This is a wrap of several top stories from China for 19 April 2021. Hong Kong (CNN) Under President Xi Jinping, China's former leaders have grown accustomed to keeping their heads down. But in an essay published this week, ostensibly a tribute to his late mother, former Premier Wen Jiabao appeared to issue what many have interpreted as a coded criticism of Xi: calling for fairness, justice, humanity and liberty, all while remembering a period of history the Communist Party would rather forget. Wen's words took Chinese social media by the storm. His essay was shared hundreds of thousands of times -- before censors stepped in to stop people spreading it (yes, even the country's second-highest official for a decade could not escape China's increasingly stringent censorship). The essay was published in an obscure newspaper in Macao , perhaps indicating no mainland Chinese outlet was willing to publish it. Wen could not be reached for comment about … [Read more...] about Did China’s former Premier just subtly criticize President Xi Jinping?
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Surveillance photos show a suspect police say punched a New York City bus driver. On Sunday, CBS2’s Cory James spoke with the Transport Workers Union , which says the violence on bus drivers has been rising since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. READ MORE: All New Jersey Residents Age 16 And Up Now Eligible For COVID Vaccine Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus drivers are on high alert following attacks in recent months on workers behind the wheel. Police released images of a woman who they say punched a bus driver in the face not once but twice. The incident happened last month in Greenwich Village near Sixth Avenue and 14th Street. According to police, it started off as an argument before escalating to physical violence that left the driver with pain and swelling. TWU Vice President Richard Davis said that driver did not want to speak, but is recovering at home. “They’re doing okay, still a healing process, physically, … [Read more...] about NYPD: Woman Wanted For Punching MTA Bus Driver In Manhattan
Sign up to get our new weekly column as a newsletter. We're looking back at the strongest, smartest opinion takes of the week from CNN and other outlets. (CNN) Tom Stoppard's play, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," begins with the two minor characters from "Hamlet" betting on the toss of a coin. It comes up heads ... and heads ... and heads -- 92 times in a row -- and Guildenstern has to keep handing over his money. "I'm afraid it isn't your day," says Rosencrantz. "Life is a gamble, at terrible odds," says another character near the end of the 1966 play , "if it was a bet you wouldn't take it." This week President Joe Biden continued taking some hard bets, hoping the coins will land his way. He set the pattern in January, days before he took office, by outlining a huge Covid relief package amounting to $1.9 trillion and then topped it last month with a proposal for a $2 trillion infrastructure bill. On Wednesday he made another … [Read more...] about Joe Biden’s audacious gambles
close Video Police: Indianapolis FedEx shooting suspect was former employee Fox News correspondent Bryan Llenas provides an update on the FedEx Indianapolis shooting INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The former employee who shot and killed eight people at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis legally purchased the two assault rifles used in the attack despite red flag laws designed to prevent that, police said. A trace of the two guns found by investigators at the scene revealed that suspect Brandon Scott Hole, 19, of Indianapolis , legally bought the rifles in July and September of last year, officials with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said Saturday. IMPD did not share where Hole bought the guns, citing the ongoing investigation, but said Hole was witnessed using both rifles during the assault. Deputy Police Chief Craig McCartt said Hole began firing randomly at people in the parking lot of the FedEx facility late Thursday, killing … [Read more...] about FedEx shooter legally bought guns used in shooting, police say
A Capitol Police officer holds a program for the ceremony memorializing Brian Sicknick. Photo: Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post/Bloomberg via Getty Images Over three months after he died in the immediate aftermath of the insurrection on January 6, the chief medical officer for the District of Columbia has ruled that Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick suffered two strokes a day after the attack , not injuries inflicted by rioters as other officials previously claimed. In an interview with the Washington Post , medical examiner Francisco J. Diaz said that the autopsy found no evidence that Sicknick showed signs of internal or external injuries, and that there was no evidence that he suffered an allergic reaction to chemical irritants, which would have caused his throat to close up. Though Diaz did note that the events that “transpired played a role in his condition,” the ruling will make it unlikely that prosectors will pursue homicide charges against two men … [Read more...] about Medical Examiner: Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick Killed by Clot, Not Rioters