Simone Biles Makes History Twice at Gymnastics Championships + More News

by Debra Brown

Simone Biles Makes History Twice

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Simone Biles, Defying Gravity, Makes History Twice at Gymnastics Championships

The 22-year-old nailed a historic triple-double on floor, a complex stunt that involves two flips and three mid-air twists, and a double-double dismount, a move with two flips on the beam before seamlessly entering three twists onto the floor.

Simone Biles, a four-time Olympic gold medalist, was the first female gymnast to ever land the triple-double in competition, and just the third athlete ever. She was the first woman to even attempt the move in competition and nail it successfully. Her legendary performance earned her a record-tying sixth U.S. all-around title.

She is currently preparing to represent the United States once again at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.


680 Arrested in Largest U.S. Immigration Raids in a Decader

Nearly 700 undocumented workers from several food processing plants were arrested in Mississippi Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids. It was the largest workplace sting in a decade. Mike Hurst, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi., says the raids are meant to enforce law and order.

Attorney Amelia McGowan with the Mississippi Center for Justice says that in general, there are few immigration lawyers practicing in Mississippi who will work for free. But after the news hit about the ICE raids, several hundred lawyers around the country signed up to help the state’s devastated families.

Here’s how you can help.


States Sue Trump Administration Over Rollback of Obama-Era Climate Rule

A coalition of 29 states and cities sued to block the Trump administration from easing restrictions on coal-burning power plants, setting up a case that could determine how much leverage the federal government has to fight climate change in the future.

The lawsuit is the latest salvo in a long-running battle over the future of coal and how to regulate the nation’s heavily polluting power plants, which are major producers of greenhouse gases that warm the planet.

The case could go to the Supreme Court. If justices there were to ultimately decide in favor of the Trump administration, it could weaken the ability of future presidents to regulate carbon dioxide pollution from power plants, experts said, and make it  harder for the United States to tackle climate change.


Muslim Worshippers Clash With Israeli Police at Jerusalem Holy Site

Muslim worshippers and Israeli police clashed at a major Jerusalem holy site during prayers marking the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha.

Palestinian medics said at least 14 people were wounded, one seriously, in the skirmishes with police at the site, which Muslims refer to as the Al-Aqsa mosque compound and Jews refer to as the Temple Mount. Police said at least four officers were wounded. Witnesses said at least two people were arrested.

The clashes broke out after large numbers of Palestinians had gathered at the gates of the compound early Sunday in response to rumors circulated that police would allow Jewish visitors to enter the site. The protesters chanted “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest) and threw stones at police, who then charged into the compound while firing stun grenades and rubber-coated bullets.


Hong Kong Protesters Clash With Police After Airport Shutdown

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters occupied the airport, grounding flights and leaving passengers stranded. The airport descended into chaos when riot police clashed with protesters.

Given the serious damage to the city’s reputation as a place where businesses are more or less free to operate without Beijing’s interference, the stock market might not recover. Companies could look to relocate major operations. A mass exodus could follow, likely crashing the property market too. Hong Kong’s trade status with other countries could be negatively affected.

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