President Trump accused ’the left’ of indoctrinating students, after which he called for a ’patriotism curriculum’ to be introduced at public schools. He revealed he will sign an order for the same, dubbed the ’1776 Commission’. In a speech, Trump also allegedly downplayed the historical legacy of slavery in the US. He was slammed by Nikole Hannah-Jones, the founder of NYT’s 1619 project.
Unknown attackers opened fire on the home of two Camden County Police officers on Tuesday night, with two bullets piercing the entrance of the couple’s East Camden residence. The officers and their 10-day-old baby left unharmed during the attack confirmed the Camden County Police Chief Joseph Wysocki. The targeted officers were on leave following their child’s Sept. 5 birth, Wysocki added.
A firefighter died battling a wildfire in the San Bernardino National Forest in California. The death occurred Thursday as crews battled the El Dorado Fire. The name of the firefighter has been withheld as of now. The cause of the death is under investigation. The El Dorado Fire, burning since Sept. 5, has burned more than 19,000 acres and is about 66% contained.
As per a survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, roughly 7 in 10 Americans think the nation is on the wrong track. Only 39% of 1,108 Americans polled approve of how Trump is handling the COVID-19 outbreak. 78% have some or great confidence in the CDC. Overall, Trump’s approval rating sits at 43%.
The Dept. of Education is investigating Princeton University after its president said racism is ’embedded’ at the school and in society. In a letter to the school’s population, President Eisgruber wrote, ’Racism and the damage it does to people of color nevertheless persist at Princeton as in our society’. The Dept. of Education cites the letter as evidence of Princeton’s ’admitted racism’.
As per the NYT quoting unnamed government officials, a key set of guidelines for who should get tested for COVID-19 issued last month by the CDC was published on the agency’s website over the strong objection of CDC scientists. Scientists allegedly disagreed sharply with the recommendations. A new set of testing guidelines is scheduled to be posted by the agency on Friday.
The National Weather Service’s Portland office said a storm system is will bring heavy rain to the region over the next two days. This gives the hope that it will help clear the smoke-filled air caused by the raging wildfires and has now become a serious health hazard to millions of people. However, the NWS also warned that severe thunderstorms and flash flooding appear possible Thursday evening.
The fantasy author Terry Goodkind passed at the age of 72. Born in 1948, he first worked as a woodworker and artist, before eventually publishing his first novel, ’Wizards First Rule’, in 1994. This novel helped him start off his long-running novel called Sword of Truth series, which released 21 instalments. Heart of Black Ice was the most recent one that released January of this year.
Winston Groom, the author of the novel Forrest Gump, who has died aged 77. Groom wrote 16 books, fiction and nonfiction. One, Conversations With The Enemy, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Groom served in the Army’s Fourth Infantry Division from 1965 to 1969. His service included a tour in Vietnam.
Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani, is facing new charges of defrauding investors in a company he claimed would offer fraud protection services. The company, Fraud Guarantee, was able to secure $2M from investors between 2012 and 2019. Parnas and another man, identified as David Correia, allegedly used this money for personal expenses, including luxury car payments and rent.
A local group of advocates celebrated Constitution Day with a ’tactical parade’ late Thursday, carrying guns as they drove across Washington County. Some 75 vehicles participated in the parade, which was organized by the right-wing Liberty Action Coalition group. The group, in recent weeks, has organized counter-protests to BLM themed demonstrations.
Jerry Harris, a star in Netflix docuseries ’Cheer,’ has been arrested on a federal child pornography charge. The arrest comes three days after twin boys filed a case against Harris accusing him of sending them sexually explicit photos of himself and cornered one of them in a bathroom and begged for oral sex. Harris admitted he asked one of the teens to share his explicit photos and videos.
William Stickman IV, a Western Pennsylvania District ruled that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s executively ordered statewide COVID restrictions were ’unconstitutional’. He said that the ’liberties protected by the Constitution are not fair-weather freedoms’ even though Wolf and Secretary of Health Rachel Levine may have acted with ’the good intention of addressing a public health emergency.’
An 89-year-old woman from NJ nearly lost her home over back taxes which amount to six cents. The 2019 taxes, which Glen Goldenthal, suffering from Alzheimer’s, neglected to pay accrued to more than $300 in interest by last week. This prompted officials in Ocean Township put the home up for sale on Sept. 9. The debt has since been paid. The mayor apologized and admitted the system needs fixing.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has postponed the reopening of schools for most students for the second time at the last minute. This kicked an outrage among parents and teachers, who had planned their lives around the new schedule. The city had scheduled classes to start on Monday. In the new plan, students will be allowed to return on a rolling basis, starting with those in pre-kindergarten.
A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy, who was shot along with his partner last week during an ambush in Compton last week, has been released from the hospital. Sheriff Alex Villanueva announced this on Twitter. Although Villanueva didn’t identify the deputy by name, he indicated that the deputy was the male. The injured female deputy is still in hospital, but said to be in a stable condition.
Several experts have warned that smoke bellowing from the raging wildfires in the US West Coast posed a serious health risk to millions of Americans. Already in Portland, Oregon about one in every 10 hospitalizations are now due to poor air quality-induced productive coughs, dry coughs and shortness of breath. Experts from across the US has warned of similar dangers on public health.