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Woman Dies in Delhi After Gang Rape, Fueling Outrage Again in India – The New York Times

Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls for justice in the rape case, in Uttar Pradesh. But after years of rampant sexual violence, prosecutions remain rare.

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NEW DELHI — A teenager from a north Indian village who was dragged from a field and raped by a group of men died of her injuries at a hospital in New Delhi on Tuesday, triggering nationwide outrage again after years of what experts describe as a gang rape epidemic in India.

The 19-year-old woman, whom Indian law prohibits naming, had been transferred to the hospital just a day before, two weeks after she was gang-raped and mutilated by higher caste men near their village in the Hathras District in Uttar Pradesh State, her family said.

The police chief in Hathras, Vikrant Vir, said that four men had been arrested on charges of gang rape and murder. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that “strictest action” should be taken against the attackers, according to a Twitter post by Yogi Adityanath, Uttar Pradesh’s top elected official and a leader of Mr. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party.

But justice is unlikely: Of the tens of thousands of rape cases reported in India annually, only a handful result in prosecutions, National Crime Records Bureau figures show. Activists say the true scope of the problem is far worse, as many cases are never reported because of the stigma of sexual violence in India.

When action is taken against suspects, it is often by vigilantes or by police officers acting extrajudicially, in killings that are usually widely praised but that also point out the justice system’s inability to deal with rampant sexual violence.


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The woman was Dalit, on the lowest rung of India’s Hindu caste hierarchy. On Tuesday, hundreds of protesters from the Bhim Army, a party advocating for the rights of Dalits, thronged the Delhi hospital where the woman was treated and clashed with the police.

A leader of the Bhim Army, Chandrashekhar Azad, urged Dalits across India to take to the streets to demand that the attackers be hanged.

The 19-year-old woman was cutting grass to feed the family’s five milk buffalo in Hathras when she was taken away by a group of upper-caste men on Sept. 14, according to her brother, Satender Kumar.

Her tongue was cut and her spinal cord was broken after she was dragged by her neck with a rope, Mr. Kumar said. He said that arrests came only after days of complaints to the police. His sister was initially treated at a hospital in Uttar Pradesh before being transferred to New Delhi.

Mr. Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, said in another tweet that a special investigative team had been formed to take on the case and that a report would be delivered within a week.

After the woman died in the hospital in New Delhi, her body was taken back to Uttar Pradesh, where the police seized her body in the early hours Wednesday and took her to be cremated without the family, ostensibly to try to keep the case quiet, Mr. Kumar said.

“They took the body by force, assaulted the family members, and cremated my sister in the night itself,” he said. “Police did not allow us near the cremation place.”


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The Hathras police did not immediately comment on the family’s accusations. But the district magistrate, Praveen Kumar Laxkar, told reporters on Wednesday that it was untrue that family members were not allowed at the cremation.

Dalits are particularly vulnerable to caste-based discrimination, and Dalit women are singled out for sexual attacks thousands of times a year, according to human rights organizations.

Gruesome reports of rape, often followed by retaliatory violence if victims or their families speak out, have become painfully familiar in India. Whether a rape report rises above the din to receive national notice is often determined by class and caste dynamics.

A student’s shocking gang rape aboard a bus in New Delhi in 2012, which later resulted in her death, galvanized a nationwide protest, with demonstrators clamoring for reform. But the country’s overburdened court system continues to move slowly. Four men convicted in the 2012 case were hanged earlier this year, after exhausting their appeals.

The police killing of four suspects in the alleged gang-rape of a 27-year-old veterinarian last year in the southern state of Hyderabad was widely cheered as a swift workaround to Indian justice.

Swati Maliwal, head of the Delhi Commission for Women, went on a hunger strike outside Mahatma Gandhi’s mausoleum in New Delhi last year, demanding that lawmakers pass a bill to force courts to carry out the executions of rapists within six months of being convicted.


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On Wednesday, Maliwal said in a public statement that the Hathras case had “embarrassed the entire nation” and that she had written to the chief justice of India’s Supreme Court, “pleading for justice for the girl child.”

The teen’s death this week followed a string of disturbing rape reports in India as the country struggles with the coronavirus pandemic. In one case, in the southern state of Kerala, an ambulance driver is accused of raping a Covid-19 patient while taking her to the hospital. In August, the mutilated body of a 13-year-old was found in a sugar cane field in Uttar Pradesh, near the border with Nepal. In July, a 6-year-old girl was kidnapped and raped in the southern state of Madhya Pradesh, and her eyes were severely injured in an attempt to keep her from identifying her attackers.

According to the latest Indian government data, the police registered 33,658 cases of rape in 2017 — an average of 92 per day and a 35 percent jump from 2012, when fast-track courts for rape cases were rolled out. About 10,000 of the reported victims were children.

Hari Kumar reported from New Delhi, and Emily Schmall from Chicago.

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‘I am woman’ singer Helen Reddy has died – CNN

(CNN)Helen Reddy, singer of the 70’s feminist anthem “I Am Woman,” died Tuesday, according to a statement on her Facebook fan page. She was 78.

“It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Helen Reddy, on the afternoon of September 29th 2020 in Los Angeles. She was a wonderful Mother, Grandmother and a truly formidable woman,” said a statement attributed to her children Traci and Jordan.
The Australian singer was also known for “Delta Dawn” and “Ain’t No Way to Treat a Lady.”
A film biography of Reddy’s rise from single mother in New York City to hit artist — titled “I Am Woman” — premiered last month. The film stars Tilda Cobham-Hervey as Reddy and features a new song by Reddy’s granddaughter Lily Donat.
“I Am Woman” was released in 1971, but didn’t make it to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 until December of the next year. Then, in 1973 Reddy won her first GRAMMY for the song, according to the Recording Academy GRAMMY Awards website.
“I would like to thank God, because she makes everything possible,” Reddy said in her short acceptance speech. She would go on to be nominated for another GRAMMY in 1976.
“Our hearts are broken,” the statement from her children said. “But we take comfort in the knowledge that her voice will live on forever.”

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A Florida woman was attacked by a 10-foot alligator while trimming trees – CNN

(CNN)A Florida woman is recovering from injuries she received when she was attacked by a 10-foot, 4-inch alligator while trimming trees in Fort Myers.

The 27-year-old woman was trimming by the edge of a lake near a country club in Fort Myers on September 10 when the alligator bit her.
She was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital and treated for injuries to both legs, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
The alligator was later caught by a contracted nuisance alligator trapper and taken to an alligator farm, according to the commission
The FWC said it is are still investigating the incident.
A few days later on September 13, a man suffered injuries to his leg when he was bitten by an alligator while walking his dog along a residential canal in Port St. Lucie, FWC said. The 8-foot, 3-inch alligator that bit him was removed and transferred to an alligator farm.
CNN affiliate WPTV reported that Mark Johnson, 61, said the alligator clamped onto his leg and was trying to drag him under water. When Johnson poked the alligator in the eye, the reptile let go, he said.
“I kind of slide and my foot is stuck in the mud, and the next thing I know, I see the lunge,” Johnson told WPTV. “He starts clamping down pretty tight and he started to pull, and the next thing I do, I instantly, here’s my fingers, I poke through the eye.”
Johnson received 62 stitches and his dog was unhurt, WPTV reported.
Alligator bites are serious, but injuries caused by the massive reptiles are rare in Florida, according to the FWC.
“FWC places the highest priority on public safety and administers a Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program (SNAP),” FWC said in a statement to CNN. “The goal of SNAP is to proactively address alligator threats in developed areas, while conserving alligators in areas where they naturally occur.”
SNAP uses contracted nuisance alligator trappers across Florida to find and remove alligators who may pose a threat to people or pets.

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Release Date Pushed to Christmas – Variety

Warner Bros. has postponed the release of “Wonder Woman 1984,” the latest development in Hollywood’s rocky plans to return to the movies.

The superhero sequel starring Gal Gadot, which was expected to debut on Oct. 2, will now touch down in theaters on Dec. 25, 2020.

“Patty is an exceptional filmmaker and with ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ she has delivered an incredibly dynamic film that moviegoers of all ages around the world will absolutely love,” said Toby Emmerich, Warmer Bros. Motion Picture Group chairman. “We’re very proud of the film and look forward to bringing it to audiences for the holidays.”

Director Patty Jenkins added, “First and foremost let me say how much Gal and I love all our devoted Wonder Woman fans around the world, and your excitement for ‘WW84’ couldn’t make us happier or more eager for you to see the movie. Because I know how important it is to bring this movie to you on a big screen when all of us can share the experience together, I’m hopeful you won’t mind waiting just a little bit longer. With the new date on Christmas Day, we can’t wait to spend the holidays with you!”

Warner Bros. recently took a risk in releasing “Tenet” on the big screen, marking the first major blockbuster to debut since movie theaters closed in March due to the pandemic. The $200 million-budgeted film, from director Christopher Nolan, launched over Labor Day weekend in the U.S. to a muted $20 million. Sources say the studio was waiting to assess ticket sales for “Tenet” before making a decision about moving “Wonder Woman.”

With the delay of “Wonder Woman 1984,” “Tenet” won’t face much competition among ticket buyers and could see a boost in sales in the coming weeks. For now, Disney and Marvel’s comic book adventure “Black Widow” on Nov. 6 is the next major film on calendars. In the meantime, smaller movies like Sony’s romantic comedy “The Broken Hearts Gallery” plan to open this weekend.

Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic “Dune,” also from Warner Bros., is still slated to open on Dec. 18, a week prior to “Wonder Woman 1984.” But there’s a good chance that film — starring Timothee Chalamet, Oscar Isaac and Zendaya — will be pushed into 2021 to avoid clashing for attention from audiences. When the first “Dune” trailer dropped earlier this week, it conspicuously lacked a release date.

Nearly 70% of movie theaters in the U.S. have reopened, but important markets like New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco remain closed. Box office analysts suggest that it’s unwise to release big-budgeted movies until those areas can welcome patrons. The first “Wonder Woman,” in 2017, collected over $400 million in North America alone — and the sequel would struggle to even come close to that figure without some of the country’s biggest markets in play.

Warner Bros. has found massive success over the holidays with its DC properties. “Aquaman,” which released in 2018, generated over $1 billion after hitting theaters around Christmastime. The hope, barring a second wave of coronavirus, is that theaters in New York and Los Angeles will be able to open by then.

“Wonder Woman 1984” has been delayed numerous times amid the pandemic. It was originally scheduled for June 5 before moving to Aug. 14 and then Oct. 2.

It’s not entirely surprising that the sequel “Wonder Woman” was postponed again. Four weeks ahead of its October release date, and the studio had hardly done any promotion. “Wonder Woman” is a hugely important franchise for Warner Bros., and the company couldn’t risk mediocre box office receipts. The movie cost roughly $180 million to produce, not counting pricey global marketing fees.

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Woman swimming near summer home is killed in Maine’s first fatal shark attack – Press Herald

A recently retired fashion industry executive was killed by a great white shark while swimming near her summer home on Bailey Island in Harpswell Monday afternoon.

Julie Dimperio Holowach, 63, was identified Tuesday as the victim of what is the first documented fatal shark attack in Maine. Holowach also lived in New York City and Naples, Florida.

Kipling President Julie Dimperio attends Kipling’s 25th Anniversary celebration at Helen Mills Event Space on March 7, 2012 in New York City. Dario Cantatore(Photo by Dario Cantatore/Getty Images

Maine’s Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that Holowach was attacked by a shark and a scientist determined it was a great white based on a tooth fragment, according to the Maine Department of Marine Resources. The department urged people recreating in the water to avoid schools of fish or seals, which can attract sharks. Beaches at Popham Beach State Park in Phippsburg and Reid State Park in Georgetown were posted as wading only.

Holowach, who has a home on Bailey Island and is well known in the community, was swimming about 20 yards offshore just outside Mackerel Cove on Bailey Island in Harpswell on Monday afternoon when she was attacked. Two kayakers brought the victim to shore, where they were met by a crew of Harpswell first responders. She died at the scene.

Holowach’s daughter was swimming with her but was not injured, according to the Maine Marine Patrol.

Tom Whyte, a neighbor who knew Holowach, watched the attack happen from his office overlooking Mackerel Cove.

He saw two swimmers he didn’t immediately recognize and looked through binoculars to see Holowach and her daughter.  Holowach was wearing a wetsuit and was about 10 or 15 feet behind her daughter, who did not have a wetsuit, he said.

Tom Whyte looks out on Mackerel Cove where a woman was killed in a shark attack on Monday. Whyte heard the screams and saw the attack happen from his second-story office window. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

“You could hear her giggling and laughing,” Whyte said. “All of a sudden Julie just started screaming for help.”

Holowach’s daughter started swimming toward her mother, he said. “And all of a sudden Julie went under. It looked like she was pulled under.”

Her daughter swam to shore screaming for help.

“Everyone is confused,” he said. “Why is the other swimmer still there?”

Steve Arnold, an Alabama man renting a house near the shore, heard two women laughing and then a scream that made him look at the water.

“I saw her lift a little bit out of the water… 12 to 18 inches maybe,” he said.

Arnold and other neighbors expressed shock about the attack, especially so close to shore. Shark attacks are not something people worry about when swimming on the Maine coast. Some said they could not talk about it because Holowach’s death was too devastating. Her family was not accepting calls and had not spoken to media.

Holowach and her husband, Al Holowach, own a home in the area and spend several months each year in Maine. She and her family are well known and active in the local community and throughout southern Maine.

Holowach retired in 2016, when she was president of Kipling, a bags and accessories company founded in Belgium and part of the VF Corp. group, which includes The North Face and Timberland. A year later she joined the board of directors at Sea Bags, a Portland-based company that makes and sells bags, accessories and home decor.

Don Oakes, CEO of Sea Bags, remembered Holowach as a vivacious, adventurous and creative woman who loved living in Maine. He communicated with her last weekend about a board meeting planned in August.

“It’s so tragic,” Oakes said. “She loved to swim. She’s done the Tri for a Cure (a fundraising triathlon for the Maine Cancer Foundation) several times. She’s a summer resident of Maine, May through October. A big part of her is Maine.”

Oakes said Holowach had a long and distinguished career in the fashion industry and had made a significant contribution to Sea Bags, which shares a commitment to sustainability with VF Corp. companies.

“Her passion for the ocean, the state of Maine and causes we believe in made her an invaluable supporter and friend,” Oakes said in a company statement. “It is with a heavy heart that we share our feeling of loss with Julie’s family.”

Holowach was known professionally by her maiden name, Dimperio, according to Women’s Wear Daily, the fashion industry trade journal. She was president of special markets for the Liz Claiborne brand from 2000 to 2006 before becoming president of Kipling North American.

Holowach also ran the New York City marathon with her daughter a few years ago, according to her Facebook page. She posted about her love for Maine and the ocean.

Maine Marine Patrol Maj. Rob Beal said at a news briefing on Tuesday, “The community is at a tough juncture trying to process yesterday’s incident.” Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal Buy this Photo

“Julie and her husband are very well respected. The community is at a tough juncture trying to process yesterday’s incident,” said Maj. Rob Beal of the Maine Marine Patrol.

Beiley Island sits at the end of a peninsula that juts out into Casco Bay. The island is connected to mainland Harpswell by a historic cribstone briedge.

Charlie Wemyss-Dunn tried to rescue Holowach, and brought her back to shore.

The Boston man and his wife were at a nearby home and heard screams. They thought someone might be drowning or needed help, so they got in a tandem kayak and paddled out.

The site was horrifying and it took time process what was happening, they said. “We saw what was in the water. We saw her condition,” he said.

Wemyss-Dunn dropped his wife onshore but then paddled back out, this time with his mother.  They tried to keep Holowach’s head above water. His mother held Holowach’s hand as he paddled to shore.

Jeff Cooper, co-founder of H2Outfitters in Orr’s Island, rented the kayak to Wemyss-Dunn and spoke to him after the attack.

“It was traumatic for the people who had the courage to go out there and retrieve (her). There was a lot of blood in the water,” he said. “They had strong character to go out there and do that. They did what had to be done. We should all be thankful people like that exist.”

Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher praised the two kayakers who pulled Holowach from the water. “I can’t stress enough the thanks we have for the efforts they made,” Keliher said.

“I want to stress this is a very highly unusual event,” Keliher said.

The only other recorded report of an unprovoked attack in Maine waters involved a scuba diver in Eastport in 2010, according to the Florida Museum’s International Shark Attack File. The diver was not inured and fended off  a porbeagle shark with his video camera.

Beal said the marine patrol is monitoring the area near the attack and asking the public to report any shark sightings to their local marine patrol. A plane  flew over the water from Casco Bay to Sheepscot Bay Tuesday morning but no sharks were spotted.

There have been no additional reports of sharks in the area, Beal said. But marine officials are warning people who are swimming or recreating on the water to avoid schools of fish and seals, which attract sharks.

“This is a predatory issue,” Keliher said. “The presence of seals is really the driver here.”

Keliher said wearing a wet suit or anything dark can mimic a seal. “This is not something we would have considered in Maine waters before,” he said.

Cooper, the kayak outfitter, said he has never seen a shark during his 40 years of boating, but has heard from local fishermen that they occasionally see tiger sharks in the area. He first heard of the attack Monday afternoon over a scanner and said first responders described a woman with damage to her stomach after being “attacked by something.” He drove to a small local beach to warn swimmers to get out of the water.

H2Outfitters runs a children’s summer camp that is cancelled Tuesday because of the shark attack. Cooper said it’s likely activities for the rest of the week will be adjusted to keep kids out of the water.

A lobster boat passes close to the location in Mackerel Cove off Bailey Island where a woman was killed in a shark attack on Monday. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

The company is halting the rental of kayaks, and some people have brought weekly rentals back early. It may continue guided trips tonight and kayak close together so that there aren’t any stragglers in the group. “Kayaks have been mistaken for seals,” Cooper said.

“I think people should be concerned,” Cooper said. “They need to pay attention, especially with a threat you can’t see in the water.”

Maryellen Amendola sat on a nearly empty beach near the site of the attack with her 17-year-old daughter and her daughter’s friend. They were visiting the family’s summer home in Harpswell from West Nyack, N.Y., as they’ve done for the last 20 years.

“I’m not typically a big ocean swimmer anyways,” Amendola said. “But especially not now.”

James Sulikowski, a former University of New England professor and researcher who conducts shark research in Maine and locations worldwide, was fairly certain the victim’s attacker was a great white shark, a large predatory animal that can reach lengths of more than 17 feet. More of the white sharks have been seen off the coast of Maine in recent years, he said. White sharks are fast swimmers and can reach Maine in one day from the waters off Cape Cod.

“Shark interactions with humans are very rare in Maine,” Sulikowski said in an interview Monday evening. “My guess is that the person was mistaken for a food item.”

Great white sharks, also known as white sharks, are known as ambush predators. They can travel at high speeds and like to sneak up on their prey. Sulikowski said white sharks have been known to swim below the surface before rocketing upward like a torpedo and striking their unsuspecting prey with as much force as possible.

The shark that attacked the woman in Harpswell may have been the same shark that attacked a seal in Phippsburg on Sunday. That attack left a a 19-inch long bite mark – the seal was not eaten– that could only have been made by a shark 11 feet long or larger, Sulikowski said.

Staff Writer Kelley Bouchard contributed to this story.

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Texas woman charged in connection to murder of Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen – New York Post

July 2, 2020 | 11:39pm

A Texas woman has been charged with helping to mutilate and dispose of the body of missing Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen.

Cecily Aguilar, 22, faces one count of conspiracy to tamper with evidence in Guillen’s April 22 disappearance from the Texas US Army base, NBC News reported Thursday.

The announcement comes one day after Guillen’s family said during an emotional press conference that they believed that remains found near the military base were those of the 20-year-old 3rd Cavalry Regiment soldier — and that a serviceman who shot himself as cops closed in was her killer.

Authorities on Thursday identified the serviceman as Aaron David Robinson, 20.

Investigators have not confirmed that the remains found in a mound near the base are those of Guillen.

But authorities said Thursday that a second suspect taken into custody this week was Aguilar, who was allegedly told by Robinson that he killed Guillen by hitting her in the head with a hammer, NBC said.

Aguilar, the estranged wife of a former Fort Hood soldier, is accused of helping Robinson get rid of the body by burying it in a remote site in Bell County near the base.

Authorities said last month that they suspected foul play in Guillen’s disappearance, who left her car keys, room key, ID card and wallet in the Fort Hood armory where she had been working.

Also on Thursday, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and California Rep. Jackie Speier called for a federal probe into Guillen’s case.

“We believe a thorough investigation b the Department of Defense Inspector General can help establish a number of crucial facts about SPC Guillen’s workplace, disappearance, and the Army’s response to both,” they said in a letter for defense department Acting Inspector General Sean O’Donnell.

“We are dismayed that we must ask these questions in the wake of SPC Guillen’s disappearance.”

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Couple Charged After Videos Show White Woman Pulling Gun on Black Woman – The New York Times

Widely circulated videos showed a white woman pointing a gun at a Black woman as she filmed with her cellphone in a parking lot in Orion Township, Mich.

A couple have been charged with felonious assault after widely circulated videos showed a white woman pointing a gun at a Black woman in a parking lot in Michigan, the authorities said on Thursday.

In the videos, the Black woman and her teenage daughter confront a white man and woman outside a Chipotle restaurant in Orion Township, Mich., on Wednesday. The exchange quickly escalates from an argument about an apology into accusations of racism, with a gun held only a few feet from the Black woman as she filmed with her cellphone.

At a news conference on Thursday, Sheriff Michael Bouchard of Oakland County, Mich., said the woman who had pointed the gun and her husband had each been charged with felonious assault, which carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison.

The Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office later identified the couple as Jillian Wuestenberg, 32, and Eric Wuestenberg, 42.

Both had guns in their possession, which they were legally permitted to carry, when they were taken into custody, Sheriff Bouchard said.

The sheriff explained the charges by saying that “any weapon that could cause serious and potentially deadly injury can be charged as a felonious assault.”

The episode began when the two parties bumped into each other outside of the Chipotle, Sheriff Bouchard said.

“One person said they didn’t realize they had bumped the other person with the food bag, and the other person felt they needed to get an apology,” he said. “Then it escalated from there.”

He urged members of the public to try to defuse tense situations at a time when many are on edge.

“My plea is, please let us all try to be that voice of calm in the storm, and remember each one of us is a human being that deserves respect,” he said.

Oakland University in Michigan said on Thursday that it had fired Mr. Wuestenberg. He had been listed on the university’s website as a coordinator of veterans support services.

“We have seen the video and we deem his behavior unacceptable,” a university spokesman said in a statement. “The employee has been notified that his employment has been terminated by the university.”

It was not immediately clear if the couple had lawyers, and there was no immediate response to messages left at numbers listed under their names.

As the videos spread on social media on Wednesday night, they quickly drew comparisons to footage taken on Sunday of a white man and woman pointing a semiautomatic rifle and a handgun at peaceful Black protesters on a private residential street in St. Louis. The demonstration was one of dozens against racism and police violence that have been taking place across the country for weeks.

The Detroit News, which reported on the Orion Township altercation early Thursday, shared both videos, the longer of which — at just over three minutes — shows more of the encounter. The News identified the mother as Takelia Hill and quoted her as saying that the argument began because the white woman had bumped into her daughter and was yelling “in my daughter’s face.” Ms. Hill could not be reached for comment.

The videos, recorded by Ms. Hill and her daughter on Wednesday evening, do not show what happened before the argument began. In one of the videos, Ms. Hill can be seen standing in front of the white woman, and her daughter says, “This ignorant woman bumped into a 15-year-old.”

After an angry, profanity-laced exchange, including accusations of racism and demands that the police be called, the white woman returns to her minivan and says through a lowered window that “you cannot just walk around calling white people racist.”

“This is not that type of world,” she says. “White people aren’t racist. No one’s racist. I care about you. I care about you and I’m sorry if you had an incident that has made someone make you feel like that. No one is racist. I’m sorry if you had something like that happen.”

As she speaks, Ms. Hill repeatedly asks, “Why would you bump her?”

The camera briefly turns away from the minivan as it backs out of a parking spot, and the teenager shouts for her mother to watch out.

Ms. Hill then asks whether the couple were trying to hit her with the minivan, and hits the back of the vehicle with her hand. The white woman exits the car holding a handgun and, using profanity, tells Ms. Hill to “get away.” The woman cocks the gun and points it at Ms. Hill, who is standing a few feet away.

“You’re going to shoot me?” Ms. Hill says, and she, her daughter and the armed woman ask for someone to call the police. The woman tells Ms. Hill not to jump behind her car, which Ms. Hill denies doing, and then the woman begins to scream at Ms. Hill to back away. Crying can be heard. The woman eventually lowers the gun and gets back in the minivan, and it pulls away.

“Call the police, no, don’t go anywhere,” Ms. Hill says. “You were about to hit me with the car.”

Her daughter can be heard saying: “These white people, they’re so racist. They pulled a gun out on my mom.”

Sheriff Bouchard said the authorities responded after they received six 911 calls related to the altercation, each of which he played at the news conference on Thursday. He said officers ordered the white woman out of the van, put her on the ground, handcuffed her and took her gun.

Bryan Pietsch contributed reporting.

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Woman goes on tirade after asked to wear face mask at Trader Joe’s in North Hollywood – ABC7



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Published on 27 Jun 2020

A woman went on a tirade after being asked to wear a face covering in a Trader Joe’s store in North Hollywood.

A shopper recorded the incident inside the store on Friday.

The woman in the video was angry after being questioned about why she was not wearing a mask.


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Young woman with coronavirus receives double lung transplant in Chicago – CBS News

Surgeons in Chicago have given a new set of lungs to a young woman with severe lung damage from the coronavirus. Northwestern Medicine on Thursday announced the procedure, which took place last Friday.

Only a few other COVID-19 survivors, in China and Europe, have received lung transplants. CBS News correspondent Carter Evans reports the procedure at Northwestern Memorial Hospital marks the first successful double lung transplant of a COVID-19 patient in the U.S.

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This X-ray image provided by Northwestern Medicine in June 2020 shows the chest of a COVID-19 patient before she received a new set of lungs because of severe lung damage from the coronavirus, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.


The Chicago patient is in her 20s and was on a ventilator and heart-lung machine for almost two months before her operation. The 10-hour procedure was challenging because the virus had left her lungs full of holes and almost fused to the chest wall, said Dr. Ankit Bharat, who performed the operation.

“I hope that this becomes more common because I truly believe that we can save several patients,” Bharat said.

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Dr. Ankit Bharat, chief of thoracic surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, listens to a question Thursday, June 11, 2020.

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She remains on a ventilator while her body heals but is well enough to visit with family via phone video and doctors say her chances for a normal life are good.

“We are anticipating that she will have a full recovery,” said Dr. Rade Tomic, medical director of the hospital’s lung transplant program.

The patient was not identified but Bharat said she had recently moved to Chicago from North Carolina to be with her boyfriend.

She was otherwise pretty healthy but her condition rapidly deteriorated after she was hospitalized in late April. Doctors waited six weeks for her body to clear the virus before considering a transplant.

Lungs accounted for just 7% of the nearly 40,000 U.S. organ transplants last year. They are typically hard to find and patients often wait weeks on the transplant list.

The Chicago patient was in bad shape, with signs that her heart, kidneys and liver were beginning to fail, so she quickly moved up in line, Bharat said.

On the left are 2 lungs from a healthy patient.

On the right is a #COVID19 infected lung taken from a 20 year old who had a double lung transplant.

The extent and magnitude of damage is severe.

— C. Michael Gibson MD (@CMichaelGibson) June 11, 2020

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. topped 2 million late Wednesday night, according to Johns Hopkins University.  

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Woman who threw Molotov cocktail at NYPD car hit with federal charge – New York Post

The woman who allegedly threw a lit Molotov cocktail into an NYPD car full of cops early Saturday has been slapped with a federal charge of damaging a police vehicle — a far cry from the attempted murder charges sought by the NYPD.

Samantha Shader, 27, of Catskill, New York, allegedly tossed the makeshift explosive into the marked police vehicle parked at Eastern Parkway and Washington Avenue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn around 1:12 a.m, as a night of destructive protests over the killing of George Floyd winded down, federal prosecutors said.

The bottle shattered two of the vehicle’s windows as four cops sat inside — but the gas inside did not ignite, the feds said in a criminal complaint released early Sunday.

The complaint cites a single charge against Shader: Causing Damage by Fire and Explosives to a Police Vehicle.

Prosecutors obtained a witness video they said showed Shader hurl the device as a man attempted to shield her from onlookers.

Officers then pursued her as she attempted to flee and arrested her, prosecutors said.

“In a post-arrest statement, Shader later admitted to police that she had thrown the Molotov Cocktail at the NYPD vehicle,” prosecutors said.

The NYPD initially pressed for attempted-murder charges against the demonstrator — but federal prosecutors have now taken over the case and assumed custody.

Shader will be detained pending an initial court appearance on Monday. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn declined to comment early Sunday on whether she could face additional charges.

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The feds also announced that two Brooklynites, Colinford Mattis, 32, and Urooj Rahman, 31, were also slapped with the same federal charge after allegedly tossing a Molotov cocktail at a parked, empty NYPD vehicle outside of the 88th Precinct in Fort Greene in a separate attack that came minutes earlier on Friday.

The pair were allegedly driving by the precinct in a tan minivan when they stopped to hurl the lit explosive through an already broken window of the vehicle, setting the car on fire, prosecutors said.

As Mattis manned the wheel, Rhaman hopped out of the car to toss the device in an attack that was caught by the precinct’s video surveillance cameras and witnessed by law enforcement officials at the scene.

The two then fled in their car, with police catching and apprehending them soon after near Pratt Institute, prosecutors said.

Officers later recovered several items used to construct explosive devices, including a lighter, toilet paper, and a liquid suspected to be gasoline near the passenger seat — as well a gasoline tank in the back of their vehicle, prosecutors said.

“These defendants are charged with attacking the New York City Police Department while its police officers are risking their lives to protect the Constitutional rights of protesters and the safety of us all,” stated United States Attorney Richard Donoghue.

“No rational human being can ever believe that hurling firebombs at Police Officers and vehicles is justified.

The Eastern District of New York will do everything in its power to protect those who protect us all,” he added, “and we will ensure that criminals who use the camouflage of lawful protest to launch violent attacks against Police Officers face justice.”

FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. also warned that the consequences for attacking law enforcement would be “severe.”

“Behavior like the attacks charged here puts our entire community – protestors and first responders alike – in danger, and we will simply not allow it to go unaddressed,” Sweeney said in a statement. “The consequences for conducting this alleged attack, and any similar activity planned for the future, will be severe.”

If convicted of the charge, each of them faces up to 20 years behind bars with a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years.

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