Climate activists slash dozens of SUV tires in NYC, say ‘major cities’ across US to be hit next

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Thomas Catenacci

A group of climate activists has started a campaign to randomly slash tires of parked SUVs across the U.S. in an effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

The Tyre Extinguishers — a group that originated in the U.K. and has expanded to various European nations — conducted its first “action” in New York City this week. The group vowed to conduct similar operations in cities nationwide.

“We are rapidly expanding across the United States and are in touch with people in major cities across the USA,” a spokesperson for the Tyre Extinguishers told Fox News Digital. “We expect this to expand massively.”

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The spokesperson referred Fox News Digital back to the group’s website in response to a series of other questions. They didn’t comment on the legality of vandalizing SUVs.

On Tuesday, the Tyre extinguishers celebrated “disarming” 40 SUVs in New York City’s Upper East Side neighborhood. Participants of the action left flyers on each of the vehicles asking its owner not to “take it personally.”

“We did this because driving around urban areas in your massive vehicle has huge consequences for others,” the pamphlet said. 

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“The world is facing a climate emergency,” it added. “We’re taking actions into our own hands because our governments and politicians will not.”

The group noted that it would slash tires of electric and hybrid vehicles as well since they also have a carbon footprint.

The pamphlet that activists with the group Tyre Extinguishers left on SUVs in New York City on Tuesday.

The pamphlet that activists with the group Tyre Extinguishers left on SUVs in New York City on Tuesday. (Tyre Extinguishers)

“On June 28, 2022 at 12:20am in front of 146 East 65 Street there is a report on file in the 19th Precinct for criminal tampering,” a New York Police Department spokesperson told Fox News Digital in an email. “A 49-year-old male victim states upon returning to his vehicles he discovered one tire to each of his vehicles had been deflated.” 

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The spokesperson added that no arrests have been made and that the investigation remains ongoing.

“The Tyre Extinguishers want to see bans on SUVs in urban areas, pollution levies to tax SUVs out of existence, and massive investment in free, comprehensive public transport,” the group said in a statement Tuesday. 

“But until politicians make this a reality, Tyre Extinguishers action will continue,” the statement continued.

The group has conducted operations in the U.K., Austria, Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Sweden and New Zealand.

Thomas Catenacci is a politics writer at Fox News Digital

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BREAKING: 2 US Veterans Captured By Russian Forces In Ukraine

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Ryan Morgan

Two U.S. military veterans who volunteered to fight in Ukraine were reportedly captured by Russian forces in the eastern city of Kharkiv last week.

The Telegraph first reported Alexander Drueke, 39, and Andy Huynh, 27, were taken prisoner after running into a Russian armored unit last week. Teammates who reportedly fought alongside Drueke and Huynh told The Telegraph that they had entered an area they thought was clear, only to find themselves face to face with two Russian T-72 tanks and multiple BMP-3 armored vehicles.

Drueke is a U.S Army veteran who previously served in Iraq. Huynh is a U.S. Marine veteran. Both had volunteered to fight alongside a regular Ukrainian Army unit

“We were out on a mission and the whole thing went absolutely crazy, with bad intel,” one unnamed teammate told The Telegraph. “We were told the town was clear when it turned out the Russians were already assaulting it.”

“They came down the road with two T-72 tanks and multiple BMP-3s and about 100 infantry,” the teammate said. “The only thing that was there was our 10-man squad.” 

The teammate said the 10-man team took up defensive positions and Drueke and Huynh staged a shot with a rocket-propelled grenade that took out one of the vehicles. When Drueke and Huynh fired the RPG, they caught the attention of one of the T-72s, which fired at the pair of Americans but is believed to have missed. The tank then rolled over an anti-tank man. It was during this chaotic series of events that Drueke and Huynh went missing.

“We suspect that they were knocked unconscious by either the anti-tank mine, or by the tank shooting at them,” a teammate told The Telegraph.

The Ukrainian fighters said subsequent searches for Drueke and Huynh turned up no traces of the two Americans.

“If they had been hit by the tank shell there would have been remains of their bodies or equipment at the scene,” a teammate said.

One teammate said the remaining fighters began to suspect Drueke and Huynh were captured, and those concerns were bolstered by a post on a pro-Russian channel on the Telegram app, that claimed two Americans were taken as prisoners of war near Kharkiv.

Drueke’s mother Lois told The Telegraph that the U.S. Embassy had been in contact with her about her son’s whereabouts.

“The US Embassy have assured me that they are doing everything they can to find him and that they are searching for him alive, not dead,” she said. “I am doing my best not to fall apart, I am going to stay strong. I am very hopeful that they will keep him to exchange for Russian POWs.” 

The U.S. State Department did not immediately respond to an American Military News request for comment on the matter.

The reported capture of the two U.S. volunteer fighters comes just days after pro-Russian separatist forces in eastern Ukraine captured two British nationals and a Morrocan national in the eastern Donetsk region and, after a two-day trial, sentenced them to death for fighting as mercenaries. British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss called the trial a “sham” with “absolutely no legitimacy” and lawyers for the three men are actively trying to appeal their death sentences.

Alabama ABC affiliate WAAY reported in April about Huynh’s plans to travel to Ukraine and volunteer in the fighting against the ongoing Russian invasion. Huynh is originally from Orange County, California but moved to Hartselle, Alabama with his fiancé. Huynh reportedly put more than $6,000 of his own money towards his plan to travel to Ukraine to fight.

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WATCH: Unsealed Video Shows Planned Parenthood Execs Under Oath Discussing Baby Body Parts Sales

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Amanda Prestigiacomo

On Tuesday, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released an explosive video that appears to show Planned Parenthood executives admitting that they charged a fee to medical companies for aborted baby body parts directly, despite the taxpayer-funded organization claiming their only “fees” were for transportation and other legal services.

David Daleiden, project lead for CMP, alleged in a press release that the video (which can be viewed below) is more confirmation that Planned Parenthood lied to the public and Congress about aborted baby trafficking.

“The time has come for federal consequences for Planned Parenthood,” Daleiden said in a statement. “Planned Parenthood lied to the public and to Congress, but now there is no longer any reasonable doubt that Planned Parenthood sold fetal body parts, commodifying living children in the womb and treating pregnant women like a cash crop.”

“The U.S. Department of Justice must escalate the enforcement of laws against fetal trafficking to the highest level of priority,” he added.

The video, which is of court records and proceedings, shows emails and contracts, and features testimony from Planned Parenthood executives appearing to discuss the selling of baby body parts at certain corporation affiliates.

Pro-life organization LiveAction argues that the video “disputes the argument that money received was nothing more than reimbursement for costs sustained by Planned Parenthood. Testimony revealed that payment was only made to Planned Parenthood if StemExpress was able to obtain ‘usable’ body parts from one of its abortion centers — meaning Planned Parenthood deceived the public when it claimed it only collected reimbursements for employees’ time and costs.”

As noted by CMP, “42 U.S. Code 289g-2 broadly forbids the exchange of valuable consideration for fetal tissue.”

“While the law allows for reimbursements of specific costs when donating fetal organs, those reimbursements must meet specific guidelines;” LiveAction continued, “they must be fees associated with transportation, processing, and other such costs. Planned Parenthood did none of these things, yet they collected money when they provided StemExpress with marketable body parts.”

Additionally, while the abortion giant told The New York Times that they “rebuffed” a contract to sell aborted baby livers for $750 each and $1600 for liver/thymus pairs, emails and testimony from Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast’s Senior Director of Abortion Access Tram Nguyen appears to reveal that she was looking to “move forward” with a deal.

At just one affiliate, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, the clinic reportedly took in $25,000 in just three months from deals for aborted baby body parts, invoices showed. Founder and CEO of Planned Parenthood partner Advanced Bioscience Resources, Linda Tracy, was repeatedly told by her lawyer on video not to disclose how much the company was taking in.

Planned Parenthood is currently not charged with any violations of U.S. code and has yet to fall under an investigation over the matter of selling or exchanging fetal tissue.

“PPMM does over 17,000 abortions a year, and unsealed invoices show PPMM making $25,000 in just 3 months from StemExpress,” CMP said. “When asked how much money an abortion clinic could make per year from selling fetal body parts, the founder and CEO of Planned Parenthood partner Advanced Bioscience Resources, Linda Tracy, was forbidden by her lawyer to answer.”

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Putin To Have Cancer Surgery, Hand Off Temporary Power To Former Intelligence Leader: Reports

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Dillon Burroughs

Russian President Vladimir Putin will reportedly undergo a medical operation for cancer, forcing him to temporarily hand over power to a former Federal Security Service (FSB) intelligence chief.

The FSB is considered the modern-day KGB, which was the primary foreign intelligence and domestic security agency of the former Soviet Union.

Nikolai Patrushev, the current Secretary of the Security Council of Russia, will receive temporary control from Putin during his upcoming operation, according to a video posted Saturday on the General SVR Telegram channel, a Russian outlet that claimed to interview a former Kremlin military leader. The New York Post described the source as “mysterious.”

“Putin is unlikely to agree to hand over power for a longer period of time,” the video stated.

“I will say that this is the worst option. Patrushev is an outright villain. He is no better than Vladimir Putin. Moreover, he is a more cunning, and I would say, more insidious person than Vladimir Putin. If he comes to power, Russians’ problems will only multiply,” it added.

Putin’s health condition has been the focus of much speculation recently as videos have shown shaking movements some have suggested could be a sign of Parkinson’s Disease.

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While details are sparse, the video hosted on the Telegram account suggested abdominal cancer.

At a church service in Moscow last month, Putin appeared to be unsteady and fidgety, at times biting his lips and making awkward faces.

“Fresh theories surrounding Vladimir Putin’s health are circulating after a recent appearance by the Russian president showed him biting his lips, fidgeting and appearing unsteady,” Sky News reported. “Mr Putin’s appearance at a church service has now sparked rumours that he is unwell after he seemed unable to stand still during the service.”

Putin’s appearance followed another recent episode when the 69-year-old appeared bloated as he firmly gripped a table during a Kremlin meeting with his defense minister, Sergei Shoigu, The Daily Wire reported. Both men appeared to be in poor health, with Shoigu slurring his words following a stroke he suffered earlier this year.

Putin is also reportedly delaying surgery until after May 9.

“He has reportedly delayed surgery, which will now not take place before the Victory Day commemoration of Russia’s World War Two victory in Red Square on May 9,” the Daily Mail reported.

“The news comes amid speculation Putin will launch an all-out war across Ukraine and order mass mobilisation of military-age men, a considerable political risk,” the report added.

Explosions in an area of Moldova last week have led to new concerns that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could extend to the nearby former Soviet republic.

“On Monday, explosions rocked the headquarters of Transnistria’s state security ministry in Tiraspol. These were followed by more blasts on Tuesday at a broadcasting facility when two radio masts near the border with Ukraine were knocked out of service, NBC News reported on Friday.

“The region’s authorities also reported an attack on a military unit, but did not say when it took place. On Wednesday, they said shots were fired toward a village that houses a large ammunition depot,” the report added.

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EPA aware of Colonia High School brain tumor cluster NJ man uncovered: ‘I have a really bad feeling’

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Audrey Conklin

Local and federal environmental agencies say they are assisting the town of Woodbridge, New Jersey, in its investigation into more than 100 graduates of the same high school that have been diagnosed with rare brain tumors.

Al Lupiano, a graduate of Colonia High School, tells Fox News Digital that since posting his theory about an apparent link between brain tumor diagnoses in 1990s and early 2000s graduates of Colonia High School — including himself, his wife and his sister, who recently died of cancer — on Facebook in March, he has gathered the names of at least 110 graduates with rare brain tumors.

“It’s overwhelming. … I’m doing this not only for my wife, my sister — my nieces are currently in the school — but this deserves further understanding. Further explanation of what occurred at that high school over these decades of people being in the building,” Lupiano said. “I don’t think this is the end of the story. I have a really bad feeling we’re going to find contamination beyond the high school. There’s lots and lots of people calling me, saying, ‘Look, I didn’t go to the high school, but I live a mile away, and we call our block cancer alley.'”

Al Lupiano was diagnosed with a "very rare" and abnormally large brain tumor in 1999 when he was 27 called Acoustic Neuroma. 

Al Lupiano was diagnosed with a “very rare” and abnormally large brain tumor in 1999 when he was 27 called Acoustic Neuroma.  (Al Lupiano)

In 1999, when he was just 27, Lupiano was diagnosed with a rare, benign brain tumor for someone his age called Acoustic Neuroma (AN). Last summer, Lupiano’s wife and now-deceased sister were diagnosed with rare malignant brain tumors on the same day. His wife was similarly diagnosed with a malignant AN tumor, and his sister was diagnosed with malignant Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM), which has an incident rate of 30 out of every 1 million people.

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The 110 people that Lupiano has counted on his list of former Colonia High School graduates have been diagnosed with cancerous or noncancerous primary brain tumors, meaning they originated in the brain. Secondary brain tumors, which originate elsewhere in the body and then spread to the brain, are more common.

Lupiano, an environmental scientist who tested ground samples for toxins over the course of his 33-year career, has suggested that the school’s grounds could be contaminated, pointing to Middlesex, New Jersey, sampling plant as a potential linking factor behind the 100-plus tumors. The plant, which has since closed, is about a 30-minute drive from Colonia High School. 

Colonia High School entrance. 

Colonia High School entrance.  (Google Maps)

It was an entry point for uranium ores that were “imported for use in the nation’s early atomic energy program, were assayed at the Middlesex Sampling Plant and then shipped to other sites for processing,” according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) New York Division.

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The plant received uranium, thorium and beryllium ores between the 1940s and 1967, which is the same year Colonia High School was built.

The plant then “decontaminated to the standards in effect at the time,” though “overlooked during decontamination were traces of radioactive materials that had been carried offsite over the years by wind and rain to yards of neighboring homes,” the USACE New York Division said on its website. 

Middlesex Sampling Plant to Colonia High School in New Jersey.

Middlesex Sampling Plant to Colonia High School in New Jersey. (Google Maps)

“Also, records later revealed that in 1948, some radioactively contaminated materials had been trucked from the plant to the Middlesex Municipal Landfill (MML), one-half mile away. In the 1980[s], the contaminated residential properties were cleaned up, and the excavated soil was stored at the site in a specially constructed pile, known as the Vicinity Properties (VP) pile,” the USACE New York Division’s website states.

It is possible that soil from the plant had been trucked to Colonia High School during its construction in 1967, according to the NJ Spotlight.

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People who have been exposed to ionizing radiation have an increased risk of developing primary brain tumors, whether they are malignant or benign, according to the Mayo Clinic.

“[W]e have really solid data on primary brain tumors because of what we learned after World War Two, what we learned after Chernobyl,” Lupiano explained. “The medical journals are rich with data supporting ionizing radiation causes brain tumors. So that’s why I focused on cancerous or malignant and benign — because they’re triggered by the same thing, and we have really solid statistics to say all.”

Lupiano eventually arrived at a single linking factor between himself, his wife and his sister: they each attended Colonia High School in Woodbridge in the 1990s. 

Lupiano eventually arrived at a single linking factor between himself, his wife and his sister: they each attended Colonia High School in Woodbridge in the 1990s.  (Al Lupiano)

Lupaino says he has witnessed, in his career, “what happens when our government and our military [are] involved with leaving a location and not being very good environmental stewards.”

“They tend to leave stuff behind, and that stuff tends to migrate from one location to another. So it’s not unheard of. That contaminated fill would have been spread all over this town from a point source that I’ve yet to identify that was illegally dumped back in the 40s, 50s and 60s,” he said. “So if that’s the case, that could explain why we have pockets of these rare cancers all over Woodbridge Township.”

The New Jersey Departments of Health (DOH) and Environmental Protection (DEP) say they are involved in an investigation into the apparent cancer cluster, though Lupiano says he has not received requests for information from either agency.

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection building.

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection building. (Google Maps)

“Our agencies are aware of the concerns raised by local residents, particularly as they relate to Colonia High School, and are partnering with Mayor McCormac and Woodbridge Township to better understand the issue and determine whether any relevant environmental exposure concerns are present at the site,” the DOH and DEP said in a joint statement. “The Departments stand ready to assist Woodbridge in reviewing any environmental data it collects to determine appropriate next steps.”

The agencies continued: “The Department of Health will work with the federal Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry (ATSDR) to provide an assessment of the potential health effects. If there are any potential environmental exposure pathways identified and a need for further environmental sampling, the state Health Department will work cooperatively with ATSDR to conduct a public health assessment and evaluate the potential for health effects.”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also said in a statement that it has “received information about the community’s concerns related to Colonia High School and “will communicate with both the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Department of Health as they investigate the matter.”

Lupiano, however, says Woodbridge Mayor McCormac is the only government official who has reached out to him for information. 

“Seven weeks … we’ve been waiting for them to take a drive from Edison [New Jersey] to Colonia, New Jersey. I don’t get that,” he said. “[A]t least pick up the phone and say, ‘Hey Al, what do you see?’ And I would be happy — here’s my list. Please, look at this. This is 18 hours a day. I’m exhausted. I want someone else to go to.”

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Ever Forward container ship stuck in muddy bottom of Chesapeake Bay for over a month finally freed

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Bradford Betz

A container ship that was stuck in the Chesapeake Bay for over a month has finally been refloated, officials said.  

The Ever Forward, operated by Taiwan-based Evergreen Marine Corp., was refloated just before 7 a.m. Sunday by two barges and five tugboats.

Evergreen Marine’s Ever Forward container ship passes under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge after it was freed from mud outside the shipping channel off Pasadena, Md. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP / AP Newsroom)

Officials had made two unsuccessful attempts to dislodge the vessel and removed roughly 500 of the 5,000 containers it was carrying. A full moon and high spring tide helped provide a lift to the salvage vessels as they pulled and pushed the massive ship from the mud and back into the shipping channel.

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Once refloated, water tanks weighed down the ship to ensure its safe passage under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on its way to an anchorage off Annapolis, The Baltimore Sun reported.

The cargo ship was traveling from Baltimore to Norfolk, Va., on March 13, when it ran aground just north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP / AP Newsroom)

Marine inspectors will examine the ship’s hull before the Coast Guard allows it to return to the Port of Baltimore to retrieve the offloaded containers.

The causes of the grounding remain unclear. The vessel was traveling from Baltimore to Norfolk, Virginia last month when it ran aground just north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. 

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The ship became stuck outside the shipping channel. It did not block marine navigation like last year’s high-profile grounding of its sister vessel, the Ever Given, in the Suez Canal which disrupted ship traffic and the global supply chain for days. 

After two failed efforts to free the more than 1,000-foot vessel, salvage experts determined earlier this month that unloading some containers offered the best chance to refloat it. Crews also continued dredging to a depth of 43 feet around the vessel. 

Evergreen Marine’s Ever Forward container ship passes under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge after it was freed from mud outside the shipping channel off Pasadena, Md., where is had spent the past month aground.  (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP / AP Newsroom)

Salvage crews continued to offload containers from the Ever Forward until 10:30 p.m. Saturday. The containers were placed onto barges and taken to Baltimore’s Seagirt Marine Terminal. The grounding did not result in reports of injuries, damage, or pollution, officials said. 

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan called the vessel’s refloating “great news on this Easter morning.” 

“Thank you to all of the captains and crews involved in this operation,” the Republican governor tweeted. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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‘Attention, Kmart shoppers’… Just 3 Kmarts left in US after store closes

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AVENEL, N.J. (AP) — The familiar sights and sounds are still there: the scuffed and faded floor tiles, the relentless beige-on-beige color scheme, the toddlers’ clothes and refrigerators and pretty much everything in between.

There’s even a canned recording that begins, “Attention, Kmart shoppers” — except it’s to remind folks about COVID-19 precautions, not to alert them to a flash sale over in ladies’ lingerie-like days of old.

Many of the shelves are bare, though, at the Kmart in Avenel, New Jersey, picked over by bargain hunters as the store prepares to close its doors for good April 16.

While many shelves are empty, furniture and fixtures are on still on sale at the Kmart in Avenel, N.J., Monday, April 4, 2022. When the Kmart in Avenel closes its doors on April 16, it will leave only three remaining U.S. locations for the former retail powerhouse. It’s a far cry from the chain’s heyday in the 1980s and ‘90s when it had more than 2,000 stores and sold product lines endorsed by Martha Stewart and former “Charlie’s Angel” Jaclyn Smith. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Once it shutters, the number of Kmarts in the U.S. — once well over 2,000 — will be down to three in the continental U.S. and a handful of stores elsewhere, according to multiple reports, in a retail world now dominated by Walmart, Target and Amazon.

The demise of the store in the middle-class suburb, 15 miles (24 kilometers) south of New York City, is the tale of the death of the discount department store writ small.

You’re always thinking about it because stores are closing all over, but it’s still sad,” said cashier Michelle Yavorsky, who said she has worked at the Avenel store for 2 1/2 years. “I’ll miss the place. A lot of people shopped here.”

People shop the half-empty shelves of the Kmart in Avenel, N.J., Monday, April 4, 2022. When the store closes its doors on April 16, it will leave only three remaining U.S. locations for the former retail powerhouse. It’s a far cry from the chain’s heyday in the 1980s and ‘90s when it had more than 2,000 stores and sold product lines endorsed by Martha Stewart and former “Charlie’s Angel” Jaclyn Smith. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

In its heyday, Kmart sold product lines endorsed by celebrities Martha Stewart and Jaclyn Smith, sponsored NASCAR auto races and was mentioned in movies including “Rain Man” and “Beetlejuice.” It was name-dropped in songs by artists from Eminem to the Beastie Boys to Hall & Oates; in 2003, Eminem bought a 29-room, suburban Detroit mansion once owned by former Kmart chairman Chuck Conaway.

The chain cemented a place in American culture with its Blue Light Specials, a flashing blue orb affixed to a pole that would beckon shoppers to a flash sale in progress. Part of its success was due to its early adoption of layaway programs, which allowed customers who lacked credit to reserve items and pay for them in installments.

For a time, Kmart had a little bit of everything: You could shop for your kids’ back-to-school supplies, get your car tuned up and grab a meal without leaving the premises.

Kmart was part of America,” said Michael Lisicky, a Baltimore-based author who has written several books on U.S. retail history. “Everybody went to Kmart, whether you liked it or not. They had everything. You had toys. You had sporting goods. You had candy. You had stationery. It was something for everybody. This was almost as much of a social visit as it was a shopping visit. You could spend hours here. And these just dotted the American landscape over the years.”

Kmart’s decline has been slow but steady, brought about by years of falling sales, changes in shopping habits and the looming shadow of Walmart, which coincidentally began its life within months of Kmart’s founding in 1962.

Struggling to compete with Walmart’s low prices and Target’s trendier offerings, Kmart filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in early 2002 — becoming the largest U.S. retailer to take that step — and announced it would close more than 250 stores.

People walk into a Kmart in Avenel, N.J., Monday, April 4, 2022. When the New Jersey store closes its doors on April 16, it will leave only three remaining U.S. locations for the former retail powerhouse. It’s a far cry from the chain’s heyday in the 1980s and ‘90s when it had more than 2,000 stores and sold product lines endorsed by Martha Stewart and former “Charlie’s Angel” Jaclyn Smith. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

A few years later, hedge fund executive Edward Lampert combined Sears and Kmart and pledged to return them to their former greatness, but the recession and the rising dominance of Amazon contributed in derailing those goals. Sears filed for Chapter 11 in 2018 and currently has a handful of stores left in the U.S. where it once had thousands.

Kmarts continue to operate in Westwood, New Jersey; Bridgehampton, on New York’s Long Island, and Miami.

It didn’t have to end this way, according to Mark Cohen, director of retail studies at Columbia University in New York and former CEO of Sears Canada. Trying to compete with Walmart on price was a foolish strategy, he said, and Lampert was criticized for not having a retail background and appearing more interested in stripping off the assets of the two chains for their cash value.

It’s a study in greed, avarice and incompetence,” Cohen said. “Sears should have never gone away; Kmart was in worse shape, but not fatally so. And now they’re both gone. Retailers fall by the wayside sometimes because they’re selling things people don’t want to buy. In the case of Kmart, everything they used to sell, people are buying but they’re buying it from Walmart and Target.”

Mannequins are among the display items and fixtures for sale at the Kmart in Avenel, N.J., Monday, April 4, 2022. When the New Jersey store closes its doors on April 16, it will leave only three remaining U.S. locations for the former retail powerhouse. It’s a far cry from the chain’s heyday in the 1980s and ‘90s when it had more than 2,000 stores and sold product lines endorsed by Martha Stewart and former “Charlie’s Angel” Jaclyn Smith. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Transformco, which owns Kmart and Sears, did not respond to an email seeking comment and a phone number listed for the company was not taking messages.

Nationwide, some former Kmarts remain vacant while others have been replaced by other big-box stores, fitness centers, self-storage facilities, even churches. One former site in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is now a popular dine-in movie theater.

Employees at the Kmart in Avenel found out last month that the store would close.

Unlike 20 years ago, when news of impending Kmart closures around the country prompted an outpouring of support from loyal shoppers and a Detroit radio station even mounted a campaign to try and save a local store, the closing of the Avenel location was met mostly with an air of resignation.

“It’s maybe a little nostalgic because I’ve lived my whole life in this area, but it’s just another retail store closing,” said Jim Schaber, a resident of nearby Iselin who said his brother worked in the shoe department at Kmart for years. “It’s just another sign of people doing online shopping and not going out to the retail stores.”

The closing packed a little more of an emotional punch for Mike Jerdonek, a truck driver who recalled shopping at Kmart in Brooklyn and Queens in his younger days.

“It’s like history passing right in front of our eyes,” he said as he sat in his car outside the Avenel store. “When I was younger I didn’t have any money, so it was a good place to shop because the prices were cheap. And to see it gone right now, it’s kind of sad.”

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Florida Teen Said She Was Being Followed On The Way To School Before Disappearing, Police Say – Breaking911

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Police are looking for a missing teen girl who told her friend she was being followed on her way to school Monday morning.

15-year-old Saige Stiles was last seen walking to school this morning in the area of SW Darwin Blvd/SW Belmont Cir. She never arrived to school and is considered to be missing and endangered.

Police say Saige was talking to a friend on the phone while walking to school and told her friend she was being followed by someone. The friend called 911 after becoming concerned for Saige and provided her location.

Officers arrived on scene and located Saige’s backpack and cell phone on the sidewalk to the Panther Trace Community on Tulip Blvd.

Officers began searching the area and requested the assistance of the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Helicopter and Okeechobee Blood Hounds. During the canvass, Officers located a camera system in the area which showed at 7:30am, Saige was walking southbound behind houses in the Panther Trace Community and did not appear to be in any immediate danger or distress at the time.

“This is still a fluid situation and we are actively searching the area and attempting to find Saige,” police said. “We have spoke to Saige’s friend and father who are cooperating with the investigation. We urge the community that if you see Saige, please contact police immediately.”

Saige is 5’5, 120lbs, and has brown hair. She was last seen wearing jeans and a long sleeve gray shirt.

https://breaking911.com/florida-teen-said-she-was-being-followed-on-the-way-to-school-before-disappearing-police-say/

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Newly Released Transcripts of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson Show Why She Must Not Sit on SCOTUS

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ByTruth Press Published 15 hours ago

There have been numerous red flags about the fitness of Biden nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the United States Supreme Court throughout her Senate confirmation hearings over the past two weeks. Readers may remember the bizarre exchange in which Jackson told committee members that she could not define what a “woman” is, because she “isn’t a biologist.”

The most recent example came on Friday, when she answered a line of written questions from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) about natural rights by stating that she didn’t “hold a position on whether individuals possess natural rights.” But while most Republican senators are in agreement with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell that Jackson is unquestionably a “no” vote, it’s possible that some of the usual suspects in the GOP somehow remain on the fence about this truly out-of-the-mainstream nominee. And of course, there might be some on the other side of the aisle who aren’t in lockstep with the far-left looneys in the Democrat Party.

Now, there’s written proof that the previously reported revelations about Judge Jackson’s extremely lenient sentencing in cases involving sex offenders were just the tip of the iceberg. On Friday, courtroom transcripts and prosecutor memos from the cases on Jackson’s docket with defendants accused of distributing child-porn were released. (And I’ll warn you in advance: some of the content is not easy to read, as it involves crimes against children, even babies, and contains graphic descriptions of sex acts.)

In the eight child-porn cases that came before her court, former D.C. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson heard horrifying details of “sadomasochistic” torture of young kids — including “infants and toddlers” — yet challenged the disturbing evidence presented by prosecutors and disregarded their prison recommendations to give the lightest possible punishments in each case, according to transcripts of sentencing hearings obtained by the Post.

In some cases, she even apologized to some of the kiddie-porn perverts for having to follow the statutes, which she called “substantially flawed.”

In July 2020, Jackson gave the bare minimum sentence to a defendant convicted of distributing images and videos of infants being sexually abused, and who had boasted of molesting his 13-year-old cousin, even though she knew the defendant refused “to take full responsibility” for his crimes, a transcript reveals. In 2018, Christopher Michael Downs was busted trading child porn in a private online chat room, “Pedos Only,” including images of adult males raping “a prepubescent female child,” according to court records. He posted 33 graphic photos, including an image of a naked female child as young as 2 years old. Downs, then 30, told the group, “I once fooled around with my 13-year-old cousin.” He also uploaded a 10-second video of “a prepubescent female lying in a bathtub and with an adult male inserting his penis into her mouth.”

It continues:

Jackson herself admitted that the felon was at “risk of reoffending,” the transcript further reveals. But she declined to enhance his prison time based on the amount of porn he distributed, arguing such enhancements were “outdated” and “substantially flawed.” She acknowledged the average sentence nationally “for similarly situated defendants” was 81 months, but she gave him the statutory mandatory-minimum sentence of 60 months, which was short of the nearly six years prosecutors asked for. In addition, Jackson gave him credit for time served starting from when he was first incarcerated in October 2018, so technically she gave him only 38 months, or a little over three years, in the pen. Downs is scheduled for release in December.

I encourage you to read the details on the other cases outlined in the Post’s piece.

Along with the release of the transcripts and memos (which can be read here), digital ads by conservative advocacy group The Article Three Project, containing damning facts from the documents, began airing Friday in eight states across the country, including in my own state of Arizona (Note: the top video below is a general ad; the bottom ad is geared toward Arizona.)

As my colleague Nick Arama previously wrote, Arizona Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly — both Democrats — have pushed back on recent, radical moves from the Biden Administration, including the sunsetting of the Title 42 immigration policy put in place by President Donald Trump. It’s not outside the realm of possibility that swing-state Democrats like them (and some squish Republicans) could be persuaded to stand against this wrongheaded and disastrous nominee to the highest court in the land. (You can find all of the ads in this Twitter thread, if you need it to share with your lawmaker/s in Arizona, Georgia, Utah, West Virginia, Alaska, Maine, Nevada, or New Hampshire.)

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is the wrong person to uphold our values and preserve our Founding documents as a lifetime member of the Supreme Court. And we must make sure that our representatives in Washington know our will at this crucial moment in our nation’s history.

https://truthpress.news/news/newly-released-transcripts-of-judge-ketanji-brown-jackson-show-why-she-must-not-sit-on-scotus/

Rumours of Vladimir Putin needing ‘some sort of victory’ by May 9, 2022

I guess this means the price of a barrel of oil will go up more

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The Original “I Am Woman”: Theme Song for International Women’s Year (Helen Reddy 1975)

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I am Woman” was released as a single in 1972, 50 years ago. This is the original “I Am Woman” and not to be confused with the Emmy Meli song.

In a 2003 interview in Australia’s Sunday Magazine (published with the Sunday Herald Sun and Sunday Telegraph),[3] she explained: “I couldn’t find any songs that said what I thought being woman was about. I thought about all these strong women in my family who had gotten through the Depression and world wars and drunken, abusive husbands. But there was nothing in music that reflected that. The only songs were ‘I Feel Pretty’ or that dreadful song ‘Born A Woman’. (The 1966 hit by Sandy Posey had observed that if you’re born a woman “you’re born to be stepped on, lied to, cheated on and treated like dirt. I’m glad it happened that way”.) These…

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Biden Snaps At Reporter Who Notes His Sanctions Failed To Deter Putin: ‘You’re Playing A Game With Me’

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President Joe Biden claimed on Thursday that “sanctions never deter” when pressed by a reporter on why his sanctions failed to stop Russian President Vladimir Putin from invading Ukraine.

Biden also claimed that he never said that sanctions would deter Putin, even though his administration, including his own vice president, have stated in the past that “the purpose of the sanctions has always been and continues to be deterrence.”

“Sir, deterrence didn’t work,” a reporter said. “What makes you think Vladimir Putin will alter course based on the action you’ve taken today?”

“Let’s get something straight. Do you remember, if you covered me from the very beginning, I did not say that, in fact, the sanctions would deter him,” Biden claimed. “Sanctions never deter. You keep talking about that. Sanctions never deter. The maintenance of sanctions, the maintenance of sanctions, the increasing the pain, and the demonstration why I asked for this NATO meeting today is to be sure that after a month, we will sustain what we’re doing, not just next month, the following month, but for the remainder of this entire year. That’s what will stop him.”

“You believe the actions today will have an impact on making Russia change course in Ukraine?” the reporter pressed.

“That’s not what I said. You’re playing a game with me,” Biden claimed. “I know. The answer is no. I think what happens is we have to demonstrate — the purpose, the single most important thing is for us to stay unified, and the world continue to focus on what a brute this guy is. And all the innocent people’s lives that are being lost and ruined, and what’s going on. That’s the important thing. But look, if you’re Putin, and you think that the Europe is going to crack in a month, or six weeks, or two months. Why not, they can take anything for another month. But we have to demonstrate. The reason I asked for the meeting, we have to stay fully, totally, thoroughly united.”

WATCH:

TRANSCRIPT:

JOE BIDEN, PRESIDENT: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. You have one final question, right. Hey, wait, hold on a second, please. I was supposed to be an hour ago at the European Union meeting, and to speak … now I’m thanking you. Someone I haven’t called on before. You. Who are you?

REPORTER: Sir, deterrence didn’t work. What makes you think Vladimir Putin will alter course based on the action you’ve taken today?

BIDEN: Let’s get something straight. Do you remember, if you covered me from the very beginning, I did not say that, in fact, the sanctions would deter him. Sanctions never deter. You keep talking about that. Sanctions never deter. The maintenance of sanctions, the maintenance of sanctions, the increasing the pain, and the demonstration why I asked for this NATO meeting today is to be sure that after a month, we will sustain what we’re doing, not just next month, the following month, but for the remainder of this entire year. That’s what will stop him.

REPORTER: You believe the actions today will have an impact on making Russia change course in Ukraine?

BIDEN: That’s not what I said. You, you’re, you’re playing a game with me. I know. The answer is no. I think what happens is we have to demonstrate — the purpose, the single most important thing is for us to stay unified, and the world continue to focus on what a brute this guy is. And all the innocent people’s lives that are being lost and ruined, and what’s going on. That’s the important thing. But look, if you’re Putin, and you think that Europe is going to crack in a month, or six weeks, or two months. Why not, they can take anything for another month. But we have to demonstrate. The reason I asked for the meeting, we have to stay fully, totally, thoroughly united.

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‘I’m Not A Biologist’: Supreme Court Nominee Says She Can’t Define The Word ‘Woman’

By Virginia Kruta

Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson said Tuesday that she could not provide a definition for the word “woman.”

Jackson, who appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for her second day of confirmation hearings, pushed back on the question from Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and said that it was not in her purview as a judge to provide an answer to that.

WATCH:

BLACKBURN: “Can you define ‘woman’?”

JACKSON: “I’m not a biologist. I’m a judge.” pic.twitter.com/keCO0PE45I

— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) March 23, 2022

“Can you provide a definition for the word ‘woman’?” Blackburn asked.

“Can I provide a definition?” Jackson repeated the question.

“Mmhmm, yeah,” Blackburn confirmed.

“I can’t,” Jackson replied.

“You can’t?” Blackburn asked.

“Not — in this context, I’m not a biologist,” Jackson laughed.

“So you believe the meaning of the word ‘woman’ is so unclear and controversial that you can’t give me a definition?” Blackburn continued to press.

“Senator, in my works a judge, what I do is I address disputes,” Jackson pushed back, suggesting that she could only provide a decision based on arguments and the law. “If there is a dispute about a definition, people make arguments and I look at the law and I decide, so — I’m not —”

“The fact that you can’t give me a straight answer about something as fundamental as what a woman is underscores the dangers of the kind of progressive education that we are hearing about,” Blackburn continued.

Blackburn then pivoted to address the controversy surrounding the NCAA swimming championships and the fact that Penn State’s transgender swimmer Lia Thomas — who is still biologically male — was allowed to compete against biological women. Thomas ultimately won first place in the 500-yard freestyle, fifth place in the 200-yard freestyle, and eighth place in the 100-yard freestyle.

“Just last week an entire generation of young girls watched as our taxpayer-funded institutions permitted a biological man to compete and beat a biological woman in the NCAA swimming championships,” Blackburn said, asking, “What message do you think this sends to girls who aspire to compete and win in sports at the highest levels?”

“Senator, I’m not sure what message that sends,” Jackson replied, adding that she could not answer questions about the legal issues that could arise from that situation because those were issues that could very well come before the court in the future.

After Thomas won the 500-yard freestyle event, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) responded by announcing that Sarasota native Emma Weyant — who took second place to Thomas in the 500-yard freestyle at the championship meet — was the true champion.

DeSantis signed a proclamation to that effect on Tuesday, saying in an accompanying tweet, “By allowing men to compete in women’s sports, the NCAA is destroying opportunities for women, making a mockery of its championships, and perpetuating a fraud. In Florida, we reject these lies and recognize Sarasota’s Emma Weyant as the best women’s swimmer in the 500y freestyle.”

By allowing men to compete in women’s sports, the NCAA is destroying opportunities for women, making a mockery of its championships, and perpetuating a fraud.

In Florida, we reject these lies and recognize Sarasota’s Emma Weyant as the best women’s swimmer in the 500y freestyle. pic.twitter.com/tBmFxFE3q6

— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) March 22, 2022

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“VIDEO: Boeing 737 passenger jet crashes in southern China mountains

This plane came straight down and you can see a large black plume of smoke coming from the tail and two smaller ones before it crashes into the ground. I’m wondering if it was hit by a missile and lost its tail.

Arnold Schwarzenegger delivers a message to the Russian people