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Firefighters protest anti-death penalty cartoon based on bombing photo

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PHOENIX (AP) — Firefighters are complaining that an editorial cartoonist crossed the line by using the image of a rescuer cradling the body of a child killed in the Oklahoma City bombing to criticize capital punishment.

Pulitzer Prize-winner Steve Benson’s cartoon was published in The Arizona Republic on June 11 and syndicated nationally while jurors were considering the death penalty for convicted bomber Timothy McVeigh.

A firefighter in the cartoon is labeled “death penalty fanatics.” The child says “Please, no more killing,” and the firefighter replies: “Oh, stop your whining!”

The cartoon mocks firefighters who risked their lives searching for victims in the rubble of the Oklahoma City federal building, said Alfred K. Whitehead, general president of the International Association of Firefighters.

“Firefighters are dedicated individuals who devote their entire careers to saving lives,” Whitehead said in a statement. “To portray them as advocates of death in a cheap commentary is not only offensive, it is repulsive.”

Paul J. Schatt, editorial pages editor for the Republic, said the cartoon doesn’t depict firefighters as advocates of the death penalty and called it a mistake to take an image in an editorial cartoon literally.

“The whole point of editorial cartoons is to exaggerate to make a point,” Schatt said.

Benson on Wednesday said he had no intention of apologizing and was only trying to “point out the ultimate irony of sentencing McVeigh to death.”

“If they want to take it literally, they have completely missed the intent of the cartoon and they don’t understand cartooning,” Benson said. “I don’t apologize to people who don’t understand cartooning.”

The cartoon is based on a Pulitzer-winning photo that showed Oklahoma City Firefighter Chris Fields holding the lifeless body of Baylee Almon.

Fields has seen the cartoon and is “real disappointed and somewhat irritated about it,” said Jon Hansen, a spokesman for the Oklahoma City Fire Department.

Hansen called the cartoon “degrading to firefighters not only in this city but across the country.”

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“If the government parties do not want to sit in the street, then”;

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The central government has decided to reduce excise taxes on gasoline and diesel in the wake of the increased policy. On Saturday, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted about it. “We are reducing the central excise duty by Rs 8 per liter on petrol and Rs 6 per liter on diesel. This will reduce petrol by Rs 9.5 per litre, and diesel by Rs 7 per litre, Sitharaman said. After this, the leader of The Devendra opposition has attacked the Thackeray government following this decision.

Many thanks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for the decision to reduce the central tax on petrol and diesel by Rs 8 and Rs 6 per litre, respectively! For this, the central government will bear a charge of Rs 1 lakh crore every year. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has also decided to give a subsidy of Rs 200 per cylinder to recipients of Pradhan Mantri Ujwala Yojana, thus a financial burden of Rs 6,100 crore will be incurred,” said Devendra Fadnavis.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has once again shown that the Modi government at the Center is the common man’s government in this country. The welfare of the poor is a very important issue for them and they constantly fight for it. He has given the same answer once again from these decisions. Now, I once again request the Chief Minister and the Government of Maharashtra to take the initiative to reduce the taxes on gasoline and diesel and provide more relief to the common man. Because the rates in Maharashtra are the highest. The ruling parties do not want to sit in the streets, they want to give relief to the people,” Fadnavis said.


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“This government belongs to dishonest children, they are in the sea…”, offensive statement from the BJP MLA! | …

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A few days ago, the Supreme Court ordered the state government to declare local body elections in the state within 15 days. Thus, while expressing a strong feeling that the OBC reserve is gone, the Opposition has targeted the Maharashtra Government. BJP has criticized the state government for killing the OBC reserve. In this regard, BJP MLA Babanrao Lonikar’s tongue slipped as he spoke to citizens in the Mantha city of Jalna. He criticized the state government in offensive language. Reactions to his statement are now beginning to surface.

“Government Thieves, Lafange Ministers”

“If this information had been delivered to the Supreme Court by collecting Imperial data and conducting a triple test, an OBC reservation of one thousand percent would have been read. But this government and its ministers, liars, scoundrels, scoundrels should be drowned in the sea. These liars were constantly saying that Modi, the central government should give us the data,” said Babanrao Lonikar.

“Data collected during Manmohan Singh’s rule”

“Manmohan Singh was the prime minister of the country. In Delhi, Maharashtra was ruled by the Congress. The whole country was under the control of the Congress. That was when the survey was done. There were 69,000 errors in it. The Manmohan Singh government never has not released that data to any state. Congress hasn’t released that data in its 50 years of existence. But the OBC ministers in the state are making the scene. They’re giving speeches with scarves around their necks. They’re speaking in the media.” Lonikar said.

“Go to the villages and tell them…”

Speaking at the occasion, Lonikar called on those present to speak about government from town to town. “Go to the villages and tell them that this is a dishonest child. The snake is not visible in the vegetation. We have to explain to the villagers how poisonous this three-winged snake is in Maharashtra,” Lonikar said.


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Aurangabad was rocked by two murders; One Sided College Girl All Day…

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The city of Aurangabad was shaken by the killings that took place in the morning and around noon. Two days ago, a man murdered his girlfriend and committed suicide in Aurangabad. While the incident was fresh, a 19-year-old girl was killed near the university on Saturday (May 21) out of one-sided love. The defendants in both cases have been acquitted. The deceased 19-year-old student and her killer were both from the same community, police said.

In another incident, Sabir Shah Qasim Shah (36) and Farhan Khan Nizam Khan (19, both Cuttackgate water tank residents) got into an argument at the Jinsi police station on Friday over a minor altercation. Farhan hit Sabir Shah in the stomach with a sharp object near him, seriously injuring him. Sabir Shah is receiving treatment at Ghati Hospital. However, the doctors pronounced him dead in the morning.

The police arrived at the scene in a case of one-sided love

One case has been recorded in this regard, said Jinsi Police Inspector V. METRO. Kendra gave. Senior officials including API Magare from Kendra visited the site. Tangde Criminal Investigation Squad Deputy Inspector Sunil Jadhav has been dispatched to Naregaon to search for the accused. A forensic team has been called to the scene. Panchnama was also performed by Sub-Inspector Harun Sheikh’s team.

Also read: Two murders at midnight in Aurangabad, murder of a woman along with a young man

Meanwhile, the defendant has a large gang that includes all minors and children up to 18 years of age. Many of them are in the business of only selling buttons at night. The police are investigating in that direction.


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