Medical experts in North Texas have pushed back COVID-19 herd immunity projections in Dallas County to later in the summer due to slowing vaccination rates.
- The State
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster defended Bob Caslen, who resigned as University of South Carolina president after he wrongly named the state’s flagship college and plagiarized part of his commencement speech.
- The Independent
‘It’s wrong’: AOC hits out at Biden’s Israel statement as Democrats demand end to Palestinian displacement
‘Even our allies must be held accountable for human rights violations,’ congressman says
"She saw it straight away. She could tell that I was hurting," Prince Harry told Dax Shepard, host of the "Armchair Expert" podcast.
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Lakers owner Jeanie Buss and GM Rob Pelinka talk about their close personal relationships with Kobe Bryant on eve of his Hall of Fame induction.
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Australia’s largest telecommunications company Telstra was fined 50 million Australian dollars ($39 million) on Thursday for unconscionable conduct in selling remote Indigenous customers mobile phone contracts that they did not understand and could not afford. The fine ordered by a Federal Court judge is the second largest ever imposed under Australian consumer law. Telstra admitted the offenses in signing up 108 Indigenous customers, some of whom spoke English as a second or third language, to mobile phone accounts.
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A viral post about a 4-year-old child being kidnapped at a Sam's Club is an urban legend that has circulated online for decades.
China has targeted Muslim religious leaders, according to a new report, charging many with extremism.
- The Independent
Since 2016, nearly 50 Americans are believed to have been sickened by an unknown ‘directed energy’ weapon
- The Independent
Employees demand to know how published views on women were missed in hiring process
- LA Times
Dianne Feinstein's approval among Californians still lags, while Alex Padilla gets positive marks in new poll
Nearly half of Californians disapprove of Sen. Dianne Feinstein's job performance, according to a Berkeley IGS Poll released on Thursday. Sen. Alex Padilla has higher approval ratings, but fewer have an opinion on the state's junior senator.
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‘A bitter horrible human being’: Trump slams Liz Cheney in gloating statement as she loses leadership role
Donald Trump gloated over the ousting of House Republican conference chair Liz Cheney in a statement released shortly after a voice vote by party members removed her from the position. Bringing in her father, former vice president Dick Cheney, Mr Trump continues: “She is a warmonger whose family stupidly pushed us into the never-ending Middle East Disaster, draining our wealth and depleting our great military, the worst decision in our country’s history.” Ms Cheney was removed from her post by her fellow party members for refusing to buy into Mr Trump’s “big lie” that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
- The Independent
Justin Trudeau says by September they will have enough vaccines for everyone to be fully inoculated
Entrepreneur and author Steven Bartlett, 28, is to join the BBC business investment show.
- Architectural Digest
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43 dead in Gaza and 5 in Israel amid riots, air strikes, and more than 1,000 rockets fired at cities
At least 14 children in Gaza and Israel were reported killed in the overnight violence between Hamas and Israeli forces.
- The Daily Beast
Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos GettyAfter a year of virtual shows and trying to figure out the meaning of “phygital” events, New York Fashion Week is back to its pre-pandemic proportions come fall—and then some. IMG, which runs New York Fashion Week: The Shows announced on Wednesday new changes that will affect the event, which is set to run in-person at Spring Studios from September 8 to 12.A lot of money is at stake: as Leslie Russo, president of IMG’s fashion events and properties said at a press conference, NYFW generates around $900 million for the city every year when factoring in the tourism, local jobs, and tax revenue surge it provides. So it makes sense that for IMG—and New York in general—a successful comeback remains crucial.Do Fashion Weeks Have a Future, or Are Designers All on Their Own?In an attempt to woo designers (many of whom have enjoyed the pace of digital events) back to the runway, IMG cooked up two initiatives. First: creating the IMG Fashion Alliance, which will provide 11 American designers with “investment, content, production and talent.” In return, the brands pledge to show at NYFW through 2022.The class of designers are Sergio Hudson, who dressed Kamala Harris for inauguration night, Alexandra O’Neill of Markarian, who outfitted Jill Biden for the same event, plus Telfar Clemens, LaQuan Smith, Prabal Gurung, Jason Wu, Joseph Altuzarra, Monse, and Rodarte.IMG also announced a brand new NYFW sponsor: Afterpay, a “pay later” service that enables shoppers to purchase products through four installments. The Australian tech company is only six years old, but it has already sponsored fashion weeks in its home country and London. (It has also been criticized for its late fees and the way it targets young shoppers.)Practically, the pairing makes sense: Afterpay co-founder Nick Molnar said that the company has around 17 million users in the U.S. alone. “This announcement is about looking forward to the future in an incredible way,” Molnar, Australia’s youngest billionaire, gushed in a press conference.Afterpay’s “mission,” Molnar added, is to “bring millions of consumers globally to shop from the best fashion labels and brands in the U.S.”LaQuan Smith, the 32-year-old designer and New York native known for his sexy, fleshy, party-ready designs (and celebrity clientele like Jennifer Lopez and Kylie Jenner), will take part in a “see now, buy now” fashion show this fall in connection with Afterpay. Anyone watching the runway—in-person or online—can shop it, automatically.After a devastating year, it makes sense that designers need to bounce back however they can. Such partnerships do promote emerging names, and are the price of doing business these days, even for creatives.But as NYFW becomes more about catering to the “consumer” rather than presenting a preview of future seasons, how is it different than a trade show or convention?The relevance of NYFW has long been debated. When anyone with an Instagram account can immediately see what’s on the runway, rather than waiting months to view it in a magazine spread, has the event been democratized, or cheapened?It is an admittedly elitist perspective. A more urgent dilemma NYFW must face, and has failed to do so in a meaningful way: for all of its talk of sustainable practices, what is more wasteful than a biannual selling spree?“We all want designers like LaQuan Smith to win. We want to support and make sure he gets his coin,” said José Criales-Unzueta, a fashion writer and designer. “So that’s good if it helps the brand.”But in terms of “optics,” Criales-Unzueta says, Afterpay’s name under NYFW “does not help” the institution.“There is a popular opinion within fashion circles that NYFW is all about merchandise, all about pushing product out, and is very commercial,” he added. “It doesn’t match up to the same level as London, Paris, or Milan, you don’t have those names like Gucci, Fendi, or Prada who bring up a certain level of buzz. We know fashion people tend to be snobbish in that sense.”Criales-Unzueta wonders if the Afterpay association gives “an added layer of that commercial approach” that could “turn off certain editors, stylists, and influencers who bring clout to the shows.”But post-pandemic, clout is not exactly the currency NYFW and IMG need—it’s time for the real thing, actual money. And with so many fashion people engaged in transactional relationships with labels where they borrow or request certain clothes, it might be time for those at home to pick up some spending slack. That certainly seems to be the goal.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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Tehama County District Attorney's OfficeFive days after Ryan Scott Blinston had finished trimming trees at Loreen and Homer Severs’ California home last May, the 37-year-old decided to go back and take care of some unfinished business.After forcing his way into the elderly couple’s house in Los Molinos, about two hours outside of Sacramento, Blinston cut both of their throats—instantly killing 88-year-old Loreen, authorities say. While her 91-year-old husband miraculously survived, the attack marked the start of a grisly two-month crime spree, during which Blinston allegedly killed two other people he targeted while working for a tree-trimming service.“This case is different from other homicides we have dealt with. There was no fight, no jilted lover, no drug deal gone bad. None of these murders were anything like that,” Tehama County District Attorney Matthew D. Rogers told The Daily Beast on Thursday. “They were just purely random attacks of defenseless people.”At one point during a multi-county investigation into the spate of murders, Rogers said he remembers a moment “where we were like wow, we may have a serial killer on our hands.”‘SOB’ Father Arrested After ‘Remains’ of Missing Alabama Baby FoundOn Wednesday, the Butte County and Tehama County District Attorney’s offices announced several charges, including murder and attempted murder, against Blinston for the bloody crime spree. In addition to the May 23, 2020, murder of Severs and the attempted murder of her husband, who died of natural cases last year, Blinston has been charged with the June 2020 deaths of Sandra George, 82, and an acquaintance, 57-year-old Vicky Cline, both of Oroville. Prosecutors have also charged Blinston with arson, for allegedly setting Cline’s car ablaze.Blinston, who is expected in court on Thursday, was arrested about a week after Cline’s disappearance last June—while allegedly attempting to kill another individual with a hatchet—and has been in jail since.A criminal complaint obtained by The Daily Beast includes special sentencing allegations that he “used a deadly and dangerous weapon...a cutting implement,” attacked an elderly victim, and murdered several people.Authorities say that less than two weeks after Blinston attacked the Severs, he zeroed in on his next target while working on a tree-trimming crew. After the crew had left George’s Oroville property for the day on June 4, Blinston allegedly returned to her home and fatally slashed her throat.Just two days later, Cline, who worked as a waitress and had apparently turned her life around after enduring unspecified tough times, was last seen with Blinston, according to authorities. Later that night, her car was destroyed in a fire.“[You’re] so beautiful cousin!” one of Cline’s family members wrote on Facebook in 2012, eight years before her murder. “Thank you! I’ve cleaned my act up and doing alot better,” Cline replied. “I feel like the old Vicky again,” she added in another message.In a joint statement released Thursday by the Butte County and Tehama County District Attorney’s offices, authorities said, “blood and DNA evidence on and in Blinston’s car was forensically matched back to Cline.”A Butte County sheriff’s SWAT team tracked Blinston to a motorhome in an isolated area on June 14 with the intent of arresting him for torching Cline’s car. But when the officers got closer to the RV, they heard a man’s muffled screams coming from inside and loud banging sounds.“The banging turned out to be Blinston attempting to get into the motorhome with a hatchet,” said the DA’s statement.Blinston, who had met the 50-year-old owner of the motorhome that day, stayed over after telling the man he was afraid to leave after dark in case of a bear attack. He tried to outrun the police but was soon caught hiding in heavy brush nearby, hatchet still in hand, and jailed.The motorhome owner told authorities that he had been asleep and woke up to find Blinston attacking him with a knife, according to Butte County District Attorney Michael L. Ramsey. After Blinston slashed his victim’s neck, the man—whose imminent demise was almost certainly staved off by the police raid—somehow managed to get Blinston out of the motorhome and lock the door, Ramsey stated.The man was airlifted to a hospital for treatment and survived.Her Body Was Found in a Storage Unit Years Ago. Cops Finally Know Who She Is.Authorities say that on June 21, 2020, a fisherman in the Feather River finally discovered Cline’s body. Her throat was slashed in a similar manner “consistent with the other victim murders.”“The guy’s a dirtbag and he ought to be executed, bottom line,” Tom Dowd, a retired agricultural biologist who has lived in nearby Durham, California, his whole life, told The Daily Beast. “This is farming country, mostly conservative folks, there’s all sorts of people in the hills like that guy—all sorts of drug activity going on, meth, they’re kind of isolated, away from law enforcement. Those kinds of things are happening in the hills all the time around here. It’s insanity.”Sergeant Patrick McNelis and Detective Vaj Thao of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, the lead investigators on the case, were unable to comment. Meghan McMahon, the Butte County Sheriff’s public information officer, declined to comment on behalf of the department. Family members for the victims did not immediately respond for comment.For Rogers, the charges against Blinston mark the beginning of the end of one of the most “shocking cases” he has come across in his career.“The victims were well-loved in the community and the hardest part is that these crimes were really out of nowhere. No robbery and burglary—he just would go in, slash their throats, and leave,” he added.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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Joel Greenberg and Matt Gaetz have been friends and political allies since at least 2017, with Greenberg posting photos with Gaetz on his social media accounts.
- Business Insider
A man arrested for riding in the back seat of his driverless Tesla got out of jail, bought a new one, and did it again
"I have unlimited money to blow on Teslas. If you take my Tesla away, I will get another Tesla," he told KTVU after his first car was impounded.
After starting with the Disney College Program and getting hired on as a full-time employee, I knew I had to quit my dream job at Disney World.