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Indigenous women are preyed on at horrifying rates. I was one of them | Brandi Morin
Twenty-seven years ago I almost ended up a grim statistic, like so many Indigenous women and girls. It’s still happening I was a missing Indigenous girl who beat the odds. Now I’m a journalist and I won’t shut up about a genocidal crisis happening in Canada. I spent my childhood in and out of foster homes. It was a cold and lonely system. Continue reading...
Pyrotechnic device at gender-reveal party causes California wildfire – video
A fire in California that has burned more than 7,000 acres was caused by a 'pyrotechnic device used at a gender reveal party', according to the the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Almost 12,500 firefighters are battling 22 major fires across the state, according to Cal Fire California fire caused by explosive at gender-reveal party Continue reading...
Novak Djokovic left to count personal and professional cost of moment of madness | Kevin Mitchell
World No 1 has previous for poor behaviour and judgment, and both were in evidence on Sunday night as he threw away the chance to win an 18th major For most of his career, Novak Djokovic has been chasing a shadow. And how close he was to catching the ageless king, Roger Federer. How desperate he was to wear his crown. How shattered he now is after an evening of madness at Flushing Meadows . When


Homeless Californians face new crisis: living outside in smoke-filled air
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Joe Biden if president will push allies like Australia to do more on climate, adviser says
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The fan-controlled Packers remain an antidote to the grimy world of NFL owners
The billionaires who run the league are hard to warm to. But in Green Bay it is those who truly love their team that call the shots Let’s review some recent NFL highlights, not on the field, but by billionaire owners: Washington’s Dan Snyder – who has overseen years of losing records and high coaching turnover, while fighting to keep the team’s racist name – faces mounting pressure to sell in the
California wildfires – in pictures
The California governor, Gavin Newsom, declared a state of emergency in five counties on Sunday due to wildfires. It was prompted by the Creek fire that started on Friday night, forcing evacuations and road closures in the Fresno area Continue reading...
It turns out the only man who can beat Djokovic this season is himself | Bryan Armen Graham
The world No 1 is the best player on the planet but his disqualification at the US Open was the latest example of his knack for damaging himself A US Open bound to be remembered for oddities like empty stadiums, social distancing and bubbles within bubbles took its strangest detour yet on a sweltering Sunday afternoon in Queens when Novak Djokovic, the best player in the world and top seed in the
We got the news we’d awaited about my cancer but healing will take time
The results of my follow-up scans are in but the treatment feels like it has replaced me with a low-res version of myself The moment my radiation oncologist stepped through the doorway of my small hospital examination room in Bellevue, Washington, my husband blurted out the question: “Did you guys get the cancer?” It had been on our minds for the past three months, ever since I completed weeks of
At 31, I have just weeks to live. Here's what I want to pass on | Elliot Dallen
Now that there’s no longer any way to treat my cancer, I’ve been reflecting on what I want others to know about life and death At the beginning of April I wrote a piece for the Guardian. If you haven’t read it, the headline pretty much sums it up: “Terminal cancer means I won’t see the other side of lockdown”. Given the pandemic and the announcement of shielding for vulnerable people, I thought I
Potsdam's 'game of thrones': New York village battles over toilet art
Village has ordered Hank Robar to remove ‘Potty Gardens’ from his properties, the latest move in long-running dispute Against a backdrop of heated debate over US statues and monuments, a long-running dispute between Hank Robar, the creator of a series of controversial “Potty Gardens”, and the vexed village elders of of the town of Potsdam in New York may be one of the strangest. For close to 15 y
Neil Kinnock on Biden’s plagiarism 'scandal' and why he deserves to win: ‘Joe’s an honest guy'
In a 1987 Democratic primary debate, Biden sprinkled Kinnock’s phrases into his own speech and forgot to credit him – a blunder many believe cost him the presidency Anyone under 30 might have been puzzled when Kellyanne Conway, the outgoing White House counselor, recently accused Joe Biden of serial plagiarism and presented Neil Kinnock, the former leader of Britain’s Labour party, as exhibit A.
Australia's conspiracy theorists are increasingly energised, but police crackdowns may be counterproductive | Elliott Brennan
QAnon is dangerous but some action taken to stem its influence may further embolden its followers Saturday, 5 September was supposed to be the day Australian history was irreconcilably changed. It was to be “Freedom Day”, the day when “real” Aussies took back control of the streets, their airways and their collective destiny. Rather than changing it, the protests amounted to what might constitute
Naomi Osaka blasts her way through to US Open quarter-finals
Fellow baseliner Anett Kontaveit beaten 6-3, 6-4 Fourth seed to play Shelby Rogers for place in semis Naomi Osaka underlined her status as US Open favourite as she demolished Anett Kontaveit on her way to the quarter-finals. The Japanese, who is seeded fourth, is the woman to beat at Flushing Meadows and showed exactly why as she hit Kontaveit off the court in a 6-3, 6-4 win on Arthur Ashe Stadiu
California fire caused by explosive at gender-reveal party
El Dorado blaze which has burned 7,000-acres was caused by ‘smoke generating pyrotechnic device’, fire department says A fire in California that has burned more than 7,000 acres was caused by a “pyrotechnic device used at a gender reveal party”, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has found. In a statement released late on Sunday, the department said: “The fire began at 10:2
Saudi king tells Trump he wants a fair and permanent solution for Palestinians
King Salman tells Trump his country wants an outcome based on 2002 Arab Peace Initiative Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has told Donald Trump that the kingdom is eager to achieve a fair and permanent solution to the Palestinian issue, which he said was the main starting point of the kingdom’s proposed Arab Peace Initiative, the state news agency reported. The leaders spoke by phone following a histor
'So unintended. So wrong': Novak Djokovic apologises after US Open disqualification
World No 1 hit line judge with ball during fourth-round match ‘I’m extremely sorry to have caused her such stress’ Novak Djokovic has issued an apology after he was disqualified from the US Open for hitting an official with a ball. The world No1 had blown a golden chance to win the first set of his match against Pablo Carreño Busta on Sunday when he hit a ball in frustration behind him. It struck
No1 seed Bucks lose Giannis Antetokounmpo but stay alive against Heat
Milwaukee win in overtime but still trail NBA playoff series 3-1 Reigning MVP limps off with ankle injury during Sunday’s game Even with reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo missing most of the game with a sprained right ankle, the Bucks extended their season to a Game 5. Khris Middleton scored 21 of his 36 points in the third quarter, then made a huge three-pointer with 6.3 seconds left in overtim
Novak Djokovic disqualified from US Open after hitting line judge with ball
Title favourite defaulted during first set after losing serve Player dismissed after discussions with tournament officials Novak Djokovic was thrown out of the US Open after accidentally hitting a woman line judge with a ball towards the end of the first set of his match against the Spaniard Pablo Carreño Busta, then was widely criticised for immediately leaving Flushing Meadows. The world No 1 h
Cohen's book spotlights Trump's Obama obsession and resurfaces 'you're fired' video
Michael Cohen alleges Trump had ‘hatred and contempt’ for Barack Obama and 2012 video shows Trump mocking his rival The impression of Donald Trump’s obsession with his predecessor Barack Obama was fueled by a video from 2012 resurfacing this weekend from a parody in which the now-Republican president mocks his Democratic rival. Journalists dug up the clip after Michael Cohen, Trump’s disgraced fo
California's record-breaking heatwave sparks wildfires and raises health concerns
Triple-digit temperatures spread over much of the state Heat sparks new wildfires and one hiker dies on trail California is sweltering under a record-breaking heatwave this holiday weekend, with dangerous conditions that have sparked several new wildfires and raised widespread public health concerns. Triple-digit temperatures have spread over much of the state, including a record-high of 125F (52
Serena Williams uses a butterfly effect to battle old enemy of time | Kevin Mitchell
The 38-year-old is seeking a 24th slam but there are hurdles to overcome, starting with Maria Sakkari on Monday Nobody in tennis suffers for her art like Serena Williams – except maybe her one-time doubles partner, Andy Murray. On the women’s Tour, nobody retreats into her own world so completely under pressure, external and self-induced, to then emerge like a butterfly from a chrysalis and fly f
Judge orders US Census Bureau to halt plan to wind down operations
Federal judge issues temporary restraining order on shortening the census deadline amid fears minority communities will be overlooked A federal judge has ordered the US Census Bureau for the time being to stop following a plan that would have had it winding down operations in order to finish the 2020 census at the end of September. The federal judge in San Jose issued a temporary restraining orde
'Nothing but pain': Jacob Blake speaks for first time since he was shot by police
Father of six was shot in back by police officer last month Shooting sparked wave of protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin Jacob Blake has spoken publicly for the first time since a police officer shot him seven times in the back . The 29-year-old says he is in constant pain from the shooting, which doctors fear will leave him paralyzed from the waist down. In a video posted on Saturday evening on Twitt
Thought capitalism couldn't get worse? Meet the workplace 'spiritual consultants' | Jessa Crispin
Employers have figured out how to exploit society’s crisis of meaning – by turning workplaces into sites of cult-like religious devotion Do you feel lost? Like your life has been drained of meaning or purpose? During your work day, do you wander from task to task in a daze, just waiting to be released from this painful monotony? Yeah, well, guess what, your boss noticed and now she’s hired a spir
'Reign of terror': A summer of police violence in Los Angeles
Despite protests and a pandemic, law enforcement are killing people at a rate consistent with previous years Los Angeles police officers have continued to kill civilians at alarming rates 


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