The 2020 Boston Marathon has been canceled.Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced the news Thursday. The marathon had originally been rescheduled from its traditional April date to Sept. 14.It’s the first time since the event began in 1897 that the marathon has been canceled.Walsh implied in later tweets that the Boston Athletic Association, which hosts the marathon, would attempt to hold a remote version of the event.“We’ll be joining and supporting the BAA in an alternative approach to the Marathon that allows runners to participate remotely, and allows all of us to celebrate the meaning this ra...
'He's a child': 9/11 first responder thrashes Madison Cawthorn for cleaning gun during House Vets' Affairs hearing
Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-SC) got called out by a 9/11 first responder on Thursday after he was seen cleaning his gun during a House Veterans’ Affairs Committee meeting about the dangers toxic chemicals pose to American military personnel.
The Daily Beast reports that John Feal, a 9/11 first responder who attended Thursday's virtual hearing, was not happy to see Cawthorn treating it so lightly.
“It was immature," said Feal. "He’s a child. He lacks common sense. I think the congressman was overcompensating for something that he lacks and feeling inadequate among the heroes on that call."
Two sources who attended the virtual hearing tell The Daily Beast that they noticed Cawthorn clearly cleaning his gun during testimony from Jen Burch, a veteran who spent six years in the Air Force serving in Japan and Afghanistan.
Rosie Lopez Torres, the cofounder of Burn Pits 360, told the Daily Beast that she didn't notice Cawthorn's actions while the hearing was taking place, but she grew furious about them after seeing photographs.
"That is insane," she said. "Total disregard and disrespect to America’s war fighters. He was so bored with the topic. Those that are sick and dying and the widows in his district should see how much he cares about the issue."
A spokesperson for Cawthorn defended the congressman's decision to pay more attention to his personal firearm than to witnesses during the hearing.
“What could possibly be more patriotic than guns and veterans?” the spokesman said.
At the Los Angeles memorial service for Bob Saget, the comedian and actor’s wife, travel blogger Kelly Rizzo, was shocked by how many people told her they had recently spoken with her husband. “There were a lot of people there, and every single person was pretty much like, ‘Oh, I talked to Bob last week,’” Rizzo recalled Thursday in an emotional interview with “Today” co-anchor Hoda Kotb. “I’m like, ‘How did he have the time to talk to everybody and tell everybody that he loved them? All the time.’ It was just amazing.” In her first TV appearance since Saget’s death, Rizzo spoke with Kotb abou...
District attorney: Juvenile center staff who killed Black teen are protected by 'stand your ground' law
Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett announced that there will be no charges filed in the death of a Black Kansas teenager who died in police custody, CNN reports.
An autopsy report found that Cedric Lofton, 17, died due to "complications of cardiopulmonary arrest sustained after physical struggle while restrained in the prone position." The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide. The teen died after being handcuffed and restrained while lying face-down during a struggle with staff and corrections employees at a juvenile facility.
"The cause of death was brought about by the position in which Cedric was held as well as the ongoing struggle which lasted for over thirty minutes largely unabated," said a report released by Bennett. "The long-lasting struggle while in the face-down position impeded his breathing, which caused the supply of oxygen to his heart to be compromised to the point that his heart stopped."
In a Tuesday news conference, Bennett said that employees involved in restraining the teen acted in self-defense under the "stand your ground" law because the he resisted and struggled with corrections staff -- making them immune from prosecution.
"You cannot be arrested, you cannot be charged, you cannot be prosecuted, if you're acting in self-defense in Kansas under the 'stand your ground' law," Bennett said, adding that Kansas has "one of the most robust 'stand your ground' laws in the United States."
A county spokesperson told CNN that the employees remain on administrative leave and officials "will make a determination on a timeline for returning to work."
In a statement on behalf of the teen's family, civil rights attorneys Andrew M. Stroth and Steven Hart said they were "extremely troubled" by the decision not to prosecute.
"This is yet another instance of an unarmed Black teenager killed by law enforcement with impunity," and without "threat of reprisal or even an ounce of accountability," the statement said. "Similar to the George Floyd case, Cedric's death was caused by authorities obligated to protect him. In this case, they restrained Cedric in the prone position and took his breath away."
Read more at CNN.