In the News This Week

by Debra Brown

New York


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8 Dead and 11 injured in Manhattan Terror Attack.

A driver plowed a pickup truck down a crowded bike path along the Hudson River in Manhattan on Tuesday, killing eight people and injuring 11 before being shot by a police officer. Mayor Bill de Blasio declared the rampage a terrorist attack and federal law enforcement authorities were leading the investigation. Investigators discovered handwritten notes in Arabic near the truck that indicated allegiance to the Islamic State, two law enforcement officials said. But investigators had not uncovered evidence of any direct or enabling ties between Mr. Saipov and ISIS and were treating the episode as a case of an “inspired” attacker, two counterterrorism officials said.


Former Trump Aides Charged as Prosecutors Reveal New Campaign Ties With Russia.

The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, announced charges on Monday against three advisers to President Trump’s campaign. The former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, surrendered to the F.B.I. and pleaded not guilty to charges that he laundered millions of dollars through overseas shell companies — using the money to buy luxury cars, real estate, antique rugs and expensive clothes. Rick Gates, Mr. Manafort’s longtime associate as well as a campaign adviser, was also charged and turned himself in.

George Papadopoulos, a former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, had pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. and has been cooperating with investigators.


A Majority of Texans Players Knelt During the National Anthem in Response to Bob McNair’s “Inmates” Comment.

At an owners meeting Bob McNair said, “We can’t have the inmates running the prison,” in reference to the pregame player protests of police brutality. The meeting with NFL owners and team executives was to discuss among other things the possibility of a players-must-stand mandate in the middle of the season.


Saudi Arabia to Let Women into Sports Stadiums.

Starting in early 2018, women will be allowed into three arenas in major cities, according to a statement issued Sunday by the General Sport Authority, the country’s governing body for sports.

The change is the latest to give women more freedom following a historic decree in September allowing them to drive.


Puerto Rico Cancels $300 Million Whitefish Energy Contract to Rebuild Power Lines.

Facing criticism from members of Congress and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the governor of Puerto Rico moved on Sunday to cancel a $300 million contract awarded to a small Montana company to rebuild part of the island’s battered power grid. The company from Whitefish, Mont., with connections to the secretary of the interior but only two full-time employees secured an emergency contract that requires the work of thousands of people.

The majority of Puerto Rico is still without electricity, nearly six weeks after Hurricane Maria knocked down thousands of poles and lines.


Second ‘White Lives Matter’ Rally Canceled After Meeting Heavy Resistance in Tennessee.

White supremacists organized in a Tennessee town Saturday for a “White Lives Matter” rally. It was met with a heavy police presence and resistance from counter protesters. A second rally planned for the afternoon in the larger college town of Murfreesboro was canceled by organizers. An umbrella group of white supremacist organizations called the Nationalist Front held its first rally Saturday morning in Shelbyville, a town of 21,000 about an hour south of Nashville.


Judge Expunges Killing of Terence Crutcher From Acquitted Police Officer’s Record. 

The Oklahoma police officer who killed Terence Crutcher will have the first-degree manslaughter case expunged from her record. A judge ruled Wednesday that all documents related to officer Betty Jo Shelby’s case would be sealed. Shelby requested the court to remove the case from her record in August after she was acquitted for the fatal shooting of Crutcher three months earlier.

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