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Arrests made in the murder of two transgender women

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Arrests made in the murder of two transgender women

Law enforcement in Charlotte, North Carolina arrested two men Friday in the murders of two transgender women.

Dontarius Long and Joel Brewer were charged with murder, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon as well as other charges in the women’s deaths, according to a police report.

“Our streets are a lot safer,”  Police Chief Johnny Jennings said.

Jaida Peterson was found shot on Easter Sunday at a Quality Inn near the airport. Eleven days later, Remy Fennell was found shot at a Sleep Inn in University City, reports The Charlotte Observer.

Police spokesman Rob Tufano said Thursday that both women were transgender and both were sex workers. The two men had arrived at and left the hotels together, police said.

According to the Human Rights Campaign, at least 15 transgender or gender non-conforming people have been violently murdered in 2021.

Charlotte police are still searching for a motive for the attacks but have not ruled the murders as a hate crime.

Bryan Crum, supervisor of the local Violent Crime Unit, said that investigators are still looking into how Long and Brewer may have known each other.

“The work is not done … There’s a lot of things that we have to look into,” said Jennings.

The investigation is still ongoing.

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2-year-old boy shoots parents in Maine home

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2-year-old boy shoots parents in Maine home

A 2-year-old boy in Maine shot his parents Wednesday morning with a gun he picked up from a nightstand, a report said.

The toddler’s 25-year-old father was hit in the head, and the mother, 22, was struck in the leg in the shooting at their home in West Bath, WMTW reported, citing Sagadahoc County Sheriff Joel Merry.

The baby was injured by the recoil of the gun, authorities said. All three family members were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, according to Merry.

“The question of how the boy was able to pick up and fire the weapon is of great concern and is being investigated,” Merry said, according to the report.

“This situation, while disturbing, could have had an even more tragic ending,” the sheriff said.

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Banksy’s ‘Love is in the Air’ auctioned for $12.9M in crypto

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Banksy's 'Love is in the Air' auctioned for $12.9M in crypto

A Banksy piece fetched $12.9 million in an auction Tuesday — and the winning bidder will pay for the pricey pop art with cryptocurrency.

The anonymous artist’s “Love is in the Air” is the first physical piece of art sold by a major auction house paid for using crypto, according to a tweet from Sotheby’s.

The protest image — which shows a protester winding up with a bouquet of flowers in hand instead of a molotov cocktail — was sold after a 14-minute bidding battle with four participants, Sotheby’s said.

The auction house announced in March it would auction off a series of non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, which are digital assets that represent ownership of virtual items like art and sports memorabilia.

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Colonial Pipeline has restarted operations after cyberattack

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Colonial Pipeline has restarted operations after cyberattack

Colonial Pipeline restarted operations on Wednesday — after it was shut down for days over a cyberattack, causing major disruptions and panic-buying at gas stations across the Southeast.

The company said it “initiated the restart of the pipeline” — which delivers about 45 percent of the fuel consumed on the East Coast — at around 5 p.m..

“Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal,” Colonial’s statement said.

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