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Cleveland Indians changing name to Cleveland Guardians

Cleveland Indians changing name to Cleveland Guardians

The Cleveland Indians are changing their name next season to the Cleveland Guardians, the Major League Baseball club announced Friday morning, after the old moniker drew criticism for decades from Native Americans. “You see, there’s always been a Cleveland — that’s the best part of our name,” actor Tom Hanks says in a video announcement…

Unvaccinated nursing instructor in Missouri is hospitalized with Covid-19 and urging everyone to get the vaccine
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Unvaccinated nursing instructor in Missouri is hospitalized with Covid-19 and urging everyone to get the vaccine

Christy Henry had played it safe during the pandemic. Wearing a mask in public and rarely coming into contact with others, the 56-year-old former nurse, who now works as a nursing instructor, resides in southern Missouri with her retired husband and children. However, after Covid-19 vaccines became widely distributed in the spring, Henry and her…

5 things to know for July 23: Abortion, Afghanistan, coronavirus, economy, Cuba

5 things to know for July 23: Abortion, Afghanistan, coronavirus, economy, Cuba

Water thieves are running rampant during California’s drought, sometimes tapping into fire hydrants and waterlines to make off with truckloads. Here’s what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)…

Tennessee to remove bust of Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest from state Capitol

Tennessee to remove bust of Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest from state Capitol

Tennessee officials voted Thursday to remove the bust of a Ku Klux Klan and Confederate leader Nathan Bedford Forrest from the State Capitol and into the Tennessee State Museum. “After more than a year in the making, this process has finally come to a close,” said Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Lee, who voted in favor…

Mother holds vaccination drive at memorial for her 46-year-old son who died of Covid-19
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Mother holds vaccination drive at memorial for her 46-year-old son who died of Covid-19

After a Louisiana man who declined to be vaccinated died of Covid-19, his mother organized a vaccine drive at his memorial to help prevent the same outcome befalling other family and friends. Betty Antoine wanted to encourage people to get inoculated after her son, 46-year-old Baton Rouge resident Brandon Haynes, refused the vaccine and died…

Thieves in California are stealing scarce water amid extreme drought, ‘devastating’ some communities
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Thieves in California are stealing scarce water amid extreme drought, ‘devastating’ some communities

As an extreme drought grips California, making water increasingly scarce, thieves are making off with billions of gallons of the precious resource, tapping into fire hydrants, rivers, and even small family homes and farms. State and local officials say water theft is a long running-issue, but the intensifying drought has driven the thefts to record…

Virginia Beach school board votes against making masks optional following heated hourslong meeting
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Virginia Beach school board votes against making masks optional following heated hourslong meeting

The Virginia Beach school board voted against a motion which would make mask-wearing in school optional for the upcoming school year, during a heated Tuesday night meeting that lasted more than four hours. The board voted 6-4 against the effort, keeping masks mandatory for the district’s 63,000 students and more than 4,000 teachers in September.…

FAA changes policy on who qualifies for commercial astronaut wings on same day as Blue Origin spaceflight

FAA changes policy on who qualifies for commercial astronaut wings on same day as Blue Origin spaceflight

Even though Jeff Bezos crossed into space on Tuesday, he still may not get his official astronaut wings from the federal government. On the same day as Blue Origin’s first human spaceflight, the Federal Aviation Administration announced a change to its Commercial Astronaut Wings Program for the first time in 17 years. This shift at…

3 indicted for attempted murder and assault of an Illinois police officer during traffic stop
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3 indicted for attempted murder and assault of an Illinois police officer during traffic stop

A routine traffic stop in a Chicago suburb turned violent after a driver and two passengers allegedly assaulted the police officer by beating and strangling him. On Wednesday, Aurora, Illinois, officials announced that Sheba Taylor, 26, Jennifer Taylor, 24, and Paul Sherrod Taylor, 28, had been indicted by a grand jury on charges that included…

Why Texas’s lone Black freshman Democrat refuses to give up on the fight for voting rights
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Why Texas’s lone Black freshman Democrat refuses to give up on the fight for voting rights

For Texas State Rep. Jasmine Crockett, holding public office was not a goal she ever set. Neither was becoming a civil rights attorney. But after being the victim of racist hate mail while attending undergrad at Rhodes College and watching Black people face inequalities in the criminal justice system, both careers became a calling she…

The intentional misgendering of transgender nursing home residents in California is no longer banned, court rules
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The intentional misgendering of transgender nursing home residents in California is no longer banned, court rules

Staff at nursing homes in California are no longer prohibited from deliberately misgendering residents, a California district court ruled this month, saying the ban that was enshrined as part of a 2017 law was a violation of staffers’ freedom of speech. ​Equality California, a nonprofit that aims to protect LGBTQ Californians, and one of the…

Atlanta students must wear masks when school starts, district says
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Atlanta students must wear masks when school starts, district says

Atlanta Public Schools, one of the nation’s first districts to begin its school year next month, will require masks for all students and teachers in school and on buses, the district announced Thursday. The announcement comes despite Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s rolling back such measures in an executive order. The universal mask wearing protocol will…

Sleepaway camp in New York says 31 campers under age 12 tested positive for Covid-19

Sleepaway camp in New York says 31 campers under age 12 tested positive for Covid-19

A co-ed sleepaway camp in New York said that 31 campers between 7 and 11 years old have tested positive for Covid-19 — but none of their vaccinated 12-and-up campers did. Camp Pontiac, located in Copake, NY, about a two-hour drive from New York City, said in a letter to parents the first positive test…

Universities have held onto sacred Indigenous remains and items for decades — and have been slow to give them back
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Universities have held onto sacred Indigenous remains and items for decades — and have been slow to give them back

The Ponca tribe buried Chief Standing Bear more than a century ago in what is now Nebraska. But Standing Bear’s tomahawk, a symbol of protest against US government policies that didn’t define Native Americans as “people under the law,” has been sitting since 1982 in a glass case 1,500 miles away at a Harvard University…

A 14-year-old girl drowned at a Cincinnati-area amusement park, officials say

A 14-year-old girl drowned at a Cincinnati-area amusement park, officials say

A 14-year-old girl from Ohio drowned this week at a Cincinnati-area amusement park, officials said. The drowning happened Tuesday at the Aqua Adventure water park portion of Land of Illusion Adventure Park, some 40 miles north of downtown Cincinnati, the Butler County Sheriff’s Office said. The teen had gone under water around 5 p.m., and…

5 things to know for July 22: Covid-19, Capitol riot, guns, wildfires, China

5 things to know for July 22: Covid-19, Capitol riot, guns, wildfires, China

If you’re taking advantage of the IRS’ child tax credits, be aware: They may mean an unwelcome surprise come tax season. Here’s what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up…

Teenager charged after allegedly changing yearbook to include Hitler quote and Boston Marathon bomber reference

Teenager charged after allegedly changing yearbook to include Hitler quote and Boston Marathon bomber reference

A Connecticut teenager has been charged with two counts of third-degree computer crimes after he allegedly changed two yearbook entries to include a quote from Adolf Hitler and a reference to the Boston Marathon bomber, according to an arrest log from the Glastonbury Police Department. Last October, the 18-year-old Glastonbury High School student allegedly gained…