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Greta Thunberg won a $1.15M humanitarian prize. She's donating it all to environmental groups.

Greta Thornburg

Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg is pledging to donate $1.15 million she's won in prize money to groups working to fight climate change.

Thunberg was selected to win the inaugural Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity from 136 nominees from 46 different countries, the foundation said in a statement. She was chosen because of the way she “has been able to mobilise younger generations for the cause of climate change and her tenacious struggle to alter a status quo that persists," said Jorge Sampaio, chair of the prize jury, in a statement.

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Trump consults Bush torture lawyer on how to skirt law and rule by decree

John YooThe Trump administration has been consulting the former government lawyer who wrote the legal justification for waterboarding on how the president might try to rule by decree.

John Yoo told the Guardian he has been talking to White House officials about his view that a recent supreme court ruling on immigration would allow Trump to issue executive orders on whether to apply existing federal laws.

“If the court really believes what it just did, then it just handed President Trump a great deal of power, too,” Yoo, a professor at Berkeley Law, said.

TVNL Comment:  This is about Trump asking how to become a dictator by ignoring the US Constitution.  If this doesn't scare you, nothing will.

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St. Louis couple who aimed guns at protesters charged with felony weapons count

St. Louis couple with guns charged

The St. Louis couple who emerged from their mansion in a gated community and aimed weapons at protesters marching past them last month were each charged Monday with one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon.

Lawyers Mark McCloskey, 61, and Patricia McCloskey, 63, have said they were merely defending their home on a private street in an upscale neighborhood from a crowd that was marching to Mayor Lyda Krewson’s house to protest racial injustice.

Video and photographs showing Mark McCloskey wielding a rifle and Patricia McCloskey aiming a pistol at the marchers created a firestorm of controversy between those who felt the couple was legally defending their home and those who felt they were menacing peaceful protesters.

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A Navy vet asked federal officers in Portland to remember their oaths. Then they broke his hand

Portlaannd protester and Navy vet had hand broken He came to the protest with a question. He left with two broken bones in a confrontation with federal officers that went viral.

Christopher David had watched in horror as videos surfaced of federal officers in camouflage throwing protesters into unmarked vans in Portland. The 53-year-old Portland resident had heard the stories: protesters injured, gassed, sprayed with chemicals that tugged at their nostrils and burned their eyes.

David, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and former member of the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps, said he wanted to know what the officers involved thought of the oath they had sworn to protect and defend the Constitution.

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So, he said, on Saturday evening, he headed to downtown Portland to ask them.

‘Wall Of Moms’ In Portland Protects Protesters From Federal Agents

Mothers protect protesters from armed feds

A group calling itself the “Wall of Moms” began gathering over the weekend in Portland, Oregon, to defend people protesting police brutality and racial inequality against the militarized federal agents deployed by President Donald Trump.

The group of several dozen was seen on the front line of the protests outside the U.S. courthouse in Portland on Saturday with arms linked and chanting phrases like, “Leave our kids alone!” and “Feds stay clear, the moms are here.”

The group was brought together via a Facebook group “Wall of Moms” organized by Bev Barnum. It called on mothers to “do what we do best ― protect people.”

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U.S. companies fear workplace coronavirus precautions do not address airborne risk

airborne droplets endager workplaceU.S. companies are raising new questions about how they can make workplaces safe after the world’s top public health agency acknowledged the risk that tiny airborne droplets of the novel coronavirus may contribute to its spread, industry healthcare consultants said.

About two weeks ago, the World Health Organization called for more scientific study into airborne transmission of COVID-19. The move raised awareness of an issue excluded from U.S. government back-to-work guidelines, adding to the challenge of keeping people safe in offices, stores and work sites, these consultants said.

Many companies devised strategies based on WHO guidance that large respiratory droplets of the virus could infect people when first emitted and after they landed on surfaces. Now the concern over infection is focused on the idea that tiny droplets could linger in the air for hours.

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Trump plans to send federal law enforcement personnel to Democratic-led U.S. cities

Portland raids to be repeated in dem citiesPresident Donald Trump on Monday said he plans to send law enforcement personnel to some major U.S. cities, as a federal crackdown on anti-racism protests including use of unmarked cars and unidentified officers in camouflage in Portland, Oregon, angers people across the country.

“We’re sending law enforcement,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “We can’t let this happen to the cities.”

Trump, a Republican, mentioned New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore and Oakland, California, as possible places for sending in federal forces, noting the cities’ mayors are “liberal Democrats.” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot frequently blasts Trump on Twitter.

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Suspect in shooting of federal judge's son and husband at her New Jersey home has died, sources say

Judge Esther SalasThe person suspected of shooting the husband and son of US District Court of New Jersey Esther Salas on Sunday at her North Brunswick home has died of what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to two law enforcement sources.

Daniel Anderl, a 20-year-old student at Catholic University, was killed in the shooting, and Mark Anderl, the judge's husband and a defense attorney, was injured, according to Chief Judge Freda Wolfson. Salas was unharmed, Wolfson said.
Daniel Anderl, a 20-year-old student at Catholic University, was killed in the shooting, and Mark Anderl, the judge's husband and a defense attorney, was injured, according to Chief Judge Freda Wolfson. Salas was unharmed, Wolfson said.
Mark Anderl is in stable condition and "seems to be OK," said Carlos Salas, the judge's brother.

Cruise ships pose risk for 'amplified,' 'scattered' COVID-19 community spread, CDC official say

Diamond Princess Cruises

Cruise ships' close-contact environments increase the risk of spreading infectious diseases as we've been reminded by multiple COVID-19 outbreaks on ships this year. And the risk of spreading disease doesn't stop when passengers disembark.

Along with last week's announcement that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would suspend sailings through the end of September, the agency also shared some soberingdata about COVID-19 outbreaks on cruise ships.

Most strikingly, it revealed the breadth of contact tracing that was done after some 11,000 passengers and crew members left ships that experienced outbreaks. The CDC said in its report that the legwork required "countless hours" of work by public health officials – even more than flight contact investigations. The report noted the CDC has expended an estimated 38,000 person-hours on the COVID-19 cruise ship response since March 14, though it's unclear how many of those were devoted to contact tracing.

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