Memphis store clerk charged in death of teen who took beer

A grocery store clerk has been charged with first-degree assassination in the shooting of a teen who allegedly stole a beer.

The district attorney’s office in Shelby County, Tennessee, tells Anwar Ghazali is being held on a$ 1 million bond in the death of 17 -year-old Dorian Harris.

Investigators said Harris walked into Ghazali’s store in Memphis and left with a beer without paying on March 29. Police say Ghazali ran after him with a handgun and fired several shootings, then returned to the store and told a witness, “I suppose I shot him.” Ghazali didn’t bellow police.

Ghazali’s attorney Blake Ballin told The Commercial Appeal that the charge is unwarranted because the act was reckless , not premeditated.

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Steven Bannon claimed MLK would be proud of Trump. King’s daughter shut him down.

Steve Bannon used to say Martin Luther King Jr. “would be proud” of Donald Trump. Umm, what ?

In predictable, reality-bending fashion, Trump’s former strategist and consultant Steve Bannon made a bold assert about how King would feel about Trump’s performance thus far in his presidency. Speaking to BBC Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis, he said, “If you look at the policies of Donald Trump, anybody … Martin Luther King would be proud of him, of what he’s done for the black and Hispanic community for jobs.”

Maitlis clarified — somehow with a straight face — “You believe Martin Luther King would be proud of Donald Trump as president? ”

Bafflingly, Bannon charged straight ahead:

“You don’t guess Martin Luther King would be proud? Seem at the unemployment we had in the black community five years ago. You don’t suppose Martin Luther King would sit there and run’ Yes, you’re putting young black men and women to work. There’s the lowest unemployment we’ve had in history. And wages are starting to rise among the working class. And you’ve eventually stopped the illegal foreigner labor forces coming in and vying with them every day, and destroying the schools and destroying the healthcare.’ Absolutely.”

Mmm ‘kay.

Before we get to what King’s daughter had to say about that, let’s rapidly review those unemployment numbers .

Indeed, the black unemployment rate is the lowest it’s ever seen. But that rate has been falling steadily since the middle of Obama’s term as president. Bannon specifies the altered in the rate from five years ago, but neglects to acknowledge that the vast majority of that drop-off happened under Obama.

Here’s the government’s own Bureau of Labor Statistics chart for black unemployment since 2008 😛 TAGEND

The same goes for Hispanic unemployment. Yes, it’s the lowest it’s been in 25 years, but it’s also been steadily dropping since 2011 😛 TAGEND

Trump’s policies have not generated some kind of dramatic turnaround in unemployment — the trend is simply continuing. There have been no miracles performed here, unless you consider riding on someone’s economic coattails a miracle.

Now, on to King’s response.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter Bernice shut Bannon down — real quick.

Bernice King, Martin Luther King Jr.’s youngest child, reacted to Bannon’s interview, and let’s just say she’s not having it.

Bernice King shared this image on Twitter the morning after Bannon’s interview. I imagine that’s precisely the face she made when “shes seen” it. Photo by Joe Raedle/ Getty Images.

” #SteveBannon has dangerously and erroneously co-opted my father’s name, run and terms, ” King wrote on Twitter. “Bannon’s assertion that my father, #MLK would be proud of Donald Trump wholly dismisses Daddy’s commitment to people of all races, nationalities, etc. being treated with dignity and respect.”

She then explained how her “father’s concerns were not sectional, but global.”

Screenshot via Bernice King/ Twitter .

Setting the record straight on what her father actually would and wouldn’t do, King wrote, “Further, he would not refer to people as ‘illegal aliens.’ The term is degrading and does not reflect his notion that we are all a part of the human family.” She added that he’d never pit one group against another.

Screenshot via Bernice King/ Twitter .

But she wasn’t done. She called Bannon’s commentaries “empty calories, ” and explained how her father would be “extremely disturbed” by the current political climate that emboldens people to “easily express and demonstrate brutality, predominantly toward people of color and immigrants.”

Screenshot via Bernice King/ Twitter .

King capped off her commentary with how her father would actually view those unemployment numbers:

Screenshot via Bernice King/ Twitter .

Well, there you have it, Mr. Bannon.

People of all political stripes try to mold Martin Luther King Jr. to fit their agenda. It’s a problem.

While usually more subtle and less blatantly ridiculous than Bannon’s assertions, people often opt small pieces of King’s message to suit their narrative. But such simplification dishonors the man and his accomplishments. At the core, King was a radical humanitarian. He championed not only the black American, but the poor person, the immigrant, and every human being experiencing oppression and injustice.

Thank goodness for Bernice King’s perspective in the age of cherry-pickingMLK quotes and whitewashing his legacy. We need to keep defending truth and shut down those who try to bend reality to justify racism and fear-mongering.

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An NFL star thinks we’re asking the wrong question about the league’s new anthem rule.

Ahead of the 2018 season, the NFL announced a new rule designed to put a stop to silent protests during the national anthem.

Seemingly designed as a compromise — even if it’s not — meant to quash the tradition started by former 49 ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016, the new regulation states that players can choose not to be on the field during the anthem( this was the norm until 2009, when the league mandated that players be on the sidelines during the anthem ), adding that players who are on the field must “stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem.”

The new rule triggered outcry, with some accusing the NFL of corporate censorship in its endeavour to shut down protest and others( including Donald Trump) saying the league didn’t go far enough.

Photo by Steve Dykes/ Getty Images.

The NFL Players’ Association( NFLPA) released a statement conveying frustration that the league didn’t consult them before implementing this new rule. On the other hand, President Trump said that while he agrees with the new rule, “maybe[ players who stay in the locker rooms] shouldn’t be in the country.”

One of the most thoughtful responses to the new regulation received from Chicago Bears linebacker Sam Acho, who pledged to keep fighting for what’s right.

Sam Acho. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ Getty Images.

“Obviously, from the beginning , no one’s intent, and no one’s purpose, was to disrespect the flag, ” Acho said in a statement first reported by NBC 5 Chicago’s Mike Berman.

Acho went on to note that the purpose of the protests have always been to take a stand against the police brutality facing people of color, recommitting himself to detecting “a way to stand up for people who are being unjustly treated, find a way to stick up for justice in whatever style, shape, or kind you can possibly do it.”

When it comes to the question of whether he’s OK with the new regulation, he proposed a different topic for himself and other players: “What do you do now? “

“Obviously, the protests have brought a ton of awareness to the abuses of power that are going on in our country, and I think that was a great method to start our dialogue. And now … we’re find action, ” he wrote , noting that he, his teammates, and many others in the NFL are putting time and fund towards off-field activism work.

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ Getty Images.

It’s been nearly two years since Kaepernick took a knee, and we’re still talking.

“I think a lot of players are happy about the conversations that are happening. So the protests served these objectives, ” Acho concluded:

“And if guys still want to protest, plainly the ruling is if you don’t want to stand for the anthem, according to the owners, you can stay inside . … I will say we continue to do what we’re doing and speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves.”

It’s easy to ignore the underlying issue being protested, to smear players as spoiled, and to argue that they should do more off the field if they actually care about these issues.

The truth is that, as Acho and the NFLPA have said, players do do a lot of work off the field to help their communities and to fight for causes they believe in.

Kaepernick donated a million dollars to charity and traveled across the U.S. helping people out. Veterans around the country have come out in subsistence of the expres of free speech shown in these pre-game protests, even if they don’t inevitably agree with the cause or the method.

As Acho told, though, the new regulation is what it is. The real question is how NFL players — and the rest of us — can help continue this conversation and work for a better world.

After all, there’s nothing more patriotic than working to attain your country a place where we are all truly equal .

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Lawmaker’s remarks on home sales to gays draw Realtor group’s ire

A congressman from Southern California is facing backlash over recent remarks that, in his view, homeowners have a right to refuse to sell their property to homosexuals and lesbians, reports said.

U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif ., a 15 -term member of Congress, reportedly constructed specific comments May 16 at a session in Washington , D.C ., of a delegation from the Orange County Association of Realtors.

“Every homeowner should be able to make a decision not to sell their home to someone[ if] they don’t agree with their lifestyle, ” Rohrabacher told the gathering, according to Wayne Woodyard, a former president of the Realtor organization, the Orange County Register reported.

Rohrabacher, who represents California’s 48 th Congressional District in coastal Orange County, corroborated the “accuracy of the sentiment” Thursday, the Register reported.

He told homeowners should have the right to “choose whom they do business with.” He recognise race-based discrimination from refusing to do business with a person for their “lifestyle or political beliefs.”

“We’ve drawn a line on racism, but I don’t think we should widen that line, ” Rohrabacher said.

A Realtor gay-rights group reportedly protested Rohrabacher’s statement, inspiring the National Association of Realtors( NAR) to withdraw its support for Rohrabacher, the newspaper reported.

“We certainly hope that Congress will … support the elimination of housing discrimination based on sex orientation or gender identity, ” NAR, a trade group of 1.3 million members. said.

Rohrabacher faces 15 challengers in his “toughest re-election campaign, ” including eight Democrats and former Orange County GOP chairwoman Scott Baugh, research reports said.

One of the Democrats running against Rohrabacher is Harley Rouda, son of a former Realtor association president, the Register reported.

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Pluto may have formed from 1 billion comets

At its heart, Pluto may be a gigantic comet.

Researchers have come up with a new hypothesi about the dwarf planet’s origins after taking a close look at Sputnik Planitia, the vast nitrogen-ice glacier that constitutes the left lobe of Pluto’s famous “heart” feature.

“We saw an intriguing coherence between the estimated amount of nitrogen inside the glacier and the amount that would be expected if Pluto was formed by the agglomeration of roughly a billion comets or other Kuiper Belt objects similar in chemical composition to 67 P, the comet explored by Rosetta, ” Chris Glein, a scientist at the Southwest Research Institute( SwRI) in San Antonio, said in a statement.[ Photos of Pluto and Its Moons]

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission orbited Comet 67 P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko from 2014 through 2016. The orbit mothership also fell a lander named Philae onto the icy body, pulling off the first-ever soft touchdown on a comet’s surface.( The Kuiper Belt is the ring of frigid objects beyond Neptune’s orbit; Pluto is the belt’s largest resident .)

Glein and his SwRI colleague Hunter Waite devised the new Pluto-formation scenario after investigating data from Rosetta and NASA’s New Horizons mission, which flew by Pluto in July 2015.

The scientists also made some inferences about the dwarf planet’s evolution in their new analyse, which was published online Wednesday( May 23) in the journal Icarus.

“Our research suggests that Pluto’s initial chemical makeup, inherited from cometary building block, was chemically been amended by liquid water, perhaps even in a subsurface ocean, ” Glein told.

Glein and Waite aren’t claiming to have nailed down Pluto’s origin definitively; a “solar model, ” in which the dwarf planet coalesced from cold ices with a chemical composition closer to that of the sunshine, also remains in play, the duo said.

“This research builds upon the fantastic success of the New Horizons and Rosetta missions to expand our understanding of the origin and evolution of Pluto, ” Glein said.

“Using chemistry as a detective’s tool, we are able to tracing certain features we consider on Pluto today to formation procedures from long ago, ” he added. “This leads to a new appreciation of the richness of Pluto’s ‘life story, ‘ which we are only starting to grasp.”

Rosetta’s mission ended in September 2016, when the probe’s handlers steered it to an intentional crash-landing on 67 P’s surface. New Horizons’ run, however, is far from done. The NASA spacecraft is speeding toward a flyby of a small Kuiper Belt object known officially as 2014 MU69( and unofficially as Ultima Thule ). This close encounter, which will occur on Jan. 1, 2019, about 1 billion miles( 1.6 billion kilometers) beyond Pluto’s orbit, is the centerpiece of New Horizons’ extended mission.

Originally published on Space.com .

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Here’s what one Holocaust survivor has to say about the rise of the Antifa movement.

At a recent anti-hate rally in Berkeley, Joey Gibson, leader of the extreme right-wing, white supremacist group, Patriot Prayer, strolled directly in front of me, his three burly bodyguards in tow.

A few people nearby pointed him out, screaming his name.

I had an immediate visceral reaction to the sight of this man, whom I consider to be a neo-Nazi. To my eyes, Gibson and his men were angling for conflict; their swagger left no doubt.

And I stood there shaking, my homemade sign in hand. “Hate speech leads to Holocaust, ” it read.

I am an 80 -year-old Holocaust survivor.

We became aware that the young men and women around us, dressed in all black, were trained not to engage in confrontations, except to protect demonstrators like us if we were attacked by white supremacists like Gibson.

It was my first encounter with Antifa, the movement comprised of young militant antifascists who have been vilified in some of the media for their tactics.

So even though I was afraid of Gibson and his thug, I felt comforted — not by the presence of any police officer that day, but by the presence of the Antifa. I feel gratitude to these young people for being our first line of defense, for being willing to stand up to the hateful actions of neo-Nazis and white nationalists like Gibson.

I know from experience what it feels like not to feel protected.

And I’ve ensure firsthand potential impacts dislike speech, for the purposes of the guise of free speech, can have. As a child in Nazi Germany, I saw young boys and girls being indoctrinated into becoming mass murderers of their neighbors. Later I learned how grown humen, destroyed by anxiety, were rendered incapable of protecting their loved ones. I learned that a mob could be moved to heinous actions.

From the time I was 5, I was told never be reminded that our mom was Jewish . This was about the time my half-sister, my father’s oldest daughter from his first wedding, unexpectedly came to live with us. She had assured her mom and stepfather violently removed from their home, never to be seen again.

When I was 8, two sinister-looking Gestapo, the secret Nazi police, knocked on the door of our makeshift bomb shelter, a converted coal cellar. Berlin was under the final heavy suicide bombing attack of the Allied Forces. And the men had demanded that my mother accompany them, threatening to set their puppy on her and shoot her if she tried to escape.

Everybody in the cellar with us that day knew that my mother’s merely crime in life was being a Jew, defined not by her profession of a given religion preference but by racial law.

Yet no one dared to speak up for this mother of three young children.

Nobody told a word of encouragement as she was torn away from her children. Nobody demanded these men desist from sending one more Jew to her demise in a concentration camp.

The time without our mother seemed endless. We were scared and hungry in that poorly light, cold, uncomfortable cellar. Some of the neighbours had told us my mother would never return, and they had begun to discuss with which of them each of us children would have to live.

My mother managed to escape and come back to us. But for the rest of my life, I have recollected the fear that crept over me as I faced the possibility of never seeing her again .

Soon, the bombing discontinued and the Soviet Army liberated our neighborhood. But I watched the photos in the paper of some of the millions who had not been as luck as we had, those who had had no one to protect them.

I could not trust that such its own experience would not repeat itself.

In 1947, my mother, my younger friend and I immigrated to Venezuela and learned there what life was like under a long military Latin American-style dictatorship. Once again, I saw how some people were scared and read how some were detained, deported, and even killed. Again, I was not sure who would defend us if something happened to our family .

And when I came to study in the U.S. in 1955, in what I had erroneously believed was the birthplace of freedom, I had a real-life crash course in the lack of civil rights for people of color, the murderous statutes still prevalent in many Southern states, and the education, employment, and housing discrimination in the North.

I later learned a startling truth: that the racial the statutes of the Nazis, which categorized me as a “Jew of the Second Degree”( due to my Jewish mom and Gentile father ), were based on U.S. race laws. I had fallen for some of the powerful propaganda this country circulates abroad through its mass media.

But I woke up and got involved. I learned to speak up and coordinate for civil rights, against the war in Vietnam and, afterward, against the many invasions of other countries and ongoing discrimination.

And now here I am, more than 70 years after walking out of that dank cellar in a Berlin neighborhood, faced once again with neo-Nazis spewing and spreading their abhor and beliefs about white ascendancy.

Far too many people in this country are still omitted and even killed for reasons that were used during World War II to send populations to the gas chamber. We don’t have official concentration camp as such in the U.S.( anymore ), but the prison-industrial complex is thriving and ever-expanding immigrant detention centers are crowded and inhumane.

So, yes, I am scared of what fascists can do . I have little confidence that local police — ever more heavily armed with military weaponry and unskilled in dealing with the vulnerable in our societies — will protect those confronted by neo-Nazis.

Make no mistake, these neo-Nazis and white supremacists are serious.

The 2017 murders in Portland and Charlottesville demonstrate that.

In Europe, different generations of young antifascists committed to preventing acts of violence to vulnerable populations, resurface from time to time.

I feel comforted by the fact that these young antifascists exist here in the U.S ., too.

This tale originally appeared in YES! Magazine and is reprinted here with permission .

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A century on, why are we forgetting the deaths of 100 million? | Martin Kettle

The 1918 Spanish flu outbreak killed more people than both world wars. Dont imagine such a thing could never happen again, says the Guardian columnist Martin Kettle

This year marks a century since some women got the vote; a century since the end of the first world war; 50 years since the 1968 rebellions; 70 since the founding of Israel and the NHS. All have been well marked. So it is striking that the centenary of one of the most devastating events in human history has been allowed to pass thus far with virtually no public reflection of any kind.

This year is the 100 th anniversary of the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. Calculates about the potential impact vary. But when you read that a third of the entire global population probably caught the Spanish influenza and that it killed between 50 and 100 million people in all corners of the globe- up to 5% of all human being on countries around the world at the time – you get an inkling of its scale.

By the time the pandemic ultimately ended, it had killed around 25 times more people than any other flu outbreak in history. It killed perhaps more people than the 1st and 2nd world wars put together. As Laura Spinney puts it in her new book, Pale Rider– the best modern account of the Spanish flu crisis-” the influenza resculpted human populations more radically than anything since the Black Death “. Think about that. Not the western front , not Hitler’s invasion of Russia , not Hiroshima. But the flu.

In the face of such figures, it seems unbelievable that we forget or look away. Yet we do. Perhaps that is because, unlike equality for women, a disease has no ultimate award to win and celebrate. Perhaps it is because, while wars have conquerors, pandemics leave only the vanquished, as Spinney sets it. Perhaps too, as the critic Walter Benjamin once argued, stillness about public horrors can permit human societies to cope with collective recovery and to advance. Or perhaps, as Spinney also reflects, the Spanish flu has been consigned to the footnotes because its onslaught did not occur in public but in private, behind closed- door in millions of homes.

Yet the Spanish flu epidemic was a public event too. It changed the course of the first world war( the Germans thought it robbed them of victory ). It brought Switzerland- yes, Switzerland- to the brink of civil war over the inadequacy of the official response. The route it was mishandled in colonial India devoted a major boost to the independence motion. It resulted directly to the founding of Real Madrid football club as part of a Spanish public health drive. In Britain, in a sense, it triggered a concern about public health that would result, 30 year later, to the NHS.

The flu struck the rich and the poor, the young and the old, women and men, black and white. Among the individuals who caught it but recovered were the British prime minister David Lloyd George, the US president Woodrow Wilson, the German kaiser, and King Alfonso XIII of Spain- whose country dedicated its name to the disease for no better reason than that the French, unable to learn about the scale of the infection in their own country because of wartime censorship, thought wrongly that it had started on the far side of the Pyrenees. The naming has caused offence in Spain from that day to this- and has belatedly led to greater care in the naming of subsequent strains and outbreaks that traverse borders.

For this was a disease that scorned all human frontiers. It killed from Alaska to Zanzibar. Groucho Marx caught the flu in New York and Mahatma Gandhi in Ahmedabad. The future Mustafa Kemal Ataturk went down with it in Vienna. Haile Selassie fell ill in Addis Ababa. TS Eliot got the flu in London- he wrote The Waste Land as he recovered. Other victims who recovered included Franklin Roosevelt, Lillian Gish, Franz Kafka, DH Lawrence, Bela Bartok, Walt Disney, Ezra Pound and the aviator Amelia Earhart. In Colorado, Katherine Anne Porter’s black hair fell out as a result of flu. When it grew back her hair was white and Porter went on to write a memoir, Pale Horse, Pale Rider about the pandemic.

The list of those who died of the influenza is less storied than those who recovered from it. It is headed by the painter Egon Schiele and his wife. The Parisian poet Guillaume Apollinaire succumbed too, as did one of Lenin’s right-hand men, Yakov Sverdlov. So did Lawrence of Arabia’s father, Arthur Conan Doyle’s son and Donald Trump’s grandfather. A celebrated British casualty was the diplomat Mark Sykes– now famous( or infamous) for the secret Sykes-Picot agreement he struck over spheres of western influence in the Middle East.

Ten years ago, in 2008, Sykes’s coffin, lead-lined because of the virulence of the disease, was disinterred from his grave in Yorkshire. The intent was to enable researchers to take samples, from his remains, of the H1N1 virus strain that caused the Spanish influenza. Such samples , now under high-security lock and key in Atlanta, have been examined for clues as to why this stres was so potent and how a future pandemic might be contained.

For there will be another Spanish flu pandemic one day. The 1918 outbreak resulted because the viral stres acquired the ability to infect humans and then to become transmissible among humen. Other strains have that potential too. Global warming may empower the strongest ones still further. The world of 2018 is infinitely more interconnected than that of 1918. The possibilities for blaming particular social groups for pandemics is vast.

Last week the Ebola virus spread from a remote rural part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the busy river port town of Mbandaka. A few hundred kilometres downstream from Mbandaka lies DRC’s capital, Kinshasa, a mega-city of some 11 million people. Unlike flu, which is airborne, Ebola is transmitted through contact with bodily fluids. That is threat enough in war-torn cities without proper sewerage.

So far, the DRC outbreak seems controllable. Yet more than 11,000 people died in west Africa from an Ebola outbreak in 2014. And imagine if Ebola manages one day to become airborne, as flu did. If something like that happened in the modern world, we would rapidly find we were living in a fools’ paradise. And our present habit of forget and seeming in the other direction would seem a catastrophic act of global folly.

* Martin Kettle is a Guardian columnist

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Police: 2 shot at Oklahoma restaurant; suspect dead

A man armed with a handgun walked into an Oklahoma City restaurant at the dinner hour Thursday and opened fire, wounding two customers, before being shot dead by a handgun-carrying civilian in the parking lot, police said.

The shooting happened about 6:30 p.m. at Louie’s On The Lake, a restaurant on Lake Hefner in the Oklahoma capital.

A woman and a female juvenile were undergoing surgery for gunshot meanders but apparently “are going to survive, ” said Capt. Bo Matthews, a police spokesman. A human suffered a broken limb while trying to escape the shooting.

A family member told KOCO-TV that her daughter and 12 -year-old granddaughter were shot while entering the restaurant for the girl’s birthday dinner. Authorities have not identified the injured patrons.

The suspect’s identity also was not immediately known, Matthews told. The shooting appeared to be a random act.

“We have no reason to believe this is a terrorist type of incident, ” Matthews said. The motive was unclear otherwise, and the onsite investigation was expected to extend into the early morning hours as law enforcement personnel interview about 100 eyewitnesses, he said.

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How these teens convinced Utah Republicans to accept the impact of climate change.

The adults have had their chance, but once again, it’s the kids who seem to be making real change.

After two years of hard work, teenage activists in Utah scored a major victory after convincing the state’s Republican-controlled legislature and governor to sign a resolution acknowledging the effects of climate change on the state’s citizens.

“Our little high school environmental club get gust of this, and we were really inspired to be more involved politically, ” said Logan High School senior Piper Christian.

The students first gained attention in 2017, when their request to address a country senate committee was rejected .~ ATAGEND

They formed their own unofficial committee and invited lawmakers to attend and listen to them.

“We entirely packed one of the biggest conference rooms in the( country) capitol. It was standing room only, ” Christian said. “Students from all over the country were able to testify about why climate change is important.”

“This solving shows us that climate change is a nonpartisan issue that can no longer be ignored, ” told Rep. Rebecca Edwards.

It’s a resolution , not a law. But it still matters.

There’s nothing legally binding in the resolution, but it does define the tone for future regulations and legislation.

On one hand, it sounds like a business-friendly turn of phrase with segments like “encourages the responsible stewardship of natural resources and reduced to emissions through incentives and support of the growth in technologies and services that will enlarge the economy.”

But on the other hand, it takes a direct approach with the phrase “recognizes the impacts of a changing climate on Utah citizens” — language students like Christian helped craft themselves.

It may sound fairly benign to veteran environmentalists or those from more progressive-leaning nations. But to get such a resolution not only signed but honored in a public rite by the state’s Republican governor is a huge accomplishment.

“The climate change resolution is groundbreaking for our nation, but to successfully tackle the effects that a changing climate has on our economy and health, we need to continue to collaborate across party line, ” Edwards said.

These students are proving that the “Parkland effect” isn’t isolated to one issue.

After the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in February in Parkland, Florida, we’ve been continually inspired to assure the country’s youth take the lead on a divisive issue that adults have been unwilling and unable to make progress on for decades.

But it’s not just about gun control.

Climate change has also divided the country — even when it comes to common sense and middle-ground compromises. It’s hard to avoid falling into “sides” on issues that affect our futures and our very lives.

These student activists in Utah are showing us how it can be done. Through hard work, communication, and cooperation processes, they’ve managed to make inroads in a political climate that seemed near impossible. Adults, take note. This is how you made further progress happen.

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North Korea claims to have demolished nuclear test site

North Korea on Thursday demolished what it claimed responsibility for its nuclear exam site, defining off several detonations over the course of a few hours in the presence of foreign journalists.

Sky News reporter Tom Cheshire was invited to the explosion and told the station that he and his colleagues walked up into the mountains to watch the demolition.

“There was a huge detonation, you could feel it. Dust arrived at you, the hot came at you. It was exceedingly loud, ” Cheshire said.

May 23, 2018: Satellite file image provided by DigitalGlobe, shows the Punggye-ri test site in North Korea. ( DigitalGlobe via AP, File)

The detonations at the supposed nuclear exam site deep in the mountains were centered on three passageways into the underground site and a number of observation towers in the area.

The schemed closing of the Punggye-ri site was previously announced by dictator Kim Jong Un ahead of the planned summit with President Trump that has been slated for June 12. It was seen as a goodwill gesture ahead of the session, but still wouldn’t gratify U.S. demands for complete denuclearization.

Satellite images obtained by 38 North earlier this month appeared to show the regime demolishing houses and removing mining carts at the site. A shed and engineering office building at the site’s north portal, where the last five nuclear tests were conducted, were gone in those images.

Although North Korea committed to closing Punggye-ri’s test site, another facility could be used to continue the country’s nuclear weapons program. Yongbyon nuclear complex, located about 64 miles north of Pyongyang, has a new reactor that could produce weapons-grade plutonium. Pyongyang insists is being used to produce electricity for its citizens.

May 7, 2018: Satellite images provided by DigitalGlobe shows the nuclear exam site in Punggye-ri, North Korea. ( Satellite Image( c) 2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company via A, File)

The regime began operating its first nuclear reactor at the complex in the 1980 s, The New York Times reported. In 2007, North Korea shut down facilities in the complex as part of an agreement during six-nation nuclear talks. A cooling tower was demolished at the complex as a “gesture of good faith, ” but did little to completely shut down the site.

Satellite images in 2010 showed the regime was beginning to construct a new reactor. Officials announced three years later that it would restart the reactor at Yongbyon, the same year North Korea conducted a nuclear test. In February, spacecraft images appeared to show signs the five-megawatt reactor was operating.

Earlier Thursday, North Korea threatened to back away from the much-anticipated summit with the U.S. and called Vice President Pence a “political dummy.” Pence told Fox News’ Martha MacCallum on Monday that North Korea asked for the meeting, inspiring the harsh replies from Pyongyang.

“As a person involved in the U.S. affairs, I cannot suppress my astound at such ignorant and stupid statements gushing out from the mouth of the U.S. vice president, ” North Korea’s vice foreign minister, Choe Sun Hui, said in a statement released by state media, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Whether the U.S. “will satisfied us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown is altogether dependent upon the decision and behavior of the United States, ” Choe said, according to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency.

Choe said she’d suggest Kim reconsider the summit if “the U.S. offends against our goodwill and clings to unlawful and outrageous acts.”

Fox News’ Katherine Lam and Nicole Darrah and the Associated Press contributed to this report .

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