Richmond Times-Dispatch - - LOCAL PERSPECTIVES -

Po­lice say they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a protest and van­dal­ism at the home of Fox News host Tucker Carl­son as a pos­si­ble hate crime. It’s the lat­est ex­am­ple of protesters tar­get­ing the per­sonal lives of Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials and al­lies in the D.C. area.

Wash­ing­ton’s Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice De­part­ment said of­fi­cers were sum­moned to Carl­son’s home Wed­nes­day evening and found about 20 protesters and a com­monly used an­ar­chy sym­bol spray-painted on the drive­way.

A video posted on so­cial me­dia by a group call­ing it­self “Smash Racism DC” shows peo­ple stand­ing out­side a dark­ened home chant­ing, “Tucker Carl­son we will fight. We know where you sleep at night.” The video was later re­moved from Twit­ter.

There were no ar­rests, but po­lice con­fis­cated sev­eral signs. The re­port lists the in­ci­dent as a “sus­pected hate crime” on the ba­sis of “anti-po­lit­i­cal” bias.

As an ador­ing but anx­ious crowd won­dered if she’d ap­pear at an all-star con­cert cel­e­bra­tion on her 75th birth­day, Joni Mitchell was stuck in traf­fic.

Glen Hansard could have been de­scrib­ing the guest of honor when he sang of “a pris­oner of the white lines on the free­way” in his ren­di­tion of Mitchell’s “Coy­ote” af­ter the show be­gan nearly an hour late.

James Tay­lor, Chaka Khan, Kris Kristof­fer­son, Ru­fus Wain­wright and Seal were also among those ser­e­nad­ing Mitchell with her own songs Wed­nes­day at the Dorothy Chan­dler Pav­il­ion in Los An­ge­les.

Mitchell didn’t speak or say a word all night, but just show­ing up was a tri­umph. For 3½ years, she has been al­most com­pletely ab­sent from pub­lic life af­ter an aneurysm left her de­bil­i­tated and un­able to speak, and lit­tle has been re­vealed of her con­di­tion since.

Bri­tain’s Prince Charles has pledged not to in­ter­fere in state af­fairs when he be­comes king, seek­ing to dis­pel con­cerns about his past ac­tivism on is­sues rang­ing from global warm­ing to ar­chi­tec­tural preser­va­tion.

In an in­ter­view for a doc­u­men­tary mark­ing his 70th birth­day, which is Wed­nes­day, the heir to the throne told the BBC that he un­der­stands he will have to act dif­fer­ently when he be­comes king. Bri­tain’s monarch is barred from in­ter­fer­ing in pol­i­tics.

“I’m not that stupid,” Charles said when asked if his pub­lic cam­paign­ing would con­tinue af­ter he suc­ceeds his mother, Queen Eliz­a­beth II. “I do re­al­ize that it is a sep­a­rate ex­er­cise be­ing sovereign, so of course I un­der­stand en­tirely how that should op­er­ate.”


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