Waukesha parade aftermath: Hundreds mourn victims Virginia ‘Ginny’ Sorenson and Jane Kulich

Hundreds paid their respects for Jane Kulich and Virginia “Ginny” Sorenson, two of the six victims tragically killed in the Christmas parade tragedy, as their memorial services were held Saturday.

Bridge Church hosted a celebration of life service for Kulich, 52, followed by a memorial gathering. Kulich’s loved ones spoke to a crowded and tearful Bridge Church room, with flowers lining the front. Photos of Kulich played on a slideshow to her favorite worship songs. The celebration of life ended with the room singing along to Kulich’s favorite Christmas song, Silent Night, as the words played across the screen.

Kulich was a beloved wife, loving mother, cherished grandmother, dear sister, and adored aunt, further survived by other loved relatives and many friends, according to an obituary posted online.

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San Francisco restaurant defends denying service to armed police officers: ‘We were uncomfortable’

The co-owner of a San Francisco restaurant defended refusing service to three uniformed police officers following backlash over the move, calling the establishment a “safe space.”

“It’s not about the fact that we are anti-police,” chef and co-owner of Hilda and Jesse, Rachel Sillcocks, told ABC7 News. “It is about the fact that we do not allow weapons in our restaurant. We were uncomfortable, and we asked them to leave. It has nothing to do that they were officers. It has everything to do that they were carrying guns.”

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President Biden could make Russia pay if it invades Ukraine

The Biden administration has plenty of options to make good on its pledge to punish Russia financially if President Vladimir Putin invades Ukraine, from sanctions targeting Putin’s associates to cutting Russia off from the financial system that sends money flowing around the world.

The United States and European allies have made no public mention of any plans to respond militarily themselves if Putin sends troops massed along the border into Ukraine, a former Soviet republic with close historical and cultural ties to Russia but now eager to ally with NATO and the West.

Instead, payback could be all about the money.

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COVID-19 infected Norwegian cruise ship arrives in New Orleans

A Norwegian Cruise Line ship with at least 10 passengers and crew members infected with COVID-19 docked Sunday in New Orleans, where health officials said they were trying to disembark people without worsening the spread of the coronavirus illness.

Local news outlets in New Orleans confirmed the Norwegian Breakaway had arrived in the city. The ship departed New Orleans on Nov. 28. The Louisiana Department of Health said in a late Saturday news release that over the past week the ship made stops in Belize, Honduras and Mexico.

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New York, blue states rank ‘least free,’ as red states stand out in personal, economic freedoms survey

New York was ranked the least free state in the Union, followed closely by Hawaii and California, according to a new survey.

The latest version of the Cato Institute’s “Freedom in the 50 States” also found that New Hampshire is the freest state, with Florida and Nevada as runners-up.

The survey, which has been done every two years since 2000, issued its overall freedom ratings based on a combination of personal and economic freedoms, comparing states along 230 different metrics ranging “from taxation to debt, eminent domain laws to occupational licensing, and drug policy to educational choice,” according to its website.

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Virginia to remove Robert E. Lee statue pedestal in Richmond: ‘Successful conclusion’

The pedestal on which a controversial statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee stood for 131 years in Richmond, Virginia, is slated to be removed, Gov. Ralph Northam announced Sunday.

The land that housed both the statue and the plinth will be returned to the city, the state’s Democratic governor explained in a press release.

“This land is in the middle of Richmond, and Richmonders will determine the future of this space,” Northam said. “The Commonwealth will remove the pedestal and we anticipate a safe removal and a successful conclusion to this project.”

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Michigan ‘person of interest’ didn’t know about Crumbley charges before he let them ‘come by,’ lawyer says

The lawyer of an Oakland County resident who local law enforcement believes may have a connection to James and Jennifer Crumbley’s disappearance told Fox News that if he had known the couple had active warrants, he would not have let them come to the building where his business is located.

“If he knew they had charges or active warrants, he definitely would not even have let them come by,” Sikora’s lawyer Clarence Dass told Fox News.

Dass added that Sikora did not know that the couple was on the run.

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Michigan sheriff in contact with ‘person of interest’ connected to building where Crumbleys found, lawyer says

An Oakland County, Michigan, resident has retained a lawyer for his reported connection into the disappearances of James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of accused school shooter Ethan Crumbley. The Michigan resident is in contact with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, and a meeting is planned for Monday afternoon, Fox News has learned.

Andrzej Sikora, 65, is an Oakland County resident and is the owner of Decora Interior Art Design, which has a location inside the building where James and Jennifer Crumbley were found by law enforcement officers early Saturday morning.

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California burglars posing as landscapers target Asian-American homes, police say

Burglars in California are appearing to target the homes of Asian-Americans while posing as landscapers in a series of thefts that come amid a rise in follow-home robberies, authorities said last week.

The Torrance Police Department issued a warning on Wednesday about the similarities between multiple residential burglaries that have occurred in recent weeks in Torrance, a city in the Los Angeles Metropolitan area.

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San Francisco crime surge prompts city to suspend cannabis tax to help dispensaries versus drug dealers

City supervisors in San Francisco unanimously approved an ordinance suspending the city’s business tax on cannabis retailers last week.

San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, who penned the ordinance, said in a statement to the San Francisco Examiner that the suspension is intended to help out legal cannabis retailers who are trying to compete with illegal drug dealers and a spike in theft.

The tax, which imposes a 1% to 5% citywide tax on gross receipts from cannabis businesses, was approved by voters in November 2018 and was slated to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2022. The ordinance, which passed Tuesday, suspends the tax through Dec. 31, 2022.

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