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Ukrainian embassies in multiple countries receive 'bloody packages containing animal eyes': official
The government of Ukraine is claiming that several of its embassies in foreign countries have received grisly packages that contain animal remains.
As relayed by CNN's Natasha Bertrand, Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Oleh Nikolenko said that embassies in Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Croatia, Italy, and Austria had all received "bloody packages containing animal eyes."
Nikolenko went on to say that the packages were "soaked in a liquid of a characteristic color and had a corresponding smell."
"We are examining the meaning of this message," the spokesperson added.
The apparently threatening packages to Ukrainian embassies come as Ukraine's military has dealt the invading Russian army substantive defeats in recent months, as it has driven the Russians out of cities including Izyum and Kherson.
Russia has responded to these setbacks by launching missile and drone strikes against Ukraine's civilian infrastructure and has plunged multiple cities, including the capital of Kyiv, into darkness without electricity.
Martha Menefield, an 82-year-old Black woman in Valley, Alabama, had police officers show up to her home on Sunday and arrest her for failing to pay a $77 trash bill, CBS42 reports.
Menefield told CBS42 that she thought the bill had already been paid, “but they said it hadn’t.”
“And the cuffs,” she said, her eyes swelling with tears. “They’re so heavy.”
When the officer told her not to cry, Menefield asked him, “How would you feel if they came and arrested your grandmama?"
“I’m just happy my grandkids weren’t here to see that,” Menefield said, her voice shaking. “That would have upset them. I was so ashamed. And it’s been bothering me.”
In a post on the city’s social media account, Valley's police chief defended the arrest.
“City of Valley Code Enforcement Officers issued Ms. Menefield a citation in August of 2022 for non-payment for trash services for the months of June, July, and August,” Chief Mike Reynolds’ statement said. “Prior to issuing the citation, Code Enforcement tried to call Ms. Menefield several times and attempted to contact her in person at her residence. When contact could not be made, a door hanger was left at her residence. The hanger contained information on the reason for the visit and a name and contact phone number for her to call. The citation advised Ms. Menefield that she was to appear in court on September 7, 2022, in reference to this case. A warrant for Failure to Pay-Trash was issued when she did not appear in court.”
Since the arrest, Menefield has been thinking about the role of God in her life.
“I’ve been questioning God a little bit,” she said. “I guess cause I’ve been so upset. I had a daycare here for eight years, and I’ve been asking the Lord. I say ‘Why did this happen to me as much as I’ve done for people, Lord? I’ve paid my tithes every Sunday. I ushered at church. I was just questioning. Something’s just not right.”
Read the full report over at CBS42.
On Friday, Carl Quintanilla of CNBC News reported that Florida Republicans are quietly planning to reverse a key decision touted by Gov. Ron DeSantis designed to retaliate against the Walt Disney Corporation for criticizing one of his signature anti-LGBTQ laws.
Specifically, they are planning to reverse their previous move abolishing the Reedy Creek Improvement Act — a decades-old provision that allowed Disney to build Walt Disney World in the swamps outside Orlando and set up their own local government taxing district to administer the area.
This comes just weeks after DeSantis, who touted his war against Disney politically during the election campaign, was re-elected decisively — but before the repeal of the taxing district could actually take effect.
DeSantis and Republicans in the legislature abolished Disney's self-governing status to great fanfare earlier this year, in response to the corporation's public criticism of the so-called "Don't Say Gay" law.
Republicans claimed the measure was aimed at preventing sexual topics from being discussed with elementary schoolers, but experts and teachers warned it was written so broadly it can be used to effectively ban any gay teacher from mentioning their spouse in class or any transgender teacher from using their preferred pronouns.
Those fears, so far, appear to have been justified, as several LGBTQ teachers around Florida have resigned or been fired after acknowledging their identity in class.
It became clear even during passage of the measure to repeal the district, which would take effect in June of next year, that lawmakers hadn't thought through the consequences. Officials in Reedy Creek have stated that the repeal violates state law, as the debt issued for the project hasn't been paid off. Tax experts have even warned that if the repeal takes effect, property taxes would have to increase throughout much of the Orlando area to pay off the outstanding bonds.
DeSantis' press secretary Christina Pushaw denied any tax increases would occur, although she did not give any legal assurance, simply saying that a plan to prevent that happening would be released later.