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Sexual Assault Suspect Jacob Blake: I’m ‘Proud’ of him Kamala Harris praises

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On Monday Sen. Kamala Harris told Jacob Blake Jr. that she was ‘proud of him and how he works in pain,’ says lawyer Benjamin Crump, who represents the Blake family.

Blake was shot multiple times in the Kenosha, Wisconsin, police altercation of August 23. He was injured during the attack, sparked urban protests and Blake, a wanted criminal, became another Black Lives Matter hero.

At the time of the attack, Blake was ordered to be arrested on charges of “sexual harassment, interference, and disorderly behaviour,” according to the Associated Press. His car also had a lethal knife.

Breitbart.com reports: Blake Jr. first spoke publicly on Saturday night, releasing a video from his hospital’s bed in which he spoke about pain in his injuries, adding “Please, I tell you, change your lives there.” He was also appearing before the Court on Friday via video pleading not guilty to the charges that have been pending on him that are not connected to the shooting of Aug. 23. WTMJ-TV reported as the local NBC affiliate:

Blake is accused of a sexual assault on a woman in May, according to a criminal complaint lodged in July. The woman told the police that Blake was also taking her car keys and a debit card before fleeing. Blake was also accused of disorderly conduct – domestic violence and criminal misconduct – domestic abuse.

Harri, former vice-president Joe Biden‘s running mate on the presidential 2020 ticket, visited Milwaukee with members of the Blake family on Monday. She spoke by phone to Blake Jr.

In a quote, Crump called the meeting of Harris with the family “inspirational and elevating.” Sen. Harris was proud of her and the senator said that Jacob is also proud of him and how the pain works … Sen. Harris also addressed the policy reforms she and Vice President Biden are trying to pursue.

In spite of his long record of bigotry, antisemitism and an anti-Christian invective on social media, Biden visited Kenosha and met the Blake family last Thursday, including Jacob Blake Sr. Biden called for a criminal charge on the policeman who shot Blake, Rusten Sheskey.

Biden also criticised police on Monday before calling their acts “systemic racism.” He was reluctant to condemn the continuing upheavals until two days later, despite allies’ public criticisms.

President Donald Trump visited Kenosha last Tuesday, and talked to Pastor James E. Ward Jr., Blake Jr’s mother’s shepherd Julia Jackson.

It was not clear exactly what members of the Harris Blake family did on Monday.

In the attack, Crump is Blake, but not the criminal case. He represented many significant people of the Black Lives Matter movement as well as the Trayvon Martin family.

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Caretaker’s sister, mother die after he chokes to death

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NORMAL, Ill. – Twenty-five-year-old Jelani Day is a graduate student studying to get his master’s in speech pathology at Illinois State University. He was last seen Aug. 24 and hasn’t been heard from since. 

Police found his car, a 2010 White Crysler 300 with a blacktop, in a wooded area in Peru, Illinois, a few days later. 

“Nothing is more important to me than getting Jelani back,” Carmen Bolden Day, Jelani’s mother said. “I need help to find my son, it’s been 28 days.”

Jelani’s family from Danville and a faculty member reported Jelani missing after he did not show up for class for several days. Bloomington police said they need tips from the public in their ongoing search.

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Receiver Brenden Rice confident in CU Buffs’ offense: “We’ll get it together”

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University of Colorado Boulder’s Brenden Rice makes a catch in front of Minnesota’s Jordan Howden during the Colorado Minnesota NCAA football game on September 18, 2021. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

Brenden Rice had high expectations for himself and the rest of the Colorado receivers this year.

Three games into the season, it’s been a difficult road for that group, as the Buffaloes’ offense has gone through some struggles.

“Very frustrating,” Rice said. “But we’ll get it together. I’m still proud of this offense. I can’t wait to show the world what we can do and what we are able to do. It’s only a matter of time.”

CU (1-2) is looking to get its offense on track as it visits Arizona State (2-1) on Saturday (8:30 p.m., TV: ESPNU) in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.

Freshman quarterback Brendon Lewis has struggled through the first three starts of his career and the Buffs have just 273 passing yards. Navy is the only one of the 130 FBS teams averaging fewer yards through the air than CU’s 91.0 per game. CU and the three service academies – Army, Air Force and Navy – are the only teams averaging less than 100 passing yards.

Tight end Brady Russell leads the Buffs with six catches, while Rice leads the receivers with five catches for 35 yards.

Rice said it’s important for the playmakers, who all want the ball more, to focus on what they can do to help the struggling offense, rather than hang their heads.

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Transgender cosmetics entrepreneur wanted in Malaysia for wearing feminine clothing is arrested in Thailand

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Transgender cosmetics entrepreneur Nur Sajat Kamaruzzaman has been arrested after an eight-month search, Malaysian authorities confirmed on Monday.

The arrest: Nur Sajat, 36, was detained by Thai immigration authorities at a luxury condominium in Bangkok along with a man and a Thai woman, Malay Mail reported.

  • She was charged in an Islamic court near Kuala Lumpur for dressing up in feminine clothing, a baju kurung, while attending a religious event in 2018. 
  • The baju kurung, which originated from the Malay peninsula, is traditionally worn by women in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and southern Thailand.
  • An arrest warrant was issued in February after Nur Sajat failed to show up to a hearing.
  • She faces up to three years in prison or 5,000 Malaysian Ringgit (about $1,200) in fines, or both, if convicted.
  • Under Section 10(a) of the Shariah Crimes (State of Selangor) Enactment 1995, insulting Islam and related practices either by mocking or blaspheming through writing, drawings or photos is subject to punishment. 

Other offenses: Authorities said in a statement that Nur Sajat was arrested and charged with immigration offenses on Sept. 8 for carrying an invalid passport. She was released on bail for that case.

  • She is also wanted for criminal intimidation and “obstructing a public servant from carrying out his duties.”
  • Nur Sajat is seeking refuge with the UN Refugee Agency (UNCHR), according to Human Rights Watch Deputy Asia Director Phil Roberston.
  • “As a @UNHCRAsia recognized refugee, under no circumstances should Nur Sajat be sent back to #Malaysia,” he tweeted. “She needs to be sent to a country that will offer rights protections, not persecuted for being #LGBT which is what will happen if she is sent to Malaysia.”

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Boston College plans return to passing attack with QB Dennis Grosel against Missouri

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Boston College coach Jeff Hafley wants a downfield passing threat regardless of who is throwing the football.

Phil Jurkovec threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns in a 51-0 victory over Colgate in the season opener. A week later, Jurkovec suffered a season-ending right-hand injury on the opening possession of a 45-28 win at UMass. Dennis Grosel came in and threw for 199 yards and a touchdown.

The vertical passing game was nonexistent in the Eagles’ 28-3 victory at Temple. Grosel was 5-of-13 for 34 yards with a pick as BC settled into a power run scheme. But the Eagles need to revive their vertical mojo against SEC opponent Missouri at noon Saturday at Alumni Stadium.

“We are going to be a vertical passing team no matter who is playing quarterback,” said Hafley following Tuesday’s practice. “This scheme is not going to change and we have full confidence in Dennis.

“We went up so fast in that (Temple) game and I felt so good about the way we were playing on defense that we were going to run the ball. Dennis is a confident guy and if we have to throw 50 times to win then we will throw 50. If we have to throw for more than 400 yards to win, we will throw for 400 yards.”

In his only start in 2020 at Virginia, Grosel threw for 520 yards, equaling the single-game record set by Doug Flutie against Penn State in 1982.

“I think the way Temple played we were a little more underneath and stuff like that,” said Grosel. “But we are going to open the playbook back up and we know how to do it and let it fly. We have that mentality coming to this week. We were talking about it in meetings and we showed it in practice. We are going to open it up and let it fly. “

The Eagles got by with “vanilla” game plans because they took convincing early leads in all three games. That’s unlikely to happen against the Tigers, so Grosel is prepared to execute the pass plays BC practiced but left on the table.

“We still have a lot of stuff in our back pocket and plenty of stuff we haven’t even shown yet and it’s good stuff,” said Grosel.

A nickel’s worth

There is more to playing the nickel defensive back than keeping tabs on the slot receiver.

Hafley has entrusted the complex coverage and run-support responsibilities of nickelback to junior veteran Josh DeBerry. DeBerry recorded six tackles against Temple.

“Josh had one of his best tackling days and I thought all our corners tackled really well,” said Hafley. “When he is at the nickel position, sometimes he has an interior gap and sometimes he has an exterior gap. He might be the edge to the defense on some plays or if the ball gets outside, he has to set the edge and essentially be our force player. When he is in the nickel he blitzes, he fills in on run support and sometimes he’s in the box like a linebacker.”

DeBerry showed the versatility to play cover and nickel corner last season when he recorded 44 tackles, 33 solos with two TFL, two forced fumbles and an interception to earn All-ACC honorable mention. In three games this season, DeBerry is tied with linebacker Vinny DePalma for third with 12 tackles and two TFL.

“He is one of our toughest players physically and mentally on the team in my opinion and he is one of our better tacklers,” said Hafley.

Grant’s tomb

Punter Grant Carlson landed two inside the 20 and was named ACC specialist of the week. Carlson averaged 51.4 yards on five punts with a long of 62 against Temple that included a remarkable flip of the field.

With the ball on the BC 14 and his back to the goal line, Carlson launched the ball 59 yards. Jadan Blue retreated six yards to create a seam, but gunner Elijah Jones dropped Blue for a five-yard loss resulting in a flip of the field of 64 yards.

“He had two huge punts that totally flipped the field and Elijah had to run like 70 yards to make that one tackle and he made it immediately,” said Hafley. “Those are game-changers. Those take points away.”

Carlson is eighth in the nation with a 45.1 net average, with five inside the 20.

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‘Soul-crushing’: US COVID-19 deaths are topping 1,900 a day

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‘Soul-crushing’: US COVID-19 deaths are topping 1,900 a day

By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH

COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have climbed to an average of more than 1,900 a day for the first time since early March, with experts saying the virus is preying largely on a distinct group: 71 million unvaccinated Americans.

The increasingly lethal turn has filled hospitals, complicated the start of the school year, delayed the return to offices and demoralized health care workers.

“It is devastating,” said Dr. Dena Hubbard, a pediatrician in the Kansas City, Missouri, area who has cared for babies delivered prematurely by cesarean section in a last-ditch effort to save their mothers, some of whom died. For health workers, the deaths, combined with misinformation and disbelief about the virus, have been “heart-wrenching, soul-crushing.”

Twenty-two people died in one week alone at CoxHealth hospitals in the Springfield-Branson area, a level almost as high as that of all of Chicago. West Virginia has had more deaths in the first three weeks of September — 340 — than in the previous three months combined. Georgia is averaging 125 dead per day, more than California or other more populous states.

“I’ve got to tell you, a guy has got to wonder if we are ever going to see the end of it or not,” said Collin Follis, who is the coroner in Missouri’s Madison County and works at a funeral home.

The nation was stunned back in December when it was witnessing 3,000 deaths a day. But that was when almost no one was vaccinated.

Now, nearly 64% of the U.S. population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. And yet, average deaths per day have climbed 40% over the past two weeks, from 1,387 to 1,947, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Health experts say the vast majority of the hospitalized and dead have been unvaccinated. While some vaccinated people have suffered breakthrough infections, those tend to be mild.

The number of vaccine-eligible Americans who have yet to get a shot has been put at more than 70 million.

“There is a very real risk you’ll end up in the hospital or even in the obituary pages,” Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, chief medical officer for the Ohio Department of Health, said to the unvaccinated. “Don’t become a statistic when there is a simple, safe and effective alternative to go out today and get vaccinated.”

Many low-vaccination communities also have high rates of conditions like obesity and diabetes, said Dr. William Moss of Johns Hopkins. And that combination — along with the more contagious delta variant — has proved lethal.

“I think this is a real failure of society and our most egregious sin to be at this stage where we have hospitals overwhelmed, ICUs overwhelmed and hitting this mark in terms of deaths per day,” Moss lamented.

New cases of the coronavirus per day in the U.S. have dropped since the start of September and are now running at about 139,000. But deaths typically take longer to fall because victims often linger for weeks before succumbing.

In Kansas, 65-year-old cattleman Mike Limon thought he had beaten COVID-19 and went back to work for a few days. But the virus had “fried” his lungs and he died last week, said his grandson, Cadin Limon, 22, of Wichita.

He said his grandfather didn’t get vaccinated for fear of a bad reaction, and he hasn’t gotten the shot either for the same reason, though serious side effects have proved extremely rare.

He described his grandfather as a “man of faith.”

“Sixty-five is still pretty young,” the young man said. “I know that. It seems sudden and unexpected, but COVID didn’t surprise God. His death wasn’t a surprise to God. The God I serve is bigger than that.”

Cases are falling in West Virginia from pandemic highs, but deaths and hospitalizations are expected to continue increasing for as many as six more weeks, said retired National Guard Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, who leads the state’s coronavirus task force.

Dr. Greg Martin, who is president of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and practices mostly at Grady Hospital in Atlanta, said the staff is buckling under the strain.

“I think everyone in 2020 thought we would get through this. No one really thought that we would still be seeing this the same way in 2021,” he said.

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon activated the state’s National Guard on Tuesday to provide assistance to hospitals dealing with a surge of COVID-19 patients.

In Oklahoma, Hillcrest South Hospital in Tulsa is among several medical centers around the country to add temporary morgues. Deaths are at an all-time high there, at three to four times the number it would see in a non-COVID-19 world, said Bennett Geister, hospital CEO.

He said the staff there, too, is worn out.

“They didn’t sign up to be ICU nurses only to have people pass away on them,” he said. “They signed up to be ICU nurses to take people to recovery and heal people from the brink of death.”

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Pediatrician conducting vaccine trials at Upstate talks about study’s progress

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR) — Central New York is playing a big part in the Pfizer study of kids and vaccines. Upstate University is one of the vaccine trial sites. Pediatrician Joseph Domachowske, who’s reportedly helping conduct the study, joined NEWS10’s sister station in Syracuse to talk about its progress.

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Jefferson County juvenile claims self-defense after killing man with arrow

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NORMAL, Ill. – Twenty-five-year-old Jelani Day is a graduate student studying to get his master’s in speech pathology at Illinois State University. He was last seen Aug. 24 and hasn’t been heard from since. 

Police found his car, a 2010 White Crysler 300 with a blacktop, in a wooded area in Peru, Illinois, a few days later. 

“Nothing is more important to me than getting Jelani back,” Carmen Bolden Day, Jelani’s mother said. “I need help to find my son, it’s been 28 days.”

Jelani’s family from Danville and a faculty member reported Jelani missing after he did not show up for class for several days. Bloomington police said they need tips from the public in their ongoing search.

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Jeffco public health director spars with Christian school attorneys in court over mask mandate

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Attorneys for three small Christian schools faced off with Jefferson County Public Health’s executive director Tuesday during a daylong hearing in which the county health department sought to force the schools to follow its COVID-19 mask mandate for students.

The health department sought a judge’s order last week after the agency found that three schools were not properly enforcing mask mandates in their classrooms, according to court filings. The schools objected, saying both that they were following the county’s guidance — which they argued was issued late, lacked legal authority and changed over time — and that the county’s public health order was unconstitutional, among other arguments.

Jefferson County Public Health executive director Dawn Comstock was the only witness to take the stand Tuesday; the hearing did not finish and will continue Wednesday.

Comstock testified extensively about rising rates of COVID-19 infections in the county and particularly among school-aged children, who are not able to be vaccinated if they’re under 12 and have seen significant rates of infection since schools returned this fall.

“For the first time, both the 6 to 11 age group and the 12 to 17 age group have higher incidence rates than adults,” she said. “This is the first time that has been seen in the state of Colorado during the entire pandemic.”

School supporters packed the courtroom Tuesday; some observers in the morning sat shoulder-to-shoulder on the floor and stood in the back of the room. Comstock at one point interrupted her testimony to ask that observers be reminded to wear their masks correctly.

“Your honor, I realize this is irregular but I am concerned we have a very packed courtroom with a number of people not wearing their masks correctly–” she said, before the audience’s derisive laughter drowned her out.

District Court Judge Randall Arp told everyone in the courtroom to wear their masks over their noses and mouths and said those who did not would be removed. Deputies did remove one person from an overflow room who refused to wear a mask.

The school attorneys who cross-examined Comstock on Tuesday focused on arguments the schools had laid out in court filings. Faith Christian Academy argued that it does enforce a mask mandate in its school, but that at the time health inspectors visited there were “some lapses in enforcement as everyone was trying to understand the scope of the public health order while also juggling all of the other responsibilities of starting the school year.”

Beth Eden Baptist School said in a filing that the school had decided last week — hours before the lawsuit was filed — that it would comply with the mandate and allow unimpeded access for inspectors.

“By the time this case was filed, our client was totally in compliance,” attorney Shaun Pearman said about Beth Eden during Tuesday’s hearing. The health department’s attorney, Craig May, disagreed with that characterization.

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Koreatown mural redone after three-year-long community backlash accusing of it being like a swastika

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After three years of arguing, petitioning and back-and-forth conversations, a mural in Los Angeles’ Koreatown was redone and unveiled last Wednesday.

The controversy: In 2016, a mural was put up on a wall of the Robert F. Kennedy Community School in Los Angeles honoring Hollywood icon and actress Ava Gardner. There were no qualms about the actress herself, but in 2018, Korean community groups and protestors took issue with the massive crimson sun rays emanating from her face, comparing them to a swastika or a burning cross, according to the Los Angeles Times.

  • Protestors claimed the rays are too similar to the symbol of the imperial Japanese army during World War II — the rising sun. Those groups took offense and called for the mural to be taken down.
  • During that time of war, the Japanese Empire subjected Koreans to heinous atrocities and left deep scars within the community.
  • The mural’s artist, Beau Stanton, has featured multiple paintings with large sun rays before and said he did not mean to distress anyone with his depiction of Gardner. He said the accents around Gardner’s silhouette, along with the palm trees and the Grecian pillar, were “intended to honor the legendary Cocoanut Grove nightclub” that she frequented and that used to exist near the school, according to LAist.
  • The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) initially announced that they would remove the mural amid complaints from the Wilshire Community Coalition and Chan Yong “Jake” Jeong, the coalition’s president and protest organizer against the mural. However, they soon received pushback from artists like Shepard Fairey, who said he would remove his own mural of Robert Kennedy from the campus if they went through with their decision, according to NBC Los Angeles.

What came of it: The community came together, and an initiative was led by “GYOPO, a collective of diasporic Korean artists in Los Angeles,” to revise the mural.

  • Stanton redid parts of it and included input from students and members of the Koreatown community.
  • “This process and initial public conversation surrounding the original mural has been a challenging and ultimately positive experience,” he wrote in an Instagram post. “I genuinely hope this saga can serve as a constructive example of how to balance the input of local stakeholders with creative free expression in public art.”
  • The mural now includes a traditional Korean pattern of a phoenix, a migrant worker harvesting oranges based on a historic photograph, and a uniformed Koreatown hotel worker photographed in 1935 with ties to the school building’s former occupant. Ava Gardner is “crowned with flowers specific to the national origins of many of the students whose families immigrated from Mexico, Korea, Guatemala, El Salvador and other parts of Latin America.” The sun rays are also there but significantly less bold and muted behind the additions.
  • “Three years ago, we entered into a space of not knowing what was going to happen when we were informed about the impact that the mural had on our community, on our Korean community,” Roberto Martinez, LAUSD’s senior school district administrator said. “You’ve taught us what the word community means, what leadership means…We have created a space of love and respect.”
  • The president of the Wilshire Center Koreatown Neighborhood Council, Kisuk Jun, initially collected 1,400 signatures to get rid of the mural. He approved of the new mural stating, “We came together and now it’s more beautiful—because it symbolizes Los Angeles.”

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The Patriots will honor former wide receiver Julian Edelman with a special halftime ceremony during this week’s game against the New Orleans Saints.

Edelman, who made his home the slot, constantly moving the chains on offense, announced his retirement after 12 seasons with the Patriots this past spring.

The three-time Super Bowl winner made his greatest impact in the big games. He also made in imprint in the Patriots record books. He finished second in team history with 620 receptions, fourth with 6,822 receiving yards and ninth with 36 receiving touchdowns.

Edelman, now working as an analyst for “Inside the NFL” on CBS, also sits second in NFL history with 118 postseason receptions, behind Jerry Rice’s 151 catches in the playoffs. He is one of 15 NFL players with at least 1,000 career postseason yards.

Edelman also has a Super Bowl MVP on his resume, finishing with 10 receptions for 141 yards in the win vs. the Los Angeles Rams.

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