Overnight News Summary July 5, 2022

Chicago Sun Times: Highland Park death toll rises as 7th victim dies: Police by Mitch Dudek

A seventh person has died from injuries sustained in the July 4 parade mass shooting in Highland Park, officials said on Tuesday, as further details of the case emerged.

A total of 45 people were injured or killed in the mass shooting Monday, Lake County Major Crimes Task Force spokesman Chris Covelli said at a press conference Tuesday after- midday. Charges against suspected shooter Robert “Bobby” Crimo III are expected to be announced Tuesday evening near the scene of the shooting.

Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek announced the names of the six victims who died at the scene or in Lake County hospitals: Katherine Goldstein, 64, Irina McCarthy, 35, Kevin McCarthy, 37, Jacqueline Sundheim , 63, Stephen Straus, 88, all of Highland Park and Nicolas Toledo, 78, of Morelos, Mexico.

Crimo fired more than 70 rounds from a rooftop in the parade before blending into the chaotic crowd and escaping wearing women’s clothing, police said on Tuesday. Covelli said investigators were looking for a female witness who may have seen Crimo drop a red blanket in an alley and urged the woman to contact authorities. Covelli later said the cover contained the high-powered rifle used in the shooting.

Crimo, 21, climbed out of the roof of a downtown business using an escape ladder, dropped his AR-15-style rifle and headed for his mother’s nearby house, Covelli said .

New York Times: On conservative radio, the misleading message is clear: “Democrats cheat” by Stuart A. Thompson

November’s midterm elections are still months away, but for many conservative commentators the fix is ​​already in place. Democrats have cheated before, they say, and they will cheat again.

It doesn’t matter that the claims are false.

In Lafayette, Louisiana, Carol Ross, host of “The Ross Report,” wondered how the Democrats could win a presidential election again after a tumultuous few years in office. “They’re still going to have to cheat,” she said. “You know that. There will be rampant cheating.

In Greenville, SC, Charlie James, a host on 106.3 WORD, read a blog post claiming that “The Democrats are going to lose a majority in the midterm elections unless they are able to cheat on a grand scale.”

And on WJFN in Virginia, Stephen K. Bannon, the former adviser to former President Donald J. Trump who was indicted for refusing to comply with subpoenas issued by the House committee investigating the Capitol Riot of January 6, summed it up this way: “If the Democrats don’t cheat, they don’t win.”

Washington Post: Georgia grand jury subpoenas Sen. Graham, Giuliani and Trump’s legal team by Matthew Brown

ATLANTA — The Fulton County grand jury investigating potential criminal interference by Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election subpoenaed several close advisers to the former president on Tuesday, including Sen. Lindsey O. Graham and Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post.

The subpoenas, which were approved July 5 by the presiding grand jury judge, summon senior members of Trump’s legal team, including Giuliani and legal advisers Kenneth Chesebro, John Eastman, Jenna Ellis and Cleta Mitchell, who are all aware of Trump’s attempts. to tamper with the electoral process in battleground states like Georgia, according to the documents.

Graham (RS.C.) and conservative expert Jacki Pick Deason were also subpoenaed by the grand jury.

Giuliani’s grand jury subpoena cites his December 2020 testimony before the Georgia legislature, during which he claimed to have evidence of widespread voter fraud. Giuliani showed lawmakers a video claiming that election workers produced “suitcases” filled with illegal ballots during the count at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. Investigators dismissed the allegations soon after.


CNN: Uvalde mayor says he fears cover-up of school massacre investigation, calls on Texas Governor Abbott to intervene By Simon Prokupecz

Uvalde, Texas– Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin told CNN he lost faith in Texas leaders investigating how law enforcement responded to the shooting at his town’s elementary school . killed 19 children and two adults.

“I’m not 100% confident in the DPS because I think it’s a cover-up,” he said of the Texas Department of Public Safety, the lead agency tasked with identifying this which led to well-armed officers waiting outside a classroom. more than an hour before engaging the shooter.

“McGraw may be covering up his agencies,” McLaughlin continued in his most vocal attack yet on DPS director Col. Steven McCraw.

McCraw told the Texas Senate that the the police response was a ‘dismal failure’ and put the sole blame on school police chief Pedro “Pete” Arredondo.

But McLaughlin told CNN on Tuesday that he didn’t feel the full story of the May 24 massacre was coming out, in part because the Texas DPS was not transparent.

Guardian: Boris Johnson limps for now but for how much longer? By Rowena Mason

It was the shot Boris Johnson every one of his backbenchers has been waiting for.

Sajid Javid, the health secretary, followed shortly by Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, posted his resignation letters on Twitter, criticizing the government’s competence.

Neither explicitly mentioned the sexual misconduct and Partygate scandals that have plagued the government for months. Sunak in particular claimed that the incentive for his resignation was his different approach to the economy.

But the backdrop to both resignations was Johnson’s abysmal handling of the Chris Pincher case, after he admitted appointing his ally as deputy chief whip when he was briefed on allegations of misconduct at his against.

A few seconds earlier, Johnson told the cameras he was sorry for his mistakes in appointing Pincher, and he toured the House of Commons tea room saying “everyone deserves a second chance”.

DW: Sri Lanka’s economic crisis is causing people to flee the country in desperation by Krithiga Narayanan

Sri Lanka’s economic crisis is deepening and the daily lives of people in the small island nation have been severely disrupted. Due to rising prices of essential items, as well as fuel and medicine shortages, many Sri Lankans desperately want to leave the country.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that with debts now totaling more than $50 billion, Sri Lanka is “a bankrupt country”.

With no signs of easing the crisis and no IMF bailout in sight, many Sri Lankan refugees are traveling illegally by boat to neighboring countries like India and Australia in a desperate attempt to escape the unfolding catastrophe.

On June 27, an elderly Sri Lankan refugee couple was found unconscious on an Indian beach suffering from severe dehydration. The couple had tried to cross from Sri Lanka to India by boat. The elderly woman died in hospital on July 2 after efforts to save her life failed.

To date, more than 90 refugees have landed on Indian shores, where they are being held in a refugee camp.

Al Jazeera: Ukraine: Governor urges 350,000 residents to flee Russian offensive

The governor of the last eastern province still partly under Ukrainian control has urged the region’s more than 350,000 residents to flee Russia’s escalating bombing offensives.

As Russian forces pounded targets in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, Donetsk Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko urged civilians to evacuate the province to save lives and allow the Ukrainian military to better defend the towns against the Russian onslaught.

The governor’s call for residents of Donetsk to leave the province appears to represent one of the largest suggested evacuations of the war, which has already displaced more than 7.1 million Ukrainians internally and led to 4 .8 million more people to leave the country, according to the UN.

“The fate of the whole country will be decided by the Donetsk region,” Kyrylenko said on Tuesday.

Seattle Times: The Pac-12 will never be the same, and that’s sad by Larry Stone

I have a six-decade relationship with the Pac-12 – old enough to have lived through its incarnations as the Pac-8 and Pac-10. My affiliation extends from John McKay to Lincoln Riley, from Lew Alcindor to Johnny Juzang, from Ann Meyers to Anna Wilson.

It doesn’t make me unique. Every sports fan who grew up on the West Coast was steeped in the tradition of the “Champions Conference” (a title that Bill Walton – another early idol – will never let anyone forget). My association is undoubtedly surpassed in longevity and intensity by many who read this.

So I wonder how many of you feel so… wistful… nostalgic… sad as I am. Listen, there are a lot more important things happening in the world to lament and worry about than the dissolution of an athletic conference. They used to call the sports section “the toy department” for a reason. However, following the defection from USC and UCLA last week, leaving the the very survival of the Pac-12 very much in limbo, it’s impossible not to feel like something intimate and personal has been torn apart. And it always hits straight to the heart.


Good night everybody.