Category 4 Hurricane Ian Hits Florida Leaving at least One Million Residents Without Power

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Ian is a hurricane 4 category as of Today in Florida, and it has hit US Mainland and heading North. Ian left Cuba leaving the whole nation completely blacked out before landing in Florida today afternoon. The National weather services and local authorities have advised residents to stay in safe shelters and follow its directions.

Hurricane Ian made landfall Wednesday in southwest Florida, Fort Myers area as the most powerful storm ever recorded in U.S. history. Big trees are being uprooted and street signs are lifted by the gust. “The storm’s eyewall center moved ashore at 3:05 p.m. and is expected to cause life-threatening storm surge, catastrophic winds, and flooding in the Florida peninsula.” according to WYFF4.com. The Lee county jail didn’t follow the evacuation order. And a meteorologist predicted that the jail location will be hit directly by this storm. Some residents who were affected are hunkering down at their homes in the dark tonight.

A quick loss of its intensity is predicted Wednesday night to Thursday morning as Ian slows down and moves further inland over Florida. Although Ian lost its power, rainfall and flooding are expected along the trail until next Tuesday.

“No matter how quickly Ian loses wind intensity after moving inland, tropical rainfall is forecast to impact more than half a dozen states into Saturday,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Courtney Travis said.

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Airlines Flight Attendants Raise Their voices on Workplace Problems

Flight attendants of Southwest Airlines came out at the BWI airport on Tuesday to strike against their work milieu. However, it is not only one airline company but other major commercial airline workers as well. These flight attendants have raised their voices to seek better treatment from their employers.

Airlines industries have many issues due to understaffing. Therefore, many companies are looking for employees, but it has not been easy to find willing employees given the low hourly wage and exceedingly hard work compared to other fields like grocery store cashier jobs or even courier service drivers. This is not a Southwest Airlines problem but rather an industry-wide problem.

The airline industry business rebounded to before-pandemic level flights but the number of workers has not rebounded in the same way. Compared to 2020, more than 54,000 airline workers are needed. 15,000 Southwest Airlines flight attendants went on strike on Tuesday all over the country and in London, England, raising their voices for fair working conditions and improved health benefits.

Due to a shortage of staff, airlines have difficulty providing adequate services, including maintenance, baggage, food services, and even flight attendant services, which has led to increased cancellations and delays. Although the airline industry had been provided one of the largest subsidies in the initial period of the pandemic, many workers were furloughed without pay or laid off, which led to many leaving the industry entirely, feeling burned out and betrayed by their employers. The U.S. airlines are absolutely experiencing the consequences of their selfish behavior, it seems.

President Biden said at the White House yesterday that the government is seeking to lower fees associated with airline tickets, especially those seen as excessive. He has also suggested the possibility of making the airlines responsible for their customers for flight cancellations within reason. Whether the airlines will do the same for their employees, is not yet known, but the problem needs to be solved there first.

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Multiple Cars Record Real Shooter at Night in Silver Spring, MD

Last year on December 13, in the middle of the night on the busy street in the heart of downtown Silver Spring Maryland, many clubgoers were shocked by gun shoots. Cars that were parked on the street silently collected all the pieces of evidence. A Tesla EV’s video camera was recording what was really going on that night.

Multiple records showed that the Thayer Avenue and Mayor Lane, a Chrysler scraped an illegally parked Mercedes in an alley. Two men jumped on the windshield of the Chrysler and twitched at the doors but the driver fled as a gunman, identified as John Tomlinson grabbed a handgun from an SUV. Tomlinson ran over and opened fire 9 times. Many people in the clubs lowered their postures on the floor and one bullet hit a building right next to where some of the people had been standing.

According to WUSA, Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy called the shooting “callous behavior.” He also stated that “It’s a miracle no one was killed,” The Tesla captured the best picture of John Tomlinson firing, and the owner of the car contacted local police to share the footage.

Within 45 days after the incident, the police caught John Tomlinson who had two guns in his possession. “They identified the one of gunmen from the video,” McCarthy said. “A detective said ‘I know that guy!’ That’s how we identified the shooter.” The other man on the video who jumped on the Chrysler, Osman Sesay was shot to death by police two weeks later in another violent incident.

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Breaking News: Buildings Collapse Leading to Multiple Injuries in Chicago

Around 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning on Chicago’s West Side after a nearby explosion, buildings collapsed causing mass casualties. Fire department officials requested 10 ambulance buses and still are performing search and rescue operations inside the buildings.

Tuesday morning at West Washington Boulevard and North Central Avenue are like a war zone, although the source of the explosion is unknown at the residential building. “Requesting manpower for searches in structure,” the Chicago Fire Department tweeted.

Multiple Injuries were confirmed, and at least 8 people were transported to the local hospital. Three people are in critical condition, according to Fire Department officials.

Peoples Gas company and ComEd are currently under investigation, Fire authorities added. Chicago Mayor, Lori Lightfoot tweeted her thoughts to the people who were injured and the firefighters who are saving lives now.

“My thoughts are with those who were injured and displaced in the building collapse in the Austin neighborhood. We must also thank the brave men and women of the Chicago Fire Department who are working to abate the dangerous conditions,” She stated.

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Mid-Autumn Festival Concert at Tyson’s Corner Delights Many


Chinese, Korean, Taiwanese, and Filipino folks gathered at the heart of Northern Virginia for an evening of vivacious celebration. They brought their traditional ceremonies comprised of songs and dances to show gratitude to their gods, families, and ancestors.

More than five hundred people came to enjoy this moment in the late summer night also known as the harvest festival in many Asian cultures.

Many bravos and applause were given to the performers on stage and to their origins. Chinese Culture Institute and Asian Chamber of Commerce hosted this tremendous collection of performances, providing the tense Asian American communities much-needed respite after the events of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

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Suspect of the Two Abandoned Children in NZ arrested in S.Korea

A New Zealand citizen bought a storage unit that included a suitcase. A resident found two dead children in the suitcase. The two bodies were that of 5-year-old and 10-year-old children. According to the New Zealand Authorities, a suspect in this incident was a Korean-born woman who left for South Korea in 2018. New Zealand law enforcement, Interpol, and South Korean authorities made an effort to solve this incident.

Korean authorities have since arrested the 42 years old woman suspect and are waiting to complete the extradition process to New Zealand. The unidentified woman covered her face with her hooded coat, and she was escorted to the local Ulsan police station.

New Zealand authorities must submit the formal request for her extradition to the South Korean Justice Ministry within 45 days. New Zealand authorities said the South Korean warrant was in connection with two murder charges. South Korean authorities will keep the woman in jail until she is extradited.

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A Package Detonates at Northeastern University

A package was delivered to Holmes Hall at Northeastern University, and it detonated as soon as a faculty opened it on Tuesday. According to CNN, The university staff got a hand injury from this incident. The staff was transported to the local hospital to treat his minor hand injury.

An investigation is ongoing with regard to the motive behind this incident and how the delivery went through the school delivery system. Federal law enforcement told CNN Tuesday evening that they do not know the motivation of this incident yet. The university police officer responded within a minute of the initial calling from the scene around 7:18 p.m.

The police department of the university chief, Michael Davis said, “It is very important to note, our campus is secure,”

As soon as this incident occurred, the FBI office in Boston, the Boston Police’s bomb squad, and Boston Emergency Service were there to investigate, and the building was evacuated. Michelle Wu, the Boston mayor praised the quick response of law enforcement. “We want to make sure to emphasize that this is of the utmost priority, the safety, and well-being of all our young people here,” Mayor Wu said during the news conference.

The Holms Halls is for the academic service facility. The scene is contained and expected to reopen on Wednesday, according to the Northeastern University website.

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County Public Official is the Main Suspect of a Journalist’s death in Nevada

Police in Las Vegas arrested a county official yesterday. Police arrested a suspect, Robert Telles (45) for the murder of an investigative journalist, Jeff German (69) by stabbing, last Saturday. The journalist was found dead from his stab wounds outside of his house.

Authorities on Thursday announced that the DNA from the crime scene and the blood-stained shoes, a straw hat of the suspect exactly matched. Those pieces of evidence were revealed by the suspect in the surveillance video. Authorities added the vehicle he drove at the crime scene and the GMC Denali which was found at Telles’s home.

The authorities stated that the Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles will be charged with one single count of murder for the killing of the journalist Jeff German. Telles attempted to commit suicide with his gun but did not succeed. His self-inflicted wounds are not life-threatening. Police arrested Telles from his home on a medical stretcher.

Telles (D) ran for re-election for Clark County Public Administrator in Nevada. Telles lost in the Democratic primary against Rita Reid by a 1.9% difference on June 14, 2022. Telles blamed his loss of the election on the journalist, Jeff German’s critical articles against his misconduct including favoritism and inappropriate sexual harassment at work, according to the New York Times.

Mr. Telles appeared in court on Thursday, where a judge ordered that he be held without bail.

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Water crisis in Mississippi Worsens

A recent climate change hit Southern U.S. harshly, especially along the Mississippi River and states bordering it, ironically leading to heavy rainfalls and floods but also leading to a shortage of drinking water.

The city of Jackson in Mississippi has been severely damaged by the heavy floods that led to the malfunctioning of the water treatment plant and lowered water pump system. As of August 31, most of the city’s 150,000 residents were out of safe water to drink, wash, and flush. The Mississippi Governor, Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency. He warned that there wasn’t enough running water “to fight fires, to reliably flush toilets and to meet other critical needs,” and ” It’s not clear when the city will have safe drinking water again,”.

The population of the city of Jackson is more than 80% black and they are living below the national poverty line. Thus, there is not much revenue for reviving these failed infrastructures.  Some elementary school students in this region go to another school due to a lack of water supply for the student’s basic needs.

Mississippi Department of Health posted on its Twitter account saying that “Jackson water is at risk for contamination. For safety, disinfect water by bringing it to a rolling boil for at least a minute, and using it when it cools for drinking, cooking, baby formula, and brushing teeth.”

The freshwater flood contains lots of unwanted blockages for the filtering system and it leads to slower flow into the water treatment system. Recent torrential rain in August flooded Mississippi’s Pearl River and Ross R. Barnett Reservoir providing the city of Jackson with bottleneck conditions. This contaminated water from the flood is not easy to treat with chemicals, and it takes a long time to get this done right.

Until then the Jackson residents have to boil water for more than 1 minute for their basic needs or wait in line to get some bottled water, that which is also seeing a shortage in supplies.

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Multiple Gun Shots in Midtown Atlanta, GA: Two Dead, One Injured

Two people have died and one injured from multiple shootings in Midtown Atlanta Monday. A female suspect was detained at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Internation Airport without further incident.

Interim Police Chief Darin Schierbaum said the shootings appear to be “targeted,” stating this was planned.

He added that officers searching for the suspect had obtained information that the suspect had gone to the airport. Police and Federal agents searched the facility for the woman and detained her around 4 p.m. eastern time. Authorities recovered a handgun at the airport. According to CNN, Officers initially responded to a high-rise condominium on West Peachtree Street at about 1:45 p.m. to a report of someone being hit by gunfire.

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