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Burglars smash windows at Miami tattoo shop, steal rifle, valuables

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Police are searching for the people behind a break-in at a tattoo shop in Miami.

City of Miami Police responded to the scene of the burglary near Northwest 24th Avenue and 36th Street, just after 10:15 a.m., Friday.

The owner said the thieves smashed the windows and stole valuables, including a rifle and a safe.

Detectives conducted interviews and canvassed the surrounding area for surveillance footage or witnesses, as they continue to investigate.

If you have any information on this burglary, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.

Duchess of Cambridge launches foundation focusing on early childhood development

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The Duchess of Cambridge has added a new role to her royal duties.

Kate Middleton announced on Friday that she is introducing a new passion project focused on children.

“I wanted to understand what more we could do to help prevent some of today’s toughest social challenges and what more we could do to help with the rising rates of poor mental health,” she said, “and what has become clear is that the best investment for our future health and happiness is in the first five years of life, and that is why today I am launching the Royal Foundation Center for Early Childhood.”

Middleton said the new foundation will bring awareness to the importance of early development of skills and emotional regulation.

Kern County admin building closed today due to AC system malfunction

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The Kern County Administrative Building is closed today due to a malfunction with the building’s air conditioning system.

The building, located at 1115 Truxtun Ave., is currently closed to the public and will reopen on Monday. For more information, kerncounty.com.

Gov. Newsom assaulted by ‘aggressive’ man on Oakland street

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A man has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting Gov. Gavin Newsom during his visit to downtown Oakland, authorities said Friday.

Newsom was walking to a barbershop and pizzeria in Old Oakland to promote small businesses when he was “approached by an aggressive individual,” said Fran Clader, director of communications for the California Highway Patrol, which provides security for the governor.

Officers removed Newsom from the situation and arrested the 54-year-old man, she said.

Newsom did not appear injured, the East Bay Times reported, and quipped to reporters that different people have different ways of saying hello.

The man was taken to Alameda County jail, where he was booked for investigation of resisting an executive officer and assaulting a public official.

Reached by phone, a woman who identified as the suspect’s sister described him as a homeless man with severe mental health problems. She said the allegation made by authorities was “consistent with his past behavior.”

Southbound Hwy. 99 in McFarland down to 1 lane due to RV fire

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MCFARLAND, Calif. (KGET) — Southbound Highway 99 in McFarland is down to one lane due to an RV fire.

The California Highway Patrol is reporting that at around 1:43 p.m., it received reports that a motor home towing an SUV was on fire on Highway 99 just south of Elmo Highway. It is unknown at this time if anyone has been hurt or killed.

Traffic is backed up around 1.5 miles and motorists in the area should expect delays, according to Caltrans.

This article will be updated once more information is available.

MCFARLAND: Southbound State Route 99 is reduced to one lane at Elmo Highway due to a vehicle fire. Traffic currently backed up approximately 1.5 miles. Expect delays through the area. No ETO at this time. pic.twitter.com/effrl16WQH

— Caltrans District 6 (@CaltransDist6) June 18, 2021

Suspect in Ridgecrest murder refuses to appear in court again

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The 20-year-old charged with an acquaintance’s death once again refused to appear for a hearing Friday morning in Kern County Superior Court.

Daniel Gunnarsson was scheduled for a pre-preliminary hearing on charges of murder and mutilating a corpse. He is accused of stabbing 21-year-old Katie Pham in May at a home on Skylark Avenue. The two had known each other since high school, according to friends and family. A motive has not been released.

Gunnarsson’s hearing was pushed to June 22 since he did not appear in court. Gunnarsson also refused to leave his cell during his arraignment in May, and a “not guilty” plea was entered on his behalf by his assigned attorney. He is being held without bail.

Pham’s murder struck Ridgecrest’s community with grief, and a vigil for the young woman drew hundreds of people out to Petroglyph Park last month to remember her.

New York AG: Town agrees to end biased housing practices

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York Attorney General Letitia James said Friday she’s reached an agreement with a Hudson Valley town and county to end discriminatory housing practices she says were designed to keep Hasidic Jewish families from moving in. James said the agreement require Orange County and the town of Chester to comply with the Fair Housing Act and to take preventative measures to ensure equitable housing practices moving forward. But a representative for Orange County says the agreement cost the county “nothing.” Messages seeking comment were left with town of Chester.

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NC governor again vetoes gun-rights bill for more churches

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed another piece of gun-rights legislation that would allow parishioners at more churches to be armed. The veto by the Democratic governor on Friday marked the second year in a row he’s blocked the idea. The legislation advanced by Republicans says people going to religious services at a location where private schools also meet can carry handguns if they have a concealed weapons permit. Attendees of stand-alone churches already have that ability. Cooper says the state should keep guns off school grounds to protect teacher and students. Republicans will need Democratic help to override the veto. That didn’t happen in 2020. 

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Illinois proposal could allow noncitizens to vote during school board elections

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Senate Democrats hope to give undocumented immigrants the ability to vote in school board elections.

This proposal could require the State Board of Education to create an affidavit helping noncitizens register for school board elections. Current bill language requires potential voters to verify they are a parent, legal guardian, or caregiver of a student.

They must also live within the boundaries of a school district and intend to stay there until the next school board election.

Advocate Monica Espinoza believes all parents should have a voice in how school board leaders run their districts.

“I want the ability to be included and being able to advocate for additional language support and special education services, additional curricular options, additional staff like social workers and nurses,” Espinoza explained.

Sponsors say the affidavit would clearly explain that noncitizens cannot vote in any other elections. The document would also warn that Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, may obtain their name and address.

Excluded from the process

The Senate Human Services Committee expects to host several hearings on this proposal before a vote. Sponsor Celina Villanueva (D-Chicago) says families should have the opportunity to play a bigger role in shaping their child’s future.

“For too long, these families have been systematically excluded from participating in our democracy even at the most basic level,” Villanueva said. “We it owe it to them, to our young learners, and to our cities, to bring them into the process.”

Although, the Illinois Association of County Clerks and Recorders has concerns with the concept of this bill. They note this would allow school boards to be in the registration and affidavit process without having any experience.

“They also have to verify that and then transfer that information to us in a short period of time,” said Tom Bride, Executive Director of the Peoria County Election Commission. “There’s lots of things that go into elections that I don’t have any idea how we would even process it at this moment. How would we handle election day registration?”

Bride also noted that Illinois doesn’t have separate times for school board elections. Those take place during off-year April consolidated elections. Once again, noncitizens would only have the opportunity to vote on school board elections.

“I think that we need to understand that these individuals are taxpayers,” said Sen. Cristina Pacione-Zayas (D-Chicago). “They’re contributing to the body that is going to actually be functioning on behalf of our schools. Therefore, when they are taxpayers and when they are contributors to our communities we sometimes do have to do separate things to ensure that they are enfranchised. But, that should not take away their rights.”

Sponsors say they are more than willing to work with stakeholders to address issues and make a stronger bill.

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Declaration of Juneteenth holiday sparks scramble in states

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Congress and President Joe Biden acted with unusual swiftness this week in approving Juneteenth as a national holiday. That shifted the battle to the states, where the holiday faces a far less enthusiastic response. Nearly all states recognize Juneteenth in some fashion, at least on paper. But most have been slow to move beyond proclamations issued by governors or resolutions passed by lawmakers. So far, at least nine states have designated it in law as an official paid state holiday. The effort recalls the drawn-out battles over recognizing Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the 1980s. That was the last time the federal government designated a new holiday.

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