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Eric Adams says he wants to end NYCs school mask mandate, calls himself conservative on crime – New York Post

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Mayor-elect Eric Adams took to the airwaves Sunday and declared he wants to nix mask mandates in the classroom and called himself “conservative” on public safety.

Adams fears masks are stopping students from making friends and said he wants to end the school mask mandate when he takes office come Jan. 1.

“If we can find a safe way to do it, I look forward to getting rid of the mask,” Adams told CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday morning.

“Part of the socialization of a child is that smile.”

“Not being able to see the smiles of our children has a major impact.”

“But it must be done with the science so we don’t go back to closing our city down.”

As recently as Thursday city officials could not say what it would take to lift the mask requirement in public schools, even as kids aged 5 and up can now get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Eric Adams fears masks are stopping students from making friends.
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At his daily press briefing on Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio conceded there is currently no end in sight for masks in schools.

Parents and students.
“Not being able to see the smiles of our children has a major impact,” Eric Adams said.
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“I would say, as a general view, that out of an abundance of caution, I would keep the masks in place, at least in the short term because they’ve really worked, because the kids have adapted to them well, the adults have adapted to them well,” de Blasio said.

“But I would also say, as an everyday person, I look forward to the day when we don’t need them. We just need to make sure we’re absolutely certain that’s the right moment.”

Adams, a former police captain, also talked tough about cracking down on violence during his press engagements on Sunday morning.

Mayor Bill de Blasio with students.
Mayor Bill de Blasio conceded there is currently no end in sight for masks in schools.
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Adams believes criminals busted with guns need to be locked up longer to prevent shootings like when a 26-year-old woman was hit in the leg by a stray bullet while pushing her 2-year-old daughter in a stroller in the Bronx on Thursday night.

“I am conservative on public safety when you see 13-year-old children in our schools stabbed in libraries and a woman was shot while walking down the block with a baby in a carriage,” Adams told NPR’s Weekend Edition.

“When I use the term ‘conservative’, I have zero tolerance for abusive and criminal and violent behavior.

Eric Adams.
Eric Adams also believes that criminals arrested with guns need to be locked up longer to prevent shootings.
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“I don’t believe people who discharge guns on Monday should be out of jail on Tuesday, the next day – that’s not acceptable.

“I know what we need to stop the abusiveness of law enforcement but at the same time get the safety we deserve.”

Week 9: Denver Broncos at Dallas Cowboys gameday inactives – Mile High Report

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The Denver Broncos had a COVID-19 protocol with Drew Lock. He experienced a close contact and learned of it after the team landed. While official word that he tested positive hasn’t been released, a vaccinated player is only isolated if a positive test is received. The league is onw conducting contact tracing.

Aside from losing their backup quarterback, the Broncos are also really thin at edge rusher with Malik Reed being downgraded to out this week. That’ll leave them with Johnathon Cooper, Andre Mintze, and Stephen Weatherly. Another blow to the defense came in the form of Mike Purcell being inactive as well. That will likely leave the middle of the defense a little soft at the point of attack. Not ideal with Zeke Elliot in the backfield for the Dallas Cowboys.

Speaking of the Cowboys, they had both their starting wide receivers CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper on their injury reports, but both are active and will be playing. The only notable player out for them in this game is tackle Tyron Smith.

Here is your full inactives list for the Broncos-Cowboys game in Week 9.

Broncos inactives

PlayerPosition
PlayerPosition
Drew LockQB
Malik ReedOLB
Jamar JohnsonS
Garett BollesOT
Mike PurcellNT

Cowboys inactives

PlayerPosition
PlayerPosition
Tyron SmithOT
Will GrierQB
Israel MukuamuS
Simi FehokoWR

Kim Kardashians Friends Reportedly Encouraged Her to Go For It With Pete Davidson – Yahoo Lifestyle

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While Kim Kardashian was visiting New York last week, she had at least two date nights with Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson. If anyone is surprised by this pairing, they can look at her friends. A source told Us Weekly on Saturday that Kardashian has received a lot of encouragement to pursue the connection from the intimate circle around her.

“One of the first things Kim did was to get her family and friends’ advice, and they all encouraged her to go for it,” the insider said. “It’s been very obvious for a while now that she’s been missing some fun and laughter in her life, and of course Pete offers that in abundance.”

Photos surfaced in October of Kardashian and Davidson holding hands as they road the rollercoaster at Knott’s Scary Farm just before Halloween, accompanied by Kim’s sister Kourtney Kardashian and her fiancé, Travis Barker. Barker and Davidson are friends and at first it was played off that Kardashian and Davidson were just friends, too. But they admitted earlier this week that more is brewing.

Though things are going well and the pair are having fun, Kardashian’s friends are apparently also warning her to go slow. The media mogul filed for divorce from her husband Kanye West earlier this year and they’re still going through proceedings.

“People are happy for Kim, but at the same time they’re urging her not to get too carried away or ahead of herself,” the source said. “Pete has this heartbreaker reputation for a reason, and while his intentions might be honorable, there’s a slight fear that Kim could be setting herself up for a vulnerable situation.”

Davidson does have a very star-studded dating history. The 27-year-old recently ended things with Bridgerton lead Phoebe Dynevor. Before Dynevor, he was connected with Kate Beckinsale, Cazzie David, and was famously engaged to Ariana Grande before they called it quits.

On Kardashian’s side, she is still contending with West—they have four children together and still seem to support one another in their creative endeavors. And West reportedly wants Kardashian back. He did unfollow her this week on Instagram after rumors of her relationship with Davidson surfaced.

“It’s so refreshing for Kim to be dating someone who’s almost the total opposite of her previous relationships,” the insider tells Us. “Pete’s just chill and doesn’t sweat the small stuff at all, which Kim finds really sexy.”

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Sudan internet cuts complicate civil disobedience campaign against coup – CNN

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Local “resistance committees” and the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), which led demonstrations in the uprising that toppled then-president Omar al-Bashir in April 2019, are organizing a campaign of protests to try to reverse the military takeover.

People were out on Sunday on the streets in the center of the capital, Khartoum, though there was less traffic than usual, residents said.

A teachers’ union said security forces used tear gas at the education ministry building for Khartoum State to break up a sit-in staged to oppose any handover to military appointees. Some 87 people were arrested, it said.

In the Burri neighborhood of Khartoum and across the river in the Ombada area of Omdurman, police also used tear gas to break up protests, eyewitnesses said.

There were protests too in the cities of Medani, Nyala, and Atbara, where hundreds protested the re-appointment of Bashir loyalists in local government, eyewitnesses said.

Internet disruption

Pro-democracy protesters demonstrate for the end of military intervention and for the transfer to civilian rule in Khartoum, Sudan on November 4, 2021.Pro-democracy protesters demonstrate for the end of military intervention and for the transfer to civilian rule in Khartoum, Sudan on November 4, 2021.

Some hospitals and medical staff in Khartoum were working normally while others were on strike.

“A number of people did not know about the call for civil disobedience because of the internet cut,” said one resident in central Khartoum who asked not to be named.

Internet services have been badly disrupted since the October 25 coup, and phone coverage remains patchy. Although daily life came to a near standstill, shops, roads, and some banks have since reopened.

The coup halted a power-sharing arrangement between the military and civilians that had been agreed after Bashir’s overthrow and was meant to lead to democratic elections by late 2023.

The military has taken over in Sudan. Here's what happenedThe military has taken over in Sudan. Here's what happened

Top civilians including several ministers were detained, and Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was placed under house arrest.

Since the coup, mediation efforts involving the United Nations have sought the release of detainees and a return to power sharing, but sources from the ousted government say those efforts have stalled.

On Sunday, the commander in chief of the military, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, met an Arab League delegation, which stressed the importance of dialog and the democratic transition, his office said in a statement.

Burhan told the delegation the military was committed to achieving “the Sudanese people’s ambitions,” the statement said.

Activists demanding that the military exit politics have announced a schedule of protests leading up to mass rallies on November 13 under the slogan “No negotiation, no partnership, no compromise.”

Hundreds of thousands took to the streets against military rule in two demonstrations before and after the October 25 coup.

Western powers have paused economic assistance to Sudan and say that relief on tens of billions of dollars of foreign debt is at risk unless there is a return to democratic transition.

NASA warns that massive asteroid is headed towards Earth – but there’s no need to panic – The Independent

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An asteroid the size of the Eiffel Tower is heading for Earth in December, according to NASA.

But there is no need to panic, as the US space agency’s asteroid tracker says that “potentially hazardous” rock will only pass within 2.4m miles of Earth on 11 December.

Although the 330m wide asteroid, which is named “4660 Nereus”, is unlikely to pose any threat, it is predicted to make 12 more close passes in the coming decades.

The closest approach the egg-shaped asteroid will make is predicted to be 14 February, 2060, when it will be just under 745,645 miles away.

For comparison, the distance between the Earth and the Moon is around 239,000 miles.

The asteroid was first discovered by scientists in 1982, and because of its close orbit to Earth it is potentially accessible by spacecraft.

There are not currently any planned expeditions to explore the asteroid but it has been considered.

NASA’s Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous-Shoemaker (NEAR) robotic mission and the Japanese Hayabusa mission both considered Nereus as targets, before choosing other options.

Three countries have previously landed spacecraft on asteroids and they are considered targets for future mining operations.

Last month the United Arab Emirates announced plans for missions to explore asteroids, and would become the first Arab country to do so.

Their missions is scheduled to start in 2028 and will include exploration of seven asteroids as well as Venus, culminating with a 2033 asteroid landing.

It is not unusual for large asteroids to pass close to Earth.

In March a rock the size of the Golden Gate Bridge came within 1.25m miles of Earth.

NASA classifies asteroids as “potentially hazardous” when they come within 4.65m miles of Earth and are larger than 500ft in diameter.

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