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A magnitude 4.1 earthquake was reported Friday afternoon at 5:18 p.m. Pacific time 15 miles from Hawaiian Beaches, Hawaii, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Expected, but not wanted.
Indiana Racial Justice Alliance calls for redistributing the IMPD budget back to the community and creating a community-led police review board.         IndyStar
VOA VIEW: Fools are going to not like what they are asking for.
The head of the French cybersecurity agency ANSSI said there would not be a total ban on using equipment from Huawei in the rollout of the French 5G telecoms network, but that it was pushing French telcos to avoid switching to the Chinese company. “What I can say is that there won’t be... New York Post
VOA VIEW: A stupid mistake.


A mass of people protesting racism and police brutality shut down part of a Philadelphia highway on Sunday. City officials closed a portion of Interstate 676 as crowds swarmed the roadway, demanding the resignation of Mayor Jim Kenney over the tear-gassing of protesters in the City of Brotherly Love last month, local reports said. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Protesters must be curbed.
Armed militias descended on Gettysburg on July 4 to protect the town from a flag-burning protest — that wound up being an apparent social media hoax, according to reports. Hundreds of counterprotesters were drawn by a Facebook event Saturday that called for people to show up to the historic battlefield in Pennsylvania for a “peaceful... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Antifa must be stopped.
Give them your mired in scandal, your problematic, your canceled statues yearning to stand free. An Ohio town has proclaimed itself a “Statuary Sanctuary City,” offering to take on sculptures of famous figures in American history now being dismantled across the country. City Manager David Lynch on Saturday issued a proclamation that Newton Falls population... New York Post
Government support and protectionism have built a low-cost industry making masks, testing kits and other health gear. Other countries will find it tough to compete. New York Times
VOA VIEW: The virus and all profits lead to China.
Brick-and-mortar retail was in the midst of seismic changes even before the pandemic. Analysts say as much as a quarter of America’s malls may close in the next five years. New York Times
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts.
In a city where China has made some ideas suddenly dangerous, people are trying to figure out where the boundaries lie, and how their lives have changed. New York Times
VOA VIEW: China will lose.


Joe Biden has a larger lead over Donald Trump than Hillary Clinton did at this point in 2016, but Democrats have seen a lead slip away before.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: Biden and Dems will fall big.
Donald Trump's outdoor campaign rally in New Hampshire comes as several states across the country have reported a spike in coronavirus cases.        USA Today
From presidents to explorers, Americans are delving into the often abusive histories of former leaders honored by statues and monuments.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: All symbols are hero's.
Frederick Douglass was not a slave owner, not a Confederate general, nor even a "white savior" abolitionist. His statue still was vandalized over the weekend. A Douglass statue in Rochester, New York — the site of his famous July 4 address — was damaged and removed over the Independence Day ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: All those who attempt to destroy a statue should be punished.

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A loose network of Facebook groups that took root across the country in April to organize protests over coronavirus stay-at-home orders have now pivoted to new targets ABC
VOA VIEW: BLM are a joke.
Baltimore protesters have pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus and thrown it into the city’s Inner Harbor ABC
VOA VIEW: Madness!
The controversial rapper will have to defeat friend Donald Trump. ABC
VOA VIEW: A fool or a joke.


The Iraqi military says a rocket aimed at Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone, home of the U.S. Embassy, struck a residential house and injured a child ABC
VOA VIEW: Those involved should be hit hard.
Mayor Sylvester Turner says the city is struggling to keep up with hospitalizations as the coronavirus spreads. CBS
VOA VIEW: The mayor is a liberal.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez said residents relaxed social-distancing practices in late May and early June, and said protests contributed to the spread of the virus. CBS
President Donald Trump vowed to "safeguard our values" from enemies within — leftists, looters, agitators, he said — in a Fourth of July speech packed with all the grievances of his rallies. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The left are trying to tear the country apart.
CNN's Dana Bash questions Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) over her criticism of former President Obama over his handling of the Ebola outbreak in 2014, compared to President Trump's current handling of the coronavirus crisis. CNN
VOA VIEW: Bash is an idiot.

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In the absence of federal mandates, state and local officials must figure out on their own the tricky road to reopening safely amid the pandemic. CNN
VOA VIEW: The virus is unpredictable.
Atlanta protesters vandalized the Georgia State Patrol headquarters early Sunday, spraying graffiti and sparking a fire inside the building with fireworks, the agency said. FOX News
VOA VIEW: The left is mad, no, dumb.
Police in Portland, Ore., declared a riot around 11 p.m. local time Saturday as Independence Day marked the 38th consecutive day of civil unrest in the city. FOX News
VOA VIEW: The officials have lost control.

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Country says suspected attack could slow production of advanced centrifuges, which Israel and US see as threatIran has admitted an incident at one of its main nuclear sites last week caused major damage and could slow down the country’s production of advanced centrifuges, technology Israel and the US see as a threat, intensifying suspicions there may have been a deliberate attack on the facility.The admission came as newly released satellite imagery showed the damage from what Iranian authorities attributed to a fire at the Natanz nuclear facility was far more extensive that previously disclosed. C Guardian
VOA VIEW: Iran is a major threat to the world.
Coronavirus is surging in Latin America with Brazil, Mexico and Peru among the nations with the 10 most deaths -- two months after no country from that region was on the list. UPI
U.S. aircraft carriers carried out exercises in the South China Sea, U.S. military officials said Saturday as China conducts its own drills in the disputed area. UPI

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     The diocese in Lafayette has suspended a priest from public ministry after calling Black Lives Matter organizers "maggots and parasites" in his weekly message. Bishop Timothy Doherty suspended the Rev. Theodore Rothrock from St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carmel on Wednesday. "The Bishop expresses pastoral concern for the affected communities," the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana said in a statement Wednesday. "The suspension offers the Bishop an opportunity for pastoral discernment for the good of the diocese and for the good of Father Rothrock."

     Rothrock, who previously was poised to become pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, will no longer transition to that role. Deacon Bill Reid will serve as administrator of St. Elizabeth Seton. According to the diocese's statement "various possibilities for his public continuation in priestly ministry are being considered." In Rothrock's original message posted on Sunday, June 28, he wrote that the church must oppose Black Lives Matter and Antifa and carry the "message of peace." 

     "The only lives that matter are their own and the only power they seek is their own," Rothrock wrote of Black Lives Matter organizers. "They are wolves in wolves clothing, masked thieves and bandits, seeking only to devour the life of the poor and profit from the fear of others. They are maggots and parasites at best, feeding off the isolation of addiction and broken families, and offering to replace any current frustration and anxiety with more misery and greater resentment." The post has since been removed from the church's website. The Pastor was right and actions against him were dumb and a perfect example of liberal political correctness.