*(THURSDAY IN CHICAGO) – Shootings in Chicago leave 2 dead, 6 wounded, including 14-year-old boy

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By Deanese Williams-Harris

Two men were fatally shot and six other people were wounded, including a 14-year-old boy, in attacks in Chicago from Thursday afternoon to early Friday, police said.

In the most recent fatal shooting, a 34-year-old man was found unresponsive on a West Side porch in the 2200 block of South Kildare Avenue, police said. The shooting happened just after 2:40 a.m. when the 34-year-old man and a suspect got into an argument, police said. The suspect retreated into a home and barricaded himself inside for more than an hour before surrendering peacefully. The suspect was taken into custody with charges pending, police said. The 34-year-old was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

An earlier fatal shooting happened on the South Side shortly before 12:10 p.m., when two men were attacked in the East Chatham neighborhood, police said.

One of them, 22, was shot in the abdomen after getting into an argument with two people in the 8100 block of South Drexel Avenue, police said, citing preliminary information. The man, identified as Fred Anderson, was pronounced dead, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The second man, 41, was shot in the shoulder a block away, in the 8100 block of South Ellis Avenue. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said.

Police said both shootings were related, but they had no other details.

About 3 p.m. on the West Side, a 14-year-old boy was shot in the leg and abdomen in the 700 block of South Western Avenue in Lawndale, police said. A group approached him while he was walking and fired shots before fleeing in a car.

The boy was taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital, police said.

In other shootings:

  • On the Southwest Side, a 21-year-old man was shot twice in the torso in the 6500 block of South Troy Street in the Marquette Park neighborhood about 12:25 a.m. Friday, police said. He was on the porch walking to the door of a home when he heard gunfire and realized he was hit. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in critical condition, police said.
  • A man was shot about 6 p.m. Thursday on the South Side in the Bronzeville neighborhood in the 400 block of East Oakwood Boulevard, police said. Police said the victim was exiting his vehicle when two people approached on foot, demanded his car, pulled out a gun and shot him. The two people then got into the victim’s car and fled the scene in an unknown direction, police said. The victim, a 25-year-old man, suffered a wound to his upper right thigh, and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where his condition was stabilized, police said.
  • About 2 p.m., another double-shooting happened in the 6400 block of South King Drive in the Parkway Gardens neighborhood, police said. A 35-year-old woman was shot in the leg, and a 26-year-old man suffered a wound to the hand. The two were standing on a corner when a dark-colored Honda pulled up and someone fired shots, police said. The woman was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where her condition was stabilized. The man was taken to St. Bernard Hospital, where he also was stabilized.

Alarming graphic predicts radioactive aftermath of N. Korean nuclear launch

In “response to inquiries,” a graphic has been posted online showing the expected range of a radioactive cloud resulting from a North Korea-launched nuclear bomb over the Pacific Ocean. While quite alarming, it was found too rough by some users.

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The simulation was posted on Twitter by Lassina Zerbo, the head of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization, which is tasked with monitoring weapons tests.

Zerbo called it a “rough simulation” of a “radio-isotope cloud” from a “hypothetical atmospheric burst” over the Pacific.

The graphic did not provide supporting data, nor the threat that such a cloud could pose to human health. Zerbo later clarified that it was “simply a rough simulation” that he posted in response to inquiries.

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Some people weren’t happy with the post, with one person calling it “misleading” and saying that “folks will interpret [it] as cataclysmic.”

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A Harvard PhD professor said that people will confuse it with the kinds of fallout clouds they are used to reading about, the ‘take shelter for 2 weeks’ kind.”

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It comes as Washington and Pyongyang continue their war of words, with President Donald Trump vowing“devastation” for North Korea on Tuesday, should the US decide to pursue a military option to deal with the crisis.

His warning came after North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho told the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York that Trump’s insults against leader Kim Jong-un make “our rocket’s visit to the entire US mainland inevitable.”

According to Ri, the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb” would be one possible “highest-level” action against the US.

READ MORE: ‘New global threat’: IAEA anxious over ‘rapid progress’ of N. Korean nuclear program

“It could be the most powerful detonation of a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific,” Ri told Yonhap while in New York. “We have no idea about what actions could be taken, as it will be ordered by leader Kim Jong-un.”

H-bombs, or hydrogen bombs, are thermonuclear weapons which are more powerful than fission-based atomic bombs. You can read about them in more detail here.

Responding to Ri’s comments at the UNGA, Trump posted on Twitter that the North Korean leadership “won’t be around much longer,” while calling Kim “Little Rocket Man.” 

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North Korea is believed to have conducted six nuclear tests, with the latest viewed as the most powerful. Monitoring groups estimate the September 3 test was 16 times the size of the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945.

The United Nations has implemented sanctions against Pyongyang in response to the tests. The sanctions include capping crude oil supplies to North Korea at present levels and reductions in other commodities. They also include banning textile imports.

READ MORE: N. Korea says 4.7mn volunteer for military after Kim vows to ‘tame’ Trump with ‘fire’

Earlier this week, the Trump administration announced additional sanctions against eight North Korean banks and 26 individuals who the US says act as the banks’ representatives in various countries.

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov urged all parties to stick to a diplomatic approach to the crisis last week, saying “we have to calm down the hotheads and understand that we need pauses, we need contacts.”

Russia and China have both called on all sides to avoid escalation of the crisis, and have devised a double freeze plan which would see North Korea suspend its nuclear and ballistic missile tests in exchange for a halt in joint US-South Korea military exercises. That plan, however, was promptly rejected by Washington.

MS-13 gang leaders tell members to blend in by changing sneakers…

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Cops using sneakers to spot MS-13 members, gang leader says

Forget the faces covered with tattoos. The gang signs. Even the guns and knives sticking out of their jeans.

The real way to spot an MS-13 gangster is by his sneakers.

A top leader of the notoriously violent gang told associates in the U.S. to ditch their footwear, because that’s how law enforcement was identifying members.

In a racketeering indictment unsealed Thursday, Edwin Manica Flores, known as “Shugar,” allegedly told other gang leaders to avoid wearing clothes and colors associated with MS-13 as to not attract police attention.

He specifically told them to steer clear of blue and white Nike Cortez shoes, Newsweek reported.

“Dressed like that, the enemy can see you, the police can arrest you, and boom, to El Salvador,” the 35-year-old reportedly told gang leaders in tapped phone calls from a prison in the Central American country. “To a great life there, one must be humble, you know, to avoid being detected.”

According to Nike, the original Cortez, which debuted in 1972, was the first “masterpiece” by Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman. The shoe consisted of unprecedented cushioning in the insoles and was very lightweight, which made it one of the most popular running shoes at the historic 1972 Olympic games.

Flores, who investigators say led the gang’s East Coast operation from prison in El Salvador, was indicted as part of a six-month operation that led to more than 3,800 arrests across the U.S. and Central America.

More than 70 people have been arrested during roundups in Los Angeles, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Long Island and Columbus, Ohio.

MS-13, which originated in Los Angeles in the 1980s before spreading like wildfire to the East Coast, is believed to have some 10,000 members across the U.S. They are a mix of Central American immigrants and U.S.-born members.

The gang, whose motto is “kill, rape, control,” is known for its use of gruesome tactics, including hacking and stabbing its victims with machetes. It has been tied to a wave of recent violence on Long Island, just east of New York City, and has been linked to brutal killings in other states.

The notorious gang continues to tighten its grip across the country by tapping into young, vulnerable unaccompanied immigrant children and giving them a sense of family, experts say.

“MS-13 has a powerful marketing strategy in which they offer a family for these children,” Angel Melendez, special agent-in-charge of the ICE Homeland Security Investigations unit in New York, told WJLA.

He said unaccompanied minors made up about 30 percent of recent arrests against the gang.

A former MS-13 gang member told WJLA the group target minors because they are more likely to get a slap on the wrist for any crimes they might commit.

“They have no boundaries. They are not afraid to kill kids, parents, cousins – they are not afraid,” he added. “As long as they are sending the message they are sending, they are not afraid to do what they have to do.”

MS-13 has become a prime target of the Trump administration, which discusses its violence in suburban, immigrant communities in an effort to build support for a broader crackdown on immigration. President Trump directed federal enforcement to focus resources on combating the transnational gangs.

For federal prosecutors who have long worked to quash the gang, the new emphasis is rewarding.

“The more work we do down [in Central America], the more it helps us here,” said David Rybicki, a deputy assistant attorney general in the Criminal Division, who oversees the organized crime and gang unit. “We can’t effectively work on our cases here without information from El Salvador.”

These recent indictments will change gang dynamics, said Zach Terwilliger, who prosecuted gangs in the Eastern District of Virginia before taking a position in the deputy attorney general’s office.

“The gang feels as though it’s under a microscope,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

NEW SWEDISH CHILDREN’S BOOK: ‘GRANDPA HAS FOUR WIVES’

Normalization of Sharia law accelerates

 | Infowars.com – SEPTEMBER 29, 2017

A new book aimed at children in Sweden is entitled Grandpa Has Four Wives in another example of how Sharia law is being normalized as the country takes in thousands of Muslim migrants.

The book, named Farfar har fyra fruar in Swedish, has been published in both Swedish and Somali and is aimed at 3-6 year olds.

“Asli has never been to Somalia, but now she finally gets to go there with her dad, to meet grandfather and all her grandmothers,” states the blurb for the book, which is written by Oscar Trimbel and published by Adlibris.

Under Sharia law, Muslim men are allowed to practice polygamy and have up to four wives. A woman is not permitted to have more than one husband.

Another book by the same author entitled Mormor är inget spöke(Grandma is no ghost) serves to normalize the burka.

“Omar greets his grandmother who comes from Somalia. When it’s Halloween, Omar wants to dress up like a ghost like any other child. He wants his grandmother to come along because it can be scary,” states the blurb for the book.

Despite many countries in Europe handing out fines and prison sentences for polygamy, Sweden recognizes polygamous marriages performed abroad and allows up to four wives to be registered as spouses.

Around 30 per cent of people living in Sweden have a foreign background, with native Swedes set to become an ethnic minority in their own countrywithin 25 years.

Illustrating the rapid demographic change sweeping the country, the photo below recently caused controversy. It shows a class photo of a single blonde white girl surrounded by children who are all from a migrant background, with three of the other girls wearing hijabs.

Norwegian news outlet Ekte Nyheter published the photo along with the inscription, “A picture says more than a thousand words.”

Meanwhile, over in nearby Finland, a book entitled How to Marry a Finnish Girl features a cover which some have complained looks like a black man groping a white woman in a wedding dress.

“They’re not even trying to hide it any more,” commented conservative firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos.

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