8-year-old boy paralyzed after Highland Park shooting making ‘hopeful progress’ after sudden downturn
Cooper Roberts, the 8-year-old boy paralyzed from the waist down after being wounded at the Fourth of July parade shooting in Highland Park, has improved following a recent, urgent surgery.chicagotribune.com
Man eats 52 lumpias in 10 minutes to win second annual lumpia eating contest in Houston, Texas
A Filipino restaurant in Houston, Texas, held its second annual lumpia eating contest during the Independence Day celebrations on July 4. The restaurant Be More Pacific: Filipino Kitchen & Bar hosted the competition with the aim of helping local small businesses recover from the economic impact of the pandemic, reported Click2Houston. In the now-popular contest, seven participants representing different restaurants in Houston competed by consuming as many fried lumpia rolls as they could in under 10 minutes.news.yahoo.com
Police records paint picture of turbulent home life for alleged sniper in Highland Park mass shooting
Highland Park police reports paint a picture of the sometimes tumultuous home where Robert “Bobby” Crimo III grew up before he allegedly gunned down dozens of people enjoying a Fourth of July parade in suburban Chicago.chicagotribune.com
Dow falls 500 points as worries grow over slowing economic growth
Choose your plan ArrowRight The Dow Jones Industrial tumbled more than 500 points or 1.7 percent in morning trading. The S&P 500 index fell by 70 points or 1.8 percent at the start of the session, while the tech heavy-Nasdaq lost 190 points or 1.7 percent. More than $8 trillion has been wiped out of the stock market this year. AdvertisementOne of the key economic signals market observers will be watching this week will be the performance of corporate earnings. The most recent hike, which was announced last month, came in at three-quarters of a percentage point, the Fed’s largest since 1994.washingtonpost.com
New Virginia law prevents inmate from getting planned early releases
A 2020 Virginia law allowed inmates to shave time off their sentences for good behavior. But on June 17, Virginia lawmakers approved a budget amendment from Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin that excluded thousands of inmates with violent offenses from receiving these reduced sentences.news.yahoo.com
Some cities nix July 4 fireworks for shortages, fire dangers
The skies over a scattering of Western U.S. cities will stay dark for the third consecutive Fourth of July as some big fireworks displays are canceled again, this time for pandemic-related supply chain or staffing problems, or fire concerns amid dry weather.
Cash-strapped Sri Lanka appeals to expats to send money
Sri Lanka celebrated its Independence Day on Friday with an appeal by the president to the country’s expatriates to send money home as it struggles with the worst economic crisis in decades mainly due to depleted foreign reserves. Sri Lankans are facing shortages of milk powder, cooking gas, kerosene and other essentials. Cash shortages have hindered imports of raw materials for manufacturing and worsened inflation, which surged to 12.1% in December.news.yahoo.com
A Los Angeles Times photojournalist was beaten by a Taliban fighter before he was identified as Western media while reporting on protests in Kabul
Afghans crowded in the streets Thursday to protest the Taliban and celebrate Afghanistan Independence Day while surrounded by armed Taliban fighters.news.yahoo.com
'A summer of freedom': Vaccine gives new meaning to July 4th
President Joe Biden wants to imbue Independence Day with new meaning this year by encouraging nationwide celebrations to mark the country’s effective return to normalcy after 16 months of coronavirus pandemic disruption and more than 600,000 lives lost.
Greek Independence Day events culminate in military parade
Military helicopters fly over Acropolis Hill during a military parade in Athens, Thursday, March 25, 2021. Greece celebrates the bicentenary of the start of the country's war of independence against the Ottoman Empire. Unable to watch the parade in person, many Athenians came out onto balconies in the center of the city to watch the flyby, snapping pictures with cameras and mobile phones. AdThis crucial blow enabled the Greeks to fight on and eventually gain independence in 1830. “Two centuries ago, a handful of determined fighters within and outside Greece, raised the banner of independence.
Mexico publishes heavily edited probe of exonerated general
FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2016 file photo, Secretary of Defense Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda arrives for a review of the troops that will participate in the Independence Day parade, in Mexico City. Mexican prosecutors on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, declared completely unfounded the U.S. case against Cienfuegos who was arrested on drug charges in the United States and then returned under pressure from the Mexican government. The report released Sunday by the Mexican Attorney General's Office included a 226-page stretch with every page blacked out, followed shortly thereafter by a 275-page stretch of blacked-out pages. In the few readable passages, he says the descriptions of him in the intercepted messages don't match his physical appearance. Cienfuegos was arrested in Los Angeles in October, but the U.S. government dropped its charges against him in November after Mexican officials threatened to restrict U.S. agents.
Poland blames violence at far-right march on hooligans
Protesters burn down bengal fire as they attend in the annual Independence Day march organized by far-right groups for participants to be inside cars or motorbikes because of the coronavirus social distancing, ready for the start of the event in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. The march that marks Poland's sovereignty regained after World War I has often led to clashes with opponents. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)WARSAW – Poland’s ruling right-wing party has blamed violence, injuries and damage during recent national holiday event that it backs on hooligans and provocateurs. “Unfortunately, during the march there took place condemnable events that were the result of hooligans joining in," it said in a statement. The Nov. 11 national holiday marks Poland’s regaining of sovereignty after World War I, following over a century of partition and foreign rule.
A touch of heat relief, but more storms around to wrap up the holiday weekend
It was the hottest day of 2020 so far, as Roanoke hit 95 degrees and Lynchburg rose to 94. Those are the highest temperatures we’ve seen in our area since an early October heatwave in 2019. Hottest day of the year in Roanoke and Lynchburg (WSLS)We should get a touch of relief from the heat today as many areas top out in the upper 80s or low 90s. Today's hourly temperature planner (WSLS)A cold front will be draped across the area today, providing the lift needed for extra clouds and a few storms. The good news to report is we’re not expecting any of those storms to become severe or cause flooding concerns.
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest welcomes visitors for Fourth of July
FOREST, Va. – Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, one of Central Virginia’s strongest ties to the founding fathers, welcomed Independence Day visitors in a different way this year because of covid-19. Poplar Forest guests could still tour the Third President’s former home, but tours were limited to ten people at a time. Everyone at Poplar Forest had to wear a mask, and the museum organized several outdoor activities to keep people at a distance. “A couple of weeks ago, we were very worried that we wouldn’t be able to do anything,” Massie said. However, the house did not open to the public until Independence Day 1986.
Many White House attendees are not social distancing or wearing masks ahead of Trump’s July 4th remarks
The Washington, DC, celebration does not appear to be following US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines concerning gatherings despite deputy White House press secretary Judd Deere telling CNN this week that the White House would enforce social distancing. CNN has asked the White House whether guests are being tested or having temperatures checked but has yet to receive a response. The White House stopped temperature checks of all those entering the White House grounds weeks ago. "Good question, but let me just see," Giroir, the assistant secretary for health for the US Department of Health and Human Services, said when asked if the White House event was setting a good example for other Americans. Trump's remarks, an aide told CNN, will seek to contrast those of former Vice President Joe Biden, which the aide called "truly shocking."
Heating up with the chance of Mother Nature’s fireworks staying low this Independence Day
Our hottest region today appears to be Southside with highs around 95 degrees. The New River Valley and Highlands will be a touch cooler with highs in the upper 80s to low 90s. Independence Day planner (WSLS)We expect mostly sunny skies for the holiday and rain chances appear low at just 20 percent. I can’t completely rule out storms around fireworks time, but the risk appears pretty low. We’ll also get a little relief from the heat tomorrow as highs peak in the mid to upper 80s, seasonable for this time of year.
WATCH: President Trump speaks from Mount Rushmore
President Trump is scheduled to start speaking at Mount Rushmore’s Independence Day celebration on Friday night at 10:10 p.m., according to the White House. The White House says Trump is the first president since George H. W. Bush in 1991 to attend the celebration. Hours before the event, protesters blocked a road leading to the monument. Authorities worked to move the demonstrators, mostly Native Americans protesting that South Dakota’s Black Hills were taken from the Lakota people against treaty agreements. Trump is expected to denounce the protesters he says are trying to “tear down” the nation’s history.
July 4th celebrations taking new shape this year across Southwest, Central Virginia
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, places across Southwest and Central Virginia are changing or canceling festivities and fireworks shows. Cosgrove is putting on fireworks shows across the region and he is making sure that his crews have face coverings and maintain social distancing. He said he’s worried other families might not do the same. “I’m actually more worried about the social distancing this year than I am the fireworks,” said Cosgrove. Renee Wood from TNT Fireworks in Roanoke said sales for at-home fireworks and sparklers have skyrocketed.
17 places to watch fireworks in Southwest, Central Virginia this 4th of July weekend
Many places cited coronavirus guidelines on social distancing as the reason for canceling. With that being said, there are still places this 4th of July weekend you’ll be able to watch fireworks light up the night’s sky. They’re set to begin at 9:30 p.m.Pearisburg: While Mountain Lake couldn’t host this year’s fireworks due to social distancing requirements, the fireworks show has been moved. Covington: The Covington Parks and Recreation Department is hosting fireworks at around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Jackson River Sports Complex. Know about an upcoming fireworks display that’s not included on this list?
Wytheville to host first ever Independence Illumination, July 4th decoration tour
“It was very sad to me because I love the 4th of July,” said Amy Wickham, Wytheville resident. “We’ve tried to stay away from the name “Christmas in July” and we went with the name “Independence Illumination.” I thought that sounded really grand,” said Wickham. The first ever Independence Illumination will officially start Friday, July 3rd and run through Sunday, July 5th, giving families something to do this holiday while social distancing. I’m hoping that we’ll have such a great response that it will become an annual event for the town of Wytheville. If you would like to learn more about Independence Illumination, click here.
Narrows moves ahead with 4th of July fireworks
Narrows, Va. – Fireworks are on in Narrows this Fourth of July. The towns firework committee announced the “drive-in” show this week. The Independence Day show kicks off at 9:45 p.m. According to the committee, the best viewing locations are:Most of the high school hill areaNHS parking lotAll businesses along 460 ( please note it is illegal to park in the median )Farmers Market - Center StreetDuck Pond - Mill Pond FieldDue to the global coronavirus pandemic, you are asked to stay around your car to prevent large gatherings and the spread of the virus. The show is put together on behalf of Narrows Parks & Recreation and Narrows Firework committee.
Vinton cancels annual July 4 fireworks
VINTON, Va. – If you’re looking ahead to Independence Day celebrations, you won’t be catching fireworks in Vinton. Town officials announced Tuesday night they are canceling the annual July 4 fireworks display, as well as all other planned activities and entertainment for the town’s Independence Day Celebration. Officials said the move is a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and Gov. Vinton is also not granting any permits for street closures or stage rentals for events, concerts and festivals during June. Town officials said they look forward to hosting the July 4 fireworks again in 2021.
NYPD Cops Buy Groceries for Woman Accused of Shoplifting at Whole Foods
Three New York City Police Department officers were feeling the love on Independence Day when they paid for a woman's groceries after she was accused of shoplifting. The person wrote that the woman was being held by security in a Whole Foods, accused of having food in her bag that she didn't pay for. Then three officers showed up to the scene, and they went above and beyond the call of duty. They paid for the woman's groceries. The photo showed her with her hands over her face, clearly emotional at the officers' kindness.
Virginia officials warn of state hospital bed shortage
Getty ImagesRICHMOND, Va. - Virginia mental health officials are warning that state hospitals could run out of room over the Independence Day holiday weekend. Dr. Hughes Melton, state commissioner of behavioral health and developmental services, issued a warning to mental health agencies, private psychiatric hospitals and law enforcement officials. Melton said there will be times over the weekend when there will not be any open staffed beds at state hospitals. That could force people to wait in temporary custody until beds become available in public or private psychiatric facilities. He said the state will not allow those patients to leave without treatment.
Thousands celebrate Independence Day at Martinsville Speedway
RIDGEWAY, Va. - Martinsville Speedway replaced its cars with a carnival for the Fourth of July. The speedway hosted an Independence Day celebration, which attracted thousands of people from around Southside Virginia. The celebration featured free carnival rides, two musical performances and fireworks when the sun went down. "It's an honor to celebrate our nation's independence and have this celebration with everyone in Henry County coming out to the speedway," Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell said. The celebration has been a Fourth of July tradition for the speedway for more than 20 years, and Campbell says he is not going to stop the tradition any time soon.
VFW Post 1264 organizes Independence Day ride for charity
ROANOKE, Va. - Members of Roanoke's Veterans of Foreign Wars post took a motorcycle ride for a good reason on Independence Day. VFW Post 1264 organized a "poker run" in support of two charities: the Wounded Warrior Project and Salem's Hope Tree Family Services. The riders left from the VFW post and made stops at several organizations around town, including Disabled American Veterans and American Veterans (AMVETS) Post 40. David Collier says the riders wanted to show their American pride by giving back to the community. The VFW post also hosted a raffle to raise additional money for the two charities.
Miss May swimming near New Jersey - all 10 feet, 800 lbs. of her
An 800-pound, 10-foot white shark named Miss May has been spotted electronically off the New Jersey shore just in time for Independence Day. Oceanographers tagged it in February in Mayport, Florida, so Miss May has come a long way to be here. (CNN) - Miss May is swimming on July Fourth. The 800-pound, 10-foot white shark has been spotted electronically off the New Jersey shore just in time for Independence Day. Oceanographers tagged it in February in Mayport, Florida, so Miss May has come a long way to be here.
Weather to set off a few fireworks too this Independence Day
ROANOKE, Va. - Independence Day is here again, and with it comes the chance for a few of nature's fireworks. By tonight, the low pressure system responsible for these storms will sit near the area. It's east of that low pressure where storms will form around fireworks time. So, the chance for storms tonight looks to be scattered mainly east of the Blue Ridge Parkway. However, if low pressure can form along the coast - we may still have the chance for some showers next Tuesday and Wednesday.