Articles by Dennis Romero Oct 27, 2021

Men shot by Rittenhouse can't be called 'victims' during trial, but 'rioters,' 'looters' OK, judge rules
Dennis Romero

The three men shot by Kyle Rittenhouse during a protest against police brutality can be labeled rioters, looters or arsonists if the teen's defense team has evidence to support the characterizations — but they shouldn't be called victims, the Wisconsin judge in Rittenhouse's murder trial ruled this . . .

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Death toll in Idaho mall shooting rises to 3 as suspect dies
Dennis Romero

The hospitalized suspect in Monday's Idaho mall shooting died Tuesday, bringing the death toll in the violence at Boise Towne Square to three, police said. Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee said at a news conference Tuesday that Bergquist was known to both police and mall security, although he didn't appe . . .

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Missing Illinois grad student Jelani Day drowned, coroner says
Dennis Romero

Jelani Day, an Illinois State University graduate student whose body was found in the Illinois River 10 days after he was reported missing, died by drowning, according to a coroner's report released Monday. Day, 25, was a speech pathology student at the campus near Bloomington when his family report . . .

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Dave Chappelle says he'd meet with transgender Netflix workers — but only under certain conditions
Dennis Romero

Comedian Dave Chappelle said Monday he'd be willing to meet with transgender employees of Netflix who have called for the streaming platform to remove his October comedy special, "The Closer." But Chappelle said any meeting would have to be on his terms: "You will not summon me." "The Closer," featu . . .

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'SNL' gives President Biden a lift by bringing back his VP days
Dennis Romero

President Joe Biden's approval ratings are in a slump, but that doesn't mean he can't dream of brighter days, like the time he was vice president. Press Secretary Jen Psaki, played by Chloe Fineman, obliged when current President Biden (James Austin Johnson) told her to "lay some of those facts on m . . .

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Two children dead, eight people hurt when drag racer veers off track
Dennis Romero

Two children were killed and eight people were injured when a drag racing vehicle veered off a track and struck spectators Saturday afternoon in the Texas Hill Country, authorities said. The injured were taken to medical facilities in Kerrville, Austin and San Antonio, police said. This photo shows . . .

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Storms, severe weather could impact 108 million across U.S.
Dennis Romero

Wet and severe winter-like weather is forecast for much of the United States as a Pacific storm aims for California, and a thunderous, unsettled system moves into the Midwest and mid-Atlantic. The severe weather, including flooding and high winds, could impact 108 million people late Saturday into T . . .

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Florida man accused of killing neighbor after cat wandered on property
Dennis Romero

A Florida man is accused of fatally shooting a neighbor whose cat walked onto his property, authorities said. Clifton Anthony Bliss Jr., 58, was arrested Wednesday and charged with second-degree homicide, the Marion County Sheriff's Department said. Two members of the Marion County Public Defenders . . .

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Tom Morey, creator of the Boogie Board, dies at 86
Dennis Romero

Surfing legend Tom Morey, creator of the Boogie Board, has died. The California Surf Museum in Oceanside said in a published tribute that Morey died last week at Saddleback Medical Center in Laguna Hills. Morey died the week after the Oceanside City Council recognized 2021 as the 50th year since the . . .

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Elijah McClain's family settles lawsuit with Aurora, Colorado, over police confrontation
Dennis Romero

The mother of Elijah McClain, a Black man who died days after a violent confrontation with police in 2019, has settled her federal civil rights lawsuit against Aurora, Colorado, her lawyers said Monday. "A settlement in principle has been reached with the city of Aurora resolving all claims raised" . . .

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