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A fly on Vice President Mike Pence’s head was arguably the most memorable part of his debate Wednesday night with Democratic opponent Sen. Kamala Harris. Is this really American democracy at work? Vote on Twitter, but first, get introduced to some of modern history’s most powerful female orators, beautiful baby names and stunning bridges. Read about the lengths to which India is going to save its cricket season and check the answer to yesterday’s question at the end.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has given the Miami Dolphins the go-ahead to operate their stadium, which can hold 65,000 fans, at full capacity as part of lifting statewide COVID-19 restrictions. The final call is still up to the Dolphins, at a time when America is seeing a rise in daily cases again. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump prodded regulators to issue emergency authorizations for experimental drugs from Regeneron and Eli Lilly.
2. Million Dollar Bond
Derek Chauvin can “breathe” easy for now — even though he denied George Floyd that basic request, leading to the 46-year-old’s death in May. Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, posted a $1 million bail bond and was released from jail yesterday.
The U.N. has warned Guinean President Alpha Conde and opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo to back off from ethnically divisive hate speech that it fears could spark violence before the country’s Oct. 18 presidential election.
Politicians aren’t the only ones messing up.
Talk about a heist gone bad. Thieves who stole calligraphy by former Chinese leader Mao Zedong didn’t realize it was estimated to be worth nearly $300 million and sold it for just $64. It gets worse: The Hong Kong buyer ripped the classic in half.
The fly on Pence’s head was funny, but Kamala Harris’ very presence on the debate stage as a rare female vice presidential candidate was a moment for history. Meet some iconic women who fought to debate or used their voice to bring change.
As a freshman at Wiley College in 1930, she took classes during the day, worked three jobs on campus … and became the only woman on the school’s iconic debate team that would go on to defeat other Black colleges before finally trumping the national champions, the University of Southern California.
3. Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti
If you’ve wondered where the great Fela Kuti — a pioneering musician who brought African rhythms to the world’s attention — got the spunk that allowed him to challenge military dictatorships, look no further than his mother. Ransome-Kuti led Nigeria’s women’s movement demanding suffrage, access to education and more. She drove massive protests with her oratory. She died in 1977 after being hurled from a second-story window by soldiers who raided her son’s house.
4. Rigoberta Menchú Tum
“While they are alive, a glow of hope will be alive.” It was with those powerful words, referring to the native people of the Americas, that the Guatemalan Indigenous rights activist accepted the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize. Her father was killed, her brother shot dead and her mother raped and murdered by Guatemala’s military junta. But they couldn’t shut her up. From Menchú’s exile in Mexico, her speeches drove global attention to her country’s plight, and she ultimately helped enforce a peace agreement.
Today on 'The Carlos Watson Show'
Meet the brains behind President Barack Obama's foreign policy. Carlos dives deep into international politics with former U.N. ambassador Susan Rice, who has surprising things to say about China, Russia and President Trump's "numerous Benghazis.” What does she think Trump got absolutely right? Tune in to find out.
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Don’t mess with her. Short for Guadalupe, this common Mexican name for girls literally means “wolf” — Guadalupe is “valley of the wolf.”
Asked during Wednesday’s debate about the divisiveness eating at America, Vice President Pence said argument and debate are important parts of democracy. He’s right. But it doesn’t hurt to build bridges — metaphorical and real ones. Visit some of the funkiest the world has to offer.
It’s a living lesson in math and architecture — and a testament to great design. This bridge in Cambridge, England, was designed in the 18th century by architect William Etheridge, with timbers placed along tangents to the arc of the bridge in a unique pattern that makes the structure self-supporting.
2. Lucky Knot Bridge
This pedestrian bridge in Changsha, China, is over 600 feet long, 80 feet high and is designed like interwoven knots: It’s effectively like walking up and down a roller coaster, while soaking in a spectacular view of the city and nearby mountains.
These bridges are peak ingenuity. Where there’s a will there's a way, I guess. That also applies to the innovative ways in which different countries are restarting sports during the pandemic. Throwing caution to the wind, Florida-style, isn’t the only option.
The sport’s governing body is recommending that teams do away with upright face-to-face tackles and reset scrums that bring players in close contact for several seconds. That’s not all. Players are being told to change their jerseys at halftime to minimize the spread of the virus through sweat. South Africa is relaunching its rugby league soon and New Zealand already has.
It’s back in Japan, with tough new rules: Players can’t shake hands or exchange water bottles. And they’re encouraged to cool their bodies — though not their faces — with cold sponges.
What do you do when you host the world’s richest cricket league, but your country — with the second-highest number of cases in the world — is freaking out about games spreading the virus? The Indian Premier League has decamped to the United Arab Emirates for the year, where games are being played in a time zone just 1.5 hours off from India’s — so prime-time TV slots are still guaranteed.
Several of you noted how former British colonies such as Australia and New Zealand have flags that include the Union Jack. But that’s because they aren’t full republics yet, and still count Queen Elizabeth II as their head of state. Mexico, though, is different. The white in its flag symbolizes unity between the native population and Spaniards who colonized the land.