Thursday afternoon a Detroit homeowner fatally shot an intruder. A second intruder was also at the scene but ran away and is still being sought by police.
Police say the homeowner heard glass break around 12:30 p.m., ran to the back of his house and saw a person climbing in the window, so he grabbed his gun and fired.
Police say the 17-year-old suspect then collapsed on the driveway, appearing to have died from a gunshot wound to the chest. The other suspect is in his 20s.
Police continue to question the homeowner about the incident, and for a description of the other suspect. They say the homeowner is shaken up.
“It’s a message to the criminals – stop coming in to people’s homes unannounced and uninvited. Crime no longer pays in the city of Detroit,” says Dep. Chief Rodney Johnson of the Detroit Police Department.
The home is on Penrod Street, near Tireman Avenue and the Southfield Freeway on the city’s west side. Neighbors tell FOX 2′s Taryn Asher the area has gone bad, and just in the past two weeks five Detroit homeowners have caught intruders attempting to rob the houses.
The Iranian-born Jarrett’s White Office of Public Engagement is trying to combine together two of her favorite things.
As Ray Hanania points out, the office “often fails to distinguish between “Arab” and “Muslim,” but that’s because the only Arabs that Obama and Jarrett are interested in are Muslims. Just ask the Copts in Egypt.
There are at least two Muslims in the Office of Public Engagement and when Obama delivered his big ObamaCare defense, of the 13 human props surrounding him, two were Muslim.
(Huffington Post) — Two abortion clinics on Thursday join the growing list of Texas providers shutting down because of restrictions passed by the state legislature last summer, the clinics’ owner said.
Whole Women’s Health, which operates five abortion clinics and one ambulatory surgical center in Texas, will close its rural clinics in Beaumont and McAllen, Amy Hagstrom Miller, CEO of Whole Women’s Health, told HuffPost. The McAllen clinic was the last center serving women in the Rio Grande Valley, and the Beaumont clinic was the only abortion provider between Houston and Louisiana.
In a small town, it’s “next to impossible” to comply with the new law, which requires that abortion providers have admitting privileges at a local hospital, and that all abortions take place in ambulatory surgical centers, Miller said in an interview.
“The majority of the rural providers in Texas are now closed,” Miller said. “I’m stubborn or stupid to have kept mine open this long, but I can’t keep my doors open when I can’t see any patients.”
The anti-abortion law signed by Gov. Rick Perry (R) last summer, known as HB 2, also bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and restricts how doctors can administer abortions with medication. Republican supporters of the bill said it was intended to protect women’s health.
The number of Texas abortion clinics has dropped by more than half since the state legislature began passing new restrictions on pregnancy termination in 2011. There were 44 clinics in 2011. With the closing of Miller’s two clinics, there are now 20. Only six of the remaining facilities are ambulatory surgical centers, which means that the remaining 14 will soon have to close unless they can comply with the new building requirements by the September 2014 deadline.
A top federal judge and Michigan’s Congressional delegation celebrated Thursday the awarding of $30 million toward repairs and renovation of the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse in Detroit and $40 million more proposed in President Barack Obama’s 2014-15 budget.
Chief U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen said the money will modernize and preserve the historic downtown courthouse that is the flagship of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and has been the hub of federal justice in metro Detroit for 80 years.
Rosen noted that much of the building’s plumbing and electrical systems are original to the Depression-era court that’s hosted some of metro Detroit’s most historic trials, including the corruption case against former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and the nation’s largest-ever municipal bankruptcy.
Aging has meant problems for the courthouse, including “almost Biblical” flooding from burst pipes, fires from the outdated electrical system and elevator outages that Rosen said will be rectified with infrastructure upgrades long overdue.
Rosen was joined by video link by Michigan Democratic U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, a nephew of the former chief judge who is the court’s namesake, and, by phone, U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., a Detroit Democrat. Rep. Candice Miller, a Harrison Township Republican, sent a congratulatory video.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, whose father, Patrick Duggan, is a longtime federal judge, said the overhaul of the courthouse means the city will modernize a historic building instead of tear it down as happens to too many buildings in the city.
Extreme weather events like the winter freeze over North America and devastating floods in England have a “silver lining” – a reminder that urgently addressing climate change is not a politically partisan issue, in the view of U.N. climate change chief Christiana Figueres.
“There’s no doubt that experiencing these weather events, which I call experiential evidence of climate change, does raise the issue to the highest political levels,” Figueres told The Guardian this week.
“It’s unfortunate that we have to have these weather events, but there is a silver lining if you wish, because these weather events, what they remind us is that solving climate change, addressing climate change in a timely way, is not a partisan issue.”
“It’s not like these weather events affect those who are on the left of the political scale or those who are on the right. It doesn’t matter where you are in politics, nationally or internationally – you get the same impact. The longer we wait to have policy that positively affects the trajectory of [greenhouse gas] emissions, the more of these events we’re going to have.”
Nine severely wounded Ukrainians who were hurt in the political clashes will be brought to Israel on a special plane organized by the Jewish community in Kiev, Israel Radio reported Friday.
All nine protesters suffered from gunshot wounds and will be treated at Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem and Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot.
An emergency volunteer committee arranged the operation at the central syngagogue in Kiev until midnight, Alexander Levin, the president of the World Forum of Russian-Speaking Jewry, told Israel Radio.
Despite recent unrest and the presence of Russian forces in Ukraine’s Crimea region, Russia announced on Friday that there will be no war with Ukraine.
The parliament in Ukraine’s southern Crimea region said on Thursday it would hold a referendum on whether the region should join Russia on March 16.
With a massive shortage of primary care physicians across Florida, state lawmakers are pushing a bill to expand the powers of nurse practitioners, allowing them to prescribe controlled substances like painkillers and work without supervision from a doctor.
The bill’s champion, Rep. Cary Pigman, is an emergency room physician who has supervised nurse practitioners for most of his career. He says Florida has thousands of trained nurse practitioners who can help fill the gap. But the Florida Medical Association and many independent doctors have spoken out against the bill, saying even nurses with advanced training need a doctor’s supervision.
Nurse practitioners, who have a two-year degree beyond the requirements of registered nurses, currently must work under the supervision of a physician and sometimes must pay the doctor a fee. Also covered under the proposal are clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists and nurse midwives, who have similar advanced training.
Pigman, an Avon Park Republican, said the current supervision mandate “is a sham” and so loose that “I could be supervising a nurse practitioner working in Okeechobee 350 miles away and I could get paid for that.”
The bill would establish standards for advanced practice registered nurses but it does not increase their scope of practice beyond their training, Pigman said. Patients with serious medical problems would be referred to physicians. Currently, 17 states and the District of Columbia give nurse practitioners full autonomy and 21 give partial autonomy, according the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Florida, California and Texas are among the states with strict limits on nurse practitioners.
This is the same guy (and I use the term “guy” lightly) who constantly pisses and moans about conservatives saying mean things about Obama.
CHRIS MATTHEWS: I have never seen a candidate for national office, certainly not a presidential candidate, as angry as Ted Cruz. He’s angry at the Democrats; angry at the Republicans; angry even at the human tendency to try to meet sometimes in the middle. To him, the goal is to head as far right as possible, stand there, then oppose anyone and everything to your left, then claim the right to rule because no one else in the country is as radical as you are.
Well this is the politics of the zoo where each animal gets to rule its own cage. It gets to roar or whine or snort or whatever, as loud as it wants. Ted Cruz doesn’t mind who owns the zoo, of course, he wants it own his own cage. He wants to be the only one who is all alone in the farthest right position of the Republican party. So far alone, so far extreme, that no one else appears in the same picture for the simple reason that no one else, not Marco Rubio, not Rand Paul, okay, maybe Bobby Jindal, is desperate enough, or wild enough, or nuts enough to want to be in the same cage with this character.
Conservative scholar and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza on Friday debuted a new trailer for his upcoming film “America” at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
The trailer depicts George Washington shot on a Revolutionary War battlefield and presumably dying, followed by icons such as the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore and the Washington Monument disintegrating into dust.
Then D’Souza, in a voiceover, poses the question: “What would the world look like if America did not exist?”
The Internal Revenue Service will give documents and emails from former IRS official Lois Lerner to the House Ways and Means Committee, House Republicans announced Friday.
The news was released in a statement from committee Chairman Dave Camp, a Michigan Republican, saying that the IRS was finally handing over the documents he requested months ago, as his committee continues its investigation into the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups.
“From the few Lerner documents we have received, we know that Washington, D.C., orchestrated the targeting of groups applying for tax-exempt status, surveillance of existing tax-exempt groups and formed the proposed 501(c)(4) rules designed to push conservative groups out of the public forum,” Camp said.
“The remaining documents are key to determining the level of wrong doing and deception committed by this agency,” he added.
Russian troops on Friday attacked a Ukranian military base 5 kilometers from the Ukranian city Sevastopol, located on the Black Sea coast of the Crimean peninsula.
According to early reports, members of a pro-Russia militia used a truck to break though the gate of the base. The truck got stuck at the gate, and Russia soldiers climbed over it. Some 70 Ukrainian troops were said to still be holding out in the bunkers. There were no reports of shots being fired.
A Ukrainian military official, Vladislav Seleznyov, told Reuters by telephone that the armed men took over the base without any shooting and that no one was hurt. Another Ukrainian official told Reuters at the post that he was now mediating between the Ukrainian forces and the armed group inside, and that no arms had been seized. Russia now has 30,000 troops in Ukraine’s Crimea region, according to Ukrainian border guards, nearly twice the previous figure given by the government in Kiev.
Meanwhile, Russia said on Friday that any American sanctions imposed against Moscow over the Ukraine crisis would boomerang back on the United States and urged Washington not to damage bilateral ties.
In a phone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov “warned against hasty and reckless steps capable of causing harm to Russian-American relations, particularly … sanctions, which would inevitably hit the United States like a boomerang,” the Foreign Ministry said.
Canada, home to more than 1 million people of Ukrainian descent, imposed its own travel bans Friday on people threatening Ukraine’s territorial integrity. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the ban was to protest Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “illegal military occupation” of Crimea.
Hollywood has finally taken an unflinching look at slavery. It’s past time for the rest of the country to do the same.
I wanted to wait a few days before writing about the best picture Oscar for “12 Years a Slave” to see if it still felt like an important milestone. It does. Academy Award recognition for one well-made movie obviously does not make up for a century of pretending that slavery never happened. But perhaps the movie industry’s top prize can give impetus to the efforts of artists and scholars who are beginning to honestly confront this nation’s original sin.
We tell ourselves that we know all about slavery, that it’s ancient history. But we’ve never fully investigated its horrors, which means we’ve never come to terms with them, which means we’ve never been able to get beyond them. Where slavery is concerned, we are imprisoned by William Faulkner’s famous epigram: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
The success of “12 Years a Slave” may be a significant step toward our collective liberation.
Bernie Sanders says he is “prepared to run for president of the United States.” That’s not a formal announcement. A lot can change between now and 2016, and the populist senator from Vermont bristles at the whole notion of a permanent campaign. But Sanders has begun talking with savvy progressive political strategists, traveling to unexpected locations such as Alabama and entertaining the process questions that this most issue-focused member of the Senate has traditionally avoided.
In some senses, Sanders is the unlikeliest of prospects: an independent who caucuses with the Democrats in the Senate but has never joined the party, a democratic socialist in a country where many politicians fear the label “liberal,” an outspoken critic of the economic, environmental and social status quo who rips “the ruling class” and calls out the Koch brothers by name. Yet, he has served as the mayor of his state’s largest city, beaten a Republican incumbent for the US House, won and held a historically Republican Senate seat and served longer as an independent member of Congress than anyone else. And he says his political instincts tell him America is ready for a “political revolution.”