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New Amphibious Assault Ship USS Tripoli Joins the U.S. Navy


The U.S. Navy welcomed a new amphibious assault ship into the fleet this week even as one of its sister ships lay burning. The ship, designed to deliver Marines by air into hostile territory, was commissioned in a low-key virtual ceremony to ensure social distancing. Tripoli will be based at San Diego Naval Base, California, where sister ship USS Bonhomme Richard is currently on fire.

The ship’s traditional commissioning ceremony, a public event that would have drawn thousands and originally set to take place at Pensacola, Florida, was canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Instead the ship was commissioned by “administrative message” from the Navy to the fleet, while onboard the crew raised the commissioning flag to signify the event.

USS Tripoli is the second ship of the America-class amphibious assault ships, which in turn is a derivative of the Wasp-class ships. The Wasp-class ships were fitted with both an aircraft carrier-like full-length flight deck, island bridge, and hangar to support the aircraft that would shuttle U.S. Marines from ship to shore. The ships also included a floodable bay and voluminous parking area to ferry Marine armored and logistics vehicles—including 60-ton M1A1 Abrams tanks—to the beach.

USS America, and the subsequent USS Tripoli, were built a little differently. The two ships delete the ability to land Marines by sea, instead beefing up the ship’s hangar, aviation support services, and the amount of aircraft fuel and munitions the ship can carry. This allows it to support more MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor assault transports, CH-53E Sea Stallion heavy lift helicopters, UH-1Y Huey armed utility choppers, and AH-1Z Cobra gunships.

Posted by Dial H For Hero | Fri Jul 17, 2020, 03:25 PM (23 replies)

Teen surrenders in murder of girl, 8, shot near Rayshard Brooks' memorial site


An Atlanta teenager suspected in the killing an 8-year-old girl near the Wendy's where Rayshard Brooks was killed by police last month surrendered Wednesday, authorities said.

Julian Conley, 19, was transported to the Fulton County Jail after a felony murder warrant was issued for his arrest Tuesday, Atlanta police said in a statement. He also faces a charge of aggravated assault.

The girl, Secoriea Turner, was shot to death while riding in a car with her mother and a friend on July 4. The driver tried to pull into a parking lot that was barricaded after Brooks was killed on June 12.

The area was the site of racial justice rallies after Brooks, who was Black, was shot to death by Officer Garrett Rolfe, who is white.

Posted by Dial H For Hero | Thu Jul 16, 2020, 11:12 AM (0 replies)

A group called 'Black Guns Matter' is teaching Black Americans how to use firearms


Grief and rage swept the country after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in late May. His death renewed debate about racialized police violence and the disproportionate killing of Black Americans, who are up to four times likelier than white Americans to be killed by police.

That debate has typically centered on policing itself. But Maj Toure, the founder of Black Guns Matter, has taken another tack: Advocating for Black Americans to take up arms for self-defense.

While many argue that the way to prevent violence is to have fewer guns, he says the opposite. "I believe that more Black people would be alive if they were armed," Toure told Business Insider Weekly.

"So when I hear 'unarmed Black man,' I'm sad," he added, "because there should be no such thing."

Posted by Dial H For Hero | Wed Jul 15, 2020, 09:01 PM (11 replies)

Police bust secret 'gun factory' which was go-to for Birmingham organised crime gangs


(One of the guns found during the raid)

Police have busted a secret 'gun factory' which was the go-to for Birmingham arms dealers.

Neil McFarlane, from Leeds, had established the factory in his shed so he could make weapons for gangs.

McFarlane, 53, and his girlfriend Anne Marie Moran, who lived at the same address, were arrested in December 2019.

West Yorkshire Police executed a warrant at the couple's home address as part of a wider operation with Northumbria Police, reports LeedsLive.

Posted by Dial H For Hero | Tue Jul 14, 2020, 09:00 AM (0 replies)

Elon Musk just became richer than Warren Buffett


CNN)Tesla CEO Elon Musk just zoomed past Warren Buffett on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index to become the world's seventh wealthiest person. Musk's fortune rose more than $6 billion Friday, according to Bloomberg, after Tesla's stock surged 10.8% to a record $1,544 per share. Its market value stood at $286.5 billion.

Musk owns 20.8% of Tesla's stock, making his stake worth just under $60 billion. Musk is also the primary shareholder of privately held SpaceX, as well as a privately held tunneling company.

Buffett's fortune fell this week after he donated nearly $3 billion worth of Berkshire Hathaway stock to charity — part of his plan to give away most of his wealth to philanthropic ventures.

Tesla's stock is up more than 500% over the past 12 months, exceeding the value of almost every company in the S&P 500. The electric car maker is the most valuable auto company on Earth. The 49-year-old Musk could eventually become the world's richest person — a spot currently held by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos — based on a pay package that Tesla shareholders approved in 2018.

Posted by Dial H For Hero | Mon Jul 13, 2020, 10:18 AM (20 replies)

Dentist who slaughtered Cecil the lion 'hunts and kills protected wild ram' just four years later


The American dentist who killed Cecil the lion is reported to have hunted another endangered wild animal.

Walter Palmer is said to have slaughtered a protected ram in Mongolia, paying up to £80,000 for the kill.

The hunter, who prompted a worldwide outpouring of fury when he targeted Cecil five years ago, was identified as one of two men in a photo with the dead Altai argali – the largest wild sheep in the world.

The image posted on social media shows the pair posing with their kill during a trip to Asia, although their faces are cropped from sight.

Posted by Dial H For Hero | Sun Jul 12, 2020, 01:11 PM (8 replies)

Chief: Video shows man killed by Detroit police fired first


DETROIT — Video released by Detroit police show a young man appearing to shoot at an officer at close range Friday before fellow officers opened fire, killing the suspect.

Police Chief James Craig told reporters as he released the video Friday evening that the suspect he identified as 20-year-old Hakeem Littleton was no more than 3 feet (0.91 meters) away when he began shooting.

“It’s simply a miracle he wasn’t struck in the head,” Craig said about the officer.

Hours earlier, dozens of protesters converged at the site of the shooting on Detroit’s west side, yelling at police and chanting “Black Lives Matter” and “Defund DPD!”

Posted by Dial H For Hero | Sat Jul 11, 2020, 02:45 PM (3 replies)

Trump says he's 'looking at' pardoning Roger Stone ahead of prison term

Source: Washington Post

President Trump told reporters Friday that he is “looking at” pardoning Roger Stone, as he continued to build suspense over whether he will intervene on behalf of his former aide and longtime confidant before he is scheduled to report to prison next week.

As the president left the White House en route to Florida for a series of events, he was asked about the prospect of issuing a pardon to Stone, who was convicted in a trial last year of lying to Congress and witness tampering.

“Well, I’ll be looking at it,” Trump said. “I think Roger Stone was very unfairly untreated, as were many people.”

Trump’s latest remarks followed comments in a pair of interviews Thursday that suggested that he is leaning in the direction of a pardon.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-says-hes-looking-at-pardoning-roger-stone-ahead-of-prison-term/2020/07/10/d1a1e5ea-c2b7-11ea-b4f6-cb39cd8940fb_story.html
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Fri Jul 10, 2020, 05:13 PM (15 replies)

I Got a Sneak Peek of Walt Disney World Before They Re-Open in the COVID-19 Era


An interesting look at how Disney World will be handling things when they open back up tomorrow.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Fri Jul 10, 2020, 03:05 PM (9 replies)

(Seattle) After CHOP, no armed police officers allowed inside Molly Moon's ice cream shop


SEATTLE – This week, Molly-Moon Neitzel posted a sign outside her Capitol Hill ice cream shop. “Police officers, Molly Moon’s is a gun free zone. Please do not come inside if you are wearing a firearm,” the sign reads.

Moon-Neitzel, who owns nine ice cream shops across the region, said the signs only hang at the Capitol Hill location. She said the move comes after hundreds of armed officers visited her shop while CHOP was being dismantled. “We had a few hundred come in, packing their guns and it was making my employees feel uncomfortable.”

Moon-Neitzel said all of her shops have been gun-free for roughly five years, but after CHOP, she said she felt like she needed to specifically clarify, this policy includes armed police officers. “They were intimidating and causing some of my black and brown employees to feel unsafe.”

Posted by Dial H For Hero | Fri Jul 10, 2020, 01:11 PM (1 replies)
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