War zone: That’s what parts of Baltimore look like this morning after a half-day and night of riots and fires. Police (and their vehicles) were attacked. Businesses were looted. Buildings were burned. A state of emergency was declared. At least 15 officers were wounded, six of them seriously. More than two dozen people were arrested. All this came just hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray, who died of a severe spinal cord injury while in police custody. His family denounced the violence. So what will happen today? In an effort to head off more violence, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake imposed a curfew from 10 p.m to 5 a.m. daily starting tonight and lasting for at least a week.
Tough day: Rawlings-Blake received the brunt of the criticism yesterday, as smoke and flame rose over parts of the city and looters took items from store shelves. She was slammed for the police’s passive posture at the start of the riot and for a delay in getting a state of emergency issued. But she was most savagely skewered for comments she made over the weekend where she said city officials “gave those who wished to destroy space to do that.” Critics howled that she was encouraging violence; the mayor said her detractors were mischaracterizing her words.
‘Total destruction’: More than 4,400 people are confirmed dead, and that number is only expected to rise as the scope and scale of Saturday’s powerful earthquake becomes more clear. In the capital city of Kathmandu, people are sleeping outside, surgeries are being performed in makeshift operating theaters, power blackouts are widespread, needed supplies of all kinds are hard to come by and getting around is exceedingly difficult. Information about the condition of the villages outside of Kathmandu is spotty — because of blocked roads and unreliable communications — but reports that have filtered out speak of entire villages leveled by the quake or engulfed by landslides.
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5 Things To Know For Your New Day — Tuesday, April 28 was originally published on praisecleveland.com