Guns kill or wound at least 19 children every day in the U.S., study says

Shootings kill or injure at least 19 U.S. children each day, with boys, teenagers and blacks most at risk, according to a government study that paints a bleak portrait of persistent violence.

“It may help to remind ourselves and our parents that our message on safe gun storage in homes with children is similar to that of gun rights and sport shooting groups,” wrote Dr. Eliot Nelson of University of Vermont Children’s Hospital.

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Washington Post -
Seattle police fatally shoot black mother of four who they say ‘confronted’ officers with a knife

Seattle police officers shot and killed a 30-year-old mother of four at her apartment Sunday morning in front of “several children” when the woman “confronted” them with a knife, according to a statement from authorities.

She was three months pregnant with her fifth child, they said, and too “tiny” for officers to have felt threatened by her — even if she had a knife. At a vigil Sunday night, family identified the woman as Charleena Lyles, reported the Times, and said she had a history of mental health struggles.

CBS News -
Bombing at Colombia mall kills 3, including French woman

BOGOTA, Colombia -- A homemade bomb placed in a women's bathroom rocked one of the busiest shopping centers in Colombia's capital Saturday, killing three people, including a French woman, and wounding nine others.

Mayor Enrique Penalosa called it a "cowardly terrorist bombing," and attention immediately focused on the National Liberation Army, which is the last rebel movement still active in Colombia.

LA Times -
My dad and I fought a war over Vietnam. Those battles made me a journalist and a better father

I belonged to a privileged, spoiled, rebellious generation; he belonged to one that had fought in World War II and the Korean War and which believed firmly in the rightness and might of the United States of America.

For six years I have been researching the Vietnam War, interviewing fighters and survivors and deeply investigating the subject of my old dispute with my father. My respect for those who fought — both Americans and Vietnamese — has deepened, but so has my disgust for how badly those on both sides were betrayed by the stubborn and ill-informed decisions of their leaders.

Fox News -
Police: 3 arrested in double-slaying of Maryland teens

–  Three people have been charged with killing two Maryland teens who were found dead the night before their high school graduation, and police said they believe the slayings were revenge for a robbery that one of the teens was rumored to have committed.

The three are charged in the deaths of 17-year-old Shadi Adi Najjar and 18-year-old Artem Ziberov, Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger said at a news conference late Saturday.

LA Times -
43 killed in Portugal forest fires, many dying in their cars as flames sweep road

Raging forest fires in central Portugal killed at least 43 people, many of them trapped in their cars as flames swept over a road, in what Prime Minister Antonio Costa on Sunday called “the biggest tragedy of human life that we have known in years.”

Gomes said that at least 16 people were killed when their vehicles were engulfed by flames on a road between the towns of Figueiro dos Vinhos and Castanheira de Pera, and three others died from smoke inhalation in Figueiro dos Vinhos.

LA Times -
Montebello police fatally shoot woman after she drives car toward officer

Montebello police fatally shot a woman Saturday after she drove her car toward an officer and her boyfriend, whom she had been fighting with earlier in the day, authorities said.

Officers were talking with her boyfriend when the woman drove back into the parking lot and toward an officer and her boyfriend, he said. The woman, who has not been identified, was taken to a hospital, where she was later pronounced dead, he said.

Fox News -
Bombing at mall in Colombia kills 3, including French woman

 A homemade bomb placed in a women's bathroom rocked one of the busiest shopping centers in Colombia's capital Saturday, killing three people, including a French woman, and wounding nine others.

All vehicles entering the parking garage are screened by bomb-sniffing dogs and security guards are present throughout the mall — a lasting legacy of the days more than two decades ago when drug-fueled violence was at its peak.

LA Times -
L.A. County health officials say 42 people have been infected with mumps

A mumps outbreak in Los Angeles County this year has infected 42 people, most of whom live on the Westside, health officials said this week.

“Across the country, we’re seeing mumps kind of get strength again,” Pratt said, adding that L.A. County typically sees about 13 cases per year. Most of the local cases have been among gay or bisexual men, although some women have been infected as well, Pratt said.

NBC News -
Three killed in bombing at Bogota mall, nine injured

The ELN in February claimed responsibility for a bombing near Bogota's bullring that killed one police officer and injured 20 other people.

President Juan Manuel Santos was expected to visit the mall to personally oversee the investigation and in a message posted on Twitter he expressed his solidarity with the victims.

Washington Post -
Arrests made in killing of two Maryland high-school students shot on eve of graduation

Detectives in Montgomery County, Md., have arrested three suspects in connection with the killings of a pair of high-school seniors gunned down in a barrage of bullets earlier this month on the eve of their high school graduations.

Police have said that one or both of the teenagers had been targeted, but have released few details about what may have led to their murders. The pair had driven to a cul-de-sac in the community of Montgomery Village, 20 miles north of Washington, where they met with individuals believed to be in another car, officials have said.

Fox News -
Philando Castile shooting: Black gun owners worried by acquittal in officer-involved shooting

Legality is a construct of the powerful — and black Americans are worried how laws and rights of the land affect how minorities are treated by police and society.

Phillip Smith, head of the National African American Gun Association, said police need additional training to remind them that Second Amendment rights apply to black gun owners as much as anyone else. Once they find out that a black American has a gun permit, "they are not necessarily going to relax, but they now have an idea about your character," Ector said.

LA Times -
Gunman went to Republican baseball practice with a list of names

The man who shot House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others at a congressional baseball practice earlier this week had with him a piece of paper with doodles and the names of three lawmakers, according to a person familiar with the case.

The person told the Associated Press on Saturday that investigators weren't sure of the significance of the names and didn't know whether it was a list of people he was targeting.

Fox News -
This Time: A Capitol Hill reporter recalls covering shooting over the years

In the 1998 instance, gunfire erupted on Capitol Hill that sweltering summer afternoon, killing two U.S. Capitol Police officers.

Word came into NPR newsroom that there was a shooting on the House side of the Capitol and “gunmen” (plural, was the first report) were “heading for the speaker’s office.” In the 1998 instance, gunfire erupted on Capitol Hill that sweltering summer afternoon, killing two U.S. Capitol Police officers.

LA Times -
Protests erupt after Minnesota police officer is acquitted in shooting death of Philando Castile

A jury on Friday found 29-year-old Minnesota police Officer Jeronimo Yanez not guilty in the fatal shooting of black motorist Philando Castile during a traffic stop near St. Paul, an incident partially broadcast on Facebook Live.

Later that month, a jury acquitted a white Oklahoma police officer, Betty Shelby, in the shooting death of an unarmed black man named Terence Crutcher. In May, the Justice Department announced that it would not indict Baton Rouge, La., officers in the shooting death of Alton Sterling, who was African American.

New York Times -
Grim Echoes for Families: An Officer Shoots and a Jury Acquits

On a street corner here outside the courthouse where a jury acquitted a Minnesota officer in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile last summer, Mr. Castile’s mother, Valerie, vented a bitter frustration shared by many activists.

When the verdict came down on Friday — another police officer found not guilty in the killing of another black man — a father 700 miles away, in Oklahoma, felt as if he were watching a sickening replay of his own son’s fate.

New York Times -
Four U.S. Soldiers Wounded in Insider Attack in Afghanistan

Four American soldiers were shot and wounded by an Afghan commando on Saturday, the second such insider attack in a week, according to Afghan officials.

In two incidents in March, a total of 11 American soldiers were wounded by Afghan soldiers in green on blue attacks in Helmand Province, in southern Afghanistan, according to Afghan officials. Nonetheless, the incidence of such attacks has decreased greatly as American and other foreign forces have declined from a peak of 150,000 soldiers to about 14,000 now.

LA Times -
In the era of Trump, liberals must resist calls for civility

(“A shooting in Alexandria brings gun violence directly to those best situated to act,” editorial, June 14). It would be inappropriate to describe the Republican healthcare bill and their devious and dishonest way of avoiding scrutiny in anything but the most uncivil terms.

To the editor: While gun violence is a legitimate concern, the serious issue here is hatred — hatred fueled by politicians and, yes, media coverage that accentuates the extremes.

Fox News -
Family: Suspect in 4 slayings talked about killing for fun

 A man accused of killing his stepfather, brother and two strangers in a shooting rampage spanning nearly 200 miles across New Mexico had made troubling statements to family members about his intentions to kill or hurt people for fun, court documents said Friday.

An argument between Damian Herrera, 21, and his stepfather over using a pickup truck likely led to the shootings outside the family's home in a rural community not far from some of the state's popular tourist draws, according to a criminal complaint.

The Guardian -
‘We didn’t recognise that he was dangerous’: our father killed our mother and sister

The two brothers started to worry: only days before, they had both helped their mother and sister move out, after a lifetime of emotional abuse and psychological control.

Once the two brothers had gone to university (Ryan to Durham and Luke to Warwick), they had to call their father and ask to be put through to their mother. When they were home, they recall nights when Lance would drink a bottle of whisky and yell at Claire all night, preventing her from sleeping.

The Guardian -
‘My sister turned out to be my mum’

I slowly digested the news: Jennifer, my older, glamorous, sister who flitted in and out of my life periodically, was actually my mum.

I had spent six months crying myself to sleep and wondering why she had taken my sister Sharon with her, but left me behind. Now, when I imagined my future, I was beside myself with joy; at seven years old and living with a father who, in his 50s, was so much older than any of my friends’ dads, I’d felt the absence of a mother keenly.

NBC News -
The Week in Pictures: June 9 - 16

A bipartisan baseball prayer, a deadly inferno in London, a celebration on ice in Nashville and more of the week's best pictures.

House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise is in critical condition following a shooting a day earlier during a practice for the Republican team.

NBC News -
Today's fathers are a new species, and may not need a Best Dad mug

Marketers may be failing to reach the modern, millennial dad who changes diapers, does the grocery shopping, and doesn’t need a mug to remind him that he’s the world’s greatest dad.

“As a dad, I'm interested in having great back support while wearing my baby,” La Guardia Cross, dad and YouTuber behind New Father Chronicles told NBC News, adding that he’s into “incredibly compact strollers, a car seat that goes up to age 18, and diaper bags that don't look corny.

NBC News -
This Is What Keeps Modern Dads Up at Night

Found that modern dads are navigating challenges like “dad guilt” and “stay-at-home dad envy” — concepts their own fathers would scarcely recognize.

Dads these days are more involved with their children than ever before… and as this Father's Day rolls around, they might be more conflicted about their role than any previous generation of fathers. An online survey of more than 1,200 dads conducted by TODAY.com in partnership with Fatherly.com

The Guardian -
Police launch criminal inquiry into Grenfell Tower blaze

Police have launched a criminal inquiry into the Grenfell Tower blaze as it emerged that cladding panels similar to those likely to have been used on the 24-storey building have been widely prohibited on tall buildings in the US since 2012.

The borough said it had rehoused 103 households, 49 of whom had lived in Grenfell Tower, and 54 others whose homes were inside the police cordon. It is so heartwarming, but physically we cannot cope with any more donations in the area,” she said.

NBC News -
Family of Terrance Crutcher, Tulsa man shot and killed by cop files suit

Related: Terence Crutcher Shooting by Tulsa Police Was ‘Tragic’ but Justified: Jury Foreman. Crutcher's family and some black community leaders called the verdict a setback to racial relations in Tulsa, a city that has yet to fully heal from a 1921 race riot that killed 300 black residents, injured thousands more and burned a thriving business district to the ground.

The family of an unarmed black man fatally shot by a white Oklahoma officer filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court Thursday against the city of Tulsa and the policewoman, who was acquitted of manslaughter charges last month.

NBC News -
Dad claims JPMorgan Chase parental leave discriminates against fathers

Dads should be considered primary caretakers of their children and get just as much parental leave as moms, argues a new sex discrimination complaint filed Thursday against financial giant JPMorgan Chase & Company.

The complaint was filed on behalf of Derek Rotondo, a fraud investigator at a JPMorgan Chase office in Ohio who said he discovered his employer only provided him with two weeks of parental leave while "primary caregivers" were eligible for 16 weeks of leave. Rotondo's complaint, filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission with the help of the ACLU and employment law firm Outten & Golden, seeks changes on behalf of all fathers subject to the company's policy — which he called "something out of the 1950's."

CBS News -
Utah cops got anonymous tip hours before man fatally shot his ex, her son, himself

DRAPER, Utah - Police in Utah investigated an anonymous tip about a man who wanted to kill his ex-girlfriend and himself just before he killed the woman and her son this month in a shooting that also injured two children, according to documents provided Wednesday in response to a public records request from The Associated Press.

The tipster called 911 about Jeremy Patterson about three hours before the shooting and told a dispatcher she had received a message from Patterson saying he had just broken up with his girlfriend and wanted to kill her and himself, according to a report from police in the Salt Lake City suburb of Draper, where Patterson, the shooter, lived.

LA Times -
Victims of shooting at San Francisco UPS facility are identified as families and co-workers mourn

The day after a gunman killed three co-workers and then himself at a United Parcel Service facility in San Francisco, the victims’ relatives, fellow employees and customers were mourning their deaths in public and in private.

On Wednesday night, the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s office said the victims of the morning shooting in Potrero Hill were Benson Louie, 50; Wayne Chan, 56; and Michael Lefiti, 46, according to the Associated Press.

Why do we spend less on Father's Day than Mother's Day?

If you are buying your dad a present for Father's Day on Sunday, I bet you don't spend as much as you did on your mum for Mother's Day.

While the amount of money we all spend on Father's Day continues to go up every year, it still trails far behind Mother's Day. In the US, the average amount spent on gifts per dad this weekend is expected to be $135 (£106), says the National Retail Federation (NRF), with total spending expected to reach $15.5bn.

LA Times -
Rep. Steve Scalise and three others shot on a Virginia baseball field in apparent act of political violence

A rare act of apparent political violence disrupted one of Washington’s few remaining bipartisan traditions Wednesday when a gunman — believed to be targeting Republicans — wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and three other people as members of Congress took part in an early morning baseball practice for a charity event.

The attack was the first on a member of Congress since the shooting of Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords at a meeting with constituents in Arizona in 2011 and the first in the Capitol area since 1998, when a gunman shot and killed two Capitol Police officers while trying to enter the Capitol building.

“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte