Today is Aug 15, and here are the stories I am watching.
1-Shoot out in Philadelphia; police officers wounded
The suspect linked to Wednesday’s hours-long standoff in Philadelphia was in custody after surrendering to authorities just after midnight Thursday, exiting a residence with his hands in the air and with a police light shining on him, surrounded by a cloud of tear gas. The standoff, authorities said, started when two officers with the Narcotics Strike Force were serving a warrant at the multifamily home — in what may have been a drug-related offense — when things “went awry almost immediately,” and the shooter opened fire at the home. The two officers were barricaded in separate rooms with several hostages. The shootout stretched on for hours as six officers were shot — and two officers and three hostages were later freed, apparently unhurt.
2-Epstein autopsy reveals several broken bones in neck: report
An autopsy on the body of Jeffrey Epstein revealed the convicted sex offender had several broken bones in his neck, including the hyoid bone, according to a report. The hyoid bone, which is near the Adam’s apple, can be broken in a suicide by hanging — especially in older people — but is more common in strangulation murders, The Washington Post reported. Epstein, 66, was found hanging in his cell in an “apparent suicide” at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City on Saturday where he was being held on sex trafficking charges. He was placed on suicide watch in July but was removed from it by the end of the month.
DML: Cover up. Cover over. Cover… Cover…. Cover!
3-Trump suggests ‘personal meeting’ with Chinese president
President Trump in a tweet Wednesday evening suggested a “personal meeting” with Chinese President Xi Jinping amid tensions in Hong Kong and fears that an escalating trade war could trigger a global recession. “I have ZERO doubt that if President Xi wants to quickly and humanely solve the Hong Kong problem, he can do it,” Trump tweeted. Personal meeting?” The president’s tweet came after weeks of sometimes violent clashes between pro-democracy protesters and police in Hong Kong that started over a now-defunct extradition bill that would allow defendants to be tried in mainland China.
DML: This trade war thing has been going on for too long. Get it finished already.
4-Wall Street braces for another wild day after Dow’s 800-point plunge
Asian stock markets followed Wall Street lower on Thursday after stocks and oil prices plummeted Wednesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial tumbling 800 points — the fourth-largest daily point drop on record and the worst this year — amid increasing global recession fears. Market benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong all retreated. Feeding fears of a global recession was a report that Chinese industrial production was climbing at its weakest rate in 17 years and Germany’s economy — Europe’s strongest — was actually shrinking. Wednesday’s stock plunge erased the previous day’s gains from a rally that began after President Trump delayed tariffs on about $160 billion in Chinese goods due to take effect on Sept. 1.
DML: How long have I been warning of this? Since last year this time.
5-Beto to resume campaign with ‘major’ speech; Hickenlooper 2020 run reportedly ending
Beto O’Rourke reportedly will formally rejoin the presidential race Thursday, resuming a campaign that has been suspended for nearly two weeks. He promises to make a “major address to the nation” from his hometown of El Paso, Texas, where a mass shooting on Aug. 3 left 22 people dead. Meanwhile, John Hickenlooper, a former governor of Colorado, will end his 2020 campaign Thursday.
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