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Memorial Day weekend gun violence kills at least 16, injures dozens: report
At least 16 people were killed and dozens more injured across the country in Memorial Day weekend shootings, NBC News reports.
The shootings occurred in at least nine states at beaches, high schools and motorcycle rallies among other locations, according to the report.
The most recent shooting occurred Monday at around 7 p.m. local time in Hollywood, Florida, where at least seven people including a 15-year-old were shot near the boardwalk. No additional details of this shooting were immediately available.
In Chicago alone, more than eight people were killed and another 32 were injured in separate shootings.
At around 3:30 p.m. Friday, five people were injured in a Baltimore shooting, all of whom suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
In Mesa, Arizona, Iren Byers, 20, was arrested in connection with a series of shootings from Friday afternoon through Saturday evening that killed four people and injured another, police said.
Byers was arrested on suspicion of four counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree attempted murderer, police said in a news release. He is being held without bail.
On Saturday evening, a shooting at a Red River, New Mexico motorcycle rally killed three people and injured five others, including the suspect, who was arrested in connection with the shooting. The suspect, Jacob David Castillo, 30 of Rio Rancho, suffered injuries that required hospitalization and will be booked into the Taos County Detention Center after he’s released.
A Garden Grove, California shooting at a restaurant Saturday evening injured three people, two of whom were seriously injured. Patrons detained the suspect, but it’s not yet known whether he had been arrested or charged.
In Atlanta early Sunday one teenager was killed and another injured during a “unauthorized gathering” at Benjamin E. Mays High School.
In Washington D.C., one person was killed and late Sunday in a shooting on a Metro Transit Green Line train at the Navy Yard station.
Three people were injured Saturday evening in a south Seattle casino shooting,
The early videos from Hollywood, Florida's mass shooting show a terrified public race from the sound of the gunfire, and online cameras on the boardwalk show. CBS News reported at least 7 people have been shot, including a 15-year-old.
"Residents and visitors: Please avoid the area of Johnson to Garfield Streets, as well as the Hollywood Broadwalk, due to an ongoing shooting investigation. Heavy police presence in the area. If you are looking to reunite with a family member, we have set up a reunification area at Johnson Street and N Ocean bus loop," the Hollywood Beach Police Department posted on their Facebook page shortly before 7 p.m. ET. As of 7:36 p.m. EST, police were still advising the public that there was an "ongoing situation." The Daily Beast reported that the first shots fired were heard outside Nicks Bar & Grill around 7 p.m. local time.
Videos show beachgoers enjoying the sunshine before racing behind barriers and trees seeking cover. Another purporting to be from the scene shows a man who appeared to be shot with friends calling for medical attention and trying to help.
“Police are responding right now. We have victims treated by police and paramedics on scene and transported to the hospital,” said Mayor Josh Levy, The Sun Sentinel reported.
“It seemed like people might have gotten caught in the crossfire. But I can’t verify that,” Levy said.
The report also said that the beach usually has millions of people visiting each year.
Local 10 News South Florida, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and the Keys. https://www.local10.com/ www.youtube.com
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\u201cHollywood Beach, FL - Memorial Day Shooting on the Boardwalk. Video from Hollywood Beach TV on FB.\u201d— kygrl (@kygrl) 1685404950
\u201cMultiple people shot including 15-year-old at Boardwalk in Hollywood Beach. Preliminary reports indicated at least seven people had been shot, including a 15-year-old in the area of the 1200 block of N. Broadwalk.\nhttps://t.co/i2NbVbbxV3\u201d— Fox3 Now (@Fox3 Now) 1685404988
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Low-wage workers made huge gains over two years — but there are fears it's coming to an end
An analysis in Politico using data from the U.S. Labor Department revealed that low-wage workers scored a huge boost between 2020 and 2022. But that could be ending.
According to the report, the pandemic dramatically changed the labor market, government aid, and policies during the crisis. Amid a worker shortage, anyone making $12.50 hourly saw a pay increase by 6 percent, even after inflation.
"At the same time, price spikes have eaten away raises for the highest-earning employees, leading their inflation-adjusted income to drop roughly 5 percent over the past couple of years," said the report. "The result, according to one new paper: One-quarter of the 40-year growth in the yawning gap between higher-income workers and lower-income workers has disappeared in just a few years."
The new debt ceiling agreement between President Joe Biden and Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) takes back about $30 billion in unspent COVID-19 funds. COVID-related government spending injected cash "into the economy, spurred consumer spending and put workers in ultra-high demand," Politico explained.
Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve has been trying to slow down the economy with consistent interest rate hikes out of fear wages for workers are increasing too fast for inflation to fall again.
But the analysis explained that such a slowdown hurts low-wage workers more than others. Job vacancies have decreased, as have those quitting their jobs.
"This presents a clear inflection point for the Biden administration and its allies in Congress," said Politico. "While the administration has been largely supportive of the Fed’s moves as households strain under the burden of inflation, progressive lawmakers and economists have questioned whether progress for low-wage workers is being sacrificed in pursuit of price stability."
Meanwhile, Democrats question the Fed's decisions to allow joblessness to increase, even though it is at its lowest in history.
"The portion of national income that goes toward paying workers has actually declined in the past two years," Politico quoted former-Fed Vice Chair Lael Brainard from a speech early this year, before joining as Biden's economic adviser. At the same time, “corporate profits as a share of GDP remain near postwar highs,” she also said.
Katrin Kark, director of workforce innovations at Local Initiatives Support Corp., argued that employers should be doing more to train workers so that there are options for advancement.
“Higher entry wages alone aren’t enough to close those opportunity gaps,” she explained.
Meanwhile, a pro-capitalism conservative economist told Fortune that corporate greed had gone too far.
"Corporations, particularly in developed economies like the U.S. and U.K., have used rising raw material costs amid the pandemic and the war in Ukraine as an 'excuse' to raise prices and expand profit margins to new heights, he said. And the French investment bank isn’t just historic: It’s one of the select banks considered to be 'systemically important' by the Financial Stability Board, the G20’s international body dedicated to safeguarding the global financial system."
Arin Dube, a University of Massachusetts Amherst professor, is optimistic that benefits for low-wage workers won't hit a wall. He has hope for a possible increase in income equality for the next few years.
“That’s a lot of change packed in just a few years,” he said. “It’s very hard to imagine something that plays that in reverse in the next three years.”
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