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    1. Philadelphia Fire Department First Ever Black Woman Battalion Chief

      Philadelphia Fire Department First Ever Black Woman Battalion Chief

      Philadelphia, PA — Lisa Forrest has made history as the newest Battalion Chief to be promoted in the Philadelphia Fire Department. She is the first African American woman to ever occupy this position.

      “This is not for me, this is for somebody coming behind me to let them know that anything is possible,” Forrest told ABC News.

      An outdoor promotion ceremony was recently held for Forrest, although those were usually held privately, according to Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel.

      Forrest, who started her career as a firefighter in 2003, worked her way up the ladder quickly. Within just two years, she became a lieutenant. She also made history in 2013 when she became the first Black female captain.

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    2. Two Black Entrepreneurs Launched a Successful Company on Establishing Good Credit

      Two Black Entrepreneurs Launched a Successful Company on Establishing Good Credit

      Nationwide — Meet Ronald Eddington and Kevin Williams,  the founders of Impact Credit Solutions and Coaching. They are two entrepreneurs who once thought their excellent ACT scores and good GPAs would automatically grant them the finer things in life until life got in their way.

      Read their stories to learn how good or bad credit can impact your life! Listen to how becoming homeless, sleeping in vehicles and on air mattresses, and how child support was eating a chunk out of their paychecks. Not to mention the constant denial letters they received from financial institutes turning them down for car loans or credit card access.

      Ronald

      In 2013, Ronald made a life-changing decision that left him homeless, sleeping in his truck ...

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    3. Fauci Says Trump Took His Mask Stance 'Out of Context'

      Fauci Says Trump Took His Mask Stance 'Out of Context'

      The country's top infectious disease doctor Anthony Fauci said President Trump's claims about his stance on the benefits of face masks were "taken out of context."

      In an interview that will air Thursday on ABC News’s “Start Here” podcast, Fauci said public health officials did not recommend people wear masks early in the pandemic because there was a shortage of personal protective equipment for health professionals.

      "So the feeling was that people who were wanting to have masks in the community, namely just people out in the street, might be hoarding masks and making the shortage of masks even greater. In that context, we said that we did not recommend masks," Fauci said.

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    4. Ex-FDA Employees Worry About the Politicization of the Coronavirus Vaccine

      Ex-FDA Employees Worry About the Politicization of the Coronavirus Vaccine

      Experts and former Food and Drug Administration officials say they worry President Trump is undermining public confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine approval process, potentially leading people to reject the vaccine when one is available. 

      The experts, appearing before a Congressional panel Tuesday, said they still have faith in the government's career officials and scientists responsible for determining whether a potential COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective, but that Trump and his political appointees are making it harder to gain public trust. 

      “This is a very robust process that’s hard for any political influence to disrupt,” Mark McClellan, a former FDA commissioner under former President George W. Bush, told the House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee on Tuesday. “What we ...

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    5. 19-Year-Old College Student Dies from Rare COVID-19 Complications

      19-Year-Old College Student Dies from Rare COVID-19 Complications

      A North Carolina teenage basketball player has died from a rare COVID-19 complication in which the virus attacked his brain, his family said.

      Chad Dorrill, 19, had been living off-campus and taking classes online at Appalachian State University in Boone when he became sick earlier this month with the virus, the college said Tuesday in a statement.

      “When he began feeling unwell earlier this month, his mother encouraged him to come home, quarantine, and be tested for COVID-19,” Chancellor Sheri Everts wrote to students.

      His uncle, David Dorrill, said that the teen tested positive Sept. 7 and quarantined for 10 days at home in Wallburg, the New York Times reported.

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    6. Family Loses Home to Wildfire Then Test Positive for Coronavirus

      Family Loses Home to Wildfire Then Test Positive for Coronavirus

      It may be one of the worst years imaginable for the Graham family of Washington state.

      On Labor Day, a raging wildfire destroyed their home in Malden, about 37 miles south of Spokane. Days later, all seven members of the family – parents and five kids -- tested positive for the coronavirus.

      They likely caught the virus while staying with relatives because of the loss of their home, Matthew Graham, the father, told Q13 FOX of Seattle.

      “Before our house burned down we were being really cautious about not being in groups of people and always having the kids in face masks and keeping our distance from everyone,” he said.

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    7. Trump Says Proud Boys Should 'Stand Down' After Receiving Backlash

      Trump Says Proud Boys Should 'Stand Down' After Receiving Backlash

      Trump on Wednesday faced blowback from a number of Republicans who said he should have forcefully denounced white supremacy when he was given the chance.

      "I don't know who the Proud Boys are," Trump told reporters when departing for a campaign trip to Minnesota. "I can only say they have to stand down. Let law enforcement do their work."

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    8. Biden Used Muslim Phrase 'Inshallah' During Debate, Lighting Up Twitter

      Biden Used Muslim Phrase 'Inshallah' During Debate, Lighting Up Twitter

      (CNN)During one of the more charged moments of the chaotic US presidential debate, former Vice President Joe Biden dropped a phrase from everyday Muslim and Arab vocabulary and lit up the internet.

      Pressing President Donald Trump on when the American public would get to see his long-anticipated tax returns, Biden questioned: "When? Inshallah?"
      In certain vernacular, "inshallah" serves as a non-committal response to a question.
      Taken literally, the term "inshallah," consists of three Arabic words (In sha' Allah) which translate into "if God wills it." Spiritually it represents a submission to God's will. It can perhaps be seen as the Muslim counterpart to the Yiddish adage, "Man plans, and God laughs."
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    9. Next Debate Microphones Cut Off if Biden, Trump Breaks Rules

      Next Debate Microphones Cut Off if Biden, Trump Breaks Rules

      Washington — The commission that oversees the general election presidential debates said Wednesday it will be making changes to the format of the remaining two debates. One key change it plans to implement: Cutting off the microphones of President Trump and Joe Biden if they break the rules, according to a source familiar with the commission's deliberations. The plans have not been finalized and the commission is still considering how it would carry out the plan.

      The Commission on Presidential Debates is responding to Tuesday's face-off between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, which was marred by frequent interruptions by the president and mud-slinging.

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    10. Las Vegas Shooting Victims will Receive $800M Settlement

      Las Vegas Shooting Victims will Receive $800M Settlement

      (CNN)A judge approved a $800 million settlement on Wednesday for victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting, which is considered the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

      After months of negotiations, all sides in a class action lawsuit against the owner of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas agreed to the settlement, plaintiffs' attorney Robert Eglet told CNN by phone.
      There is a 30 day period of appeal for the settlement, Eglet said.
      "We are hopeful it will be completed in a manner that we will be able to disperse the victims' funds before the end of the year."
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    11. NJ Officers Harassed with Sex Toys Receives Nearly $2.5M Settlement

      NJ Officers Harassed with Sex Toys Receives Nearly $2.5M Settlement

      New Jersey borough settled a lawsuit with police employees who claimed to have been harassed with a sex toy known as “Big Blue” for nearly a decade, a report said Tuesday.

      Mountainside officials approved a $2.45 million payout on Sept. 18 to be split among five Mountainside police officers and one part-time employee, the New York Post reported.

      The group of police employees alleged that top police and municipal officials allowed the “harassing, inappropriate and illegal conduct” with the sex toy – a dildo, according to documents obtained by the paper. The complaint said the harassment began in 2007 or 2008.

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    12. Owner of Holiday Inn Express Files Bankrutpcy

      Owner of Holiday Inn Express Files Bankrutpcy

      Bret Wirta, owner of the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 1441 W. Washington St., is looking to maintain his ownership of the 10-year-old hotel by filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy.

      His attorneys filed Sept. 18 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Washington with their first hearing held on Sept. 28.

      “Everyone is experiencing the pandemic in different ways,” he said. “For the year, we’ve lost about one-third of our revenue, maybe a little more (for the hotel).”

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    13. 78-Year-Old Doctor Files Sex and Age Discrimination Lawsuit Against Hospital

      78-Year-Old Doctor Files Sex and Age Discrimination Lawsuit Against Hospital

      She may be 78, but a Doctor at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas also has a feisty side as she is pressing ahead with a sex and age discrimination suit against her employer.

      Immunologist and microbiologist Doctor Ellen Vitetta says she was hit with a salary cut, a lab and staff reduction and retaliation from UT Southwestern because of her age.

      Court papers say Dr. Vitetta is nationally renowned as a researcher and has instructed a Nobel Prize winner in her 40-plus years of teaching and working. Yet Vitetta says several years ago she was iced-out by the Medical Center, in favor of younger doctors who “younger faculty members in their thirties and fifties have received more favorable treatment ...

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    14. Woman Convicted of Murdering Parents in House Fire is Exonerated

      Woman Convicted of Murdering Parents in House Fire is Exonerated

      A Massachusetts woman has been exonerated 17 years after she was locked up for the murder of her parents following the discovery of emails that showed prosecutors exchanging 'jokes about Asian stereotypes and mocking caricatures of Asians using imperfect English.'

      Frances Choy – who is Asian-American - was convicted in 2011 of murdering her parents Jimmy and Anne Choy by burning down their house in April 2003, but her 16-year-old nephew later confessed to his involvement.

      Frances – whose parents were from Hong Kong and Vietnam - was released this year and finally cleared Tuesday with her attorneys believing she's the first woman of color to be exonerated in the state.

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    15. Ex-Scranton Superintendent and Other Employees Charged with Child Endangerment

      Ex-Scranton Superintendent and Other Employees Charged with Child Endangerment

      SCRANTON, Pa. — Newswatch 16 reported back in January about unsafe levels of lead and asbestos in several buildings in the Scranton School District, causing one of the schools to close for the rest of the semester.

      There was a possibility that former school administrators knew about the problem for years but failed to do anything about it.

      Attorney General Josh Shapiro confirmed that today and said it wasn't just poor judgment, it was criminal.

      Former Superintendent Alexis Kirijan, former chief operations officer Jeff Brazil, and current maintenance supervisor Joseph Slack are charged with endangering the welfare of children & reckless endangerment. The school district would not comment on the employment status of Slack. 

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    1. Harris Lowry Manton LLP Hosts 7th Annual First Responder Appreciation Event in Savannah, Ga., Serving 300+ Meals

      Harris Lowry Manton LLP Hosts 7th Annual First Responder Appreciation Event in Savannah, Ga., Serving 300+ Meals

      SAVANNAH, Ga. (Sept. 29, 2020) –  Harris Lowry Manton LLP, an award-winning trial law firm with offices in Savannah and Atlanta, hosted the 7th Annual First Responder Appreciation Event at Daffin Park in Savannah, Ga. on Sept. 25, with attorneys and paralegals serving more than 300 hot meals, free of charge, to first responders from across the area. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 event was drive-through only.

       

      “We started this event seven years ago as a way to express our gratitude to local first responders, who work hard every day to keep our community safe,” said Harris Lowry Manton LLP partner Steve Lowry. “This has been a tough year for a lot of people and especially for our first ...

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    2. Zoom Jury Trials: The Idea Vastly Exceeds the Technology

      Zoom Jury Trials: The Idea Vastly Exceeds the Technology

       

      Zoom Jury Trials: The Idea Vastly Exceeds the Technology

               by Jennifer Lapinski, Robert Hirschhorn, and Lisa Blue

               Courts are struggling to find a way to hold proceedings in the safest way possible while still maintaining justice. Many courts have turned to Zoom and other video conferencing services to conduct hearings and other legal proceedings in an attempt to prevent the system from coming to a complete standstill. While bench trials, hearings, and even depositions have been conducted successfully via Zoom, the first binding criminal jury trial was held entirely via Zoom on August 11, 2020. We have now participated in two Zoom jury trials that went from jury selection through verdict. One was a mock trial in a civil case ...

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