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    President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and a panel of education and history experts spoke in front of America’s founding documents inside the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Trump and education and the panel, headed by Hillsdale College President Dr. Larry Arnn, derided what they called a cynical public school system that teaches students to be ashamed of American history.

    Trump had particularly strong words for the 1619 Project, a revisionist version of U.S. history produced by The New York Times Magazine that seeks to put slavery at the center of the American founding.

    “Critical race theory, the 1619 Project, and the crusade against American history is toxic propaganda — an ideological poison that, if not removed, will dissolve the civic bonds that tie us together,” Trump said.

    “The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are the greatest charters of freedom the world has ever known,” Pence said.

    Arnn and his fellow panelists, including Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, argued the American school system teaches students to view founders like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson as hypocrites for owning slaves despite the fact that they signed the freedom-affirming Declaration of Independence.

    “All the books say that Thomas Jefferson was a hypocrite because he wrote the Declaration of Independence and yet he was a slaveholder,” Arnn said.

    “He did do those things, but what they’re not told is he thought himself that the Declaration of Independence condemned the institution of slavery.”

    Arnn went on to reference a quote from Jefferson on slavery: “In the contest between the master and the slave, the Almighty has no attribute that can side with us.

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    One of America’s most popular national parks, Yosemite, was closed Thursday as wildfires continued to scorch the West Coast, filling the air with toxic smoke and prompting evacuations in Southern California, officials said.

    To the south, the Bobcat Fire continued to burn across thousands of acres of national forestland in the San Gabriel Mountains, just north of Los Angeles.

    The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department issued evacuation orders for Juniper Hills and other nearby communities Thursday afternoon.

    Aeronautical engineer David Borden, president of the Juniper Hills Community Association, said he saw flames a couple of miles from his home early Thursday while he was preparing to go to work in the nearby city of Palmdale.

    A record 3.4 million acres have burned in California this year, a staggering number that officials and experts have attributed to climate change and a buildup of dried vegetation.

    But Travis Cook said the order appears to have come too late — a search-and-rescue team found their bodies near her home in a neighborhood devastated by the Beachie Creek Fire.

    Still, she said, the forecast had good news: Rain is expected on the coast, as well as on both slopes of the Cascade Mountains, which span the state, beginning Thursday night.

    Another official, Andrew Phelps, director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, said the rain could cause flooding in the areas that have burned, however.

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    The authorities in Western states, still locked in a grueling battle to contain fast-moving fires, struggled to tamp down waves of false rumors and misinformation that have created confusion and fear in communities directly threatened by the flames.

    Officials in California urged people to trust information vetted by the authorities and credible news organizations, and not to spread rumors or jump to conclusions based on details overheard online or police scanners.

    As walls of fire and smoke encircled their town and blocked the roads, the last people in Detroit, Ore., trickled onto a boat launch beside a half-drained reservoir — residents and vacationers, barefoot children in pajamas, exhausted firefighters.

    So as a black dawn broke one morning last week, the 80 people trapped in the lakeside vacation town on the evergreen slopes of the Cascades huddled together in a blizzard of ash, waiting for a rescue by air.

    Years of activism, civil disobedience and legal battles made him a local icon and elevated his plight to national attention, eventually leading to the creation of a protected wilderness area.

    At Deer Ridge, an overcrowded state prison, inmates slept shoulder-to-shoulder in cots, and in some cases on the floor — food was in short supply, showers and toilets few — conditions that are optimal for the dangerous spread of coronavirus, experts say.

    Fire is a critical part of ecosystems in the West, and many plants and animals depend on it to thrive, but the heat and intensity of the wildfires now ravaging California, Oregon, Washington and other Western states are so destructive that wildlife in some areas may struggle to recover.

    Reporting was contributed by Mike Baker, Christine Hauser, Jack Healy, Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio, Dave Philipps, John Schwartz, Lucy Tompkins and Alan Yuhas.

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    In short, state officials overseeing the largest and most complex vaccination campaign in history say the effort will require a level of careful coordination with the federal government that’s been lacking during the pandemic.

    Struggles on obtaining testing supplies and protective gear have instilled worries about a smooth vaccination rollout, and a key deadline for states to deliver distribution plans has already been pushed back.

    CDC Director Robert Redfield during Senate testimony on Wednesday said a mass vaccination effort could stretch into next spring or summer, prompting a remarkable rebuke from Trump who insisted it can be done much quicker.

    “We’re ready to go as soon as the vaccine happens,” said Trump, claiming the U.S. could deliver 100 million doses by the end of the year — more than double the most optimistic scenario the CDC outlined to states this week.

    After this article published,a top policy official at the Department of Health and Human Services in an interview said the administration believes it already has enough funding to cover the distribution effort.

    There’s general agreement that the first round of vaccines should go to health care workers and first responders, but it will be left to states to make crucial decisions about who among those groupsto prioritize if limited doses are available.

    “So you have to figure out the logistics and timing of, if you open that container, then you have to make sure all the providers have planned their vaccination clinic for that next day or able to maintain that ultra-low cold chain [temperature] somehow,” Howell said.

    “We have to be able to go beyond the pharmacies, the hospitals and so forth to get after nursing homes, to get after meatpacking facilities to get after those who are sheltered, stay-at-home individuals,” said Lt. Gen. Paul Ostrowski, a top official with Operation Warp Speed, told Congress on Wednesday.

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    President Donald Trump on Thursday denounced school curricula that emphasize the impact of slavery and racism on American history and blamed “left-wing indoctrination” for nationwide protests against police brutality.

    He trails Democrat Joe Biden in polls, and he has tried to make his demands for “law and order” amid sometimes violent national protests over racism and police brutality a central issue in the campaign.

    The president on Thursday criticized as “toxic propaganda” the “1619 Project,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning public school curriculum developed by the New York Times that orients American history from the date that the first slave ship arrived in what later became the U.S.

    Trump denounced school curricula that emphasize the impact of slavery and racism on American history and blamed “left-wing indoctrination” for nationwide protests against police brutality.

    Trump also assailed critical race theory, an academic movement that gained a foothold in the 1980s and suggests that unequal outcomes for racial groups are the result of racist power structures.

    Trump and other top administration officials have said they don’t believe that systemic racism exists, and have argued that curricula like the 1619 Project provide an unduly dark vision of America’s founding.

    Trump’s Housing and Urban Development secretary – former neurosurgeon Ben Carson – appeared to be the only person of color on a panel that included a number of white conservative scholars and activists.

    “We understand Black Studies to be a capacious intellectual project that spans a variety of methodological approaches, fields, geographical areas, languages, and time periods,” the English Department said on its website.

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    President Trump on Thursday announced several measures aimed at promoting what he called “patriotic education” while blasting progressive efforts at re-examining American history through a race-critical lens as “toxic propaganda.”

    US President Donald Trump speaks during the White House Conference on American History at the … [+] National Archives in Washington, DC, September 17, 2020.

    AFP via Getty Images At the White House Conference on American History, Trump took aim at the 1619 Project, a series of essays in the New York Times re-examining America’s legacy of slavery which has become a common foil for right-wing politicians, calling it “ideological poison” that will “dissolve the civic bonds” of America.

    Trump also called out what he said is “left-wing indoctrination” in schools and curriculum, which he claimed “views every issue through the lens of race” in an effort to impose “tyranny” and “a new segregation.”

    At the conference, Trump – who has often been accused of disregarding the constitution – claimed the left is “attempting to demolish” the constitution and condemned them for a “vicious and violent assault on law enforcement,” which he called “the universal symbol of rule of law in America.”

    Trump’s executive order was met with fierce backlash from commentators, who recognized it as authoritarian; New York Times opinion columnist Farhad Manjoo tweeted , “Kim Jong Un wasn’t writing him love letters, it was an instructional manual.”

    “An important note that as President Trump gears up to attack the 1619 project, [author Nikole Hannah-Jones] is a national treasure who put in context how America came to be, the black enslaved people it exploited and the way forward,” tweeted PBS News White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor.

    And then after that, we’ll negotiate,” Trump said at a rally in Minden, Nevada on Sunday despite the 22nd amendment to the Constitution prohibiting a president from running for a third term.

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    On Friday, Sept. 4, just hours before the start of Labor Day weekend, Russell Vought, the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, issued a memo ordering all federal agencies “to cease and desist from using taxpayer dollars to fund” diversity and inclusion programs for employees.

    (via Twitter)“I call on the president … to immediately issue an executive order abolishing critical race theory trainings from the federal government,” said Rufo, declaring that such programs posed “an existential threat to the United States.”

    Trump spent Saturday morning retweeting and responding to a deluge of tweets from conservative media and other supporters praising the move, including one that featured a clip from Rufo’s Tucker Carlson appearance with the message: “Critical race theory is the greatest threat to western civilization and it’s made its way into the US federal government, the military, and the justice system.”

    He’s also apparently taken it upon himself to make sure Trump’s directive is enforced, tweeting on Monday “I want to issue a warning to every federal department in the United States: if you violate the president’s order on critical race theory, I will find you, expose you, and shut you down.”

    Yet Rufo tweeted a quote from his “outraged” whistleblower saying “we got a message this morning confirming” the sessions, leading him to declare , “BOMBSHELL: The @CDCgov is moving forward with a critical race theory training program — in violation of @POTUS ’ executive action.”

    Several of the organizations and individuals Rufo targeted told Yahoo News they were not contacted before the White House moved to pull the plug on their programs, and believe the decision was based on claims that were, at best, unsubstantiated, and at worst, deliberately false and misleading.

    Rufo repeated his claims about Ross’s training for Treasury Department employees during his Sept. 1 appearance on Tucker Carlson’s show , during which he declared that “critical race theory has become, in essence, the default ideology of the federal bureaucracy and is now being weaponized against the American people” and called on President Trump to take action.

    (Erin Lefevre/NurPhoto via Getty Images)The “trove of whistleblower documents” which Rufo posted on his website, are not, as he claims, the syllabus of a “divisive ‘diversity training’ at the Treasury Department,” but rather a handbook of optional recommendations and resources that Ross said he and Cole developed as a companion piece to the webinar.

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    In a trendy Italian restaurant inside the South Beach property where he’d become a part owner, Granda introduced his parents and sister to his unlikely benefactors: Jerry and Becki Falwell.

    Granda’s claims about the affair, which were first reported in detail by Reuters , were made the same day Falwell stepped down last month as president of Liberty, the prominent Christian university his televangelist father founded a half-century ago in Lynchburg, Va.

    Becki sent him romantic songs and inspirational quotes, and Granda posted benign pictures of himself with the Falwells on social media: emerging from their private jet, celebrating at their sons’ weddings.

    In his new book, “ Disloyal ,” Cohen claims that Jerry called him and asked for help in dealing with an unnamed young man who was suing the Falwells and had photos of Becki “half-naked” atop a tractor.

    Cohen called the man’s attorney and threatened to go to the FBI if the photos became public, he wrote, adding that Falwell would later repay the favor by shocking his fellow evangelicals and endorsing Trump in 2016.

    On July 14, 2016, four days before the Republican National Convention, Jerry texted Granda suggesting they sign a letter of intent to sell the South Beach property, promising him a sizable payout.

    In early August, Falwell took an indefinite leave from Liberty after apologizing for a photo he posted on Instagram showing him with his pants unzipped, stomach exposed and his arm around a young woman.

    In the days before the Reuters article was published, Granda said the Falwells’ attorneys produced his texts mentioning suicide as proof of his instability, and a letter he’d once written at Jerry’s behest denying anything inappropriate as evidence he was lying.

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    The young father experienced nausea the first night, then over the next two days had other symptoms ranging from sleeplessness to shortness of breath to body aches and migraines, his wife explained to newstation WFAA.

    In an effort to get some rest during his illness the hockey coach had taken a sleeping tablet, however, according to the medical examiner, the pill combined with COVID-19 slowed his heart, eventually causing it to stop, his family told the outlet.

    Tyler was a defensive player on the Peoria Rivermen, a Southern Professional Hockey League team, before turning to coaching.

    The Rivermen reportedly held a memorial service for Tyler, who played two seasons on the team beginning in 2013, on Saturday.

    Tyler played in three different professional leagues, the Times reported, though he suffered several injuries throughout his hockey career, including multiple concussions.

    “Tyler was a genuine kind soul who left us with an abundance of wonderful memories,” said a tribute to the coach on the Texas Warriors Youth Hockey Facebook page .

    As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage.

    PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities.

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    The Antifa-supporting security guard wanted in the killing of a right-wing protester in Portland fired “40 or 50” rounds from an assault rifle at a US Marshals task force before he was shot to death Thursday in Washington state, witnesses said.

    Michael Forest Reinoehl, 48, was fatally shot by officers around 7 p.m. in Tanglewilde after a warrant from the Portland Police Bureau was issued for his arrest earlier in the day, The Olympian reported .

    Officers from the Pierce County sheriff’s fugitive apprehension team, working as part of the US Marshals Service Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force, were surveilling the area when they saw Reinoehl come out of an apartment and walk to a car, appearing to be armed.

    But witnesses Chad Smith and Chase Cutler, who were about 50 feet away from the melee, said they saw the suspect get out of his car and fire what they believed was an assault rifle at the officers.

    “It reminded me of a video game,” said Cutler, who was working on cars with Smith nearby in Tanglewilde, which borders the city of Lacey.

    None of the officers, who were working as part of the US Marshals Service Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force, were injured.

    He was wanted by authorities for the shooting death of Aaron “Jay” Danielson, 39, at a protest in Portland last weekend.

    Reinoehl’s death came hours after he appeared to admit to shooting and killing Danielson in an interview with Vice News that aired Thursday.

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    OFFICIALS are warning of a spike in “one of the most dangerous killer mosquito viruses” with a 33 PERCENT fatality rate has been reported in Michigan.

    Officials are warning of EEE – a deadly virus passed by mosquitoes that kills nearly a third of those infectedCredit: Getty – ContributorEastern Equine Encephalitis can cause severe problems, including meningitis and brain infectionsCredit: Getty Images – GettyThe virus has been confirmed in 22 horses across ten counties in the state.

    The virus has an incubation period of around four to ten days, and can cause meningitis or encephalitis – a kind of brain infection, the CDC states.

    According to the government agency, common symptoms of an infection include chills, fever, joint and/or muscle pain, and a general feeling of unwell.

    Health agencies have warned people to take precautions against mosquito bites, including wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, and wearing insect repellantCredit: Getty – ContributorPeople under the age of 15, and over the age of 50 are most at risk for serious illness if they contract the virus, Michigan’s DDHS warned.

    In an effort to halt spread of the killer virus, Michigan is doing “aerial mosquito control treatment in certain high-risk areas.”

    “To prevent the loss of life and protect public health, MDHHS has determined a targeted aerial treatment plan is necessary,” the government warned.

    Residents told to stay inside as states across US battle mosquitos carrying rare, deadly brain-swelling virus EEE

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    At a news briefing, sheriff’s officials offered yet another version of events of what led up to the fatal shooting on Aug. 31 that has generated national attention and triggered days of protests .

    But parts of the struggle with deputies right before the shooting, including the moment that Wegener said Kizzee picked up the gun, are partially obstructed by a wall and difficult to make out.

    At a news briefing, sheriff’s officials offered another version of events of what led up to the fatal shooting on Aug. 31 that has generated national attention and triggered days of protests.

    When deputies are involved in a shooting, Villanueva said, they give a “public safety statement” to their supervisor — before sitting down for an official interview with homicide investigators.

    “So when somebody asks what we’re doing in this community, or why we’re stopping, why we’re detaining individuals, to give you a very clear idea what we’re doing and why we do it — we’re trying to save lives plain and simple.”

    The department also released photos of the weapon they said they recovered from the scene and said they discovered a video on Kizzee’s cell phone of him with the gun — with the same serial number — in his pocket.

    “It was a media-driven sideshow, designed to deflect attention from the 19 shots two sheriff deputies fired at an unarmed man,” Douglas said of Thursday’s news conference.

    Najee Ali, a longtime community activist who has been speaking on behalf of the Kizzee family, said Villanueva is trying to “blame a Black man unjustly shot … for his own murder by his deputies.”

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    A leaked AstraZeneca report has claimed that the trial of one of the world’s most promising coronavirus jabs was briefly halted amid fears a 37-year-old woman suffered a rare neurological condition that left her struggling to walk.

    A leaked AstraZeneca report claims that the trial of one of the world’s most promising coronavirus jabs was briefly halted after a 37-year-old woman suffered a rare neurological condition that left her struggling to walk

    It led to hospitalization but the reason it stopped the trial…is because the real cause of transverse myelitis is imperfectly understood,’ Dr William Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, told DailyMail.com.

    Some people recover from transverse myelitis with minor or no long-term problems, but most suffer permanent impairments that affect their ability to perform ordinary tasks of daily living.

    It did not share what the final conclusions on the woman’s diagnosis was, and a University of Oxford spokesperson wrote in an email to CNN that ‘we cannot disclose medical information about the illness for reasons of patient confidentiality’.

    No details about the patient suffering the potential side-effect, or the nature of the reaction, were given in the initial statement, which said: ‘In large trials illnesses will happen by chance but must be independently reviewed to check this carefully.’

    Amid rife suspicion, on September 9, Stat News reported AstraZeneca’s CEO, Pascal Soriot, told investors in a conference call that the trial was stopped because the woman had symptoms consistent with transverse myelitis.

    Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the NIH, told CNN Tuesday that it is ‘just a matter of time’ before the trial resumes in the US, offering hope the vaccine will be back on track to become one of the first approved.

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    OLYMPIA, Wash. — A man suspected of killing a right-wing protester in Portland, Oregon, pointed a handgun at officers before he was shot to death by members of a federal task force trying to arrest him, authorities said Thursday.

    Michael Forest Reinoehl had a .380-caliber handgun when he was killed on Sept. 3 near Lacey, Washington, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, the lead agency investigating the shooting.

    A spent shell casing was found in his vehicle, and an AR-15 style .22-caliber rifle was on the front seat, the sheriff’s office said.

    Ballistics tests were being done to determine if the handgun he was carrying was the same weapon used in the Aug. 29 fatal shooting of Aaron “Jay” Danielson in Portland.

    Members of the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force, headed by the U.S.

    Marshals Service, were executing a warrant for Reinoehl’s arrest on second-degree murder and illegal gun charges in connection with the killing of Danielson.

    Danielson, 39, a supporter of President Donald Trump and the far-right Patriot Prayer group, was shot and killed Aug. 29 after dueling protests in Portland.

    Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock ruled out the possibility that Reinoehl had shot himself.

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    51% of U.S. adults would “definitely or probably” get a coronavirus vaccine if the treatment were available today, while 49% would not, according to a Pew survey published Thursday .

    Why it matters: All major political and demographic groups said they are less likely to get a COVID-19 vaccine since May, Pew finds, although Republicans and Black adults are least likely.

    58% of Democrats said they would probably or definitely be vaccinated, while 44% of Republicans said they would — a 14-percentage point divide.

    Between the lines: Worries about side effects and uncertainty as to how effective a vaccine would be were commonly cited in the survey as reasons for wanting to avoid a vaccine if one were available.

    Of the 49% Americans who said they would not get vaccinated, 76% attributed that opinion to side effects.

    The big picture: There are eight potential vaccines in late-stage trials right now, per Axios’ Sam Baker , and the first could reach FDA review as early as October or November.

    The bottom line: A coronavirus vaccine is needed to reinforce herd immunity , especially without a significant loss of life.

    Methodology:S urvey of 10,093 respondents from the Pew American Trends Panel conducted from Sept. 8 to Sept. 13.

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    Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s office was put on the defensive with local Fox-17 reporter Dennis Ferrier on Thursday over the apparent suppression of COVID-19 data showing low risk of transmission of the disease in bar and restaurant settings.

    Earlier this week Mr. Ferrier reported on a series of emails between the Democratic mayor’s senior staff and the Metro Health Department that revealed that contact tracing attributed only 80 cases of the virus to bars and restaurants out of roughly 20,000 for the area.

    One email from late June shows a staffer in the mayor’s office instructing a health department official that the data was “not for public consumption” when told there had been just 22 coronavirus cases linked to bars and restaurants at that time.

    Another email includes a July inquiry by Tennessee Lookout reporter Nate Rau asking a Metro Health official the following: “The figure you gave of ‘more than 80’ does lead to a natural question: If there have been over 20,000 positive cases of COVID-19 in Davidson and only 80 or so are traced to restaurants and bars, doesn’t that mean restaurants and bars aren’t a very big problem?”

    The mayor’s office told Fox-17’s reporter that it would have to follow Freedom of Information Act protocol to verify the emails, although Metro councilmember Steve Glover confirmed their authenticity within an hour through a staff attorney.

    We raised taxes 34 percent and put hundreds literally thousands of people out of work that are now worried about losing their homes, their apartments — and we did it on bogus data.”

    Mr. Cooper’s spokesman, Chris Song, fired back at Mr. Ferrier on Thursday during a press conference .

    Mr. Cooper eventually took the stage and vowed to resolve the issue.

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    The mayor of Nashville and his health department have been accused of withholding data about the low number of COVID-19 cases linked to bars and restaurants in the city — all while placing strict restrictions on the venues.

    Internal emails published by FOX-affiliate WZTV purportedly show top officials in the Tennessee city discussing the low figure and whether certain data should be made public.

    Waller, in response, asked for time to pull the data together before writing, “This isn’t going to be publicly released, right?

    A month later, a local reporter asked the health department about a claim that there are only 80 coronavirus cases traced to bars and restaurants.

    They were permitted to reopen with a max of 25 patrons in late August, and eateries in the city are now allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity.

    Cooper’s spokesman Chris Song responded to the cover-up allegations in a statement Thursday, and said that the news report was “published with limited information and without context,” according to ABC-affiliate WKRN .

    Song, according to WKRN, said that emails from the same thread that emphasized the need to publicly release as much COVID-19 data as possible were left out of the WZTV report.

    “And we’re grateful to all the residents and businesses owners in Davidson County for their hard work and dedication to our ongoing COVID-19 response.”

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    The mayor of Nashville may have told health officials to hide low coronavirus numbers at bars and restaurants.

    In an email to an advisor for the mayor’s office, health department official Leslie Waller wrote, “This isn’t going to be publicly released, right?

    “Correct, not for public consumption,” Benjamin Eagles, an adviser to Mayor John Cooper, responded via email.

    By July, the health department was confronted about the rumor that only 80 coronavirus cases had been traced to bars and restaurants.

    Tennessee Lookout reporter Nate Rau asked the health department, “The figure you gave of ‘more than 80’ does lead to a natural question: If there have been over 20,000 positive cases of COVID-19 in Davidson and only 80 or so are traced to restaurants and bars, doesn’t that mean restaurants and bars aren’t a very big problem?”

    “I was able to get verification from the Mayor’s Office and the Department of Health that these emails are real,” the staff attorney answered.

    Glover said bartenders, waitresses and restaurant owners have been asking him why the city won’t release the official numbers.

    “We raised taxes 34 percent and put hundreds literally thousands of people out of work that are now worried about losing their homes, their apartments…and we did it on bogus data.

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    Sept. 17 (UPI) — The physical reopening of New York City schools, originally set for next week, will be delayed until as late as Oct. 1 due to continuing health safety concerns, Mayor Bill DeBlasio announced Thursday.

    All city schools were set to reopen Monday, but after protests from teachers and parents worried about safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic, DeBlasio bowed to pressure and instituted a phased-in plan for different grade levels, “blended” with continued remote learning.

    Remote instruction for the current academic year began this week.

    De Blasio said during his daily coronavirus briefing the changes were made after marathon talks with school officials and teachers who asserted that not all school buildings were properly ventilated, had adequate technology or were sufficiently staffed.

    “Real concerns have been raised by my colleagues,” he said, adding that while progress has been made, “more had to be done to make sure that things would be as strong as they needed to be.”

    To answer concerns about short-staffing, De Blasio said 2,500 more teachers had been added just days after 2,000 new hires were announced.

    The new teachers, he said, will include substitutes, school district staffers and graduate students from the City University of New York system.

    “Our buildings must be ready, and testing and tracing procedures must be in place,” said United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew.

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    Mayor de Blasio also announced that the city is adding 2,500 additional educators.

    Councilman Mark Treyger, the chair of the City Council’s Education Committee, said Thursday’s delay of in-person learning was a surprise to him and staff in schools, many of which remain understaffed and unprepared.

    And now when the rubber hits the road and Monday was quickly approaching, and schools in my neck of the woods were requesting 90 teachers to meet this hybrid model, I knew it was not going to work,” Treyger said.

    The news came as teachers continued to voice serious concerns over safety, and now some parents are shaken after a video chat was hijacked in Brooklyn.A parent of a student who attends IS 259 in Dyker Heights is outraged after she says her daughter’s first day of online orientation was hijacked.

    The mother tweeted that students began posting pictures of President Donald Trump followed by porn.

    Meantime, teachers are sounding the alarm and holding protests across the city as students get closer to returning to schools in-person.Video Thursday morning showed teachers rallying outside Cardozo High School in Bayside, Queens.

    They were protesting what they say are unsafe conditions inside the building and lack of adequate staff.

    Teachers in other parts of the city fear their schools aren’t ready with enough PPE or nurses, and there are still ventilation concerns.

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