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  • New U.S. COVID-19 cases rise in 27 states for two straight weeks

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    The United States recorded 316,000 new cases in the week ended Sept. 27, up 10% from the previous seven days and the highest in six weeks, according to the analysis of state and county data. The nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told ABC News that the country was "not in a good place."

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 13:26:43 -0400
  • Brad Parscale, former Trump campaign manager, hospitalised after self-harm threats

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    Police called to Fort Lauderdale home said Parscale, who had access to firearms, accompanied officers willinglyDonald Trump’s former campaign manager Brad Parscale has been hospitalised after he threatened to harm himself, according to Florida police and campaign officials.Police were called to the home in Desota Drive in the Seven Isles community of Fort Lauderdale late on Sunday afternoon. The home is owned by Bradley and Candice Parscale.“When officers arrived on scene, they made contact with the reportee (wife of armed subject) who advised her husband was armed, had access to multiple firearms inside the residence and was threatening to harm himself,” Fort Lauderdale police said in a statement.“Officers determined the only occupant inside the home was the adult male. Officers made contact with the male, developed a rapport, and safely negotiated for him to exit the home.”Police identified the man as Parscale. He did not threaten police and accompanied officers willingly under Florida’s Baker Act, which gives police the power to detain a person who poses a potential threat to themselves or others for 72 hours for psychiatric evaluation.Parscale was taken to Broward Health medical center.The number and nature of the firearms in the Parscale home was not known.Fort Lauderdale’s mayor, Dean Trantalis, said he had been informed there was a Swat team standoff at Parscale’s home.“It was indicated to me that he had weapons,” Trantalis told the Sun-Sentinel.“I’m glad he didn’t do any harm to himself or others. I commend our Swat team for being able to negotiate a peaceful ending to this.”Parscale was removed as Trump’s campaign manager in July after a much-hyped campaign rally in Tulsa attracted an embarrassingly sparse crowd.He was replaced by the then deputy campaign manager, Bill Stepien, but has stayed on as a senior adviser to the campaign. On his Twitter account Parscale describes himself as “senior adviser, digital and data” for Donald Trump.The Trump campaign communications director, Tim Murtaugh, issued a statement late on Sunday offering support to Parscale.“Brad Parscale is a member of our family and we all love him. We are ready to support him and his family in any way possible.”A police report on Monday noted that officers were called by a woman reporting that Parscale had been heard “ranting and raving about something” before a gunshot was fired.Candice Parscale told police that she ran from the house because she was alarmed by her husband’s behavior, local TV station WPLG reported.According to the report, Parscale began to barricade himself inside the home, hanging up on callers, the police report said, adding that he later spoke to police negotiators.Police documented that Parscale refused to leave and was ultimately tackled by Swat officers outside the home when he emerged shirtless, with a beer.“I initiated a double leg take down,” wrote Sgt Matthew Moceri, a responding officer, noting that the 6ft 8in Parscale towered over him and would not get on the ground.When officers initially arrived, Candice Parscale said the couple had argued and Brad pulled out a handgun and loaded it.She said he had post-traumatic stress disorder and had recently become violent, showing police bruises on her arms from an argument two days prior. Police photographed the injuries, they said, and the Miami Herald reported.In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255, or you can text HOME to 741741 to connect with a crisis text line counsellor. In the UK, the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14. Other international suicide helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 13:20:22 -0400
  • Police seized 10 firearms from Brad Parscale, committed him for mental health care

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    President Donald Trump's former campaign chief didn't comply with an officer's command, prompting rough arrest, police said.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 13:15:50 -0400
  • Zimbabwe elephants died from bacterial disease, say experts

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    Parks authorities in Zimbabwe said Monday that the recent deaths of elephants have been caused by a bacterial disease that has previously affected elephants in Asia and other animals in southern Africa, although more tests will still be carried out. Fulton Mangwanya, the director-general of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, told a parliamentary committee that 34 elephants have died so far and “many” more could still die “in the short term.” “All results to date point to the cause of these elephant deaths being a disease known as hemorrhagic septicemia,” said Mangwanya, noting that the disease does not appear to have been previously recorded as causing deaths among Africa’s savannah elephants.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 13:05:22 -0400
  • Official COVID-19 death toll probably underestimates true total: WHO

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    The official global toll of deaths from COVID-19 probably underestimates the true total - suggesting it could be over a million already, a World Health Organization official said on Monday. "If anything, the numbers currently reported probably represent an underestimate of those individuals who have either contracted COVID-19 or died as a cause of it," Mike Ryan, the WHO's top emergencies expert, told a briefing in Geneva. "When you count anything, you can't count it perfectly but I can assure you that the current numbers are likely an underestimate of the true toll of COVID," he said.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 13:03:57 -0400
  • Adidas launches 'Star Wars' Boba Fett and Chewbacca-inspired sneakers

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    Adidas and "Star Wars" have joined forces to create another one-of-a-kind collectible shoe. Celebrating 40 years since the legendary "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" debuted, the new Adidas Originals collection pays homage to the film with four pairs of sneakers that are inspired by fan-favorite characters Lando Calrissian, Boba Fett, Han Solo and Chewbacca. Since launching on Sept. 18, some styles have already begun to sell out, but many fans are anticipating the release of the Rivalry Hi Star Wars Shoes that are a direct ode to Chewbacca's classic character on Oct. 22.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 12:58:00 -0400
  • Thieves cut through church wall to steal jewelry from shop next door, Nebraska cops say

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    The burglars cut through a cement wall to pull off the heist, police say.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 12:51:03 -0400
  • U.S. income inequality narrowed slightly over last three years: Fed

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    Income inequality in the United States narrowed in the first three years of the Trump administration as rising wages and a low unemployment rate fueled gains for lower-income and less educated families, according to U.S. Federal Reserve data released on Monday. Wealth inequality was largely unchanged, with the top 10% of families holding about 71% of family wealth in 2019, roughly the same as in 2016, the Fed found in its latest Survey of Consumer Finances, conducted every three years. The survey provides a snapshot of how income, assets and debt are distributed across the population, and in this case how the benefits of the final years of a decade-long economic expansion had begun flowing to typically less advantaged parts of the population.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 12:18:52 -0400
  • Fourth U.S. judge issues order blocking Postal Service cuts

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    A fourth judge on Monday issued a preliminary injunction barring the U.S. Postal Service from making service reductions ahead of the November presidential election that critics have said could prevent timely ballot deliveries. U.S. District Judge Gerald McHugh in Pennsylvania joined three other judges who have issued similar orders since Sept. 17 after the Postal Service in July restricted late trips by trucks and letter carriers and instituted overtime restrictions. Judge Emmet Sullivan in the District of Columbia late Sunday issued a similar order, while judges in Washington State and New York issued injunctions since Sept. 17.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 12:16:59 -0400
  • Cream of Wheat says it will remove Black chef from box that some consumers found offensive

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    Cream of Wheat is the latest food brand in a growing list of consumer packaged goods to make a permanent change to its imagery, slogan or name amid continued calls for racial equality. "Therefore, we are removing the chef image from all Cream of Wheat packaging." The decision comes three months after the brand first said that it would immediately evaluate its packaging and "proactively take steps to ensure that we and our brands do not inadvertently contribute to systemic racism."

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 12:15:00 -0400
  • Video in Breonna Taylor case may show police policy violation

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    Other evidence also shows that the one shot fired by Taylor's boyfriend may not have hit an officer.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 12:02:00 -0400
  • U.S. pension funds sue Allianz after $4 billion in coronavirus losses

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    Pension funds for truckers, teachers and subway workers have lodged lawsuits in the United States against Germany's Allianz, one of the world's top asset managers, for failing to safeguard their investments during the coronavirus market meltdown. In March, Allianz was forced to shutter two private hedge funds after severe losses, prompting the wave of litigation the company says is "legally and factually flawed". The fallout has also prompted questions from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Allianz has said.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 11:54:40 -0400
  • Family of man killed by police in Maryland to receive $20m settlement

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    The family of a black man fatally shot six times by police while his hands were cuffed behind his back in a patrol car will receive $20m, among one of the largest settlement payments involving a person killed by police. Prince George County officials announced terms of the settlement for the family of 43-year-old William Green, who was killed on 27 January. Officer Michael Owen was arrested the following day and fired from the Prince George’s County Police Department.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 11:54:31 -0400
  • Texas county on alert over brain-eating amoeba after death of six-year-old

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    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 11:41:13 -0400
  • Trump's taxes on the front burner on eve of first debate with Biden

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    Democrats seized on a fresh line of attack on the eve of the first U.S. presidential election debate, accusing Republican President Donald Trump of gaming the tax code after a report showed he paid paltry amounts of federal tax in recent years. The self-proclaimed billionaire, who is seeking reelection in the Nov. 3 vote, paid only $750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017, after years of reporting heavy losses from his businesses to offset hundreds of millions of dollars in income, the New York Times reported on Sunday, citing tax-return data. The report also said Trump paid no federal income tax in 10 of the previous 15 years through 2017, despite receiving $427.4 million through 2018 from his reality television program and other endorsement and licensing deals.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 11:41:08 -0400
  • ‘Dangerous and stupid’: Two men arrested for pointing lasers at police helicopter

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    Let’s hope this doesn’t turn into a disturbing trend.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 11:34:44 -0400
  • GM will repay $28 million to Ohio in tax incentives after closing plant

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    General Motors Co will repay $28 million in state tax incentives to Ohio after the largest U.S. automaker came under heavy criticism for closing its Lordstown Assembly plant in March 2019. GM's agreement with the Ohio Tax Credit Authority also requires the Detroit automaker to pay $12 million for "community support programs" in the Mahoning Valley. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost had demanded that GM repay $60 million in state tax credits after it closed its Lordstown Assembly plant in March 2019 and failed to retain 3,700 jobs in exchange for the credits.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 11:34:27 -0400
  • California wine country fire quadruples in size, more evacuations ordered

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    A wildfire in northern California's Napa Valley wine country more than quadrupled in size overnight to some 11,000 acres (4,450 hectares), burning homes and vineyards and forcing officials to order thousands of residents to evacuate on Monday. As the small city of Santa Rosa emptied out around him, Jas Sihota stationed himself on his front porch with his garden hose close at hand, darting out every 15 minutes or so to douse spot fires around neighboring houses seeded by wind-blown embers under a hazy red sun. Sihota, a radiology technician at a nearby hospital, had not slept in some 24 hours since the blaze, since named the Glass Fire, ignited on Sunday morning near Calistoga about 60 miles (96.5 km) north of San Francisco.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 11:29:07 -0400
  • Ballistics record in Breonna Taylor case doesn't match Kentucky attorney general's findings

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    Ballistics records in the shooting of Breonna Taylor by Louisville, Kentucky, police tell a different story than the one Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron presented last week, the Louisville Courier Journal reports.Police shot and killed Taylor in her apartment while executing a no-knock warrant in March. A grand jury investigation concluded Taylor's boyfriend fired at officers when they entered, and they returned fire, Cameron announced Wednesday. But Cameron's assertion that the investigation ruled out "friendly fire" as the source of the 9mm shot that hit Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly's thigh isn't backed up by a Kentucky State Police ballistics report from the scene, Vice News first reported."Due to limited markings of comparative value" on the bullet that went through Mattingly's leg, it was neither "identified nor eliminated as having been fired" from Walker's gun, the report concluded. An LMPD record showed one officer at the scene was also issued a 9mm gun, making it impossible to draw a conclusion.Vice News also reported that documents and body camera footage taken after Taylor's killing show "officers appearing to break multiple department policies," and "corroborate parts of Taylor's boyfriend's testimony." The LMPD requires all officers involved in a critical incident to be "paired with an escort officer at the scene and 'isolated from all non-essential individuals for the remainder of the initial investigation,'" Vice News writes.But none of the seven officers in Taylor's case were seemingly paired with an escort, and four of them continued investigating the scene even after being told to clear out. "I've never seen anything like this,” a former LMPD narcotics officer who revealed the footage told Vice News. "This is not how it's supposed to work."More stories from theweek.com Trump literally can't afford to lose the election Most of Trump's charitable tax write-offs are reportedly for not developing property he owns 5 outrageously funny cartoons about Trump's election scheming

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 11:27:00 -0400
  • Police took 10 guns from Trump associate’s Florida home after wife showed them bruises

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    Officers also wrote in their reports that Parscale’s wife told them he had post-traumatic stress disorder and had become violent in recent weeks.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 11:25:40 -0400
  • 1 person dies as Nairobi hospital workers strike in Kenya

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    A man has died outside an emergency ward of Kenya's largest referral hospital after he was not treated for hours by striking staff, a witness said. Pay raises for Kenyatta National Hospital workers were approved by the government in 2012 but the workers say they have not received the increases. Evans Nyabuto, a motorcycle taxi driver in Nairobi's Kawangware area, was not feeling well Sunday evening and by Monday morning he was vomiting blood, said colleague Christopher Muvya.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 11:11:12 -0400
  • German far-right party fires official over migrant comment

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    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 11:07:17 -0400
  • Zimbabwe begins gradual reopening of schools amid virus

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    Zimbabwe’s schools Monday reopened for pupils in two grades as part of a gradual process that will see all pupils return to class by early November. Raymond Majongwe, secretary-general of the Progressive Teachers Union which is one of the largest in Zimbabwe, said teachers would report for work as soon as the government agreed to their demands. Teachers in Zimbabwe's government schools earn less than $50 a month and are demanding that they be paid at least $500 a month, he said.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 10:28:32 -0400
  • Pelosi rallies U.S. House Democrats on possible presidential election decision

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    U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi is rallying Democrats to prepare for a once-in-a-century election scenario requiring Congress to decide the outcome of the presidential race if neither Democrat Joe Biden nor President Donald Trump wins outright. In a campaign letter to colleagues, Pelosi told her fellow House Democrats that recent comments by Trump demonstrate that he could ask the House to decide the race if it is not clear which of the two candidates had received the minimum 270 Electoral College votes in the Nov. 3 presidential election needed to gain office.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 10:18:43 -0400
  • Taylor Swift surpasses Whitney Houston for most weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart

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    To make the accolade even more profound, in doing so, the "Cardigan" singer surpassed the late and great Whitney Houston's record for the most cumulative weeks in the top spot, among female artists, across all of her chart-topping albums, Billboard reported. With "Folklore" returning to the No. 1 spot for the seventh time, it brings her total weeks in the top slot, across all of her albums, to 47, setting a new record for women in music.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 10:16:00 -0400
  • Former Kosovo separatist commander appears in court

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    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 10:08:29 -0400
  • 'Bachelorette' star Kaitlyn Bristowe weighs in on if she'll dance on 'DWTS' despite ankle injury

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    Kaitlyn Bristowe is hoping she will be able to compete Monday night on "Dancing With the Stars," despite an ankle injury. The former "Bachelorette" star revealed Sunday on Instagram she will be portraying Moana for season 29's "Disney Night," while performing with her pro partner, Artem Chigvintsev. "Luckily Moana is a little barefoot wonder and she can dance in bare feet, which helps my ankle," Bristowe told "Good Morning America" on Monday.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 09:20:14 -0400
  • Labour MP Claudia Webbe charged with harassment

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    Claudia Webbe, the Labour MP for Leicester East, has been charged with harassment, the Crown Prosecution Service has announced. Ms Webbe, who was elected in the 2019 election, is accused of carrying out the harassment between 1 September 2018 and 26 April this year. She is accused of harassing "one female", the CPS said. On Monday Ms Webbe said she is “innocent of any wrongdoing” and that she will “vigorously” defend herself in court. Jenny Hopkins, head of the CPS's Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, said: "The CPS has today decided that Claudia Webbe, MP for Leicester East, should be charged with an offence of harassment against one female. "The CPS made the decision after receiving a file of evidence from the Metropolitan Police. "Criminal proceedings against Ms Webbe are now active and she has the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings." Ms Webbe will appear in court on November 11. Ms Webbe is on the left of the party and has been a vocal supporter of former leader Jeremy Corbyn. Before Leicester, she was a councillor in Islington, north London, between 2010 and 2018 and was a member of Labour's ruling National Executive Committee. Earlier in her career, she was a political adviser to then-London mayor Ken Livingstone.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 09:14:14 -0400
  • Germany confirms one more African swine fever case in wild boar

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    One more case of African swine fever (ASF) has been confirmed in a wild boar in the eastern German state of Brandenburg, the agriculture ministry said on Monday. There have been 36 confirmed cases since the first one on Sept. 10. All were in wild animals with no farm pigs affected, the ministry said.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 09:09:07 -0400
  • CDC director contradicts Trump on coronavirus: 'We're nowhere near the end' - NBC

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    The head of a top U.S. government health agency gave a grim assessment of the coronavirus pandemic that contradicts that of President Donald Trump, saying "We're nowhere near the end," NBC News reported on Monday. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who has been rebuked by Trump for less-rosy assessments of the coronavirus recovery, also expressed concern that Trump's late addition to the coronavirus task force, Dr. Scott Atlas, is sharing inaccurate information with the president. "Everything he says is false," Redfield said in a telephone call Friday on a plane from Atlanta to Washington, NBC reported.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 09:06:03 -0400
  • Slave sale block set to be displayed in museum, with context

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    A 176-year-old stone block that was used for slave auctions in Virginia will go on display at the Fredericksburg Area Museum, with signs explaining the context of recent protests against racial injustice that left it covered in graffiti. The knee-high stone block sat for nearly two centuries in downtown Fredericksburg until the city removed it recently. Now it's on loan to the museum, which will put in on display by mid-November, with the graffiti still intact, The Free Lance-Star reported Sunday.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 08:37:48 -0400
  • Kids’ perceptions of police fall as they age – for Black children the decline starts earlier and is constant

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    The deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and most recently Dijon Kizzee at the hands of officers come in an age when overpolicing and underserving minority communities has, as some experts believe, resulted in a “legitimacy crisis” in American policing. The reality is that these events are also impacting children. Youth today are growing up in what has been described as an “era of mistrust” of police.Across racial and ethnic groups, youths’ perceptions of police have dropped in recent years to a decades-long low. Yet, the amount of the decline differs across demographic groups. In fact, Black youth report the most dramatic declines, and the gap between their perceptions and white youths’ perceptions has been increasing.As scholars of policing and the criminal justice system, we study how and when perceptions of police change during childhood and adolescence. Studies have already shown that personal politics affects how people interpret news. But our research suggests this process may begin during the teenage years or even earlier. Research looking at high school seniors finds that how white youth perceive law enforcement depends on their political views. White students that identify as liberal or Democratic-leaning report worse perceptions of police, whereas white conservative youths report substantially better opinions of the police.Yet political views do not seem to affect how Black teenagers view police. Black teenagers across the political spectrum report the most negative perceptions of police. It is perhaps not surprising that teens of color, and Black teenagers in particular, report the poorest perceptions of law enforcement – these perceptions reflect their lived reality where Black teenagers are often presumed criminal and unjust police stops result in stress, anxiety and depression. It also likely reflects the frequent reminders that Black teenagers have of unjust interactions between police and Black communities – through social media as well as their own experiences and those of families and friends. But our study found that perceptions of law enforcement take shape at much earlier ages. We surveyed nearly 1,000 children aged 7 to 14 in Southern California. At 7 years old, kids across all racial and ethnic backgrounds view law enforcement similarly in high regard.However, that does not last. While white youths’ perceptions of police remain relatively stable from the ages of 7 to 14, Latino kids’ perceptions begin to drop at around 9 years old.Black children’s perceptions decline even more rapidly and consistently beginning at around 7 to 8 years old. As Black kids grow up from ages 7 to 14, their perceptions of law enforcement drop every year – we did not find an age at which Black youth one year older did not report significantly worse perceptions of law enforcement. Who’s going into law enforcement?These perceptions don’t just affect individual kids; they affect society too. While research examining youths’ intentions of entering law enforcement as a career is still in its infancy, we believe that perceptions of the police clearly matter. While the racial and ethnic demographics of the United States have grown more diverse, policing has not caught up. Compared to the general public, a disproportionate majority of police officers are white, non-Hispanic men, and that number is only growing larger across departments, according to newly released federal data. This is despite emerging research suggesting that increasing the proportion of minority officers might enhance community members’ perceptions of police and the criminal justice system. But improving community relationships through increased police officer diversity is easier said than done. Systemic biased practices affect not only citizens of color; they also affect officers of color, with departments likely identifying these officers as “tokens.” Research has shown that their status as a minority leads to reduced opportunities for career advancement, and increased isolation and levels of stress. These factors help explain why it is difficult to retain minority police officers once they enter law enforcement, but they do not really explain why few minority individuals become police officers in the first place – and that is where we believe perceptions set in childhood come in. Where do we go from here?As the nation is engaging in critical discussions about the future of policing, part of that introspection should focus on why the pipeline of youth of color entering law enforcement is almost entirely shut off. Black officers like Scott Watson of the City of Flint Police Department are rightfully asking as they near retirement, “Who replaces me?” [Deep knowledge, daily. Sign up for The Conversation’s newsletter.]We don’t know who will replace Officer Watson. But biased policing and the impact it has on children’s perceptions of the police make it less likely to be a young Black person.This article is republished from The Conversation, a nonprofit news site dedicated to sharing ideas from academic experts.Read more: * When police stop Black men, the effects reach into their homes and families * Why are police inside public schools?Adam Fine receives funding from The Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Kathleen Padilla does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 08:24:30 -0400
  • How even a casual brush with the law can permanently mar a young man's life – especially if he's Black

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    George Floyd’s death highlighted how even a minor alleged infraction – in his case, over a fake $20 bill – can lead to a fatal interaction with law enforcement. As a result, a coalition of advocacy organizations, criminal justice reform advocates and everyday citizens have called for cities to take a wide range of actions to reduce the power and authority of local police departments. But loss of life isn’t the only potential consequence of a brush with the law. Even a single arrest, without conviction, can be devastating to the rest of a young man’s life – especially if he’s Black – particularly in terms of employment and earnings. And African American men are much more likely to get arrested than their white counterparts. My own recent research has been exploring what employers can do to help overcome the barriers associated with arrests and the stigma of incarceration. Devastating consequencesOne in three Americans has been arrested by the age of 23, but the stats get a lot worse if you are a Black man. A young African American is seven times more likely to get arrested than a white peer. By the time they are 23, Black men are at a 49% risk of getting arrested and six times more likely to be incarcerated than white men. As of 2010, one-third of African American adult males had a felony conviction on their records, compared with 8% of all U.S. adults.While the data on the system’s disproportionate impact on Black men are bad enough, it doesn’t end there. Any interaction with the justice system, even for a misdemeanor or arrest without conviction, can have devastating consequences for the individual. More than 60% of formerly incarcerated individuals remain unemployed one year after being released, and those who do find jobs make 40% less in pay annually.Research shows that a criminal record of any sort – including arrest without conviction – reduced the likelihood of a job offer by almost 50%. The impact is substantially larger for Black job applicants. And while Black men are affected most by these problems, it’s a national problem that affects many young men and women across the United States. More than 10 million young adults age 16-24 were neither working nor in school in June. While it’s unclear how many of them are “disconnected” as a result of an arrest record – the pandemic has certainly put many of them out of work – research suggests an arrest is a key factor. The effect on the U.S. economy as a whole is significant, with the underemployment of formerly incarcerated individuals leading to a loss of US$78 billion to $87 billion in gross domestic product in 2014. Finding solutionsLocal and state agencies have passed legislation designed to prevent hiring practices that discriminate against individuals with criminal records. These efforts include “ban the box,” which removes the question asking about a criminal record from job applications, and other “fair chance” hiring policies aimed at preventing employers from explicitly asking about an applicant’s criminal history.However, research has shown that these policies are not a panacea and can even lead to more discriminatory and racist hiring practices as some employers switched to making certain assumptions based on racially distinctive names.My team of researchers has been working with LeadersUp, a nonprofit that targets high youth unemployment in America, to identify more inclusive hiring practices for young adults who have interacted with the criminal justice system, including everything from a singular arrest to incarceration for felony offenses.Our findings suggest that while there is strong support for the concept of fair chance hiring among employers, practices that would lead to more of these people being hired have not yet been widely adopted. According to a soon-to-be-published survey of 39 employers so far, almost half reported trying to distinguish between an applicant’s arrest and an actual conviction, while 44% offered applicants an opportunity to explain a conviction.One problem we encountered was that despite strong interest in proposing changes, human resources employees didn’t always feel they have enough authority to implement new initiatives regarding fair chance hiring. Additionally, when background checks are required, the burden often falls on the job applicant to take the initiative to review these checks for accuracy or to report employers who not are abiding by local hiring laws. [Deep knowledge, daily. Sign up for The Conversation’s newsletter.]Hiring opportunities for young people who have an encounter with the justice system are further limited by compounding issues such as stigma, skill matching and a lack of education about what it means.Employers play an important role in expanding inclusive hiring practices for individuals who have had involvement with the criminal justice system. But I believe a key first step toward more equitable hiring practices should be to expunge the criminal records of young adults who have been arrested but not convicted or have committed misdemeanor crimes. That will give more of them a clean slate to build their lives.This article is republished from The Conversation, a nonprofit news site dedicated to sharing ideas from academic experts.Read more: * When police stop Black men, the effects reach into their homes and families * Police solve just 2% of all major crimesGary Painter receives funding from the Workforce Accelerator Fund (WAF 7.0) for the research referenced in this piece

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 08:23:49 -0400
  • Coronavirus outbreak for crew on cruise ship in Greece

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    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 07:59:15 -0400
  • Black designers celebrated at Milan fashion week

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    Black designers presented collections at Milan's fashion week in a show aimed at raising awareness of the lack of diversity in the industry. The five designers are part of the Black Lives Matter in Italian Fashion group, a name inspired by the international movement leading worldwide protests against racial injustice. The "We are Made in Italy" digital event was filmed in Milan's grand Palazzo Clerici and hosted the spring/summer 2021 collections of Fabiola Manirakiza, Mokodu Fall, Claudia Gisele Ntsama, Karim Daoudi and Joy Meribe.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 07:58:15 -0400
  • Not all Americans are created equal. Robert Kraft and Breonna Taylor show why.

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    If we want to be the kind of country where all people are created equal, we need a criminal justice system that treats all people fairly, regardless of income, race or power.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 07:27:58 -0400
  • Perceptron: Fiscal 4Q Earnings Snapshot

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    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 07:27:10 -0400
  • U.S. FDA pauses Inovio's coronavirus vaccine trial plan

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    The mid-to-late trials, which were awaiting approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, were scheduled to start this month after they were postponed from this summer. The drug developer said on Monday the latest delay due to the FDA's "partial clinical hold" was not due to any side effects in the early-stage study of the vaccine, which was continuing. Shares of Inovio fell nearly 25% in morning trading as the gap widened with rival coronavirus vaccine developers Moderna Inc , Pfizer and AstraZeneca Plc that have already begun late-stage trials.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 07:13:58 -0400
  • Duke, Starbucks, others to show diversity data: NYC's Stringer

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    Top U.S. corporations including Duke Energy Corp, Starbucks Corp and Wells Fargo & Co will make public detailed workforce diversity statistics, following calls from activists who say the information will help judge companies' progress in hiring and promoting minorities. The commitments by 34 companies in the S&P 100 were set to be announced on Monday by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, who oversees retirement assets and sought the data in July. The disclosures will roughly double the number of U.S. companies publicly offering information that large employers already file confidentially to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 07:05:08 -0400
  • Extreme fire danger likely as record-breaking heat continues in California

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    There are 22 large wildfires currently burning in California with dozens more burning from Texas to Washington. On Sunday, record heat and dry gusty winds helped to spread the fires. On Monday, critical to extreme fire danger is expected from southern Oregon to the San Francisco Bay area and down to Los Angeles county.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 07:01:00 -0400
  • Romanian villagers re-elect mayor despite his COVID-19 death

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    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 06:59:36 -0400
  • Belgian prison breakout ends in farce after plotters book escape helicopter under their own name

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    Belgian police arrested the suspects in an “amateurish” prison breakout in less than 24 hours because the gang booked the helicopter they hijacked to try and free one of their wives under their real names. The three men chartered the flight in Deurne, near Antwerp, on Friday on the pretext of taking aerial shots for a television programme but planned to use the helicopter to free Kristal Appelt, the wife of the main suspect. Mike Gielen, 24, from Tongeren, married Ms Appelt, 27, in prison last year. She is awaiting trial for the murder of her then boyfriend. “I can confirm that my client has admitted that he wanted to release his wife from prison," said Mr Gielen's lawyer, Tom Van Overbeke. "Right now it seems like the whole thing is pretty amateurish." After taking pictures of landmarks such as the Atomium and the Lion of Waterloo, the men produced imitation guns and ordered the pilot, a 35-year-old woman, to fly to the prison. The helicopter hovered over two other prisons before arriving at Berkendael women’s prison. The De Standaard newspaper reported the helicopter’s arrival caused panic among the prison staff but “hilarity” among the prisoners. The excitement was too much for Mr Gielen, who vomited up to five times. The pilot managed to convince him that it was impossible to land the helicopter in the prison courtyard. After hovering for a short while, the helicopter flew out of Brussels to a car park in the French-speaking region of Wallonia. A head count in the prison revealed that no one had escaped. The men fled in a car only to be picked up less than a day later after officers traced them from their names on the helicopter booking forms. A fourth man, Mr Gielen’s adoptive father, was also arrested after picking the men up and released conditionally on Sunday. Mr Gielen, who is understood to have complained about conditions in the women’s prison and was unhappy at having visits curtailed by coronavirus, is cooperating with police, according to reports. The three men will appear in court next week. A 22-year-old man in the helicopter said he had no idea that his friends were planning a prison break. “My client had been asked by a friend to take photos and videos. He brought a backpack full of cameras and lenses and also shot some images during the flight. He was completely unaware of a plan to release anyone from prison,” said his lawyer Jonathan Bogaerts.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 06:59:35 -0400
  • Joe Montana thwarts alleged kidnapping of 9-month-old grandchild

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    Police said Montana's wife was able to pry the child out of the alleged kidnapper's arms after a tussle between her and Montana.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 06:56:00 -0400
  • Charging cows in England trample man to death in second such attack in 10 days

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    A 72-year-old man in England has been killed by a herd of charging cows making him the second such victim to die in this way in just a 10-day period in the country. The incident occurred at approximately 11:45 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 11 when Northumbria Police received a report that a man, subsequently identified as 72-year-old Malcom Flynn of Carlisle, had been seriously injured by a herd of charging cows near Thirlwall Castle in Northumberland while out walking with a friend. “An investigation was subsequently launched [and] we're trying to trace a number of witnesses who were believed to be in the area at the time,” Northumbria Police said in a statement released two weeks after Flynn’s death on Sept. 25.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 06:10:11 -0400
  • Charging cows in England trample man to death in second such attack in 10 days

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    A 72-year-old man in England has been killed by a herd of charging cows making him the second such victim to die in this way in just a 10-day period in the country. The incident occurred at approximately 11:45 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 11 when Northumbria Police received a report that a man, subsequently identified as 72-year-old Malcom Flynn of Carlisle, had been seriously injured by a herd of charging cows near Thirlwall Castle in Northumberland while out walking with a friend. “An investigation was subsequently launched [and] we're trying to trace a number of witnesses who were believed to be in the area at the time,” Northumbria Police said in a statement released two weeks after Flynn’s death on Sept. 25.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 06:10:11 -0400
  • 'Take home' lawsuits over COVID infections could be costly for U.S. employers

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    The daughter of Esperanza Ugalde of Illinois filed in August what lawyers believe is the first wrongful death "take home" lawsuit, alleging her mother died of COVID-19 that her father contracted at Aurora Packing Co's meat processing plant. The cases borrow elements from "take home" asbestos litigation and avoid caps on liability for workplace injuries, exposing business to costly pain and suffering damages, even though the plaintiff never set foot on their premises. "Businesses should be very concerned about these cases," said labor and employment attorney Tom Gies of Crowell & Moring, which defends employers.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 06:08:52 -0400
  • Five things to watch in the first Trump-Biden debate

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    The face-to-face match-up comes after the New York Times revealed that Trump, a wealthy former businessman and reality television star, paid only $750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017, and no federal income taxes in 10 of the previous 15 years through 2017. The report, which Trump called "total fake news," gives Biden a fresh opening to make his case that his working-class roots better position him to understand the economic struggles of everyday Americans than the billionaire occupying the White House. Trump also faced persistent questions, based on his statements about a rigged election, about whether he will accept the voting results should he lose.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 06:06:08 -0400
  • What you need to know about the coronavirus right now

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    The rate has risen to 26% in South Dakota from 17% the previous week, according to the analysis using testing data from The COVID Tracking Project. "We were looking at what we might be able to do."

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 06:04:48 -0400
  • Supreme Court nominee Barrett readies for meetings this week on Capitol Hill

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    President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett, will begin meeting with senators this week as Republicans push ahead with a rapid Senate confirmation process ahead of November's presidential election over the objections of Democrats. Trump on Saturday announced Barrett, 48, as his selection to replace liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Sept. 18 at age 87. Barrett, who would be the fifth woman to serve on the high court, said she would be a justice in the mold of the late staunch conservative Antonin Scalia.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 06:04:28 -0400
  • The Note: Stagnant race, battleground deficits highlight Trump debate-season challenges

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    The 53-43 Biden advantage among registered voters is exactly where the race was in the ABC/Post poll way back in July 2019. While Trump's support among Republicans and conservatives is strong as ever, the poll also shows definite erosions among groups of voters he wants and needs. The president is trailing badly among moderates, independents and suburban women.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 06:00:00 -0400
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