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Two Proud Boys members plead guilty in New York City brawl case



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Two of 10 members of the far-right group Proud Boys who were arrested last year after a violent fight with Antifa supporters in New York City have pleaded guilty to charges of disorderly conduct.

Jake Freijo and Eryk Kaczynski will be sentenced to five days of community service, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office said Friday.

They were involved in an Oct. 12 melee between Proud Boys members and masked protesters after a speech by Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes at the Metropolitan Republican Club on the Upper East Side.

Prosecutors have made varying sentencing recommendations for the remaining eight men, most of whom are scheduled to appear in court next month.

The others arrested were John Kinsman, 39, Geoffrey Young, 38, Douglas Lennan, 40, Maxwell Hare, 26, Irvin Antillon, 41, David Jacob, David Kuriakose and Kyle Borello,

Kinsman and Hare, who were each charged with attempted assault in the second degree and riot in the second degree, could face up to a year in jail on a plea.

The recommendation for Young was six months in jail on a plea to riot in the second degree and attempted assault in the third degree charges.

Kuriakose may face a split sentence of 30 days in jail and probation with a plea for riot in the second degree and attempted assault in the third degree charges.

Authorities are asking that Borello and Lennan, each charged with riot in the second degree and attempted assault in the third degree, receive three years of probation on a plea.

New York police released surveillance video after the fight, asking for information on the men involved.

Video showed one of the anti-fascist protesters throwing a bottle at the Proud Boys, who then retaliated with punches.

Some men fell to the ground and were kicked. The video also showed one person getting dragged across the pavement.

“At some point we have six individuals wearings masks … we believe yelling at the group going south on Park Avenue and some of the [Proud Boy] members from the Park Avenue side begin to go on to 82nd Street and interact” with protesters, NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said at the time.

McInnes has described the Proud Boys, which began in 2016, as a “fraternal organization” for young “Western chauvinist” men. The Southern Poverty Law Center designates it as a hate group.


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9-year-old genius to graduate university




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(CNN) – A child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree at the tender age of 9.

Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) — a tough course even for students of an average graduate age.

Described by staff as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent is on course to finish his degree in December.

He then plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree, his father told CNN.

His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, said they thought Laurent’s grandparents were exaggerating when they said he had a gift, but his teachers soon concurred.

“They noticed something very special about Laurent,” said Lydia.

Laurent was given test after test as teachers tried to work out the extent of his talents. “They told us he is like a sponge,” said Alexander.

While Laurent comes from a family of doctors, his parents have so far not received any explanation as to why their child prodigy is capable of learning so quickly.

But Lydia has her own theory.

“I ate a lot of fish during the pregnancy,” she joked.

The TUE has allowed Laurent to complete his course faster than other students.

“That is not unusual,” said Sjoerd Hulshof, education director of the TUE bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, in a statement.

“Special students that have good reasons for doing so can arrange an adjusted schedule. In much the same way we help students who participate in top sport.”

Hulshof said Laurent is “simply extraordinary” and praised the youngster.

“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” he said. “Not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”

Laurent told CNN his favorite subject is electrical engineering and he’s also “going to study a bit of medicine.”

His progress has not gone unnoticed and he is already being sought out by prestigious universities around the world, although Laurent’s family wouldn’t be drawn on naming which of them he is considering for his PhD.

“The absorption of information is no problem for Laurent,” said his father.

“I think the focus will be on research and applying the knowledge to discover new things.”

While Laurent is evidently able to learn faster than most, his parents are being careful to let him enjoy himself too.

“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes,” said Alexander. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”

Laurent said he enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and playing on his phone, like many young people.

However, unlike most 9-year-olds, he has already worked out what he wants to do with his life: develop artificial organs.

In the meantime, Laurent has to finish his bachelor’s degree and choose which academic institution will play host to the next stage in his remarkable journey.

Before that, he plans on taking a vacation to Japan for an undoubtedly well-deserved break.

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New award to honor arts and activism named after Lena Horne




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Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem




Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem

Two gangbangers aimed their BMW like a missile at a father and his 8-year-old son on a Harlem sidewalk in a horrifying incident captured by video distributed by police Thursday.

The BMW — driven by a man police believe is a member of the Gorilla Stone Bloods Gang — was zeroed in on the father, a rival gang member, said cops.

Around 3:45 p.m. Nov. 6, the boy and his father were walking on W. 112th St. by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. when the BMW jumped the sidewalk and slammed into them both, said cops.

Father and son were both knocked through a gate.

The BMW driver then backed up — and its driver and passenger, also believed to be a gang member, jumped out of the car and ran toward the father and the son.

One of the attackers slashed the father, identified by sources as 32-year-old Brian McIntosh, who’s served prison time for robbery and bail jumping.

McIntosh and his son went to Harlem Hospital. Miraculously, the boy escaped serious harm.

McIntosh was so adamant about refusing to help police catch his attackers that the young boy’s mother had to file a police report alleging he was the victim of a crime, police sources said.

Cops released video of the attack, and ask anyone with information about the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.


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