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Officials probe video showing Russian ‘Top Gun’ stunt near major highway

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– Russian military prosecutors said Wednesday they would probe flight records and safety measures after a video showing a fighter jet zooming low over a highway became an Internet hit.

A spokesman for military prosecutors in the southern military district told the Interfax news agency that they had “begun a check on the organisation of flights carried out and safety measures at airfields”.

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The YouTube video posted August 31 recorded by a camera on a car dashboard shows a jet zooming extremely low directly along a highway, which is named as one linking the southern cities of Volgograd and Rostov-on-Don.

It identified the plane as a Sukhoi 24, a supersonic military jet that dates back to the Soviet era but is still in active service in the Russian airforce.

The spokesman for military prosecutors said the check was launched after an item on the YouTube video, which had been shared virally and viewed some 300,000 times by Wednesday afternoon, was shown on Russian national television.

Channel One’s most popular news show aired the video on Tuesday evening, quoting a top test pilot Anatoly Kvochur as saying that the manoeuvre was “normal training”.

“The more pilots we have like this, the better,” he said.

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High school wrestling coach posted photo that mocked George Floyd’s death — but insists ‘I’m not a racist’

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A high school wrestling coach in the town of Spanaway, Washington drew criticism this week after he wrote a Facebook post that mocked the death of George Floyd and defended the police officers involved in the tragedy.

Local news station KOMO reports that wrestling coach Dave Hollenbeck this week posted a photo of himself smiling and giving a thumbs-up signal while another person put their knee on the back of his neck -- a clear reference to the video showing a police officer with his knee on George Floyd's neck shortly before he died.

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Central Park incident just one more example of white women using their status to terrorize black men: NYT’s Charles Blow

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Amy Cooper is just the latest example of white women using their privilege and femininity to terrorize black men, according to a new column from Charles Blow.

The New York Times columnist explains that a video recording of an incident involving Cooper, an investment manager, and Christian Cooper, a science editor, has a long and shameful historical precedent.

"This racial street theater against black people is an endemic, primal feature of the Republic," Blow write. "Specifically, I am enraged by white women weaponizing racial anxiety, using their white femininity to activate systems of white terror against black men. This has long been a power white women realized they had and that they exerted."

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New Zealand epidemiologist: ‘We look at Trump’s behavior and we’re horrified’

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To learn how New Zealand has largely eliminated COVID-19, we continue our extended interview with Michael Baker, an epidemiologist who is a member of the New Zealand Ministry of Health’s Technical Advisory Group and advising the government on its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He describes how the country’s response compares to the government actions in the United States and worldwide.

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González, as we bring you Part 2 of our discussion of New Zealand.

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