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United Allows Traveler Wearing 'Rope, Tree, Journalist' Shirt To Fly Despite Complaint

United Allows Traveler Wearing ‘Rope, Tree, Journalist’ Shirt To Fly Despite Complaint
It wasn’t merely offensive, said a passenger, it was a death threat.



The United incident was first reported in a tweet by journalist Jessica Sidman, the food editor of The Washingtonian magazine, who included a photo of the passenger wearing the shirt. She said her brother, who was also traveling on the Los Angeles-to-Boston flight Friday, complained to a flight attendant as he boarded that he didn’t want one passenger threatening the life of other passengers.

Sidman’s brother was escorted off the plane by a United supervisor, who explained there was nothing United could do about the offensive message. Sidman’s brother turned down an offer of an alternative flight. Nothing was said to the other passenger, who wore the shirt throughout the trip, he told his sister.

Sidman’s brother told CNBC in an email: “I relayed that the shirt was not just offensive, it was threatening the lives of other passengers.” He didn’t want his identity revealed because he feared threats, the network reported. Forbes noted that he has worked in journalism.

He told Forbes in an email that he didn’t accept an alternative flight because “I didn’t want this to be about United appeasing me, a single customer. I wanted the airline I flew not to sanction the threatening of murder of any group.”

WeWork Planned a Residential Utopia. It Hasn't Turned Out That Way. WeGrow to close

WeWork Planned a Residential Utopia. It Hasn’t Turned Out That Way.
Adam Neumann, the company’s ousted founder, once said there would be WeLive apartments around the globe. But now, it has only two sites and has been under investigation.

fter first pledging to upend the way people worked, WeWork vowed to change how they lived: WeLive, a sleek dormitory for working professionals with free beer, arcade games in the laundry room and catered Sunday dinners, would spread around the world.

It has not quite turned out that way.

WeLive has not expanded beyond its first two locations and efforts to open sites in India and Israel have collapsed. In addition to long-term rentals, WeLive offers rooms at its only locations, in New York City and Virginia, for nightly stays on hotel sites.

In fact, New York City has investigated whether units legally meant to be long-term apartments were being advertised as hotel rooms in WeLive’s Lower Manhattan building once billed as a residential utopia with shared living space, communal meals and social gatherings.

Fueled by the charismatic vision of its co-founder, Adam Neumann, WeWork charted meteoric growth that wowed investors and propelled the company to a $47 billion valuation, one of the highest for a start-up. But that all came crashing down in recent weeks, as its push to go public revealed huge losses with no signs of profitability any time soon.

WeWork’s main business is renting out attractively designed office space, but it once projected that WeLive would become integral to the company’s future, potentially driving billions of dollars in annual revenue as it extended into America’s largest cities. Instead, WeLive has become something of a metaphor for the entire company: big promises, but lackluster results.

A WeWork spokeswoman said the company remained committed to WeLive.

“WeWork will continue to operate our existing WeLive locations, delivering an exceptional, community-based living experience for our members in New York City and Northern Virginia every day,” the spokeswoman, Gwen Rocco, said in a statement.

On Friday, the company announced that another subsidiary, the for-profit private school WeGrow, would close next year. The school, which opened in 2018 in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, is led by Rebekah Neumann, Mr. Neumann’s wife.

Like its corporate siblings, WeGrow vowed to revolutionize its industry — elementary school — and pledged to be “elevating the collective consciousness of the world by expanding happiness and unleashing every human’s superpowers.” The class day includes traditional academic subjects as well as yoga instruction, and offers lunches made in a meat-free cafeteria.

Tuition this year at WeGrow, which has about 100 students, started at $36,000 for 3-year-olds.


amazing hardrock hotel photos


'The expression "Fish rot from the head down" does not begin to capture the Trump presidency'


The flood of fraudulent blather from the mouths of Donald Trump and his fact-resistant defenders has gotten so torrential that one may be forgiven for forgetting some of the oldies but goodies that The Great Bamboozler employed to get himself elected in the first place. “Drain the swamp!” was a particular favorite. Each day, however, brings fresh evidence that if Washington was a swamp when the president took office, it has gone positively putrid since then, and it is Trump himself, certifiably the most crooked president in our history, who has turned the nation’s capital into a toxic waste dump.

The expression “Fish rot from the head down” does not begin to capture the Trump presidency, which resembles nothing so much as a pile of rotted fish. Even before the revelations that the president had schemed to use his office to extort assistance from the Ukrainian government in conjuring up “dirt” on Joe Biden to help the president win re-election, itself a federal crime, the rotting fish head was obvious for anyone to see — or smell. The president’s own Justice Department had asserted in a federal court that he had directed his personal lawyer to commit felonies. The Republican special counsel appointed by a Republican Justice Department appointee had amassed voluminous evidence that the president had committed 10 separate acts of obstruction of justice, each its own felony. In the face of the conclusive evidence that the president solicited assistance of value from a foreign government for his re-election effort, the leader of the world’s hitherto greatest democracy has gone into full lock-down, ordering his entire administration to disregard Congressional subpoenas seeking the facts about what occurred. Those subpoenas complied fully with established Supreme Court precedent grounded in the Constitution itself. The president’s directive that these subpoenas be ignored is, quite simply, lawless; his purpose is to prevent not only Congress but the American people from learning the truth.

But it may be too late. With his longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, in federal prison in significant part for carrying out Trump’s orders, Cohen’s replacement, Rudy Giuliani, may soon be joining him. If so, it will be because he, too, chose unwisely in doing Trump’s bidding. Giuliani is under federal investigation for potential violations of a variety of federal laws, including those prohibiting the president from soliciting things of value from foreign countries. Two of Giuliani’s associates, both Trump donors with Ukrainian ties, were arrested in an airport jetway last week with one-way tickets to Europe, not ordinarily a badge of innocence. They will shortly be offered the choice of “flipping” on Giuliani or receiving substantial jail terms. They will probably choose the former, which will not benefit Giuliani. And Trump, emitting increasingly untethered nonsense on the White House lawn and to crowds comprised of die-hards, must know that faced with his own choice between “flipping” on the president and a potentially severe prison term, Giuliani will likewise opt to protect himself.

Some relief from the foul odor of Trump’s swamp was provided by career public servant Maria Yovanovitch, the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine canned by Trump at Giuliani’s urging because they deemed her too honest and honorable to abet their activities there. “She is going to go through some things,” bragged a swaggering Trump to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in a now-famous telephone conversation. Ordered by the president to withhold evidence from the Congressional committees investigating Ukraine-gate, Yovanovitch told him to stuff it. She appeared in Congress on Friday and testified for nine hours.

Grandfather trying to earn extra money still in debris of Hard Rock Hotel collapse


Anthony Magrette’s family is praying for good news. Over 36 hours after the collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel, he’s still missing. And they’re still waiting outside. Anthony is pictured above with his wife, Nova Espinoza.

WGNO’s Rachael O’Neil asked Nova what she did when she heard the news. “I started crying and I jumped in my truck, and I drove all the way up here and I did not leave since 9:45 a.m. yesterday. I have not slept, I’ve barely even eat. I’m not leaving here until I have my husband.”

Anthony is a few framer for the Hard Rock Hotel. His family says that he picked up this freelance job to earn extra money after being robbed last week. He’s trying to pay for his new truck.

A crane expert has arrived at the Hard Rock Hotel.

They are currently sending a drone into the rubble to skim the scene.

The family believes Anthony was between the 7th and 10th floors.

a "face eating party wasn't supposed to eat my face story" MI Iraqis voted Trump, now deportations

They helped Trump win Michigan, then his immigration crackdown split their community


“There’s a very good chance he won Michigan because of our community. We did trust President Trump to protect us.”

But just a few months later, Ashourina’s worst fears about what Trump’s election would mean for their Iraqi Christian family came true. On a hot Sunday in June, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents fanned out in the Detroit suburbs, picking up more than 100 Iraqi immigrants as they made their way home from churches or family lunches. One of them was Ashourina’s father.

When Warda Slewo reached a detention center in Ohio early the next morning, ICE allowed him a one-minute phone call. “Write this down,” he told his daughter. “They’re holding me in Youngstown. Don’t leave me.”

An automated voice chimed in the background, warning the two that they only had 10 seconds left to speak.

“Hey Dad,” Ashourina said, unable to help herself. “Do you still support Trump?”

She heard the sound of her dad cursing in Aramaic before the line went dead.

Ashourina’s pointed question to her 53-year-old father is one that’s reverberating through the close-knit Iraqi Christian community in southeastern Michigan, opening up painful rifts among families and old friends that could affect the 2020 presidential election in this crucial Midwestern state.

Trump captured the votes of many in this deeply religious enclave with his antiabortion stance, and dazzled them with his specific promise on the campaign trail to protect Christian minorities in the Middle East and crush the terrorist group ISIS. When Trump denigrated other immigrant groups, referring to Mexicans flooding across the border as “rapists” and calling for a total ban on Muslim immigration to the United States, some Iraqi Christians — who are also called Chaldeans, after the name of their branch of the Catholic Church — saw no threat to their community whose members largely entered the country legally.


“There’s a very good chance he won Michigan because of our community,” said Nahren Anweya, an Iraqi-American Christian activist from southeast Michigan who enthusiastically backed Trump in 2016. “We did trust President Trump to protect us.”

Warda Slewo shocked his Bernie Sanders-supporting daughter when he began singing Trump’s praises a few months before the election, after previously seeming not to care about the presidential race at all.

“Suddenly one day my dad is telling me, ‘He promises to protect the Christians and he’s a businessman, he can help the economy,’ ” Ashourina recalled. “I was dumbfounded.”


Ironically, it was Trump’s idea for a Muslim ban, a notion some Iraqi Christians quietly supported, that ultimately led to that wave of deportations that swept away many in the community.

“Those that were expressing these ideas [in support of the Muslim ban] were literally digging graves for the Muslim community and we fell into it,” Ashourina said.


video played at Pro trump event


NEW: The video showed the president as a mass shooter executing members of the media and his political opponents in a church. It was played at a pro Trump conference at the Trump resort in Miami last week. w/

LAPD will drastically cut back on pulling over random vehicles over racial bias concerns


LAPD will drastically cut back on pulling over random vehicles over racial bias concerns

In a major shift prompted by a Times investigation, the Los Angeles Police Department’s elite Metropolitan Division will drastically cut back on pulling over random vehicles, a cornerstone of the city’s crime-fighting strategy that has come under fire for its disproportionate impact on black and Latino drivers.

LAPD Chief Michel Moore told The Times that Metro’s vehicle stops have not proven effective, netting about one arrest for every 100 cars stopped, while coming at a tremendous cost to innocent drivers who felt they were being racially profiled.

Metro crime suppression officers, who number about 200, will instead track down suspects wanted for violent crime and use strategies other than vehicle stops to address crime flare-ups ranging from burglaries to shootings.

“Is the antidote or the treatment itself causing more harm to trust than whatever small or incremental reduction you may be seeing in violence?” Moore said on Thursday. “And even though we’re recovering hundreds more guns, and those firearms represent real weapons and dangers to a community, what are we doing to the tens of thousands of people that live in those communities and their perception of law enforcement?”

The changes, which take effect in late November, were hailed by community leaders who were critical of the LAPD’s stop strategies. But the union that represents rank-and-file Los Angeles police officers said Moore had left the residents of South L.A. vulnerable to being preyed on by criminals.

The Times investigation, published in January, showed that Metro officers stopped African American drivers at a rate more than five times their share of the city’s population.

Nearly half the drivers stopped by Metro were black, in a city that is 9% black, according to the analysis.

Even in South L.A., where most residents are black or Latino, the percentage of black drivers stopped by Metro was twice their share of the population, the analysis found.

A neighbor kills 4 people eating dinner in a Chicago apartment, police say


A neighbor is in custody after he shot five people -- four of them fatally -- in an apartment building in Chicago, police said.

The shooting happened Saturday night and a weapon has been recovered from the scene, according to Tom Ahern, a spokesman for the Chicago Police Department.

The suspect -- a 67-year-old retired construction worker -- allegedly shot the victims as they were eating inside a residence, CNN affiliate WGN reported, citing police.

"When he walked into that neighbor's apartment, there were four people at the table eating dinner," First Deputy Superintendent Anthony Riccio said. "For reasons we don't yet know, he opened fire and killed them."

After the shooting at the dinner table, the man allegedly went upstairs and shot a woman, who was hospitalized in critical condition, the affiliate reported.

The suspect is a neighbor who is known to the victims, Ahern said.
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