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|Baltimore riot shows 'crisis' in community policing: Obama||Cavs' Love likely done for season with shoulder injury (Yahoo Sports)|
President Obama condemned rioting in Baltimore, saying there was "no excuse" for the violence, but acknowledged a "slow-rolling crisis" in community policing, especially in treatment of African Americans. "We have seen too many instances of what appears to be police officers interacting with individuals -- primarily African American, often poor -- in ways that raise troubling questions," Obama told reporters at the White House. "I think there are police departments that have to do some soul-searching. Obama was reacting to the violence that erupted in Baltimore after the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African American man who died after suffering a spine injury while in police custody.
Cleveland's ''Big 3'' has been reduced to a twosome for the rest of the playoffs. Cavaliers forward Kevin Love has ''extensive'' damage in his left shoulder and will likely miss the remainder of the postseason. Cavs general manager David Griffin said Tuesday the team is not expecting Love to return in the playoffs, one day after Cleveland announced one of their top players would miss at least the next series. I've still got a sliver of hope very late, but highly unlikely.'' Love, acquired by the Cavs last summer in a trade to join LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, was injured in Sunday's series-sweeping win over Boston when he got tangled with Celtics center Kelly Olynyk while chasing a loose ball.
|Supreme Court hearing historic same-sex marriage arguments||White Sox-Orioles postponed again in riot-ravaged Baltimore (Yahoo Sports)|
The debate over gay marriage in America is underway in the Supreme Court, and the cases could make same-sex marriage the law of the land.
The Baltimore Orioles postponed a second straight game against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday after a night of rioting near Camden Yards. Public schools were shut, and Baltimore's mayor imposed a 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew. The White Sox were in town for a three-game series that had been slated to start Monday, and it was their only planned visit on the schedule. The decision came after riots broke out following the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died April 19 of spinal cord and other injuries sustained while in police custody.
|Iran diverts Marshall Islands cargo ship in Strait of Hormuz||Kirk Gibson diagnosed with Parkinson's disease (Yahoo Sports)|
Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps ships intercepted a Marshall Islands-flagged commercial cargo vessel in the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday, forcing it “further into Iranian waters,” the Pentagon said. Multiple U.S. government sources said there were no Americans aboard the Maersk Tigris.
Kirk Gibson has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, he said Tuesday. The 1988 National League MVP was fired in September as manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks after four-plus seasons. He now calls Tigers games for Fox Sports Detroit, but Gibson had not been in the broadcast booth since opening day April 6 while undergoing tests.
|Baltimore mayor criticized for police response to rioting||AP Source: Jets fined $100K by NFL for tampering (Yahoo Sports)|
By Ian Simpson and Warren Strobel BALTIMORE (Reuters) - The day after rioters tore through Baltimore, the city's mayor was criticized on Tuesday for a slow police response to some of the worst U.S. urban unrest in years after the funeral of a 25-year-old black man who died in police custody. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said he had called Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake repeatedly Monday but that she held off calling in the National Guard until three hours after violence first erupted. "The mayor of Baltimore had the city of Baltimore police on the ground. The death of Freddie Gray gave new energy to the public outcry that flared last year after police killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, New York City and elsewhere.
Woody Johnson made one costly comment for the New York Jets. The NFL is fining the team $100,000 for tampering because of the owner's comments in December about Darrelle Revis, then a member of the New England Patriots, according to a person familiar with the situation. The Jets will not lose any draft picks as a result of the fine, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because neither the team nor the league announced the sanctions. The New York Daily News was the first to report the NFL's decision.
|Boston bomber's lawyers focus on brother's obsession with Islam||NFL relinquishing tax-exempt status (Yahoo Sports)|
By Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - The older brother of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev changed from a roisterous boxer known for flashy outfits into someone with a bushy beard and drab clothes and obsessed by Islam, following a trip to Russia in 2012, witnesses said on Tuesday. The testimony before a federal jury in Boston comes as lawyers for Tsarnaev build their argument that the 21-year-old ethnic Chechen was a pawn in his now-dead brother's scheme to bomb the race on April 15, 2013, and should be sentenced to life in prison, not death. Tsarnaev was convicted this month of killing three people and injuring 264 in the bombing, and shooting dead a police officer three days later alongside the older brother, Tamerlan, a 2009 New England boxing champion. Rogerio Franca, who lived near the Tsarnaevs in Cambridge, Massachusetts, told jurors Tamerlan was a partier before his trip to Russia, but transformed into someone more closely resembling a devout Muslim when he returned.
The National Football League is giving up its tax-exempt status, which Commissioner Roger Goodell called a ''distraction.'' In a letter to team owners, Goodell said that the league office and its management council will file tax returns as taxable entities for the 2015 fiscal year. Goodell said the NFL has been tax-exempt since 1942, though all 32 teams pay taxes on their income. ''As you know, the effects of the tax-exempt status of the league office have been mischaracterized repeatedly in recent years,'' Goodell said in the letter, dated Tuesday. ''The fact is that the business of the NFL has never been tax exempt.'' Major League Baseball gave up its 501(c)(6) tax-exempt status in 2007, which eliminates the requirement for an annual filing of IRS Form 990, which is the publicly available tax return of a tax-exempt organization and requires the listing of compensation for the highest-paid employees.
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Why U.S. Engagement Policy Is The Correct One
Invariably, when one thinks of the efficacy of a nation’s military, the mind’s eye is drawn to the ability of that country to deliver a \"warhead onto the forehead\" of their enemies. Indeed, owing to the Pentagon’s slick packaging of the First Gulf War, modern conflict, in the American mind, became synonymous with high-tech toys, grainy videos of successful missile shots, and a quick resolution of hostilities.
Capitalism and The Wealth Gap
When it comes to the efficient delivery of goods and services, capitalism is the proven economic model that puts people to work and products on the shelves. Whether those jobs end up paying enough money to purchase the items on those shelves is another matter, however.
Living Wages Are A Global Problem
The recent protests for an increased minimum wage are part of a larger global protest. The purpose is the same for low wage earners all over the world; increase wages to match the cost of living, and allow workers to form unions if desired and needed. The global protest has gained media attention all over the world, but critics claim that is the only accomplishment the movement will have.
Ukraine: Not What It Seems
After tense days of fighting this week, people in Ukraine are mourning the dead and celebrating the removal of President Victor Yanukovych from power. The final struggle that began on February 18, was the bloodiest endured by the protesters of Euromaidan. By February 22 the fighting was over.
Coup Or Civil War In Egypt
The day after new protests erupted in Egypt the military in a show of support presented an ultimatum to Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Morsi was to step down from power and meet all of the demands of the Egyptian people, or face being removed by the military on Wednesday. As the ultimatum deadline draws closer in Egypt, Morsi refuses to leave, insisting that parliamentary elections are needed before he should be removed, and that he doesn't have permission from the United States to remove himself from power. Most recently he stated he will pay with his life to preserve the sanctity of the ballot box.