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Published: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 @ 6:50 PM
NEW YORK — At a Tuesday news briefing outside Trump Tower in New York, President Donald Trump said the “alt-left” bore some blame for the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday.
“You had a group on one side and you had a group on the other, and they came at each other with clubs and it was vicious and it was horrible, and it was a horrible thing to watch,” he said. “I think there’s blame on both sides.”
“What about the alt-left that came charging at the, as you say, the alt-right?” Trump asked when questioned about violence at the rally.
But what is the “alt-left”?
According to many experts, there is no such thing as the “alt-left” and the term is simply an attempt by those who subscribe to far-right ideology to shift attention and criticism back to their opponents.
According to Sean Lawson, associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Utah, the “alt-left” is a “direct response to the attention placed on the alt-right, a group with whom many Republicans would rather not be associated.”
In 2016, The Washington Post made a similar argument, saying “alt-left” is used as “a way to point out that there are also extremists on the left,” but said the term has been “coined by its opponents and doesn’t actually have any subscribers.”
The term “alt-right” is itself controversial.
It is the name that some white supremacists and white nationalists use to refer to themselves and their system of ideals. The Southern Poverty Law Center says the alt-right “is a set of far-right ideologies, groups and individuals whose core belief is that ‘white identity’ is under attack by multicultural forces using ‘political correctness’ and ‘social justice’ to undermine white people and ‘their’ civilization.”
The organization considers it an extremist ideology.
Published: Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 10:36 AM
EAST MOLINE, Ill. — Left unattended for only 30 minutes, Feather was stolen right out of the Martin’s fenced backyard six months ago.
The family tried desperately to find their beloved Siberian husky.
They had nearly given up hope until recently, when Briana Martin got a Facebook message from a nearby mechanic shop -- Feather was at his parent’s house nearly 90 miles away, according to WQAD.
"I was very shocked,” Martin told WQAD. “I just kind of stared at my phone for a second and said what? Once I got my bearings, I said OK, what's their name, what's their address, where can I find them?"
Martin gave the information to East Moline police, who contacted officers in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Feather was recovered and returned to the Martins within hours, according to WQAD. The man suspected of stealing Feather did not comment.
"I wish I could know what's going on with her in the past six months, where she's been, what she's done, how she liked her first snow,” Martin told WQAD.
The Martins plan to press criminal charges.
"You are looking at grand theft in some cases,” Martin said. “Animals are not cheap, and you could go to jail. Be willing to pay that price if you want to take an animal.”
Published: Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 12:26 PM
ALBUQUERQUE N.M. — After five years missing, Jezus Vigil and his family thought Azula was dead, or at least gone forever.
So he was thrilled, albeit a little confused, to get a phone call recently from Riverside County Department of Animal Services, telling him they had found his 7-year-old Siberian husky.
The 65-pound dog was found a month ago walking aimlessly down a road in a Riverside neighborhood, officials said. A good Samaritan brought Azula to the shelter, where she was identified from her microchip.
She was flown home to Vigil Wednesday.
Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 5:58 PM
SHELBY, N.C. — A Shelby police dog chasing a man wanted on felony warrants bit a 4-year-old girl during the pursuit, officials said.
The police chief told Channel 9 the suspect jumped on top of a car while trying to get away from the dog.
At some point, the suspect opened the back door of the car and a girl inside was bitten.
Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 7:09 PM
— Florida is on pace to set an annual record for manatee deaths, according to officials with a nonprofit government watchdog group.
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility officials said the first two months of 2018 have been especially deadly for Florida manatees.
According to Florida Fish and Wildlife statistics, through March 9, there have been 183 reported manatee deaths. Of those, 52 deaths are contributed to cold stress.
Cold stress occurs in manatees as a result of exposure to prolonged cold weather.
Experts said exposure to water temperatures below 68 degrees Fahrenheit for long periods can put a manatee at risk for cold-stress syndrome. It leads to weight loss, internal fat loss, dehydration and other issues.
Ron Mezich with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said young manatees are especially vulnerable to death from cold stress.
“It’s one of the factors that manatees typically have to deal with, and a lot of young animals tend to be more susceptible to cold winters when they’re out on their own for the first time,” Mezich said.