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White House photo shows Trump being briefed with accurate Hurricane Dorian map before it was altered to include Alabama

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The fact that we are even spending cycles on this is just disgusting on so many levels. He could have just skipped it: he said Alabama but was going on very old and no longer accurate data, the weather service and many in the media called it out to correct it, he could have just ignored it or even done something plausible and blamed a lackey for not showing him newer maps, and let us all move on with things that are still unimportant but matter just a bit more. Instead hes turned it into a full on feud, day after day of “im not wrong, youre wrong”.

If anyone wasnt convinced he is a manbaby capable of only the kind of trite interactions a 5 year old has while trying to talk his way out of punishment for spilling milk on the carpet, we have a NEW best practices guide for that. Turns out that when you point out the President skipped his international obligations to stay home and “monitor the impending dangerous conditions” and instead skips THAT and goes golfing, and gets called out on it because he doesnt actually do jack anything related to being a leader but still has to show off his fancy vocabulary like “alabama” while jumping on/off his helicopter, it really gets under his thin, orange skin.

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Young men have died in fraternities every year for 2 decades. But frats are slow to change

As first-time students settle in at college campuses each fall, Debbie Smith can’t help but feel dread. In 2005, her son Matthew Carrington started a similar journey at California State University, Chico.

He, like many young men, found himself pledging for a fraternity. That was odd, Smith said, because he had never expressed that much interest in Greek life. But his friend wanted to join Chi Tau, and he convinced Carrington to join him.

They expected collegiality, a place to call home away from home. The virtues of Greek life are supposed to include higher grades and a sense of camaraderie that lasts a lifetime. 

But you have to be alive to benefit.

To join the fraternal brotherhood, Carrington and others were forced to endure months of hazing rituals as part of a process known as pledging. Their initiation culminated when they did a series of strenuous calisthenics in a basement floor. Pipes in the house had backed up, spewing sewage in the basement. Fans blew cold air onto them as their would-be brothers had them drink water repeatedly from a 5-gallon jug. They soiled themselves, but kept going. For Carrington, it proved too much for his body to handle. 

He died. 

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The words “In the basement, no one can hear you scream” were reportedly scrawled on the subterranean walls.

Few may have heard Carrington as he suffered, but Smith has been speaking for him since in the hopes of preventing another hazing death. Still, the dread persists.

“You’re on pins and needles, you know, all through the school year,” Smith said. “Because you know it’s going to happen to somebody. We don’t know who, we don’t know where, we don’t know when, but we know what’s going to happen. And what do we do? I mean, how do we make that not happen?” 

Every year for the past two decades, at least one young man has died in connection with fraternity hazing. Whether it’s alcohol poisoning, extreme physical labor, or physical injuries, dozens of lives have been lost in the name of fraternal kinship. Yet rush continues, pledge classes carry out antics, and Greek initiations roll on. In 2018-2019, the North American Interfraternity Conference, an organization with 66 fraternities, expects to have more than 300,000 members.

Should universities be blamed? Lawsuit says yes

Supporters and active members of fraternities say the deaths are isolated incidents that do not represent the whole of the Greek life experience. Greek organizations get young people involved in public service, they point out, and they connect college students with a built-in network of successful and supportive alumni.  

In 2017, the annual death toll at fraternities spiked to four, reviving an old discussion: Are the benefits of fraternity membership worth the lives of young adults? 

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Why pledge? ‘The right community of people’

There have been more than 250 hazing deaths at schools in America since the 1800s, according to Hank Nuwer, a journalism professorat Franklin College. Nuwer says he triple-checks details and conducts interviews to maintain his database of hazing deaths in America. 

With such risks, why join at all?

New college students are willing to forgo fraternities’ toxic reputations for a ready-made network of friends in a setting where many students may know few people. Greek organizations also raise money for charity or volunteer their time, which may appeal to civic-minded young men. And many active members insist their experiences don’t align with the popular perception made ubiquitous thanks in part to films like “Animal House” or in more recent years, “Neighbors.” 

Archit Dhar, a 20-year-old junior studying systems engineering, is president of Sigma Alpha Mu at the University of Pennsylvania, though he started college thinking he wouldn’t join a fraternity. He wasn’t thrilled about joining what seemed to be “this very toxically masculine environment.” He worried about hazing and if he would fit in with a culture that was mostly white. 

Consider this:She fell asleep after drinking at a frat — and died. 15 years later, not much has changed

In spite of those fears, he said he found himself drawn to the rushing experience, and he stuck with it. 

“If you find the right community of people who are embracing the fact that you’re different, and that everyone has their own unique diversity to them, it is a very healthy environment to be in,” he said.

Fraternities have changed — a little

Recent deaths have increased pressure on fraternities to change — and they have, a little. 

The North America Interfraternity Council recently adopted a policy that prohibits hard liquor from fraternity houses, said Judson Horras, the group’s president. Horras stressed it was students who voted to adopt that policy. The group also has worked with parents who lost their children to hazing, he said, to push for stronger anti-hazing laws.

Horras said fraternities do err. He called the high-profile death in 2017 of Timothy Piazza, a 19-year-old Penn State University student, “tragic.” (Piazza died after a hazing ritual that had him consume a “life-threatening” amount of alcohol. He later fell down a flight of stairs.)

Falling, ignored by frat members:The shocking final hours of Penn State pledge Timothy Piazza’s life

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But Horras said the attention-grabbing bad incidents mask the positive experiences of Greek life. 

“It’s certainly not perfect,” Horras said. “We’re dealing with college students.” 

The benefits of Greek life, he added, are “timeless.” And despite the bad press around hazing deaths, enrollment numbers are on the rise.

“It gives you a place of home when you arrive on a college campus,” he said. “It’s the place that you select as your connection and your brotherhood.”

Some fraternities have made more significant changes. Sigma Phi Epsilon may have adopted the most extensive measures, after the death of Tucker Hipps in 2014. The fraternity’s CEO, Brian C. Warren Jr., said there are antiquated practices in fraternities that Greek organizations should rethink.

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To start, the fraternity’s members in 2017 voted to ban alcohol in its houses. 

They’ve also overhauled their process for recruiting members. Many fraternities encourage members to join during a set period of time near the beginning of the school year known as rush. The recruiting period, which involves visits to many Greek houses to meet their members, is often associated with binge drinking.

The process isn’t inviting to students who may be shy or wary of boisterous partying associated with fraternities. And rush is more attractive to people who are more prone to risky behavior, Warren said. Those less familiar with fraternities, like first-generation students, may be less willing to spend a week joining an organization.

Must-read:Secret frats, and what else to look out for during college fraternity rush

So, Warren said, the fraternity has done away with rush. It now encourages year-round recruiting.

The fraternity also says it no longer allows pledging, a sort of trial period in which new members prove themselves to the fraternity. Warren argued the practice is practically synonymous with hazing.

More hazing deaths ahead?

But that’s just one fraternity, and one with a questionable death tied to its name. Activists look at the dozens of Greek organizations who haven’t changed to their liking and warn more deaths are ahead.  

One of those activists is Cindy Hipps, the mother of Tucker Hipps. She believes his death was tied to a hazing incident while pledging for Sigma Phi Epsilon. (Officially, the case is unsolved. The fraternity declined to comment on Hipps’ death.)

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“If you talk to the fraternities, they think they have made a lot of changes,” Hipps said. “But if you look at the statistics, to me, I don’t really see that much change.”

Parents like Hipps and Smith have gone to state legislatures to push for changes, but such efforts often only come after someone has already died. What’s more, states don’t have the appetite to regulate fraternities directly, so most new laws simply make hazing a more serious criminal offense. Matt’s Law in California, named after Smith’s son, made it a felony to participate in hazing that resulted in death. The Tucker Hipps Law in South Carolina required universities to publish reports that document fraternities that have broken rules. 

Colleges also have a long history of trying to eliminate hazing without success, through sanctions against fraternities or by asking Greek members to help change their culture, said Kevin Kruger, president of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, an organization of college staffers. In fact, notes from the group’s founding year, 1919, show members were strategizing over what to do about hazing. Not much has changed. 

In recent years universities have been quicker to act against fraternities who step out of line, Kruger said. That might include revoking a fraternity’s charter or recognition on campus, or it might mean the more drastic option of shutting down Greek life altogether. 

The challenge with doing that, experts say, is universities risk driving the organizations “underground.” They essentially keep operating, but without university-sanctioned activities — and accountability. 

Some universities do ban or otherwise try to prohibit fraternities. Recently, Swarthmore College banned Greek Life after it was found that a fraternity on campus had written misogynistic messages in a group document. Administrators say the college community supported the end of Greek life on campus because the chapters voluntarily closed.

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At Harvard, single-sex fraternities are technically allowed. But students who are part of these groups are barred from holding “leadership positions” in athletic teams or in student groups recognized by the university. Single-sex clubs “run counter to Harvard’s long-standing non-discrimination principles, and have an outsized and negative impact on the social and personal experiences of Harvard College students,” according to the college’s policy on social organizations.

The policy has been controversial, and a group of fraternities and sororities has sued the university to stop it, saying it’s discriminatory toward students who want to be part of the groups. That lawsuit is still pending.  

For parents who have lost their children to hazing, the solution remains elusive. 

For Hipps, more education on hazing prevention could help, but more substantial change is necessary. She thinks universities should do more to curb problem behavior. And if that means banning fraternities, so be it. 

Smith is an advocate for education. She said forbidding young men to participate in these activities may further drive them toward hazing. But sometimes she thinks her approach involves too many risks.

“Too many kids are being tortured and killed,” she said. “And for what? To be a part of something that when it all comes down to it, they don’t have their back. They don’t protect them.”

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Princess Charlotte arrives for first day at school with Kate Middleton, Prince William and big brother Prince George

Princess Charlotte grinned as she arrived for her first day of school today, clutching mom Kate Middleton’s hand.

The four-year-old royal was “very excited” to start at Thomas’ in Battersea, South London, this morning as she walked into class with her big brother Prince George and dad Prince William.

Duchess Kate, 37, held onto Charlotte’s bag — accessorized with a pink sequin unicorn — as they walked into the classroom, while dad William, also 37, held onto George’s hand.

PRINCESS CHARLOTTE STICKS HER TONGUE OUT AT CROWD

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Britain’s Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, accompanied by her father, Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, her mother, Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is greeted by Helen Haslem, head of the lower school on her arrival for her first day of school at Thomas’s Battersea in London on Sept. 5, 2019. (Getty)

And while Princess Charlotte smiled, she appeared to let the nerves get the better of her as she hid behind mom Kate and flicked her ponytail as they walked inside.

She shook hands with lower school headteacher Helen Haslem, who crouched down to meet her at eye level.

Dad William told Ms. Haslem that his daughter was “very excited” for her first day.

The Duchess of Cambridge smiled and asked: “How are you? Did you have a nice summer?” as Ms. Haslem bent down to shake the children’s hands.

KENSINGTON PALACE SHARES ADORABLE NEW PHOTOS OF PRINCESS CHARLOTTE

Charlotte will today start reception, joining Prince George, 6, who is beginning his third term at the fee-paying school.

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Princess Charlotte arrives for her first day of school at Thomas’s Battersea in London, with her brother Prince George and her parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Sept. 5, 2019 in London. (Getty)

The school usually charges $7,900 a term – or about $24,000 a year – but Princess Charlotte will only be charged $7,800 a term, or roughly $23,500 a year, as she gets a sibling discount.

And third-in-line to the throne George is said to be “excited and proud” to show his little sister around the school.

Charlotte, who will be known as Charlotte Cambridge, had been driven to the school in the family’s Land Rover Discovery, arriving about 8:15 a.m.

PRINCE WILLIAM’S ADORABLE NICKNAME FOR PRINCESS CHARLOTTE REVEALED

The princess smiled as she arrived in her brand new uniform of a pinafore with a white summer blouse, and black shoes and white socks, ready to join her reception class of 21 other students.

Mom-of-three Kate, who wore a stunning $265 Michael Kors midi dress, appeared excited as she helped with the first-time drop-off, having missed out on Prince George’s big day in 2017.

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Princess Charlotte arrives for her first day of school, with her brother Prince George and her parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, at Thomas’s Battersea in London on Sept. 5, 2019 in London. (Getty)

At the time, she was pregnant with Prince Louis and suffering from acute morning sickness, known as hyperemesis gravidarum.

Prince William took Prince George to school while Kate stayed at home, with adorable photos showing the dad carrying his son’s book bag.

KATE MIDDLETON REVEALS PRINCE GEORGE, PRINCESS CHARLOTTE LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY

Both first-day school runs for Charlotte and George were relatively quiet events, with huge crowds of photographers having turned up for William’s first day as he was dropped off by Princess Diana.

Kate and William are said to be hands-on parents, both regularly spotted doing the school run.

And it will be a big day for Charlotte, who is expected to start learning French once a week at her new school.

Thomas’s Battersea, which describes itself as a Christian school and is open to children of all faiths, believes in “praise as the greatest motivator.”

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Britain’s Princess Charlotte of Cambridge gestures as she arrives for her first day of school at Thomas’s Battersea in London on Sept. 5, 2019. (Getty)

It is also taught that kindness is as important as academic success.

PRINCE WILLIAM, KATE MIDDLETON STUN PASSENGERS ON COMMERCIAL FLIGHT

Art, ballet, drama, ICT, French, music and physical education are all taught by specialist teachers from a child’s first day.

It comes after we revealed adorable photos of Prince Harry and Princess Beatrice for their first day of school.

We recently revealed Prince George will reportedly be showing Princess Charlotte the ropes when she joins him at school.

And the royal siblings reportedly “lean” on each other as play dates with outsiders can be tricky, a royal source has claimed.

This article originally appeared in The Sun.

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Hurricane Dorian Updates: Category 3 Storm Rakes the Carolinas

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Waves crashed against a pier in Folly Beach, S.C., on Wednesday. The Carolinas are bracing for storm surge as Hurricane Dorian approaches.CreditEric Thayer for The New York Times

Much of the Carolina coast was being buffeted by heavy rain and strong winds from the outer bands of Hurricane Dorian on Thursday morning, as the storm continued to creep on its parallel path north along the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, guaranteeing trouble for coastal residents even if its center stays offshore.

The storm had strengthened to Category 3 late Wednesday night, and by Thursday morning it was about 80 miles from Charleston, S.C., according to the National Hurricane Center. Its hurricane-force winds were extending as far as 60 miles from the center, with tropical-storm-force winds extending up to 195 miles. Forecasters said storm surge waters could flood up to eight feet in some areas.

On Thursday morning, Dorian’s rain bands were whipping cities from Savannah, Ga., to Wilmington, N.C.

With a hurricane warning in effect from the Savannah River north to the North Carolina-Virginia border — and thousands of residents cleared out of coastal areas after mandatory evacuations — there was little to do on Wednesday night but wait for those rescue personnel and stragglers who remained in the coastal communities in Georgia and North and South Carolina.

In Charleston on Wednesday night, there was evidence that warnings were met with both seriousness and insouciance.

At about 7:30 p.m., an emergency alert went out to area cellphones: “EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY. HURRICANE DORIAN BEGINNING TO AFFECT AREA.” But many tourists and residents were already gone, and the streets of the historic downtown were mostly empty as the first heavy rain bands began soaking the city.

Still, on trendy King Street, sushi and gourmet burgers could be found in a handful of open restaurants. A Tex-Mex place called Juanita Greenberg’s Nacho Royale was completely boarded up. But next door, the bartenders at Proof were slinging cocktails for those seeking other means of escape.

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Maps: Track Hurricane Dorian’s Path

Maps tracking the hurricane’s path as it makes its way toward Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.

A first-person account from Chris Dixon, an author and journalist.

I engaged in a grim ritual with my neighbors on Wednesday, sweating and cursing under a broiling Charleston sun while draping sheets of plywood across the windows on my house. For the fourth time since 2016, I was preparing for a hurricane: Matthew, Irma, Florence and now Dorian.

Depending on your point of view, I am lucky or unlucky enough to live on a tidal creek near Folly Beach, S.C. When hurricanes and tropical storms strafe our coast, their winds roar across the several miles of harbor and normally placid marsh that separate our neighborhood from the Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse. As the tides rise, these winds pile seawater into wave-driven surge and batter the homes in my neighborhood.

Yanking a splinter from my thumb, I asked myself, Why do I live here?

I should know better. When I was young, my great-aunt Ethel told frightful tales of Hurricane Hazel’s 1954 destruction of the Carolina coast. In 1989, Hurricane Hugo upended my life by destroying my home in Surfside Beach, north of Charleston. Two years ago, I gasped as the tides from Hurricane Irma casually carried a foot of marsh into my house while sweeping tons of my yard out to sea. And last year, while covering Hurricane Florence for The New York Times, I spent many tense hours among people who were in the process of losing everything.

So why do I choose to live in this slowly drowning port city? Why endure the annual stress of possibly losing everything? Why constantly check computer models before frantically hauling everything inside, boarding up, driving for safety and then waiting for interminable hours while glued to The Weather Channel?

Because the ocean is my family’s life and my livelihood. My wife grew up in Dana Point, Calif., with the Pacific in her backyard and saltwater in her veins. I grew up in Atlanta but had the great fortune of spending my summers along this Carolina coast — sailing, fishing and, eventually, having my life taken over by surfing.

It sounds cliché, but when your entire life comes to revolve around the ocean, it becomes almost impossible to imagine living any other way. You come to define life not by the hours on the clock, but by the ebb and flow of the tides and the rhythm of the winds and swells. You become deeply enmeshed in a culture of shrimpers, crabbers, divers and surfers. You watch your kids come to revere the ocean and respect its moods and its power. You manage to make a living writing about the ocean. You catch a perfect wave from a hurricane-spawned groundswell at your local break.

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Now a Category 2 storm, Hurricane Dorian is slowly moving northwest, threatening the U.S. southeast coast, after leaving behind major damage in the Bahamas.CreditCreditScott McIntyre for The New York Times

The pilot was anxious to help: He had gathered generators, diapers, tuna fish and other supplies. The people living on the islands in the Bahamas devastated by Hurricane Dorian needed them, immediately.

But he wasn’t sure if there was anywhere to land.

Flying over the hardest-hit areas — the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama — the pilot saw homes turned to matchsticks and boats piled in heaps.

Harbors, supermarkets, a public hospital, airport landing strips — all had been damaged or blown to smithereens, frustrating rescue efforts.

[The Bahamas was stunned when the hurricane’s water receded.]Hurricane Dorian, which made landfall on Sunday as a Category 5 storm and then lingered for days, not only left many residents in the most damaged islands without jobs or a place to live. It also stripped away the services required to meet their most immediate needs — like fresh water, food and medical care.

“It’s like a bomb went off, honestly,” said Julie Sands, who lives in Cherokee Sound, in the Abaco Islands.

In the Bahamas, with floodwaters receding, the trail of devastation was slowly becoming clear as residents began tallying their losses. As of Wednesday, according to Dr. Duane Sands, the minister of health, at least 20 people had been confirmed dead and the toll was expected to rise.

[Bahamian descendants in Miami are helping the battered nation.]

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The Bahamas, Before and After Hurricane Dorian

Aerial images of flattened neighborhoods and a flooded airport give a first look at the large-scale damage there.

Last week the storm was inviting comparisons to Hurricane Andrew, which ripped through the Miami area as a Category 5 monster in 1992, causing widespread damage.

Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida declared a state of emergency last Wednesday afternoon, and advised residents to have seven days’ worth of supplies on hand. There was a run on gasoline and bottled water, and the attorney general’s office was investigating hundreds of complaints of price gouging.

By Friday, Hurricane Dorian had become a Category 4 storm over the Atlantic Ocean with winds of 130 m.p.h., and Mr. Trump approved an emergency declaration for Florida.

In the end Florida was largely spared its wrath.

But one Florida resident had died while preparing for the storm, The Associated Press reported. A 56-year-old man who was knocked to the ground from a tree Monday evening as he trimmed limbs with a chain saw in an Orlando suburb.

Reporting was contributed by Kirk Semple, Frances Robles, Rachel Knowles and Elisabeth Malkin.

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Loch Ness monster could be a giant eel, researcher reveals

After months of speculation surrounding a study into whether the Loch Ness monster was real, the researcher behind it has revealed it could be a giant eel and not a giant plesiosaur from a long-lost era.

Speaking at a press conference early Thursday morning, New Zealand researcher Neil Gemmell gave his “plausible” explanation for what people may have seen in the past, but added that it is most certainly not a dinosaur.

“We can’t find any evidence of a creature that’s remotely related to that in our environmental-DNA sequence data,” Gemmell said, according to the BBC. “So, sorry, I don’t think the plesiosaur idea holds up based on the data that we have obtained.”

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This is an undated file photo of a shadowy shape that some people say is a photo of the Loch Ness monster in Scotland.  (AP Photo, File)

LOCH NESS MONSTER THEORY ‘PLAUSIBLE,’ SCIENTIST CLAIMS

“There is a very significant amount of eel DNA,” Gemmell, a geneticist from New Zealand’s University of Otago, added. “Eels are very plentiful in Loch Ness, with eel DNA found at pretty much every location sampled – there are a lot of them. So, are they giant eels? Well, our data doesn’t reveal their size, but the sheer quantity of the material says that we can’t discount the possibility that there may be giant eels in Loch Ness.”

He continued: “Therefore we can’t discount the possibility that what people see and believe is the Loch Ness monster might be a giant eel.”

European eels can grow up to 5 feet, according to the USGS. They have a diet that consists of insect larvae, mollusks, worms and crustaceans. They’re also able to “survive near freezing temperatures” and are seen as “remarkably mobile,” capable of moving over dams, weirs and even land, adding credence to Gemmell’s findings.

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European eel. (Credit: Steffen Zienert, USGS)

Gemmell, who first announced the study in May 2018, said last month that one theory was “plausible” in attempting to explain the fabled Nessie.

In addition, the ideas that sturgeon or Greenland sharks lived in the loch were also put to rest after Gemmell said no DNA of either creature had been found among the 250 water samples taken from various depths.

LOCH NESS MONSTER: THIS IS SCOTLAND’S PLAN IF THE FABLED BEAST IS CAUGHT

Gemmell’s research was established to find what types of plants and animals live in the loch and not specifically to find the mythical creature, but Gemmell conceded that his work did add to the legend.

“People love a mystery, we’ve used science to add another chapter to Loch Ness’ mystique,” he said, according to the BBC.

One of Scotland’s oldest myths, the story that a creature was living in Loch Ness, dates back to the sixth century. The 19th and 20th centuries, in particular, saw an increase in interest, especially after the infamous “surgeon’s photograph” in 1934.

A study published in April suggested that the legend of the Loch Ness monster and other long-necked “sea monsters” may have been influenced by something very real and even more terrifying — dinosaurs.

The legend of the Loch Ness monster has commonly been attributed to a plesiosaur that somehow managed to survive the mass extinction event that killed off the dinosaurs.

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Parliament’s Next Brexit Brawl: When to Hold Elections

LONDON — As a law stopping a no-deal Brexit moved closer to clearing its final hurdle on Thursday, British lawmakers began drawing the battle lines for their next fight: whether, and when, to hold a general election.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was expected to take his call for a snap general election to members of the public on Thursday, with a speech in northern England, as his team worked to frame the law averting a no-deal Brexit as a “surrender” to the European Union.

But Mr. Johnson was upstaged on Thursday by a member of his own family: His younger brother Jo Johnson resigned from Parliament, saying he was giving up his seat because he was “torn between family loyalty and the national interest.”

“It’s an unresolvable tension & time for others to take on my roles,” he said in a Twitter post.

With his Brexit plan stymied, the prime minister sees an election as the only way to create a stable majority for his Conservative Party in Parliament and secure a mandate for pulling Britain out of the European Union with or without a deal governing future relations. Despite his early stumbles, Mr. Johnson is still outpolling his opponents.

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Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaving his home in north London on Thursday. He holds the cards on whether and when to call a new election.CreditIsabel Infantes/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, whose votes Mr. Johnson needs to call an election, has said repeatedly that he will not agree to an election until the law stopping a no-deal Brexit is on the books. That way, Mr. Johnson would be denied the wiggle room to, say, schedule an election after the Oct. 31 deadline for leaving the European Union and letting Britain crash out of the bloc without a deal.

Despite the resistance from opposition lawmakers, Mr. Johnson remained committed to putting his vaunted campaigning skills to the test.

He was expected to give a speech on Thursday railing against the law to stop a no-deal Brexit. He has branded it “Jeremy Corbyn’s surrender bill,” for the influence he believes it gives the European Union in deciding how long to extend the Brexit deadline to avoid Britain leaving without a deal.

The Labour Party, for its part, is divided over when to hold an election. Many lawmakers want to postpone a vote until after they have forced Mr. Johnson to seek a delay to Brexit and after the current departure date of Oct. 31 passes.

They believe that would make him vulnerable to attacks from other right-wing parties that have insisted Mr. Johnson not allow any delay to Brexit. They also hope a later election would let the shine of Mr. Johnson’s short time in office, already fading this week, disappear completely among voters.

Mr. Johnson’s Conservatives were split this week by his decision to purge the party of lawmakers who defied his threats and voted to stop a no-deal Brexit, among them Tory grandees like Ken Clarke, a lawmaker since 1970, and Nicholas Soames, the grandson of Mr. Johnson’s hero, Winston Churchill, who has served in Parliament for 37 years.

Anti-Brexit protesters at Parliament Square in London on Wednesday.CreditAndrew Testa for The New York Times

Mr. Johnson’s first boisterous debates in the House of Commons have also been unkind to the new prime minister. Analysts have long believed his improvisational style and loose grip of the facts would serve him poorly at the despatch box, where prime ministers field questions from the opposition, but critics said he looked particularly weak at times this week.

And true to form for a politician known to put his foot in his mouth, Mr. Johnson lashed out amid a barrage of attacks from the opposition, appearing at one point to say to Mr. Corbyn, “Call an election, you great big girl’s blouse.”

His opponents quickly called the comment sexist and unbecoming of a prime minister.

Some parts of the Labour Party believe Mr. Johnson has already hurt his election chances with his early missteps, along with his provocative decision to shut down Parliament for five weeks. Those lawmakers, sanguine about the party’s chances despite poor poll numbers, prefer a mid-October election, reasoning that the best way to guarantee that Britain does not leave the bloc without a deal is to kick Mr. Johnson out of office as soon as possible.

John McDonnell, a senior Labour lawmaker who speaks for the opposition on finance matters, said in a radio interview on Thursday that his party was still considering how to lock in an election date that eliminated the threat of a no-deal Brexit.

The opposition has been buoyed by its success in pushing through the law that would force the prime minister to ask Brussels for a delay to Brexit if he cannot secure a new withdrawal agreement soon.

Lawmakers in favor of the bill feared that the House of Lords, an unelected body that acts as upper house of Parliament, could filibuster its passage. But after hours of debate, allies of Mr. Johnson in the House of Lords backed down in the early hours of Thursday, allowing for the bill to advance through the chamber by the end of the week.

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Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers donates helmets to high schools hit by 2018 wildfires

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Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers announced Thursday he gave more than 300 football helmets to three California high schools affected by last year’s devastating wildfires.

Rodgers gave 375 VICIS ZERO1 football helmets to Pleasant Valley High School, Chico High School and Paradise High School. Rodgers, who went to Pleasant Valley High School, donated the equipment through his foundation.

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“For me, this is a chance to step up and support the community where I was born and raised. Football has always been more than a game here,” Rodgers, a VICIS investor, said in a news release. “I chose to invest in VICIS because of their ultimate commitment to player protection. These kids deserve the best, and I’m happy to play a small role in outfitting them with the safest helmets for the upcoming season.”

The coaches of the three teams also expressed their gratitude.

“I have been the head coach now for eight years and not one time have I ever had to ask Aaron for anything,” Pleasant Valley High School coach Mark Cooley said in a news release. “He calls or texts every year and says ‘Coach, here is what I would like to do this year, is that OK?’ He does so much for our school and community that most people have no idea regarding the contributions he has made! He never asks for recognition. I think it is important that everyone knows what a positive impact he is having on the lives of our student-athletes.”

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“I don’t know if anybody outside of Paradise and Butte County can truly understand what football means to helping us feel normal again,” Paradise Valley High School coach Rick Prinz said in a news release. “We’ve got some big competition and we’re prepared for a tough season. We’re grateful for Aaron’s donation.”

Chico High School coach Jason Alvistur added: “Our program is so thankful to be a recipient of Aaron’s generosity.  I believe the VICIS helmet offers superior protection and for us to have the opportunity to put them on the kids is truly a special gift.  This game brings people together and Butte County is excited to get back to football.”

The donation comes about a year after the Camp Fire, the most destructive in the state’s history, devastated Butte County. The blaze left at least 85 people dead and affected scores of high school students in the region.

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The VICIS ZERO1 helmet was rated the safest by the NFL and the NFL Players’ Association three years in a row and it is worn by several top players in the league, including Russell Wilson and Golden Tate.

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‘Like a lion,’ Nadal beats Schwartzman to reach US Open semi

Rafael Nadal kept pulling away in his U.S. Open quarterfinal, then getting reeled back in by Diego Schwartzman.

In the first set, Nadal led 4-0 before Schwartzman got to 4-all. In the second, Nadal went up 5-1 before Schwartzman made it 5-all.

Took more than two hours just for those two sets. Eventually, both were claimed by Nadal. And so, ultimately, was the match and a berth in a 33rd Grand Slam semifinal for Nadal, who prevented Schwartzman from reaching his first by winning 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 after 12:30 a.m. Thursday in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

“Like a lion in the … jungle. He’s big. He’s a fighter. He knows how to play the important moments, every single time,” Schwartzman said. “I’ve played him eight times and every important moment, he played better than me.”

No wonder Nadal is 8-0 against the guy.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are both out of the bracket, but Nadal is still around, meaning at least one member of the Big Three is in the semis at a 62nd consecutive major tournament. That trio has combined to win the last 11 Slam trophies — and Nadal is going to be heavily favored to make that 12.

None of the other men left has played in a major final, let alone won one. Nadal, though, is closing in on a fourth championship at the U.S. Open and his 19th at all majors, which would move him within only one of Federer’s record for men.

On Friday, Nadal will play No. 24 Matteo Berrettini, a 23-year-old from Rome who is Italy’s first male semifinalist in New York since 1977. Berrettini barely got there, edging No. 13 Gael Monfils 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (5) on Wednesday.

The other men’s semifinal will be No. 5 Daniil Medvedev of Russia vs. 78th-ranked Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria.

In the women’s semifinals Thursday, Serena Williams meets No. 5 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, and No. 13 Belinda Bencic of Switzerland takes on No. 15 Bianca Andreescu of Canada.

Dimitrov won a five-setter Tuesday night against Federer, who was hampered by an issue with his upper back. Medvedev won his quarterfinal in four sets against Stan Wawrinka, who had built a big lead in the fourth round against Djokovic when the defending champion stopped because of pain in his left shoulder.

A year ago, it was Nadal whose body broke down: He retired from his semifinal against runner-up Juan Martin del Potro because of a bad knee.

This time, on a muggy night with the humidity above 50%, the left-hander raised some concern by having a trainer come out to rub a cream into that forearm during a changeover early in the third set. At the next changeover, Nadal flexed his right forearm and was visited again by the trainer, took a salt pill and guzzled some drinks, then shook that arm between points in the following game.

Afterward, Nadal said he had dealt with cramps late in the second set and early in the third.

“And then I took some salt, that’s all, and then it was over. The body is in good shape, I think. Not big problems,” Nadal said. “Just, of course, a little tired. Long day.”

Still, Nadal managed to play his best when it mattered the most against the 20th-seeded Schwartzman, an Argentine serenaded by loud choruses of “Olé! Olé! Olé! Olé!” by an audience that included former San Antonio Spurs star Manu Ginobili.

Nadal came up with a service break in the last game of each of the opening two sets, then the last one he would need made it 4-2 in the third and he broke yet again to end it.

“I don’t know how,” Schwartzman said, “but this guy is improving every time.”

Now Nadal becomes Berrettini’s problem.

Berrettini describes his mental coach as a big help and a best friend. They’ve been speaking on the phone before and after every match. And they certainly had plenty to chat about when it came to this latest victory.

Berrettini double-faulted away his initial match point and then needed four more to finally put away Monfils after nearly four hours.

“He told me, ‘I need to thank you, because I thought that everyone is born once and dies once. But during that match, I was born and died 15 or 16 times,'” Berrettini said about his conversation with the mental coach he’s worked with for several years. “I collapsed and got back up. I collapsed and got back up. That match point. Those other chances. I was down then I came back. It’s a great source of pride for me.”

In truth, the denouement was hardly a thing of beauty, with both men, clearly spent, fighting themselves and the tension of the moment as much as the guy on the other side of the net.

Monfils finished with 17 double-faults but managed to avoid any throughout the entire, exhausting fifth set until he served at 6-5 — and then he had three in that game, plus another two in the deciding tiebreaker, often doubling over between points to rest and catch his breath.

“A very bad day for me, serving,” Monfils said.

Berrettini acknowledged the obvious afterward, too, saying he felt “a little bit tight.”

You think?

It all was a bit of a whir.

“Right now, I don’t remember any points, just the (last) match point, you know?” he said. “I remember also the double-fault; I have to be honest.”

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AOC’s gun rights feud with GOP Rep. Crenshaw proves ‘fact-challenged’ in ‘Fox & Friends’ segment

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The hosts of “Fox & Friends” recapped Thursday the Twitter feud over gun rights between Texas Republican Dan Crenshaw and New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Host Brian Kilmeade called Ocasio-Cortez’s argument about implementing universal background checks “fact-challenged” after she criticized people who share guns in other parts of the country.

The U.S. representatives’ war of words began when Crenshaw tweeted about a Houston-area woman who used a handgun to defend herself when five men tried to rob her.

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“Situations like this story are why we protect the 2nd Amendment,’ Crenshaw tweeted.

He added: “Side note: With universal background checks, I wouldn’t be able to let my friends borrow my handgun when they travel alone like this. We would make felons out of people just for defending themselves.”

Ocasio-Cortez quickly replied, asking why he is “lending” people his guns and accusing the Texas lawmaker of giving firearms to people who have “likely abused their spouse or have a violent criminal record.”

Crenshaw then questioned why Ocasio-Cortez thinks his friends are domestic abusers and criminals, and argued that people loan one another guns for self-defense and hunting.

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Crenshaw then took a shot at Ocasio-Cortez’s hometown, saying, “This is America outside NYC.” Ocasio-Cortez responded by noting that New York “is one of the safest states in the country when it comes to guns, incl rural areas.”

“Try to keep up,” she wrote.

Host Ainsley Earhardt said she grew up in South Carolina, where hunting is common, and people share guns and loan each other guns routinely.

“It doesn’t mean that they’re abusing their spouse at home, or are violent or have criminal records. AOC can say that, she lives in New York City, that’s fine, she can have her opinion.  But she’s not educated when it comes to what people are using their guns for in other parts of the country,” said Earhardt.

Kilmeade said Congress is set to debate the private sales of firearms that occur without background checks.

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“You can have a healthy, good discussion, hear both sides. You don’t have to accuse someone of abusing their wife if they borrow someone’s gun,” said Earhardt.

On “The Ingraham Angle” Wednesday, gun rights advocate Colion Noir said many gun control supporters on the left speak from an “emotional place” about firearms due to a lack of knowledge or experience on the issue.

“The only thing they can go to is emotion,” said Noir.

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report.

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Colin Kaepernick Posts Passing Video: ‘Staying Ready Against The Odds!’

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The ex-San Francisco 49ers quarterback posted a video on Instagram Wednesday showing him throwing passes to Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in a workout. (See the clip below.)

Kaepernick wrote that he was “staying ready against the odds.” The video begins by noting he’s been “denied work for 917 days” after his kneeling protests during the national anthem sparked a debate about racial injustice and enraged President Donald Trump.

In the slickly edited clip, reportedly from a July training session at UCLA, Kaepernick fires pass after pass to Beckham as the video switches from black and white to color. Eventually, Beckham makes his signature one-handed grabs. 

Kaepernick settled his collusion grievance against the NFL in February. He had accused the league of conspiring to keep him off a roster because of his demonstrations to protest racial injustice and police brutality. Trump and other critics accused him of disrespecting the flag.

The former 49ers star, who led the team to the Super Bowl in 2013, has not played in the NFL since December 2016. He became a free agent the following season and was unable to sign with a new team.

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