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for the week ending 19 September 2021

 High School Cancels 9/11 Tribute,
Says It Could Offend Some Students

(mynorthwest.com) — Students of a local high school were ready to wear red, white, and blue to honor the lives lost on Sept. 11. But school staff pulled the plug, concerned the expression could be racially insensitive and offend some people.

At Eastlake High School in Sammamish, student leadership promoted a Patriot's Day theme at a football game at Memorial Stadium against Rainier Beach. The game was previously canceled, then rescheduled to the day before the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Students wanted to do something to remember the tragic events. But staff intervened.

According to an email obtained by the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH, the principal said wearing those colors could "unintentionally cause offense to some who see it differently." Students are upset. And some parents now speculate school officials thought their majority-minority opponents would be offended by American pride.

Eastlake High School students were not yet born when terrorists brought down the World Trade Center in New York City, attacked the Pentagon, and brought down United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. But their lives – and the lives of every American – were changed forever.
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 Biden Vacations At Delaware Beach House
After Week Of Heavy Losses

(Fox News) — President Biden took major hits this week, from the Pentagon confirming that a "tragic mistake" led to 10 civilians in Afghanistan dying in a drone strike, to the Food and Drug Administration rejecting his vaccine booster proposal, with much of the news breaking as the president headed to the beach for vacation.

"So the U.S. drone strike did NOT kill any ISIS-K but did kill 10 innocent civilians, including 7 children. Unbelievable. The Biden administration is a sad, tragic mess and an utter embarrassment on the world stage!," Trump-era White House press secretary and Fox News contributor Kayleigh McEnany tweeted on Friday.

U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, told reporters on Friday that an Aug. 29 drone strike targeting ISIS actually killed 10 civilians in Afghanistan, not terrorists.

"As the combatant commander, I am fully responsible for this strike and its tragic outcome," McKenzie said.

"I offer my profound condolences to the family and friends of those who were killed," McKenzie said.
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U.S. Capitol Police Says 6 Officers
 Involved In Wrongdoing On Jan. 6

(Epoch Times) — The U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) confirmed on Sept. 11 that it has recommended "disciplinary action" for six officers over their handling of protesters on U.S. Capitol grounds on Jan. 6, following internal investigations.

The department's first official update on the investigations comes eight months after the breach of the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, which posed a security threat to members of Congress.

The USCP, which is tasked with protecting the Capitol, said in a statement that the recommendations by its Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) were for officers found to be in violation of its code of conduct. The OPR has been investigating a total of 38 cases related to the events of Jan. 6.

Three officers were identified for "conduct unbecoming," one for failure to comply with directives, one for improper remark, and one for improper dissemination of information, it said.
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Times Square Swarmed By Hundreds Protesting COVID Vaccine Mandate, Chanting 'F--- Joe Biden'

(Fox News) — Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in New York City's Times Square Saturday to protest coronavirus vaccine mandate requirements.

Protesters could be seen waving flags and signs on Saturday with many of them chanting against mandatory vaccines.

Protesters could be heard chanting "freedom" and "my body my choice."

At one point a woman got on a stage and told Biden that she has lost her patience with him prompting chants of "F--- Joe Biden" from the crowd.

The event was part of the "World Wide Rally For Freedom" which took place in cities across the globe including in Australia where protesters clashed with police in videos posted to social media.
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Feds To Indict Ex-Boeing Test Pilot
Over 737 Max Crashes


(CBS) — Federal prosecutors are preparing to indict a former Boeing test pilot suspected of misleading aviation regulators over the safety issues blamed for two fatal 737 MAX crashes, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

It would, says the Journal, "be the first attempt to hold a Boeing employee accountable" for conduct before the two crashes.

Mark Forkner was Boeing's 737 MAX chief technical pilot during the aircraft's development, and was the lead contact between the aviation giant and the Federal Aviation Administration over how pilots should be trained to fly the planes, the Journal said.

According to documents published in early 2020, Forkner withheld details about the planes' faulty flight handling system known as the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS – later blamed for both crashes – from regulators.
 
The Journal said it wasn't clear what charges Forkner would face. The 737 MAX was formally certified in March 2017 but was grounded worldwide for 20 months following the crashes in October 2018 and March 2019, which killed 346 people.
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 Penn State Assistant Professor Charged With
Assaulting Anti-Vaccine Mandate Student

(Epoch Times) — A professor at Pennsylvania State University is facing multiple misdemeanor charges after he allegedly attacked a student who protested against the advocacy of COVID-19 vaccination mandates.

The incident occurred on Aug. 27, when faculty, students, and community members rallied at the center of Penn State campus and called on the university administrators to immediately issue a vaccine mandate. Student newspaper Daily Collegian reported that the event attracted counterprotesters who held up signs toward the back of the rally attendees.

A video posted to Twitter by Centre County Report appears to show a male, later identified as 36-year-old Walter Oliver Baker, trying to take a sign by force from one of the counterprotesters before eventually pulling him to the ground...

Penn State lists Baker as an assistant professor of English and African American Studies who "specializes in Critical Race Theory." According to his faculty biography, Baker's areas of research include "critical ethnic studies, nineteenth-century American literature and culture, critiques of racial capitalism and settler colonialism, and histories of African, Native, Chicanx, and working-class liberation movements."
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Ellen DeGenerates' Final Season;
Toxic Environment, Low Morale Cited For Ending


(Fox News) — Ellen DeGeneres' talk show returns for its 19th and final season following a year of controversy that called the host's workplace conduct and her general demeanor into question.

The show is hoping to put all that behind in the final season as it seeks to do a bit of a victory lap that highlights the show's past with an all-star roundup of guests and fan-favorite highlights.

"This is going to be a 'thank you' to everybody, because the show doesn't happen without the support of fans," DeGeneres said during a production break on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," which returned Monday...

Ahead of the daytime talk show host's final bow, it may be worth taking a look back at the scandal that rocked the show ahead of the comedian's decision to end things: Fox News' published an interview with a former bodyguard, who documented his unsavory experience with the host. It was one of the first public signs that DeGeneres’ on-screen demeanor and generally friendly nature may not have lived up to her off-screen persona.
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Nevada Dems Violated State's Mask Mandate
 At 9/11 Costume Party Honoring Casino Billionaire

(WFB) — Two senior Nevada Democrats violated the state's indoor mask mandate by attending a costume party on the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Photos obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show Sen. Jacky Rosen (D., Nev.) and Rep. Susie Lee (D., Nev.) decked out in boxing gear while attending a benefit gala honoring billionaire Elaine Wynn, ex-wife of casino magnate Steve Wynn. Neither politician was wearing a mask, even though Steve Sisolak, Nevada's Democratic governor, had imposed an indoor mask mandate that went into effect the previous day.

The Democratic lawmakers were wearing personalized boxing robes – Rosen's, for example, reads "Jolting Jacky" – while schmoozing at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, an "urban chic" venue that mandates "all guests … wear masks while indoors on property."

Federal records show that Elaine Wynn, guest of honor at the maskless soirιe, has donated more than $13,000 to Lee since 2015. Wynn has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Democratic candidates and committees since 2001.
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 New Guidelines Urge Chlamydia,
Gonorrhea Screening For Women 24 And Younger

(UPI) — All sexually active women and pregnant people age 24 years and younger should be screened for chlamydia and gonorrhea, according to new guidelines published Tuesday by JAMA.

In addition, women and pregnant people age 25 and older who are at increased risk for these sexually transmitted infections – such as those with multiple partners – also should have routine screening, the guideline authors said.

The guidelines, issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine, did not recommend screening for these diseases in men.

Previous guidelines issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force had not specified screening for women age 25 and older.
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Mars Rover's First Rock Samples
 Reveal Lengthy Water Exposure

ORLANDO, Fla., (UPI) — The first two rock samples examined by NASA's Mars rover Perseverance give scientists a firm belief that water inundated Jezero Crater for a sustained period of time, the agency announced Friday.

"We determined salt granules in the rock indicate it was exposed to water," Julia Goreva, a NASA scientist for the rover program, said in a news conference from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

The rocks, drilled Monday and Wednesday, came from an igneous or volcanic rock.

The agency previously knew that water once filled the crater, but not for how long.

The salt deposits mean NASA can now rule out a sudden "flash in the pan" water event, the agency said in a news release.
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