CO Wage Hike Group Paid Its People Less Than $12/Hour

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Gotta love the hypocrisy.

Via Free Beacon:

A Colorado minimum wage group denied reports that it paid organizers below the $12 minimum wage for which it is campaigning.

Colorado Families for a Fair Wage, which obtained the signatures needed to place a measure requiring a $12 minimum wage on the November ballot, paid many of its petition handlers less than $12 an hour, according to paperwork filed with the state and obtained by in the Washington Times.

“According to a circulator and wage report filed with the Colorado Secretary of State’s office by proponents of increasing the minimum wage, 24 of the workers collecting signatures to get on the ballot were paid less than $12 an hour,” the Times reported. “The report was obtained Keep Colorado Working, the opposition campaign, in an open records request.”

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Mizzou Renames ‘Unisex’ Restrooms Because Term Isn’t Inclusive Enough

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Apparently the Mizzou administration has totally gone off the leftist PC cliff. You may recall that this year’s enrollment is down 2,200 students as a result of the administration’s surrender to Black Lives Matters anarchists last year.

Via Daily Caller

The University of Missouri (MU) is renaming its “Unisex” restrooms on campus in response to complaints that the current label isn’t inclusive.

Henceforth, restrooms intended for use by both men and women will simply be labeled “toilet.” The change is apparently meant to accommodate student complaints that the “unisex” label, intended to encompass everybody, is actually exclusionary and hurtful.

“Unisex is just such an uncomfortable and outdated word,” MU student Sterling Waldman told the Columbia Missourian. The word, Waldman said, excludes people who identify as neither male nor female. Waldman serves as the social justice chair in MU’s student senate, and successfully pushed for the student government to donate $5000 for the sake of relabeling bathrooms around campus.

That’s not enough money to replace every relevant sign on campus, though. According to MU spokesman Nathan Hurst, it will cost at least $11,600 to change relevant signs for all 28 unisex restrooms on campus, a figure of over $400 per bathroom. The school currently doesn’t have the money to do that, thanks to budget cuts that have accompanied a major drop in enrollment this school year.

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NYDN: ISIS Rooting For Trump To Win

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NYDN needs to take an enema and flush its whole operation.

Bishop Says Oldest Sister’s Embrace Allowed Younger To Survive Italy Quake

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She covered her sister’s body with her own.

ASCOLI PIECENO, Italy – In the chaos of Italy’s devastating earthquake, an older sister’s embrace allowed a four-year-old girl to survive.

The heartbreaking story of Giulia Rinaldo, 9, and her 4-year-old sister Giorgia was recounted Saturday by the bishop who celebrated a funeral Mass for 35 of the 290 people killed by the quake that ravaged central Italy before dawn Wednesday.

Bishop Giovanni D’Ercole recalled that around 6 or 6:30 p.m. Wednesday — 15 hours after the quake — he returned to a church in his diocese in the town of Pescara Del Tronto to recover its crucifix.

He said at the time, only meters (yards) from the church, firefighters were using their hands to dig out the two sisters.

“The older one, Giulia, was sprawled over the smaller one, Giorgia. Giulia, dead, Giorgia, alive. They were in an embrace,” D’Ercole said.

He spoke beneath the crucifix that he recovered that evening, hung in a community gym transformed into a makeshift chapel, as Italy held a national day of mourning.

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Ohio Burglar Sentenced To 45 Years Behind Bars For Killing Police Dog, Jethro

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Kelontre will have a few decades to reflect upon the idea that #PoliceK-9LivesMatter.

Via Daily Mail

An Ohio man who killed a K-9 officer has been sentenced to 34 years for the incident that resulted in shooting the dog and 11 years for additional crimes.
Kelontre Barefield, 23, pleaded guilty to both shooting K-9 officer Jethro and four unrelated burglary charges and an aggravated robbery charges, according to the Stark County Clerk of Courts.

Barefield’s actions were called ‘intolerable’ by Stark County Common Pleas Judge Kristin G. Farmer. She said Barefield violated ‘the safety and security of this county and the people sworn to protect it’. Jethro was killed in January after being shot multiple times while responding to a burglary at a grocery store, according to officials.

Police exchanged fire with Barefield, eventually shooting the 23-year-old in the ankle and taking him into custody. During the exchange, Jethro was shot three times. Farmer added the longevity of the sentence ‘reflects not only the seriousness of Jethro’s death and the fact that he shot at two officers but also the terror inflicted on victims of the burglaries and aggravated robbery’.

He received the collective 45-year sentence for both of his pending cases.Barefield reportedly took the plea deal after his public defenders assured him it would be difficult to find an impartial jury after Jethro’s death was made public in the media, the Cleveland Scene reported.
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Because You Were Dying To See It: Movie About The First Date Of Barack And Michelle Obama

In a word, barf. But ‘they did look good on Dumbo’, hahahahaha.

HT: Twitchy

Oregon Indian Tribe Moves Totem Pole 4,800 Miles In Fossil Fuel Burning Truck To Protest Fossil Fuels…

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Didn’t think this one through, did ya?

Via WISTV:

A Pacific Northwest tribe is traveling nearly 5,000 miles across Canada and the United States with a 22-foot-tall totem pole on a flatbed truck in a symbolic journey meant to galvanize opposition to fossil fuel infrastructure projects they believe will imperil native lands.

This is the fourth year the Lummi Nation in northwest Washington has embarked on a “totem journey” to try to create a unified front among tribes across North America that are individually fighting plans for coal terminals and crude oil pipelines in their backyards.

The highly visible tours, which include tribal blessing ceremonies at each stop, fit into a trend of Native American tribes bringing their environmental activism to the masses as they see firsthand the effects of climate change, said Robin Saha, a University of Montana associate professor who specializes in tribal issues and environmental justice.

“I wouldn’t go as far as to say there’s an anti-development movement, but tribes are feeling the effects of climate change quite dramatically and are responding in a lot of different ways,” Saha said. “Some of them feel as if they’re not going to survive.”

In North Dakota, for example, people from across the country and members of 60 tribes have gained international attention after gathering in opposition to the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline. The totem pole heads to that site, near the Standing Rock Sioux’s reservation, next week.

Tribes in the Pacific Northwest have protested publicly and taken legal action as West Coast ports have emerged as strategic locations for crude oil and coal companies to reach customers in energy-hungry Asia.

Seven crude oil or coal export terminals are proposed for conversion, expansion or construction on the Oregon and Washington coast. Some have already led to increased freight train traffic along the scenic Columbia River Gorge, where local tribes fish salmon.

A coalition of tribes turned out in June after an oil train derailed in Mosier. The oil from the derailment mostly burned off in a huge fire, but a small amount entered the Columbia River where the tribes have federally guaranteed fishing rights.

“We’re all trying to unite our voices to make sure we’re all speaking out,” said Jewell James, a Lummi tribal member and head carver at the House of Tears Carvers.

In recent years, cheap natural gas has prompted many domestic utilities to abandon coal, driving down production at major mines in the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming, the nation’s largest coal producing region. Asian coal markets have become a potential lifeline for the mining industry – and Pacific Northwest ports are seen as the anchor.

The Lummi Nation launched a savvy public relations campaign last year against what would have been the nation’s largest coal export terminal proposed for Cherry Point, Washington, at the heart of their ancestral homeland.

In May, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied a needed permit for the Gateway Pacific terminal after finding it would damage tribal fishing rights.

This year’s 19-day totem trek started Tuesday in Vancouver, British Columbia, and makes a stop Friday in Longview, Washington, where a similar shipping terminal would export 44 million tons of coal annually to Asian markets. With the Gateway Pacific project on ice, the Longview project would now be the nation’s largest coal export terminal.

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SF 49ers Colin Kaepernick: I Won’t Stand ‘To Show Pride In A Flag For A Country That Oppresses Black People’

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Kaepernick makes millions in this country that he finds so oppressive, but can’t be bothered to separate truth from fiction in the Black Lives Matter narrative. And isn’t he already sitting a lot now for being a mediocre quarterback?

Via FTWUSAToday:

Hours after Pro Football Talk took note of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sitting during the national anthem before Friday’s preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, the QB spoke out and explained it was a protest.

Here’s what he told NFL.com’s Steve Wyche:

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

The Niners also issued a statement on Kaepernick’s decision — it’s also worth noting this wasn’t the first time this preseason that he’s sat:

“The National Anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”

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Bothell, WA Teacher Lied About Being Assaulted At School…

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His 15 minutes of fame has turned into 15 minutes of shame.

Via King5:

Police said Thursday a Bothell High School teacher who said he was assaulted from behind in his woodshop classroom last May staged the attack himself.

Cal Pygott said he was working on a loud machine in his classroom and wearing ear muffs May 19 when someone came from behind and hit him hard enough that it knocked him out. He said he woke up with a zip tie around his neck, and the attack left his face red and swollen.

Another staff member found Pygott stumbling outside the classroom, removed the zip tie and called 911. Pygott was taken to Harborview Medical Center. Police said he did not sustain serious injuries.

Police said Thursday evidence, including a hammer, the zip tie, blood, and a piece of butcher paper with the words “This man is not God” written on it, and fingerprints were collected from the scene. Detectives also conducted several interviews.

“Throughout the investigation, inconsistencies were apparent between Mr. Pygott’s statement and the evidence observed and collected,” said Sgt. Ken Seuberlich, Bothell Police Department. He added that surveillance video from the school showed no signs of a suspect.

Detectives gave Pygott a chance to change his story, but he did not according to Seuberlich. He agreed to take a polygraph test, which showed he was deceptive, Seuberlich said.

“We looked at a lot of hours of video surveillance, and one of the issues we noticed was there was no suspect in the video surveillance,” said Seuberlich.

When Pygott was confronted with the evidence and the results of the test, he confessed that he staged the assault, Seuberlich said. But Seuberlich would not reveal why Pygott said he did it.

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HT: Marathon Pundit

“Do You Prefer Ma’am Or Sir?” DOJ Releases Video For Cops On How To Deal With Transgender People

Didn’t they just stereotype cops by assuming they would all be stereotyping or laughing? And what do you do when the intersex person says, I’m neither ma’am or sir?

Via The Blaze:

The Justice Department’s Community Relations Service released a new video this week explaining to the law enforcement community the proper way to handle encounters with transgender people.

Amid an uptick in reports of discrimination by police toward the transgender community, the CRS has released a 12-minute training video discouraging officers from stereotyping people and telling them to “keep their questions relevant” to the situation at hand.

Throughout the course of the video, viewers see several staged scenarios, including how an officer should address a transgender person during a routine traffic stop, following an assault report and what they should do if they’re called to a bathroom situation due to a transgender user.

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Olympian Sells Medal He Earned In Rio To Help 3 Yr Old With Eye Cancer

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What a fine man and a great deed.

WARSAW, Poland – Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski has sold the silver medal he won at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics to help pay for the medication of a 3-year-old boy suffering from eye cancer.

Malachowski said on Facebook that siblings Dominika and Sebastian Kulczyk, among the richest Poles, “declared the intention to buy my silver medal,” which he put up for auction to help pay for treatment of the boy, Olek, who is suffering from retinoblastoma.

Malachowski did not reveal the amount raised, but said the target — which was almost $130,000 — has been met.

“My silver medal is worth much more today than it was a week ago,” Malachowski said.

University Of Iowa Professor Deeply Worried Because Mascot And Logo Look Too Scary

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You have it wrong, professor. The scary thing is that young college adults are being taught to behave like 5 year-olds. This is reminiscent of the student at UCONN several years ago who was worried that the Husky cartoon mascot promoted rape.

Via Daily Caller

The mascot and the logo for the University of Iowa’s sports teams are terrifying and promote aggression and violence, according to a deeply concerned medical school professor at the taxpayer-funded school.

The pediatrics professor, Resmiye Oral, is urging the Big 10 school’s athletic department to modify the logo and the various facial expressions of the mascot, Herky the Hawk, according to the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

“I believe incoming students should be met with welcoming, nurturing, calm, accepting and happy messages,” Oral wrote in an email to the athletic department this week. “And our campus community is doing a great job in that regard when it comes to words. However, Herky’s angry, to say the least, faces conveying an invitation to aggressivity and even violence are not compatible with the verbal messages that we try to convey to and instill in our students and campus community.”

Oral said she is plagued by worries about the facial expression of several versions of the Iowa mascot, including Fighting Herky and Flying Herky. She also fears the consequences of people seeing Iowa’s famous Tigerhawk logo — which was conceived at the behest of legendary football coach Hayden Fry when he arrived on campus in 1978.

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Rodney Sanders Arrested In Murder Of Two Elderly Nuns Who Worked With Poor

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Two wonderful women who did good for 30 years.

Via Heavy:

Rodney Earl Sanders is accused in the murder of two elderly Catholic nuns who worked with the poor in Mississippi and were remembered for their “sweetness” and devotion.

“This heinous crime has been resolved,” said the news release from the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, which released Sanders’ name.

The 46-year-old Sanders was charged with two counts of capital murder in connection with the killings of Sisters Margaret Held and Paula Merrill, according to CNN and the news release.

The Catholic nuns were remembered as caring women who worked to help poor people receive health care in rural Mississippi.

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PBS NewsHour Cuts Anti-Hillary Portions of Judy Woodruff’s Jill Stein Interview

Not too many people give a rap what Jill Stein says, but media in their ‘ever-lovin” Hillary protection mode, still went out of their way to excise any negative against Hillary.

Via Newsbusters:

On Tuesday, PBS’s Judy Woodruff did a live interview with Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein which was carried on Facebook. The entire interview, plus questions asked by viewers is present at the network’s Facebook page.

That interview without the Facebook questions was also broadcast on PBS’s NewsHour — but not quite all of it. For some reason, key portions of Stein’s answer to Woodruff’s final question about whether “literally … Hillary Clinton is every bit as bad for the country as Donald Trump” are not present. Based on what was edited out, it would appear that the cutouts, at least one of which was done in mid-sentence, were carried out to protect Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton’s left flank.

Woodruff’s final question, and Stein’s full response, are in the video below. What is and is not present at PBS’s website reflecting its over the air broadcast, both in the individual interview segment and the full program video, is clearly indicated, thanks to work done by leftist YouTube channel proprietor Matt Orfalea, who was upset that Stein’s “eloquent” criticism was spiked.

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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell: ‘Right Now, We’re Doing A Good Job Impairing Climate Change’…

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Visit the National Parks before they are gone due to global warming.

Via Great Falls Tribune:

Glacier National Park’s disappearing glaciers provide a great way to alert the nation to the effects of climate change, Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Thursday while visiting here as part of her tour for the National Park Service’s centennial birthday.

Jewell met with park representatives at Logan Pass to hike the Hidden Lake Overlook trail and discuss the effects of climate change both within the park as well as on a global scale.

“I’ve been going all around the country to celebrate the breadth and depth of the national parks,” Jewell said. “Their biggest threat is how do we fulfill our obligation given to us 100 years ago without impairing them? What do the next 100 years look like? Right now, we’re doing a good job impairing them with climate change.”

Dr. Dan Fagre, research ecologist and climate change research coordinator for the U.S. Geological Survey, pointed along the ridgelines surrounding Logan Pass to express the severity of climate change. When the park was first established, there were 150 active glaciers. Today, there are only 25.

“Glacier is a model,” Jewell said. “I think the fact that this is Glacier National Park, and it may not have glaciers anymore is an incredible opportunity to tell the story. This provides not only a great opportunity for scientific research, but a chance to tell a story that captivates the nation. That is exactly what needs to be done.”

Interpretive ranger Teagan Tomlin sees Glacier as an opportunity to reach out to the public about warming climates and the trickle-down effects. More than 50 percent of research done within the park relates in some way to climate change.

“They are saying there will be no glaciers by or before 2030,” Tomlin said. “Humans don’t cause it, but we’re helping accelerate it. But it’s not all doom and gloom. There’s definitely hope.”

Jewell addressed the dramatic increase in visitation to parks, due, in part, to the centennial birthday. She believes the best way to gain advocates for parks is to allow people in to see them.

If visitors witness the effects humans are having on the environment and grow an attachment to public lands through their explorations and travels, the severity of the situation is better understood.

“You cannot get out on these landscapes and deny climate change is there,” Jewell said. “I see it everywhere I go.”

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Hillary Clinton Goes To NY FBI Office To Get Her 1st Classified Nat Sec Briefing…

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They probably should take away her Blackberry, just in case she wants to send out emails of the meeting…

Via ABC:

Hillary Clinton arrived Saturday morning at the FBI’s satellite office in suburban New York City for her first national security briefing as the Democratic nominee for president.

Clinton arrived at the office in White Plains, New York, which is roughly 20 minutes from her Chappaqua home, about 9 a.m. Her campaign has not said who is attending the meeting with her.

Any attendees aside from the presidential candidate have to hold the necessary security clearances.

The briefing comes 10 days after her main rival, Donald Trump, received his first classified briefing as the Republican Party’s nominee.

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Chicago Rapper Shot On Camera While Filming Black Lives Matter Video

Irony of ironies.

Via XXL:

A life threatening moment for King Yella was captured on film for the world to see. The Chicago rapper was filming a new music video with a Black Lives Matter theme when someone pulled up and shot him twice. The whole incident was caught on camera as you can see in the above video.

“Video shoot gone wrong me gettin shot caught on camera while shootin my stop the violence blacklivesmatter video,” King Yella wrote in his own Instagram post of the footage.

Luckily, King Yella and the other people on set for the video were not killed in the shooting. Yella was hit with one bullet that went in and out of his left arm. Another shot grazed his side. Despite being shot twice, the rapper was still able to drive himself to the hospital.

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According to DNA Info:

King Yella, 26, whose real name is Cemone Lewis, said in videos posted to social media that he was shooting a “Black Lives Matter video” when a hail of bullets left him with a gunshot wound in his arm and a graze wound in his side.

Lewis appears to be the man Chicago Police said was shot at 6:55 p.m. Tuesday in the 6500 block of South Wentworth Avenue.

Police said the shooting, carried out from a passing car, appeared to be gang-related.

After the shooting, a Twitter account representing the Black Disciples gang posted a video of the shooting and claimed responsibility.

No Charges For New York Teen Who Took Out Mom’s Boyfriend With The Taxpayer Relief Shot…

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An order of protection is just a piece of paper.

Via Guns:

A Suffolk grand jury failed to indict a young man Monday for the shooting death of his mom’s boyfriend that occurred in their Amityville, New York, home last week.

Tephonte Smith, 18, was previously charged with second-degree murder, but the charges were dismissed and he was released following the grand jury’s decision.

Authorities say Smith’s mother, Stephanie Sims, 33, became involved in an altercation with Rashad Woolridge, 28, at her home around noon on Aug. 16. The couple’s relationship had turned violent in the past, and at the time of the shooting, Sims had an active order of protection against Woolridge. He was ordered not to make any contact with her, but ignored the legal paper, according to reports from local media.

The altercation between the two turned physical and that’s when Smith intervened, physically breaking up the fight. Woolridge then left and Smith went to his bedroom, which was in the basement of the house.

But less than 10 minutes later, Woolridge returned in a fury. He went to the back of the house, toward the basement and started yelling out for Smith. Sims testified that she heard Woolridge yell, “Where you at, Tephonte?” moments before she heard a single gunshot.

Sims said she then ran downstairs and found Woolridge lying face down on the basement floor.

When police arrived, they determined Woolridge was shot in the head with a 12-gauge shotgun, which was recovered at the scene. When officials turned Woolridge’s body over, they found a handgun beneath him.

Woolridge, who was shot in the neck, died as a result of his injuries.

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Overnight Open Thread: Autistic Child Has Meltdown In Restaurant, Customer Sends His Mom A Note…

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Via STL:

Cynthia Tipton was having dinner with her family at Bandana’s in Rock Hill when she saw the look on her son’s face and knew what was coming.

Her daughter, Sophie, had been kidding around with her little brother, Noland. He got embarrassed by her mild teasing. He started screaming and crying. Loudly.

Noland, 10, has high functioning autism.

His meltdown caught Tipton by surprise. She walked over to his chair, knelt down next to him, began rubbing his back and whispering in his ear: “You’re being kind of loud. It’s okay, buddy. Sophie was just teasing. Let’s calm down. Let’s be a little quieter. You’re safe.”

The screaming continued for a few minutes.

She felt self-conscious and could tell her father, who was dining with them, was embarrassed, too.

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Woman Pushing Baby In Stroller Fatally Shot In Chicago, She Was Cousin Of NBA Star Dwyane Wade

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Who can gun down a mother with a baby? Did her life matter?

Via Chicago Sun-Times:

A woman pushing a baby stroller was accidentally killed in a shooting Friday afternoon in the South Side Parkway Gardens neighborhood.

She was identified by relatives as the cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade, and the Chicago Bulls player confirmed it on Twitter.

“My cousin was killed today in Chicago,” Wade Tweeted Friday. “Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal.”

About 3:30 p.m., the 32-year-old victim was walking with a baby stroller and a man in the 6300 block of South Calumet when two male suspects walked up and fired shots, according to Chicago Police.

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