Monthly Archives آگوست 2020

Public Schools Will Struggle Even More as Parents Move Kids to Private Ones During the Pandemic

By the time the school year ended this spring, Clara Obermeier knew remote learning was not a good option for her two children. Her 13-year-old daughter had grown withdrawn after going months without seeing her friends. Her 11-year-old son had struggled academically, and due to a Zoom glitch, was frequently blocked from the virtual breakout rooms where the rest of his classmates were assigned to work in small groups. And neither Obermeier, an engineer, nor her husband, an active-duty officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, have jobs that will allow them to work from home full-time this fall.

“I waited and waited to figure out what the plan was from the school system,” Obermeier says...

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Sudan signs peace agreement with key rebel groups

Sudan’s power-sharing government signed a peace agreement with key rebel groups on Monday, a significant step toward resolving deep-rooted conflicts from the long rule of ousted leader Omar al-Bashir.

The leaders of five groups signed the deal, including four from Darfur — where more than 300,000 people are estimated to have been killed and 2.5 million displaced since 2003 — and one from southern regions that say they were also marginalized.

But two major factions, one from Darfur and one from the south, did not sign and the cash-strapped transitional government will struggle to pay for the return of millions of displaced people and regional development promised in the deal.

“The main challenge facing us now is the implementation of the peace agreement, and finding donations to do th...

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Joe Biden: ‘Do I look like a radical socialist with a soft spot for rioters? Really?’

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in a campaign speech on Monday pushed back against claims that he has a “soft spot” for rioters while accusing President Trump of having “fomented” violence in office.

Biden spoke from Pennsylvania on Monday for a speech focused on the question of whether “you really feel safer under” Trump, and in the address, he condemned looting and rioting amid unrest in Portland, Oregon, and Kenosha, Wisconsin.

“Rioting is not protesting,” Biden said. “Looting is not protesting. Setting fires is not protesting. None of this is protesting. It’s lawlessness, plain and simple. And those who do it should be prosecuted. Violence will not bring change, it will only bring destruction.”

The Democratic presidential nominee accused Trump of “stroking violence in our ...

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Layleen Polanco’s Family Settles $5.9 Million Lawsuit After Her Death in Solitary Confinement at NYC’s Rikers Island

(NEW YORK) — The family of a transgender woman with epilepsy who died in an isolated cell in New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex has settled its lawsuit with the city for $5.9 million, the family’s lawyer said.

The settlement was reached Friday in the federal lawsuit over the June 7, 2019, death of Layleen Polanco. The terms of the settlement were not made public. But David Shanies, the lawyer for Polanco’s family, confirmed published reports about the settlement amount.

Shanies said in a statement Sunday that he hopes the deal means Polanco’s “wonderful and devoted family can find some small measure of peace.”

27-year-old Polanco had been in custody since April 2019, unable to post $500 bail after an assault arrest...

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Michael Flynn case to proceed after appeals court denies dismissal bid

A federal appeals court in Washington on Monday declined to order the dismissal of the Michael Flynn prosecution, permitting a judge to scrutinize the U.S. Justice Department’s request to dismiss its case against President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser.

The decision keeps the matter at least temporarily alive and rejects efforts by both Flynn’s lawyers and the Justice Department to force the prosecution to be dropped without any further inquiry from the judge, who has for months declined to dismiss it.

Federal prosecutors moved in May to dismiss the prosecution even though Flynn had pleaded guilty and admitted lying to the FBI during the Russia investigation about his Russian contacts during the presidential transition period...

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Mariah Carey remembers Ellen DeGeneres pressuring her to reveal she was pregnant: ‘I was extremely uncomfortable’

Christopher Nolan’s Tenet has debuted overseas after multiple delays, and even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it performed unexpectedly well.

The film, which is the first big Hollywood blockbuster to be released since the COVID-19 pandemic began, took in $53 million over the weekend as it opened in 41 international markets, including the United Kingdom, France, and Korea, Variety reports.

This was a “surprisingly robust” opening, Variety wrote, while The Hollywood Reporter described the “better-than-expected” debut as a “major win for the moviegoing experience in the COVID-19 era,” and Deadline hailed it as a “triumph.” Granted, Forbes wrote that a $53 million overseas opening for Tenet would be considered “somewhat disappointing” under normal circumstances, but notes that in light of the ...

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Why a Massachusetts Primary Is the Latest Test of a New Progressive Strategy

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Ever since Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren dropped out of the Democratic presidential primary, the progressive movement has been in a state of flux. It had money and momentum, but no presidential candidate.

So in the months since Joe Biden cinched the nomination, progressives have pivoted to down-ballot elections, using their energy and cash to protect territory won in 2018 and support new progressive candidates targeting entrenched Democratic incumbents. They’re out to prove that the party’s left wing is still powerful—and much of the evidence supports their case. In recent months, three of the members of the progressive “Squad”—Reps...

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Crocodile weighing 350 kg caught at Australian Outback tourist destination

Wildlife rangers have trapped a 4.4-metre saltwater crocodile at a tourist destination in Australia’s Northern Territory, the biggest caught in the area in years, a wildlife ranger said Monday.

The 350-kilogram male was caught in the Flora River at a remote nature park 120 kilometres southwest of the Outback town of Katherine, said Katherine senior wildlife ranger John Burke.

A larger 4.7-metre croc was trapped three years ago in the same wildlife management zone, but that one was caught in the Katherine River, which is closer to the sea, Burke said. He said he did not know of a larger croc caught in the Flora River.

Crocodile numbers have been increasing across Australia’s tropical north since federal law made them a protected species in the early 1970s.

“They certainly are increasing...

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Biden has a 6 point lead over Trump among active-duty troops, poll shows

The man shot dead in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday night after a tense pro-Trump truck parade through downtown was named Aaron “Jay” Danielson, according to Joey Gibson, founder of the far-right group Patriot Prayer. Danielson, who also apparently went by Jay Bishop, was wearing a Patriot Prayer hat when he was shot. Portland police have not provided any information on the shooting, including whether they believe it was connected to clashes between supporters of President Trump and counterprotesters.

Portland police are investigating a 48-year-old man as a possible suspect in the shooting, The Oregonian reports...

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Hitler’s Quest for Power Was Nearly Derailed Multiple Times. But the System Enabled His Rise

Adolf Hitler did not have to come to power. Indeed, during his 13-year quest for leadership of Germany, he almost failed many times.

In the end, however, his astonishing success showed how demagoguery could overcome potentially career-ending challenges—and profoundly change history. A determined strongman, not taken seriously by the elites but enabled by a core of passionate supporters, could bend events his way just as his country went into free-fall. Hitler’s seemingly improbable ascent is an object lesson in the volatility of history.

While researching my new book on the radical Nazi’s rise, I was stunned at the number of times Hitler’s quest for power almost came to an end—and how close the world came, it seems, to avoiding the terror he caused...

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