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Scott Olson

Murders In Chicago Have Decreased For The Second Consecutive Year

You were saying, Mr. President?

Chicago, often depicted as a city riddled with violence and murder, has reported a decline in homicides for the second consecutive year.

According to the Chicago Police Department, murders decreased 27 percent in 2018. There were about 557 murders reported last year, compared to 648 murders in 2017. One of the city's bloodiest years, 2016, had 762 homicides.

While the decrease is significant, Chicago still reported more murders than New York City. The big apple had 283 murders from January 1 to Dec. 23.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson previously said the high crime spike was due in part to "emboldened offenders who acted without a fear of penalty from the criminal justice system”

The department also noted there was a decline in shootings, robberies, burglaries, car theft, and carjackings. The department did not specify if rapes were down.

Johnson attributes the significant decrease to more help from federal agents, better technology and a concentrated effort to build trust within the community.

“Are we where we want to be? Of course not," he said to The Chicago Tribune.  “I do think we are taking steps in the right direction.”

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Charlottesville Killer Receives Life Sentence Plus 419 Years

James Alex Fields Jr will spend the rest of his life behind bars for driving his car into a crowd of counter-protestors in Charlottesville, Va., which injured many and killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

According to reports, Judge Richard Moore sentenced the 22-year-old white supremacist to life in prison plus 419 years. Fields, who reportedly had a picture of Adolf Hitler framed by his bed, drove from Ohio to attend the 2017 Unite The Right Rally with fellow racists and neo-Nazi's to protest the removal of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee statue.

The event also drew Heyer and other counter-protestors who marched against white nationalism. The violence forced local authorities to declare an unlawful assembly and begin the process of demobilizing everyone. Later on the same day, Fields drove his car into a crowd killing Heyer and hurting others.

The event caused already bubbling racial tensions in America to spill over when during a press conference Donald Trump blamed "both sides" for the turmoil.

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A Texas Woman Lived With Her Mother's Dead Body For Three Years

A Texas woman is facing two to 20 years in prison for living with her dead mother's body for three years.

According to CNN, Delissa Navonne Crayton's 71-year-old mother's corpse was found inside a room, while Crayton and her daughter dwelled in another room inside the home.

Investigators said Crayton's mother fell, hit her head and died a few days later. It appears as if the fall was accidental, however, Crayton's refusal to have her be seen by a doctor, assisted in her mother's death. A coroner's report

"From 2016 until July 7, 2019, approximately 3 years, Delissa Crayton resided in the residence with her daughter who was at the time under the age of 15," the Seguin Police Department said.

Crayton was arrested and charged with "Injury to a Child under the age of 15 through recklessly, by omission, causing to a child, serious mental deficiency, impairment or injury."

The second-degree felony also carries a $10,000 fine.

"This is an ongoing and active investigation being conducted by Seguin Police Department, the Texas Rangers, and the Guadalupe County Attorney's Office," the department said.

Police are expecting to level more charges against Crayton within the week.

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Alex Wong

Donald Trump Thinks The "Radical Left Congresswomen" Should Apologize

After meriting the ire of Democratic lawmakers for racist comments directed at four freshmen congresswomen of color, Donald Trump took to Twitter Monday morning (July 15) to add more fuel to the already blazing fire.

"When will the radical left congresswomen apologize to our country, the people of Israel and even to the Office of the President, for the foul language they have used, and the terrible things they have said," Trump tweeted."So many people are angry at them & their horrible & disgusting actions!"

The president continued: "If Democrats want to unite around the foul language and racist hatred spewed from the mouths and actions of these very unpopular and unrepresentative Congresswomen, it will be interesting to see how it plays out. I can tell you that they have made Israel feel abandoned by the U.S."

Sunday evening (July 14) on the same day Trump announced Immigration and Custom Enforcement officers would conduct raids to remove 2,000 immigrants, the president took to Twitter to blast the four female congresswomen, affectionately known as "The Squad." and instructed them to "go back to your country.

While Trump never named names, representatives Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna S. Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Oman were his intended targets. The only congresswoman who wasn't born in the United States is Omar who fled Somalia and immigrated to the U.S. when she was 12. Omar became a U.S. citizen in 2000.

Trump's attack on the four Democratic congresswomen came in the midst of a feud between the progressive Democrats and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Yet despite Pelosi's comments about the freshman congresswoman, she condemned Trump's tweet's calling them "xenophobic" and part of a larger, not so covert plan.

"When @realDonaldTrump tells four American Congresswomen to go back to their countries, he reaffirms his plan to “Make America Great Again” has always been about making America white again."

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