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WWE SUPER SHOWDOWN 2018 – ALL MATCHES AND WINNER PREDICTION

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WWE SUPER SHOWDOWN 2018 – ALL MATCHES AND WINNER PREDICTION

So 2018 is the marquee year for WWE as it has given us various Pay-per-view events with a lot of awesome matches which gave us goosebumps (at least to me for sure). First, we saw the WrestleMania, followed by The Greatest Royal Rumble, SummerSlam, and Hella in A Cell. Now WWE is returning to “down under” Dubai for another great event by the name The Super Showdown.

WWE SUPER SHOWDOWN 2018 – ALL MATCHES AND WINNER PREDICTION

So let’s discuss the matches we are going to see in The Super Showdown and I will tell you about the rumored prediction of winners.
Here they are –

1. CEDRIC ALEXANDER (c) vs BUDDY MURPHY (WWE CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP) –

CEDRIC ALEXANDER (c) vs BUDDY MURPHY

CEDRIC ALEXANDER (c) vs BUDDY MURPHY                                                                                               Source: wwe.com

We are going to kick-off the event with a great match between Cedric and Murphy. Since Murphy was drafted from NXT to 205Live, he has blossomed as one of the top superstars in the roster. And he belongs to Australia as well. So there would be no better place than this to crown Murphy the new champ. I age Cedric has done a great job as the champion, with great title defenses, but Murphy deserves a better one here.

Winner – Buddy Murphy

2. THE NEW DAY (c) vs THE BAR (WWE SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM TITLES) –

THE NEW DAY (c) vs THE BAR

THE NEW DAY (c) vs THE BAR

So The Bar is back to tag team business, with another opportunity in a major event. They last had their title opportunity at The Greatest Royal Rumble against Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy when they were in the Raw brand. And we know The New Day is just a master class in tag team wrestling and they can give a nail-biting match anytime, for example, watch their matchup with the Bludgeon Brothers at SummerSlam. You can expect this match to steal the show. But The Bar Hager no chance here, and we can once again see then losing the match after a hot fight.

Winner – The New Day

3. BECKY LYNCH (c) vs CHARLOTTE FLAIR (WWE SMACKDOWN WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP) –

BECKY LYNCH (c) vs CHARLOTTE FLAIR

BECKY LYNCH (c) vs CHARLOTTE FLAIR                                                                                        Source: WWE.COM

Two former best friends, Becky and Charlotte have now sworn enemies. After a long time, Becky has realized her dream of holding the Women’s Championship in her hands. And she shredded her glee-face and became a stubborn-heel, but with great support. She didn’t leave even a chance to get her hands on Charlotte. And Charlotte is now on the challenger’s side as she managed a rematch fo against her former best friend. Well, Becky won her championship recently and we are probably not gonna see Charlotte winning it back. Do expect it to be a high-voltage match, with Becky retaining her title.

Winner – Becky Lynch

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4. JOHN CENA & BOBBY LASHLEY vs KEVIN OWENS & ELIAS –

JOHN CENA & BOBBY LASHLEY vs KEVIN OWENS & ELIAS

JOHN CENA & BOBBY LASHLEY vs KEVIN OWENS & ELIAS                                                Source: WWE.COM

Finally, John Cena is back to business again. Get ready as we are going to see a “Superstar Face Duo vs Mid-card Heel Team “. Expect it to be an s not-so-action packed match, with Cena and Lashley just thrashing Owens and Elias for an easy win.

Winner – John Cena and Bobby Lashley

5. ASUKA & NAOMI vs THE ICONIC (BILLIE KAY & PEYTON ROYCE) –

ASUKA & NAOMI vs THE ICONIC

ASUKA & NAOMI vs THE ICONIC                                                                                    Source: WWE.COM

Oh man! Asuka has been given the dirt-worst treatment since her drafting to SD Live. Even a lower rated superstar like Carmella handing her loss after the loss was a sheer torture. And her inclusion in this match is confusing. Naomi was having some heated rivalry with The Iiconics, suffer had her random back up in Asuka, and we got a match. Expect the WWE doing a favor on The IIconics by giving then a big win in front of their home crowd.

Winner – The IIconics

6. RONDA ROUSEY & THE BELLA TWINS ( NIKKI AND BRIE BELLA) vs THE RIOTT SQUAD ( RUBY RIOTT, LIV MORGAN, AND SARAH LOGAN) (6 – WOMEN TAG TEAM MATCH) –

RONDA ROUSEY & THE BELLA TWINS

RONDA ROUSEY & THE BELLA TWINS                                                                                     Source: Mykhel.com

Yeah, we are getting a match as stupid as this one. Who would think The Champ Ronda will have to team up with Bella Twins for a tag team match? Becky’s getting a title defense there in SD Love and the Raw Women’s Champion is in a tag team match? Are you serious? Looking at who they are facing, you should expect The Super Baby Face Trio of Rousey and The Bella Twins to get a win, but not an easy one though.

Winner – RONDA ROUSEY & THE BELLA TWINS

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7. THE SHIELD ( ROMAN REIGNS, DEAN AMBROSE, SETH ROLLINS) vs BRAUN STROWMAN, DREW McINTYRE AND DOLPH ZIGGLER (6 – MAN TAG TEAM MATCH) –

THE SHIELD ( ROMAN REIGNS, DEAN AMBROSE, SETH ROLLINS) vs BRAUN STROWMAN, DREW McINTYRE AND DOLPH ZIGGLER

THE SHIELD vs  DOLPH ZIGGLER                                                                                 Source: WWE.COM

Were you expecting The Shield vs The Wyatt Family? No no. That’s too far away. But don’t be worried. WWE is going to blow your mind with this match, owing to the storyline that has been put. Seth Rollins’ summer opponents Drew and Dolph chose to aid The Monster Among Men and destroy The Shield, with ask their dreams being shattered. This is the first major event match for The Shield after their reunion last month, so expect them to win. Expect plenty of hot tags, strongman feats by Strowman, slick offense by Ziggler, impactful maneuvers handed out by McIntyre, and efficient teamwork from The Shield. But see the win coming to The Shield.

Winner – The Shield

8. DANIEL BRYAN vs THE MIZ (#1 CONTENDERSHIP MATCH FUR THE WWE CHAMPIONSHIP)

DANIEL BRYAN vs THE MIZ

DANIEL BRYAN vs THE MIZ                                                                              Source: WWE.COM

Daniel Bryan and The Miz have developed an intense hatred for each other ever since their NXT Season One paring in 2010. The Miz got his win this year recently and so, we needed a second one. The stakes are higher in this match, as the one who wins is the #1 contender for the WWE title. And I see this honor going to Daniel Bryan. So, Bryan week be offered a championship match, which he will lose due to outside interference by the Muz, taking this feud to The Survivor Series.

Winner – Daniel Bryan

9. THE UNDERTAKER (WITH KANE) vs TRIPLE H (WITH SHAWN MICHAELS) –

 THE UNDERTAKER (WITH KANE) vs TRIPLE H (WITH SHAWN MICHAELS)

THE UNDERTAKER (WITH KANE) vs TRIPLE H (WITH SHAWN MICHAELS)

The lifelong bout comes to Australia. And hope it ends here. We are going to see a classic, but the exciting match between these two. And don’t be surprised to see Kane and The HBK have some ring-side interference, but all this leading to The Undertaker putting HHH to rest.

Winner – The Undertaker.

10. AJ Styles (c) vs Samoa Joe (WWE CHAMPIONSHIP) –

AJ Styles (c) vs Samoa Joe

AJ Styles (c) vs Samoa Joe

I am going to kill the man who says this is useless. Just look at the competitors. The bout beat these two has reached limits. With Samoa Joe constantly targeting AJ’s family, and AJ losing his temper, we are going to see an intense physical battle here, with AJ retaining his title again somehow.

Winner – AJ Styles

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Thousands of Haitians driven from Texas encampment

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DEL RIO, Texas — More than 6,000 Haitians and other migrants have been removed from an encampment at a Texas border town, U.S. officials said Monday — and warned all to stay away.

Calling it a “challenging and heartbreaking situation,” Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas issued a stark warning: “If you come to the United States illegally, you will be returned. Your journey will not succeed, and you will be endangering your life and your family’s life.”

Mayorkas and Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz said they would look into agents on horseback using what appeared to be whips and their horses to push back migrants at the river between Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, and Del Rio, Texas, where thousands of migrants remain camped around a bridge.

Both officials said they saw nothing apparently wrong based on the widely seen photos and video. Mayorkas said agents use long reins, not whips, to control their horses.

Ortiz, the former chief of the Del Rio sector, said it can be confusing to distinguish between migrants and smugglers as people move back and forth near the river. The chief said he would investigate to make sure there was no “unacceptable” actions by the agents.

Mayorkas said 600 Homeland Security employees, including from the Coast Guard, have been brought to Del Rio, a city of about 35,000 people roughly 145 miles west of San Antonio. He said he has asked the Defense Department for help in what may be one of the swiftest, large-scale expulsions of migrants and refugees from the United States in decades.

He also said the U.S. would increase the pace and capacity of flights to Haiti and other countries in the hemisphere. The number of migrants at the bridge peaked at 14,872 on Saturday, said Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, a labor union that represents agents.

Migrants in the camp are not in custody until they are put on buses, and “as long as they do not try to further their entrance into the United States, they’re free to go back and forth to Mexico,” Judd said Monday.

Word of expulsion flights spread rapidly through the camp on Sunday, but few have turned back to Mexico, he said.

Mexico also said it would expel Haitian migrants.

The rapid expulsions were made possible by a pandemic-related authority adopted by former President Donald Trump in March 2020 that allows for migrants to be immediately removed from the country without an opportunity to seek asylum. President Biden exempted unaccompanied children from the order but let the rest stand.

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Parents lobbying for remote learning in Massachusetts

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Parents lobbying for remote learning in Massachusetts

BOSTON (WWLP) – Children across the Commonwealth are expected to be back in the classroom for the entire school year but dozens of parents say they are worried that the state’s requirement is putting some kids at a higher risk of catching the virus.

Parents from Malden, Roxbury, Worcester and Rehoboth spoke out during a virtual news confrence on Monday.

They all told personal stories about their children who are struggling with conditions like Asthma, which puts them at a higher risk of catching COVID-19.

The group of parents want to see the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education put a remote learning plan in place so that parents who want to keep their kids home can do so without any repercussions.

Currently, if a student misses too much school they are contacted by a truancy officer and eventually reported to DCF. Governor Baker weighed in on the remote learning debate Monday, saying he’d like to see all kids remain in school.

One thing we all learned last year was that remote learning for many many kids here in the Commonwealth did not work and there’s lots of evidence that in person does.

Charlie Baker, Governor of Massachusetts

Parents who spoke out at Monday’s news conference say they want to keep their kids home to keep them safe and they want them to continue to learn but the state doesn’t currently have a plan in place that facilitates that.

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Man who filmed police dog biting suspect shares video with FOX 2

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ST. LOUIS – FOX 2 has obtained cellphone video of police officers allowing a police dog to continually bite a suspect during an arrest Monday morning near St. Louis-Lambert International Airport.

The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is investigating both police and the suspect.

Woodson Terrace Police responded to a trespassing call with a man refusing to leave a business just south on Interstate 70 on Woodson Road around 7:15 a.m.

The man was under the influence of a narcotic, according to police. People working in the area were getting a little scared.

One of those workers caught the arrest with his cellphone. He shared the video with FOX 2 but declined an interview.

The video shows a Black male with his hands on the hood of an unmarked police car. He had resisted arrest, causing a minor injury to an officer, and had threatened kill officers, calling himself a “sovereign citizen” who did not have to obey government laws, according to police. The suspect was in his 30s.

Woodson Terrace Police gave this account on the use of the K9:

The officers advised the subject to place his hands behind his back but he refused and when the officers attempted to place the subject’s hands behind his back the subject resisted and refused to comply. The officers attempted to get the subject to cooperate with them but the subject continued resisting. The subject was then warned several times that if he did not comply the K9 would be released. The subject continued to resist, causing minor injuries to one of the officers so the K9 was released and the K9 gained control of the suspect’s foot. The suspect went to the ground and the K9 was pulled off the subject.

After the K9 was pulled off of the suspect, the officers attempted to place the subject into handcuffs but due to the subject being under the influence of drugs, he continued to resist and the officers were unable to restrain the subject. The subject got up and attempted to flee from the officers and the K9 was released again, biting the suspect on his leg.

The officers were able to handcuff the subject and the K9 was pulled off.

Woodson Terrace Police Department

The video shows the police dog biting the suspect’s leg for nearly 90 seconds. You can hear what sounds like the suspect yelling “help” and “get it off…get it off.”

“(Police) have a tough job,” said St. Louis County NAACP President John Bowman.

After watching the video, he told FOX 2 it was profoundly disturbing, regardless of police motives.

“It gives an appearance that takes us back to a time period that we’re trying our best to forget. It was haunting to see a dog being unleashed on a human being in that manner. There were three very healthy, strong police officers present,” he said.

Bowman called for a thorough, outside investigation of how Woodson Terrace Police, an 18-member department currently with no Black officers on its staff, handled the arrest.

“I’m just hoping that we can at some point get to a place where the minority community does not see so much of this to where the relationships and trust between the community and the police departments … cannot get to a better place,” Bowman said. “The need to subdue the individual making those remarks and being on drugs, absolutely, for the sake of public safety, I understand. I cannot say I understand that type of force with this person. We’ve got to stop seeing these videos where people are aggressively arrested.”

St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell issued the following statement:

Our office is aware of this video, and we will make a thorough review of the incident. It would be premature to comment on the merits or specifics of an ongoing investigation at this time.

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell

Officers found what appeared to be methamphetamine on the suspect and after initially refusing medical attention, he asked to go to a hospital for treatment of puncture wounds to his leg, police said.

Paramedics asked for a police escort in transporting the unruly suspect out of concern for their safety, police said.

The Woodson Terrace police chief tells FOX 2 he wished officers had body cameras to give a more complete picture of the incident. The department received approval to purchase them earlier this year but the cameras have yet to arrive. 

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Broncos Mailbag: Was the Teddy Bridgewater trade a steal for Denver?

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Broncos QB Teddy Bridgewater goes from steady to heady, joins Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees in NFL record book

Denver Post Broncos writer Ryan O’Halloran posts his Broncos Mailbag periodically during the season. Submit questions to Ryan here.

If it appears right guard Graham Glasgow needs an extended leave, do you think Denver should look for additional offensive line help? The running game never seemed to hit a rhythm against Jacksonville and Teddy Bridgewater was under heat more than I think a lot of people would have expected against the Jacksonville defense.

— Steve, Forks, Wash.

Glasgow missed the Jacksonville game (illness/irregular heartbeat) and coach Vic Fangio said afterward the team is “pretty confident” he’ll be available Sunday against the New York Jets. Second-year player Netane Muti filled in for Glasgow and I booked him for one sack, one quarterback knockdown and one “bad” run block.

As for scouring the league for replacement options, teams stack their practice squads with extra linemen because they are so difficult to find if the depth is depleted. What the Broncos have now is what they will continue to work with.

Regarding the Chiefs and Teddy Bridgewater, don’t you think the key would be Teddy’s ability to keep the Broncos on the field as long as possible? During the first game against the Giants the Broncos were on the field for 35 minutes. Do that against the Chiefs and, yes, you have a chance.

— Larry Woldenberg, Sydney, Australia

Hey Larry, thanks for reading from Down Under. The Broncos lead the NFL in time of possession (37 minutes), more than two minutes more than any other team.

In theory, playing keep away from Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Co., is a good course to beating Kansas City, but the Broncos’ offense needs to get more efficient early in games and on first down because being in third-and-long situations plays into any defense.

What’s been the biggest difference between Teddy Bridgewater’s failure last season in Carolina and his early success this season with Denver?

— Daniel, Westminster

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State House reopening in sight after 19-month closure

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Massachusetts poverty rate approaches 10% as housing, medical costs explode, according to Census data

More than 19 months after the State House closed its doors to the public as coronavirus swept the Bay State, reopening is in sight — for lawmakers and staffers who vax up.

State representatives and House employees would be required to submit proof of vaccination by Nov. 1 to work in-person at the State House, according to new recommendations from a legislative working group.

The proposal calls for reopening the State House — which closed in March 2020 — on a phased basis, but outlined no timeframe. All public meetings and hearings would continue to be live-streamed.

Consequences for lawmakers who do not comply with the vaccination order will be evaluated “when they occur,” House Speaker Ron Mariano said on Monday, declining to wade into specifics.

“You can sit here and speculate a million different scenarios that you’d have to answer,” Mariano said. “We’d like to deal with some facts. Let’s see who’s going to cooperate and participate and who isn’t, and then we’ll deal with those folks almost on a one-by-one basis. My anticipation is most people will cooperate in one form or another. My hope is we won’t need any further actions.”

No data is available currently regarding how many of the House of Representatives 159 members are vaccinated.

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PSP Frackville releases more information on bus crash that injured 32 people, multiple in critical condition

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PSP Frackville releases more information on bus crash that injured 32 people, multiple in critical condition

WEST MAHANOY TOWNSHIP, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — More than 30 people were injured in a crash over the weekend in Schuylkill County involving a bus that was packed with high school girls on a church retreat. Three people remain in critical condition Monday night.

We now know the driver’s name and more about the teenage girls on board. State police are trying to figure out what led to the crash.

The coach bus crashed on its way back home Sunday afternoon. It was carrying 31 teenage girls and volunteers from a Lancaster County church.

LCBC Manheim says they were traveling from Lake Champion, New York, just over two hours from the crash site off Interstate 81 in Frailey Township, Schuylkill County.

The bus was one of three buses traveling together.

“This bus in particular was the middle of the three buses and just for unknown reasons at this time, it just kind of veered off,” said Trooper David Beohm, PSP PIO Troop L.

The bus heading to Manheim left the roadway.

The bus hit an exit sign and dragged it 300 to 500 feet and then the bus kept driving. The bus drove through the grass and crossed the exit ramp. It continued across Route 25, breaking a guide rail before it drove 50 feet into the woods.

Bus parts remain trapped in the trees.

“There’s 32 injured from the crash, three of who are in critical condition,” said Trooper Beohm.

State police say five people were flown to area hospitals. The driver, 37-year-old Adam Wright from Lancaster, suffered serious injuries. He was conscious at the scene and transported to a Geisinger area hospital.

Wright worked for Premiere #1 Limousine Service.

“The troopers earlier today went up to the hospital to talk to the driver of the bus to help us figure out what was going on,” said Trooper Beohm.

They have not released any additional information Monday evening. This is an active investigation.

State police ask anyone who may have been an eyewitness to the crash to contact PSP Frackville.

LCBC released the following statement on their website. It reads in part:

“Thank you for praying for those involved in today’s bus accident involving 31 students and leaders from our Manheim Campus who were returning from the LCBC HSM (high school ministry) retreat at Lake Champion in New York. We ask that you would continue to pray for each student and their families during this very difficult time. Specifically, we are asking God for the comfort and healing of each student along with wisdom and skill for the medical teams that care for them. Additionally, we ask for peace and comfort for the families of each of the girls involved. I love our LCBC family, and families pull together in times of need. And now is the time for our entire LCBC family to come together in prayer to support these girls and leaders and their families.”

As of the most recent update on LCBC’s website Monday afternoon, 18 of the 31 students and volunteer leaders have been released from the hospital.

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8-year-old to ask school district for mask mandate after being bullied for wearing one

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8-year-old to ask school district for mask mandate after being bullied for wearing one

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. – An 8-year-old elementary school student plans to ask for a mask mandate at Windsor C1 Schools on Wednesday after being bullied for wearing a mask.

At the moment, masks are optional at Windsor C1 Schools. Kids have the choice to come to class wearing one or not. But for 8-year-old Everylee Cox, a student at James E. Freer Elementary, the choice is non-negotiable.

“I do it to keep people safe but not just that, also to make sure people don’t get sick,” she said.

Cox said she’s one of only a handful of kids in her grade that wears a mask. Unfortunately, that’s made her stand out to bullies, one of whom went as far as pushing her against a gate during recess.

“He didn’t really say anything, all he did was just push me against the gate and walk away,” said Cox. “I’ve seen him side-eyeing me when I wear it and when we line up at lunch.”

In a statement, Windsor C1 Schools Superintendent Joel Holland said, “All allegations of bullying in our schools are taken seriously and the situation was handled and resolved promptly.”

But it’s not enough for Everylee and her family. She goes on to say it’s happened to some of her friends too, prompting her to plan to ask for a mask mandate at Wednesday’s school board meeting.

“I mean, she’s the one having to go through this every day. It’s not me, us as parents; we’re not the ones going to school. It’s her, it’s these kids; so I feel like maybe if they heard how she feels, maybe it might click something,” said Shirley Thomas, Everylee’s mother.

Everylee and her mother will speak alongside three other kids.

“I don’t want to be silent, I mean, if that’s the only thing we can do,” Thomas said.

This comes as Jefferson County reaches the highest number of child COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, with more than 237 kids under the age of 19 have tested positive.

Young kids like Everylee aren’t eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine yet. That’s why wearing a mask and getting others to do the same is Everylee’s best hope.

The school board meeting will take place at Windsor High School Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

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King Boston donates $1 million to Twelfth Baptist Church

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Gov. Charlie Baker joined Boston’s Black leaders to celebrate a $1 million gift from the nonprofit King Boston to Twelfth Baptist Church, where he again plugged his plan to spend billions in federal coronavirus relief dollars.

“This initiative, symbolically important, but substantively so much more, has the potential to not only change the conversation but change the condition of the issues associated with equity, race and justice here in the commonwealth,” Baker said, speaking at the church on Monday morning.

Baker said the “windows are open, the door is ajar” for transformation spending to make substantive changes to address economic inequalities and the state’s widening wealth gap and to help communities of color who were hard-hit by the pandemic recover.

“We have a billion dollars currently pending before the Legislature to spend on housing and homeownership in communities of color that were hard hit by the pandemic. If there’s one thing we learned during this pandemic, it’s that housing insecurity is a public health issue,” the Republican governor said. “We have significant opportunities right in front of us to do great work in this space if we reach out with each other, grab it and run with it.”

Last week Speaker of the House Ron Mariano, D-Quincy, said it is his “hope” that lawmakers would agree to where the ARPA money will be spent by Thanksgiving.

The Legislature seized control of about $4.8 billion of federal American Rescue Plan Act money in June, and the Baker administration has been increasing pressure on Beacon Hill politicians to dole the funds fast. A proposal from Baker would allocate about $2.9 billion — more than half of what’s left from the coronavirus relief funds.

The King Boston gift will immediately be put to work to address inequities in the Black community and amplify the church’s work.

“This gift is important because it will help continue that work around food insecurity, the work that the Black church has always done. A place where folks have organized, a place where people have sought refuge from the storm,” Acting Mayor Kim Janey said. “The storm, still with us as we know as COVID cases continue throughout our city and throughout our country and throughout the world, but we have more work to do.”

King Boston is a privately funded nonprofit created to honor the legacies of Dr. Martin Luther King and of Coretta Scott King. Its mission is to address economic and racial inequities through service work.

King Boston is also working to install a new sculpture in Boston Common commemorating Dr. King’s 1965 speech in downtown Boston

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Photos: 4 famous giant trees unharmed by Sequoia National Park fire, fate of others unknown

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THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — 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 vegetation and by wrapping fire-resistant material around the bases of the trees, the firefighting management team said in a statement Sunday.

The KNP Complex began as two lightning-sparked fires that eventually merged and has scorched more than 37 square miles in the heart of sequoia country on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada.

There was no immediate word, however, on the extent of damage in several other sequoia groves reached by a separate blaze, the Windy Fire, in the Giant Sequoia National Monument area of Sequoia National Forest and the Tule River Indian Reservation.

The Windy Fire has burned through the Peyrone and Red Hill groves, as well as a portion of the Long Meadow Grove along the Trail of 100 Giants.

“Generally fires can be destructive however low-intensity fires can be beneficial to giant sequoia trees. A damage assessment will be done in these groves when it is safe to do so,” a Sequoia National Forest statement said Sunday.

The Windy Fire has scorched more than 37 square miles.

The KNP Complex forced the evacuation of Sequoia National Park last week, and on Sunday much of adjacent Kings Canyon National Park was closed. Visitors to areas that were still open were warned of hazardous air quality due to smoke.

A large area of Northern California was under a red flag warning for extreme fire danger Monday due to dry offshore winds that can raise fire danger.

The warning did not extend into Southern California, but forecasters said there would be weak Santa Ana winds and significant warming — elevating the risk of wildfires.

Historic drought tied to climate change is making wildfires harder to fight. It has killed millions of trees in California alone. Scientists say climate change has made the West much warmer and drier in the past 30 years and will continue to make weather more extreme and wildfires more frequent and destructive.

More than 7,000 wildfires in California this year have damaged or destroyed more than 3,000 homes and other buildings and torched well over 3,000 square miles of land, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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St. Louis City and County police link three homicide investigations

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St. Louis City and County police link three homicide investigations

ST. LOUIS – Detectives in St. Louis City and County believe they’ve gathered enough evidence and information to link three recent murders in the area.

The killings happened three days apart, respectively – on Sept. 13, Sept. 16, and Sept. 19.

According to county police spokeswoman Sgt. Tracy Panus, the Sept. 13 shooting occurred just after 9:30 p.m. in the 9900 block of Glen Owen Drive.

Police responded to a ShotSpotter activation at that location and found a girl, Marnay Haynes, who had been shot several times and was laying in the middle of the street. Haynes was pronounced dead at the scene. She was 16.

Haynes had been reported missing as a runaway but was not considered endangered.

On Sept. 16, city police were called to a shooting in the 3800 block of W. Florissant Avenue around 11:45 p.m. and found the body of a woman in her 30s.

Around 12:10 p.m. on Sept. 19, officers found 24-year-old Casey Ross shot to death in a vacant lot in the 1500 block of Mullanphy Street.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department will hold a news conference Tuesday morning around 11 a.m. to further address the matter.

Anyone with information on the W. Florissant and Mullanphy murders can contact city homicide detectives at 314-444-5371. Those with information on the Glen Owens killing can contact county investigators at 636-529-8210.

If you have a tip in any of the aforementioned investigations and wish to remain anonymous, you can call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.

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