Eyewitness Jelani Cobb, reporting for the New Yorker: "What transpired in the streets appeared to be a kind of municipal version of shock and awe; the first wave of flash grenades and tear gas had played as a prelude to the appearance of an unusually large armored vehicle, carrying a military-style rifle mounted on a tripod. The message of all of this was something beyond the mere maintenance of law and order: it's difficult to imagine how armored officers with what looked like a mobile military sniper's nest could quell the anxieties of a community outraged by allegations regarding the excessive use of force. It revealed itself as a raw matter of public intimidation."
In the wealthy Ohio city of Bay Village just outside Cleveland, the St. Barnabas Episcopal Church installed a statue depicting Jesus wrapped in a blanket asleep on a park bench. According to the church, "It reminds us that, even though homelessness is a not a significant problem in our immediate neighborhood, we don't have to… READ THE REST
At a rally today in North Carolina, Donald Trump endorsed U.S. Marshals' killing of Michael Reinoehl. Reinoehl, the only suspect in the earlier death of a right-wing protestor during unrest in Portland, was shot dead in mysterious, bodycams-off circumstances outside his home by the marshals The officers involved claimed that Reinoehl took aim at them… READ THE REST
Salehe Bembury, Versace's vice-president of men's footwear, was stopped and searched for "jaywalking" near the Italian fashion brand's branch in Beverly Hills. Footage of the encounter shows a cop checking out the sneakers he's got—sneakers he designed. Bembury believes he was racially profiled. [via BBS] "What's unfortunate is I literally designed the shoes that are… READ THE REST
Mid October is too early for us to start in on holiday shopping suggestions. Oh, you'll get 'em all soon enough, trust us…but with more than two months before Santa rolls into town, we're not gonna hard sell you about the holidays. However…if your shopping list may eventually include an artsy teen who's obsessed with… READ THE REST
Fidget toys are made for relieving anxiety and stress, but there's a very ephemeral quality to finding fidget toys that actually do the job. Many are just clutter on your desk or can even be just kind of annoying. But the best ones slip into your hand almost unconsciously, providing a very soothing tactility and… READ THE REST
With the announcement of the iPhone 12 just a few days ago, everybody is assessing their smartphone needs and making the big decision about upgrading. While the smartphone may be at the heart of these latest tech questions, it's probably also a good time to give your entire Apple device collection a once over and… READ THE REST