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Jussie Smollett case: Detectives say they have ‘probable cause’ that 2 men on surveillance video may have been involved in alleged crime

first_imgABC News(CHICAGO) — Two “persons of interest” in the alleged racial attack on Empire actor Jussie Smollett will continue to be interrogated Friday, Chicago police said.“While we haven’t found any video documenting the alleged attack, there is also no evidence to say that this is a hoax,” police added. “The alleged victim is being cooperative at this time and continues to be treated as a victim, not a suspect.”The two “persons of interests” are being classified as potential suspects, police added.“Detectives have probable cause that they may have been involved in an alleged crime and we are working to corroborate the allegations and investigative timeline as our investigation continues,” police said.This news comes after Chicago PD had confirmed Thursday that they identified and were questioning the two “persons of interest” in the alleged racial attack. One of those persons of interest has previously appeared on “Empire,” according to a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation.Police say they were tracking the two people and were aware of who they were “for a while,” and that investigators learned that the two individuals were returning to Chicago on Wednesday from Nigeria.They are both cooperating and were questioned Thursday, police said.The two persons of interest are U.S. citizens of Nigerian descent, they added.Detectives also questioned Smollett Thursday, the official said.Neither of the “persons of interest” have been charged with any crime related to the alleged attack, police said Thursday.Attorney Gloria Schmidt, who is representing the two persons of interest, told Chicago CBS station WBBM that her clients were detained at O’Hare Airport Wednesday evening and were unaware of the attack on Smollett.“When they first learned what happened to him, they were horrified,” Schmidt said. “This is someone that they know, this is someone that they work with, so they don’t want to see somebody go through that … They really don’t understand how [police] even got information that linked them to this horrific crime, but they’re not guilty of it.”Late last month, Smollett, who portrays a gay musician on Fox’s Empire, told police he was brutally attacked in what authorities are calling a suspected hate crime.He said the attackers put a noose around his neck, poured an unknown substance, likely bleach, on him and used their hands, feet and teeth as weapons in the assault, according to police. Smollett said the attackers also yelled “This is MAGA country” during the attack.He was subsequently hospitalized and released, local authorities said.In his first interview since police say he was attacked last month, the singer and actor said on Good Morning America that he was heartbroken when he found out that people questioned the details of his story.“I have to acknowledge the lies, and the hate. And it feels like if I had said it was a Muslim, or a Mexican, or someone black, I feel like the doubters would have supported me much more. A lot more,” Smollett, 36, told ABC News’ Robin Roberts. “And that says a lot about the place that we are in our country right now.”Prior to the police identifying and interviewing the two persons of interest, Smollett said he believes the two men in the photo released by police in the days after the attack are the perpetrators.“I don’t have any doubt in my mind that that’s them,” Smollett said. “Never did.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Company has confidence in Wap service

first_img Comments are closed. Company has confidence in Wap serviceOn 5 Dec 2000 in Personnel Today Arecruitment company is still confident that the use of its free Wap job searchservice will expand, even though only three people have been placed through itsince its September launch.AntalInternational, which entered into an agreement with phone manufacturer Nokia tomake available the Wap job search service to mobile operators across the world,admitted that only three people had been placed in jobs since the servicebegan, despite the company receiving an average of 60 direct responses a week.But Antal’se-commerce director Alan Devlin believes the amount of people using the servicewill pick up, as Wap phones become more popular. He said,“The potential for recruitment is tremendous. We’re experimenting in a growtharea. This service provides confidence to candidates because they can searchanywhere, access a job and apply from their phone.” Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Demolition of historic Flatbush bank building begins

first_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink The Flatbush Savings Bank at 1045 Flatbush Avenue (Google Maps)Community preservation groups were unable to stop the razing of a historic bank building in Flatbush.Demolition has begun at the 94-year old Flatbush Savings Bank, at 1045 Flatbush Avenue next to the Kings Theatre, according to Bklyner.Community activists such as Respect Brooklyn tried to get the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission to step in, but according to the commission, a historic designation would not have mattered anyway. (Contrary to popular belief, landmarks can be razed.)Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and the original architecture firm that designed the building also supported its preservation, to no avail.Activists argue that there has been a lack of landmark designations in Flatbush, which is leading to a loss of cultural and architectural character. The most recent landmark designation was the Sears Roebuck building in 2012.Nehalkumar Gandhi, who purchased the bank building, plans to replace it with a nine-story, mixed-use building totaling 86,000 square feet, according to Bklyner. About 43,000 square feet will be for commercial use and 15,000 for residential.Plans filed with the Department of Buildings indicate that the building will be a mixture of hotel rooms and apartments. It will also have space for an “ambulatory diagnostic/health rehabilitation” facility.Gandhi is an active hotel developer in Brooklyn. He has projects in Williamsburg, Sunset Park, East New York and the Bronx.[Bklyner] — Keith Larsen brooklynflatbushHotels Tags Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Colliers International sells site for £16 million

first_imgHome » News » Land & New Homes » Colliers International sells site for £16 million previous nextLand & New HomesColliers International sells site for £16 millionThe Negotiator4th December 20170865 Views Acting on behalf of Indigo Scott, a private, family-run development company, The Residential Development team at Colliers International has sold 266 Balham High Road, a site with planning consent for 71 apartments, off a guide price of £16 million. Flats within the development have been priced by Colliers’ New Homes department and it is expected that the purchaser, Joseph Homes, a mid-sized London housebuilder, aims to achieve in excess of the following for each unit type; £450,000 for 1 bedroom apartments, £650,000 for 2-bedroom apartments and in excess of £825,000 for 3 bedroom apartments.Andrew White of Colliers International, who advised Indigo Scott, said, “The consent for the new development in one of London’s most sought after boroughs will provide city workers with excellent transport links to Central London.”266 Balham High Road Central London housing development colliers international Colliers’ New Homes December 4, 2017The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

US Navy, Coast Guard Rescue Dhow in Arabian Gulf

first_img March 5, 2012 The Marine Link reports that US Navy and US Coast Guard rescued a dhow in the Arabian Gulf.USS Firebolt (PC 10) and USCGC Maui (WPB 1304) conducted a search and rescue mission for survivors of a capsized Iranian cargo dhow during which the USS Firebolt spotted and rescued a survivor from the cargo dhow.The surviving mariner said that the dhow sank in bad weather with six mariners aboard. Four of the remaining mariners are deceased and one missing.USS Firebolt (PC-10) is the 10th member of the Cyclone-class of coastal patrol boats. She is a 174 ft (53 m) vessel with a crew of approximately 30 sailors, normally homeported at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Norfolk, Virginia. Her armament includes two Mk38 chain guns, two Mk19 automatic grenade launchers, and two .50 in (12.7 mm) machine guns, as well as six Stinger missiles. She was laid down on 17 September 1993, launched on 10 June 1994, and commissioned into the Navy on 10 June 1995.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , March 05, 2012 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: US Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy, Coast Guard Rescue Dhow in Arabian Gulf View post tag: Gulf View post tag: coast View post tag: Guard US Navy, Coast Guard Rescue Dhow in Arabian Gulf View post tag: Dhow View post tag: News by topic View post tag: rescue View post tag: Arabian Share this articlelast_img read more

Alco on call for 24-hour drinking

first_imgA new home delivery service, offering alcohol, cigarettes and condoms is set to begin trading, despite Police fears that the business will encourage irresponsible drinking.‘Alco-Call’ was granted a twenty-four hour alcohol licence on 16th February and is now preparing to begin its service delivering a range of wines, alco-pops and mixers, to customers’ homes, seven nights a week.As an element of the licensing agreement the company accepted a 16-point list of conditions recommended by police, including a Think 30 clause, which dictates that the company must ask for identification from anyone who looks under 30 years.Yet police remain concerned at the potential effects of the business, which will operate between 10pm and 4am on weekdays and from 10pm to 5.30am at weekends.Tony Cope, the Thames Valley Police licensing officer for Oxfordshire, commented: “the big worry is that this alcohol service may fuel further drunkenness, because it’s likely to be serving people who are already heavily under the influence once they’ve left a pub or club.”Student feeling regarding the company is mixed. Although much hype surrounds Alco-Call, which already has over 4,000 members on its Facebook group, some are critical of the service.A second-year student from Somerville argued that the company was “a bad idea”.They added, “Students will use the service when they are already drunk in the middle of the night and are therefore more likely to spend a stupid amount on more alcohol.”Others observed that the company could pose a threat to vulnerable drinkers. A fourth-year physics student stated: “their claim that they urge you to drink responsibly clashes with some questionable wording on the website like ‘so you don’t ever have to go thirsty!”.Yet many suggested that the company was unlikely to impact upon their drinking habits at all and few were concerned that a new ‘post-lash’ culture was set to emerge.Second-year history student Helena Powell argued: “I can see why the police and locals would be concerned, but I don’t think it’ll have a huge effect on how drunk people get.“Drinks are pretty expensive in Oxford and most people ‘pre-lash’ before a night out anyway because of the fact that it’s cheaper.“Obviously the 10% discount will attract students more than anyone else, but the prices are definitely premium, which will put off casual drinkers.”Many suggested that prices were enough to prevent the service from having a dramatic impact on student drinking.An Alco-Call price list advertises a 24-pack of lager for between £25 and £28, while a litre bottle of gin or vodka is £25. Customers must spend a minimum of £15 for free home delivery.A spokesperson for Oxford University responded to the arrival of Alco-Call by stating: “The University expects students to behave responsibly; to avoid bringing the University into disrepute; and to avoid causing a nuisance to the local community.”last_img read more

Executive Director Resigns at Historical Museum

first_imgBy Tim KellyThe Ocean City Historical Museum is searching for a new executive director following the sudden and apparently unexpected resignation of Jeff McGranahan.  McGranahan, who led the museum for nearly seven years, submitted a letter of resignation sometime just before Christmas.John Loeper, chairman of the museum’s board of directors, confirmed McGranahan’s departure when reached by phone.“He resigned,” Loeper said.When asked to elaborate on the circumstances, Loeper said, “What I can tell you is we’ve launched our search process to find a successor. We’re moving on and moving in a positive direction.”McGranahan could not be reached for comment.In his role as executive director, McGranahan managed the staff, volunteers and day-to-day operations of the museum, located inside the Ocean City Community Center at 1735 Simpson Ave. He was also the main public face of the museum and a go-to media source for his extensive knowledge, insights and opinions about the city’s history. He oversaw many of the exhibits, special events, fundraising activities and membership drives, among other duties.In addition to his larger responsibilities, it was not unusual to see McGranahan ringing up customers’ purchases at the museum gift shop or spraying window cleaner on a display case.In December, McGranahan was a main source for an story marking the 117th anniversary of the city’s most famous shipwreck, the Sindia. He also spoke to recently about “Mrs. Claus’ Market,” a fundraising effort involving the sale of holiday-themed and museum-related items.McGranahan, who resides in Hammonton, would routinely drop what he was doing to help a reporter obtain information, photos, documents or whatever else might be needed to meet a story deadline.Another high-profile project that McGranahan helped to direct was the Grace Kelly High Tea, a fundraiser celebrating the former Ocean City summer resident, Oscar-winning actress and princess of Monaco.He was also involved in an exhibit detailing the history of surfing and development of Ocean City’s surfing culture and community. Jeff McGranahan, pictured in December 2017 at the Ocean City Historical Museum’s Sindia shipwreck exhibit, has resigned as executive director.last_img read more

New State-of-the-art CT Scanner Unveiled at North Shore LIJ

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A patient undergoes a CT scan at North Shore University Hospital.Dr. James Naidich, an interventional radiologist at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, recently underwent a precautionary CT scan in his employer’s new $2.5 million scanner—a move that saved his life.The new state-of-the-art machine, one of only three in the country, took a high resolution 3D image of his heart in 30 seconds using new 640-slice-per-rotation computed tomography, revealing severe blockages in all three arteries of his heart.“This is an explosion in our ability to accurately image the human body,” Naidich, who’s since recovered from having surgery to implant stents intended to prevent blockages and heart attacks, told reporters Thursday at a news conference.North Shore-LIJ Manhasset is the home of Toshiba’s Aquillion ONE VISION Edition, which offers the most advanced cardiac imaging currently available. It is more accurate and gives off less radiation than other cardiac scanner technologies.“This machine is a quarter of the radiation of a nuclear stress test,” said Dr. Stanley Katz, senior vice president of Cardiovascular Services at North Shore-LIJ, who’s been Naidich’s cardiologist for five years. “If I were to choose a machine for my patient, I would choose this one.”Katz noted that insurance companies aren’t easily persuaded to cover the cost of the scan. He said Medicare patients are covered but in order to get coverage from other insurances, the doctor has to call and argue for their patient.Naidich had a silent infarct, a non-symptom heart attack, and an irregular EKG prior to having the CT scan done. Katz and Naidich were both surprised when the scan revealed the blockages in Naidich’s heart.“The machine benefited his life,” said Katz.A week after the CT scan, Katz performed an angioplasty on Naidich to unblock the arteries in his heart. The doctors said the scanner prevented Naidich from having to undergo open heart surgery.Naidich said: “Here we have this extraordinary device that will allow you to image the coronary arteries with minimal invasion.”last_img read more

Protesters Rally Across Long Island & Country To Demand Trump Release His Tax Returns

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Tens of thousands of people from Long Island to California joined in rallies and marches across the country on Saturday to demand that President Donald Trump fulfill his past promises to release his tax returns as other presidents before him have done.The day of the “Tax March” protests was April 15, officially known as Tax Day, because that’s when the Internal Revenue Service has traditionally set its due date. This year the formal filing deadline is April 18th, to compensate for the weekend.So far, the president has refused to comply, for various reasons. A few years ago he said he would release his tax returns if President Obama released his birth certificate. In 2014, Trump said he’d release his returns if he ever decided to run for public office. But at his first press conference as president-elect, Trump declared that the public is not interested in seeing his returns. That assertion was clearly refuted last Saturday, based on the turnout in more than 100 cities, including the IRS office in Hauppauge. He’s also claimed that he is prevented from obliging because his taxes are undergoing a formal audit by the agency, a procedure the IRS has said is not a factor in preventing him from showing the public how much money he’s made and where it came from.These concerns about Trump’s business ties have grown increasingly pronounced as disturbing revelations about his family and his aides’ dealings in Russia continue unabated.Meanwhile, in another reversal of long-standing White House policy, the Trump administration announced April 14th that it would no longer make the names of visitors to the White House available to the public, which President Obama had done. A Trump spokesman said the decision was due “the grave national security risks and privacy concerns of the hundreds of visitors annually,” as reported by NPR.Protesters saw the White House’s action as another suspicious sign of Trump’s unethical behavior. Among the signs held by more than 200 people who stood along Veterans Highway outside the IRS office in Hauppauge, one read: “Corrupt Trump has got something to hide!” Others included: “Show us your taxes!” A man wearing a Jets cap held a poster with a clever pun implying: “Why are you PUTIN off releasing your taxes?”As Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) explained in a statement before the Tax March, “Donald Trump is hiding something. And we know where he’s hiding it—not in a safe, not in a vault. Nope, he’s hiding it in his taxes,” she said, adding “we do know that Trump hotels owe hundreds of millions of dollars to Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, the Bank of China. We know he’s done business with Saudi princes, and even investors allegedly tied to the Russian mob.”For more than 40 years American presidents have routinely released their tax returns—even though it’s not a formal requirement. Warren said the issue is about “who exercises influence—who really calls the shots—over the man who now sits in the White House.”Hundreds rallied outside the IRS office in Hauppauge on April 15 to demand President Trump release his tax returns, including this canine! (Spencer Rumsey / Long Island Press)Long Island Activists for Democracy helped to organize the event at the Hauppauge IRS, which ran from noon until 1:30 p.m. and included a pair of dogs with anti-Trump signs on their backs as well as young children and a couple of protesters in wheelchairs. Earlier in the morning, demonstrators had gathered in Bethpage at a demonstration that the Long Island Progressive Coalition had helped set up to demand that Trump clear the ethical cloud surrounding his administration.In Manhattan, thousands of people began marching in Bryant Park, where they heard Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn) reportedly tell the crowd, “Donald Trump is a living breathing conflict of interest, and the American people deserve to know what the heck he’s hiding from this great republic.” Also speaking at the Manhattan rally was comedienne Sarah Silverman, who according to the Daily News, said, “We all are very interested in not only where this president had business ties and who he is beholden to, but why he refuses to show us. And there is no possible explanation other than fishy shit is going on.”Meanwhile in Washington, D.C., tens of thousands of people rallied at the U.S. Capitol, where the Huffington Post reported that Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), referring to Trump as the 45th president, led the crowd in a chant of “Impeach 45!” The parade also featured Donny the Tax March Chicken, an inflatable plastic poultry mascot made over to resemble the president, complete with golden orange hairdo.Some organizers for the nationwide protest have reportedly credited Trump’s spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway for providing the inspiration when she recently commented that Americans didn’t care about his taxes. But so many people in Florida came out on Saturday to demand the president release his returns that his motorcade had to change its route back from the golf course to his Mar-A-Lago mansion so he wouldn’t have to see signs reading “Don the Con,” “Go back to New York” and “Show your taxes!”Monday on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” Conway said the protests were misguided efforts by disgruntled liberals and disappointed Hillary Clinton supporters to get an election do-over.“Six months after Donald Trump won 306 electoral votes, you have people still trying to make it go away, and this is the president,” she said. She also tried to blame the national Democratic Party for an outbreak of fighting between a small group of Trump supporters and anti-Trump protesters at a park in Berkeley, Calif., where more than a dozen people were ultimately arrested.Apparently President Trump did notice the protests, as he revealed in a flurry of badly worded Easter Sunday tweets, as reported by Politico: “I did what was an almost an impossible thing to do for a Republican—easily won the Electoral College! Now Tax Returns are brought up again? Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday. The election is over!”For those Long Islanders who lined Vets Highway in Hauppauge, the president’s unsubstantiated claim would have been welcome news, since no one seemed to be handing out money that afternoon, least of all protest organizer Ruth Cohen of Long Island Activists for Democracy.“We are becoming a banana republic,” Cohen reportedly said, “where all the power and wealth is held by a super-small elite.”According to a copy of his federal tax return leaked to MSNBC in March, Trump paid $38 million in federal income taxes in 2005—the most recent return available—on more than $150 million, for an effective tax rate of 25 percent. What, if any, taxes he’s paid since remains to be seen.Featured Photo: Hundreds rallied in front of the IRS office in Hauppauge on April 15 in a nationwide protest demanding President Donald Trump release his tax returns to the public. (Spencer Rumsey / Long Island Press)last_img read more

As people head outdoors, finding equipment becomes difficult

first_imgThey said even when you’re outdoors, please follow social distancing policies. “Because of that period of time where they were closed down, we have a lot of people right now who want to go hike, have people in their backyard, have a party in their backyard, to do like the social distancing, or have company over and then have them in a tent,” said Ian Downes, a store associate at Eastern Mountain Sports. Staff say not only are they selling out of items as soon as they get it, they’re having trouble restocking those items as well. (WBNG) — Camping sales are on the rise as more residents are staying closer to home. Eastern Mountain Sports in Ithaca told 12 News Thursday the store has seen a huge spike in sales since the pandemic began. Staff said when they finally reopened, they sold more than two dozen kayaks in just 3 or 4 days. From tent rentals and other camping gear, to kayaks and mountain bikes, the store says people are looking to stay active.last_img read more