May 20, 2022

Police: Hammer-Wielding Thieves Hit Southern California Jewelry Store in ‘Smash-And-Grab’ Robbery

Police in southern California are looking for a pair of suspects they say used hammers to carry out a smash-and-grab robbery at a Kay Jewelers Friday night. The robbery occurred at the Kay Jewelers at the Brea Mall in Brea – situated southeast of Los Angeles and north of Anaheim – just before 7:srcsrc p.m.,…

Lightfoot’s Chicago: Smash and Grab Thieves Steal $1 Million in Merchandise from Auto Gallery

The smash and grab crime wave happened upon an exotic car dealership in Chicago this weekend, where two people reportedly stole up to $1 million in merchandise. The robbery occurred on Saturday afternoon at the Gold Coast Auto Gallery in the upscale Near North Side neighborhood of Chicago. The two men allegedly stole millions of…

New Zealand Announces Over 800 Border Exemptions for Agriculture and Tech Skilled Migrants

The New Zealand government announced border class exemptions for over 200 skilled agriculture workers and 600 tech specialists to relieve pressures created by COVID-19. Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor​ said the government was aware that labour challenges remained and would continue working with the sector to meet them where possible. Agriculture border exemptions include 200 mobile…

Federal Leaders Begin Doing the Rounds After Domestic Border Reopens

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and opposition leader Anthony Albanese will take advantage of Queensland’s domestic border reopening and begin doing the rounds to visit key seats in preparation for the expected-election next year. The Australian Labor Party’s (ALP) Anthony Albanese began his unofficial campaign in Caboolture, north of Brisbane, on Dec. 13. According to The…

California Schools Phase out ‘D’ and ‘F’ Grades for High School Students

As high school students transition out of distance learning imposed by pandemic restrictions, several California districts are dropping the use of “D” and “F” grades in an attempt to reengage students in school and boost entry into the state’s public colleges. Los Angeles Unified, Oakland Unified, Sacramento City Unified, and San Diego Unified are among…

San Diego County Approves $160 Billion Transportation Plan, Cuts out Mileage Tax

SAN DIEGO—The San Diego Association of Governments’ (SANDAG) board of directors passed on Dec. 10 the 2021 Regional Transportation Plan without the controversial road mileage tax, but questions remain as to how the regional transportation agency will fund the $160 billion plan. A four-cents-per-mile road usage tax proposal and two half-cent regional sales taxes proposed for 2022 and 2028…

FACT CHECK: Did A California Store Owner Price All Of His Items At $951 To Prosecute Thieves?

An image shared on Facebook over 560 times claims a California store owner priced all of his store items at $951 so that thieves can be prosecuted. Verdict: False There is no record of a California store owner raising his prices so he can prosecute thieves. The claim stems from a satire article. Fact Check:…

LA thieves attack security guard in California's latest smash-and-grab

Smash-and-grab thieves were at it again in California on the eve of Thanksgiving.  A group of five suspects stole about $25,000 in expensive purses from a Nordstrom store in the Westfield Topanga mall in Los Angeles Wednesday evening. They assaulted and used bear spray on a security guard during the smash-and-grab, police said.  “It’s unfortunate […]

Treasury Secretary Says US Not Losing Control Over Inflation as Twitter CEO Issues Dire Warning

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey issued a warning about rising inflation over the weekend as Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Sunday said the United States isn’t losing control. “Hyperinflation is going to change everything. It’s happening,” Dorsey wrote on Twitter, later continuing to say: “It will happen in the U.S. soon, and so the world.” Jack…

Book Review: ‘A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II’

A British biographer and journalist, Sonia Purnell poured through documents in England and the United States for more than three years as well as conducting countless interviews to write the book “A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II.” A credit to her craft, Purnell…

Husband of Detained Iranian–British Woman on Hunger Strike

Richard Ratcliffe, the husband of imprisoned British–Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, speaks to the media after joining the family of Anoosheh Ashoori, a British man who has been jailed in Iran, to stage an ’empty chair’ protest opposite Downing Street, in London on Aug. 13, 2021. (Kirsty O’Connor/PA) LONDON—The husband of UK charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who…

China’s HNA Restructuring Plan Approved by Creditors

The HNA Group logo is seen on the building of HNA Plaza in Beijing on Feb. 9, 2018. (Jason Lee/Reuters) SHANGHAI—Creditors of China’s HNA Group have voted to approve the company’s restructuring plan, according to a court comment posted on HNA’s official WeChat page on Saturday. The court in China’s southern island of Hainan, where…

WATCH: Alleged Thieves Swipe Expensive Purses from Chicago Boutique

Thieves have repeatedly targeted retailers on and near the Magnificent Mile and Chicago police recently shared video footage of another alleged crime. “The footage shows two men stealing purses worth tens of thousands of dollars from Bottega Veneta, 800 North Michigan, around 2:54 p.m. on October 11, according to a source and CPD’s media statement,”…

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