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St. Paul police chief: Short 64 cops and a sharp decline in candidates

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St. Paul Police Chief: Short 64 Cops And A Sharp Decline In Candidates
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The St. Paul Police Department has 64 fewer officers than its authorized strength and hiring more officers continues to be challenging, the interim chief told the city council Wednesday.

The department is allowed to have 619 officers and 555 were on the payroll as of the beginning of this month. The police department is putting 25 recruits through training now and they’re due to start field training in December, when another academy class is scheduled to start.

Even with 55 new officers graduating from the department’s last academy in February — the largest group hired at one time in St. Paul — the department is still trying to dig out from a period of no-hiring and a large number of officers leaving the department.

“It’s concerning to hear how far down we are and I know I’ve heard from your officers and commanders … ‘We don’t have enough officers for this activity or that activity,’” council member Rebecca Noecker said during the budget committee meeting. “Do we expect that the two academies will get us back up to our sworn strength?”

Interim Chief Jeremy Ellison said the two academies will be helpful for increasing staffing, but “it’s going to take time to get back up to our 619 (officers) and it’s going to be a challenge throughout that time when we’re at our low staffing numbers.”

Mayor Melvin Carter’s proposed police department budget for next year is $106.6 million; this year’s budget is $104 million. Next year’s budget doesn’t add to the department’s authorized strength.

Ellison said they’ve had to spend money on overtime to backfill positions, but “the biggest impact on the department really is the stress it causes on our officers.”


A variety of factors have been at work.

The city asked departments to take cost-saving measures in 2020 and 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, which avoided city layoffs or dipping into budget reserves and did not raise the city’s tax levy at the time. For the police department, it meant not holding a police academy in 2020; the academies are the way that officers are brought onto the job in St. Paul.

At the same time, the St. Paul police department has seen more officers leaving than normal and fewer people have been applying to become officers.

Around the U.S., some have reconsidered law enforcement careers in the face of increased attention on policing practices since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. Officers also report feeling that some politicians don’t support their work.

More than 50 officers retired or left the St. Paul department last year and 45 have so far this year; 32 officers leave in a typical year, according to the police department.


The city council signed off in December on a 2022 budget for the police department that included holding two academies, instead of one, to try to fill vacant positions more quickly.

The first academy of this year started in August.

“If we would have started an academy in spring, which was what this council requested, we would have those folks graduated and working with the police department today,” City Council President Amy Brendmoen said during Wednesday’s meeting. “And then that second academy would have probably started closer to August and we would have folks out on the streets, so we’re behind in hiring in a lot of places.”

The previous academy, which began last fall and graduated in February, was a large class and kept the department’s training staff busy, said Sgt. David McCabe, department spokesman, after the council meeting. Then, staff had to provide required training for officers already on the job after the last academy ended and before the new one started, McCabe said.

Ellison told the council they plan to hold academies in the spring and fall next year. And with recruiting being a challenge — 794 people applied to be a St. Paul officer in 2014 versus 52 for the upcoming December academy — Ellison said they’re looking for creative ways to find candidates.


In the meantime, Ellison said the department has to continue focusing on responding to and investigating the most serious crimes.

St. Paul recorded the most homicides on record last year, 38. There have been 27 this year, which matches the number at the same time last year.

More people have been shot in St. Paul this year, and reports of thefts and auto thefts are up, according to preliminary police department data through mid-September, compared to the same period last year.

Meanwhile, reports of rape, robbery, burglary and arson are down year-over-year.

Noecker said she thinks “the good news never gets enough” attention and noted during Wednesday’s meeting that GoodHire recently ranked St. Paul as the third safest city in the U.S. and the safest large city, based on FBI crime data.

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Fire damages abandoned apartment in Grant Hill prompts arson investigation

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Firefighters launched an arson investigation on Sunday after a blaze damaged an abandoned apartment building in Grant Hill, the third fire at the property in less than a week, authorities said.

The fires caused at least $470,000 in damage, San Diego Police Sgt. Rick Pechin of the Metro Arson Strike Team.

The property, located on K Street near 38th Street, has been frequented by squatters “for quite some time,” Pechin said.

The property includes a front house that was destroyed by a fire early Saturday.

Around 11:45 a.m. Sunday, San Diego police officers were driving down an alley that borders the building when they noticed smoke billowing from the two-story structure.

Pechin said the fire started in an upstairs unit and caused damage estimated at $120,000. No one was hurt.

The fire was the third in recent days. Few details were available on the first fire, which occurred on Wednesday. Pechin said it was an outdoor fire in front of the front house which caused “fairly minor” damage.

The second fire broke out shortly after 4 a.m. Saturday. The fire engulfed the house, which was boarded up.

When firefighters arrived, no one was inside. The estimated damage from this fire was $350,000.

Pechin declined to comment on the cause of the fires, citing ongoing investigations. “However, we treat them as arson,” he said.

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Sacheen Littlefeather, activist who turned down Marlon Brando’s Oscar, dies at 75 : NPR

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Sacheen Littlefeather, Activist Who Turned Down Marlon Brando'S Oscar, Dies At 75 : Npr
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Sacheen Littlefeather onstage at AMPAS Presents An Evening With Sacheen Littlefeather at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on September 17, 2022 in Los Angeles.

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Sacheen Littlefeather onstage at AMPAS Presents An Evening With Sacheen Littlefeather at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on September 17, 2022 in Los Angeles.

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Sacheen Littlefeather, the Native American actress and activist who turned down Marlon Brando’s Best Actor Oscar in 1973, has died, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Sunday night. She was 75 years old.

The Academy announcement Littlefeather’s death on his Twitter account. No cause of death was immediately given, but several news outlets reported that Littlefeather suffered from breast cancer.

Born Marie Louise Cruz on November 14, 1946, in Salinas, California, Littlefeather then changed her name in her twenties as she explored her Native American heritage and became an activist.

On March 27, 1973, she delivered one of the most dramatic moments in Oscar history. As Brando’s name read for winning Best Actor for his role in The GodfatherLittlefeather took the stage wearing loafers and a buckskin dress to politely offer Brando’s regret for turning down the award due to Hollywood’s treatment and portrayal of Native Americans.

His speech to refuse the Oscar on behalf of Brando was met with a mixture of boos and cheers. She said she saw actor John Wayne being restrained from rushing onto the stage while she was on it, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Last August, NPR’s Mandalit Del Barco reported on an interview Littlefeather gave to member station KQED in 2020 about the speech and its fallout.

“People were making money off this Hollywood Indian racism. Of course they’re going to boo. They don’t want their party to be interrupted.”

Littlefeather said she was escorted off stage at the Oscars by a team of security guards. She said that for years Hollywood boycotted her, calling her redlisted.

Earlier this year and almost 50 years later, the academy officially apologized to Littlefeather for the abuse she subsequently suffered as a result of her Oscar appearance. In a June letter from former academy president David Rubin, the academy described the “unwarranted and unwarranted” abuse she endured.

Brando later admitted his regret for the position he put Littlefeather in, according to The Los Angeles Time. “I was distressed that people booed and hissed and stomped on, even though it may have been directed at myself,” he told then-talk show host Dick Cavett. “They should have at least had the courtesy to listen to him.”


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Mahan Air receives bomb threat and refuses to land in Jaipur

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Mahan Air Receives Bomb Threat And Refuses To Land In Jaipur
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A Mahan Air plane from Tehran to Guangzhou in China contacted Delhi airport ATC after the airline received a bomb threat, ANI reported. The plane was asked to land in Jaipur but refused and left Indian airspace.

A Mahan Air plane from Tehran to Guangzhou in China contacted Delhi ATC after receiving a bomb threat, ANI reported. The plane was asked to land in Jaipur but refused and left Indian airspace.

In response to the crisis, the Indian Air Force (IAF) sent its Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jets from airbases in Punjab and Jodhpur to intercept the aircraft. Security agencies monitor the plane. According to ANI, the aircraft is now continuing its flight path towards China.

More details are awaited.


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Bears vs Giants Livestream: How to watch NFL Week 4 from anywhere in the US

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Bears Vs Giants Livestream: How To Watch Nfl Week 4 From Anywhere In The Us
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The Chicago Bears and New York Giants each have a 2-1 start to the 2022 season, and one will be 3-1 (barring a tie) after Sunday’s game. Even the most ardent fan of either team would be shocked to start October with three wins. Justin Fields for the Bears and Daniel Jones for the Giants are limited passers, so both teams rely on the ground game. Giants running back Saquon Barkley looks like his old self with two years of tearing his ACL. The Bears lost starting running back David Montgomery to an ankle injury last week, but managed to get the ball running with backup Khalil Herbert. The Bears and Giants kick off Sunday at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) on Fox.

The game will air on Fox in the New York and Chicago areas (according to 506 Sports) on live tv broadcast services, but there may be times when you are blocked due to an internet location issue or just want an extra layer of privacy for streaming. There is an option that does not require subscribing to something like NFL Sunday Ticket Where NFL+or search the Internet for a basic website: you can use a virtual private network, or vpn.

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Here’s how you can watch the game from anywhere in the US with a VPN.

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Bears versus giants: when and where?

For Week 4 of the NFL season, the Bears take on the Giants at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) on Sunday. The game is scheduled to take place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, home of the New York Giants.

How to watch the Bears vs Giants game online from anywhere using a VPN

If you are unable to view the game locally due to incorrectly enforced blackout restrictions, you may need another way to watch the game and this is where using a VPN can come in handy. A VPN is also the best way to prevent your ISP from throttling your game day speeds by encrypting your traffic. Plus, it’s a great idea when you’re traveling and find yourself connected to a Wi-Fi network, and want to add an extra layer of privacy for your devices and connections.

With a VPN, you can virtually change your location on your phone, tablet, or laptop to access the game. So if your ISP or mobile carrier has blocked you with an IP address that says incorrectly your location in a blackout zone, a VPN can fix this problem by giving you an IP address in your correct, unobstructed zone. Most VPNs, like our Editors’ Choice, ExpressVPNmake it really easy to do.

Using a VPN to watch or stream sports is legal in all countries where VPNs are legal, including the United States and Canada, as long as you have a legitimate subscription to the service you’re streaming. You need to make sure your VPN is set up correctly to prevent leaks: Even when VPNs are legal, the streaming service can terminate the account of anyone it believes is circumventing properly applied blackout restrictions.

Looking for other options? Be sure to check out some of the other great VPN offers is taking place at the moment.

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ExpressVPN is our current best VPN for people who want a reliable and secure VPN, and it works on a variety of devices. It’s normally $13 a month, and you can sign up for ExpressVPN and save 49% and get three months of free access – the equivalent of $6.67 a month – if you get an annual subscription.

Note that ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Stream the Bears vs Giants game live in the US

This week’s Bears vs Giants game is on Fox, so in addition to a VPN, you’ll need a live tv streaming service which carries a local Fox affiliate that airs the game. The cheapest service is Sling TV Blue. You’ll need to be a Sling Blue subscriber in order to watch the game, and you’ll need to switch your VPN to the Chicago or New York areas.


Of the live TV streaming services that carry local Fox stations, the cheapest is Sling TV Blue at $35 per month. Note that Sling is currently running a promotion where the first month of service is half price ($17.50) for new subscribers.

An important caveat: In our experience, local Fox affiliates will only be available if your billing address is in one of the 18 metropolitan areas covered by Sling’s agreement. If you’re outside of one of these areas, you’re probably better off opting for one of the alternative services listed below.

Many others live tv streaming services also broadcast local Fox stations, namely YouTube TV, Hulu Plus Live TV, DirecTV Stream and FuboTV. They all cost more than Sling TV, but they also offer more channels, including football-specific channels like Fox, ESPN, NFL Network, and/or RedZone. Discover our guide to live tv streaming channels for more details.

Quick tips for streaming Bears vs Giants using a VPN

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  • With four variables in play – your ISP, browser, video streaming provider, and VPN – experience and success can vary.
  • Sling Blue is only an option if and when the ability to get local Fox affiliates is active on your account. You may want to verify that your billing address is eligible for this option before committing your credit card.
  • Sling Blue has agreements with local Fox channels in Chicago and New York, so Express VPN users can choose between locations.
  • If you don’t see your desired location as the default option for ExpressVPN, try using the “search for a city or country” option.
  • If you’re having trouble getting the game after turning on your VPN and setting it to the correct viewing area, there are two things you can try for a quick fix. First, log into your streaming service subscription account and make sure that the address registered for the account is an address in the correct viewing area. If not, you may need to change the physical address on file in your account. Second, some smart TVs – like Roku – don’t have VPN apps that you can install directly on the device itself. Instead, you’ll need to install the VPN on your router or whatever mobile hotspot you use (like your phone) so that any device on its Wi-Fi network will now appear in the correct viewing location.
  • All of the VPN providers we recommend have helpful instructions on their main site for quickly installing the VPN on your router. In some cases with Smart TV services, after installing a cable network’s sports app, you will be asked to verify a numeric code or click on a link sent to your registered email address for your Smart TV . This is where having a VPN on your router will also help, as both devices will appear in the correct place.
  • And remember, browsers can often give away location despite using a VPN, so make sure you’re using a privacy-focused browser to connect to your services. We normally recommend Brave.


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Braves complete Mets sweep, add division lead – The Mercury News

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ATLANTA – It was the biggest moment of the season and the Mets failed to meet it.

When the Mets touched down in Atlanta, they had a one-game lead over the Braves in eastern Newfoundland. They trailed two games after a sweep at the hands of their division rivals, and Atlanta now owns the tiebreaker of the season. They fell 5-3 on Sunday night in the series finale at Truist Park, capping a disappointing weekend that may have sealed their fate as a wild card team.

If this was a litmus test to see how the Mets (98-61) compare to the defending World Series champions in record time, then clearly this team isn’t there yet. They were outplayed in almost every facet of the game. They had three aces lined up — two of which are among the best big-game pitchers on the planet — and they failed the test against the Braves (100-59).

“They threw a little better than us and they swung the sticks a little better than us. We struggled to keep the ball in the stadium, but that’s been the case with (the Braves) all year,” manager Buck Showalter said. “They beat us once more than we beat them this year. Our guys are having a good year, but it hasn’t worked out for us the last three games.

Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer and Chris Bassitt combined for 11 earned runs in 14 1/3 innings. These are the types of games these pitchers were born for and they couldn’t get away with.

But it is not that simple. Atlanta’s roster is one of the best and deepest in baseball. Dansby Swanson and Matt Olson have hit home runs in all three games of the series, with Swanson taking all three starters deep.

“I threw a 3-2 pitch in the middle and he hit,” Bassitt said of the home run he threw at Swanson in the first inning. “A world-class hitter who just put a good swing on a really bad pitch.”

The Mets, meanwhile, have scored just seven runs in 27 innings. That’s not good enough for any pitcher, let alone elites like deGrom and Scherzer. There’s been a lot of talk about how heavy the Braves are and how Mets work, but they haven’t made many.

That point was underscored in the third inning when they scored two runs and blocked two runners. The Mets put nine runners through the first three innings, increasing Charlie Morton’s pitch count. But they only tackled three.

Daniel Vogelbach homered Morton to start the second inning and tie the game at 1-1. Jeff McNeil, who is chasing former Braves first baseman and current Los Angeles Dodgers Freddie Freeman for the batting title, led the third with one of his own. Morton then gave up three straight singles to score Pete Alonso. The bottom of the order went down the order and the Mets came away with just a one-point lead.

It wasn’t enough.

Former Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud opened the game late in the inning with a two-run single from Bassitt. Olson’s third homer of the game came off Seth Lugo in sixth.

Bassitt (15-9) was shaky early on and lasted just 2 2/3 innings, allowing four earned runs on three hits, walking three and hitting one. Bassitt, somewhat unusually, could not find his command.

“I kept waiting for him to follow suit,” Showalter said. “Chris has done that some nights, misses pitches, and then he’s kind of running around. Kind of what their guy did – he made an adjustment and went a little further in the game. But Chris was one of our best pitchers and he didn’t have it tonight.

Some of the Mets’ biggest hitters failed to make it through the series, including Francisco Lindor, who went just 2-for-13 on the weekend and retired with the bases loaded in third.

“I didn’t make the adjustments fast enough,” Lindor said. “They pitched well and I have to give a lot of credit to the pitching staff who performed. I didn’t have the series I wanted to have. It is the motivation to be better. I just need to be better.

The Mets are desperately clinging to a positive attitude and an opportunity to redeem themselves against the Washington Nationals at home this week. Showalter also said he was looking forward to making another team pay. They might get the chance to do that to the Braves later in October, as there’s still a chance these two teams will meet, although it probably won’t be until the NLCS.

To get there, they will have to play baseball much better than that.

“Take your hat off to Atlanta,” Showalter said. “And I hope you get the chance to play them again.”


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Presidential in Brazil: Lula is ahead of Bolsonaro, a second round is necessary

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Presidential In Brazil: Lula Is Ahead Of Bolsonaro, A Second Round Is Necessary
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Former left-wing president Lula came out on top in the first round of presidential elections in Brazil, which took place on October 2. His lead over the head of state Jair Bolsonaro is however less important than predicted by the polls and a second round will take place on October 30.

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva thus obtained 48.4% of the vote, against 43.2% for Bolsonaro, according to almost final results, while the latest Datafolha poll gave the left-wing politician 14 points in advance.

“The fight continues until the final victory”, reacted the one who led Brazil from 2003 to 2010, promising to “win this election”. The 76-year-old former steelworker, who admitted he was hoping to win in the first round, continued: “It’s just overtime. I can tell you that we are going to win this election.”

Bolsonaro is delighted to have “defeated the lies”, victory for his camp in the legislative elections

For his part, Jair Bolsonaro was delighted to have “defeated the lies” of the polls, and said he was optimistic for the “second half” of the ballot.

The outgoing president indeed has every reason to hope, especially since the Bolsonarists won important victories in the legislative and governorship elections organized in parallel with the presidential election.

In addition to the President and the Vice-President of the Republic, the Brazilians were indeed called upon to elect the governors of 27 states (including the Federal District of Brasilia), the 513 elected members of the Chamber of Deputies and a third of the 81 Senators, as well as state legislatures.

According to analysts, the head of state’s Liberal Party (PL) is on track to win the largest number of seats in the Chamber of Deputies.

In the Senate, PL candidates and allied groups won at least 14 of the 27 seats up for grabs.

Among the new members of Congress are five former ministers of Jair Bolsonaro: the former Minister of the Environment Ricardo Salles (who left the government due to suspicions of corruption), that of Health Eduardo Pazuello, Damares Alves (Minister of Human, Family and Women’s Rights), former Minister of Agriculture Tereza Cristina, as well as Rogerio Marino (former Minister of Development). The current vice-president was also elected to the Senate, which must confirm two Supreme Court justices in 2023.

The list of Bolonarists for the Senate also includes former soccer player Romario (re-elected) and Marcos Ponte, a former astronaut and former science minister who ousted Lula’s ally Marcio Franca, the poll favorite.

Brazilians also elected the governors of 27 states (including the Federal District of Brasilia).

PL candidate Claudio Castro was elected governor in Rio de Janeiro. But the biggest surprise came from Sao Paulo, Brazil’s most populous and wealthiest state, with the first-round victory of former infrastructure minister Tarcisio Freitas, who was second in the polls.

Freitas (PL) came out on top, ahead of Fernando Haddad, heir apparent to Lula and former mayor of the megalopolis of Sao Paulo, beaten by Bolsonaro in the 2018 presidential election. The two men will compete for the post of governor on October 30 during of a second ballot.

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