Also in the news this Wednesday: state's race disclosure requirement for marriage licenses thrown out and feeling unsafe in Fort Worth.
9 police shootings leave Fort Worth residents feeling unsafe
Most of the residents who lined the outside and packed the inside of a Fort Worth, Texas, city council meeting Tuesday night had little interest in discussing re-zoning laws or new buildings.
"We don't feel safe," angry crowds yelled to the city council members, including Mayor Betsy Price, just days after another shooting by Fort Worth police this year.
Atatiana Jefferson was in her home Saturday night playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew when she was killed by Officer Aaron Dean. Responding to a wellbeing check put in by a concerned neighbor who saw Jefferson's door open, the officer walked around the home and shot once through a window after "perceiving a threat," authorities said.
Jefferson resigned from the police department and has been charged with murder. He is not cooperating in the investigation.
Saturday's fatal shooting was the ninth police-involved shooting this year by Fort Worth police. Seven of those were fatal, according to Lt. Brandon O'Neil, a department spokesman.
"These people don't feel safe. None of this matters," one woman said, interrupting the city council meeting. "You haven't acknowledged what's going on right now."
The woman was just one of dozens of people -- some of whom were escorted out by officers -- who spoke out during the meeting. Dozens more testifiedbefore council members, all echoing the same message.
"Stop killing us," one man said."The wild wild West is back and out of control here in Fort Worth. Bad police officers are not going by policy to deescalate the situation. Instead they are notching their belts with killings."
He urged an FBI investigation into the fatal police shootings.
"If you, officers, are afraid, get another profession," the man added.
Attendees also held signs and called for the firing of Fort Worth City Manager David Cooke and Assistant City Manager Jay Chapa, saying they were corrupt and incompetent.
The Fort Worth police department was already under scrutiny before Jefferson's killing.
Jefferson, 28, graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana in 2014 with a degree in biology and worked in pharmaceutical equipment sales, civil rights attorney Lee Merritt said.
She had recently moved back to the home to care for her ailing mother, who was in the hospital.
Early Saturday morning, Jefferson's neighbor, James Smith, called the non-emergency police number to ask officers to check on her after he saw her doors had been open for a while and knew she was with her nephew, he told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Officers arrived around 2:28 a.m., O'Neil, the police spokesman, said Sunday.
Police released heavily edited footage of that night, which showed lights were on in the home but no one inside was visible to the officers as they approached the home.
As they walked around the home, one officer approached a window quickly with a flashlight and his weapon drawn, yelling "Put your hands up! Show me your hands!"
He then fired through the window, killing Jefferson. She had pulled a handgun from her purse at the time, after hearing noises from outside the home, her nephew told police. She was pointing it toward the window when she was shot and fell to the ground, according to the arrest affidavit.
Hong Kong chaos: lawmakers thwart leader's annual address
Calling her "the mother of the mafia police," yelling pro-democracy lawmakers twice forced Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to stop delivering a speech laying out her policy objectives Wednesday and then clamored for her resignation in chaotic scenes that caused her to walk out of the legislature.
Lam was able to deliver the annual address more than an hour later by video, but the hostile reception inside the Legislative Council marked a slap in the face for the embattled chief executive grappling with anti-government protests now in their fifth month.
When Lam started delivering the speech, she was shouted down by chanting pro-democracy lawmakers who held aloft placards showing her waving with hands colored blood-red. They also used a projector to light up Lam's face and the wall behind her with protesters' key demands.
Lam left the chamber and then came back about 20 minutes later to try again, only to be met with further fury. One legislator brandishing a placard climbed onto a desk. Again, the council president stopped the session and Lam left. One lawmaker wearing a paper mask showing the face of Chinese President Xi Jinping tossed a placard as Lam walked out.
Finally, 75 minutes after the previously scheduled start of the lengthy address, Lam delivered it via video link, with China's yellow-starred red flag to her right and Hong Kong's flag on her left.
Describing the semi-autonomous Chinese territory as going through "major crisis," Lam said: "People are asking: Will Hong Kong return to normal?"
She appealed for its 7.5 million citizens to "cherish the city," warning that "continued violence and spread of hatred will erode the core values of Hong Kong."
Standing ramrod-straight, she then launched into a dry and detailed explanation of plans to tackle Hong Kong's shortage of affordable housing, a long-standing source of discontent, and other welfare issues. With its focus on such minutiae as building new tunnels and freeing up land for development, the 50-minute speech titled "Treasure Hong Kong our home" only fueled criticism that Lam is deaf to protesters' concerns about the future of the territory's freedoms, unique in China.
In a subsequent news conference, Lam again made clear that she wouldn't resign and insisted there has been no erosion "whatsoever" of Hong Kong's freedoms.
Debate takeaways: Warren under fire, 70s club ignores the age issue
A dozen Democratic presidential candidates participated in a spirited debate over health care, taxes, gun control and impeachment. Takeaways from the three-hour forum in Westerville, Ohio:
WARREN'S RISE ATTRACTS ATTACKS
Sen. Elizabeth Warren found Tuesday that her rise in the polls may come with a steep cost. She's now a clear target for attacks, particularly from more moderate challengers, and her many plans are now being subjected to much sharper scrutiny.
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg slammed her for not acknowledging, as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has, that middle-class taxes would increase under the single-payer health plan she and Sanders favor.
"At least Bernie's being honest with this," Klobuchar said.
Candidates also pounced on Warren's suggestion that only she and Sanders want to take on billionaires while the rest of the field wants to protect them. Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke told Warren it didn't seem as though she wanted to lift people up and she is "more focused on being punitive."
THAT 70s SHOW
The stage included three 70-something candidates who would be the oldest people ever elected to a first term as president — including 78-year-old Sanders, who had a heart attack this month. Moderators asked all three how they could do the job. None really addressed the question.
ONE VOICE ON IMPEACHMENT
The opening question was a batting practice fastball for the Democratic candidates: Should Trump be impeached?
They were in steadfast agreement. All 12 of them. Largely with variations on the word "corrupt" to describe the Republican president.
Warren was asked first if voters should decide whether Trump should stay in office. She responded, "There are decisions that are bigger than politics."
Biden, who followed Sanders, offered a rare admission: "I agree with Bernie."
KLOBUCHAR: MINNESOTA NOT-SO-NICE
Klobuchar has faded into the background in previous debates, but she stood out on the crowded stage.
She also went on the attack. She chided Yang for seeming to compare Russian interference in the 2016 election to U.S. foreign policy. But her main barbs were reserved for Warren. "I appreciate Elizabeth's work but, again, the difference between a plan and a pipe dream is something you can actually get done," she said.
After Warren seemed to suggest other candidates were protecting billionaires, Klobuchar pounced. "No one on this stage wants to protect billionaires," Klobuchar said. "Even the billionaire doesn't want to protect billionaires."
BOOKER THE PEACEMAKER
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker has been trying to campaign on the power of love and unity. It hasn't vaulted him to the top of the polls, but it drew perhaps the biggest cheers from the crowd Tuesday night.
As candidates bickered over their tax plans, Booker shut it down. "We've got one shot to make Donald Trump a one-term president and how we talk about each other in this debate actually really matters," he said. "Tearing each other down because we have a different plan is unacceptable."
Later, as candidates tussled over foreign policy and Syria, Booker again tried to bring the debate back to morals. "This president is turning the moral leadership of this country into a dumpster fire," he said, before launching into a furious condemnation of Trump's foreign policy.
Astros fan arrested for slapping Yankees fan
An Astros fan is facing an assault charge after being accused by authorities of slapping a New York Yankees fan after the two got into an argument at Houston's Minute Maid Park during the second game of the American League Championship Series.
James Dinkins was arrested on the misdemeanor charge after police say he slapped the Yankees fan in the back of the head after he cheered for the New York team during Sunday night's game.
The 73-year-old Dinkins, a former justice of the peace in neighboring Montgomery County, is free on a $100 bond. Court records didn't list an attorney for Dinkins.
Harris County District Attorney's Office prosecutor Nathan Beedle called the allegations against Dinkins "troubling," saying that Houston prides itself on "hospitality, sportsmanship, and welcoming anyone from anywhere."
The Astros lead the series 2-1.
Race disclosure for marriage licenses ruled unconstitutional
A federal judge ruled that a Virginia law requiring couples to reveal their race in applying for a marriage license is unconstitutional.
The lawsuit against the Virginia State Registrar and others was filed after three couples said they were denied marriage licenses in the state after they refused to check a box disclosing their race on their applications.
Finding that the statute violates the 14th Amendment, Judge Rossie D. Alston wrote in his ruling Friday that requiring the couples "to disclose their race in order to receive marriage licenses burdens their fundamental right to marry," Alston wrote.
"(T)he statutory scheme is a vestige of the nation's and of Virginia's history of codified racialization," the judge wrote.
"The Commonwealth of Virginia is naturally rich in its greatest traditions," Alston wrote. "But like other institutions, that stain of past mistakes, misgivings and discredited legislative mandates must always survive the scrutiny of our nation's most import institution ... the Constitution of the United States of America."
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring last month directed that applicants would now be able to check a box that says "declined to answer" instead of checking a box that defined their race, and clerks of court across the state received the new form and a memo.
But the couples pushed ahead with the lawsuit, arguing that because the statute was still in place, Herring's directive could be changed after he is no longer in office.
"The provision in the statute is still intact, so the announcement does not necessarily solve the problem," Ashley Ramkishun, one of the plaintiffs, told CNN last month. "It's merely a Band-Aid."
The judge agreed.
The attorney general "provided a construction of the statute that is expressly at odds with its plain meaning," Alston wrote.
And although the clerks of court "swore to uphold General Herring's interpretation," they are still required to "uphold the statute, and General Herring's interpretation lacks the force of law," the judge said.
Three assisted living workers accused of urging elderly residents to fight
Three employees at a North Carolina assisted living facility are accused of allowing elderly residents to fight one another, encouraging them to fight, and, in one case, assaulting a resident.
Marilyn Latish McKey, 32; Tonacia Yvonne Tyson, 20; and Taneshia Deshawn Jordan, 26, have been arrested and charged, according to a police report.
A report of elder abuse made to Winston-Salem police in June accused employees ofallowing residents to fight one another, the police report said. Police and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services then learned that employees were also encouraging the fighting.
One employee, police say, physically shoved a resident.
According to the police report no injuries were reported or discovered.
Tyson and Jordan are facing one count each ofassault on an individual with a disability for the June incident at the Danby House assisted living facility in Winston-Salem, according to the report. McKey is facing two counts of the same charge.
All three are scheduled to appear in court Nov. 14. CNN has attempted to contact the defendants. It is unclear if they have legal representation.
Danby House spokesman James Harvey denounced calling the incident a "Fight Club," saying the investigation was related to one isolated incident.
The facility said that the three employees were fired immediately and that administrators are working closely with police.
"Danby House has a zero-tolerance policy for the mistreatment of those in our care," the facility said in a statement. "Additional staff training and a more rigorous vetting process for all new and existing employees at Danby House has been implemented."
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services ordered the facility to stop admitting residents in August after determining that conditions were "detrimental to the health and safety of the resident."
The suspension of admission will be lifted after Danby House enacts a plan of correction and the department returns for an unannounced inspection, the health and human services department said in a statement.