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Nearly 900 acres of a New Jersey state forest have burned in a wildfire that was still burning Sunday night, reports said.

The blaze started at Bass River State Forest in Little Egg Harbor Township, WPVI reported.

Some nearby residents voluntarily evacuated their homes, NBC Philadelphia reported.


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Texas reported zero deaths from COVID-19 on Sunday, just two months after Gov. Greg Abbott drew heat from the White House for rolling back business restrictions and lifting the state's mask mandate.

It marked the first time the Lone Star State reported no coronavirus deaths in about 14 months, according to state health data. Abbott said the case numbers reported on Sunday – 388 – were the lowest in more than 13 months, while the number of hospitalizations was the lowest in 11 months.


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Politics / CRASH AND BURN
« on: May 15, 2021, 11:49:44 AM »

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Gina Dejesus, a Cleveland woman who was kidnapped and held hostage for a decade, is now the victim of a carjacking incident and robbery.


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An abuse of power.

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A program created after 9/11 to protect the flying public is being abused by Congress, according to an association representing federal air marshals, essentially creating, in their words, a VIP "concierge service" for members.

The Air Marshal National Council, which represents some of the nation's roughly 2,000 air marshals, says the problem began after the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. Following that, some fearful lawmakers began requesting security -- not just on Capitol grounds, but to and from their districts and even to vacation spots.

The Transportation Security Administration, which runs the Federal Air Marshal Service, began reassigning agents from "high risk" commercial flights to accompany members of Congress instead. This angered some sky marshals, as protecting the public is their primary mission. Capitol police, and when necessary the U.S. Secret Service, are tasked with protecting lawmakers. After 9/11, then-President George W. Bush gave the air marshals responsibility to protect the flying public, upping the number of agents from 33 to more than 4,000. Today, the program covers some 30,000 commercial flights a day.

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Ken Fritz lives in relative obscurity in Chesterfield County. But in the new documentary “One Man’s Dream,” the world will watch or rather hear, what makes him tick.

“I believe I’ve built the best stereo system in the world," Fritz said.

With an engineer’s mind and dogged determination, Ken Fritz’s dream started taking shape in his backyard 30 years ago.

"While I was designing it and building it I knew it was going to take time," he said. "Every part of this system is part of me and that is a good feeling."

Fritz’s creation makes audiophiles melt with envy.


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What a mighty G-d we serve!

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James Gresham counts more than nine lives. The Henrico man’s life nearly came to an end last fall.

Along Darbytown Road James’ car was T-Boned by another driver.

“She was on the cell phone made a turn in front of me. I seen her coming. The first thing I said was ‘Oh my god,’” said James. “The car was smoking. I was pinned in. Couldn’t get out of the car. They used jaws of life to get me out.”

“When we went out there they had a sheet crossing it,” said James’s wife Charlene. “I thought my husband was gone. He was trying. He was not giving up. I knew he had that drive not to give up.”

James’s car was totaled, and so was his body. Months later James has made a full recovery.

“I do know one thing. I won’t throw in the towel."

“I know I’m here for a reason. Here for a reason,” said James. “I do know one thing. I won’t throw in the towel. If there is something I got to go through here I am.”

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   By: Greg McQuadePosted at 12:42 PM, May 13, 2021 and last updated 9:24 PM, May 13, 2021
HENRICO, Va. -- James Gresham counts more than nine lives. The Henrico man’s life nearly came to an end last fall.

Along Darbytown Road James’ car was T-Boned by another driver.

“She was on the cell phone made a turn in front of me. I seen her coming. The first thing I said was ‘Oh my god,’” said James. “The car was smoking. I was pinned in. Couldn’t get out of the car. They used jaws of life to get me out.”

“When we went out there they had a sheet crossing it,” said James’s wife Charlene. “I thought my husband was gone. He was trying. He was not giving up. I knew he had that drive not to give up.”

James’s car was totaled, and so was his body. Months later James has made a full recovery.

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“I know I’m here for a reason. Here for a reason,” said James. “I do know one thing. I won’t throw in the towel. If there is something I got to go through here I am.”


James is used to surviving tall odds. In April of 2005 James began a journey that seemingly never ends.

“The tests came back and he said, ‘Yeah. Colon cancer,’ said James. “That is what it was. They’ll never get to the end of it till they get to the root of it. They don’t know where the root of it.”

The cancer moved through his body.

“My spleen. My pancreas. My diaphragm. Part of my stomach. Part of my rib. Colon. I was on life support,” said James.

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Loudoun County, Va., parents Elizabeth Perrin and Joe Mobley on "Fox & Friends First" blasted a graphic book that was being taught to children at their school.

"It is just like it sounds, it’s pretty despicable," Mobley told Fox News.

Virginia parents on Tuesday were pushing back on graphic books and critical race theory being taught in Loudoun County Public Schools, calling for an all-out ban on the curriculum.

Mobley said that outraged parents in the wealthy public school district spoke out against a graphic book at their most recent meeting.

"They have books that are supposed to be teaching equity but what they are really teaching, you know, it is a language that we can’t say here but very sexually explicit stuff, stuff that if any children in the classrooms which is very likely have experienced sexual trauma it would put them back into that place and really stuff the kids shouldn’t be readings that came in under the auspices of COVID and not following the procurement procedures," Mobley said.

Wearing a face shield and wielding the fury of a protective mother bear, the mother of a student at the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) eviscerated the school board for pushing critical race theory in the district’s schools.

She started her speech to the school board by quoting civil rights leader Martin Luther King’s famous "I Have a Dream" speech before pointing out the past, infamous users of critical race theory.

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    Press secretary Psaki said last week that Biden taking impromptu reporter questions is 'not something we recommend'   

President Biden said during remarks on coronavirus vaccinations that he was not "supposed" to be answering questions.

After responding to a number of questions from reporters on the Colonial Pipeline shutdown and the unrest in Israel and Gaza, one reporter asked Biden how his infrastructure meeting with bipartisan lawmakers had gone.

"You guys are bad, I'm not supposed to be answering all these questions, I'm supposed to leave," the president responded. He added that he’d come away "encouraged" after meeting with House and Senate Republican Leaders Kevin McCarthy, Calif., and Sen. Mitch McConnell, Ky.

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"The Mayor of Washington DC, Metropolitan Police, RFK Stadium and DC Events have stepped up big time. We will stage at RFK Stadium's Parking Lot 8 for this year's Rolling To Remember!" AMVETS, the veterans group hosting the event, wrote on Facebook on Tuesday. "All the details coming later this week."

"I am glad that AMVETS has been able to secure RFK stadium as the staging area for this year's Rolling To Remember. When even the far-left DC Mayor agrees this event can be done safely, it just goes to show that President Biden’s refusal to let them use the Pentagon parking lot was entirely about politics,"

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Politics / HAPPY BIRTHING PERSON DAY
« on: May 09, 2021, 05:04:52 PM »
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Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., and pro-choice group NARAL have emphasized the term "birthing people" in recent days.

"Every day, Black birthing people and our babies die because our doctors don’t believe our pain. My children almost became a statistic. I almost became a statistic. I testified about my experience @OversightDems today. Hear us. Believe us. Because for so long, nobody has," Bush wrote on Twitter on Thursday.


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A member of Facebook's Oversight Board criticized the social media platform in the wake of its indefinite ban on former President Donald Trump, saying Facebooks rules are in "shambles."

"We gave them a certain amount of time to get their house in order," Michael McConnell, a former federal juge, told "Fox News Sunday." "They needed some time because their rules are a shambles. They are not transparent. They are unclear. They are internally inconsistent. So we made a series of recommendations about how to make their rules clearer and more consistent."

The Oversight Board upheld Facebook's current ban on Trump for his posts on Jan. 6, with some caveats.

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Mayor de Blasio is refusing to allow a group of military veterans to march on Staten Island on Memorial Day — after welcoming public pot smokers to puff their way down Broadway in last week’s Cannabis Parade.

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A bipartisan bill co-sponsored by South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott and North Carolina Rep. Alma Adams would direct money to renovate and modernize buildings at more than 100 of the nation’s historic Black colleges and universities.

Scott and Adams, who was a former professor at Bennett College, wrote an opinion piece for The Hill in which they said the bill — called the IGNITE HBCU Excellence Act — represents a good investment in HBCUs and the American people.

The bill would help schools preserve buildings on their campuses with historical significance and provide high-speed internet and support for virtual teaching. Additionally, support for community health services and coronavirus vaccinations are included in the package.

“HBCUs have always been agents of excellence in education for students of color. They’re a smart enough investment to bring the two of us, a Republican senator and a Democratic congresswoman, together as lead sponsors,” they wrote.




 

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General Discussion Forum / Obama family dog Bo dies
« on: May 08, 2021, 09:19:27 PM »
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Former President Barack Obama announced Saturday that the family’s dog Bo, who lived with the Obamas while they were in the White House, passed away.


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