Conversations about race and tolerance in the Mequon-Thiensville School District

The Mequon-Thiensville school district is now having conversations about tolerance and race after a video received negative attention for mocking the death of George Floyd.

  • ICE to launch 'Citizens Academy' to teach civilians about 'targeted arrests'
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    ICE to launch 'Citizens Academy' to teach civilians about 'targeted arrests'

    A “Citizens Academy” planned by a branch of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which will include “scenario-based training and exercises,” is spreading alarm among civil liberties and immigration rights organizations — which question why the agency is devoting resources to providing civilians with “firearms familiarization” and instruction in “targeted arrests.” The program, set to begin in Chicago this fall as “a pilot for nationwide implementation,” will be run by ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations branch, which is responsible for detaining and deporting immigrants. A memo from Robert Guadian, the director of ICE ERO's Chicago field office, which was obtained by Yahoo News, describes a six-week program (four-hour sessions held once a week) during which “participants will gain insight into the many facets and responsibilities of ICE/ERO operations” through, among other things, “scenario-based training and exercises conducted in a safe and positive environment, including, but not limited to, defensive tactics, firearms familiarization, and targeted arrests.”

  • US Postmaster General tells postal workers to leave mail behind if it slows down their route
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    US Postmaster General tells postal workers to leave mail behind if it slows down their route

    Mario Tama/Getty Images The US Postal Service's new Postmaster General has established new cost-saving policies that could slow down mail service. Mail carriers are being told to leave mail behind at distribution centers rather than taking late trips, taking extra trips, or logging overtime, according to memos first reported on by The Washington Post and subsequently reviewed by Business Insider. The Postal Service is on financially shaky ground due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Business Insider previously reporting that it may run out of cash by the end of September.

  • Trump identifies another hoax: The coronavirus
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    Trump identifies another hoax: The coronavirus

    President Trump has called many things hoaxes over the years — the investigation into his 2016 campaign's dealings with Russia, his impeachment, global warming — but on Monday he called into question the existence of an epidemic that has killed more than 135,000 Americans. During a flurry of activity on his Twitter account, Trump retweeted a message from game show host Chuck Woolery that claimed “everyone is lying” about the coronavirus as part of a plot to sabotage the economy and hurt Trump's reelection campaign. “The most outrageous lies are the ones about Covid 19,” wrote Woolery in the message promoted by Trump.

  • The St. Louis couple that aimed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters received dozens of offers to replace a firearm that was seized by police, their attorney says
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    The St. Louis couple that aimed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters received dozens of offers to replace a firearm that was seized by police, their attorney says

    A lawyer representing Mark and Patricia McCloskey told Forbes that the St. Louis couple has received more than 50 offers to replace a rifle that was taken by local authorities under a search warrant. The McCloskeys went viral last month after they were caught on video pointing what appeared to be a semiautomatic rifle with an extended magazine at Black Lives Matter protestors who were marching to a demonstration outside the St. Louis mayor's house. The married St. Louis couple, Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who went viral for pointing guns at protesters marching past their home, have received 50 or more offers to replace their AR-15 rifle which local authorities seized, Forbes reported.

  • French man accused of molesting hundreds of children dies in Indonesia
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    French man accused of molesting hundreds of children dies in Indonesia

    A French man accused of molesting hundreds of children in Indonesia has died in a suspected suicide, police say. Francois Camille Abello, 65, was found unresponsive in his cell at a detention centre in the capital, Jakarta, last Thursday, said spokesman Yusri Yunus. Mr Abello was pronounced dead on Sunday night after three days of treatment.

  • Ousted U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman: Deal Barr Offered ‘Could Be Seen as a Quid Pro Quo’
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    Ousted U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman: Deal Barr Offered ‘Could Be Seen as a Quid Pro Quo’

    Geoffrey Berman, formerly the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, was brought in for a closed-door session of the Judiciary Committee on July 9 to talk about the events surrounding Barr's public announcement on June 19 that Berman had “stepped down” from his post, even though the U.S. attorney made clear to Barr multiple times that he was not stepping down. The next day, Berman said he would leave the job when Barr agreed to let his deputy take over as acting U.S. attorney, as opposed to Craig Carpenito, the U.S. attorney for the district of New Jersey, whom Barr wanted to install in the position until the Trump administration's pick, Securities and Exchange Commission chief Jay Clayton, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

  • Fact check: A fake tweet claims AOC urged governors to shut down businesses to hurt Trump
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    Fact check: A fake tweet claims AOC urged governors to shut down businesses to hurt Trump

    The claim: AOC tweet says governors should maintain restrictions on businesses until after the election Politicians are clashing as the U.S. attempts to balance surging coronavirus cases, reopening economies and election year politics. Baseless conspiracy theories about the coronavirus being a Democratic hoax to damage Trump's reelection campaign have arisen after criticisms of how the president has handled the pandemic. One Facebook post contributed to the conspiracy theories.

  • Death Valley sets record for planet's hottest temperature in years
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    Death Valley sets record for planet's hottest temperature in years

    The official weather observing station in Death Valley, California — called Furnace Creek for obvious reasons — reached a scorching 128 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday. That is the hottest temperature anywhere on the planet since 2017 and only one degree behind what experts say is likely the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth. This is just one small part of a brutal heat wave baking the deep Southwest and lower Plains states right now before expanding eastward and northward later this week.

  • Detained Chinese professor who criticised Chinese President Xi Jinping is freed
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    Detained Chinese professor who criticised Chinese President Xi Jinping is freed

    A Chinese academic who penned an essay blaming the coronavirus pandemic on President Xi Jinping's authoritarianism and censorship has been released after nearly a week in detention, his friends have told AFP. Xu Zhangrun, a law professor at Beijing's prestigious Tsinghua University, was taken from his home in the capital by a group of more than 20 people on July 6, according to associates. In an essay published on overseas websites, Xu had written that the leadership system under Xi - China's most powerful leader since Mao Zedong - was "destroying the structure of governance".

  • Writer and editor Bari Weiss leaves New York Times over 'bullying' and 'harassment' from colleagues
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    Writer and editor Bari Weiss leaves New York Times over 'bullying' and 'harassment' from colleagues

    Opinion writer and editor Bari Weiss is leaving the New York Times claiming she has been bullied and harassed by colleagues over her often controversial opinion articles, and alleging that Twitter is the paper's 'ultimate editor'. Ms Weiss has been a polarising figure for the paper and she frequently generated backlash on social media for her opinions. In a resignation letter posted to her website, she accuses the New York Times of being a paper where "truth isn't a process of collective discovery, but an orthodoxy already known to an enlightened few whose job is to inform everyone else."

  • US Air Force F-16 fighter jet crashes at New Mexico base, marking service's fifth fighter jet crash since May
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    US Air Force F-16 fighter jet crashes at New Mexico base, marking service's fifth fighter jet crash since May

    A US Air Force F-16C Viper crashed during landing at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico Monday, the Air Force said in a statement. The crash is the fifth Air Force fighter jet since mid-May. Two of the previous crashes saw the losses of Air Force pilots. A US Air Force F-16C Viper fighter jet crashed while landing at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico Monday, marking the service's fifth fighter jet crash since May.

  • Trump trades arenas for Rose Garden in attack on Biden
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    Trump trades arenas for Rose Garden in attack on Biden

    President Donald Trump transformed an event that was supposed to highlight his China policy into an impromptu campaign rally on Tuesday, delivering an expansive and often meandering broadside against Democratic rival Joe Biden on trade, policing and his son's business practices, among other topics. The president traded the arena-style rallies he favors for the sun-drenched heat of the typically apolitical White House Rose Garden. The shift presented a challenge for a president who thrives on the validation of his supporters and uses their energy to propel his White House bid.

  • Gun Control’s Black Lives Matter Problem
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    Gun Control’s Black Lives Matter Problem

    For decades, gun-control advocates promoted greater police power as well as known practices of institutional racism within police firearms-licensing divisions. Now that there are calls to “defund the police,” many leaders of the gun-control lobby, who are mostly white, should rightly fear that their history of siding with the police and promoting policies now deemed racist by progressives may make them the next casualty of cancel culture. Gun control in the U.S. has historically been rooted in racism of the blatant “no blacks allowed” variety.

  • U.S. carries out first execution in 17 years after overnight Supreme Court ruling
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    U.S. carries out first execution in 17 years after overnight Supreme Court ruling

    Lee, 47, was pronounced dead at 8:07 a.m. EDT (1207 GMT) at the federal execution chamber in Terre Haute, Indiana, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons said. "The American people have made the considered choice to permit capital punishment for the most egregious federal crimes, and justice was done today in implementing the sentence for Lee's horrific offenses," U.S. Attorney General William Barr said in a statement. Lee's lawyers complained that the government had acted in haste and that they received no notification of his rescheduled execution after a remaining legal obstacle that had not been addressed by the Supreme Court was cleared shortly after dawn.

  • Nelson Mandela's daughter Zindzi Mandela dies at 59
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    Nelson Mandela's daughter Zindzi Mandela dies at 59

    Zindzi Mandela, daughter of Nelson Mandela, has died, a spokesperson for the African National Congress said on Monday. She was 59.

  • Michigan partygoers test positive for COVID-19 after July 4th lake bash; 43 cases tied to house party
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    Michigan partygoers test positive for COVID-19 after July 4th lake bash; 43 cases tied to house party

    DETROIT – Michigan health officials are calling for attendees of two Fourth of July parties to monitor themselves for symptoms after partygoers tested positive for COVID-19. Several attendees of a Fourth of July party at Torch Lake Sandbar in northern Michigan tested positive for COVID-19, while more than 40 cases in Saline, Michigan, are linked to a holiday house party. The state health department is asking anyone who attended the party at Torch Lake to monitor themselves and seek testing if symptoms develop and self-quarantine.

  • 64 Stunning Kitchen Island Ideas
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    64 Stunning Kitchen Island Ideas

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  • A black bear opened the front door of a Colorado home, let itself in, and attacked a man inside
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    A black bear opened the front door of a Colorado home, let itself in, and attacked a man inside

    A Colorado man said he awoke in the middle of the night to find a massive black bear in his kitchen. The bear had entered the home through the front door, and took a swipe at the man, injuring his face and neck, Colorado Parks & Wildlife said. "I literally thought I might be dead," 54-year-old Dave Chenosky told media, adding that the bear fled after he started yelling in a deep and loud voice.

  • Protests after Pennsylvania police officer filmed kneeling on man’s head and neck
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    Protests after Pennsylvania police officer filmed kneeling on man’s head and neck

    A video of a black man being restrained by police kneeling on his head and neck in Pennsylvania has provoked outrage, with many comparing it to footage of the killing of George Floyd. The incident took place outside a hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania on Saturday and was filmed by a passer-by. One video, less than 30 seconds long, shows three white officers holding the man on the ground.

  • US Navy warship challenges China in South China Sea as US blasts Beijing's 'unlawful' claims and 'gangster tactics'
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    US Navy warship challenges China in South China Sea as US blasts Beijing's 'unlawful' claims and 'gangster tactics'

    US Navy A US Navy destroyer challenged China in the South China Sea with a freedom-of-navigation operation on Tuesday. The USS Ralph Johnson sailed near the disputed Spratly Islands, the Navy said, adding in a statement that "unlawful and sweeping maritime claims in the South China Sea pose a serious threat to the freedom of the seas." The operation, one of at least six such operations this year, comes after the US State Department officially rejected most of China's sea claims, declaring its maritime efforts to assert sovereignty unlawful.

  • Trump defends people who 'love' the Confederate flag and says they're 'not thinking about slavery'
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    Trump defends people who 'love' the Confederate flag and says they're 'not thinking about slavery'

    Associated Press President Donald Trump defended people who support the Confederate flag and said they don't necessarily support it because of the Confederacy's deep-rooted ties to slavery. "Well, people love it, and I don't view — I know people that like the Confederate flag and they're not thinking about slavery," Trump told CBS News in an interview. Confederate leaders explicitly laid out in their constitution that the main goal of the Confederacy was to preserve slavery.

  • Parents of slain Atlanta girl plead for help to find killer
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    Parents of slain Atlanta girl plead for help to find killer

    The parents of an 8-year-old Atlanta girl slain near the site of an earlier police killing pleaded for the public to help find whoever was responsible as their lawyers announced more reward money. In an emotional news conference Monday, the family's lawyers announced an “all-hands-on-deck” effort that will include canvassing several neighborhoods Tuesday to seek clues in the slaying of Secoriea Turner. They've also set up a new hotline for tips that will be staffed by law students with help from lawyers who are volunteering their time.

  • U.S. Senate to begin debate on new coronavirus bill next week: McConnell
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    U.S. Senate to begin debate on new coronavirus bill next week: McConnell

    The U.S. Senate will begin debate next week on a fifth coronavirus-response bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday, as he forecast tough negotiations with Democrats who are seeking broader aid than Republicans. "Next week, we'll be beginning a new bill," McConnell said during an interview with WRVK radio in his home state of Kentucky. McConnell added the legislation, which has not yet been unveiled, will likely be more contentious than the previous four coronavirus aid bills.

  • U.S. Considers TikTok Ban as Chinese Threat to Global Internet Freedom Grows
    National Review

    U.S. Considers TikTok Ban as Chinese Threat to Global Internet Freedom Grows

    The partnership between Chinese tech companies and the Chinese Communist Party is threatening global Internet freedom. But the U.S. has the chance to push back and safeguard online free speech and privacy worldwide. Last Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News's Laura Ingraham that the U.S. is “certainly looking at” banning TikTok, a video-sharing social-media platform owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, over its ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

  • 5 Years Ago, New Horizons Reached Pluto—and We Never Stopped Learning
    Popular Mechanics

    5 Years Ago, New Horizons Reached Pluto—and We Never Stopped Learning

    Here's everything the intrepid spacecraft has taught us about the distant dwarf planet. From Popular Mechanics