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Proud Boys rally has Portland in state of emergency

26 September[ —]

Proud Boys rally has Portland in state of emergencyGovernor Kate Brown on Friday declared a weekend state of emergency for Oregon's biggest city, saying "white supremacist groups" were travelling from out of state to attend an event the Proud Boys say was organized to "end domestic terrorism." The self-declared "Western chauvinist" Proud Boys have publicized the protest on Facebook for weeks, despite the social network's pledge to block such pages, according to images provided by the Tech Transparency Project seen by Reuters. Facebook said on Friday that it had removed the pages.



Latest on the worldwide spread of coronavirus

26 September[ —]

Latest on the worldwide spread of coronavirus* Poland reported 1,584 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, close to Friday's record high, the health ministry said, taking the country closer to reimposing restrictions. * Russia's daily tally of new coronavirus cases hit its highest level since June 22 on Saturday at 7,523, bringing its total to 1,143,571, the country's coronavirus task force reported. * Ukraine registered a record 3,833 cases of new coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the national security council said on Saturday, up from a previous record of 3,584 new cases reported on Sept. 17.



Weeks into school year, groups pushing for more transparent coronavirus data

26 September[ —]

Weeks into school year, groups pushing for more transparent coronavirus dataFor several weeks, the Florida Education Association has been calling on state officials to release more information on COVID-19 in public schools. There isn't a statewide dashboard, and only about half of Florida's 67 school districts publicly report cases, the state's largest teachers union said. "You can't make choices and you can't make decisions if you don't have information," FEA President Andrew Spar told ABC News.



Top Bollywood actresses questioned in drug probe

26 September[ —]

Top Bollywood actresses questioned in drug probeThree popular Bollywood actresses were questioned on Saturday in a drug probe that has sent shockwaves through India's film industry, already hurt by COVID-19 lockdowns. Officials from the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) have been investigating alleged drug use in Bollywood for the last month in connection with the death of Sushant Singh Rajput, a popular actor who was found dead at his residence in June. The investigation aims at finding whether there is a nexus between the film industry and the drug trade, a law enforcement official told Reuters.



Letters to the Editor: What we can still do for Breonna Taylor: End the drug war and bad policing

26 September[ —]

Letters to the Editor: What we can still do for Breonna Taylor: End the drug war and bad policingIt would probably be impossible to convict any officers for Breonna Taylor's death. Instead, society can reform in ways to prevent this from happening again.



White supremacist gang member killed in shootout with police in California

26 September[ —]

White supremacist gang member killed in shootout with police in CaliforniaThe suspect was found to be illegally manufacturing weapons



Poland reports 1,584 daily coronavirus cases

26 September[ —]

Poland reports 1,584 daily coronavirus casesPoland reported 1,584 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, close to Friday's record high, the health ministry said, taking the country closer to reimposing restrictions. The ministry said that Poland will likely announce new restrictions as it expects high daily numbers in new coronavirus cases to continue. Poland has reported 85,980 infections and 2,424 deaths in total.



Ex-care home bosses charged over dozens of deaths in Massachusetts

26 September[ —]

Ex-care home bosses charged over dozens of deaths in Massachusetts* More than 70 people have died of Covid at home in Holyoke * Ex-superintendent is being made a scapegoat, lawyer saysMassachusetts’ top law enforcement official has brought criminal charges against former leaders of a nursing home for military veterans, for allegedly making a fatal decision that led to the deaths of many dozens of elderly residents and staff.Former superintendent Bennett Walsh, 50, and Dr David Clinton, 71, were indicted last week on 10 criminal neglect charges each, according to state attorney general Maura Healey. The two have not been taken into custody and will be arraigned at a later date.“We began this investigation on behalf of the families who lost loved ones under tragic circumstances and to honor these men who bravely served our country,” Healey said Friday. “We allege that the actions of these defendants during the Covid-19 outbreak at the facility put veterans at higher risk of infection and death and warrant criminal charges.”Healey said she believes this is “the first criminal case in the country brought against those working in nursing homes during the Covid-19 pandemic”. The state is conducting several investigations into long-term care facilities with high coronavirus deaths.Healey’s office interviewed 90 families affected by the outbreak at the facility.Those charges are five counts each of a caretaker who wantonly or recklessly commits or permits bodily injury to an elder or disabled person, and another related to the alleged “abuse, neglect or mistreatment” of an elderly or disabled person.The criminal neglect charges are punishable by up to three years in prison, and each count of elder neglect carries a sentence of up to 10 years.Walsh was suspended in late March, and fired in late June following the publishing of an independent report by Boston attorney Mark Pearlstein, which revealed disturbing allegations around Walsh’s response to the virus in the long-terms care.According to Healey, who echoed the findings of the Pearlstein report, Vanessa Lauziere, the former chief nursing officer of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, and then superintendent Walsh decided to combine 42 residents of two locked dementia care units – some with Covid-19 and most who did not – into a single room with a capacity of 25 people.Social worker Carrie Forrant said it felt like the veterans were being moved to a concentration camp.“We [were] moving those unknowing veterans off to die,” she told Pearlstein and his investigators in the June report. Other social workers interviewed in both investigations expressed concern over short staffing and not having enough people to help elderly people in all units.The merging of the two dementia care units could have been averted if officials had sent patients in need of emergency medical care to an area hospital, which an emergency response team did when they were finally called into the home on 30 March.The emergency response team found what was described as a “war zone,” with veterans crowded together, some unclothed and some “obviously in the process of dying from Covid-19.” By June, 76 veterans had died from the disease, and dozens more residents and nursing staff were ill with the virus.“They risked their lives from the beaches at Normandy to the jungles of Vietnam,” Healey said. “To know they died under the most horrific circumstances is shocking.”Tracy Miner, an attorney for Walsh, said: “At all times, Mr Walsh relied on the medical professionals to do what was best for the veterans given the tragic circumstances of a virus in a home with veterans in close quarters, severe staffing shortages, and the lack of outside help from state officials. The attorney general should not be scapegoating Mr Walsh.”



Crop tops or 'republican' dress? France debates schoolwear

26 September[ —]

Crop tops or 'republican' dress? France debates schoolwearFrench women enjoy a reputation for their instinctive knack for spot-on chic attire. Ministers, already working overtime to tamp down the coronavirus spread and ramp up the economy, have gotten side-tracked in a debate about whether crop tops or other skimpy clothing on adolescent girls in classrooms is a grave affront to the French Republic. Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer has said that girls should go to school dressed in “a republican manner.”



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