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Former Capital Gazette Editor Says He Warned Newsroom About Suspect, but Police Said They Couldn't Arrest Him

Former Capital Gazette Editor Says He Warned Newsroom About Suspect, but Police Said They Couldn't Arrest HimThomas Marquardt distributed photos of Jarrod W. Ramos to his staff with instructions to call police if they saw him

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Police called suspect in Capital Gazette newsroom shooting no threat in 2013

Police called suspect in Capital Gazette newsroom shooting no threat in 2013The man accused of killing five people at a Maryland newspaper was investigated five years ago for a barrage of menacing tweets against staff members, but a detective concluded he was no threat, and the paper didn't want to press charges for fear of inflaming the situation, according to a police report released Friday. The newspaper was afraid of "putting a stick in a beehive." The 2013 police report added to the picture emerging of Jarrod W. Ramos, 38, as the former information-technology employee with a longtime grudge against The Capital of Annapolis was charged with five counts of first-degree murder in one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in US history. Authorities said Ramos barricaded the rear exit of the office to prevent anyone from escaping and methodically blasted his way through the newsroom Thursday with a 12-gauge pump-action shotgun, gunning down one victim trying to slip out the back. Three editors, a reporter and a sales assistant were killed. "The fellow was there to kill as many people as he could," Anne Arundel County Police Chief Timothy Altomare said. Capital Gazette shooting suspect split Ramos, clean-shaven with long hair past his shoulders, was denied bail in a brief court appearance he attended by video, watching attentively but saying nothing. Authorities said he was "uncooperative" with interrogators. He was placed on a suicide watch in jail. His public defenders had no comment. The charges carry a maximum penalty of life without parole. Maryland has no death penalty. The bloodshed initially stirred fears that the recent surge of political attacks on the "fake news media" had exploded into violence. But by all accounts, Ramos had a specific, longstanding grievance against the paper. President Donald Trump, who routinely calls reporters "liars" and "enemies of the people," said, "Journalists, like all Americans, should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their jobs." Ramos had filed a defamation lawsuit against the paper in 2012 after it ran an article about him pleading guilty to harassing a woman. A judge later threw it out as groundless. Ramos had repeatedly targeted staffers with angry, profanity-laced tweets. "There's clearly a history there," the police chief said. Annapolis shooting Ramos launched so many social media attacks that retired publisher Tom Marquardt called police in 2013. Altomare disclosed Friday that a detective investigated those concerns, holding a conference call with an attorney for the publishing company, a former correspondent and the paper's publisher. The police report said the attorney produced a trove of tweets in which Ramos "makes mention of blood in the water, journalist hell, hit man, open season, glad there won't be murderous rampage, murder career." The detective, Michael Praley, said in the report that he "did not believe that Mr. Ramos was a threat to employees" at the paper, noting that Ramos hadn't tried to enter the building and hadn't sent "direct, threatening correspondence." "As of this writing the Capital will not pursue any charges," Praley wrote. "It was described as putting a stick in a beehive which the Capital Newspaper representatives do not wish to do." The five victims of the Annapolis shooting: (top) Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, (bottom) John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters Marquardt, the former publisher, said he talked with the newspaper's attorneys about seeking a restraining order but didn't because he and others thought it could provoke Ramos into something worse. "We decided to take the course of laying low," he said Friday. Later, in 2015, Ramos tweeted that he would like to see the paper stop publishing, but "it would be nicer" to see two of its journalists "cease breathing." Capital Gazette reporter Chase Cook (right) and photographer Joshua McKerrow work on the next days newspaper while awaiting news from their colleagues  Credit:  IVAN COURONNE/AFP Then Ramos "went silent" for more than two years, Marquardt said. "This led us to believe that he had moved on, but for whatever reason, he decided to resurrect his issue with The Capital yesterday," the former publisher said. "We don't know why." The police chief said some new posts went up just before the killings but authorities didn't know about them until afterward. Few details were released on Ramos, other than that he is single, has no children and lives in an apartment in Laurel, Maryland. He was employed by an IT contractor for the US Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics from 2007 to 2014, a department spokesman said.

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Alleged newsroom shooter sued Capital Gazette for defamation

Alleged newsroom shooter sued Capital Gazette for defamationIn 2011, the newspaper ran an article about him stalking a classmate; he pleaded guilty to harassment.

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Factbox: Victims of mass shooting at Maryland newsroom

Factbox: Victims of mass shooting at Maryland newsroomHiassen, 59, brother of best-selling author Carl Hiaasen, joined The Capital, the group’s flagship title, in 2010 as assistant editor after working as a reporter at the Baltimore Sun for 15 years. Before that, he was a staff reporter at the Palm Beach Post and news anchor and reporter for radio stations across the South. The Fort Lauderdale native was also a columnist for The Capital, and his pieces appeared in the paper’s Life section every Sunday.

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Gunman kills at least five, injures others in Maryland newsroom

Gunman kills at least five, injures others in Maryland newsroomBy Warren Strobel ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Reuters) – A gunman killed at least five people and “gravely injured” at least three others when he sprayed a newsroom in the Maryland capital of Annapolis with gunfire on Thursday, authorities said. The suspect was arrested soon after the attack at the Capital Gazette’s office, without exchanging gunfire with police. Phil Davis, a Capital Gazette crime reporter who was in the building at the time of the shooting, said in an interview with the Baltimore Sun that the newsroom looked “like a war zone.” Davis and others were hiding under their desks when the shooter stopped firing, the Capital Gazette reported.

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Kate Middleton’s perfect post-birth look sparks Newsroom reactions

Kate Middleton’s perfect post-birth look sparks Newsroom reactions“She isn’t like a normal new mum.” “It is expected because she is a very public member of the royal family.” Did Kate Middleton go glam too soon? The Duchess of Cambridge sparked a debate on Twitter, but Newsroom commenters have kept it more practical — it’s part of her job!

Earlier this week, Prince William and his wife welcomed royal baby No. 3. Less than seven hours after delivering her son, Middleton stepped out in full makeup and hair to greet photographers. While all eyes were on her tiny bundle of joy, fans also noticed how perfect Middleton looked, and that she was even wearing heels! Many Twitter fans praised her quick turnaround, calling her a “hero.” Others felt “this should not be expected of women.”

Newsroom readers agree that Middleton looking put together, so fast, is part of her royal duties: “She has a team of people so she can look the part.” Another commenter wrote, “Her position demands that she put herself and baby on display.”

What do you think? Join the conversation in Newsroom.

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‘Truth is all we’re looking for.’ Newsroom reacts to a bombshell in the Bill Cosby trial

‘Truth is all we’re looking for.’ Newsroom reacts to a bombshell in the Bill Cosby trial“There went any chance of a guilty verdict.” “This is why I’m skeptical in these high profile cases.” Model Janice Dickinson says she fabricated part of her Bill Cosby assault story in her memoir, and Newsroom readers are shocked.

Dickinson took the stand on Thursday in the Cosby sexual assault retrial. In her testimony, the former reality star recounted a 1982 incident in a Lake Tahoe, Calif., hotel room, in which she claims she was drugged and raped by the comedian. Cosby’s attorney, Tom Mesereau, confronted Dickinson, pointing out the description of the assault in her 2002 memoir, “No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World’s First Supermodel,” is different. She responded: “It's all a fabrication there because I wanted the paycheck for my kids.”

Dickinson admitted she concocted stories for her book and that her ghostwriter took “poetic license” with her life story. She strongly maintains her claim that she was assaulted by Cosby, responding, “They weren’t there! And you weren’t there! And I’m telling the real story!”

Her testimony has left Newsroom readers puzzled and questioning Dickinson’s credibility. “A lot of people have a hard time telling the truth these days,” one commenter wrote. Another chimed in: “When you admit to fabricating stories for money, you no longer hold any of the little credibility you had.”

Dickinson testified she cut out the story of being sexually assaulted by Cosby after her publisher warned her it could ruin her career.
Cosby’s first trial ended in a mistrial in June when a jury could not reach a verdict.

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‘Why wait, leave today.’ Newsroom reacts to Paul Ryan’s announcement that he will not seek reelection

‘Why wait, leave today.’ Newsroom reacts to Paul Ryan’s announcement that he will not seek reelection“For once I applaud a decision by Paul Ryan!” “He knows the jig is up, and he wants to leave fresh and clean.” House Speaker Paul Ryan announced on Wednesday that he’ll be leaving Congress, and Newsroom readers have some strong feelings about his decision.

At a GOP meeting in the Capitol, Ryan revealed he won’t be seeking reelection in November. He plans to leave his position at the end of his term in January. “I did not seek this job. I took it reluctantly. But I have given this job everything that I have,” he said. “To be clear, I am not resigning. I intend to serve my full term as I was elected to do.”

Newsroom comments have poured in, with a majority supporting his resignation: “One more step in the right direction.” Another reader wrote, “With Ryan gone maybe Social Security is safe.”

After nearly 20 years in the House, Ryan said he wanted to spend more time with his family. President Trump tweeted: “Speaker Paul Ryan is a truly good man, and while he will not be seeking re-election, he will leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question. We are with you Paul!”

Who will replace Ryan? House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is a possible choice. Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana is also said to be in the running.

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‘Nobel Prize for Trump!’: Newsroom readers cheer Kim Jong Un news

‘Nobel Prize for Trump!’: Newsroom readers cheer Kim Jong Un news“IF Trump can denuclearize North Korea then that would definitely be winning!” “Not a Trump supporter at all but I give credit when due and this is great news.” Trump’s announcement that he plans to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is drawing an overwhelmingly positive reaction on Newsroom — across party lines.

President Trump has accepted Kim Jong Un’s invitation to meet sometime between now and May. Thursday evening, Trump tweeted: "Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze. Also, no missile testing by North Korea during this period of time. Great progress being made but sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached. Meeting being planned!"

The story has generated thousands of comments, with most readers cheering Trump: “I’m an independent and I applaud any success we have as a nation.” “This could really be a game changer.”

If, and when, the meeting happens, Trump would be the first sitting president to speak with a North Korean leader.

What do you think? Is this a victory for Trump? Join the conversation in Newsroom.

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Abortion to be illegal? Mike Pence’s prediction enrages Newsroom readers

Abortion to be illegal? Mike Pence’s prediction enrages Newsroom readers“It looks like they only care about people before they are born.” “This is the zealot we have to look forward to if Mueller does actually bring down Trump.” “Abortions have always occurred and always will.” Vice President Mike Pence made a startling prediction about legal abortion, saying it would end in “our time.” His remark has fired up thousands of Newsroom commenters.

Pence made the statement while at a luncheon hosted by the anti-abortion organization Susan B. Anthony List & Life Issues Institute. In his speech he said, “If all of us do all we can, we can once again, in our time, restore the sanctity of life to the center of American law.”

The majority of the more than 15,000 comments on HuffPost’s article express outrage: “His personal beliefs are his personal beliefs not a basis for policy,” one reader declared. Many that don’t agree with abortion said they still “think that they should be available and safe.”

The vice president, known for his anti-choice stance, described President Trump as the “most pro-life president in American history” and said the administration would continue to push measures to restrict abortion.

What do you think of the future that Pence envisions? Join the conversation in Newsroom.

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