George Bizos, Anti-Apartheid Lawyer Who Defended Mandela, Dies at 92

A champion of human rights, he represented his client and friend in the so-called Rivonia trial of leaders of the African National Congress in the 1960s. George Bizos in 2011 touring the building where Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo had a law office in Johannesburg.Credit…Denis Farrell/Associated Press Sept. 9, 2020Updated 5:28 p.m. ET George Bizos, who fled the Nazi occupation of his native Greece at age 13 to become one of South Africa’s most prominent human rights lawyers, championing Black …

Fast-Moving Wildfire Destroys 80% Of Small Town In Eastern Washington State

In this photo from the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office, little remains of a building in Malden, Wash. A fast-moving wildfire destroyed 80% of the town on Labor Day. Whitman County Sheriff’s Office/Facebook hide caption toggle caption Whitman County Sheriff’s Office/Facebook In this photo from the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office, little remains of a building in Malden, Wash. A fast-moving wildfire destroyed 80% of the town on Labor Day. Whitman County Sheriff’s Office/Facebook Almost every structure in the small farming town …

California Wildfires: Extreme Heat Turns State Into a Furnace

Fires burning from near the Mexico border to the forests of the Sierra Nevada spread a curtain of smoke over California on Monday.   Wildfires Blaze Across California Fire crews faced wildfires from near the Mexico border to the Sierra Nevada that burned thousands of acres and spread thick smoke throughout the state. “Yeah, we copy.” “You guys are taking too much heat. You’ve got to get out.” “Guys, we’re making our way from the top of Carveacre [Road]. I …

Trump Threatens To Yank Funding From Schools That Teach 1619 Project

President Donald Trump has launched another assault against education intended to address racism in America. On Sunday morning, Trump tweeted that the Department of Education was investigating whether California public schools had implemented the New York Times’ 1619 Project into their curriculum. The Pulitzer Prize-winning initiative aims to reframe American history around the year slaves landed on its shores and by “placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.” …

Fox News Grills Mnuchin About Hypocrisy Of Trump’s ‘Cancel Culture’ Call To Ax Reporter

“Fox News Sunday” challenged Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin about the hypocrisy of President Donald Trump’s demand that the network fire a reporter after Trump harshly attacked a so-called “cancel culture” that aims to silence targeted voices. Mnuchin claimed to know nothing about the issue and said he’s been too busy grappling with the economy. Trump on Saturday called on Fox to fire national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin after she confirmed much of the bombshell Atlantic story Friday that the president referred to fallen military …

Thomas Rhett reveals ‘humbling experience’ that led to him, wife Lauren Akins to seek ‘therapy’

Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins may seem to have a fairytale romance, but that wasn’t always the case. During a recent appearance on “The Bobby Bones Show,” the 30-year-old country star revealed that he and Akins, also 30, once relied on “therapy” to keep their relationship on track. Rhett and Akins, who have known each other for a majority of their lives, are parents to Willa Grey, 4, Ada James, 3, and Lennon Love, 6 months. During the process of …

Whatever Happened To … The Melting Permafrost?

The Permafrost Tunnel Research Facility, dug in the mid-1960s in Fairbanks, Alaska, allows scientists a three-dimensional look at frozen ground. Kate Ramsayer/NASA hide caption toggle caption Kate Ramsayer/NASA The Permafrost Tunnel Research Facility, dug in the mid-1960s in Fairbanks, Alaska, allows scientists a three-dimensional look at frozen ground. Kate Ramsayer/NASA In 2018, we reported on concerns that zombie pathogens — ancient bacteria and viruses that could potentially rise from the dead and threaten humans if the layers of frozen permafrost …

American Voter: Margaret Colburn

Margaret Colburn Margaret Colburn, American voter [Al Jazeera] Age: 54 Occupation: Teacher Residence: Jefferson County, Alabama  Voted in 2016 for: Hillary Clinton Will vote in 2020 for: Joe Biden Top election issue: Equality and inclusiveness Will you vote? Why or why not? “I have always voted, even though sometimes I question whether my vote counts, because I live in Alabama and we have the Electoral College.” “I had been a Republican my entire life … It was really pre-2016, I …

‘It’s Forensic Science, True Crime And A Little Bit Of History’: Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris On Smithsonian Channel Docu-Series ‘The Curious Life And Death Of…”

September 4, 2020 at 2:00 pm (CBS Local)– On Sunday, September 6, a new six docu-series premieres on Smithsonian Channel called “The Curious Life and Death Of…” where Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris re-examines the mysterious deaths of people like Pablo Escobar, Harry Houdini, Brittany Murphy and Brian Jones. Dr. Fitzharris is a medical historian with a doctorate from Oxford and hopes people can learn about the context around some of the most famous deaths ever and some stories history has forgotten about. …

Bradley Cooper calls awards season ‘meaningless,’ ‘devoid of artistic creation’ after years of Oscar snubs

Bradley Cooper seems to have a deep disdain for awards season. The “A Star is Born” actor has received a Grammy, Screen Actors Guild Award, BAFTA Award, and more, but not the highly coveted Academy Award. The 45-year-old actor has been nominated for eight Oscars and received zero wins. BRADLEY COOPER OPENS UP ABOUT CARETAKER ROLE FOR HIS MOTHER DURING QUARANTINE In a conversation with Anthony Ramos for Interview Magazine, who appeared in “A Star is Born,” Cooper discussed his …

Another Holiday Weekend, Another Coronavirus Surge? Keep An Eye on Tourist Hot Spots

People roamed the beach in Ocean City, N.J, at the start of August. As Labor Day weekend arrives, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Americans should remain vigilant to avoid another surge in coronavirus infection rates. Gabby Jones/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Gabby Jones/Bloomberg via Getty Images People roamed the beach in Ocean City, N.J, at the start of August. As Labor Day weekend arrives, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director …

How Progressive Democrats Fared This Primary Season – And What It Means

U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., fended off a primary challenge on Tuesday from Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass., for a second full term in the Senate. Although both ran as progressives, young climate change activists helped fuel Markey’s victory. Steven Senne/AP hide caption toggle caption Steven Senne/AP U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., fended off a primary challenge on Tuesday from Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass., for a second full term in the Senate. Although both ran as progressives, young climate change activists …

‘David & Tamela Mann Are As Amazing As I Hoped They’d Be’: Courtney Nichole On BET’s ‘Tyler Perry’s Assisted Living’

September 2, 2020 at 2:46 pm (CBS Local)– On Wednesday, BET premieres a new show called “Tyler Perry’s Assisted Living,” starring David and Tamela Mann and Courtney Nichole. The sitcom from the Hollywood mogul Perry is one of several new shows that he has premiered on the network. RELATED: ‘Every Time We Filmed, It Got Crazier And Crazier’: Paige Hurd On BET’s ‘Tyler Perry’s The Oval’ The show centers around a man named Jeremy, who just lost his job and decides …

Vikings’ Kirk Cousins unafraid to die from coronavirus, still wears mask out of respect for others

Despite knowing what New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller went through when they contracted the coronavirus, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins remains unafraid to face the illness. Cousins said during an interview on Spotify’s “10 Questions with Kyle Brandt” podcast published Wednesday that he believes it’s “survival of the fittest” when it comes to the coronavirus and isn’t afraid to die. NFL REQUIRING COACHES, STAFF NEAR BENCH TO WEAR MASKS Cousins said he’s tried to …

Wildfires Are First Big Test To COVID-19 Firefighter Safety Plans

Firefighters in the valley area of Vacaville, in northern California, during the LNU Lightning Complex fire on Aug. 19, 2020.   When firefighter Ahri Cornelius got the call that his Missoula, Mont., based crew was deploying to central California, he had some reservations. They’d be traveling from a rural state with a relatively low infection rate to California, a coronavirus hot spot. Cornelius also has a three-year-old toddler back home with a preexisting lung condition. “Coming down here and knowing …

Making Gyms Safer: Why The Virus Is Less Likely To Spread There Than In A Bar

Jennie Reynoso works out during a high intensity interval training class at Sapsins Inspire South Bay Fitness, Redondo Beach, California, Wednesday, June 17, 2020.   After shutting down in the spring, America’s empty gyms are beckoning a cautious public back for a workout. To reassure wary customers, owners have put in place — and now advertise — a variety of coronavirus control measures. At the same time, the fitness industry is also trying to rehabilitate itself by pushing back against …

Duch, Prison Chief Who Slaughtered for the Khmer Rouge, Is Dead at 77

A former schoolteacher whose real name was Kaing Guek Eav, he became a symbol of the regime’s brutal rule over Cambodia. The former Khmer Rouge prison chief Kaing Guek Eav, known as Duch, in a Phnom Penh courtroom in 2012.Credit…Nhet Sokheng/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Published Sept. 1, 2020Updated Sept. 2, 2020, 1:28 a.m. ET Kaing Guek Eav, the former schoolteacher known as Duch who became the most notorious killer during the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror in Cambodia in …

Trump Wants To Force Immigrants To Submit Eye Scans, Voice Prints, And DNA

The Trump administration has drafted a proposal that would dramatically expand the number of people required to provide biometrics for their immigration applications, while also increasing the personal information the government can demand, such as eye scans, voice prints, DNA, and photographs for facial recognition. According to parts of a draft policy obtained by BuzzFeed News, the government would be allowed to request biometrics from immigrants who have received some benefit, like a green card or work permit, at any …

How A 4th Of July Meal Exposes The Coronavirus Risk For Thousands Of US Food Workers

BuzzFeed News has reporters around the world bringing you trustworthy stories about the impact of the coronavirus. To help keep this news free, become a member. After months of stress, Americans have been looking forward to the pre–COVID-19 pleasures of a (socially distanced) 4th of July. How about a cookout? It’s a traditional, low-key summer celebration — but amid the nation’s growing outbreak, even a simple home-cooked meal comes at an exorbitant price. A BuzzFeed News investigation reveals the extent …

Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh Reveals Mind-Bending Bout With Coronavirus

The hallucinations experienced by coronavirus patients have been known for some time. But what Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh experienced in a near-fatal bout with COVID-19 might be next level. Mothersbaugh, co-founder of the flower-pot and hazmat-suit wearing new wave band that reached its peak in the 1980s with songs such as “Whip It,” revealed his mind-bending virus ordeal on social media Monday. “For anybody that’s doubting whether the coronavirus and COVID-19 is real, it’s really real,” he wrote on Instagram. “It …