BLACK NAVAL PILOT
US Navy welcomes 1st Black female Tactical Aircraft pilot
KINGSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Navy has welcomed its first Black female Tactical Aircraft pilot. The Navy on Thursday recognized that Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle had completed naval flight school and would later this month receive the flight officer insignia known as the “Wings of Gold.” The Naval Air Training Command tweeted that Swegle is the Navy’s “first known Black female TACAIR pilot.” According to Stars and Stripes, Swegle is from Burke, Virginia, and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2017. Officials say she is assigned to the Redhawks of Training Squadron 21 in Kingsville, Texas.
2 officers killed in shootout in south Texas border town
MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — Authorities say two police officers have been shot and killed in a South Texas border town after reportedly responding to a disturbance call. Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Lt. Christopher Olivarez says both of the McAllen police officers were shot Saturday on the south side of the city and transported to an area hospital. Olivarez says DPS sent troopers to secure the scene after the McAllen Police Department asked them for assistance. He noted that his agency received a call about the incident around 4:30 p.m. An investigation is ongoing. No further information was immediately available.
LeBron won’t wear social justice message on Lakers jersey
LeBron James says his thoughts on social justice can’t be contained on the back of a basketball jersey. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar won’t wear one of the NBA-approved social justice messages on the back of his jersey when the NBA resumes competition later this month in the Orlando bubble. As part of the NBA’s recognition of the nationwide invigoration of the social justice movement sparked by the death of George Floyd, NBA players are allowed to choose from a lengthy list of possible messages for their jerseys during the league’s restart. James is among just a few who declined to choose one of the messages, he said.
MEDIA-FOX-TUCKER CARLSON WRITER
Tucker Carlson writer resigns after racist posts revealed
NEW YORK (AP) — Tucker Carlson’s top writer has resigned from Fox News after secretly posting racist and sexist remarks online. CNN reported Friday that writer Blake Neff used a pseudonym to post bigoted comments about Black and Asian people, as well as women, on the online forum AutoAdmit. Neff began working on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” in 2016 and was known as Carlson’s top writer. Neff previously worked as a reporter for the right-wing news outlet The Daily Caller, which Carlson co-founded. Fox News executives on Saturday said they condemned Neff’s “horrendous and deeply offensive” comments.
Trump wears mask in public for first time during pandemic
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump wore a mask during a visit to a military hospital on Saturday. It’s the first time the president has been seen in public with the type of facial covering recommended by health officials as a precaution against spreading or becoming infected by the novel coronavirus. Trump flew by helicopter to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in suburban Washington to meet wounded servicemembers and health care providers caring for COVID-19 patients. As he left the White House, he told reporters: “When you’re in a hospital, especially … I think it’s a great thing to wear a mask.”
Mueller defends Russia probe, says Stone remains a felon
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former special counsel Robert Mueller is sharply defending his investigation into ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Mueller writes in a newspaper opinion piece Saturday that the probe was of “paramount importance” and asserts that Trump ally Roger Stone “remains a convicted felon, and rightly so” despite the president’s decision to commute his prison sentence. The op-ed in The Washington Post marks Mueller’s first public statement on his investigation since his congressional appearance last July. It’s his firmest defense of the two-year probe whose results have come under attack and even been partially undone by the Trump administration.
Trump’s defiant help for Stone adds to tumult in Washington
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s intervention into a criminal case connected to his own conduct is drawing fierce rebukes from Democrats and a few lonely Republicans, with calls for investigations and legislation. But it remains to be seen if Trump’s most recent defiance of the conventions of his office to commute the sentence of political confidant Roger Stone will matter to voters grappling with a deadly COVID-19 surge and a national discourse on racial justice. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is calling it “an act of staggering corruption.” She says legislation is needed to prevent a president from pardoning or commuting the sentence of someone who acted to shield that president from prosecution.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-RESCUING BEES
Even during pandemic beekeeping remains an essential service
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s capital has declared beekeepers to be essential workers during the coronavirus outbreak. Spring and summer is when beehives will “swarm,” meaning a queen will take half the hive to make a new hive. If the swarm isn’t collected by a beekeeper, the new hive can come to settle in residential backyards, attics, crawlspaces or other potentially ruinous areas. And that can create a stinging, scary nuisance. Beekeepers respond to swarms and carefully transplant them to designated areas such as community gardens, rooftops and even embassies in Washington. Collecting swarms of bees is challenging at any time, and even more so during a pandemic.
Child recovering after being shot 4 times during drive-by
ATLANTA (AP) — A 9-year-old who was shot four times Wednesday night in Atlanta has undergone surgery and is recovering, his mother said. Keyona Carson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Saturday that her son Javonni Carson was filming TikTok videos in East Atlanta when someone drove by and fired into a crowd, injuring Javonni and two adults. Police said all three victims were expected to survive. Police believe an argument led to the shooting. Authorities said officers recovered 42 shell casings from the scene. No arrests have been made. The shooting came days after 8-year-old Secoriea Turner was shot and killed over the Fourth of July weekend in Atlanta.
Vintage Super Mario Bros. video game sells for $114,000
DALLAS (AP) — An unopened copy of a vintage Super Mario Bros. video game has been sold for $114,000 in an auction that underscored the enduring popularity of entertainment created decades ago. A bidder who wished to remain anonymous snapped up an early version of the pioneering Super Mario Bros. game released in 1985 for Nintendo’s NES console during an auction conducted Friday by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions. The $114,000 price eclipsed Heritage Auctions’ previous record amount for a video game, which was a $100,150 bid made early last year for an unopened copy of the same game.
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