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LOCAL

Candidates for the St. Louis Police Chief have been narrowed down to 6. They are being evaluated by the Citizens Advisory Board and the International Police Chiefs' Association, which the city hired as a consultant. The candidates have also been given a management assessment test.The Police Chief's Association was interviewing semi-finalists to narrow the list of finalists to six. Next are background checks, with final interviews scheduled one month from now.


*Papa John's is under fire for the comments of their CEO John Schnatter who blamed bad pizza sales on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. Papa John's is a major NFL sponsor and advertiser, they have since apologized in a tweet. 

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Same-sex marriage scored a big victory in Australia yesterday where more than 61 percent of voters supported a resolution to allow same-sex couples to marry.

The resolution will now go to Parliament where lawmakers will vote whether or not to sign it into law and make Australia the latest country to allow same-sex marriage. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that he wants Parliament to pass the bill by Christmas. He said, "They voted yes for fairness, yes for commitment, yes for love. And now it is up to us here in the parliament of Australia to get on with it, to get on with the job the Australian people asked us to do and get this done."

The historic vote was celebrated by thousands of people in large gatherings around the country. Same-sex marriage has been banned in Australia since 2004. 

(The Guardian)


Sandy Hook Families Keep Their Gun Lawsuit Alive-

The families of the 26 people killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting nearly five years ago are not giving up their fight to hold the companies who make the gun used in the massacre accountable.

Lawyers for families were back in Connecticut Supreme Court yesterday arguing to reinstate their lawsuit against Remington Outdoor Company. They're arguing the parent company of the manufacturer of the AR-15 style Bushmaster rifle used in the 2012 massacre knowingly marketed a military weapon to civilians.

The suit is using the "negligent entrustment," which argues that a company knows or should reasonably be expected to know that their products are likely to be used "in a manner involving unreasonable risk of physical injury to the person or others." The stance was successfully used against a slingshot maker.

A lower court judge had dismissed a lawsuit from the families of nine victims and one surviving teacher, finding the claims violated broad immunity for gunmakers under federal law. The NRA argues allowing the case to go forward threatens gun companies' legal protections. 

Source: NBC News


Grand Jury Portion Of Laquan McDonald Shooting Case Is Over-

The grand jury convened to decide who gets charged in the shooting of a teen by a Chicago police officer has finished their work.

No more officers will be indicted by the grand jury enlisted to investigate the cover-up of the deadly police shooting of Laquan McDonald. Special Prosecutor Patricia Brown Holmes announced yesterday that the grand jury has been discharged.

Three former and current officers are charged with lying about the 2014 incident in order to protect officer Jason Van Dyke, who was seen on video shooting the black teen 16 times. Van Dyke is awaiting trial on first-degree murder charges. 

Source: Chicago Tribune


Police in Tampa fear there might be a serial killer in the area after a fourth victim was found early Tuesday morning.

The victim found in the Seminole Heights neighborhood was identified as 60-year-old Ronald Felton, a native of New York and a father of three, who was a regular volunteer at the local food bank. Since October 9th, three others have been killed within the same one mile-radius area where Felton was fatally wounded.

Police say they now have a description of the suspect they believe is behind the killings. Felton was going to the food bank Tuesday morning when the killer struck from behind, according to police. A man who was in a local laundromat said he heard five gunshots and witnessed a man fleeing from the area, according to the Tampa Bay Times. 

(The Daily Beast)

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