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‘Miracle’ daughter born two years after her father’s death is escorted by NYPD to her first day of school

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Angelina Liu was escorted by NYPD for her first day of school

Angelina Liu, the “miracle” daughter of late NYPD Det. Wenjian Liu, went to her first day of school escorted by New York police officers.

NYPD’s darling: Deputy Chief Chaplain Monsignor David Cassato joined members of the NYPD’s 84th, 62nd and Brooklyn South precincts in accompanying the 4-year-old student to her first class.

  • The NYPD Chaplains Unit tweeted about the gesture, saying they “couldn’t be more proud” of Angelina. 
  • Photos showed a number of officers surrounding Angelina and her mother, Pei Xia Liu, as they posed for the camera.
  • In July, members of the NYPD motorcycle group Blue Knights visited Angelina during her 4th birthday party, reported PIX11.

Miracle baby: Pei Xia gave birth to Angelina two and a half years after her husband was murdered, NextShark previously reported. 

  • The killer, identified as Ismaaiyl Brinsley, shot Wenjian Liu and his partner, Rafael Ramos, as they sat in their patrol car on Dec. 20, 2014. Brinsley fatally shot himself in a nearby subway shortly after.
  • At the time, Wenjian and Pei Xia had only been married for three months. To fulfill their dreams of having children together, the grieving widow requested to keep Liu’s semen preserved. 
  • Two and a half years later, she successfully underwent InVitro Fertilization during her first attempt. Pei Xia gave birth to Angelina on July 25, 2017.
  • Pei Xia said that on the night of her husband’s death, she dreamt of him handing her a baby girl.

Featured Image via NYPD Chaplains Unit

 

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Vans operating as illegal Airbnbs in NYC impounded by NYC deputy sheriffs

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Vans operating as illegal Airbnbs in NYC impounded by NYC deputy sheriffs

NEW YORK CITY (WPIX) – Seven vans were impounded in Manhattan this week after investigators discovered they were being used as illegal Airbnb rentals, according to the NYC Sheriff’s Office.

The vans were impounded for a “variety of alleged offenses which prohibited their operation or parking on a public street,” NYC Sheriff Joseph Fucito said on Sunday, September 26.

The sheriff’s office is working with the NYPD Document Fraud Unit on the investigation. 

Part of the investigation includes a YouTube video reviewing an overnight stay in one of the vans.

An Airbnb spokesperson told said in an emailed statement the vans are no longer active listings on the platform.

“In June 2020, we reached a robust information-sharing agreement with New York City, and subsequently began complying with the City’s short-term rental data reporting law, which regularly provides the City with the insights it needs to effectively regulate short-term rentals. Enforcement of the law is the responsibility of the City, and it has the data needed to do so, in this case, likely for months,” the spokesperson added.

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Where is Brian Laundrie? Here is where John Walsh says tips lead

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Where is Brian Laundrie? Here is where John Walsh says tips lead

CHICAGO (NewsNation Now) — After receiving about 500 tips from viewers, John Walsh, host of “In Pursuit With John Walsh” on the Investigation Discovery network, believes he has narrowed down the list of possible locations Brian Laundrie could be.

“We had at least three times more phone calls than we’ve had on any fugitive,” Walsh said.

In just three seasons of his show, Walsh has helped authorities capture 26 fugitives and locate eight missing children. He covered the Gabby Petito investigation on his show this week.

“We haven’t had this much attention since Elizabeth Smart,” Walsh said.

Walsh said the tips he has received lead him to three possible locations: Mexico, the Bahamas and the Appalachian Trail.

Walsh’s theory, which he said some of his tips also point to, is that Laundrie’s father or parents drove him Northwest over the Florida Panhandle toward Mexico.

“I think they bought this guy nine days,” Walsh said. “He had a big head start, so I say now with all the chaos at the border — I caught 45 guys in Mexico — they drove him north, over the Panhandle.”

He also says he received tips that Laundrie had been seen in Freeport in the Bahamas and that he had bragged about previously living for three months on the Appalachian Trail.

Meanwhile, searchers continued to look for Laundrie in a Florida reserve.

He has been named a person of interest in the 22-year-old Petito’s death. This week, he was indicted on a bank fraud charge connected to a debit card he used after she disappeared.

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WWE’s Royal Rumble coming to downtown St. Louis in 2022

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Royal Rumble is coming to St. Louis and it will take place in the largest venue in the event’s history. The Dome at America’s Center will host it on Saturday, January 29, 2022. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that at least 40,000 fans are expected to attend.

Two 30-men and 30-women Royal Rumble matches headline the event. The winners go to the Championship match at WrestleMania in Dallas.

The Dome at the America’s Center had a capacity of 66,965 for football games when the Rams played in downtown St. Louis. But, it has been set up to accommodate over 80,000 people for other events.

There are over 120 luxury suites and several thousand club-level seats. It is not clear if those will be included in the Royal Rumble event. Either way, it will be a big show coming to St. Louis.

“St. Louis has the best sports scene in the country, and Royal Rumble will enhance it even more. This event is an incredible opportunity for our city, bringing WWE fans from across the nation to St. Louis and helping keep our downtown vibrant during the winter season,” writes Mayor Tishaura Jones.

“WWE has a rich history in St. Louis and we are excited to bring Royal Rumble to the Dome at America’s Center,” states John P. Saboor, WWE Executive Vice President of Special Events.

Tickers go on sale on October 15 through Ticketmaster. Learn more and register for a presale at: wwe.com/rumble2022

You can watch the event live on the WWE Network. It will also stream exclusively on Peacock.

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Brauchler: Attorney General Weiser produced a flawed, politically motived report on Aurora Police Department

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Brauchler: Attorney General Weiser produced a flawed, politically motived report on Aurora Police Department

Two days before his well-orchestrated launch for re-election, Attorney General Phil Weiser grabbed national headlines with his announcement that the men and women of the Aurora Police Department, Colorado’s second-largest, violated countless state and federal laws and were racist in the performance of their duties.

There are few issues as important to our community as addressing the role that race plays in every aspect of our society, especially in the areas of public safety and the administration of justice. However, the AG investigation resulted in a 118-page report based on logical fallacies, missing and unreliable information, and observations of “statistically significant racial disparities” that are less than those observed in Denver, Boulder and nearly everywhere else.

Aurora PD has well-documented issues and has taken numerous steps in the past 18 months to better address them. Law enforcement, in general, needs greater transparency and scrutiny from those it serves: us. But this report is a politically motivated conclusion looking for a data-related justification. The treatment of the intersection of race and law enforcement and our community deserves much more.

The gist of the report is this: APD is racist in the performance of its duties because it contacts and arrests a higher percentage of Blacks than reside in Aurora. That synopsis saved you 3 hours and several Advil. Such rationale ignores crime trends, individual will, data since the dawn of data, and common sense.

If the AG’s thesis is true, his next “patterns and practices” targets must be the agencies in his home of Denver and Gov. Jared Polis’ home of Boulder.

Looking at 2019-2021 Uniform Crime Report data for Denver, and using the language and logic of the AG’s report: the relative proportion of Denver Police citations, summonses, and arrests involving Black subjects was more than 3 times higher than would be anticipated based on the relative percentage of Black individuals in Denver’s population alone. That is a higher percentage than Aurora PD.

The statistics are dramatically worse in Polis’ Boulder. Using 2019 data, the relative proportion of Boulder Police and Sheriff citations, summonses, and arrests involving Black subjects was approximately 600% higher than would be anticipated based on the relative percentage of Black individuals in Boulder’s population alone. That’s more than double the “statistically significant” findings that earned APD the bloodlust of the AG and his accusations.

The AG may want to explore the racist “patterns and practices” of murderers and other violent criminals as well. In Denver, despite representing 10% of the population, Blacks make up 41% of murder victims and 20% of victims of violent crime. In Aurora, Blacks comprise 43% of murder victims and 30% of violent crime victims, despite making up 16.5% of the population. Does the AG believe that racism explains the over-representation of Blacks in murder statistics?

The report cuts corners to maintain its predetermined conclusion. Rather than analyze use of force data by comparing contacts involving crimes against people versus crimes against property, the AG uses the unhelpful classification of misdemeanors versus felonies. Misdemeanor assault crimes carry far more risk to responding officers than many felony property crimes.

To address his allegation that areas with higher Black populations are “over-policed,” the AG appears to have made no effort to get 911 or call-for-service data by neighborhood or zip code, and instead, treats every documented contact as if it was discretionary and initiated by APD.

The AG’s hand-picked data and resulting conclusions are problematic when applied elsewhere.

One of the touted report experts is the former chief of police for Arlington, Texas. According to their own June 2019 data, 37% of Arlington police stops were made of Blacks, despite the fact that they represent less than 22% of the population. Is Arlington PD racist? If so, why did the AG use their chief of police for this report?

The authors of the report claim to have participated in 190 hours of ride-alongs with APD, during which time they observed unconstitutional uses of force by officers against people “who had not committed a crime and presented no danger.” It is of great concern then, that in the spirit of the much-vaunted police reform bill, Senate Bill 217, these representatives of the AG’s office, a law enforcement organization, appear to have done nothing. No intervention. No immediate referral for investigation. No detailing of what violation of civil rights laws or our criminal code, just indefensible accusations justifying their conclusion that APD uses excessive force.

Weiser now demands APD yield to a consent decree under the threat of litigation and allow him to oversee their agency. However, the use of the “percentage of population” logical fallacy for measuring racist conduct by a law enforcement agency will make our community less safe. This politically-driven metric encourages any agency desiring to avoid or to get out from under the state’s thumb, to make their arrests, contacts and use of force mirror population numbers. 

Arming the most political AG in our state’s history with “patterns and practices” powers is more than telling a hammer to go find nails, and sure enough, the hammer found its nail in APD.

In this period of surging crime everywhere, Coloradans should be gravely concerned about what our attorney general is doing. In this period of sincere and needed reflection on race in law enforcement and our community, we deserve more than a report designed to score predictable political points. Coloradans deserve an unbiased and thorough assessment of the practices of Aurora police and other agencies. This was not it.

George H. Brauchler is the former district attorney for the 18th Judicial District. Follow him @GeorgeBrauchler.

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Chase begins after shots fired at police in Overland, 2 in custody

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ST. LOUIS – Two are in custody after leading police on a chase out of Overland, Missouri.

The chase ended in St. Louis City near Norwich Place at Lilian Avenue.

A man and a woman were in a Mazda with no front bumper. The two were wanted out of Overland for shooting at an officer.

The suspects ran out of the car near Norwich Place at Lilian Avenue. Moments later they were both in handcuffs.

FOX 2’s Bommarito Automotive Group SkyFOX helicopter was over the scene.

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WATCH: Air Force’s Haaziq Daniels’ touchdown was longest run by a QB since 2003

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WATCH: Air Force’s Haaziq Daniels’ touchdown was longest run by a QB since 2003

Air Force’s Haaziq Daniels didn’t just break the longest run of the weekend when he went 94 yards for a touchdown against Florida Atlantic.

It was the longest by a Football Bowl Subdivision quarterback in 18 years.

Daniels’ big run was the second of his two touchdowns in a 31-7 win and the longest in program history, breaking the 50-year-old record of 88 yards by Joel Carlson against Army.

The last quarterback to run so far was Rice’s Kyle Herm, who went 95 yards against Nevada in 2003.

THE 200 CLUB

Army quarterback Christian Anderson had the best rushing performance of the week, running for a career-high 236 yards on 15 carries against Miami (Ohio).

Northwestern’s Evan Hull had the only other 200-yard game, carrying 22 times for 216 against Ohio. Hull’s 90-yard TD run was Northwestern’s longest since Bill Swingle went 95 yards against Boston College in 1961.

BULLDOG’S A BALLER

Fresno State’s Jalen Cropper joined some elite company by catching four touchdown passes against UNLV.

He is among four players in program history to accomplish the feat, a list that includes Davante Adams, now with the Green Bay Packers.

Cropper has a TD in six straight games, the first Fresno State player to do it since Adams scored in nine games in a row over the 2012-13 seasons.

Delivering the ball to Cropper was Jake Haener, whose five TD passes against UNLV were most in a game by a Bulldogs player since Derek Carr did it in 2013.

BUSY ROADRUNNER

Sincere McCormick’s 42 carries for UTSA against Memphis were the most in five years by a player not in a triple-option offense.

McCormick ran for 184 yards and three touchdowns and caught three balls for 33 yards in the Roadrunners’ 31-28 come-from-behind win. It was his third 100-yard game of the season and program-best 13th of his career.

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Aurora police fire shots during barricade situation following family disturbance

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Police shoot man in Eaton during exchange of gunfire

An Aurora police officer fired shots inside a residence during a family disturbance Sunday.

Aurora police responded to a family disturbance at 2250 Billings Street on Sunday around 5 p.m. Police had also been in the area a few hours earlier when they had heard shots were fired.

The second time police were in the location, they said they learned a 21-year-old man was inside a residence having a mental health crisis and possibly under the influence of a unknown substance. At this point, police say they knew the man had access to a firearm and was threatening to shoot people. Police also say that they heard that the same man was possibly connected to the earlier shooting reports around this time.

A SWAT Team was called to the scene and gave commands to the suspect to surrender, which police say he failed to do.

An officer was able to make contact with another resident who had barricaded himself with another person in the basement to protect themselves from the suspect, according to police.

Around 7:55 p.m., officers learned that the suspect was attempting to force his way into the basement where the two people were hiding from him, police say.

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Gen. Mark Milley: Whisperer to presidents, target of intrigue

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Gen. Mark Milley: Whisperer to presidents, target of intrigue

WASHINGTON — Gen. Mark Milley has been the target of more political intrigue and debate in two years as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff than any of his recent predecessors were in four. One after another, firestorms have ignited around him — unusual for an officer who by law is a whisperer to presidents and by custom is careful to stay above the fray.

From racial injustice and domestic extremism to nuclear weapons and the fitness of Donald Trump as commander in chief, Milley has become entangled in politically charged issues, regularly thrusting him into the news headlines.

Milley is expected to face tough questioning on those and other issues when he testifies with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin at a Senate hearing Tuesday and a House panel Wednesday. The hearings originally were meant to focus on the Afghanistan withdrawal and the chaotic evacuation from Kabul airport last month.

But since then, Milley has come under fire from Republicans for his portrayal in a new book as having taken unusual — some say illegal — steps to guard against Trump potentially starting a war with China or Iran or ordering an unprovoked nuclear attack in the final months of his presidency. Milley was reported to have agreed with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s assertion in a January phone call that Trump was “crazy.”

Even during Milley’s swing through Europe last week, headlines dogged him and reporters quizzed him. Mostly he batted questions away or buried them in detailed historical precedent.

Burly and square-jawed, with a bushy slash of eyebrows over often mischievous eyes, Milley is quick with a quip and frequently a curse. His oversize personality, born of Irish roots in Boston, belies a sharp intellect and a penchant for digging deep into military history. The Princeton-educated Milley often meets simple questions with a deep dive into history that can reach as far back as the Greeks, cover long stretches of both world wars, and expound upon the context and concepts of war.

So as he faced accusations of disloyalty for what the book “Peril,” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, reported as assurances to a Chinese general that he would warn him of a U.S. attack, Milley gripped his identity as a soldier who answers to civilian leaders. He declined to make his case in the media, instead telling reporters that he will lay out his answers directly to Congress. His only brief comments have been that the calls with the Chinese were routine and within the duties and responsibilities of his job.

“I think it’s best that I reserve my comments on the record until I do that in front of the lawmakers who have the lawful responsibility to oversee the U.S. military,” Milley said. “I’ll go into any level of detail Congress wants to go into.”

While some in Congress have charged that he overstepped his authority, President Joe Biden has stood by him.

Loren Thompson, a longtime observer of the U.S. defense establishment as chief operating officer of the nonprofit Lexington Institute, says Milley is a victim of Washington’s extreme partisanship and perhaps of his own efforts to shape his public image.

“His views and descriptions of his behavior behind closed doors, pop up too frequently in tell-all books like the Woodward and Costa book,” Thompson said. “So perhaps Milley has taken a more active approach to trying to shape his image, and that has not served him well.”

Not all of Milley’s controversies have been related to Trump. At a House hearing in June, Milley passionately defended the military’s openness to allowing young officers to study ideas they might not agree with, such as “critical race theory,” and he said he wanted to understand “white rage” and the motivations of those who participated in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Joint Chiefs chairmen traditionally keep a low public profile. Of the 19 who preceded Milley, none was fired, nor does it appear he will be. Among recent chairmen, only Marine Gen. Peter Pace served fewer than four years when the George W. Bush administration did not tap him for another two-year term, citing the divisiveness of his association with the Iraq war.

Created in 1949, the job of chairman is to advise the president and the defense secretary. By law, the chairman commands no troops. The role has grown in public prominence during the two decades of U.S. warfighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Milley commanded troops during tours in both wars. Those battles, where he lost many soldiers, helped chart his path as he rose from an armor officer in 1980 to Army chief of staff 35 years later.

His move into the chairman’s office on Sept. 30, 2019, came with an unusual twist.

Nearly a year before he was sworn in and just days before James Mattis resigned as defense secretary, Trump announced that Milley was his choice to succeed Gen. Joseph Dunford as chairman. The timing was unusually early in Dunford’s tenure, and it may have had as much to do with Trump’s antagonism toward Mattis as his belief that Milley was right for the job.

That’s how Trump described it when he lashed out at Milley this summer following reports that Milley had feared last year that Trump might use the military in a coup. Trump said he picked him as chairman to spite Mattis, who he believed didn’t like Milley. In fact, Mattis had recommended the Air Force’s top general for the job, not Milley.

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Hakuho, Japanese sumo great, retiring at age 36

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Hakuho, Japanese sumo great, retiring at age 36

TOKYO — Sumo great Hakuho is retiring at the age of 36, marking the end of an era in Japanese traditional sport.

The Mongolian-born Yokozuna, or grand champion, Hakuho has won a record 45 tournaments, including 16 perfect victories, which is also a record.

He has decided to retire because of a right knee injury, according to Japan’s NHK national television. He achieved 1,187 wins, an all-time record in sumo.

Yokozuna Deliberation Council chairman Hironori Yano told a news conference that he learned of his intention to quit from his stable master. Hakuho is expected to submit a formal retirement document later.

Born Munkhbat Davaajargal in 1985, he is the son of a silver-medal winner for Mongolia in freestyle wrestling at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.

Hakuho came to Japan at the age of 15 to start his sumo career.

He debuted in 2001 and won his first title in the makuuchi top division five years later before reaching the highest rank of Yokozuna in July 2007, aged 22.

In the 2000s, Hakuho and rival Mongolian champion Asashoryu wooed fans with their respective good guy versus bad guy images.

Hakuho obtained Japanese citizenship in 2019, earning the right to set up and run his sumo stable after retirement to train wrestlers.

Hakuho had a knee operation in March. In July, he won the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament, the only one he competed in this year after missing all or part of the past six competitions.

During his 21-year career, Hakuho competed in 1,019 bouts as Yokozuna, winning 899 of them.

Hakuho broke sumo great Taiho’s record of 33 tournament victories in January 2015.

Hakuho fought in his 1,000th bout in July 2020, becoming sumo’s longest-serving Yokozuna.

His retirement will leave only one wrestler, Terunofuji, at sumo’s top rank.

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Denver weather: One more day of heat before fall cooldown

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Denver weather: One more day of heat before fall cooldown

A big cooldown into the 60s is coming, but first, Denver will rise to 90 degrees once more and probably for the last time in 2021.

According to the National Weather Service in Boulder, Denver will near its daily record high of 92 degrees on Monday. The Mile High City is forecasted to push the mercury up to 90 degrees under mostly sunny skies. Overnight temperatures are going to fall to 55 degrees while the day remains dry. The lack of humidity means fire danger for parts of Colorado, particularly around the Palmer Divide.

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