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Columbia faculty members walk out after pro-Palestinian protesters arrested

Faculty members walk oout at ColumbiaA huge crowd of faculty members who teach at Columbia University in New York held a mass walk-out on Monday afternoon to protest the institution having called police to arrest students at a pro-Palestinian encampment protest last week.

Hundreds of members of the teaching cohort at Columbia walked out in solidarity with the students who were arrested by the New York police department last week and also suspended by the university.

The solidarity protest came as students put protest tents back up in the middle of campus on Monday after they were torn down last week when more than 100 arrests were made.

The university on Monday morning announced that classes would be held remotely after further days of unrest on the New York campus, following the arrest of pro-Palestinian protesters there last week.


Kari Lake loses bid for Supreme Court take her lawsuit on electronic voting in Arizona

Kari LakeKari Lake, the Republican Senate candidate from Arizona and a vocal supporter of Donald Trump, lost a bid to have the Supreme Court take up her lawsuit on electronic voting machines in her state.

Lake filed the lawsuit when she ran for governor in 2022. It was a challenge to whether the state’s electronic voting machines were accurate.

The case had been dismissed by two lower courts, which decided that Lake did not have reason to sue.


Residents push for renaming of Trump Plaza to disassociate from ex-president

Residents push to rename Trump Tower in New RochelleWhile Donald Trump endures the ignominy of being the first former US president to face criminal trial, there is further humiliation brewing, with a movement to strip the Trump name from a building in his home state.

Residents at Trump Plaza, a 40-story high-rise in the suburban New York city of New Rochelle, are pushing for the building to be renamed and to escape a near-two decade association with the legally-troubled ex-president and real estate mogul.

It would follow the slew of buildings in New York City and elsewhere that have abandoned the Trump name since he entered politics, as Trump has become a divisive, much-loathed figure by liberals even as he is loved by his fans.

Owners of Trump Plaza apartments – there are 194 units – are in the middle of a vote which would further erase Trump’s name – something which would not just have implications for the people who live in the building.


NYPD arrests over 100 at pro-Palestinian protest at Columbia University

Columbia anti Israeli protestsPolice arrested more than 100 protesters on Columbia University's campus Thursday after they set up encampments to protest Israel’s war in Gaza.

Police officers forcibly moved students out of tents at the center of Columbia’s campus in Manhattan, according to eyewitness accounts. University President Minouche Shafik told police the encampment began early Wednesday morning with more than 100 people occupying the South Lawn of the campus.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams confirmed the NYPD made more than 108 arrests.

Columbia University Apartheid Divest, a coalition of student organizations, said more than 120 people, including three legal observers, were arrested at Columbia’s “Gaza Solidarity Encampment.” The encampment was established early Wednesday morning, CUAD said.


Arizona Republican drops reelection effort after accusation he forged signatures

Austin SmithA leader of the conservative group Turning Point Action resigned from the organization Thursday and dropped his bid for reelection to the Arizona House of Representatives after he was accused of forging signatures on his nominating petitions.

Republican state Rep. Austin Smith has in the past promoted disproven allegations of election fraud.

A complaint filed by a Democratic activist in Smith’s district says several petition sheets contain signatures “that appear to have been written by the same person” and says “many of those signatures bear a striking resemblance to Smith’s.” It includes affidavits from two voters whose names were included in Smith’s petition but say they never signed.


Rep. Ilhan Omar's Daughter, Isra Hirsi, Suspended From Barnard

Isra Hirsi suspemded from Barnard

Isra Hirsi, the daughter of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), was suspended from Barnard College this week over her participation in a pro-Palestinian protest.

Hirsi, a junior at Barnard, the women’s college connected to Columbia University, is an organizer with Apartheid Divest, a student coalition that has been pressing the university to cut ties with companies that support Israel. The group had set up an encampment at the university.

Hirsi said she was one of three students who were suspended.

“I have never been reprimanded or received any disciplinary warnings,” she wrote on X (formerly Twitter) on Thursday. “I just received notice that I am 1 of 3 students suspended for standing in solidarity with Palestinians facing a genocide.”

TVNL Comment: What a terrible disgrace!  This is an outrage!!!


People v Trump: Here's what we know about the 12 people who will decide Trump's fate

Trump jurySeven jurors were sworn in this afternoon, filling out the panel that will decide Trump's legal fate. Here is what we know about them:

  • A man who lives in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood and works in investment banking.
  • A man who lives in the West Village, works as a security engineer and has three children.
  • An Upper East Side man originally from Lebanon who is retired and enjoys fly fishing.
  • An Upper East Side woman who works as a speech therapist.
  • A Murray Hill man who works at an eyewear company and enjoys the outdoors.
  • A woman originally from California who lives in Upper Manhattan and works in product development.
  • An Upper East Side woman who works as a physical therapist and enjoys tennis and paddle boarding.

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