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Seattle officials clash with Trump on Twitter after protesters create autonomous zone outside police precinct

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carlballou/iStockBy KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC NEWS

(SEATTLE) — Protesters in Seattle have seized a six-block area to create an autonomous police-free zone outside the East precinct that was abandoned on Monday.

Jim Fuda, director of Law Enforcement Services for Crime Stoppers that works with Seattle Police, told ABC News’ Matt Gutman that he’s “never” seen a demonstration like this.

“The people realize this building is the people’s. We pay for it with our taxes. We just want to make sure it’s used for the right things,” one protester told ABC News, adding that they’ll occupy the area for “as long as it takes.”

Local law enforcement officials have come under fire for tactics in recent weeks including the use of flash bangs and pepper spray on crowds, and there are currently 14,000 complaints against Seattle police.

Chief of Police Carmen Best addressed officers on Thursday about what she called “one of the toughest times ever in the history of the Seattle Police Department.”

“You should know, leaving the precinct was not my decision. You fought for days to protect it. I asked you to stand on that line, day in and day out,” she said. “I’m angry about how this all came about.”

Best said the decision was made because they had “solid information to believe that [an] anti-government group would destroy the precinct” once they left.

She also said that now, as a result of their officers’ vacancy, police can’t respond to calls in the neighborhood for other violent crimes.

President Donald Trump called on both Best and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Twitter, telling them to “take back your city.”

“This is not a game. These ugly Anarchists must be stopped IMMEDIATELY. MOVE FAST,” the president wrote.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durken fired back at Trump, tweeting: “Make us all safe. Go back to your bunker.”


In an effort to de-escalate tensions with protestors, Best gave demonstrators concessions including a 30-day ban on officers’ use of tear gas for crowd control, according to ABC News Seattle affiliate KOMO.

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Gunman who targeted Paso Robles police shot; officers injured

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(PASO ROBLES, Calif.) — The Paso Robles, California, Police Department said they shot the gunman who has been on the run since early Wednesday after he allegedly targeted a precinct and injured a deputy. He is also believed to be responsible for the murder of a transient man in the area.

“Several” officers were wounded in a shootout as well, police said.

A Reverse 911 shelter in place message was issued for those within a two-mile radius of Volpi Ysabel Rd in Paso Robles due to law enforcement activity.

Local law enforcement, the California Highway Patrol and the FBI have been searching for the suspect, identified as 26-year-old Mason James Lira, since they believe he opened fire on law enforcement at about 3 a.m. Wednesday.

Nicholas Dreyfus, a 28-year old deputy with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the early morning shooting and was shot in the face, officials said. His prognosis is good, the sheriff’s office said.

Authorities believe Lira is a transient from the Monterey, California, area.

Police said he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Authorities also believe Lira is connected to a Wednesday morning homicide near the Paso Robles Amtrak Station.

The sheriff’s office said the body of a man who was shot in the head at close range was found near the station Wednesday morning. The victim killed was likely a transient who was camping out near the train tracks, authorities said.

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

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Oscar winner Peter Farrelly could re-team with 'Green Book' star Viggo Mortensen for 'Beer Run'

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Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AARP(LOS ANGELES) — Peter Farrelly, who won Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay for Green Book, is teaming up with one of the movie’s Oscar-nominated co-stars for another based-on-real-life story. 

According to Variety, Farrelly and Viggo Mortensen could collaborate on Farrelly’s adaptation of the book The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A True Story of Friendship Stronger than War.

The book, from Joanna Molloy and John “Chickie” Donohue, is based on Donohue’s real-life adventure to track down his childhood friends fighting in Vietnam to share a beer with them.  Farrelly is co writing Beer Run as well.

Mortensen was nominated in the Best Actor Academy Award category for Green Book, in which he played Tony Lip, the driver who forms an unlikely friendship with Mahershala Ali’s pianist Dr. Don Sterling. Ali’s performance earned him his second Best Supporting Actor Oscar, following 2016’s Moonlight.

By Stephen Iervolino
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Former 'The Voice' champ Craig Wayne Boyd forms country trio with two other reality TV show alumni

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Michael Tran/FilmMagicIn 2014, Craig Wayne Boyd was crowned champion of The Voice’s Season 7, as a member of Team Blake Shelton. Since then, he’s gone on to have a country career in Nashville, hitting the number-one spot at country radio with “My Baby’s Got a Smile on Her Face,” which he released right after his Voice victory. 

Now, Billboard reports that Craig is teaming up with two more former singing competition contestants: The Voice Season 10 runner-up Adam Wakefield and American Idol Season 9 third-place finalist Casey James

Together, the three solo artists make up new supergroup Texas Hill. The name comes from a bit of shared personal history: Casey and Craig are both native Texans, while Adam, who hails from New Hampshire, grew up on a street called Texas Hill Road. 

The three bandmates will still pursue solo careers, but they’re also working on a collaborative album at Nashville’s Ocean Way Studios. However, that process has been delayed due to the COVID-19 shutdown.

“The songs we’ve already recorded have a live feel to them and we don’t want to jeopardize that, so it looks like we’re going to just have to wait a little while before we can get us and the other musicians back in a room to jam,” Adam tells Billboard

In the meantime, they’re giving fans a taste of what’s to come with their new single, “Darkest Sky,” which the band says is especially apropos during the pandemic.

“I sent it to the boys because I felt like it was definitely a message that we could relate to in our own lives and careers —not knowing that the world would be taken by a pandemic a few months later—and it fit right into how we feel about it all,” Craig explains.

By Carena Liptak
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Gabby Barrett joins King Calaway for House Band cover of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”

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ABC/Image Group LAGabby Barrett takes a turn in the spotlight on the latest installment of King Calaway’s Nashville’s House Band Series, a running list of virtual performances from the rising country group and some of their musical friends.

This time around, Gabby and the gang try their hand at “Jolene,” which was a hit single for Dolly Parton after she first released it in 1973. 

“It was only a matter of time till we threw in some Dolly P!!!!” tweeted King Calaway when they shared the song. “[Gabby Barrett] is the voice you didn’t know you needed this morning.”

In fact, Gabby’s voice is becoming a more frequent presence in country music. She notched her first-ever chart-topping hit this spring with her debut single, “I Hope.” Following that milestone, she kept the ball rolling, releasing “The Good Ones” as her next single in early June. In its first week, the track became the most-added single at country radio. 

Additionally, the singer is teasing a new track called “Footprints on the Moon” for release on Friday. Gabby’s debut album, Goldmine, is scheduled for release on June 19.

By Carena Liptak
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