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    The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. With the Lakers closing out the Heat, another NBA offseason has finally arrived — nearly 12 months after the last one ended. The conclusion of a historic season brings with it a historic collection of questions and unknowns. Here are the five biggest: SUBSCRIBE: Get The Whiteboard delivered daily to your email inbox #OtherContentAfter winning the 2020 NBA title, the Lakers are now measured against their champion predecessors. How do they stack up? The Lakers will be hungry for a championship repeat, but how wide open is their championship window in a resurgent Western Conference? And which teams will be their greatest challengers next year?
    Winter is coming and so is the prospect of a “twindemic.” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and an expert in infectious diseases for the last four decades, told CNBC’s Shepard Smith Monday evening that it was more critical than ever to wear to do these five things: wear a mask, social distance, avoid crowded spaces, do things outdoors where possible, and wash your hands frequently. “I think we’re facing a whole lot of trouble,” Fauci said. “We have a baseline of infections now that vary between 40,000 and 50,000 per day. That’s a bad place to be when you’re going into the cooler weather of the fall, and the colder weather of the winter. In addition, we would like to see the percent positivity be coming down.” Over 215,000 have died in the U.S. from COVID-19. “ ‘We have a baseline...
    Threats over Black Lives Matter mural prompts lockdown at a UNC campus These are the worlds most historic restaurants Most Americans don't know these lucrative Social Security "secrets" Ad Microsoft Incredible Blanket Puts Humans In A Deep Sleep, Melting Stress Away Ad Microsoft 23 Gadgets That Could Sell Out Before the Holidays Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/30 SLIDES © Bryan Sansivero The curious crumbling manor hidden within a country club Languishing forlornly in the middle of a golf course of all places,...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A piece of local and national history is falling into disrepair, so much so it’s now on a national list of endangered historic sites. The National Negro Opera Company House is now on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of the 11 most endangered historic sites in America. “It’s sort of like a jungle to get up in here,” Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh CEO Matthew Craig said. While trekking through overgrown plants and weeds, Craig took KDKA up to the house. It has sat empty for about three decades. There are broken windows and walls are missing. “This house has so much significance,” he said. The house on Apple Street was built in 1894. In 1941, Madame Mary Cardwell Dawson established the opera company. It broke the color barrier for opera in the country. If the walls could talk, they would share stories about visits...
    (CNN)It became something of a refrain during the 2020 vice presidential debate: "Mr. Vice President, I'm speaking."Democratic California Sen. Kamala Harris' very presence on the plexiglass-partitioned stage on Wednesday night was historic: In August, she became the first Black and South Asian woman, as well as the first graduate of a historically Black college or university, to be chosen as a major party candidate's running mate.No longer are Black Americans just the backbone of the Democratic Party. They are the face of it, too.But the momentousness of the night didn't obscure the tightrope that Harris nimbly walked whenever Vice President Mike Pence attempted to talk over, interrupt or downplay her expertise. She held her ground, was firm without falling into any of the traps that could tack her to labels -- emotional, angry, nasty -- reserved for women, especially Black women.Early on in the debate, as Harris rebutted the Trump...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- "The Right Stuff" was a best-selling book, a blockbuster movie, and now it's a series you can stream starting Friday.It's 1959, tensions were mounting in the Cold War, and the Soviets were dominating space exploration. The Mercury 7, the best pilots in America, were challenged with carrying the hopes of the nation into the vast unknown."I think when you risk your life in order to accomplish a goal that could better the situation here on earth it's pretty heroic," said Patrick J. Adams who plays John Glenn."To all of a sudden be as famous as the Beatles and expected to be an iconic example of Americana and values and family men, when these guys, for most of them aside from John Glenn, were hard drinking fighter jocks that were never expected to be under such scrutiny and a microscope," said Jake McDorman, who plays Alan Shepard."These guys...
    12 Marvel and DC movies coming in 2021 and 2022 President Trump’s 18 Surprising Spending Habits Eliud Kipchoge’s historic streak ends, and what comes next, from the eyes of his coach Patrick Sang, who has coached Eliud Kipchoge since 2002, offered a final few words of encouragement to his pupil before Sunday’s London Marathon. Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad Let’s go and make history. ESPN+ Fantasy Tools: Play Like an Expert, Even If You Aren’t SIGN UP NOW Ad ESPN+ Sang said that Kipchoge, the greatest marathoner of all time, was prepared as he put a six-year, 10-marathon win streak at stake in St. James’s Park. The 35-year-old Kipchoge was bidding for a record-breaking fifth title for a runner in London’s 40-year history. “I was really confident that all was going to be at par with what he had done before,” Sang said by phone on...
    (CNN)Hurricane Delta is the 25th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, and despite an already very active season, it is setting itself apart from the others in very big ways.Let's start at the beginning. While "Delta" has been used once before, this is the earliest the Greek name has ever been used in a calendar year -- more than a month sooner than on November 15, 2005. (And the Greek alphabet has only been tapped twice to name storms once a year's entire list is used up.)Get the latest news and forecast on Hurricane Delta >>>Delta also grew from a tropical depression to a Category 4 hurricane in about 30 hours, with maximum sustained winds speeding up 85 mph in 24 hours from Monday to Tuesday. That's the quickest increase in sustained wind speed in one day by a storm this year. ("Rapid intensification" is defined as an...
    25-year-old man taking photos dies from fall near Colorado River, unrelated human remains also found People are shopping for groceries less often but buying more items, Tesco said, as it reported rising pre-tax profits of $709 million This one historic stat about the Lakers is pretty unreal and is why theyre going to be champs This is the online version of our daily newsletter, The Morning Win. Subscribe to get irreverent and incisive sports stories, delivered to your mailbox every morning. © Provided by For The Win LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are now just one win away from winning the NBA title down in the Orlando bubble after beatin Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat, 102-96, in Game 4 of the Finals on Tuesday night. The Heat stayed close throughout the game and had chances in the second half to maybe even the series but LeBron and Anthony...
    (CNN)Jessica Marcialis has made history by becoming the first female jockey to win a Group One race in France, after riding Tiger Tanaka to victory at Paris' Longchamps on Sunday. The Italian, who resumed her racing career after becoming a mom, was seen beaming after crossing the finish line and was met by rapturous applause after winning the Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac.Hayley Turner: Female jockey lands historic win to beat Queens horseThe 30-year-old celebrated with her family as she returned to the winner's circle and shared an inspirational message to moms across the world."It's incredible. I don't have the words. Yesterday we said it was amazing to be here today," she told Sky Sports Racing, whilst holding her son. "I want to say to all the mums, 'We can do it. Be strong.'"Read MoreMarcialis, who is from a racing family, has navigated her way up from the amateur ranks and...
    (CNN)The Atlantic hurricane season has exhausted the English alphabet and now is working on the Greek alphabet.A system moving north toward the Yucatán Peninsula and west of Cuba is likely to become the 24th named storm of the season. The system is not very strong now, but the National Hurricane Center (NHC) has given it a 70% chance of developing into a named storm in the next five days. If the system does get named it will become Tropical Storm Gamma, the third letter in the Greek alphabet. The NHC has resorted to using the Greek alphabet for only the second time in recorded history because the original list of 21 names has been used this season. Atlantic hurricane season has already been very active, but it's not over yet. Technically the season does not end until November 30, but some years storms have continued well after that. Ultimately, the...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Medical experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, said COVID-19 coronavirus is devastating generations of Hispanic families.Dr. Anthony Fauci told the Congressional Hispanic Conference that we "must now set and re-shine a light on this extraordinary disparity related to the social determinants of health that are experienced by the Latino community."Fauci said hospitalizations among Latinos were 359 per 100,000 compared to 78 in whites. Latinos represent 45 percent of deaths of people younger than 21, Fauci added.Dr. Peter Hotez, dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, cited 55 percent of the deaths in Texas are among Hispanics and 50 percent in California."We are seeing the historic decimation of the Hispanic community," Hotez said. "For Latinos, it's a huge number of parents being taken away.""We are the worst hit country in the world" with 7 million cases and over 200,000K deaths, Fauci said.Fauci is...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Medical experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, said COVID-19 coronavirus is devastating generations of Hispanic families.Dr. Anthony Fauci told the Congressional Hispanic Conference that we "must now set and re-shine a light on this extraordinary disparity related to the social determinants of health that are experienced by the Latino community."Fauci said hospitalizations among Latinos were 359 per 100,000 compared to 78 in whites. Latinos represent 45 percent of deaths of people younger than 21, Fauci added.Dr. Peter Hotez, dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, cited 55 percent of the deaths in Texas are among Hispanics and 50 percent in California."We are seeing the historic decimation of the Hispanic community," Hotez said. "For Latinos, it's a huge number of parents being taken away.""We are the worst hit country in the world" with 7 million cases and over 200,000K deaths, Fauci said.Fauci is...
    VIDEO5:1405:14Exchange-traded products are exploding. What to make of the record inflowsETF Edge The world of exchange-traded assets just keeps getting bigger. Exchange-traded funds and exchange-traded products pulled in a record $7 trillion-plus in assets in August, with U.S.-based ETFs and ETPs accounting for some $4 trillion of those flows. The U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan's exchange-traded markets all also reached historic highs for asset-gathering. A key factor driving the inflows is a renewed sense of confidence among investors, Deborah Fuhr, the founder and managing partner of ETFGI, told CNBC's "ETF Edge" on Monday. "ETFs really busted the myths that they weren't able to handle the significant volatility in inflows and outflows during March and April," Fuhr said. "From there, what we're seeing is a significant increase in the number of investors using ETFs." Nearly 6,000 institutions now hold about half of all ETF assets across 62 countries, Fuhr said. As...
    Oregon prison inmates find redemption, adrenaline in fighting wildfires Meet the K-shaped recession, where professional workers are largely fine and everyone else is doing awful Most Americans don't know these lucrative Social Security "secrets" Ad Microsoft Incredible Blanket Puts Humans In A Deep Sleep, Melting Stress Away Ad Microsoft 23 Gadgets That Could Sell Out Before the Holidays Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/25 SLIDES © Scott L./Yelp Guenther House San AntonioThe Guenther House, packed with mill history and Southern charm, is more than just a traditional breakfast spot. But the waffles will...
    Coronavirus Is Spreading Quickly in 31 of 50 U.S. States, Data Shows How To Support Restaurants and Their Workers Right Now Historic decline in U.S. GDP in the second quarter 31.4% annual pace ECONOMIC REPORT © Getty Images Employees at Spectrum Solutions prepare COVID-19 saliva test kits. The U.S. economy is finding ways to get back to business despite the prevalence of the coronavirus. The numbers: The record decline in the U.S. economy in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic was lowered slightly to a 31.4% annual pace — setting the stage for a big rebound in the third quarter. Load Error The decline in gross domestic product, the official scorecard of the U.S. economy, was previously put at 31.7% during the months of April, May and June. The economy has been on a comeback since the start of the summer and GDP is expected to...
    Going forward, Chicago's historic LGBTQ+ neighborhood referred to as "Boystown" will be called "Northalsted" instead. The neighborhood will be rebranded following an inclusivity survey, which asked respondents if the name "Boystown" was offensive for not being enough as it only represented — in name — one gender. According to WGN-TV, the newly minted Northalsted will market itself as "America's Proudest Neighborhood." The name, "Boystown," has been in colloquial use since the 1980s. What are the details? The neighborhood's business alliance voted to approve the change last week despite 58% of the survey's respondents finding that the name change was unnecessary. Just 20% of those surveyed said that they were offended by the name over its apparent lack of inclusivity. "Boystown, in Lakeview, has been welcoming the LGBTQ community for three decades, but after a survey, some complained the name excluded women and gender nonbinary people,"...
    (CNN)There's a revolution happening within the GOP right under our noses.The latest sign came Sunday, when former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge penned an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer making clear his intent to vote for former Vice President Joe Biden over President Donald Trump in November. "He lacks the empathy, integrity, intellect and maturity to lead," Ridge, who also served as the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security in the Bush administration, wrote of Trump.Ridge joins fellow Bush Cabinet secretaries Christine Todd Whitman (EPA), Ann Veneman (Agriculture), Carlos Gutierrez (Commerce) and Colin Powell (State) as Biden endorsers. Ray LaHood, a former Republican congressman from Illinois, and Chuck Hagel, the former Nebraska Republican senator, both of whom served in the Obama Cabinet, have also backed Biden.And that's just Republicans who served in a presidential Cabinet! There are a slew of other prominent GOP elected officials -- from former Ohio Gov....
    Sorting through a much-loved parent's belongings after their death is bittersweet, to say the least. For all the wonderful memories that are ignited like flares in the darkness, there are the attendant stabs of loss. As Wilfred Frost puts it, in the early days, 'anything you come across makes you cry'.  So imagine the Herculean task when the parent in question was not only a hoarder but legendary broadcaster Sir David Frost, who died of a heart attack in 2013 aged 74. 'Dad never liked to let things go,' says Wilfred, 35. 'He had storage depots in London, New Jersey and two in Los Angeles. And so after his death I started to sift through it all. iHeart Privacy Policy The unaired behind-the-scenes footage will contain Sir David Frost's interviews with the former US president Richard Nixon  'There was a huge amount of junk — piles of press...
    (CNN)The Chicago church where Emmett Till's funeral was held has made the list of the United States' Most Endangered Historic Places for 2020.Till, 14, was brutally murdered in Mississippi in 1955 after he was accused of whistling at a white woman. His mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, insisted on having an open casket so mourners could see how badly he had been beaten. Why Emmett Tills case matters to American history and our futureThousands of poeple lined up to pay their respects at Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ. It was a key chapter in the Civil Rights movement.The National Trust for Historic Preservation says the church has severe structural issues and "to ensure long-term viability, the building needs rehabilitation funding and partnerships."The church is used very little by the congregation. It was already listed as a Chicago landmark because of its association with Emmett Till's funeral.Read MoreA white supremacist group...
    Breonna Taylor updates: Tamika Palmer speaks out; Kentucky officials decline Trumps offer for federal help; BLM doubles down on demands Which grocery stores will be closed on Thanksgiving? Heres a list Most Americans don't know these lucrative Social Security "secrets" Ad Microsoft Incredible Blanket Puts Humans In A Deep Sleep, Melting Stress Away Ad Microsoft 23 Gadgets That Could Sell Out Before the Holidays Ad Microsoft ...
    Breonna Taylor: Outrage over lack of charges turns into protests across the US Olive Garden parents quarterly revenue falls by 28% as pandemic weighs on sales Mortgage Rates Stay Just on the Verge of Historic Record Lows Mortgage rates increased for the second week in a row, but remained close to historic lows. © Money; Getty Images Mortgage-Rate-Weekly-Up For the week ending September 24, the average rate for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage was 2.90% with 0.8 discount points paid, according to Freddie Mac’s weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey. That is an increase of 0.03 percentage points from last week’s 2.87% and 0.04 percentage points above the record low of 2.86% set on September 10. A year ago, the rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.64%. “Mortgage rates set several record lows over the last few months and have remained low into September. While there is room...
    An Oregon sheriff's office made 21 arrests for theft and trespassing over the past two weeks in evacuation zones ravaged by wildfires.  Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday that between 6am on September 8 and 4pm September 21, deputies made the arrests in Level 2 and Level 3 evacuation zones as looters hoped to steal from homeowners who had abandoned their possessions amid the flames. Across the area, some residents have erected anti-looting and trespassing signs in an attempt to warn off the opportunist thieves. Some of the signs warned that looters and arsonists would be shot.  According to Fox News,  Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts last week warned against residents taking action for themselves after receiving reports that armed individuals were illegally stopping drivers in evacuations zones at gunpoint to ward away potential looters  James Dean Shotwell, 34, was charged with theft and burglary on September 11 ...
    The 2020 Emmys offered a teachable moment for Zendaya fans, who were apparently confused by the meaning of “upset.” The 24-year-old’s surprise victory for her portrayal of Rue Bennett in HBO’s “Euphoria” over acting vets Jennifer Aniston, Laura Linney, Olivia Colman, Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh left groupies shocked — over the New York Post’s tweet announcing Zendaya’s Lead Actress in a Drama Series win. “Biggest upset: Zendaya wins Emmys 2020 over Jennifer Aniston, Laura Linney,” read The Post’s tweet, accompanied by a screengrab of a tickled Zendaya, the youngest woman to win the trophy in Emmy’s history, clutching her award. Fans were quick to come to Zendaya’s defense. “No ones upset,” wrote one fan, garnering more than 1,000 “likes” on the platform. “Hate to see a powerful woman winning an award she deserves, I see,” commented another less-than-impressed fan. i wasn’t upset? zendaya’s performance in euphoria was PHENOMENAL —...
    Moira Rose was right to say that her favorite season was “awards,” because “Schitt’s Creek” swept the 2020 Emmy Awards. The Canadian sitcom, helmed by Dan Levy, won the first seven awards of Sunday’s virtual ceremony, including the prestigious Outstanding Comedy Series trophy. The show is the first-ever comedy or drama to sweep all acting awards in the genre, according to The Wrap. Additionally, no series has ever before received all acting awards along with those for writing and directing. Only “All in the Family” has ever come close, getting three out of the four acting wins in 1978. “With Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Dan Levy and Annie Murphy winning their #Emmys tonight, that means our little Canadian show is the first comedy OR drama to ever sweep all four acting categories, and that is absolutely wild,” the show’s official Twitter wrote . The show, which ran for six...
    "Schitt's Creek" made history on Sunday night at the Emmy Awards by becoming the first series to sweep all of the major comedy awards in a single evening. The show took home prizes for best comedy, writing, directing, and acting, earning the show seven awards tonight. After snagging the awards, the cast of the show opened up about the historic wins. MARK RUFFALO URGES AMERICANS TO VOTE FOR 'COMPASSION AND KINDNESS' IN EMMYS SPEECH ABOUT NATION'S DIVERSITY "It is absolutely incredible," said Daniel Levy, star and creator of the show, of the major successes. "My dad [and co-star Eugene Levy] said it best earlier tonight, that it feels like a dream that you don't want to wake up from to be perfectly honest." Dan Levy, star of 'Schitt's Creek,' won Emmys for acting, writing and directing on Sunday. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images) The victories still feel "very strange"...
    Moira Rose was right to say her favorite season was “awards” because “Schitt’s Creek” swept the 2020 Emmy Awards. The Canadian sitcom, helmed by Dan Levy, won the first seven awards of Sunday’s virtual ceremony, including the prestigious Outstanding Comedy Series trophy. The show is the first-ever comedy or drama to sweep all acting awards in the genre, according to The Wrap. Additionally, no series has ever-before received all acting awards along with those for writing and directing. Only “All in the Family” has ever come close, getting three out of the four acting wins in 1978. “With Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Dan Levy and Annie Murphy winning their #Emmys tonight, that means our little Canadian show is the first comedy OR drama to ever sweep all four acting categories, and that is absolutely wild,” the show’s official Twitter wrote. The show, which ran for six seasons on PopTV, is...
    Louisville Metro Council passes vote of no confidence against mayor over handling of Breonna Taylor case 26 Worst Belly Fat Myths Joe Burrow may not be satisfied after historic first two games, but the numbers speak for themselves There aren't many quarterbacks that have started their career as Joe Burrow has through his first two games. Sure the Cincinnati Bengals are 0-2, but that's not the fault of Burrow -- not even close. Burrow had a historic game for the Bengals in his primetime debut, showcasing why he is the franchise quarterback and living up to the reputation of the No. 1 overall pick. Burrow finished 37 of 61 for 316 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions in the Bengals' 35-30 defeat to the Cleveland Browns Thursday night, but that's just the beginning of the historic night for the rookie quarterback.  © Provided by CBS Sports Sep 17,...
    New York Yankees Recap: Yankees sweep the Blue Jays series in historic fashion scoring 43 runs By: William Parlee September 17, 2020 ShareTweetFlipRedditLast night at New York Yankees Stadium, the Yankees made a statement, scoring six more home runs in each of the three games and had  a 10 run win over the Blue Jays. The win was a historic win and and sweep of the Blue Jays, scoring 43 runs in the three game series.  It was also the first time in MLB history that a team has scored six or more home runs in three consecutive games. The Yankees made a statement, now just trailing the Tampa Bay Rays by just one run. For the first time in Yankee fanchise history the Yankees hit five home runs in the same inning, it was the seventh inning when the Yankees blew the...
    The president of San Francisco State University has defended her decision to allow a talk to go ahead featuring Palestinian militant, Leila Khaled, who was among those to hijack a flight to New York City in the 1970s.  Khaled is scheduled to speak at a virtual class event hosted by the university next week despite outrage and objections from Jewish students and groups who have said they are 'deeply distressed' by her inclusion.  The event, which is titled 'Whose Narratives? Gender, Justice and Resistance', has been organized by the university's Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies program.  The talk has been billed as a 'historic roundtable conversation with Palestinian feminist, militant and leader', according to one of the advertisements.  Khaled is a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which is a group designated by the US Department of State as a terror organization.  ...
    A hurricane that moves slower than a person walking is extremely dangerous Sally could drop 10 to 20 inches of rain between Mississippi and the Florida peninsula. Photo: Lauren Dauphin / Earth Observatory / NASA / Courtesy The National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned about 10 million Americans along the Gulf Coast to expect “historic and life-threatening” floods in the next 12 hours as Hurricane Sally continues to hit southern Alabama. Hurricane #Sally continues to slowly approach the northern Gulf coast this afternoon. Please see https://t.co/tW4KeFW0gB for the latest advisories and https://t.co/SiZo8ohZMN for more details on expected impacts to your local area. pic.twitter.com/ynqOV3ST7V – National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 15, 2020 The unpredictable storm could dump several feet of rain from Louisiana to Florida when approaches Mobile Bay, Alabama, on Tuesday, . reported. 4 PM CDT Tuesday, September 15 Key Messages for...
    Melania Trump cut a stylish figure in a $3,700 Prada dress as she and her husband, President Donald Trump, greeted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara at the White House on Tuesday.  The 50-year-old's sleeveless navy midi dress featured a boat neck and a white beaded scroll motif, and she wasn't the only first lady to wear blue for the meeting, which included the signing of historic diplomatic deals between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain.   While Melania opted for a dark navy frock with a fitted waist, Sara, 61, donned a lace dress in a cheerful shade of cornflower blue for her arrival at the White House with her husband.  Special meeting: President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara at the White House on Tuesday Great minds... Both Melania, 50, and Sarah, 61, wore shades...
    (CNN)Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Monday that the United States is facing one of the most difficult moments in the nation's history, with "four historic crises all at the same time." "The worst pandemic in a hundred years, that's already killed nearly 200,000 people and counting. The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, that's cost tens of millions of American jobs and counting. Emboldened white supremacy unseen since the '60s and a reckoning on race that's long overdue. And undeniable acceleration of the punishing reality of climate change on our planet, on our people, on the lives and livelihoods," Biden said in Wilmington, Delaware. Biden said he and his wife Jill Biden continue to pray for those affected by the historic wildfires in the western part of the United States that have killed at least 35 people, displaced thousands and burned millions of acres. This story is breaking and will be updated.
    Tom Brady and Drew Brees still have something to prove in their 40s.   That’s how Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre sees it. Favre – who played until he was 41 – says both quarterbacks clearly still have the desire to compete at the highest level.   Brady, a six-time Super Bowl champion in New England, will do that in his new home with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brees, the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards and touchdown passes, signed a two-year deal with the New Orleans Saints this offseason.   There is another chance for both to prove it in 2020.   “That’s what motivates a player like Tom Brady, Drew Brees or Peyton Manning and guys that played later in their careers.” Favre told Sporting News. “As much as they’ve accomplished; that’s what kind of what drives them. They want to go over and beyond what you come to expect of them.”   Brady and Brees expect to lead...
    HISTORIC peace negotiations between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban will begin on September 14. The country has been torn apart by war for twenty years over fierce disagreements on how the nation should be governed. 6Afghan President Ashraf GhaniCredit: Reuters The peace talks, hosted in Qatar, will feature a panel of representatives from each side. What are the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban? Peace talks between the Afghanistan government and the Taliban have opened in Qatar's capital after decades of hostility between the two. Almost 20 years of war has resulted in tens of thousands dead. 6Both sides have been hostile about their demandsCredit: Reuters In the first six months of 2020 alone, almost 1,300 civilians, including hundreds of children, have been killed in Afghanistan, according to the United Nations. "The suffering of the Afghan people has gone on for far too long,"...
    PRESIDENT Trump has been nominated AGAIN for the Nobel Peace Prize, for a historic deal with Serbia deal and Kosovo. Trump was first nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize on Wednesday, for peace talks with Israel and the United Arab Emirates. 5President Trump has now been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize twiceCredit: EPA Swedish Parliament member Magnus Jacobsson announced the nomination of Trump in a letter shared on social media on Friday. "I have nominated the US Gov. and the governments of Kosovo and Serbia for the Nobel Peace Prize for their joint work for peace and economic development, through the cooperation agreement signed in the White House," Jacobsson wrote. "Trade and communications are important building blocks for peace," he added. President Trump was named directly in the letter shared by Jacobson. The nomination follows just two days after Trump was made a candidate for the same prize, by...
    A thick layer of wildfire smoke tints the skies orange in San Francisco, California, on September 9, 2020. Katie Canales/Business Insider The US West Coast has the worst air quality in the world due to wildfire smoke across California, Oregon, and Washington. Maps of air-quality index measurements show hazardous levels of particulate matter from wildfire smoke across the entire West Coast. Research has linked particulate matter from wildfires to heart and lung problems, increased hospital visits, and worse flu seasons. The EPA recommends residents stay indoors with filtered air, keep physical activity levels low, and wear an N95 respirator if they have to go outside. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The West Coast has the worst air quality on Earth right now, as nearly 100 active wildfires — including three of California's four biggest ever recorded — spew smoke. Particulate matter from the smoke has made...
    A record-shattering rash of wildfires is continuing to take a devastating and deadly toll on California, even as crews report some progress in their battle against the largest firestorm in modern state history. The collective scale of the infernos that have scarred the state over the last month is staggering: at least 19 fatalities, tens of thousands of structures destroyed and more than 3.1 million acres burned — the most recorded in a single year. The loss has been most profound from the North Complex fire near Oroville in Butte County, which is now blamed for 10 deaths, placing it among the deadliest wildfires in state history, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. An additional 16 people have been reported missing in the area of the fire, which has burned more than 252,000 acres and was 23% contained as of Friday morning. Steve...
    Halle Berry has branded her historic Oscar win as 'one of my biggest heartbreaks' as she remains the only black actress to score the top accolade. The actress, 54, scooped the Best Actress award in 2002 for her role as Leticia Musgrove in indie drama Monster's Ball. Halle has now discussed her 'heartbreak' over the fact she is still the only black woman to have won the top trophy in a new candid interview with Variety. Speaking out: Halle Berry has branded her historic Oscar win as 'one of my biggest heartbreaks' as she remains the only black actress to score the top accolade (pictured in 2019)  The star admitted she thought she was chosen to 'open a door' and now questions whether it was even an 'important moment'. Halle explained how she had hoped Cynthia Erivo, 33, would have won for Harriet earlier this year, while she also felt Ruth Negga, 38, had a 'really good shot...
    Mother Jones illustration; Shutterstock For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.This post was originally published as part of “The Trump Files”—a collection of telling episodes, strange but true stories, and curious scenes from the life of our current President—on July 13, 2016. The construction of Trump Tower may have been Donald Trump’s greatest achievement, but it was a disaster for the city’s artistic legacy. To build his skyscraper, Trump first had to knock down the Bonwit Teller building, a luxurious limestone building erected in 1929. The face of the building featured two huge Art Deco friezes that the Metropolitan Museum of Art wanted to preserve. The museum asked Trump to save the sculptures and donate them, and the mogul agreed—as long as the cost of doing so wasn’t too high. But then, according to journalist Harry Hurt III in...
    A California family recalled a harrowing escape before their home was swallowed by flames. Were nomads A Look Back At The Evolution Of McDonalds In 41 Photos The Braves’ 29-9 win over the Marlins was a historic, humbling beatdown The Atlanta Braves set a new franchise and National League record with 29 runs scored in a 29-9 beatdown of the Miami Marlins, a night after being shut out by Miami rookie Sixto Sanchez. © Provided by The Comeback Every player recorded a hit for Atlanta, and every starter also scored a run and drove in a run for the Braves except for Dansby Swanson, who failed to drive anyone in. Swanson, Ronald Acuna Jr, Freddie Freeman, Adam Duvall, and Ozzie Albies (in his first game back off the IL) had three hits apiece and four Braves scored at least four runs each (Acuna, Swanson, Austin Riley, and Duvall, the...
    SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio city staff and the city council are expected to move into a renovated historic City Hall building by December 2020. Assistant City Manager Rod Sanchez says there have been a few delays along the way, but growing pains are expected when you deal with bringing an 1800s-era building to 2020 standards. “That building has a great rich history, but it really hasn’t been touched for almost 90 years. The building itself is about a hundred thirty years old,” Sanchez said. Renovations by Guido Brothers Construction Company started back in the summer of 2018 and were initially expected to take around 18 months from start to finish. The city council approved a budget of $38 million for the project. Included in the project’s expenses were electrical, plumbing, mechanical and adding a wheelchair ramp to the entrance of the building. More than two years later, the project...
    It is $ 250 million in annual funding to accelerate the construction of infrastructure for the Everglades as part of the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration. But the president also took the opportunity to sign a presidential executive order that protects our coasts. At three o’clock in the afternoon, President Donald Trump arrived at the historic Jupiter Lighthouse in Palm Beach County to recap his environmental achievements and sign an executive order of great importance to the coasts of Florida, Georgia and Carolina. from the south. “I am going to sign a presidential executive order extending the moratorium on drilling off the Gulf Coast of Florida and expanding it to the Atlantic coast of Florida as well as the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina,” said the President. For Jeanette Núñez, vice governor of the state of Florida, today is a historic day: “The...
    Sunday’s heat wave broke all-time high temperature records in some areas. But even where the broiling temperatures didn’t set all-time records, the conditions were unbearable for many and marked the hottest conditions in years. The National Weather Service called Sunday “one of the hottest days since official weather records began across much of Southwestern California.” Officials noted the heat peaked in the afternoon, but cooling overnight was minimal. Woodland Hills made national headlines with a 121-degree reading that marked the hottest temperature ever recorded at an official National Weather Service station in Los Angeles County. Other locations to hit all-time highs: Escondido 115 degrees Paso Robles 117 Idyllwild 104 Chino 121 Van Nuys Airport 118 San Luis Obispo Airport 117 Dozens of other locations hit new highs for the day:Los Angeles County Stunt Ranch 122 degrees Winnetka 122 Northridge 120 Chatsworth 119...
    A spectator wears a hat and matching face mask decorated for the horse Tiz the Law at the Kentucky Derby on September 5, 2020. Charlie Riedel/AP The 146th running of the Kentucky Derby takes place on Saturday after being delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. It's the first time since World War II that the Kentucky Derby has not taken place in the month of May. Only horse owners and family members of the jockeys can attend the event in person. Here's what the historic Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, looked like during Kentucky Derby weekend — from empty bleachers devoid of mint juleps and face masks that match locals' festive hats. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.
    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Teams as good as the Milwaukee Bucks never get swept in the NBA playoffs. That may change Sunday. Milwaukee is on the brink of elimination, trailing the Miami Heat 3-0 in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. The Heat can close it out — and make a little history — when they look to finish off a second consecutive sweep in these playoffs. “The job ain’t done yet,” Miami’s Jimmy Butler said. The Bucks are the No. 1 seed in the East; the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Lakers, also is in a bit of trouble — though facing a situation that is nowhere near as dire as the mess Milwaukee is in right now. The Lakers dropped Game 1 of their West semifinal series to Houston 112-97 on Friday, with Game 2 set for Sunday night. “It’s only one...
    The 1716 Colonial Inn in Concord, Massachusetts. Paul Marotta/Getty Images Many hotels in the US date back to the country's founding, and some are even older. The Seaside Inn in Kennebunk, Maine, for example, has been run by the same family for nine generations.  Many flock to historic hotels in the hopes of spotting a ghost: The Gold Hill Hotel in Virginia City, Nevada, is said to be haunted by former guests.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The US is filled with glamorous, modern hotels, but there is something special about staying in a history-filled establishment that helps tell the story of a destination's local culture. From colonial bed and breakfasts in New England to stagecoach stops from the Old West, there are plenty of places to spend the night that history buffs will love. With the help of Historic Hotels of America, a program of the National Trust...
    The Giants are serious about their platoon baseball, but no so much manager Gabe Kapler would set aside common sense. That was the case Wednesday when left-handed hitting Alex Dickerson was in the starting lineup against Colorado left-hander Kyle Freeland. Dickerson put himself alongside such franchise luminaries as Willie Mays and Barry Bonds Tuesday night with three home runs, two doubles, six RBIs and 16 total bases in a 23-5 win over Colorado at Coors Field. So although Dickerson has had only four at-bats against left-handers this season (he’s 1-for-4 with a homer), there he was batting sixth and playing left field against the Rockies in the series finale. All of Dickerson’s damage came against right-handers Tuesday night. No matter. “It felt like it was responsive. He had a historic game last night and I don’t think he could be any more confident in the batter’s box right now,” Kapler...
    San Francisco Giants executive Farhan Zaidi admitted he considered trading for another left-handed bat to fortify the team’s lineup ahead of Monday’s trade deadline. The Giants didn’t end up making that move, but their lineup against right-handed pitchers may improve down the stretch anyway. If Alex Dickerson stays this hot, he could be the difference-making run-producer the Giants need to sneak into the postseason. Dickerson went 4-for-5 with three home runs and a double in the club’s 23-5 win over the Rockies on Tuesday and carried over momentum from Sunday’s game when he homered and singled in the go-ahead run in a 4-1 win. Dickerson opened the year in a platoon in left field with Hunter Pence and has performed well below league average, but the Giants learned how streaky of a hitter Dickerson can be when he carried the offense through the month of July last summer during an...
    Abu Dhabi, UAE (CNN)The first Israeli commercial flight from Israel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) took to the skies on Monday, after an agreement to normalize relations between the two countries.Several top Trump administration officials were on board the plane, escorting Israeli government officials from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi for talks with their Emirati counterparts, as part of the White House-brokered plan. The Boeing 737 was given permission to fly through Saudi Arabian airspace, in a first for Israeli carrier El Al, its captain Tal Becker announced shortly before take-off.The flight would have taken seven hours if it had not been allowed to use Saudi airspace, Becker said; instead it took just over three hours. Israel and Saudi Arabia do not share diplomatic relations.Kushner, center, O'Brien, right, and the Head of Israel's National Security Council Meir Ben-Shabbat, left, on board the El Al flight.President Donald Trump's top adviser...
    As strikes go, there weren’t a large number of workers involved in the most consequential work stoppages of the past week. And professional athletes are often framed as something other than real workers. But make no mistake, when the players on the Milwaukee Bucks said they weren’t playing their playoff game on Wednesday in protest over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, that was a wildcat strike, and it turned into a seriously successful one. In the tradition of unions organizing for the broader public interest—as when teachers in Chicago and other cities negotiate for services that benefit their students outside of school as well as in class, for instance, or when unions pour money into raising the minimum wage for all workers—the players of the NBA and the MLB and the WNBA and other leagues made advances for everyone. Turning arenas into polling places could help with voting lines in key...
    SWANTON — As the CZU Lightning Complex Fire tore through northern Santa Cruz County last week, the caretakers of the coastal Swanton Pacific Ranch were stunned. The 3,200-acre preserve off Highway 1 north of Davenport – run by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo since 1993 as an unmatched bio-diverse lab for forest management and sustainability research – had seen threatening fires before, notably the Lockheed Fire in 2009. But nothing had damaged its vital infrastructure or the frozen-in-time homes that served as local historical touchstones. The span of good fortune ended Aug. 18, however, when ranch director and Cal Poly professor Brian Dietterick and his staff found themselves scrambling to evacuate the area as flames descended toward the ranch — a late-in-life gift to the university from Cal Poly alum Al Smith, the San Jose native who founded Orchard Supply Hardware. “Even when (the fire) was on top of Last...
    This is a preview of our pop culture newsletter The Daily Beast’s Obsessed, written by senior entertainment reporter Kevin Fallon. To receive the full newsletter in your inbox each week, sign up for it here. An Empty Court Is Must-See TVThe most powerful thing to happen on TV this week was nothing. I can’t remember the last time I watched an NBA game. [Insert the Titanic “it’s been 84 years…” gif.] I don’t watch sports. I’m the cliché who can’t even complain about the homophobia of calling the Tony Awards “the Super Bowl for gays” because for this gay, the Tony Awards is the Super Bowl.  But after the news that, in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Bucks organized a strike and refused to play game five of the NBA’s first-round playoffs against the Orlando Magic, I revisited the 45 minutes or so...
    Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks kneel during the national anthem on August 8. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images The sports world came to a halt on Wednesday as professional athletes protested racial injustice and the shooting of Jacob Blake by sitting out games. The movement began with the Milwaukee Bucks unexpectedly sitting out of a playoff game, followed by other NBA teams scheduled to play on Wednesday. WNBA teams sat out of their games, while some MLB and MLS teams joined in, though others continued. As of Thursday, it appeared there would be more postponements in the NBA and the NHL, though NBA players have agreed to continue the playoffs while demanding action from owners. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. For the second time in 2020, the sports world came to a screeching halt, this time over the fight for racial equality and social justice reform....
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Professional athletes are taking a stand against social injustice following the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis. The NBA playoffs are on hold, but will likely resume at some point, and athletes in the Tri-State Area are also standing in solidarity, CBS2’s John Dias reported Thursday. It’s a boycott for the sports history books. Three hours after the Milwaukee Bucks were supposed to play in the NBA playoffs Wednesday, the players exited the locker room unified, declaring they would not play to show their support for Jacob Blake. “Despite the overwhelming pleas for change, there has been no action. So, our focus today cannot be on basketball,” said a statement read by the players. MORE: Multiple Professional Sports Teams Boycott Games In Protest Of Jacob Blake Shooting Fans in the Tri-State Area are praising the players. “They are black men, a lot of them are...
    On the morning of Sunday, August 16, freak summer thunderstorms rolled into the Bay Area, peppering the ultra-dry landscape with lightning, setting nearly 400 fires across Northern California. Ten miles to the north of the historic Lick Observatory, atop Mount Hamilton near San Jose, one such blaze was closing in, and fast: By Tuesday morning, the flames were six miles away. That night, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, made the call to evacuate the facility’s 30-odd residents and staff members, save for the superintendent, Kostas Chloros, who’d stay on to coordinate the defense of one of the world’s most cherished observatories. It was here that in 1969 astronomers made the first laser lunar ranging, calculating the precise distance to the moon. The observatory has helped scientists explore the structure of the universe, finding the masses of nearby galaxies, as well as black holes and...
    Football : Konami has unveiled the cover of its new PES and the two Golden Balls are waiting for you. Health crisis requires, the Pro Evolution Soccer series from Konami will not offer a real new opus in September (from the 15th), but only an updated version of PES 2020. This “eFootball PES 2021 Season Update” will bring together Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel messi and it is the first time that the two superstars appear at the same time on a cover of a video game. The Portuguese was the headliner of PES in 2012 and 2013, before being the face of Fifa in 2018 and 2019. The Japanese publisher nevertheless accompanied “CR7” and “La Pulga” by Alphonso Davies and Marcus Rashford, while the Argentine genius had as “teammates” Serge Gnabry, Miralem Pjanic and Scott McTominay on the cover of last year. Here it is, the OFFICIAL COVER...
    Reggie Jackson surely knew where Luka Doncic was headed when Doncic received an inbounds pass with 3.7 seconds left in overtime. But as has been the case throughout the Mavericks’ 135-133 Game 4 win on Sunday, Jackson couldn’t stop Doncic’s step-back jumper from beyond the arc. The buzzer-beating swish leveled the series 2-2 and elevated Doncic to an even higher level than he reached in the previous three games, when had also been pretty special. Doncic finished Game 4 with 43 points, 17 rebounds and 13 assists, all while playing without the help of injured forward Kristaps Porzingis. It was an all-time great performance made more remarkable by him being just 21. MORE: LeBron moves up playoff win leaderboard Doncic became the youngest player in NBA history with a 40-point triple-double. He is now averaging almost a 30-point triple-double for the series, putting up 31.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 9.8...
    Marcus Ingram, Drew Angerer/Getty Images People magazine scored the first joint interview with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), but still stiffed them on the cover, instead shining the spotlight on singer and actor Brandy. Congrats to People on getting the first joint interview with the potential next president and VP and not even making it the main cover story pic.twitter.com/J6ju8kxd0y — Molly Ball (@mollyesque) August 21, 2020 While Biden and Harris are featured at the top of the cover, Brandy is the lead image and featured prominently on the page. The headline for the Brandy exclusive reads, “What Really Happened to Me,” and details how the singer-songwriter’s daughter Sy’rai saved her life while she battled depression. Have a tip we should know? [email protected]
    Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will be reuniting next month for a historic appearance at one of country music’s most hollowed venues. The singers, who for the last 11 years have teamed up to host the CMA Awards, will come together again on September 5 for a one-night performance at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. As the Tennessean reported, the event will allow the famed concert hall to continue an unbroken streak of weekend performances dating back close to 100 years. “The Paisley-Underwood reunion marks the 4,941st consecutive Saturday broadcast from the Grand Ole Opry, dating back to 1925 in downtown Nashville,” the report noted, adding that to the COVID-19 crisis forced the Opry to go to audience-free live performances that left the streak in jeopardy. The performance for Underwood and Paisley had originally been set to take place before a live audience, but the organization released a...
    BOULDER CREEK — The headquarters buildings at Big Basin Redwoods State Park are all burned to rubble, but the vast majority of the park’s famed ancient giant redwoods are still upright — although many are no longer standing quite as tall, two journalists from this news organization confirmed Thursday. It took a nearly five-mile hike through the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains to reach what remained of California’s oldest state park after the CZU Lightning Complex wildfire was through with it. They found scattered among the tall trees some fallen giants. One, found just before the headquarters and with a base more than a dozen feet across, had burned and shattered, sending the massive trunk crashing to the ground, where it lay in a deathbed of ash and blackened undergrowth. Other redwoods still upright were burning at the base, fire eating up inside their trunks, and these trees seemed...
    Joe Biden (D) declared during his Democratic National Convention speech on Thursday that America is facing “four historic crises all at the same time,” citing the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, economic crisis, mass calls for racial justice, and climate change. “No generation ever knows what history will ask of it. All we can ever know is whether we’re ready when that moment arrives,” Biden said, stating that history has “delivered us to one of the most difficult moments America has ever faced.” “Four — four historic crises all at the same time. A perfect storm,” the presidential hopeful said. “The worst pandemic in over 100 years. The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The most compelling call for racial justice since the 60s, and the undeniable realities and just accelerating threats of climate change,” he continued, asking if America is “ready” for the challenges. “I believe we are. We must...
    Democratic vice presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris of California urged people to fight for “the America we know is possible,” as she made history in accepting her party’s nomination to appear alongside presidential candidate Joe Biden on the ballot in November. Harris, 55, a former prosecutor, is the fourth woman to be on a major U.S. party’s national ticket, but the first Black woman and first South Asian American. Her mother was a breast cancer scientist who emigrated from India. She died in 2009. Harris’ father, an economist, came to the U.S. from Jamaica. Addressing the third night of the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, Harris sharply criticized President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the economy, saying his “failure of leadership has cost lives and livelihoods.” Sorry, but your browser cannot support embedded video of this type, you can download this video to view it offline. Download...
    Democratic vice presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris of California urged people to fight for “the America we know is possible,” as she made history in accepting her party’s nomination to appear alongside presidential candidate Joe Biden on the ballot in November. Harris, 55, a former prosecutor, is the fourth woman to be on a major U.S. party’s national ticket, but the first Black woman and first South Asian American. Her mother was a breast cancer scientist who emigrated from India. She died in 2009. Harris’ father, an economist, came to the U.S. from Jamaica. Addressing the third night of the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, Harris sharply criticized President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the economy, saying his “failure of leadership has cost lives and livelihoods.” Earlier in the evening, former President Barack Obama delivered a blistering attack on Trump, his successor, saying Trump was treating the...
    This week, while all eyes have been on the Democratic National Convention taking place via Zoom, truly historic events have occurred in the Middle East: a long-awaited peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, including full normalization of relations, presumed peace deals to follow between Israel and Sudan, Oman and Bahrain, and the possibility on the horizon of a similar deal with Saudi Arabia. These are not only historic events; they are unmitigated goods: the recognition of a Jewish state in the Middle East is the precondition to any peace in the Middle East. And the formation of a durable coalition to stave off the aggressive Islamism of Iran provides more stability and greater deterrence in the region. Read members only content for just 99¢You’ll also unlock an ad-free experience and the Daily Wire mobile app and help support the web's best conservative commentary.Get a Reader's Pass75 days until electionDon't...
    Archaeologists in the U.K. have found part of a rare 15th-century religious manuscript as well as other items spanning the centuries under the floorboards of a historic country house. “A page from a rare 15th-century illuminated manuscript was among the items recovered, many dating back to the Tudor period,” the U.K.’s National Trust explained in a statement. “Finds range from fragments of late 16th century books to high status Elizabethan textiles, as well as more mundane modern objects such as cigarette packets and an empty box of Terry’s chocolates that date to the Second World War – which may have been hidden after the chocolates were eaten.” All of the items were found at Oxburgh Hall, a manor house in Norfolk. ARCHAEOLOGISTS UNCOVER THE LOST ROYAL PALACE OF HENRY VIII Terry’s is a well-known chocolate brand in the U.K. The Tudor period began in 1485 with the reign of King Henry VII, the...
    Registration is now open for world’s largest event for green building and sustainability leaders WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Informa Connect are proud to announce that Christiana Figueres, former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will headline the 2020 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. Figueres will deliver the keynote address during the opening session on Tuesday, November 10. This year’s virtual Greenbuild experience will take place November 10-12 with three virtual summits focused on green business, resilience and global health and wellness, taking place September 10, October 1 and October 22 as a lead up to the main event. Registration is now open. “Greenbuild is honored and excited that Ms. Figueres has accepted our invitation to speak at Greenbuild 2020,” said Sherida Sessa, Greenbuild brand director. “Ms. Figueres is a global leader and through her...
    Carolyn Kaster/AP For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.Wednesday night will mark the biggest accomplishment in the already-dazzling career of Senator Kamala Harris, when she takes to the (virtual) stage at the 2020 Democratic National Convention to accept her party’s nomination for vice president. The culmination of many “firsts” accumulated across decades by the 55-year-old Californian, this week, Harris will become the first Black woman and the first woman of Indian decent to run on a major party ticket. But she has always been a barrier-breaker. On this episode of the Mother Jones Podcast, our in-house Harris expert, Jamilah King, traces the senator’s political awakening back to her progressive-minded Indian mother, and charts her formative years as San Francisco District Attorney,  her elections first as Attorney General of California and then as Senator, to this historic moment—on the precipice of a historic run for the White House....
    For The Daily Beast’s membership drive, we're asking our reporters and editors to tell the stories behind some of their biggest stories. Workdays during the coronavirus pandemic tend to blend together—punctuated only by brief trips to the kitchen for a sandwich or the rare walk outside in the sun.  The Daily Beast went remote in mid-March and while there was fear and confusion surrounding the virus, I was admittedly happy to sleep in and work from the comfort of my couch. But by May, that feeling was long gone. The pandemic forced many of us to expand our beats, work more flexible schedules, and write about mass death on a daily basis.  Then, a stomach-churning video of three white men chasing and shooting down Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed Black man jogging on a residential Georgia street, went viral—and the attention shifted from the coronavirus to another deadly disease in our...
    by Dov Waxman, University of California, Los Angeles The heralded recent agreement to normalize relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates may not be the grand achievement it was made out to be. The White House-brokered deal, which was announced with much fanfare on Aug. 13, is undoubtedly a diplomatic win for U.S. President Donald Trump and for Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who declared its signing a “historic day.” But the United Arab Emirates and Israel have never been at war, so the new agreement between them is not really a peace treaty, as some White House officials and press accounts suggested. It is an agreement to begin officially upgrading relations that have been quietly improving for some time, a process that will probably unfold slowly and tentatively. Nor is it a deal that helps resolve the long-running conflict between Israel and the Palestinians – the subject of...
    These Palestinians aren’t happy with Trump’s Israel deal, which required Israel to make no territorial concessions. Gaza, Aug. 16, 2020. Mahmoud Issa/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) The heralded recent agreement to normalize relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates may not be the grand achievement it was made out to be. The White House-brokered deal, which was announced with much fanfare on Aug. 13, is undoubtedly a diplomatic win for U.S. President Donald Trump and for Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who declared its signing a “historic day.” But the United Arab Emirates and Israel have never been at war, so the new agreement between them is not really a peace treaty, as some White House officials and press accounts suggested. It is an agreement to begin officially upgrading relations that have been quietly improving for some time, a process that will probably unfold slowly and tentatively. Nor...
    If you decide to buy this home in Missouri, you can place yourself under house arrest. A brick-lined Victorian property in the city of Fayette has just hit the market for $350,000, according to Realtor.com, with features including stained glass windows, a farmhouse sink in a large kitchen — and just off the kitchen, a metal door that leads to a jail in the basement. “Extremely unique opportunity!!” says the listing, whose shocking photos show the night-and-day contrast between the home’s soothing neutral color scheme and the grim, institutional grays of the downstairs lockup, which has nine cells across 2,500 square feet. A further scroll through the images additionally shows sliding gates, metal-framed bunk beds, a bench-lined booking room and locked grates over the windows, which still let in a good amount of light. “Possibilities are amazing with this property,” adds the listing, represented by Jeffrey Radel, of House of...
    (Bloomberg Opinion) — The dramatic and welcome decision by the United Arab Emirates to normalize relations with Israel is indisputably a win for both countries and for the Trump administration, which helped broker the deal. There’s an even bigger victory to be had, though, if all sides seize this opportunity to promote real peace in the region. The three parties involved will be tempted to bask in this moment. Though Israel’s informal ties with the UAE have been strong for years and the deal merely brings them into the open, it’s nevertheless a breakthrough: proof, especially if others such as Bahrain and Oman follow the UAE’s lead, that Israel can establish relations with Arab countries before a final settlement with the Palestinians. Beleaguered Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will gratefully accept the reprieve from his political difficulties. So will U.S. President Donald Trump, who is eager to showcase some evidence...
    (CNN)This is not THE Middle East peace deal that has beguiled a generation of American presidents, the one President Donald Trump commissioned his son-in-law and special advisor Jared Kushner to conclude.At its most optimistic read, the agreement announced Thursday by Trump between Israel and the United Arab Emirates to normalize relations between their two states is a poor man's facsimile for the, as yet, unachieved grand bargain between Israelis and Palestinians to quell their decades of conflict.Yes, it is historic, but it is only an illusion of the peace President Trump vowed he'd deliver.Back in January this year Trump announced the contours of what he called his Vision for Peace -- officially known as Peace for Prosperity. Palestinians boycotted it denouncing it as money for land, in their view giving up territory in return for promises of improved business prospects, while Israel threatened to take the land regardless. Read the...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY STEVE HOLLAND Israel and the United Arab Emirates reached a historic peace deal on Thursday that will lead to a full normalization of diplomatic relations between the two Middle Eastern nations in an agreement that U.S. President Donald Trump helped broker. Under the agreement, Israel has agreed to suspend applying sovereignty to areas of the West Bank that it has been discussing annexing, senior White House officials told Reuters. The peace deal was the product of lengthy discussions between Israel, the UAE and the United States that accelerated recently, White House officials said. The agreement was sealed in a phone call on Thursday between Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, crown prince of Abu Dhabi. “HUGE breakthrough today! Historic Peace Agreement between our two GREAT...
    (CNN)Tropical Storm Josephine has formed in the Atlantic, continuing this hurricane season record setting pace.What was tropical depression eleven increased in intensity with winds of 45 mph, said the National Hurricane Center in their 11a.m EDT advisory.This increased intensity was strong enough for the NHC to call it a tropical storm and give it a name, making it the earliest "J" named storm to form in the Atlantic ever. The previous record-holder was Jose, which formed on August 22 during the historic 2005 hurricane season. Josephine -- pronounced JOH-seh-feen -- is located about 975 miles east of the Leeward Islands and is tracking to the west-northwest. Read More"The storm will likely continue to strengthen but is expected to track north of the Leeward Islands, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico over the weekend," CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen says. Josephine will begin to encounter an unfavorable environment over the weekend. It will...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump announced Thursday that Israel and the United Arab Emirates have reached a "historic" peace agreement.As part of the deal, Israel will "suspend" plans to annex parts of the West Bank, according to a joint Israel-UAE-US statement that ​Trump tweeted Thursday morning.Trump told reporters in the Oval office that he had a call with the leaders from both countries who had agreed to exchange embassies and ambassadors and "begin cooperation across the board." He said he expected other countries to follow the UAE's lead on normalizing relations going forward. "We are already discussing this with other nations," Trump said. "So you will probably see other of these." Trump tweeted out a lengthy joint statement between the US, UAE and Israel, calling the agreement to "full normalization of relations" between Israel and the UAE a "historic diplomatic breakthrough."Read MoreThe statement said that the normalization of relations "will bring together...
    Bradley Cortright August 13, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump says Israel and the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) have reached a new peace agreement that could have a significant impact in the Middle East.  In a tweet on Thursday morning, Trump revealed shared the news of the agreement, which was brokered with the help of the United States. “HUGE breakthrough today! Historic Peace Agreement between our two GREAT friends, Israel and the United Arab Emirates!” he said in a tweet. HUGE breakthrough today! Historic Peace Agreement between our two GREAT friends, Israel and the United Arab Emirates!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2020 The president also shared a joint statement from Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. The statement read: This historic diplomatic breakthrough will advance peace in the Middle East...
    The business of being Dwayne Johnson Wirecard is finally getting booted from Germanys blue-chip DAX index after insolvency A journeyman once relegated from the Premier League scored a historic Champions League goal to send Paris Saint Germain into the semifinals for the first time © Getty/David Ramos Eric Choupo-Moting. Getty/David Ramos Eric Choupo-Moting was relegated from the Premier League with Stoke City in 2018 and joined Paris Saint Germain on a free transfer shortly after. On Wednesday night, the 31-year-old scored a dramatic 93rd minute goal to help the Parisians past Atalanta and into the Champions League semifinals for the first ever time. "When I came on I thought to myself, 'We can't lose, we can't go home like that,'" Choupo-Moting told BT Sport after the game, which Atalanta were winning 1-0 until the 91st minute. "I was confident in the team, in myself and the rest is...
    Eric Choupo-Moting. Getty/David Ramos Eric Choupo-Moting was relegated from the Premier League with Stoke City in 2018 and joined Paris Saint Germain on a free transfer shortly after. On Wednesday night, the 31-year-old scored a dramatic 93rd minute goal to help the Parisians past Atalanta and into the Champions League semifinals for the first ever time. "When I came on I thought to myself, 'We can't lose, we can't go home like that,'" Choupo-Moting told BT Sport after the game, which Atalanta were winning 1-0 until the 91st minute. "I was confident in the team, in myself and the rest is a little history of Paris." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Paris Saint Germain has over $900 million worth of talent in its squad. However, on a night when it needed a hero, it was a once relegated Premier League flop who joined the club on...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden made history by naming Senator Kamala Harris his running mate on Tuesday, and Senator Harris has just posted video that includes the historic moment Biden asked her to join his ticket. The political world was set ablaze Tuesday afternoon when Biden notified his supporters, via text message, that Sen. Harris had agreed to run to become the first Black woman vice president in our nation’s history. Shortly thereafter, Biden senior adviser Ron Klain posted a photograph of the historic moment when Biden informed Harris, via video conference, of his decision. A historic photo: @JoeBiden asking @KamalaHarris to join the ticket — taken just a few hours ago, from his home in Wilmington. Your next President and Vice President!! pic.twitter.com/vLNHxnvkb3 — Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) August 11, 2020 But on Wednesday morning, Harris went one better by posting a video that showed Biden calling her...
    Biden and Harris If you haven’t heard already, Joe Biden announced on Tuesday, after months of speculation, that Sen. Kamala Harris of California will be his running mate against the craven Republican squad of Donald Trump and Michael Pence. Sen. Harris was on a lot of short lists for this position after she bowed out of the Democratic primary in December. For those worried about her potentially open seat come 2021, head on over here to find out what that means. Much will be written in the next few hours and days and weeks about Sen. Harris. One of the things I think is positive about Biden’s choice of Harris is that she continues to shine during public hearings, highlighting the current administration’s corruptions and criminally anti-democratic behaviors. Whether or not there are debates between Pence and Harris remains to be seen, but with COVID-19 ravaging our country and public campaigning being...
    Perus Julian Perico on 1st U.S. Am: No overreaction, Im truly honored Dr. Faucis tips on how US can avoid catastrophe The ECB’s Former Vice-President Explains The Historic Step That Europe Just Took (Bloomberg) -- Subscribe to Odd Lots (Spotify)  © Bloomberg Vitor Constancio, vice president of the European Central Bank (ECB), stands for a photograph following a Bloomberg Television interview at the Ambrosetti Forum in Cernobbio, Italy, on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. The European House-Ambrosetti hosts its annual gathering of policy makers, government ministers and economists at Lake Como through Sept. 9. Subscribe to Odd Lots (Apple Podcasts) Load Error Every week, hosts Joe Weisenthal and Tracy Alloway take you on a not-so-random walk through hot topics in markets, finance, and economics. For years, people have identified the lack of fiscal transfers and fiscal burden sharing as one of the glaring architectural flaws of the European economy (particularly within the eurozone). One positive that may result...
    Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr. – Staff Photo (via U.S. Air Force) General Charles “CQ” Brown made history by becoming the first Black man to be appointed to the position of Chief of Staff at the Air Force. Charles was officially sworn in for duty on Thursday, although the appointment was confirmed by the Senate in June. Vice President Mike Pence, who presided over the appointment, called Brown’s 98-0 vote “historic.” READ MORE: Air Force base commanders to research lost Black cemetery on its grounds The ceremony was also the retirement of outgoing Air Force chief of staff Gen. David Goldfein, USA Today reported. “This is a very historic day for our nation, and I do not take this moment lightly,” Brown said. “Today is possible due to the perseverance of those who went before me, serving as an inspiration to me and so many others.” [email protected] assumed...
    Historic ‘wine windows’ used by vintners in Tuscany to hand men and women their favorite tipple through plague 400 many years in the past appear back again into use throughout coronavirus Dining places and cafes in Tuscany are reopening their 17th century wine home windows They ended up initially utilised during the plague so retailers could provide their wine Compact business owners are now promoting espresso, ice product as nicely as wine There are all-around 300 of the buchette del vino that are regarded about in Tuscany  By Sam Baker For Mailonline Printed: 13:30 EDT, 8 August 2020 | Up to date: 14:37 EDT, 8 August 2020 Restaurants and bars in Italy have started out reopening historic ‘wine windows’ as a creative evaluate to make certain customers socially length. There are pretty much 300 of the tiny home windows through the northern Italy location of Tuscany,...
    DETROIT, Mich. (CBS DETROIT) – Customers will have a personalized beauty experience shopping at Bronzed N Glow, Detroit’s first Black-owned and woman-owned beauty boutique on the city’s historic Avenue of Fashion. Providing a modern twist to beauty shop retail, Bronzed N Glow Founders Jamesha Lucas and Destiny Thomas educate and guide consumers to purchase the best products based off of their hair and scalp conditions. “They can expect the experience they deserve. I am so excited for people to experience this space,” said Lucas. “This is the way I saw it in my dream. I truly believe God gave this to me and I tell my team all the time it’s not mine to keep, it’s my gift to give. It’s not about me it’s about these beautiful Glow Getters.” Bronzed N Glow’s Lead Beauty Consultant Danielle Wallace assists customers who need help learning their hair type...
    (CBS4) – If you’re looking for something fun to do with your family this weekend, there are plenty of events happening around the Denver metro area. Some are virtual, while others are in person. This weekend is the 19th annual Breckenridge Main Street Art Festival. The city has decided to continue the celebration, with safety protocols in place. There will be fewer artists due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and booths will be spaced out. This year, the show will only be in the Village at Breckenridge. Guests are asked to wear a mask while attending the event. The free festival starts on Thursday and runs through Saturday evening. You can get outside and explore Denver’s history, through a historic Denver walking tour. The Dial-A-Docent tour takes guests through the Lodo or Capitol Hill neighborhoods, connecting small groups with a tour guide via phone. Historic Denver also has a virtual walking...
    San José, Aug 6 (EFE) .- Unemployment in Costa Rica reached a historical figure of 24% in the second quarter of the year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, representing an increase of 12.1 percentage points compared to the same period in 2019, the state-run Costa Rican Institute of Statistics and Censuses (INEC) reported on Thursday. The INEC detailed that the unemployment rate in the male population was 20% and in the female population 30.4%, increases of 10.1 and 15.4 percentage points, respectively, compared to the second quarter of 2019. In absolute terms, the unemployed population increased by 256,000 to 551,000 in June 2020. In May, unemployment stood at 20.1%. Since it detected the first case of the coronavirus in March, the Government has been applying closings of economic activities that for some periods are almost total and for others openings with reduced capacity are permitted, depending on the...
    It was one of the proud moments for all Indians on August 5, 2020, when PM Narendra laid the first brick during Ram Mandir’s Bhumi Pujan in Ayodhya that took place keeping in mind the COVID-19 crisis. Reportedly, as many as 175 guests were invited for the event. Having said that, social media was full of positive tweets celebrating the auspicious occasion. Even onscreen Ram (Arun Govil) and Sita (Dipika Chikhlia) had expressed their joy. Now, adding to the same, it’s Sunil Lahri who played the role of Ram’s brother, Laxman in Ramanand Sagar’s show Ramayan has reacted to the historic moment. Ram Mandir Bhumi Pujan in Ayodhya: Ramayan Actors Arun Govil and Dipika Chikhlia Express Their Happiness on the Auspicious Occasion (View Posts).  In an exclusive interview with ETimes TV, the actor expressed how the Ram Mandir Bhoomi Pujan marked our second freedom. He said, “This moment is...
    The historic first manned commercial space flight has been successfully completed; On Sunday, August 2, he returned to Earth on the first landing in 45 years. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon ‘Endeavor’ capsule, with NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley inside, parachuted over the Gulf of Mexico to finish an unprecedented test flight conducted by Elon Musk’s company, two months after taking off from Florida. As we noted, it is a doubly historic flight: in addition to being the first landing of a crew in 45 years, it has been on board the first spacecraft built and operated to transport tourists into Earth orbit. The successful comeback clears the way for another SpaceX crew launch starting next month and possible tourist flights next year.
    SpaceX's Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft splashes down in the Gulf of Mexico with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley onboard on August 2, 2020.NASA TV SpaceX safely returned NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to Earth on Sunday afternoon, concluding a two month test that was historic for both the company and agency. The company's Crew Dragon spacecraft splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico near Pensacola, Florida. The astronauts will be recovered by a SpaceX boat as planned in the next hour. Known as Demo-2, the mission represented the first time Elon Musk's company has sent people to space — making SpaceX the first company to do so, a feat only previously achieved by government superpowers. For NASA it marks the return of the United States' capability to launch its own astronauts, which the country has lacked since the Space Shuttle program ended nearly a decade ago. NASA...
    The two astronauts will wait for rescue boats in the waters of the Florida coast Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken began undocking the Dragon Endeavor capsule from the International Space Station on Saturday to return home. The first contact of American astronauts with the planet’s surface will be on the waters off the coast of Florida (Southeast USA) around 14:40 local time this Sunday. A successful landing will be seen as a sign that the United States has, in return, an efficient system for putting crew into orbit and achieving their return. A quality that had not been seen since 2011, when the country gave up continuing to use ferries. 10 keys to the historic mission of SpaceX and NASA that opens the era of commercial space travel The US space agency NASA and its business partner, SpaceX, owned by millionaire Elon Musk, have chosen the location for the...
    Take a quick trip without leaving town today. America's Summer Road Trip is a day-long, virtual road trip that promises viewers they'll "travel across the country and through our nation's history" as they take twelve live tours over the next twelve hours. And Denver's Molly Brown House Museum is one of the sites. Related Stories Historic Tiny Town Needs Big Help to Stay Open Historic Denver Made History in 2019, Ending With the Tom's Diner Save Each tour will include a behind-the-scenes look at areas, exhibits and artifacts that visitors would not get to see even if they visited the places in person. In addition to the Molly Brown House Museum, the other sites are: Historic New Bridge Landing (River Edge, New Jersey): Revolutionary War battle site and Washington headquarters The Rebecca Nurse Homestead (Salem, Massachusetts): Home of a woman convicted and executed in Salem Witch Trials Faneuil Hall...
    In the second quarter, the euro zone recorded a decline of 12.1% of its GDP. The European Commission anticipates a plunge of 8.7% of GDP over the year. A historic decline since 1995 The European Statistical Office Eurostat announced, this Friday, July 31, that the GDP of the euro area fell 12.1% in the second quarter, due to containment measures linked to the Covid-19. In its press release, Eurostat underlined that this is the largest decline on record since 1995. During the first trimester, the GDP in the euro zone fell 3.6%. Moreover, it fell 11.9% in the second quarter for the whole ofEuropean Union. At the national level, the figures are disastrous, as in Spain (-18.5%), Portugal (-14.1%), France (-13.8%), Italy (-12.4%) or again in Belgium (-12.2%). However, this estimate is based on incomplete data. According to the institute, it will therefore be subject to revisions. Devastating economic effects...
    Lisbon, Jul 31 (EFE) .- Portugal’s GDP fell by 16.5% in the second quarter in equivalent terms, an unprecedented drop in the historical series caused by the pandemic, which especially affected private consumption and investment. The data has been advanced this Friday by the National Statistics Institute (INE) in a “quick estimate”, before publishing its final results in mid-August. The Institute is ahead with the idea, explains, to have information as quickly as possible to analyze the impact of the coronavirus on GDP, which compared to the first quarter fell by 14.1%. The decline is explained “to a large extent” by the negative contribution of domestic demand, especially with a sharp decline in private consumption and also in the section on investments and exports, on which he will provide more details once he publishes his report on 14 August. After knowing the data, the Portuguese economy minister, Pedro Siza Vieira,...
    By LEE KEATH, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — For centuries, sultans and princes, saints and scholars, elites and commoners have been buried in two sprawling cemeteries in Egypt’s capital, creating a unique historic city of the dead. Now in its campaign to reshape Cairo, the government is driving highways through the cemeteries, raising alarm from preservationists. In the Northern Cemetery last week, bulldozers demolished walls of graves, widening a road for a new expressway. The graves are from the early 20th Century, including elaborate mausoleums of well-known writers and politicians. The ornate, 500-year-old domed tomb of a sultan towers in the construction’s path and, though untouched, will likely be surrounded on either side by the multi-lane highway. In the older Southern Cemetery, several hundred graves have been wiped away and a giant flyover bridge swiftly built. In its shadow sits the mosque-shrine of one of Egypt’s earliest prominent Islamic clerics,...
    CAIRO (AP) — For centuries, sultans and princes, saints and scholars, elites and commoners have been buried in two sprawling cemeteries in Egypt’s capital, creating a unique historic city of the dead. Now in its campaign to reshape Cairo, the government is driving highways through the cemeteries, raising alarm from preservationists. In the Northern Cemetery last week, bulldozers demolished walls of graves, widening a road for a new expressway. The graves are from the early 20th Century, including elaborate mausoleums of well-known writers and politicians. The ornate, 500-year-old domed tomb of a sultan towers in the construction’s path and, though untouched, will likely be surrounded on either side by the multi-lane highway. In the older Southern Cemetery, several hundred graves have been wiped away and a giant flyover bridge swiftly built. In its shadow sits the mosque-shrine of one of Egypt’s earliest prominent Islamic clerics, Imam Leith, from the 700s....
    Kensington Palace has announced the Princess of Wales 'Travolta' dress is going on display alongside original sketches that were created for her during the design process. Diana: Designing for a Princess at Stone Hall, features the first exhibition of the dress that the Princess wore on the dance-floor with John Travolta during a White House Gala since it joined the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection in 2019.  Ahead of today's reopening following the UK's lockdown, Kensington Palace tweeted footage of the precision and care that goes into preserving the dress for public display.  Social media users gushed their excitement at being given the opportunity to view the 1985 gown, designed by Victor Edelstein.  Scroll down for video  The Diana: Designing for a Princess exhibition at Kensington Palace is set to showcase the midnight blue gown Princess Diana wore at the White House in 1985. Pictured: John Travolta dancing with Diana at the...