NYSUT: Masks should be mandatory.
NYSUT: Masks should be mandatory.
Before President Trump formally accepts his party's nomination Thursday, his Democratic rivals accused him of overseeing a convention detached from the realities of a nation buffeted by economic, health and social crises. "The Republican convention is designed for one purpose, to soothe Donald Trump's ego, to make him feel good," said California Sen. Kamala Harris, Joe Biden's vice presidential running mate, in a speech delivered from a university auditorium in Washington, D.C. As Republicans at their convention have largely downplayed the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 180,000 people in the U.S., Harris argued that Trump's failure to address the health emergency more aggressively is emblematic of a tweet-driven presidency.
Leaders at the U.S. Army's Fort Hood in Texas created an environment that led to the death of Sgt. Elder Fernandes, who was missing for more than a week before he was found dead Tuesday, his family's attorney said. Fernandes was hanging from a tree in Temple, Texas, about 28 miles from Fort Hood. Temple police, the lead agency investigating because of where Fernandes was found, said foul play is not suspected in his death.
The Kenosha, Wisconsin police chief blamed two protesters who were fatally shot for their own deaths because they violated curfew. Chief Daniel Miskinis held a press conference on Wednesday to offer an update on the protests that have overwhelmed the city of 100,000 after Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old father of three, was shot in the back on Sunday by police. Miskinis said that the two victims who were shot during a protest on Tuesday bore some responsibility.
The Internal Revenue Service says it will soon send “catch-up” stimulus checks to about 50,000 people. The checks will go to those whose original stimulus payments — which were part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security, or CARES, Act — wrongly went toward paying their spouse's past-due child support, the IRS said Tuesday in a news release. Spouses who submitted an Injured Spouse Allocation form with their 2019 or, in some cases, 2018 tax returns will be mailed the payments.
Sheskey was made an officer with the Kenosha Police Department on April 1, 2013, according to the department's 2013 annual report. In an August 2019 interview with The Kenosha News, Sheskey said of his work: "What I like most is that you're dealing with people on perhaps the worst day of their lives and you can try and help them as much as you can and make that day a little bit better. And that, for the most part, people trust us to do that for them."
Audience members who gathered for Vice President Mike Pence's Republican convention speech on Wednesday weren't given Covid-19 tests, according to Reuters and MSNBC. The supporters at Fort McHenry were largely mask-less and many crowded closely together after the speech to shake hands and take photos with Pence and President Donald Trump. Both Pence and Trump are regularly tested for the virus and people who come in contact with them are generally tested as well.
Wisconsin's attorney general says Jacob Blake — the Black man shot seven times in the back by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday — was near a knife when the shooting took place, but he would not say whether Blake was carrying the knife when he was shot. The Kenosha Police Department officer who opened fire, identified as Rusten Sheskey, a seven-year-veteran, held the shirt of Blake, 29, and opened fire as he tried to get in a vehicle, Attorney General Josh Kaul said at a news conference Wednesday. "Officer Sheskey fired the weapon into Mr. Blake's back," he said.
Why is it that Republicans and conservatives in the GOP bubble can't seem to properly pronounce Kamala Harris' name, or don't seem to care what they call her? For the record, it's pronounced “'comma-la. Unfortunately, considering these folks who have no shortage of experience calling Black women out of their name and disrespecting them in general, this is to be expected.
As Hurricane Laura spreads farther inland across southwest Louisiana, forecasters are beginning to monitor a new tropical wave in the Atlantic near Africa early Thursday. The wave is moving west across the far eastern tropical Atlantic and is a couple of hundred miles east of the Cabo Verde Islands, according to the National Hurricane Center's 8 a.m. update. The system is producing disorganized showers in the area and has a zero chance of strengthening into a tropical cyclone in the next two days, according to the hurricane center.
WASHINGTON – Wisconsin Lutheran College on Thursday said it is replacing Vice President Mike Pence as Saturday's commencement speaker because of "escalating events" in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Even before the shooting of Jacob Blake on Sunday by Wisconsin police, the school's choice of Pence drew complaints from some students and alumni who said it would politicize the ceremony that falls two months before election day. In a statement Thursday, the school said that after "further review with careful consideration of the escalating events in Kenosha" the board and administration jointly decided to have the Rev.
Lou Holtz, a former college football coach, caused controversy during the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night when he declared that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is a "Catholic in name only." Biden has been vocal about his faith, which he says has helped him through difficult times in his life, like when his son, Beau Biden, died of brain cancer in 2015. Holtz made his judgment while delivering a speech praising President Trump, saying he is a man who "genuinely cares about people" and is someone Americans can "trust."
Michael Stepanek, 45, was arrested by police in Iowa City, Iowa, and charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon and willful injury. Police said in a criminal complaint seen by Insider that Stepanek drove into a crowd of protesters who were blocking a street in Iowa City, Iowa, on August 21. Stepanek later told police that the demonstrators needed "an attitude adjustment."
There's nothing like a dip in the Pacific after a long day of work, especially when the job is on the sun-beaten deck or the engine room of a U.S. Coast Guard cutter. So the crew of the national security cutter Kimball ended Wednesday with a special treat -- a carefully orchestrated swim call for more than 40 crew members. With a rescue swimmer in place and other precautions taken to ensure safety, the Coasties jumped in the water with swim fins and other paraphernalia, including a massive inflatable unicorn.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday faced tough questioning by lawmakers over COVID-19 corruption scandals, days after he asked ruling party members to refrain from stealing money meant for the poor. Many South Africans have been dismayed to see the country's widespread graft problem infiltrate efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Ramaphosa promised to overhaul the government's procurement system, which he said is vulnerable to corruption.
Melania Trump's former close friend and adviser Stephanie Winston Wolkoff reportedly secretly taped the first lady making disparaging comments about her husband and stepdaughter Ivanka. Wolkoff drew on those tapes and years of friendship with Melania to write a book about their tumultuous relationship, "Melania and Me: My Years as Confidant, Advisor and Friend to the First Lady." In an excerpt of her book published Thursday, Wolkoff describes Melania's tense relationship with Ivanka and an effort by the first lady to minimize her stepdaughter's role in the inauguration.
Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old charged with shooting three people — two of them fatally — during a Kenosha, Wisconsin, protest Tuesday evening, thought of himself as a militia member trying to protect life and property, according to videos, interviews and social media posts. Court records show Rittenhouse faces a first-degree intentional homicide charge in Kenosha County. Based on Wisconsin law, Rittenhouse would be charged as an adult.
Donald Trump Jr denied rumours that he was under the influence of drugs during his address at the Republican National Convention on Monday. The president's son appeared on "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday to discuss the RNC. He called attention to his appearance - "glassy" eyes and a sweaty brow - during the convention and the rumours it sparked.
In the US, 55% of district leaders said teachers will be obligated to wear masks when schools reopen to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Angie Madden, a Georgia teacher, demonstrated how wearing a simple plastic bracket underneath a mask can help with both of those issues. Across the US, 55% of district leaders said school employees will be required to wear face masks when schools reopen in person in the fall.