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Occupy Denver activist dies after shooting and killing deputy during eviction

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A man believed to have shot and killed a Colorado sheriff’s deputy and wounded two others was known as an Occupy Denver activist, the Denver Post reports.

Martin Wirth, 58, was apparently in foreclosure proceedings on his home, on which he defaulted in 2013, according to the Post. Deputies from Park County went to carry out the eviction at about 9:30 a.m. on the property in Bailey, a rural community between Colorado Springs and Denver.

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The paper reports that Wirth was involved in the shooting, and the shooter died. It is unclear if he took his own life or was shot by deputies.

According to Colorado Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Susan Medina, the suspect opened fire with a rifle when the deputies approached. One was critically wounded and the other is expected to recover.

“It’s a very fluid situation,” Medina told the Post. “It is a dark day.”

Wirth was a foreclosure activist, a cause popular with Occupy, which became prominent during the height of the foreclosure crisis. Activists were organizing a “non-violent eviction resistance” at his home, according to the Colorado Foreclosure Resistance Coalition.

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From the Coalition’s website it appears Wirth was representing himself in court. Wirth also ran for state Senate in 2014 as a member of the Green party but was beaten by his GOP rival.

“As many of us know he has been fighting a valiant battle in court over his property,” the website says. It then goes on to imply something nefarious occurred when a judge who seemed to favor Wirth was replaced with another judge who they felt already had his mind made up against Wirth.

In a video posted to the group’s page, Wirth says he stopped paying his mortgage because he believed that his mortgage lenders were a bunch of “crooks.”

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Black woman confronts racist tow truck driver over slurs: ‘I bet you this goes viral’

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A Massachusetts tow truck driver was caught on camera last weekend hurling racist abuse at a black man.

The woman, identified online as Nene Judge'mayo, shared video of the incident Sept. 14 with a driver from Robert Towing in Brighton.

"Because of your f*cking n*gger husband," says the driver, whom she identified as Jeff, as he walked toward his truck.

The woman confronts the driver about the racial slur, and the driver confirms that's what he said and then pulls out his own phone to record the incident.

"Look me up -- my last video of a white man went viral, of the motorcycle girl that hit the news," she tells the driver. "I bet you this goes viral, too."

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Trump’s old business patterns are now spreading across the federal government: report

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The Trump, Inc. podcast by ProPublica and WNYC is back. And we’ll be bringing you new episodes every two weeks.

When we started all the way back in early 2018, we laid out how we’d be digging into the mysteries around President Donald Trump’s business. After all, by keeping ownership of that business, Trump has had dueling interests: the country and his pocketbook.

We’ve done dozens of episodes over the past 18 months, detailing how predatory lenders are paying the president, how Trump has profited from his own inauguration and how Trump’s friends have sought to use their accessin pursuit of profit.

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Corey Lewandowski wilts after CNN host nails him for serial dishonesty: ‘I’m as honest as I can be!’

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Trump lackey Corey Lewandowski appeared on CNN Wednesday one day after he admitted to regularly telling lies during media appearances -- and host Alisyn Camerota gave him a thorough grilling.

During the interview, Camerota played Lewandowski a clip of himself telling the House Judiciary Committee that he is under no obligation to be honest when he appears on cable news shows.

Lewandowski responded to this by angrily ranting about former FBI officials James Comey and Andrew McCabe, but Camerota wouldn't let him off the hook.

"Corey, when do you lie?" she asked him. "Are you lying now, for instance?"

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