Douglas County Hosts Graduation Ceremonies

The graduation ceremonies will be outdoors and social distancing guidelines will be observed.

  • As COVID cases spike in Florida, Trump now says he's 'flexible' on convention format in Jacksonville
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    As COVID cases spike in Florida, Trump now says he's 'flexible' on convention format in Jacksonville

    With coronavirus cases exploding in Florida, President Trump said he is “flexible” about the need for a traditional indoor Republican National Convention in Jacksonville next month. The Republican National Committee had scrapped plans to hold the party's convention in Charlotte, N.C., after Gov. Roy Cooper said he would only allow “a scaled-down convention with fewer people, social distancing and face coverings.” In a television interview with former Fox anchor Greta Van Susteren, Trump suggested the format for the Aug. 24-27 event would depend on the severity of the outbreak in the Sunshine State.

  • An Austin police officer appeared to grope a woman's breast after pulling her over for a traffic violation
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    An Austin police officer appeared to grope a woman's breast after pulling her over for a traffic violation

    In a video that trended on social media Tuesday, an Austin police officer appears to grope the woman's breasts while performing a search, even as she demanded a female officer. In a statement, the Austin Police Department said the officer acted appropriately since the encounter was recorded and another officer was present. The department also said the officer was conducting a search before transporting the woman to jail for "multiple hazardous traffic violations."

  • NYPD forced to impose limit on officers filing for retirement amid 400% surge of personnel trying to quit
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    NYPD forced to impose limit on officers filing for retirement amid 400% surge of personnel trying to quit

    The New York Police Department (NYPD) has reportedly limited the number of retirement applications it will allow, after it saw a surge in requests in the last couple of months. The NYPD announced on Wednesday that 179 officers filed for retirement between 29 June and 6 July – a 411 per cent increase on the 35 who retired in the same time period in 2019. Additionally, 503 NYPD officers filed for retirement between 25 May - the day George Floyd was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis - and 3 July, representing a 75 per cent increase on the 287 officers who retired in the same period last year.

  • 15 Platform Beds to Elevate Your Bedroom Style
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    15 Platform Beds to Elevate Your Bedroom Style

    You'll love these contemporary styles and budget-friendly price points Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

  • 'I feel threatened': Unmasked Florida man's viral Costco outburst cost him his job
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    'I feel threatened': Unmasked Florida man's viral Costco outburst cost him his job

    A man's outburst at a Costco in Florida that was caught on video has cost him his job. A video of the incident was posted to Twitter on Monday night by filmmaker Billy Corben. "Florida man at Fort Myers Costco in 'Running the World Since 1776' shirt flips out on elderly woman who asked him to wear a mask and man who defended her #BecauseFlorida," Corben tweeted.

  • Poll: 70 Percent of Americans Think ‘Black Lives Matter’ Has Not Improved Race Relations
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    Poll: 70 Percent of Americans Think ‘Black Lives Matter’ Has Not Improved Race Relations

    A majority of Americans believe the Black Lives Matter movement has not improved race relations, according to a new poll from Monmouth University, with 38 percent of respondents saying BLM has hurt racial issues in America, compared to 26 percent who say the movement has helped. The poll's findings, released Wednesday, compared results from June 2020 to a similar poll conducted by Monmouth in 2016. While 71 percent of respondents agreed that Black Lives Matter has “brought attention to real racial disparities in American society” — a double-digit increase from 2016 — 70 percent of respondents think that the movement has not improved race relations, with 38 percent saying Black Lives Matter has made race relations worse.

  • Associated Press

    Philadelphia waives 100s of protest-related code violations

    Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney says the city will drop all code violation notices handed out to demonstrators during the protests against police brutality and racial injustice that followed the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis while in police custody. Kenney said in a written release Wednesday that he was taking the city Law Department's recommendation and dropping the violations issued to protesters between May 30 and June 30. Kenney said that criminal charges filed during the protests are under the purview of the District Attorney's office and were not included in the dismissal announced Wednesday.

  • Militants kill BJP politician Wasim Bari and his family in Kashmir
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    Militants kill BJP politician Wasim Bari and his family in Kashmir

    A Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party politician was killed along with his brother and father in Indian administered Kashmir, officials said on Thursday. Wasim Bari, 38, and his family were attacked by militants at his residence in north Kashmir's Bandipora district on Wednesday night. All three were shot at point-blank range and died on the way to hospital.

  • Union files grievance against Walt Disney World ahead of Saturday reopening
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    Union files grievance against Walt Disney World ahead of Saturday reopening

    The actors' union representing 750 Walt Disney World performers has filed a grievance against the Orlando, Florida-based theme park alleging retaliation against its members over the union's demand that they be tested for the coronavirus. Walt Disney Co plans to reopen Disney World on Saturday, with attendance limits, social distancing rules and new health and safety protocols. Florida has seen a spike in coronavirus cases in recent weeks.

  • CEO apologizes after racist rant targeting Asian American family
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    CEO apologizes after racist rant targeting Asian American family

    A San Francisco tech CEO issued an apology this week after he was seen in a viral video yelling racial slurs and expletives at an Asian American family on the Fourth of July. Raymond Orosa and his family were celebrating his wife's birthday at Bernardus Lodge and Spa's Lucia restaurant when Michael Lofthouse can be seen on camera harassing them, saying, "F— you Asians," "Go back to whatever f— Asian country you're from" and "You don't belong here." The video begins with the woman who filmed the vulgar encounter asking Lofthouse, sitting one table over, to repeat what he had just said to them.

  • In first, US punishes senior Chinese officials over Uighur rights
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    In first, US punishes senior Chinese officials over Uighur rights

    The United States on Thursday took its first major action to stop "horrific" abuses against China's Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims, slapping sanctions on several senior officials. Three officials will be refused US visas and see any US-based assets frozen including Chen Quanguo, the Chinese Communist Party chief for the Xinjiang region and architect of Beijing's hardline policies against restive minorities. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States was acting against "horrific and systematic abuses" in the western region including forced labor, mass detention and involuntary population control.

  • Feds: Top Ohio State Immunologist Lied About Chinese Funding and Ties to Research Groups
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    Feds: Top Ohio State Immunologist Lied About Chinese Funding and Ties to Research Groups

    Federal prosecutors allege that a top immunologist at Ohio State University illegally concealed Chinese funding for his research and attempted to flee the country before his arrest in Alaska in May. In a criminal complaint unsealed on Thursday, the Justice Department accuses Song Guo Zheng, the Ronald L. Whisler MD Chair in Rheumatology and Immunology at Ohio State's medical school, of fraudulently obtaining federal grant funds from the National Institutes of Health and making false statements to investigators. Zheng, prosecutors say, obtained nearly $5 million in federal research grants without disclosing ties to Chinese entities and additional grant funds provided by them.

  • Fox News host Tucker Carlson accused of echoing white supremacist slogan on air
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    Fox News host Tucker Carlson accused of echoing white supremacist slogan on air

    Fox News host Tucker Carlson has been accused of echoing a 14-word white supremacist phrase during one of his on-air segments. During a segment on his Monday evening show, Mr Carlson showed side-by-side images of Representative Ilhan Omar and Senator Tammy Duckworth, both of whom are Democrats on Capitol Hill and were born overseas. Critics said the phrase across the screen mirrored that of the white supremacist 14-word slogan: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”

  • Israel looked like a model for halting coronavirus. Here's how it 'lost its bearings.'
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    Israel looked like a model for halting coronavirus. Here's how it 'lost its bearings.'

    When signs of the coronavirus pandemic appeared in Israel in March, the country shut down hard and fast. Between 8 a.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. Wednesday morning, Israel recorded a new daily high of 1,528 coronavirus cases, the Health Ministry said. In the West Bank and Gaza, cases have also steadily risen, with more than 300 reported on Tuesday.

  • Tenant faces eviction for Black Lives Matter banner on his Illinois balcony, he says
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    Tenant faces eviction for Black Lives Matter banner on his Illinois balcony, he says

    A man and his family may soon be evicted from their apartment after refusing to remove a Black Lives Matter banner from their Illinois balcony, he says. Donavan Burton, 22, hung the banner in June to protest police killings of Black people following the death of George Floyd, the Associated Press reported. Burton's lease, however, prohibits any “personal belongings” from being stored on the Bloomington property's balcony and his landlord, First Site, repeatedly asked him to take down the banner, WGLT reported.

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    Virginia eliminates huge backlog of untested rape kits

    Virginia has eliminated a backlog of thousands of untested rape kits, becoming only the seventh state in the country to do so, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said Wednesday. Herring said the project to test rape kits — some decades old — began in 2015. Since then, 2,665 rape kits have been tested, 851 new DNA profiles have been uploaded into a national DNA database and 354 “hits” have been sent to law enforcement agencies for further investigation.

  • Deyanna Davis released from NYS custody
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    Deyanna Davis released from NYS custody

    Deyanna Davis released from NYS custody. She is still in Federal custody until Thursday.

  • Study shows ancient contact between Polynesian and South American peoples
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    Study shows ancient contact between Polynesian and South American peoples

    New genetic research shows that there was mingling between ancient native peoples from Polynesia and South America, revealing a single episode of interbreeding roughly 800 years ago after an epic transoceanic journey. The question of such contact - long hypothesized in part based on the enduring presence in Polynesia of a staple food in the form of the sweet potato that originated in South and Central America - had been keenly debated among scientists. Scientists said on Wednesday an examination of DNA from 807 people - from 14 Polynesian islands and Pacific coastal Native American populations from Mexico to Chile - definitively resolved the matter.

  • César Duarte: Fugitive Mexican ex-governor arrested in Miami
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    César Duarte: Fugitive Mexican ex-governor arrested in Miami

    César Duarte, a former Mexican state governor who became a fugitive, has been arrested in Miami after more than three years on the run. Mr Duarte, governor of Chihuahua until 2016, fled after he was accused of embezzling public funds. The arrest came as Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador paid an official visit to the US for talks with President Trump.

  • Top US general slams Confederacy as 'an act of treason' and says the country needs to take 'hard look' at bases honoring its leaders
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    Top US general slams Confederacy as 'an act of treason' and says the country needs to take 'hard look' at bases honoring its leaders

    US Army/Daniel Torok US Army Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discussed Thursday the possibility of renaming 10 US Army bases honoring Confederate leaders and said any change would require the utmost care. Milley labeled the Confederacy "an act of rebellion." "It was an act of treason at the time against the Union, against the Stars and Stripes, against the US Constitution," Milley said.

  • 'Scared for my life' but needing a salary: Teachers weigh risks of COVID-19
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    'Scared for my life' but needing a salary: Teachers weigh risks of COVID-19

    Christy Karwatt teaches social studies, but she's been thinking more like a math teacher the last few days. At 61, the Sarasota High teacher is entering her 27th year in Florida's retirement system, and she loves her job. She had planned on teaching three more years to maximize her retirement payment.

  • Reuters

    El Salvador murder rate plummets; study says gangs may have informal pact with government

    Homicides in El Salvador fell over 50% in President Nayib Bukele's first year in office, with officials citing tougher enforcement, while a study on Wednesday suggests gangs may have eased up on violence and made informal deals with authorities. Homicides were already in decline in El Salvador, which has recently had one of the world's highest murder rates, when Bukele took office in June 2019. Bukele has attributed the improvement to an increased police and military presence on the streets, and tighter security in jails controlled by the powerful Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18 gangs.

  • Trump admin plans to block asylum seekers from U.S. by citing risk of COVID-19
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    Trump admin plans to block asylum seekers from U.S. by citing risk of COVID-19

    The Trump administration has proposed a new rule that would allow it to deny asylum to immigrants who are deemed a public health risk. The soon-to-be published rule would let the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice to block immigrants from seeking asylum in the U.S. based on "potential international threats from the spread of pandemics," according to a notice announcing it Wednesday. The rule would apply to immigrants seeking asylum and those seeking "withholding of removal" — a protected immigration status for those who have shown they more likely than not would face danger if returned to their home countries.

  • Nile dam dispute spills onto social media
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    Nile dam dispute spills onto social media

    As Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan struggle to resolve a long-running dispute over Addis Ababa's mega-dam project on the Nile, some of their citizens are sparring online over their rights to the mighty waterway. For nearly a decade, multiple rounds of talks between Cairo, Addis Ababa and Khartoum have failed to produce a deal over the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Anxiety has mounted in downstream Sudan and Egypt, which fear for their vital water supplies after upstream Ethiopia declared plans to start filling Africa's largest dam reservoir in July.

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    Wisconsin police officer rescues dog from burning house

    A Wisconsin police officer says he did what any dog lover would do when a pet is in a burning home. Caledonia K-9 Officer Cory Radke and his canine partner, Lou, were on their way home Monday when Radke saw smoke and heard a dispatcher calling all squad cars to the fire. WITI-TV reports Radke was first to arrive at the house.