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06/18/2020
Shoppers to spend more this Father’s Day

Shoppers to spend more this Father’s Day

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The National Retail Federation (NRF) says people want this Father's Day to be the best one yet.

The retail organization expects consumers to spend 17-billion dollars on Father's Day this year.

The report says that 77 percent of the shoppers they surveyed say Father's Day is especially important because we are in a pandemic.

They want their dad to have a gift that matters.

So what kind of gifts fall into this category?

41 percent of shoppers told the NRF that this year's gift had to be unique or different.

36 percent said they wanted it to create a special memory.

The NRF says each consumer will spend around 149-dollars on Father's Day gifts.

That's approximately ten more dollars more than last year.

Posted - 6.18.20

06/18/2020
John Bolton book blasts Trump administration

John Bolton book blasts Trump administration

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President Trump says he wants courts to stop the release of former national security adviser John Bolton's book "The Room Where It Happened."

Trump says it could reveal government secrets.

Bolton's book on his time in the Trump administration contains some explosive new claims.

CNN and several other news outlets got early copies of the book, and in it Bolton accuses Trump of asking China's President Xi Jinping for help to win reelection.

Bolton says Trump stressed the importance of Chinese purchases of soybeans and wheat to help his reelection.

Bolton also claims President Trump told Xi Jinping to move ahead with detainment camps for China's Uyghur Muslims.

Bolton also said Trump explicitly tied US security aid to Ukraine with an investigation into former vice president Joe Biden, which was the central allegation of the impeachment investigation of the president last year.

He claimed that Trump committed similar offenses with China and Turkey and because of that Democrats should have broadened their impeachment investigation beyond Ukraine.

But some Democrats say it is a little too late for Bolton to come forth with these allegations after he refused to testify during the impeachment inquiry.

Wednesday Democratic House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff tweeted that Bolton "may be an author, but he's no patriot" and that instead of testifying he saved it for a book.

Trump called Bolton a liar and says he broke the law by publishing classified information.

The Justice Department is trying to stop the book from being published.

Posted - 6.18.20

06/18/2020
Florida cases rise, study says blood type tied to coronavirus risk

Florida cases rise, study says blood type tied to coronavirus risk

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Coronavirus cases are spiking nationwide and experts say Florida could be the next epicenter in the pandemic.

This is according to Wednesday's projections from a model by scientists at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania.

Florida was one of the ten states that saw a record number of new Covid-19 cases this week.

Twenty-one states are seeing an upward trend in new coronavirus cases.

Meanwhile scientists say blood type may determine how likely you are to get Covid-19 and how sick it might make you.

The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine Wednesday.

A team of European scientists found people with type A blood have a higher risk of getting the coronavirus and developing severe symptoms.

While people with type O have a lower risk.

Posted - 6.18.20

06/18/2020
Rayshard Brooks kicked, stepped on by officers

Rayshard Brooks kicked, stepped on by officers

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Wednesday Fulton County's District Attorney Paul Howard said former Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe who shot Rayshard Brooks last week kicked Brooks after shooting him and failed to give him timely aid.

Last week Brooks was shot twice in the back during a confrontation with officers outside of an Atlanta Wendy's.

A third shot fired by Rolfe hit a nearby vehicle.

Howard said Rolfe said "I got him" after shooting Brooks.

And that Rolfe's fellow officer, Devin Brosnan, stood on Brooks' body as he was lying on the ground.

The district attorney announced Rolfe is facing 11 charges with two of those charges being felony murder and aggravated assaults with a deadly weapon.

If convicted of the felony murder charge, he could face the death penalty.

Brosnan is facing three charges including aggravated assault charge.

Hours after the charges of the two officers were announced the Atlanta Police Department said in an usual number of officers called out sick from the late shift.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said the city was still safely covered, and she hopes officers honor their commitment to protect and serve.

Posted - 6.18.20

06/18/2020
NBDA sends list of demands to Gallaudet University

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NBDA sends list of demands to Gallaudet University

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Last week Gallaudet University President Robert "Bobbi" Cordano released a video to all alumni.

The video was entitled "Acting on our history of systemic racism."

Cordano says the death of George Floyd and the emergence of photos of Gallaudet fraternity Kappa Gamma displaying what appeared to be a Nazi salute and wearing KKK-like robes was a "threshold moment" for Gallaudet.

It prompted her to address and tear down any remnants of systemic racism on campus.

Kappa Gamma was suspended and Cordano pledged to review campus policy and establish multi-cultural organization development to learn, heal, and change.

In response to that video, the National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA) just released a video of its own and sent an open letter to Gallaudet's Board of Trustees with a list of their own demands, including removing Cordano as president of Gallaudet.

The following video was posted on NBDA's YouTube channel by President Isidore Niyongabo.

Hello, beloved members of our community.

I wanted to make a quick summary of this short vlog accompanying our open letter written by NBDA Board of Directors based on upon monitoring the ongoing circumstances at Gallaudet University in addition to the concerns raised by Gallaudet students, staff, faculty, and some alumni members.

For that reason, we feel it important for Gallaudet University Board of Trustees to take an immediate action to support our community and create a safe space.

We understand that this vlog is not yet available for transcript from ASL but it will be made available soon (now available).

The written text is clearly and fully owned by NBDA Board.

Please do not accuse or take any type of retaliation against Gallaudet students, staff, faculty, or any alumni member for this full accountability as a result of this open letter.

Any questions or concerns can be brought up to NBDA Board's attention.

It is our hope that the Members of the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees take action within the next 24-48 hours.

Because honestly, enough is enough.

We can't continue to sit and watch our community continue to create diversions and a hostile environment.

We need leadership that creates full inclusion for every member of our diverse communities.

Thank you for reading and support this open letter.

Posted - 6.18.20

06/18/2020
Sign1News 6.18.20

TODAY’S HEADLINES:

- NBDA sends list of demands to Gallaudet University
- Rayshard Brooks kicked, stepped on by officers
- Florida cases rise, study says blood type tied to coronavirus risk
- John Bolton book blasts Trump Administration
- Shoppers to spend more this Father’s Day

06/18/2020
Trump signs executive order on police reform

Trump signs executive order on police reform

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Tuesday President Trump issued an executive order to change some police practices.

The order calls for, among other things, the creation of a national database to keep track of officers tagged for using excessive force.

It is also funding incentives for police departments that increase training and meet Justice Department standards.

And bans chokeholds except in instances when an officer's life is in danger and the use of deadly force is allowed by law.

The president did not address allegations of systemic racism in law enforcement and instead argued that police misconduct is rare.

Democrats say the order is not enough.

In the Senate, Republicans are drafting up their own plan.

Senate Republican's proposal does not include a federal chokehold ban.

But state and local governments won't be eligible for grants if they don't enact a ban except in instances where lives are at risk.

Democrats blasted Republicans for taking a narrow approach.

While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell dismissed the more wide-ranging Democratic police reform proposal, saying it won't succeed in the Senate.

Meanwhile as police reform is in the works, officers across the US are quitting their jobs.

At least seven police officers have now quit the Minneapolis Police Department.

In Atlanta eight officers have resigned from the department this month.

In Buffalo, New York nearly 60 officers have resigned.

Posted - 6.17.2020

06/18/2020
Trump administration sues John Bolton over book

Trump administration sues John Bolton over book

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The Trump administration is suing former national security adviser John Bolton to stop the release of his book detailing his time in the White House.

Their lawsuit argues Bolton breached nondisclosure agreements and was risking national security by exposing classified information.

The book called "The Room Where it Happened" is set for release next week.

The book claims that President Trump committed "Ukraine-like transgressions" across his entire foreign policy.

Trump has said he considers every conversation with Bolton classified and the content of those discussions can not be divulged in a book.

Attorney General Bill Barr has said he doesn't believe Bolton went through the proper clearance process for his book.

The book's publisher Simon and Schuster issued a statement Tuesday supporting Bolton.

Legal experts believe it's unlikely a federal court would block a book before it has been released.

It also wouldn't stop the material from getting out since many journalists have already read advance copies of it.

Posted - 6.17.2020

06/18/2020
Study suggests toilet flushing could spread coronavirus

Study suggests toilet flushing could spread coronavirus

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Here's a good reason to put down the toilet lid before you flush: a new study suggests that the water from a flushed toilet could spray into the air spreading coronavirus.

The study conducted by a team at Yangzhou University in China used computer modeling to show how flushing the toilet can send a cloud of little particles containing fecal matter into the air, as high as three feet.

And fecal matter could carry coronavirus.

The findings were written in the journal of Physics of Fluids.

Doctors have shown that the coronavirus can live and replicate in the digestive system and evidence of the virus has been found in human waste.

The authors of the study suggest that whenever possible we should keep the toilet seat down when we flush, clean the toilet seat and other areas frequently and wash our hands after using the bathroom.

However they say while the study is unable to demonstrate that these measures will reduce transmission of the virus, it is still a good hygiene practice to have since many other viruses are transmitted this route.

Posted - 6.17.2020

06/18/2020
Survey reveals adults generally unhappy

Survey reveals adults generally unhappy

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According to new study by the University of Chicago, happiness has taken a hit because of the pandemic.

Researchers surveyed more than 22-hundred people online and on the phone.

They found that only 14-percent of Americans say they're very happy right now.

That's the lowest number in the past five decades.

What's unique is this drop comes despite 80-percent of people also saying that they are satisfied with their family's financial situation.

That number is at an all-time high.

According to researchers, the findings suggest people are measuring their happiness based on their own psychological well-being.

At the same time, they are comparing their finances to the millions of laid-off and struggling Americans.

Posted - 6.17.2020

06/18/2020
Emmy Awards announces host

Emmy Awards announces host

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The pandemic has prompted cancellations and postponements all throughout Hollywood but not the Emmy Awards!

The 72nd Primetime Emmys is still set to take place on September 20 and air on ABC.

Tuesday ABC announced late-night talk show host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel will be hosting for the third time.

Kimmel said in a statement, he doesn't know where, how, or why it is happening but it's happening.

Kimmel will also serve as an executive producer of Emmys.

ABC announced additional details will be "announced soon."

Posted - 6.17.2020

06/17/2020
Sign1News 6.17.20

TODAY’S HEADLINES:

- Trump signs executive order on police reform
- Trump administration sues John Bolton over book
- Study suggests toilet flushing could spread coronavirus
- Survey reveals adults generally unhappy
- Emmy Awards announces host

06/16/2020
Complaints against cop who killed Brooks, 911 call released

Complaints against cop who killed Brooks, 911 call released

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According to records released by Atlanta police, officer Garrett Rolfe who shot and killed Rayshard Brooks last week at an Atlanta Wendy's had several citizen complaints against him prior to the incident.

According to the records, Rolfe's citizen complaints date back to 2015.

All incidents have notes that no action was taken.

Records show a 2016 use of force complaint resulted in a written reprimand the following year.

Atlanta police have also released the 911 call from Brooks' fatal shooting Friday night.

In the call, a Wendy's employee told the operator she thought a man parked in the drive-thru was drunk in his vehicle causing other cars to drive around him.

She told the operator she went to his window and asked him to move.

The employee described Brooks' car and was asked if Brooks' was black the operator, in which she responded he was.

The operator asked if Brooks had a weapon and the employee responded "no" and that she just thought he was drunk.

Shortley after officers were sent to the scene.

Rolfe was fired from the police department a day after Brooks' killing.

The other officer on the scene, Devin Brosnan, was placed on administrative leave.

There is also newly released evidence from Minneapolis police showing many people raised red flags early in the George Floyd case.

One dispatcher watched the incident play out on surveillance cameras.

She alerted a supervisor the officers were using force that may have not been called for.

The time stamp on that recording was 8:30 p.m. which is about the time Floyd was being transported by ambulance to the hospital.

Police also released two additional 911 transcripts.

In one an off-duty firefighter who witnessed the incident tells a dispatcher police did not take Floyd's pulse or try to save him before indicating they killed him.

That caller indicates he reported the incident on his phone.

Another unidentified caller told a dispatcher he watched police kill a man who was not resisting arrest.

Posted - 6.16.20

06/16/2020
Investigations underway in black men hanging deaths

Investigations underway in black men hanging deaths

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The FBI and Justice Department are investigating the recent hanging deaths of two black men in Southern California.

Both were ruled suicides, but the families of both men are looking for more answers.

Last Wednesday morning 24-year-old Robert Fuller was found hanging from a tree in Palmdale, California near City Hall.

Residents were outraged Friday when city officials announced their initial findings of Fuller's death as a suicide.

Residents say it is the sign of a modern-day lynching.

Now the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says it's taking another look and would begin reviewing basic evidence.

On May 31 another black man, 38-year-old Malcolm Harsch, was discovered hanged from a tree less than 60 miles from where Fuller was found.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department says that it found no indications of foul play and that Harsch hanged himself.

Harsch's family, like Fuller's, says no way.

A shared spokesman for the families believes both men were victims of a possible hate crime.

According to the spokesman, both families are calling independent investigations.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff said his department is planning to have conversations with officials in San Bernardino County.

Posted - 6.16.20

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