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5 killed in bakersfield including deputy


California sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot this weekend when his SWAT team tried to rescue people held hostage inside a San Joaquin Valley home by a man armed with an AK-47-style rifle and a handgun, authorities said Monday.

Four other people were also killed in the shootout, including the gunman — who had been previously arrested multiple times for domestic violence offenses, according to Lt. Joel Swanson, a spokesperson for the Kern County Sheriff’s Office.

Editor’s note: This story includes discussion of domestic violence. If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

Swanson did not know the specifics of the 41-year-old shooter’s previous arrests and he has not yet been named publicly. A restraining order against the gunman — filed by one of the victims and effective June 3 — was supposed to stop him from coming to the home where the killings occurred.

Three people inside the home — believed to be the gunman’s sons and their mother — were fatally shot during the standoff Sunday afternoon in Wasco, a small community in the middle of farm fields northwest of Bakersfield.

The woman had filed the restraining order, Swanson said, but authorities were still trying to determine what had prompted her to seek legal action against him. The restraining order was also supposed to prevent the gunman from having firearms.

The new real estate normal: Boise house that sold for $239K in 2018, sells for $523K in bidding war

The new real estate normal
In the fracturing American economy, any house can inspire a bidding war.

Descisciolo had moved from California to Idaho a few years earlier with his wife and two young daughters, in part because the area was still affordable for a middle-class family. He’d managed to buy their home in a new suburb called Star in 2018 with help from a relative, spending $239,000 for a new three-bedroom house with a horseshoe pit in the backyard. During the next few years, he’d watched out his back window as the Boise metropolitan area continued to expand outward, until the crop dusters slowly disappeared from the sky above his house and construction crews built another subdivision behind his backyard. Then, early in the pandemic, he’d begun to receive form letters from investors offering to buy his home. “We can pay now. We can pay cash,” one read. Descisciolo started checking the estimated value of his house on Zillow, watching in disbelief as it continued to rise by $30,000 each month, until it felt to him like the only sensible thing to do was to sell and then use the proceeds to build a bigger home for his family farther from the city


McFerrin posted the listing online and went back to her office to watch the traffic grow: 34 views in the first 10 minutes, 238 within an hour, more than 1,000 by the end of the afternoon. The Boise area had an average of 25 active buyers for each available house, many of whom were investors who offered to pay above asking price with all cash, which meant hundreds of first-time buyers had spent months trying and failing to find a home. Their standard offers now typically included a personal note written to the seller.


There was the offer from Carl and Vickie Foster, with an escalation clause that would go up to $511,000. “Obviously, all-cash is great,” McFerrin said. Then she told them about the offer from the Christensens, which came with a small down payment but a purchase price that escalated up to $513,000. “I talked to their Realtor, and it’s actually a neat story,” McFerrin said. “They’ve missed out on multiple offers, and they’re starting to run out of hope, and they’d never been willing to do an escalation clause before. So, the fact that they managed to come in with an offer this strong, I’m impressed. They really want this house.”


German Reporter Suspended For Smearing Mud on Clothes before broadcasting from flooded town

A German reporter has been suspended from her TV station after smearing herself with mud before broadcasting from a flooded town. Susanna Ohlen, who works for RTL’s Good Morning Germany program, said she had been helping with clean-up efforts in the days preceding the broadcast but felt ashamed to be neat as a pin on camera while reporting from a mud-covered street, the BBC reports.

She can be seen in a video posted to Twitter bending over, putting her hands into the mud, and touching her clothes and face. The video, not part of the broadcast, was shot by a bystander. https://twitter.com/M_Ziesmann/status/1418179614661304322

Ohlen has since apologized, issuing a statement on Instagram. “As a journalist, this should never have happened to me. As a person who cares about the suffering of all concerned, it happened to me,” she wrote. "Our reporter's approach clearly contradicts journalistic principles and our own standards,” RTL wrote in a statement.


As coronavirus surges, GOP lawmakers are moving to limit public health powers

As coronavirus surges, GOP lawmakers are moving to limit public health powers
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Across the country, GOP lawmakers are rallying around the cause of individual freedom to counter community-based disease mitigation methods, moves experts say leave the country ill-equipped to counter the resurgent coronavirus and a future, unknown outbreak.

In some states, anger at perceived overreach by health officials has prompted legislative attempts to limit their authority, including new state laws that prevent the closure of businesses or allow lawmakers to rescind mask mandates. Some state courts have reined in the emergency and regulatory powers governors have wielded against the virus. And in its recent rulings and analysis, the U.S. Supreme Court has signaled its willingness to limit disease mitigation in the name of religious freedom.

“The legal framework has evolved in ways that will complicate and perhaps undermine efforts to deal with the next public health crisis or even routine health threats,” said Wendy Parmet, director of the Northeastern University Center for Health Policy and Law, who also said she has been a “long critic of emergency laws and their potential for abuse.”

A key issue, Parmet and others say, is that the legislative backlash is based on partisan assumptions about this pandemic, limiting states’ options in the face of a new threat.

“Whatever your feelings are about what health officials did in March of 2020, I can talk to you about a future threat that might be different, that would disproportionately affect a different population, that you would feel differently about
,” said Lindsay F. Wiley, director of the Health Law and Policy Program at American University and an expert on emergency reform. “Please don’t constrain authority as a reaction in a way that will tie officials to the mast for a future crisis.”


Man Barely Flinches When Car Comes Crashing Into Kitchen

anyone see "Old",, saw it yesterday. no spoilers

great premise. could have been executed a bit better. didn't hate it, liked it well enough.

Arizona State Senator Schooled for Saying She Likes Robert E Lee, Not 'Traitors Who Hate America'

Arizona State Senator Schooled for Saying She Likes Robert E Lee, Not 'Traitors Who Hate America'

An Arizona state senator was slammed for saying she likes Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson but she doesn't like "traitors who hate America," two Confederate Generals who quite literally led an army against American troops in the Civil War.

Wendy Rogers, an Arizona conservative who became a member of the state's 6th district this year, waded into the culture wars over Cleveland's MLB team and the Washington Football Team changing their names, defending the teams' former old racist names of "Indians" and "Redskins," suggesting that they were unfairly canceled just like Lee, Jackson or even Aunt Jemima.

"I like Indians and I like Redskins. I like Aunt Jemima and I like Uncle Ben. I like Robert E. Lee and I like Stonewall Jackson. I don't like traitors who hate America. Stand up for our culture!" she tweeted Friday.

So who's going to tell her she doesn't exactly have her history right? A whole lot of people on social media, that's who.

"Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson were literally traitors who hated America," the Palmer Report tweeted in response, among others ratio-ing the senator.


car dealership fired employee who wrote a 'racist' Facebook post calling 1st time buyer 'Bon Quisha

A car dealership fired an employee who wrote a 'racist' Facebook post calling a first time buyer 'Bon Quisha'


An employee was fired from a North Carolina car dealership after referring to a Black woman as "Bon Quisha" instead of her name in a now-deleted Facebook post.

Trinity Bethune, a 21-year-old personal care assistant, bought her first car on her own from Lumberton Honda earlier this week, WTVD-TV reported. However, her happiness about the purchase was short-lived when she saw a post on the dealership's Facebook page on Thursday.

The post accompanied with a photo of Bethune read: "Congratulations to Bon Quisha on her 2016 Toyota Camry," according to screenshots of the post.

In response, Bethune commented on the post, saying she was "offended."

"If I'm not addressed by MY name, then please don't address me at all," Bethune said.


Rochester TV Reporter Shares 'Disgusting' Verbal Assault Just Before Her On-the-Street Live Shot


"Being hit on and harassed as a woman, especially as a woman reporter out in the field, happens so often you learn how to roll with it or ignore it," Hamblin said on Twitter, "This time it happened to be recorded only seconds before my hit. There are A LOT of things wrong with this."

Hamblin was preparing for a live shot when two men approached her and began commenting on her appearance. After Hamblin politely answered their questions about the live broadcast, one of the men harassed her, making vulgar and abusive comments about her race and appearance.

Hamblin responded to the abuse, saying "Alright, we are done here. Have a great rest of your day" to the man, yet he continued to make uninvited vulgar comments to Hamblin.


In the video, Hamblin is seen preparing for a shot as a black passerby compliments her appearance. "You look nice by the way," he says to which she replies, "thank you." Hamlin's attention then turns to her cell phone, when a white man passes by and immediately starts making suggestive comments."

"You're beautiful as hell, goddamnit," the man says to Hamblin, who once again politely acknowledges the compliment. However, the man persists and demands to know why she was in the front of a camera.

"Go find a TV and watch Spectrum News," she told him as she put on a forced smile. The man then directs a series of sexist and racist statements at the reporter. "See that's why I can't be left alone with a Black woman," he says before adding that he couldn't control himself around "mulatto" women, a racial phrase referring to people of mixed heritage. "Because I can't stand these f—– white girls."

"All right, we are done here," a visibly uncomfortable Hamblin says. "Have a great rest of your day." "You are sexy as f*ck," the man is heard saying before the video ends with Hamblin saying, "Oh my god."


Californians are arriving in Montana in droves. But they're not welcome.


Sasha Vermel had been sewing face masks locked down in her Oakland home for months during the pandemic when her hands gave out. She realized she couldn’t even open a door anymore.

It was the last straw. She’d been out of work as a designer and seamstress since COVID-19 hit, she’d been home-schooling two kids for months and the 2020 wildfire season had been relentless. She went to her husband and asked if he wanted to fly to Missoula, Montana for the weekend and look at houses.

Many native Montana residents aren’t happy with the amount of out-of-state residents coming in and snapping up homes, and they’re not shy about saying so. Vermel says a friend was harassed at a gas station when she was filling up her car with California plates; Vermel's dad, who lives in town, has had to defend her right to move back to the state.

Still, this has happened before, Vermel pointed out. She remembers growing up and seeing anti-California bumper stickers in the late 1980s. She refuses to get discouraged. “This isn’t new. It's the same old pattern,” she said.

Lauren Craigie and her boyfriend, who moved to Bozeman in April 2020 and both work in tech, don’t say they moved from California when people ask. They mention the states where they grew up — Connecticut and Ohio respectively — and they changed their licenses right away. “Part of me is annoyed that [locals] even care. Why are they special for just being born here? Because I've lived in so many different places, I don't feel like a Californian. That was just part of my life,” Craigie said. “I think I'm still navigating the best way to handle that conversation.”

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