Browns QB Deshaun Watson suspended for 6 games
Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has been suspended for six games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy following accusations of sexual misconduct brought against him by two dozen women in Texas during massage. A disciplinary officer who came to this conclusion said his behavior was “more egregious than any previously reviewed by the NFL.” Watson, who played four seasons with Houston before being traded to Cleveland in March, recently settled 23 of 24 lawsuits filed by women alleging sexual harassment and assault during massage therapy appointments in 2020 and 2021. The NFL has three days to appeal Disciplinary Officer Sue L. Robinson’s decision.
More rain, more bodies in flooded Kentucky mountain towns
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Another round of rainstorms is hitting flooded mountain communities in Kentucky. Rain fell on Monday as more bodies emerged from the sodden landscape, and the governor warned high winds could bring another threat – downed trees and utility poles. Thirty people have already been killed amid the rising waters, and hundreds more are missing. Governor Andy Beshear said the death toll did not include some recently found bodies. Radar said up to 4 inches (10.2 centimeters) more of rain fell on Sunday. The National Weather Service warned that showers and slow-moving thunderstorms could cause more flash flooding through Tuesday morning.
2 bodies found in burnt-out vehicle in California wildfires
YREKA, Calif. (AP) — California officials say two bodies were found inside a charred vehicle in a driveway in the wildfire zone of a blaze raging among several thousand threatening homes in the western United States. Gusty hot weather and the possibility of thunderstorms threatened to heighten the danger that the fires will continue to grow. The McKinney Fire in Northern California was out of control Monday in the Klamath National Forest. Officials say the fire near the Oregon border has grown to more than 82 square miles. The bodies were found on Sunday. A Montana wildfire has erupted in the prairies near the community of Elmo and has grown to more than 17 square miles.
Ukraine seeks to retake south, tying up Russian forces
Even as the Russian war machine creeps through eastern Ukraine, trying to achieve the Kremlin’s goal of securing total control over the country’s industrial heartland, the Donbass, Ukrainian forces are stepping up their attacks to recover territories in the south. Ukrainian troops raided Russian defenses and used US-supplied rocket launchers to strike bridges and military infrastructure in the south, forcing Moscow to divert its forces from Donbass to counter the new threat. With the war in Ukraine now in its sixth month, the coming weeks could prove decisive for the outcome of the conflict.
What to watch in the primaries in Arizona, Michigan, elsewhere
Primary elections are being held Tuesday in six states. In Missouri, scandal-ridden former Governor Eric Greitens is attempting a political comeback in his campaign for the US Senate. In Michigan, a crowded field of Republican gubernatorial candidates includes a man charged with the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol. In Arizona, a prominent figure in the QAnon conspiratorial movement shows up at the US House. Three House Republicans who voted to cross party lines to impeach President Donald Trump over the deadly insurgency are also on the ballot Tuesday.
Russell was a champion activism before winning NBA titles
BOSTON (AP) — Bill Russell never had to find his voice as an activist. He didn’t know any other way but to say what he thought. Before Russell developed the skills that would make him an eleven-time NBA champion, two-time Hall of Famer or Olympic gold medalist, he had a front row seat to the racial indignities his parents grew up in a Louisiana isolated. It was the foundation of a path that led him to become one of the most important voices in his life to denounce the prejudices of the time, leading him to adopt social and political positions that marked the generation of athletes today.
Bumps, bipartisanship in long fight over semiconductor bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will soon sign into law a major bill to revive America’s computer chip industry. The story of how the legislation hits his desk after more than 18 months reveals the complexities of bipartisanship, even when all parties agree on the need for action. According to administration officials, the bill was approved by Congress last week because of deep coalition and perseverance. But many Republicans believe they provided crucial support to be doubled down. Proponents say the billions for computer chips and scientific research could help reduce inflation, create factory jobs, defend the United States and its allies and preserve an edge against an ambitious China.
Psychiatrist says Sandy Hook’s parents fear for their lives
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A psychiatrist says the parents of a Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim are living with a complex form of post-traumatic stress disorder and a constant fear that conspiracy theorist supporters Alex Jones kills them. Roy Lubit, a forensic psychiatrist hired by plaintiffs Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis to examine the trauma they faced, testified Monday at Jones’ Austin libel trial that the “overwhelming cause” of their ongoing trauma is Jones’ claims that the 2012 massacre in which six educators and 20 students, including their son Jesse, were killed was a hoax or a fake. The lawsuit must determine how much Jones owes the parents for defaming them. They are asking for at least $150 million.
Cities face crisis as fewer children enroll and schools shrink
CHICAGO (AP) — Across the United States, COVID-19 relief money is helping subsidize a growing number of schools in big cities with small student numbers. When the money runs out in a few years, officials will face a stark choice: keep schools open despite financial pressure, or close them, upending communities in search of stability for their children. Analysis by Chalkbeat and the Associated Press shows that more than one in five elementary schools in New York City had fewer than 300 students last year. In Los Angeles, that figure was more than one in four. In Chicago, it has risen to nearly one in three.
New this week: “The Sandman”, “My life as Rolling Stone”
New entertainment releases this week include new music from Calvin Harris and a host of his fellow musicians, the four-part docuseries “My Life as a Rolling Stone” which takes an individual approach to each iconic member. of the band, and Ron Howard tackles the gripping story of the 2018 rescue of a boys’ soccer team inside a watery cave in the movie “Thirteen Lives.” And straight out of San Diego Comic-Con comes “The Sandman.” Neil Gaiman, who wrote the acclaimed graphic novel series, developed and is executive producer of the 10-episode series which debuts Friday on Netflix starring Tom Sturridge.
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