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Three arrested after paint thrown on NYC Black Lives Matter mural


Three people were arrested and a fourth was issued a summons after a Black Lives Matter mural on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower was vandalized with blue paint Friday afternoon, police said.

The incident, which happened about 4:00 p.m., marks the second in a week that someone threw paint on the mural, which the city painted July 9.

Two women and a man were arrested and charged with criminal mischief after surveillance video showed them smearing the blue paint, police said. Germanotta, 39, D’Anna Morgan, 25, and Luis Martinez, 44 were released with a desk appearance ticket, according to police.

Another person, who was identified only as a 64-year-old woman, was issued a summons for illegally posting fliers.

NBC New York reported that it appeared to be a coordinated effort.

Morgan and Germanotta said that their actions were in part motivated by anger at Mayor Bill de Blasio. Morgan, who is Black, said she has members of law enforcement in her family.

“Basically, I’m just sick and tired of the disrespect that our law enforcement is getting under de Blasio and Cuomo,” Morgan said, referring to the mayor and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “I am not anti-Black at all. I am African American. All lives matter, including Black lives,” she added.

Germanotta, who is friends with Morgan, said that others have painted graffiti around New York City and she doesn’t think they should have been arrested. “Why do I get arrested for speaking my mind and having a disobedient protest and they don’t?” she said.

Germanotta was seen being arrested while wearing an “All Lives Matter” shirt and wearing a rainbow-colored flag with the words “LGBT for Trump” on it. She said she wants people to know she is transgender, HIV positive and a registered Democrat who plans to vote for Trump in November.

On Monday, a man dumped red paint on part of the mural before running away. The NYPD has released photos of that man and say he is wanted for criminal mischief.

The Black Lives Matter mural was installed after protests and calls for racial justice and police reform that followed the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25.

Trump, a former New York City resident, has criticized the mural.

Trump called it a “symbol of hate” after plans were announced. The president tweeted at the time that it would be “denigrating” to what he called a luxury avenue.

After Monday’s vandalism, the mural was quickly repainted.

De Blasio, a Democrat who helped paint some of it, was defiant after that incident, tweeting “nice try” and noting that it had already been fixed.

Black Lives Matter movement “is more than words, and it can’t be undone,” he said.

Trump in October changed his permanent residence from New York City to Florida.

Cuomo, a Democrat, remarked at the time: “Good riddance. It’s not like Mr. Trump paid taxes here anyway.” The governor added, “He’s all yours, Florida.”

Trump tweeted about the change in residence at the time that “I cherish New York, and the people of New York, and always will.” But the president said “I have been treated very badly by the political leaders of both the city and state.”





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Arizona recorded more coronavirus deaths, infections, hospitalizations and emergency-room visits in a single day than ever before in a crisis, in a day across the Sunbelt that sent a shudder through other parts of the country and led distant states to put their own reopening plans on hold.

“Put a mask on it”Vice President Mike Pence waves as he arrives to meet with Arizona governor Doug Ducey to discuss the surge in coronavirus cases.

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Vice President Mike Pence waves as he arrives to meet with Arizona governor Doug Ducey to discuss the surge in coronavirus cases. Photograph: Ross D Franklin/AP

In Florida, hospitals braced for an influx of patients, with the biggest medical center in Florida’s hardest-hit county, Miami’s Jackson Health System, scaling back elective surgeries and other procedures to make room for victims of the resurgence underway across the South and West, The Associated Press reports.

Vice President Mike Pence, head of the White House coronavirus task force, planned to visit Arizona today, where cases have spiked since stay-at-home orders expired in mid-May.

Arizona reported record single-day highs of almost 4,900 new Covid-19 cases, 88 new deaths, close to 1,300 ER visits and a running total of nearly 2,900 people in the hospital.

Florida recorded more than 6,500 new cases down from around 9,000 on some days last week, but still alarming and a running total of over 3,500 deaths.

Ahead of the Fourth of July, counties in South Florida are closing beaches to fend off large crowds that could spread the virus.

The run-up in cases has been blamed in part on what New Jersey’s governor called “knucklehead behavior” by Americans not wearing masks or obeying other social-distancing rules.

“Too many people were crowding into restaurants late at night, turning these establishments into breeding grounds for this deadly virus,” Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said in forbidding restaurants with seating for more than eight people from serving customers inside from midnight to 6am.

Health experts say the virus in Florida and other Southern states risks becoming uncontrollable, with case numbers too large to trace.

Marilyn Rauth, a senior citizen in Punta Gorda, said Florida’s reopening was “too much too soon.”
“The sad thing is the Covid-19 spread will probably go on for some time though we could have flattened the curve with responsible leadership,” she said.

“Experience now has shown most people won’t social distance at beaches, bars, etc. The governor evidently has no concern for the health of the state’s citizens.”

Some distant states and cities that seemed to have tamed their outbreaks, including Colorado, Virginia, Delaware and New Jersey, hit pause or backtracked on some of their reopening plans for bars and restaurants.

And New York and New Jersey are asking visitors from 16 states from the Carolinas to California to quarantine themselves for two weeks.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city is delaying its resumption of indoor dining at restaurants, and not because of any rise in cases there.

The number of confirmed cases in the US per day has roughly doubled over the past month, hitting 44,800 on Tuesday, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

That is higher even than what the nation witnessed during the deadliest stretch of the crisis in mid-April through early May.



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Hollywood actor Ron Perlman has challenged the Texas Republican senator Ted Cruz to a wrestling match, offering to donate $50,000 to Black Lives Matter to mark the occasion.

Perlman, the star of Hellboy, The Name of the Rose, Sons of Anarchy and other hits, made the offer early on Monday morning, as part of what started as an unlikely online spat with the Republican Florida congressman Matt Gaetz.

Perlman and Gaetz were arguing about US Soccer’s George Floyd-protest-inspired decision to repeal a rule requiring its teams to stand for the national anthem, which earned Gaetz’s ire and subsequently that of Donald Trump.

Told by Gaetz to “leave the tough guy comments for those of us who face the voters”, Perlman tweeted a picture of the Ohio congressman Jim Jordan, a former wrestling coach, and said: “You’re lucky for this guy Matt. If it weren’t for him you’d be the ugliest politician walking.”

Perlman’s jibe at Jordan prompted Cruz to wade in, writing: “Listen Hellboy. You talk good game when you’ve got Hollywood makeup and stuntmen. But I’ll bet $10k – to the nonpolitical charity of your choice – that you couldn’t last five minutes in the wrestling ring with Jim Jordan without getting pinned. You up for it? Or does your publicist say too risky?”

Perlman replied by suggesting he and Cruz fight instead, saying he would “give 50k to Black Lives Matter and you can keep all the taxpayer money you were thinking of spending.”





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The six to three verdict is the biggest victory for LGBTQ+ rights since the court upheld marriage equality in 2015.

“Today, we must decide whether an employer can fire someone simply for being homosexual or transgender. The answer is clear. An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex. Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids,” justice Neil Gorsuch wrote.

The three cases the court heard, Altitude Express Inc v Zarda, Bostock v Clayton county, and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC concerned whether or not a federal ban on sex discrimination forbids employment discrimination against LGBTQ+ workers.

The Harris Funeral Homes case centered on Aimee Stephens, a trans woman fired after her boss claimed it would violate “God’s commands” if he allowed her “to deny [her] sex while acting as a representative of [the] organization.”

Donald Zarda and Gerald Bostock, both gay men, alleged they were fired from their jobs because of their sexual orientation.









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Grounding of Munster charity air ambulance ‘will see lives lost’


The grounding of Ireland’s first charity air ambulance service due to the Covid-19 pandemic halting fundraising activities will cost lives, an executive with the service has warned.

Ruth Bruton, operations manager with the Irish Community Rapid Response Air Ambulance Service, said it had taken the decision to ground the service indefinitely from April 3rd with deep regret.

Ms Bruton said that the service, which is staffed by National Ambulance Service personnel, had flown more than 350 missions since it began operations last September.

“We are very upset that lives will be lost due to the grounding of this service at this time, especially given how vital frontline medical support is during the Covid-19 pandemic and how successful the service has been to date,” she said.



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Man ordered to perform contract for sale of lands where he lives in Co Dublin


A man has been ordered to perform a contract for the €460,000 sale of lands in Co Dublin where he lives in a house with his partner and father.

The Court of Appeal on Wednesday upheld a High Court order directing specific performance of the 2014 contract executed by Gavin Crowley concerning lands at Newbarn, Kilsallaghan.

In circumstances including that Mr Crowley has a debt of some €1 million to Start Mortgages, the High Court had not erred in refusing to award damages in lieu of specific performance, it held. On the application of David Allen BL, for Brian Leggett, purchaser of the lands, it lifted a stay imposed by the High Court, pending appeal, on the specific performance order.

Giving the Court of Appeal judgment, Ms Justice Caroline Costello said Mr Crowley, a builder, bought the lands in 2002 and constructed a house there. He later provided the property as security for loan facilities advanced to him by Bank of Scotland(Ireland) in 2006 and 2008. After he experienced financial difficulties and defaulted on his loan obligations, the bank demanded repayment of almost €1 million.

In late 2012, after the bank sought possession, Mr Crowley’s solicitors advised the property was for sale. Mr Leggett, who was anxious to buy a home for his family, viewed the property twice and a purchase price of €460,000 was agreed.

A contract for sale was executed about February 24th/25th 2014 with a closing date of March 4th, 2014. After Mr Crowley failed to complete that sale, Mr Leggett issued proceedings for specific performance.

In opposing those, Mr Crowley alleged the contract was illegal and unenforceable because he and Mr Leggett had allegedly agreed on a €65,000 “under the table” cash payment along with the purchase price, thereby under-declaring the stamp duty payable. He also alleged there was a boundary dispute and his house was partly constructed on lands of an adjoining owner in respect of which there were outstanding proceedings.

He further alleged he and his father would suffer hardship for reasons including his father would get no compensation for sums advanced to help Mr Crowley buy the lands in 2002.

The High Court’s Mr Justice Tony O’Connor rejected the claim of an under the counter payment rendering the contract illegal and unenforceable, a finding which was not appealed. He also dismissed the other grounds of defence.

Ms Justice Costello noted trespass proceedings by an adjoining landowner against Mr Crowley were adjourned generally in July 2006 with no further steps taken although a notice of intention to proceed was served in 2012. Mr Crowley had previously specifically confirmed there was no litigation pending or threatened concerning the property and no boundary dispute regarding it, she said.

The High Court accepted Mr Leggett’s evidence he only became aware in 2017 of a possible boundary dispute. It concluded there was no evidence of a continuing dispute in relation to the boundary or alleged trespass and Mr Leggett was aware of the risk in that regard. Ms Justice Costello said a purchaser can elect to take whatever title the vendor has to give. Hardship was never pleaded in advance of the trial and no case was made Mr Crowley and his partner and father will have nowhere else to live, she said.

The High Court had not erred in refusing to order specific performance on the basis of Mr Crowley’s claim he had to sell his family home by reason of his indebtedness and this amounted to hardship.

The High Court finding Mr Crowley had entered the contract willingly was binding on the Court of Appeal, she added.

Mr Crowley was registered as sole owner of the folio and no case was made out of hardship in respect of the father, she held. Mr Crowley had entered into a “binding and enforceable” contract for sale and the purchaser was “entitled to what he bargained for”.



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