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NFL player Kenny Stills arrested at protest for Breonna Taylor
Stills, a longtime advocate of racial justice, was one of 87 people arrested and charged with intimidating a participant in a legal process, which is a felony in Kentucky.
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Kerry Kennedy: My Father and Uncle Were Both Murdered on National TV. I Still Have Always Opposed the Death Penalty
When I learned my father had been murdered, I went into my room, laid on my bed and cried. The only thing I could think to do was what he and my mother taught me and my brothers and sisters to do when times were difficult, and we couldn’t make sense of things. I prayed.…
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Tech CEO’s killer may have been scared off by visiting relative: cops
The black-clad killer who murdered and dismembered tech CEO Fahim Saleh inside his Lower East Side apartment may have been scared off by the unexpected arrival of one of his victims — fleeing the scene shortly before their hellish handiwork was uncovered, police sources said Wednesday. Concerned because she hadn’t been able to get in...
Portland police chief laments move to disband gun violence reduction team, as gun violence soars
Portland’s police chief is lamenting Mayor Ted Wheeler’s decision to shut down a gun violence reduction team -- just as the city has seen a dramatic spike in shootings that the police chief described as "very, very alarming."
Paging Dr Hamblin: Should I Fly?
Editor’s Note: Every Wednesday, James Hamblin takes questions from readers about health-related curiosities, concerns, and obsessions. Have one? Email him at Dr. Hamblin, I’m a healthy 76-year-old thinking about taking a nonstop flight from Las Vegas to Baltimore. I want to see my daughter and her family, including my grandkids, who have been fantastic about quarantining. I could self-isolate in their basement. For the flight, I have an N95 mask and gloves, and I could get a protective face shield. And as icing on the cake, I can wear a diaper to avoid public restrooms.Should I get on that plane?AnonymousI think you should feel confident about getting on that plane.The measures you’re taking should keep you safe. But more than anything else, the thoughtfulness you show in the planning here suggests you’ll do everything vigilantly. Our safety in confined indoor spaces like airplanes depends on the collective efforts of individuals, and you’re clearly not the type to just wear a mask around your chin or performatively wash your hands only if people are looking.That said, I don’t think you need to wear a diaper. Every airport bathroom in the United States should have functional exhaust fans that expel any lingering, potentially infectious toilet plume after you flush. If you’re wearing a mask, the ordeal should be a low-risk proposition. The same goes for the flight itself: An airplane toilet shouldn’t aerosolize the virus any more than a typical toilet. But the surfaces in airplane bathrooms could very possibly be coated in the virus, because every part of the tiny room is touched regularly by many people. I’d operate under the same assumption in any bathroom right now, and wash my hands accordingly.[Read: Air travel is going to be very bad, for a very long time]What makes flying especially risky, at least theoretically, is the air on the flight. A plane involves many people in an enclosed space for prolonged periods. Mucus membranes in your nasal passages dry out on a plane, making them more prone to being colonized by a virus. But the air on a flight should be as safe as or safer than other enclosed spaces where people are spending prolonged periods together. Unlike many homes or offices, the air in a plane is constantly turning over, with outside air sucked into the cabin and old air pushed out. Any air that is recirculated is supposed to be run through a HEPA filter that can catch almost any virus.The ventilation is probably not as good as if all the windows on the plane were open, but, well, that would cause it to crash and everyone inside to suffocate. Still, it’s better than sitting in a car with the air-conditioning going, recirculating air while everyone inside sits in the stew.The air on planes can be an issue when their ventilation system is shut off, even temporarily, such as when they’re stuck on a tarmac for one of those always-unclear reasons. This situation is credited with one well-known influenza outbreak, in which 38 of 54 people on a plane were infected after sitting on a tarmac for three hours without air circulation. No such instances of cabinwide spread have been reported with the coronavirus, though there have been isolated reports of transmission, mostly to a single nearby passenger. The worst reported incident was in early March, when Vietnam’s health ministry linked a dozen cases to a long flight from London to Hanoi.To be safe, planes shouldn’t sit idle with their ventilation system off for long. If yours is doing that, demand that it be turned back on. The air system is also typically turned off during boarding and deplaning, leading some airlines to get creative about new boarding patterns that minimize how long it takes. If a more efficient boarding process were always possible, I wish they’d done it a long time ago. In any case, I wouldn’t rush to be the first person to board the plane.It may also help to turn on the personal fan above your head. At least, it can’t hurt. That air should be filtered, and on the off chance that someone sitting very close to you has the virus and is spreading it around, this fan might help dilute it and shoo away anything hanging in the air near you.Overall, the air in a plane’s cabin should completely turn over every three minutes. When that sort of ventilation system is combined with people correctly wearing high-quality masks, and declining to travel if they are at all symptomatic or have had contact with people who are sick, the risk of an outbreak on a plane should be close to zero.The main concern with air travel, then, is less about spreading the virus on the plane than about people spreading the virus once they arrive. The specific concern is transporting the virus from a hot spot to a place that has things under control, especially in the United States, where coronavirus cases are surging in most but not all states. Your plan to isolate for two weeks upon arrival is a good one. New York, Connecticut, and some other states are already requiring incoming travelers to do this; it should become standard policy. Self-isolating can be difficult to do, especially when you’re visiting family, but it’s very important. I think you could safely hang out in the backyard or on the porch, at a distance. It doesn’t need to be a hostage situation in which your relatives lower food down the stairs using a pulley system.[Read: I just flew. It was worse than I thought it would be.]That brings me back to the precautions you plan on taking. Unlike in many other countries, the U.S. currently has no restrictions on domestic travel. If you wanted to, you could start gallivanting around the country without anyone stopping you, even if you feel ill. But just because you can fly doesn’t mean you should. Staying safe while traveling is going to come down to basic conscientiousness. If everyone had the vigilance you show here, we’d be in a lot better place—as a country and as a world.Before all of this, I used to wish people “safe travels” in a way that was kind of meaningless. Now it’s more of an earnest injunction to be mindful of not only your safety, but also the safety of everyone around you. Act as though you are contagious, even though you should be traveling only when you’re confident that you’re not. Safe travels.“Paging Dr. Hamblin” is for informational purposes only, does not constitute medical advice, and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. By submitting a letter, you are agreeing to let The Atlantic use it—in part or in full—and we may edit it for length and/or clarity.
Most Americans believe their jobs will never return to normal
Three-quarters of Americans worry life will never return to normal after the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new survey. The survey asked 2,000 Americans — about 1,700 of whom are employed — about how they anticipate the world will be after the COVID-19 pandemic. Fifty-nine percent of those surveyed said they currently can’t use shared...
Paris Hilton lifts Louis Vuitton bags to stay fit
She's making fitness fashionable while stuck at home.
Cory Monteith’s mother pens heartfelt tribute to Naya Rivera: 'We’ll carry you in our hearts forever'
Cory Monteith’s mother, Ann McGregor, is paying tribute to Naya Rivera following her death.
Portland protesters set up autonomous zone in city park
Protesters in Oregon are trying to establish their own autonomous zone in Portland, according to reports. Demonstrators and members of the anti-fascist group Antifa started setting up walls and barriers late Tuesday outside of the Multnomah County Justice Center, where they’re calling the area the “Chinook Land Autonomous Territory,” according to video posted online. The...
Mary Trump: Money was 'literally the only currency my family trafficked in'
President Trump's niece, Mary Trump, offered a bleak picture of her family's dynamic, telling ABC that her "sociopath" grandfather, Fred Trump Sr., taught his kids to treat people as "expendable."
Flight delay melee: Spirit passengers arrested after kicking and punching employees and tossing phones, food and shoes at them
Three Philadelphia women who were mad about a flight delay were arrested at Fort Lauderdale Airport after kicking and throwing items at Spirit staff.
Mets ace Jacob deGrom (back tightness) awaiting MRI results
Jacob deGrom exited an intrasquad game early because of tightness in his back, and the New York Mets' ace was scheduled for an MRI.
Black Friday in July is happening now—here are the best sales to shop
Prime Day might not be happening this month, but Black Friday in July is still on—and we've rounded up the top deals and sales from major retailers.
Trump claims Biden wants to ‘abolish the American way of life’
President Trump and his campaign have been repeating a dire warning about the nation's future should the president not win re-election, claiming that Joe Biden would abolish the American way of life if he becomes president.
What happens when small businesses can't pay the rent
Small businesses across the United States are finding it difficult -- if not impossible -- to make their monthly rent payments.
As Coronavirus Cases Surge In Florida, Can Schools Safely Reopen?
Florida's coronavirus cases keep surging and educators are wrestling with whether opening schools in the Fall is a good idea. The governor, following the lead of President Trump, is pushing ahead.
Arena Stage is pinning its hopes on a five-play in-person season beginning in January
“Celia and Fidel” is set to be the first play on a roster that includes two new musicals.
Trump violated rule number 1 by going after Biden at 'pseudo campaign event,' says Karl Rove
President Trump violated "rule number one" at his “pseudo campaign event” in the Rose Garden on Tuesday where he attacked Joe Biden instead of holding a news conference, former Deputy Chief of Staff for George W. Bush Karl Rove said on Wednesday.
China's carrier-killer missiles may not be able to threaten US ships
A Chinese-government backed newspaper is reporting that U.S. carriers in the South China Sea are “fully within the grasp of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army … which has a wide selection of anti-aircraft carrier weapons like the DF-21D and DF-26 ‘aircraft carrier missiles.’”
Massive waves in Australia draw surfers in Sydney, beachgoers run from 'freak wave'
Talk about a wall of water.
Border agency provided inconsistent medical care to migrants in custody, watchdog finds
US Customs and Border Protection didn't provide consistent care to migrants in custody and in some cases failed to properly report deaths, according to a newly released report from the Government Accountability Office.
Packers plan training camp, Family Night and Lambeau Field preseason game without fans
In addition to no Green Bay Packers fans at training camp or preseason game, there will be no fans at Family Night.
White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf already worried about 2021: 'So many unknowns'
Reinsdorf, who also owns the Chicago Bulls, says the coronavirus pandemic has ravaged his business holdings.
79% of New Yorkers open to homeschooling after coronavirus, poll finds
The poll also found that 42% of New Yorkers felt that coronavirus risks were still too steep to open schools this upcoming year and backed an all remote learning format until a vaccine emerges.
Judge denies request to block LAPD from using batons, projectiles
A federal judge has denied a request that L.A. police be precluded from using batons and projectiles on protesters pending the outcome of a lawsuit over the tactics.
Hospital coronavirus data to bypass CDC for Trump administration database in Washington
The data hospitals collect on coronavirus patients will now be rerouted to the Trump administration instead of first being sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Intelligence’ On Peacock, Where David Schwimmer’s Brash NSA Agent Tries To Take Over A Nerdy British Cyber Security Group
Schwimmer stars with Nick Mohammed -- who also created the show -- in a workplace comedy taking place in a cyber crimes unit of a less-glamorous UK agency.
A Michigan man won $2 million after a gas station clerk gave him the wrong ticket
A Michigan man is lucky, even by lottery winner standards, after a gas station clerk gave him a $2 million winning scratch-off ticket by mistake.
Scientists strapped a tiny camera to a beetle to test just how small video technology can get
Scientists have developed a tiny wireless camera that can ride on the back of an insect, giving users a bug's-eye view of the world.
Calls for NYPD to reinstate anti-crime unit as shootings rise in New York City
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is calling on the New York Police Department to reinstate its recently-shuttered Anti-Crime Unit as the Big Apple continues to struggle with a surge in gun violence.
‘Psych 2’ Delivered a Solid ‘This Is Us’ Burn
While also promoting ABC's A Million Little Things.
Dozens Of Pets, Kept Oceans Away By Pandemic, Are Reuniting With Their Owners
Travelers were stuck without a way to get back to their pets amid coronavirus travel restrictions. Now expats in China are chartering a flight to bring dogs and cats over to their owners.
Former top NY Times editor on Bari Weiss' bullying claims: 'If you are going to dish it out, you've got to be ready to take it'
The departure of former New York Times opinion editor and columnist Bari Weiss does not signal a silencing of moderate or conservative voices at the paper, former New York Times editor Jill Abramson said Wednesday.
Scientist warn San Andreas Fault earthquake more likely after Ridgecrest quakes
Scientists have warned that last year’s Ridgecrest quakes in Southern California have increased the risk of a major San Andreas Fault earthquake. The quakes, warn catastrophe modeling company Temblor, have placed stress on the Garlock Fault that links the Ridgecrest Faults with the San Andreas Fault. In a blog post, Temblor CEO Ross Stein and...
Texas GOP primary showdown between dueling Trump's, Cruz's picks too close to call
A Republican House primary runoff election in Texas between a candidate backed by President Trump and another supported by Sen. Ted Cruz remains too close to call.
Trump: MS-13 members caught in NY — and one may face death penalty
President Trump on Wednesday said MS-13 gang leaders were nabbed across the country in the Justice Department's recent Operation Vulcan crackdown — with seven arrests in New York.
Ex-assistant recalls the moment Johnny Depp asked Amber Heard for a divorce
Johnny Depp told an irate Amber Heard that he wanted a divorce during a heated conference call with his personal assistant about feces found in their bed.
'Risk my life or forfeit my paycheck': Elena Delle Donne says she's still deciding
Elena Delle Donne, who has Lyme disease, lashes out after the WNBA denies her request for a medical exemption from playing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Warrant issued in Atlanta shooting death of 8-year-old Secoriea Turner
A warrant has been issued in the shooting death of an 8-year-old girl over Fourth of July weekend, the Atlanta Police Department said.
De Blasio downplays connection between spike in coronavirus cases in young New Yorkers and protests
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said there are a number of factors contributing to the increase in positive coronavirus cases in young adults, while downplaying any possible connection to recent protests in the city.
Poshmark CEO: The rise of resale isn't just a fad
Manish Chandra, CEO of Poshmark, speaks with CNN Business' Alison Kosik about how rising sales and new sellers indicate the resale market is here to stay.
He invented the N95 mask filter. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit and he was called to help once again
Peter Tsai, the scientist who invented the fabric used to make N95 masks, resumed work on sterilizing the masks in March when the pandemic began.
Philadelphia public schools will have a hybrid start this fall, joining other districts reconsidering opening plans
The Philadelphia Independent School District joins other big districts reconsidering their opening and plans to start with a hybrid of in-person and online learning amid coronavirus.
Protester attacks NYPD officers, including chief of department, as they made arrest
A protester assaulted a group of NYPD cops – and with them, the highest-ranking uniformed member of the department – on Wednesday during a demonstration on the Brooklyn Bridge.
Coronavirus kills Ohio Army vet who refused to wear face mask
The coronavirus has claimed the life of an Ohio Army veteran who said before his death on Facebook that he refused to wear a face mask.
Harry Reid: We need in-person voting along with mail ballots
Harry Reid writes that the stakes for the November election -- amid a global pandemic -- could not be higher, and states bear a responsibility in ensuring all voters can participate in the democratic process. To do so, they must create multiple avenues for voting -- mail-in ballots, early voting and an increased number of polling places.
One killed, four others hurt in Henry Hudson Parkway crash
A speeding driver flipped over a median on the Henry Hudson Parkway early Wednesday and crashed into another car, killing one of his own passengers and injuring himself and three others, according to police. A 21-year-old man was driving a black Honda Accord on the southbound parkway near West 96th Street on the Upper West...
White House Used Pandemic To Weaken Safety Regulations, Reporter Says
New Yorker writer Jane Mayer reports on conditions at a Delaware poultry processing plant owned by a major Trump donor: "No matter what's going on, they've got to keep those chicken lines running."