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Humor columnist Alexandra Petri takes your questions and comments on the news and political in(s)anity of the day.
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washingtonpost.com
Lost Leonardo da Vinci painting: Extraordinary or ‘made up piece of junk’?
Is it real or a fraud? New documentary “The Lost Leonardo,” takes a look at the Salvator Mundi painting and Robert Simon's quest to find out about its authenticity as an original Da Vinci.
nypost.com
Best star snaps of the week: Celebs shine bright with ‘pride’
Celebs like Victoria Beckham and JoJo Siwa show their pride while dog dad Justin Theroux celebrates pup Kuma’s Gotcha Day, J.Lo poses with cops and more.
nypost.com
UFC 263 play-by-play and results
MMA Junkie is reporting live from UFC 263, which sees Nate Diaz return to action as well as a rematch between Israel Adesanya and Marvin Vettori.      
usatoday.com
Amid neighborhood flag ban, couple installs rainbow lights for Pride
"A little less subtle than our simple flag," said Memo Fachino. "A lot more fun for anyone complaining about the flag itself and what it represents."
cbsnews.com
2 teens shot, 1 killed, while walking down Rochester street
Two teenagers were shot while reportedly walking down a busy street in Rochester, New York on Saturday -- leaving one dead -- police said.
nypost.com
‘Naked man’ park sightings have NYC residents baring their concerns
Upper West Siders are baring their concerns about naked men roaming the neighborhood, most notably in Theodore Roosevelt and Riverside parks.
nypost.com
Graduates celebrate new beginning for T.C. Williams High School
After student push, school named for segregationist to become Alexandria City High School
washingtonpost.com
Trump Demands China 'Pay Reparations' for COVID, Says $10 Trillion Not Enough
"The entire world has been not only disrupted, but it's almost been destroyed," the former president said Saturday.
newsweek.com
Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Come True’ on Hulu, a Strangely Enthralling, Hallucinogenic Indie Sci-fi Thriller
This slow-burn flick is part horror creeper, part intellectual exercise.
nypost.com
Biden 'Won't Hold Back': Jen Psaki Shuts Down Putin Spox Who Says Navalny Won't Come Up At Summit
"Human rights abuses, the jailing of individuals, of course, of Americans, will all be part of the discussion," said the White House press secretary.
newsweek.com
Biden declines to mention Islamic State in Pulse massacre statement
President Joe Biden's statement on the Pulse Nightclub shooting didn't mention ISIS or terrorism despite the fact that the shooting is considered a terror attack.
nypost.com
Migrant crossings hit 10 year high this fiscal year amid border crisis, with four months to go
The number of migrants who have been encountered crossing illegally at the U.S. border so far this fiscal year has hit a 10 year high, with more than four months still to go -- as the Biden administration struggles to contain a continuing crisis at the southern border.
foxnews.com
He's on the left. I'm on the right. Here's what we learned talking to each other about America.
The choice to engage respectfully with our neighbors – to work together to rebuild America's civic health – is available to each of us every day.      
usatoday.com
MTA bus driver loses ‘dream job,’ sues after hemp tea taints blood test
Roy Hunter, 34, was trying to get healthier when he began drinking Iaso Instant Tea, a "broad-spectrum hemp extract" drink which is supposed to help people shed pounds.
nypost.com
Suicide attempts spike in teen girls during COVID-19 pandemic: study
Suicide attempts by adolescent girls surged during the COVID-19 pandemic, worsening as the second wave wore on, according to a new study.
nypost.com
Cleveland Browns' Jarvis Landry says Odell Beckham Jr. is 'even better' coming off torn ACL
Odell Beckham Jr. recently worked out with Cleveland Browns teammates in Texas, and Jarvis Landry thinks his close friend looks great during comeback.       
usatoday.com
There Are So Many Ted Bundy Movies That Two Ted Bundy Movie Directors Are Feuding Now
GettyGiven that there are already several Ted Bundy films floating around in the world (including two released last year) and that all of us have a finite amount of time on this planet, it seems fair to ask why we needed another. But when asked that very question during a Refinery29 interview, Amber Sealey—whose Bundy-centric film No Man of God premiered at Tribeca Film Festival on Friday—said that previous projects have missed the mark.“They always glorify him,” she said. “They make him out to be a male model—so smart, so charismatic, a master of disguise. I don’t see that. When I look at him and I watch interviews and I listen to the tapes, I see a deeply insecure, needy—almost like an incel—kind of guy who just wants accolades and wants people to tell him how great he is.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
thedailybeast.com
Zack Britton returns as Yankees bullpen moves closer to full strength
The Yankees’ bullpen got closer to being whole for the first time this season when Zack Britton returned on Saturday.
nypost.com
Cape Cod lobsterman’s whale of a tale sounds fishy, experts say
At least one doctor at the Cape Cod hospital that Michael Packard, who claims he was nearly swallowed by a humpback, expressed skepticism to The Post about the tale.
nypost.com
Five years after massacre, Pulse nightclub owner laments that not much has changed
Barbara Poma, owner of the former Pulse nightclub, woke up on the five-year anniversary one of the worst mass shootings in US history to news of more mass shootings.
edition.cnn.com
7 NYC principals reported for plugging software from for-profit vendor
At least 12 NYC principals have lent their names and schools to be used in promotional materials for a software vendor, which raked in more than $1.1 million from the Department of Education this year. The school chiefs may have violated ethics rules by helping plug Operoo, a for-profit company that sells a system to remotely...
nypost.com
How to Watch UFC 263: Adesanya vs. Vettori 2 Live Stream, Time, Fight Card
Israel Adesanya and Marvin Vettori meet in the main event of UFC 263!
nypost.com
Airplane discovered at the bottom of a California lake could be from 1965 crash
Workers testing underwater surveying equipment say they found the wreckage of a small airplane deep underwater in California's Folsom Lake -— and they may have solved a 56-year-old aviation mystery.
edition.cnn.com
Brian Falduto says he became 'homophobic' toward himself after 'School of Rock' role
Brian Falduto said playing Billy in "School of Rock" led him to be called the "gay kid from 'School of Rock'." The label made him deny his sexuality.      
usatoday.com
Phil Mickelson isn’t only compelling US Open storyline
A lot has changed since the U.S. Open was last played at Torrey Pines, in 2008. That year’s champion, Tiger Woods, is sidelined — possibly forever — as he rehabs his shattered right leg, the a result of his frightening one-car crash in February. The runner-up, Rocco Mediate, is 58 years old and playing on...
nypost.com
Trump Says Senate Would Be 60 Dems vs. 40 Republicans if Not for Him, Rips McConnell
"Unfortunately Mitch McConnell, with what he was doing, hurt us very, very badly in Georgia," the former president said.
newsweek.com
Mexican president praises VP Kamala Harris, ‘called her president’ in meeting
Vice President Kamala Harris deserves a promotion, says Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
nypost.com
1 killed, 7 others wounded after a shooting in Savannah, police say
A shooting in Savannah, Georgia, Friday night killed a 20-year-old man and left seven others wounded, according to local police.
edition.cnn.com
David Archuleta comes out as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community
Singer-songwriter and former "American Idol" contestant David Archuleta says he is a part of the LGBTQIA+ community. But he says that shouldn't mean he can't be a person of faith, too.
edition.cnn.com
AP Top Stories June 12 P
Here's the latest for Saturday, June 12: Biden urges G-7 leaders to call out and compete with China; US Pres Biden meets French Pres Macron at G7; Police: Attacker wounds 13 in Austin shooting and escapes; Protesters press G-7 leaders on climate change.      
usatoday.com
FBI aims to keep valuables, $86M cash, found in safe deposit store raid
The FBI wants to keep $86 million in cash and millions more in jewelry and other valuables seized in a raid on a Beverly Hills, California, safe deposit box business, despite a judge saying they need warrents.
nypost.com
YouTube Suspends GOP Sen. Johnson for Promoting Unproven COVID-19 Treatments
The Republican from Wisconsin promoted hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin as treatments for the coronavirus.
slate.com
New York’s COVID-19 positivity rate hits a new national low
New York's coronavirus positivity rate has reached a new milestone at 0.44 percent, the lowest in the nation, Gov. Cuomo announced.
nypost.com
Biden to designate Pulse nightclub as national memorial, renews gun control calls on mass shooting anniversary
President Biden announced Saturday that he would designate Pulse nightclub, where 49 people were gunned down five years ago, a national memorial, as he again called on Congress to pass gun control legislation.
foxnews.com
Italian police arrest man who provided truck in 2019 UK smuggling deaths
Stefan Damian Dragos is accused of providing the truck that transported the migrants to England.
nypost.com
Biden to sign bill designating Pulse nightclub a national memorial
"This recognition from both the House and Senate means so much to the LGBTQ+ community," Pulse Orlando wrote of the decision on Facebook.
cbsnews.com
After Chrissy Teigen bullying scandal, Lindsay Lohan rises again
After years of scandal and a broken career, new revelations that Lohan was bullied by Chrissy Teigen could help her rise again.
nypost.com
Erick Fedde delivers a strong start at the right time, lifts Nats in opener of doubleheader
Erick Fedde returns from the injured list and delivers five scoreless innings to lift the Nationals to a 2-0 win over the Giants.
washingtonpost.com
Mike Lindell Slams Fox News and Newsmax 'Cowards' During Frank Rally: 'Shame on You'
"This is disgusting what they've done to our country," the MyPillow CEO said of Fox News.
newsweek.com
Pulse Nightclub Shooting Survivor 'Tired of Thoughts and Prayers' on Massacre's 5-Year Anniversary
"I will be honest with you, I am existentially exhausted. I am so tired of statements. I am so tired of hashtags and thoughts and prayers," Brandon Wolf said.
newsweek.com
Denmark's Christian Eriksen stable after collapsing in game vs. Finland at Euro 2020
Denmark soccer star Christian Eriksen collapsed during a Euro 2020 game against Finland. The game was suspended but resumed at his request.       
usatoday.com
Yankees’ Luis Severino exits rehab start with new injury worry
Luis Severino had to be helped off the field in the second inning of his rehab start on Saturday with an apparent foot injury.
nypost.com
Blue Origin auctions seat on space flight with Jeff Bezos and his brother for $28 million
Blue Origin, the aerospace company started by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has auctioned a seat on its first human flight to space for $28 million.     
usatoday.com
Nikki Haley visits Israel as part of 'solidarity mission' as Dem infighting continues in US
Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is visiting Israel as part of a "solidarity mission" to the U.S. ally -- just as Democrats are fighting among themselves over their positions on the conflict between Israel and the terrorist organization Hamas.
foxnews.com
Biden plans to reverse Trump’s Alaska policy. Here’s why it matters.
A view of Mendenhall Glacier and Nugget Falls, in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. | Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket/Getty Images Tongass National Forest is a frequent target for political ping-pong between environmental and development interests. On Friday the Biden administration revealed plans to reinstate environmental protections preventing logging and mining in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, which the Trump administration had discarded. The 17 million acres in southeastern Alaska — the largest national forest in the US — have been a political battleground for over two decades, bouncing back and forth between the interests of logging industries and climate activists. In 2001, President Bill Clinton finalized the “roadless rule,” which prohibited road construction on 60 million acres of forested land across the US and heavily restricted commercial logging and mining. But in October of 2020, then-President Donald Trump reversed these protections when he made the Tongass Forest exempt from the rule, doing what many developers and politicians in Alaska had been calling for since the Clinton era. But this reversal didn’t last for long. The Biden administration vowed to undo damaging policies Since his time on the campaign trail, President Joe Biden has been vocal about climate action, specifically in contrast with the policies that the Trump administration had passed. After the US, under Trump, left the Paris climate agreement and engineered the largest reduction of protected lands in US history, Biden entered office ready to undo the damage. On the same day Biden was sworn in, on January 20, 2021, he signed an executive order titled “Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis,” which includes goals to reduce climate pollution, and to review and revoke action items set forth by the previous administration. One of the most notable was the revocation of the March 2019 permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline. The project, begun in 2008 and only officially called off this month, has faced backlash at every stage of its development. Canceled by the Obama administration in 2015, and then renewed in 2017 when Trump invited TC Energy, the pipeline’s Canadian developer, to reapply for a permit, the Keystone XL is a perfect example of the back-and-forththat climate politics can have depending on who is in office. The Tongass National Forest is yet another example. From a developer’s perspective, Alaska’s natural resources make it a gold mine. Its old growth forests make it ideal for harvesting timber, its coastal plains are plentiful in prospective drilling sites for oil and natural gas, and developing these opportunities could boost the state’s economy. No specifics as to how the “roadless rule” reversal will be carried out have been announced, apart from the intent to “repeal or replace” it, but Alaskan officials are aware of the economic loss, and have been vocal about the change. “The Biden administration’s announcement is an unacceptable whipsaw in federal policy just months after an exhaustively-reviewed final rule was issued by the Trump administration that struck the right balance between conserving the lands we cherish and fostering opportunities for hard-working Alaskans,” Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) said in a joint statement which also included comments from fellow Alaska Republicans Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young. Disappointed in the @POTUS latest suppression of AK economic opportunity. From tourism to timber, Alaska’s great Tongass National Forest holds much opportunity for Alaskans but the federal government wishes to see Alaskans suffer at the lack of jobs and prosperity. #akgov #alaska— Governor Mike Dunleavy (@GovDunleavy) June 11, 2021 Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy, a Republican,alsoexpressed his disapproval of the Biden action on Twitter andlater added, “We will use every tool available to push back on the latest imposition.” Biden is currently attending the annual G7 summit, which is meeting this year in Cornwall, England. World leaders are expected to address environmental policy on Sunday. Effects of logging could be dramatic to the “lungs” of North America While politicians paint a picture of an oppressive federal government that would deny normal Alaskans access to “jobs and prosperity,” the narrative rings a bit hollow when set against actual feedback from the public.In 2019, the US Forest Service released a summary of over 140,000 comments on the “roadless rule” from the public which overwhelmingly supported the restrictions on forest development. In fact, one of the main points of rationale as to why the public thinks the “roadless rule” should remain was that it is vital to the tourism and fishing industries. According to research by an economic development organization called the Southeast Conference, in 2019 Alaska’s timber industry (along with warehousing, utilities, and transport) only provided 4 percent of Alaskans with jobs in contrast to the 18 percent that were employed by tourism. Commercial fishing, tourism, and recreation are the fastest growing job sectors in southeast Alaska, according to the research. The Southeast Conference has not issued an official statement, but its executive director, Robert Venables, joined Gov. Dunleavy’s statement, in which he accused multiple administrations of “playing ping-pong” with Alaskans and the resources of the state. In addition to providing jobs, as the United States’ largest national forest, the Tongass plays a significant ecological role in absorbing carbon produced in the US. According to National Geographic, the temperate rainforest absorbs approximately 8 percent of the pollution produced in the US. “While tropical rainforests are the lungs of the planet, the Tongass is the lungs of North America,” Dominick DellaSala, chief scientist with the Earth Island Institute’s Wild Heritage project, told the Washington Post. In fact, the United States Geological Survey recently estimated that if no trees were lost through logging and the land were left unmanaged in the Tongass, its carbon storage could increase by up to 27 percent by the end of the century. Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket/Getty Images Brown bears fishing for salmon on Baranof Island in the Tongass National Forest. The Tongass is also home to a thriving wildlife population, but Trump’s reversal of the “roadless rule” put this in danger. On land, the state of Alaska is home to 95 percent of America’s brown bear population, and the Tongass specifically contains the highest concentration of brown bears on the planet, while the forest’s 17,000 miles of clean freshwater provide optimal spawning conditions for wild salmon. Due to its high populations, the Tongass is sometimes called a “salmon forest” and, as it produces $60 million of wild salmon annually, this name is not far-fetched. But, if not for the “roadless rule,” this might have changed. Logging around a stream causes runoff like silt or dirt into the water, which can smother developing eggs, while dams, often used to maneuver logs down waterways, disorient the fish and disrupt their natural migratory patterns. Damage to the Tongass goes beyond statistics for Alaska Natives While this is a loss that can affect any Alaskan, to AlaskanNatives, losing wild salmon and the forests that house them means much more than a declining food source. Twenty-three percent of the region’s population comes from the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian tribes, who have been fighting for recognition and for better treatment of their ancestral land which includes the expansive Tongass Forest. While logging industries threaten food sources, cultural resources like Western red and Alaskan yellow cedar trees, which many communities use to make traditional regalia, baskets, and totem poles, are also threatened. “Cedar is the warp in the basket of who we are as a people. We weave our way around the cedar, keeping ourselves connected, strong and able to carry the tools and resources forward for the next generation,” Marina Anderson, a Haida and Tlingit woman who serves as the tribal administrator of the Organized Village of Kasaan, said in an article for Juneau Empire. Anderson recently helped to organize a workshop on cultural uses of forest resources, taught by Native Alaskans, for employees of the United States Forest Service (USFS). For years, the USFS has provided manufacturers with commercial timber from the Tongass without communication with Native populations. The workshop aimed to teach USFS workers how to distinguish different types of trees that can be used to make canoes and totem poles, or trees that are rare and should be protected. While this type of cross-cultural exchange does not target the heavy hitters of industry or politics, it does make an impact on the people carrying out the work.
vox.com
Austin mass shooting: Police hunt 2 suspects after 14 injured in downtown entertainment district
A manhunt is underway in Austin, Texas for two suspects who opened fire in the city's entertainment district in the early hours of Saturday morning, leaving at least 14 people injured.
foxnews.com
Charles Barkley 'rooting against' Nets in NBA Playoffs, says 'superteams' hurt the game
The Brooklyn Nets are heavily favored to win this year’s NBA Championship but Charles Barkley certainly won’t be rooting for them.
foxnews.com