Teen shootings in Denver suburb renew focus on gun violence
It was lunchtime on a mild day in the sprawling Denver suburb of Aurora when a truck full of teens pulled into a high school parking lot where students were gathered, and gunfire rang out. One of the boys charged in the Nov. 19 shooting later told investigators he brought his armed friends to an expected gang fight because “it’s the way it is in this town,” court documents said. The shooting was one of several involving teenagers within a two-week span that have placed renewed attention on a long-running problem of gun violence and gangs in the state’s third largest city, where the police department has been under scrutiny for its treatment of Black residents.news.yahoo.com
SUV of Ohio mom, 2 kids missing since 2002 found in river
Search crews pulled from the Ohio River in Indiana an SUV that belonged to an Ohio mother missing since 2002 along with her two young children, authorities said Friday. Side sonar scan technology led divers to the 1997 Nissan Pathfinder Thursday near Aurora in southeastern Indiana, Indiana State Police said Friday in a news release. The vehicle was registered to Stephanie Van Nguyen, who in 2002 disappeared with her 4-year-old daughter, Kristina, and 3-year-old son, John.news.yahoo.com
Colorado police officers charged after Black man pistol-whipped in bloody assault
Two police officers have been arrested after one beat someone with his service-issued weapon, and the second is accused of […] The post Colorado police officers charged after Black man pistol-whipped in bloody assault appeared first on TheGrio.news.yahoo.com
Violent arrest in Colorado reignites anger over policing
A video showing a police officer pistol-whipping and choking a Black man during an arrest in a Denver suburb has reignited anger over policing in the community, with activists on Wednesday decrying what they say is just the latest example of the mistreatment of people of color. Aurora Officer John Haubert was arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree assault, second-degree assault and felony menacing charges, after officers responded Friday to a trespassing report where they found Kyle Vinson, who is biracial and identifies as Black. Haubert's lawyer, Reid Elkus, has vowed to “zealously defend” him.news.yahoo.com
“You're Killing Me, Bro”: Two Cops Were Arrested After One Of Them Pistol-Whipped And Choked An Unarmed Man
Kyle Vinson cried for help with a bleeding head after two Colorado officers held him down and one hit his head with a gun multiple times and threatened to shoot him.View Entire Post ›news.yahoo.com
2 Colorado officers under investigation after violent arrest
A Colorado police officer faces felony charges after he allegedly used a pistol to beat a man, choked him and threatened to kill him while attempting an arrest. The incident happened Friday in the Denver suburb of Aurora, whose police department has been plagued by numerous police misconduct cases in recent years including the 2018 death of Elijah McClain. Aurora police Chief Vanessa Wilson was expected to address the incident at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.news.yahoo.com
Young Man Dies Protecting His Girlfriend From Carjackers in San Mateo, Two Suspects Arrested
A 19-year-old Asian man was fatally shot while shielding his girlfriend from a group of carjackers in San Mateo, Calif., on Friday night. What happened: The victim, identified as Ashly Tianson of Daly City, according to the Mercury News, was shot in the parking lot of San Mateo Adult School at 789 East Poplar Avenue when the officers were dispatched around 9 p.m. Tianson was sitting in his car with his girlfriend when three people approached them and tried to take the vehicle, according to a GoFundMe started by the victim's brother.news.yahoo.com
AP source: MLB moving All-Star Game to Denver's Coors Field
Major League Baseball plans to relocate the All-Star Game to Coors Field in Denver after pulling this year’s Midsummer Classic from Atlanta over objections to sweeping changes to Georgia’s voting laws, according to a person familiar with the decision.
Mass shooters exploited gun laws, loopholes before carnage
Had he been convicted of a felony, his purchase would've been barred under federal law. A lawyer for the gun shop said it complies with federal background check laws. It was then shipped to a Dayton-area firearms dealer, in accordance with federal law. Federal law allows people as young as 18 to buy semi-automatic weapons. His gradual accumulation of guns went undetected because federal law doesn't require licensed gun dealers to alert the government about rifle purchases.
Haunted by mass violence, Colorado confronts painful history
On Wednesday, Reinfeld was reeling from the latest mass shooting even closer to home, after authorities say a 21-year-old gunned down shoppers at a local grocery store. “I could see at some point leaving because of all this,” said Reinfeld, a gun control activist. But it's also been haunted by shootings that have helped define the nation's decades-long struggle with mass violence. The Aurora shooting brought that terror from schools to a movie theater. After each of Colorado's biggest massacres, the local gun control movement has gained heartbroken new recruits.
Op-ed: Here's the key decision that paved the way for development of Covid vaccines
The rapid development of vaccines for Covid has led to some debate over who deserves the most credit: the government with its Operation Warp Speed, drug companies, or university researchers who pioneered discoveries about messenger RNA. The best answer, I think, is that development of the vaccines, like most other great American innovations over the past 75 years, has largely been due to a singular decision made after World War II to tightly intertwine the roles played by government, private industry and academia. This triple helix was designed by the influential science administrator Vannevar Bush, who had a foot in all three camps. He was dean of engineering at MIT, a founder of Raytheon, and then the chief government science administrator during World War II overseeing, among other projects, the building of the atomic bomb. Bush knew that discoveries in basic science would be the seed corn that would eventually grow into unforeseen inventions, such as transistors or mRNA vaccines.cnbc.com
City probe criticizes police actions in Elijah McClain's death
City probe criticizes police actions in Elijah McClain's death Police in Aurora, Colorado, did not have the right to stop, frisk or violently restrain Elijah McClain in August 2019, according to a new report. McClain, a young Black man, died after the confrontation. Omar Villafranca reports.cbsnews.com
Cops fired over photos tied to Elijah McClain not reinstated
The Aurora Civil Service Commission issued a decision Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, upholding the firings of officers Marrero, Dittrich and Jason Rosenblatt over this and similar photos. Police Chief Vanessa Wilson fired the three officers last year over two photos taken at a memorial to McClain two months after his death. AdDittrich texted the photos to two officers who stopped McClain — Rosenblatt and Nathan Woodyard — to try to cheer up Woodyard, authorities said. Besides the neckhold, McClain was injected with the sedative ketamine. Rosenblatt initially tried to put McClain in the neckhold but couldn’t because of his position, so Woodyard did, authorities said.
Aurora man charged with first-degree murder in connection with fatal shooting
At about 4:45 p.m. Friday, Valles is accused of driving a car to the 300 block of South Spencer Street, where someone got out of the car and fired multiple shots, killing 32-year-old Fernando Carapia of Aurora, Kane County prosecutors said.chicagotribune.com
Daywatch: COVID-19 restrictions loosened in Chicago, the man accused of living at O’Hare airport and a $1 Elgin mansion
A woman shot in Aurora was among the victims of several carjackings reported in the Chicago suburbs over the weekend. The string of crimes comes as Chicago saw carjackings more than double in 2020, with the trend continuing into the new year. Search our map to see where carjackings have taken place.chicagotribune.com
Aurora man succumbs to injuries after December shooting that led to car crash
Palacios was shot around 8:30 p.m. Dec. 29 on the 1000 block of Second Street in Aurora and then crashed the vehicle he was driving, Aurora police said. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition and later transported to Loyola.chicagotribune.com
Man killed, another wounded in shooting on Aurora’s East Side
Aurora Fire Department paramedics arrived on the scene and transported the two men to an Aurora hospital. One of the men was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later. The other man was listed in stable condition early Friday, according to police.chicagotribune.com
Uber, hard-hit by pandemic, sells its robot-vehicle division
SAN RAMON, Calif. – Uber is selling off its autonomous vehicles development arm as the ride-hailing company slims down after its revenues were pummeled by the coronavirus pandemic. Self-driving vehicle technology company Aurora will acquire the employees and technology behind Uber's Advanced Technologies Group in an stock transaction, the companies said Monday. Uber will also invest $400 million into Aurora, and Uber's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi will join Aurora's board of directors. After the transaction, Aurora will be worth $10 billion and Uber will hold 26% stake in the company, Aurora CEO Chris Urmson said in an interview. San Francisco-based Uber will lose a critical piece of its company after the pandemic cut into its finances by suppressing demand for shared rides.
Uber sells its self-driving unit to Aurora
Uber's self-driving unit, Advanced Technologies Group (ATG), is being acquired by its start-up competitor Aurora Innovation, the companies announced Monday. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi will join the company's board, and the ride-sharing giant will invest $400 million into the company. Overall, Uber and ATG investors and employees are expected to own a 40% stake in Aurora, according to a regulatory filing accompanying the deal; Uber alone will hold a 26% stake. "Few technologies hold as much promise to improve people's lives with safe, accessible, and environmentally friendly transportation as self-driving vehicles," said Uber CEO Khosrowshahi in a statement. ATG had been a long-term play for Uber, but the unit brought high costs and safety challenges.cnbc.com
Stocks making the biggest moves midday: Revlon, Datadog, Lemonade, Amazon, Tilray & more
The company reported a loss of $1.46 per share on revenue of $499.7 million, with revenue topping estimates, according to Refinitiv. Yelp — Shares climbed nearly 3% after Evercore ISI upgraded the online review site to outperform from in line. Datadog — The cloud company tanked more than 10% despite beating on the top and bottom lines of its quarterly results. Aurora Cannabis, Tilray — Shares of marijuana companies fell sharply, giving back some of the massive gains the stocks have seen since Election Day. Tilray shares lost 8.5%, while Aurora, which announced a secondary stock offering on Tuesday, slid 20%.cnbc.com
Coronavirus pandemic forces changes in Chicagoland Veterans Day ceremonies
The ceremony will be recorded in the Grand Army of the Republic Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center and the Victory Monument. Like Chicago, the city of Aurora will also be broadcasting a virtual remembrance event on the city’s Facebook page.chicagotribune.com
Aurora driver services facility closed after employee tests positive for COVID-19
The Illinois Department of Public Health has been consulted, according to a press release from the Illinois Secretary of State’s office. Employees who work at the Aurora facility are being quarantined for 14 days and the facility is scheduled to be disinfected and sanitized according to CDC guidelines, the release stated.chicagotribune.com
Santa Claus mall visits will be different during the pandemic. Here’s how.
Centennial, which owns Fox Valley Mall in Aurora and Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills, adapted the 30-minute interactive tours leading up to a visit with Santa it started holding last year to spread out visitors, said Chief Operating Officer Whitney Livingston. The tours, based on popular holiday books and movies like “Elf” and “The Polar Express,” still will offer selfie opportunities, and when it’s time for a photo with Santa, everyone will stay at least 6 feet apart, she said.chicagotribune.com
Haven for Hope helps homeless families with virtual learning
So I became homeless, Aurora Rodriguez said, admitting she felt overwhelmed this summer when she lost her job and her home. Thank God for Haven for Hope.Since July, they have been staying at Haven for Hope in the family dorms. Haven for Hope says they are helping out 64 school-aged children with virtual learning that spans across six different districts and 20 different schools. Haven for Hope also provides wi-fi to its family residents. Murillo said she doesnt know what she wouldve done without it, since she is also virtually learning.
A look at a Colorado Black man's death in police encounter
McClain, a 23-year-old Black man in the Denver suburb of Aurora, died in August after police officers confronted him as he was walking to a store. McClain was a massage therapist who planned to go to college, his younger sister, Samara McClain, told The Denver Post. According to a report by District Attorney Dave Young, Aurora officers responding to the report said McClain was uncooperative when they confronted him. Federal authorities also said they were considering an investigation into photos of Aurora police released last week. WHAT IS THE CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING THE PHOTOS TAKEN AT MCCLAIN'S MEMORIAL?
Police chief defends pepper spray at Elijah McClain vigil
Wilson said in a statement that the suspended officers were "depicted in photographs near the site where Elijah McClain died." Aurora Interim Police Chief Vanessa Wilson said the officers were responding to a small group of agitators among the largely peaceful crowd Saturday. Three white officers stopped McClain as he walked down the street last August after a 911 call reported him as suspicious. The officers who stopped McClain were cleared by prosecutors and returned to the force, but the governor has ordered the state attorney general to reopen the case. A separate internal police investigation is underway into photos of Aurora officers taken near where McClain died.
Officers put on leave over photos tied to Elijah McClain
The interim police chief of the city of Aurora, Vanessa Wilson, said in a statement that the suspended officers were "depicted in photographs near the site where Elijah McClain died." In McClain's case, police body-camera video shows an Aurora officer getting out of his car, approaching McClain and saying, Stop right there. The chief's decision could be appealed by the officers under investigation, which would delay the results being released, he said. The three officers who stopped McClain did not face any criminal charges after an investigation by the district attorney, but Democratic Gov. Who didn't do it the right way were those agitators who were arming themselves, that were putting on helmets and gas masks and throwing rocks at my officers, Wilson told KUSA-TV.
Canada's Aurora Cannabis surges after making a CBD deal to enter the lucrative U.S. market
An employee tends to marijuana plants at the Aurora Cannabis Inc. facility in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. "It's immediate access into the world's largest cannabinoid market," Aurora Executive Chairman and interim CEO Michael Singer told CNBC's Frank Holland. Singer said the deal complements the near-term goal of Aurora reaching profitability in the next fiscal year and longer term goal of entering the U.S. market for CBD and cannabis. Cannabis sales in Canada have not reached expectations since adult recreational use legalization in October 2018. But according to the Brightfield Group research firm, CBD sales are projected to rise to $24 billion in U.S. retail sales by 2025.cnbc.com
Stocks making the biggest moves after hours: Expedia, Aurora Cannabis, Take-Two and more
Expedia The travel booking platform's stock whipsawed and climbed 4% in extended trading after the company gave its first-quarter financial results. Expedia reported a loss of $1.83 per share on revenue of $2.21 billion, while analysts expected a loss of $1.23 per share with revenue of $2.20 billion, according to Refinitiv. Aurora Cannabis The medical cannabis company's shares soared 31% in extended trading after the company said it was buying U.S.-based CBD company Reliva. L Brands The Victoria's Secret parent company saw its stock whipsaw in extended trading after L Brands released its earnings for the first quarter. Take-Two Interactive Software The video game publisher's stock whipsawed and fell 5% in extended trading after the company announced its fourth-quarter earnings.cnbc.com
Greg Zanis, the Aurora man whose crosses memorialized victims of gun violence around the country, has died
Greg Zanis was a giant among men, Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin said in a statement Monday. He was a man of action who simply wanted to honor the lives of others. In return, his life was one of honor and one that was celebrated throughout our nation and world. Heeding to the Scripture pick up your cross and follow me, Mr. Greg Zanis did just that. His legacy shall forever be remembered in his hometown of Aurora and around the globe.chicagotribune.com
US service sector races to one-year high in February
U.S. services sector activity accelerated to a one-year high in February, suggesting underlying strength in the economy despite the coronavirus outbreak, which has triggered financial market fears of a recession and led to an emergency interest rate cut from the Federal Reserve. A reading above 50 indicates expansion in the services sector, which accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity. Fed Chair Jerome Powell said "the coronavirus poses evolving risks to economic activity." The hit to the services sector is expected to come mostly through the transportation and tourism industries. So far, however, the vast services sector appears to be weathering the coronavirus storm.cnbc.com
Cannabis producers in Canada are now offering 'value brands' to compete with cheaper illegal market
The legal cannabis market in Canada grew 107% in 2019, but illegal sellers still dominate with 70% of sales, according to new data from StatsCanada. Total cannabis sales also declined 7% from the previous year where illegal sellers held 86% of the market. Cannabis stocks have fallen more than 60% over the past year as Canadian producers have struggled to compete with the established supply chains and lower prices of illegal sellers. In response to pressure from the illegal market, three of the largest cannabis producers Canopy, Tilray, and Aurora have launched lower-priced products or "value brands." Profitability continues to be an issue for Canadian cannabis producers.cnbc.com
US services sector growth picks up in January
U.S. services sector activity picked up in January, with industries reporting increases in new orders, suggesting the economy could continue to grow moderately this year even as consumer spending is slowing. A reading above 50 indicates expansion in the services sector, which accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity. The ISM survey's measure of new orders for the services industry increased to a reading of 56.2 in January from 55.3 in December. Order backlogs, however, continued to contract in January, which could curb growth in the services sector. The survey's index for services industry employment slipped to a reading of 53.1 last month from 54.8 in December.cnbc.com
Democrat Bloomberg opens campaign offices in three battleground states
FILE PHOTO: Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg speaks about his gun policy agenda in Aurora, Colorado, U.S. December 5, 2019. REUTERS/Rick Wilking/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire media mogul who is seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. president, on Saturday opened campaign offices in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, three battleground states crucial in next years election. In 2016, those states were supposed to be our blue wall and we cant wait until the general election to start rebuilding it, Bloomberg said. Bloomberg jumped into the crowded race for the Democratic presidential nomination in late November. He opened campaign offices in North Carolina and Tennessee earlier this week, and has pledged to keep staff in key states through the 2020 election to defeat Trump.feeds.reuters.com
Pot stocks try to rebound from terrible 2019: 'This is 2008 for the cannabis industry'
LAS VEGAS The legal marijuana industry is going through an epic shakeout. "This is 2008 for the cannabis industry," said Kevin Murphy, chairman and CEO of Acreage Holdings. "It has been an exciting year, and not in the way that shareholders in this sector would like," said Cam Battley, chief corporate officer of Aurora Cannabis. The top six publicly traded marijuana companies have lost a combined $25 billion in market value since the end of March. "Our belief was you needed to start hitting your numbers in 2019, so 2019 is the year where financial results mattered."cnbc.com