Baton Rouge Shooting: 3 Officers Dead; Shooter Was Missouri Man:

A Missouri man ambushed and killed three law officers and wounded three others in Baton Rouge on Sunday during a time when police nationwide and in the Louisiana city in particular have been on high alert after five officers were killed in a Dallas ambush July 7.

Louisiana State Police announced last week that they had received threats of plots against Baton Rouge police.
On Sunday, a man identified as Gavin Long of Kansas City went on a shooting rampage on his 29th birthday that left two police officers and a sheriff’s deputy dead, police sources said. Long, who was African-American, was a former Marine who spent time in Iraq and was discharged at the rank of sergeant in 2010, according to the U.S. military.

Cleveland v. Philly: A Convention City Food Smackdown:

Everyone in Cleveland knows that politicians who eat Polish Boys and pierogi — not necessarily at the same time — increase their chances of winning their political races.

And their favorite candy? The buckeye, of course!
Head east to Philly and politicians better like cheesesteak if they don’t want to be called carpetbaggers.
Never mind the bickering over vice presidential picks and party platforms at the political conventions this month.
It’s Cleveland’s bustling food culture that we’ll celebrate during the Republican National Convention, July 18 to July 21, followed by Philadelphia’s culinary scene during the Democratic National Convention, July 25 to July 28.


Cleveland Prepares For Republican National Convention

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Baton Rouge Shooting Casts Shadow Over GOP Convention:

Another national tragedy threatens to overshadow the opening of the Republican National Convention after three police officers were killed and three others were wounded in a shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Security is already tight here and the convention is going forward as planned. But the killings, following the murder of five police officers in Dallas earlier this month, reinforced impressions that the nation is teetering on a crisis driven by deep racial, economic and political polarization.
Donald Trump, who will formally become the Republican presidential nominee this week, quickly seized on the developments in Louisiana to renew his call for tough tactics to restore law and order.
Tracee Ellis Ross ABC Upfronts

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How ‘Black-Ish’ Turned ‘Hope’ Into Emmy Honors:

Emmy voters officially joined America’s ongoing conversation about racism on Thursday by acknowledging “black-ish” — an ABC comedy that has sought to tackle hot-button issues with humor and heart, without sacrificing laughs in the process.

“I think people respect the authenticity which we have for ourselves and the truthfulness in the way we tell our stories,” Anthony Anderson, star of “black-ish,” tells CNN. “I think that resonates with them and that’s what they respond to. They responded to it by giving us this nomination.”
The plaudits for “black-ish” come during a breakout year for the sophomore comedy, which has made a cozy home among other family sitcoms on ABC’s Wednesday night lineup. Like poster-child-for-progress “Modern Family” before it, “black-ish” rose to success in Season 2, in part, by daring to take on cultural lightning rods rarely seen on broadcast TV comedies since the days of producer Norman Lear and shows like “All in the Family.

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