in the slave trade, but that 19th century Bristol didn’t care that it was honoring a man who had been involved in the slave trade,” Olusoga told the BBC. “This is a city that is 14% BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) with a statue that of somebody who was not just a slave trader, he was involved in the Royal Africa Company, the company that trafficked more people into slavery than any in British history.”

Colston’s company transported more than 100,000 slaves from West Africa to the Caribbean and the Americas between 1672 and 1689, according to the BBC.

However, it was only until the 1990s that Colston’s involvement in the slave trade, the source of much of the money which he gave to Bristol, gained more publicity, according to Historic England, a body of the British Government.

Statues that symbolize the Confederacy, for many a symbol of racism and oppression, in the U.S. have also come down in the wake of the protests that are spreading worldwide.

10:07 a.m.: Trump says National Guard will withdraw from DC

President Donald Trump tweeted that the National Guard will begin to withdraw from Washington, D.C. “now that everything is under perfect control.”

“I have just given an order for our National Guard to start the process of withdrawing from Washington, D.C., now that everything is under perfect control. They will be going home, but can quickly return, if needed. Far fewer protesters showed up last night than anticipated!” Trump tweeted.

However, thousands of protesters still stepped out in Washington, D.C. on Saturday.

8:03 a.m.: Portland Police Department arrest 50 protesters in late night demonstrations

Portland, Oregon, experienced another evening of protests and demonstrations that began much the same as the last several nights with separate groups of demonstrators taking to the streets.

“At about 10:50 p.m. an unlawful assembly was declared,” the Portland Police Department said in a statement. “The crowd was given ample opportunity to disperse and were warned if they did not do so, they were subject to arrest or force. Officers began dispersing the crowd just after 11:30 p.m. Portland Police, assisted by outside agency mutual aid partners, arrested at least 50 subjects for criminal activity.”

Information on arrests is still being compiled and an updated release will be published when this information becomes available.

7:13 a.m.: NYC mayor lifts curfew

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has lifted the curfew that had been imposed on the city amid the protests and demonstrations after the death of George Floyd.

“We are lifting the curfew, effective immediately. Yesterday and last night we saw the very best of our city,” the mayor said in a tweet on Sunday. “Tomorrow we take the first big step to restart. Keep staying safe. Keep looking out for each other.”

4:21 a.m.: Virginia officer charged with 3 counts of misdemeanor assault and battery involving man in crisis

The Fairfax County Police Department called a late press conference Saturday night to release details surrounding the arrest of one of the department’s own officers.

The white officer, Tyler Timberlake, faces three counts of assault and battery related to an on-duty incident that happened Friday.

Body camera video played at the press conference shows an officer deploying his stun gun on a black man, who was walking away from him at the time. The man seems in the footage to be suffering from some kind of medical episode.

The man falls to the ground, where the officer proceeds lean on his back with his knees. The officer appears to deploy the stun gun on him again, this time while he’s already face down on the ground. At this point, other officers join the initial officer in pushing the man into the ground, where they force handcuffs onto him.

At one point, the victim yells: “I can’t breathe.”

Col. Edwin C. Roessler Jr., the county’s chief of police, said the man “is alive and resting at home with his family.”

Roessler also says Timberlake, an eight-year veteran of the department, has been relieved of duty. Other officers who were present have also been relieved of duty pending the result of both criminal and administrative investigations.

Timberlake faces up to 36 months of incarceration.

2:57 a.m.: St. Louis-area officer suspended after video shows him hitting man with unmarked patrol car

An officer was suspended and two others were placed on leave after a Ring video camera caught an officer driving into a man and then struggling with him on the ground multiple times.

Florissant Police Chief Timothy Fagan said the incident happened on June 2 but he only learned about it and saw the video on Saturday. The chief said the FBI and the St. Louis County Police Department are investigating the incident.

“My gut reaction was I talked to three different agencies to take a look at it because I do have some concerns about it,” Fagan said.

The man seen being hit in the video was approached because he was in a vehicle matching the description of another car in connection with shots fired outside the Ferguson Police Department.

Police said no weapons were found on the man and he is facing pending charges for carrying drugs and resisting arrest.

The man suffered an ankle injury.

“I’ll tell you what I believe I see in the video which is that the male then gets up and tries to run and then officer tries to take the male into custody and from my view looks like he struck the individual at least two times, he looks like he kicks him and then hits him with a forearm,” Fagan said.

The incident happened on June 2 around 11:30 p.m. in the 9800 block of Eastdell Drive in the City of Dellwood.

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell will not be looking into the case as his spokesperson’s son, an officer, was in the backseat of the car the detective was driving when he hit the man, creating a conflict of interest for Bell.

The case was turned over to St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lomar as a result.

Fagan said there is no body or dash camera footage to review.

The officer that was suspended had been with the department for nine years.

12:42 a.m.: Several officers injured due to improvised explosives in Seattle

The Seattle Police Department confirmed that several of their officers were injured after people at a demonstration began throwing rocks and bottles at officers and by setting off improvised explosives.

The incident occurred at approximately 7:30 p.m. according to the Seattle Police Department, when demonstrators outside the East Precinct began moving barricades without permission and the police asked them multiple times to stop.

The condition of the officers is not currently known.

11:14 p.m.: Minneapolis mayor booed after saying he does not support abolishing police

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey was booed out of a protest after he said he did not support abolishing the police department.

A protester asked Frey if he supported defunding the police department, however, he did not answer that question and instead said he “did not support the full abolition of the police.”

Boos quickly permeated through the crowd and protesters chanted, “Go home Jacob! Go home!”

Activists have called for defunding police departments in the U.S., often meaning taking money out of the police budget and putting it toward the community. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced such a measure earlier this week.

ABC News’ Courtney Pomeroy, Alexis Zotos, Abigail Shalawylo, Ahmad Hemingway, Alexandra Faul, Joshua Hoyos and Rashid Haddou-Riffi contributed to this report.

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Tropical Storm Cristobal makes landfall in southeast Louisiana http://www.vegasnewspaper.com/tropical-storm-cristobal-makes-landfall-in-southeast-louisiana/ http://www.vegasnewspaper.com/tropical-storm-cristobal-makes-landfall-in-southeast-louisiana/#respond Sun, 07 Jun 2020 05:57:06 +0000 http://www.vegasnewspaper.com/tropical-storm-cristobal-makes-landfall-in-southeast-louisiana/ Tropical Storm Cristobal made landfall in Southeast Louisiana Sunday evening.

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Tropical Storm Cristobal is about 140 miles south-southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River and is headed north towards the U.S. coastline at 12 mph. The maximum sustained winds with Cristobal are currently 50 mph.

Tropical storm force winds are reaching parts of southern Louisiana this morning and conditions will continue to deteriorate through the day. A National Ocean Service station at the Southwest Pass to the Mississippi River in southern Louisiana recorded a wind gust of 62 mph this morning.

Cristobal brought seven reported tornadoes in central Florida yesterday including several visuals of a confirmed tornado moving through downtown Orlando.

A National Weather Service survey team will head to the Orlando metro area today to do surveys and determine exactly how many and how intense the tornadoes were.

On the current forecast track, Cristobal will approach the Louisiana coastline today with landfall likely later this evening, moving inland overnight into Monday and it is expected to make landfall as a tropical storm.

Tropical storm force winds extend up to 205 miles east of the center. Radar this morning is showing a large swath of rain currently falling from southern Louisiana to southeast Georgia.

Tropical Storm force winds are expected to overspread the northern Gulf Coast this morning and last through the day.

Additionally, just like Saturday, a few tornadoes will be possible in Cristobal’s bands through the day. The threat for tornadoes will be from eastern Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle.

High resolution forecast models are showing Cristobal likely coming ashore and making landfall sometime in the evening hours of Sunday in extreme southern Louisiana.

Locally, up to five feet of storm surge will be possible in Louisiana as Cristobal approaches today and moves inland early Monday. The peak surge for a given region will occur during the high tide cycles. The area most affected by the surge will be the regions immediately next to the coastline.

On Monday as the storm moves inland, Cristobal will likely weaken into a depression. The system will eventually track into Arkansas and Missouri bringing very heavy rainfall to that region.

Locally, up to a foot of rain is possible along the northern Gulf Coast, especially in extreme Southern Louisiana and Mississippi. It is important to note that a good portion of this region is swampland and can handle a good amount of rainfall.

However, excessive rainfall is still likely in parts of the more developed areas and therefore flash flooding could be a major concern in the next 24 to 36 hours.

As Cristobal moves inland, additionally heavy rain will spread into parts of Arkansas and Missouri on Monday and Tuesday. Locally 4 to 6 inches of rain will be possible in that time period, and widespread inland flash flooding will be possible. Additionally, this entire region could see river flooding due to the excessive rainfall.

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Criminals stealing unemployment benefits as claims surge http://www.vegasnewspaper.com/criminals-stealing-unemployment-benefits-as-claims-surge/ http://www.vegasnewspaper.com/criminals-stealing-unemployment-benefits-as-claims-surge/#respond Sun, 07 Jun 2020 03:30:48 +0000 http://www.vegasnewspaper.com/criminals-stealing-unemployment-benefits-as-claims-surge/ Complicates an already tough situation for financially strapped Americans.

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Criminals are seizing on a surge in job losses to steal unemployment benefits from Americans nationwide. This complicates an already tough situation for millions of financially strapped Americans and overwhelmed state unemployment offices.

While there’s no exact measure of how many fraudulent claims have been made, states from Washington to Maine say they’ve seen an increase and numerous federal agencies are working to fight it.

“About 10% of (unemployment insurance) payments are improper under the best of times, and we are in the worst of times,” Scott Dahl, the inspector general for the U.S. Labor Department, told the House Subcommittee on Government Operations. Dahl estimated that at least $26 billion in benefits could be wasted, with the bulk of that going to fraudsters.

This forces unemployed workers, already reeling from the loss of a job, to fight for the benefits they need and are entitled to.

“We are deeply concerned about the well-being of these people and when they will get this resolved and get the money they need to live on,” said Eva Velasquez, president and CEO of the nonprofit Identity Theft Resource Center, which has seen a sharp jump in calls for help with unemployment fraud.

Since mid-March, 42.7 million people have applied for unemployment benefits, though some have been rehired as states allow businesses to reopen. On Thursday, the federal government said 21.5 million people are receiving jobless aid. That creates added opportunity for criminals. An extra $600 a week in benefits makes it more lucrative.

Additionally, state unemployment agencies have been overwhelmed by claims and are working to get payments to those in need as fast as possible. In some cases, security experts say the new processes, added workload and outdated systems may have made it easier for criminals to act.

“This is El Dorado for them and it’s pure hell for victims,” said Adam Levin, founder of data security firm CyberScout.

Security experts say the bulk of the fraud appears to be committed by criminals using stolen data to make claims using someone else’s identity. The information has often been gleaned from prior data breaches or direct attacks on state systems.

In many cases, victims don’t know they have been affected until they apply for benefits and find out someone has beat them to the punch. Some even find their benefit payments halted when a criminal usurps their benefits.

Victims should report a suspected fraud to the state, their employer and file a police report. But resolving the issue and getting proper payment means going through the state agency that processes unemployment benefit claims, which is potentially already overwhelmed.

The U.S. Secret Service issued a memo last month that suggested a well-organized Nigerian fraud ring was targeting state unemployment systems, according to the New York Times, which got a copy of the document. But agents were still working to pinpoint who was involved and from where. The memo said that Washington was the hardest-hit state but there was evidence of attacks in North Carolina, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Florida. The California cybersecurity firm Agari estimated last week that at least 11 states have been targeted.

On Thursday, officials in Washington said the state has recovered $333 million out an estimated $550 million to $650 million paid out fraudulently.

Those with jobs are also targets of the fraudsters. Blake Victor Kent said that last week he got a letter from the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance informing him that they had commenced payments for his unemployment claim.

“That’s funny, because I am still employed,” he said.

Kent thought his information may have been exposed when he was a victim of a data breach a few years back. But his employer, Massachusetts General Hospital, sent an email a few days later to staff saying they were aware of a number of such cases for employees.

In other cases, criminals are targeting people with false job offers, assistance filing unemployment and to glean personal information. Other people may also be targeted and used as “mules” to move money for the criminals.

Experts warn that if a criminal has enough information to make an unemployment claim, they have enough information to commit other acts of identity theft. So people need to protect themselves from further harm by freezing their credit and monitoring their credit regularly for any irregularities.

People should practice good cyber hygiene as well, suggests John Breyault, who manages the National Consumers League’s Fraud Center. That means changing passwords regularly, using two-factor authentication whenever possible to log into accounts and being wary of offers that seem too good to be true, whether that is by phone, online, mail or in person.

“Until this unemployment problem starts to recede, this is going to be a problem that sticks with us,” Breyault said.

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Rachel La Corte in Olympia, Washington, contributed.

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George Floyd protests spread to smaller, mostly white towns http://www.vegasnewspaper.com/george-floyd-protests-spread-to-smaller-mostly-white-towns/ http://www.vegasnewspaper.com/george-floyd-protests-spread-to-smaller-mostly-white-towns/#respond Sun, 07 Jun 2020 02:32:25 +0000 http://www.vegasnewspaper.com/george-floyd-protests-spread-to-smaller-mostly-white-towns/ People smaller and mid-sized cities have joined the call for change.

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OMAHA, Neb. — Norfolk, Nebraska, is a quiet, conservative and predominantly white city of 24,000 people where public protests are rare, except for an annual rally against abortion. So when about 300 people gathered on a busy street corner last weekend to voice their outrage at the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, residents took notice.The rally was peaceful, but the fact it happened at all illustrates how far the movement to protest police brutality and discrimination has spread, fueled by social media and the persistent but less visible racism that minorities say they experience in small towns.

“It was important to do it, especially in the middle of Nebraska,” said rally organizer Eduardo Mora, who lives in a neighboring town. “Are we going to wait for a police brutality incident to happen here? We shouldn’t wait for there to be a life taken.”

While the rallies in major cities nationwide have grabbed headlines, people living in smaller and mid-sized cities have also raised their voices to call for change. Some of those protests have turned violent.

In Sioux City, Iowa — population 83,000 — five officers were injured in a confrontation with protesters and several squad cars were damaged. Officers used pepper spray on the crowd after some of them pelted the officers with rocks.

A rally in Grand Island, Nebraska, drew more than 100 people to march in solidarity with activists for social justice. Officials reported that troublemakers in a passing car sprayed the protesters with a foul-smelling liquid that might have been urine. The protest in the city of 51,000 people was otherwise peaceful.

Local officials in Farmington, New Mexico, were surprised when 250 protesters showed up for a peaceful rally in front of a mall. The town of 44,000 sits on the border of the Navajo Nation, and the demonstration attracted members of the American Indian Movement and other activists.

“It was larger than we expected,” said Nicole Brown, the Farmington Police Department’s public information officer. “We haven’t really had many large protests. Most of (the previous ones) were small, with maybe 50 people.”

A protest organized by church leaders drew a diverse crowd of about 100 people to city hall in Rome, Georgia. The event focused on demanding justice for Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man who was chased down and fatally shot in Georgia while jogging.

“Overall, our protests have been very positive,” said Kristi Kent, a city spokeswoman. “We haven’t seen any types of violence or negativity around them.”

Mayor Josh Moenning said public demonstrations are rare in Norfolk, Nebraska, but that he understands why they gathered and he praised them for doing so peacefully.

Even though Norfolk hasn’t had any notable conflict between minorities and police, Moenning said many non-white residents say they’ve experienced racism in the community. Floyd’s killing was a painful reminder, he said.

Nebraska school officials have seen numerous instances over the years of fans shouting racist taunts at high school sporting events. The University of Nebraska faced some criticism in 2018 for not taking action against a student who identified himself as a white nationalist. And in Norfolk, racial tensions flared in 2014 when a resident entered a July 4 parade with an outhouse mounted on a float labeled, “Obama Presidential Library.”

“Like any community, yes, we have a history of racial challenges,” Moenning said. “I think the best way we can deal with those challenges is to talk about it in an honest way and seek to build relationships.”

The protests even in small towns reflect long-simmering anger over implicit discrimination, such as when police officers watch minorities closely, said Patrick Jones, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln history and ethnic studies professor. Police shootings of other black men only make it worse, he said.

“We’ve reached this tipping point with George Floyd,” Jones said. “Frustration has continued to build with each new incident, and this was the spark. But it’s really rooted in a broader set of injustices.”

The small-town rallies come as no surprise to Cynthia Willis-Esqueda, a civil rights activist and University of Nebraska-Lincoln psychology professor who studies the effects of discrimination on minorities. Willis-Esqueda said social media has made it a lot easier to publicize and organize rallies, and the coronavirus pandemic has played a role too, driving up unemployment and economic anxiety among minorities who were already struggling financially.

“It’s not as if people in large cities are the only ones who have been affected,” she said. The protests “aren’t just a response to what has happened, not just in their immediate community. It’s a response to what has happened in the United States in general.”

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Majority of Americans support deploying military to control violent protests: POLL http://www.vegasnewspaper.com/majority-of-americans-support-deploying-military-to-control-violent-protests-poll/ http://www.vegasnewspaper.com/majority-of-americans-support-deploying-military-to-control-violent-protests-poll/#respond Sat, 06 Jun 2020 21:40:02 +0000 http://www.vegasnewspaper.com/majority-of-americans-support-deploying-military-to-control-violent-protests-poll/ A slight majority of Americans support deploying the U.S. military to intervene where there are violent protests, according to a new ABC News/Ipsos poll released Sunday.

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A slight majority of Americans support deploying the U.S. military to intervene where there are violent protests, according to a new ABC News/Ipsos poll released Sunday.

In the new survey, which was conducted by Ipsos in partnership with ABC News using Ipsos’ Knowledge Panel, 52% approve of the move, compared to 47% who disapprove.

The question put before respondents about summoning the military only asked about violent demonstrations, and not peaceful protests.

Earlier this week, President Trump raised the possibility of dispatching active-duty troops to control the protests in cities across the country, triggered by the death of George Floyd, a black man, by a white police officer.

“If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents,” Trump said, in a warning to state and local leaders, from the White House Rose Garden, “then I will deploy the United States military, and quickly solve the problem for them.”

“That is why I am taking immediate presidential action to stop the violence and restore security and safety in America. I am mobilizing all available federal resources, civilian and military to stop the rioting and looting, to end the destruction and arson, and to protect the rights of law-abiding Americans, including your second amendment rights,” he continued, seeking to crack down on the civil unrest.

He stopped short of invoking the Insurrection Act, which empowers the president to send in U.S. military and National Guard troops within the country’s border in rare circumstances.

After Trump’s threat, the commander-in-chief’s own defense secretary, Mark Esper, broke with the president, at least for now, saying at a news conference on Wednesday, “The option to use active duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort, and only in the most urgent and dire of situations.”

“We are not in one of [those] situations now. I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act,” he added.

The military, according to a Gallup survey, is the most trusted institution in American society, with 73% of Americans in 2019 saying they have either a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in the armed forces.

The second-most trusted institution, according to the survey, is small business, with 68% saying they have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in mom-and-pop shops. But unlike those at the higher end of the spectrum, only 38% of Americans have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in the presidency in 2019.

Still, the concept of using the military to control civilian unrest is particularly controversial.

Trump’s former defense secretary, James Mattis, in a remarkable and rare rebuke of the president he once served, wrote in an essay published in The Atlantic, “At home, we should use our military only when requested to do so, on very rare occasions, by state governors. Militarizing our response, as we witnessed in Washington, D.C., sets up a conflict—a false conflict—between the military and civilian society.”

“It erodes the moral ground that ensures a trusted bond between men and women in uniform and the society they are sworn to protect, and of which they themselves are a part,” he continued.

A fierce debate over Trump’s threat to send in the troops also played out over a New York Times op-ed, authored by Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, a conservative Republican who encouraged the president to invoke the Insurrection Act to control the “rioters,” which prompted widespread criticism.

But amid the wave of demonstrations commandeering city streets, some of which have turned violent, Republicans (83%), independents (52%), whites (56%) and Hispanics (60%) support sending in military troops to quell the violent protests.

Meanwhile, Democrats (72%) and black people (73%) disapprove of such a rare use of force to deal with the violence in near equal measure.

The newest numbers follow the release of an ABC News/Ipsos survey on Friday, which found that only 32% of Americans approve of Trump’s handling of the response to Floyd’s death, which sparked the more than 12 straight days of protests, while about two-thirds disapprove.

This ABC News/Ipsos poll was conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs‘ KnowledgePanel® June 3-4, 2020, in English and Spanish, among a random national sample of 706 adults, with oversamples of black and Hispanic respondents. Results have a margin of sampling error of 4.3 points, including the design effect. See the poll’s topline results and details on the methodology here.

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County Primary Election Ballots Due by Tuesday Night http://www.vegasnewspaper.com/county-primary-election-ballots-due-by-tuesday-night/ http://www.vegasnewspaper.com/county-primary-election-ballots-due-by-tuesday-night/#respond Fri, 05 Jun 2020 01:09:53 +0000 http://www.vegasnewspaper.com/county-primary-election-ballots-due-by-tuesday-night/ County Primary Election Ballots Due by Tuesday Night

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            Clark County voters still have multiple ways to cast their ballots in the primary election, which wraps up Tuesday, June 9.

To be counted, ballots must be received by the County Election Department by 7 p.m. Tuesday or put in the regular mail and postmarked on or before June 9.

Voters may put their mail ballot in the postage-paid envelope that came with it and then put their ballot in the regular mail. Voters may also choose to bring their ballot to one of the many ballot drop-off sites open during the next few days. All of the ballot drop-off locations will be open on Tuesday. A list of those sites and their scheduled open times is available on the Election Department website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/vote.

County voters who need a new ballot because the one mailed to them was lost or destroyed, and County residents who still need to register to vote can go to one of three locations from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday: Desert Breeze Community Center at 8275 Spring Mountain Road, Paradise Recreation Center at 4775 S. McLeod Drive, or the Election Department main office at 965 Trade Drive in North Las Vegas.

The 2020 Primary Election is being conducted entirely by mail ballot in Clark County in an effort to limit interactions that could spread the coronavirus. All County registered voters were mailed ballots last month, and the Election Department has already received more than 100,000 ballots from voters.

Those who have not voted yet are reminded to follow all the directions on the ballot, especially the requirement that they sign the outside of the envelope provided. This signature will be used to verify that the ballot was completed by the voter.

More information about the primary is available at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/vote and at www.MailitinNevada.com. Voters with questions may also contact the Election Department at (702) 455-VOTE (8683).

On election night, we expect to release partial results showing vote totals for ballots received before election day. Ballots received on election day and ballots received in the mail that are postmarked on or before June 9, will be counted through June 16 as required by state law. We expect to release unofficial final results of the primary election late in the day on June 16.

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Clark County Grants $3 Million to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children for Healing Center for Child Victims of Sex Trafficking http://www.vegasnewspaper.com/clark-county-grants-3-million-to-st-judes-ranch-for-children-for-healing-center-for-child-victims-of-sex-trafficking/ http://www.vegasnewspaper.com/clark-county-grants-3-million-to-st-judes-ranch-for-children-for-healing-center-for-child-victims-of-sex-trafficking/#respond Thu, 04 Jun 2020 01:10:23 +0000 http://www.vegasnewspaper.com/clark-county-grants-3-million-to-st-judes-ranch-for-children-for-healing-center-for-child-victims-of-sex-trafficking/ Clark County Grants $3 Million to St. Jude's Ranch for Children for Healing Center for Child Victims of Sex Trafficking

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​       LAS VEGAS – St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, a community ofhope and healing, received a $3 million grant from Clark County to help build a Healing Center with safe homes for child victims of sex trafficking. This comes on the tail of the release of an eight-year study highlighting this serious public, social and mental health concern for the most vulnerable children in Las Vegas.

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children’s Healing Center will help a growing victim population that has been enslaved and has nowhere else to turn. For more than a half century, the charity has been providing services to abused, neglected and homeless children and youth. This residential program is a natural extension of its programs and will provide a nurturing and therapeutic environment, survivor advocates and other critical services to child victims of sex trafficking. It will be the only residential treatment center, with these specific treatment housing options, in Southern Nevada and one of the few in the entire country.

“Clark County is proud to support St. Jude’s Ranch for Children in its efforts to help child victims of sex trafficking,” said Commissioner Jim Gibson, whose district includes the facility. “We are saddened that there even needs to be such services, but until we can overcome this issue as a society, we will be there to help those who have fallen victim.”

A Las Vegas-based eight-year exploratory study on child sex trafficking conducted by Arizona State University’s Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research with the support of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the National Criminal Justice Training Center, found that of the 833 child victim cases, only 259 were filed.

“The low number of cases filed leads me to believe that children do not feel safe cooperating with police or filing a report. Remember, these are scared kids who have experienced sexual, physical and emotional violence often by a male adult, sometimes a female they considered a friend and sometimes even a family member. They don’t know who to trust,” said St. Jude’s Ranch for Children’s Chief Executive Officer Christina Vela. “If they had a place to go where they felt safe, got the treatment they needed and began their healing process, they would be more likely to share their story. If they do, then pimps and johns can be held accountable through prosecution. That is how we help break this cycle. That is why the Healing Center is so critical.”

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children has partnered with LGA Architects to create a master plan that includes architectural design and construction costs with an estimated total of $15 million. The charity and has already received a large commitment from a strong community advocate and supporter, The Engelstad Foundation. The $4 million matching grant will serve as a major gift commitment to cap the $15 million capital campaign. With Clark County on board, nearly half of the funds have been raised; the charity will continue to pursue all avenues for funding and is encouraging the rest of the community to donate and help this young enslaved victim population.

ABOUT ST. JUDE’S RANCH FOR CHILDREN For more than 53 years, St. Jude’s Ranch for Children has been a community of healing and hope for children and young people that are victims of abuse and neglect. The 501(c)3 non-profit organization helps children and youth, ages zero to 25, who have been abused, neglected, exploited and/or homeless, by providing safety, stability and healing in a caring environment. St. Jude’s Ranch for Children offers customized therapy, high-quality residential and transitional housing programs, and numerous supportive services, as well as opportunities to keep families and siblings together and spend time together when separated in foster care. The charity’s ultimate focus is to break the cycle of abuse and help children and young people become thriving positive members of the community. For more information visit www.stjudesranch.org or get social with us @StJudesRanch for Facebook and Twitter or stjudesranchforchildren on Instagram.

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Clark County, in collaboration with the Southern Nevada Health District and Community Ambulance will offer free COVID-19 testing for residents of Indian Springs and Cold Creek on Saturday, June 6, 8 a.m. until 12 p.m., at the Indian Springs Fire Station, 715 W. Gretta Lane.

No appointment is needed for Saturday’s testing in Indian Springs. The site will have about 200 self-administered nasal swab tests available on a first-come, first-served basis. Most of the testing will occur on a walk-up basis unless patients are unable to get out of their cars. Patients are asked to bring a valid ID and wear a face covering. All results, positive or negative, are reported to the Health District. Patients who test positive for the virus are contacted by the Health District within a few days. If patients do not receive notification of a positive test result, they can rest assured knowing that they tested negative.

“Clark County is working with the Health District and other community partners to make COVID-19 testing widely available in Southern Nevada,” said Clark County Commissioner Larry Brown, whose Commission District includes Indian Springs and Cold Creek. “The data gathered from testing tells us how widespread the virus is in our community, and will help us respond quickly to any new cases that emerge.”

Officials are working to offer a variety of COVID-19 testing options to the public. A list of COVID-19 testing events sponsored by the Southern Nevada Health District is available on its website at https://www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/covid-19-testing-sites.

Additionally, Appointment-only COVID-19 testing is available six days a week at the UNLV Tropicana parking garage 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Saturday. The site is located next to UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center off University Drive and Tropicana Avenue. Clark County and UMC are operating the site in partnership with Clinical Pathology Laboratories (CPL), the Nevada National Guard and UNLV. Since the site opened May 27, 5,875 tests have been conducted. The site offers drive-thru testing for people arriving in enclosed vehicles, as well as a walk-up testing area for pedestrians or patients arriving on bicycle or motorcycle. There are no out-of-pocket costs to patients.

Appointments at the UNLV Tropicana parking garage site can be scheduled online through UMC’s website at www.umcsn.com or by calling CPL at (702) 795-4932, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. After scheduling an appointment with UMC or CPL, patients receive information about how to access test results electronically. UMConnect, UMC’s patient portal, offers a MyChart app and website at https://umconnect.umcsn.com/. CPL patients can access to their test results by visiting www.cpllabs.com/sonicmyaccess or texting “CPL” to 66349 to sign up for the CPL portal.

Officials say as Nevada’s economy reopens in phases, the public’s cooperation in limiting the spread of COVID-19 continues to be important for community health. Recommended actions include social distancing and wearing face coverings in public places, washing hands and practicing good cough and sneeze hygiene, and limiting your contact with others if you test positive for the virus or someone in your immediate household does. Patients with questions about the virus are encouraged to contact their medical provider for guidance. The Southern Nevada Health District’s Information Phone Line is available for general questions at (702) 759-INFO (4636), between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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The Latest: Bettman set to announce format if NHL returns http://www.vegasnewspaper.com/nhl-commissioner-gary-bettman-is-expected-to-announce-the-leagues-return-to-play-format-this-afternoon/ http://www.vegasnewspaper.com/nhl-commissioner-gary-bettman-is-expected-to-announce-the-leagues-return-to-play-format-this-afternoon/#respond Mon, 25 May 2020 23:49:58 +0000 http://www.vegasnewspaper.com/nhl-commissioner-gary-bettman-is-expected-to-announce-the-leagues-return-to-play-format-this-afternoon/ The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:——— NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is expected to announce the league’s return to play format this afternoon. Bettman is set to make a televised address at 4:30 p.m. EDT about what hockey will look like if the NHL can resume the season ...

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The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:———

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is expected to announce the league’s return to play format this afternoon.

Bettman is set to make a televised address at 4:30 p.m. EDT about what hockey will look like if the NHL can resume the season this summer. That means a 24-team straight-to-playoffs format with the league’s other seven teams having their seasons ended.

The Players’ Association voted last week to approve the 24-team format proposed by the Return to Play committee. It involves the top four teams in each conference playing a mini-tournament for seeding, while the other 16 face off in best-of-five series to set the field.

There is still no timetable for the resumption of game action or when players can return to team facilities for voluntary workouts. This announcement does come on the heels of the league and NHLPA unveiling protocols for those workouts, including a limit of six players on the ice at a time.

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Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted Tuesday that as long as the NFL’s Giants and Jets and the NHL’s Devils follow health and medical protocols, they could open training camps or even hold competition.

The NFL’s preseason and training camps wouldn’t begin until midsummer — teams are doing virtual workouts in place of the usual on-field activities because of the coronavirus pandemic. But the NHL is planning ways to complete the 2019-20 season. Should those plans include the Devils, they now can reopen their training facilities.

“Professional sports teams in NJ may return to training and even competition — if their leagues choose to move in that direction,” Murphy wrote on Twitter.

“We have been in constant discussions with teams about necessary protocols to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, and personnel.”

A Jets spokesman said: “We are working closely with Gov. Murphy’s office, the league and our medical staff to establish prudent, health and safety measures for our staff and players. Based on those guidelines, we will begin to open our facility using a phased approach at a time that is the most practical for our operations.”

The Giants echoed those sentiments and said: “With today’s announcement by the governor, we are finalizing our plans to reopen the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. We will continue to have as many employees as possible working remotely. For employees who need to return to work at our facility, we expect to begin that process next week, and we will do so in a systematic and safe way that adheres to the state’s guidelines and NFL protocols.”

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Formula One carmaker McLaren says 1,200 jobs will be lost across its entire group’s operations because of the coronavirus outbreak.

It was not immediately clear how the cuts would affect the group’s F1 operation. The sport has yet to start its 2020 season amid the pandemic.

The McLaren Group says “the cancellation of motorsport events, the suspension of manufacturing and retail activities around the world and reduced demand for technology solutions have all led to a sudden impact” on its revenue-generating activities.

McLaren says the reduced budget-cap level for F1 teams also led to the job losses.

The cuts represent about a quarter of the group’s workforce.

McLaren executive chairman Paul Walsh says “we plan to emerge as an efficient, sustainable business with a clear course for returning to growth.”

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World TeamTennis says it is planning to allow up to 500 spectators at outdoor matches during its three-week season from July 12 to Aug. 2 at a resort in West Virginia.

All tennis events sanctioned by the ATP, WTA and International Tennis Federation are on hold at least until late July because of the coronavirus pandemic.

But the WTT is not affiliated with those tours and does not need to abide by their decisions about when it is OK to compete. No ATP or WTA ranking points are available for its matches.

The WTT says it is increasing its prize money to $5 million. That is $1.5 million more than for its 2019 season.

The league is bringing all nine of its teams to one site at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, because of the pandemic instead of having matches around the United States.

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