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Long ago, Germans took to burning books that presented ideas deemed subversive to Nazism’s fascist ideology. That was eighty years ago and, as the saying goes, ‘everything old is new again.’

Both the Daily Caller and USA Todayhave run stories on how Facebook, the world’s largest social media website, has simply shut off a critical feature because Germans were seeing too much ‘right-wing’ information.

If the two cases — though separated by seven or eight decades — seem eerily familiar, there’s a good reason for it:

“Facebook users in Germany complained about seeing posts from far-right groups so often that the social media platform temporarily turned off a a feature that allows people to discover news stories, USA Today reports.

A group of activists have been using Facebook’s targeting features to push right-wing content to supporters of centrist Prime Minister Angela Merkel leading up to nation-wide elections Sunday, Sandro Gaycken, founder and director of the Digital Society Institute located in Berlin, Germany, told USA Today.

“It’s really strange because Facebook says this should be impossible because you are only supposed to get recommendations based on your own ‘friends,’ ‘groups’ and ‘likes.’ But everyone in Germany is getting these right-wing party recommendations,” Gaycken said.

“Even left-wing journalists” were seeing the unwanted posts, Gaycken said.

Facebook said in a statement that the complaints from Germany were related to the website’s “Groups Discover” feature. Facebook turned off the “newsand politics” in the “Discover” tab pending more investigation, USA Today reported.

Some suspected the trollish Facebook behavior was coming from Russian operatives, but “so far we have not been able to track down any specific Russian activity,” Simon Hegelich, political science professor at the Technical University of Munich said.

“A lot of the stuff we are seeing in Germany can be linked to, or is at least inspired by, the ‘alt-right’ movement in the U.S.,” Hegelich said, according to USA Today.

The activity appears to come from within Germany, and the closing of the feature only affects German Facebook users at present.

German lawmakers approved a law that would fine social media platforms $57 million if it didn’t remove “obviously illegal” content from user pages. Facebook initially opposed the law, saying it would create “an incentive to delete content that is not clearly illegal when social networks face such a disproportionate threat of fines.”

After the law passed, Facebook said it is committed to fighting online hate speech …”

Note some common themes here — the Russians, the ‘alt-right’, hate-speech. Sound familiar?

Heaven forbid we allow people to come into contact with news or information they don’t like.  This is all very, very reminiscent of attitudes and actions that embroiled the entire globe in war.  German lawmakers have given themselves the ability to fine companies for not removing “obviously illegal” content.

Who makes the laws which determine what’s “obviously illegal?”  The same German lawmakers!

And this sneakily-inserted line ought to give all cause for concern, “…the closing of the feature only affects German Facebook users … at present.”

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4 Comments
  • Joe LeBlanc says:

    it is very true! FB has already contacted me about my remarks but ignores what was said to me. It is a lib rag.

  • Edwina says:

    Yes!! that last line does cause concern, is Facebook interfering with a foreign election? Who the ff does Zuckerberg think he is? Maybe it is time to delete our Facebook accounts,it is used to spy on us anyway. The right wing news is bullshit they are making out it is only far right wing. Merkel is in her ass a centrist she is the extreme left believes in no borders and has doomed Germany the Germans will be a minority by 2050 they will be bred out. Euro Eugenics??

  • AHZZ says:

    With-in 5 yrs, Mark Suck-a-Turd’s enterprise will be gone by the way-side like MySpace!

  • paulette says:

    AND THIS GUY IS TALKING ABOUT RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT,HOPE PEOPLES EYES ARE WIDE OPEN

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    The Georgia Supreme Court last week ruled in favor of Democrats and Warnock’s campaign in allowing early voting to start on Nov. 26. Officials in the Georgia Secretary of State’s office had attempted to implement a rule to prevent early voting on that day while Republicans filed a petition with the state Supreme Court to keep that rule intact.

    The Dec. 6 runoff is being held because neither candidate was able to secure more than 50 percent of the vote. Following the Nov. 8 contest, Warnock led Walker by about 37,000 votes out of 4 million ballots cast, data shows.

    A third-party candidate, Chase Oliver, got approximately 80,000 votes, or 2.1 percent. Because Warnock and Walker were No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, Oliver was excluded from the runoff.

    What It Means

    Democrats already were guaranteed to retain a majority in the Senate after Nevada Republican candidate Adam Laxalt conceded to Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) on Nov. 15 after more than a week of counting ballots, giving them 50 seats, plus Vice President Kamala Harris as a tie-breaker.

    A victory by Warnock would boost the Democrats to 51 seats, giving them a majority of members on all committees and allowing the party to advance President Joe Biden’s nominees more quickly.

    “Fifty is better than 49, and we’re going to give it everything we’ve got,” Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters last week.

    A Walker win would also give national Republicans a boost, having seen their standing in the state of Georgia erode toward Democrats over the last few years. A Warnock victory could indicate that Democrats are making inroads in places where they have had difficulties gaining traction in the past.

    Democrats will face a daunting task in holding onto their Senate majority in the 2024 elections, when they’ll be defending 21 seats to the Republicans’ 10. Two of those seats are in GOP-leaning states West Virginia and Montana. Another five are in the swing states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Wisconsin, and Arizona, all of which will be in play during the presidential election, and given the chamber’s narrow divide, the Georgia seat could be a needed bulwark for either party.

    Warnock was elected to the Senate in early 2021 to fill the remaining two years of Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson’s term after he resigned at the end of 2019 for health reasons.

    During that election, which also was settled by a runoff, Warnock defeated then-Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), who was named to the seat after Isakson stepped down. That same runoff also saw Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) prevail over former Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.).

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    ‘Go To War’: Musk Targets Apple, Claiming It Canceled Ads, Threatened to Boot Twitter from App Store

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    Twitter CEO Elon Musk signaled Monday that he might be preparing to “go to war” with Apple after the company has largely stopped advertising on Twitter and has reportedly threatened to boot the social media platform from its App Store.

    Musk specifically called out Apple CEO Tim Cook in a series of tweets where he also raised the issue of censorship.

    “Apple has mostly stopped advertising on Twitter. Do they hate free speech in America?” Musk asked. “What’s going on here @tim_cook?”

    “Apple has also threatened to withhold Twitter from its App Store, but won’t tell us why,” Musk added.

    Musk then posted a poll, which he has used in the past to make decisions about what he will do at the company, asking, “Apple should publish all censorship actions it has taken that affect its customers[?]”

    Musk highlighted an account that claimed to have been silenced by Apple and asked, “Who else has Apple censored?”

    Musk also renewed his criticisms of the fees that Apple charges app developers, “Did you know Apple puts a secret 30% tax on everything you buy through their App Store?”

    Musk stated back in May that “Apple’s store is like having a 30% tax on the Internet.”

    “Definitely not ok,” he said. “Literally 10 times higher than it should be.”

    Musk also shared a meme suggesting he would rather “Go To War” with Apple than “Pay 30%.”

    In 2018, Cook said at an event in New York City that tech companies have a moral obligation to ban certain people and certain types of content from social media and technology platforms, going so far as to suggest that not banning them is “a sin.”

    “We only have one message for those who seek to push hate, division, and violence: You have no place on our platforms,” Cook said. “You have no home here.”

    “If we can’t be clear on moral questions like these, then we’ve got big problems,” Cook continued. “I believe the most sacred thing that each of us is given is our judgment, our morality, our own innate desire to separate right from wrong. Choosing to set that responsibility aside at a moment of trial is a sin.”

    Musk said Friday that he would start creating smartphones if Apple and Google remove Twitter from their app stores, which would be highly damaging to Twitter.

    Musk’s remarks came in response to a tweet from political commentator Liz Wheeler, who wrote: “If Apple & Google boot Twitter from their app stores, @elonmusk should produce his own smartphone.”

    “Half the country would happily ditch the biased, snooping iPhone & Android,” she said. “The man builds rockets to Mars, a silly little smartphone should be easy, right?”

    Musk responded, “I certainly hope it does not come to that, but, yes, if there is no other choice, I will make an alternative phone.”

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    Musk Releasing Files on How Twitter Suppressed Free Speech

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    Twitter CEO Elon Musk said Monday that he will soon be releasing files on how the social media platform has engaged in suppressing free speech.

    “The Twitter Files on free speech suppression soon to be published on Twitter itself,” Musk tweeted. “The public deserves to know what really happened.”

    Musk responded to a user earlier this month who tweeted, “Raise your hand if you think @ElonMusk should make public all internal discussions about the decision to censor the @NYPost’s story on Hunter Biden’s laptop before the 2020 Election in the interest of Transparency.”

    “This is necessary to restore public trust,” Musk replied.

    The New York Post first reported messages from Biden’s laptop in October 2020, weeks before a presidential election. Social media giants, including Twitter, cracked down on the story to prevent its spread. Current and former national security officials claimed at the time that the Biden story was likely Russian disinformation and a veiled attempt from Moscow to intervene in U.S. elections.

    Media outlets such as The Washington Examiner, CBS News, The New York Times, and The Washington Post have confirmed the laptop’s contents and messages, in part regarding foreign business deals Hunter Biden worked on in Ukraine, China, and elsewhere.

    Twitter initially banned the Post’s story on the social media platform. Users were blocked from posting the link to the story or direct messaging it to other users. Twitter also locked the Post’s account for weeks, saying that the Post’s story violated Twitter’s rules against “hacked materials” despite lacking evidence that the materials were obtained through hacking.

    Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey later admitted that Twitter made a mistake in taking action against the Post over its Biden laptop story.

    “We were called here today because of an enforcement decision we made against the New York Post based on a policy we created in 2018 to prevent Twitter from being used to spread hacked materials. This resulted in us blocking people from sharing a New York Post article publicly or privately,” Dorsey said in November 2020 testimony to Congress. “We made a quick interpretation using no other evidence that the materials in the article were obtained through hacking, and according to our policy, we blocked them from being spread. Upon further consideration, we admitted this action was wrong and corrected it within 24 hours.”

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    Warning from US Embassy Hints at Communist Country’s Next Move

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    The U.S. embassy in China released a statement Monday morning calling on U.S. citizens in the country to “keep a 14-day supply of medications, bottled water, and food for yourself and any members of your household.”

    “The People’s Republic of China (PRC) authorities have expanded COVID-19 prevention restrictions and control measures as outbreaks occur. These measures may include residential quarantines, mass testing, closures, transportation disruptions, lockdowns, and possible family separation. Ambassador Burns and other Mission officials have regularly raised our concerns on many of these issues directly with senior PRC officials and will continue to do so,” the statement reads.

    David Tafuri, a former State Department official and foreign policy adviser to the Obama campaign, says the State Department is trying to get ahead of the situation and prevent citizens from being caught up in a tense situation inside China.

    “I think this is a message to U.S. citizens in China that the State Department believes the combination of further anti-COVID measures and a potential crackdown on protesters by China could result in further lockdowns and travel bans that could put U.S. citizens at risk for arrest if they leave their homes,” Tafuri said.

    Tumultuous protests broke out in several Chinese cities over the country’s “zero-COVID” policy and a deadly fire in a high-rise building that cost 10 people their lives.

    The building, located in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang province, had been in partial lockdown for nearly two months.

    Miles Yu, a senior fellow and director of the China Center at Hudson Institute, told Fox News Digital that the burning death of 10 people was a trigger for social uprisings, making them different from previous ones in the country.

    “The previous [protests] are mostly people from the lower part of the social stratification — that is, the migrant workers. They are the social dispossessed. This time primarily is led by what you might call middle-class people who own properties,” said Yu. He added that the recent protests “have a much broader base on the society.”

    Tafuri says that “it’s very rare for there to be protests in mainland China over human rights, so this is worth watching to see if it catches on and results in sustained civil disobedience and demands for China to improve human rights.”

    Videos posted online showed police attacking and carrying away some protesters, but there seems to be no immediate response from President Xi Jinping or the Chinese Communist Party.

    Tafuri predicts that the demonstration might result in some minor concessions by the CCP, but “ultimately, China is a police state with more than sufficient means and resources to put down these protests. My guess is that they will crack down on them before they let them spread further.”

    Yu warns that “it could be dangerous because it could give the protesters a false sense of triumph and so on … also it [could] lead the Chinese government to gather its strength and marshal means or assets.”

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    Biden’s Non-Binary Drag Queen Nuclear Official Charged with Theft

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    One of the first openly “gender-fluid” Biden administration employees was reportedly charged with a felony last month after allegedly stealing a woman’s suitcase from the baggage claim area at the Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) International Airport.

    Sam Brinton, deputy assistant secretary of the Office of Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition in the U.S. Department of Energy, allegedly removed a luggage tag from a navy blue Vera Bradley suitcase bag, dropped it into his handbag, and “then left the area at a quick pace” on September 16, 2022, according to a criminal complaint reported by Alpha News.

    Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) International Airport authorities confirmed to The Daily Wire an investigation involving Sam Brinton is underway.

    Brinton, who has caused a stir among Americans for his role in the federal government for dressing in drag and boasting online about his puppy role-play fetish, reportedly flew into MSP with American Airlines just before 4:30 p.m. from Washington, D.C., According to the complaint, Brinton traveled without a checked bag, indicating he had no purpose of claiming a bag after landing.

    The complaint alleges Brinton left the airport in an Uber and checked into the InterContinental St. Paul Riverfront hotel with the blue bag.

    Briton returned to MSP two days later, on September 18, and flew back to Washington, D.C., with the same bag.

    Records and video surveillance showed the suitcase belonged to a female passenger who flew into the MSP on a Delta flight from New Orleans. According to a report, she notified law enforcement that her bag and the contents inside — valued at around $2,325 — had gone missing in the baggage claim area on the same day Brinton allegedly took the luggage.

    Nearly three weeks later, the criminal complaint alleges that video surveillance footage from Dulles International Airport in Virginia captured Brinton returning from Europe with the bag on October 9.

    Authorities contacted Brinton that same day, asking if he “took anything that did not belong” to him.

    “Not that I know of,” Brinton allegedly responded but later admitted he took the bag that had clothes inside belonging to him.

    “If I had taken the wrong bag, I am happy to return it, but I don’t have any clothes for another individual. That was my clothes when I opened the bag,” he told police, according to the complaint.

    He allegedly called authorities two hours later and apologized for not being “completely honest,” adding he took the bag thinking it was his in a state of exhaustion. The complaint also alleges Brinton realized it wasn’t his bag after opening it up at the hotel, at which point he “got nervous” and “didn’t know what to do.”

    Briton allegedly told authorities he removed the clothes from the suitcase in the hotel room and returned to D.C. with the bag because it would have been “weirder” if he had left the bag at the hotel. However, authorities said no clothing was recovered from the hotel room.

    Brinton is scheduled to appear in court on December 19 in Hennepin County.

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    Just Coincidence? Now Another Sinister Twist in Scandal Plaguing Balenciaga

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    More photographs from an axed Balenciaga campaign are being questioned today over the prominence of a book which celebrates a Belgian artist whose work includes depictions of castrated toddlers.

    Two photos from the brand’s now canceled Spring ’23 ad campaign feature French actress Isabelle Huppert posing in a Manhattan office with a stack of books behind her.

    Among the books is one that celebrates the Belgian painter Michael Borremans. Borremans’ work is varied but frequently features children. His 2017/2018 series, Fire from the Sun, shows a group of toddlers, some of them with blood staining their skin, in sinister composition.

    In some of the images, the toddlers appear castrated.

    Balenciaga has not commented on the Borremans book or how it made it into its Spring ’23 campaign.

    There are other distinct similarities between Borremans’ work and some of Balenciaga’s past designs – namely Kim’s look at the 2021 Met Gala, where she appeared with black fabric covering her face.

    The images which feature the book of his work were swiftly pulled from the fashion brand’s website this week after the BDSM teddy bears controversy.

    Those images showed young child models holding the bears – which are in fact fluffy handbags – posing around glassware.

    In a statement on Monday, the brand apologized for the bears campaign again, and took full responsibility of it.

    ‘We would like to address the controversies surrounding our recent ad campaigns. We strongly condemn child abuse; it was never our intent to include it in our narrative.

    ‘The two separate ad campaigns in questions reflect a series of grievous errors for which Balenciaga takes responsibility.

    ‘The first campaign, the gift collection campaign, featured children with plush bear bags dressed in what some have labelled BDMS-inspired outfits. Our plush bear bags and the gift collection should not have been featured with children.

    ‘This was a wrong choice by Balenciaga, combined with our failure in assessing and validating images. The responsibility for this lies with Balenciaga alone,’ it said.

    But the fashion house claims another controversial prop that made its way onto the set – a printout of a SCOTUS ruling on child porn – was the fault of design production company North Six.

    ‘The second, separate campaign for Spring 2023, which was meant to replicate a business office environment, included a photo with a page in the background from a supreme court ruling which confirms as illegal and not protected by freedom of speech the promotion of child pornography.

    ‘All the items included in this shooting were provided by third parties that confirmed in writing that these props were fake office documents.

    They turned out to be real legal papers most likely coming from the filming of a television drama.

    ‘The inclusion of these unapproved documents was the result of reckless negligence for which Balenciaga has filed a complaint.

    ‘We take full accountability for our lack of oversight and control of the documents in the background and we could have done things differently.’

    Balenciaga’s attorneys filed a notice of summons against North Six and set designer Nicholas Des Jardins last week, alleging they are responsible.

    Des Jardins’ agent said he is being made out to be a scapegoat, and that multiple Balenciaga staffers were on-set at the time of the shoot.

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    FULL LIST: 50 Big Companies Who Stopped Advertising on Twitter

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    In recent weeks, 50 of the top 100 advertisers have either announced or simply stopped advertising on Twitter.

    These advertisers have accounted for nearly $2 billion in spending on the platform since 2020, and over $750 million in advertising in 2022 alone.

    There are an additional seven advertisers which appear to be slowing the rate of their advertising on the platform to almost nothing.

    Since 2020, these seven advertisers have accounted for over $255 million in spending on Twitter, and nearly $118 million in advertising in 2022.

    Full list:

    Abbott Laboratories
    Allstate Corporation
    AMC Networks
    American Express Company
    AT&T
    Big Heart Petcare
    BlackRock, Inc.
    BlueTriton Brands, Inc.
    Boston Beer Company
    CA Lottery (California State Lottery)
    CenturyLink (Lumen Technologies, Inc.)
    Chanel
    Chevrolet*
    Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.*
    Citigroup, Inc.
    CNN
    Dell
    Diageo
    DirecTV
    Discover Financial Services
    Fidelity
    First National Realty Partners
    Ford*
    Heineken N.V.
    Hewlett-Packard (HP)
    Hilton Worldwide
    Inspire Brands, Inc.
    Jeep*
    Kellogg Company
    Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc.
    Kyndryl*
    LinkedIn Corporation
    MailChimp (The Rocket Science Group)
    Marriott International, Inc.
    Mars Petcare
    Mars, Incorporated
    Merck & Co. (Merck Sharp & Dohme MSD)*
    Meta Platforms, Inc. (formerly Facebook, Inc.)
    MoneyWise (Wise Publishing, Inc.)
    Nestle
    Novartis AG*
    Pernod Ricard
    PlayPass
    The Coca-Cola Company
    The Kraft Heinz Company
    Tire Rack
    Verizon
    Wells Fargo
    Whole Foods Market IP
    Yum! Brands

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    New Mexico Judge Found Dead Along with Husband, Several Pets

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    A Village of Los Ranchos, New Mexico judge was found dead in her home on Friday in what investigators believe was a murder-suicide.

    Deputies with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office conducted a welfare check at a home on Ranchitos Road in Albuquerque after a friend of Eric Pinkerton’s reported a troubling message.

    When deputies arrived, the department said on Twitter, they located and confirmed two adults were dead inside the home, one of whom was 63-year-old Pinkerton.

    Los Ranchos Municipal Judge Diane Albert, 65, was also deceased along with several animals.

    Police said Pinkerton is believed to have shot his wife Albert and several animals before turning the gun on himself.

    The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to questions seeking additional information about the incident.

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    Idaho Police Reveal New Info on Tips Since Four Students Brutally Slain

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    Moscow, Idaho, police are grappling with an influx of callers who are concerned for their safety as the investigation into the quadruple homicide involving four local university students extends into its third week.

    As of Sunday, Moscow Police Department has seen an uptick in calls from people reporting “unusual circumstances” or requesting welfare checks on loved ones in the weeks since four University of Idaho students were discovered murdered on November 13. Police have received 78 calls for unusual circumstances and 36 requests that police perform a welfare check – up from the 70 and 18, respectively, they received during October as a whole, the department said in a Sunday press release.

    Police are also sounding the alarm on a trend in which the callers are notifying their friends or family before phoning officers to respond, authorities said.

    “We understand there is a sense of fear within our community,” police said. “For life-safety and emergencies, we want to remind our community to call 9-1-1 before notifying family or friends.”

    University of Idaho students Ethan Chapin, 20; Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and 21-year-old Madison Mogen were stabbed several times and killed in the early morning hours of November 13, officials have said. Police have not identified any suspects and have not recovered a murder weapon.

    Similar to the trend police described on Sunday, the quartet’s concerned friends called other people to the home before notifying police.

    Moscow Police received a call shortly before noon on Nov. 13 for a report of an “unconscious person” at the King Road home, but several people had gathered at the crime scene by the time police arrived, officials said.

    According to police, the 911 call “originated from inside the residence,” and came from one of the surviving roommates’ cell phones. Police said multiple people spoke to the dispatcher before officers arrived.

    Investigators have determined all four were likely stabbed in their sleep sometime between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m., after they had returned home from a night out. Some of the victims appeared to have tried to defend themselves.

    All four victims are believed to have been killed using a single “fix-blade knife,” police said.

    Two other roommates were inside the home, on the bottom floor, at the time of the murders, but were uninjured.

    Officials have called the attack “targeted,” but have not said who was the intended victim.

    Police said Sunday they had received more than 488 “digital media submissions” via the FBI portal.

    Idaho State Police Colonel Kedrick Wills said investigators had collected 103 pieces of evidence from the crime scene, and took an estimated 4,000 photos as of Wednesday.

    “We’ve conducted multiple 3D scans of the residence, and we have hundreds of hours used by technicians and investigators, including our forensics teams and detectives from multiple agencies,” Wills continued.

    He added that investigators had processed “over a thousand tips and conducted 150 interviews.”

    Meanwhile, officials said late Tuesday that investigators had received information that Goncalves could have had a stalker. Investigators “looked extensively” into those reports, and “have pursued hundreds of pieces of information” related to the stalker tip.

    As of Wednesday, they had been unable to confirm the information or identify a stalker. Moscow Police Captain Roger Lanier added that police learned while conducting interviews that Goncalves “had made some comments about a stalker.”

    “And we have followed up looking at specific time frames and specific areas of town,” he continued. “So far, we have not been able to corroborate it. But we’re not done looking into that piece of information.”

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    PHOTOS: Jill Biden Unveils 2022 White House Holiday Theme and Decorations

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    First lady Jill Biden unveiled a first look at the White House’s annual holiday decorations on Monday, revealing this year’s theme as “We the People.”

    Biden posted photos of the decorations on her Twitter account Monday morning, showcasing a number of Christmas trees donned with lights and ornaments. In all, the decor includes more than 83,600 lights, 25 wreaths, and 77 Christmas trees placed throughout the White House by 150 volunteers.

    “As our country gathers for the holidays, traditions may vary, but our shared American values — a belief in possibility, optimism, and unity — endure each season,” the first lady tweeted. “Room by room, visitors will be reminded of what brings us together during the holidays, and throughout the year.”

    The White House released a media preview on Monday, giving a sneak peek into the holiday transformation that is expected to be seen by more than 50,000 visitors. Visitors entering the east entrance of the White House are welcomed by bells and red cardinals, signifying “the presence of lost loved ones,” according to the White House.

    As visitors enter the White House, they are first greeted by Christmas trees that are adorned with mirrored Gold Star ornaments with the names of fallen service members inscribed on them.

    “The Gold Star trees honor the heroic men and women of our Nation’s military who have laid down their lives for our country, those who are Missing in Action, and the families who carry on their legacies,” the White House said.

    Next, tours are guided through the East Colonnade, where people can see winter trees, woodland animals, and glowing lanterns — a scene that is meant to evoke peace and tranquility similar to that felt after the first snowfall of the season. Visitors then enter the library, which is filled with books, trees, and wreaths. Also on display is a copy of the Declaration of Independence that was donated to the White House in 1985.

    After being guided through a number of other rooms, visitors are also taken through the State Dining Room with the theme “We the Children” — signifying the importance of the next generation when it comes to the future of the country’s leadership. The room also features the 2022 gingerbread White House, decorated in the semblance of the White House and accompanied by a sugar cookie replica of Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

    The White House also unveiled a “new addition” to its holiday decor this year: a wooden menorah that was previously removed from the White House during Truman-era renovations.

    As a grand finale, the White House’s Grand Foyer and Cross Hall are decorated with metal ribbons that include the names of all the 50 states, territories, and the District of Columbia, as well as the years each entered the Union.

    The first lady is scheduled to speak about the significance of the decorations during an event at noon on Monday, and she’ll be joined by National Guard members as part of her “Joining Forces” initiative to support military families.

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    12-Year-Old Boy Killed, 5 Injured in Shooting Near Atlanta Train Station

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    A 12-year-old boy was killed and at least five others were injured as a result of a dispute that led to a shooting in Atlanta, Georgia around 8 pm Saturday night.

    The Atlanta Police Department told 11Alive that night that one person was killed at the scene, and five others were taken to the hospital. The shooting reportedly involved all teenagers, and took place on Market Street in the Atlantic Station area, an upscale Atlanta neighborhood and outdoor shopping district. One witness told the outlet that they heard around 30 gunshots.

    On Sunday, Mayor Andre Dickens made the heartbreaking announcement that the victim was a 12-year-old boy. Zyion Charles was later identified by the Fulton County Medical Examiner, reported 11Alive.

    According to Fox 5 there were at least two shooters.

    Dickens also said that some of the other teens involved in the shooting, including one who was said to be in critical condition, are students of Atlanta Public Schools.

    Police told reporters that a large group of teens were escorted off of the Atlantic Station property by personnel along with off-duty officers for “unruly behavior” and “curfew violations.”

    According to Atlantic Station’s website, there is “a 3:00 pm curfew [that] is strictly enforced” for anyone under the age of 18 unaccompanied by a parent or guardian. In addition, the site states that “juvenile groups of 4+ will be dispersed.”

    Once the group was removed from the property, an argument broke out, which unfortunately led to gunfire down Market Street. According to police, multiple shooters haven’t been ruled out in the investigation. Chief Darin Schierbaum also on Sunday said that everyone involved in the incident knew each other.

    A resident was able to record footage of the aftermath of the shooting from their apartment window, showing the heavy police presence below.

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