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9/11 Son: Some people did something

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Chick-Fil-A's Toronto Opening Stormed by Protesters: Cluck Off

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The grand opening ofChick-fil-A’sfirst international location in Torontowas met bya grand protestFriday by LGBTQ activists, who arguedthat the chicken-centric chain owner’s historically antigay policieswill clash with the cultureofCanada'slargestcity

Protestors caused a commotion as soon as the restaurant opened its doors at 10:30 a.m., chanting “shame” and “cluck you,”CBC News reports.

"Hey hey, ho ho, Homophobia's got to go,” activists can be heard shouting in video shared to Twitter byBlogTo.
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Brexit Vote Goes Against Boris Johnson, and He Calls for an Election

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LONDON — British lawmakers on Tuesday rose up against Prime Minister Boris Johnson, moving to prevent him from taking the country out of the European Union without a formal agreement. The epic showdown pushed Britain to the verge of a new election.

After losing his first-ever vote as prime minister, Mr. Johnson stood up in Parliament and said he intended to present a formal request for a snap general election to lawmakers, who would have to approve it.

A little over a month ago, Mr. Johnson, a brash, blustery politician often compared to President Trump, swept into office with a vow to finally wrest Britain from the European Union by whatever means necessary, even if it meant a disorderly, no-deal departure.

Now, Parliament has pulled the rug out from under him, and Mr. Johnson is at risk of falling into the same Brexit quagmire that dragged down his predecessor as prime minister, Theresa May.

The lawmakers forced his hand by voting by 328 to 301 to take control of Parliament away from the government and vote on legislation as soon as Wednesday that would block the prime minister from making good on his threat of a no-deal Brexit.

That prompted an angry response from the prime minister.

“I don’t want an election, the public don’t want an election, but if the House votes for this bill tomorrow, the public will have to choose who goes to Brussels on Oct. 17 to sort this out and take this country forward,” Mr. Johnson said, referring to the next European Union summit.

Tuesday was a critical moment in Britain’s tortured, three-year effort to extract itself from the European Union. The saga has divided Britons, torn apart the ruling Conservative Party and prompted complaints that Mr. Johnson has trampled the conventions of the country’s unwritten constitution.
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Robert Mugabe, Strongman Who Cried, ‘Zimbabwe Is Mine,’ Dies at 95

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Gonna be copy-pasting the entire article, in case NYC locks you out for not having a subscription.


>For decades he was the only leader his country had known since independence in 1980. He presided over its long decline.

>Robert Mugabe, the first prime minister and later president of independent Zimbabwe, who traded the mantle of liberator for the armor of a tyrant and presided over the decline of one of Africa's most prosperous lands, died on Friday. He was 95.

>The death was announced by his successor, President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

>"It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe's founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe," he wrote on Twitter on Friday, using the abbreviation for comrade. "Mugabe was an icon of liberation, a pan-Africanist who dedicated his life to the emancipation and empowerment of his people. His contribution to the history of our nation and continent will never be forgotten."

>In August, Mr. Mnangagwa had said that Mr. Mugabe had spent several months in Singapore getting treatment for an undisclosed illness.

>Mr. Mugabe, the world's oldest head of state before his ouster in 2017, was the only leader Zimbabweans had known since independence, in 1980. Like many who liberated their countries, Mr. Mugabe believed that Zimbabwe was his to govern until the end. In a speech before the African Union in 2016, he said he would remain at the helm "until God says, 'Come.'"
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Berliners call for 4x4 ban after four people killed in collision

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Berliners call for 4x4 ban after four people killed in collision

Politicians in Berlin are calling for a city-centre ban on “tank-like” 4x4s after a driver reportedly lost control of his car and hit a group of pedestrians in the German capital, killing four people.

Police have opened an involuntary manslaughter investigation into the 42-year driver of a Porsche Macan who reportedly overtook cars waiting at a traffic light in the central Mitte area at 7.10 pm on Friday, before mounting the pavement on the other side of the road.

A 64-year-old woman, her three-year-old grandson, a Briton and a Spanish national, both in their 20s, died at the scene. Police said the family of the 29-year-old Briton, who was living in Berlin, had been informed.

The exact circumstances of the accident, which took place on Invalidenstrasse, a road lined with restaurants and shops with a 30km/h (19mph) speed limit, were unclear. There has been speculation the driver, who is being treated in hospital for head wounds, may have experienced medical problems. Citing police sources, newspaper Tagesspiegel reported on Monday the man may have had an epileptic seizure.

A 67-year-old woman and a six-year-old child were also travelling in the Porsche Macan.

A spontaneous vigil was held on Saturday night for those who died, amid a wider debate about the threat to pedestrians and cyclists posed by ever wider and heavier vehicles on urban streets.

Stephan von Dassel, the district mayor of Berlin-Mitte, said “armour-like” 4x4s did not belong in the city, as every driving error put the lives of people at risk. “These [cars] are also climate killers. They are a threat even without an accident,” he said.

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Knife crime epidemic on the rise in London, double stabbing

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Two men are in hospital after being stabbed at London’s Elephant and Castle tube station on Sunday night.
Britain is currently experiencing what many are describing as a knife-crime epidemic that has resulted in over 100 lives being taken this year alone.

--> It comes as controversial UK government strategy to curb knife crime, by putting anti-stabbing messages on takeaway boxes of fried chicken in several restaurant chains in England and Wales, came into operation recently.
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ThinkProgress, a Top Progressive News Site, Has Shut Down

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ThinkProgress, the influential news site that rose to prominence in the shadow of the Bush administration and helped define progressivism during the Obama years, is shutting down.

[...] Top officials at CAP had been searching for a buyer to take over ThinkProgress, which has run deficits for years, and according to sources there were potentially three serious buyers in the mix recently. But in a statement to staff, Navin Nayak, the executive director of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, said the site was ultimately unable to secure a patron.

[...] Adding to the problems has been a worsening financial situation for the site. Internal documents obtained by The Daily Beast showed ThinkProgress facing a $3-million delta between revenues and expenses in 2019, of which $350,000 had come via a shortfall in ad revenue.

Privately, staffers and some alumni argued that, with some budget reductions, CAP could continue funding operations through the reallocation of donor dollars. ThinkProgress’ staff had ballooned to more than 40 before the number began to dwindle this year. And within these quarters, there has been ample suspicion as to why CAP officials have been so alarmed over the current state of financial distress when the site has lived in this limbo for virtually its entire existence.

But CAP officials said that the long-term outlook for ThinkProgress was dire. A few months ago, they let it be known that they were looking to sell the site off to a prospective buyer.

According to Nayak, CAP had “conversations with more than 20 potential new publishers, including several extended dialogues.” But, he added, “broad trends” in digital news media “proved insurmountable in finding ThinkProgress a new home.”
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