Baltimore Buzz: Here's What's Trending In Baltimore
Baltimore Buzz: Here's What's Trending In Baltimore
In a sign of how Republicans are on the defense in the final weeks of the 2020 campaign, President Trump is set to make a stop in Georgia, a once reliably Republican state where polling has tightened in a number of key races. The Peach State hasn't gone to a Democrat in a presidential race since 1992, and Trump won it by 5 points four years ago, but polling shows it very much up for grabs. The current RealClearPolitics polling average shows Joe Biden with a 0.4 percent lead, after the last three surveys have swung the Democratic nominee's way.
In less than two months, Scott Peterson has gone from facing the death penalty for the 2004 conviction of killing his wife and unborn son to facing the possibility of a new trial. The California Supreme Court, which in August overturned Peterson's death penalty, on Thursday ordered his murder convictions be examined, according to multiple published reports. At issue in what was once a high-profile case: The court said a juror failed to disclose she had been involved with other legal proceedings and, as a result, committed prejudicial misconduct,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
Iran's capital has run out of intensive care beds as the country confronts a new surge of infections that is filling hospitals and cemeteries alike. The single-day death toll hit a record high three times this week. Eight months after the pandemic first stormed Iran, pummeling its already weakened economy and sickening officials at the highest levels of its government, authorities have not been able to prevent its spread.
Poll after poll may give Democratic nominee Joe Biden the advantage next month, but Democrats still have some fears. While Democrats have made voter registration and flat-out voting a major message throughout their pushes for Biden, Republicans have still so far been winning the voter registration game. Democrats haven't publicly acknowledged their shortcomings, but at least one is privately sounding the alarm, Thomas B. Edsall relays in an opinion column for The New York Times.
Newly released cellphone videos show the seconds before and after the deadly shooting that occurred at a protest in Denver. Matthew Dolloff, a private security guard hired by a local TV station, shot and killed a man who maced him, now identified as Lee Keltner. Mr Dolloff is currently detained on suspicion of first-degree murder in connection with the shooting, Denver police have said.
The northern Indiana man who was holding his granddaughter when she fell from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship has pleaded guilty in the toddler's death, reports the Indianapolis Star, a USA TODAY Network publication. According to a family attorney, Salvatore "Sam" Anello pleaded guilty Thursday in Puerto Rico to negligent homicide. Attorney Michael Winkleman said in statement that there will be no jail time and probation will be served in Indiana, where the toddler's family lives.
A Black man whose life sentence for making off with hedge clippers in a 1997 burglary drew scathing criticism from the chief justice of Louisiana's Supreme Court was granted parole Thursday. The 3-0 vote during an online meeting of the Committee on Parole means freedom, with conditions, for Fair Wayne Bryant. Louisiana's Supreme Court had denied release for Bryant, 63, earlier this year for the burglary from a carport storage room.
Attorney General William Barr is on thin ice after failing to deliver on two investigations that President Donald Trump claimed would uncover evidence of a broad conspiracy against him. This week, one of those investigations wrapped up with no criminal charges or public report. The other investigation will not be finished before November 3, throwing a wrench into Trump's plans to tout its findings to boost his reelection chances.
The biggest World War Two bomb ever found off Poland exploded under water on Tuesday (October 13) as navy divers tried to defuse it. It weighed in at nearly 5,400 kg, with nearly half of that being explosives. More than 750 people had been evacuated from the area near the Piast Canal in northwest Poland where the Tallboy bomb used by Britain's Royal Air Force was found.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham has been accused of violating federal election laws for using an intermission at the Supreme Court confirmation hearings to discuss campaign fundraising efforts and call for “help” from South Carolina voters against his Democratic opponent in the November elections. The Republican senator was discussing his re-election bid against Jaime Harrison, the Democratic senatorial candidate who raised a record-breaking $57 million during the third quarter of his campaign, at a break in the committee hearings when he made the remarks.
A 3-week-old girl was sexually assaulted and battered in an Ocala area foster home, and child welfare officials could have prevented it from happening, according to a lawsuit filed last week in the Marion County Courthouse. Both Kids Central, the Ocala nonprofit agency charged with managing child welfare in the region, and The Centers, which offers case management services, knew that a 16-year-old boy living in the home had sexually assaulted other young children in the past. The foster parents – identified as "the Kleins" – had set up video cameras around the house to monitor the boy's activities.
India Oxenberg and mother, "Dynasty" actor Catherine Oxenberg, sat down to discuss NXIVM on "Good Morning America" on Tuesday. India Oxenberg, 29, said she was raped by leader Keith Raniere, and that NXIVM was a "ploy for Keith to enslave women for his own sexual desires." Former NXIVM member India Oxenberg spoke publicly about the cult for the first time this week, saying she was groomed and raped by leader Keith Raniere.
Iowa's highest court upheld a state directive Wednesday that was used to invalidate tens of thousands of absentee ballot requests mailed to voters pre-filled with their personal information. The Iowa Supreme Court issued its ruling in favor of President Donald Trump's campaign and Republican groups as Trump held an evening rally in Des Moines. The court rejected a Democratic challenge that argued the directive issued by Republican Secretary of State Paul Pate was unconstitutional.
The U.S. State Department on Wednesday warned international financial institutions doing business with individuals deemed responsible for China's crackdown in Hong Kong that they could soon face tough sanctions. In a report to Congress, the State Department named 10 people, including Hong Kong's chief executive Carrie Lam, all of whom have already been sanctioned, and said within 60 days it would identify financial institutions that conduct significant transactions with them. It was the latest U.S. response to China's actions in Hong Kong, including enactment of a new national security law this year that Washington has called an unacceptable breach of China's "one country, two systems" commitments toward the former British colony.
A homeless man sleeping on a park bench reported to Ohio police was actually a sculpture of Jesus to raise awareness about homelessness. Within minutes of the statue's installation this week, a police officer went to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Bay Village, a community west of Cleveland, to investigate, the Rev. Alex Martin tweeted. Martin tweeted.
The U.S. Postal Service agreed Wednesday to reverse changes that slowed mail service nationwide, settling a lawsuit filed by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock during a pandemic that is expected to force many more people to vote by mail. The lawsuit filed against Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and the U.S. Postal Service on Sept. 9 argued changes implemented in June harmed access to mail services in Montana, resulting in delayed delivery of medical prescriptions, payments, and job applications, and impeding the ability of Montana residents to vote by mail. The postal service agreed to reverse all changes, which included reduced retail hours, removal of collection boxes and mail sorting machines, closure or consolidation of mail processing facilities, restriction of late or extra trips for timely mail delivery, and banning or restricting overtime.
President Donald Trump stirred controversy while continuing to promote conspiracy theories about his opponent's mental and physical fitness, posting an image on Twitter that superimposed former Vice President Joe Biden's face in a nursing home for senior citizens. The image was a mockery of the Democratic presidential candidate's campaign, including a logo that read: “Biden for President. However, the image featured a red “X” mark on the letter “p”, causing the image to read: “Biden for Resident” Along the campaign trail, Mr Trump has made baseless and disparaging remarks about the former vice president's mental health, claiming he was unfit to serve in the White House while dubbing him with...
A French museum was forced to postpone its exhibition about the Mongolian warlord Genghis Khan after Chinese authorities demanded control over many elements, multiple reports say. The Chinese Bureau of Cultural Heritage asked the museum to remove the words "Genghis Khan," "empire" and "Mongol" from the show, the museum's director said in a statement seen by the Associated Press. The bureau had asked the museum make the changes "in favor a new national narrative," the director said, according to the AP.
Scientists at Britain's Oxford University have developed a "simple, extremely rapid, and cost-effective" antigen test that accurately identifies COVID-19 in less than five minutes, Oxford physics professor Achilles Kapanidis said Thursday. Oxford said it hopes to start developing the test for commercial use in early 2021, with expected approval six months later. A quick and accurate COVID-19 test could allow for bulk testing at places like airports, colleges, and businesses.
Peters was answering questions from an audience when the unidentified man asked "where is your evidence that there is a virus that causes this disease"? "Here's someone who gets up and says 'the Earth is flat'," Peters responded. "Sorry sunshine, wrong place."