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Officers charged in the fatal arrest of a black man in Minneapolis were dismissed.

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  • Four Minnesota officers were shot following the arrest of a man who died on Monday night after being stabbed to the ground by an officer who had put his knee on the man’s neck for about eight minutes.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said it was a “right call” to put an end to the officers involved in the tweet that revealed the decision on Tuesday. Police said the Minnesota Criminal Investigation Unit and the FBI would jointly investigate the incident.

Video of the altercation reveals that a white police officer had a black man, known as George Floyd, pressed to the ground next to the rear end of his patrol car with his knee on the man’s back.

“Please , please, please, I can’t breathe,” begs the guy. “My stomach hurts, my back hurts, please, I can’t breathe.”

Seekers outside the Minneapolis deli meanwhile urge the officer to get away from the man.

“You quit breathing right now, do you think that’s cool?” asks one guy. “His nose is bleeding, look at his nose,” said a woman.

The officer is not budging.

And then the guy is going to be gone. More people begin to intervene and call the officer or his partner to check for a pulse. The officer remained on the man’s back, even though he was obviously ignored, for a total of about eight minutes until the ambulance arrived and the man was put on a stretcher.

NBC News doesn’t know what happened until the video recording began.

A statement issued by the Minneapolis Police Department early Tuesday said the officers had responded to a call of forgery in progress and discovered the perpetrator in his vehicle. When he was asked to leave the car, the police said, but then violently defied the officers.

“The police were able to place the suspect in handcuffs and noted that he seemed to be suffering from mental problems,” the statement added. “The police called for an ambulance. He was rushed by an ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he died a short time later.”

The examination of the medical examiner is pending.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz called the arrest footage “disturbing” in a tweet on Tuesday.

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ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Ill. – Boeing announced that it is investing over $200 million in the MidAmerica St. Louis Airport. The new project is bringing a lot of money and jobs to the Metro East. 
 
Boeing is expanding their aerospace footprint in the Metro East at the Mid-America Airport. They will be adding a new $200 million, 300,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility where the new MQ-25 stingray will be manufactured. 

That means more jobs and more commerce.  

“I think this will be the largest manufacturing facility, employing at 300 people, making close to $100,000 a year, along with all the construction jobs in monumental for this county, it will be great for MidAmerica Airport,” St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern said.  

The Navy’s newest carrier-based aircraft is a first of its kind, unmanned refueling instrument. It marks Boeing’s second major investment in the Mascoutah-based Mid-America airport in the last 10 years.

Boeing currently produces components CH-47 chinook, FA-18 Super Hornet, and other defense products. 

“Just the way this community came together, the way this base works, it just matched our needs and the availability of space. It was just the perfect match. And our team is very excited,” Director for Boeing Dave Bujold said.
  
Several political figures from the state of Illinois were on hand for the monumental announcement including Dick Durbin and Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker. They say the state is committed to the Metro East.   

“I want to thank Boeing, for its vote of confidence in our progress, as well as st. Clair county’s leadership and the MidAmerica airport team for paving the way for companies to choose Illinois,” Pritzker said.
 
The investment will only add more revenue to MidAmerica Airport, which is the fifth busiest airport in Illinois right now. 

The project is scheduled for completion in 2024.  

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Northern Colorado alumni, longtime football supporters excited for home opener

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It’s supposed to be a party in the parking lot and the stands Saturday at Nottingham Field. Several longtime season ticket holders plan to tailgate and have fun together at the University of Northern Colorado’s home opener.

The game represents so much more than just football for these supporters. It’s about family, friends and spending time together.

A number of supporters attended the season opener at the University of Colorado, and a handful went to Houston Baptist, but it’s different when the game is on local turf.

“We’ve scheduled (our tailgate) with about four other families, but we’ll see 100 people that we know, easy,” Larson said. “The social thing is the big part of it. And, as a small business person, I’d rather spend my money here with the community.”

Several of their friends have similar ties to UNC as well. Attending games together is a way of supporting their alma mater, local students and maintaining friendships as busy adults. Larson and several families attend football, basketball and volleyball together as much as possible, he said.

In fact, Larson said, those in his friend group want UNC to succeed. But if the teams lose, it doesn’t matter much. They’ve stuck with the program through good, bad and ugly, and plan to keep it that way.

“The teams are going to have their ups and downs, so we’re not fair-weather fans,” Larson said. “We’re going to support the teams no matter what.”

The Larson family has a long history with UNC with family members attending the school as far back as the 1930s. Larson and his son participated on the track and cross country teams, while his wife, Maureen, also earned her degree through the university.

Additionally, Larson sponsors the new football coaches show that airs every Tuesday on KFKA and a scholarship for track and field athletes.

“There are just so many people that we see up there and good people from the community that have been around a long time,” Larson continued. “You develop those friendships, so it’s not for us all about winning or losing. It’s about the people we see, and supporting the UNC community.”

Former UNC athlete, administrator and public address announcer Tom Barbour will be at the game as well.

Barbour attended UNC back when it was still called Colorado State College. He was a freshman in 1969 and spent one season as a football walk-on. Ultimately, Barbour decided football wasn’t for him, but stuck around the program.

In fact, Barbour spent time as the lead communications manager for the athletic department until 1983, before taking a few other central administration roles. He left the university as a full-time employee in 2000.

Even after spending more than three decades on campus, Barbour — a UNC Hall of Famer — came back to call football and basketball from 2006 to 2016.

“More than half of my life has been spent on the UNC campus. It’s just been part of me,” Barbour said. “I grew up in Denver, and most people ask me how I came to Greeley. I tell them, ‘I came to Greeley to come to school, and I haven’t gone home yet.’ Greeley is my home. And the university is the biggest reason for that.”

Barbour has been a season ticket holder since Nottingham Field opened in 1995 with the same tailgating spot, B3, since 2011.

Like Larson, Barbour is excited just to be back after nearly two years. He expects to do a lot of catching up with friends he hasn’t seen in a while. Plus, they’re all looking forward to finally seeing UNC coach Ed McCaffrey on the sideline in Greeley … with the new turf.

McCaffrey was hired in 2019 but didn’t make his debut until Sept. 3 due to COVID-19. The team planned to play in the spring, but concerns about health and safety ultimately led to the season’s cancelation.

Now, the Bears are 1-1 with two good performances, and people are anticipating good things.

“This place really does have a wonderful football history of conference championships and great players,” Barbour said. “It kind of lost some of its luster there for a while, but in naming Ed the head coach, it almost immediately put them back on the map. It’s going to be a lot of fun to see what he does with his program.”


UNC will face FCS opponent Lamar at 2 p.m. Saturday. As of Friday afternoon, tickets were still available for the game. If fans cannot attend, the game will be broadcast on ESPN+.

Face masks must be worn in all public indoor spaces on campus.

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Biden faces limits of $1.9T COVID aid as some states resist

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President Biden entered the White House promising to stop the twin health and economic crises caused by COVID-19, but $1.9 trillion and countless initiatives later, he’s confronting the limits of what Washington can achieve when some state and local governments are unwilling or unable to step up.

Six months after Congress passed the massive rescue plan, administration records show that more than $550 billion has yet to be disbursed. The sum could help provide a key economic backstop as the coronavirus’s delta variant continues to pose a threat. But in some cases, it’s also led to frustration, as aid for renters, testing and vaccines goes unused despite mass outreach campaigns.

Republican critics say the unspent money shows that Biden’s relief package was too big and inflationary; the administration says the unspent funds reflect the extent of planning in case the recovery from the pandemic hits more snags with virus mutations and unexpected economic disruptions. By law, about $105 billion of the state and local aid and more than half of the expanded child tax credits cannot be paid out yet.

“There are some things designed to address immediate hardship and others that are designed to allow for a multi-year policy response — they’re not really bugs, they’re features,” Gene Sperling, who is overseeing the rescue plan for Biden, said. “The fact that a solid portion of these funds can be used over a few year period is a good-news story for ensuring a durable recovery.”

But some of the backlog stems from bottlenecks — or outright blockages — at the state or local level, beyond the influence of Washington. The extent of the challenge was apparent when Biden recently announced new vaccine requirements for federal workers and employers with 100 or more workers and emphasized the need for testing and keeping schools open.

“We’re facing a lot of pushback, especially from some of the Republican governors,” Biden said Thursday. “The governors of Florida and Texas — they’re doing everything they can to undermine the lifesaving requirements that I’ve proposed.”

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MN China Friendship Garden Society hosts activities Saturday

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The Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society has organized a day of activities on Saturday by Lake Phalen, culminating in a traditional mid-autumn moon festival, mooncake testing and model catwalk demonstration in the early evening.

Events will begin at 9:45 a.m. at the St. Paul-Changsha China Friendship Garden’s Xiang Jiang pavilion, which is a replica of Changsha’s famous Aiwan Pavilion. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own picnic lunch, a chair or blanket for seating, and cultural or festive attire.

The Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society will dedicate a Hmong Plaza, unveil nine art stones and launch “phase two” of a community engagement process around the future of the garden and pavilion, which was erected in 2018 with the help of designers, engineers and laborers from Changsha, a St. Paul sister-city for some 30 years. There will also be a poetry reading.

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Is social media good and bad like a car? Instagram chief under fire for comparison

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(NewsNation Now) — Facebook’s Instagram chief is under fire after he compared the negative effects of social media to cars.

“Cars have positive and negative outcomes,” Adam Mosseri said on the Recode Media podcast. “We understand that we know that more people die than would otherwise because of car accidents. But by and large, cars create way more value in the world than they destroy. And I think social media is similar.”

It comes days after Facebook acknowledged it had data showing at least a quarter of its youngest users found Instagram exacerbated feelings of low self-esteem and poor body image. Critics say the company should have used that data to make positive changes.

At least three senators have written a letter to the company asking it to rethink its upcoming Instagram for kids platform.

There are some, including Divided State of America host Heather Gardner, who believe the senators should do more.

“There’s a lack of [social media] regulation on the federal level and the state level,” Gardner said on NewsNation’s The Donlon Report on Thursday. “So comparing [social media to cars] is definitely not apples to apples.”

The impact on kids can be long lasting. Dr. Katherine Kuhlman, a psychologist in Arizona, said one of the things about children that is supposed to help them grow could be negatively impacted by social media.

“Adolescent and child brains have a lot of elasticity, which is great for learning. It means that they’re kind of like a sponge and they can soak things up,” Kuhlman said on NewsNation’s On Balance with Leland Vittert. “But what that also means is that they are far more susceptible and vulnerable to this kind of manipulation.”

At issue is dopamine, which the brain releases as a sort of pleasure chemical.

“We, more than anything else, have to help educate our teens about the way these platforms are designed,” Dr. Wendy Dickinson said on On Balance. “They’re designed to be addictive. Every time something refreshes, or you get a another like, you get a hit of dopamine, which causes you to come back.”

Earlier this week, when asked for comment about the data it collected, Facebook pointed us to a blog post where they said even trying to understand the numbers was proof the company cared about its users.

Though it uses different wording than Mosseri, the underlying message from the company is similar.

“The question on many people’s minds is if social media is good or bad for people. The research on this is mixed; it can be both,” it says.

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Fire crews contain hydrochloric acid spill at Hazelwood aerospace company

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ST. LOUIS – Fire crews responded to a hydrochloric acid spill at an aerospace company in Hazelwood Friday afternoon. The spill has been contained and there is no danger to the public.

The incident happened at GKN Aerospace on McDonnell Boulevard around 4:45 p.m. GKN is a British Aerospace company that works closely with Boeing.

The spill was mixed with water causing hydro fluorine gas to form. Aerospace workers were evacuated from the buildings. Decontamination stations were set up outside the site.

The spill was contained by north and west St. Louis County firefighters. Two firefighters who were injured were treated at a hospital and were released.

The operations at the GKN Aerospace will be offline for the next several days as GKN and a contractor clean up the buildings.

Lindbergh, James S. McDonnell Boulevard, and Banshee Road have been reopened.

Bommarito Automotive Skyfox was over the scene where there were yellowish-brown color fumes coming out of smokestacks.

GKN released a statement saying its focus is on the safety of its employees and personnel at the facility. The company is working with first responders and officials and will release an update when necessary.

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US panel backs COVID-19 boosters only for seniors, high-risk

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By MATTHEW PERRONE and LAURAN NEERGAARD

WASHINGTON — Dealing the White House a stinging setback, a government advisory panel overwhelmingly rejected a plan Friday to give Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots across the board, and instead endorsed the extra vaccine dose only for those who are 65 or older or run a high risk of severe disease.

The twin votes represented a heavy blow to the Biden administration’s sweeping effort, announced a month ago, to shore up nearly all Americans’ protection amid the spread of the highly contagious delta variant.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said the state is glad the FDA removed a “deadly impediment” for those who’ll be eligible for booster shots.

“This recommendation… is overdue but welcome news,” he said.

Polis added: “We want to end the pandemic now and our state is ready to administer the booster to our seniors in long-term care and residential facilities starting as soon as next week. The United States can get more people protected with the first two doses, give effective boosters, and export the safe and effective vaccine to countries abroad. This is not a time to pick just one — our country has enough safe and effective vaccine for all three.”

The nonbinding recommendation — from an influential committee of outside experts who advise the Food and Drug Administration — is not the last word. The FDA will consider the group’s advice and make its own decision, probably within days. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is set to weigh in next week.

In a surprising turn, the advisory panel rejected, 16-2, boosters for almost everyone. Members cited a lack of safety data on extra doses and also raised doubts about the value of mass boosters, rather than ones targeted to specific groups.

Then, in an 18-0 vote, it endorsed extra shots for people 65 and older and those at risk of serious disease. Panel members also agreed that health workers and others who run a high risk of being exposed to the virus on the job should get boosters, too.

Polis said he anticipates that rule will apply to “essentially everyone” in Colorado who received the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago, since at that point — mid-March — the state was still working to get the vaccine to high-priority people, and had not yet opened eligibility to the general public.

That would help salvage part of the White House’s campaign but would still be a huge step back from the far-reaching proposal to offer third shots of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to Americans eight months after they get their second dose.

The White House sought to frame the action as progress.

“Today was an important step forward in providing better protection to Americans from COVID-19,” said White House spokesman Kevin Munoz. “We stand ready to provide booster shots to eligible Americans once the process concludes at the end of next week.”

The CDC has said it is considering boosters for older people, nursing home residents and front-line health care workers, rather than all adults.

The FDA and CDC will most likely decide at some later point whether people who received the Moderna or J&J shots should get boosters.

During several hours of vigorous debate Friday, members of the panel questioned the value of offering boosters to almost everybody 16 and over.

“I don’t think a booster dose is going to significantly contribute to controlling the pandemic,” said Dr. Cody Meissner of Tufts University. “And I think it’s important that the main message we transmit is that we’ve got to get everyone two doses.”

Dr. Amanda Cohn of the CDC said, “At this moment it is clear that the unvaccinated are driving transmission in the United States.”

In a statement, Kathrin U. Jansen, Pfizer head of vaccine research and development, said the company continues to believe that boosters will be a “critical tool in the ongoing effort to control the spread of this virus.”

Scientists inside and outside the government have been divided recently over the need for boosters and who should get them, and the World Health Organization has strongly objected to rich nations giving a third round of shots when poor countries don’t have enough vaccine for their first.

While research suggests immunity levels in those who have been vaccinated wane over time and boosters can reverse that, the Pfizer vaccine is still highly protective against severe illness and death, even amid the delta variant.

The unexpected turn of events could reinforce criticism that the Biden administration got out ahead of the science in its push for boosters. President Joe Biden promised early on that his administration would “follow the science,” in the wake of disclosures of political meddling in the Trump administration’s coronavirus response.

The FDA panel’s overwhelming initial rejection came despite full-throated arguments about the need for boosters from both Pfizer and health officials from Israel, which began offering boosters to its citizens in July.

Sharon Alroy-Preis of Israel’s Ministry of Health said the booster dose improves protection tenfold against infection in people 60 and older.

“It’s like a fresh vaccine,” bringing protection back to original levels and helping Israel “dampen severe cases in the fourth wave,” she said.

Representatives for Pfizer argued that it is important to start shoring up immunity before protection begins to erode. A company study of 44,000 people showed effectiveness against symptomatic COVID-19 was 96% two months after the second dose, but had dropped to 84% by around six months.

Both Pfizer and the Israeli representatives faced pushback from panelists. Several were skeptical about the relevance of Israel’s experience to the U.S. Another concern was whether third doses would exacerbate serious side effects, including rare instances of heart inflammation in younger men.

Pfizer pointed to Israeli data from nearly 3 million boosters to suggest side effect rates would be similar to those already reported.

Dr. Paul Offit, a vaccine expert at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, said he was supportive of a third dose for adults over 60 or 65, but “I really have trouble” supporting it for anyone down to age 16.

While an extra shot would probably at least temporarily reduce cases with mild or no symptoms, “the question becomes what will be the impact of that on the arc of the pandemic, which may not be all that much,” Offit said.

Biden’s top health advisers, including the heads of the FDA and CDC, first announced plans for widespread booster shots in mid-August, setting the week of Sept. 20 as an all-but-certain start date. But that was before FDA staff scientists had completed their own assessments of the data.

Earlier this week, two top FDA vaccine reviewers joined a group of international scientists in publishing an editorial rejecting the need for boosters in healthy people. The scientists said studies show the shots are working well.

On Friday, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said the Biden administration announcement was not aimed at pressuring regulators to act but was instead an attempt to be transparent with the public and be prepared in the event that boosters won approval.

“We have always said that this initial plan would be contingent on the FDA and the CDC’s independent evaluation,” Murthy said.

The Biden plan has also raised major ethical concerns about impoverished parts of the world still clamoring for vaccine. But the administration argued that the plan was not an us-or-them choice, noting that the U.S. is supplying large quantities of vaccine to the rest of the globe.

The U.S. has already approved Pfizer and Moderna boosters for certain people with weakened immune systems, such as cancer patients and transplant recipients.

Some Americans, healthy or not, have managed to get boosters, in some cases simply by showing up and asking for a shot. And some health systems already are offering extra doses to high-risk people.

Denver Post reporter Alex Burness contributed to this report.

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Home Showcase: Gloucester prize on the beach

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When 54 Adams Hill Road in Gloucester was listed as “steps from the beach,” they never mentioned you could count those steps on two hands.

After being in the same family for almost 100 years, “Stonepatch Cottage” is finally hitting the market as a shingle-covered charmer on the shore of Cambridge Beach. As a summer home or a year-round retreat, the home is a nod to simple, unfussy living. And while it’s not luxurious, it’s sure to be rich in memories for its lucky new owners.

Naturally, the beach proximity can’t be overstated. Facing Ipswich Bay and sparkling shoreline, the home enjoys unobstructed views and a salty breeze. Natural wood walls, a cozy wood-burning fireplace and a screened porch are complemented by an oversized picture window in the living room overlooking the water, with sounds of crashing waves below.

A dining space in the efficient eat-in kitchen enjoys the same inspiring views.

Buyers will love the flexibility of three bedrooms, including one on the first floor with a full bath. The primary bedroom, with walk-in closet, and a generous guest bedroom occupy the home’s second floor; there’s even a walk-up attic with expansion possibilities. Ocean views from all bedrooms? Like you had to ask.

Boating enthusiasts will appreciate Annisquam Yacht Club just a short stroll away.

For more information about the home, on the market for $2,495,000, contact Scott Smith with Coldwell Banker, 617-750-2793.

 

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Address: 54 Adams Hill Rd, Gloucester

Bedrooms: 3

List Price: $2,495,000

Square feet: 1,273

Price per square foot: $1,960

Annual taxes: $22,707 in 2021

Location: Steps from the beach

Built in: 1920

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Beach location

Laid-back charm

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Tension has ratcheted up on Minnesota United.

The Loons have fallen out of the seven MLS Cup Playoffs spots for the Western Conference. They had plans — which now might resemble hopes —
for a top-four spot and at least one game at Allianz Field.

One example of the tension growing is the club let go of the director of sports science as injuries during stacked up over the past two weeks.

The latest stage of United’s slide caused road rash in a 4-0 loss at Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday. The primary blight has been goal-scoring with only one West club, expansion side Austin FC, scoring fewer goals. Minnesota has 24 in 23 games.

It doesn’t get much easier with fourth-place L.A. Galaxy (11-8-5) coming to Allianz Field at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Two bits of positive news: Leading scorer Robin Lod could play more after coming back from a five-game absence for the K.C. game, and top
playmaker Emanuel Reynoso might be back after a three-game absence.

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Police: Male hospitalized after suffering gunshot wound in Albany

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, N.Y. (WWTI) – A disease deadly to deer is spreading throughout New York State.

On Thursday, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed that Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease has spread to Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Nassau, Oswego, Suffolk, and Ulster counties. The DEC is also tracking suspected cases in Albany, Jefferson, Oneida, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Sullivan, and Westchester counties.

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