If your mental health is suffering a bit thanks to, well, 2020, you're not alone. Michelle Obama revealed on the second episode of her podcast that she's experiencing "low-grade depression," the BBC reports. "I'm waking up in the middle of the night because I'm worrying about something or there's a...
Late Wednesday, Portland, Oregon police declared a riot and said they believe an explosive had been left outside a police precinct. Earlier, protesters rammed the building with a wooden beam and started a small fire next to it. (Aug. 6)
More than a year ago, former 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett was accused of lying to police about being the victim of a racist and anti-LGBTQ hate crime. Smollett was initially charged with 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct, which eventually got whittled down to a six-count indictment. Though the actor has maintained his innocence, he’s kept a low profile for most of 2020. Now, HuffPost reports his younger sister is speaking out. HuffPost reports 'True Blood' star Jurnee Smollett is standing by her sibling all the way, and says she believes him wholeheartedly. Jurnee says her brother's ongoing legal battle has been personally traumatizing. To watch someone who you love that much go through something like this, that is so public, has been devastating. Jurnee Smollett Interview with The Hollywood Reporter
Joe Biden to Accept Democratic Presidential Nomination in Delaware. The Democratic National Convention (DNC) had previously scheduled the former vice president to be in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. According to the DNC Committee, the change is due to COVID-19. From the very beginning of this pandemic, we put the health and safety of the American people first. We followed the science, listened to doctors and public health experts, and we continued making adjustments to our plans in order to protect lives, DNC Chair Tom Perez, via statement. That's the kind of steady and responsible leadership America deserves. And that's the leadership Joe Biden will bring to the White House, DNC Chair Tom Perez, via statement. Sources tell CNN that the DNC Committee and Biden campaign decided that speakers should avoid Milwaukee as well. The fear of community spread in Milwaukee, with media, production teams and party officials was just getting to be too much. We don't want to risk anyone's health for this, Democratic official, via CNN. With the new changes, it appears the Democratic National Convention will almost be completely virtual. According to CNN, the convention starts on August 17 and ends on the 20th. Sources add that once Biden chooses a vice presidential running mate, he'll give a speech at an unknown location
Recent widow Stacey Nagy is both heartbroken and fuming from having lost her husband, David, from coronavirus complications. Nagy put pen to paper in a blistering obituary in which she condemned President Donald Trump, Texan politicians, and people's refusal to wear masks. She wrote her family members feel David's death was needless and was caused by politicians more concerned with popularity than with public health In the obituary, Nagy issued a stark warning to those she felt were responsible for the loss of the love of her life. Dave did everything he was supposed to do, but you did not. Shame on all of you, and may karma find you all! Stacey Nagy Obituary for husband David Nagy CNN reports Nagy's words tore through the internet in the days after David's death.
One of President Trump's social media posts has been removed by both Facebook and Twitter after the social media giants declared it misinformation. The Trump campaign posted video from a Fox News interview in which Trump, while urging schools to resume in-person classes in the fall, declared that kids are...
WHO Chief Says Lack of Unity Is a Bigger Threat Than COVID-19 WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gave a passionate speech at a COVID-19 briefing in Geneva on Thursday. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Ghebreyesus added that divided countries and people give way to the spread of COVID-19. He also spoke about a lack of leadership just two days after President Trump began the formal process of withdrawing the U.S. from the World Health Organization (WHO). Trump has repeatedly accused the WHO of withholding information and having an inappropriately close relationship with China. Ghebreyesus continues to implore countries and governments to work together to stop the spread of the virus. According to Johns Hopkins University, COVID-19 has killed over 550,000 people worldwide, and reported cases have passed the 12 million mark. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Pygmy hogs - the world's smallest and rarest wild pig - are under a virus lockdown. Not because of the coronavirus, but because of the first outbreak of African Swine Fever in India. (Aug. 6)
At least one US citizen was among those killed in the devastating Beirut explosion Tuesday night, and several others were injured. The death toll so far stands at 135, with another 100 still missing and search and rescue efforts continuing, ABC News reports. Another 5,000 were wounded, and as...
The Economy Ministry says German factory orders surged in June, giving hope that Europe’s largest economy is on track for a recovery from declines suffered from the coronavirus pandemic lockdown earlier in the year
Face masks with valves to make breathing more comfortable defeat the whole purpose of wearing masks, experts say—and JetBlue has joined airlines banning them. The airline says that as of Aug. 10, masks with vents or exhalation valves will no longer be acceptable, and passengers will no longer be...
The use of tear gas to control crowds has soared in recent years. But researchers say most of what we know about its health effects is based on old data, and that there is no meaningful oversight. (Aug. 6)
How to Help Lebanon , Following the Explosion in Beirut. A massive warehouse explosion in Beirut killed at least 100 people, injured thousands and displaced hundreds of thousands on Tuesday. Consider donating to these causes to help the people of Beirut. Impact Lebanon, The non-profit has already raised almost $4 million of its $5 million goal to help with disaster relief. The Lebanese Red Cross, The group provides ambulance services and will help with noncritical injuries at its first aid stations. Humanity & Inclusion, H&I has launched a campaign to help victims with rehabilitation services and post-surgical physical therapy. Live, Love, Beirut, The organization is gathering funds to disperse among local non-governmental organizations. Beit El Baraka, The group assists elderly individuals in the area with medical services and other needs
Business Insider reports the US economy could see a sharp drop in consumer spending in the coming months. That's because personal income for millions of Americans is about to take a serious hit. Enhanced unemployment benefits that gave millions of consumers an additional $600 weekly lapsed at the end of July. What's more, the US government appears far from passing a new stimulus package that would give consumers more funds. Such a drop in consumer income and spending could cause credit card issuers' recovery to backslide, introducing new problems regarding credit card debt. The industry could respond by reducing credit card rewards programs. However, issuers still may face a higher default rate when customers are forced to use credit cards to cover their daily living expenses.
An online hearing for the teen accused of masterminding last month's massive Twitter hack was delayed Wednesday—by hackers. The Tampa judge briefly suspended the hearing for 17-year-old Graham Clark after "ZoomBombers" posing as CNN and BBC reporters played loud rap music and displayed pornographic images, WFLA reports. After the...
Trump Calls CDC School Reopening Guidelines 'Expensive' and 'Very Tough' President Donald Trump tweeted his sentiments about the guidelines presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday. Donald Trump, via CNN The CDC guidelines include staggered schedules, the use of masks, social distancing, barriers, hand-washing and staying home when necessary. On Tuesday, Trump threatened that he "may cut off funding" to schools that don't reopen in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. surpassed three million cases of the virus on Wednesday. Hours after Trump's tweet, Vice President Mike Pence stated that the CDC would be reissuing school guidelines next week. Education administrators have called on the federal government to provide funding to assist in making new safety guidelines a possibility.
Highlights of this day in history: The United States drops an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan during World War II; LBJ signs the Voting Rights Act; Pope Paul VI dies; Scientist Alexander Fleming born; Funk singer Rick James dies. (Aug. 6)