Tools

Real Madrid: Eden Hazard and other arrivals point to new Galacticos era

The recognisable Real Madrid we have seen in recent years is gone and is being replaced by an expensively assembled new team, says Andy West.
Load more
Read full article on: bbc.co.uk
Afghan translator who saved US lives and helped fellow translators escape danger becomes a US citizen
Janis Shinwari is celebrating his first Fourth of July as a US citizen.
edition.cnn.com
PSA: Please stop microwaving your books to get rid of coronavirus
Some things, we suppose, just needs to be spelled out.
edition.cnn.com
Vehicle strikes multiple protesters in Washington, 2 people sent to hospital
The suspect is in custody.
abcnews.go.com
A 24-year-old Covid-19 survivor is celebrating a different kind of independence this July Fourth
On Saturday, as people across the country celebrate America's independence, Shakell Avery will celebrate a different kind of freedom.
edition.cnn.com
Kimberly Guilfoyle tests positive for coronavirus
Kimberly Guilfoyle -- the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr. and a top fundraiser for the Trump campaign -- has tested positive for coronavirus, according to a top official for the committee she leads. CNN's Sarah Westwood reports.
edition.cnn.com
Experts urge caution ahead of holiday weekend
Experts are urging caution as Americans gather to celebrate the 4th of July. CNN's Polo Sandoval reports.
edition.cnn.com
Big crowds expected at Lake Of The Ozarks
edition.cnn.com
2 Texas counties urge residents to shelter in place as hospitals reach capacity
Hospitals in at least two Texas counties are at full capacity heading into the Fourth of July holiday weekend, with county judges urging residents to shelter in place.
edition.cnn.com
Du Bois Gave Voice to Pain and Promise
W. E. B. Du Bois was torn between hope and rage. Following the First World War, challenges to colonialism in Africa and Asia, revolutionary labor movements, demands for women’s rights and universal suffrage, and the growth of what would become the modern Black freedom struggle portended a new, radical future. However, the harsh realities of imperial conquest, capitalist exploitation, the subordination of women, and horrific racial violence remained firmly intact. Black people fought back. But, Du Bois wondered, could democracy ever become a reality for Black folks?In 2020, across the nation and the world, people have turned out in unprecedented numbers to answer this question. We are again grappling with the failures of democracy, the specter of Black death, and the tension between faith and despair. We are again fighting to affirm the sanctity and beauty of Black life. And Du Bois’s 1920 book, Darkwater: Voices From Within the Veil, offers us a clarion call to action, to imagine a better tomorrow and continue, even in the face of death, to live, to fight, and to love.Du Bois finished the first draft of Darkwater on February 23, 1918, his 50th birthday, believing that it might very well be his final work. The previous year, he had undergone surgery to remove a damaged kidney. In the book’s autobiographical opening chapter, “Of the Shadow Years,” Du Bois wrote that he had “looked death in the face and found its lineaments not unkind.” He survived, although he felt assured that soon he would “enjoy death as I have enjoyed life.”America’s entry into World War I had tested his resolve. Du Bois, echoing current debates about the efficacy of Black patriotism, supported the war effort and encouraged Black people to “forget our special grievances,” as he wrote in the July 1918 Crisis editorial “Close Ranks,” and stand “shoulder to shoulder with our own white fellow citizens and the allied nations that are fighting for democracy.” Du Bois was widely excoriated, with his harshest critics calling him a traitor to the race. In December 1918, Du Bois traveled to France, where along with organizing a pan-African congress, he saw firsthand the devastation of the war and heard directly from Black soldiers and officers how American racism had wounded them in body and soul. “With the armistice came disillusion,” he later recalled.[From the March 1901 issue: W.E.B Du Bois on ‘The Freedmen’s Bureau’]Du Bois’s disillusionment deepened by the end of the summer of 1919. Racial violence had exploded across the country, from Washington, D.C., to Chicago to Elaine, Arkansas. The lynching of Black people had skyrocketed. On August 30, 1919, in Bogalusa, Louisiana, Lucious McCarty, a Black veteran, was shot, dragged through town, and burned to the howling delight of some 1,500 spectators. Two weeks later, Du Bois submitted the final manuscript of Darkwater to Harcourt, Brace, and Howe.The trauma of the war and the horror of the “Red Summer” explain the harsh racial world Du Bois depicts in Darkwater. Race, as an ideology and social reality, had become an immutable fact, with the modern investment in whiteness being one of its most dreadful costs. “But what on earth is whiteness that one should so desire it?” Du Bois asked rhetorically in the prescient chapter “The Souls of White Folk.” After pausing to reflect on the countless everyday acts of privilege—some silent, some ugly, all enraging—white people wielded like a weapon, he sardonically concluded that “whiteness is the ownership of the earth forever and ever, Amen!”In Darkwater, Du Bois reprised the image of a veil from his 1903 work, The Souls of Black Folk, to characterize the color line as inhibiting yet ultimately permeable. But this time it was much more violent and unforgiving. “There is Hate behind it, and Cruelty and Tears,” he painfully revealed. “As one peers through its intricate, unfathomable pattern of ancient, old, old design, one sees blood and guilt and misunderstanding. And yet it hangs there, this Veil, between Then and Now, between Pale and Colored and Black and White—between You and Me.” The veil, no longer solely a metaphor, was “true and terrible.”East St. Louis, Illinois, offered a prime example. Du Bois detailed how the wartime influx of Black migrants into the city unsettled the color line, heightened labor tensions, and caused “red anger” to flame in the hearts of white workers. On July 2, 1917, it exploded. White mobs “killed and beat and murdered; they dashed out the brains of children and stripped off the clothes of women; they drove victims into the flames and hanged the helpless to the lighting poles,” he wrote. Du Bois argued that racial terror is thoroughly ingrained in the soil and psyche of America.[Ibram X. Kendi: The American nightmare]Darkwater also speaks to the deep roots of our current struggle with the precarity of Black life and the traumas of premature Black death. “We know in America how to discourage, choke, and murder ability when it so far forgets itself as to choose a dark skin,” Du Bois lamented. He posed questions that still haunt Black parents: “Is it worth while? Ought children be born to us? Have we any right to make human souls face what we face today.” Having lost his first son, Burghardt, in 1899 at only 18 months, Du Bois pondered these questions from a place of personal sorrow, while also writing that Black mothers felt, and continue to feel, this pain even more acutely.At every turn in Darkwater, shadows seem to overtake the light. And yet, through the pain, Du Bois offers hope.Darkwater was the canvas for Du Bois’s bold postwar political vision and challenge to global white supremacy. This included ending European imperialism, pursuing economic justice and the redistribution of wealth, expanding the franchise and protecting the right to vote, recognizing the struggles and contributions of Black women, and investing in education. Darkwater represents a foundational moment in the long battle for Black freedom and democracy that endures with the movement for Black lives today.Du Bois also knew that any vision of the future for Black people had to be coupled with an appreciation for the beauty of life. In Darkwater, he wrote of his travels in the United States and abroad: the iridescent colors of the ocean in Maine; the vast living awe of the Grand Canyon; the heroic quaintness of France. “Grant all its ugliness and sin,” Du Bois wrote, “the petty, horrible snarl of its putrid threads,” but he could not forget that “the beauty of this world is not to be denied.”And above all else, there was the beauty and gift of Blackness. Tears welled in Du Bois’s eyes as he listened to the “wild and sweet and wooing” sounds of the jazz musician Tim Brymm and his military band playing in the small French hamlet of Maron. He delighted in memories of a walk down the streets of Harlem, surrounded everywhere by “black eyes, black and brown, and frizzled hair curled and sleek, and skins that riot with luscious color and deep, burning blood.” All this and more affirmed Blackness as a life-sustaining force that even the harshest forms of white supremacy could not deny.[Adam Serwer: The most dangerous American idea]“Which is life and what is death and how shall we face so tantalizing a contradiction?” Just as Du Bois asked this question in 1920, we ask it again a century later. Du Bois lived until 1963, leaving behind an enormous corpus of writings for us to learn from. Darkwater, however, rings especially prophetic. Du Bois gave voice to the pain and promise, the hopelessness and faith, the rage and beauty that continue to define so much of the Black experience in America.
theatlantic.com
Neil Young upset Trump event used his song: ‘This is NOT ok with me’
Neil Young made clear once again Friday that he doesn’t like it when one of his songs is used during a public appearance by President Trump.
foxnews.com
Coronavirus updates: Some Texas hospitals at 100% capacity
Hospitals in the Rio Grande Valley are full, officials say, due to the rise in coronavirus hospitalizations.
abcnews.go.com
How a Certain Clear Phone Became a Cultural Obsession
A unique industrial and teenage moment collided to create one of America’s most coveted hunks of plastic.
1 h
slate.com
A 24-year-old Covid-19 survivor is celebrating a different kind of independence this July Fourth
On Saturday, as people across the country celebrate America's independence, Shakell Avery will celebrate a different kind of freedom.
1 h
edition.cnn.com
Letters to the Editor: Renaming John Wayne Airport misses the point: Racism is everywhere in America
John Wayne said some horribly racist things that were common beliefs in his day. We shouldn't rename the Orange County airport.
1 h
latimes.com
Letters to the Editor: On paying $3,000 for a COVID-19 drug developed with taxpayer funding
Drug companies will undertake expensive research and development only when taxpayers contribute. This is unfair and counterproductive.
1 h
latimes.com
‘I Am Here to Prove You Wrong’
At Miss Muslimah USA, a pageant for young Muslim women, the complexity of modesty is on full display.
1 h
nytimes.com
We Returned to Normal
#ThursdaysChild x Trunk Archive / Jingyu LinAfter 24 hours of travel from our home in Brooklyn, we landed exhausted and disoriented in Iceland on a Saturday night just two weeks ago, the midnight sun shining through the airplane windows. The otherworldly feeling I always get landing on this volcanic island in the middle of the North Atlantic was more intense than usual, because we had left one reality—the crisis-induced confinement of our small apartment—and were entering another—a country that has by and large stopped the spread of the coronavirus. We gathered our sanitized belongings, roused our young children, and exited the plane for the empty airport and our COVID-19 test, which we needed to get through customs. With the national contact-tracing app installed on our phones, we felt free for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.We had been planning our annual trip to Iceland to visit my wife’s family for a long time, but getting there took on increased urgency during the outbreak in New York City. First there were near-constant ambulance sirens and an ominous feeling that people were suffering and dying all around us. During the Black Lives Matter protests, the sirens transformed into police sirens—a new kind of ominous. Low-flying police helicopters and fireworks kept the children up at night. New rituals—limiting our outings to only the most essential trips, sanitizing our groceries, constantly washing our hands—helped us manage our persistent trepidation, but they were unnerving in their own right. I learned to master the mute button on conference calls when my children would fight or scream for whatever reason children fight or scream.The kids needed family, friends, other people. They needed playgrounds. Our downstairs neighbors also needed our children to have playgrounds, and we constantly felt guilty about that. We all needed a break, and a summer in Iceland was our opportunity for one. The country had done what it needed to do. People had listened to the scientists, trusted its leaders, tested widely. If you needed to quarantine, the government would put you up in a hotel and you would continue to receive your pay. The country responded in a rational and robust way and did everything it could to ensure that schools remained safely open. Iceland was still managing the pandemic, but it had thus far been successful, and life was continuing mostly as normal.[Thomas Chatterton Williams: Do Americans understand how badly they’re doing?]After three canceled flights on two airlines and lots of time spent on hold, we were finally able to book a confirmed flight through Boston. Despite a ban on Americans entering the country, we managed to secure a letter from Iceland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs that would allow us to return to my wife’s home country together.We completed our COVID-19 tests at the airport and collected our checked bags, but no family was there to greet us. We did not yet have our test results and did not want to endanger others. Without a ride, and to avoid taking the airport shuttle, we rented a car to get to the apartment where we’d be staying. As we drove into downtown Reykjavík, now past midnight, I felt like we were driving into the twilight zone. The streets were alive and joyous—and mask-less. It was all so jarring. Normal had become bizarre. We arrived at our destination and secured our masks before exiting the car. We did not want to be the people to bring the virus back to this country.We received our negative results in the morning—relieved, but not surprised. We had been hypervigilant in New York. We were most afraid of what we might have contracted while traveling. There was the man behind us on the flight to Boston who refused to wear his mask properly. There were the taxis and the hotel in Boston. There was everything that our 1-year-old daughter might have put in her mouth when we were not looking.Feeling cavalier, the first thing we did on Sunday in Reykjavík was go to the playground. It felt like the first playground we had been to in forever. Our kids were overjoyed.On the walk back from the playground with my son on my shoulders, I felt a hand touch my back. It was our Danish friend Peter, happy to run into us. This was the first physical contact I had had with someone other than my immediate family in more than three months. We asked him to give us some distance. We told him that we had tested negative but wanted to be extra cautious because of our travel. He was surprised and questioned the need for our masks. COVID-19 was over in Iceland, he said. We told him about New York, the fear of getting sick, the overloaded hospitals, the long-term closure of schools and playgrounds, the economic devastation there and throughout the country, the lackluster federal-government response. We told him how grateful we were to be here in Iceland. Our masks weren’t for our safety, we said, but for his.[Molly Jong-Fast: The new New York will be better]Peter knew much of this. He had been watching the news and had seen the disaster of the United States’ COVID-19 response. But if it was that bad to live through, he wanted to know, why didn’t the country respond to the virus in a serious way, so that it could move on safely? I didn’t know what to say. I don’t understand it either.I have always seen Iceland as a laboratory for the future, particularly for the United States. Its leadership in climate change, renewable energy, gender equity, and so much more show what could someday be possible with real innovation and effort. Today, Iceland also shows us a vision of a missed present.A few days into our trip, with normal life beginning to feel more and more normal, I sat in a café on the ocean edge of the city and called into an urgent parents’ meeting for our children’s preschool. Our tuition was due imminently and so many questions were still unanswered. Preschoolers don’t do well in virtual classrooms, we all agreed, and what about child-care needs for those of us who are working, not to mention those of us who might have to go back to the office? How do we keep our beloved school solvent and teachers employed? It felt like I was calling into another planet. There was so little governmental guidance or support. There was still the virus.We love New York City. We are going to return. But we don’t know what New York will be when we do. After only a few days in Iceland and a taste of normal life, the city and the coronavirus already felt so far away. As we settle in for our summer here, we hope this is an early return to normalcy. What we fear, though—and what I think we know but struggle to accept—is that this is just a temporary reprieve. Soon we’ll be back in New York City, ready with our masks and rituals, steeling ourselves for the months ahead.
1 h
theatlantic.com
Fred Fleitz: At Mount Rushmore, Trump right to highlight danger leftist radicals pose to America
President Trump celebrated America’s independence and our nation’s 244th birthday Friday night with stirring speech at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota calling attention to serious threats America faces here at home from radical lawbreakers.
1 h
foxnews.com
Boycotting Zuck
What’s ESG investing, you ask? Environmental, social, and governance investing.
1 h
slate.com
June Medical: A Win In Wolf’s Clothing?
No, Chief Justice John Roberts is not turning into Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
1 h
slate.com
Letters to the Editor: Trump freaks out Democrats. That's the only reason Republicans love him
Republicans privately will concede Trump is not much of a leader, but they remain loyal because he confuses Democrats.
1 h
latimes.com
Our Best Fourth of July Recipes
1 h
nytimes.com
80 American artists are writing messages in the skies above ICE detention centers
This Independence Day Weekend, 80 artists are asking Americans to look up at the skies. Over July 3 and 4, messages related to immigration will be written at 10,000 feet by World War II military planes, sky-typed over 80 sites related to the country's network of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities, immigration courts, and the southern border. The idea is to bring attention to these facilities, which may not be familiar to many Americans.
2 h
edition.cnn.com
Oregon governor meets with state troopers caught flouting mask mandate in coffee shop
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown met Friday with three Oregon State Police troopers who were seen on video earlier this week defying a mandated statewide mask order while visiting a Corvallis coffee shop.
2 h
foxnews.com
80 American artists are writing messages in the skies above ICE detention centers
Over Independence Day weekend, the project "In Plain Sight" aims to bring attention to the complex network of facilities and landmarks related to US immigration around the country.
2 h
edition.cnn.com
Why do Trump, allies repost racist messaging and will it help his reelection effort?
The growing pattern comes as Trump drops in national polls.
2 h
abcnews.go.com
Our country is in chaos. But it's a great time to be an American
On July 9, 1776, a rowdy group of American colonists banded together at a political rally in New York City and did something that today would be called "badass."
2 h
edition.cnn.com
Our country is in chaos. But it's a great time to be an American
It's easy to be cynical this Fourth of July. Racial protests have rocked every major US city, and Americans can't even agree if they should wear face masks during a pandemic. But what some see as chaos, others see as an explosion of patriotism.
2 h
edition.cnn.com
Bob Ross' time in the Air Force influenced him in 'The Joy of Painting,' pal says
Before Bob Ross introduced the world to “The Joy of Painting,” he served in the Air Force where he discovered happy trees and almighty mountains.
2 h
foxnews.com
Fourth of July: Why do we celebrate with fireworks?
Do you know why it’s popular to celebrate July 4 with a bang?
2 h
foxnews.com
Your Weekend Briefing: Halfway Through 2020
January feels like a decade ago. Here’s what you may have forgotten.
2 h
nytimes.com
Toledo police officer fatally shot outside Home Depot store: reports
A police officer was fatally shot outside a Home Depot store just after midnight Saturday in Toledo, Ohio, according to reports.
2 h
foxnews.com
As coronavirus cases skyrocket, US marks July Fourth with pleas for people to skip the parties
After a week of skyrocketing coronavirus cases in the United States, officials are issuing a stark warning this July Fourth: Skip the parties.
3 h
edition.cnn.com
MLB’s Cleveland Indians say they’re open to possible name change
Cleveland’s MLB team hasn’t always been called the Indians -- and the team indicated Friday it might soon be willing to change its name again.
3 h
foxnews.com
Military vets and fireworks: It's a complicated relationship
While the Fourth of July can be likened to one of America's biggest street parties — at least in pre-pandemic times — our celebration of the sacrifices made by our nation's warriors can cause intensely painful trauma reactions for some who fight our wars.
3 h
edition.cnn.com
Spouse cheating? 10 tech clues to find evidence
Years of marriage will hone a spouse’s instincts, and we often know when something seems funny. Smartphones, tablets, computers, and smart tech absorb adulterous evidence like a sponge. Once suspicions are aroused, a digital trail could contain many clues about a potential dalliance.
3 h
foxnews.com
Trump will host a scaled-back July 4th party at White House as coronavirus cases spike
Trump's guests will include members of the military and law enforcement, as well as doctors and nurses on the front lines of the COVID-19 battle.        
3 h
usatoday.com
Britain has one of the world's worst Covid death rates. Now many fear it's about to drink itself into chaos
After four months of coronavirus lockdown closure, England's pubs are opening their doors again amid fears that this thirst for normality may risk further infections.
3 h
edition.cnn.com
Britain has one of the world's worst Covid death rates. Now many fear it's about to drink itself into chaos
The thought of a pint of beer in a proper pub is a dream that has sustained many people in the UK through the tough months of coronavirus lockdown, but as the doors to drinking establishments finally reopen after four months on Saturday, a potential nightmare looms.
3 h
edition.cnn.com
Lawyer for Epstein victims thinks Ghislaine Maxwell will die in jail
Ghislaine Maxwell will likely kill herself or “be silenced” in jail, a victim lawyer has reportedly predicted — a year after he correctly forecast Jeffrey Epstein’s early death behind bars. “I don’t think she is going to get out of jail alive,” Spencer Kuvin, an attorney for several Epstein victims, told The Daily Mail. “I...
4 h
nypost.com
July Fourth: Frederick Douglass found hope in our Declaration of Independence. So can we.
These are trouble times and the American dream may still be a dream deferred. But the great promise of our founding documents is worth chasing after.      
4 h
usatoday.com
Gilbert Burns comments on 'devastating' removal from UFC 251 after positive COVID-19 test
Gilbert Burns said he's "not feeling well" in his first comment since news of his removal from the UFC 251 main event.        Related StoriesMarina Rodriguez vs. Carla Esparza removed from July 15 UFC event after positive COVID-19 testConor McGregor offers condolences following death of Abdulmanap NurmagomedovOvince Saint Preux vs. Shamil Gamzatov rescheduled for UFC's Aug. 22 event 
4 h
usatoday.com
Mets’ Luis Rojas: Yoenis Cespedes has been sprinting
Yoenis Cespedes’ legs might be the most heavily scrutinized body part in spring training 2.0 for the Mets. If he can run, he can play. And from reports manager Luis Rojas has received, Cespedes was sprinting during the COVID-19 layoff. “I know he was still in a progression while we were away, running bases and...
4 h
nypost.com
Fireworks canceled this year? Watch the lunar eclipse 'Buck Moon' instead
If your family's Fourth of July fireworks plans are up in smoke because of the pandemic, watch the sky for a lunar eclipse instead.
4 h
edition.cnn.com
Fireworks canceled this year? Watch the lunar eclipse 'Buck Moon' instead
If your family's Fourth of July fireworks plans are up in smoke because of the pandemic, watch the sky for a lunar eclipse instead.
4 h
edition.cnn.com
Yankees’ Zack Britton: No-fan games will be a ‘challenge’
When you run through a list of reasons for a team winning a title in a shortened season, solid starting pitching, strong bullpen and deep lineup are the top three selections. Now, with MLB hoping to launch a 60-game regular season and a 10-team postseason in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic and in front...
4 h
nypost.com
3 Colorado police officers linked to photos at Elijah McClain memorial are fired: reports
Three Aurora, Colo., police officers linked to controversial photos snapped at the site of a memorial for slain black man Elijah McClain were fired Friday, according to reports.
4 h
foxnews.com
More than 1,400 Georgia healthcare workers sign letter asking governor for more coronavirus restrictions
More than 1,400 Georgia healthcare workers have petitioned the state's governor asking that he impose further restrictions to slow the spread of Covid-19.
5 h
edition.cnn.com