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3 dead, at least 21 injured in Chicago weekend shootings

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In a wave of shooting across Chicago over the weekend, three people were killed and at least 21 injured, the Sun-Times Media Wire reported through ABC 7 Chicago on Monday.

This comes after the previous weekend saw an identical fatality and casualty count as a result of shootings across America’s third most populous city. Notably, according to the April 1 crime statistics report from the Chicago Police Department, murders in the first three months of this year rose 33% over the same period last year while shootings increased by 43%.

RELATED: Chicago: 3 dead, at least 21 wounded in weekend shootings

In a Sunday afternoon shooting, a 7-year-old girl was killed and her father, 28, was seriously injured as the pair were getting food at a McDonald’s drive-thru in the Homan Square neighborhood, police said, according to the report.

The girl, Jaslyn Adams, sustained multiple shots and was transported by police officers to Stroger Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said.

Her father, Jontae, was struck in the torso and transported to the same hospital, where his condition was listed as serious, police said.

Police, according to the report, said the shooting was thought to be gang-related. Less than three hours later, two individuals were shot in their car at a Popeyes in Humboldt Park, which investigators reportedly believe is linked to the McDonald’s shooting.

Another fatality in Chicago this weekend occurred in Austin on the West Side Sunday night, when a man was fatally shot and another was wounded.

The two men were standing on a sidewalk that night when a male in a silver SUV opened fire on the pair, police said.

One man, 43, sustained a gunshot to the chest and was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office, according to the report, has yet to name the man.

The other man, 22, was shot in his right leg and taken to Mt. Sinai in good condition, police said.

The final fatality from this past weekend’s Chicago shootings occurred Friday evening, when a person entered a Lawndale business and started unleashing gunfire, police said.

A man, 18, was shot in the chest and face and taken to Mt. Sinai, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified him as Jawon L. Ward.

A woman, 44, was struck in the shoulder and back and was transported in good condition to Mt. Sinai, police said.

To learn more about the shootings, click here to read the full report on ABC 7’s website.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @DouglasPBraff.

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Virginia Public Schools Reinstates Two Books Despite Complaints of Pedophilia and Pornography

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Fairfax County Public Schools has reinstated two books despite complaints from parents that the literature depicted and legitimized obscene and pedophilic material. Parents confronted the school board with the graphic images contained in the books beginning in September. Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) announced the books were restored to libraries after two committees reviewed them.

The books, “Lawn Boy” and “Gender Queer” have been determined by the District as helpful to the LGBTQ community. Fox News reports “Lawn Boy” by Jonathan Evison includes long sections of a boy reminiscing about explicit experiences he had at 10 years old. “Gender Queer: A Memoir” is by Maia Kobabe and includes photos of sexual acts between a boy and a man.

Virginia mother and president of Parents Defending Education, Nicole Nelly, told Fox News last week, “It’s appalling that Fairfax County’s response to parental feedback is to quibble over the definition of ‘pedophilia’ and to shame and denigrate families who are concerned about this material.”

“By attempting to normalize this content – and reinstating these books under cover of darkness right before Thanksgiving break – FCPS has demonstrated that in their eyes, parental input is a bug, not a feature, in the system” added Nelly.

In an interview with Fox News, Stacy Langton, one of the mothers who first confronted the school board, says “plenty” of Democrats and liberals are also calling her to say they “don’t want their kids exposed to this in school…this is FCPS coming out and explicitly saying they are in favor of porn in schools for your children.”

FCPS, however, claims that two committees comprised of school administrators, librarians, parents, and students determined that the books did not contain pedophilia, nor did they violate regulations by including obscene material.

“The decision reaffirms FCPS’s ongoing commitment to provide diverse reading materials that reflect on our student population, allowing every child an opportunity to see themselves reflected in literary characters” said FCPS in a released statement.

“Both reviews concluded that the books were valuable in their potential to reach marginalized youth who may struggle to find relatable literary characters that reflect their personal journeys” the statement continued.

Michael Sabbeth, Colorado attorney and author of “The Good, The Bad & The Difference: How to Talk With Children About Values” says “the Board’s assertion cleverly employs a logical fallacy—a strawman argument.”

While the board’s “refutation alleges the material affirms students with ‘marginalized identities’ and acknowledges the ‘difficulties nonbinary and asexual individuals may face’, their justification ignores and fails to negate allegations of obscenity, pornography and or pedophilia” states Sabbeth.

“Ironically, the Board’s justification demeans those it alleges to support. If, for example, pedophilia is in a book, arguing it helps youngsters is morally beneath contempt. To virtuously support those individuals, the Board need do no more than advance this unambiguous message: Treat all people respectfully” Sabbeth concludes.

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