On January 1st, a group of military-aged African Muslim males walked in to the Mall of America movie theater, all wearing backpacks. At first they all sat in a group, but when the movie started they suddenly got out of their seats and scattered around the theater as if to surround everyone inside.
When police arrived, they claimed that they separated themselves to prevent them from talking to one another, but something doesn't quite add up about it. One of the men questioned, Akram Oromo, posted video of their interaction with police to Facebook. In the caption, he accused everyone in the theater of being racist, for saying something when they saw something.
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Eleven months ago George Pickering II was in jail, charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. In January, he marched into Tomball Regional Medical Center with a gun and had an hours-long stand-off with police. His son, George Pickering III, was in the critical care unit on life support after a massive stroke. Doctors believed he was brain dead and began terminal wean, a process that slowly removes life support. "During that three hours, George squeezed my hand three or four times on command," the father said. His son has made a full recovery.
Donald Trump's candidacy for president of the United States may be a joke to some, but no one will be laughing if he is actually elected, said Maria "Masha" Alekhina of the activist band Pussy Riot. She said, "When Putin came to his first term or second term, nobody [in Russia] actually thought that this is serious. Everybody was joking about it. And nobody could imagine that after five, six years, we would have a war in Ukraine, annexation of Crimea, and these problems in Syria," in which Russia has become involved. "Everybody joking about Donald Trump now, but it's a very short way from joke to sad reality when you have a really crazy president speaking about breaking every moral and logic norm. So I hope that he will not be president. That's very simple."
In line with Saudi Arabia's strict gender segregation rules, men and women are casting ballots at separate polling stations. Female candidates could also not directly address male voters, and had to either present their platforms from behind a partition, relying on projectors and microphones, or through male supporters and relatives presenting for them.
Municipal councils are the only government body in which Saudi citizens can elect their representatives. It's the third time in recent decades that Saudi men have been allowed to vote. The first local council election since the 1960s was held in 2005 and the second in 2011, with only men taking part.
At 11:29 p.m. ET, The Los Angeles Times FBI/Justice Reporter Rick Serrano took to Twitter for what was, by my accounts, the very first word of the suspect's identity. The tweet identifying Tayyeep Bin Ardogan was since deleted; but in the half hour or so that followed, Serrano's Tweet worked it's way up to thousands of engagements as journalists and outlets finally had a verified Twitter user from a trusted news source to release this information.
Fox News contributor and political analyst Lisa Daftari also took to Twitter eight minutes later to repeat her version of the same information. Two credible, verified sources representing major news outlets confirming reports of an identity is a strong argument for veracity -- except when the name given bears a striking resemblance to that of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogen.