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25 years after Ruby Ridge, our divisions have grown – The Spokesman

Twenty-five years ago this summer I sat in a trailer in North Idaho trying to convince a white separatist holding a gun that I was not an FBI agent.

I explained that I was a reporter from Spokane looking for insight into his old neighbor, Randy Weaver – the figure at the center of the shootout and 11-day standoff at Ruby Ridge.

His eyes narrowed. I didn’t “look like a reporter.” And how did I explain the “fed car” I was driving? (It was a company car, a Ford Tempo checked out from The Spokesman-Review garage.) And what about my “fed haircut?” (My dad cut my hair then and he had only two styles: crew cut and flattop.)

But nothing I said could convince him.

I find myself thinking about that frustrating, surreal conversation, and about Ruby Ridge, more and more lately, as I watch our country riven by these deep divisions –

Read more at: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/aug/20/25-years-after-ruby-ridge-our-divisions-have-grown/

25 years after Ruby Ridge, our divisions have grown | The … – The Spokesman

Twenty-five years ago this summer I sat in a trailer in North Idaho trying to convince a white separatist holding a gun that I was not an FBI agent.

I explained that I was a reporter from Spokane looking for insight into his old neighbor, Randy Weaver – the figure at the center of the shootout and 11-day standoff at Ruby Ridge.

His eyes narrowed. I didn’t “look like a reporter.” And how did I explain the “fed car” I was driving? (It was a company car, a Ford Tempo checked out from The Spokesman-Review garage.) And what about my “fed haircut?” (My dad cut my hair then and he had only two styles: crew cut and flattop.)

But nothing I said could convince him.

I find myself thinking about that frustrating, surreal conversation, and about Ruby Ridge, more and more lately, as I watch our country riven by these deep divisions –

Read more at: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/aug/20/25-years-after-ruby-ridge-our-divisions-have-grown/

Boys and Girls Club marks 2 years since mass shooting

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Saturday marks two years since the mass shooting
on Genesee Street in Rochester that left three people dead and seven
others injured.

In remembrance of the lives lost, Boys and Girls Club kids and teens
decorated heartfelt posters honoring those victims.

They hung them outside the facility Friday evening.  

The posters are in memory of Jonah Barley, Raekwon Manigault and
Johnny Johnson. 

Special messages and prayers also went out to the families affected. 

“It’s the healing process and instead of sitting on your hands
and just crying and whatever, if we can turn things into positive
programs and that’s what we’re trying to do by working together also.”

The Boys and Girls Club is closed Saturday to observe the two year mark. 

Read more at: http://www.twcnews.com/nys/rochester/news/2017/08/19/boys-and-girls-club-closed-2-year-anniversary-mass-shooting.html

Marikana community still seeks justice 5 years after mass shooting

JOHANNESBURG – The Marikana community is still seeking justice five years after a mass shooting that stunned the nation.

A total of 44 people were killed, 34 of them at the hands of police during a violent unprotected strike at the Lonmin platinum mine in the North West.

Despite a commission of inquiry, no one has yet been prosecuted and the families of the victims and the injured miners have not yet been compensated by the government.

On 16 August 2012, after ten people had been killed, the then North West Police Commissioner Zukiswa Mbombo announced that the strike in Marikana must come to an end.

“Today we end this violence.”

Police officers attempted to disarm thousands of miners who had gathered on the infamous koppie, but their operation took a dramatic turn.

Five years on and no one has been prosecuted, families haven’t been compensated and living conditions in Marikana are only starting to

Read more at: http://ewn.co.za/2017/08/16/marikana-community-still-seeks-justice-5-years-after-mass-shooting

Modesto Sikh Community Marks 5 Years since Wisconsin Temple Mass Shooting

MODESTO — It’s been five years since a gunman opened fire in a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, killing six people and injuring several others.

To honor those who were murdered, volunteers with the Sikh Coalition in Modesto painted a Habitat for Humanity House through their religious concept known as Seva – selfless community service.

Modesto is one of 20 cities taking part of the nationwide event.

This is the second time Sikh volunteers have visited this particular neighborhood. Just two years ago, they helped build the frame of the house they painted today.

Through Saturday morning’s community service, volunteers are hoping to break down any misconceptions the public may have

Read more at: http://fox40.com/2017/08/05/modesto-sikh-community-marks-5-years-since-wisconsin-temple-mass-shooting/

5 years after mass shooting, Wisconsin Sikh community remains united to combat hatred

Harpreet Singh Saini, left, gets a hug from his brother Kamal, before testifying during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 19, 2012. Their mother, Paramjit Kaur, was killed in the attack at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek. 

Read more at: http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/crime/years-after-mass-shooting-wisconsin-sikh-community-remains-united-to/article_bc0c94c2-9191-5450-b81d-9e8695e704c1.html

20 years later: Cunanan, Versace and celebrity culture – The San Diego Union

He was the first person from San Diego County to make the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list, and the feeling now — 20 years later — is that it probably didn’t bother him at all.

Andrew Cunanan wanted so desperately to be wanted.

The San Diego native’s killing spree in the spring and summer of 1997 culminated in the point-blank shooting of Gianni Versace on the steps of the fashion icon’s Miami Beach mansion. Cunanan, 27, quickly became the stuff of criminal legend, an elusive, gay chameleon who stirred the public’s fears and fascination and kept the fledgling 24-hour media beast fed with a swirling mix of sex, celebrity and murder.

Some of the people he’d known in San Diego and elsewhere went into hiding, lest they become his next victim. Others sold their stories — one former roommate got $85,000 — to tabloid magazines and TV shows. Supposed sightings of

Read more at: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/public-safety/sd-me-cunanan-versace-20170718-story.html

Gianni Versace’s Cold-Blooded Murder Outside His Mansion — 20 Years Later: ‘There Was Extraordinary Pain’

It’s been 20 years since Italian design icon Gianni Versace was gunned down by a serial killer on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion, Casa Casuarina, in Florida on July 15, 1997.

Much has changed in the decades since Versace became the final victim of Andrew Cunanan’s multi-state murder spree. But some things endure — chief among them, perhaps, Versace’s name and the fashion empire that bears it.

“He has a legacy that’s still vibrant, and that’s the true test of somebody’s greatness,” friend Hal Rubenstein told PEOPLE earlier this month. “You still think of him. And that’s pretty glorious.”

The circumstances of Versace’s slaying — a morbid, sudden end to a glamorous global life — continue to exert a

Read more at: https://www.yahoo.com/style/gianni-versace-apos-cold-blooded-215944421.html

Gianni Versace’s Cold-Blooded Murder Outside His Mansion — 20 Years Later: ‘There Was Extraordinary Pain’

It’s been 20 years since Italian design icon Gianni Versace was gunned down by a serial killer on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion, Casa Casuarina, in Florida on July 15, 1997.

Much has changed in the decades since Versace became the final victim of Andrew Cunanan’s multi-state murder spree. But some things endure — chief among them, perhaps, Versace’s name and the fashion empire that bears it.

“He has a legacy that’s still vibrant, and that’s the true test of somebody’s greatness,” friend Hal Rubenstein told PEOPLE earlier this month. “You still think of him. And that’s pretty glorious.”

The circumstances of Versace’s slaying — a morbid, sudden end to a glamorous global life — continue to exert a pull.

“It epitomizes Miami Beach, for many people. It was the confluence of celebrity, a spree killer of

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/gianni-versace-miami-murder-anniversary/