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Plans are on hold for a Philadelphia safe-injection site to combat overdoses

Plans to open a Philadelphia facility that would allow and supervise the injection of illegal drugs have been put on hold. On Thursday, the nonprofit group looking to open the site, Safehouse, delayed the opening to have “community conversations” with concerned neighbors. Then the building owner decided to not move forward with the lease. “The…

Why do we even have a leap year? (Get ready to do some math)

2020 is a leap year, which means we get to enjoy a whole extra day of February, and people born on February 29 finally get some presents. But why do we even have leap years? Our calendar has 365 days in a year, because that’s pretty much how long it takes the Earth to orbit…

5 things to know for February 28: Coronavirus, Taliban, immigration, Syria, Michigan

Don’t turn your calendars over just yet! It’s a Leap Year, which means tomorrow is your once-every-four-years bonus day. Here’s what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) 1. Coronavirus …

A Florida woman is accused of zipping her boyfriend in a suitcase for hours until he died

Sarah Boone called 911 and said her boyfriend got trapped in a suitcase and died during a game of hide-and-seek, according to court records. The Florida couple had been drinking Chardonnay and doing puzzles Sunday night in their Winter Park apartment, Boone told authorities, when they thought “it would be funny” to hop in a…

A missing Mennonite woman from New Mexico was found dead 250 miles away

A Mennonite woman who went missing from New Mexico last month was kidnapped and murdered, the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office said. The body of 27-year-old Sasha Krause was found more than 250 miles away, near Flagstaff, Arizona. “Over the last four weeks, we conducted ground searches, aerial searches, K-9 search and entered Sasha’s information…

US Department of Education slams USC’s response to Tyndall abuse allegations

The US Department of Education is demanding “sweeping changes” at the University of Southern California after an investigation found the school failed for years to protect students after reports alleged sexual abuse by former gynecologist George Tyndall. The department’s Office for Civil Rights’ investigation into the handling of allegations against Tyndall found USC “systemically failed”…

Confederate-related paraphernalia must be removed from all Marine installations, commandant orders

The highest-ranking officer in the US Marine Corps has ordered Confederate-related paraphernalia to be removed from all Marine installations. The order from Commandant Gen. David Berger was one of several initiatives he prioritized for “immediate execution” in a memo sent to senior leadership last week, Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Joseph Butterfield told CNN. Some of…

Univ. of Michigan doctor allegedly sexually abused students, including Olympic wrestler

A doctor at the University of Michigan sexually abused students and athletes, including an Olympic wrestler, for decades, three former wrestlers and their attorneys said in a news conference Thursday. University doctor Robert E. Anderson, who worked at Michigan from 1968 to 2003, allegedly molested them during unnecessary medical examinations, the wrestlers said. Anderson died…

Houston water main break causes major flooding, submerging cars and filling streets

A water main break Thursday sent water flowing nearly two miles away, submerging some freeways, streets and even cars in east Houston, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said. “Water covering a part of the main lanes causing people to sit on the roofs of their cars,” Gonzalez tweeted. All occupants are now out, he said.…

Illinois lawmakers have introduced a bill to ban Native American mascots

Sports mascots that invoke Native American imagery and traditions have long been considered offensive by tribal nations. Two Illinois lawmakers want to ban them. Two representatives in the state House have introduced a bill that would prohibit schools from using Native American logos, mascots or other imagery unless they: receive written permission from a tribe…

MLB makes history by naming its first black and Latino-born umpire crew chiefs

Major League Baseball just notched a win for diversity. The MLB announced on Thursday it appointed Kerwin Danley as its first black umpire crew chief and Alfonso Marquez as its first Latino-born crew chief. Danley, 58, started umpiring for the major leagues in 1992 and was hired full-time in 1998. His resume includes umpiring for…

Lori Loughlin will stand trial with her husband and 6 other parents in October

Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are expected to stand trial starting October 5 on charges related to the college admissions scam, a spokesperson for the US Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts said. They will stand trial alongside six other parents charged in the scam: Gamal Abdelaziz, Diane Blake, Todd Blake, John Wilson, Homayoun Zadeh…