MIAMI — City Manager Art Noriega suspended embattled Miami police Chief Art Acevedo on Monday with the intention of firing him — ending weeks of speculation and tumult at Miami City Hall and after a pair of circus-like public hearings last week in which commissioners repeatedly lashed out at the chief over a series of controversial moves and blunders. The suspension came two weeks after Acevedo inflamed the city’s majority Cuban American commission by accusing them of interfering with police investigations and comparing their actions to Communist Cuba. Though spokeswoman Stephanie Severino, No...
Donald Trump is facing yet another criminal investigation, The New York Times reported Wednesday.
"In recent months, the district attorney's office in suburban Westchester County, N.Y., has subpoenaed records from the course, Trump National Golf Club Westchester, and the town of Ossining, which sets property taxes on the course, a sprawling private club that is perched on a hill north of New York City and boasts a 101-foot waterfall," the newspaper reported.
In November, former MSNBC legal analyst Mimi Rocah was elected Westchester district attorney. The newspaper reported Rocah "appears to be focused at least in part on whether Mr. Trump's company, the Trump Organization, misled local officials about the property's value to reduce its taxes, one of the people said."
"Ms. Rocah, a Democrat, has not accused anyone at the company of wrongdoing, and it is unclear whether the investigation is examining Mr. Trump's conduct or if it would ultimately lead to any charges," The Times reported. "Still, the Westchester inquiry intensifies the law enforcement scrutiny on Mr. Trump and his family business. Both have been the subject of a long-running criminal investigation by the Manhattan district attorney's office, which is examining a range of potential financial and tax improprieties."
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Netflix bosses braced for an employee walkout and rally in Los Angeles on Wednesday as anger swelled over a recent Dave Chappelle comedy special that activists say is harmful to the transgender community.
The streaming giant has found itself embroiled in an intense and highly public controversy over Chappelle's "The Closer," in which the stand-up star insists "gender is a fact" and accuses LGBTQ people of being "too sensitive."
"A list of firm asks" will be presented to Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos at the rally, which organizer Ashlee Marie Preston said Tuesday had been moved to a larger site due to "overwhelming demand."
Organizers did not specify their demands ahead of the rally, although Preston said the event would call for content that prioritizes "the safety and dignity of all marginalized communities."
Transgender Netflix employee Terra Field has called on the streamer to add a content warning to "The Closer," and to promote more "queer and trans comedians and talent."
"A place can't be a great place to work if someone has to betray their community to do so," Field wrote in a blog post Monday.
"The Closer" has been condemned by LGBTQ groups, which cited studies linking stereotypes about minorities to real-world harm.
But Sarandos wrote to staff last week that "content on screen doesn't directly translate to real-world harm," and emphasized the importance of defending "artistic freedom."
Three employees including Field were reportedly suspended after crashing a virtual meeting for executives over the episode, but later reinstated.
Another was sacked for leaking internal data about the cost of the episode.
The walkout and rally have drawn support from film and television celebrities such as Jameela Jamil ("The Good Place") and Jonathan Van Ness ("Queer Eye"), who have recorded a video message expressing "love and support" for the movement.
Acclaimed comedian Hannah Gadbsy -- who has her own popular Netflix specials -- last week called the streaming giant an "amoral algorithm cult."
Chappelle has been accused of mocking transgender people in the past, but remains hugely popular.
In "The Closer," he describes a US rapper who "punched the LGBTQ community right in the AIDS," compares trans women to the use of Blackface, and jokes about threatening to kill a woman and stash her body in his car.
Chappelle -- who is Black -- also argues that white gay people "are minorities until they need to be white again," and that LGBTQ communities have made progress in a few years that Black people have not enjoyed in decades.
A US Supreme Court justice on Tuesday rejected a request by health workers in Maine to block a statewide vaccine mandate, while their wider legal challenge against the measure proceeds.
All healthcare workers in the state will have to be fully vaccinated under the mandate, which comes into force on October 29.
Several unnamed health workers and one health provider insist the decree violates their constitutional right to freedom of religion, citing conscientious objections to the vaccine.
They brought the case against Maine Governor Janet Mills and other officials, and have asked the courts to put a preliminary block on the mandate while their case is heard.
On Tuesday, Justice Stephen Breyer -- who responds to emergency applications from Maine -- denied their petition for a preliminary injunction, which had already been rejected by a district court.
He said they were free to apply again, "after the Court of Appeals issues a decision on the merits of the appeal."
Later on Tuesday, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed the lower court's refusal to block the requirement.
Last week, the Federal District Court in Maine ruled that the requirement did not violate the workers' First Amendment right to freedom of religion.
The court said they could not prove they had "been prevented from staying true to their professed religious beliefs which, they claim, compel them to refuse to be vaccinated against Covid-19."
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