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    Kamala Harris convened university presidents on Monday to discuss reproductive health with the overturn of Roe v. Wade coupled with heightened instances of sexual assault on college campuses. 'We must trust the women of America to make those intimate decisions for themselves,' the vice president said during a round table in her ceremonial office. She noted that those most affected by the Supreme Court decision in June are college aged women. Roberta Cordano, the president of Gallaudet University, a higher education institution for the deaf and hard of hearing in Washington, D.C., said ahead of the closed-door meeting that women with disabilities are also more disproportionately affected by sexual assault. She noted during her ASL remarks that the Roe decision will also more gravely affect this community and their ability to make reproductive decisions. Harris said the Supreme Court made an unprecedented move by deciding 'to take a constitutional right that had been recognized'. Vice President Kamala Harris convened a roundtable Monday with university leaders to discuss reproductive rights on college campuses now that Roe v. Wade was overturned earlier...
    A FORMER model and aspiring actress has recounted how she was narrowly spared from becoming the Manson family's sixth victim thanks to a faulty gas gauge on her vintage Rolls Royce. Ava Roosevelt, then 21, was driving to the Cielo Drive home of her close friend Sharon Tate late on August 8, 1969, when the fuel light started flickering on the dashboard of her beloved 1955 Silver Dawn. 17Ava Roosevelt (above) was 21 years old when her friend Sharon Tate was murdered alongside four others at her LA homeCredit: Ava Roosevelt 17Tate (right, with husband Roman Polanski) was nine months pregnant at the time of her deathCredit: Hulton Archive - Getty 17Charles Manson directed the killings, which later became known as the 'Helter Skelter' murdersCredit: AP:Associated Press Showing that her gas tank was almost empty, Ava sighed and looked down at her watch and glanced at the time. It was 11.30pm. Believing that her car could break down any second, and realizing that there wasn't a gas station around for several miles, Ava headed back home and opted to get...
    Ulmer, appointed by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) in 2009, also issued a permanent injunction prohibiting the city from using the ordinance to allow foreign nationals to vote in future elections. Lacy said that "this is an important case that reaffirms the core Constitutional notion that voting is a privilege of citizenship and that right cannot be diluted by allowing for noncitizen voting." The San Francisco Immigrant Rights Commission noted its disappointment in the decision, arguing that "by taking way this right ... [the] decision denies immigrant parents the opportunity to have a say in the policies that shape their children's education." Foreign-born residents represent at least 34% of San Francisco's population. An estimated 3.26 million illegal aliens live in California.
    Share this: Imagine inhaling just a few drops of liquid or mist to get protected from COVID-19. That is the idea behind nasal COVID-19 vaccines, and they have been getting a lot of attention recently as a spray or liquid. These nasal vaccines would be based on the same technology as normal vaccines given by injection. But as Mayuresh Abhyankar, a University of Virginia researcher who studies infectious diseases and works on nasal vaccines, explains, vaccinating someone right where the coronavirus is likely to start its attack comes with many immunological benefits. 1. What are nasal vaccines? Nasal vaccines are administered, as the name suggests, through the nose. More accurately called intranasal vaccines, these vaccines are liquids that can be given as a spray or through a dropper or syringe. The most common nasal vaccine is FluMist, a nasal spray that uses inactivated flu virus to protect against influenza. An intranasal vaccine could be a weakened live virus similar to FluMist, a nucleic acid vaccine like mRNA coronavirus vaccines or a protein vaccine like Hepatitis B vaccines or the CorbeVax...
    Today marks International Cat Day - and what better way to celebrate and raise awareness about the beloved felines, than viewing heartwarming images of rescue pets before and after finding a new home. Proud pet owners from across the globe shared their touching photographs of rescue cats prior and following adoption to Reddit. Bored Panda rounded up some of the best examples from the Before and After Pictures of Adopted Animals subreddit. From abandoned to poorly felines, their heartbreakingly sad faces are transformed within months to smiles of delight thanks to being re-homed.  This stunning feline (pictured left, before being adopted, and right, afterwards) 'turned into a stunning supermodel cat' according to their owner, after reportedly recovering from an allergic reaction The owner of this beloved pet said you can 'clearly see the change in her eyes' after finding a new home. Pictured left, before being adopted, and right, after This kitten was found malnourished and covered in scratches, pictured left, before finding a comfortable home, pictured right, with a new owner This cat, called Smokey by his new owner, was...
    By September 2021, the task force organized by the Lancet's COVID-19 Commission was disbanded because of EcoHealth's conflict-of-interest issues. Sachs said at the time, "I just didn't want a task force that was so clearly involved with one of the main issues of this whole search for the origins, which was EcoHealth Alliance." Last week, Sachs told Current Affairs that he appointed Daszak to the task force dedicated to discovering the origins of COVID-19 because he said to himself, "Well, here’s a guy who is so connected, he would know." Sachs added, "And then I realized he was not telling me the truth. And it took me some months, but the more I saw it, the more I resented it." Sachs revealed that he disbanded the task force because other members were "part of this thing." He noted that the NIH had been hiding documents from the public – which were later revealed by a Freedom of Information Act request. Emails exposed by a FOIA request revealed that officials with the NIH and the National Institute of Allergy and...
    Far-right Infowars host Alex Jones has been having a very bad time in the civil lawsuits brought against him by the Sandy Hook parents. On Thursday, August 4, a jury in Austin, Texas ordered him to pay $4.1 million in damages to the parents of one of the Sandy Hook victims. And the following day, on August 5, an Austin jury ordered him to pay another $45.2 million in punitive damages. One person on the right who obviously has no sympathy for Jones is Charlie Sykes, a Never Trump conservative and columnist for The Bulwark who is often featured as a pundit on MSNBC. In an August 7 column for The Bulwark, Sykes describes Jones’ “legal implosion” as “karma.” On December 14, 2012, 26 people — including 20 children — were massacred by gunman Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Jones subsequently promoted the conspiracy theory that the massacre was a government false flag operation designed to attack the 2nd Amendment rights of gun owners. The families of the Sandy Hook victims suffered threats and harassment from...
    IT’S not unusual to look to the stars when it comes to relationships or friendships, but some mums are taking it one step further. Several parents are reportedly planning the conception so that nine months later their child will be born in the right month to get the desired star sign. 1Mums are planning their pregnancies around their star signsCredit: Getty There’s multiple threads in Reddit dedicated to the trend. “Has anyone tried planning their future children’s zodiac based on you and your s/o zodiac?” the Reddit question begins. “My husband thinks I’m crazy for wanting to plan our next child according to signs so that when we do have another child we can all be compatible.” Dozens weighed in, including one person who said: “Dad is a Gemini, mum is an Aquarius, and they planned me as a Gemini and I was born in the dead centre of Gemini. on ParentingNO KIDDING I'm mom-shamed for having sex WHILE breastfeeding my baby- I don't see the issueNO KIDDING I breastfed my sister's baby... some people say it's weird, but I...
    With the overturning of Roe v. Wade, far-right religious Republicans celebrated their most substantial policy victory in four decades. However, a new analysis is explaining the drawbacks of the ruling and how it could negatively impact the Republican Party's political agenda, going forward. The HuffPost's Paul Blumenthal explained how the idea of banning abortion differs from the reality of it. At this point, many Americans in Republican-controlled states are already feeling the strain of the new law. Blumenthal offered a brief overview of the latest poll results detailing the reaction to Roe v. Wade being overturned. "The public broadly disapproves of the court’s decision to overturn Roe, and opposes policies that ban abortion. Nearly two-thirds of Americans opposed the decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a CNN poll found. Sixty-two percent believe that abortion should be legal in all or most cases, according to a Pew Research poll. Sixty-five percent said the same thing in a PRRI poll." READ MORE: Republicans in Arizona and Florida approve draconian abortion bans "The problem? The religious right’s...
    With just one week left of the 2022 WNBA regular season, here’s an idea of who will, who won’t, and who could make the WNBA playoffs this year. Don’t blink, because if you do, you might miss the end of the WNBA season. That’s right. We’re just a little over a week away from the season ending. The battle for the final playoff spots are heating up and in this week’s Above The Break, we’re going to take stock of where every team in the league is at right now in the playoffhunt.The teams that have clinched a playoff spotChicago Sky, Las Vegas Aces, Connecticut Sun, Seattle Storm, Washington Mystics There are five WNBA teams that are over .500. Those also happen to be the five teams that have officially clinched playoff spots. And there aren’t really any surprises in this group. If you told me before the season to predict the five teams that would win 20 games, it would be these teams. Chicago, Las Vegas, Connecticut and Seattle were the league’s clear top teams heading into this season,...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Protesters impede badly needed housing Re. “Clashes halt housing project,” Page A1, Aug. 4: It appears the current group of Berkeley protesters is having an existential moment. On the one hand, they are protesting to protect the historical significance of People’s Park, and on the other hand, protesting against the attempt to provide necessary student and affordable housing. Apparently, the cause is just and NIMBY (Not in My Backyard) is alive and well. I wonder what Mario Savio is thinking. Manny Morales San Jose Supreme Court is rewriting Constitution Re. “Is California’s gun law, modeled after abortion law, constitutional?” Page A6, July 26: Prof. Chemerinsky overlooks the blatant unconstitutionality of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 23 decision on Bruen to “allow law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs to exercise their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms in public for self-defense.” There is no such Second Amendment right. Period. The Second Amendment actually reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of...
    (CNN)At first glance, it looks like many Americans got big pay raises since the Covid-19 pandemic started. But in reality, only workers in two industries -- leisure and hospitality and retail trade -- are actually coming out ahead, once inflation is taken into account.Overall, wages and salaries for private industry workers rose by 4.2% between December 2019 and this past June, before rising prices are considered, according to an analysis of Employment Cost Index quarterly data by Jason Furman, an economics professor at Harvard University.However, once inflation is factored in, paychecks actually shrank by 1.2% over that time period, the analysis found. US consumer prices jumped by 9.1% year-over-year in June, the highest level in more than 40 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read More"Workers have had more bargaining power to get larger wages, but firms have also had power to set higher prices," said Furman, also a former chair of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Obama administration. "And the prices are beating the wages."Where wages are rising Leisure and hospitality workers, which includes waiters,...
    (CNN)No one in the Sikh community in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, could ever have imagined the horror that would unfold on August 5, 2012.But when Pardeep Singh Kaleka looks back on that tragedy, in which a White supremacist gunman killed his father and six others at a Sikh gurdwara, he wonders if they should have seen it coming."There was a certain understanding that it could happen in life, it could happen in the streets, and it could happen in different places -- but not at a faith site while people pray on a Sunday," he told CNN. "At the same time, especially around the surrounding Milwaukee areas, there was a heightened sense of political tension with the changing demographics."When Kaleka's family moved to Wisconsin from Punjab, India, in the '80s, they got curious looks and questions about their turbans. Despite occasionally being subjected to hate, Kaleka says, they mostly felt welcomed. After 9/11, that curiosity turned to suspicion and prejudice and brown people across the country were being targeted in racist attacks. Tensions simmered as more immigrants moved in, and the...
    BREAKING up is never easy, but there are some nicer ways to go about dumping someone. Language experts from US-based language learning app Preply have spoken to the Daily Mail revealing the things you should never say when ending a relationship, and the alternatives you can use. 1The language experts at Preply have shared the things you should and shouldn't say when breaking up with someoneCredit: Getty Don't say: I don't think this is going to work out This is a rather vague statement, and is one that no one in a relationship wants to hear. One problem with saying this is that it’s not explicit in stating that the relationship is over, nor does it acknowledge any of the happy times you presumably shared with one another. The experts recommend instead saying: “I value the time we've spent together, but right now a romantic relationship is not the best for us, and I think we should break up.” MORE IN SEX & RELATIONSHIPSFAMILY FEUDS My boyfriend invited me to his family's holiday home & expected me to pay £300NO...
    Savannah Guthrie has opened up about how she accidentally hit herself with a pickleball paddle and had to use an empty bottle of rosé to treat the 'astonishing lump' that formed on her forehead.  The Today host, 50, shared the story on Thursday's show while she and her co-stars spoke with physical therapist David Endres about how to avoid common pickleball injuries. The popular sport combines elements of tennis, badminton, ping-pong, and squash, and Guthrie admitted that she ended up with an 'embarrassing self-inflicted wound' when she was playing last May.  'Have you ever seen anybody who’s hit their own head with a pickleball racket? Well, now you have,' she said as a photo of her injury popped up on the screen. 'That was me.'  Savannah Guthrie revealed on the Today show Thursday that she hit her head with a pickleball paddle while playing the popular sport last May, saying she had an 'astonishing lump'  The Today co-anchor didn't have ice on hand, so she had to use an empty bottle of Hampton Water Rosé to treat the swelling, which was immediate  Guthrie has...
    HOUSTON (AP) — A lawyer representing two dozen women who have accused Deshaun Watson of sexual assault or harassment said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has a chance to “do the right thing” now that the league has appealed a six-game suspension for the Cleveland Browns quarterback. “Every victim of sexual assault is watching Roger Goodell and the NFL right now. … Mr. Goodell, what will you do? It’s never too late to do the right thing,” attorney Tony Buzbee, who represents the women who sued Watson over their allegations, said Thursday. “That’s what these women and those watching are expecting.” The NFL’s appeal of an independent disciplinary officer’s decision gives Goodell or someone he designates the authority to increase Watson’s penalty. On Thursday, Goodell named former New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey as his designee to hear the appeal. Buzbee spoke before the league made the announcement. The NFL is seeking an indefinite suspension of at least one year plus a fine in appealing the suspension, a person familiar with the filing told The Associated Press...
    Scouted selects products independently. If you purchase something from our posts, we may earn a small commission. The summer is suddenly creeping to a close and I simply could not be sadder about it. The best way to quell this giant ball of sadness growing inside me is to enjoy the time I have left by spending it at the beach. There are few summer activities that better celebrate the season than by spending the day laying out in the sun with the cool sea breeze on your skin and a good drink in your hand. However, if you want to have one last perfect beach day before the summer ends, there are a number of things you’ll need to bring with you. Beyond the bathing suits, you’ll need to bring the right towels, the right drinks, the right sunscreen and so much more to ensure that as the summer ends, you’ll have this one last beautiful day to enjoy before the fall comes and steals all of our happiness. So, after a full summer of excruciating testing, here is...
    CNN contributor Ana Navarro, now a permanent co-host on The View, told Don Lemon on Wednesday that the reason Republican voters went for a bill protecting abortion in Kansas is that they have children and also are adulterers. On Tuesday, Kansas voters defeated a ballot measure that would have given the legislature the ability to enact stringent abortion bans, a change to the state’s constitutional protection of abortion. Lemon discussed that vote with Navarro, saying the numbers mean that many Republicans voted for protecting abortion in the state and asking Navarro simply, “Why?” “Because Republicans like their rights, too,” said Navarro. “Because Republicans have young girls, young daughters who get pregnant, too.” “Because Republicans have mistresses,” Navarro added, dropping the “too.” “Because this is not an issue that is one side or the other,” she continued. “And because this is an issue where people have had rights for 50 years, and taking out a right is one of the most difficult things you can do after people have got used to that right.” Navarro pointed out that Kansas has not...
    According to some Atlanta Braves rumors after the MLB trade deadline, the team came close to dealing Marcell Ozuna to a division rival. Atlanta Braves rumors don’t have to end with the passing of the MLB trade deadline. According to Barry Jackson and Craig Mish of the Miami Herald, the Braves nearly did the right thing with Ozuna and traded him away to the Miami Marlins. In a deal that would have swapped two seemingly bad contracts, the Braves would have dumped Ozuna and his undesirable .222/.275/.406 slash line (but with 19 home runs) on a division rival. If it was a straight one-for-one deal, these Braves rumors would have led to Ozuna’s $36 million over the next two seasons — plus a $1 million buyout in 2025 — going to Miami for Garcia and his longer and slightly heftier payday. The Marlins unwisely signed him to a deal which pays $12 million in each of the first four years with a $5 million buyout in 2026.Braves rumors: Marcell Ozuna was nearly dumped on the MarlinsThe Ozuna deal with Atlanta...
    Robert Griffin III spoke up about the Deshaun Watson situation, women and the NFL, and it’s something to appreciate. The NFL hasn’t done the best job when it comes to protecting women. We all know there have been multiple cases surrounding domestic abuse, assault, rape, and other things. When Robert Griffin III commented on the NFL appealing Deshaun Watson‘s six-game suspension, this woman in sports appreciated what he had to say. He didn’t hold back when speaking his mind and, thankfully, wasn’t the only media analyst to do so. With so many stepping up, what Griffin said makes even more sense. The NFL knows how bad this case looks with Watson, and if they accept six games, a lot of flak will come back on them. This case isn’t Ben Roethlisberger, who also got six games when his sexual assault allegations happened. The way the NFL blew over that and the countless other domestic abuse cases, they had to do something right with this one. Players have gotten indefinitely suspended for gambling, too many games to count for cannabis, and,...
    Marcus Stroman wanted to follow his intuition when choosing which country he would represent in the 2023 World Baseball Classic. Stroman played for Team USA in 2017, and the Americans won the WBC, defeating Puerto Rico in the championship game. Stroman, named the tournament’s most valuable player, started the final and earned the win and gold medal by holding Puerto Rico hitless through six innings. When the WBC returns in March, Stroman will be donning a different uniform. Stroman on Sunday announced on Twitter that he will be pitching for Team Puerto Rico. It never has won the WBC, finishing as runners-up in 2017 and 2006. Eduardo Perez, the team’s general manager, had been asking Stroman — who is half African American and half Puerto Rican — since the beginning of the season to represent Puerto Rico. “My mom is my heart. She’s my blood,” Stroman told the Tribune on Wednesday before Game 2 of the Cubs-St. Louis Cardinals series was postponed because of rain. “So to have the opportunity to play for both is pretty special for me. My...
    On social media, “dunking” means intellectually devastating an opponent. The metaphor conjures an image of a basketball player mercilessly humbling a defender. But, as on the basketball court, dunking online can alternatively represent unproductive or counterproductive showboating—a display of short-sighted vanity by a player overly tempted to rouse the fans on their side of the bleachers. Too often, this latter image more aptly captures the sort of dunks that my left-leaning fellow travelers post online. Take, for instance, the recent commotion surrounding Lavern Spicer, a Republican congressional candidate from Florida, on Twitter. Earlier this month, Spicer published some now-notorious tweets claiming that pronouns don’t appear in the Bible or the U.S. Constitution, and that “Jesus Christ never introduced himself using pronouns.” Considering the truism that pronouns are a ubiquitous part of speech, this supposed linguistic slip presented many online liberals with an irresistible chance to trounce a conservative adversary. The ensuing dunk competition saw users demonstrate—through various ways and memes—that the Constitution's Preamble begins with “We” and that Jesus canonically identifies himself as “He,” while others went so far...
    (CNN)"Jesse was real. I'm a real mom." It's an unthinkable statement for a grief-stricken parent to have to make: testifying that her 6-year-old son, murdered while he sat in school, had actually lived, and that she was the woman who had given birth to him and raised him for the too-few years he was alive. But that was the testimony Scarlett Lewis gave this week at a hearing to determine damages against Alex Jones, a conspiracy theorist and media personality. (Jones was held responsible for defamation in a default judgment earlier this year.)Nicole Hemmer After 20 children and six adults were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, Jones began to spin lurid conspiracies that the shootings never happened and that the shattered families were simply actors. The conspiracy triggered years of harassment as conspiracists targeted the mourning parents, who have had to hire security to protect themselves. Since the defamation suits were filed, Jones has apologized and claimed he was in the grip of a "form of psychosis" that caused him to believe the conspiracy theory.The Sandy Hook...
    The NFL has decided to appeal the six-game suspension Deshaun Watson received for sexual misconduct from the appointed disciplinary officer. As content as Deshaun Watson, the NFLPA and the Browns were with his six-game suspension, the NFL definitely is not. Disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson found that Watson violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy by engaging in unwanted sexual behavior, calling the quarterback’s behavior predatory and barring him from seeing massage therapists from outside the Browns organization. Despite that, she went far below the punishment desired by the league by giving Watson a six-game suspension. The NFL is now appealing that decision, according to Ian Rapoport. Deshaun Watson update: NFL makes the right call on suspensionMake no mistake, the NFL is not on Watson’s side here. By appealing, the league is rejecting the six games handed down by Robinson with an eye on more significant punishment. The NFL and NFLPA brought in Robinson as an independent arbiter for Watson’s disciplinary hearing, but the appeal will put the ball back in the league’s court. Commissioner Roger Goodell could hear the appeal...
    A BAKER has been left stunned after discovering she's been lighting sparklers wrong for her entire life. Tigga Maccormack took to TikTok as she responded to one person's comment on one of her other videos, which showed her lighting some cake sparklers. 3A baker has revealed she's been lighting sparklers wrong for her whole life, and should be lighting them from the bottom rather than the topCredit: TikTok/@tigga_mac 3She watched in delight as the spark went up the sparkler rather than downCredit: TikTok/@tigga_mac 3She admitted her mind was blown after the trick workedCredit: TikTok/@tigga_mac "You’re meant to light them from the bottom so the sparkles go up," the person wrote. Tigga then addressed the comment as she tried out the method in a video on TikTok, lighting up her sparkler from the bottom. As she watched the spark travel up to the top of the sparkler, before burning out, she admitted her mind was blown. "IN ALL MY 34 YEARS," she captioned her video, which has been watched over nine million times since she posted...
    President Joe Biden on Wednesday attacked 'extremist' Republicans who don't 'have a clue about the power of women' as he signed an executive order making it easier for women seeking abortions to travel between states to obtain access to the procedure. He said he was signing the executive order to respond to the 'healthcare crisis that has unfolded' since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June. And he blasted Republicans for trying to use the ruling to roll back abortion rights throughout the country. 'Republicans in Congress in the extreme MAGA ideology are determined to go even further - talking about nationwide bans that would outlaw abortion in every state, in every circumstance - going after the broader right to privacy as well,' Biden said.  Democrats are hoping to rally the abortion issue can rally their voters to the polls this November amid concerns Republicans will take control of Congress.  And Biden brought up Tuesday's election in Kansas where voters in the red state rejected - by almost a 20-point margin - a proposed amendment to the state Constitution...
    A MAN whose neighbour put up a brand new fence right in front of his has ended up having the last laugh. The video was uploaded on popular social media site TikTok by a user who posts under the name Alex McCormick and has racked up over 2,000 views. 2The TikTok covered the outside the box way in which you can get a fence for freeCredit: TikTok/@alex.mccormick12 2Alex McCormick seemingly had a dispute with a petty neighbour over the fenceCredit: TikTok/@alex.mccormick12 Alex seemingly had a dispute with a "petty" neighbour which resulted in them erecting a new fence - but found a way to come out on top. The footage starts by showing his neighbour's fresh fence accompanied with the words "how to get a new fence for free." As the camera pans away from the brand new fence, viewers can see an old discoloured fence lying on the ground in his garden. And Alex reveals that he has discovered another easy life hack in just three simple steps: Most read in US Newsworld on edge Most dangerous time...
    China has declared a massive set of war games surrounding Taiwan as Beijing reacts with fury to a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the island. The military drills, which began August 2 and will last until August 8, will blockade the island from the outside world and intrude into its territorial waters. They will involve ground, air and sea forces carrying out live fire exercises in the largest threat to the territory's independence in decades. Beijing appears to be rehearsing for an attack on the island, which President Xi Jinping has vowed to 'reunify' with the mainland - by force if necessary. Should China invade, the war will likely draw in the US - a close ally of Taiwan - teeing up a direct conflict between the two global superpowers.  But how did things get here? Why are China and Taiwan such bitter enemies? And how did America get involved? Here, MailOnline answers your pressing questions...  What, and where, is Taiwan? Taiwan is a collection of islands that sits around 80 miles off the coast of southern...
    It may be common etiquette to not spoil the end of a film, but Ron Howard learned years ago on “Apollo 13” that knowing the outcome of a story is different from knowing the story itself. And though the 2018 rescue of the Thai boys’ soccer team and their coach is considerably fresher in our collective memories, Howard saw in it a similar opportunity. “You may know on a headline basis that things worked out well, but you don’t know what kind of personal struggles may be in store for the key characters,” Howard said. “Through dramatization, through good acting and scenes and moviemaking, you begin to connect emotionally with the characters in a way that you just can’t with a straight documentary or with news coverage.” The story was in some ways tailor made for a Hollywood film with its happy ending and straightforward acts of heroism. The 18-day saga has already inspired a great documentary, “ The Rescue, ” and several other projects. But the reality of making “Thirteen Lives,” now playing in theaters in select cities...
    The Chicago Bears are one week into training camp, and some answers have started to emerge while other developments raise more questions. As he does every week, the Tribune’s Brad Biggs tries to answer them. What grade would you give Ryan Poles so far? What have you seen from him that has either impressed you or given you a level of concern about the Bears’ future under his watch? — @tns5280 I know sometimes we’re in a social media world that wants to make snap judgments on everything, but I’d have a hard time taking anyone seriously who wants to judge a general manager after less than seven months on the job. Are there some individual moves that look good or iffy? Sure. But the Bears have yet to play a game this season, and the only way I know of to determine a GM’s success is to inspect his team’s record and postseason results. This is a multiyear project for the Bears that could make the never-ending construction on I-294 look snappy. This isn’t a quick rebuild or a...
    Kyle Rivas/Getty Images Kansas voters have spoke loudly Tuesday by voting “No” on a ballot measure that would have removed language in the state constitution protecting abortion rights. In Tuesday’s elections, Kansans went to the polls to decide whether to protect the state’s existing constitutional right to an abortion. It was the first such vote on the matter since Roe v. Wade was overturned. The Kansas No State Constitutional Right to Abortion and Legislative Power to Regulate Abortion Amendment was roundly defeated. Voters turned down the measure, Dave Wasserman of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report projected just 86 minutes after the polls closed. He called it “a huge victory for the pro-choice side.” I’ve seen enough: in a huge victory for the pro-choice side, the Kansas constitutional amendment to remove protections of abortion rights fails. — Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) August 3, 2022 The results affirm abortion as a constitutional right in Kansas which lawmakers cannot take away, NBC News reported. Tuesday’s vote was widely viewed as a way to gauge voter sentiment in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs ruling, which overturned...
    The trade deadline in some ways mirrored how the 2022 season has developed for the Chicago White Sox. There was a general anticipation of the Sox making a move or two Tuesday to aid in their pursuit of a third consecutive postseason appearance. But the Sox were unable to pull off any more deals. “In all candor, we’re disappointed that we weren’t able to do more to improve this club,” general manager Rick Hahn said. “You saw a year ago at this time — you’ve seen it for the last several years, arguably the last couple of decades — that it’s our nature to try to improve this club at any opportunity we have. “And unfortunately we weren’t able to line up on some of our other potential targets. Anyone out there who is feeling a level of frustration or disappointment, I’m there with you.” The Sox entered Tuesday’s game against the Kansas City Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field in third place in the American League Central with a 51-51 record. There have been times it looks like the team...
    Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – guest host Gulbransen welcomed U.S. Rep. Mark Green (R-TN-07) to the newsmaker line to weigh in on the death of Bin Laden’s right-hand man, al-Zawahiri and the ideology that America is evil and must be brought down. Gulbransen: Congressman Green, how are you, sir? Green: I’m doing great. How are you guys doing? Gulbransen: Doing wonderful. I know you wanted to talk about … I completely forgot the topic we were talking about today, because it’s been one of those days. Green: Understood. It is al-Zawahiri’s death. You know I was actually on the ground hunting him back in 2004. Gulbransen: That’s right. That is amazing. That’s very good news. Green: It’s pretty exciting that we killed him. This guy helped mastermind the 9/11 bombing and the death of 3,000 Americans, served as Bin Laden’s second in command. Zawahiri was actually a physician initially. He … was a terrorist...
    Cowboys first-round draft pick, offensive lineman, Tyler Smith, is looking the part in the first couple days of full practice. With the 24th overall selection in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys selected Tyler Smith, an offensive tackle from the University of Tulsa. So far in training camp, it is looking as if they made a great choice in doing so. The Cowboys threw on pads yesterday for the first time in training camp, and Smith didn’t hold anything back in his first opportunity to truly display his strength with his new team. Watch Tyler Smith flatten Trysten Hill #DallasCowboys pic.twitter.com/lZNPL2FNEF — Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) August 1, 2022 That is 6-foot-3, 308 pound Trysten Hill getting leveled by Smith, and today, the Cowboys new lineman picked up right where he left off, this time pancaking second year defensive tackle Osa Odighizuwa: Tyler Smith with another pancake block pic.twitter.com/xuo8NTrppU — Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) August 2, 2022 Cowboys’ Tyler Smith proving naysayers wrong early on in camp It was well documented that Tyler Smith was an absolute mauler...
    The U.S. Supreme Court has entered a legal fantasy world: advancing a regressive political agenda free from democratic accountability. In Federalist No. 78, Alexander Hamilton famously predicted that the judicial branch of government would “always be the least dangerous to the political rights of the Constitution; because it will be least in a capacity to annoy or injure them.” In retrospect, Hamilton could not have been more wrong. The U.S. Supreme Court is now dominated by five hardcore ideologues—three of them nominated by former President Donald Trump. In its most recent term, the court made a mockery of Hamilton’s forecast of judicial restraint, crossing a variety of political fault lines on abortion, the Second Amendment, “religious liberty” and the separation of church and state, climate change, civil rights, campaign finance, and voting rights (see sidebar). Far from the neutral institution envisioned by Hamilton, the court has become, according to many commentators, a quasi-legislative body dedicated to advancing a regressive political agenda free from democratic accountability. Welcome to the new era of right-wing judicial supremacy. The court’s power grab reached new...
    If there’s any doubt about the impact of right-wing propaganda, consider the difference between Democratic and Republican presidents and their respective records on jihadist terrorism. Democratic presidents have twice now ordered the successful assassinations of top leaders of Al-Qaeda, the terrorist group responsible for murdering nearly 3,000 Americans on Sept. 11. First, it was Barack Obama. He ordered the killing of Osama bin Laden in May 2011. Then it was Joe Biden. Over the weekend, the president ordered the assassination by drone strike of Ayman al-Zawahri. He’d taken over Al-Qaeda after Bin Laden’s death. READ MORE: Republicans largely ignore Biden killing of top terrorist — as some even use it to attack the president Compare that to the Republicans. George W. Bush never achieved justice. Instead, he and his administration chose to make up evidence to justify invading, occupying and blowing up a country that never did us harm. Though Bush and his neoconservative advisors were wrong – calamitously wrong – about democracy in the Middle East growing out of the barrel of a gun, at least...
    Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is taking on a new challenge, bridging the physical divide infrastructure has caused in America. Buttigieg joined Trevor Noah on last night’s episode of The Daily Show to discuss his agenda. “I know you made headlines when and correct me if I paraphrase you incorrectly, but I mean, you basically said that America’s roads are racist, right?” Noah began. “Not exactly what I said,” Buttigieg laughed. “…The point is, look, there are many places in the us where a road or a railroad was used to divide or segregate or even remove a neighborhood, typically a black neighborhood.” “I completely understand,” Noah replied. “The very fact that we have the phrase ‘Wrong side of the tracks’ in American English language tells you something about how infrastructure which is supposed to connect can also be used to divide, often on racial lines and we’ve gotta face that and we can do something,” Buttigieg added. When Noah pressed on the details of his plan to “right the wrongs,” Buttigieg replied, “…We’re gonna get it right. And that includes...
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner sparred on Tuesday over whether or not his landmark bill, the Inflation Reduction Act, will actually reduced inflation. “Everybody’s focused on inflation right now. Every poll shows it. So, you know, I’m looking at the Penn Wharton budget model, which you, senator, have been known to watch, it examined the details of the Schumer-Manchin deal,” Faulkner began questioning after an introduction. “And actually, it said something very different than you just said. It said that the impact on inflation, this is a quote, ‘The impact on inflation is statistically indistinguishable from zero through 2031.’ Penn Wharton modelers are saying we don’t agree with those who think deficit reduction will lead in a straight line to lowering future inflation,” Faulkner added, asking Manchin: But that’s what the Democrats claim for their bill. So it can’t, so both things can’t be true. And this is something that they’re studying. So are you wrong or are you not giving all, all of the hard truth to Americans about what this is going to...
    (CNN)A fundraiser for a charity affiliated with the powerful National Rifle Association won't be held as planned Saturday at a municipal facility in Texas after relatives of children slaughtered in May at an elementary school some 40 miles away lobbied city council members to deny the event its venue.As some attendees held photos of Robb Elementary School shooting victims, the Hondo City Council voted 4-to-1 Monday to revoke a rental agreement that would have allowed members of the Medina Area Friends of NRA to hold a fundraiser at a site owned by the city of about 8,000 residents. The move came as the carnage in nearby Uvalde -- the most deadly US school shooting in nearly a decade -- has reignited debate over US gun laws and public safety. The maker of a gun used in the Texas shooting has a history of controversial weapons ads Before Monday's vote, Jazmin Cazares, whose sister died in the Uvalde massacre, addressed council members, naming each Uvalde victim -- 19 fourth-graders and two teachers -- and describing how at least some survivors would...
    A game over .500 and only a handful of games out of a playoff spot, the Orioles are trading All-Star closer Jorge López to the Minnesota Twins, a source with direct knowledge of the agreement told The Baltimore Sun. It’s the second straight day the Orioles traded away a major league contributor at a time their rebuild seems to be finally coming to fruition at the major league level. On Monday, Baltimore traded first baseman Trey Mancini to the Houston Astros for two pitching prospects as part of a three-team swap that included the Tampa Bay Rays. Tuesday at 6 p.m. marks MLB’s trade deadline. In return for López, Baltimore received four more pitchers from Minnesota, getting right-hander Yennier Cano, a source with knowledge of the agreement said, and left-handers Cade Povich and Juan Rojas and right-hander and Juan Nuñez, according to reports. López has been with the Orioles since 2020, arriving as a waiver claim from the Kansas City Royals. After struggling in the middle innings as a starter, López moved to the back of Baltimore’s bullpen and had...
    A foodie has shared her simple, fuss-free hack for dicing an onion in under 30 seconds.  Cookbook author and nutritionist Melanie Lionello demonstrated the 'literally life-changing' trick she said will 'save so many tears' in a now-viral clip.  The Melbourne cook, who heads From My Little Kitchen, chopped the stem off a whole onion and placed in on a chopping board with the root facing upwards.  Scroll down for video  Melbourne foodie and nutritionist Melanie Lionello has gone mega viral with her simple way to chop and onion in under 30 seconds that won't make your eyes water View this post on Instagram A post shared by Melanie Lionello ???? (@frommylittlekitchen) RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next British man reveals the ONE word that gets him in trouble... Matchmaker reveals her '12 date rule' to know if they are... Mum discovers a 'miracle' $18 cleaner that makes her walls,... Stripper who started performing on stage at 17 to help save... Share this article Share After taking the onion skin off, she...
    by Victor Davis Hanson   In the era of peak woke we are supposed to accept any radical departure from long-held custom and tradition as the new normal. Perhaps. But if so, is the improved new code of behavior at least reciprocal? Will the radical Left really wish to live by its own novel normality when it loses power? Have leftists ever read Thucydides on the stasis at Corcyra and his warning that zealots who destroy laws, customs, and traditions for short-term gain, soon rue the day they began making such changes when, in vain, they seek refuge in the very sanctuaries of behavior that they have destroyed? Or will they just plead that their own rules do not apply to themselves given their innate moral superiority? Will they employ the John Kerry defense that one must bomb the upper atmosphere with private-jet carbon emissions in order to do the important work of flying around the globe to stop carbon emissions? The Supreme Court How about the new protocols regarding the Supreme Court? Should conservatives mass at the home...
    AN etiquette coach has shared the proper way to eat an oyster while dining at a restaurant. Venezuelan radio host Caterina Valentino recently took to social media to show her followers the right way to eat an oyster. 5Caterina suggests lifting the oyster out of the plate with one hand, putting it to your mouth at a slight angle, and eatingCredit: TIKTOK/caterinavalentinovip 5Caterina is seen using a finger bowl after eating oystersCredit: TIKTOK/caterinavalentinovip With Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett's New York, New York playing in the background of her video clip, Caterina - known on TikTok by the username caterinavalentinovip - first shows what not to do. First, Caterina used a tiny fork to move around the contents inside the oyster shell before using the utensil to pick up the meat, while she holds the shell in the other hand. However, that is the improper way to eat an oyster. According to Caterina, the correct way to eat an oyster is without using a utensil to move the oyster around in its shell to make sure it's detached. Read More...
    AL QAEDA'S leader has been killed in a US drone strike, the Biden administration has announced. Ayman Al-Zawahiri, 71, who founded the terror group behind the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, was taken out in a strike on the Afghan capital Kabul. 1Al Qaeda chief Ayman Al-Zawahiri has been killed in a CIA drone strikeCredit: Getty Known as 'The Doctor', Al-Zawahiri was believed to have masterminded the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya and was on the FBI's most wanted list. The Al Qaeda chief, who took over from Osama bin Laden after he was killed in 2011, had a $25m bounty on his head. A senior Biden official said in a state that the Egyptian-born terrorist was killed over the weekend in a "counterterrorism operation against a significant Al Qaeda target in Afghanistan". They added that "the operation was successful and there were no civilian casualties". Most read in US Newsgrisly end Major update after cops reveal clue that led to bodies of sisters aged 5, 8 & 9HARROWING HIKE Girl, 10,...
    LOVE Island fans have a theory that has correctly predicted who will win six times. Viewers looked back at past champions and said the couple who stands on the presenter's left during the big reveal will be crowned the winners. 4Love Island fans 'knew' Liam and Millie would win last year as they stood on Laura Whitmore's leftCredit: ITV 4The same thing happened in the 2020 winter seriesCredit: Rex 4In series 4 Dani and Jack took home the crown while on Caroline Flack's leftCredit: Rex Features And last year was no exception as Liam and Millie scooped the £50k jackpot after being allocated the lucky spot. The theory even worked last year for the first winter series of the show, which saw Finley Tapp and Paige Turley take home the £50k, as they stood to the left of new host Laura. In previous years Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham, Amber Davies and Kem Cetinay,  Cara De La Hoyde and Nathan Massey and Jess Hayes and Max Morley were all placed in the same position in front of the studio audience...
    A SAVVY fashionista has revealed which way to wear straps if you have bigger boobs and need more support. From aching backs to ill-fitting clothes, big boobs can cause women an endless stream of problems. 3The fashion hack has taken the internet by storm, racking up close to 780,000 views in just four daysCredit: TikTok/@brooklynjaes/ 3The whizz claimed wearing your straps like this would give your boobs more supportCredit: TikTok/@brooklynjaes/ And if you constantly find yourself adjusting the top because the garment is not giving your girls the support they need, then look no further. One savvy beauty lover, Brooklyn Jaes, from the UK, took it to TikTok to share a fashion hack for everyone with a largest bust. Posing in a stunning white full-body leotard with cutout detailing, Brooklyn said: ''If you have big boobs don't wear your straps like this.'' Rather than wearing them the regular way of one parallel to the other, she suggested a different method. read more fashion storiesFASHIO-NO The seven fashion mistakes which make you look vulgar rather than sexyTACKS NOT IDEAL I'm a...
    WHEN Ella Toone went through on goal in England's European Championship final win over Germany, she produced an outrageous dink to put the Lionesses ahead. One man had absolutely no doubt she would score. 5Ella Toone (right) with Georgia Stanway and Leah Williamson during the Trafalgar Square celebrationsCredit: Getty 5Toone dinks the ball over the Germany keeper for England's opener at WembleyCredit: Reuters 5Simon Rigby with his former pupil and England star TooneCredit: Twitter @r166ers 5Toone leaving the Lionesses' base at the Lensbury, TeddingtonCredit: PA Simon Rigby, Toone's PE teacher at Fred Longworth High School in Tyldesley, reveals to SunSport what it was like coaching a Euros winner... "Honest to God, when Keira Walsh put that ball through I knew Ella was going to score. I have seen her in that position so many times so I knew what was coming. I celebrated the goal before the ball hit the back of the net because I knew she would do it. The only surprise was that she went for the dink over the keeper – I thought she would...
    This Tuesday, August 2, Arizona’s Republican and Democratic primary elections will be held, and residents of the Grand Canyon State will be voting for everything from governor to secretary of state. On the GOP side, it remains to be seen whether the nominees will be far-right MAGA conspiracy theorists or more traditional conservatives — and the Donald Trump-backed MAGA candidates include gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and secretary of state hopeful Mark Finchem, both of whom have been campaigning on the Big Lie and making the false claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Trump. Finchem, who serves in the Arizona House of Representatives, is way beyond conservative; he’s a supporter of the far-right militia group the Oath Keepers who, in 2013, said that President Barack Obama was trying to establish a “totalitarian dictatorship.” And if Finchem wins the primary on August 2 and goes on to win the general election in November, Arizona’s top elections official will be someone who attended Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021 and falsely claims that President...
    Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization removed the federal right to an abortion and left decisions about whether and how to allow the procedure up to states. Leading up to and after the ruling, some states have moved to restrict abortion. But with a state district court ruling July 11 in Doe v. Minnesota that removed many of the laws restricting abortion in the state, Minnesota has gone the opposite direction. On Thursday, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said he wouldn’t appeal the state district court decision on the grounds that doing so would be costly and likely unsuccessful. “The people of Minnesota need to know what the law is in Minnesota when it comes to availability of abortion care,” he said in a statement emailed to press. Article continues after advertisement So. In the wake of Dobbs and Doe v. Minnesota, what is the law when it comes to abortion in Minnesota now? A state Constitutional right  With Dobbs, the Supreme Court ruled the U.S. Constitution does not guarantee a right to...