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Protests in France mark the murder of young anti-fascist student

first_imgBanner reads: ‘Clément — forever in our memories, forever in our hearts.’Clément Méric, an 18-year-old student at an elite university in Paris and a militant in the Antifascist Action collective (AAPB), was killed June 5 by a blow from brass knuckles wielded by members of a far-right group.The Facebook page of the AAPB says that Méric was the “victim of violence by the far right that has developed in the past few months.” One of his fellow students, using the name Camille, told Le Monde, “He was attacked because he was a militant anti-fascist.” (June 7) Another student told l’Humanité, “He was always handing out leaflets supporting the rights of foreigners, for the equality of men and women.” (June 7)YouTube videos show him marching in the front of the AAPB contingent during a major protest in support of changes to French law to allow gay marriage and gay adoption.Earlier, in high school, he was a militant in the student union, leading opposition to “reforms” that the right-wing government of Nicolas Sarkozy was trying to impose.The day after Méric’s murder, most of the major cities in France had protests — some like Paris and Lille in the thousands, some like Brest, Méric’s hometown, in the hundreds. Pictures from protests by anti-fascist groups in Germany and Spain on June 7 and June 8 were also posted to the photo website Flickr.In Paris, the protests started at 5 p.m. at the place where Méric was killed. The crowd chanted “No pasaran” and the chant from the Spanish Civil war against fascism, “Fascism is a gangrene, eliminate it or bury it.” After a minute of silence, a banner with the slogan “Clément, 05/06/2013, forever one of ours” was unfurled. (“05/06/2013” is the French style of abbreviation for June 5, 2013.)An hour later, at Place St. Michel, all the left-wing parties gathered to pay homage to Méric. The site is a traditional gathering spot for students in Paris. Various members of the crowd — fellow students, anti-fascist militants, leaders of various left-wing parties — all made the point that Méric didn’t die in a student brawl; his killing was a political assassination.Major demonstrations were also held in the French cities of Marseilles, Lyon, Bordeaux, Orléans, Nantes and Toulouse.All these protests put major pressure on the French government to disband the violent and fascist group to which Méric’s killers belonged. As of June 10, the government has taken the first steps in this process.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Only at Descanso/The Rise Gala Raises $275,000 for Garden

first_imgGatherings Only at Descanso/The Rise Gala Raises $275,000 for Garden Annual benefit includes sneak preview of new Halloween event Article by Descanso Gardens | Photography by MARTHA BENEDICT Published on Thursday, October 2, 2014 | 1:21 pm Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News center_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Illuminated by the bewitching glow of thousands of carved jack o’ lanterns, more than 250 supporters of Descanso Gardens gathered Saturday night to raise about $275,000 for the botanic garden’s programs.Guests at “The Rise,” this year’s edition of the “Only at Descanso” benefit, got a sneak peek of the Halloween extravaganza “RISE of the Jack O’ Lanterns,” which opens to the public on Oct. 3 and runs through Nov. 2. They also got a look at the new Oak Woodland, Descanso’s first major garden addition in 30 years, which opens to the public Nov. 15.“This year’s benefit raised the most we have ever made,” said Juliann Rooke, Descanso chief operating officer. “This year our event sold out, and we had many friends old and new attending. Guests were so excited to see ‘The RISE’ – it’s an amazing event! And it was wonderful to see many new supporters at the benefit.”The evening began with cocktails in the Oak Woodland. Guests watched waterfowl cavort in the lake – and admired the spooky Halloween display in the window of the Boddy Lodge. Hope Tschopik Schneider, chair of the Descanso board of trustees, presided over the donation paddle raise. She announced that longtime Descanso benefactors Heather Sturt Haaga and Paul Haaga – who were out of town for the evening – were matching all $5,000 donations dollar for dollar. “Just like ‘Orange is the New Black,’ five is the new ten,” she joked, referencing the hit Netflix series.Once darkness fell, the crowd took a short stroll to the adjacent Rose Garden, where a red drape was pulled back to reveal the illuminated “RISE.” The exhibit includes more than 5,000 artist-carved jack o’ lanterns in a dizzying array of themes and styles: celebrity faces, dinosaur skeletons, a tribute to LA sports teams, TV and movie characters, nursery rhymes.Dinner followed on The Promenade, where the candle-lit tables made a glowing serpentine trail under the oaks. The round tables were draped in pewter-colored crinkled taffeta tablecloths and set with coppery orange chargers and violet-tinged wine glasses. Keeping with the bewitching theme, the tables were illuminated by ivory pillar candles set in russet-colored iron candelabras.The dinner, prepared by Patina Catering, kept the Halloween vibe going beginning with a salad of wild greens, crisp roots, pumpkin and pumpkin seeds. The entrée was beef short ribs and beef medallions, served with heirloom pumpkin risotto and pancetta-wrapped asparagus.The dinner was capped off by handmade sweets to tempt any trick or treater’s palate: pumpkin pie with maple Chantilly, tiny candy bars and mini caramel apples.The evening ended with dancing in the Rose Pavilion and the invitation to take another stroll through “The RISE.” A cigar lounge drew guests who enjoyed a smoke and glass of port.The evening was coordinated by the 2014 benefit committee, including Elizabeth Gleason of San Marino, Gina Guerra and Hope Tschopik Schneider of La Cañada Flintridge; and Amy Lamb, Leah McCrary and Ann Murphy of Pasadena. The event was generously underwritten by Patina Restaurant Group, Typecraft Wood & Jones, Jacob Maarse Florists, Town & Country Event Rentals, and Z Valet & Shuttle Service.Funds raised at “Only at Descanso” will support programs and projects, from family friendly festivals and educational opportunities for school children to enriched horticultural displays and demonstration gardens to benefit the community.“The mission of the Gardens is to educate and inspire,” Rooke said. “The generosity of our benefactors who supported the gala help us to provide our community with experiences in the natural world.”About Descanso GardensEstablished as a public garden in 1953, Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, near the interchange of the 2 and 210 freeways. The Gardens are open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily except Christmas Day. Parking is free. Admission fees are $9 for adults; $6 for seniors and students; $4 for children 5 to 12, and free for members and children 4 and younger. For information, call (818) 949-4200 or visit Descanso Gardens is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Herbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNow She’s 19 – Look At Her Transformation! Incredible!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like An Eye-Candy And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyDoes Giving Ultimatums In A Relationship Ever Work Out?HerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News Subscribelast_img read more

Pennsylvania man is shot, stabbed following an early-morning home invasion

first_imgSkates left the scene and the female victim called 911, they say. Skates was arrested a short time later when troopers located his vehicle on Elk Lake Drive. (WBNG) — Pennsylvania State Police at Honesdale responded to a 911 call on Martin Road in Browndale early Wednesday morning. Police allege that 29-year-old Jesse Lester Skates of Waymart, Pa. entered a residence by breaking a window. They say a female in the house was aowken by the breaking of the window. The male victim was transported to alocal hospital where he remains in intensive care. Despite theseriousness of his injuries, he is expected to survive. When investigating the noise, they say she saw the suspect enter with a rifle and she quickly returned to the bedroom to wake her male companion. Skates is being charged with attemptedhomicide, aggravated assault, burglary, and other charges. He will bearraigned at the Wayne County Courthouse. Skates followed her into the bedroom and after a brief argument, Skates shot a male victim in the face, police said. After a short battle, the rifle was broken and the suspect assaulted the male victim with a pocket knife, slashing his face. last_img read more