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Chicago Police Officer Charged With Murder After Fatally Shooting Teen; Video Released. 10,000 Syrian Refugees Coming to Canada by Dec 31, 15,000 More By February. Former Blue Jay Jose Reyes Pleads Not Guilty to Domestic Abuse Charge. Warriors Become First Team to Begin Season 16-0. Forbes Magazine Lists Maple Leafs 3rd Most Valuable Franchise.
Chicago Officer Charged With Murder After Fatally Shooting Teen; Video Released
The march of protesters continues in the streets of Chicago following the release of a video showing the deadly police shooting of a black teenager, last year. Groups took to the streets on Tuesday, closing off some major intersections in the windy city, as many show their outrage in the death of Laquan McDonald. The 17 year old was struck by 16 bullets in October of 2014, while walking unusually down the middle of a street with multiple officers drawing weapons. The video, released by the order of a judge, shows squad car video of shots being fired, a man spinning and collapsing on the road. Demonstrations have been largely been peaceful as city and state police walk alongside the groups. A 37 year old police officer Jason Van Dyke, turned himself in Tuesday and ordered held without bond on a charge of first-degree murder
10,000 Syrian Refugees Coming to Canada by Dec 31, 15,000 More By February
The Liberal Government has announced that it is to extend the deadline to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to the country. It had initially been indicated that that number would arrive on Canadian soil by December 31st, however according to Federal Health Minister Jane Philpot, the government will now bring 10,000 refugees to Canada by that date, with the additional 15,000 to be settled in the country by the end of February. Philpot also confirmed that the group will be a mix of government-assisted and privately sponsored refugees, and that all medical and security screening will take place overseas. Once the screening process is complete, the refugees will then be flown to Toronto and Montreal, primarily on chartered aircraft. Priority for government refugees will be given to complete families, women at risk, members of sexual minorities and single men only if they are identified as members of an LGBT community or are travelling with a family while private sponsors have no restrictions on whom they can bring over. Speaking at the announcement in Ottawa on Tuesday afternoon Minister of Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees, John McCallum called it an important and happy day for Canada. He also addressed the decision to extend the deadline by two months, saying that ”yes we want to bring them fast, but we also want to do it right”.
Reyes Pleads Not Guilty to Domestic Abuse Charge
A not guilty plea from Jose Reyes — the former Blue Jays short stop is pleading not guilty to allegations of abusing his wife at a resort in Hawaii. Maui police arrested the now Colorado Rockies infielder after an argument with his wife back on Halloween.
Warriors Become First Team to Begin Season 16-0
Make it sweet 16 for the Golden State Warriors. Steffin Curry had 24 points in a 111-77 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers last night. With the record setting 16th straight win, the Warriors surpassed the 15 straight wins by the Washington Capitols of 1948-49 and 1993-94 Houston Rockets to take the new NBA record.
Forbes Magazine Lists Maple Leafs 3rd Most Valuable Franchise
According to Forbes Magazine, the Toronto Maple Leafs are no longer the most valuable franchise in the National Hockey League. There are now two other teams, who are part of the original six, that have ousted Toronto from the top spot. Both the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens are now listed first and second respectively, as the league’s most valuable franchises. This season the Rangers managed to increase their value to $1.2 billion and the Montreal Canadiens are now worth $1.18 billion. The Maple Leafs are now estimated at $1.15 billion, which is up from $1.3 billion in 2014. To view the Forbes list of most valuable franchises click here.