Portland sees peaceful night of protests following withdrawal of federal agents

The withdrawal of federal agents from frontline policing of demonstrations in downtown Portland significantly reduced tensions in the city overnight.

Protesters in support of Black Lives Matter once again rallied near the federal courthouse that became a flashpoint, and the scene of nightly battles amid the swirl of teargas, after Donald Trump dispatched agents to end what he called anarchy in the city after weeks of demonstrations.

But in the absence of the federal officers, Thursday ...
Submitted by Double The Fist at 2020-08-01 1:34am to the Politics forum.

Mike Pence involved in campaign bus accident in Pennsylvania

The campaign bus collided with a dump truck in Allegheny County
Submitted by FMonk at 2020-08-01 0:42am to the Politics forum.

What’s lurking beneath Oakland's Lake Merritt? Strange creatures and more

Damon Tighe is no casual Lake Merritt visitor. The citizen scientist steps around picnickers, turns over rocks on the shore, and even wades through the water, his eyes alert for the smallest critters. One August afternoon five years ago, Tighe was on his knees near the boating center on the north side of the lake when he spotted a clump of mussels attached to the underside of a dock. When he looked closer, something moved. He pulled out a jar and coaxed the tiny animal inside and sealed it ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-07-31 21:02pm to the Science forum.

Court overturns Boston Marathon bomber's death sentence

Tsarnaev’s lawyers had argued that intense media coverage had made it impossible to have a fair trial in Boston. They also pointed to social media posts from two jurors suggesting they harbored strong opinions even before the 2015 trial started.
Submitted by Disruptive Emotional-Support Pig at 2020-07-31 20:03pm to the Crime forum.

Newly released court docs detail abuse by Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein

The deposition is from Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein and Maxwell’s victims. The recently released documents are connected to a 2015 defamation lawsuit by Giuffre against Maxwell. In the non-redacted portions of the court documents, Giuffre describes the lasting psychological toll of the abuse she and many other young women suffered.
Submitted by nocash at 2020-07-31 18:48pm to the Crime forum.

Getting coronavirus tests back in 2 to 3 days ‘not possible at this time,’ House panel is told

With the coronavirus death toll soaring in the United States, three of the Trump administration’s top health officials — Infectious-disease expert Anthony S. Fauci, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert R. Redfield and Brett P. Giroir of the Department of Health and Human Services — were pressed Friday morning by a Democrat-led House panel about the ongoing crisis.

Brett P. Giroir, a top federal health official overseeing coronavirus testing, touted the Trump ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-07-31 18:09pm to the Politics forum.

Isaias could get stronger; South Florida under a Tropical Storm Warning

It’s possible it can get stronger. Plenty of warm waters with nothing in the atmosphere to weaken it through the weekend. Shear, or strong upper winds that can impact it may not arrive in time. Some dry air weakened it slightly Friday mid morning but it may not last long.

Heavy Rain: Still lingering over Dominican Republic and Haiti with strong winds, the same for the Turks and Caicos and parts of the SE & Central Bahamas. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says, these downpours have the ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-07-31 17:22pm to the Off Topic News forum.

White House condemns Hong Kong election delay after Trump suggests postponing U.S. election

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Friday denounced as anti-democratic Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam’s decision to delay legislative elections by a year due to coronavirus concerns.

McEnany’s condemnation comes one day after President Donald Trump suggested the United States postpone its own election in November.

Submitted by Forensic at 2020-07-31 17:21pm to the Politics forum.

The $600 unemployment boost has ended. What's next?

The $600 boost in weekly unemployment checks ends Friday.

With negotiations between Democrats and Republicans at an impasse, millions relying on that aid are in the dark as to what comes next.

Meanwhile, the economic recovery appears to have stalled or reversed, coronavirus infections are surging, eviction protections have expired for many and plans to reopen schools remain in flux, potentially requiring many parents to forgo work for child-care duties.   

“It’s not clear ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-07-31 17:08pm to the Politics forum.

Trump’s ‘Law-and-Order’ Approach Falls Flat: Poll

AMERICANS HAVE A DIM view of president Donald Trump's crackdown on protests against racial inequality, with 36% approving of the president's handling of the issue he has cast as a matter of law and order, according to a poll released Friday morning.

The ABC News/Ipsos poll found that Trump's approval rating is way underwater on three major campaign issues – the pandemic, the protests and dealings with Russia – and also show the Republican incumbent in some trouble with his most loyal ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-07-31 17:07pm to the Politics forum.

Officer won't be charged for killing Michael Brown

Prosecutors in the US city of St Louis have said they will not bring charges against a former police officer who shot dead a black teenager in 2014.

The killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson triggered weeks of protests.

It also led to the founding of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Prosecutors said a five-month re-examination of the case had not found enough evidence to bring charges of murder or manslaughter against the former officer, Darren Wilson.

In 2015 the Justice Department ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-07-31 17:04pm to the Crime forum.

Stop turning retail workers into mask police, union leader says

As more major U.S. retailers require their customers to wear masks, a growing number of store employees are being confronted by unruly and sometimes violent customers who refuse to comply. Now, the head of the largest union representing retail workers said businesses have unfairly burdened their employees with enforcing mask-wearing policies, to the detriment of workers and customers alike.

Employers bear the responsibility to provide a safe workplace, said Stuart Appelbaum, president of the ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-07-31 17:01pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

How Jared Kushner’s Secret Testing Plan “Went Poof Into Thin Air”

On March 31, three weeks after the World Health Organization designated the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic, a DHL truck rattled up to the gray stone embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, D.C., delivering precious cargo: 1 million Chinese-made diagnostic tests for COVID-19, ordered at the behest of the Trump administration.

Normally, federal government purchases come with detailed contracts, replete with acronyms and identifying codes. They require sign-off from an ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-07-31 16:54pm to the Politics forum.

Prosecutors: ‘Boogaloo’ member who plotted protest violence also sexually exploited a child

An alleged member of the far-right “boogaloo” movement who was charged last month with plotting violence at a Black Lives Matter protest in Las Vegas has now also been charged with sexual exploitation of children, federal prosecutors said this week.

Stephen Thomas Parshall, also known as “Kiwi,” 35, of Las Vegas, was arrested in late May along with two co-conspirators and charged with possession of a molotov cocktail and conspiracy to cause destruction during local ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-07-31 16:46pm to the Crime forum.

Brigador experiences what can only be described as a reverse review bomb

All of this would have been a great story about a quality game finally finding an audience, but it has been marred somewhat by the actions of Jack Monahan, co-founder of Brigador developer Steller Jockeys. Monahan recently issued an apology on the Stellar Jockeys Twitter account about years of forum posts containing “transphobic, racist and anti-semitic remarks”.

Monahan has suspended his involvement with Steller Jockeys and Brigador Killers.
Submitted by Please Do Not Read This Text at 2020-07-31 6:53am to the Video Games forum.

Man who charged at police with sword and dagger, injuring officer, is killed on Detroit's west side

Chief Craig said the officers were on their way to an unrelated call when they came to the intersection and saw a man in the middle of the road with a 32-inch sword. Craig said the man began approaching the officer's vehicle, swinging the sword "wildly" while dressed in some sort of protective gear.

The officers got out of the vehicle and the man began to run in their direction, still swinging the sword. He was told to drop the weapon but he refused.

One officer deployed his Taser, ...
Submitted by Ex Libris at 2020-07-31 2:03am to the Crime forum.

John Lewis: Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation

While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me. You filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society. Millions of people motivated simply by human compassion laid down the burdens of division. Around the country and the world you set aside race, class, age, language and nationality to demand respect for human dignity.

That is why I had ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-07-30 18:29pm to the Politics forum.

Postal Service Being Torn Apart from Within

Since Louis DeJoy, a Trump loyalist and donor, took over as Postmaster General this month, he has moved to cut overtime among postal workers. He also noted in a memo that postal workers should leave mail behind if it would cause delays to routes. Another program would deliver mail early and rolling back sorting, which would delay the mail even further, and this compounds over time. Numerous post offices across the country were also suddenly scheduled to close, although the agency seems to be ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-07-30 17:34pm to the Politics forum.

Politician and businessman Herman Cain has died at 74

WASHINGTON (SBG) — Politician and businessman Herman Cain has died at the age of 74, according to a statement released on his official website.
"Let me deal with some of the particulars of the last few weeks. We knew when he was first hospitalized with COVID-19 that this was going to be a rough fight," the statement read. "He had trouble breathing and was taken to the hospital by ambulance. We all prayed that the initial meds they gave him would get his breathing back to normal, but it ...
Submitted by gotterdamm at 2020-07-30 15:21pm to the Politics forum.

How Adriene Mishler Became Yoga’s Guy Whisperer

Fans of Adriene Mishler know her as many things — the dog mom of Benji the Blue Heeler, a proud Texan, and perhaps most importantly, the first smiling face that pops up on YouTube when you search for “yoga.” The 35-year-old host of “Yoga with Adriene” is a woman of many mats, but the one thing she doesn’t get enough credit for is bringing yoga to dudes who never would have gotten into it otherwise. As she’s amassed more than 7 million YouTube subscribers since her 2012 launch, ...
Submitted by nocash at 2020-07-30 14:46pm to the Health & Beauty forum.