Good morning. Hope you had a great weekend. One Colorado family sure didn’t – a bear entered their home through the front door, and exited “like the Kool-Aid man“… oh yeah.
“Even the best weeks start with Monday” –Nice Peter
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ICE and Immigration
This past June, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation was expected to be launched targeting 2,000 families facing deportation orders across 10 US cities. This operation was delayed as President Trump and top Democratic leaders sought compromise on immigration issues.
Last Wednesday, ICE agents entered seven factories in Mississippi, detaining 680 people suspected to be unauthorized workers. Court documents that secured the search warrants indicated six of the seven plants were employing people who lacked authorization to work in the US. By Thursday, about 300 detainees had been released.
What happens next? Immigration reform and border security are hot-button issues that could shape the 2020 election – let’s see what people are saying.
After Horrific ICE Raids in Mississippi, How We Can Respond
How far would your team go to keep an even playing field? During the U19 Women’s Lacrosse World Championship tournament in Ontario, Israel faced-off against Kenya in a game that saw Israel winning 13-4. But Kenya had one noticeable disadvantage: they had no cleats. The Israeli women took notice, and delivered brand new cleats to their Kenyan rivals the next day – all made to size. The day after the Kenyan team received the shoes, they captured their second tournament game win, defeating Belgium 16-9. Sportsmanship at its finest.
At age 20, Amonte Green found himself without a job or parents. His mom had passed away while he was in high school, and when his nearby family members couldn’t take him in, Green moved to a group home and was forced to drop out of school and work full time. After a verbal altercation with another member of the group home turned physical, Green was sent to jail for 33 days. Helpless and with no one else to call, he turned to the only person he could think of – his 8th grade math teacher, Kate Demory. Demory had tutored him prior to his mother’s passing and the two had remained in touch (Green texted her every Mother’s Day). Following his release from jail, Demory and her husband took him in and started a GoFundMe campaign to help get him back on his feet. Thanks to their help, Green now has a job and a place to stay, but he’s determined to give back. He’s using what’s left over from his GoFundMe campaign to build a non-profit, The Green House, where people in positions like he once was can receive education, mentorship and community.
When Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi had an opportunity to try out for the NFL, he took it – or rather, created it. Homeless and sleeping outside a Miami gym waiting for his chance, Sheehy-Guiseppi talked his way into a Cleveland Browns’ tryout by convincing team executives he knew the VP of Player Personnel (he didn’t), but that bluff got him on the field. That’s when the talk morphed into action – he ran the 40 yard dash in 4.38 seconds, turning heads and earning himself a spot at training camp. To top it off, he returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown in the team’s first preseason game. Though he hasn’t officially made the squad yet, it seems Sheehy-Guiseppi’s determination might just earn him a spot on an NFL roster.
Alleged pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his jail cell over the weekend. Epstein had previously been injured with bruises to the neck while in custody and was placed on suicide watch, though it was removed prior to his death – the FBI and DOJ have opened investigations.
Hong Kong protests continued another week as demonstrators took to the streets Saturday and Sunday. Despite warnings from Beijing, the pro-democracy protests have intensified, often ending in violence between police and protesters.
According to various reports, the theater subscription service MoviePass actively changed users’ passwords (among other things) to prevent ticket purchases the company couldn’t afford. The company’s subscriber base has dropped from over 3 million people to a little over 200,000 in recent years.
On-the-spot car rental service, Car2go, is raising its hourly rental rates by as much as a third. The new cost structure will go into effect next month – you can check it out in full using the link below.
BlackRock, the world’s biggest money manager, is now the largest shareholder in Authentic Brands Group (Sports Illustrated, Nine West, Aéropostale and others) after investing $875 million at a more than $4 billion valuation.
Foot Locker will open more than 50 “Power” stores, which essentially are massive locations four times the size of the Foot Locker you’d find in your local mall. The newest store opened in partnership with Nike this past Saturday in NYC, and it marks the first time Nike has put its tech into another retailers’ shops.