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Rosa Parks letter about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. up for sale

(CNN NEWSOURCE) — A handwritten letter that Rosa Parks wrote about Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. is up for sale.

The letter is dated October 6, 1981, and was addressed to a “Mr. Kessler.”

It was Parks’ response after an autograph collector asked her what she thought of King, nearly a decade after his death.

“I admired and respected him as a truly great man committed and dedicated to freedom, peace and loyalty for all oppressed humanity,” Parks stated in the letter.

The price of the historic letter is $54,000.

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Sunday is National Coloring Book Day!

(CNN NEWSOURCE) — Sunday is the perfect day to let your inner artist soar! August 2 is National Coloring Book Day.

Coloring has been around as far back as the 1600s. It is usually an activity that we connect with children, but a lot of adults also enjoy it.

Coloring books are a learning tool, and are often used as a way to relax.

Several U.S. government agencies offer free downloadable books, including the Department of Energy, the USDA, NASA and the CDC.

Don’t forget you don’t have to color inside the lines to enjoy coloring books. Just grab some crayons or color pencils and let the good times roll!... Read More

Lowe’s giving $55M in grants to small businesses

LAS VEGAS (KLAS/CNN) — Lowe’s is giving away $55 million in grants to small businesses that are struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

Applications for the grant are due Monday, August 3 by 11:59 p.m. EST.

The home improvement chain is providing the funds through a nonprofit called the “Local Initiatives Support Corporation.”

Thirty-million dollars will go toward women and minority-owned businesses.

The rest will support those in rural communities.

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Marines halt search for 8 missing troops, all presumed dead

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Eight troops aboard a landing craft that sank off the Southern California coast during a training exercise are presumed dead, the Marine Corps announced Sunday.

The Marines said they had called off the search that started late Thursday afternoon when the amphibious assault vehicle sank with seven Marines and one sailor aboard. Eight other Marines were rescued, but one later died and two are in critical condition.

The 26-ton, tank-like craft took on water and quickly sank in hundreds of feet of water — too deep for divers — making it difficult to reach.

“It is with as heavy heart that I decded to conclude the search and rescue effort,” said Col. Christopher Bronzi, commander of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

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GOP: Renomination of Trump at Republication National Convention to be held in private

WASHINGTON (AP) — The vote to renominate President Donald Trump is set to be conducted in private later this month, without members of the press present, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Convention said, citing the coronavirus.

While Trump called off the public components of the convention in Florida last month, citing spiking cases of the virus across the country, 336 delegates are scheduled to gather in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Aug. 24 to formally vote to make Trump the GOP standard-bearer once more.

Nominating conventions are traditionally meant to be media bonanzas, as political parties seek to leverage the attention the events draw to spread their message to as many voters as possible. If the GOP decision stands, it will be the first party nominating convention in modern history to be closed to reporters... Read More

Tropical Storm Isaias expected to reach hurricane strength when it reaches Carolinas

TAMPA (WFLA) — Tropical storm conditions are expected to spread north along the east coast of Florida as Isaias creeps along the coast Sunday.

According to the 11 p.m. advisory, Tropical Storm Isaias is producing 70 mph maximum sustained winds while moving north, northwest at 9 mph just offshore the east-central Florida coast.

Below are the current watches and warnings in place:

Storm Surge Warning:

  • Edisto Beach South Carolina to Cape Fear North Carolina

Storm Surge Watch:

  • Cape Fear to Duck North Carolina
  • Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds

Hurricane Watch:

  • South Santee River South Carolina to Surf City North Carolina

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Trader Joe’s says no to changing ethnic-sounding label names

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Trader Joe’s, which said earlier this month it was moving to change the names of some of its products after an online petition denounced them as racist, now says it will stick with labels like Trader Jose’s and Trader Ming’s for Mexican and Asian food.

“We want to be clear: we disagree that any of these labels are racist,” the popular grocery chain said in a statement posted on its website. It added, “We do not make decisions based on petitions.”

The petition posted on change.org by a high school student claims the names create “a narrative of exoticism that perpetuates harmful stereotypes.”

Other Trader Joe’s names cited include Trader Giotto’s and Trader Joe San for Italian and Japanese foods.

After the petition was launched Trader Joe’s issued a statement saying it has been in the process of updating such product labels... Read More