A teacher walked towards the Capitol. When she got home, the fight began. Kristine Hostetter was a beloved fourth-grade teacher. Then came the pandemic, the elections and the January 6 riot in Washington.
Two MPs were injured – shot in one eye and the other in the face – after “some sort of altercation” outside the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office, the sheriff said.
Sheriff Rosie Rivera said the deputy who was shot in the face was in stable condition and the other was in critical condition.
The shooter was dead but Sheriff Rivera did not specify how he died. She said the altercation took place on a grassy area outside the office, where it’s common to find people sleeping or waiting for a bus.
The two MPs were carrying out a routine security check around the campus when they saw the gunman, who was armed, Sheriff Rivera said.
“We don’t know if he was asleep or not, but something happened to get their attention to go talk to him, and then it happened very quickly,” Sheriff Rivera said, adding that MPs and the man had exchanged shots.
“These types of incidents are really devastating for the department, and we hope and pray that our deputies are doing well,” the sheriff said at a press conference. “The environment for law enforcement at this time is extremely dangerous.”
The two deputies had to survive their injuries. The stable deputy, whose cheek was grazed by a bullet, is expected to be released from the hospital shortly, the sheriff said.
“There’s quite a bit of damage to his face, but it’s consistent,” she added.
The critically ill deputy was expected to require surgery, Sheriff Rivera said.
Governor Spencer J. Cox of Utah said on twitter that he and his wife prayed for the deputies.
Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson also offered her support to MPs and the Department on Twitter.
“My thoughts are with the Members of Parliament who were injured in a terrible shooting this morning,” Wilson said. “Our hearts and hopes go out to Members of Parliament and their families.”
The two deputies were part of a team overseeing campus security around the office and the Salt Lake County Metropolitan Jail, located in South Salt Lake, Sheriff Rivera said. The deputies and the shooter were not immediately identified, but the sheriff later said the suspect was male.
Sheriff Rivera said authorities plan to review the surveillance video, but MPs who work in the prison do not wear body cameras.
After the shooting, which occurred around 10:30 a.m. local time, Sheriff Rivera said the jail was closed. Some neighboring streets have also been closed.
“We have no indication that the prison is in danger at all,” she said, adding that lockdowns are standard protocol in such cases.
In a follow-up press conference, Sheriff Rivera said she was grateful the meeting took place on a Saturday when there were fewer employees on campus.
“This is our workplace,” she says. “This is our home of work, and it has hit close to home.”
Peer support teams were on hand to help county employees and families of those involved, and nearby police departments were also offering help, the sheriff said.
“It’s just shocking,” she said. “We are a strong family, and we will make it happen. It’s just difficult for all of us right now.
Sheriff Rivera said she has been in contact with the governor’s office and the mayor’s office, and added that multiple police departments have reached out to show support.
“Law enforcement stands together in this stuff,” Sheriff River said. “It’s tragic, but everything will be fine and it could have been a lot worse.”
Caron Nazario, a lieutenant in the US Army medical corps, was on his way to Petersburg, Va., After a weekend of exercise on the night of December 5, when he saw police lights flashing behind him .
Too nervous to stop on a dark road, Lt. Nazario, who is black and Latino, drove about a mile to a gas station, pulled over and placed his cell phone on his dashboard, according to one. trial and video footage of the meeting.
Immediately, two Windsor police officers were heard yelling orders at him.
“Get out of the car,” people shout as Lieutenant Nazario, remaining seated, repeatedly asks why he was arrested and why the officers drew their weapons. He places his empty hands outside the window.
“I’m really scared to get out of the car,” Lieutenant Nazario said.
“Yeah,” said one of the officers, Joe Gutierrez, from footage from his body camera. “You should be.”
Seconds later, Officer Gutierrez sprayed the lieutenant with pepper spray. Lieutenant Nazario’s hands remained up as he coughed and implored the officers to undo his seatbelt and make sure his dog, Smoke, was not choking on his back. The liquid from the spray trickled down his hands and face.
Lt. Nazario, 27, a Virginia State University graduate, filed a lawsuit this month in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. He accuses the police of illegally searching his car, of using excessive force and of violating his rights under the First Amendment. The lawsuit seeks $ 1 million in compensatory damages.
Lt. Nazario also accused the officers of threatening to destroy his military career by charging him with multiple crimes if he complained about their conduct, according to the complaint, reported this week by The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk.
Officer Gutierrez and the other officer named in the lawsuit, Daniel Crocker, did not respond to requests for comment on Saturday. Windsor Police Department Chief Rodney Daniel Riddle did not respond to the messages.
The Windsor Police Force, a rural town of about 2,700 people about 30 miles west of Norfolk, consists of six members: a chief, a first sergeant, a detective and three officers, according to the website of the city.
The police did not arrest Lieutenant Nazario and did not file a complaint.
In a report that night, officers said they arrested Lt. Nazario because his SUV did not have license plates. Lt. Nazario said he recently bought a Chevrolet Tahoe and was waiting for license plates. The temporary ones had been taped inside the rear window and were visible, according to the lawsuit.
The police report also stated that Lt. Nazario had “willfully and deliberately ignored” the police lights and sirens before stopping, and “actively resisted” when Constable Crocker attempted to open the door of the police station. SUV driver.
Lawyers for Lieutenant Nazario have deposited copies of video footage from his cell phone and police corps cameras showing the two officers approaching Lieutenant Nazario’s vehicle at the gas station with their guns in hand.
“I actively serve this country and this is how you are going to treat me?” he says in the pictures.
“What is happening?” Then asks Lieutenant Nazario.
“What’s going on is you’re about to ride lightning, my son,” cries Officer Gutierrez. (Later, after hitting Lt. Nazario behind his knees, the officer told him to “lie down or I will tease you”, as the officers seemed to have difficulty bringing Lt. Nazario to the ground.)
After being sprayed, Lieutenant Nazario began to cry and insult.
After two volunteers from the city’s emergency medical service arrived, Officer Crocker approached Lt. Nazario, who was standing handcuffed near his SUV, and asked him why he hadn’t complied. to their “simple” commands.
“What would have been a two-minute traffic stop turned into all of this,” Constable Crocker said in the footage. “I don’t want to hurt you and I know you don’t want to hurt me.
Lt. Nazario said when police arrested him before, he made a point of parking in well-lit areas.
“I never looked out the window and saw guns immediately,” he tells Constable Crocker in the video.
Officer Gutierrez later told Lieutenant Nazario that his boss gave him the discretion to let him go as long as the lieutenant did not “fight and argue”.
Officer Gutierrez said he would not have to write a subpoena for obstructing justice and failing to display a license plate “if you want to relax and let it go”.
If he wrote a summons, the military should be alerted, Officer Gutierrez told Lt. Nazario.
Lt. Nazario said he would alert his superiors to what had happened.
“I understand,” Constable Gutierrez said. “The media spits out racial relations between law enforcement and minorities, I get it.”
Lt. Nazario’s lawyer Jonathan Arthur said the lieutenant informed his superiors of the shutdown almost immediately.
“He’s still really upset,” Arthur said. “He’s very, very worried about the retaliation.”
Revolutionary anthropologist Marshall D. Sahlins dies aged 90 His work has focused on how cultures shape and are shaped by people – a framework he has demonstrated through his passionate political activism.
The governor also took steps to strengthen his political stance around his handling of the pandemic, summoning reporters to the State Capitol on Wednesday to detonate – with a slideshow presentation titled “FACTS VS. SMEARS ”- a report in CBS News“ 60 Minutes ”that did not have sufficient evidence to prove a pay-to-play dynamic between the administration of Mr. DeSantis and the distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine to white Floridians and rich.
His record on the virus is, in fact, mixed. By some measurements, Florida has had an average performance in a pandemic that is not yet over. Yet his decisions have helped prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed with coronavirus patients. He points out that he has helped businesses survive and allowed children to go to school.
What his detractors cannot forget, however, is how he has stood up to some key public health guidelines. An opinion piece endorsing the masks his team drafted under his name in mid-July was never approved by the governor for publication. The restrictions he now dismisses as ineffective, such as local mask warrants and curfews, which experts say have in fact worked, have in most cases been imposed by Democratic mayors he speaks with barely.
Considering how people admire or despise him, however, the nuances seem out of place.
He infuriates passionate critics who believe he is operating skillfully to look after his own interests. They fear this approach may contribute to the confusion of public health messages, vaccine favoritism for the wealthy and the deaths of an estimated 34,000 Floridians. “DeathSantis,” they call him. (Mr. DeSantis declined repeated interview requests for this article.)
But at almost every turn, DeSantis has seized criticism as an opportunity to become an avatar for national conservatives who appreciate the governor’s combativeness. He can score points that his potential Republican rivals in the Washington minority, including Mr. Rubio and Senator Rick Scott, his predecessor as governor, cannot.
“He’s taken the wrong approach on some of our most critical issues, Covid being foremost, but in Republican political circles he’s seen as the White House frontrunner,” said former Rep. David Jolly, a ex- Republican who flirts with a possible race for governor. “He worked his hand perfectly.
SEATTLE – When a US Marshals task force killed a self-proclaimed antifa activist in Washington state in September, the Trump administration applauded the withdrawal of a “violent agitator” on suspicion of murder. Last week, local investigators concluded a month-long homicide investigation by announcing that activist Michael Reinoehl most likely shot authorities first, effectively justifying the shooting.
But a review of investigative documents obtained by the New York Times suggests that investigators from the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office have dismissed key conflicting evidence that indicates Mr Reinoehl may never have fired or pointed. gun.
While investigators found a worn bullet casing in the back seat of Mr Reinoehl’s car and pointed out that as evidence he probably fired his gun, the handgun they recovered from Mr Reinoehl had a full magazine, according to several photos compiled by Thurston County. authorities showing Mr. Reinoehl’s handgun. The weapon was found in his pocket.
The federal government-organized task force, made up primarily of local Washington police officers, had sought to arrest Mr. Reinoehl for the August 29 shooting death of a supporter of the far-right group Patriot Prayer during the Loud summer street protests over race and police. The arrest operation quickly erupted into gunfire and Mr Reinoehl died on the street near his car in a residential area of Lacey, Wash.
The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, where the shooting took place, was not on the task force.
In announcing its findings, the sheriff’s office wrote that “witness statements indicate that there was an exchange of gunfire, which was initiated by Reinoehl from inside his vehicle.” A spokesperson, Lt.Cameron Simper, said that while investigators could not conclude with certainty that Mr Reinoehl fired his gun, he said it was “very likely”.
But one of the witnesses Thurston County investigators relied on to conclude Mr Reinoehl fired his gun was an 8-year-old boy. His father, Garrett Louis, who had rushed to his son’s side at the time of the shooting, has always said he believed the officers opened fire first without shouting any warning.
Of the two other witnesses investigators cited to support the conclusion that Mr. Reinoehl fired his gun, one did not see this happen and the other was unsure.
Fred Langer, an attorney representing Mr Reinoehl’s family, said the law enforcement findings defy common sense.
“They cover themselves,” Mr. Langer said. “The physical evidence does not support what they say.”
Mr Reinoehl had been a constant feature during the racial justice protests in Portland, Ore. Last summer, carrying a gun as a volunteer security guard among protesters and writing online that the protests were doing part of a war with the potential to ‘make it all right’. . On August 29, when a trailer of Trump supporters entered downtown Portland, clashing with left-wing activists, Mr. Reinoehl was on the streets.
Video footage shot by onlookers appears to show Mr Reinoehl approaching Patriot Prayer supporter Aaron J. Danielson as Mr Danielson walked through the area with a box of bear repellent and an expandable baton. Mr. Reinoehl appears to have shot Mr. Danielson, killing him, before running into the night. He later claimed in an interview with Vice News that he fired in self-defense.
Five days after the shooting, Portland police issued an arrest warrant for Mr Reinoehl on suspicion of murder. The Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force, whose local law enforcement officers were deputized as Federal Marshals, traced Mr. Reinoehl’s path to Washington State and made a plan to take him into custody.
The investigation by Thurston County investigators obtained by The Times provided key new details, including witness statements, from their months-long investigation into the events leading up to Mr Reinoehl’s death .
Officers believed Mr. Reinoehl possessed a .380 caliber handgun, an AR-type rifle and a shotgun, according to testimony they gave to investigators. They said they had received information – apparently from an informant – that Mr Reinoehl had said he would not be taken alive. The agents described their concern that Mr. Reinoehl was associated with “antifa”, the loose network of activists who mobilized to confront far-right groups and protest against violence by law enforcement.
On September 3, officers took up guard positions near the apartment where Mr. Reinoehl resided, according to their statements. Once there, the chosen radio frequency only worked for a few officers, leaving the others unable to communicate.
Just before 7 p.m., the team saw Mr. Reinoehl exit the apartment and walk towards his vehicle. Sgt. Erik Clarkson of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, a senior officer at the scene, told others to “let him drive if no one was near enough to forbid him,” but his order was not heeded. because of the radio problem, according to his statement.
Lakewood Police Department Constable Michael Merrill moved in and shot his Ford Escape at Mr. Reinoehl’s parked Volkswagen Jetta.
No video appeared to show what happened next, and a murky mix of sometimes conflicting information was used to explain it. None of the police officers carried body cameras or cameras mounted on their vehicles. One of the officers at the scene, a U.S. Deputy Marshal named Ryan Kimmel who did not shoot his gun, declined to make a statement during the investigation.
James Oleole, a Pierce County Sheriff’s Assistant in the passenger seat of Constable Merrill’s Ford Escape, said when law enforcement vehicles pulled over and officers announced themselves, Mr. Reinoehl was in the driver’s seat of his Jetta and made movements with his arms. with the movements that someone makes when they try to grab a weapon they have on them. “
Although he did not see a gun, Deputy Oleole said, he started firing his AR-15 rifle through his own windshield at Mr Reinoehl. Constable Merrill, thinking the shards of glass on the windshield meant he was under fire, exited the Ford Escape, saw what he believed to be Mr. Reinoehl looking for a gun and also opened fire. A third officer, also from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, followed the others in an SUV and blocked Mr. Reinoehl’s Jetta at an angle. Also believing that Mr. Reinoehl was looking for a gun, he opened fire with his 9 millimeter handgun.
As officers threw down a hail of bullets, a total of 40 in all, Mr. Reinoehl exited the Jetta, shielding himself, and took cover behind a truck parked behind him. All three officers said he continuously put his hand around his belt or pocket. An officer from the Washington State Department of Corrections, who had arrived in a third vehicle, saw Mr. Reinoehl walk around the back of the truck and start pulling “a small dark object” from his pocket. This officer also fired and Mr. Reinoehl fell.
Although no officer said Mr. Reinoehl shot them and only one described him lifting something that could have been a gun, investigators concluded that Mr. Reinoehl had most likely fired – showing a spent shell casing they had found in the back seat of the Jetta that matched the .380 caliber handgun found in his pocket.
Investigators never found a matching bullet amid the dozens of bullets sprayed around the scene, and all shots that pierced the Jetta’s front windshield were determined to be incoming bullets fired by officers. . Lt. Simper of the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office said it was possible Mr Reinoehl shot through an open passenger side window.
The final report also does not address the fact that the handgun’s six-round magazine was still full when officers retrieved it. Lt. Simper said it was possible that Mr Reinoehl loaded an extra round in the chamber before firing and the gun malfunctioned and failed to load a bullet from the magazine after firing.
To reach the conclusion that Mr. Reinoehl fired his gun, investigators also cited the accounts of three witnesses. One of them, Chad Smith, first told reporters that he saw Mr Reinoehl shoot at police officers, but later said he did not see Mr Reinoehl shoot. He reported to investigators that he believed Mr. Reinoehl fired first because the first shot he heard was less powerful than subsequent ones.
Another witness told investigators he believed there had been an exchange of gunfire. The man, who asked not to be identified publicly, said in an interview on Friday that he could not be sure Mr Reinoehl had fired a gun.
Mr. Louis’ 8-year-old son told police that Mr. Reinoehl was shooting at the officers. But when asked what kind of weapon Mr. Reinoehl had fired, he described it as “big” and “two handed”, a description that did not fit Mr. Reinoehl.
Mr Louis said his children learned that the police were “heroes” but that the investigator who questioned his son worded his questions in a way that prompted the boy to say that Mr Reinoehl had shot with him. his weapon.
“He first told me for the first 24 hours that he didn’t know this guy had a gun,” he said.
A Texas man who bragged about being in the United States Capitol when a pro-Trump mob stormed the building in January has been accused of plotting to blow up an Amazon data center in Virginia, the Justice Department said on Friday.
The man, Seth Aaron Pendley, 28, of Wichita Falls, was arrested Thursday after taking what he believed to be explosive devices from a bomb vendor but were in fact inert items provided by an undercover agent of the FBI in Fort Worth, prosecutors said.
He has been charged with a malicious attempt to destroy a building with an explosive, Prerak Shah, the acting US attorney for the Northern District of Texas, said in a statement. If convicted, Mr Pendley faces 20 years in prison.
Federal officials said they began investigating the conspiracy after a concerned citizen contacted the FBI on January 8 about alarming statements posted on MyMilitia.com, a forum dedicated to organizing militia groups .
A user with the screen name Dionysus wrote that he was planning to “conduct a small experiment” which he said would “attract a lot of heat” and could be “dangerous,” prosecutors said.
According to the statement, when another user asked what Dionysus wanted, he replied: “dead”. A confidential source provided the FBI with the user’s email address, which was registered with Mr Pendley, prosecutors said.
“We are indebted to the concerned citizen who has stepped forward to report the accused’s alarming online rhetoric,” Shah said in the statement. “By reporting his messages to the FBI, this individual may have saved the lives of a number of tech workers. We are also incredibly proud of our FBI partners, who ensured that the accused was apprehended with an inert explosive device before he could inflict actual harm.
As of Friday night, it was not immediately clear whether Mr Pendley had a lawyer.
Prosecutors said a search of Mr Pendley’s Facebook account showed he told an associate he was on Capitol Hill on Jan.6, when swarms of Trump supporters attacked police and disrupted Congress while certifying the results of the presidential election. .
Mr Pendley told the associate he did not enter the building but took a piece of glass from a window on the Capitol. Mr Pendley later told an undercover officer he took a cut-off shotgun to Washington, but left it in his car that day.
In late January, Mr Pendley began using Signal, an encrypted messaging app, to communicate with another confidential source, prosecutors said. This source told the FBI that Mr Pendley said he planned to use plastic explosives to bomb Amazon Web Services data centers, an attack that he hoped would “kill about 70% of the Internet.”
On March 31, the confidential source introduced Mr. Pendley to someone who he said was his supplier of explosives. In fact, the man was an undercover FBI agent.
In recorded conversations, Mr Pendley told the undercover officer he believed the attack would destroy web servers used by the FBI, CIA and other federal agencies, prosecutors said. Mr Pendley said he hoped the attack would anger “the oligarchy”.
On April 8, Mr Pendley met with the undercover FBI agent to pick up what he believed to be explosive devices, but which were in fact inert objects, prosecutors said. After the officer showed Mr Pendley how to arm and detonate the devices, Mr Pendley loaded them into his car, prosecutors said. He was then arrested by FBI agents, prosecutors said.
The Justice Department said investigators who searched Mr Pendley’s house found hand-drawn maps, notes and memory cards relating to the planned attack as well as masks and wigs, a pistol which had been painted to look like a toy gun and machete. with “Dionysos” on the slide.
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For many, art gives a voice to those who are not heard. It can capture moments of positivity that might otherwise not be represented.
This is exactly what Bahamian multimedia textile artist Gio Swaby’s first solo exhibition, titled “The Two Sides of the Sun”, does. Love Letter to Black Women, Ms. Swaby’s work – which will be on display at the Claire Oliver Gallery in Harlem, NY from April 10 to June 5 – aims to redefine the often politicized black body.
A major aspect of Ms. Swaby’s practice is to use her work as a celebration. For her, being joyful as a black woman, as well as connecting and sharing that joy with other black women, is a form of resistance. “What I’m trying to achieve, above all else, is to have this moment of joy with the viewer and to understand that black joy can actually be a form of resistance to white supremacy,” a- she declared.
I spoke with Ms. Swaby about her inspirations as an artist and why it is important for her to celebrate the black body. Our conversation has been slightly edited and condensed for clarity.
Why is it important for you to emphasize the theme of darkness and femininity?
A lot of what I do is about me as a person, about my identity. I think of looking at everything through the lens of healing. I try to address these very often traumatic topics in my work, but I want to think about the healing and the pain. My work addresses this reciprocity of love in the black community and in particular with what I have experienced with other black women in my life who have really played a vital role in shaping my identity and who I am. am today. My work is like a love letter to all these women and just creates a space for us to be us.
Take a look at your exhibition at Galerie Claire Oliver. What will viewers see?
The pieces I made for the exhibition are three different series. I have five from a series called “Love Letter” and these works are large, more silhouetted pieces with lots of patterns and colors. The “love letter” expresses my love for my friends and family in my life and other black women. Through the pandemic and also throughout my life, I have just felt immense support from my family and friends. I wanted to create this work to express my gratitude and my thanks. For me, I think of my work as an idea for a visit. So the work itself isn’t necessarily the pieces that I do, but this act of reflecting on how we’ve cultivated love and care with each other, and these pieces are a tribute to that.
The next series of pieces is called “Pretty Pretty”. It’s also five larger pieces and these works for me are the culmination of personal style and reflection on personal style as a form of resistance. Some people feel so good when they put on an outfit, and I wanted to capture that empowering moment. I’ve asked some of the women in my life to pick their favorite outfits to wear or something that makes them look amazing, and catalog and document that moment in time and then be able to share the energy with the viewer.
Finally, the final group of pieces is called “New Growth” – reflection and focus on the idea of hair care in the black community. Hair care as love and simply celebrating the beauty and uniqueness of black hair and the way we made it the art.
Who are you hoping to reach with this exhibition?
I would say, of course, the job is about black women and black women. This moment of seeing people see each other at work is such a beautiful moment of connection for me. That’s why I really like going to openings and going to see people and see the work; it’s like another layer of something going on. Another layer of conversation is added to the works. Even though they’re already considered done, I think connecting with the viewer is another life for work. But I think this job can be for everyone. I hope people see the artwork and just connect with it on a level maybe sometimes at the surface level of beauty recognition, or they can take it a step further and start generating some empathy around the subject of darkness. Little black girls too. I have five nieces, and when I do the work, I think of them and I want them to be able to see themselves represented in spaces where black bodies are not necessarily always included or are historically excluded.
What should someone who is looking at your work for the first time know?
What I struggle with a lot – as a black person exploring that and wanting to think about activism and how I can make an impact – was this idea of joy and rest. I just felt a lot consumed with anger. I approached the work from an anger point of view about everything that is going on. But after reading a lot of Roxane Gay and Bells, I started to think about the idea that rest and joy can be a form of resistance, because in a system that wants us not to find joy, that wants us not to be happy, finding it is a moment to enter into you and it is a moment of power. Sometimes it may seem like the opposite, it is a time of reclaiming your own space and reclaiming your own path in life. I want my work to be continuously festive.
Arseny Bulakov, president of the Tolkien Society of St. Petersburg, called the production a “very revealing artefact” of its time: “filmed in deprived times, without stage sets, with costumes collected from acquaintances – and at the same time with great respect for Tolkien and love for his world.
Mr Bulakov said it reminded him of “the early years of the Tolkienists” in Russia. “Not getting paid for six months, dressed in old sweaters, they nevertheless got together to talk about hobbits and elves, to rewrite elven poems by hand, to try to invent what was impossible to really know. on the world.
Tolkien’s books were hard to find for decades in the Soviet Union, without an official translation of “The Hobbit” until 1976 – “with some ideological adaptations,” according to Mark Hooker, author of “Tolkien Through Russian Eyes.” . But the “Rings” trilogy has been “essentially banned” for decades, he said, perhaps because of its religious themes or the portrayal of disparate Western allies uniting against a sinister power in the world. ‘Is.
In 1982, an authorized and abbreviated translation of “Fellowship” became a bestseller, Mr. Hooker said. Translators began to create unofficial versions of samizdat in the years that followed – translating and typing all of the text themselves.
“Khraniteli” aired at a time of “great systemic turmoil” as the Soviet Union was dismantled, and was part of “the flood of ideas that rushed to fill the void,” Mr. Hooker said. “For the average Russian, the world was turned upside down.”
Irina Nazarova, an artist who saw the original show in 1991, told the BBC that in retrospect, the “absurd costumes, a film devoid of directing or editing, dismal makeup and actor – all scream with a collapsing country.
Mr. Hooker compared the production itself to a translation of samizdat, “with all the rough edges.” Among them, flickering cameras, as if the hobbits were filming their journey with a camcorder, and sudden cuts to a narrator who, smoking a pipe or smiling in silence, sometimes seems content to leave his audience in the dark.
But before a city knows if an extinction campaign will work, it first needs to know how many birds it could help. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology used radar data to identify the densities of anomalous birds. In some cities, the approach is old-fashioned shoe leather.
Three days a week, around 7 a.m., volunteers take to the streets of Jacksonville, Florida, scanning shrubs or rummaging through the bases of tallest buildings in the city. In the week of March 14, they found two warblers and a dove. The tiny bodies were bagged and returned to the zoo for analysis.
Then the forensic business begins. As with any cause of death investigation, clues must be extracted from their surroundings. In the case of birds, the only certainties are flight, gravity and the scarcity of air.
Moments after a fatal impact, the birds collapse onto sidewalks, fall on high ledges inaccessible to the public, or sink into bushes on private land until they are discovered inexplicably dead, throwing the possible answers to who, what, when and where of their deaths in disarray.
Sometimes stunned by the impact, they continue to fly before falling, making the location of their original hit difficult to trace. Often, cleaning crews sweep up carcasses before volunteers can document them.
Mike Walker, curator at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, who works with the volunteers, said the cats will also reach the birds. “We don’t know if they caught the bird or if they just took advantage of this free meal that fell to the ground in front of them,” he said.
Last October, in Philadelphia, about 1,000 to 1,500 birds in one night flew into buildings within a radius of just over three blocks from Center City, possibly due to a low ceiling in bad weather. weather that interfered with migratory birds from Canada, Maine and New York. and elsewhere to Central and South America, The Inquirer reported.