Probe begins: Who were the two men who opened fire outside a contest for Prophet Mohammed cartoons in a Dallas suburb? The men were shot dead by police last night, but details about their religion or motive weren’t immediately known. The keynote speaker at the event was right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who was placed on an al Qaeda hit list, and it was sponsored by the American Freedom Defense initiative, considered by some to be an anti-Muslim group. The shooting quickly reignited the debate on free speech versus provocation.
Return to normal?: Not quite, but the lifting of a citywide curfew yesterday is a big step in that direction for Baltimore. In addition to the end of the curfew, the National Guard is preparing to leave sometime this week and Mondawmin Mall, the flashpoint for last week’s riots, reopened yesterday. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called the lifting of the curfew and reopening of the mall ” a great day for this community.” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said some 200 businesses in Baltimore — many minority-owned and lacking insurance — were lost in the riots. Hogan said it was time to “get people back to normal.”
More unrest: Police issues also bubbled up in the Middle East yesterday, when a protest in Tel Aviv over alleged police mistreatment of Ethiopian Jews turned violent. Authorities used horses, water cannons and smoke to disperse the protesters, who had been chanting “a violent cop should be in jail.” They were upset about a video from last week that appears to show an Israeli soldier of Ethiopian descent being assaulted by police. Forty-three protesters were arrested in the chaos. Twelve protesters were injured, along with 57 officers.
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