Mar 28,2021

More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  More than 90 killed in Myanmar in one of bloodiest days of protests.  Fox News Faces Second Defamation Suit Over Election Coverage.  Myanmar forces kill dozens in deadliest day since coup.  Colorado shooting suspect passed check in legal gun purchase.  Bindi Irwin and Chandler Powell welcome first child together, a daughter named Grace Warrior.  Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry dies at 84.  Romney granted John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for vote to convict Trump.  Egypt rail crash: 32 killed and over 60 injured after two trains collide.  Twitter reacts to Francis Ngannou's title-winning KO of Stipe Miocic at UFC 260.  US, European defense chiefs condemn violence in Myanmar.  More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  MARCH MADNESS BAD BEATS BLOG: Beavers erase Loyola lead.  Sharon Osbourne leaves US morning show 'The Talk' after investigation into racism discussion.  Suspected suicide bomber at Indonesia church wounds several.  Beverly Cleary, who wrote multiple beloved children's books, passes away at the age of 104.  North Korea says Biden 'encroached right to self-defence' over latest missile test.  Jacob Blake files lawsuit against police officer who shot him and left him partially paralyzed.  Here are the main figures in the courtroom during the Derek Chauvin trial.  Arkansas governor signs medical conscience objections law.  2 dead and 8 injured in Virginia Beach oceanfront shootings, police say.  Howard Schnellenberger death: Miami, FAU coaching legend dies.  
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More than 90 killed in Myanmar in one of bloodiest days of protests
       
(CNN) Security forces killed more than 90 people across Myanmar on Saturday in one of the bloodiest days of protests since a military coup last month, news reports and witnesses said. Despite this, demonstrators against the February 1 coup came out on the streets of Yangon, Mandalay and other towns. Medics clear the way as an injured protester is carried away for treatment in Mandalay, Myanmar, on February 15. A Buddhist monk uses binoculars as he squats behind a road barricade with others in Mandalay, Myanmar, on Monday, March 22. A Buddhist monk uses binoculars as he squats behind a road barricade with others in Mandalay, Myanmar, on Monday, March 22.
Fox News Faces Second Defamation Suit Over Election Coverage
       
Fox News and its powerful owner, Rupert Murdoch, are facing a second major defamation suit over the network’s coverage of the 2020 presidential election, a new front in the growing legal battle over media disinformation and its consequences. In the latest aftershock of Donald J. Trump’s attempt to undermine President Biden’s victory, Dominion Voting Systems, an election technology company that was at the center of a baseless pro-Trump conspiracy theory about rigged voting machines, filed a lawsuit on Friday accusing Fox News of advancing lies that devastated its reputation and business. Dominion, which has requested a jury trial, is seeking at least $1.6 billion in damages. Less than two months ago, Smartmatic, another election tech company, filed a $2.7 billion lawsuit against Mr. Murdoch’s Fox Corporation and named the Fox anchors Maria Bartiromo, Lou Dobbs and Jeanine Pirro as defendants. In a 139-page complaint filed in Delaware Superior Court, Dominion portrayed Fox as an active player in spreading false claims that the company had altered vote counts and manipulated its machines to benefit Mr. Biden in the election.
Myanmar forces kill dozens in deadliest day since coup
       
The death toll in Myanmar has been steadily rising as authorities grow more forceful with their suppression of opposition to the Feb. 1 coup that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. The coup reversed years of progress toward democracy after five decades of military rule. Junta chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing did not directly refer to the protest movement when he gave his nationally televised Armed Forces Day speech before thousands of soldiers in Naypyitaw. This year’s event was seen as a flashpoint for violence, with demonstrators threatening to double down on their public opposition to the coup with more and bigger demonstrations. The protesters refer to the holiday by its original name, Resistance Day, which marks the beginning of a revolt against Japanese occupation in World War 2.
Colorado shooting suspect passed check in legal gun purchase
       
An arrest affidavit said Alissa bought a Ruger AR-556 pistol, which resembles an AR-15 rifle with a slightly shorter stock. Alissa, who lived in Arvada, was born in Syria in 1999, came to the U.S. as a toddler and later became a U.S. citizen, according to two law enforcement officials. The officials were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Alissa made his first court appearance Thursday, where his public defender asked for the mental health evaluation but provided no details about Alissa's mental health. He is charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder over shots fired at a police officer who was not hurt.
Bindi Irwin and Chandler Powell welcome first child together, a daughter named Grace Warrior
       
Bindi Irwin and her husband Chandler Powell have announced the arrival of their first child, a daughter named Grace Warrior Irwin Powell. Irwin, the daughter of the late Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin, gave birth to the newborn on 25 March, the couple’s first wedding anniversary. “Grace Warrior Irwin Powell. Read our privacy notice INDY/ LIFE Newsletter Be inspired with the latest lifestyle trends every week Thanks for signing up to the INDY/LIFE newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy noticePowell also shared a sentimental tribute to the couple’s newborn daughter on his own Instagram, where he posted the same photo and wrote: “Grace Warrior Irwin Powell.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry dies at 84
       
McMurtry graduated from what is now the University of North Texas in Denton in 1958 with a bachelor's degree in English and from Rice University in Houston with a master's degree in English in 1960. McMurtry opened his first used and rare bookstore in 1971 in Washington, D.C., and later opened other stores in Houston, Dallas and Tucson. In the mid-1980s, lured by cheap real estate, he opened his Booked Up store in Archer City. Eventually, the store in Archer City was the only one remaining. He had about 28,000 books in his nearby home in Archer City.
Romney granted John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for vote to convict Trump
       
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), whose political career began with a bitter 1994 Senate race in Massachusetts against incumbent Ted Kennedy, was granted the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award on Friday for voting to convict President Trump in his first impeachment trial. Romney went on to vote convict Trump a second time, after he was impeached in January for inciting the Capitol insurrection. "He characterized his vote to convict as “the most difficult decision I have ever faced,” and acknowledged that he would suffer significant political consequences. Nevertheless, Romney said he could not 'disregard what I believe my oath and the Constitution demands of me for the sake of a partisan end.'" The other side: "I’m humbled by the Kennedy family’s recognition today.
Egypt rail crash: 32 killed and over 60 injured after two trains collide
       
AdvertisementTwo passengers trains have crashed in southern Egypt, leaving dozens dead and wounded as multiple carriages came off the tracks and overturned. El-Sissi spoke a day after a passenger train collided with a cargo train, killing at least 12 people, including a child. In 2016, at least 51 people were killed when two commuter trains collided near Cairo. Egypt's deadliest train crash took place in 2002, when over 300 people were killed when fire erupted in speeding train traveling from Cairo to southern Egypt. People inspect the damage after two trains collided in the southern province of Sohag, EgyptPeople gather around the wreckage of two trains that collided in the Tahta district of Sohag provinceOfficials promised an investigation into the crash.
Twitter reacts to Francis Ngannou's title-winning KO of Stipe Miocic at UFC 260
       
It was revenge for Francis Ngannou in the UFC 260 headliner as he finally claimed heavyweight gold from Stipe Miocic. After losing the original meeting in January 2018, Ngannou (16-3 MMA, 11-2 UFC) got redemption over Miocic (20-4 MMA, 14-4 UFC) with a second-round knockout victory to become the new champion in the title rematch, which took place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Check below for the top Twitter reactions to Ngannou’s title victory over Miocic at UFC 260.
US, European defense chiefs condemn violence in Myanmar
       
The defense chiefs of a dozen nations, including the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany, issued a joint statement Saturday calling for an end to violence by the military against unarmed civilians in Myanmar. The violence took place on Armed Forces Day, which commemorates the resistance against Japan during the Second World War. Russia and China have so far not commented on the recent violence in Myanmar. U.N. Special Rapporteur Tom Andrews said in a statement that if the Security Council cannot act, then an international emergency summit on Myanmar should be held immediately. “Words of condemnation or concern are frankly ringing hollow to the people of Myanmar while the military junta commits mass murder against them,” Andrews added.
MARCH MADNESS BAD BEATS BLOG: Beavers erase Loyola lead
       
Refresh constantly for minute-to-minute updates on all of the NCAA Tournament action — live line movement, props, halftime bets and more. 12 seed Oregon State will try to stay hot against No. The Ramblers are down to -290 on the live line (Oregon State +225), spread -5½, total 111½. Loyola is -520 on the live line (Oregon State +370), spread -8½, total 113½. The Ramblers are -550 on the live line (Oregon State +390), spread -9½, total 115½.
Sharon Osbourne leaves US morning show 'The Talk' after investigation into racism discussion
       
Sharon Osbourne has left US daytime show "The Talk" after the network said her defence of Piers Morgan's comments about the Duchess of Sussex did not "align with a respectful workplace". Osbourne clashed with her co-hosts on the CBS show earlier this month while defending Morgan, who left his job on ITV's Good Morning Britain following his comments about the duchess. Her comments led to a heated on-air discussion about racism with her black co-host, Sheryl Underwood. CBS said Osbourne, 68, had decided to leave the show after a review that found in part that "Sharon's behavior toward her co-hosts during the March 10 episode did not align with our values for a respectful workplace." The network also said its internal inquiry indicated the show's presenters, including Osbourne and Underwood, were not properly prepared by the production team for a discussion on race.
Suspected suicide bomber at Indonesia church wounds several
       
JAKARTA (Reuters) - A suspected suicide bomber blew up outside a Catholic church in the Indonesian city of Makassar on Sunday, wounding some people on the first day of the Easter Holy Week, police and a witness said. Slideshow ( 2 images )The congregation had been inside the church at the time of the explosion, South Sulawesi police spokesman E. Zulpan told Reuters. Father Wilhemus Tulak, a priest at the church, told Metro TV that one person had been wounded holding off a suspected suicide bomber and that 10 people had been wounded in total, some of them seriously. TVONE said the one person killed was the attacker. Video from the scene showed police had set up a cordon around the church and cars parked nearby were damaged.
Beverly Cleary, who wrote multiple beloved children's books, passes away at the age of 104
       
The writer was well known for her much-beloved children's books, including The Mouse And The Motorcycle, Henry Huggins, and numerous others. Upon her death, Suzanne Collins, President and Publisher of HarperCollins Children's Books issued a statement to mourn the writer's passing and celebrate her legacy. The final book in the Ramona series, entitled Ramona's World, was published in 1999. Cleary received several awards for her writing during her lifetime, most of which were given for her contributions to children's literature. Three years later, Cleary received the National Medal of Arts alongside figures such as Ron Howard and Buddy Guy.
North Korea says Biden 'encroached right to self-defence' over latest missile test
       
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Saturday that U.S. President Joe Biden had revealed “his deep-seated hostility” toward Pyongyang and encroached its right to self-defence by criticising its latest missile test, the official KCNA news agency said. North Korea on Friday claimed it had launched a new type of tactical short-range ballistic missile. Biden said the test violated U.N. Security Council resolutions but said he remained open to diplomacy with Pyongyang. Ri Pyong Chol, secretary of the North’s ruling Worker’s Party’s Central Committee, said the missile test was self-defensive against threats posed by South Korea and the United States with their joint military exercises and advanced weapons. “Such remarks from the U.S. president are an undisguised encroachment on our state’s right to self-defence and provocation to it.”Ri warned that Washington might face “something that is not good” if it continues to make “thoughtless remarks without thinking of the consequences.”
Jacob Blake files lawsuit against police officer who shot him and left him partially paralyzed
       
Jacob Blake, the Black man who was shot at seven times by a white police officer in Wisconsin and left partially paralyzed, has filed a lawsuit against the cop. MORE: ABC News exclusive: Jacob Blake speaks out for 1st time since being shot by police"We believe that this lawsuit will help establish accountability," LaMarr told ABC News. PHOTO: Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey, a seven-year veteran of the Kenosha Police Department in Wisconsin has been identified as the officer who shot Jacob Blake on Aug. 23, 2020. Blake remains paralyzed from the waist down and "minute by minute he's in immense pain," LaMarr said. Jacob Blake files lawsuit against police officer who shot him and left him partially paralyzed originally appeared on abcnews.go.com
Here are the main figures in the courtroom during the Derek Chauvin trial
       
Here is a guide to the main figures in the courtroom during the trial:JUDGE PETER CAHILLPeter Cahill is the trial judge of Chauvin’s case. Ellison became the attorney general in 2019, and previously represented the state’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. JERRY BLACKWELLSpecial Assistant Attorney General Jerry Blackwell is a founding partner of Blackwell Burke P.A. STEVE SCHLEICHERSpecial Assistant Attorney General Steve Schleicher is a trial and appellate lawyer and a partner at Maslon LLP in Minneapolis. Before that, he worked at the Minnesota attorney general’s office and the Winona County attorney’s office.
Arkansas governor signs medical conscience objections law
       
Asa Hutchinson on Friday signed into law legislation allowing doctors to refuse to treat someone because of religious or moral objections, a move opponents have said will give providers broad powers to turn away LGBTQ patients and others. The measure says health care workers and institutions have the right to not participate in non-emergency treatments that violate their conscience. Opponents of the law, including the Human Rights Campaign and the American Civil Liberties Union, have said it will allow doctors to refuse to offer a host of services for LGBTQ patients. The state Chamber of Commerce also opposed the measure, saying it sends the wrong message about the state. But he said the law he signed was narrower and limits the objections to particular health care services, not treating specific types of people.
2 dead and 8 injured in Virginia Beach oceanfront shootings, police say
       
Two people died and eight people were injured Friday in shootings during a "chaotic night" on the Virginia Beach oceanfront, authorities said. Officers patrolling the resort area heard multiple gunshots around 11:20 p.m. Friday, the Virginia Beach Police Department said in a news release. Shots rang out nearby, and an officer confronted a suspect and fatally shot him, police Chief Paul Neudigate said in a press conference. Meanwhile, an officer was also taken to the hospital with minor injuries after being hit by a vehicle during the investigation, Neudigate said. "We have a very chaotic incident, a very chaotic night,” Neudigate told reporters.
Howard Schnellenberger death: Miami, FAU coaching legend dies
       
Howard Schnellenberger, the architect of the FAU football program and head coach who led the University of Miami to its first national championship, has died, FAU announced on Saturday. After serving as offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins under Don Shula, Schnellenberger was hired by the Hurricanes in 1979 to turn around their football program. Five seasons later, Schnellenberger coached Miami to an upset victory over No. "Howard always allowed me to be a part of his football life," Schnellenberger's wife Beverlee said in a statement released by FAU. From the Vault:• No Team Was Ever Higher: Miami's Stunning Orange Bowl Upset Over Nebraska• How Howard Schnellenberger Built Florida Atlantic From Scratch
Update: At least 5 dead as tornadoes slam Alabama
       
Farther west, in Shelby County near Birmingham, a family in the Eagle Point subdivision was able to escape from a home that a tornado had turned to rubble, firefighters said. “We can confirm local residential structures have been completely destroyed,” Shelby County, Alabama, Sheriff John Samaniego told The Associated Press in an email. The Calhoun County emergency management agency opened shelters for the displaced and warned that storms were expected to continue into the night. “We have been told to be prepared for another round of storms,” said Maj. Clay Hammac of the Shelby County sheriff’s department. Associated Press writer Kim Chandler in Montgomery and photographer Butch Dill in Alabama contributed to this report.
Iran and China ink 25-year trade cooperation deal
       
A manhunt is underway in Texas for an “armed and...A meeting is held before Iran and China's foreign ministers sign a 25-year strategic cooperation agreement in Tehran, Iran on March 27, 2021. Iran and China's 25-year "Comprehensive Strategic Partnership" covers various industries such as oil, mining, transportation, agriculture and industrial development. Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (right) and Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi (left) sign a 25-year strategic cooperation agreement in Tehran, Iran on March 27, 2021. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (right) and Wang Yi pose after signing a 25-year strategic cooperation agreement in Tehran, Iran on March 27, 2021. The 25-year “Comprehensive Strategic Partnership” is wide ranging and said to cover oil, mining, transportation, agriculture and industrial development.
Biden invites Russia, China to first global climate talks
       
The Biden administration intentionally looked beyond its international partners for the summit, reaching out to key leaders for what it said would sometimes be tough talks on climate matters, an administration official said. Trump mocked the science underlying urgent warnings on global warming and the resulting worsening of droughts, floods, hurricanes and other natural disasters. He pulled the United States out of the 2015 U.N. Paris climate accords as one of his first actions. The United States and nearly 200 other governments at those talks each set targets for cutting their fossil-fuel emissions, and pledged to monitor and report their emissions. Another Biden administration official said the U.S. is still deciding how far the administration will go in setting a more ambitious U.S. emissions target.
Michigan GOP chair Weiser sorry for comments about top Dem officials
       
Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser issued an apology Saturday for his comments labeling the state's top Democratic officeholders as "witches" and stated he's never advocated for violence. Weiser, also a member of the University of Michigan's Board of Regents, made comments saying the party is focused on beating the "three witches" in 2022, apparently referring to Gov. "I apologize to those I offended for the flippant analogy about three women who are elected officials and for the off-hand comments about two other leaders. In a video obtained by The News, Weiser made the comments while taking questions from the audience at a North Oakland Republican Club meeting. Schlissel further said elected officials must adhere to a higher standard, "regardless of the context of their remarks."
Biden official 'ordered Republicans to DELETE photos of crowded migrant facility'
       
Republican senators say a Biden official urged them to delete photos they took of an overcrowded migrant facility they toured at the southern border on Friday. Despite promising 'transparency', Biden officials have refused to let journalists into the overcrowded Donna facility - as criticism surrounding the border crisis continues to grow. Republican senators say Biden officials urged them to delete photos they took of an overcrowded migrant facility they toured at the southern border on Friday. 'If you were an unaccompanied minor, you were sent over to the Donna facility, which we went over and visited. 'The Biden administration is taking people who are testing positive for COVID-19 and locking them in cages side by side.
5-year-old boy allegedly detained, handcuffed and threatened by Maryland police
       
a male officer can be heard saying to the boy in the video. A female school employee held the boy's hand and said she would ride in the police car with him back to school. A female officer who is also on camera, says: "Does your mother spank you? At one point, the female officer said he should be put in a crate. Montgomery County Public Schools Board President Brenda Wolff and Superintendent Jack Smith said in a statement Friday, "Our heart aches for this student ...
China sanctions wife of Joe Manchin, other US and Canadian officials
       
China has placed sanctions on a handful of U.S. and Canadian officials in a tit for tat response amid growing tensions over the suppression of ethnic and religious minorities in Xinjiang province. Michael Chong, vice chair of the Canadian Parliament's Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (FAAE), and the eight members of the FAAE Subcommittee on International Human Rights have also been sanctioned. Those that China sanctioned will not be allowed in China, Hong Kong or Macau, and Chinese citizens and businesses are not allowed to communicate with the individuals. The U.S. coordinated sanctions against China with Canada, the European Union and the United Kingdom due to China’s alleged human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslims. China has denied accusations of any human rights abuses in the country.
China flies at least 20 war planes in Taiwan airspace
       
At least 20 Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan's air space on Friday, according to Taiwan's defense ministry. Why it matters: It is the largest incursion by China's air force since Taiwan's defense ministry has announced almost daily Chinese military exercises into its air space, per Reuters. A person familiar with Taiwan’s defense planning told Reuters that the Chinese military was simulating an operation against U.S. warships sailing through the Bashi Channel. China has said the exercises are meant to show its determination to defend the island, which it considers part of Chinese territory, though Taiwan's status is one of the most sensitive political issues between Washington and Beijing. The big picture: Friday's exercises involved four H-6K bombers, which have nuclear strike capabilities, 10 J-16 fighter jets and six other military planes.
5,000 attend rock concert in Barcelona after COVID-19 screen
       
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Five thousand music lovers attended a rock concert in Barcelona on Saturday after passing a same-day COVID-19 screening, to test its effectiveness in preventing outbreaks of the virus at large cultural events. The show by Spanish rock group Love of Lesbian had the special permission of Spanish health authorities. People with heart disease, cancer, or those who have been in contact with someone infected by COVID-19 in recent weeks were asked not to sign up. Ticket buyers chose between three venues in Barcelona where they could take a quick antigen test on Saturday morning. Organizers said it was the first commercial event with an audience that big held in Europe during the pandemic.
Race to dislodge Suez blockage as shipping rates surge, tankers diverted away
       
Shipping rates for oil product tankers have nearly doubled after the 400 metre (430 yard) long Ever Given, almost as long as the Empire State Building is high, ran aground in the canal on Tuesday. Shoei Kisen, its Japanese owner, denied a news report that it aimed to dislodge it by Saturday night, saying refloating efforts were ongoing. The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said that tugging efforts to free the ship would resume as soon as dredging operations at its bow to remove 20,000 cubic metres of sand are complete. More than 30 oil tankers have been waiting at either side of the canal to pass through since Tuesday, shipping data on Refinitiv showed. Several LNG tankers have been diverted, one Singapore-based shipbroker said, adding that sentiment for LNG tanker rates are more positive following the incident.
China outlines COVID-origin findings, ahead of WHO report
       
The experts voted on the hypotheses after in-depth discussion and concluded one of the two animal routes or the cold chain was most likely how it was transmitted. A lab leak was viewed as extremely unlikely, Feng said. His remarks were reported by state broadcaster CCTV, which said envoys from 50 countries and the League of Arab States and the African Union attended the briefing at the Foreign Ministry. “China firmly opposes certain countries’ attempts to politicize the origin tracing issue and make groundless accusations and hold China accountable,” the ministry said in an online post about the briefing. At a press briefing later Friday in Geneva, the World Health Organization expert who led WHO's China mission said the nearly 400-page report was finalized and in the process of being fact-checked and translated.
Grandmother, 74, says she was sexually harassed by ex-NFL star Derrius Guice, 23
       
A 74-year-old grandmother has broken down in tears recalling how she was allegedly sexually harassed by NFL star Derrius Guice in December 2017. Grandmother Gloria Scott, 74, has broken down in tears recalling how she was allegedly sexually harassed by NFL star Derrius Guice in December 2017. Scott told lawmwakers that she told Guice to show some respect given that she was a grandmother. 'I was so hurt, and I was so nervous and upset,' she told the Senate hearing. She says she subsequently received a call from LSU football coach Ed Orgero who offered to put Guice on the phone to apologize.
'Incredible human being': The baseball world mourns the loss of Cincinnati native Mike Bell
       
It was news that devastated the baseball world Friday: Mike Bell, a Cincinnati native and beloved member of a three-generation baseball family, died of cancer at 46 years old. "We all need people in our lives like Mike Bell," Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. Mike Bell, an Archbishop Moeller grad, played for seven organizations during his 13-year minor-league baseball career. Mike Bell was his manager for a little bit of time in 2009 and later oversaw his development as a field coordinator. Mike Bell even surprised David when he came to his managerial debut at Great American Ball Park in 2018.
As daily deaths near 4,000, worst may lie ahead for Brazil
       
AdvertisementBrazil is responsible for more than a quarter of the world's daily Covid deaths with thousands of patients lost every day, amid stark warnings worse is to come. The nation's seven-day average of 2,400 deaths stands to reach to 3,000 within weeks and spikes could soon hit 4,000. At least 12.3 million people are now known to have been infected with the coronavirus in Brazil. 'The next stage is the health system collapse.' Argentina has registered 2,278,115 cases of COVID-19 and 55,092 deaths, and the government is concerned about the chaotic situation in neighbouring Brazil.
'I'll show you what patriotism looks like': Ohio official bares chest, reveals scars to decry anti-Asian racism
       
A township trustee in a Cincinnati suburb stunned those gathered for the regular township meeting this week by unbuttoning his shirt – to send a message about racism. In a West Chester Township meeting, Trustee Lee Wong lifted his shirt and showed a series of scars across his chest, announcing he won't tolerate discrimination or racism. Wong served 20 years in the military, where he received the scar that is now on his chest. While showing his chest, he said, "I'll show you what patriotism looks like." Rep. Young Kim: Bipartisan stand needed against hate crimes that target Asian AmericansMore: Asian American activists are demanding equal civil rights, better education in schools after Asian hate attacksThis article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Ohio official Lee Wong bares scarred chest to decry anti-Asian racism
Halle Berry reacts to radio host who described toast by referencing famous Black women
       
Halle Berry has condemned a radio host who was fired after describing his preferred toaster setting by comparing the skin tones of famous Black women. A co-host then asked if Gayle King was in Lederman's “realm”, as they compared skin tones to different toaster settings. “It’s ridiculous this type of nonsense is still being broadcasted across airwaves.”She continued: “ALL Black women are beautiful and worthy, Rob Lederman. Read our privacy notice Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. “After listening to what I said, and how it must have sounded to others, I was horrified,” he said.
Beavers bound for Elite Eight with 65-58 win over Loyola
       
12 seed Oregon State kept its dream March going with a 65-58 victory over eighth-seeded Loyola Chicago in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday. ADVERTISEMENTNot even the fervent prayers of Sister Jean could help Loyola (26-4) deal with the constantly changing defenses that Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle rolled out. BIG PICTUREOregon State is making the most of its second NCAA Tournament appearance since 1990. Loyola Chicago was trying to become the first No. Oregon State has never played Syracuse, but it beat Houston in the 1966 West Region semifinal and again in the 2009 CBI Tournament.
CBS interview with Woody Allen to surface on Paramount+
       
Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)CBS will finally release an interview it did with Woody Allen last summer, posting the material Sunday on its new service, Paramount+, the network said. The sitdown, conducted in July by anchor Lee Cowan for a “CBS Sunday Morning” special, features the controversial movie director in his first in-depth television interview in almost 30 years, CBS said. A recent HBO documentary, “Allen v. Farrow,” brought renewed spotlight to allegations from Mia Farrow’s daughter Dylan, who claims Woody Allen molested her as a child. CBS will pair its Woody Allen interview with a 2018 chat it conducted with Dylan Farrow and a report on controversial artists, the network said. “The interview, which occurred last summer during an active news cycle, is being presented now given the renewed interest in the controversy surrounding the filmmaker,” the network said in a statement.
Harvard closes evolution center after finding connections to Jeffrey Epstein
       
Harvard University’s program for evolutionary dynamics is to close after an inquiry into ties between its director, Martin Nowak, and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The sanctions come almost a year after Novak was suspended following a university review that found he had extensive, previously unreported contact with Epstein. The university received $9.1m in gifts from Epstein, including a donation of $6.5m to the evolutionary dynamics faculty in 2006. The program for evolutionary dynamics, Gay said, would be shut down “as soon as it is feasible”. Harvard had launched an investigation into the university’s ties to Epstein in the month’s after his suicide.
Former wife of Sarm Heslop's boyfriend urges police to keep looking for her
       
Speaking about the search for Ms Heslop – who met Mr Bane while working in the US Virgin Islands – Ms Stevenson added: "My darkest days are out there and now everyone on the planet knows. Hampshire police told The Telegraph: “Hampshire Constabulary is providing operational support in the UK to assist a US Virgin Islands Police Department investigation. It has also emerged that Mr Bane refused permission for a US coastguard team to look inside the staterooms of Siren Song after they boarded on a search-and-rescue mission. Mr Bane told the USVIPD that he woke at 2am to find Ms Heslop gone. Just him being the last person [to see Ms Heslop] isn't considered enough probable cause."
Some Alaska Costco shoppers say ravens steal their groceries
       
“My parents were minding their business after a shop and made it home with one less steak!” Kimberly Waller wrote on Facebook. She said ravens hovered her in an attempt to steal her groceries. “I had two ravens, one that was on the car next to me and he kept squawking really loud,” Josey said. “He was waiting for another opportunity to grab the melons off the cart, but they never were deterred,” she said. “They just stayed posted, waiting for their next opportunity to steal something out of my cart."
Report clears France of complicity in 1994 Rwandan Genocide
       
PARIS (AP) — A commission that spent nearly two years uncovering France's role in 1994’s Rwandan genocide concluded Friday that the country reacted too slowly in appreciating the extent of the horror that left over 800,000 dead but cleared it of complicity in the slaughter. The report said that France bears “heavy and overwhelming responsibilities” in the drift that led to the killings, which principally claimed victims from Rwanda’s Tutsi ethnic minority. Persistent claims that France under then-President Francois Mitterrand did not do enough to stop the genocide have damaged the Franco-Rwandan relationship since the 1990’s. As a result, French President Emmanuel Macron ordered the 15-member commission in May 2019 to shed light on what happened in Rwanda between 1990 and 1994. Officials in Macron’s office said the inquiry was not just about improving relations with Rwanda but with the whole African continent, since other countries also have questions about what France did at the time.
A Court Made It Harder For Prosecutors To Keep Capitol Riot Defendants Behind Bars
       
In a 2–1 decision, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ordered a lower court judge to reconsider his decision to keep Eric Munchel and his mother, Lisa Eisenhart, in jail while their cases go forward. Friday’s opinion marks the first time the appeals court has weighed in with a specific framework for how lower court judges should think about pretrial detention in the Capitol riot cases. “But we have a grave constitutional obligation to ensure that the facts and circumstances of each case warrant this exceptional treatment.”The ripple effect of that ruling could be felt almost immediately after the appeals court released its opinion. In addition, prosecutors presented evidence yesterday that the defendant misled the court and the FBI about his participation in firearms training last year. Meggs has presented as someone who through his words and his deeds and his conduct is someone who is dangerous.”
'Tiger King': Are Joe Exotic, Dillon Passage Still Married?
       
Tiger King star Joe Exotic and husband Dillon Passage will “stay married right now so things don’t get complicated,” the reality star’s lawyer Francisco Hernandez confirmed to Us Weekly. “I am so glad that they are working things through,” the attorney told the outlet on Saturday, March 27. “In November of 2017 I met Joe who was there for me during a difficult time in my life. “This wasn’t an easy decision to make but Joe and I both understand that this situation isn’t fair to either of us.”Before his marriage to Passage, Exotic was in a three-way marriage with John Finlay and Travis Maldonado. He and Finlay broke up in 2014, but Exotic was still married to Maldonado at the time of his death in 2017.
After crime plummeted in 2020, Baltimore will stop drug, prostitution prosecutions
       
While violent crime and homicides skyrocketed in most other big American cities last year, violent crime in Baltimore dropped 20 percent from last March to this month, property crime decreased 36 percent, and there were 13 fewer homicides compared with the previous year. “The era of ‘tough on crime’ prosecutors is over in Baltimore,” Mosby said. Officers who made drug arrests saw prosecutors dismissing the charges at the jail, and so the arrests mainly stopped. Mosby said there were 80 percent fewer arrests for drug possession in Baltimore in the past year. That never should have happened.”The head of the Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police union did not return messages seeking comment.
Asteroid Apophis will not hit Earth for at least 100 years, Nasa says
       
Nasa has given Earth the all clear from the chances of a much-feared asteroid hitting the planet - at least for the next 100 years. The US space agency had previously identified the Apophis asteroid as a major risk to Earth after its discovery in 2004. Scientists had predicted the asteroid could hit Earth in 2029 and 2036 but later ruled out the possibility. But for more than 15 years, astronomers feared there was still a possibility the Apophis could hit the planet in 2068. Now Nasa has announced that a new analysis of the asteroid revealed humans do not need to worry about the asteroid for decades to come.
Former US CDC head thinks coronavirus came from Chinese lab
       
It's not unusual for respiratory pathogens that are being worked on in a laboratory to infect a laboratory worker." The central Chinese city is home to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which has experimented extensively with bat coronaviruses. CNN host Sanjay Gupta then asked Redfield if he thought the virus was engineered inside the lab to become more efficient at transmission. The former CDC director replied: "Let's just say I have coronavirus that I'm working on. We try to help make it grow better and better and better and better and better and better, so we can do experiments and figure out about it.
Democrats assail Georgia law, make case for voting overhaul
       
He told reporters the Georgia law is an “atrocity" and the Justice Department is looking into it. Allies meanwhile plan to fight the Georgia law, and others, in court. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. 1 is vast, and its Senate counterpart would confront the new Georgia law by expanding voting by mail and early voting, both popular during the pandemic.
Balky sign-ups complicate virus vaccinations for blind, deaf
       
In Alabama, Donte Little helped 20 blind and deaf people who had trouble signing up for vaccinations and getting to a clinic for shots. The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness estimated in 2008 that about 40,000 U.S. adults were both deaf and blind. This can be a significant barrier,” said Weinstock, director of public relations at Gallaudet University, a school for the deaf. “This means the Deaf community has a delay in getting information, so that by the time they try to register, vaccines are already reserved. Robert Jaquiss, who is blind, experienced problems firsthand when he tried to get an appointment for a shot in Missoula, Montana.
Saturday's NCAAs: Baylor grinds to Elite 8 in 62-51 win over Villanova
       
The guards did a great job of not settling and probing more.”Because of that, Baylor shot 53% in the second half, even though it made only one 3. Constantly harassing Villanova shooters who'd carved out space in the first half, Baylor held Villanova to 37.5% shooting in the second and 0 for 9 from 3. Forward Brandon Slater left the game about midway through the second half after landing awkwardly during a fight for a rebound. Oral Roberts led by 10 at halftime in Fayetteville on Dec. 20 before Arkansas bullied the Golden Eagles in the second half for an 87-76 win. The Golden Eagles continued making shots in the second half as the Razorbacks kept taking bad ones, stretching the lead to 46-34.
California Supreme Court rules it's unconstitutional to detain people in jail because they cannot afford bail
       
California's Supreme Court decided an arrestee could not be detained solely because they lack the resources to post bail. Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesCalifornia's Supreme Court ruled it is unconstitutional to hold people in jail simply because they can't afford bail. The ruling requires judges to assess community safety and a defendant's ability to pay bail when determining bail amounts. California's Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that it is unconstitutional to keep people behind bars simply because they cannot afford bail. The unanimous decision signals that going forward, California judges will be required to assess a defendant's ability to pay bail when they set it.
Alexander Povetkin vs. Dillian Whyte fight odds, picks and prediction
       
Povetkin vs. Whyte: Fight oddsOdds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Alexander Povetkin +250 (bet $100 to win $250) | Dillian Whyte -350 (bet $350 to win $100) | Draw +3300Whyte has an implied win probability of 77.78% with the -350 money line odds. A Whyte win could also set up the potential of a trilogy, although Povetkin is getting a little long in the tooth. In addition, I like individual round betting, and it's a good strategy to highlight a three-round block. WHYTE IN ROUND 6 (+1100), WHYTE IN ROUND 7 (+1100) and WHYTE IN ROUND 8 (+1200) are the rounds to highlight.
Ethiopia's Tigray conflict: PM says Eritrea will withdraw troops from region
       
Eritrea will pull its troops out of the Tigray region, Ethiopia's prime minister Abiy Ahmed has said. The soldiers have been supporting Ethiopia's government forces in its protracted conflict against the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) - the regional ruling party. The crisis erupted in early November, around a year after Mr Ahmed received the Nobel Peace Prize for resolving a two-decade conflict with Eritrea. AdvertisementEritrea, whose government has not acknowledged its troops are in Tigray, has not yet confirmed the withdrawal. Eritrea is to the north of the red areaMr Ahmed confirmed on Tuesday that troops from Eritrea had entered Tigray during the conflict, the first such acknowledgement after months of denials.