Theft of Brooklyn Church’s Gold Tabernacle Stabs at Hearts of Faithful

A Brooklyn congregation condemned the desecration of their sacred sanctuary in a burglary that the pastor called “one more blow” to a struggling church.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #brooklyn-nyc, #churches-buildings, #robberies-and-thefts, #roman-catholic-church, #st-augustine-roman-catholic-church-brooklyn, #vandalism

Man Throws Pastry at Mona Lisa, Smearing Cream on Glass Case

The painting was not harmed and the man, who officials said was in a wheelchair and had faked a disability to get close to it, was taken into custody.

#art, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #louvre-museum, #mona-lisa, #museums, #paris-france, #vandalism

Anti-Abortion Group in Wisconsin Is Hit by Arson, Authorities Say

A Molotov cocktail was used against Wisconsin Family Action in Madison and did not ignite, but another fire was set, the police said.

#abortion, #arson, #madison-wis, #vandalism

Hank the Tank, a 500-Pound Bear, Ransacks a California Community

Paintballs, bean bags, sirens and Tasers cannot keep the “exceptionally large bear” from seeking leftover pizza and other food. Officials say he has broken into at least 28 homes since July.

#animals, #bears, #food, #hank-the-tank, #hibernation, #south-lake-tahoe-calif, #vandalism, #waste-materials-and-disposal

Museum Security Guard Adds Eyes to Painting’s Faceless Figures

The guard at a museum in Russia has been suspended after he used a pen to draw on “Three Figures,” an avant-garde painting from the 1930s.

#art, #leporskaya-anna-1900-82, #museums, #three-figures, #vandalism, #yekaterinburg-russia, #yeltsin-boris-presidential-center

As Violence Rises in the West Bank, Settler Attacks Raise Alarm

Attacks by settlers and Palestinians have both reached a five-year high. But unlike Palestinian suspects, violent settlers are rarely prosecuted.

#btselem, #defense-and-military-forces, #gantz-benny, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #land-use-policies, #olives, #palestinians, #rock-and-stone, #united-nations, #vandalism, #west-bank, #yesh-din

A Marker Honoring Jackie Robinson Was Defaced. M.L.B. Helped Replace It.

A series of incidents in Georgia appeared to be targeting markers dedicated to Black Americans. “This should not be happening,” said Robinson’s cousin.

#baseball, #black-people, #brooklyn-dodgers, #cairo-ga, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #major-league-baseball, #robinson-jackie, #vandalism

Burning a Key West Symbol Was Bad. Not Tipping a Bartender Was Worse, Locals Say.

The Southernmost Point Buoy in Key West, Fla., was damaged by a pair of tourists on New Year’s Day, the police said. Their bartender recognized them.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #key-west-fla, #southernmost-point-buoy, #tips-and-tipping, #vandalism

Famed White Cliffs of Sicily Are Defaced in an Act of Vandalism

Vandals stained a cliff formation known as the Staircase of the Turks with red splotches over the weekend. Residents of a nearby town banded together for a successful cleanup.

#camilleri-andrea, #sicily-italy, #vandalism

Prehistoric Rock Art ‘Irreparably Damaged’ by Vandals, Officials Say

Geometric rock carvings that are believed to be at least 3,000 years old were scratched with names and dates at Big Bend National Park in Texas.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #big-bend-national-park-tex, #graffiti, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #vandalism

A Spanish Mystery: Is a ‘Masked Restorer’ to Blame for a Church’s Botched Repair?

Yet another imprudent fix in a land plagued by vigilante handymen led to angry calls to find the culprit — and to a soul-searching question: Does Spain just have too much history in need of upkeep?

#architecture, #churches-buildings, #gimenez-cecilia, #spain, #vandalism

Attack on Teacher May Have Been Inspired by TikTok Challenge, Police Say

Larrianna Jackson, 18, a student at Covington High School in Louisiana, is a facing a felony battery charge after she repeatedly punched a teacher, the authorities say.

#abuse-of-the-disabled, #assaults, #covington-la, #education-k-12, #louisiana, #mobile-applications, #school-discipline-students, #social-media, #st-tammany-parish-la, #tiktok-bytedance, #vandalism, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

TikTok’s Latest Craze: Stealing Stuff From School

Students are taking things like soap dispensers, fire alarms and bathroom mirrors. TikTok and educators are trying to stop it, but it’s gone viral.

#hoaxes-and-pranks, #robberies-and-thefts, #school-discipline-students, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #vandalism, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

Questions Swirl After Yet Another Emmett Till Sign Comes Down

A historical marker that stood outside the Mississippi shop where 14-year-old Emmett Till encountered the woman who accused him of whistling at her, may have been toppled by a truck. But a historical center is reluctant to call it an accident.

#civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #mississippi, #national-museum-of-american-history, #till-emmett-louis, #vandalism

George Floyd Statue in Brooklyn Is Defaced With Hate Group’s Symbol

The vandalism came just days after the statue was unveiled, and only a day before the officer who killed Mr. Floyd was to be sentenced.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #brooklyn-nyc, #chauvin-derek-1976, #floyd-george-d-2020, #hate-crimes, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #neo-nazi-groups, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-nyc, #southern-poverty-law-center, #vandalism

N.Y.C. Gallery Commemorating Tulsa Massacre Vandalized

The Black Wall Street Gallery in New York was vandalized three times this week, its owner said. He called on the police to treat it as a hate crime.

#art, #black-people, #black-wall-street-gallery-manhattan-ny, #hate-crimes, #race-and-ethnicity, #soho-manhattan-ny, #tulsa-race-riot-1921, #vandalism, #wright-ricco-1981

Man Charged in Arson at Brooklyn Synagogue and Yeshiva, Officials Say

The man was also connected to assaults on a Jewish man and a Black subway rider and vandalism at a Catholic church, court records show.

#ali-alaheri, #anti-semitism, #arson, #assaults, #brooklyn-nyc, #hate-crimes, #jews-and-judaism, #saint-athanasius-roman-catholic-church, #synagogues, #vandalism

After Nearly a Year of Unrest, Portland Leaders Pursue a Crackdown

Mayor Ted Wheeler said he wanted to “unmask” demonstrators who engaged in property destruction. The Oregon city has seen regular demonstrations since the murder of George Floyd.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #police-department-portland-ore, #vandalism, #wheeler-edward-tevis-ted

Lessons for America From a Weird Portland

Soaring rhetoric about justice is fine. But what matters more is keeping people safe and picking up the garbage.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #homeless-persons, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #portland-ore, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vandalism

Ancient Native American Site Is Defaced in Georgia Forest

Rock faces and boulders bearing figure carvings called petroglyphs were scratched or dabbed with paint, the United States Forest Service said.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #chattahoochee-oconee-national-forest-ga, #cherokee-indians, #forest-service, #georgia, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #muscogee-creek-nation-okumlgee-okla, #native-americans, #vandalism

Couple Who Defaced $400,000 Painting in South Korea Thought It Was a Public Art Project

The vandalism of a piece by the graffiti artist JonOne at a gallery in South Korea has prompted a debate about contemporary art.

#art, #graffiti, #jonone-john-andrew-perello, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea, #vandalism

After Being Scratched and Punched, Trump Wax Figure Is Removed

The figure at Louis Tussaud’s Palace of Wax in San Antonio was so badly battered that it required repairs.

#celebrities, #louis-tussauds-palace-of-wax, #madame-tussauds, #museums, #ripleys-believe-it-or-not, #san-antonio-tex, #trump-donald-j, #vandalism, #wax-figures

The Sinking of a Bust Surfaces a Debate Over Denmark’s Past

An artists’ group, criticized as vandals for dumping the bust of an 18th-century king, Frederik V, into Copenhagen Harbor, says it wanted to draw attention to Denmark’s role in slave trading.

#art, #colleges-and-universities, #colonization, #denmark, #dirckinck-holmfeld-katrine, #frederik-v-1723-66, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #royal-danish-academy-of-fine-arts-copenhagen-denmark, #slavery-historical, #vandalism

In the Bronx, a Face Lost in Time

A much-vandalized bronze statue of “Fame” in Joyce Kilmer Park is to be returned this year with a new head, arms and feet — even without any record of what the statue’s original face looked like.

#bronx-nyc, #heintz-louis-j-1861-93, #joyce-kilmer-park-bronx-ny, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #parks-and-recreation-department-nyc, #saunders-john-artist, #sculpture, #vandalism

First Inventory of Damage to U.S. Capitol Building Released

The damage was largely limited to broken glass, busted doors and graffiti, the report said.

#architecture, #art, #capitol-building-washington-dc, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #graffiti, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #looting-crime, #murals, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states, #united-states-capitol-police, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vandalism

Cherry Blossom Trees Vandalized in San Francisco’s Japantown

The destruction of the trees, planted by a Japanese cultural center to commemorate a 1994 visit by the emperor and empress of Japan, was captured on surveillance footage.

#asian-americans, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #japanese-americans, #san-francisco-calif, #trees-and-shrubs, #vandalism

Curators Scour Capitol for Damage to the Building or Its Art

Initial reports indicate that despite multiple incidents of vandalism, smashed windows and broken doors, major damage to the building itself or its artworks was avoided.

#art, #capitol-building-washington-dc, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #looting-crime, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #murals, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vandalism, #washington-dc

Inside the Harrowing Day When the Capitol Went Into Lockdown

Three New York Times journalists were at the Capitol when it was breached. Here’s how they experienced it.

#capitol-building-washington-dc, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #house-of-representatives, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vandalism

Assault on the Capitol: America’s ‘Dark Night of the Soul’

Readers urge that President Trump be removed from office or prosecuted, assess blame, and wonder why a mob was able to storm the Capitol unimpeded.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vandalism

Merkel Blames Trump for U.S. Capitol Mob, but Europe Also Sees Reason for Hope

As America’s European allies digested events that rocked Washington, many expressed faith in the strength of U.S. democracy to prevail.

#capitol-building-washington-dc, #europe, #international-relations, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vandalism

Homes of Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi Are Reported Vandalized

Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, called the vandalism of his Louisville, Ky., home a “radical tantrum” taken from a “toxic playbook.”

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #louisville-ky, #mcconnell-mitch, #pelosi-nancy, #san-francisco-calif, #stimulus-economic, #vandalism

Weeks-Old Statue of Breonna Taylor Is Smashed to Pieces in Oakland, Calif.

The vandalism of the ceramic sculpture of Ms. Taylor near City Hall is under investigation, the police said.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #carson-leo, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #louisville-ky, #oakland-calif, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-oakland-calif, #race-and-ethnicity, #sculpture, #taylor-breonna-1993-2020, #vandalism

California Monolith Is Removed and Replaced With a Cross

A group of young men chanting “Christ is king!” drove five hours to dismantle the third shiny metal structure to mysteriously appear in the last few weeks, leaving a wooden cross in its place.

#art, #atascadero-calif, #california, #men-and-boys, #monolith, #sculpture, #vandalism

Is Margaret Thatcher’s Hometown Ready to Put Her on a Pedestal?

The first woman to be prime minister of Britain is seen as a political colossus abroad, but her 11 years in power have a complicated legacy at home.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #grantham-england, #great-britain, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #thatcher-margaret-h, #vandalism

Rome Tracks Down the Man Behind All That Graffiti. No, It’s Not Banksy.

The tagger known as Geco is not as famous as the British provocateur, but he has made a name for himself in Italy.

#art, #banksy, #fairey-shepard, #graffiti, #haring-keith, #italy, #lisbon-portugal, #portugal, #raggi-virginia-1978, #rome-italy, #vandalism

Macy’s, Saks and Small Stores Brace for Potential N.Y.C. Unrest

On the eve of Election Day, stores in Manhattan shopping districts boarded up, reflecting an anxiety among retailers across the nation.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #looting-crime, #new-york-city, #presidential-election-of-2020, #shopping-and-retail, #vandalism

Signs Get Snatched, Kicked, Burned as Political Battle Reaches the Front Lawn

Fights over political signs happen every year, but this year seems more intense. “It feels like a war,” one resident said.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #presidential-election-of-2020, #robberies-and-thefts, #trump-donald-j, #vandalism

Can Joe Biden Peel Away Older Voters in Florida?

In the swing state’s conservative retirement communities, some voters have switched sides. And some of them have reason to worry about what the neighbors might think.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #florida, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #retirement-communities-and-assisted-living, #trump-donald-j, #vandalism, #villages-the-fla

What We Know About the Death of Walter Wallace Jr. in Philadelphia

The fatal shooting of Mr. Wallace, a 27-year-old Black man, set off protests, looting and violent clashes with the police in Pennsylvania, a swing state, days before the presidential election.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #law-and-legislation, #looting-crime, #philadelphia-pa, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #presidential-election-of-2020, #vandalism, #wallace-walter-jr-1993-2020

The Rich in New York Confront an Unfamiliar Word: No

The pandemic is causing inequality to soar, but increasingly the privileged are discovering that they can’t bend the world to their will.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #high-net-worth-individuals, #homeless-persons, #income-inequality, #lucerne-manhattan-ny-hotel, #mastro-randy-m, #new-york-city, #upper-west-side-manhattan-ny, #vandalism

In Emptier Subways, Violent Crime Is Rising

Reports of homicides, rapes and burglaries are posing another challenge to regaining the confidence of passengers during the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #new-york-city-transit-authority, #police, #police-department-nyc, #robberies-and-thefts, #sex-crimes, #subways, #transit-systems, #vandalism

The Truth About Today’s Anarchists

“Insurrectionary anarchists” have been protesting for racial justice all summer. Some Black leaders wish they would go home.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #looting-crime, #police-reform, #vandalism

Biden Condemned Violence. Why Won’t Trump?

Only one candidate incites his supporters to mayhem.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-national-convention, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vandalism, #voting-and-voters

Smashed Windows on Subway Cars Have Cost the M.T.A. $300,000

The vandalism, which harkens back to a period of economic hardship in New York City, comes at a time when the transit agency is facing a staggering financial crisis.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #transit-systems, #vandalism

Italy Wants Its Tourists Back, Unless They Sit on the Statues

Damaged treasures and broken rules have put the spotlight on the country’s fragile cultural heritage, and the need to better educate visitors.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #italy, #ministry-of-cultural-heritage-and-tourism-italy, #museums, #pompeii-italy, #travel-and-vacations, #vandalism

Taking Protest to the Streets, and the Mayor’s Front Door

City leaders and public health officials are now seeing protests outside their own homes, with some protesters wielding bullhorns, spray paint, and even eggs and paintballs.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #durkan-jenny-a, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #privacy, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #schaaf-libby-1965, #seattle-wash, #vandalism

‘Black Lives Matter’ Mural Outside Trump Tower Is Vandalized Multiple Times

In five incidents, people have thrown paint on the bright-yellow street display on Fifth Avenue. Each time, city workers have restored the lettering.

#american-museum-of-natural-history, #black-lives-matter-movement, #de-blasio-bill, #murals, #new-york-city, #perseverance-mars-rover, #trump-tower-manhattan-ny, #trump-donald-j, #vandalism

Partyers Clash With German Police

Tensions are running high in the country amid a national debate on racial profiling in police ranks.

#attacks-on-police, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #frankfurt-germany, #germany, #racial-profiling, #vandalism

Someone Tore Down a Union Army Statue in Saratoga Springs. Why?

The monument in a New York park was dedicated to men who volunteered to fight for the Union during the Civil War. It is unclear who toppled it, and for what reason.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #saratoga-springs-ny, #vandalism

Graffiti Is Back in Virus-Worn New York

The city’s coronavirus lockdown and subsequent rise in unemployment have created the perfect conditions for a new generation of graffiti writers.

#art, #chalfant-henry, #cooper-martha-photographer, #east-new-york-brooklyn-ny, #graffiti, #grand-concourse-bronx-ny, #new-york-city, #south-bronx-bronx-ny, #vandalism