This Day in History | 2001
At approximately 8:45 a.m., an American Airlines Boeing 767 crashes into the north tower of the World Trade Center. 18 minutes later, a second plane, United Airlines Flight 175, sliced into the south tower at about the 60th floor. The collision caused a massive explosion that showered burning debris over surrounding buildings and the streets below. America was under attack.
Good Morning Middle Americans,
There’s not much to say other than Never Forget. Our nation was once united and now it’s never been more divided.
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NFL Fans Boo a Moment of Silence for BLM
(The Daily Mail) – Kansas City Chiefs fans booed a moment of silence aimed at promoting racial justice, the Houston Texans remained in the locker room during the Star-Spangled Banner, and the reigning Super Bowl champions lined up for a singing of ‘the black national anthem’ on Thursday night as the NFL opened its 2020 campaign under dramatically different circumstances than any other season in league history.
‘With everything going on in this country, we wanted to show that we’re unified as a league,’ Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes told NBC after throwing three touchdowns in a 34-20 win. ‘We are not going to let football distract us from making a change in the world.’
Not only was the limited crowd of 17,000 fans asked to follow social distancing guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic, but spectators were also prohibited from wearing Native American headdresses and war paint as the NFL attempts to combat racism following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody on May 25.
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Kevin Spacey Sued for Alleged Sexual Assault
(The Guardian) – Actor Anthony Rapp and another man filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against Kevin Spacey, accusing him of sexual assaults in the 1980s when they were teenagers.
Rapp, who starred in Rent on Broadway and in Star Trek: Discovery on TV, had first spoken out against the Oscar-winning Spacey in 2017, a decision that led to others speaking up and Spacey’s celebrated career coming to an abrupt end.
In the lawsuit, filed at the state supreme court in Manhattan, Rapp detailed what he has said publicly about Spacey: that the older actor made a sexual advance to him when Rapp attended a party as a teenager.
When Rapp first made the accusation, Spacey issued a statement saying he didn’t remember the encounter but apologised.
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‘Tiger King’ Star Joe Exotic Begs Trump for Pardon
(CBS News) – Joseph Maldonado-Passage, better known as Joe Exotic or the “Tiger King,” has submitted an application for a pardon to the Trump administration, to be hand-delivered to the White House Thursday.
In asking for clemency, he submitted a handwritten letter where he calls President Trump his hero and invoked Mr. Trump’s criticism of federal investigators.
“I have seen what they do to you,” he writes to the president. He wrote that he had voted for Mr. Trump in 2016, the same year he briefly ran for president.
The Netflix star’s legal argument for a pardon is that he was “just some gay, gun-toting redneck in Oklahoma” before his recent “Tiger King” fame, and that he did not get a fair trial.
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