Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooter Likely to Get Death Penalty

Robert Bowers, the suspect gunman of the devastating Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, was on trial today for the murder of 11 congregants. Handcuffed and surrounded by marshals, Bowers entered the federal court in downtown Pittsburgh in a wheelchair. Magistrate Judge Robert read a list of 29 criminal charges against him including the obstruction of the free exercise of religious beliefs, or hate crime, which itself could justify a death penalty. When asked if he understood the charges, Bowers replied “yes.” Prosecutors successfully argued that “no condition or combination of conditions will…

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Condo Owners Can’t Wait to Strip the “Trump” Name from Their Buildings

After more than 20 years under the Trump brand, Manhattan condominium “Trump Place” is dropping the president’s last name. Instead, it will simply be known as “200 Riverside Boulevard.” Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the 46-story building stands proudly between 69th and 70th Streets. Along with a number of residential units, hotels, casinos and golf courses, the building used to enjoy the Trump brand and the glamorous lifestyle it implies. Since Trump’s campaign and presidency, however, the building has attracted public scrutiny for its overt affiliation with the…

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Hires Conservative Cartoonist to Replace Trump Critic

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette hired conservative cartoonist Steven Kelley to replace Rob Rogers, who was fired four months ago for publishing a series of anti-Trump political cartoons. The paper has attracted much negative attention for censoring political expressions it does not agree with. After working for the paper for 34 years, Rogers found it increasingly difficult to publish his cartoons ever since the start of Trump’s presidency.     Before Trump, the paper might reject one or two of his cartoons every year. Beginning this year, however, the paper spiked 19…

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White Man Claimed He Tripped and Accidentally Shot at 14-year-old Black Teen

A white man from Michigan on Friday was found guilty of assault for firing his shotgun at an African-American teenager who merely wanted to ask for directions to school. On the morning of April 12th, a 14-year-old boy Brennan Walker slept through his alarm and missed his school bus to Rochester High School. Thinking that he would instead go to school on foot and realizing after moments of walking that he had lost his way, Brennan knocked on the door of a nearby Rochester Hills home for help. Little did…

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“Sorry to Bother You” Combines Classism and Racism in a Powerful Satire

This is not a statement that is meant to be taken lightly: when I exited the movie theater after seeing “Sorry to Bother You,” I knew that would become an instant classic. In hindsight, I believe that the film’s pacing and intellectual engagement made it stand out most prominently in my mind. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first entered the theater. As such, during the first portion of “Sorry to Bother You,” I thought that I was watching a solely comedic film– a comedic satire, to be…

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