Sunday, October 20, 2019

Virginia Beach shooting: What we know

At least 12 people have been killed in a mass shooting at a municipal center in Virginia Beach, Virginia, police confirmed Friday. Police have identified one shooter, who died after a firefight with police. Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera described him as a city public utilities employee. “Today is Virginia Beach’s darkest hour,” Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer said Friday night at a press conference. This story is still developing. Here’s what we know so far, and what we don’t. What we know Shortly after 4 pm local time, the gunman entered Building 2 of the Municipal Center, which houses public works,...

Superstore’s finale changes everything. Showrunner Justin Spitzer explains.

Major spoilers follow for the season four finale of Superstore. The last 10 minutes of Superstore’s season four finale, “Employee Appreciation Day” are unlike anything else the show has ever done. The corporate offices of the Cloud 9 chain of Wal-Mart-esque department stores, in an attempt to quash talk of unionizing at the location where the series is set, call in ICE. And when officers raid the store, Mateo (Nico Santos), an undocumented Filipino immigrant, is on the clock. Though his coworkers try to help him evade the officers, he’s caught and taken away. What’s amazing about “Employee Appreciation Day” is...

Neo-Nazi who drove car into Charlottesville crowd sentenced to life in...

The man who drove a car into a group of people protesting the white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017 has been sentenced to life in prison by a federal court. On Friday, nearly two years after his actions killed one woman, Heather Heyer, and injured more than two dozen others, 22-year-old James A. Fields Jr. was sentenced on 29 counts of committing federal hate crimes. Fields was indicted on the charges last year and agreed to plead guilty to them earlier in 2019. As part of the deal, prosecutors dropped one charge against him that...

Racist Border Patrol groups show Facebook still has work to do...

Facebook keeps saying it’s getting better at filtering out racist, sexist, and other hateful content. But if it’s struggling to do so with public posts, the company may have an even harder time in private posts behind tightly closed doors. Case in point: the multiple secret Facebook groups of US Customs and Border Protection agents that reportedly share that type of content. In case you’ve missed it, earlier this month, A.C. Thomspon at ProPublica revealed the existence of a secret Facebook group including current and former CBP officials called “I’m 10-15,” a reference to the Border Patrol’s code for...

Vox Sentences: RIP INF

Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. The end of a US-Russia missile treaty could kick-start another arms race; a trade war between South Korea and Japan is hurting the tech market. The US withdraws from a major missile treaty Paul Zinken/picture alliance via Getty Images The US officially withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces agreement Friday,...

The NRA’s big, bad financial mismanagement crisis, explained

The National Rifle Association is facing a crisis that could put its future at risk. In April, the NRA lost its president after just a year on the job after he was accused of attempting to extort the organization’s CEO. The group is also dealing with a complex and embarrassing legal battle against its own advertising firm and an investigation of its finances by the New York state attorney general following multiple reports of long-running financial mismanagement. Now, as more details about alleged financial misdeeds surface, board members are calling for reforms, including former Rep. Allen West (R-FL), who...

Ahead of a far-right rally in Portland, Trump tweets a warning...

President Trump issued a stark warning to antifa, the collective of militant anti-fascist leftist groups, ahead of a rally on Saturday in Portland, Oregon, where antifa activists were widely expected to confront far right activists. “Major consideration is being given to naming ANTIFA an ‘ORGANIZATION OF TERROR,’” Trump tweeted. “Portland is being watched very closely. Hopefully the Mayor will be able to properly do his job!” Notably, the president did not warn or criticize the controversial right-wing group organizing the rally that antifa was planning to protest against. Organizers Joe Biggs and Enrique Tarrio, who did not receive a permit for...

DoorDash is still pocketing workers’ tips, almost a month after it...

It’s been almost a month since DoorDash, the leading food delivery app in the US, finally caved to public pressure and announced it would stop pocketing its workers’ tips. At the time, CEO Tony Xu announced in a series of tweets that DoorDash would institute a new model to ensure workers’ earnings would “increase by the exact amount a customer tips on every order.” Xu promised to provide “specific details in the coming days.” The next day, Xu sent out a note to DoorDash workers, broadly outlining changes and letting them know “what to expect in the days ahead.” But 27...

Odessa and Midland, Texas shootings: what we know

At least 21 people were shot in West Texas in the towns of Odessa and Midland, about 300 miles east of El Paso. At least five people were killed. Midland police have said the shooting began during a traffic stop Saturday afternoon. The suspect is believed to have shot the officer who stopped him, before continuing to a local shopping center, where the shooting continued. Officers pursued that suspect after he fled the scene in a US Post Office vehicle. What we know At least 21 people were shot, according to Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke. At least five people were killed,...

Why Spain is having yet another election

Spain is headed for new elections — again. The country just held national elections back in April. In that vote, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and his center-left Spanish Workers’ Socialist Party (PSOE) won the most seats. But they didn’t secure enough votes in Spain’s parliament for an outright majority, and needed the support of other parties to form a government. Now, after months of trying and failing to put a government together, Sánchez conceded defeat ahead of the September 23 deadline. That sets the country up for another round of elections on November 10. Sánchez told reporters Tuesday that he “had tried...