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Two arrested after fight breaks out at protest outside Squad event in Somerville

Two men were arrested and one man was sent to the hospital after a fight broke out during a protest outside a progressive Squad event in Somerville Saturday.

The Boston Herald reported that the fight broke out outside the event just after 4 p.m.

When officers arrived on scene, Munns said, witnesses told them there was a verbal dispute between two men who were part of a protest outside the event led by her opponent, Republican Donnie Palmer, and four other men. The heated exchange turned into a fistfight.

Two different videos of the fight have been posted to Twitter. One shows the moments before the fight and then a flurry of punches. The other shows several men throwing punches and trying to get one man off another, ending with a shot of a man on the ground who looks like he has suffered injuries.

On Twitter, Palmer has claimed that the fight began because one of the people who joined in his protest was attacked by the four men, who he says were sent by some of Pressley’s staff. His claims have yet to be affirmed or denied by police or other officials.

Pressley’s campaign told The Boston Globe in a statement Sunday that the campaign was not involved in the fight.


Mahsa Amini: Iran police say woman's death was 'unfortunate'

Source: BBC News

Tehran's police chief says the death of a woman in custody was an "unfortunate" incident he does not want repeated.

Mahsa Amini, 22, fell into a coma last week, hours after morality police held her for allegedly breaking hijab rules.

Witnesses accused officers of beating her, but Police Brig-Gen Hossein Rahimi denied such "cowardly accusations".

Her death sparked protests in the capital and western Iran, where two people were reportedly killed in clashes with riot police on Monday..

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-62954648

Biden and Newsom: Slow Motion Switcheroo?

"Look, my intention as I said to begin with is that I would run again," the president said. "But it's just an intention. But is it a firm decision that I run again? That remains to be seen."


“After this midterm election is over, he absolutely is going to announce that he is running for the presidency once Biden announces that he is not running,” a leading California fundraiser with close ties to the Newsom family told TheWrap. “No ifs, ands or buts. He will run if Biden does not.”



Newsom's challenges to debate DeSantis, billboards in Texas, etc. all seem part of a concerted effort to raise his national profile, but how much of it is organic and how much is orchestrated?

Given the two quotes above, it may be time to come to terms with what a Biden retirement and a Newsom run may look like.

UFOs Over Ukraine

Ukraine’s airspace has been busy this year—that’s the nature of war. But scientists in the country are looking to the skies and seeing something they didn’t expect: An inordinate number of UFOs, according to a new preprint paper published by Kyiv’s Main Astronomical Observatory in coordination with the country’s National Academy of Science.

The paper does not specifically address the war, but in the United States, the Pentagon has long hinted, speculated, and warned that some UFOs could be advanced technology from foreign militaries, specifically China and Russia (though it hasn’t really given any evidence this is actually the case). The Ukraine paper is particularly notable because it not only shows that science has continued to occur during the war, but also explains that there have been a lot of sightings.

“We see them everywhere,” the research said. “We observe a significant number of objects whose nature is not clear.”

The paper is titled Unidentified aerial phenomena I. Observations of events come from observations made at NAS’ Main Astronomical Observatory in Kyiv and a village south of Kyiv called Vinarivka. According to the paper’s authors, the observatories took on the job of hunting for UFO’s as an independent project because of the enthusiasm around the subject.


Christians could make up less than half of the U.S. population within a few decades

Since the 1990s, large numbers of Americans have left Christianity to join the growing ranks of U.S. adults who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular.” This accelerating trend is reshaping the U.S. religious landscape, leading many people to wonder what the future of religion in America might look like.

What if Christians keep leaving religion at the same rate observed in recent years? What if the pace of religious switching continues to accelerate? What if switching were to stop, but other demographic trends – such as migration, births and deaths – were to continue at current rates? To help answer such questions, Pew Research Center has modeled several hypothetical scenarios describing how the U.S. religious landscape might change over the next half century.

The Center estimates that in 2020, about 64% of Americans, including children, were Christian. People who are religiously unaffiliated, sometimes called religious “nones,” accounted for 30% of the U.S. population. Adherents of all other religions – including Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists – totaled about 6%.1

Depending on whether religious switching continues at recent rates, speeds up or stops entirely, the projections show Christians of all ages shrinking from 64% to between a little more than half (54%) and just above one-third (35%) of all Americans by 2070. Over that same period, “nones” would rise from the current 30% to somewhere between 34% and 52% of the U.S. population.


Benched Brooklyn judge's alleged homophobic, racist remarks preceded removal from the bench

Explosive new court papers accuse a Brooklyn Surrogate Court judge booted from the bench last year of spewing racist and anti-gay remarks, denouncing Hispanics as promiscuous liars and ranting that homosexuality “is an abomination.”

An affidavit from state Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks laid bare the plethora of hateful remarks Judge Harriet Thompson allegedly said “in the courthouse in the presence of United Court System personnel.”

The fiery words preceded her abrupt removal from her position in December.

“I hate these gay white men,” she’s quoted as saying in the document, while later declaring “gay racist f-----s ... trying to ruin me and get me ... Being gay is an abomination to mankind. The Holy Ghost (is) going to get them.”


She seems nice. Other quotes:

- (On people with Hispanic-sounding names): “They have a deceitful trait that goes way back to Biblical times. The men are always stealing, and the women are no better. They lie, steal and use their vaginas for anything they want.”

- She accused her female colleagues of trading sexual favors for their seats on the bench, labeling one woman as “part of that group of hos” and describing another Black judge as a “house n----r” and “puppet for the white man,” according to the court papers.

- In a particularly callous comment, Thompson said a fellow judge “got what she deserved” when diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease, the court papers allege. The judge also declared a state court worker was likely a prostitute, and suggested “her boyfriend is pimping her.”

The Despotism of Isaias Afewerki

No country in the world has a purer autocracy than Eritrea. The state of Eritrea is one man, Isaias Afewerki, who for twenty years was the leader of a formidable insurgent army that won a war of liberation against Ethiopia in 1991, and who has since ruled as president without constraint on his power. Three decades after independence, Eritrea has no constitution, no elections, no legislature, and no published budget. Its judiciary is under the president’s thumb, its press nonexistent. The only institutions that function are the army and security. There is compulsory and indefinite national service. The army generals, presidential advisers, and diplomats have been essentially unchanged for twenty-five years. The country has a population of 3.5 million, and more than half a million have fled as refugees—the highest ratio in the world next to Syria and Ukraine.


Man arrested after beheading young mother in middle of San Carlos street

SAN CARLOS, Calif. (KGO) -- Law enforcement sources tell the ABC7 I-Team's Dan Noyes that a man beheaded a young woman in the middle of the street in front of witnesses on Thursday.

The San Mateo Co. Sheriff's Department said the crime happened in the 300-400 block of Laurel Street and Magnolia Avenue at 11:50 a.m.

The I-Team obtained law enforcement records on the incident that said, just before noon, reports came in that the woman's head was cut off by a sword. At 12:14 p.m., "Children are there, scared to come... want their mom."

CPS took custody of the 7-year-old and 1-year-old girls, along with a dog and two cats who were also inside the house.

We're told the two were in an ongoing relationship but law enforcement sources say the victim got a temporary restraining order against the suspect, Hayward resident Jose Solano Landaeta, in April.


New York declares state of emergency over polio to boost vaccination rate

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday declared a state of emergency over polio to boost vaccination rates in the state amid further evidence that the virus is spreading in communities.

Poliovirus has now been detected in sewage samples from four counties in the New York metropolitan area as well as the city itself. The counties include Rockland, Orange, Sullivan and now Nassau.

The samples tested positive for types of poliovirus that can cause paralysis in humans, according to state health officials.

New York began wastewater surveillance after an unvaccinated adult caught polio in Rockland County in July and suffered from paralysis, the first known infection in the U.S. in nearly a decade.


Frank Drake, astronomer famed for contributions to SETI, has died


On Friday, the family of astronomer Frank Drake announced that he passed away peacefully at 92 in his California home, near the site of his final academic position at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Drake made a number of contributions to radio astronomy, including serving as director of the Arecibo radio telescope facility. But Drake is probably best known for an equation that bears his name and his subsequent involvement in SETI efforts. His equation was the first significant attempt to estimate the probability of intelligent extraterrestrial life.
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