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Driver of car that plowed into crowd protesting white nationalists identified

Published: Saturday, August 12, 2017 @ 4:06 PM
Updated: Saturday, August 12, 2017 @ 8:39 PM

Alt-Right Rally in Virginia

After violence caused authorities to stop a white nationalist rally before it began Saturday, a driver plowed his car into a crowd of protesters.

The driver has been identified as James Alex Fields, 20, of Ohio, according to CNN. He was arrested and charged with second degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of failing to stop at an accident that resulted in a death, according to police.

Department of Justice officials opened a civil rights investigation Saturday into the deadly car attack, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia and the Richmond field office of the FBI said. 

“The violence and deaths in Charlottesville strike at the heart of American law and justice,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “When such actions arise from racial bigotry and hatred, they betray our core values and cannot be tolerated.”

A 32-year-old woman who was crossing the street was killed and 19 people were injured, the Associated Press confirmed with hospital officials. Altogether 35 people were treated for injuries.

The incident took place approximately two hours after violent clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters caused authorities to declare the "Unite the Right" rally an unlawful assembly, The Associated Press reported. 

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The white nationalists were protesting the city of Charlottesville's decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The group carried torches at a rally Friday night.

Several hundred protesters were marching when the car appeared to deliberately drive into a group of them, The Associated Press reported. Virginia State Police said injuries ranged from life-threatening to minor.

The Associated Press reported that the driver has been arrested.

This is a developing story, return for updates.

4-year-old accidentally shoots, kills himself with gun, father charged

Published: Sunday, August 20, 2017 @ 12:26 PM

An ambulance transports a patient to a local hospital. A Memphis boy accidentally shot himself Saturday with his father’s handgun and was pronounced dead at an area hospital, police said. His father is charged with reckless homicide.
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An ambulance transports a patient to a local hospital. A Memphis boy accidentally shot himself Saturday with his father’s handgun and was pronounced dead at an area hospital, police said. His father is charged with reckless homicide.(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A four-year-old boy is dead after accidentally shooting and killing himself Saturday at a residence in Memphis, Tenn. The child’s father is facing a number of charges, including reckless homicide.

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Police said the incident happened around 6:30 p.m. on the city’s southeast side.

When police arrived, they found the child on a walkway, according to news outlets. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The father, who has been identified as Gari Settles, 39, is also facing drug possession and felony weapon possession charges, police said.

Civil rights activist Dick Gregory dead at 84

Published: Saturday, August 19, 2017 @ 10:43 PM

Dick Gregory Dead At 84

Noted comedian, actor and civil rights activist Dick Gregory has died at 84.

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His family confirmed the death Saturday through social media.

Gregory was hospitalized with a serious but stable condition, his son Christian said Thursday.

Gregory is survived by his wife Lillian and their 10 children.

Mar-a-Lago dumped, more event cancellations after Trump’s Charlottesville remarks

Published: Sunday, August 20, 2017 @ 11:01 AM

An aerial view of Mar-a-Lago, the oceanfront estate of  President Donald Trump in Palm Beach, Fla. Charity groups are cancelling planned events at the estate to the tune of millions of dollars after Trump’s controversial remarks on the rallies and death in Charlottesville, Va. last week.
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An aerial view of Mar-a-Lago, the oceanfront estate of  President Donald Trump in Palm Beach, Fla. Charity groups are cancelling planned events at the estate to the tune of millions of dollars after Trump’s controversial remarks on the rallies and death in Charlottesville, Va. last week.(New York Daily News Archive/NY Daily News via Getty Images)

The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach and an ovarian cancer group are the latest nonprofits to cancel charity events at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club.

The Preservation Foundation, which celebrates and protects the architectural and cultural heritage of Palm Beach, planned to host a dance in March at the club, which has long been an oasis for charities and their patrons during Palm Beach’s winter charity season.

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The Preservation Foundation posted a statement on Facebook and Twitter Saturday announcing it had cancelled the dance at Mar-a-Lago. 

“Given the current environment surrounding Mar-a-Lago, we have made the decision to move our annual dinner dance,” organization officials said.

The event has been rescheduled at a private residence on March 9, Preservation Foundation Executive Director Amanda Skier said. 

Later Saturday, the group Hearing the Ovarian Cancer Whisper, or H.O.W., posted a statement on its Facebook page announcing the cancellation of its event at Mar-a-Lago. 

“After careful consideration, H.O.W., ‘Hearing the Ovarian Cancer Whisper,’ has changed its venue for our annual ‘Time is of the Essence Luncheon’ from Mar-a-Lago with a return to our roots at the historically beautiful Flagler Museum.

“For us, this event is about raising money for research, educational programs, and financial assistance for women undergoing treatment. We are committed to our mission therefore, this is not a political statement made by H.O.W.”

The move by the two organizations Saturday brings to 10 the number of nonprofits that have cancelled planned events at Mar-a-Lago since the president’s controversial news conference Tuesday at Trump Tower on the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend.

On Friday, five additional philanthropic organizations — Susan G. Komen, the International Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Autism Association of Palm Beach County and Big Dog Ranch — moved events from Mar-a-Lago.

The Cleveland Clinic, American Cancer Society and the American Friends of Magen David Adom, an organization supporting Israel disaster relief programs, also have changed venues for their events.

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The Raymond F. Kravis Center board is planning next week to discuss possibly moving the Palm Beach Wine Auction from Mar-a-Lago.

“We have received concerns about this event being at Mar-a-Lago,” Judith Mitchell, the Kravis CEO, said in an email to The Palm Beach Post. 

“We have a process to address such issues and we are currently engaged in that process. We are contacting our board leadership and anticipate our organization making a decision about the location of this event in the next few business days.”

Solar eclipse 2017: If you can’t get glasses, here’s what to do to watch Monday’s eclipse

Published: Sunday, August 20, 2017 @ 11:25 AM

This NASA video is public domain and along with other supporting visualizations can be downloaded from the Scientific Visualization Studio at: Music credit: Apple of My Eye by Frederik Wiedmann

If you have not gotten a pair of glasses to view Monday’s solar eclipse, you are not alone.
Retail stores and online outlets across the country have reported that supplies are low or nonexistent in the hours before the 2017 solar eclipse.
If you haven’t secured a pair, there are a few things you can do to safely watch the eclipse.
Here are some tips.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017 photo, Colton Hammer tries out his new eclipse glasses he just bought from the Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City in preparation for the Aug. 21 eclipse. Eye doctors urge strict adult supervision for eclipse watchers under 16 years old.(Scott G Winterton/The Deseret News via AP)

Is there any way to still get glasses?
Some vendors may have a few pairs left, but they are going fast. Click here to find the American Astronomical Society’s list of approved glasses sellers. Many libraries are hosting events. Click here to see an updated list from NASA. The libraries will have glasses for the event. Scientific societies are holding viewing events as well, and they will likely have some glasses to give out.
What if I don’t have glasses?
You do not have to have glasses to watch an eclipse. Read what NASA says about it:
“The safest and most inexpensive method of viewing an eclipse is by projection, in which a pinhole or small opening is used to cast the image of the sun on a screen placed a half-meter or more beyond the opening. Projected images of the sun may even be seen on the ground in the small openings created by interlacing fingers, or in the dappled sunlight beneath a leafy tree. Binoculars can also be used to project a magnified image of the sun on a white card, but you must avoid the temptation of using these instruments for direct viewing.”
For those who missed school the day astrophysics was taught, here’s what that means:
You can take something as common as a shoe box to make a device that will let you watch the eclipse without looking directly at the sun; you can actually use your fingers to view the eclipse; you can stand underneath a tree and see a cool display that reflects through the leaves; you can use binoculars to project the sun’s image on a white card, but do not look at the sun with them. Don’t ever.
So what if you can’t get a pair of glasses?
If you can’t get glasses for the cosmic block party, start gathering some common supplies.
From NASA, here’s how to make a pinhole viewer.

You can also make a pinhole camera. Click here to see how to make the device that lets light pass through a hole and project an image of the sun onto a light surface.

At least 15 free apps that focus on the eclipse are available for Android phones, iPhones, or both. Contributed by Dreamstime/TNS(Mercury News)

Can I look at the sun at any time during the eclipse?
You can look at the sun during the eclipse while wearing certified eclipse glasses, welding glass (level 14) or other filters. You can look at the sun without the protection ONLY during the two minutes or so when the moon completely blocks out the sun. Only look at the sun without glasses if you live in the area of totality – a narrow strip of the country where the sun will be completely blocked out.
For the rest in the area where the sun is only partially blocked out, keep the glasses on. Do not look at the partially blocked sun without them.
So what if I do look at the sun without protection?
You could, and likely will, damage your retina, leading to vision damage.
What if I want to see it, but not go out to look at it?
No problem, all the major networks, and cable channels will be carrying the eclipse live. ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, Fox and other cable outlets have plans to broadcast the progress of the eclipse across the country.
NASA will livestream the eclipse starting at 1 p.m. ET. NASA plans views from balloons, satellites, and telescopes.

File photo. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
What about taking a photo? Will it damage my iPhone?
The eclipse won't damage your phone's camera, according to c/net. C/net’s post explains how to use your iPhone or an Android phone to capture the eclipse.