Afghan refugee pleads not guilty to the murders of Muslims.

Afghan refugee pleads not guilty to the murders of Muslims.

Afghan refugee pleads not guilty to the murders of Muslims.

The community is still trying to figure out why three Muslims were killed in Albuquerque, and on Friday a lawyer for an Afghan refugee suspected in the crimes entered a not guilty plea on behalf of her client.

The 51-year-old Muhammad Syed made a remote appearance for the court hearing and will be jailed without bond until his trial. Police have named him as a suspect in the death of a fourth Muslim man, and he is accused of three charges of murder and tampering with evidence.

Syed, who has lived in the United States for numerous years with his family, first denied being involved in the killings when he was taken into custody earlier this month.

Authorities have not given a reason for the deaths, although Syed has a history of violence, according to the prosecution. The claim made by Syed’s public defenders is that past accusations of domestic abuse against him never led to convictions.

According to the authorities, they have connected the bullet fragments discovered at two crime scenes with those discovered in Syed’s car, as well as with the firearms discovered in his house and car.

After information directed authorities to the Syed family, Syed was apprehended on August 8 more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) from his Albuquerque home. He informed the authorities that he was worried about the ambush-style killings and that he was en route to Texas to look for a new home for his family.

Syed is accused of carrying these murders:

— On July 26, Aftab Hussein, 41, was killed after leaving his automobile in the same position it always was close to his house.

— On August 1, while out for a stroll in the evening, Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, a 27-year-old urban planner who had worked on the campaign of a New Mexico congresswoman, was shot and killed.

— After the burial rituals for two of the other shooting victims, Naeem Hussain was shot on August 5 as he sat in his car outside a refugee resettlement organization on the south side of the city. Hussain was hit in the head and the arm by bullets that were fired at his SUV.

Syed is the main suspect in the death of Muhammad Zahir Ahmadi, an Afghan immigrant who was shot in the head behind the store he owned, in November of last year, but he hasn’t been charged.

The elder brother of Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, Muhammad Imtiaz Hussain, stated in an interview on Friday that his family is devastated and angry because they don’t know why the young Pakistani man would have been targeted or how he would have come into contact with Syed.

They came from various Islamic backgrounds, the two men. Syed does not speak English, only Pashto. The son of a primary school teacher, Muhammad Afzaal Hussain completed his studies in law and human resource management at the University of Punjab before moving to the United States in 2017.

The victim’s brother said, “These questions are banging around in my head.” “How would I feel satisfied if you gave him (Syed) a punishment of 10 years, 20, 30, 1,000, or a million years if I didn’t know why he killed my brother? What went wrong with him? We need to discover the reason for myself and for justice.

After earning a master’s degree from the University of New Mexico, Muhammad Afzaal Hussain was employed as the planning and land use director for the city of Espaola. He developed into a student leader and a supporter of the global community while attending UNM.

Political figures and his peers viewed him as having a promising future. In order to provide other youngsters with access to a high-quality education, his brother stated that his ultimate objective was to establish a school in their Pakistani hometown.

That mission, according to Muhammad Imtiz Hussain, will continue.

He remarked, “My brother passed away, but we’ll fight to create more brothers and sisters like him who can inspire people, work for humanity, serve others, and raise their voice for others.”

Outrage in West Virginia over Manchin’s pipeline plan

Outrage in West Virginia over Manchin’s pipeline plan

Outrage in West Virginia over Manchin’s pipeline plan

The struggle against the fossil fuel industry in West Virginia was always going to be one of David v. Goliath proportions, but after years of demonstrations, lobbying, and legal actions, 68-year-old Becky Crabtree believed the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) had been defeated fairly.

Therefore, Crabtree, a high school science teacher who teaches kids about the climate catastrophe, was “numb” when word came earlier in August that the state’s fossil fuel-friendly senator Joe Manchin had revived the troubled project.

Before the pivotal midterm elections, Manchin, a conservative Democrat who receives more campaign funding from the fossil fuel sector than any other member of Congress, including pipeline firms, had committed to supporting his party’s historic climate legislation. But only after he worked out a deal to expedite the MVP.

The unfairness is what enrages me so much. It’s a pact with the devil,” 68-year-old Crabtree of Lindside, Monroe County, who runs a 30-acre sheep farm, said.

The agreement is advantageous for those who support the pipeline. Separate legislation that would “force the relevant agencies to take all necessary procedures to authorize the construction and operation of the MVP and provide the DC circuit jurisdiction over any additional lawsuit” was agreed to by Democratic leaders to advance in September.

By doing this, the pipeline firm may be able to avoid judges who have halted work or revoked permits due to environmental concerns and have any pending issues heard in an appeals court in Washington, which is generally viewed favorably by developers.

It’s a part of a larger package of concessions that Manchin won to weaken environmental safeguards and hasten the approval of pipelines and other energy projects, limiting legal challenges from concerned towns and environmental organizations.

Additionally, it requires new oil and gas drilling agreements in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico, two locations that environmentalists have sought to protect in court. Any public lands given up to solar and wind development must be matched by millions of acres given over to oil and gas, committing the US to decades-long projects that contribute to global warming.

The side-deal, according to campaigner Brett Hartl at the Center for Biological Diversity, is a “vile gift” to the fossil fuel sector. “More public assistance is the last thing these corporations deserve because they are destroying our climate while making historic profits.”

Campaigners also caution that the numerous concessions will cost another generation of Black, Latino, Indigenous, and low-income communities their lives because they would be worst hit by the new projects’ noise, air pollution, and eviction plans.

Many experts, however, contend that the concessions were worthwhile in order to secure the nation’s first ever climate legislation, which allocates $369 billion for the switch to renewable energy and electric vehicles. This historic investment, according to scientists, will result in net reductions of 40% by 2030 compared to 2005 levels.

The trade-off will be difficult for those who will be directly impacted to accept.

Crabtree said: “I understand how compromises operate, and I’m delighted that we finally achieved some action on climate change. I was arrested in 2018 after attempting to halt building on her land by chaining myself to my old Ford Pinto. But it hurts that Manchin and his friends are sacrificing our towns and the environment.

The 303-mile Mountain Valley pipeline would deliver liquefied shale gas from northern West Virginia to southern Virginia via farmland, the rugged, forested Appalachian highlands, and about a thousand streams, rivers, and marshes.

It will pass through karst terrain, which is characterized by springs, creeks, caverns, and sinkholes and is a complex geological structure formed by the breakdown of soluble rocks like limestone and dolomite. According to the US Geological Survey, the area has been blessed with an abundance of water sources because to this subsurface terrain that resembles Swiss cheese, but because the land is porous and unstable, it is susceptible to contamination. Pipeline opponents claim that burying anything flammable in the earth is too unsafe because recent heavy rains have caused mudslides and landslides throughout the region.

According to the firm, it “worked tirelessly to establish a route that poses the least overall impact on communities, cultural and historic resources, and environmentally vulnerable areas, including regions with karst terrain.”

Peters Mountain, a spreading summit with sheer drops, endangered species, and spectacular views that cross state boundaries to Virginia, is of great concern. It is covered in oak, maple, and hickory trees. Over half of the population of Monroe County receive their pure drinking water from the towering mountain, which would be traversed by the pipeline.

“The realities haven’t changed just because Joe Manchin wants to expedite this fossil fuel infrastructure. There are still irregularities, discrepancies, and gaps in the permitting process. Howdy Henritz, 82, a clean-water supporter and small landowner in Greenville, Monroe county, who relies on spring water, said: “This area is really fragile; the threat to our water source hasn’t altered.

“Listening to the news felt like receiving a sucker punch. Never again will I cast a ballot for Manchin.

Others, though, favor Manchin’s plan and think environmental concerns are “unfounded,” like Bill Shiflet, a farmer, real estate agent, and chair of the Monroe County Building Commission.

We have pipelines all across this country, he declared. We will be able to sell West Virginian gas to our partners in Europe thanks to Mountain Valley’s game-changing severance and property tax revenues once the gas starts flowing. We are not prepared, therefore turning off fossil fuels now would be very bad news.

Due to a lack of permissions required to cross waterways and wetlands, which Manchin wishes to avoid, the project is currently over budget, behind schedule, and at a standstill. The business was given a four-year extension earlier this week, giving it until October 2026 to finish the project. (The firm claims that approximately 94% of the work on the MVP is finished, but environmental groups have calculated that the actual completion rate is more like 55%.

Georgia Haverty, 82, who lives in Giles County, Virginia, on the other side of Peters Mountain, owns 500 acres that include pick-your-own apple orchards, a restaurant, a wedding venue, and a dog daycare facility. Crop failures in recent years have been caused by extreme and unexpected weather patterns, which, in Haverty’s opinion, emphasizes how vital it is to move away from fossil fuels. “It is not a reasonable trade-off to sacrifice the environment in favor of larger corporate bank accounts. The issue is that we are Appalachians and have no political clout, he remarked.

But the financial clout of the pipeline sector in Washington is expanding.

According to federal campaign finance filings monitored by Open Secrets, the sector has donated $331,000 to Manchin so far this year, up from $20,000 in 2020. Manchin, who has received more than the next five lawmakers combined, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, and Chuck Schumer, the Senate leader from New York who negotiated the agreement for Manchin’s vote, are four of the top 20 industry beneficiaries. Additionally, Schumer has received at least $281,000 since 2017 from NextEra Energy, an investor in MVP and the largest utility in the nation.

Manchin has “always been in complete compliance with ethics and financial disclosure regulations,” according to a spokesman, and “has always had West Virginia’s best interests in mind.” The Schumer campaign did not reply.

Haverty claimed that if there is one lesson she has taken away from the pipeline fight, it is that money does matter. “No of the facts, laws, or fairness, if you possess something and someone with greater money wants it, they will take it. It is the antithesis of the American dream, claimed Haverty, one of 300 Virginians who sought to prevent a pipeline from being built on their property via eminent domain. The use of eminent domain, which the constitution restricts the government from taking private land for public use, for private gain is being contested in court.

The fourth circuit court in Richmond, Virginia, which overturned essential licenses stopping construction that Manchin wants to circumvent, according to the corporation, got it “wrong.” But it won’t be over until it is. The next round of this conflict will be over permission.

Democrats’ progressive side is unwilling to fulfill Manchin’s promise, despite some Democrats pointing out that protracted licensing processes have also hampered renewable energy projects and the transmission of clean electricity throughout the nation.

Ral Grijalva, the chairman of the House’s natural resources committee and a congressman from Arizona, declared, “Polluting businesses may have earned that pledge in a deal with a select few, but I intend to do everything in my power to urge the rest of my colleagues to violate it.” Another progressive Democrat, Rashida Tlaib, also stated that given Manchin’s prior political maneuvers regarding the climate bill, “we owe him nothing now” about permits.

It will depend on how much political capital and force leaders are ready to commit to the MVP if it becomes a national call to protest like the Dakota Access pipeline on Indigenous grounds at Standing Rock. More than 650 organizations wrote a letter to congressional leaders on Wednesday urging lawmakers to reject Manchin’s fossil fuel side deal.

Residents of Montgomery County originally organized against the MVP almost eight years ago in a rich rural neighborhood on the outskirts of the city of Blacksburg, building pipeline monitoring networks and legal techniques that developed into a regional and national campaign.

The first discussions were held at the homes of psychiatrist Bridget Simmerman, 60, and telecom account executive David Seriff, 64, who over time changed the pipeline route to avoid some of their houses. Seriff added, “We’ve witnessed egregious misuse of individual and property rights, it’s so un-American. This being an affluent neighborhood, we have more power than others.

Piles of the 43-inch carbon steel pipeline, which have been left to rust on the mountaintop since the building was halted a few years ago, are visible less than half a mile up a forested fire access road.

The truth is that we don’t require additional methane infrastructure, according to Seriff. We must advance rather than retreat. Although this offer seems outrageous, it’s not done yet. We’re prepared and organized, and we’re going to put an end to this.

BYU bans a supporter who racially disparaged a Black volleyball player on Duke’s squad.

BYU bans a supporter who racially disparaged a Black volleyball player on Duke’s squad.

BYU bans a supporter who racially disparaged a Black volleyball player on Duke’s squad.

According to a statement released by BYU on Saturday, a supporter who hurled a racial epithet at a Black player on the Duke volleyball team during a game on Friday night has been banned.

The fan, who was not a student at BYU but was seated there, has been barred from all on-campus athletic venues, according to the statement.

“We won’t put up with this kind of conduct. The use of a racist slur at any of our sporting events is specifically completely unacceptable, and BYU Athletics has a zero-tolerance policy for this behavior “The declaration said. “We sincerely apologize to Duke University and, in particular, to its student-athletes who competed yesterday night. This type of behavior has no place at BYU athletic events because we want them to be a safe space for everyone.”

The athlete, Rachel Richardson, the sole Black starter on the squad, claimed in a tweet that she was called a racial epithet “every time she served.”

“Racist insults, threats, and taunts have been used against people for far too long, as was the case with the terrible incident involving my goddaughter, Rachel Richardson, at BYU. Regrettably, this incident only attracted notice until I tweeted about it “Pamplin, a Texas candidate for circuit court judge, stated in a statement sent to him through email.

The statement continued, “Every American should be incensed that a young lady was treated to cruel, insulting remarks, and we should be even more incensed that it took a tweet from me in Tarrant County, Texas, to bring this incident to light.

Pamplin noted Richardson on Twitter “was warned by a white man to watch her back as she walked to the team bus. They had to place a police officer near their bench.”

Richardson, a sophomore from Ellicott City, Maryland, is 19 years old.

Duke claimed that a different location in Provo was used for its match versus Rider on Saturday instead of BYU’s Smith Fieldhouse.

The health of the Duke student-athletes is our first priority, according to Duke athletic director Nina King. “They ought to constantly have the chance to compete in a welcoming, anti-racist setting that encourages equality and fair play. We are forced to move today’s play against Rider to a new location in order to provide both teams with the safest environment possible for competition following the incredibly terrible events at Friday night’s match at BYU.”

In a round-robin invitational featuring four teams, including Rider and Washington State, are Duke and BYU. BYU defeated Duke on Friday, 3-1.

Food service organization has a good rating on the Protein Sustainability Scorecard.

Food service organization has a good rating on the Protein Sustainability Scorecard.

Food service organization has a good rating on the Protein Sustainability Scorecard.

Fresh Ideas Food Service Management – a company that focuses on creating an exceptional fresh food dining experience, based in Columbia, Missouri, has received an “A” on the Humane Society of the United States Protein Sustainability Scorecard.

The goal of the scorecard is to establish what the nation’s largest food service companies are doing to obtain their goals to offer more plant-based meals and where they are on their sustainability journey. Participating companies completed a short survey focused on three main topics: transparency, goals, and a plan of action to address their sustainability goals.

Fresh Ideas’ companywide commitment to showcasing plant-based proteins in its recipes and its collaboration with the HSUS on increasing plant-based menu options earned the company a third-place spot on the scorecard. As part of its new, expansive line of entirely plant-based menu concepts, known as Mindful Fork, Fresh Ideas has committed that half of all menu offerings will be plant-based by 2025.

“As the first-ever food service management company to make a robust commitment to plant-based menus, Fresh Ideas set off a much-needed domino effect for the rest of the industry. Without changing their menus to focus more on plant-based foods, food service companies cannot meet their sustainability targets,” said Kate Watts, manager of food service innovation for the HSUS. “The global food system is responsible for the mistreatment of billions of animals and a significant portion of greenhouse gas emissions. Plant-based foods have a smaller environmental footprint and their consumption reduces the number of animals suffering in intensive confinement systems. Transitioning half of all menus to be plant-based by 2025 should be a top priority for every food service company, and we’re pleased that Fresh Ideas is leading the way.”

In addition, Fresh Ideas has implemented several initiatives to increase and promote plant-based offerings, including:

Implementing the 1:1 concept—offering one plant-based entree for every animal-based entree.
Offering professional development opportunities to staff related to plant-based education, marketing, recipe development, and culinary skills, including training where Fresh Ideas chefs receive plant-based menu training led by the HSUS.

Providing plant-based education to customers and clients through blog posts, website and social media content, and virtual and in-person training.
Chef Carl Lovett, vice president of Culinary at Fresh Ideas, said, “Fresh Ideas believes in expanding flavor profiles, educating guests on new menu items, and using plant-based ingredients to create delicious food for everyone. That is why we are so excited about our plant-based commitment and Mindful Fork concept.”

 

Documents from the Trump Affidavit Indicate Concerns About Obstruction and Witness Intimidation

Documents from the Trump Affidavit Indicate Concerns About Obstruction and Witness Intimidation

Documents from the Trump Affidavit Indicate Concerns About Obstruction and Witness Intimidation

Despite reservations that its disclosure “may change the investigation’s course,” a federal judge decided to unseal a crucial document pertaining to the FBI’s search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence.

Despite the Justice Department’s objections, a federal judge on Friday declassified a heavily redacted version of a crucial document pertaining to the search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate. The Justice Department cited ongoing worries in the court records about the possibility of obstruction of justice as well as the fact that more sensitive documents are being withheld.

A significant portion of the affidavit, which was anticipated to provide additional information about the circumstances surrounding the investigation, including the reasons why law enforcement requested a search warrant for Trump’s Florida home and the proof that supported their request, was blacked out. It also revealed the seriousness of the criminal investigation’s high stakes despite not naming the targets of the law enforcement inquiry.

The government is pursuing a criminal investigation into the inappropriate removal and storage of sensitive information in unapproved areas, as well as the “unlawful concealing or removal” of government data, according to the affidavit that was submitted before to the search of Trump’s estate.

The 38-page court document lays out a history of the events leading up to the Aug. 8 FBI search of Mar-a-Lago, starting with a referral from the National Archives in February after it found 15 boxes of records at Trump’s house. Much of this timeline has already been made public. According to the paper, requests for the materials from the National Archives started in May 2021.

According to the affidavit, the FBI acquired the 15 boxes of papers in May, among which were 184 documents marked as classified and “handwritten notes” from the former president. Among the documents, 67 had confidential, 92 had secret, and 25 had top secret markings.

It continued by stating that there is “probable cause” to think that additional secret documents, including those containing presidential records or information on national defense, are still at Mar-a-Lago. The paper added that there is reason to assume that “obstruction” evidence would be discovered on the property.

The affidavit added that there was reason to think that a number of criminal laws may have been broken by the records kept at Mar-a-Lago.

According to the affidavit, one of these, the Espionage Act, if broken may result in a 10-year prison sentence. It also listed further criminal offenses that could lead to a 20-year prison sentence.

Trump has claimed that he used his executive authority to “declassify” materials. However, the affidavit already concedes that position, citing a letter from Trump’s legal team that claimed the former president had complete control over declassification. After that, a significant chunk is blacked out.

The affidavit’s numerous redactions left a lot of opportunity for conjecture. The Justice Department stated in a motion that the redactions were based on five categories: tipping off investigators, safeguarding grand jury information, stopping threats to law enforcement, unreasonably invading third parties’ privacy, and potential witness intimidation or retaliation.

The document mentions the protection, privacy, and safety of a “significant number of civilian witnesses,” in addition to law enforcement, and warns that if witnesses’ identities are revealed, they “may be subject to harms, including retaliation, intimidation, or harassment, and even threats to their physical safety.”

As the Court has already acknowledged, “these issues are not hypothetical in this case,” it continues menacingly.

In addition, it states that the government has “well-founded worries that, should facts in the affidavit be prematurely exposed, efforts may be taken to impede or otherwise interfere with this inquiry.”

The search warrant for Trump’s Florida residence was approved by U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, who on Thursday ordered that a redacted copy of the document be made available to the public on Friday.

In a court document made public on Thursday, Reinhart stated, “Based on my independent review of the Affidavit, I further find that the government has met its burden of establishing that its proposed redactions are narrowly tailored to serve the Government’s legitimate interest in the integrity of the ongoing investigation and are the least onerous alternative to sealing the entire Affidavit.”

The release of the affidavit in its entirety would reveal information identifying the parties involved, the investigation’s strategy and scope, and confidential grand jury information, according to Reinhart, who claimed that the administration had demonstrated “compelling reason” to seal certain portions of it.

After Trump revealed that the FBI had searched his Florida estate, the Justice Department took the unusual step of asking the judge to make another document, the search warrant, public. This was done in spite of the fact that the FBI was required by law to keep quiet about the matter due to an ongoing investigation. The Justice Department opposed the motion after several media outlets asked for the release of the affidavit, which would have likely revealed more information about the circumstances surrounding the investigation, including the reasons why law enforcement requested a search warrant for Trump’s Florida home and the proof that supported their request.

The Department of Justice argued in court filings that the release of the affidavit “could alter the investigation’s trajectory, reveal ongoing and future investigative efforts, and undermine agents’ ability to gather evidence or obtain truthful testimony,” adding that it could have “devastating consequences” for the “rights” of the people described therein.

The release of the affidavit has been demanded by Trump in the sake of “transparency.” However, his legal team did make its first filing earlier this week in relation to the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago, asking a federal judge to appoint a “special master” to examine the documents taken from his home. Despite this, his legal team has not yet filed any legal motions in response to the search.

On Friday, Trump wrote on his social media platform ahead of the affidavit’s release that “the political Hacks and Thugs had no right under the Presidential Records Act to storm Mar-a-Lago and steal everything in sight,” reiterating previous claims made against the Justice Department and FBI.

“We are right now living in a Lawless Country, that just so happens to be, also, a Failing Nation,” the former president wrote.