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Brownface. Blackface. They’re all offensive. And here’s why

Brownface. Blackface. They’re all offensive. And here’s why

It doesn’t matter what skin tone you’re trying to portray. Blackface, brownface, yellowface, redface. Any colored-face you wear that isn’t yours is racist. Some of the recent controversies have included public figures, such as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam. Trudeau apologized after a photo emerged of him wearing brownface during…MORE

Emergency sirens accidentally set off during Honolulu Police training

Emergency sirens accidentally set off during Honolulu Police training

Emergency sirens went off early Wednesday evening in Hawaii, but officials say their preliminary investigation shows the sirens were set off inadvertently. The sirens were heard in parts of Hawaii, including O’ahu, and officials say there were sounded during a Honolulu Police Department training. “Due to an error during a Honolulu Police Department training exercise,…MORE

Yo, ho, ho! International Talk Like a Pirate Day is upon us!

Yo, ho, ho! International Talk Like a Pirate Day is upon us!

Aye maties, ’tis the day we’ve all been waiting for: International Talk Like a Pirate Day. But avast! Before you grab your grog and parrot, let’s get ye educated! The idea for the day was born in 1995 on a YMCA racquetball court in Albany, Oregon. John “Ol’ Chumbucket” Baur and his friend Mark “Cap’n…MORE

Asian markets mostly rise after central bank decisions

Asian markets mostly rise after central bank decisions

Asian markets mostly rose on Thursday after the Federal Reserve cut rates, while Japan’s central bank kept monetary policy unchanged. Japan’s Nikkei 225 rose 0.6%. South Korea’s Kospi gained 0.3%. China’s Shanghai Composite Index moved up by less than 0.1%. Overnight, the Federal Reserve cut interest rates by a quarter percentage point for the second…MORE

Trump at center of new intelligence storm as whistleblower mystery explodes

Trump at center of new intelligence storm as whistleblower mystery explodes

A smoldering Washington intelligence mystery exploded late Wednesday into a full-on confrontation between House Democrats and the White House over communications between President Donald Trump and an unidentified foreign leader. A showdown over a whistleblower’s “credible and urgent” complaint was revealed — first by The Washington Post and later confirmed by CNN — to concern…MORE

O’Rourke: ‘Allowing the NRA to set the terms of the debate no longer works’

O’Rourke: ‘Allowing the NRA to set the terms of the debate no longer works’

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke on Wednesday reacted to criticism of his proposed mandatory gun-buyback program for assault-style rifles with a defiant call to not let the National Rifle Association “set the terms of the debate.” Some lawmakers on Capitol Hill who are trying to find a way forward on gun legislation that Republicans and…MORE

California Gov. Gavin Newsom: Trump administration ‘threatening’ private business

California Gov. Gavin Newsom: Trump administration ‘threatening’ private business

California Gov. Gavin Newsom slammed the Trump administration and Republicans for their “complete silence on state’s rights, but also free enterprise” in light of President Donald Trump’s decision to curtail state-set emissions standards. “They’re calling private sector corporations to the mat and threatening them,” Newsom, a Democrat, told CNN’s Don Lemon on Wednesday night on…MORE

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