Archives May 2022

Nancy Pelosi’s husband arrested for suspected DUI; her office says she wasn’t present

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, was arrested in Napa County, California, on Saturday night for allegedly driving under the influence.

The 82-year-old was detained around 11:44 p.m. and booked on two misdemeanor counts — driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 or higher — according to the Napa County Criminal Justice Network’s records.

Paul’s bail was set at $5,000 and he was released on Sunday morning, the records show. Additional details of the incident were not immediately available. (The arrest was first reported by TMZ.)

Nancy Pelosi’s office said that she was across the country at the time of her husband’s arrest and would not discuss it further.

“The Speaker will not be commenting on this private matter which occurred while she was on the East Coast,” the statement read.

The California Democrat was in Providence, Rhode Island, on Sunday to deliver the 2022 commencement address at Brown University. She was also awarded an honorary doctorate degree.

During her remarks, the House leader called on graduates to help unify a “deeply divided” country, referencing the recent “senseless” mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York.

“I see dazzling brilliance, beautiful diversity,” Pelosi told the crowd of graduates. “I see the future — and it is you. So class of 2022, go forward with courage to build unity and hold on to your hope.”

The Pelosis have been married since 1963 and have five children.

ABC News’ Nicholas Kerr and MaryAlice Parks contributed to this report.

Source: WBAL

1 teen dead, 1 teen injured in Inner Harbor shooting

One teenager is dead and another was injured Saturday evening in a double-shooting at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, police said.

City police told 11 News two people — a 17-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy — were shot shortly after 7:30 p.m. at Pratt and Light streets.

The boy, Neal Mack, has since died and the girl was taken into surgery and is in stable but serious condition, police said.

Police said officers are searching for the assailant. Police said the shooting stemmed from a confrontation, and it’s unknown whether the two victims were together at the time of the shooting.

“This is an unnecessary tragedy,” Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said. “It’s about young people carrying guns, young people with the willingness to use those guns indiscriminately in crowds. It is about them having a total disregard for human life.”

Source: WBAL

Man fatally shot inside Bel Air apartment, sheriff says

A 23-year-old man was found fatally shot early Monday morning inside a Bel Air apartment.

The Harford County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called around 5:25 a.m. to the 1900 block of North Fountain Green Road for the report of shots fired. Authorities found the man, who died at the scene.While the motive remains under investigation, detectives do not believe this was a random act, authorities said.

The man’s identity was not immediately released pending family notification.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Reynolds at 443-409-3502 or call Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7LOCKUP.

Source: WBAL

Big L Family and Fans Celebrate Street Renaming In Harlem

Previously, it was reported that late rapper Big L was to be honored with a street named after him in Harlem. The renaming ceremony was set to take place on 140th Street and Lenox Avenue. Since then, the ceremony for Big L took place and found the likes of Fat Joe and the Ruff Ryders crew making appearances at the celebration. 

The celebration in the form of a street sign came about after a petition was presented by the makers of a Big L documentary called ‘Street Stuck.’ An announcement was made on Instagram saying, “It took a whole lot of effort and Support to get to this great point but as a collective, we made it happen. The Biggest Thank you’s go out to the Dope 500 plus people who signed and passed the petition around so we could get this street renamed. There are entirely tooo many good people that gave this their support, so with all my heart, I personally want to say THANK YOU!!!!” Take a look above.  

source: Complex

Gervonta Davis Knocks Out Rolando Romero in 6th Round of Their Fight

Ahead of their fight, Gervonta Davis and Rolando Romero appeared in front of each other for their weigh-in. The two have been going at each other for years, and the weigh-in saw those tensions rise when Davis pushed Romero off the stage. Since then, the fighters faced off against each other, and Davis got the best of Romero in the 6th round. 

Many pointed out that Romero utilized dirty tactics with his elbows but only received warnings. The sixth round found Romero trying to lean into throwing heavier punches at Davis. However, while on the ropes, Davis saw an opening and threw a hard left hand that connected after Romero threw a couple of wild punches. The hit from Davis sent Romero sliding into the ropes before hitting the canvas. 

From there, Romero was able to beat the count from the referee, but the fight was called once Romero stood up and appeared to be visibly shaken by the shot. While speaking about the punch after the fight, Davis said, “The crazy thing is I didn’t even throw that hard.” Overall, Davis landed 25 punches in total in comparison to Romero’s 22. Watch the knockout above.

Nearly 300 measures to take effect without Gov. Hogan’s signature

Gov. Hogan allowed nearly 300 bills to become law without his signature on Friday during the last day of this year’s legislative session.

The 294 measures will take effect without signature in accordance with Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution, according to a news release.

I House bills that will take effect without signature

I Senate bills that will take effect without signature

Hogan also vetoed 18 bills, including one which allowed voters to provide several ways for a missing signature on a mail in-ballot after it had been received by a local elections board. In his veto message, Hogan said the bill did not validate a signature and he raised security concerns.

The Senate sponsor of the bill, Montgomery County Democrat Cheryl Kagan reacted to the veto in an email to reporters which said, “holy crap”

A full list of duplicative vetoes can be found here.

The Republican governor also vetoed a bill that would have allowed union dues to be tax deductible, as well as a bill that would have stayed eviction proceedings against tenants who could show they are awaiting a determination about rental assistance.

Source: WBAL

Baby formula execs face Congress as second shipment arrives from overseas

A plane carrying some one million bottles’ worth of specialized infant formula from Europe was set to arrive at an airport in Virginia on Wednesday, the same day top industry executives and federal regulators were to face angry lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

The second shipment from overseas — part of President Joe Biden’s “Operation Fly Formula” — will be headed to hospitals for infants allergic to cow’s milk.

The urgently needed shipment comes amid a nationwide shortage that’s sent at least a half a dozen children to the hospital so far and has put enormous pressure on Biden to explain why his administration didn’t act sooner to prevent the crisis.

“There’s no excuse for what’s happening all across this country right now,” said Rep. Diana DeGette, a Colorado Democrat, who will lead the hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

The nation’s supply crunch became urgent last February after federal inspectors found a deadly bacteria inside a manufacturing facility by Abbott Nutrition in Sturgis, Michigan.

Abbott agreed to a voluntary recall of its formula and shuttered its facility, even as it insists there is no conclusive evidence that its formula was tied to the illnesses of four infants.

The Abbott facility is now on track to reopen within the next week or so. But the closure proved to be disastrous to a market already plagued by supply chain problems.

Abbot is the largest formula producer in the U.S. and a top contributor to a federal program that supplies formula to low-income families.

Democrats have joined Republicans in raising questions about the Food and Drug Administration’s handling of the Abbott recall. According to inspection reports and congressional testimony, the FDA was aware last fall of sanitation issues at the plant as well as a whistleblower complaint.

“You can’t hide behind an investigation. We need answers. We need them now,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn.

Dr. Bob Califf, head of the Food and Drug Administration, told House lawmakers last week that the investigation into the Abbott recall is ongoing.

Califf also said his agency doesn’t have the resources to do the kind of complex analysis that would be needed to monitor the nation’s supply chain and ward off future shortages.

Califf is expected to testify Wednesday alongside other FDA officials, followed by senior executives from Abbott, Reckitt and Gerber.

Chris Calamari, Abbott’s senior vice president for U.S. Nutrition, was expected to tell lawmakers that the company plans to have more formula available at the end of June than it did in January before the recall.

“To all of the families who depend on us for a reliable supply of formula — we let you down. We are deeply sorry and are committed to making sure that a shortage like this never happens again … We plan to resume production at the Sturgis facility the first week of June. From the time we restart production at the site, it will take approximately six to eight weeks before product is available on shelves,” Calamari said in prepared remarks.

Executives from Gerber and Mead Johnson Nutrition also were expected to testify. And like Abbott, they planned to tell lawmakers they were ramping up production dramatically to address the shortage.

Source: WBAL

Gunman kills 19 children, 2 teachers in Texas school rampage

The 18-year-old gunman who slaughtered 19 children and two teachers at a Texas elementary school barricaded himself inside a single classroom and “began shooting anyone that was in his way,” authorities said Wednesday in detailing the latest mass killing to rock the U.S.

Law enforcement officers eventually broke into the classroom and killed the gunman. Police and others responding to Tuesday’s attack also went around breaking windows at the school to enable students and teachers to escape, Lt. Christopher Olivarez of the Texas Department of Public Safety said Wednesday on NBC’s “Today.”

Olivarez told CNN that all the victims were in the same fourth-grade classroom at Robb Elementary.

The killer “barricaded himself by locking the door and just started shooting children and teachers that were inside that classroom,” he said. “It just shows you the complete evil of the shooter.”

Investigators did not immediately disclose a motive but identified the assailant as Salvador Ramos, a resident of the community about 85 miles (135 kilometers) west of San Antonio. Olivarez said investigators were working with the FBI and looking at social media to see if there were any “red flags” before the shooting.

Source: AP News

2022 midterms: Candidates compete in primary contests across four states on Tuesday

Voters head to the polls on Tuesday to select party nominees for federal, state and local offices ahead of the November 8 midterm elections. What you need to know: – Georgia Governor Brian Kemp faces ex-senator David Perdue in Tuesday’s GOP gubernatorial primary – The winner is poised to face likely Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams in the fall – Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar and challenger Jessica Cisneros are competing in a closely watched runoff – Primary votes in Alabama and Arkansas are also being held on Tuesday.

The party nominees for the U.S. House District 30 race will be decided Tuesday.

District 30 is the seat that has been held by retiring U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Dallas) for three decades.

Nine Democrats and six Republicans ran in the primary with no single candidate earning more than 50% of the vote to secure the nomination for November.

On the Democratic side, State Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D-Dallas) is facing Jane Hope Hamilton. Crockett, who has been endorsed by the outgoing representative, secured 48% of the vote in March. Hamilton earned 17%.

The weeks between the primary and the runoff were heated for the Democrats, with both candidates accusing each other of distorting their records and not being honest.

“We have not had a campaign that had this much deception and lies in District 30 since its origin,” Johnson said at a news conference last week.

On the Republican side, James Harris and James Rodgers are in a runoff for the party nomination. In March, Harris was the top vote getter for the Republicans with 33% of the vote; Rodgers was second with 31%.