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Chicago gun and gang violence kills 6 wounds 62 over the weekend

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Six people died and 62 are wounded as a result of gun violence this weekend. Out of those wounded, 11 are under the age of 18. Of those killed, two were under the age of 16, according to CBS Chicago.

Young Victims of Gun Violence

First, at 10:30 AM Saturday, a witness found a 12-year-old boy unresponsive in the street. His mother, Fallon Harris shot him twice, once in the head. Prosecutors charged her with first degree murder. Harris claimed she shot him because he would not give her an SD card she reportedly lost.

Then, on Saturday night, about twenty minutes to 10 PM, a drive-by gunman committed a mass shooting. As a result, one woman died and five received injuries. Among the injured was a 15-year-old girl.

Next, at 1:45 PM Sunday afternoon, a boy saw a white Jeep Wrangler while riding his bike. He must have recognized the car, because upon seeing it he immediately dropped his bike and ran from the scene. But he was shot in his leg anyway. He’s in good condition.

Finally, the last shooting of the weekend happened at 12:25 AM Monday. Another 16-year-old boy was walking his dog when he was shot. A gunman drove by in his car, pulled over, and got out of the car to shoot him in the leg. Now, the victim is in good condition. However, police made no arrests for the crime yet.

Chicago Police Respond

Meanwhile, police continued to blame gangs for much of the gun violence. Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown gave two press conferences on the subject of gangs last week, one on Monday and another on Friday.

“Gangs are a significant scourge to the safety of our neighborhoods,” Brown tweeted Friday. “And we’re going to use every resource available to take these criminal networks down.”

Currently, there are charges against four gangs, including the Gangster Disciples, Conservative Vice Lords, Traveling Vice Lords and Four Corner Hustlers.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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Daily Wire investigation: Italian company may have illegally sold rights to the Vatican’s priceless art

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The Daily Wire has been conducting a fascinating investigation into the Vatican Museum’s priceless artwork. “Rights to the Vatican Museums’ priceless trove of art treasures may have been illegally sold without the Holy See’s approval in what one attorney described as a “high-tech heist,” the investigation finds.

An Italian company is allegedly selling the rights to reproduce the Vatican artwork in six-figure deals, while claiming to be working in “collaboration with” the Vatican Museums.

“This scheme is nothing less than a pre-meditated, high-tech heist of world-class treasured art from the Vatican Museums under the disguise of bogus licenses, as if sanctioned by the Vatican,” Sarah Rose Speno, a New York attorney, told The Daily Wire.

The Daily Wire’s report notes that Speno said she stumbled upon the alleged scheme in March when she sought permission to use images of Vatican art for an exhibition by a client.

“We discovered that a large table book had been published with high-resolution images of the interiors of the Vatican, including the Sistine Chapel,” Speno said. “We very much wanted to pursue an opportunity to license these images, as soon as possible.”

Speno contacted Scripta Maneant — the Italian publisher that licensed the photos in the book. Scripta Maneant claimed authority to broker the publishing rights via its “collaboration” with Vatican Museums vice director, Monsignore Paolo Nicolini. Scripta Maneant wanted $550,000 for the rights — with a portion being paid to the Vatican through Nicolini, according to Speno. Although Scripta Maneant claimed the fee would be shared with the Vatican, Speno said she later became suspicious.

“The Scripta Maneant scheme became obvious when the Scripta principals demanded a cash wire in the amount of $82,500 no later than their return from summer holiday in late August,” Speno said. “They said that they would produce Vatican approval for our Italian Renaissance Immersive project ‘if and only if’ the fee were wired to the Scripta bank account they provided. It was at this point that grave suspicion entered my mind.”

Ultimately, Speno said, “we terminated the deal when Scripta could not provide us with documented consent by the Vatican.”

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