Via ABC News, a REALLY well done piece here from Jim Avila. Vicki Gardner was being interviewed by Alison Park and Adam Ward when the gunman started shooting.
Fogle Fired By Subway Amid Plea Deal Allegations
All I have is one word – wow.
Subway has severed all ties with Jared Fogle in light of the news he has accepted a plea deal based upon the child pornography investigation that began when the head of Fogle’s charitable foundation, Russell Taylor, was found with over 500 images of child pornography in his possession.
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This Marine exemplifies the principles & values of the Corps. Ooorah Marine!
The bullet holes are everywhere inside the Marine recruiting office on Lee Highway.
Bullet holes in the chairs, the desks, the walls, the ceiling, the shelves, the couch where Sgt. DeMonte Cheeley was sitting when a lone gunman blasted more than 30 rounds through the window.
Some of the holes have been patched up now, the tangible reminders of the attack filled in, smoothed out and covered with patches of white primer. Three weeks have passed since 24-year-old Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez rolled up to the offices in a silver Mustang convertible and opened fire from the car on July 16.
Cheeley recounts the details of the attack with practiced candor; he’s told the story hundreds of times now.
He was sitting on the couch toward the front of the office when he heard the first shot, saw the spray of glass as the bullet splintered the window. He thought it was a firecracker at first, but Lance Cpl. Christopher Gilliam, also on the couch, yelled for everyone to run.
As they fled out the back, bullets pounded into the office. Cheeley looked back once, saw the silver Mustang and the barrel of the gun. He couldn’t make out the shooter’s face.
Cheeley didn’t realize his leg was bleeding until they were out the back door, and then he dismissed it as a cut, figured it was from from the glass up front. He saw the Mustang drive out of the parking lot as he ran for cover behind some dumpsters.
He returned to the recruiting office once the police got there, but he still didn’t believe he’d been shot, even after a police officer told him he had a hole in the back of his leg.
After a couple rounds of X-rays, a team of doctors at Erlanger confirmed that the wound to his left thigh was from a bullet. The wound didn’t require surgery and Cheeley was released after a couple of hours.
When he got home Thursday night and undressed, he found a bullet hole in the back of his gym shorts, and that’s when the day really hit him.[…]
On Friday, the desk up front had two boxes of Dunkin’ Donuts and a half-eaten coconut cake. A stack of cards sat unopened on a back printer, and an American flag covered several bullet holes in a cubicle wall.
Cheeley put a recruit through a test, then chatted with another man about signing up. Business as usual, he said. The shooting hasn’t changed how he recruits. And he brushed off the national debate about whether service members such as he should be armed.
“If we’re told to carry weapons we will,” he said. “If not, then we’ll continue to do our job.”
At one point Cheeley stepped outside to see Sally Bryer, a civilian who’d been sitting in her car in the parking lot when Abdulazeez pulled up right in front of her and started shooting. She stopped by just to say hello, and thanks.
Read more at this link.
Sad to see this happening to Baltimore, MD, my Mom’s hometown, and a place I lived for a few years.
Baltimore reached a grim milestone on Friday, three months after riots erupted in response to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody: With 45 homicides in July, the city has seen more bloodshed in a single month than it has in 43 years.
Police reported three deaths — two men shot Thursday and one on Friday. The men died at local hospitals.
With their deaths, this year’s homicides reached 189, far outpacing the 119 killings by July’s end in 2014. Nonfatal shootings have soared to 366, compared to 200 by the same date last year. July’s total was the worst since the city recorded 45 killings in August 1972, according to The Baltimore Sun.
The seemingly Sisyphean task of containing the city’s violence prompted Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to fire her police commissioner, Anthony Batts, on July 8.
“Too many continue to die on our streets,” Rawlings-Blake said then. “Families are tired of dealing with this pain, and so am I. Recent events have placed an intense focus on our police leadership, distracting many from what needs to be our main focus: the fight against crime.”
But the killings have not abated under Interim Commissioner Kevin Davis since then.
Baltimore is not unique in its suffering; crimes are spiking in big cities around the country.
But while the city’s police are closing cases— Davis announced arrests in three recent murders several days ago — the violence is outpacing their efforts. Davis said Tuesday the “clearance rate” is at 36.6 percent, far lower than the department’s mid-40s average.
Crime experts and residents of Baltimore’s most dangerous neighborhoods cite a confluence of factors: mistrust of the police; generalized anger and hopelessness over a lack of opportunities for young black men; and competition among dealers of illegal drugs, bolstered by the looting of prescription pills from pharmacies during the riot.
Federal drug enforcement agents said gangs targeted 32 pharmacies in the city, taking roughly 300,000 doses of opiates, as the riots caused $9 million in property damage in the city.
Read more at this link.
Whenever I see something like this, it makes me mad. As a vet, I could have FREE medical care however, I know how badly screwed up VA medical care is and choose to get medical insurance from my employer.
Donald Trump says he wants to help vets. Where is his plan to make things better at VA hospitals? These protesters would probably like to know…
Via CBS Detroit
Outraged over what they say are unfair and poor working conditions, employees at Detroit’s John Dingell VA Medical Center are rallying for change.
A group of about 100 workers and supporters protested outside the hospital on Wednesday.
“This is like a third world county here,” said Benjamin Mayhan, president of American Federation of Government Employees, Local 933.
“You have managers who are very hostile towards employees of the union. We have a situation where we went to management several times; it’s not been abated.”
Read more at this link.
Another example of why Ministers of the cloth ought to stay out of politics and politicians should stay out of religion.
Via The Hill
The pope’s favorability rating among Americans has plummeted in the past year and a half, according to a new poll, although he still retains a wholly positive reputation.
Fifty nine percent of Americans have a favorable view of Pope Francis, while 16 percent view him unfavorably in a new Gallup poll. That’s down from a 76-percent favorability rating in February, 2014, but in line with his rating when he was inaugurated in 2013.
His favorability has fallen significantly among most groups, but especially conservatives, where support has dropped 27 percentage points since last year. Support from liberals has dropped 14 percent, while his favorability among American Catholics dropped from 89 percent to 71 percent.
Art Swift at Gallup writes that the decline among conservatives “may be attributable to the pope’s denouncing of ‘the idolatry of money’ and attributing climate change partially to human activity, along with his passionate focus on income inequality — all issues that are at odds with many conservatives’ beliefs.”