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45-Year-Old Teacher at Brentwood School Arrested on Suspicion of Statutory Rape of Underage Student

A female teacher at the elite Brentwood School has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with an underage teenage student, authorities said. 34.067168
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Palmitessa was booked on suspicion of statutory rape — sex involving a minor — and is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail, Im said. She has a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology and previously taught at Penn State Abington. Aimee Palmitessa, 45, was taken into custody Friday by detectives and is being held at the Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center, said Tony Im, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department. The alleged victim is a 16-year-old student at the school.

Palm Beach Zoo Is Latest Group to Pull Event from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Resort After His Charlottesville Remarks

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—Cleveland Clinic, a hospital group, became the first to take action. The announcement came a day after another local group, the Palm Beach Preservation Foundation, abandoned Mar-a-Lago. The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society announces decision to move 2018 fundraiser from Mar-a-Lago Club. —The Salvation Army said it will find a different venue for its Holiday Snow Ball. (Credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)
“After thoughtful consideration by zoo leadership, we have decided it is important that we not allow distractions to deter us from our mission and culture,” said the organization’s CEO and president, Andrew Aiken, in a statement. Here’s a list of the organizations that CNNMoney has confirmed have pulled their business from Mar-a-Lago. “Given the current environment surrounding Mar-a-Lago, we have made the decision to move our annual dinner dance,” that foundation said on Twitter. A woman was killed and 19 people were injured when a car rammed down a narrow street. Saturday
—Palm Beach Preservation Foundation cancels plans to host its annual dinner dance at the club. That event has been held at Mar-a-Lago for every year for the past decade. —Susan G. Komen said its breast cancer fundraiser, the Perfect Pink Party, won’t be held at Mar-a-Lago. —American Friends of Magen David Adom, a nonprofit that supports Israeli medical services, said it will not host its Celebration of Life gala at Mar-a-Lago. Another group has ditched plans to host an event at President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort. —The American Cancer Society said it will not host its annual Island of Palm Beach gala at the club. https://t.co/2kJkYlzMsQ pic.twitter.com/YHR3ar4HMo
— Palm Beach Zoo (@PalmBeachZoo) August 20, 2017

The exodus comes after Trump blamed “many sides” for violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. It will be the first time in eight years the group has not hosted its annual gala at the club. It was scheduled to have its annual gala at Mar-a-Lago. —The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation said it will not have its medical briefing luncheon at Mar-a-Lago. Sunday
—Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society follows suit. Friday
—American Red Cross said it won’t hold its International Red Cross Ball at the club. The Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society on Sunday joined a list of what is now at least nine nonprofits, charities and other organizations that have said they won’t give business to the posh club in Palm Beach, Florida.

Legendary Comedian Jerry Lewis Dies at 91

He was 91. Martin played the romantic, crooning straight man, and Lewis was the anything-for-a-laugh comedian of chaos. And what they do is they give up a piece of their soul … and for them, they’re comfortable, and they feel that’s fine,” he told CNN’s Larry King in 2000. 12, 2016. (Some observers called them “the organ grinder and the monkey.”) The act often featured a stint of Martin chasing Lewis around the stage. Stay in your house!” he said in 2001 on the “CBS Morning Show.” He later apologized. He seldom apologized for it. A number of people suffering with muscular dystrophy claimed Lewis presented victims as childlike and worthy of pity, rather than as equal members of society. When Lewis was one of America’s leading box office attractions, critics mocked him for the broadness of his comedy — and took more shots at him when he became a renowned figure in France. Thank you for the laughs and the feels, Jerry Lewis. The next year they premiered as a duo in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Lewis later wrote that they set off Beatlemania-type reactions among fans — especially female fans — long before the term Beatlemania was coined. Jerry Lewis, the slapstick-loving comedian, innovative filmmaker and generous fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, died Sunday after a brief illness, according to his publicist Candi Cazau. But over the course of a decade — a period that included 17 movies, beginning with 1949’s “My Friend Irma” — the two grew apart. “You don’t want to be pitied because you’re a cripple in a wheelchair? According to show business lore, their first show flatlined and the team was warned by the club manager to improve or be fired. His early solo films, such as “The Delicate Deliquent” (1957) and “Rock-a-Bye Baby” (1958), made under a longstanding contract with producer Hal Wallis, were more of the same. He was a regular in New York’s Catskill Mountain resorts, popular summertime retreats for area Jews. https://t.co/vdYCfd7atJ
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 20, 2017

“I sincerely hope his afterlife is a warm, peaceful… …haven,” actor Patton Oswalt wrote. Toward the end, Martin told Lewis he was “nothing to me but a dollar sign.” Martin’s last performance with Lewis — also at the Copa — was on July 25, 1956. Jerry Lewis speaks in Las Vegas on Sept. He met Martin at a club in 1945 where the two were performing as soloists. In 1984, the French awarded Lewis the Legion of Honor, the country’s highest tribute. Lewis lost some fans when he criticized women doing comedy — “I think of (a female comedian) as a producing machine that brings babies in the world,” he once said — and when he lashed out at MDA critics. I told (legendary Hollywood gossip columnist) Louella Parsons I thought she was a fat pig, because I thought she was. Cazau would not elaborate on the illness from which Lewis was suffering. He was emotional, big-hearted, eccentric — once successful, he never wore a pair of socks twice — proud and forever playing to the back row. Lewis, on the other hand, was considered a lightweight, if crowd-pleasing, clown. Lewis first gained fame for his frenzied comedy-and-music act with singer Dean Martin. It was for “The Bellboy” that Lewis first used video assist, so he could monitor his performance as he directed. A lonely boy
Joseph Levitch — he changed the name to Lewis as a teenager — was born in Newark, New Jersey, on March 16, 1926. “Let me tell you that probably 50 percent of the film community plays a game and does their thing because they’re prominent and they’re making a lot of money. 36.169941
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We have lost a great comedian and even greater heart. But Lewis was also a lonely boy, essentially raised by his grandmother. He was so successful, and so devoted to the cause, that children affected by the disease became known as “Jerry’s kids.” The telethon, long known as “The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon,” began airing on Labor Day weekend in 1966, and Lewis served as host until 2011. When that ended in the mid-1950s, Lewis went solo, and by the early ’60s, he had become a top draw in movies such as “The Bellboy,” “The Nutty Professor” and “The Patsy.” Along the way, he pioneered the use of videotape and closed-circuit monitors in moviemaking, a now-standard technique called video assist. Entertainment ran in the family: His father was a vaudeville performer, his mother a piano player. Loved and criticized
Despite his success, Lewis also was a controversial figure. For the second show, the two went wild with a no-holds-barred mix of comedy and music. Several celebrities took to social media to share their sadness over his passing. I had an opinion.”
The controversy Lewis stirred up over the years did little to dampen his peers’ and successors’ appreciation of his art. He was an established singer and was beginning to make inroads as a respected actor, including performances in two 1958 films: “The Young Lions” (opposite Marlon Brando) and “Some Came Running” (with Frank Sinatra, with whom Martin would become longtime pals as part of the Rat Pack). “It was never fine for me and I wouldn’t go there. Lewis occasionally performed with his parents, and by the time he was a teenager he had developed his own act. And the pain was that I couldn’t buy milk like the other kids in school at recess time,” he said. He signed a huge contract with Paramount, a seven-year deal promising him $10 million and 60% of the profits for 14 films, according to his agency biography. They appeared on the very first “Ed Sullivan Show” (then called “Toast of the Town”) and shrewdly negotiated control of their various appearances, earning them millions. But upon the end of his Wallis contract, in 1959, Lewis set out to take greater control of his work. It was a hit. (Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
He first helped raise money for muscular dystrophy in a telethon in 1956. Lewis told King that his comedy was rooted in hurt. Big life post-Martin
Despite the acrimonious breakup, the two eventually reconciled, and Lewis and James Kaplan released a book in 2005 with a title that explained how Lewis saw the relationship: “Dean and Me (A Love Story).”
Upon their breakup, Martin was expected to be the greater success. “I found (the comic) through pain. He received a patent for the invention.

L.A.’s Catholic Archbishop Speaks Out Against ‘Racism and Nationalism Rooted in Fear’ After Charlottesville Violence

“It is a racism and nationalism rooted in fear.”
Gomez said some of the fear is about “what is happening in our society,” referring to the racial tensions that have divided the country following the white supremacy rally in Charlottesville last weekend that left one person dead and several others injured. In sermons delivered this weekend, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez spoke out about the racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Va., and urged Catholics to be an “instrument of healing and unity.”
Archbishop Jose Gomez walks through the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on May 26, 2010, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Credit: Don Bartletti-Pool/Getty Images)
“We are seeing in our country a new kind of racism and nationalism,” Gomez said. 34.052234
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Read the full story on LATimes.com. “Our country has become so angry and bitter, so divided — in so many different areas,” he said.

Second Officer Dies in Florida Police Shooting

Sgt. Miller is the only one charged of three people the police questioned, the chief said. Other officer shootings
Two officers in Jacksonville were also injured Friday. Rick Scott described Baxter as a husband, a father and a hero. Their condition was unknown as of Saturday morning. One officer was struck in both hands, while the other was hit in his stomach, Bruno said. Condolences from Trump, governor
Following the news of the shooting, President Donald Trump tweeted his condolences. I would ask that you pray for the men and women of law enforcement. And in Pennsylvania, two state troopers were shot late Friday, said Melinda Bondarenka, a spokeswoman with the Pennsylvania State Police. Earlier Police Chief Jeff O’Dell said Everett Glenn Miller, 45, had been charged with first-degree murder in Baxter’s killing. He also faces charges of carrying a concealed weapon and resisting arrest. Praying for a quick recovery for officer in critical condition,” Scott tweeted. Within minutes, gunfire erupted, surprising the officers, who were not able to return fire, O’Dell said. “My thoughts and prayers are with the @KissimmeePolice and their loved ones. The officers approached Miller and two other men before 9:30 p.m. When officers arrived in response to an attempted suicide call, they encountered a man armed with a high-powered rifle and exchanged gunfire, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Director Mike Bruno said. Baxter, a three-year veteran of the Kissimmee Police Department, was pronounced dead. Kissimmee is about 20 miles south of Orlando. The suspect, who was also injured, died after being taken to a local hospital, he said. Richard “Sam” Howard died Saturday afternoon, a day after Officer Matthew Baxter died at the scene of a shooting in the central Florida city near Orlando. Friday. pic.twitter.com/MEp056LfSm
— Kissimmee Police (@kissimmeepolice) August 19, 2017

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Man Killed, 2 Women Injured After Being Shot at While Riding Bikes in South L.A.; Suspects Still at Large

No further details were immediately available. Derrick Alfred with the sheriff’s department. County Sheriff’s Department. “A vehicle had driven by while the three people, who were all on bicycles, were riding down the street,” he said, “and then (the person in the vehicle) opened fire on them.”
No information has been released about suspects or a possible motive, and authorities have not said whether the shooting was gang-related. found the three injured on the ground in the 1400 block of East 77th Street, according to a statement from the L.A. The women were also treated at a local hospital and were later released, officials said. All three were shot while riding bikes, according to Lt. 33.969584
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A man was killed and two women were wounded in a shooting in the Florence-Firestone area of South Los Angeles early Saturday morning, officials said.

Anti-Racists Outnumber ‘Free Speech’ Advocates as Thousands March in Boston; Demonstrations Remain Largely Peaceful

The event had been scheduled to end at 2 p.m. City Attorney Urges Officials to Consider Denying Permits to Hate Groups, Following Deadly Charlottesville Violence
Charlottesville Mayor Calls for Removal of Downtown Confederate Statues After ‘Terrorist Attack’
Heather Heyer’s Mother Offers Message to President Trump: ‘Think Before You Speak’ 19, 2017, in Boston, Massachusetts. One organizer, John Medlar, a student at Fitchburg State University, told CNN affiliate WCVB that his group is libertarian and opposes bigotry and the Ku Klux Klan. I don’t want them here.”

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L.A. “Rallies and marches organized by white supremacists are more prevalent than in recent years, and — as always — it is the most marginalized who are left vulnerable.”
Monica Cannon, an organizer with the group Violence in Boston, said activists who participated in last week’s Charlottesville event were to attend. “The courts have made it abundantly clear they have a right to gather no matter how repugnant their views are,” he said. We stand together against intolerance.”
After Boston granted a rally permit this week, Walsh had issued a warning to the demonstrators: “Make no mistake: we do not welcome any hate groups to Boston and we reject their message.”
“We have made it clear that we will not tolerate incitements to violence or any threatening behavior.”
Counter-protesters of the Boston “free speech” rally gather in Roxbury at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center before marching to the Boston Commons Aug. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh had appealed for calm via Twitter earlier Saturday: “I ask everyone to be peaceful today and respect our City. “As we have seen with the events in Charlottesville and around the country, white nationalists are emboldened by the current political administration and growing police state,” organizers wrote on Facebook. Known by the nickname Based Stickman or the Alt Knight, he has urged members of his group to battle left-wing activists, the ADL said. “The alt lite, sometimes referred to as the New Right, is a loosely-connected movement whose adherents generally shun white supremacist thinking, but who are in step with the alt right in their hatred of feminists and immigrants, among others. Love, not hate. In Hot Springs, Arkansas, a pro-Confederate rally was planned for Saturday amid heightened security concerns following the clashes in Virginia, according to CNN affiliate KATV
Rally organizers in Boston had invited “libertarians, conservatives, traditionalists, classical liberals, Trump supporters or anyone else who enjoys their right to free speech,” according to a group calling itself the Boston Free Speech Coalition. Backpacks were to be searched and weapons, and objects that could be used as weapons — including glass containers and flag poles — were to be banned. The largely peaceful march and rally came one week after racially motivated protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly. But rally organizers said on social media that Kyle Chapman, Joe Biggs, US Senate candidate Shiva Ayyadurai and congressional candidate Samson Racioppi were to speak. Walsh said the city had no choice but to issue a rally permit. No KKK. The counterdemonstration was organized by an array of groups, including the Coalition to Mobilize and Organize Boston against Trump, the Act Now to Stop War & End Racism Coalition, Boston Democratic Socialists of America and Black Lives Matter, according to a Facebook page for the event. (Credit: Ryan McBride / AFP / Getty Images)
Boston rally organizer denounces ‘political violence’
A Facebook page linked to the Boston event identifies participants as a “coalition of libertarians, progressives, conservatives, and independents and we welcome all individuals and organizations from any political affiliations that are willing to peaceably engage in open dialogue about the threats to, and importance of, free speech and civil liberties.”
Some of the same groups organized a similar event on the Common in May, where there were two arrests. “If anything gets out of hand, we will shut it down,” Walsh told reporters Friday. (Credit: Scott Eisen / Getty Images)
Controversial speakers
Some speakers had dropped out, while others were uninvited after Charlottesville. Amid a heavy police presence, men, women and children from diverse backgrounds showed up Saturday morning to march from the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Roxbury to Boston Common, the nation’s oldest park. No racist USA” and “Americans against hate.” At times, they chanted “Hey hey, ho ho, white supremacy has got to go” and “Black lives matter.”
“Boston is a beautiful city, but Boston needs to get it together,” counterdemonstrator Lewis Goody said. He added, “This so-called free speech rally — some of the people speaking have said some very hurtful things about the Jewish community, about the African-American community, about a whole bunch of other communities. A Facebook page purportedly linked to the Boston rally sought to distance it from last weekend’s white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville. Some carried signs with messages such as “No Trump. In Portland, Oregon, hundreds took to the streets Friday night for an “Eclipse Hate” demonstration, which organizers said was intended to show solidarity with the people of Charlottesville, CNN affiliate KPTV reported. The event included a moment of silence for victims of hate. Thousands of counterdemonstrators marched Saturday in downtown Boston in response to a self-described free speech rally that had sparked concerns of possible violence. (Credit: Scott Eisen / Getty Images)
Rally ends earlier than expected
The rally began at noon on Boston Common, and by 1:30 p.m., police tweeted: “‘Free Speech’ rally is officially over. Counterprotester Heather Heyer, 32, was killed in that college town when a car plowed into a crowd of anti-racism advocates gathered to oppose the “Unite the Right” rally. Chapman is well-known in right-wing circles for arming himself with a stick and confronting anti-fascist demonstrators in Berkeley, California, according to the ADL. The event, which was planned before the Charlottesville violence, took place amid a heated national debate about racism and the future of Confederate monuments. More than 500 police officers — including some undercover and others with cameras — were to be on hand. A coalition of mostly left-leaning groups and activists such as the Black Lives Matter movement organized Boston’s counterprotest. 19, 2017. 19, 2017, in Boston, Massachusetts. Medlar also told CNN affiliate WBZ, “Contrary to a lot of the rumors out there, the purpose of the rally is to denounce the kind of political violence that we have seen — a sort of rising tide throughout the country, and particularly most recently in Charlottesville.”
The Anti-Defamation League said the Boston rally, as planned, is not a white supremacist event. Demonstrators have left the Common.”
Around the same time, helmeted police officers could be seen on news footage moving in to separate rally participants from counterdemonstrators. At least nine people — apparently counterprotesters — were detained, according to a CNN correspondent and producer on the scene. “It has been organized under the auspices of the alt lite, which embraces civic nationalism, rather than the alt right, which advocates white nationalism,” the ADL said in a blog post. At one point, police escorted a rally participant wearing an American flag over his shoulders as counterdemonstrators shouted “Shame” and “Boston hates you.”
Thousands of counter protesters march to a planned “free speech” rally on Boston Common on Aug. Many within the alt lite sphere are virulently anti-Muslim; the group abhors everyone on ‘the left’ and traffics in conspiracy theories.”
Counterprotesters gather in Roxbury before marching to a planned “free speech” rally on Boston Common on Aug. “It has always been a racist city.”
Police maintained a buffer zone between marchers and rally participants — averting major incidents except for occasional clashes and shouting matches between the counterprotesters and supporters of President Donald Trump. Chapman and Biggs are probably the most controversial. Boston prepared, city officials vow
Walsh, the mayor, and Boston Police Commissioner Williams Evans said before the rally that the city was prepared. Biggs, a former contributor to Alex Jones’ InfoWars, is chief operations officer at the online outlet Rogue Right Media. Smaller protests were expected in cities throughout the nation.

Man Arrested in Charlottesville Car Attack Charged With 5 Additional Felonies

Fields was a man who possessed “outlandish, very radical beliefs” and a “fondness” for Adolf Hitler, according to Derek Weimer, who teaches social studies at Randall K. Fields appeared in court Monday, where he was informed of the previous charges against him. “It was quite clear he had some really extreme views and maybe a little bit of anger behind them,” Weimer told CNN. Cooper High School in Union, Kentucky. The source said the documents were filed in Albemarle County General District Court and that warrants have been issued for other people. Fields, a resident of Maumee, Ohio, is suspected of driving his Dodge Challenger into counterprotesters as police dispersed the crowds. He was very big into Nazism. has been charged with five additional felony counts related to last week’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he allegedly rammed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters, according to Charlottesville police. “Feeling, what’s the word I’m looking for, oppressed or persecuted. Robert E. Fields, who is accused of killing one person and wounding 19 others, has already been charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and failure to stop in an accident that resulted in death. The warrants have yet to be served to Cantwell. She told the Blade she didn’t discuss politics with her son and was surprised her son attended an event with white supremacists. Chris Cantwell charged? James Alex Fields, Jr. “He had an African-American friend,” she told the Blade. Saturday’s incident took place as hundreds of white nationalists and other right-wing groups converged on Charlottesville to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Fields, 20, was among many white nationalist protesters who clashed with counterprotesters. Cantwell appeared fearful in when he spoke on another video about the violence. Heather Heyer, 32, a paralegal from Charlottesville, was killed in the attack. Lee. The five additional charges include two more counts of malicious wounding and three counts of aggravated malicious wounding, police said. 38.029306
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Bond Denied for Man Accused of Killing Woman by Plowing Into Crowd of Counterprotesters in Charlottesville
Charlottesville Crash Suspect Discussed Radical Views, Former Teacher Says
Police Arrest 20-Year-Old Man on Suspicion of Murder After Car Plows Into Demonstrators in Virginia, Killing 1 and Injuring 19 She thought it had something to do with Trump. Exclusive photographs obtained by CNN appear to show Fields marching alongside neo-Nazis and other white supremacists at the rally in Charlottesville. No bond was set, and he remains in custody. Cantwell raised his profile by speaking often in a video of the protests produced by Vice. A senior law enforcement source connected to the Charlottesville investigation told CNN arrest warrants have been issued for white supremacist Chris Cantwell in connection to last weekend’s protests. He really had a fondness for Adolf Hitler.”
Fields’ mother, Samantha Bloom, told the Toledo Blade in Ohio, where he lives, that she didn’t know her son was going to Virginia for a white nationalist rally. He really bought into this white supremacist thing.

Unmasking the Anti-Fascist Movement: Left-Wing Activists Seek Peace Through Violence

Large numbers of Antifa activists first appeared in the United States at anti-World Trade Organization protests in 1999 in Seattle, and then more recently during the Occupy Wall Street movement. That’s the only moral thread that they can hang their hats on. Related stories

What’s the ‘Alt-Left’? “We’re ceding the moral high ground and ceding the spotlight to where it should be, which is shining the spotlight on the vile.”
Levin, who for decades has attended rallies at both extremes to study radical groups, said he put his own body between an Antifa member and a Klan member when Antifa protesters attacked with knives at a February 2016 a rally in Anaheim, California. And even when they are persons, the people we fight back against, they are evil. For that reason, many Antifa members in Charlottesville did not wear masks, Bhatt said. It’s real-life stuff that’s happening.”
Sanders, for his part, has disavowed violence and is not connected with Antifa efforts. On social media, many of the arrestees have posted anti-police messages and anarchist views. … When they organize, they kill people, they hurt people, they fight people. I’ve smoke-bombed places,” he said. They communicate and recruit largely through social media. “We’ve done mass mailings. In Berkeley, Antifa and alt-right activists have clashed several times since Election Day. “Anti-racists or anti-fascists are not a new phenomenon,” said Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. “No, it’s not OK to punch a Nazi,” Levin said. “If white nationalists are sophisticated at anything, it’s the ability to try to grasp some kind of moral high ground when they have no other opportunity, and that’s provided when they appear to be violently victimized. And for that, its members don’t apologize. (Credit: Natalie Behring / Getty Images)
From Oregon to Germany
Anti-fascists and the black bloc tactic originated in Nazi Germany and resurfaced in United Kingdom in the 1980s. They often denounce capitalism and government. Residents have gotten fed up with the escalating violence, Simpson said. “My efforts might be better suited by an organization that helps communities.”
The son of parents who immigrated from India, Bhatt is sure of one thing: He has no plans to stop protesting. They are the living embodiment, they are the second coming of Hitler.”
Crow explained the ideology this way: “Don’t confuse legality and morality. “The running through the street, breaking windows and everything in sight, we haven’t seen it as consistently as we’ve seen it in the last eight months.”
In that time, more than 150 people have been arrested. Before the June event, “we saw on social media that there was a lot of threats being put back and forth that gave us a lot of concern about physical violence,” Portland police spokesman Pete Simpson said. A federal indictment charges individuals in the group with starting fires, property destruction and physical violence that erupted on the streets as the 45th President of the United States took his oath of office. There was a moment I was at the front of this huge line of people, and we see this other huge group of people marching down another way, and when the two groups met, it felt like the entire city just erupted in cheers and roars.”
Anti-fascist counter-protesters wait outside Emancipation Park to hurl insluts as white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the “alt-right” are forced out after the “Unite the Right” rally was declared an unlawful gathering Aug. “But one thing is very clear is that free speech and protected speech can be very offensive and very hateful, but it’s still not a crime.”
Battle lines form between white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the “alt-right” and anti-fascist counter-protesters at the entrance to Emancipation Park during the “Unite the Right” rally Aug. A Kaine spokesperson said he was peacefully protesting, and wasn’t disruptive. 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Indeed, it took months to track down members willing to share their stories. A self-described democratic socialist, Sanders has come out against “hard-left” violence, saying of protests over Coulter’s UC Berkeley appearance, “I don’t like this.”
“Obviously, Ann Coulter’s outrageous — to my mind, off the wall,” Sanders said. I’ve been in altercations. “But I think the rationale is that even if it did negatively affect my life, I had still contributed to this movement that was necessary. Before that, he said, Antifa protesters were cheering in celebration for having disrupted the neo-Nazi message. It’s affecting their commute.”
Law enforcement in several cities told CNN there’s no excuse for the violence. Tim Kaine, the 2016 Democratic nominee for vice president, was arrested in Minnesota in March after protesting at a pro-Trump rally, he was dressed in black bloc alongside a group of Antifa supporters. “I fought (against) Nazis. In speaking to Antifa leaders across the country, CNN found very few who would take off their masks. “We did seize a large number of weapons or things that could be used as weapons,” Simpson said. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
Rubber bullets and pepper spray
Nearly seven months after Trump’s election, police in Portland, Oregon, geared up for the 10th protest since Election Day pitting the alt-right and “hard left.”
On that day, June 4, police were coming off a violent May Day protest in which they watched Antifa activists run through the business district, destroying storefronts and setting fires. Antifa activists, who operate without any centralized leadership, told CNN that their goal is peace and inclusivity. “We were marching and chanting and engaged in this huge act of solidarity. One hundred percent, they came geared up to fight if it would be allowed.”
Despite Portland’s liberal reputation, it has a history of clashes between extreme groups on the right and left. Officers moved in with rubber bullets, pepper spray and smoke bombs. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
Spurred to action by Trump
Antifa is impossible to track. Many shed their black clothing and left it on the streets as police decided whom to arrest. After a few hours, it seemed peace had won the day. “Each of us breaks the law every day. Officers stood shoulder to shoulder between two city squares — one filled with alt-right groups, the other with Antifa activists. Activists take martial arts classes together and strategize about how to achieve their main goal: taking down fascists. In New York’s Union Square on May Day, a masked member of the Antifa group Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council told CNN why he wore black bloc and waved a black flag. And that is a very bad thing because they harass people,” he said. So, he weighed his options. While Antifa members don’t fit a single category, they say many are millennials and many live on society’s fringes: undocumented immigrants, transgender people, low-wage workers, those who don’t conform to the traditional 9-to-5. 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Many are like Bhatt, a self-described government skeptic with liberal views who didn’t find mainstream politics a good fit for him. “Windows don’t have — they’re not persons. (Credit: Scott Olson / Getty Images)
‘This is self-defense’
For almost three decades, Scott Crow was part of the Antifa movement. He has said he didn’t engage in any violence and has pleaded not guilty. And we’re the ones who are fighting back.”
It’s a position taken by many Antifa activists: “This is self-defense.”
Antifa activists often don’t hesitate to destroy property, which many see as the incarnation of unfair wealth distribution. “People put on the masks so that we can all become anonymous, right? And that means avoiding police, whom many Antifa members see as an enemy, as well as skirting the scrutiny Antifa activists often get from alt-right trolls on the Internet. A 20-year-old man who had attended the rally later used his car to ram a crowd of counterprotesters, killing one of them. I’ve had guns drawn on me. It’s just that we make the conscious choice to do that,” he said. Earlier this year, Antifa activists were among those who smashed windows and set fires during protests at the University of California, Berkeley, leading to the cancellation of far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos and withdrawal of Ann Coulter as speakers. Antifa demonstrators have marched in more than a half dozen protests since Election Day in Portland, Oregon, according to police. “Then what happened is these fiery embers crossed the fire line, so now on the far-left they say the best way to resist is violence because they’re out-gunned in this new era of President Trump.”
Police clash with demonstrators as they try to clear Antifa members and anti-Trump protesters from the area during a protest on June 4, 2017, in Portland, Oregon. “Even though it only takes one person to break a window, it doesn’t matter because the bloc moves together,” said a 26-year-old named Maura, who wouldn’t give her last name. “What I think is new is that they’re more active both in making themselves prominent at violent rallies and also trying to bridge into the disenfranchised peaceful progressive movement.”
Bhatt went in Charlottesville, too, and was just about five feet away from the car that drove through the crowd, killing protester Heather Heyer, he said. Experts Say It’s a ‘Made-Up Term’
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At Least 2 Arrested at UC Berkeley Dueling Protests After Ann Coulter Event Canceled I’ve had death threats. And then, therefore, we are able to move more freely and do what we need to do, whether it is illegal or not,” he said. Antifa activists were in New York City on May Day. It’s affecting their business. Many of those arrested identified themselves as part of the Antifa movement. The anarchist movement is one that’s working outside structures. They pushed the masked Antifa activists into a corner and detained them. “We cover our face because the Nazis will try to find out who we are. Right or wrong, “that’s for history to decide,” he said. “It’s not good for the city. Some write that they feel disenfranchised in the current political climate, the CNN review found. Now facing a criminal record, “I don’t know,” he said. And we’re stupid if we give them that opportunity.”
White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the “alt-right” exchange vollys of pepper spray with counter-protesters as they enter Emancipation Park during the “Unite the Right” rally Aug. And their methods are often violent. Antifa activists, who operate without any centralized leadership, told CNN that their goal is peace and inclusivity. “But you know, people have a right to give their two cents’ worth, give a speech, without fear of violence and intimidation.”
The organizer of It’s Going Down said his website traffic has grown from a few hundred daily hits to between 10,000 and 40,000 hits on its best days. But Levin argues the violence is giving ammunition to racists — and is anathema to the Antifa mission. On the morning of Donald Trump’s inauguration, Keval Bhatt hunted through a closet in his parents’ Virginia home for the darkest clothes he could find. I’ve drawn guns on fascists. And sometimes that is violence.”
It’s a perspective several Antifa activists shared with CNN, even knowing that violence has led to hundreds of arrests across the country. “I thought, there’s a very good chance that I might get arrested, that my whole life could be radically altered in a negative way if I kept driving, and I was really close to turning around,” Bhatt told CNN. We’ve even gone door to door before in communities,” said the group’s leader, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Its name derives from “anti-fascist,” and it has come to represent what experts who track these organizations call the “hard left” — an ideology that runs afield of the Democratic Party platform and supports oppressed populations as it protests the amassing of wealth by corporations and elites. Hoping to keep June 4 from becoming another May Day, police created a human barricade. (Credit: CNN)
And with them, Bhatt got arrested. A left-wing ‘antifa’ protester holds up a sign in front of riot police as they cleared a park at a rally on June 4, 2017, in Portland, Oregon. “Violence against windows — there’s no such thing as violence against windows,” a masked Antifa member in Union Square told CNN. They range in age from 14 to 66, police records show, and include several students, a cook, a franchise restaurant owner and a retail manager, a CNN review of arrestees’ social media accounts found. When the son of Sen. “Everything from knives to brass knuckles to poles and sticks and bricks and bottles and road flares and chains. “You have to put your body in the way,” the group’s leader said, “and you have to make it speak in the language that they understand. The 19-year-old didn’t own much in black, the color he knew his fellow protesters would wear head to toe on the streets of Washington that day. Laws are made of governments, not of men,” echoing the words of John Adams. … People are excited about that.”
Like many young Antifa members who spoke with CNN, the turning point for Bhatt was when Trump in late 2015 ad-libbed a campaign remark toward a Black Lives Matter protester, saying he “should have been roughed up.”
In another moment that has catalyzed Antifa members, Trump in February 2016 told a campaign crowd in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to “knock the crap out of” protesters holding tomatoes, adding, “I will pay for the legal fees, I promise, I promise.”
“There was a normalization of political violence which first started with regard to the Trump rallies,” Levin said. “We’ve gone out to areas that we know that a lot of Nazis live with, like, ‘wanted’ posters, like, ‘Do you have any information on this person?’ and put them up in the area, and we usually get a flurry of tips like, ‘Yeah, this person works here,’ and so on and so on.”
But like other Antifa groups across the country, the Portland sect gets the most attention when violence explodes at its rallies. Antifa leaders admit they’re willing to physically attack anyone who employs violence against them or who condones racism — as long as force is used in the name of eradicating hatred. “We’re trying to stop them from organizing. “There are people who were energized by Bernie (Sanders) that now are anarchists,” said an organizer of the website It’s Going Down, a newsblog for Antifa. There’s a reason why people are becoming polarized. “People are freaked out by a Trump regime, freaked out by the far-right. “And they’re looking for alternatives outside of party structures. Though counterprotesters deny they are to blame for violence, Trump this week declared “blame on both sides” — and has drawn intense criticism for his view. “There’s a crisis among the left,” he said. “Before J20 (January 20, Inauguration Day) happened I was convinced I’d go to NASA or some university to research,” Bhatt said. The movement, Crow said, sees alt-right hate speech as violent, and for that, its activists have opted to meet violence with violence. He was rounded up with more than 200 other people and charged with a felony for inciting a riot. But then police caught whispers that Antifa members were planning to push past police into the alt-right rally square. And white nationalists, neo-Nazis and others — who have been blamed for provoking violence at last week’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia — claim it was Antifa groups that first got aggressive. People are just frustrated by it. “It feels to me like there’s a struggle in the country … of the different kinds of speech and what’s OK to say and what’s not OK,” Simpson said. I was still making an effort to make other people’s lives better, even if it made my life worse, and once I realized that, I had no regrets.”
Bhatt joined protesters dressed completely in black, some with their faces covered by masks — a tactic known as “black bloc” that aims to unify demonstrators’ efforts and hide their identities. And in jurisdictions across the country, police told CNN they’ve started enforcing with new vigor laws that bar people from wearing masks during gatherings. 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. It’s affecting their livability. Their protests are organized via Facebook. As Bhatt drove into the city for his first-ever protest, he hesitated. “The fires starting — that we saw on May Day — is something we haven’t really seen much of in the past,” Simpson said. It isn’t united through a national organization, and it cloaks itself in anonymity. “I’ve done a myriad of things to try and stop fascism and its flow over the years.”
Activists don black bloc, Crow said, as a means to an end. Indeed, over the past year, Antifa members have been involved in clashes across the country and the world, including in Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, Alabama and Nebraska, and at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. And of late, in active areas, monthly meetings have increased in frequency to several times each week. Police say they haven’t seen anything like this since the ’60s. But their profile has been rising. Antifa members also sometimes launch attacks against people who aren’t physically attacking them. “It is new, and this, like, this rumble mentality of, ‘I’m going to bring my friends, you’re going bring your friends, and we’re going to fight it out in the park’ — it’s not something we’ve seen here,” Simpson said. A lot of people saw neo-Nazi symbols. “It’s killing the cause — it’s not hurting it, it’s killing it, and it will kill it,” Levin said. “We were marching down one of the streets, and energy was ecstatic,” Bhatt said. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
‘Put your body in the way’
With no central leader, Antifa adherents have found each other in local communities. He faces misdemeanor charges and has not yet entered a plea but will be in court next month. In Portland, where the Rose City Antifa has been active for a decade, members focus on outing people they believe are neo-Nazis, even trying to get them fired and evicted from their homes. Since Trump entered the world stage, they’ve condemned his push to tighten immigration rules and what some view as his tendency toward racism. Black bloc, one member told us, also unites the movement. “Indeed, we saw alt-right people manhandling African-American protesters,” he said, using a term many white-rights activists use to describe themselves.

Spain Attacks: Police Hunt Barcelona Driver, Probe Suspected Bomb Factory

Another arrest was made in the village of Alcanar. Catalan authorities said 34 nationalities are among the victims in Barcelona, with an American, a Canadian and three Italians named so far among the dead. (Credit: Lluis Gene / AFP / Getty Images)
A manhunt has been ongoing since a van plowed into pedestrians Thursday afternoon on Las Ramblas in the heart of Barcelona, killing 13 and injuring 120. There are also inconsistencies between ISIS’ statement and the police version of events. Trapero said the suspects in Alcanar had been trying to “make explosives out of butane gas among other things.”
A source briefed on the investigation said a preliminary assessment indicated there were traces of the powerful explosive TATP in the rubble. (Credit: Pascal Guyot / AFP / Getty Images)
The city’s vice mayor, Jordi Bort, told CNN the house belonged to a bank and the group had been squatting there illegally without its knowledge. Police said Friday there were other “biological remains” found at the site, but it is unclear whether they belong to someone other than the person confirmed dead there. An international manhunt was underway Saturday for the driver of a van that killed 13 people in Barcelona as police probed the wreckage of a suspected bomb factory for clues to the cell behind this week’s two terror attacks in Spain. CNN reporters went to Oukabir’s apartment in Ripoll. Police suspect the property was being used as a base to make explosives that could have caused even more devastating attacks in Barcelona, Cambrils and possibly elsewhere had they not blown up prematurely. Explosives experts brought in a bulldozer Saturday to clear rubble before conducting a number of controlled explosions at the site in Alcanar’s Montecarlo area. A Catalan police spokesman on Saturday confirmed the names of three of the five suspects killed in Cambrils as Moussa Oukabir, Said Aallaa and Mohamed Hychami. 19, 2017, two days after a van plowed into the crowd, killing 13 persons and injuring over 100. Source: Traces of TATP found
Wednesday’s explosion meant the attackers were unable to use material they were planning to deploy in the attacks, Catalan police Chief Josep Lluis Trapero said Friday. Authorities said the terror cell involved in the attacks — believed to number about 12 members — has been “completely dismantled,” Spanish Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoida said Saturday. The Catalans have an expression, ‘Your people are our people,’ and that has been demonstrated in the aftermath of the attack.”
King Felipe VI, the Spanish head of state, visited injured survivors of the attack in two hospitals Saturday. The town is home to a mix of yearlong residents and others who just spend holidays or weekends here, he said. He also said that Younes Abouyaaqoub, who’s wanted in connection with the Barcelona attack, remains on the run. A neighbor, Raimon Garcia, said Oukabir was one of four siblings — two brothers and two sisters. A man who claimed to be a cousin of the brothers said Moussa Oukabir was “brainwashed.”
A woman who lives next to a mosque in the neighborhood told CNN that she had witnessed the Oukabir brothers attending the place of worship “every day for many years.”
Bulldozer clears rubble in Alcanar
The ruins of the house in Alcanar, a quiet beach town about 125 miles south of Barcelona, may hold the key to unraveling the plans and methods of the terror cell. 41.385064
2.173403 He turned himself into police when his identification was found in the Barcelona van, telling authorities he wasn’t involved in the attack. TATP was used in the November 2015 Paris attacks, the March 2016 Brussels bombings and the May bombing in Manchester, England. Spain’s threat level will remain at Level 4 following the terror attacks, one down from the maximum, Zoida said. Spanish media report that Abouyaaqoub is a 22-year-old Moroccan national. Security measures are being enhanced in areas where large crowds gather, said Zoida, the interior minister, adding that there does not appear to be an immediate threat of another attack. (Credit: Casa de S.M. Oukabir’s brother, Driss, was among those arrested. el Rey de Espana via Getty Images)
Crowds show defiance, solidarity
In Barcelona, crowds returned Saturday to Las Ramblas, a popular tourist section, and street vendors were once again selling drinks and ice cream from kiosks on the Plaça de Catalunya, close to where Thursday’s attack began. When an explosion destroyed the house Wednesday night, killing one person and seriously injuring another, it set in train a series of events culminating in the deaths in Barcelona and one more in a second attack in the town of Cambrils. Early Friday, a group of five attackers wearing fake suicide belts drove into pedestrians in Cambrils, killing one and injuring six. el Rey de Espana, King Felipe VI of Spain and Queen Letizia of Spain visits victims of last Thursday’s terrorist attack at the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau on Aug. Many of those who have successfully made TATP received some form of terrorist training. Three were arrested, one is unaccounted for, and another is one of the dead suspects, Oukabir. However, the extremist group did not provide any proof it carried out the attack or provide the names of the attackers or the number of them. Spain’s King Felipe VI (left) and Spain’s Queen Letizia (second left) pay tribute to the victims of the Barcelona attack on Las Ramblas in Barcelona on Aug. Catalan resident Marina Balius told CNN: “The people of Barcelona have united, they have no fear. ISIS issued a formal claim of responsibility for the two attacks Saturday. Police shot all five assailants dead but said late Friday it was “increasingly unlikely” that the Barcelona driver was among them, Reuters reported. 19, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. TATP is made by adding an acid to a mixture of acetone and hydrogen peroxide solution and can easily result in accidental detonation if mistakes occur in the preparation. The attack in Barcelona, capital of the Spanish region of Catalonia, was therefore “more rudimentary than they originally planned,” Trapero said. In this handout photo provided by Casa de S.M. 19, 2017, two days after a van ploughed into the crowd, killing 13 persons and injuring over 100. Neighbors said they did not suspect any wrongdoing at the property. Five of the 12 lived in Ripoll, a city north of Barcelona. Residents and visitors paid tribute to the victims of the attack at makeshift memorials, where flowers, candles, toys and messages of support continue to pile up. The septic tank of the house, which had only one floor, was used as storage for the tanks and explosives, Bort said. Members of the Pakistani community living in Barcelona gather on the La Rambla del Rabal in Barcelona against the attacks and in tribute to the victims of the Barcelona attack on Aug. The flattened ruins of a house in the village of Alcanar have become the center of a massive police investigation into the terror cell suspected of using the house to make bombs.

Can Marijuana Finally Turn This Remote Mojave Outpost Into a Boom Town?

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Marijuana Company Buys Town in San Bernardino County, Plans to Build ‘Cannabis-Friendly Hospitality Destination’ Read the full story on LATimes.com. Now, with the legalization of recreational marijuana in California and the recent sale of Nipton to a cannabis company for $5 million, it seems the historic mining camp’s time has finally come. Nipton had cycled through seven private owners before the Caltech-trained geologist bought the town for $200,000 — all of them believing that a renaissance was at hand for the torrid community composed of a store, a five-room hotel and a handful of homes about 10 miles from Interstate 15 and two miles west of the Nevada state line. Carl Cavaness and Kiera Freeman joke around outside the trading post in Nipton. Gerald Freeman struggled for three decades to transform this desolate Mojave Desert outpost into a 21st century mecca for nature lovers and prospectors, spending more than $1 million on restoration, shade trees, organic farming projects and gleaming solar panels. (Credit: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
He wasn’t the first.

In Berlin, Neo-Nazis, Counterprotesters Take to the Streets

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Charlottesville Mayor Calls for Removal of Downtown Confederate Statues After ‘Terrorist Attack’ One of Saturday’s banners read, “I regret nothing,” Hess’ last words before his sentencing at Nuremberg. Nazi sympathizers revere Hess because he never renounced his beliefs decades after the fall of the Third Reich. Funereal music played from a truck as the right-wing demonstrators marched to the prison site. Those demonstrators and anti-fascist counterprotesters skirmished. (Credit: Omer Messinger / Getty Images)
Anti-fascist counterprotesters chanted “war criminal” at demonstrators, shouted “all Berlin hates the police” and advanced toward officers. 19, 2017. At the Charlottesville rally last week, anti-Semitic and racist chants echoed through the city, and people openly marched with arms. They were not allowed to wear Nazi attire and display a swastika, the Nazi symbol. Residents played loud music from balconies countering the demonstrators, such as a Michael Jackson song declaring, “It don’t matter if you’re black or white.”
A black woman held up a sign with a heart, prompting neo-Nazis to shout “go home.” She replied, “Berlin is my home.”
In contrast with the restrictions in Germany, US law protects the right of neo-Nazis, white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan and other hate groups to hold public rallies and express their views openly. Neo-Nazis marched in the streets of Berlin on Saturday as counterprotesters assembled to meet them, a week after a white supremacist rally turned deadly in Charlottesville, Virginia. Participants of a Neo-Nazi march clash with counter demonstrators as German police try to break between the sides, on Aug. Another banner disputed the account that Hess committed suicide at age 93: “It was murder. Helmeted police in riot gear stood guard as right-wing demonstrators converged on the German capital to mark the 30th anniversary of the death of Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler’s deputy. Enough with the suicide lie.”
Forged in the ashes of World War II, strict laws in Germany ban Nazi symbols and hate speech. Rally organizers told demonstrators not to play marching music and to walk silently to the site of Spandau Prison, razed after Hess’ death. Every 25th person could carry an imperial German flag. One counterprotester — Heather Heyer — was killed when a car rammed into a crowd of people; an Ohio man was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in her death. Convicted at the Nuremberg war crimes trials, Hess served a life sentence at Spandau Prison and was the sole inmate there from 1966 until his death in 1987. Some 1,000 participants affiliated with Neo-Nazi and extreme right groups marched through the street of Berlin, Germany, in commemoration of 30 years to Rudolf Hess’s death, on Aug. Local and federal law enforcement officials have expressed concern about the potential for more violence. 19, 2017, in Berlin. This group is seen carrying a sign reading “I regret nothing”. (Credit: Omer Messinger / Getty Images)
About 500 people on each side turned out, police said. Cities across the United States are bracing for a wave of far-right rallies in the coming days.

Finland Stabbings Being Treated as Terror Attack, Police Say

Candles and flowers are left at the makeshift memorial by well wishers for the victims of Friday’s stabbings at the Turku Market Square in Finland on Aug. The mayor of Turku, Aleksi Randell, said the city center is safe now and urged citizens to remain calm. “It was really horrible. A motive has not been revealed. “The incidents were initially investigated as murders, but in the light of further information received during the night, the offenses include now murders with terrorist intent and their attempts,” police said. An 18-year-old Moroccan citizen was taken into custody after the attacks. Stabbings in the Finnish city of Turku that left two people dead and injured eight others are being treated as acts of terror, police said. He was injured while being apprehended by authorities, police said. “I want to say this to all our residents: It is difficult to understand that such violence would happen on this scale in Turku,” he said in a statement. We were sitting on a terrace just next to the square and this woman just screamed like hell and this guy was standing in front of her with a huge knife just stabbing people,” he said. The two people killed were both Finnish. An Italian national and two Swedish citizens were among the eight people hurt, police said. Occurrences that have been all too frequent in Europe and around the world have now arrived here, which is what (we’ve) been afraid of.”

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At Least 2 Killed, 6 Hospitalized in Finland Stabbing Attack The Finnish government has condemned the stabbings. “The act is utterly deplorable and an exceptionally serious violent offense in the Finnish context — it is deeply shocking for us all,” Prime Minister Juha Sipilä said in a statement. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen / AFP / Getty Images)
Kent Svensson, 44, of Sweden said he witnessed a man with “a huge white knife” running and stabbing people in his path. The stabbings occurred Friday at two markets close to each other in the city’s center. 19, 2017.