Category Archives: National News

It’s about time to turn back time!

Doesn’t it make you feel powerful to gain an extra hour in your day as you “Fall Back” on Sunday, November 3? Yeah, me neither. Maybe if everyone in the country (except for those lucky souls in AZ and HI) weren’t doing the same, I’d feel like a mediocre time traveler. Alas…it is not to be. 

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House launches Trump impeachment inquiry

By Meg Wagner, Mike Hayes and Amanda Wills, CNN

What we know so far:

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Nancy Pelosi (L) and President Trump

We Will Never Forget

Here are some photos from the aftermath of Grapevine’s ceremony this morning at the 9/11 Memorial on NW Highway at Texan Trail. It was obvious that there was an outpouring of love and remembrance. The City of Grapevine has photos of the ceremony on their Facebook Page.

Dallas detective who was handcuffed to Oswald when he was shot dies at 99

By FOX4News.com Staff

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The Dallas police detective who was handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald when Oswald was shot has passed away, family members confirm.

Jim Leavelle was handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald when Jack Ruby shot him.

Leavelle was transferring Oswald to the Dallas County jail on November 24, 1963, just two days after President John f. Kennedy’s assassination.

Read more from Fox 4…

Thousands of tarantulas expected to crawl through Colorado in mass migration

By Austin Williams

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(Photo by Sebastian Gollnow/Picture alliance via Getty Images)

 – Looking for the ultimate family getaway? Well now’s your chance to witness the great tarantula migration expected to kick off this month in Colorado.

According to the Gazette, thousands of tarantulas with a high libido can be seen crawling through the Colorado grasslands in search of a mate, beginning their exodus from August through early October.

Scientists say many of the spiders are 10-year-old males looking to mate with females that make their burrows in Colorado’s grasslands.

Read more from FOX 4…

What Dropping 17,000 Wallets Around The Globe Can Teach Us About Honesty

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Photo: Christian Zünd

So picture this: You’re a receptionist at, say, a hotel. Someone walks in and says they found a lost wallet but they’re in a hurry. They hand it to you. What would you do?

And would that answer be different if it was empty or full of cash?

Those are questions researchers have been exploring; Thursday, they published their findings in the journal Science.

Read more from NPR…

 

Tuskegee Airman Who Flew 142 WWII Combat Missions Dies at 99

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Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

World War II pilot Robert Friend, one of the last original members of the famed all-black Tuskegee Airmen, has died at the age of 99.

Friend’s daughter, Karen Friend Crumlich, told The Desert Sun her father died Friday at a Southern California hospital.

Born in South Carolina on 1920’s leap day, Friend flew 142 combat missions in World War II as part of the elite group of fighter pilots trained at Alabama’s Tuskegee Institute. The program was created after the NAACP began challenging policies barring black people from flying military aircraft.

Read more from NBC Washington…

 

Amazon’s helping police build a surveillance network with Ring doorbells

Screen Shot 2019-06-07 at 9.12.19 AMIf you’re walking in Bloomfield, New Jersey, there’s a good chance you’re being recorded. But it’s not a corporate office or warehouse security camera capturing the footage — it’s likely a Ring doorbell made by Amazon

While residential neighborhoods aren’t usually lined with security cameras, the smart doorbell’s popularity has essentially created private surveillance networks powered by Amazon and promoted by police departments.Police departments across the country, from major cities like Houston to towns with fewer than 30,000 people, have offered free or discounted Ring doorbells to citizens, sometimes using taxpayer funds to pay for Amazon’s products.

While Ring owners are supposed to have a choice on providing police footage, in some giveaways, police require recipients to turn over footage when requested.

Read more from C/NET…

America’s Failure to Protect Its Children from School Shootings Is a National Disgrace

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Photograph by Joel Auerbach/AP

Early on Wednesday afternoon, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida, had a fire drill, an eleventh-grader named Gabriella Figueroa told MSNBC’s Brian Williams. “Then we heard gunshots,” Figueroa said. “Then it went to code red. And then it was crazy.”

An individual with deadly intent was in the school building, holding an assault weapon that was designed for fighting wars. As Figueroa’s use of the term “code red” indicated, such an event is no longer considered an aberration.

Read more from the New Yorker…

‘Crying the whole time’: Principal at time of Parkland shooting announces resignation

BY MARTIN VASSOLO

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In a tearful address to his faculty, the principal who oversaw Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at the time of the worst school shooting in Florida history, announced his resignation Friday afternoon.

Citing difficulty with the “pace” of his job amid heightened stress and an internal investigation, Principal Ty Thompson told stunned teachers in the school’s auditorium that he would leave his post when the school year finishes in June. He issued a statement to the families of MSD students and sent out a robo-call to parents.

Read more from the Miami Herald…