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Athens Messenger (Newspaper) - July 11, 2015, Athens, Ohio
The Athens messenger san fran sheriff defends release of immigrant suspect san Francisco apr san Francisco a sheriff touched off a new round of fighting Friday in the immigration enforcement blame game that has surrounded the shooting death of a Young woman walking with her father along a Scenic pier. Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi ardently defended his jails release of a mexican National later blamed for the slaying of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle saying Federal officials know City Law requires a warrant or court order to detain an inmate for deportation. . Immigration and customs enforcement officials fired Back saying Mirkarimi has mischaracterize the incident and shown a a Manifest misunderstanding of Federal immigration Law by demanding a warrant for deportation to cooperate with Federal authorities. A there is no document nor is there any Federal court with the authority to Issue one a ice said in a statement. The Agency has said Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez would have been deported if the san Francisco jail had complied with its requests. The latest salvos come As the Case dominates the immigration debate. Top politicians from both parties have criticized san Francisco a Law of non cooperation with immigration officials and have called on the City a and the estimated 300 other municipalities with similar Laws a to revamp their policies. In response Mirkarimi called fridays City Hall news conference to a set the record straight about the sequence of events that led to Sanchez a april release. Mirkarimi told a packed crowd of reporters that he personally informed High ranking department of Homeland Security officials of the City a requirements in february. He also criticized san Francisco mayor lid Lee and others for suggesting that the sheriffs department had a minimum duty to make a phone Call to Alert ice of Sanchez release from jail. A we require a warrant a Mirkarimi said. A i done to think we can be assisting immigration officials without a warrant a really defeats the purpose of the Law a Mirkarimi said. A your policy will continue to reflect the spirit and letter of the he added. Aside from saying no warrants exist ice has said it relies on cooperation from jails across the nation to arrange deportations. The Agency has said tracking Down immigration offenders without local assistance requires far More resources and manpower. Investigators have said Sanchez shot and killed Steinle As she walked with her father and a family Friend july i. Sanchez had several drug convictions and was in the . Illegally after being deported several times. Authorities have said the gun used in the random shooting had been stolen. Sanchez meanwhile has said he found the gun wrapped in a to shirt and that it went off accidentally he remains jailed on $5 million bail awaiting trial after pleading not guilty to murder charges. Groups advocating stricter immigration enforcement Are hoping the episode leads to closer collaboration Between local Law enforcement and immigration authorities. In recent years. California Connecticut Rhode Island and the District of Columbia have joined 293 cities and counties to restrict cooperation according to the Catholic Legal immigration network inc. A having to obtain a court order As suggested by the sheriff is a waste of taxpayer dollars and valuable court resources and time when the real problem is the Sanctuary policy a sen. Chuck Grassley the Republican chairman of the Senate judiciary committee said in a statement. A the roadblocks that some state and locals put up preventing cooperation should be kicked to the curb in order to protect Public still the american civil liberties Union and others argue the restricted cooperation prevents unfair deportations. A local governments should not be blamed for the Federal governments inability to fix our broken immigration system nor should they be held responsible for doing the Federal governments Job Quot Maryland gov. Martin of Malley a Democrat running for president said in a statement. Under fire for massive data breach government personnel chief Katherine Archuleta Steps Down Washington a the embattled head of the governments personnel office abruptly stepped Down Friday bowing to mounting pressure following the unprecedented breach of private information her Agency was entrusted to protect. Katherine Archuleta had served As director of the Federal office of personnel management since november 2013. The former National political director for president Barack Obama a 2012 re election Campaign Archuleta came under scathing criticism amid revelations this year that hackers a widely believed to be China a government a had infiltrated her Agency a databases As Well As background Check records for millions who applied for . Security clearances. On thursday Archuleta had rebuffed demands that she resign declaring she was a committed to the work that i am but her continued tenure at the Agency grew untenable As Calls from lawmakers a including members of Obama a own party a mushroomed. On Friday morning she came to the White House to personally submit her resignation to Obama. He named Beth Cobert currently Deputy director for management at the White houses office of management and budget to step in As acting director at pm. Colorado theater shooters defense team rests its Case closing arguments set for next week Centennial Colo. Apr the defense in the Colorado theater shooting trial rested its Case Friday after trying to show James Holmes was legally insane when he opened fire at a Midnight movie and was suffering from delusions that each person he killed would increase his self Worth. Holmes Public defenders ended their Case after playing two silent surveillance videos of Holmes taken in the months following the attack. One showed him in his jail cell running and slamming his head against the Wall then falling backward and sitting Down. The other taken at a Hospital showed Holmes naked and tethered to a bed repeatedly trying to cover his head with a Blanket and then a Sheet. Uniformed officers and Hospital workers pull them off and try to cover the lower half of Holmes body with them. I jurors also read a sheaf of papers that included writing by Holmes titled a galactic colonization a but the contents were not discussed in court. The decision to rest the Case ended to weeks of often Grue some testimony with witnesses describing the Bux Ify shooting scene and their own crippling wounds and attorneys probing psychiatrists about Holmes mental condition. Confederate Flag taken Down in South Carolina after 54 years Columbia . Apr South Carolina pulled the Confederate Flag from its place of Honor at the state House on Friday marking a Milestone in How America commemorates the War that Tore the United states apart 150 years ago. Many people believed the rebel Banner would Fly forever in the first state to leave the Union despite bitter feelings that remained after the Flag was demoted from atop the Capitol dome to a Confederate Monument out front 15 years ago. But the killings of nine Black Church members during a Bible study in Charleston last month suddenly changed the political truths and consequences surrounding civil War symbols. The Battle Flag unfurled to assert White Power and protest the civil rights protest in the 196 s had been defended by White Republican leaders until last month As a Symbol of Southern Pride. After the Church attack even supporters Felt compelled to acknowledge that the Flag also represents racial hatred. A no lie can live forever. That Flag is a lie a South Carolina a act president Lonnie Randolph said. The Flag came Down Friday without incident in a 6-minute ceremony amid a crowd of up to 10,000 people chanting Quot Usa Usa a and a they hey hey a Multi racial Honor guard of South Carolina troopers wearing dress Gray uniforms and White gloves carefully folded and rolled it up. The Flag was then taken to the states Confederate relic room to be put in a new multimillion Dollar display. Later Friday the 30-f<x t pole it flew on was yanked out after several mighty tugs from a Crane. Overseeing it All was an imposing statue of Benjamin Tillman the South Carolina governor who went to Washington As a . Senator and proudly described How he undermined Post civil War reconstruction by killing Black people who tried to vote in the 18 x s. Gov. Nikki Haley who has National ambitions of her own Felt compelled by last months killings to Call for bringing Down the Flag Only months after calling her democratic opponents demand to do the same thing a other leading republicans the associated press an Honor guard from the South Carolina Highway patrol removes the Confederate Battle Flag from the Capitol grounds in Columbia ., ending its 54-year presence there on Friday. Swiftly reversed their positions As Well and thursdays final votes in South Carolinas Republican led legislature were overwhelmingly in favor of removal. As the Flag came Down. Haley joined family members of the victims and other dignitaries on the Steps of the statehouse and while she did no to speak she nodded and smiled after someone in the crowd shouted Quot thank you president Obama Tweeter minutes later calling it Quot a sign of Good will and Healing and a meaningful step towards a better the Leader of the South Carolina chapter of the sons of Confederate veterans refused to attend instead recalling his seven ancestors who fought for the South in the civil War. A a in a not going Down there to watch them be dishonoured and defamed a Leland Summers said. But if South Carolina make a last stand for the lost cause where else might it happen from Alabama to Alaska Confederate and segregationist monuments statues symbols and place names Are being re examined. A they Arentt going to be Happy until Mississippi is just like Michigan Quot said Nelson Waller who joined several dozen Flag supporters in a rally at the statehouse earlier this week but said he was Tex heartbroken to see it taken Down. Two White troopers neatly tied the rolled up Flag with a White ribbon then handed it to a Black tree it per who marched it away. But Highway patrol Cpl. Rupert Pope downplayed the significance of their race. A a we re All Gray a Pope said. Quot All Gray yes sir Quot repeated the Black officer. Derrick Gamble. The same seven Man Honor guard carried state sen. Clem Enta Pinckney s coffin into the statehouse for a viewing last month. Pinckney also led the Emanuel african meth list episcopal Church in Charleston w Here he and eight others were gunned Down during their Bible study. Police arrested a White gunman who had posed with Confederate flags and called it a hate crime. Family members of the slain churchgoers were Given primes a gets to watch the Flag s removal joined by a crowd of Between 8, xxx and la a it people according to Sherri Lacobelli of the state department of Public safety. Denise Quarles who lost her Mother Myra Thompson said a the Emanuel 9�?� were surely smiling Down from heaven. A the tragedy was a tragedy. But now on the other Side of that tragedy we see a lot of positives coming out. Maybe people will change their hearts a Quarles said. Lawmakers in other states Are targeting other symbols. The Mississippi Flag includes the rebel Battle Flag and Georgia a incorporates another Confederate design. Thousands of southerners drive cars with License plates featuring the rebel Banner which was quickly banished from Alabama a Capitol and Federal cemeteries since the shootings. In Memphis Tennessee officials Are working to remove the remains and a statue of slave trader Confederate general and Kun flux klan founder Nathan Bedford Forrest from a prominent City Park. The South Carolina a act is not calling for the removal of monuments but it does want them to Tell larger truths. For example Randolph said the Tillman statue should also note that he was responsible for a mob that killed six Blacks in 1876 and put their by lies on display As a warning against trying to vote. A South Carolina has an unfortunate distinction of Breeding bad people. In a not going to criticize any of them but you know who they Are. All you have to do is go outside and look at the monuments a Randolph said. South Carolinas leaders first raised the Battle Flag Over the statehouse dome in 1961 to Mark the 100th anniversary of the Start of the civil War then kept it there As Blacks asserted voting rights and demanded an end to racially discriminatory Laws. More recent legislative Battles Over claims that Blacks Are being disenfranchised have taken place under its Shadow. A it feels so it xxx to be out Here and be Happy about it a said Ronald d. Barton a 52-year-old pastor who recalled being filled with anger during the 2 xxx ceremony that moved the Flag from the dome to the pole. That year a much larger crowd screamed and yelled at Flag supporters As civil War re Enactor raised the Banner again. Fri Man charged in South Carolina Church shooting have been Able to buy gun Washington a the gunman charged in the Charleston South Carolina Church massacre should not have been allowed to Purchase the weapon used in the attack Fri director James Conley said Friday As he outlined a series of a a heartbreaking missed opportunities and background Check flaws that allowed he transaction to take place. Quot we arc All that this has happened Quot Conley told reporters at an unusual hastily scheduled meeting at Fri Headquarters. Quot we wish we could turn Back time because from this Vantage Point everything seems obvious. But we he said he had ordered a review into what happened and that Fri officials would meet Friday with victims relatives to explain the errors. The cascading set of problems began w Ith the drug related arrest of by latin Rixie in South Carolina weeks before the shining touching off Between local and Federal officials and revealing potential shortcomings Iii the govern mentus background Che process. At Issue was a police r from roofs arrest in a authorities say he admin to possessing illegal Dru under Federal rules that admission alone would i been enough to i Squall from an april gun punch even though he Wasny to c evicted of the charge. In Dat s National weather to map ukr fog temper saturday july 11, 2015 whens area five do forecast sunday monday seat d to storms 83 68 precis Hance my partly Cloudy i isolated to storms 83 64 i 82 68 Prip chant i Mel Artrip Chance 30% Athens Outlook tuesday isolated to storms 82 66 Procip Chance 30% wednesday to is few showers 82 64 precis Chance 30% Lilay s regional weather today we will see partly Cloudy skies with a High temperature of 83�, humidity of 74%. North wind 5 mph. The record High temperature for today is 97� set in 1988. Expect partly Cloudy skies tonight with an overnight Low of 64�. Light winds. F fridays statistics temperatures High.80 low.66 record High Olin 1988 record low.52 in 1995 precipitation amount.0.01&Quot data reported from Wood courtly Airport Lavanion Hood a pc today 24hr haunt Athens 20 5.16 0.46 wow what sour weather worn tote it Cleveland it in. 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