Author: By Lindsey Bever

3 injured in ‘routine’ Trump Tower fire, New York officials say – Washington Post

GOOGLE NEWS Three people were injured in a small electrical fire at Trump Tower, where smoke billowed from the rooftop early Monday as emergency crews worked to extinguish the flames. The Secret Service first spotted the fire and alerted building managers, who called 911 shortly before sunrise, according to New York fire officials. Within about an hour, fire crews had extinguished what an FDNY spokesman called a “quick, easy and routine” blaze on the roof of the luxury building on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. There were no evacuations, the authorities said, but two civilians and a firefighter sustained minor...

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Time’s Person of the Year: ‘The Silence Breakers’,for speaking out against sexual harassment

GOOGLE NEWS (Time) Time magazine has named “The Silence Breakers”  as its 2017 Person of the Year  — the women (and some men) who came forward with stories of sexual harassment and assault, forcing a nationwide reckoning. The magazine calls them “the voices that launched a movement.” Among them: Actresses Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan, whose stunning accusations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein helped lead to his downfall; activist Tarana Burke, the creator of the #MeToo movement; and Alyssa Milano, the actress who amplified it. “The galvanizing actions of the women on our cover … along with those of hundreds...

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Racist post about Michelle Obama causes backlash – Washington Post

Melania Trump meets with first lady Michelle Obama for tea in the Yellow Oval Room of the White House on Nov. 10. (Chuck Kennedy/White House) A nonprofit group’s director and a mayor in a small town in West Virginia have been swept up in a firestorm surrounding comments about Michelle Obama that have been perceived as blatantly racist. After Donald Trump’s election as president, Pamela Ramsey Taylor, who was director of Clay County Development Corp. in Clay, a tiny town outside Charleston, reportedly posted about the move from Michelle Obama to Melania Trump on Facebook, saying: “It will be so refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady back in the White House. I’m tired of seeing a Ape in heels,” according to NBC affiliate WSAZ. The news station reported that the town’s mayor, Beverly Whaling, then replied, “Just made my day Pam.” The comments were later deleted, but images of the post have been shared widely on social media. As of Monday afternoon, an online petition calling for the women’s terminations had garnered more than 14,000 signatures. Both of their Facebook pages have been removed, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail. [Melania Trump and Michelle Obama carry on an awkward tradition, too] Two-tenths of 1 percent of Clay County’s residents are African American, according to census data. More than three-quarters of the presidential votes cast in the county went to Trump. The two women have...

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Arson suspected in fire at Florida mosque attended by Pulse shooter Omar Mateen – Washington Post

The Islamic Center of Fort Pierce, Fla. (St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office) The mosque where Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen once worshiped was intentionally set on fire overnight, authorities in Florida said. The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office said emergency crews responded to Islamic Center of Fort Pierce shortly after midnight Monday and extinguished the flames that were spilling out of the mosque. Authorities are investigating the incident as arson. “A fire at any place of worship is alarming, regardless of the circumstances,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “Video captured at the Fort Pierce Islamic Center shows an individual approached the east side of the building just moments before a flash is seen and the fire starts.” Sheriff’s officials said they will soon release the video to the public and ask for help identifying the suspect in the arson case. [Muslims in Pakistan and across the world prepare to celebrate Eid al-Adha] The fire came at at the beginning of Eid al-Adha, an important Islamic holiday. As The Post’s Pamela Constable noted, the three-day festival “commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim, the figure known as Abraham in the Bible, to follow God’s command to sacrifice his son Ishmael, who was later saved by an angel and lived to be 137.” The holiday is not to be confused with Eid al-Fitr, a separate festival that marks the end of Ramadan. An undated photo from a...

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WATCH: Another Pastor refuses to mourn Orlando victims: ‘The tragedy is that more of them didn’t die’

Two pastors are facing criticism for comments made after the June 12 Orlando nightclub shooting that left 49 people dead. Here is some of what they said. (The Washington Post)   Following the deadliest shooting in U.S. history, a Baptist preacher stood at his pulpit Sunday night in Northern California and delivered an impassioned sermon praising the brutal massacre at a gay nightclub in Florida. Pastor Roger Jimenez from Verity Baptist Church in Sacramento told his congregation that Christians “shouldn’t be mourning the death of 50 sodomites.” “People say, like: Well, aren’t you sad that 50 sodomites died?” Jimenez said, referencing the initial death toll in Orlando, which authorities later clarified included 49 victims plus the gunman. “Here’s the problem with that. It’s like the equivalent of asking me — what if you asked me: Hey, are you sad that 50 pedophiles were killed today?’ “Um, no, I think that’s great. I think that helps society. You know, I think Orlando, Fla., is a little safer tonight.” He added: “The tragedy is that more of them didn’t die. The tragedy is — I’m kind of upset that he didn’t finish the job!” [‘You are not alone’: Lady Gaga breaks down during fierce tribute to Orlando victims] The sermon has drawn scorn from community leaders and others who have called it “hateful propaganda” and “bigotry.” Jay Brown, spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign, said there is “nothing whatsoever Christian” in...

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