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Lowe’s employee ordered to change ‘Black Panther Wakanda Forever’ shirt

A teen employee at a Washington Lowe’s said he was forced to change out of his shirt reading “Black Panther Wakanda Forever” after a customer complained it was racist. A supervisor gave the employee a dressing down over the shirt last weekend in the chain’s Bonney Lake location, ordering him to either buy a new shirt or go home and change, the employee, Kyle Sales, told the local CBS affiliate. “She goes, ‘A customer said your shirt is offensive and racist,’” Sales said. “This is from a movie. How is this racist?” Sales was furious, but ultimately decided to put on a sports jersey over the superhero shirt to hide its wording. “I was very angry. It just did not seem fair in light of all of the things that are happening in our in the world right now,” he said.
Trump touts deregulation agenda and warns of ‘dismal future’ under Democrats
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Trump touts deregulation agenda and warns of ‘dismal future’ under Democrats

President Trump on Thursday touted his administration’s deregulation agenda and warned of a “dismal future” if Democrats led by presidential candidate Joe Biden defeat him. Trump cast himself as a crusader against red tape during remarks in a second-straight stump-like speech at the White House, praising his rollback of vehicle emissions standards, watershed rules and a lightbulb ban. The president said he repealed almost eight regulations for every new one, and that businesses and property owners would suffer under Biden. “The American dream would be sniffed out so quickly and replaced with a socialist disaster,” he said. Democrats want to enact the Green New Deal, either “rename” the Washington Monument or “take it down,” ̶...
Pregnant woman in Philadelphia shot in head
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Pregnant woman in Philadelphia shot in head

A pregnant woman is fighting for her life after she was shot in the head while inside a car in Philadelphia Thursday afternoon, according to reports. The 25-year-old woman was on West Berks Street in North Philadelphia when she was blasted in the right side of her head at around 2:35 p.m., The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The victim, whose identity was not immediately released, was rushed to Temple University Hospital in extremely critical condition, according to the news outlet. The woman is four months pregnant, according to NBC10, which reported that police said the shooting may have been a domestic situation. No arrests were immediately made.
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Video shows Florida cops ‘arresting’ kangaroo in Fort Lauderdale

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Police officers captured an unlikely suspect bouncing through a Fort Lauderdale neighborhood on Thursday morning. After receiving a call about a kangaroo running loose in the area, officers managed to capture it and place it in a squad car. The agency posted a picture of the kangaroo on Twitter. So far, police have few clues as to the origins of this misplaced marsupial. No one was injured in its capture. The kangaroo safely in custody.Fort Lauderdale Police The kangaroo was turned over to the South Florida Wildlife Center.
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Florida man in viral Costco incident says he gets ‘claustrophobic’ wearing a mask

The Florida Costco shopper who went ballistic after an elderly woman asked him to put on a face mask said he refused because he’s “claustrophobic” and has trouble wearing one, according to a report. Speaking for the first time since the viral video emerged, Daniel Maples — who lost his job at an insurance firm over the outburst — said the face covering causes him “distress,” according to the Fort Myers News-Press. “After a while, I start to feel like I’m suffocating. I get claustrophobic and that’s an issue for me,” Maples said. “I prefer not to wear the mask. It’s something that causes me a lot of distress.” Maples — who said he’s received hundreds of threatening texts, emails and voicemails since the June 27 incident — denied shouting at an elderly woman, saying his an
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie eyes legalizing mobile sports betting in NY
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Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie eyes legalizing mobile sports betting in NY

Leadership in the New York Assembly is polling members on whether they’d back the legalization of mobile sports betting, The Post has learned. The vote-counting survey comes after New York’s tax base has been decimated by the recession triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. Staffers for Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and the Democratic majority started querying rank-and-file lawmakers Thursday — just days before the Legislature reconvenes on Monday. The Democrat-run state Senate has previously supported proposals to OK app-based sports betting, while Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Heastie have been resistant to the notion. One lawmaker who got called about his position Thursday from a program staffer overseen by Heastie’s office said the impact of the pandemic on New York’s finances cha
Chuck Schumer unveils $350B bill intended to combat ‘systemic racism’
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Chuck Schumer unveils $350B bill intended to combat ‘systemic racism’

WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday unveiled a $350 billion plan he said was intended to combat “systemic racism” as lawmakers return to negotiate a new coronavirus bill. The New York Democrat’s “Economic Justice Act” contains wide-ranging infrastructure and social spending and would redirect $200 billion in unused funds from a Treasury Department coronavirus loan program established by Congress in March. “Instead of allowing hundreds of billions of dollars in government assistance to sit idly at the Treasury, Senate Democrats said they would seek to re-program these dollars during negotiations for a fourth COVID-19 bill,” Schumer’s office said. The provisions aren’t for the exclusive benefit of ra...
‘Whiteness’ exhibit at Smithsonian’s African American History Museum causes stir
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‘Whiteness’ exhibit at Smithsonian’s African American History Museum causes stir

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture has a little-known but controversial section on “whiteness” that is creating a stir on Twitter. The museum’s online description of the exhibit was tweeted out on Wednesday by Byron York, chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner. “The National Museum of African American History & Culture wants to make you aware of certain signs of whiteness: Individualism, hard work, objectivity, the nuclear family, progress, respect for authority, delayed gratification, more,” York tweeted. In an Examiner opinion piece on Thursday, York pointed out the oddity of so many universally positive attributes being ascribed to “whiteness.” “Most of the attrib...
Unemployment increase set to end as jobless claims climb
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Unemployment increase set to end as jobless claims climb

A boost in unemployment pay is about to run out for people who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic — as jobless claims pass 51 million. The $600 per week federal supplement in unemployment insurance is a flashpoint ahead of talks next week on a new coronavirus bill. Republicans including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell oppose extending the boost — though there are hints of a potential compromise. The supplement for weekly unemployment was intended to ensure most people kept the same income if they were temporarily out of work, but it officially runs out at the end of July. If it’s taken away, people would only get weekly benefits from state governments, which range from less than $250 a week in Arizona and Louisiana to over $1,200 with dependents in Massachu
Tennessee doctor gets coronavirus at meeting about controlling its spread
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Tennessee doctor gets coronavirus at meeting about controlling its spread

A Tennessee doctor says he became severely ill with a case of coronavirus he caught from attending a meeting about how to prevent the spread of the disease, according to a report. Dr. Daniel Lewis, the chief medical officer for Greeneville Community Hospital, said he gathered with a small group of colleagues in mid-March about protocols for containing the virus, the Nashville Tennessean reported. His colleague was suffering at the time from mild cough, which they wrote off at the time as allergies, the outlet reported. But the same evening, the man developed a fever and soon Lewis also began experiencing one also, the newspaper reported. Lewis, 42, tested positive for the virus on March 30 then checked himself into the hospital two days later when his symptoms dramatically worsened,...