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Today in History

Charles Martel of Gaul dies at Quierzy. His mayoral power is divided between his two sons, Pepin III and Carloman.
Four warships in a Royal Navy fleet off the Isles of Scilly run aground in severe weather because their navigators are unable to accurately calculate their positions. Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell and more than 1,500 sailors aboard the wrecked vessels drown, making the incident one of the worst maritime disasters in the history of the British Isles.
Princeton University, in New Jersey, receives its charter.
The first successful parachute descent is made by Andre-Jacques Garnerin, who jumps from a balloon at some 2,200 feet over Paris.
The Tennessee Legislature adjourns ending David “Davy” Crockett‘s state political career.
Sam Houston is sworn in as the first president of the Republic of Texas.
Union troops push 5,000 confederates out of Maysville, Ark., at the Second Battle of Pea Ridge.
Spain declares war on the Moors in Morocco.
Ringling Brothers buys Barnum & Bailey.
The U.S. places their economic support behind Allies.
The cities of Baltimore and Washington run out of coffins during the “Spanish Influenza” epidemic.
Chester Carlson invents the photocopier. He tries to sell the machine to IBM, RCA, Kodak and others, but they see no use for a gadget that makes nothing but copies.
As a result of the Geneva accords granting Communist control over North Vietnam, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorizes a crash program to train the South Vietnamese Army.
The prototype of the F-105 Thunder Chief makes its maiden flight.
The U.S. reveals Soviet missile sites in Cuba. President John F. Kennedy orders a naval and air blockade on further shipments of military equipment to Cuba. Following a confrontation that threatens nuclear war, Kennedy and Khrushchev agree on October 28 on a formula to end the crisis. On November 2 Kennedy reports that Soviet missile bases in Cuba are being dismantled.
Jean Paul Sartre declines the Nobel Prize for Literature.
The Soviet Union launches Luna 12 for orbit around the moon
Operation Linebacker I, the bombing of North Vietnam with B-52 bombers, ends.
The Papal inauguration of Pope John Paul II takes place; born Karol Jozef Wojtyla. The Polish-born Wojtyla is the first non-Italian pope since Pope Adrian VI died in 1523; he would become the second-longest serving pope in the history of the Papacy and exercise considerable influence on events of the later portion of the 20th century.
The US Federal Labor Relations authority decertifies the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) from representing federal air traffic controllers, as a result of a PATCO strike in August that was broken by the Reagan Administration.
Maurice Papon, formerly an official in the Vichy France government during World War II, is jailed for crimes against humanity for his role in deporting more than 1,600 Jews to concentration camps.
Tropical Storm Alpha forms, making 2005 the most active Atlantic hurricane season on record with 22 named storms.

Grit Isn't Enough to Help Students Overcome Poverty

Parents infuriated after football coach directs players to mock student with gay parents

A high school football coach in Maine has stepped down after he allegedly encouraged his players to make fun of a rival player because he was raised by a gay couple.

Nursing crisis strains US hospitals

A shortage of nurses at U.S. hospitals hit West Virginia’s Charleston Area Medical Center at the worst possible time.
The non-profit healthcare system is one of the state’s largest employers and sits in the heart of economically depressed coal country. It faces a $40 million deficit this year as it struggles with fewer privately insured patients, cuts in government reimbursement and higher labor costs to attract a shrinking pool of nurses.
To keep its operations intact, Charleston Medical is spending this year $12 million on visiting or “travel” nurses, twice as much as three years ago. It had no need for travel nurses a decade ago.

Pressure mounts on insurance companies to consider their role in opioid epidemic

A prominent Democratic lawmaker asked major health insurers whether their policies and preferred prescription drug lists have made the nation’s opioid epidemic worse.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, wrote to the companies after an article by ProPublica and The New York Times found that insurance companies sometimes favor cheaper, more addictive opioids over less addictive, but more expensive, alternatives.

Tech companies to lobby for immigrant ‘Dreamers’ to remain in U.S.

Tech companies to lobby for immigrant ‘Dreamers’ to remain in U.S.
Nearly two dozen major U.S. companies in technology and other industries are planning to launch a coalition to demand legislation that would allow young, illegal immigrants a path to permanent residency, according to documents seen by Reuters.…

Two-Thirds Of Voters Demand Tougher Gun Laws After Wingnuts Pretend Vegas Shooting Never Happened

Two-Thirds Of Voters Demand Tougher Gun Laws After Wingnuts Pretend Vegas Shooting Never Happened
Wingnuts may continue to live in their NRA-funded bubbles, but it's clear the American people – Democrats, Independents and wingnuts – are still hungry for tougher gun laws. …

Texas City Will Only Give Out Hurricane Harvey Relief to Residents Who Swear Not to Boycott Israel

Widow faces potential felony charges because she can’t afford to cremate her husband

A Georgia woman says she could face arrest because she can’t afford the funeral expense for her late husband.
A funeral home storing the man’s remains said it may press charges for abandonment of a body.

‘The world will burn’

While serving a search warrant for possession of child pornography to a man in Pinellas County, Florida, police found explosives, weapons and maps of local schools.

In Anti-Megyn Kelly Rant, Jones Says 'Stop Sexualizing Our Children'

Racist, Violent, Unpunished

Cops Taser 86-year-old unarmed black man for his own safety

Kingstree Police Officer Stephen Sweikata said he deployed a Taser on Chatfield because he was worried for the man’s safety.

Florida probation officer’s racist rant against ‘fucking Mexicans’ caught on camera

Florida probation officer’s racist rant against ‘fucking Mexicans’ caught on camera

Twitter’s Animal Farm TOS Enforcement Greenlights Misogyny, Dumbass Trump, his Sycophants and Russian Bots

Last week, Twitter suspended Rose McGowan’s account because, according to Twitter, she violated TOS.…
The problems here are so familiar to anyone who has been harassed or threatened on Twitter. The rules are applied discriminately and by Twitter’s own admission, suspended if the person tweeting is “newsworthy” or more specifically Dumbass J. Trump.

Nazis arrested for attempted homicide after Richard Spencer’s shriek gave Nazi salute before shooting at protestors

According to police, the trio argued with and threatened a group of protestors demonstrating against Spencer, who was shrieking a small mob at the University of Florida Phillips Center for Performing Arts.

‘Why don’t you like me, dog?’

‘Why don’t you like me, dog?’: Black protester hugs neo-Nazi outside Richard Spencer shriek

Wildlife Killing Contests Are Sick, Cruel and Have No Place in Civilized Society

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