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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Broadway.com reports: Jim Parsons is returning to the New York stage. The four-time Emmy winner will star in the Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Terrence McNally musical A Man of No Importance at off-Broadway’s Classic Stage Company. John Doyle will direct the production, which will begin performances on October 11, open on October 30 and run through December 4. Parons …

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Police Apprehend Suspect In Illinois Mass Shooting

CNN reports: Robert E. Crimo III, a person of interest in a mass shooting at a parade that left six dead and sent more than two dozen people to hospitals, has been taken into custody near Lake Forest, Illinois, authorities said during a brief news conference. Authorities said Crimo was spotted by a North Chicago officer who attempted a traffic …

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Police Name 22 Year-Old Suspect In IL Mass Shooting

Chicago’s CBS News affiliate reports: Police are still searching for the shooter, and are urging people in the area to shelter in place within an area bounded by Green Bay Road, Laurel Avenue, St. Johns Avenue, and Elm Place. Highland Park Police Chief Lou Jogmen identified a “person of interest” as 22-year-old Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III. He is believed …

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Trump Pick For IL Gov Campaigns On Mass Shooting

This is just part of the new GOP normal: Hours after a gunman opened fire during an Independence Day parade in a Chicago suburb, Illinois state Senator Darren Bailey, a Republican, called for people to “move on and… celebrate.” At around noon local time, Bailey, who is running for governor and has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump, went …

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Biden Condemns “Senseless” Illinois Mass Shooting

Via press release from the White House: Jill and I are shocked by the senseless gun violence that has yet again brought grief to an American community on this Independence Day. As always, we are grateful for the first responders and law enforcement on the scene. I have spoken to Governor Pritzker and Mayor Rotering, and have offered the full …

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Florida Town Honors War Criminal Who Was Sentenced To 35 Years After Pleading Guilty To Executing 4 Iraqis

The Space Coast Rocket reports: Last night, the City of Palm Bay held their annual Independence Day celebration at Eastern Florida State College in Palm Bay. State Representative Randy Fine was a guest speaker at the event. Fine posted on his social media that he was asked to come speak by Mayor Medina, however emails show that Fine asked Medina …

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Protester Crashes NYC Hot Dog Eating Contest [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports: Joey Chestnut won a record 15th Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Monday, scarfing down 63 hot dogs and 63 buns in 10 minutes. The Major League Eating champ’s final tally perhaps could have been higher had he not been interrupted by an animal rights activist in a Darth Vader costume who briefly …

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Arizona Extremist Maces Abortion Rights Protesters

Vice News reports: The leader of a far-right extremist group in Arizona sprayed mace into the faces of abortion-rights activists and their children on Sunday night, according to the protesters and eyewitnesses. The incident happened in downtown Tempe during a second night of protests at the end of Roe v. Wade. On Saturday night, Jennifer Harrison, the leader of the …

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GOP Missouri State Rep Resigns After Convictions For $900K Bailout Fraud And Selling Fake COVID Treatment

Springfield’s ABC News affiliate reports: A Missouri state lawmaker resigned on Friday after a jury found her guilty on 22 counts for fraudulently accepting hundreds of thousands of pandemic-era federal stimulus dollars and other offenses. Missouri state Rep. Tricia Derges (R) was convicted on Tuesday after she applied for nearly $900,000 in CARES Act funds for what she said were …

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Five Dead, 16 Injured In Illinois Parade Mass Shooting

The Chicago Sun-Times reports: Five people were killed and 16 others wounded when a gunman started shooting 10 minutes after the Highland Park Fourth of July parade kicked off Monday morning, authorities said. As of 12:15 p.m., the gunman remained at large and authorities urged people in the area to “shelter in place. Law enforcement are searching for the suspect.” …

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