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Chicago’s new strategy to combat looting includes social media monitoring and ‘robust legal action’

Chicago’s new strategy to combat looting includes social media monitoring and ‘robust legal action’

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has announced a five-point strategy to combat looting in the city’s business district that includes social media monitoring, speeding up police response and “robust” prosecution. The new plan comes days after looters hit several downtown businesses on the Magnificent Mile shopping area, stealing property and causing extensive damage. More than 100…MORE

Tropical Storm Isaias left New Jersey beaches with a case of ‘sea lice’

Tropical Storm Isaias left New Jersey beaches with a case of ‘sea lice’

Jellyfish larvae commonly known as “sea lice” are invading south New Jersey beaches, all thanks to Tropical Storm Isaias. Environmental officials think that Isaias pushed larvae up from Florida, since stinging jellyfish don’t usually appear on New Jersey beaches until late summer, when the water gets warmer. The microscopic “sea lice” are known for causing…MORE

Phoenix police investigating the death of a man in their custody

Phoenix police investigating the death of a man in their custody

Phoenix police are investigating the death of a man who struggled with officers before being detained on August 4, a statement from the police department said. Ramon Timothy Lopez, 28, was seen “looking into vehicles and making obscene gestures” in a Phoenix shopping center, police say. When the first officer responded around 10:20 a.m., Lopez…MORE

The University of Oregon is covering racist murals in its library, one of which references the need to conserve ‘our racial heritage’

The University of Oregon is covering racist murals in its library, one of which references the need to conserve ‘our racial heritage’

The University of Oregon is covering the controversial murals that have decorated the halls of its largest library after years of protest over the murals’ racist language and portrayal of Indigenous people. The university made the announcement Wednesday, saying the move was in part an acknowledgment of the larger conversations occurring about racism in the…MORE