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Don't count on ever seeing Trump's 'Garden of American Heroes'
Mon, 06 Jul 2020 14:49:19 -0400

Don't count on ever seeing Trump's 'Garden of American Heroes'Call me cynical, but I have a feeling the National Garden of American Heroes announced by President Trump on Friday will never get off — or into — the ground, even if he doesn’t put his son-in-law in charge of it. Establishing an official United States Hall of Fame will secure the reputations of Betsy Ross and Benjamin Franklin from the changing political winds, no less than the one in Cooperstown, N.Y., preserves for the ages the memories of Ted Williams and Roberto Clemente.


Exonerated Central Park Five members speak out: ‘Not too many things have changed since 30 years ago’
Mon, 06 Jul 2020 17:20:44 -0400

Exonerated Central Park Five members speak out: ‘Not too many things have changed since 30 years ago’In 1989, five Black and Hispanic teens were falsely accused of raping and nearly killing Trisha Meili, a white woman jogging in Central Park. Known collectively as the Central Park Five, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise were convicted in two trials despite a lack of eyewitness testimony or DNA evidence and spent between six and 13 years in prison. Exonerated in 2002 after an investigation confirmed that a convicted murderer and rapist had committed the crime, the Central Park Five sued the city and state of New York, settling for millions.


We Fought a U.S.-China War in the South China Sea. The U.S. Navy Lost.
Mon, 06 Jul 2020 16:00:00 -0400

We Fought a U.S.-China War in the South China Sea. The U.S. Navy Lost.For more than a hundred years, the U.S. Navy has been using naval wargames to test ships, tactics and strategy.


China detains professor who criticised Xi over coronavirus
Mon, 06 Jul 2020 06:45:06 -0400

China detains professor who criticised Xi over coronavirusChinese authorities on Monday detained a law professor who published essays criticising President Xi Jinping over the coronavirus pandemic and accusing him of ruling "tyrannically", according to friends of the man. Xu Zhangrun, a rare outspoken critic of the government in China's heavily censored academia, was taken from his home in suburban Beijing by more than 20 people, one of his friends said on condition of anonymity. Xu published an essay in February blaming the culture of deception and censorship fostered by Xi for the spread of the coronavirus in China.


The WHO changed its coronavirus timeline to say it got its first report about the virus on the internet, not from Chinese authorities
Sun, 05 Jul 2020 07:03:40 -0400

The WHO changed its coronavirus timeline to say it got its first report about the virus on the internet, not from Chinese authoritiesThe agency says its China office found out about the "viral pneumonia" cases from reading an online press release from the Wuhan health commission.


Outrage as Mississippi election commissioner complains 'the Blacks' are registering to vote in high numbers
Mon, 06 Jul 2020 15:31:32 -0400

Outrage as Mississippi election commissioner complains 'the Blacks' are registering to vote in high numbersA Mississippi elections official became the subject of social media fury over the weekend when she tweeted that she was "concerned" about an increase in black voters."I'm concerned about voter registration in Mississippi," Gail Welch, an elections commissioner in Jones County, Mississippi wrote. "The blacks are having lots [of] events for voter registration. People in Mississippi have to get involved, too."


A rare case of brain-eating amoeba has been confirmed in Florida. Officials are telling residents to avoid tap water, and to swim with nose clips.
Mon, 06 Jul 2020 10:38:00 -0400

A rare case of brain-eating amoeba has been confirmed in Florida. Officials are telling residents to avoid tap water, and to swim with nose clips.The Florida Department of Health had to issue a warning for residents to avoid nasal contact with tap water.


Hundreds of scientists say coronavirus is airborne, ask WHO to revise recommendations: NYT
Sun, 05 Jul 2020 12:47:59 -0400

Hundreds of scientists say coronavirus is airborne, ask WHO to revise recommendations: NYTThe WHO has said the coronavirus disease spreads primarily from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, which are expelled when a person with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes or speaks. Whether carried by large droplets that zoom through the air after a sneeze, or by much smaller exhaled droplets that may glide the length of a room, the coronavirus is borne through air and can infect people when inhaled, the scientists said, according to the NYT. "Especially in the last couple of months, we have been stating several times that we consider airborne transmission as possible but certainly not supported by solid or even clear evidence," Dr. Benedetta Allegranzi, the WHO's technical lead of infection prevention and control, was quoted as saying by the NYT.


Surge in NYC shootings fuels police reform debate
Mon, 06 Jul 2020 17:16:57 -0400

Surge in NYC shootings fuels police reform debateNew York reeled from a spate of holiday weekend shootings Monday, with police fueling controversy by partially attributing them to reforms undertaken following the death in custody of George Floyd. The Big Apple was rocked by 45 shootings -- which resulted in 11 deaths -- over the long July 4th weekend, up from just 16 shootings for the same period in 2019. Terence Monahan, the NYPD's highest-ranking uniformed officer, said "tremendous animosity" shown towards officers following the recent Black Lives Matter protests had contributed by lowering police morale.


White House defends Trump's claim that 99 percent of COVID-19 cases are 'harmless' with chart showing 5 percent are fatal
Mon, 06 Jul 2020 15:17:25 -0400

White House defends Trump's claim that 99 percent of COVID-19 cases are 'harmless' with chart showing 5 percent are fatalPress secretary Kayleigh McEnany came to her press briefing on Monday prepared to defend President Trump’s assertion that “99 percent” of U.S. coronavirus cases are “totally harmless” with two charts that inadvertently disproved his claim.


Predominantly Black armed protesters march through Confederate memorial park in Georgia
Sun, 05 Jul 2020 11:35:23 -0400

Predominantly Black armed protesters march through Confederate memorial park in GeorgiaA predominantly Black group of heavily armed protesters marched through Stone Mountain Park near Atlanta on Saturday, calling for removal of the giant Confederate rock carving at the site that civil rights activists consider a monument to racism.


Great Power Showdown: How U.S. Navy Submarines Are Countering Chinese Expansion
Sun, 05 Jul 2020 05:30:00 -0400

Great Power Showdown: How U.S. Navy Submarines Are Countering Chinese ExpansionLet's take a look.


Atlanta Mayor Orders Protesters to ‘Clear Out’ After 8-Year-Old Girl Fatally Shot
Mon, 06 Jul 2020 08:30:31 -0400

Atlanta Mayor Orders Protesters to ‘Clear Out’ After 8-Year-Old Girl Fatally ShotThe mayor of Atlanta is forcing protesters to “clear out” of the Wendy’s where a police officer fatally shot Rayshard Brooks last month after a violent night that included a dozen shootings citywide and the death of an 8-year-old girl, the mayor said Sunday. “You shot and killed a baby,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said at a news conference. “Enough is enough.”Secoriea Turner was shot and killed less than a half mile from the Wendy’s, which had become a place of memorial and protest since Brooks’s death on June 12. Three suspects have been arrested on suspicion of arson after protesters set the fast-food joint ablaze the day after Brooks’s death.Interim police chief Rodney Bryant said the girl was in a car with her mother and an adult friend Saturday night when the driver tried to pull into a liquor store parking lot and was confronted by a group of armed people who had blocked the entrance, NBC News reported. “At some point someone in the group opened fire, striking the car multiple times,” he said.Police are investigating the incident. No suspects have been identified.Protesters had put up illegal barriers, at times flanked by armed protesters, to keep police out of the area near Wendy’s. The city reportedly had tried to take down the barriers multiple times in recent weeks. Authorities had been notified of the barriers’ resurrection less than an hour before the shooting. The Atlanta Police Department told Fox 5 they had planned on checking out the area but were swamped with other 911 calls.“We're doing each other more harm than any police officer on this force,” said Bottoms, who had allowed protesters to occupy the Wendy’s for weeks during open discussions. “We've had over 75 shootings in the city over the past several weeks. You can't blame that on APD.”Within hours of the mayor’s announcement three more people were shot, one fatally, when two people exchanged gunfire, Fox 5 reported. “They say black lives matter,” said the victim's father, Secoriya Williamson. “You killed your own. You killed your own this time just because of a barrier. They killed my baby because she crossed the barrier and made a U-turn.”


NASA's powerful Hubble space telescope has beamed back a striking photo of a 'fluffy' galaxy with a ghostly, empty center
Mon, 06 Jul 2020 17:33:00 -0400

NASA's powerful Hubble space telescope has beamed back a striking photo of a 'fluffy' galaxy with a ghostly, empty centerThe photo from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows how newborn stars have used up all the gas at this galaxy's center.