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Palestinians rallies in the last Gaza War, which they consider to be an expensive, but straightforward victory for the Hamas Islamic militant group, were rallying thousands Fridays after a cease-fire. Israel has vowed to respond to further hostilities with a “new degree of power.”

More than 250 people died in the 11-day war—most of them Palestinians—and caused extensive destruction in Gaza, which has already been controlled by Hamas. However, many Palestinians see the missile dams in much Israel as a daring reaction to alleged Israeli abusses in the emotional centre of the war, Jerusalem.

The last round of combat was unconclusively concluded, as were the three recent battles.

Israel said Hamas suffered severe damage but could not stop rockets once again. In reality, Hamas faces the formidable task of restoring an existing region with high unemployment and an epidemic of coronaviruses and of the blockade of Egypt and Israel for years, despite the victory it claims.

The Palestinian crisis, be it in the occupied West Bank, Gaza or in Israel, was highly frustrated by the status quo and the peace process between Israel and the Palestinian authorities has all but ceased for several years.

The volatile situation remained apparent as clashes broke out, after a Friday pray in the Al-Aqsa mosque complex, a holiest holy spot in Jerusalem for Jews and Muslims, between the Palestine demonstrators and the Israeli police. Clashes were one of the war’s biggest causes earlier this month.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fended his hawks’ base’s condemnation, saying he unnecessarily ended the offensive without the Hamas blow more decisively.

Israel did “daring and new stuff, and that without needless adventures,” he said. He added that Hamas has been “maximum damaged by its forces, with minimum losses in Israel.”

“If Hamas believes we can tolerate a missile rush, then it’s false.” Netanyahu cautioned against more attacks. He pledged to respond to violence in Israel with “a new degree of power.”

He said that more than 200 militants including 25 senior officers had been killed by Israeli strikes and more than 100 miles of militant tunnels were struck. Just 20 militants were recognised killed by Hamas and the militant Islamic Jihad group.

In a TV talk from the capital of Qatar, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said that the war “opened the door to new stages, with victory witnessing several.” Instead of failsing talks he called it a quantum leap, which would create momentum for “resistance” among Palestinians.

At least 243 Palestinians, including 66 teenagers, have been killed, and 1,910 people have been wounded by the Gaza Ministry of Health. It does not distinguish fighters from civilians. 12 boys, all but one civilian, including a 5 year-old boy and a 16 year-old child, died in Israel. In Israel

The Gaza Strip, occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem celebrations erupted at 2 a.m. as the cease-fire took over.

Thousands took to the streets of Gaza City, with young men waving Palestinian flags and Hamas flags, candy, horns and fireworks spread out.

Hundreds organised similar celebrations, waving banners and shouting Hamas at noon’s prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. The chaos following, in which police struck stun grenades and tear gas and Palestinians hurled bricks, was uncertain. Police in Israel said 16 people were arrested. In areas of the West Bank, similar clashes erupted.

Following the 11 days of Israeli bombing, Gazans had a day of rest.

In a Gaza City open-air store, which was opened again after its closed war, shoppers stocked fresh fruit and vegetable. Workers swallowed up scrap.

The shop owner, Ashraf Abu Mohammad, said, “Life is going to come again, because it isn’t the first war and not the last war. “The heart has a pain, disasters and families have been swept out of the civil register, and we are saddened by that. But it’s our fate to remain patient in this country.”

In the hit town of Beit Hanoun, residents were surveying wrecked houses.

“It is the first time in history that we have seen this, we see such a massive devastation here,” Azhar Nsair said. “The ceasefire applies to civilians who have not suffered, whose loved ones have not been lost, whose homes have not been bombarded.”

Rescue employees still recovered corporations. The ambulance service Red Crescent said that five were gathered in the city of Khan Younis Friday, including a 3-year-old.

Since sheltering in the UN campuses, tens of thousands returned home. 66,000 people were tangled at the height, but the number dropped below 1,000 on Friday, says United Nations Speaker Sephane Dujarric.

Thirteen vehicles, COVID 19 vaccines, medical equipment and drugs were sent to Gaza by the United Nations after the cease-fire. The World Authority has already spent $18.6 million on humanitarian disaster relief.

The shell hit the already decrepit coastal infrastructure, home to more than 2 million Palestinians. The attack hit the Palestinians. High-rises and homes were flattened, and roads and water systems were smashed. There were destroyed at least 30 health centres, putting a stop to the field tests for coronavirus.

The struggle started on 10 May when Hamas campaigners launched rockets to Jerusalem in Gaza. The barrage followed days of clashes with Israeli police at Al-Aqsa involving Palestinian protestors. The threatened expulsion of thousands of Palestinians from Israel by Judean settlers had fuelled tensions by heavy-handed police tactics at the complex.

Competitive claims to Jerusalem have sparked repeated violent attacks. In the 1967 War Israel took eastern Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, and for their new state the Palestinians want them.

About 4,000 missiles were launched at Israel’s towns by Hamas and other insurgent groups. Dozens arrived to the north of Tel Aviv’s lively business capital.

In the meantime, Israel carried out hundreds of air strikes. A senior officer for the Israeli army said he hit 1,600 “military objectives.”

Initially it supported what Israel termed a right to defend itself from indiscriminate missile fires, the US being the nearest and largest partner for Israel. But the Americans increasingly persuaded Israel to stop the attack, as the war dragged and casualties increased, and Egypt brokered the ceasefire.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken wants to “visit the area to debate attempts to rebuild and collaborate with Israelis and Palestinians on building a sustainable future,” the State Department said. He spoke on Friday to President Muhammad Abbas of Palestine, who urged Washington to continue with the ceasefire of the Israeli actions, such as the attacks against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Palestinian evictions from the Sheik Jarrah district.

The cease-fire was welcomed by President Joe Biden. He said Israel is committed to helping Israel to provide its interceptor missiles and to collaborating with the Palestinian Authority – not Hamas – which is recognised internationally to provide humanitarian assistance to Gaza.

He said there had been no change to his commitment to the security of Israel later Friday, but he insisted that “the only response” to this conflict remains a two-state solution which includes a state to the Palestinian people.

At the conclusion of his visit to South Korea, he also expressed that the recently terminated struggle had opened a gap between Democrats, since some Democrats broke from Biden’s “quiet diplomacy” with ally Israel to demand a public ceasefire.

Biden said, “My party is still behind Israel. “Get something right here,” he said. He added. “There will be no peace until the country unambiguously acknowledges Israel’s right to remain as a sovereign Jewish State.”

Netanyahu was informed the Palestinian militants had decided to stop further Israeli activities in Al-Aqsa and the expulsion of Sheik Jarrah. An Egyptian official just said that tensions “will be tackled” in Jerusalem.

The members of the nationalist hawkish foundation of Netanyahu faced strong criticism. The “embarrassing” was the name of a former ally, Gideon Saar, who heads a little gang.

The head of the far-right Jewish Power party, Itamar Ben Gvir, told Israeli TV Channel 13 that the government “spat in the face of Southern Israel’s people” with a ceased fire and said that Hamas should be overthrown and Gaza reoccupied.

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Injuries on defense could hamstring Vikings vs. Cardinals

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VIKINGS (0-1) AT CARDINALS (1-0)

  • Kickoff: 3:05 p.m. Sunday
  • Where: State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
  • TV: KMSP-Channel 9; Gus Johnson, Aqib Talib, Megan Olvi
  • Radio: KFXN-FM 100.3; Paul Allen, Pete Bercich, Greg Coleman, Ben Leber
  • Series: Vikings lead 17-11
  • Line: Cardinals by 3½

The Vikings are coming off a disappointing season-opening loss at Cincinnati, where they appeared to be driving for the winning score before running back Dalvin Cook fumbled near midfield, and the Bengals won the game 27-24 on a 33-yard field goal by Evan McPherson. The Vikings were penalized 12 times for 116 yards in the loss, something coaches worked hard to eliminate during practice this week. Kirk Cousins passed for 351 yards and two touchdowns, but issues on the line kept the quarterback from taking shots down the field: his passes averages a distance of 6.1 yards in the air.

The Cardinals, meanwhile, are coming off an impressive 38-13 victory over Tennessee last Sunday. Slippery quarterback Kyler Murray passed for 289 yards and four touchdowns, and rushed for a fifth. On defense, defensive end Chandler Jones sacked Ryan Tannehill five times — disconcerting for a Vikings offensive line that had issues against the Bengals, and a quarterback with a penchant giving up and taking a sack under pressure.

The Vikings also will be without linebacker Anthony Barr, who will miss a second straight game because of a knee injury, and defensive end Everson Griffen, who suffered a concussion in a car accident this week. And then there is middle linebacker Eric Kendricks, questionable on Friday’s injury list because of a quad injury. If Kendricks sits, that’s three key starters missing against a potent offense.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – On Thursday, Police arrested Ian Rawlinson, 43, of Albany, for vandalized a Black Lives Matter mural, on Lark Street.

At around 3 p.m., Albany Police said, responded to the BLM mural on Lark Street between Hudson Avenue and Lancaster Street, for reports of a man vandalizing the mural with graffiti.

Rawlison had used white spray paint to write the letters “KKK” and draw burning crosses on the mural, Police said.

Police arrested Rawlison, on Madison Avenue near Lark St., charged with fourth-degree Criminal Mischief, as a hate crime.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday, in Albany Criminal Court.

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Stolen camper, boat, and UTV among recovered thefts items in Phelps County

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PHELPS COUNTY, Mo.– A camper, Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV), and boat are just some of the stolen items Phelps County deputies recovered from several locations over the past few weeks. The sheriff said the stolen items kept deputies busy.

Deputies got calls for thefts from at least 4 different properties between September 7 and September 14.

Deputies say a UTV and tools were stolen from a farm near Highway 68. The UTV owner spotted the vehicle at a different house and they were able to arrest a suspect in that case.

Also, deputies also found a stolen SUV, trailer, All Terrain Vehicle, and firearms that were stolen from another home. Those items were located in an abandoned truck which was also stolen out of St. James.

Phelps County deputies also worked to recover a stolen boat in Pulaski County.

Phelps County deputies also assisted notified Pulaski County about a stolen camper. Detectives found it and determined it was reported stolen out of Miller County.

The property crimes unit can be contacted by calling the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department at (573) 426-3860. Callers wanting to remain anonymous can call the confidential tip line at (573) 426-2936.

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Giant California sequoias wrapped in aluminum as wildfire nears

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THREE RIVERS, Calif. — Firefighters have wrapped the base of the world’s largest tree in a fire-resistant blanket as part of an effort to save a famous grove of gigantic old-growth sequoias from wildfires burning in California’s rugged Sierra Nevada.

The colossal General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park’s Giant Forest, some other sequoias, the Giant Forest Museum and other buildings were wrapped for protection against the possibility of intense flames, fire spokeswoman Rebecca Paterson said.

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This photo provided by the Southern Area Blue Incident Management Team on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2021, shows the giant sequoia known as the General Sherman Tree with its base wrapped in a fire-resistant blanket to protect it from the intense heat of approaching wildfires at Sequoia National Forest in California.

The aluminum wrapping can withstand intensive heat for short periods. Federal officials said they have used the material for several years throughout the U.S. West to protect sensitive structures from flames. Near Lake Tahoe, some homes that were wrapped in protective material survived a recent wildfire while others nearby were destroyed.

The Colony Fire, one of two burning in Sequoia National Park and named for the area where it started, was expected to reach the Giant Forest, a grove of 2,000 sequoias, within days, fire officials said.

However, the fire didn’t grow significantly Thursday as a layer of smoke reduced its spread in the morning, fire spokeswoman Katy Hooper said.

The blaze erupted after a wildfire in the region last year killed thousands of sequoias, some as tall as high-rises and thousands of years old.

The General Sherman Tree is the largest in the world by volume, at 52,508 cubic feet (1,487 cubic meters), according to the National Park Service. It towers 275 feet (84 meters) high and has a circumference of 103 feet (31 meters) at ground level.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks Superintendent Clay Jordan stressed the importance of protecting the massive trees from high-intensity fire during a briefing for firefighters.

A 50-year history of using prescribed burns — fires set on purpose to remove other types of trees and vegetation that would otherwise feed wildfires — in the parks’ sequoia groves was expected to help the giant trees survive by lessening the impact if flames reach them.

A “robust fire history of prescribed fire in that area is reason for optimism,” Paterson said. “Hopefully, the Giant Forest will emerge from this unscathed.”

Giant sequoias are adapted to fire, which can help them thrive by releasing seeds from their cones and creating clearings that allow young sequoias to grow. But the extraordinary intensity of fires — fueled by climate change — can overwhelm the trees.

That happened last year when the Castle Fire killed what studies estimate were 7,500 to 10,600 large sequoias, according to the National Park Service.

A historic drought and heat waves tied to climate change have made wildfires harder to fight in the American West. Scientists say climate change has made the region much warmer and drier in the past 30 years and will continue to make weather more extreme and wildfires more frequent and destructive.

A national interagency fire management team took command of efforts to fight the 11.5-square-mile (30-square-kilometer) Paradise Fire and the 3-square-mile (8-square-kilometer) Colony Fire, which was closest to the grove. Operations to burn away vegetation and other fuel that could feed the flames were done in that area.

The fires forced the evacuation of the park this week, and parts of the town of Three Rivers outside the main entrance remained evacuated.

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Three Asian YouTubers spent a day in America’s ‘most racist town’

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In July 2020, a Los Angeles-based film producer stood outside a Walmart in Harrison, Ark., with a Black Lives Matter sign. Just moments later, he was on the receiving end of hateful remarks ranging from jeers about his actions to explicit declarations of white supremacy.

Rob Bliss, who is white, had wanted to see for himself whether the word about Harrison was true: that it is the “most racist town in America.”

Set in the Ozark hills of northwest Arkansas, Harrison has held its infamous reputation for as long as anyone can remember. More than 95% of its 13,000 residents are white, while the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) — a Klan faction whose headquarters lie several miles away — reportedly uses one of its post office boxes as their mailing address.

Bliss caught the outrage he received on camera and posted it onto YouTube. The video only runs for two minutes, but all the hate distilled in it was enough to make national headlines and propel Harrison into the spotlight of discussions about racial intolerance.

But just how racist could this town get? Do residents only harbor animus toward one group, or do they discriminate against everyone who isn’t white? What if Asians showed up?

This month, Sheldon Ho, Mike Wu and Edward Leung — a trio of Asian YouTubers known as CantoMando (@CantoMando) — set forth to Harrison to find out.

“Our channel goal is to push the boundaries of what is expected of Asian Americans and in turn to spread our own culture and positivity to the world,” the group told NextShark. “We’re big believers in change through action and not just words so when we were curious how Asians would be treated in Harrison, known as the most racist town in America, we had to go there for ourselves to find out.”

The trio filmed themselves spending an entire day in the town. What started off as mere curiosity, they said, became a journey of “pushing our comfort zones, discovery and a chance to spread Asian culture to the world.”

Left to right: Sheldon Ho, Mike Wu and Edward Leung start their day in Harrison. Image via CantoMando

In their now-viral video, Sheldon, Mike and Edward start their day at 8 a.m. with breakfast at a local diner. As soon as they enter the establishment, at least four white people are immediately caught staring at them.

The staring continued past 11:30 a.m. while they were at a local Walmart, which required the trio to put on face masks while allowing virtually every other white customer to shop without them. Shortly after, the group met an elderly white woman who told them her granddaughter “loves China men.”

The woman, who was using an ambulatory device, pulled Sheldon in to give him a hug, saying that she liked “this one.” “My granddaughter is 26 and she wants to go to China. She wants to bring her a China man home,” she said.

Shortly after, the trio headed for lunch at Dragon King, which they believe was the only Chinese restaurant in Harrison. There, they met an Asian waitress who claimed that she has never experienced racism in town, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Sheldon, Mike and Edward continued their journey downtown at 2 p.m., to the flea market at 4 p.m. and to a bar at 9 p.m.

The group never encountered another single racist incident since, and to their surprise, the white strangers they had engaged with were actually friendly and accommodating.

At the bar, one man even bought them drinks and invited them to celebrate his birthday, all without knowledge of himself being filmed.

Another non-Caucasian man echoed what the Asian waitress said, telling them everyone in town gets along and that he has no bad experiences to share.

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The trio were welcomed to Arkansas and invited to celebrate with a man on his birthday. Image via CantoMando

Still, Sheldon, Mike and Edward pointed out that not everyone’s experience will be the same.

“Although our experience here in Harrison has been positive overall, we are not speaking for everyone. It is important to note that everyone’s experience is unique and different,” the trio told NextShark. “We want to stress that our video does not reflect the experiences of all minorities nor do we want it to make a blanket statement. We simply made this video to share our personal experience in Harrison as Asian Americans.”

They added, “We were pretty scared before going, and we were honestly scared for the worst to happen.”

The trio said they also talked to residents about last year’s viral video. “We talked to some locals about the famous viral video, and they told us that [the] video had a devastating impact on the community, and that some people even moved out because they didn’t want to be associated with that. Locals also condemned the behavior in that video, and said that it doesn’t represent the people of that community,” they said.

The town’s mayor reportedly reached out to CantoMando after they published their video. The official informed them that the town’s committee on diversity searched for the 24 individuals who made hateful comments in Bliss’s video, but “they were only able to find three locals and likely the other 21 were from out of town.”

Some users have questioned the authenticity of the residents’ behavior because a Facebook post about their presence was reportedly made before they went to the bar. The group’s video has now received more than 3 million views on YouTube. 

Sheldon, Mike and Edward hope that their video will encourage others in the Asian American community to express who they are.

“We’re hoping that by sharing our culture and embracing it in an environment like Harrison where we might face hostility, this would inspire other members of the Asian community to never be afraid of expressing who they are. Because no matter the fear or whatever obstacles we might face as a community, we should be proud of who we are.”

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BC defenders Isaiah Graham-Mobley and Khris Banks make return to Temple

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Two members of the Boston College front seven will experience a visitor’s homecoming when the Eagles visit Temple Owls at noon Saturday.

Middle linebacker Isaiah “IGM” Graham-Mobley and tackle Khris Banks were Temple refugees who BC coach Jeff Hafley extracted from the NCAA transfer portal to fill deficiencies in the Eagles’ defense.

“For Kris and IGM, I know this will be a meaningful game and I hope every game is a meaningful game for them so I hate to say it is a more meaningful game,” said Hafley. “But certainly, playing the team you were on, there has got to be some emotions there.

“But they are two guys I am really glad are on the team.”

BC graduated three starting linebackers from 2020 and two of them, Isaiah McDuffie (Packers) and Max Richardson (Raiders), made the jump to NFL rosters. Graham-Mobley, a 6-1, 230-pound graduate from King of Prussia, Pa., took over at the MIKE and started the first two games of the season.

“IGM has been a blessing to have here, he’s been an unbelievable human being,” said Hafley. “He is a great leader and he’s got a ton of energy and he is starting to feel his way around our scheme.

“He is physical, long, rangy and a great guy.”

The interior of the BC defensive line was thinned to the point of extinction by graduation and injuries. Banks has platooned with Cam Horsley while learning a new system under defensive coordinator Tem Lukabu. Banks is a 6-2, 294-pound, redshirt junior from Paterson, N.J. who has been a great addition to the Eagles’ run defense.

“Khris Banks has been a great help to an injury riddled D-line,” said Hafley. “We are still down so many guys and we are lucky we got him.

“He’s is guy who I keep telling has so much potential and upside. I’m not saying that he is not playing well. I just see such and bright future for the guy and I hope he continues to get better.”

Graham-Mobley played in 11 games for Temple last season and finished with 26 tackles, two TFL and a pair of sacks. He recorded four solo tackles and two assists with a TFL in his BC debut, a 51-0 victory over Colgate in the season opener at Alumni Stadium.

In last Saturday’s 45-28 win at UMass, Graham-Mobley and defensive end Shitta Sillah shared the team lead with seven tackles apiece. Graham-Mobley and Banks are hoping to be difference-makers against his old mates while keeping the emotions on an even keel.

“It is definitely going to be a surreal moment because that is a place that I have called home the last five years being a sixth-year student now,” said Graham-Mobley. “Just making sure we are not getting too emotional and staying with the game plan and understanding this is just another road trip.”

There are other Temple/Philadelphia connections in play. BC athletic director Patrick Kraft served in the same capacity at Temple for five years. Injured kicker Aaron Boumerhi transferred from Temple in 2019. Tailback Pat Garwo, who rushed for a career high 160 yards at UMass, is from Levittown, Pa., outside Philly.

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Ordway opens its doors Sunday for its first Ordway-sponsored performance

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What should patrons expect Sunday night when they return to the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts’ first in-person event in 18 months?

“Hopefully joy, celebration and relief that they have a place to go to connect with others,” said Chris Sagstetter, the Ordway’s interim president and CFO.

Those who show up to see podcaster and comedian Maz Jobrani will also see COVID protocols similar to other performing arts venues in the Twin Cities and around the country. Masks are required and ticketholders will have to show an ID and proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of showtime. (Ordway employees are required to follow the same rules.) The venue has also upgraded its air filtration system to increase air flow and bring in more outside air.

Ordway staff got a preview of life under these guidelines last weekend, when it opened its doors for performances in the Concert Hall from its Arts Partnership members the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Schubert Club.

Performances at the Ordway this month are operating under reduced capacity. Sagstetter said they saw about 200 or 300 people Friday, a few more on Saturday and about 500 on Sunday. Patrons now must enter through one of the main doors out front, all of which are now open.

“That allowed us to see how things flowed,” Sagstetter said.

Staff encountered very few problems, she said. One patron without vaccination proof went and got it and returned. Several others were able to exchange tickets or get refunds. Without vaccination or negative test proof, ticketholders will not be allowed to attend. Sagstetter said these policies are already written into contracts for many touring acts.

“We will work patrons to meet their needs,” Sagstetter said.

Also, for now, the Ordway’s concessions are closed, although visitors will be offered a free bottle of water when they get inside.

As far as hiring staff goes, Sagstetter said they’re happy with how it’s gone so far. Close to 70 percent of the front-of-the-house staff is returning, and about 70 percent of those who aren’t have said they’re interested in volunteering. Two recent full-time positions drew nearly 300 combined applicants.

“It could be tough filling some after-hours positions,” she said. “But so far, so good.”

For the coming months, Sagstetter, Ordway staffers and the Arts Partnership are keeping an eye on how things are going and tweaking things as needed. “We don’t have all the answers,” she said, “but we know we have a plan and that we are able to be fluid and to pivot.”

This article has been edited to reflect that the Maz Jobrani performance is Sunday, not Saturday. 

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New York suspect killed by gunfire during struggle with Marshals

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WIVB/WROC) — Police say that a man wanted by numerous law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Marshals Service, died after his weapon went off during a struggle with officers in Rochester. He was wanted for a warrant out of Wayne County on a second-degree assault charge involving a child.

He was identified Thursday as 24-year-old Dedrick James. On Wednesday morning, members of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force—which also includes state police, Rochester police, and members of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office—tried to serve an arrest warrant on Vinewood Place.

Police say that when they encountered James, he tried to retreat into a residence. While the officers attempted to apprehend James, they say he produced a handgun. One round was fired and it struck him in the upper body, according to state police.

Although lifesaving techniques were attempted, James died at the scene. Police say that no shots were fired by officers during the incident.

Police also say there was one other person at the residence at the time of the incident, and the victim’s family has been notified. The New York Attorney General’s Office was reportedly notified and is working with state police and the Rochester Police Department as the investigation continues.

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See the Great Forest Park Balloon Glow and Race in St. Louis this weekend

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Organizers are excited to welcome people back to the recently renovated Emerson Central Fields in Forest Park for the next two days. FOX 2 and News 11 are proud sponsors of the event.

Friday night, the Balloon Glow takes place, where spectators can roam among inflated, tethered balloons. The fun begins at 5:00 p.m. and the balloons will glow from dusk to 9:00 p.m. Fireworks cap off the night at 9:15 p.m.

The festival and race of 50 balloons is on Saturday. Central Fields opens at Noon with live music, great food, the Purina Pro Plan Performance dogs, and family activities. Skydivers perform at 3 p.m. The race is on at 4:30 with the launch on the “hare” balloon. The hound balloons give chase at 4:45 p.m.

Where the balloons will end up depends on the weather, which looks great for the weekend. Winds on Saturday are expected out of the northeast, so look for the balloons to drift south and west of Forest Park.

The balloons couldn’t launch in 2019 because of high winds. Last year, organizers created an alternative pandemic event called Lift Up St. Louis.

Learn more: www.greatforestparkballoonrace.com

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Washington — President Joe Biden tried to hammer out the world’s next steps against rapidly worsening climate change in a private, virtual session with a small group of other global leaders Friday, and announced a new U.S.-European pledge to cut climate-wrecking methane leaks.

Ever-grimmer findings from scientists this year that the world is nearing the point where the level of climate damage from burning oil, gas and coal becomes catastrophic and irreversible “represent a code red for humanity,” Biden said at the session’s outset.

“We have to act and we have to act now,” Biden said, speaking on a specially erected White House set that showed virtual arrays of solar panels in the background and a wall of other global leaders listening on screens.

He cited his tour earlier this month of communities hit by relentless wildfires in California and Hurricane Ida in the northeastern U.S. and the Gulf — evidence that warnings of natural disasters worsening in number and severity as the climate warms already are becoming reality.

Drought and rising temperatures have made California’s wildfire season virtually year-round now, state fire officials say. And a study out this year concluded sea rise caused by global warming contributed $8 billion in additional damage to 2012′s Superstorm Sandy.

“Over the last two weeks, I’ve traveled across the United States to see the damage and destruction,” Biden said. “Climate continues to change across Europe, Africa and Latin America, and you’ve endured massive flooding.”

The Biden administration billed the meeting as a chance for some of the world leaders to strategize how to achieve big, fast cuts in climate-wrecking petroleum and coal emissions. The administration also is trying to re-establish the United States’ Major Economies Forum — a climate group set up by President Barack Obama and revived by Biden – as a significant forum for international climate negotiations.

Friday’s meeting followed a much bigger and splashier virtual White House climate summit in April that saw scores of heads of governments — representing allies and rivals, and big economies and small — making sweeping speeches about the need for action against climate change.

The provided list of Friday’s attendees included only nine leaders: those of Argentina, Bangladesh, Indonesia, South Korea, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the European Council, European Union Commission and United Nations.

China, India and Russia, with the United States, are the nations that emit the most climate-damaging gases from the production and burning of oil, natural gas and coal, and there was no word on their leaders’ taking part.

Climate advocates have stressed the importance of the U.S. coordinating with Europe and Asia for a joint front in coaxing China, which emits more climate-damaging fumes than the rest of the developed world combined, to move faster on cutting its use of dirty-burning coal-fired power plants in particular.

Biden, in the public opening of the otherwise private talks, also discussed a new U.S. agreement with the European Union aiming at cutting the two entities’ emissions of methane 30% by the end of this decade. Methane is one of the most potent agents of climate damage, gushing up by the ton from countless uncapped oil and gas rigs, leaky natural gas pipelines, and other oil and gas facilities.

Fred Krupp, president of the nonprofit Environmental Defense Fund, said cutting methane pollution is the single fastest, most effective strategy to slow the rate of warming.

A 30% reduction in methane pollution should be only “the entry point for this critical conversation. Many countries can and should aim even higher,” Krupp said.

The pledge comes as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is set to propose stricter rules against methane emissions for the oil and gas sector, as laid out in one of Biden’s first executive orders.

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