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Two police body camera videos in killing of George Floyd released

Two body-worn camera videos from the day George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police will be publicly released as of Monday by the court after a coalition of media companies intervened and argued for their unrestrained release.

The move comes more than a month after a defense attorney filed the two videos with the court as part of a motion, which makes them public data under state law.

The court initially withheld them out of concerns that it might taint the jury pool, then allowed them to be viewed by appointment.

Derrius Guice strangled girlfriend until she was unconscious, charging documents say

Former Washington running back Derrius Guice is facing domestic violence-related charges. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)
Former Washington running back Derrius Guice is facing domestic violence-related charges. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Derrius Guice strangled his girlfriend until she was unconscious in his Ashburn home in March, according to charging documents. When she awoke, the NFL player was crying and tapping her.

The woman, who was only identified in court documents using initials, told authorities Guice also pushed her and pulled her hair during the encounter, according to the charging documents filed in Loudoun County General District Court on Monday.

The charging documents provide the first in-depth look at the allegations against Guice.

Study: Nearly 80,000 Texas public sector workers make more than $100,000, costing taxpayers billions

The Texas State Capital building in Austin

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The Texas State Capital building in AustinShutterstock.com

(Teh Center Square) – As state and local governments seek to address sharp revenue declines due to the COVID-19 economic fallout, a new report found nearly 80,000 Texas public employees make more than $100,000 a year.

For city managers, the 10 highest Texas salaries ranged from $319,946 to $880,486. The 10 highest compensated school superintendents made between $365,771 and $452,014.

A total of 18,600 public servants were paid more than Gov. Greg Abbott, who earned $153,750.

Roughly 9,000 public school system employees make more than $100,000, which costs taxpayers $1.1 billion annually.

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Texas man charged with kidnapping in death of soccer mom who was his ex-wife

Mugshot for RIchard Ford, 40. (Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office )
Mugshot for RIchard Ford, 40. (Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office )

Richard Ford, 40, was also facing a capital murder investigation into the death of the woman, Melissa Banda, 37, authorities said.

Ford was arrested after deputies searching through brush in a rural part of Hidalgo found her body Friday, KRGV-TV reported Sunday.

On Thursday, McAllen police began looking for Ford after they said he had been seen forcing Banda into a white SUV against her will, the station reported.

Florida homeowner utilized Second Amendment right when he killed intruder: sheriff

Mugshot for Ronald Fleet, 55, from a 2011 domestic battery arrest.
Mugshot for Ronald Fleet, 55, from a 2011 domestic battery arrest. (Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office)

The homeowner acted in self-defense when he killed Ronald Fleet, 55, in Land O’Lakes Saturday afternoon, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said.

“Any loss of life is tragic, but the victim was utilizing his Second Amendment right to protect himself and his family from the fear of Ronald, who was carrying a gun and kicking in the door,” Nocco said, according to Fox 13 Tampa.

“I can’t imagine the fear they were going through.”

A member of the homeowner’s family was Fleet’s estranged wife, Nocco said, according to reports.

Barr accuses media of ‘projecting a narrative’ in coverage of unrest: ‘People are being told a lie’

In an interview with Mark Levin on Fox News’ “Life, Liberty & Levin,” Barr lamented that while people are “rushing the police” and “throwing rocks,” the media reports on “peaceful demonstrators” instead.

Barr went on to say that he was “appalled” by coverage of the violence because “it’s happening right out in the streets,” in public view.

“Anyone with eyes can see what’s happening.

They see the violence, they see these groups of agitators in their black outfits, and their helmets, and their shields, which incidentally have the – have the hammer and sickle on them most of the time, rushing the police, causing violence, throwing rocks, people showing up with the rocks and frozen bottles,” Barr said. “That’s happening. It’s happening in front of people.”

Full Measure: August 9, 2020

This week on Full Measure, We’ll look at a movement sweeping Virginia to declare second amendment sanctuary cities.

Plus, unsafe water. You’ve probably heard of the water problems in Flint, Michigan in 2014.

Our investigation found troubled waters across the U.S., some even worse than Flint. And – what is Loser Think?

The creator of the Dilbert comic strip says it’s something to avoid and he’s written a new book telling us how to do just that.

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Suspended Wisconsin Officer Assaulted, Shot At By Mob At His Home, Police Say

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FeyginFoto/Shutterstock

“Last night, protesters came to my girlfriend’s house while I was there, and tried to kill me,” Mensah wrote on Facebook, according to Fox 6.

“We were both assaulted, punched and ultimately shot at several times. A shotgun round missed me by inches.”

“I’m all for peaceful protests, even against me, but this was anything but peaceful,” he continued.

“The irony in all of this is that they chanted Black Lives Matter the entire time, but had zero regard for any of the black children that live there or me, a black man.”

Cities rocked by violence: 100 arrested in Chicago, dozens shot in Denver, Washington, D.C., explosion in Baltimore

Violence struck many major cities over the weekend as police clashed with crowds, gunmen injured dozens and a “major gas explosion” rocked a neighborhood.

A riot was declared Sunday night in Portland where protesters blocked a road and set fires while marching to a police union building. Meanwhile in Chicago, an officer-involved shooting sparked unrest which led to the arrest of more than 100 alleged looters.

Dozens of people were also injured in shootings in Denver and the nation’s capital. In Baltimore, at least three homes were involved in the explosion that killed at least one person and injuring at least two others.

California Public Health Director Suddenly Quits After Massive Virus Data Error Discovered

Dr. Sonia Angell
Dr. Sonia Angell

Gov. Gavin Newsom in a statement offered thanks to Angell “for her service to the state and her work to help steer our public health system during this global pandemic, while never losing sight of the importance of health equity.”

However, her departure is shrouded in political questions as the state government reckons with a data glitch that failed to log nearly 300,000 infectious disease testing records (though not all were coronavirus cases and some could be duplicates), clearly impacting decision-making at the highest levels of the California government.

As JustTheNews.com’s Sophie Mann notes, the secretary of California Health and Human Services, Mark Ghaly, recently apologized to state residents for the error.

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YouTube Reinstates Live Action’s Viral Video Describing Abortion Procedures

The pro-life group Live Action initially posted “Abortion Procedures: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Trimesters” on February 24, 2016.

Former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino describes four abortion procedures during the first, second, and third trimesters of pregnancy in the video, which had garnered 1,792,579 views as of Monday morning.

This is not the first time that Live Action content has been temporarily removed or censored on social media platforms.

Politics:

Howard Dean Backs China Sanctions Against Hawley, Cruz, Rubio

Dean tweeted support for Beijing’s decision to impose economic sanctions on 11 U.S. legislators and human-rights activists, including Republican senators Josh Hawley (R., Mo.), Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ted Cruz (Texas).

The measures are in response to the Trump administration’s decision to sanction top Hong Kong officials for participating in Beijing’s crackdown on the pro-democracy movement.

“We’d like to sanction them too., [sic.] Can we send them to Beijing permanently,” Dean wrote on Monday in a tweet linking to a news article about the sanctions.

Here’s proof Ilhan Omar had the ‘most extensive spree of felonies’ by a congressperson EVER

Investigative journalist David Steinberg has been putting together all the pieces in the Ilhan Omar puzzle.

And now, in a new report available TODAY on TheBlaze.com, Steinberg details how every piece fits together.

He tells Glenn that no more proof is needed: through publicly available sources, there’s now enough evidence that over an eight-year time period Omar conducted the “most extensive spree of state and federal felonies by an elected congressperson in U.S. history.”

Steinberg explains how it all boils down to one, specific detail: the last name of her father.

Trump Surges In The Polls Ahead Of Conventions

On the economy, jobs continue to come back at a robust pace and many parts of the country are loosening restrictions on business. With his pen and phone last week Trump extended unemployment benefits without the help of Democrats, pulling the rug out from a confused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Americans are growing frustrated with the rioting and looting that continues to sweep some cities like Portland and Chicago.

The absurd Democratic talking point that Portland’s violence was created by federal officers is crumbling as local police, not feds, declare riot after riot, night after night in the City of Roses.

The bottom line is that Trump has had a good couple of weeks and it is reflected in polling. The wave may be small at the moment but it is moving in the right direction just in time to carry him to the convention at the end of the month.

Joe Biden, who has been content to sit in the basement thus far, now has to play some offense, and he has two big chances to do it.

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Nancy Pelosi Snaps At Media As She Loses COVID Aid Showdown With Trump

While Trump’s action boosted unemployment benefits, created a 120-day eviction moratorium, a payroll tax holiday until the end of the year, and extended student loan relief, Pelosi accused him of failing to “comprehend the seriousness or the urgency of the health and economic crises facing working families.”

Despite Pelosi’s disdain with Trump’s actions, calling them an “illusion,” Wallace noted that it was better than “having no bill at all,” and that “not coming to any agreement wasn’t going to provide any of the things that you want either.”

Pelosi, visibly upset by Wallace’s question, told Wallace he “clearly” did not “have an understanding of what is happening.

Chris Wallace presses Pelosi on coronavirus stimulus: ‘Didn’t you mess this up?’

SUBSCRIBEDHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi joins Chris Wallace with insight on ‘Fox News Sunday.’

Ron Johnson Subpoenas FBI Director For All Records Related To Origin Of Russia Probe

Johnson subpoenaed FBI Director Christopher Wray for all records and documents related to the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s 2016 election interference, FISA abuse, and surveillance of Trump campaign affiliates.

The subpoena demands all documents be turned over to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz by Aug. 20.

Johnson also shared a 12-page letter Monday morning, laying out how Democrats are attempting to smear his committee’s investigation into abuse at the highest levels of the FBI and Department of Justice as “Russian disinformation,” and defended his investigations into Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter over their dealings with Ukraine.

lhan Omar must resign: New evidence from nearly three dozen Somalis reveals a probable spree of felonies

Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images
Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has almost certainly committed the most extensive spree of felonies by a congressperson in U.S. history.

As a criminal, she also appears to be historically inept. Scores of verified items of evidence against her are in the public record.

Omar has never challenged their authenticity and has never produced a single piece of evidence to support her version of events.

World News:

Tensions on Gaza front exacerbate; Israel warns ‘Beirut blast may reoccur’- TV7 Israel News 10.08.20

1) Tensions on Israel’s southern front with the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip is seemingly intensifying.

2) Israeli Alternate Premier and Defense Minister Benny Gantz warns that the deadly blast in Beirut could reoccur, in light of Hezbollah systematic storing of missiles in civilian populated areas.

3) The Lebanese Hezbollah-dominated government is adamant on keeping the investigation of the Beirut blast internal, with limited foreign assistance.

Beirut explosion: Lebanon’s government resigns as public anger mounts

Lebanon's government has resigned amid mounting anger over the explosion on Tuesday that devastated parts of Beirut and left more than 200 people dead.
Lebanon’s government has resigned amid mounting anger over the explosion on Tuesday that devastated parts of Beirut and left more than 200 people dead.

The announcement was made in a national TV address by Prime Minister Hassan Diab on Monday evening.

Many people have accused the country’s leaders of culpability through their alleged negligence and corruption.

Protesters have taken to the streets and clashed with police for a third straight day.

“Today we follow the will of the people in their demand to hold accountable those responsible for the disaster that has been in hiding for seven years, and their desire for real change,” Mr Diab said.

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New Ebola Outbreak In Congo Creates Unparalleled Challenges During A Pandemic

GOMA, NORTH KIVU, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - Medical staff dressed in protective gear
GOMA, NORTH KIVU, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – Medical staff dressed in protective gear

Alongside the Covid-19 pandemic and ongoing battles with cholera and measles, the Congo has now confirmed almost 80 new cases of Ebola.

But what makes this 11th outbreak most frightening is the hotspots geographic proximity to Kinshasa, the Capitol of the country and home to more than 11 million people.

The newest cases have been identified in Mbandaka (Équateur province), with an estimated 33 reported deaths in just the last few weeks.

Hong Kong Police Raid Newspaper, Arrest Media Mogul Under New Security Law

(Vernon Yuen/AFP via Getty Images)
(Vernon Yuen/AFP via Getty Images)

Around 200 police officers raided the newspaper’s office and arrested at least nine men including Lai and other senior executives, Reuters reported.

Lai is suspected of “collusion with a foreign country/external elements to endanger national security” and other crimes, the police said.

Lai is the highest-profile person in Hong Kong to be arrested under the national security law passed earlier this year by the mainland Chinese government in Beijing.

City-wide demonstrations and hundreds of arrests followed the implementation of the law.

Commentary/Opinion:

Do We Have to Destroy the Earth to Save It?

Do wind turbines and solar farms hold the keys to saving the environment?

Michael Shellenberger, founder of Environmental Progress and noted climate activist, used to think so. Now he’s not so sure.

He explains why in this important video.