Trudy Rubin: From Tiananmen Square to Lafayette Square, Trump's love of military undermines democracy
On June 4, 1989, exactly 41 years ago, China’s military shot, killed and arrested thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.Tens of thousands of Hong Kong protesters came out with candles on Thursday in memory of the massacre, despite a Beijing-backed ban on their rally.Yet Donald Trump, then a 43-year-old real estate magnate, praised the Chinese massacre in 1990. “When the students poured into Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it,” Trump told Playboy magazine. “Then they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength. That ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
New hurricane season forecast raises chance of US landfall
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A pessimistic hurricane season forecast was released Thursday, saying the odds have increased for landfall by a major hurricane in the Caribbean or United States.Colorado State University, one of the most prominent centers for hurricane forecasting, raised the predicted number of hurricanes from eight to nine. The number of expected named storms, those of at least tropical strength, climbed from 16 to 19.“We have slightly increased our forecast for the 2020 Atlantic basin hurricane season and believe that the season will have well above-average activity,” stated a repor...
Bryce Miller: Bill Walton challenges 'executive branch,' others to step up amid unrest in La Mesa, elsewhere
When thoughts crisscross and collide in Bill Walton’s mind like a pre-pandemic morning commute on Interstate 8, books and music routinely become the traffic cops between his ears.Disrupt even more by throwing in a global health crisis, economic calamity and nationwide racial unrest and it’s as if Walton is trying to land a monster truck in a clogged passing lane.Asked to frame what he felt and where his thoughts wandered when his native La Mesa was engulfed by looting, rioting and flames Saturday, the 67-year-old basketball Hall of Famer leaned on Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” to untangle ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Apple says it's locking and tracking some looted iPhones
Looters who managed to make off with iPhones stolen from Apple stores during the days of civil unrest and rioting over the past week are likely to be in for a surprise.Apple has begun locking certain iPhones stolen from its stores, making the phones unusable, and has also sent messages to the phones saying that area law officials have been notified about the thefts. An Apple spokesperson confirmed to this news organization that it had begun implementing the security measures for demonstration models of iPhones that it keeps on display for customers to try out at its retail outlets.Apple wouldn...
The Mercury News
Chicago leaders cautiously optimistic as city reopens amid calming protests
CHICAGO — On Chicago’s first day easing coronavirus restrictions on city businesses, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and police Superintendent David Brown expressed hope that the city’s civil unrest was calming.But, they said, the city remains on guard against both the COVID-19 disease and looting.“We’re still only one day where we have some calming of the activities of looting and disorderly conduct. We are not letting our guard down,” Brown said. “We’re cautiously optimistic but prepared for this to escalate in case it does.”The city’s keeping all of its resources in place, including the National Guard...
Anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine does little to prevent COVID-19, trial finds
An anti-malaria drug that has been trumpeted as a therapy for COVID-19 was unable in a University of Minnesota clinical trial to prevent the onset of the infectious disease.The results of the nation’s first randomized trial with the drug, hydroxychloroquine, against COVID-19 will disappoint doctors who had hoped for new therapies against the pandemic. Many prescribers had given it off-label to COVID-19 patients — in the absence of other options — and President Donald Trump had been an early champion of the drug and disclosed in mid-May that he was taking it for the preventive benefit that the ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Louisiana and parts of Texas and Mississippi in Tropical Storm Cristobal's cone, but it's early yet
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Tropical Storm Cristobal could potentially reach the U.S. Gulf Coast by the end of the weekend, according to the latest public advisory from the National Hurricane Center.The storm’s cone of probability, which shows the range of potential paths it could take, now includes the entire Louisiana coast, as well as parts of neighboring Texas and Mississippi, according to the 4 a.m. Wednesday public advisory.If this path were to hold, it would see Cristobal ultimately heading north across the Gulf of Mexico to Louisiana. That said, it was still early, and forecasters warn tha...
Bank of America announces $1 billion commitment to address racial inequality in midst of pandemic
Bank of America is committing $1 billion over the next four years to help communities address economic and racial inequality accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic.The bank said the programs will be focused on assisting people and communities of color that have experienced a greater impact from the health crisis. The Charlotte-based bank listed health, job training, support for small businesses and housing as the focuses.“Underlying economic and social disparities that exist have accelerated and intensified during the global pandemic,” CEO Brian Moynihan said in a prepared statement.Moynihan ref...
The Charlotte Observer
Sixers' Tobias Harris calls for Montgomery County commissioner Joe Gale to resign over BLM comments; Ben Simmons calls President Trump 'cowardly'
Tobias Harris publically called for the resignation of Montgomery County commissioner, Joe Gale, who referred to Black Lives Matter as a hate group in a press statement issued Monday.The 76ers forward followed his tweets by signing a petition Tuesday, demanding Gale’s resignation after this weekend’s civil unrest in Philadelphia that followed peaceful protests against racial injustice and police brutality.Fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, was arrested Friday and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter four days after he pinned his knee on Flo...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Former SEAL Edward Gallagher sues new Navy secretary, NY Times reporter
SAN DIEGO — A retired Navy SEAL acquitted of murder in a closely watched war crimes trial in San Diego last year is suing a New York Times reporter and the Navy secretary, alleging the service leaked documents to smear the SEAL ahead of his trial.Edward Gallagher, then a chief special warfare operator, was accused of several war crimes by some of his platoon subordinates, including that he shot civilians and stabbed a wounded Islamic State fighter in the neck, killing him, while in Iraq in 2017. Gallagher pleaded not guilty and was acquitted of most charges, but he was convicted of posing for ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune