An impassioned obituary for a 79-year-old coronavirus victim blames Trump for his death, then calls out Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and people who refused to wear masksMon, 03 Aug 2020 17:41 | Business Insider
"Dave did everything he was supposed to do, but you did not," David W. Nagy's widow wrote in her husband's obituary.
New York City has already had more shootings in 2020 than in the whole of 2019Mon, 03 Aug 2020 07:33 | The Independent
New York City has recorded more shootings so far in 2020 than the whole of last year, authorities have confirmed.There were 777 shootings between January and 2 August 2020, compared with 776 in 2019, according to figures compiled by the New York Post, and later confirmed by New York Police department (NYPD).
Homicides Spike in 50 Largest Cities across NationMon, 03 Aug 2020 12:04 | National Review
Homicides and gun violence have spiked in major cities around the country since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, spurred by an economic recession and unrest that arose from protests against police brutality.Across the nation’s 50 largest cities, homicides are up 24 percent this year, totaling 3,612 so far, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of police department data. In 36 of those cities, the homicide rate increased by double digits.Shootings have also surged, but other kinds of violent crime have declined, including robberies, which sank 11 percent across the 41 cities that provided such data.Chicago saw the largest jump in homicides, reporting more than 400 more homicides than last year, an increase of more than 50 percent. Philadelphia and New York City came in just behind the country's third-largest city, both tallying more than 200 more homicides this year. Along with Chicago, Austin and Fort Worth, Tx. saw the largest increase in murders.The staggering increase in violence comes after months of protests against police departments that have included calls to defund and dismantle departments in Minneapolis, where the police custody death of George Floyd sparked national outrage. Homicides in Minneapolis have nearly doubled, with 41 homicides compared to 21 by this time last year.Police and crime experts have attributed the spike in violence to a variety of factors, including a rise in gang violence, an economic recession caused by the shutdown of businesses, and the lack of activity during the pandemic by social institutions that historically help tamp down crime, such as churches and schools.Meanwhile, lockdown orders that have kept residents in their homes may help explain the decline in robberies and rapes, since burglars are less likely to target a home with residents inside, and fewer potential victims were on the streets, experts said. The rise in shootings and murders was particularly stark in disadvantaged neighborhoods rather than the sites of protests against racism and police brutality in many cities.The homicide rate in the nation's major cities is still a far cry from the crime levels of previous decades, such as in 1990, when New York City recorded a total of 2,262 murders.
See Inside Zaha Hadid’s Revolutionary OeuvreMon, 03 Aug 2020 16:32 | Architectural Digest
Emeritus Pope Benedict, 93, 'extremely frail' after visiting dying brotherMon, 03 Aug 2020 00:25 | The Telegraph
Former Pope Benedict XVI became seriously ill after visiting his sick brother in Germany in June and is "extremely frail", according to a report in the German Passauer Neue Presse newspaper on Monday. Benedict, 93, is suffering from erysipelas of the face, a virus that causes a rash and episodes of severe pain, the newspaper reported, citing the former pontiff's biographer, Peter Seewald. "According to Seewald, the Pope emeritus is now extremely frail," the report said. "His thinking and his memory are quick, but his voice is hardly audible at the moment." Mr Seewald reportedly visited Benedict in Rome on Saturday to present him with his biography. "At the meeting the emeritus Pope, despite his illness, was optimistic and declared that if his strength increased again he would possibly take up his pen again," the paper said. Benedict visited his sick brother, Georg, in Germany in June, marking his first trip out of Italy since his shock resignation in 2013. Georg Ratzinger died two weeks later, aged 96.
Aries Horoscope for Tuesday, August 04, 2020
You seem to be caught up in some emotional turmoil. The heart overrules the head today, and the results could be unexpected. Do not let your enthusiasm exceed your deep sense of right and wrong. There are consequences to every action, so be sure to think long and hard before you do something out of character. You learn a lesson today about which part of you is really in control. Do your best to not make the same mistake twice.
Everything gets turned upside-down. Left is right and black is white. Your emotions take you for a wild ride today, so buckle up! This isn`t a bad thing, but it does take a lot out of you. Be sure to stop for nourishment, whether in the form of a home-cooked meal or dinner at a wholesome restaurant. Spending time with friends tonight may be much more eventful than you had imagined. Going along with a spontaneous suggestion could change the tone of the evening.
You have some big decisions to make, so be sure to think things through as much as possible. Unwise choices could come back at you like a boomerang, so choose well. Pay close attention to career and financial matters. Unresolved money issues lead to general dissatisfaction. You cannot seem to escape the material world these days, so you may as well resolve yourself to that fact of life and move on. Stopping along the way tonight could get you in a sticky situation. Stay on course.
You`ve had so many things on your mind that you may have ignored some of your personal responsibilities. Your friends and family miss spending time with you; do your best to concentrate your energies closer to home. It`s possible to nurture yourself by taking care of others. If it`s your turn to cook, do something spectacular -- let an unusual ingredient inspire you to invent a new specialty. Do a favor for someone for no apparent reason. Great generosity invites a powerful and well-needed response from the people you are closest to.
At this point, there`s nothing you can do about the past, so you may as well move ahead. Stop looking backward and start looking forward. The only way to change the past is to rewrite your memories of it, but that would be a mistake. Much can be learned from the choices you`ve made. There is a lot more you can do about the future, beginning right now. This is a good day to make a list of your life`s priorities. Start with the most important goal and work down the list from there.
There`s no sense in wasting time staying by yourself. Group activities boost your energy, and others fit easily into your plans. Working as part of a team has never been easier, so be sure to take advantage of your opportunities to do so both at work and at home. Support and advice are given freely. You may be the one organizing it all, but everyone gets to share in the outcome. Tonight, something special happens to a friend, and you are there to share in their joy.
Be very careful about copping a judgmental attitude. It`s in your best interest not to judge a book by its cover. The right words at the right time prevent others from making embarrassing assumptions about you. Learn from this experience the next time you feel a snap judgment coming on. Everyone deserves a fair hearing. Tonight you may find yourself dealing with someone who is asking for the benefit of the doubt. Give it to them with no questions asked.
You are finally getting some of your projects finished, which leaves more time for fun and games. With everything safe and secure at home, you are ready to embark on an adventure. Keep an open mind and consider every possibility. Being openly affectionate with your partner gives you a thrill in a public place. You could get used to this! Self-confidence makes the world seem friendlier tonight. Don`t be afraid to show off your talents.
Today calls for some extra sympathy toward others. If you begin to lose patience with someone else, remember what happened on your last bad day. If people were kind to you, pass on that kindness. If you should have been treated better, start fresh by practicing the Golden Rule. Keep your past experiences in mind at all times so that you can learn from mistakes as well as duplicate successful behavior. Tonight spend some time with a close friend or family member who is in the mood to reminisce.
You feel like you can`t stop moving. Use your excess energy to do something positive. Working with others is ultimately better than working by yourself. You can benefit greatly from other people`s past experiences and opinions. The rewards, although not immediately apparent, will be significant. Tonight is a good time to get things cleaned up around the house. Enlist the help of family members or roommates to finish the task in half the time it would take you to do it by yourself.
Look out, Aquarius -- this day might be chaotic. Be sure to write yourself a few postcards from the edge so that you will have some memory of how you made it through today. Although you like to rely on logic, this day has other plans for you. Your emotions threaten your larger plans, which frustrates you to no end. Minor tinkering is annoying but necessary. If possible, leave the office early and go do something that relaxes you.
There is no right and wrong -- it`s whatever you want it to be. Draw your own conclusions to a beautiful, ineffable mystery. Any boundaries that still remain become almost meaningless. The rules don`t apply today. Jump up and down in place to feel the Earth turning beneath your feet. Spend some time contemplating life`s beauty. Sharing your thoughts with a friend is a wonderful way to end a peaceful yet productive day.