Climate protester puts feet to the ground at US Open, interrupts Coco Gauff’s semifinal win over Muchova
NEW YORK — Coco Gauff’s victory over Karolina Muchova in the US Open semi-final was delayed 50 minutes at the start of the second set due to a disturbance caused by four environmental activists in the stands at Arthur Ashe Stadium. A protester stuck his feet to the concrete floor Thursday evening. Three demonstrators were quickly expelled. They wore shirts that read “End Fossil Fuels.” All four were taken into custody. The players returned to the field after waiting out the delay in the locker room and the match resumed. Gauff won 6-4, 7-5.
The iconic Clevelander Hotel and Bar in Miami Beach will be replaced by an affordable housing complex
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Plans are underway to replace an iconic Miami Beach hotel and bar with an upscale restaurant and affordable housing. The Jesta Group, which owns the Clevelander Hotel and Bar on Ocean Drive, said Thursday it will submit plans to the City of Miami Beach. The plan includes affordable housing in 40% of the building. The group also owns the adjoining Essex Hotel. Group chief executive Anthony O’Brien said the plan was authorized under Florida’s Live Local Act, which is designed to encourage affordable housing. Rents have soared in recent years along Miami Beach and throughout much of Florida.
SpaceX can’t relaunch its giant rocket until fixes are made, FAA says
The Federal Aviation Administration says SpaceX must take a series of steps before it can restart its mega-rocket. The FAA announced Friday that it had closed its investigation into SpaceX’s failed launch of Starship, the world’s largest rocket. The agency says SpaceX must take 63 corrective actions and request an amended license before it can restart. FAA officials say multiple issues led to the launch explosion in April and the destruction of the platform in South Texas. SpaceX founder Elon Musk said he improved the rocket and strengthened the base after the test flight.
Rescuers may soon attempt to evacuate sick American researcher 3,000 feet deep in Turkish cave
A Turkish official said an American researcher who fell ill nearly 1,000 meters – or more than 3,000 feet – below a cave entrance had recovered enough for rescue teams to start investigating. clear out. The IHA news agency quoted disaster relief official Cenk Yildiz on Friday as saying the operation could last three or four days. Experienced caver Mark Dickey fell ill with a bleeding stomach during an expedition to Morca Cave in the Taurus Mountains in southern Turkey. Rescuers from across Europe rushed to the scene for an operation to save him. Another Turkish official said the plan was to lift Dickey, 40, through the cave’s narrow openings on a stretcher when doctors gave the go-ahead.
Pelosi says she’ll run for reelection in 2024 as Democrats try to win back House majority
WASHINGTON — Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said she will run for another term in Congress in 2024, as Democrats race to win back a majority in the House. Pelosi made the announcement Friday. First elected to Congress in 1987, the Democratic leader made history when she became the first woman to take over the presidency in 2007. Pelosi took over the Speaker’s gavel in 2019. Pelosi led the party through substantial legislative achievements, including passage of the Affordable Care Act, as well as periods of turbulence. with two impeachments of former President Donald Trump.
Death toll from floods in central Greece rises to 10, while 4 more people are missing
ATHENS, Greece – The death toll from severe flooding in central Greece has risen to 10 people, while four others remain missing, the Greek Minister for the Climate Crisis and Civil Protection said, as teams from Rescue helicopters and boats transport hundreds of people from flooded villages to safety. Floods triggered by torrential rains that began on Tuesday have also affected neighboring Bulgaria and Turkey, killing a total of 22 people in the three countries since the rains began on Tuesday. Violent rainstorms in Greece turned rivers into raging torrents that blew up dams, washed away roads and bridges and tossed cars into the sea. Authorities said some areas received annual rainfall twice the Athens average in just 12 hours.
From spaceships to ‘Batman’ props, Hollywood modeler’s creations and collection up for auction
DALLAS — The auction will open with thousands of pieces that Hollywood modeler Greg Jein collected over his lifetime, many of which he created during his nearly half-century career. There’s an early model of the iconic alien mothership from ‘Encounters of the Third Kind’ and even a full Stormtrooper costume from ‘Star Wars’ that will be available for auction starting Friday. Jein died last year at the age of 76. His collection will be offered by Heritage Auctions next month in Dallas. Jein had an Oscar and Emmy nominated career making miniature models and was also a collector of costumes, props, scripts, artwork, photographs and models from the shows he loved.
As more children die from fentanyl, some prosecutors are charging their parents with murder.
SANTA ROSA, Calif. — A growing number of parents in the United States are facing criminal charges of murder or manslaughter after their children died from exposure to fentanyl. Proponents of tougher enforcement say those who use synthetic opioids now know the drug’s lethal nature and should be treated like drunk drivers killing people. Critics of this approach claim that the parents did not intend to kill their children, but instead made bad choices because of their addictions and are being punished more instead of being offered ugly. The debate comes as the country grapples with how to effectively reduce the use of this highly accessible and extremely deadly drug.
The United States will not have gold at the Basketball World Cup after losing 113-111 to Germany.
MANILA, Philippines — There will be no gold medal for the United States at this World Cup. And for the second straight time in FIBA’s biggest tournament, there may even be no medals for the Americans. Instead, it is Germany who are on the cusp of a world title. Andreas Obst scored 24 points, Franz Wagner added 22 and Germany largely destroyed the American defense in their first win over the Americans – 113-111 in the World Cup semi-final on Friday night.