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Wildfires have destroyed more than 73,000 acres across 3 states and are spreading fast

Wildfires have destroyed more than 73,000 acres across 3 states and are spreading fast

Firefighters across three Western states are battling wildfires that have destroyed more than 73,000 acres. Evacuations orders have been issued in areas threatened by the Lake Fire in California’s Los Angeles County, the Mosier Creek Fire in central Oregon, and the Pine Gulch and Grizzly Creek fires in Colorado. More than 100 homes have been…

Children’s theme park employee punched in the face for enforcing park’s mask policy

Children’s theme park employee punched in the face for enforcing park’s mask policy

A teen working at a children’s theme park in Pennsylvania was punched in the face for enforcing the park’s face mask policy, police say. The 17-year-old employee was “aggressively punched by both a female and a male,” on Sunday at Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, according to Middletown Township Police Lieutenant Stephen Forman. The park…

Another city votes to remove a statue of Christopher Columbus

Another city votes to remove a statue of Christopher Columbus

The Philadelphia Art Commission, which approves the design and location of construction projects and public art on city property, voted Wednesday to remove the statue of Christopher Columbus in Marconi Plaza. The commission voted 8-0 with one abstention to remove the statue, with the caveat that the city report back on its process to find…

Orange County officials declare August 24 as Kobe Bryant Day

Orange County officials declare August 24 as Kobe Bryant Day

Orange County’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to declare August 24 as Kobe Bryant Day. Bryant wore the numbers 8 and 24 during his NBA career, which is why August 24 was chosen as the date to commemorate Bryant, said Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel. The NBA legend, who lived in Newport…

LAPD investigating possible ‘swatting’ incident at BLM activist’s home

LAPD investigating possible ‘swatting’ incident at BLM activist’s home

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is investigating a possible swatting incident after heavily armed officers were called to the home of a prominent Black Lives Matter activist on Wednesday morning. An LAPD spokesperson tells CNN that officers responded to a call of a reported kidnapping at Melina Abdullah’s home at 8:53 a.m. PT on…

DA in Rayshard Brooks case ousted in runoff after 23 years in office

DA in Rayshard Brooks case ousted in runoff after 23 years in office

Paul Howard, who handled the Ray Lewis murder case, Atlanta school cheating scandal and the police killing of Rayshard Brooks during his lengthy tenure, has been ousted as Fulton County’s top prosecutor. Opponent Fani Willis, who prosecuted cases for years in the county district attorney’s office, outpaced her old boss in June’s Democratic primary, but…

The Big 12 plans to play football in the fall

The Big 12 plans to play football in the fall

A day after the Big 10 and Pac-12 conferences decided not to play college football this fall, the Big 12 conference on Wednesday announced it plans to play. The Big 12 reaffirmed its commitment to moving forward with the fall football schedule, a slate which includes the iconic Texas vs. Oklahoma rivalry game known as…

Why people are split on using ‘Latinx’

Why people are split on using ‘Latinx’

Depending on which corners of the internet you inhabit, you might have come across the term “Latinx.” “Latinx” has emerged as an inclusive term to refer to people of Latin American descent, encompassing those who don’t identify as male or female or who don’t want to be identified by their gender. It’s been used by…