Man arrested in Pompano Beach robbery; 2 remain at large

One of three people believed to be involved in a Pompano Beach home invasion was arrested Wednesday, the Broward Sheriff’s Office reports.

Dejuan Williams, 24, was arrested on a charge of armed home invasion stemming from the Feb. 1 incident.

The victim — a family of three, ranging in age from 21 to 51 years old — had recently moved into their home in the 100 block of Southeast 10th Avenue when they unwittingly opened their door to robbers, deputies said.

 The 21-year-old son had just returned from the corner store when he heard a knock on the door, deputies said. He looked through the peephole, didn’t see anyone and proceeded to open the door.

That’s when Williams and two other males barged into the home.

The family of three was held at gunpoint by one suspect while the other two robbers combed the house looking for a safe, drugs and guns despite the residents’ insistence that none was there, deputies said.

Williams and the other robbers left with cash, an Xbox 360 and a cellphone.

The victims believe the thieves were looking for a previous tenant.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. 

Preservation Efforts Ensure Cherokee Heritage Remains Intact

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How to see Minneapolis through Prince’s eyes

Prince was more than a pop star. He was the living embodiment of the music itself; a genre-defying, gender-bending master who could play guitar like Hendrix, out dress Madonna and get down with the spirit of James Brown.

But now he’s gone. One year ago, on April 21, 2016, Prince Rogers Nelson was found dead in his Minneapolis mansion.

A local boy, he grew up, lived and died in his hometown and the echo of his presence remains.

Unsurprisingly given his fame and impact on his hometown, there’s now a guided bus tour of the Purple One’s key locations in the city. (More information: Explore Minnesota / Minneapolis, City by Nature)

Here’s how to see Minneapolis through Prince’s eyes.

The Capri Theatre

It may be in a rundown part of town today, but it was here in the Capri Theater, just a few blocks from where he grew up, that Prince’s legend began.

It was January 1979, he was 18 years old and he’d just recorded his first album “For You,” in which he played every single instrument — 27 of them in total. But this was the first time it all came together live.

There were pyrotechnics, there were sound problems, but all anyone seems to remember was a flamboyant, diminutive figure somehow filling the entire room with energy.

Local music critic Jon Bream, who saw the show, wrote: “He was cool, he was cocky, and he was sexy.” A purple future lay ahead.

The Capri Theater, 2027 West Broadway Avenue, Minneapolis; +1 612 643 2024

First Avenue

The outside walls of this legendary Minneapolis venue, where Prince performed many times — sometimes announced, mostly by surprise — are covered in silver stars with the names of past performers.

Now one is gold, filled in the night of his death by an anonymous fan. It’s a fitting tribute.

Prince shot much of his Oscar-winning movie “Purple Rain” inside.

Walk through the doors and you can almost sense his presence, backlit, in white leather, smoke all around, cloud guitar in hand, ready to play. Just like the movie.

First Avenue, corner of First Avenue & 7th Street, Minneapolis; +1 612 332 1775

Purple Rain House

A year before his death, Prince bought the house featured in the movie “Purple Rain” — a three-bed, barn-style residential in southwest Minneapolis.

“The Kid” may have grown up here in the film, but don’t expect to see where he made out with Apollonia.

The house, not to be confused with Prince’s real-life Purple House in Chanhassen, where he lived in the early 80s but had bulldozed after moving, was only used for exterior shots.

Today it has an eerie presence, dilapidated and empty, in an otherwise normal residential street, with flowers and purple candles left like an altar at its steps.

Purple Rain House, 3420 Snelling Avenue, Minneapolis.

Dakota Jazz Club

This iconic live music and dinner club, in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, was one of Prince’s favorite hangouts.

He had his own table on the second floor, where he could sneak in unobserved to watch shows and even played here too: using the tiny stage to warm up for a 2013 tour in front of just 350 lucky locals.

The Raspberry Beret Bellini is fresh, delicious and made in his honor.

Dakota Jazz Club, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; +1 612 332 5299 (Box Office) / +1 612 332 1010 (Dinner Reservations)

Electric Fetus

A Minneapolis bastion of counter-culture spirit since 1968, the Electric Fetus, an Aladdin’s cave of independent music, rare vinyl and quirky left-of-center gifts, is where Prince went to buy his music.

“He had a golden aura,” one sales assistant says, describing those visits. “He floated, he didn’t walk.”

And he was loyal, too. His last album “Hit n Run Phase Two” was released worldwide exclusively through this tiny store, and he would often allow them to stock his music weeks before its official release.

Electric Fetus, 2000 4th Avenue South, Minneapolis; + 1 612 870 9300

Paisley Park

Prince may have left his mark throughout the city, but it’s at his former home, Paisley Park, in the suburbs of Chanhassen, where his presence is most keenly felt. The estate has been offering tours since last November — the first time fans have been able to see inside his inner sanctum.

For a man known to wear bottomless yellow onesies, first impressions are surprising: a windowless white-panel box on the edge of a busy motorway, more like a secret government research facility than a pop star’s crib.

But walk through the doors of the 65,000-square-foot wildly eccentric and predominantly purple mansion — which includes a full Hollywood-style soundstage, four recording studios and a nightclub — and it all makes sense.

Paisley Park, 7801 Audubon Road, Chanhassen, Minnesota.

The Atrium

The tour begins at the end, in the atrium, where his ashes are kept in a miniaturized version of his home.

Blue-sky walls with airbrush-painted clouds, a giant mural of his eyes with a burst of godlike light beaming down and real life doves that coo, but don’t cry, in a cage above.

His star is everywhere: see-through pearl-string stage costumes with chain-mail veils, his legendary Hohner “MadCat” Telecaster guitar, lyrics penned in neat cursive in a faded notebook.

But it’s the homely touches, which surround the room, that are most interesting: his golden office, where he would mentor younger acts; the diner-style kitchen, where he would eat pancakes and watch basketball; an entire room decked out in UV stars like a purple nebula, where he would write songs and meditate.

He lived as he played: flamboyant, eccentric and self-assured.

Studio A & B

Prince’s vision for Paisley Park was to unite his life and his music, he could literally plug in and record just about anywhere he pleased. But it was in the famous Studio B where the magic happened.

Through the recording-booth glass, there’s a gold-framed photograph of his father, John Nelson, next to the mixing desk where “Sign O’ The Times” was put to record.

Outside, the ping pong table where he would relax between takes (he was a master and once destroyed his pop rival Michael Jackson in a game).

Studio A, nearby, is the home of his last recorded work. Stand in the middle of the room and the sound washes over in perfect clarity, trademark Prince funk with a touch of jazz, but no vocals, he never got that far.

A microphone stand bent down towards his empty chair, unfinished lyrics on the music stand by its side.

Sound Stage & NPG Music Club

The enormous 12,400-square-foot sound stage, where “Graffiti Bridge” and “Sign O’ The Times” were filmed, now houses displays of every Prince era: from “Purple Rain” and the New Power Generation to 3RDEYEGIRL and his last incarnation, the stripped back “Piano and a Microphone” shows.

Annexed next door is his private NPG Music Club, with purple nook sofas, psychedelic projections and an enormous heart-shaped mirror on the floor.

Prince was famous for throwing impromptu late-night parties here, inviting local fans on a first-come, first-served basis, and now the tradition is continuing with a newly announced series of “After Dark” celebrations and late-night concert screenings.

“Life is just a party,” Prince sang. “And parties weren’t meant to last.” This one, it seems, isn’t quite over yet.

Purple Rain Room

Once used for dance rehearsals, the Purple Rain room, as it’s now called, features a display of his most treasured memorabilia from the film: the purple motorbike, the cloud guitar, the little purple piano that he danced on top of.

But to truly appreciate the greatness of that song, pause at the end of the tour to watch a loop of his 2007 Super Bowl performance of it, widely considered the greatest half-time show in history.

Just before he was due on stage a torrential rainstorm broke outside, but when asked if he wanted to delay the show he replied: “Can you make it rain harder?” The result is one of the hottest, most soaking-wet guitar solos ever played.

Graffiti Bridge Room

Treasures from his less successful second foray into film with “Graffiti Bridge,” as well as the movie “Under a Cherry Moon,” in which he played a gigolo swindling rich French women, are on display here.

This room was always envisioned by Prince as part of a museum of his work and art, but it’s what’s nearby that is perhaps more revealing.

In a backroom corridor, there is a mural showing Prince emerging godlike from a lotus flower, arms outstretched either side.

To the right are his influences; to the left, the people he has in turn influenced. It’s a good metaphor for who he was. Lenny Kravitz said it best: “He was a vessel — an instrument himself.”

Memorial Fence

After his death, tributes from around the world were pinned to the fence that surrounds Paisley Park. The tour ends with a revolving display of some of the best.

There are hand- painted canvases, poems and little porcelain doves, but most of all just simple thanks. “Your music is the soundtrack of my best memories,” reads one. Perhaps those memories aren’t quite finished yet.

Underneath Paisley Park is a vault containing hundreds of hours of unreleased music. Almost no one has seen inside. But when asked in an interview what it might contain, his answer was cocky, tantalizing and pure Prince: the future.

Brazilian Tribal Leader Fronts Global Protests for Land Rights

Published April 21, 2017 LONDON – A global wave of protest organized by Survival International has called for a halt to the destruction of tribal peoples’ land, lives, and human rights in Brazil, on the country’s Day of the Indian. Survival supporters and members of the public demonstrated at the Brazilian embassy in London, demanding land rights for […]

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United Tribes Technical College Renews Tuition Waiver for Native Students

Upcoming Deadline to Apply is June 29 Published April 21, 2017 BISMARCK – United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) has renewed its Native American Tuition Waiver program for the 2017-2018 academic year. The program was launched last year on a trial basis for students who are enrolled members of federally-recognized tribes. “When we began offering this […]

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Paris shooting casts shadow over final day of French election campaign

A deadly attack on a police bus in the heart of Paris has dramatically changed the course of the French presidential election campaign.

The three main candidates canceled campaign events and instead made televised statements in which they competed to talk tough on security and vowed a crackdown on ISIS.

One police officer died after a gunman wielding a machine gun leapt out of a car and opened fire on the Champs-Elysees, Paris’s most famous boulevard, as candidates were engaging in their final TV debate.

The far-right candidate, Marine Le Pen, demanded the closure of all Islamist mosques. Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve accused her of trying to capitalize on the attack.

ISIS swiftly claimed the attack was carried out by one of its “fighters.” The assailant — Karim Cheurfi, a 39-year-old French national with a long and violent criminal record — was shot dead as he tried to make his escape. Prosecutors said a note defending ISIS fell out of his pocket, although there was no previous evidence of radicalization. He was also carrying the addresses of police stations.

French authorities, including the domestic security service, began a counterterrorism investigation into Cheurfi last month after learning of his increasing determination to establish communication with an ISIS fighter in Syria and Iraq, a source close to the investigation told CNN Friday.

Election in turmoil

Center-right candidate François Fillon, Le Pen and independent centrist Emmanuel Macron canceled planned campaign events after the shooting. Under French election rules, Friday was due to be the final day of campaigning before Sunday’s first round of voting.

It was unclear whether the attack would tip the balance of the vote in favor of Le Pen, who has vowed to take a tough line on “Islamic terrorism.”

At a televised news conference Friday, Le Pen called for the closure of all “Islamist” mosques in France, the expulsion of hate preachers and the reinstatement of French borders.

People on the French security services’ watch list for radicalization should also be expelled from France and have their French citizenship revoked, she said.

Cazeneuve said Le Pen seeks to exploit fear “for exclusively political ends.”

“The candidate of the Front National, like every drama, seeks to profit from and to control the situation to divide,” the Prime Minister said in a televised address.

Fillon said that if elected, his foreign policy priority would be the destruction of ISIS. He also called for the creation of 10,000 more police posts.

“In times such as these we have to demonstrate that France is united,” he said. “We also have to be clear that we are in a state of emergency. We are at war. This fight for freedom and for the security of the French people must be the priority of the next five-year term.”

Cazeneuve, however, questioned Fillon’s position on security, saying that when he previously served as Prime Minister he had cut thousands of security force jobs.

Macron appealed to voters not to succumb to fear. “Do not give in to fear, do not give in to division, do not give in to intimidation,” he said. “The choice that you have to make on Sunday must be a choice for the future.”

Macron said he would hire an additional 10,000 police officers in the next five years and that he would create a task force under the French Presidency to fight ISIS.

Leftist candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon urged the French people to “remain cool-headed” and “to not subject ourselves to hate, vengeance and resentment.”

Terror investigation

On its media channel, Amaq, ISIS claimed that the attack was carried out by “Abu Yousuf al-Baljiki (the Belgian) and he is one of the Islamic State’s fighters.”

Belgian Interior Ministry spokesman Olivier Van Raemdonck told CNN the attacker was not Belgian and that there did not appear to be a Belgian connection to the incident.

It is not clear to whom ISIS was referring in its claim.

A man who turned himself in to Antwerp police was Youssef El Osri. The man’s lawyer, Nabil Riffi, told CNN his client was “very shocked” at being linked to the Paris shooting and that he had been working at a gas station in Antwerp at the time it occurred.

Security in Paris has been stepped up in recent days, but the presence of 50,000 police officers on the streets was not enough to prevent the latest assault, which was being investigated by anti-terror officials.

French President François Hollande convened a meeting of the country’s defense council Friday.

Paris Police identified the dead officer as Xavier Jugele. He was 37, Paris Prosecutor François Molins said.

One of the wounded officers was critically injured but is improving, Molins said. Also wounded was a female tourist.

Molins said the attacker had a long criminal record. He spent 11 years in jail after shooting two police officers in 2001. While in custody, he shot and injured a prison officer after grabbing his gun. He was jailed again in 2013 for lesser offenses and released on probation two years later.

Molins said Cheurfi was investigated by counterterror officials in late Febrary because of alleged threats he made to kill police officers. He was briefly placed under house arrest and investigators discovered knives and masks in his home but no evidence linking him to terror groups, Molins said.

Despite his long criminal record, Cheurfi was never placed under what is known as a “Fiche S” surveillance file, Molins told reporters. Molins did not clarify if Cheurfi had been on other surveillance lists in France excluding the “Fiche S” file. Cheurfi never showed any sign of radicalization during his previous detention, Molins said.

Molins said investigators were trying to determine whether the attacker had accomplices.

Three members of his family were arrested in the Paris suburb of Chelles early Friday morning.

Earlier this week French authorities arrested two men in Marseille who were allegedly planning an attack in a run-up to the election.

World leaders react

Speaking in Indonesia Friday, US Vice President Mike Pence said the attack was just the latest reminder “that terrorism can strike anywhere at any time.”

US President Donald Trump, at a news conference in Washington, said: “What can you say? It never ends.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her sympathy “goes out to the victims and their families,” according to her spokesman Steffen Seibert.

In a statement, the UK government said it “strongly condemns the appalling terrorist attack in Paris.”

France has been in a state of emergency since the 2015 Paris attacks, which left 130 people dead. Parliament voted in December to extend the extraordinary provisions to ensure the protection of upcoming presidential and general elections.

Correction: This story has been updated to clarify the extent to which French intelligence authorities were monitoring Karim Cheurfi before the attack.

How the Paris police shooting could shape the French election

In a country riven by increasing divisions, Thursday’s shooting on Paris’ Champs Elysées, which left one police officer dead, has the potential to upend an already contentious and unpredictable election.

With a record number of voters still undecided, analysts say the shooting, by a suspect said to be known to French security services for radical Islamist activities, could play into the narrative pushed by the far-right.

“This recasts the final hours of the campaign, puts law and order and fighting terrorism, immigration and national identity at the heart. It makes it much more of a battle between Marine Le Pen and those who oppose her,” said CNN’s Melissa Bell.

Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen’s Front National party has made immigration and the perceived threat of Islam a central plank in her campaign.

As news of the shooting broke, Le Pen was taking part in live televised debate with 10 other candidates. She immediately responded by saying security in the country was failing its citizens.

“Not everything has been done to protect our citizens. What we need is the resources to make sure we can combat the Islamist terrorism. I don’t want our youth to get used to living with this danger. Naivety is over,” she said.

Candidates have just one day before French law brings an end to campaigning ahead of the first round of voting Sunday.

Three candidates — Le Pen, center-right candidate Francois Fillon and centrist independent, Emmanuel Macron — announced they were suspending their campaigns.

Fillon said he wanted to show “solidarity” with the police, who appear to be the prime targets in the attack. Along with one officer shot and killed, two others were wounded.

Macron also announced he would cancel rallies in Rouen and Arras to free up security forces who would need to be mobilized “to ensure the safety of our citizens,” he said in a statement.

As the candidates announced the suspensions, a suspect who had been sought by French police in connection to the attack turned himself in to police in Belgium, French interior ministry spokesman Pierre-Hendry Brandet tells CNN.

Separately, three members of the family of the man who was killed in a shootout with police Thursday night, have been taken into custody, the spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor told CNN on Friday.

Fiche S

The suggestion that the suspect, a French national, was already under surveillance by security services is expected to provide grist for politicians who look to criticize the government’s commitment to protecting its citizens.

A source close to the investigation told CNN the suspect was on “Fiche S,” or “S card,” indicating that he was regarded as a potential threat to national security.

In 2016, authorities were monitoring 15,000 people who they believed were in the process of radicalization. Earlier, French officials said 10,000 people were on their Fiche S list.

“If he was indeed he was a Fiche S… it’s going to bring out some cries from they public and some politicians as well, about why, if he was under surveillance, and if the police knew about this person, why he could possibly have pulled this off tonight with a semiautomatic weapon while he was free,” CNN’s Paris bureau chief Jim Bitterman said.

CNN’s Paris correspondent Melissa Bell said the suspect was on Fiche S pays into Le Pen’s rhetoric.

Le Pen has said: “We need to expel the foreign imams who preach the hate and fundamentalism of foreign Fiche S.”

“Whether this could tip the election is to be seen,” Bell said.

Security expert Glenn Schoen told CNN that Thursday’s attack could have greater implications beyond the French vote.

“We now have elections coming up on 8 June in the United Kingdom and in September in Germany. Even this smaller incident, in comparison to some of the ones before, is going to have a fairly large impact,” he said.


It is not the first terror-related incident to mar the French election cycle, and prior attacks in the country — from the 2015 Paris attacks to last year’s Bastille Day attack in Nice — are to the forefront of many voter’s minds.

Following the arrests this week of two men suspected of preparing an “imminent violent attack” in Marseilles, Some 50,000 policemen and soldiers will be deployed for the two election rounds, French Interior Minister Matthias Fekl said.

Whether many voters will be discouraged from turning out to vote in the face of another potential attack remains to be seen, but, says CNN’s Cyril Vanier, the campaign has been so polarizing and the stakes are so high — the place of Europe and unemployment, as well as terrorism — that they will want their voice to be heard.

But, if a significant number stay home, this could also benefit Le Pen. “The consensus is Le Pen would benefit from a lower turnout,” Vanier says. “Her voters are more energized, a lot of them are sure of their choice.

And security is far from assured, as the logistics of policing polling stations across France remains daunting.

Although there are 50,000 police on the streets, CNN’s Bitterman points out, there are 60,000 polling stations. “You can’t provide complete protection,” he said.

Voters in France go to the polls on Sunday in the first round of the presidential elections. The top two vote-getters from a crowded field will go head-to-head in the second round on May 7.