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According to the Daily Mail, Haiti’s police chief says four people suspected of assassinating President Jovenel Moise [pron. ‘Juvenal voice’] have been shot dead by police and two others arrested after the gang took three police officers hostage. Video purportedly looking out over Port-Au-Prince on Wednesday evening shows smoke rising from several points in the city, and the sound of heavy gunfire could be heard. It remained unclear whether the gunfire was related to the police pursuit of the assassination suspects, or signaled that the impoverished, violence-wracked nation was plunging deeper into chaos. President Moise, 53, was assassinated at his private residence outside Port-Au-Prince in the early hours of Wednesday by a band of gunmen posing as agents of the US Drug Enforcement Agency, in an attack that also gravely injured his wife, who was airlifted to Miami for treatment. The brazen assassination inflicted further chaos on the Caribbean nation, the poorest in the Americas, which was already enduring rampant gang violence, soaring inflation and frequent riots over Mr Moise’s increasingly authoritarian rule and attempts to rewrite the country’s constitution. Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph declared a two-week ‘state of siege’ imposing martial law to hunt down the killers, halting all flights out of Port-Au-Prince and sealing the country’s borders, while neighboring Dominican Republic has mobilized its military to guard Haiti’s only land border.
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, More than 125 campers and adults who attended a church camp in Texas have tested positive for COVID-19, Texas officials say. The pastor at Clear Creek Community Church in League City said hundreds more people were likely exposed to the virus at the camp or when the campers returned home. “This is a reminder that COVID-19 is still here and we have to take precautions,” said Dr. Phillip Keiser of the Galveston County Local Health District. The camp took place June 23-27 and involved students from 6th to 12th grade. More than 400 students attended the camp, lead pastor Bruce Wesley said. The youth group did not leave the campground during the week and only had contact with counselors from their church, according to the health department. Wesley said July 3 that church services at all of Clear Creek’s campuses were canceled July 4 and July 7 because of the more than 125 positive cases.
According to PEOPLE magazine, A beloved college quarterback was killed last week after 50 shots were fired into his car while he was driving on a busy road in the Florida Panhandle. Ladarius Clardy, 18, a quarterback at Kennesaw State University, had just left a friend’s house and was driving on a main road in Pensacola when his car was hit with a spray of bullets, Sheriff Chip Simmons said at a press conference. At about 1 a.m. on Thursday, deputies with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist EMS at the intersection of West Fairfield Drive and Hollywood Avenue, the ECSO said in a press release. Deputies found a black Honda Accord that had crashed in a ravine in a wooded area. Inside, they found Clardy and an unidentified male passenger, 19, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Clardy was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger was transported to a local hospital. The Pensacola native made a name for himself as the quarterback at Pine Forest High School, where he holds the Pine Forest Eagles’ all-time passing record, Fox5 Atlanta reports. He also ran track and field at Pine Forest and was an honor student. After graduating from Pine Forest in 2020, Clardy played football as a quarterback at NCAA Division I FCS Kennesaw State University. Pastor Joseph Marshall of St. John Divine Missionary Baptist Church said at a press conference, “This is not someone who is a loose kid out there running the streets. His family is very active. He attends our church, youth department, singing, participating in our entire youth department. I can’t express enough.” Police have spoken to three men about the shooting, the ESCO said in a release. A $5,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to arrests and indictments in the case, Sheriff Simmons said.
According to CBS News, Miya Ponsetto, the 22-year old California woman dubbed “SoHo Karen” after she falsely accused a black teen of stealing her phone and then grabbed him, has been charged with a hate crime. Ponsetto pleaded not guilty to unlawful imprisonment as a hate crime, aggravated harassment, and endangering the welfare of a child on Wednesday. A viral video showed a livid Ponsetto grabbing 14-year old Keyon Harrold Jr. in a New York City hotel after she accused him of stealing her phone, which was later found in an Uber. Ponsetto seemed to brush off the idea that she was racially profiling Harrold Jr. after initially apologizing. “I wasn’t racial profiling whatsoever,” said Ponsetto in an interview on CBS This Morning. “I’m Puerto Rican. I’m, like, a woman of color.” Ponsetto’s next court date will take place on Oct. 20.
According to NPR, Less than a week after trustees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill belatedly voted to grant tenure to New York Times reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones, Howard University announced Hannah-Jones will instead be joining its faculty. Howard, the prestigious historically Black university in Washington, D.C., also announced it is hiring writer and Howard alumnus Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of Between the World and Me. Their positions were funded by nearly $20 million in donations from the Knight Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Ford Foundation as well as an anonymous donor. The funding establishes the Knight Chair in Race and Journalism, a tenured position to be held by Hannah-Jones. Hannah-Jones, who won a Pulitzer Prize for her “1619 Project,” will also establish the Center for Journalism and Democracy, which the university says will train aspiring journalists in “the investigative skills and historical and analytical expertise needed to cover the crisis our democracy is facing.”
According to USA Today, Expectations regarding ESPN’s coverage of the 2020 NBA Finals landed Rachel Nichols in hot water within her own network. Those comments, made public in a New York Times report published Sunday, have now led to a change in assignment for her at the 2021 finals. Nichols will not be the sideline reporter for the Phoenix Suns vs. Milwaukee Bucks series, ESPN announced Tuesday. Malika Andrews will assume the role, while Nichols will continue hosting her daily NBA show, “The Jump.” “We believe this is best decision for all concerned in order to keep the focus on the NBA Finals,” ESPN said in a statement. In a video recorded last year, apparently without her knowledge, Nichols told Adam Mendelsohn – a longtime LeBron James adviser – that she felt Maria Taylor, who is Black, was chosen to host pre- and post-game NBA finals coverage because the network was “feeling pressure” about on-air racial diversity. Nichols felt the job should remain under her responsibilities, as companies like ESPN started assessing and addressing longstanding diversity issues. The video recording eventually made its rounds around the company. Those comments created a rift inside ESPN that involved insider Adrian Wojnarowski and Jalen Rose. Nichols publicly apologized for her comments during Monday’s airing of “The Jump,” which she’s hosted since 2016 when she returned to ESPN after a stint at CNN and Turner Sports.
According to TMZ, Chris Brown’s former housekeeper says she was savagely attacked by one of his dogs and he tried to hide the mauling once first responders showed up. That allegation is at the center of a lawsuit filed against the singer by a former housekeeper identified only as Jane Doe in court documents. She says she was forced to undergo major surgery after the attack last December by Hades, Brown’s Caucasian Shepherd Ovcharka. She also alleges that Brown did nothing to help her during the attack at his home outside Los Angeles, even though he was at home while she screamed in terror. When first responders arrived at the bloody scene, she alleges, Brown had members of his team take the dogs and flee, apparently trying to cover up what had happened. Later, she said, he told authorities he had no idea what had happened or where the dogs were. Hades wound up being euthanized weeks later after being deemed dangerous by authorities in Northern California.
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