The Low Popahirum, July 8, 2016

NATIONAL

“‘Now is definitely not the time to get political,’ Ben Carson says.” – Politico

Five Dallas police officers were killed and seven wounded by a sniper who ‘wanted to kill white people’ during an anti-police brutality protest Thursday, an explosion of violence that President Obama declared a ‘vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement.'” – Fox News

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says the Supreme Court shut down tactics used by opponents of abortion and affirmative action in higher education in two major cases the justices decided at the end of their just-concluded term.” – BigStory.AP.com

“DNC statement on this week’s shootings mentions Dallas in last line of 4th paragraph, calling it “unacceptable”” – Twitter.com

Dallas police identified a North Texas man as a gunman responsible for shootings at Dallas protests that left five police officers dead and seven more injured.” – NBCDFW.com

“As Thursday’s deadly attack unfolded in Texas, with snipers injuring six people and killing five Dallas police officers, the scene was one of chaos and confusion. Three suspects are now in custody. A fourth is reported to be dead. The identities and motives of the perpetrators still remain under investigation.” – The Washington Post

“The same people who literally blamed the NRA for the Orlando shooting while the blood was still being mopped up are today demanding that Black Lives Matter not be smeared by association with the violence in Dallas.” – National Review

There has been a well meaning, but misguided, effort to convince delegates to the Republican National Convention that, despite state party rules or state laws in many states that bind them to vote for the winners of their state’s primary or caucus, they are free to vote for whoever they want for President, contrary to these binding requirements.” – The Hill

Donald Trump asked House Republicans Thursday to only ‘say great things’ about him in an effort to project a unified front in the presidential election.” – The Washington Post

A suspect in the overnight attack that killed five police officers, wounded seven others and injured two civilians said he was upset over the recent police shootings of black men and wanted to kill white people, according to Police Chief David Brown.” – The Blaze

LOUISIANA

Agents with the FBI have now begun sifting through information in the Baton Rouge police shooting of Alton Sterling, and a former top man in New Orleans says it shouldn’t take long to determine if a civil rights case will follow.” – Fox8Live.com

“The standoff between New Orleans police and a barricaded gunman in New Orleans East is over.” – WAFB.com

“A New Orleans East homeowner said the city’s fight against blight has yet to make it to her block.” – WDSU.com

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday night that he sees the death of Alton Sterling as a call for better law enforcement training and efforts to strengthen the relationship between police and the communities they serve.” – The Baton Rouge Advocate 

The bar will be high for prosecuting two police officers in the Alton Sterling case, a former federal prosecutor said Thursday.” – WBRZ.com

“As Baton Rouge residents continue to gather at vigils and call for answers in the police-involved shooting death Tuesday (July 5) of 37-year-old Alton Sterling, the events fit within the complicated context of a racially divided city and its relationship with its police force.” – NOLA.com

A preliminary investigation by Baton Rouge police determined only one of the two officers fired their weapon at the scene of the deadly shooting of Alton Sterling.” – KSLA.com

Jay Z has released an emotional new song in response to this week’s fatal police shootings of two black men in Minnesota and Louisiana.” – WBRZ.com

Statistics published by Huffington Post show that since 2005, 13 officers have been convicted of murder or manslaughter in on-duty fatal shootings, even though there have been hundreds of police shootings during that time. Legal Analyst Tim Meche says it’s too early to tell if there will be a conviction in the Alton Sterling case but the cell phone videos of the shooting are not good for the officers.” – Louisiana Radio Network

“LSU’s championship drought hasn’t affected Les Miles’ wallet.” – The Baton Rouge Advocate

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