Unknown Suspects at Large with 8 people dead from shooting in Hanau, Germany

Police guard the scenery in front of a restaurant in central Hanau, Germany Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. German police say several people were shot to death in the city of Hanau on Wednesday evening. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Police asked the public for any information related with 8 people that were killed on Wednesday evening shooting in Hanau, Germany.

According to Hanau police department, there were two shooting events. Police are searching for any leads on the identity of suspects and asked the public for help.

A military base located in Hanau, near by Frankfurt and armed police closed two streets where shootings occurred today.

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Space Travel Comes Closer to Reality

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SpaceX announced a plan to send 4 private citizens into space for a global trip by either end of 2021 or by early 2022. The price is not yet disclosed, and much of the details remain shrouded; however, SpaceX and its tourist company Space Adventures, plan to fly SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft and orbit the planet.

Despite Musk’s overly enthusiastic hopes, SpaceX had much delays in getting an astronaut to fly in one of its spaceships, as due to the certifying process. NASA flight is supposed to take place within the year.

There are two other competitions in the private market: Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin. They do not promise as much of an experience as that of Elon Musk’s SpaceX however; Virgin Galactic promises weightlessness for a few minutes, and Blue Origin promises similar amount of time as Virgin Galactic, but in a ship similar to SpaceX’s Dragon.

Regardless, the time continues to inch closer, as humanity attempts for a leap outside of the Earth’s atmosphere. Only time will tell as to who wins.

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Ryan Newman Involved in Severe Crash in Daytona 500

Ryan Newman (6) goes airborne as he collided with Corey LaJoie (32) on the final lap of the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Sunday’s race was postponed because of rain. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

While leading the final lap of NASCAR’s Daytona 500, Ryan Newman was involved in a severe crash, with his car spinning several times before going airborne. The race had been postponed from Sunday to Monday; nonetheless, it couldn’t prevent this terrible event.

As the crash happened almost 19 years since Dale Earnhardt Sr. died from a car crash on February 18, 2001. Many are hoping that his condition improve, as he moves on from his marriage.

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IRS Quietly Erases Guidelines on Virtual Currency Tax Reporting

For several months from 2019, IRS advised the possibility of subjecting in-game virtual currency to federal taxes, such as for popular games like Fortnite. The IRS had been hinting at taxing in-game money, which would have equally applied to bitcoin, ether, and other cryptocurrencies. On Wednesday, February 12, 2020, the IRS erased all traces in regards to taxing in-game currency. It is unclear as to how the IRS plans to deal with video game currencies.

The IRS considers virtual currency as property for tax purposes. This means that those purchasing or selling bitcoin, using bitcoin to purchase items including such commodity as coffee, would count as a sale, which could be taxable. This was set as a guideline in 2014 with an update in 2019. It seemed that the IRS meant to include in-game currencies in that same manner.

As game companies continue to include in-game currency mechanics to create an economic system (such as fortnite’s v-bucks raising $1.8 billion in revenue just last year), the IRS seems to be aware of the need to tax this system. Most experts outside of IRS believe that the IRS’ decision to remove all in-game currency guidelines from the website had more to do with an error than getting rid of the policy to tax, as this removal occurred when the Government Accountability Office called on the IRS to provide clarified guidance on virtual currencies on its report.

Many believe the IRS is simply struggling to adjust in a world where the economic system continues to develop in faster pace.

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US Universities: Educational or Multi-billion dollar enterprises with murky financial systems?

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The Education Department sent a letter requesting Harvard and Yale universities to disclose records of contracts or gifts from Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia, China and Qatar. The Department believes that the universities failed to disclose around $375 million in foreign funding.

Education Department is willing to refer this matter to the Justice Department if schools do not comply, as such funding could impact the quality of education in ways to include the spreading of propaganda.

Department’s investigation is said to have found more than $6.5 billion in foreign funding.

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Shooting at Local Walmart in Arkansas leaves shooter dead, and two police officers injured

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Mayor Cedric Williams confirmed the death of the suspect who opened fire on two police officers at the Forrest City Walmart in Arkansas.

Observed to be “talking out of his mind” at the time of the shooting, the suspect did not survive the shooting. He was threatening people when the two police officers arrived and pulled the gun and shot both officers when they attempted to respond to the complaint.

Lt. Eric Varner and Detective Eugene Watlington were not wearing any body cameras or police vests at the time of the shooting, as the division does not require it; Varner was treated and released after the incident, but Detective Watlington was transported to a regional healthcare center in Memphis for surgery. He is expected to recover and be fine. Since then, Arkansas State Police have taken over the investigation of the incident.

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“History will treat me right” by Ralph Abernathy (Black History Month)

“You can kill the dreamer,” he repeatedly told audiences, “but you can’t kill the dream.”

We often say that history is written by winners. Yet in US history, even winners don’t always get to write in their viewpoints. Still, history is made by the Dreamers and their dreams.

In the US, Black History Month likely has its origins in 1926, when historian Carter G. Woodson and Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week.”

Black History Month was officially recognized in 1970, and many other countries observe Black History Month whether officially or unofficially.

So, who encouraged the dream to continue after the downfall of the dreamer?

We all know of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, but many don’t know of his mentor and best friend, Pastor Ralph Abernathy.

Ralph Abernathy (March 11, 1926 – April 17, 1990) was a pastor, civil right movement activist, who said, “I don’t know what the future may hold, but I know who holds the future.”

Pastor Abernathy empathized with and led the people who were poor, who were treated unfairly, and he walked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Civil Rights Movement, Voting Right Acts, and even as a mediator of Wounded Knee Native American and FBI. He was the man that stood firmly and encouraged the people to keep the dream alive.

On April 17, 1990, he passed away from two blood clots that traveled to his heart and lungs.

He was buried in Lincoln Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia. At Abernathy’s behest, his tomb has the simple inscription: “I TRIED.”

And less than two decades after his death, on January 20, 2009, Barack Obama swore in and became the first African American President, of the United States of America. He went on to serve two terms in the White House.

How he kept the Dream alive, and how, just as he said, Dream couldn’t be killed; we remember Pastor Ralph Abernathy for his contribution to the Dream and its fulfillment.

History will treat you right, Pastor Ralph Abernathy.

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Ford’s 4th Quarter Earnings Wipes out 2019 Profit

In 2019 4th quarter, Ford reported a 1.7 billion dollar loss, 2.2 billion loss related to pension and retiree benefits.

Regardless, lackadaisical sales and higher warranty costs burdened Ford’s pockets deeply.

In comparison to 3.7 billion dollar profit in 2018, Ford is expected to report only 84 million in profits for 2019.

Regardless, Ford remains hopeful that its 11 billion dollar restructuring will benefit the company greatly in the long run.

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Chiefs Celebrate First Super Bowl Win in 50 Years

MIAMI, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 02: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after defeating the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

On February 2, 2020, led by Patrick Mahome, Kansas City Chiefs pulled a miracle in the last quarter, after trailing behind 3 points, to surpassing San Francisco 49ers by 11 points.

Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV, 31-20. Mahome posted a video on Instagram, showing the celebration, and lifted the Lombardi Trophy to end the video. He was selected as the MVP for the evening.

In a brief interview, he remarked that although he could have chosen to be a baseball player, he ultimately chose football, and how anyone, regardless of racial background, could achieve their dreams.

In a country filled with tensions of every group imaginable, he represented a brief respite from the drama of the political sphere for the night, and allowed everyone to dream.

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First Person-to-Person Coronavirus Spread Happens in US

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CDC confirmed that a woman who recently traveled to China and returned through Chicago airport spread the virus to her husband. Now with confirmed 6 cases, Illinois is attempting to verify 21 possible cases. CDC is verifying 92 more people for possible coronavirus infection. CDC already cleared 68 as testing negative for the coronavirus.

There are currently 7,800 confirmed infections globally, with most in China. CDC does not see a need to wear masks to protect oneself in public but did advise washing hands with soap for at least 20 seconds and to avoid close interaction with people who were sick.

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