Prosecutors wrap up case against R. Kelly in sex trafficking trial

Prosecutors at the R. Kelly sex trafficking trial ended their case Monday after calling dozens of witnesses over the past month who detailed the government’s sweeping allegations against the singer in lurid detail. Several women and two men who were in Kelly’s celebrity orbit testified about how he grooming them for unwanted sex and psychological… Continue reading Prosecutors wrap up case against R. Kelly in sex trafficking trial

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4 famous giant trees not harmed by fire at Sequoia National Park

Four famous giant sequoias were not harmed by a wildfire that reached the edge of Giant Forest in California’s Sequoia National Park, authorities said. The Four Guardsmen, a group of trees that form a natural entryway on the road to the forest, were successfully protected from the KNP Complex fire by the removal of nearby… Continue reading 4 famous giant trees not harmed by fire at Sequoia National Park

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Professor yelled racial slurs, spit on Black woman and her 7-year-old daughter outside Oak Park Jewel-Osco, prosecutors say

Jewel-Osco at 438 W. Madison St. in Oak Park | Google Maps Alberto Friedmann also sped toward the woman in his Jaguar and almost hit her, according to prosecutors. A health sciences professor has been charged with a felony hate crime after he allegedly yelled racial slurs and spit on a Black woman and her… Continue reading Professor yelled racial slurs, spit on Black woman and her 7-year-old daughter outside Oak Park Jewel-Osco, prosecutors say

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Professor Yelled Racial Slurs, Spit on Black Woman, 7-Year-Old Outside Jewel: Pros.

A health sciences professor has been charged with a felony hate crime after he allegedly yelled racial slurs and spit on a Black woman and her daughter outside a Jewel-Osco in Oak Park earlier this month. Alberto Friedmann, 53, is also facing one count of felony aggravated assault with a motor vehicle for accelerating toward… Continue reading Professor Yelled Racial Slurs, Spit on Black Woman, 7-Year-Old Outside Jewel: Pros.

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US to Require COVID-19 Vaccinations for Arriving International Travelers

The Biden administration will require all international travelers coming into the U.S. to be fully vaccinated against COVID as part of a new international air travel system. Starting in early November, foreign nationals flying into the U.S. will be required to be fully vaccinated and must show proof of vaccination prior to boarding a U.S.-bound… Continue reading US to Require COVID-19 Vaccinations for Arriving International Travelers

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FBI Descends on Gabby Petito Boyfriend’s House as Search for Him Continues

Authorities say a body discovered in northern Wyoming is believed to be that of a 22-year-old Long Island woman who disappeared while on a cross-country trek – and the FBI descended on her missing partner’s home Monday. A large contingent of agents with equipment descended on Brian Laundrie’s North Port home Monday morning. That came… Continue reading FBI Descends on Gabby Petito Boyfriend’s House as Search for Him Continues

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Referee shortage impacts 18 high school football games in Texas

Eighteen high school football games, primarily in West Texas, have not had enough local officials to help referee the game, causing the Texas Association of Sports Officials to send in officials from major metro areas to help out. “I never thought I would see the day that we had a shortage of football officials in… Continue reading Referee shortage impacts 18 high school football games in Texas

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Casey Thompson to start against Texas Tech — here’s what Sarkisian said about the Red Raiders

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas football opens the Big 12 schedule at home against Texas Tech Saturday at 11 a.m. at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. The evaluation period of the Steve Sarkisian era of Longhorns football truly starts now as Texas pursues a Big 12 championship. The Longhorns opened as 10-point favorites over the Red Raiders, according… Continue reading Casey Thompson to start against Texas Tech — here’s what Sarkisian said about the Red Raiders

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What We Learn About Ourselves From the Quietly Rebellious Art of Iranian Women

Well hello! I’m so glad you’re here. A version of this article also appeared in the It’s Not Just You newsletter. Sign up to get a new edition every Saturday.   “Only art penetrates what pride, passion, intelligence and habit erect on all sides — the seeming realities of this world.” —Saul Bellow A few… Continue reading What We Learn About Ourselves From the Quietly Rebellious Art of Iranian Women

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R Kelly trial moves into next stage

R. Kelly 54, is accused of running a Chicago-based enterprise of managers, bodyguards and other employees who helped him recruit and transport his victims. | AP file Prosecutors ended their case Monday. The defense will now begin calling former Kelly employees in an effort to cast doubt on some of the accusers’ accounts. NEW YORK… Continue reading R Kelly trial moves into next stage

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‘Outsiders’ movie house: Tiny Tulsa museum drawing big-name fans

The exterior of a Tulsa, Oklahoma, home used for the 1983 film “The Outsiders,” based on S.E. Hinton’s classic 1967 novel, was purchased by rapper Danny Boy O’Connor who converted it into The Outsiders House Museum. | AP The modest white bungalow with a wide front porch was used as a central set in the… Continue reading ‘Outsiders’ movie house: Tiny Tulsa museum drawing big-name fans

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COVID Has Killed About as Many Americans as 1918-19 Flu

COVID-19 has now killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 Spanish flu pandemic did — approximately 675,000. And like the worldwide scourge of a century ago, the coronavirus may never entirely disappear from our midst. Instead, scientists hope the virus that causes COVID-19 becomes a mild seasonal bug as human immunity strengthens through vaccination… Continue reading COVID Has Killed About as Many Americans as 1918-19 Flu

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Read Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Full 2022 Budget Address

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot delivered her 2022 budget address during Monday’s City Council meeting, unveiling plans to help close a $733 million budget gap fueled largely by economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. Read her full address below. SECTION 1: INTRODUCTION There are many truths about this City that I know. I know these truths… Continue reading Read Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Full 2022 Budget Address

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EU court fines Poland 500,000 euros daily until mine closes

The European Union’s top court has ordered Poland to pay a daily fine of 500,000 euros ($586,000) until it complies with an earlier ruling to shut down a lignite mine near the border with the Czech Republic and Germany

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Watch A Massive Violin Transport Musicians Down Venice’s Grand Canal

The wooden vessel is called “Noah’s Violin.” As it floated through Venice’s Grand Canal on Saturday, members of the string quartet on board serenaded viewers with their own (real) instruments. (Image credit: Marco Bertorello/AFP via Getty Images)

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