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More than 200 retired generals, admirals and others who served under Trump, support Biden.

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WASHINGTON – The letter published on Thursday stated that Joe Biden had a character and decision as commander in head instead of President Donald Trump who struggled “to address big or small challenges.” Washington has more than 200 retired generals and admirals.

Some of the officers who signed the letter to Biden have withdrawn in recent years. This includes Gen. Paul Selva of the Air Force, who served as Vice President of the Joint Staff Chiefs under Trump in August of 2019 before he retired; Vice Adm. Gardner Howe, a representative of the Navy SEAL, who retired last year and Adm. Paul Zuk, who served as Coast Guard Officer in 2018.

Biden and nearly 300 other former officials and diplomats of national security have signed a letter from the retired high-ranking man. Amongst the signatories were former CIA Director William Webster and FBI Secretaries William Perry, William Cohen, Chück Hagel and Ash Carter, as well as five former defense secretaries.

“My own view is that I have a responsibility to engage in the citizenship issues of that nation of which I am a citizen,” said Steve Abbot in his retreat of his letter signing decision.

Abbot was the commander of the United States. He became Bush’s acting national security adviser for the Sixth Fleet and Commander for Naval Striking and Support Forces in Southern Europe. Speaking of the late Sen. John McCain in 2016, he felt he had a responsibility as a citizen and that he first was concerned.

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“I just knew that I would have trouble with anyone who took the view,” he said. The list included 22 former military four-star agents, including Navy Adm. Samuel Locklear, who oversees all the United States forces in the Pacific 2012–2015, and Adm. Harry Ulrich, who was a co-plaintiff. “I just knew that I had trouble with someone who had those views.

“I’ve been seeing what our military’s obviously exploiting to satisfy its personal needs over the past four years,” said the Abbot. “The military has been a faithful and trustworthy constant in this region, because of its apolitical character.

In August, a similar letter was released in August by more than 70 former senior national security officials – many of whom were Republicans who served in previous GOP administrations – claiming that Trump weakened America’s position in the world. During the 2016 campaign, hundreds of former Republican senior national security authorities opposed Trump and became known as Republicans “Never Trump.” Many of those who signed the letters were blacklisted in the Trump administration.

By statute, members of the armed service must remain apolitical, although most high-ranking officials would remain out of the political arena until their uniforms are hanging. Although in the past two decades there has been an ever-growing number of senior officers in retirement politics, the letter from Thursday was marked by the pure number of the top officers from each branch of the Army who preferred Biden as their endorsement.

Pensioners and officials have said that the country needs a leader, truthful with the ideals of empathy, respect partnerships, educated decisions, and personal accountability.

‘We are persuaded that Joe Biden’s positions are rooted in soft judgment, holistic understanding, and fundamental values, though some of us may have different opinions in specific policy issues,’ they wrote.

“Thanks to its disdainful attitude and failure, our allies no longer trust in us, supports us and our foes no longer fear us,” the letter said. “The new President show that his administration is not up to the huge responsibilities of his administration; he can not confront big and small challenges.

The president has given the power to an opponent Russian who is forcing the US military personnel’s hands-on incentives and his trade war on China has only affected the farmers and manufacturers of America, “he said.

The letter was signed by many former American military figures, including former Lt . Gen. Walt Gaskin who commanded Navy commanders in western Iraq, retired Lt. Gener. Willie Williams who was Number 3 in the Navy Corps and retired Lt . Gen. Ronald Coleman, who had been the Navy’s second-largest African American to rank three-star.

Several retired ambassadors were signed on the occasion, including Robert Blackwill, Bush’s Deputy Advisor for National Security, James Cunningham, Republican and Democratic government ambassador to Israel and Afghanistan, and former Algerian and Syrian Ambassador Robert Ford.

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Lawrence head football coach Rhandy Audate vowed to give himself some time to enjoy his team’s first win over Andover since 1994, but the coach in him wouldn’t stand for it.

“Right after the game, I said that I was going to relax a little bit with my family Saturday night,” Audate said hours after his team stunned Andover, 37-26. “I tried my best to enjoy it, but after a while, I started watching Xaverian film.”

It would be understandable if Audate spent several days basking in the glory of his school’s biggest win in nearly four decades. Lawrence has had its share of struggles on the field — the last winning season came in 1995 — and Audate entered his fourth season at the helm with a 5-21 record.

Even with all of that evidence, Audate was adamant the Lancers were very close to turning things around.

“I really thought we were ready last year, then the pandemic came,” Audate said. “Our kids couldn’t work out at all, we weren’t together as a team and it really hurt us. This offseason, we were able to work out as a team and we came back stronger and more physical.”

Lawrence opened the season with wins over Burlington (27-7) and Somerset Berkley (27-6), but everyone knew the true measuring stick of progress would come against a top-10 Andover squad. Ever the optimist, Audate pointed to the 2019 game against the Golden Warriors where his team hung in there for a half (24-14 deficit) before succumbing.

“We talked about it all summer,” Audate said. “We played them tooth-and-nail in the first half of that game and we felt that they were going to have a similar game plan. I like to use boxing analogies, we wanted to be like the 19-year-old version of Mike Tyson and deliver some body shots to set things up.”

Lawrence delivered an early haymaker when Jayden Abreu hooked up with Joenel Figueroa on a 75-yard touchdown pass to take an early 7-0 lead. But where the Lancers showed this wasn’t the same old LHS team came in the second quarter.

Andover appeared to weather the storm when it scored twice in less than 90 seconds to take a 12-7 lead. It would have been understandable if some of the Lawrence faithful may have privately said to themselves “not so fast.”

Not this time.

Lawrence took the body blows and delivered a couple of shots of their own in the final minutes of the half. Abreu and Figueroa hooked up on their second TD pass of the half with 1:55 left, then running back Janiel Herrara connected with Andy Medina on a 35-yard scoring strike with 12 seconds left in the half to give Lawrence a stunning 21-12 lead at the break.

“The first thing we talked about was no letting up, no relaxing with the lead,” Audate said. “This was a boxing match and it was going to be a 12-round fight, there wasn’t going to be any knockouts. Our kids went out in the second half and showed some resilience.”

Holding a slim 21-20 lead entering the final quarter, Lawrence put together a pair of scoring drives and added the 2-point conversions to put the game out of reach.

“It was pretty surreal to be honest,” Audate said. “We gathered together after the game and we talked about how we could do this and we did it.”

Few were happier for Audate outside of Lawrence than Catholic Memorial coach John DiBiaso. He coached Audate during his time at Everett and, while he didn’t know that Audate aspired to join the coaching ranks, DiBiaso said Audate’s character as a person was second to none.

“I’m so happy to see Rhandy doing well,” DiBiaso said. “He is a great kid who comes from a great family. Rhandy and his brothers (Reynaldi and Hautzley) were terrific kids and that was because their parents (Renold and Henriette) did an excellent job with him.”

Sweet 16

1. CATHOLIC MEMORIAL (3-0): Knights get an unscheduled week off before facing Bishop Hendricken.

2. EVERETT (3-0): Crimson Tide get the week off after cruising past Lynn English.

3. ST. JOHN’S PREP (3-0): Eagles with a second straight one-sided performance on both sides of the ball.

4. XAVERIAN (2-1): A Comella getting it done on the gridiron. Where have we heard this narrative before?

5. CENTRAL CATHOLIC (2-1): Best defensive effort of the season by a long shot for the Raiders.

6. LINCOLN-SUDBURY (2-0): After a week off, the Warriors get back on the field with a home encounter against Fitchburg.

7. MANSFIELD (3-0): Nineteen straight wins and counting for the Hornets.

8. READING (3-0): Rockets soar through the early part of the season without a blemish.

9. MARBLEHEAD (3-0): Not sure anyone in the Northeastern Conference can hang with the Magicians.

10. BARNSTABLE (2-1): Ground game reaping benefits for Ross Jaktola’s squad.

11. FRANKLIN (3-0): Panthers shrug off a slow start to knock off highly-touted Duxbury.

12. MARSHFIELD (2-1): After a couple of nail-biters to start the season, the Rams get a blowout win over BC High.

13. LAWRENCE (3-0): Lancers make their first appearance in the 29-year history of the Sweet 16.

14. MILFORD (3-0): In an offensive contest against Natick, it was the defense which made the telling play at the end.

15. NATICK (2-1): Younger Redhawks are learning on the fly.

16. DUXBURY (2-1): Dragons still trying to get the number of the Mack Truck that ran over them Friday night.

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Vikings’ 0-2 start both different and the same as last season

Vikings running back Dalvin Cook, listed as questionable before the game because of an ankle injury, was inactive for Sunday’s game against Seattle at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Cook was hurt in last Sunday’s 34-33 loss at Arizona but remained in the game. He did not practice all week, but Vikings coach Mike Zimmer left open the possibility that he could play.

With Cook out, Alexander Mattison took over as the starter. The only other Vikings running back active against the Seahawks was Ameer Abdullah, although fullback C.J. Ham also can be used for rushing attempts.

Other inactive players for the Vikings were linebacker Anthony Barr (knee), tackle Christian Darrisaw (groin) and cornerback Harrison Hand (hamstring), quarterback Kellen Mond, defensive tackle James Lynch and defensive end Patrick Jones II.

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Warren County COVID update Sunday, Sept. 26

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WARREN COUNTY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – On September 26, Warran County Health Services reported 11 additional COVID-19 cases Sunday along with 32 recoveries.

Health Services is monitoring 169 active COVID cases as of Sunday, 161 of them involving mild illness. Eight are hospitalized as of Sunday, one fewer than Saturday. One is in critical condition and seven others have moderate illness.

All of Sunday’s new cases involved the community spread of COVID-19. One involved an individual who had been on campus in the Warrensburg Central School district. New COVID cases in recent days continue to stem from workplace exposures, household exposures, out-of-state travel, and youth sports practices.

This includes younger people, as Warren County Health Services has worked with two people under the age of 40 this month who were hospitalized with a critical illness.

Two of Sunday’s cases involved individuals who had been fully vaccinated. Cumulatively as of Sunday, 415 of 43,241 fully vaccinated Warren County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

To date, 390 of 415 had mild illness, while 14 became moderately ill, two seriously ill, and one critically ill before recovering. Seven passed away, all of them elderly with extensive health issues, five of them at one nursing home.

Warren County Health Services will hold the following free COVID-19 vaccination clinics open to the public ages 12 and over in the coming days:

  • Monday, September 27, first doses, SUNY Adirondack Student Center, 12:30-1:30 p.m. — students and staff only. Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer available.
  • Tuesday, September 28 Third dose clinic, Warren County Municipal Center’s COVID-19 testing facility from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Pfizer and Moderna vaccines available.
  • Tuesday, September 28 First dose clinic, Warren County Municipal Center’s COVID-19 testing facility from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna offered.
  • Tuesday, October 5 at Warren County Municipal Center’s Human Services Building from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna offered.

The vaccine team remains available for in-home vaccinations, school clinics, and workplace clinics. Please call 518-761-6580 for details or questions about vaccination protocols. 

As of September 24, Warren County’s breakthrough cases break down by vaccine as follows – 178 Pfizer, 132 Moderna, 51 Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, and 18 unknown.

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List of inactive players for NFL games in Week 3

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INDIANAPOLIS AT TENNESSEE

Colts: WR Mike Strachan; RB Marlon Mack; CB BoPet Keyes; RT Braden Smith (foot/thumb); OL Will Fries; DE Isaac Rochell; DT Taylor Stallworth.

Titans: CB Caleb Farley (shoulder); WR Josh Reynolds; FB Khari Blasingame; OLB Derick Roberson (knee); OL Dillon Radunz; TE Anthony Firkser (knee); DT Naquan Jones.

CHICAGO AT CLEVELAND

Bears: QB Andy Dalton (knee); NT Eddie Goldman (knee); S Tashaun Gipson Sr. (hamstring); WR Rashard Perriman; DB Artie Burns; TE Jesper Horsted.

Browns: LB Sione Takitaki (hamstring); T Chris Hubbard (triceps); S Richard LeCounte III; DE Ifeadi Odenigbo; G Michael Dunn; DT Tommy Togiai.

WASHINGTON AT BUFFALO

Washington: DT Matt Ioannidis (knee); TE Sammis Reyes; OL Saahdiq Charles; DE Shaka Toney; CB Darryl Roberts.

Bills: RB Matt Breida; OT Tommy Doyle; DE Efe Obada; DE Boogie Basham; DT Harrison Phillips.

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS at KANSAS CITY

Chargers: DB Chris Harris (shoulder); DL Justin Jones (calf); RB Joshua Kelley; TE Tre’ McKitty; OL Brenden Jaimes; QB Easton Stick; LB Amen Ogbongbemiga.

Chiefs: DE Frank Clark (hamstring); CB Charvarius Ward (quad); OL Austin Blythe (abdomen); OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif; WR Daurice Fountain.

BALTIMORE AT DETROIT

Ravens: T Ronnie Stanley (ankle); DE Derek Wolfe (back, hip); DB Ar’Darius Washington.

Lions: LB Trey Flowers (shoulder, knee); LB Jamie Collins; DE Kevin Strong (concussion, thigh); WR Tom Kennedy; RB Jermar Jefferson.

ARIZONA AT JACKSONVILLE

Cardinals: OL Kelvin Beachum (ribs); WR Andy Isabella; QB Chris Streveler; RB Eno Benjamin; CB Luq Barcoo; CB Tay Gowan; LB Victor Dimukeje.

Jaguars: CB Tre Herndon (knee); DL Roy Robertson (ankle); CB CJ Henderson (groin); DE Jordan Smith; DT Jay Tufele.

CINCINNATI at PITTSBURGH

Bengals: WR Tee Higgins; OL Fred Johnson; G Xavier Su’a-Filo; CB Trae Waynes; DT Tyler Shelvin; CB Nick McCloud.

Steelers: LB T.J. Watt; LB Alex Highsmith; WR Diontae Johnson; DE Carlos Davis; QB Dwayne Haskins; OL Rashaad Coward; CB Ahkello Witherspoon.

NEW ORLEANS AT NEW ENGLAND

Saints: C Erik McCoy (calf); QB Ian Book; DT Albert Huggins; WR Lil’Jordan Montgomery; C Desmond Trufant.

Patriots: T Trent Brown (calf); LB Josh Uche (back); RB Rhamondre Stevenson; CB Shaun Wade; LB Ronnie Perkins; TE Devin Asiasi.

ATLANTA AT N.Y. GIANTS

Falcons: WR Frank Darby (calf); WR Russell Gage (ankle); CB A.J. Terrell (concussion); RB Wayne Gallman; TE Parker Hesse; DL John Cominsky.

Giants: LB Cam Brown (hamstring); S Nate Ebner (quad); CB Josh Jackson; RB Devontae Booker; LB Justin Hilliard; CB Sam Beal.

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China Declares Cryptocurrency Illegal: How Is This Different From Previous Crackdowns?

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The Chinese government has declared all cryptocurrency activities as illegal. Edward Smith/Getty Images

Bitcoin and other popular cryptocurrencies plummeted on Friday after the Chinese government declared all cryptocurrency activities (including overseas transactions) illegal and vowed to clamp down on businesses related to digital currencies.

In a public notice posted on Friday local time, China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), said businesses that offer trading, token issuance and derivatives for cryptocurrencies are all prohibited. Overseas crypto exchanges providing services in mainland China are also illegal, according to the notice.

The PBOC, as well as China’s internet and securities regulators, will develop “new systems” to monitor and reduce risks posed by cryptocurrencies. Employees working for foreign crypto exchanges will be investigated.

In a statement on Friday, China’s National Development and Reform Commission, a macroeconomic management agency, said the government will begin shutting down crypto mining operations and prohibit new mining projects.

Bitcoin fell about 5 percent Friday morning on the news. Ethereum tumbled more than 8 percent.

The central bank warning is the latest in a series of tough talk on cryptocurrencies from Beijing this year. In May, China’s vice premier Liu He told a group of finance officials that the government would “clamp down on Bitcoin mining and trading activity” as part of its goal to achieve financial stability.

Since then, the PBOC has ordered banks and other institutions to stop providing services related to digital currencies.

The China-induced crypto sell-off isn’t new to investors. And analysts expect the latest market shock to subside soon.

“We previously saw a short-term sell-off and a shift in mining away from China, followed by a swift recovery throughout July and August,” Constantine Tsavliris, head of research at crypto data site CryptoCompare, said about market reaction to May’s warning in an interview with CNBC.

“The recent news by China serves as an extension of previous announcements in May regarding a crackdown on cryptocurrency mining and bans on financial and payment institutions from crypto-related services,” Tsavliris said.

“We’ve seen this play out many times in the past, with such dips being inorganic and bought up quite quickly especially in environments where crypto is in a bull market cycle,” said Vijay Ayyar, head of Asia Pacific at digital currency exchange Luno, in the same interview.

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Investigators probe Amtrak derailment that killed 3

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By AMY BETH HANSON and ANITA SNOW

JOPLIN, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials sent a team of investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board to the site of an Amtrak derailment in north-central Montana that killed three people and left seven hospitalized Sunday, officials said.

The westbound Empire Builder was en route to Seattle from Chicago, with two locomotives and 10 cars, when it left the tracks about 4 p.m. Saturday near Joplin, a town of about 200.

The train was carrying about 141 passengers and 16 crew members and had two locomotives and 10 cars, eight of which derailed, Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams said.

A 14-member team including investigators and specialists in railroad signals would look into the cause of the derailment on a BNSF Railway main track that involved no other trains or equipment. said NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss.

The accident scene is about 150 miles (241 kilometers) northeast of Helena and about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the Canadian border.

Most of those on the train were treated and released for their injuries, but five who were more seriously hurt remained at the Benefis Health System hospital in Great Falls, Montana, said Sarah Robbin, Liberty County emergency services coordinator. Two were in the ICU, another spokeswoman said.

Another two people were at Logan Health, a hospital in Kalispell, Montana, spokeswoman Melody Sharpton said.

Liberty County Sheriff Nick Erickson said the names of the dead would not be released until relatives are notified.

Robbin said nearby residents rushed to offer help when the derailment occurred.

“We are so fortunate to live where we do, where neighbors help neighbors,” she said.

Amtrak said it sent emergency personnel and other officials to the site to help passengers, employees and local officials. It said company officials were “deeply saddened” to learn of the deaths.

Because of the derailment, Sunday’s westbound Empire Builder from Chicago will terminate in Minneapolis, and the eastbound train will originate in Minneapolis.

Passenger Megan Vandervest told The New York Times she was awakened by the derailment.

“My first thought was that we were derailing because, to be honest, I have anxiety and I had heard stories about trains derailing,” said Vandervest, of Minneapolis. “My second thought was that’s crazy. We wouldn’t be derailing. Like, that doesn’t happen.”

She told the Times that the car behind hers was tilted, the one behind that was tipped over, and the three cars behind that “had completely fallen off the tracks and were detached from the train.”

Speaking from the Liberty County Senior Center, where some passengers were being taken, Vandervest said it felt like “extreme turbulence on a plane.”

Residents of communities near the crash site quickly mobilized to help.

Chester Councilwoman Rachel Ghekiere said she and others helped about 50 to 60 passengers who were brought to a school.

“I went to the school and assisted with water, food, wiping dirt off faces,” she said. “They appeared to be tired, shaken but happy that they were where they were. Some looked more disheveled than others, depending where they were on the train.”

A grocery store in Chester, about 5 miles (8 kilometers) from the derailment, and a nearby religious community provided food, she said.

The passengers were taken by buses to hotels in nearby Shelby, said Ghekiere, whose husband works for the local emergency services agency and was alerted to the crash.

Photos on social media showed rail cars on their sides and passengers standing alongside the tracks, some carrying luggage. The images showed sunny skies, and it appeared the accident occurred along a straight section of tracks.

Allan Zarembski, director of the University of Delaware’s Railway Engineering and Safety Program, said he didn’t want to speculate but suspected the derailment stemmed from an issue with the train track or equipment, or a combination of both.

Railways have “virtually eliminated” major derailments by human error after the implementation of positive train control nationwide, Zarembski said.

“I would be surprised if this was a human-factor derailment,” Zarembski said.

NTSB findings could take months, he added.

Bob Chipkevich, who oversaw railroad crash investigations for several years at the NTSB, said the agency won’t rule out human error or any other potential causes for now.

“There are still human performance issues examined by NTSB to be sure that people doing the work are qualified and rested and doing it properly,” Chipkevich said.

Chipkevich said track conditions have historically been a significant cause of train accidents. He noted most of the track that Amtrak uses is owned by freight railroads and it depends on those companies for safety maintenance.

Other recent Amtrak derailments include:

— April 3, 2016: Two maintenance workers were struck and killed by an Amtrak train going more than 100 mph in Chester, Pennsylvania. The lead engine of the train derailed.

— March 14, 2016: An Amtrak train traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago derailed in southwest Kansas, sending five cars off the tracks and injuring at least 32 people. Investigators concluded that a cattle feed delivery truck hit the track and shifted it at least a foot before the derailment.

— Oct. 5, 2015: A passenger train headed from Vermont to Washington, D.C., derailed when it hit rocks that had fallen onto the track from a ledge. The locomotive and a passenger car spilled down an embankment, derailing three other cars and injuring seven people.

— May 12, 2015: Amtrak Train 188 was traveling at twice the 50 mph speed limit as it entered a sharp curve in Philadelphia and derailed. Eight people were killed and more than 200 were injured when the locomotive and four of the train’s seven passenger cars jumped the tracks. Several cars overturned and ripped apart.

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Snow reported from Phoenix. Associated Press writers Tom Krisher in Detroit, Martha Bellisle in Seattle and Michelle Liu in Columbia, South Carolina, contributed.

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A folding gold crown from Tillya Tepe at the British Museum on March 1, 2011. BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images

New reports indicate that the Taliban’s leaders are actively searching for a cache of “Bactrian Treasure,” a series of largely gold artifacts which were discovered at a site called Tillya Tepe in northern Afghanistan in 1978. Although the Bactrian treasure was reportedly last put on display in Afghanistan’s presidential palace in February 2021, its present location is unknown. Additionally, since the Taliban successfully usurped the existing Afghanistan government and assumed control of the country, many questions have arisen regarding the future of Afghanistan’s cultural heritage, museums and other antiquities that communicate narratives essential to the country’s national identity.

The primary object amongst the Bactrian treasure is a 5 inch tall crown made of gold leaf and which, in an ingenious flourish of design, folds in order to be transported more easily. However, the treasure also includes daggers, gold belts, Roman coins, and a medallion bearing a depiction of Buddha. The Bactrian Treasure has traveled the world over the years, but more recently the collection has been much less public facing.

In February, the Taliban released a statement saying that the group had an “obligation to robustly protect, monitor and preserve” items that were culturally relevant to Afghanistan, but the Taliban’s track record when it comes to safeguarding precious items isn’t the best. A study found that Afghanistan ultimately lost around half of its cultural heritage during the time in which it was last controlled by the Taliban.

In a particularly noteworthy incident, the Taliban destroyed two enormous, 1,500-year-old Buddha statues in Bamiyan in March of 2001. It’s not known what the group’s plans for the Bactrian treasure involve. “The situation for culture heritage is not OK, because right now no one is taking care of the sites and monuments,” archaeologist Khair Muhammad Khairzada told LiveScience. “All archaeological sites in Afghanistan are [at] risk….[there is] no monitoring, no treatment and no care, all departments in all provinces [are] closed, without money and other facilities.”

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This Fall Black Theater Takes New York City

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As in-person theater stages a careful but eager re-entrance following eighteen months of lockdown, the season seems pretty diverse. There are buzzy imports from London (The Lehmann Trilogy, Six); a gender-flipped revival of a Broadway classic (Company); and a splashy new musical about a global icon (Diana). But what about real diversity? Black-authored shows about Black subjects that could bring in new audiences? This season delivers. We’re highlighting a few works opening on Broadway and Off this fall — all different — but each exploring inequity and structural racism in American society and theater. (It’s not even a complete list for this fall; there’s the already opened Pass Over, as well as Chicken and Biscuits and Clyde’s.) The shows are listed in order of the year the story is set. As a movement Black Lives Matter may have arisen in recent years, but the theatrical conversation around systemic racism has been going on much longer.

Trouble in Mind at the American Airlines Theatre (Oct 29–Jan 9)

Originally performed Off Broadway in 1955, actor and playwright Alice Childress’ exposé of racism in theater finally arrives on Broadway. Set in the mid-’50s, this backstage drama centers on a group of actors rehearsing a new play by a white writer about sharecroppers in the South. Veteran performer Wiletta Mayer (the incandescent LaChanze) is excited to finally make her Broadway debut, but how much dignity will she surrender to an overbearing white director and the acting conventions of the stage? Produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company and directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, the play was way ahead of its times in charting micro-aggressions in the theater world, and the hypocrisies of white liberals. 

Caroline, or Change Roundabout Theatre Company

Caroline, or Change at Studio 54 (Oct 8-Jan 9) 

While the creative team behind this 2003 musical — book writer Tony Kushner and composer Jeanine Tesori — are white, this groundbreaking work deserves a place on this list. Set in 1963 right around the time of JFK’s assassination, the story follows a Black maid in Louisiana who works for a Jewish family that has relocated from the north. Caroline (the acclaimed Sharon D. Clarke in this revival) develops a wry, maternal-like bond with Noah, the Gellmans’ eight-year-old son, until money found in dirty clothes bound for washing — the “change” of the title — tears them apart. A sung-through work of intense beauty and complexity, the piece shows a strong Black woman who is not a cardboard saint or avenging angel; she’s angry and tired but won’t let the world’s injustice warp her soul. Tesori embraces blues, R&B, and art song — it’s one of the best scores of the past 20 years. Set at the height of the Civil Rights Era (a vandalized Confederate statue figures in), Caroline is heartbreaking and a call to allyship. 

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 at Signature Theatre Company (Oct 12–Nov 14)  

The title alone may give you a clue as to the subject: the L.A. riots that followed the not guilty verdict in the trial of cops who savagely beat Rodney King. To create this fast-moving panorama of the five days of looting, burning, shooting, and its aftermath, Smith spoke to 350 residents of the Los Angeles area. She impersonated about four dozen of them — with astonishing precision and accuracy — in her solo docudrama, which premiered in 1994 at the Public Theater. Now Smith remounts her iconic exploration with director Taibi Magar for an ensemble cast of five actors: Elena Hurst, Wesley T. Jones, Francis Jue, Karl Kenzler, and Tiffany Rachelle Stewart. If you weren’t around in the ’90s to witness the riots, just imagine what might have happened in Minneapolis had the murder of George Floyd gone unpunished. 

Cullud Wattah at the Public Theater (Nov 2–Dec 5) 

The year is 2016 and the tap water in Flint, Michigan is undrinkable. The electrifying young playwright Erika Dickerson-Despenza sets her “Afro-surrealist” drama 936 days into the Flint Water Crisis, as an embattled family seeks justice from both General Motors and the city government, fighting for their very survival. BLM is often cited in cases of police violence, but here, Dickerson-Despenza dramatizes a social travesty where the white power structure (and infrastructure) literally acted as if Black lives were worthless. (In 2017, a Michigan Civil Rights Commission report concluded that decades of systemic racism allowed the lead contamination of the water.) Using a fluid and poetic approach, the author blends ideas of poison, contamination and filtering.  

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Thoughts of a Colored Man at the John Golden Theatre (opens Oct 31) 

After regional runs in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. two years ago, this new play — written by Keenan Scott II and directed by Steve H. Broadnax III — takes its Broadway bow. Thoughts, set on a single day in Brooklyn, lets us eavesdrop on the inner lives of seven Black men mulling over joys and sorrows, as well as their gentrifying community. Scott employs a range of rhetorical styles suited to each character — spoken word, slam poetry, rapping — creating a kind of Under Milk Wood for BK. In the allegorical conception of the piece, characters represent major human traits: Wisdom, Depression, Passion and so forth. (In case you’re worried this world has too much testosterone, there are two women in the cast!)

What to Send Up When It Goes Down at Playwrights Horizons (Sept 24–Oct 17) 

We could put a date on this cathartic piece written by Aleshea Harris and directed by Whitney White — if Black people weren’t being shot every day by police. A fusion of ritual, protest, exorcism, and funeral rite, What to Send Up When It Goes Down has been presented before, most recently this summer at BAM, but until there’s justice, it will exist in past, present, and future. A seven-member ensemble welcomes the audience and makes clear the event they’re about to share is for the healing and reflection of Black audiences. White spectators are welcome — as witnesses to a tragedy in which they are complicit. Playwrights Horizons presents this re-mount of the interactive work, updated with the pictures and names of victims of racist violence. 

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Inside the “What To Send Up When It Goes Down” rehearsal at the Fishman Space in the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Saturday, June 19, 2021 in Brooklyn, New York. Playwrights Horizons

This Fall Black Theater Takes New York City

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Harry and Meghan visit UN during world leaders’ meeting

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Harry and Meghan visit UN during world leaders’ meeting

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, met Saturday with a top U.N. official amid the world body’s biggest gathering of the year.

The royals came to U.N. headquarters to speak with Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed. All three appeared later Saturday at the Global Citizen Live concert in New York’s Central Park.

“It was a lovely meeting,” Meghan said as the couple left the U.N. headquarters.

The U.N. said Mohammed commended the couple’s efforts to promote vaccine equity worldwide and hailed priorities they and the U.N. share, including climate, women’s economic empowerment, youth engagement and mental health.

Meghan and Harry pressed for vaccine equity during the star-studded, 24-hour concert. It features performances staged in locations from New York to Paris to Lagos, Nigeria, and Seoul, South Korea.

The United Nations is in the midst of the annual General Assembly gathering of world leaders, though the couple didn’t participate in the speeches in the assembly hall.

The former Meghan Markle has been involved with the U.N. women’s agency, becoming an “advocate for political participation and leadership” several years ago. Harry visited the children’s agency UNICEF at in New York in 2010.

Earlier this week, Harry and Meghan visited a New York City school, the World Trade Center’s centerpiece tower and the Sept. 11 museum, among other stops in New York.

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