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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley says ‘when are we going to do something about this senseless violence’

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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said Monday that following the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, she wants to know “when is enough, enough.”

Whaley said it is not her job to decide what Congress should do, but she wants federal lawmakers to do something.

“When are we going to do something about this senseless violence?” Whaley told “America’s Newsroom.”

A mass shooting occurred in Dayton where the gunman killing nine people, including his sister, was armed with a .223-caliber rifle. The shooter, identified as Connor Betts, was shot dead within 30 seconds of the first gunshot being fired, according to police.

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“This person, the shooter, bought this gun legally and did so much damage in the course of 30 seconds. It really begs the question why anyone needs to have this sort of gun.”

Whaley also said that she spoke to President Trump shortly after the tragic shooting. “We did have a discussion around why this kind of gun even exists in our communities,” Whaley said.

Whaley detailed the discussion she had with president further, “He asked what other people in the community were thinking about it. He agreed that the amount of damage someone could do in the space of 24 seconds was pretty horrific. We had police officers at the scene so six officers that were acting heroically running toward the shooter and if they had not been there, the shooter would’ve gotten into an establishment and hundreds would’ve been dead instead of nine and I think the president recognized that.”

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Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl released the videos during a news conference on Sunday that showed the officers having a shootout with Betts, 24, seconds after Betts opened fire at 1:05 a.m. in Dayton’s popular nightlife district.

“Dayton is a gritty, resilient city and this tragedy will not define us. But how we respond is what will be defined by Dayton,” Whaley concluded.

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2020 Dems unleash profane attacks on Trump, Republicans over mass shootings

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President Trump’s remarks Monday condemning the horrific mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton did little to quell the anger from 2020 Democratic hopefuls who are blaming his rhetoric as well as inaction on gun control in part for the violence, as they level uncensored attacks on the president and Republicans in Congress.

In the wake of the back-to-back mass shootings that left at least 31 dead, the Democratic presidential candidates have dropped the usual decorum surrounding even tense policy debates like gun control, using coarse language to demonstrate their exasperation over the GOP response to gun violence and their calls for new gun control measures.

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“Listening to the president,” New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker said Monday after Trump’s speech, in comments shared on Twitter by his campaign manager. “Such a bulls—t soup of ineffective words.”

Another candidate, Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, on Monday tweeted “Fck me” after Trump mistakenly, at one point in his speech, said the Ohio shooting took place in Toledo. (It happened in Dayton.)

For Ryan, the language appears to be part of a deliberate approach: Earlier Monday, the longshot candidate went on CNN and tore into Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, saying, “Mitch McConnell needs to get off his a– and do something.” On Sunday, he also tweeted, “Republicans need to get their s— together and stop pandering to the NRA. Period.”

Other Democrats trying to weigh in amid a storm of political reaction, like former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, are taking a similar approach. O’Rourke, who represented El Paso, the site of the shooting in Texas on Saturday, expressed his unvarnished anger when asked if he thinks Trump can make the situation better.

“What do you think?” O’Rourke reportedly shot back at the press. “You know the s— he’s been saying. He’s been calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. I don’t know, like, members of the press, what the f—?”

Democratic leaders in Congress have called on Trump to support new gun restrictions and for McConnell to allow a vote in the GOP-controlled Senate on Democrat-supported gun control language that has passed in the House.

“In February, the new Democratic House Majority promptly did its duty and passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, which is supported by more than 90 percent of the American people and proven to save lives,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a joint statement after Trump’s speech. “However, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has called himself the ‘grim reaper’ and refuses to act on this bipartisan legislation.”

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They added: “It is incumbent upon the Senate to come back into session to pass this legislation immediately.”

In his speech Monday, Trump did not call for explicit changes to gun laws beyond so-called “red flag laws” that would take guns from those deemed a public risk. However, he said he is open and ready to listen to ideas “that will actually work.”

But in a statement that riled Democrats, he said: “Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Jason Donner contributed to this report.

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A$AP Rocky attends Kanye West’s Sunday service after being freed from Swedish prison

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A$AP Rocky turned to prayer two days after being released from a Swedish prison.

The 30-year-old rapper attended Kanye West’s Sunday Service this weekend, where he was spotted chatting with West and Kendall Jenner, whom Rocky was rumored to have dated in 2017.

Ahead of Sunday Service, Rocky posed for a photo with Tony Williams, who frequently performs at West’s weekly spiritual gathering.

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Rocky landed in Los Angeles Saturday morning after a 33-day stay behind bars in Sweden. The “Praise the Lord” rapper has vowed never return to Sweden, where on Aug. 14 a judge will announce a verdict on charges Rocky and his crew brutally assaulted a man during a street brawl in Stockholm.

Upon arriving back in the US, Rocky thanked his friends, family and fans on social media for their support while he was imprisoned.

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“THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART TO ALL OF MY FANS, FRIENDS AND ANYONE ACROSS THE GLOBE WHO SUPPORTED ME DURING THESE LAST FEW WEEKS I CANT BEGIN TO DESCRIBE HOW GRATEFUL I AM FOR ALL OF YOU THIS HAS BEEN A VERY DIFFICULT AND HUMBLING EXPERIENCE I WANT TO THANK THE COURT FOR ALLOWING ME BLADI AND THOTO TO RETURN TO OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL OF THE LOVE AND SUPPORT,” he captioned a photo of himself wearing his signature babushka.

This article originally appeared on Page Six.

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TSA stops traveler with flowers containing hidden knife

Stop and smell the … knife?

A passenger flying through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport last month was stopped when a knife was found hiding in flower stems the traveler was trying to bring in their carry-on.

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A passenger flying through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport last month was stopped when a knife was found hiding in flower stems. (TSA)

The traveler was stopped during the routine screening of carry-on luggage on July 23, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) shared.

The passenger will reportedly face a civil penalty for having a concealed weapon.

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According to the TSA website, knives are allowed on flights in checked bags. Plastic and butter knives are the only kinds allowed in carry-on luggage.

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Oregon man reunited with nearly $23G discovered in shoe box at recycling sorting facility in California

An Oregon man’s life savings almost ended up entombed in a California landfill.

The man from Ashland, Oregon had inadvertently thrown out a shoebox — that contained more than $23,000 in cash — on Thursday, tossing the box into a recycling bin outside his home. When he realized his mistake, the bin had already been emptied onto a truck bound for the Recology sorting facility in Humboldt County in Northern California.

The facility’s general manager told the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat most of the recyclables from the truck had been sorted by the time the man contacted Recology. Workers were nonetheless told to be on the lookout for the box.

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“But then the box showed up and came down the sorting line and we were all excited to see it,” she told the newspaper.

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This Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, photo provided by Recology, shows nearly $23,000 in cash discarded at a recycling bin in a shoebox, which was recovered by a worker at the Samoa Resource Recovery Center operated by Recology in Samoa, Calif. (Brian Sollom/Recology via AP)

Workers were able to recover all but $320 from the shoebox. The money somehow stayed in the box during the 200-mile trip to the facility.

“We take quite a bit of material every day so the odds of finding that are not much better than a needle in a haystack,” Wise told the Press-Democrat

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The man, who has yet to be identified, was “ecstatic” when Wise called to tell him the money was found. He was making the trip to the facility to claim it on Saturday, according to the paper.

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Lollapalooza festival-goer dies for second straight year

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Officials say a Lollapalooza festival-goer has died for the second year in a row.

Melissa Stratton, a spokeswoman for Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications, says the attendee was taken from the event in critical condition Saturday night and died at a hospital. She says the circumstances surrounding the death are still being investigated.

The four-day music festival was held in Grant Park.

Last year, 16-year-old Evan Kitzmiller, of Mundelein, died after being found unresponsive at Lollapalooza. His mother said he had a seizure and his heart stopped.

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Former MLB pitcher Tyrell Jenkins involved in fight during softball game

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A former Major League Baseball pitcher was involved in a wild brawl during a softball game in Texas on Wednesday.

Tyrell Jenkins, who last played with the Atlanta Braves in 2016, was participating in a USA Softball District 25 game when trash talk between his team and the opposing squad escalated, according to TMZ Sports.

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Jenkins was spotted in a red shirt getting into a fistfight with a man in a blue shirt, according to a video of the incident obtained by TMZ Sports. He told the gossip site he only got involved in the incident to defend his teammate.

Jenkins and three other players reportedly received a one-year suspension while two others received two-year suspensions.

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The righty was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round of the 2010 MLB Draft. He was then included in a trade to the Braves in 2014 with Shelby Miller. The Cardinals received Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden.

Jenkins appeared in 14 games with the Braves in 2016, posting a 5.88 ERA. The Braves eventually traded him to the Texas Rangers and from there he played in the farm systems of the Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres.

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In July 2017, the Padres released Jenkins.

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New dinosaur identified after ‘hiding in plain sight’

Researchers have identified a new type of dinosaur after it was “hiding in plain sight” at a museum in South Africa for nearly 30 years.

Now known as Ngwevu intloko, the omnivore at been sitting in a collection of dinosaurs known as Massospondylus, when researchers reexamined the fossils.

“This is a new dinosaur that has been hiding in plain sight,” professor Paul Barrett, a dinosaur researcher at the Museum of Natural History in London, said in a statement. “The specimen has been in the collections in Johannesburg for about 30 years, and lots of other scientists have already looked at it. But they all thought that it was simply an odd example of Massospondylus.”

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A good deal of the rest of the animal’s skeleton also got fossilized. (Credit: Kimberley Chapelle)

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Ngwevu intloko likely had a similar body to Massospondylus, one of the earliest dinosaurs during the Jurassic period. It likely measured nearly 10 feet from the tip of its snout to the end of its tail, while walking on two legs, balanced on the other end by its long neck.

“It can be distinguished from all other basal sauropodomorphs by a combination of 16 cranial and six postcranial characters,” the study’s abstract, discussing the find, adds.

Kimberley Chapelle, the lead author on the study, told The Guardian that they were able to rule out age “as a possible explanation for the differences” as Massospondylus fossils are very common to South Africa.

Chapelle, Barrett and the other researchers are going to look at the other fossils previously believed to be Massospondylus and expect that they may find other Ngwevu intloko’s or perhaps, other new species.

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“Recent work has now shown that there were actually lots of different types of dinosaurs back then,” Barrett added in the statement. “While we used to think that there was maybe one type of dinosaur, we now know there were actually six or seven sauropodomorph dinosaurs in this area, as well as variety of dinosaurs from other, less common groups.

Some of these other sauropodomorphs were very much like Massospondylus, but a few were incredibly close to the origins of true sauropods, if not true sauropods themselves.”

The research has been published in the scientific journal PeerJ.

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‘Morning Joe’ calls on business leaders to stop funding Trump: ‘You are funding this white supremacist campaign’

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” namesake Joe Scarborough urged Republicans and businesses leaders to stop contributing to “this white supremacist president” Monday on the heels of two tragic mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

“His Republican allies on the Hill, also corporations that are supporting Donald Trump’s reelection, also business people who are supporting Donald Trump’s reelection because they might like a tax cut but they don’t care about the racism. They don’t care about the white supremacy,” Scarborough said. “They’ve remained silent as well.”

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Scarborough said business leaders and donors are allowing Trump’s rise and “working hard for his reelection despite his white supremacy” and “violent rhetoric.”

“You guys need to stop making fools of yourself and stop enabling a guy who is actually giving the OK. The presidential good housekeeping sign of approval to white nationalists,” Scarborough said. “Don’t shame yourselves anymore.”

The MSNBC host then accused Trump supporters of “spending the last couple of years lying and covering up” for President Trump.

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MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” namesake Joe Scarborough called on business leaders to stop supporting President Trump financially.

“And trying to pretend he’s not a white supremacist… that, of course, goes for you CEOs who allow your companies to continue to write checks to support the political rise of this white supremacist president. I wonder if your shareholders are really OK with that,” Scarborough said.

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Scarborough was once close to Trump and often provided him a platform on “Morning Joe” in the early days of his 2016 campaign. Rolling Stone referred to Scarborough and co-host/wife Mika Brzezinski as “Trump’s lapdogs” in Feb. 2016 and many observers feel “Morning Joe” helped get Trump elected.

The MSNBC host eventually pivoted and turned on Trump once he became a serious candidate and the former friends have since taken personal jabs at other on Twitter. Scarborough even ditched the GOP and has emerged as one of Trump’s biggest critics in the mainstream media and Monday’s episode was no different.

“Leaders of business in America are supporting that sport of white supremacy. They are funding that man and his hate campaign that gives inspiration to white supremacists and white supremacy,” Scarborough said. “For those of you that are funding Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, you may want to take note. Because you keep writing check to this president, it’s on you. It really is. It’s all on you because you are funding this white supremacist campaign.”

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Trump condemns ‘white supremacy,’ calls for mental health and gun reforms after double mass shootings

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President Trump called Monday for reforms at the intersection of mental health and gun laws — including so-called “red flag laws” to take guns from those deemed a public risk — in the wake of back-to-back mass shootings over the weekend that left at least 29 people dead.

In unequivocal terms, the president also condemned white supremacy, responding to reports that the shooter in El Paso wrote a racist manifesto.

“In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy,” Trump said, in solemn remarks from the White House, standing beside Vice President Pence. “These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hatred has no place in America.”

The president notably did not call for explicit changes to gun laws beyond red flag laws, despite tweeting earlier Monday morning about the possibility of linking background check legislation to immigration reform. However, he said he is open and ready to listen to ideas “that will actually work.”

The president also called for “cultural” changes, citing violent video games. Further, Trump said he has directed the Justice Department to propose legislation ensuring that those commit hate crimes and mass murders “face the death penalty and that this capital punishment be delivered quickly, decisively, and without years of needless delay.”

On Saturday, a gunman killed 20 people and injured 26 others after he opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.

In Dayton, Ohio, 24-year-old Connor Betts opened fire outside a bar around 1 a.m. Sunday, killing his adult sister and eight others. Police say he was fatally shot by officers within 30 seconds, and was wearing a mask, bulletproof vest and earplugs and had at least 100 rounds. He injured more than two dozen people, leaving one in critical condition, police said Sunday.

Police have not determined a motive for the attack as of Sunday evening, but it was reported that Betts, while in high school, was suspended for compiling a “hit list” of those he wanted to kill, and a “rape list” of girls he wanted to sexually assault.

Trump called the shooting in El Paso “tragic” and an “act of cowardice.”

“I know that I stand with everyone in this Country to condemn today’s hateful act. There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people,” he tweeted.

On Sunday, the president said that “hate has no place in our country,” and once again condemned the attacks. He vowed to “take care” of the problem, and pointed to mental illness, calling the shooters “really very seriously mentally ill.”

The president also said that the problem of shootings has been going on “for years and years” and “we have to get it stopped.”

The attacks, however, have revived the national debate over how to tackle gun violence, with many Democrats demanding the Senate return from recess to address the issue. A number of Democratic lawmakers and presidential candidates have also accused the president of fueling racial tensions with his rhetoric.

After the El Paso shooter was linked to anti-Mexican statements, presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg told “Fox News Sunday” this is “white nationalist terrorism.”

“We need to acknowledge that this is a problem.” Buttigieg said, claiming white nationalism has been “condoned at the highest levels” in Washington.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., another 2020 White House hopeful, asked that Trump “please stop the racist anti-immigrant rhetoric. Stop the hatred in this country which is creating the kind of violence we see.”

Sanders, along with other Democratic presidential candidates like Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., also demanded that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., recall Congress from its August recess to vote on initiatives to curb gun violence.

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