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10:50 What a mess. Oakland mayor, after saying she’d speak at GA tonight (see down below), now exits, saying would send recorded speech! Not sure whether she backed out, or told not welcome (that’s what she says), but hoo-boy…. Award offered via Paste Bin for info on police officer who cause Olsen’s injury… Vigils all over the country, to many to mention.
9:30 There has been, and will be, a lot of confusing chat about this or that Occupy site and the Oakland General Strike, set for next Wednesday. Note that some may "back" or "show solidarity with" or get behind or groove with or otherwise endorse but that doesn’t mean they will necessarily call for a strike in their cities. Or they may. But check out details before assuming.
9:20 Update on Scott Olsen’s condition just now from NYT‘s Malia Wollan: "Highland hospital says
#ScottOlsen‘s skull is fractured. After seizure he was induced into a coma. Now alert. Speech impaired. Parents here."
9:15 Hair on fire: Donald Trump on CNN’s Piers Morgan tonight charges that a lot of the protesters down at Zuccotti "for dating purposes."
9:05 @OccupyArrests update places total at 2693 so far… Latest eviction notice: Nashville tonight about midnight…. Update: NYPD did NOT seize books from library at Zuccotti. They asked that major tarp be removed and it was.
8:20 Oakland mayor to speak at Oakland’s General Assembly tonight, according to reports. She will wait in line for her turn like everyone else, they say. Yesterday she promised "minimal" police presence for now and said city basically supported OWS ideas. Tom Morello tweets: "In aftermath of police brutality Oakland’s mayor addressing Occupy Oakland tonite. Will Occupy Oakland arrest the mayor??"
7:10 Off the radar? Perhaps biggest little-told OWS local story is the massive number of arrests for OccupyTucson. Another 20 yesterday boosts overall total to an astounding (for the size) 351. "On any given weekday, there are about 100 ‘occupiers’ demonstrating in city parks. On Tuesdays — when City Council meetings are held — and on weekends, that number increases to up to 1,000 demonstrators."